One of the toys I really wanted in 2014 was the Midnight Zone inspired Launch & Explore Octo Lab playset. I really loved the bright neon day glow colors they used for that set, and the whole Midnight Zone themed toys. Because I already had the original Octo Pod set, I didn't know if I should really get another large sized Octonauts item, space is an issue. Maybe more of an issue than space is money, and as I said Octonauts got cut from my toy buying list for the time being. The Launch & Explore Octo Lab was priced at about $36-$40 depending on where you shop. That kind of money for a current toy can fetch me a few vintage items, so with just the price I was able to pass.
About 3 weeks back I was in a Meijer store picking up for food for the weekend, and as always I popped into the toy section. I noticed that Meijer had put this set on clearance for $28, tagged as the Octo Pod. I wondered if they had mistakenly used the same SKU for both the old and new set, Target does this all the time. Still at $28 I was able to pass it up, but just last week it dropped again, now to $18. It was getting harder and harder to pass this toy up, at 50% off I was being stupid in not buying it. Last night my wife had a coupon for 10% any general merchandise at Meijer, I though it could mean an extra $1.80 of the Octo Lab, awesome! I go to Meijer, we needed Super Bowl snacks anyhow, and misplaced in another aisle in one last Octo Lab. Still priced at $18, but...Meijer has a sale on clearance toys, taking an extra 50% off. Now with a tagged price of $18, and extra 50% off, and our coupon for 10% off I got the Octo Lab for $8.30!
Alright, onto the new stuff coming our way. The first releases of 2015 feature of course Barnacles, Kwazii, and in a bit of a surprise, Tweak. I saw it's a surprise because they have typically used Shellington or Peso, and regulated Tweak and Dashi to the background. I was super excited to see both used more last year and seeing a new Tweak in 2015 is great. In fact there will be 2 new Tweak figures, 2 of Barnacles as well as 2 Kwaziis. Strange that we will see 6 new releases featuring only 3 characters.
Octonauts Barnacles’ Suction Suit, Tweak’s Sea Scooter and Kwazii & the Volcano Rescue figure sets
These new figure packs are great. Again, nice lively colors, and some new sculpts, also just great to get Tweak outside of a larger set. The Kwazii set will probably be one of the larger figure and accessory sets.
Octonauts Talking Tiger Shark Gup-B and Talking Ice Breaker Gup-C
The Gup-B is a smaller vehicle set with a fun tiger stripe pattern and featuring Kwazii. The Gup-C is shaped like a whale and comes with a unique arctic Tweak figure.
Octonauts Gup-H with Barnacles
And of course the Captain needs a new ride, and this year he'll get a new helicopter. The Pilot Barnacles figure is quite cute too.
The talking feature and the Gup B & C should also prove to be fun and popular for kids. Each set vehicle above also comes with a sea-life companion and has working action gimmicks. So with even just a few items announced so far for the Octonauts line in 2015, things are looking really good!
2015 new toys new the Octonauts Tweak Octopod Kwazii Barnacles オクトノーツ キャプテン・バーナクルズ クワジー トゥイーク インクリング ターニップ ディズニー Fisher-Price mattel the Octonauts
GREAT Plamo by Hasegawa!!!! 1/4000 SDF-1 Macross Movie Edition [Do you Remember Love?] FULL Photoreview Painted Build, other! No.44 Big Size Images, Info Release. ENJOY!
GREAT Plamo by Hasegawa!!!!
1/4000 SDF-1 Macross Movie Edition [Do you Remember Love?]
FULL Photoreview Painted Build, other!
No.44 Big Size Images, Info Release. ENJOY!
SDF-1 Macross Movie Edition [Do you Remember Love?]
Release date: 17 February 2015 – Price: 5,600 Yen
1/4000 scale Plastic Model Kit
SDF-1 マクロス 要塞艦 “劇場版”
スケール … 1:4000
パーツ数 … 245
模型全長 … 303mm
模型全幅 … 144mm
パッケージイラストは天神 英貴 氏が担当しています。
ROBOT魂 Ka Signature NERO: Full Photoreview No.35 Big Size Images
HGBF 1/144 MSN-001M Mega-Shiki Painted Build: PHOTOREVIEW Hi Res Images
HG 1/144 百万式（MEGA-SHIKI）
Released: 18 December 2014 – Price: 1,800 Yen
Work by TAI’s Factory
Hisashi Yuki On Twitter - MP-24 Star Saber With The Legends Valentine Trio Of Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade
Welcome to our weekly blog recap, focusing on our blog post, from January 24th till now, to make sure you haven't missed any important info or photos!
All dates are in Hong Kong time format.
JAN 31, 2015 – SMILE
JAN 30, 2015 – 6TH FEBRUARY AT BAMBA
JAN 30, 2015 – ON SALE NOW AT BAMBA
JAN 29, 2015 – 3A NEWSLETTER – STRING DIVERS, PASCHA, WWR AND TRANSFORMERS!
JAN 28, 2015 – METAL GEAR SOLID RAY AND REX HALF SIZE VERSIONS
JAN 28, 2015 – AT RETAIL THIS WEEK
JAN 27, 2015 – UPCOMING ISOBELLE AND FRIENDS
JAN 27, 2015 – GRAB ME AT WONDERFEST WINTER!
JAN 26, 2015 – LOOKBOOK3A TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON
JAN 25, 2015 – Q&A WITH ASHLEY WOOD
JAN 25, 2015 – TRANSFORMERS – RELEASE 002 – MEGATRON
JAN 25, 2015 – 2015 BLURRY 1
JANUARY 24, 2015 – BLOG RECAP (JANUARY 17TH – JANUARY 24TH)