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Midnight Madness

STAR WARS fans come out in force for EPISODE II's mega-merchandise release

By Andrew Kardon     April 18, 2002

It's happening again. In the midnight hours, they ride. Clans of oddly dressed folks scuttling about in the night, clawing at each other's throats. Moving about quickly and clumsily to be... the first. No, we're not talking about the blood-sucking Children of the Night. It's something far less scary...though twice as powerful: STAR WARS fans.

Yep, it's that time of year again. As George Lucas' money-in-the-bank STAR WARS: EPISODE IIATTACK OF THE CLONES gets the finishing touches for a May release, Hasbro is gearing up to unleash its armada of action figures, vehicles and playsets upon the masses. While the official street date for these suckers is April 23 (that's next Tuesday), the Toys 'R Us in Times Square, NYC (along with countless other stores nationwide) is opening at midnight for just such the occasion.

So will yours truly be fighting the hordes to get a chance at snatching a bitchin' new ANAKIN figure? Probably not. Chances are I'll be home getting my butt kicked playing HALO on my new Xbox. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out if you're interested.

I remember hitting the midnight scene for PHANTOM MENACE. The frenzy of fans fighting for figures. The long waiting in the dark before midnight chimed in. And despite the chaotic nature of it all, for every five jerks that push you aside to grab an AMIDALA, there's at least one nice guy to offer you his double or help you find what you're looking for. Even if you don't want to buy a single STAR WARS figure, it's worth the experience at least once in your life.

But hey, if you're a patient collector, no problem. Hit the store the next day and see if anything's left hanging on the racks. Chances are that a part of you, even a small part, will wish you took that midnight run. But heck, no worries. Just kick back and wait another three years. It's a sure bet the next STAR WARS sequel's gonna spark the same reaction.


Hide the [IMG2R] sushi and clear off your shelves: GODZILLA is a coming! Bandai Creation recently announced it'll be producing a line of collectible action figures based on the 180-foot lizard's mega-movie career. The first wave hitting this fall will include 2 ½-inch and 6 ½-inch figures, as well as 3 ½-inch adventure sets. Besides releasing five different GODZILLA figures, expect six of his pals to make the toy scene including RAINBOW MOTHRA, ANGUIRUS and DESTROYAH.

If you haven't checked out any of Toy Biz's SPIDER-MAN movie figures yet, swing on over to your local shop and grab a few. Go on, we'll wait. Okay, anyway, the Biz has announced that it'll be releasing the third and final assortment of the line this August. So fans'll have to wait until they've seen the movie for the sixteenth time before getting their grubby paws on TRANSFORMING WRESTLER SPIDER-MAN, BATTLE RAVAGED GREEN GOBLIN and POWER PUNCH SPIDER-MAN.


Lightning strikes twice this month for DC Comics fans. The Big Red Cheese himself is coming to select toy shelves, along with his twisted arch-enemy. Yep, DC Direct's CAPTAIN MARVEL and BLACK ADAM figures are finally striking their way to your collection. At just over 6 inches tall, both figures feature multiple points of articulation and some interesting accessories: a non-removable mystical scarab necklace for ADAM and a miniature MR. MIND figure for the good CAPTAIN.

Go Figure is our weekly Toys and Action Figure column.


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