REMINDER – Toys “R” Us 2 for $9.99 sale starts tomorrow!

Just wanted to post a reminder to folks that Toys “R” Us is re-launching their 2 figures for $9.99 deal tomorrow!  Here’s the original post.

Now, considering I have ZERO Toys “R” Us’ within 65 miles of me, if anyone wants to help out with a couple Pit Commandos, Eels, or anything of the sort, I certainly wouldn’t discourage anyone from tossing me a hook up…  :shifty:

Go celebrate the movie by buying some toys!

Why isn’t anyone talking about the SDCC Sketchbook??

Perhaps I missed the conversation somewhere, but I just received this year’s San Diego ComicCon Design Sketchbook in the mail, and holy crap!  There is some awesome stuff in here. There’s a fair share of Anniversary design sketches, but what’s really got me is the cool stuff that was either unused concepts or potential future stuff. I scanned a couple of pages below with what appear to be some very cool designs for Flint, Zarana, Storm Shadow, and a couple of other items that are unknown.

I especially LOVE that Storm Shadow.  A spiffy new design that builds very nicely from the original look, yet looks current, too.  Absolutely awesome!  Check out just a small sample of the images below…there’s lots more in the book, too, from many of Hasbro’s different brands.

Hopefully Hasbro will have this thing up for sale somewhere down the line.  I haven’t seen it on HTS yet, but hopefully it’ll be out there.  I love this stuff.

More details on G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA opening weekend

Thanks to Mysterious Stranger for pointing out Hollywood insider Nikki Finke, who has a VERY detailed report about G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA’s opening weekend on her website here.

She seems quite optimistic about the returns for the film financially (though she trends at about $55 million rather than the $60 million that Steve Mason reported on his blog just recently.  I think Nikki’s got the inside track.  Interesting quotes are as follows:

“Now, despite all the sniping and snarking, it looks to open for a $55M North American weekend after earning $22M today from a huge release into 4,007 theaters. The pic even made a ” B+” CinemaScore (“A-” for under 18).”

That sounds pretty good…she also talks about the international numbers.

G.I. Joe also opened day and date in 75% of its foreign territories. Although I’ve heard reports from rival studios that ticket sales were “disappointing” in Australia (where the pic opened #2 to the Sony romantic comedy Ugly Truth), early numbers from Asia are said to be “huge”. One projection for overseas grosses this weekend is $35M…”

She also brings up some great points about royalties from toy sales and DVD sales.  So far, things are sounding at least somewhat promising, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on this throughout the weekend and going forward.  Again, check out her entire article right here.

Early Box Office estimates put Rise of COBRA at a possible $60 million opening weekend

Though Box Office Mojo hasn’t yet updated it’s numbers, Steve Mason’s Blog reports that The Rise of COBRA exceeded industry expectations and hit $22.5 million it’s first day of release, and is on track to hit $60 million for opening weekend.

These are very strong numbers, but time will tell where we go from here.  Lorenzo Di Bonaventura said that he wants $350 million internationally before moving forward on a sequel, so we’ll have to pay attention as these numbers keep going.  I’ll keep everyone posted!

Thanks to Razorback from HissTank for the info.