Friday, July 13, 2007

Legion Toywatch: Happy Meal preview - no girls allowed

Update Sunday: There's another pre-sale for the whole set on eBay, "buy it now" for $9.99 plus $10 shipping. If you live outside the US where there might not be a promotion, here's your chance.
Update Monday: That one sold, of course. The next one up for sale is now at $14.99 plus shipping. Get 'em while they're hot!
Update Tuesday: Another quick sale. Fourth one is up for sale at $19.99 plus shipping. These are getting expensive, it's gone up $10 in two days! I guess the seller is seeing that there's a market for them if they sell via "buy it now" within hours of its listing. (No, I'm not the seller, by the way.) If you buy it because you saw it mentioned here, please leave a note in the comments.



(Thanks to Peter Fries for bringing this to my attention)

Someone with apparently some inside knowledge has put up a Legion Happy Meal sneak preview on eBay. There will be eight figures in all: Superman, Timber Wolf, Lightning Lad, Mano, Tharok, Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, and Validus. Yes, that's 8 of the 9 main male characters of the Legion and Fatal Five minus all four women (Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, Triplicate Girl, and Emerald Empress, plus the Persuader). That's McDonald's call, I guess, over who to include. Maybe this is a "boys show", and everyone knows that boys don't like to play with girl toys.



Remember, the promotion runs Friday Aug. 3 thru Thursday Aug. 30, 2007. And they will let you just buy the toy, you don't have to buy the whole Happy Meal (unless you want to have the box too).

Update to add: On the other hand, these are still the first-ever figures for Timber Wolf, Mano, Tharok, Bouncing Boy, and Validus outside of Heroclix (and all but Chuck have been immortalized in Heroclix plastic). DC Direct has already had Superman, Lightning Lad, Timber Wolf, Brainiac 5, and Superboy figures.

11 comments:

Matthew E said...

I presume this is just in the States, right?

Garth Ranzz said...

Looks like the last sale for one of these ended on 7/5. He doesn't currently have any listed.

Garth Ranzz said...

Sorry, I meant 7/13, today.

Michael said...

Don't know, Matthew. The original press release (in which the Legion is a "BIG Mystery Surprise") is from "McDonald's USA, LLC", but that doesn't mean that Canadian stores don't do the same thing. There's still nothing on Mickey D's website even with a search.

Tim said...

DC Direct also had Timber Wolf and Brainiac 5 figures (as well as a true Superboy figure, packaged with Supergirl, Krypto and Streaky). I have the entire set.

MaGnUs said...

Bleh, no girls? I wanted a Phantom Girl toy!

Michael said...

Garth: it's a pre-sale, anyway. He doesn't have the pieces, but he'll get them when they come out.

Tim: thanks for pointing out my blatant stupidity. I have no idea how I missed those other figures.

Dave Van Domelen said...

Actually, there's a good chance there will be a parallel Girl Toy promotion. For instance, Transformers would get paired with Hello Kitty or My Little Pony back when McD's did TF toys.

Garth Ranzz said...

The $14.99 one is gone and the next one is $19.99 with $11.10 shipping (at least from my ZIP). At that price I'd rather just go across the street and buy them from McDonalds.

Michael said...

Dave - the "girl toy" is Polly Pocket™, according to the pre-season McDonald's press release. The Polly Pocket™ collection "features eight fashionable dolls with interchangeable accessories and colorful cases that are inspired by PollyWorld™, where the coolest amusement park meets the ultimate shopping promenade."

Interestingly, the "boy toy" that turned out to be the Legion set was listed as a "BIG mystery toy collection... [that] remains a secret". In other words, they hadn't decided yet.

Michael Jones said...

I hope they DO come out in Canada, for I'll be there in August. Heaven knows they won't make it to Japan!
Wouldn't Triplicate girl be easy to make (or at least Duo Damsel.)