If you regularly buy used children's toys and clothes or are in the business of selling them, then February 10, 2009 is a day that you will dread. A federal law enacted by the U.S. Consumer Protection and Safety Commission will go into effect, making it illegal to sell any used children's products (toys and clothes.) The act is the result of the plethora of toys that were recalled last year due to content of lead paint, most notably from Mattel/Fisher Price who were forced to recall 55,000 items from their lines such as Batman (pictured), Sesame Street, and Barbie. Upon the day the law goes into effect, manufacturers of new product will be left with more stringent standards for providing testing for lead-based paint, as well as responsibility for providing a sticker validating the item's status of having been tested. The law will affect all children's items (defined as "all products for children under the age of 12.")
So, what will this mean for the secondary market for children's items? Sellers are definitely scared, as the ebay forums are full of topics with sellers openly saying that they are no longer taking incoming used product as they wait out the logistics of the new law. There may be certain loopholes that eventually come out concerning the intended use of a product. The law itself seems to centered on the definition of "children's products" and if sellers can find a way to legitimize the definition of a "collectible," then they may have what they need. The fact remains, it is completely unreasonable to say that you cannot sell vintage toys to collectors who wish to reacquire items from their childhood or to tell people that they cannot clean out their attics to sell potentially valuable items. At some point, as laws render themselves unfeasible after execution, it becomes clear that the law that really needed to be enacted must be embraced. (And it is not this one.)
Pics of the Playmates action figure line for Terminator Salvation have hits "teh interwebs" today. If you are anal about spoilers, you may not wish to click the "Read More" button. On the other hand, for those of you who are NOT weak-willed pansies that eat Kashi cereal in the morning, drink soy milk, and sleep in panic a room, CLICK IT...I DARE YOU!
Ever dream of a world where humans are pulled around in carts by dogs, and never have to bother walking again? Well, thanks to useless technology and the good folks at Neatorama we have arrived at your dreamland.
Yes, a new super steering apparatus (pictured above) allows you to attach your dog to your scooter, bike or skateboard so he can pull you along. Everyone wins, really. The dog gets exercise, you get no exercise, and humans strike another blow at the oncoming canine overthrow many have feared for years.
I knew in my heart that if I kept praying, it would come to be. And it did.
Some Lucas-y genius finally built a Millennium Falcon sled! Yipee!!!
Yes, this shaped saucer sled features hand levers help to control speed and direction; double-webbing foam handles, and is only $35!
Unfortunately, neither Amazon nor Target appear to have it in stock at the moment, but it looks like it’ll be available in about 2 to 6 weeks.
Four new character posters have been released for the upcoming film GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. We see images of classic Joe characters Snake Eyes, Baroness, Ripcord, and Duke in their re-imagined (or in the case of Ripcord, ethnically re-imagined) live-action glory. (Click the source link to view them in full.)
As child of the 80's who didn't give two craps about "kung-fu grip," but intimately knew "swivel-arm battle grip," as well as the perils of broken crotches (total insider reference), I spent a good deal of childhood building armies, and clipping file cards. That being said, what we're seeing from this film sends chills down my spine. (Not in a good way.) Stylistically, it seems to echo the debacle that was the 1994 Street Fighter film. I was half-expecting to see Jean-Claude Van Damme among these posters. (The again, who knows? Are they casting for Serpentor yet?)
However, we still have yet to see so much as an image of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the iconic Cobra Commander. So in that respect, it's too early to tell. Sometimes a memorable and career-making performance can save what on paper is a crime against humanity. This is one situation where I would LOVE to be proven wrong.
The toy maker Hasbro has dropped its copyright and trademark lawsuit against the creators of the popular online word game, Scrabulous.
Based on the board game Scrabble, it was created by two brothers from Calcutta, India, Jayant and Rajat Agarwalla in 2005 because there weren't any online versions they liked.
Scrabulous gained much notoriety when its creators turned it into a Facebook application. At its height, the game has an astounding 500,000 users daily, but the application was removed when Hasbro filed the lawsuit last summer.
Legendary comic book icon and toy impresario Todd McFarlane stopped by to guest host Fresh Ink Online this week, treating us to a history lesson in the comics that inspired him and giving fans a sneak peak at the upcoming issue of his influential comic Spawn (issue #187). You'll even see vintage issues of X-Men, The Tomb of Dracula and Akira from Todd's own personal collection!
Make sure to check Todd out on Attack of the Show tonight at 7 p.m. and get an exclusive tour of his amazing McFarlane Toys factory. They even make an action figure of AOTS correspondent Alison Haislip!
There's tons of great deals out in our favorite stores set to roll for Black Friday. Will you be in position at 5am, fist full of dollars, ready to pounce on these fantastic economy resuscitating purchases? We hope so.
- Best Buy has got some good deals on electronics.
- You'll have to do some digging at Circuit City because we can't find a page dedicated to Black Friday, but the deals are there.
- Get yourself those Dark Knight PJs even if they don't fit you over at Wal-Mart.
- Also, keep an eye on KeepCash.com which updates daily with great deals.
And be sure to watch Attack of the Show later today for a special Black Friday edition of Attack This.