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Journal Archives from May 2008
 
Mezco Summer Exclusives

Press Release - Mezco has just announced a fantastic lineup of summer exclusives, including Sloth from the Goonies, and a Baseball Fury from the fantastic movie The Warriors along with many other great figures! Click the link to see a long release and lots of pictures of all of these great items.  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 31st 2008, 01:13 AM
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Indiana Jones vs Cairo Swordsman

Another fan favorite, ranking right up there in the Indy character pantheon with the German Mechanic, is of course the Cairo Swordsman. We've talked about him before, but never grow weary of the exercise, so mention again that it's spectacular to see a character with probably 30 seconds of screen time go down in history as such a memorable villain. Harrison Ford really deserves all the credit, if the rumors are true, given that he was 'under the weather' that day, and requested a slightly different take to the planned strenuous fight scene in the marketplace. Makes sense, you don't want to bring a knife to a gun flight...heh, guess that's what they were referencing in the new movie, go figure. Well, anyway, here's a cuddly version of the smiling swordsman, moments before he ate hot lead. Check out the Adventure Heroes memorialization of Indy and the Swordsman, and click the image for more pictures and data.


Slow and steady, that's how you get nine Adventure Heroes sets posted to the Preserve, at least that's what I'm banking on. Seeing the new movie didn't piss me off enough to cease all work on the new line, and in fact I enjoyed some parts of it (gasp!) but now that the pressure-cooker of excitement is off, the flighty thoughts of springtime turn again to the elusive likes of the latest GI Joe figure and comic pack waves. For while Indy is sadly choking the shelves around these parts (at least a few of the figures, like Mutt of course!) those Joes are still impossible to find. Hasbro, you are cruel and devious!
Posted by charlie on May 30th 2008, 12:14 AM
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Transformers - Overcast Deluxe

Here is another AllSpark figure from the later waves of the Transformers movie line from 2007/2008. This one was hard to find for a bit, but then started choking the shelves as the line has come to the end and they don't want the shelves to be empty. Overcast is a repaint of Dreadwing, but I dig the colorscheme - something about it feels the smallest bit G1 to me, so that makes me glad. Click the pic for a few more images.


Overcast has a pretty cool bio, actually, given that some of them have felt phoned in. He has a penchant for making his own proprietary cutting edge weapons, and has nanite bombs and a weather-maker to generate his, let's assume, overcast look and feel. Other than his crazy uni-goggle head, a design I have been off and on about in the past, he's pretty rockin' and probably worth a look.
Posted by charlie on May 29th 2008, 01:37 AM
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Press Release - NECA Mousers

Press Release - NECA has unveiled another San Diego Comic Con exclusive, and this is one that is sure to twang the heart strings of all old school TMNT fans. Looks like this is another one to add to the 'I've gotta get that!' list...egad! Click the link for an additional picture and a link to their release.  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 28th 2008, 01:01 AM
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Sega Master System - Taz-Mania

We dig back into the Preserve gaming archives today, and continue our trip down the import side of Sega Master System memory lane with Taz-Mania!


Another somewhat latter-day title, harkening from 1992, this game puts you in charge of good ol' Taz as he searches for the world's biggest omelette. Yeah, I know, awesome! This game package gets back to basics, actually having a bar code, as opposed to Wonderboy in Monster Land from several days ago. You also see the expected copyright disclaimer, reminding us all that the Taz-Mania characters, names and all related indicia are trademarks of Warner Bros., a TWE Co. © 1992. Remember, it's up to you to help Taz researche de la plus grande omelette du monde!
Posted by charlie on May 27th 2008, 08:57 AM
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Abraxis

The tail end of the massive Tremors-a-Thon inspired weekend ended up in the wee small hours of Monday morning, with a double shot from the Preserve VHS library. Calling up two titles that we have long been wanting to see, there was a back to back viewing of The Kid with the 200 IQ and Abraxis, Guardian of the Universe, both with amazing stats and at least moderate follow through. 'Kid' features Gary Coleman in one of his fantastic made-for-tv appearances, and he was only 16 real years old when the film was made, and played a 13 year old - so close! Abraxis has a cast to die for, with Jesse 'the body/the mind' Ventura vs. Sven-Ole Thorsen with the biggest role I've ever seen him in (other than Captain Power, but at least here he was the other star!). I can recommend both of these movies to like minded folks, and while they won't blow you away they both have their moments. Oh, and Crispin Glover makes a short appearance in 'Kid' - awesome!
Posted by charlie on May 26th 2008, 11:37 AM
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Tremors-a-Thon aftermath

Well, the Tremors-a-Thon was a smashing success, as always! Perhaps being the best attended event of the series to date, a great number of people, old and new, struggled through the event and may now spread the good word far and wide!
 
The theme was solid, and we all learned a lot about life, and about 1986 fighter pilots. Interestingly, we found that Iron Eagle 3 was the highlight, and while it's more hard core to watch all four of them, we have to highly recommend IR 3 to all of our readers. Since it's clearly a movie that very few would make it to on their own, if you're a fan of Louis Gossett Jr. and awesomeness, go pick it up!
Posted by charlie on May 25th 2008, 03:16 PM
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Rollerderby

On Friday night, the Preserve attended the very first home game of our new Rollerderby team, the SufferJets! It was amazing, and fantastically well attended - having never attended an event of this sort, I was blown away by how awesome it was.


The final 2 minutes were specifically spectacular, with the home team being down by a few points and coming back to victory in the final seconds to a thundering crowd. What a good time - for any local Preserve readers, make sure not to miss it next time!!
Posted by charlie on May 24th 2008, 08:06 AM
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Indiana Jones KotCS viewing

Well, the Preserve crew managed to take in the 7:15pm showing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night, with some other brave souls who realized that it was possible to secure advance screening tickets. As with any event, especially one containing enough people, reviews were mixed. I think that there are certainly aspects of the movie that are bound to piss people right off, and mostly for good reason. There are other parts that I think were fun and well done, and if one can look at them in a non-biased way, can realize that they were well done in their own way. As far as Indy movies go, it was middling, but as far as summer movies go it's a pretty good time. I figure that it deserves a 'better than average' rating, which makes it no 'Last Crusade' but also puts it someplace above 'Phantom Menace'.
 
While I'm not sure I can say that it is worth your $9, and several friends will insist that it is worth no amount of money to see, however small, it may be a good enough time that you'll be glad you caught it in the theaters. Anyone who is curious about the film, and is an Indy fan, should probably make sure to catch this while they can.
Posted by charlie on May 23rd 2008, 03:56 AM
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Indiana Jones - Adventure Heroes

As promised several days ago, so we here deliver with the start of the Adventure Heroes coverage for the new Indiana Jones line. Hasbro has really latched onto a winning formula with these little guys, and they are making a line of them for most of their major franchises. They are perfect toys for little kids from a safety and durability standpoint, they are simple and well designed from an aesthetic standpoint, and they are great little collectables of our favorite characters to top it all off! While all of the launch wave of figures from 'Raiders' are pretty excellent, we particularly love the Indy vs. German Mechanic set, since any time his big bald adversary gets some toy time, it's priceless.


The giant oversized fists on the Mechanic, and the moderately large but not nearly as big fists on ol' Indy do a great job of conveying the match-up between these two, but we all remember who wins! Interestingly, the text on the bar code on the bottom of the package reads "Indiana Jones & German Boxer" compared to the more traditional title of "German Mechanic" which does appear on the front of the package. The last of the wave 2 Crystal Skull 2-packs was recently added to the Preserve, so we'll be able to bring you the full set of Adventure Heroes over the next week.
Posted by charlie on May 22nd 2008, 12:11 AM
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Tremors-a-Thon #8

*** !!!!! TREMORS-A-THON WILL BE SATURDAY MAY 24 !!!!! ***

That's right, after a long hiatus, the master of the Tremors-A-Thon returns triumphant, complete with the following masterpiece, ready to be unleashed upon the willing - though foolish - participants!

Tremors-A-Thon #8: 1986-movies-where-teenagers-become-fighter-pilots-a-Thon
Date: May 24th, 2008.
712 min. = 11.87 hours


Posted by charlie on May 21st 2008, 11:57 AM
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GI Joe - Rescue Doc!

It is a nearly unforgivable offense that the Preserve managed to rescue Doc over a month ago, but so much time has slipped quickly by before he was featured here in image and word. Well, wait no longer for the gallery of this fantastic mail-away exclusive is now up and running! Click the image for more pics and a great bio.


That awesome white box with 'GI Joe' proudly emblazoned on the side is precisely how the figure traverses our fine US Postal System. I was delighted that no effort is made to conceal the item, so that all involved in its route, from fulfillment center, through tired mail clerk, and at last to your door, may be in no doubt of your patriotism and dedication. Better still, the box was not even taped shut, secured solely by the small cardboard tabs on either end. Well, that and the surety of the crime against God and man that it would be to tamper with such good work. As expected, the proud vessel made it's way all the long and weary miles to Preserve HQ, with the contents safe inside.
 
Inside of the cardboard, the plastic case that Hasbro was kind enough to include with the figure is really spectacular, and just exactly what this 25th Anniversary line is calling out for. It's like the 'star case' for the Star Wars collectors, but with a star and a cobra logo on each of the two top pegs. Best thing is, it is the correct thickness for the packaged figures, unlike the chunky Star Cases that we've been using thus far, which more than double the storage requirements for carded figures. Unless we've suffered a tremendous oversight, these cases are not yet available for standard purchase, but when they are it will be a great day for the protecting needs of the carded GI Joe collector!
 
As for the figure of Doc, he really lives up to the excitement. It's a great update of the figure, totally true to the original, even including the stretcher accessory! The only regret we have is that we didn't get two, because it seems a crime to open this, our only example, but equally a crime to not get to enjoy and, better still, photograph this figure further. We hold out hope that the massive order, augmented by FLAG Points, placed by the Uncle, will arrive shortly, and that one of those may be relegated to the opening pile. Hasbro has delivered a really smash success with their mail away offer for this already strong line, and we can only wait with anticipation to see what comes next!
Posted by charlie on May 21st 2008, 01:47 AM
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Press Release - Shocker Toys SD Exclusive

Press Release - Shocker Toys drops an awesome-shell on us today, with news of their 2008 San Diego Comic Con exclusive! They will be gracing us all with the amazing set of not one, but all five band members from Dethklok, stars of the Preserve-favorite show Metalocalypse. Click the link for a larger view of their prototype figures - we've seen Murderface and Nathan before, but the other guys are brand new molds!  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 20th 2008, 01:44 AM
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Transformers - Salvage

Creating the entry for the new Transformers Deluxe figure of Salvage was a real delight, as not only did it have the obvious G1 reference to "Sparkplug and Son", being of course the two humans from the original and beloved cartoon, but the bio makes it clear that it is a direct reference to the fantastic 1970s show Sanford and Son!


Most kids who may buy these toys totally won't get the reference, unless they spend as much time watching obscure re-runs as I did growing up. Though, I have to imagine that weekday afternoon re-runs consist less of Hogan's Heroes, What's Happening and Sanford and Son as they do of some 1990s flotsam. Well, at least TVLand is keeping the dream alive, and you can usually catch Redd Foxx being awesome most any day of the week if you are diligent. So click on the image above, and check out the bio for Salvage - if you're a Sanford fan, you'll get a kick out of it.
Posted by charlie on May 19th 2008, 01:51 AM
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Indiana Jones Comic Store Display

The Preserve is proud to report that it has installed a display of the new Hasbro Indiana Jones figures at the local comic shop! Head on down to get your copies of some of the best new graphic novels, and to see the window display of great Indy products, courtesy of the Preserve. We didn't bring the fancy camera to the shop, but fortunately cell phones work in a pinch these days.


The display features most of the 3 3/4" figures from Raiders, the Indy and German Officer 12" figures reenacting their brief encounter in the Last Crusade, and both of the fantastic German vehicles from Raiders as well! With the new movie set to open in only 6 days, and the new Indiana Jones comic book hitting stores in only days as well, it's a great time to be an Indy fan.
Posted by charlie on May 18th 2008, 01:54 AM
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Sega Master System - Wonder Boy Import

Today we're shifting gears a little from the deluge of new fangled products that have been stealing our focus of late, and feature a vintage game for the Sega Master System. This is the imported Wonder Boy in Monster Land title, from overseas and far away lands.


With a delightful lack of information, like bar codes or information on player or round numbers on the back of the box, it has the sort of old school panache that we can really get behind. This is the presentation of a product when such things were still being ironed out, and the edges were still rough, just how we like to see it!
Posted by charlie on May 17th 2008, 01:22 AM
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Press Release - NECA Conan Exclusive

Press Release - The stakes have been raised for San Diego Comic Con, and NECA brings us an image of their convention exclusive Conan the Barbarian Bronze action figure! This has rocketed to the top of our list, and hopefully there will be enough to go around! Click the link to see a larger picture, and for the longer release.  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 16th 2008, 04:27 PM
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Transformers - Voyager Premiums

Finally we have posted the two Premium Series Voyager figures from the increasingly more massive Transformers Movie toy line of 2007-2008. With those included in the Preserve archives, the entire set of Voyager figures to date are available for research and review. Let's check them both out today, starting with Ironhide Premium Series:


I do enjoy how Hasbro has updated the bio for these retooled figures, though sometimes it's sort of amusing in a forced way. Ironhide is amusing as it presents a picture of a grizzled old war vet, who is enjoying the downtime by fishing and occasionally detonating a pound of C4 on his property. He's hanging out with the Sector7 guy from the movie, and it sounds like they're having good times.
 
The other Premium figure for the day is Blackout, the Decepticon that wrecked the bejesus out of the military base at the start of the 2007 film.


In a more movie-accurate styling, Hasbro brings all the excitement of the film to your living room! Or so we hear. He's painted as a highly self-disciplined soldier, who puts fastidiousness and order following ahead of all else. Let's see what part he plays in the new movie, hitting theaters in 2009!
Posted by charlie on May 16th 2008, 07:28 AM
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Press Release - NECA Aliens 18

Press Release - NECA brings us images of their 18" Alien action figure - click the link for more images!  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 16th 2008, 01:12 AM
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Indiana Jones - basic complete

Indy fights his way through our Preserve galleries, and has emerged victorious with complete listings for Wave 1 and Wave 2 basic figures! Click on the spry 66 yr young Ford for the full list of Preserved Hasbro Indy products to date!


Coming up next in the Preserve archives for this ongoing and very much alive series are the 'Adventure Heroes' - the mini kid-friendly figures from Hasbro that they are making for all of their major properties, this time with the Indy theme! Also, the Jungle Cutter vehicle from this line was just discovered at Target, and now the set of three vehicles may stand loud and proud - watch for it shortly.
 
Lastly, still in Indy news, and because we just can't resist showing off the great mail-away order form, here is the complete slip for the 12" promotion, as mentioned earlier, the scale model Ark of the Covenant!


May it fly upon the wings of destiny and fortune to "Figure Redemption, Inc.", and show us all how Hasbro's Ark has survived the moderate-mass-production manufacturing cycle!
Posted by charlie on May 15th 2008, 01:27 AM
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Indy - Basic Mail away

The check is in the mail, and let us hope that 'Figure Redemption, Inc.' is rapid in their good work, and that the super secret 'Crystal Skeleton with Throne' is as awesome as it sounds, and gets here as quickly as possible! They estimate 10-12 weeks from receipt, but hey, I like to think they're just keeping our expectations managed. I think a nice touch is that each sticker in the 3 3/4" figures has a different image, being of the artifact that figure comes with. Makes for a cool looking order form when you're all done.


And to compliment this order form, we've added a few extra figures to the new Indiana Jones toy archive. We're just about done filling out the Basic figures from the upcoming movie, so let's get further spoilers by checking out Indy with a Crystal Skull!


Read the bios on some of these figures and you'll probably be able to put most of the movie together - get the Target cards to fill in the gaps!
Posted by charlie on May 14th 2008, 01:33 AM
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Indiana Jones - Cemetary Warrior

The Indiana Jones explosion continues, filling out the Crystal Skull figure list a bit more, though still not to completion. The Cemetary Warrior figure is pretty hard core, and really looks a little more horror-inspired than any of the other figures in the line. Click the image for more images and details.


Another Indy piece of info for everyone to know about, is that Burger King again represents with the awesomness, and is running a big Indiana Jones promotion, with branded banners, cups, and a whole line of toys! We're going hunting tomorrow, and wish everyone luck!
Posted by charlie on May 13th 2008, 01:29 AM
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Indy Toys - Crystal Skeleton Mail Away

One of the most exciting things about the new Hasbro Indiana Jones toy line is that it includes not one but (count 'em) three mail away exclusives! Readers of the Preserve will doubtless remember the rabid excitement with which we confronted the 'Rescue Doc' promotion from the ongoing GI Joe 25th Anniversary line. In spite of fears that the figure claiming process was far too complex and unreliable in this age of instant digital gratification, and that the actual mailing of small stickers to a mysterious PO Box, and waiting a number of months for a promised product, would never work out, it of course did. Getting the GI Joe mailer, emblazoned with the logo boldly on a white industrial package was excitement hard to describe.

Now, as if some unforeseen authority has let loose the gates of 1980s style product mail aways, Hasbro continues their theme. Bolstered I am sure by the success of their Doc campaign, they promise us all three fantastic pieces that you need only trade some pack-in stickers, a nominal check, and several tense anticipatory months of your life to receive. Most people are no doubt aware of this promotion already, even if you have not yet entered the wonderful world of 2008 Indy products, but I feel it is topical today as the check is in the proverbial mail. The Preserve finally got its act together enough to harvest six 'artifact' stickers from 3 3/4" figure crates, and send away for the 'Mystery Figure' that Hasbro is still compelled to try to keep under wraps visually until May 22nd. Of course, these items will be sent to kids and collectors far after we've all seen the 'Crystal Skeleton on Throne' in the theaters, but that will make it no less cool.

Being as we are, tremendous fans of the Ark of the Covenant, it is the mail-away exclusive from the 12" figures that really gets our interest going, which is a 12" scale model of the Ark itself, and it looks to be really fantastic. Here is the picture of what we assume is that very Ark, as taken in Hasbro's Indiana Jones display room at Toy Fair, 2008.


Hopefully the mass-produced version will retain that shimmering glory, and will arrive with the expediency of which we can only dream! Of course, it would help if we'd get that mail-away form in the mail too - soon!
Posted by charlie on May 12th 2008, 07:30 AM
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Wounded Ronin - Soldier of Fortune II




Wounded Ronin provides us with another great article, this time discussing Soldier of Fortune II. Read about his exploits in the full writeup!
Posted by charlie on May 11th 2008, 01:11 AM
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Press Release: Organic - Might Gain

Press Release - Organic Hobby announces their latest figure "Sunrise Mecha Action Series-Might Gain". From the famous Japanese TV show "King of Braves Gaogaigar Final", this 6" figure comes with a variety of weapons and accessories, and is fully articulated! Click the link for further info and great pictures.  Read More
Posted by charlie on May 10th 2008, 12:53 PM
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Indiana Jones - wave one basics complete

At last, all of the first wave of basic Indiana Jones figures from Raiders of the Lost Ark have been added to the Preserve archives in our burgeoning Indiana Jones section. Today, though, even in light of all of the fantastic figures in that 8-item wave, the feature is none of the above. Today, it is time to see the Indy related magic that you too can find in your corner grocery store - go out and get your very own Adventure Spoon!


In specially marked boxes of Kellogg's cereals, meaning just about all of them, you can score some Indy related merchandise. Some of the offers are for slim discounts on a dvd of Raiders, but I felt it was much more worthwhile to actually lay hands to some cheaply made 'artifact' as quickly as possible. Enter the light up spoon! Probably using $0.01 worth of materials (go go imminent post-industrialization collapse) the spoon even comes in three different colors, so you indeed better eat your Wheaties - not that they are at all involved with this promotion - if you want to find all three! It's like those old ads where you have a towering stack of cereal bowls to equal the nutrition in one bowl of Total - you better enjoy those 12 bowls a day if you're going to save up for the free DVD, needing something like 24 proofs of purchase in a remarkably short time span - crunchy!
 
So, be sure to take full advantage of the impending spring/summer movie season, and get yourself down to your local food library, and snag some necessities like cocoa puffs and Diet Dr. Pepper, with some classy Indy branding - you'll be glad you did!
Posted by charlie on May 9th 2008, 12:03 AM
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Indiana Jones - Cairo Swordsman 12inch

Today, by popular demand, we feature from the new Indiana Jones line, the giant oversized 12" Cairo Swordsman! Packed with several terrifying snakes, and a full head to toe soft-goods outfit, it's really a great figure. For some reason my picture makes him look jovial, but really he captures the self-assured, sinister look from the film. Click the image for his detailed page.


It really is fantastic that this figure, who had such a short bit of screen time in Raiders, has achieved such rabid cult status. We certainly all love the character, and the scene in which he appears, around here at the Preserve, and have to give a mighty thumbs up to Hasbro for making the Swordsman one of the very first 12" figures, as well as a 3 3/4" figure from the first wave! Let us not forget that he also has a mini-figure in the Adventure Heroes line, making for an amazingly solid showing; my fuzzy-math tells me that the Cairo Swordsman is only second to Indy himself in terms of number of figures in the toy line so far - smashing! In case anyone doesn't know the lore, the story I hear is that Harrison Ford was feeling a little 'off' that day, and requested that they try the scene the way we've all enjoyed it, rather than a big complex fight that was initially planned. Thus was born one of the greatest moments in film - sometimes stuff works out!
Posted by charlie on May 8th 2008, 01:18 AM
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Indiana jones - hasbro

The Deluxe figures from the newly released Indiana Jones figure line by Hasbro are proving to be difficult to find, according to various toy collecting forums around the Internet. It must be a combination of lack of proper distribution, along with the current extreme interest in the line. I mean - making a Geman soldier 2-pack is genius, and several of them would sure come in handy when you want to stage any scene from the end of Raiders.
 
In keeping with our theme, we've got two new deluxe sets posted, and a few of the 3 3/4" as well. The sets for today are the 'Temple Trap' and 'Temple Pitfall' - which are intended, in some very small way, to recreate the amazing opening scene of Raiders with the golden fertility idol and the famous giant boulder trap. Sadly the boulder is absent, and the 'Temple Trap' playset introduces a feature that was not in the films at all - but from a small toy standpoint what they did makes sense. Check out more pictures by clicking the image below.


Stay tuned for more updates to the Indiana Jones gallery - we have just about all of the currently released Hasbro products, and they'll be posted as soon as we can!
Posted by charlie on May 7th 2008, 12:19 AM
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Toy Haul - Indy and Tf

Well, the determination of a long and arduous hunt last night only turned up some great success in the 11th hour. It became worth the time and effort, though, as key missing pieces for the Transformers and the new Indiana Jones collection fell into place. Check out the results, and look for these items to show up as individual features on the Preserve shortly!


Now only three figures are missing from the 'Crystal Skull' wave of the new Indy figures, and from the Transformers Movie line, only two of the Premium series Deluxe figures have yet to turn up at the right place at the right time. Now, I know that it's time for those of us here at the Preserve to squeak out what is left of our Cinco de Maio, and I hope that everyone reading this on May 6th was able to enjoy their adoptive holiday yesterday as well!
Posted by charlie on May 6th 2008, 01:16 AM
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Indiana Jones - Taters

Back on track with the Indiana Jones updates, today we take a look at one of the non-top-tier figures from the initial launch wave, none other than Mr. Potato Head, as Taters of the Lost Ark! Click the picture for the detail page featuring more pictures.


While I don't see this name on the packaging anyplace, I've also heard this figure referred to with the excellent handle of 'Idaho Jones', which I like a great deal. As a reminder to any readers who may have missed it, Toy Fair 2008 in the Hasbro building was particularly surreal because there was a 6 foot tall Idaho Jones walking the halls, complete with the new role play sound FX Indy whip!


Another proud picture for the Uncle, to be sure!
Posted by charlie on May 5th 2008, 01:26 AM
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GI Joe 25th - wave 7

Few things would make me want to divert attention away from the spectacle that is the new Hasbro Indiana Jones toy launch, but having found the brand new GI Joe 25th Anniversary wave 7 is one of those things! This is really a great wave, even though it contains yet-another Snake Eyes, and another appearance of Duke. I mean, Duke has a gigantic American flag, and Snake Eyes is awesome so you can only be so frustrated to see him in yet another cool deco. Besides those two reappearances, you get one of my favorites, Spirit Iron-Knife (real first name: Charlie!) as well as Wild Bill. For the troop builders and Cobra fans out there, the remaining two figures in the set are a Cobra Viper and a H.I.S.S. tank driver - fantastic! Here is Spirit Iron-Knife, click on the image for his full page!


Also be sure to check out the photographic index of all standard issue figures in the GI Joe 25th anniversary line to date. If you're on a slower connection, or just don't feel like loading 50 thumbnails all at once, the product codes page is a nice concise list of the line so far, with links to the detail pages. Good luck on the hunt for these excellent new figures!
Posted by charlie on May 4th 2008, 01:08 AM
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Indiana Jones - 12

The Indiana Jones gallery continues to grow, now featuring the 12" figures from the initial release. We have four of them on display, and while there are some haters out there, I think that Hasbro has done a pretty excellent job at a $20 price of making foot tall characters, with soft goods clothes, in excellent packaging, with cool accessories. One of the Indy figures even talks, and has a bunch of quotes taken directly from the audio of the movies! This is the character we feature today - click the picture to go to the detail page!


What really needs to happen is that we catalog the quotes that the figure says, but maybe later - for now, enjoy the excellent leather coat and belt, the two whips (one coiled, one extended) and the sidearm with holster! Best yet, these four 12" figures should allow us to complete the mail away form for the scale model of the Ark, and everyone knows how much we dig the Ark around here at the Preserve! Pictures of the order form will be forthcoming as well, and you better believe a gallery of the mail away will be created, months from now when the special item arrives, all Rescue Doc style, in the post.
Posted by charlie on May 3rd 2008, 01:38 AM
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Indiana Jones release day haul

A stop off at WalMart in the evening resulted in at least a few more deluxe class figures, and several of the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (KotCS) figures, but someone had beat us there, so still not a complete set - curses! Well, it's still an impressive haul for opening day, so I invite one and all to behold.


The Indiana Jones galleries are under way, and we will have a nice checklist that everyone can use in their collecting of this great line. It remains to be seen which of these figures turn out to be truly rare, but here are some Hunting Tips that we have gathered so far.
  • Marion Ravenwood appears to not be included in the wave 2 boxes, so is quite rare.
  • The two vehicles are shipping in small numbers, often just a few to a store.
  • Paint applications are all over the place, and you are more likely to get 'cross-eyed Indy' than not, with a random purchase. Careful figure selection is advised.
The one figure we've gotten on line so far is our Marion Ravenwood, click the image below to go to the detail page.


That's it for now - good luck out there!
Posted by charlie on May 2nd 2008, 01:56 AM
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Indy Release day results

Fresh back from the morning hunt, it is with great delight that I announce moderate to excellent success! While WalMart dropped the ball a little this morning, being unable to find the product in their back room (!) they have assured me over the phone that the boxes have since turned up, and are waiting for my afternoon loop. The real surprise and excitement of the day came from Target, who had been super sneaky and shelved their Indy figures last night contrary to their earlier plans, so as to properly greet the launch day with a wonderful display!

Interestingly, they had all ROTLA figures, and none from the upcoming 4th movie, which also released in the toy launch today. Well, actually they had one Mutt 12" figure, but none of the four 12" offerings that they had on the shelf left with me today. Perhaps this evening...but as it was, my cart contained 6 nearly perfect arrangements of $25-$30 item groups, which allowed the nearly optimal use of 6 target coupons! Of course, it was all made possible by the friendly and patient checker, and the fact that no one else was in the store at that ungodly hour - nice!

With any luck, and if time permits, these figures will start to be posted to the new Preserve Indiana Jones 2008 product gallery tonight!
Posted by charlie on May 1st 2008, 08:46 AM
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