Christmas Shopping Deadlines!

November 30, 2010

Christmas Holiday Shipping!

If you’re planning to order anything from us at CmdStore.com, make sure you get in before the following dates to make sure that you get your items in time for Christmas! Here’s the info for you, no matter where you’re from!

USA shipping by Xmas
Location
Standard Shipping
UPS Express Shipping
Eastern
Dec 20th by 6pm EST
Dec 23rd by 3pm EST
Central
Dec 16th by 6pm EST
Dec 23nrd by 3pm EST
Pacific
Dec 16th by 6pm EST
Dec 23rd by 3pm EST
Hawaii and Alaska
Dec 16th by 6pm EST
Dec 22nd by 3pm EST


Canada shipping for Christmas
Location
Standard Shipping
UPS Express Shipping
Ontario & Quebec
Dec 20th by 6pm EST
Dec 23rd before 6pm EST
Central & West Coast
Dec 16th by 6pm EST
Dec23rd before 6pm EST
Maritimes
Dec 16th by 6pm EST
Dec 23rd before 6pm EST
Northwest/Nunavut
Dec 7th by 6pm EST
Dec 18th before 6pm EST


International shipping for Christmas
Location
Standard Shipping
UPS Express Shipping
Europe
Dec 12th before 5pm EST
Dec 21st before 3pm
South America
Dec 2nd before 5pm EST
Dec 21st before 3pm
Australia & Asia
Dec 9th before 5pm EST
Dec 21st before 3pm

*Please note that these dates are subject to IN-STOCK items going to major urban centres and are not valid for Pre-Ordered items. All items marked as “Pre-Order” has not been released by the manufacturer. Even if you place a “Pre-Order” item before the shipping deadline there is no guarantee that we will receive our shipment from the manufacturer before Christmas.

*All dates shown are taken from US Postal Service, UPS and Canada Post. If you place an order before the shipping deadline, your package should arrive in time for Christmas. Although we will try our best to have the order processed and shipped out in time for Christmas, we do not guarantee delivery by Christmas as US Postal Service, UPS and Canada Post do not guarantee delivery (ie. adverse conditions: weather, custom delays, etc)…

 


NEW Ame-Comi Catwoman Recolour

November 30, 2010

A new variant of the original Ame-Comi Catwoman figure is now available in our Ame-Comi section, this new version of Catwoman sports a black and ice blue costume, looking just as sleek, sophisticated and sexy as ever but with a look that hasn’t been seen on the feline fatale–though it is based on the colours she sported in the 1960s.

Made out of PVC, she stands about 8.5-inches tall and is packaged in a display-friendly window box!


NEW Assassin’s Creed Figures!

November 29, 2010

Two new 7-inch figures have just been added to our Assassin’s Creed section and another 12-inch Hot Toys/Sideshow can be pre-ordered to ship a little later this year.

Firstly, the two 7-inch Ezio figures, one clad in black and the other white and based on his appearance in the hit Assassin’s Creed 2. The NECA figures feature retractable wrist blades and over 20 points of articulation, meaning that you can pose Ezio and make sure he looks as dynamic on your toyshelf, eliminating other unsuspecting figures, as he does in the epic game.

But if you’re looking for something a little bigger than that, then maybe you should check out this pre-order instead…

Sideshow and Hot Toys’ 12-inch Ezio figure is a stunning rendering of the character, who comes clad in real fabrics and looking as dark and as severe as his character demands. Naturally, since he’s a Sideshow figure, the list of accessories is as long as it is impressive. Check this out:

* Hand-painted, detailed likeness of Ezio in the video game Assassin’s Creed II
* Stands Approximately 30 cm tall
* TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations
* Realistic hair sculpture with detachable ponytail tied up with ribbon
* Three (3) pieces of interchangeable posing palms, including:
* *One (1) pair of open palms (right palm with glove)
* *One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* *One (1) pair for holding swords (right palm with glove)
* One (1) beige colored shirt
* One brown colored cape with faux-leather upper
* Two (2) grey colored jackets with red colored stripe, hooded
* Two (2) brown colored belts with metallic buckle, sword and dagger sheaths
* One (1) red colored scarf, tucked into belts
* One (1) pair of brown colored pants
* One (1) pair of brown colored forearm gauntlets with hidden blade storage
* One (1) pair of brown colored long boots with buckles
* One (1) metallic long sword
* One (1) metallic short sword
* Two (2) metallic hidden blades inside forearm gauntlets
* Six (6) metallic throwing daggers
* Figure stand with Ezio nameplate and video game logo


Blog Rec: How to Fire Someone in Gotham City

November 28, 2010

For a Sunday Blog rec, we’ve got…well, it’s more website addition than blog, but I think that the presence of the authors and updates kind of makes it count…right?

Well, either way, I give you CollegeHumour’s HOW TO FIRE SOMEONE IN GOTHAM CITY, an excellent send-up of daily life in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. It’s something that a lot of Bat-fans have probably considered when pondering daily life in Gotham, but here it is with graphs and illustrations. It’s pretty much the best:

CollegeHumour’s HOW TO FIRE SOMEONE IN GOTHAM CITY

Click the pic to read the rest!


The Play Arts BLEACH Kai Series Figures

November 27, 2010

The latest BLEACH figures from Play Arts are another example of the company’s incredible design and sculpting skill. They’re the latest additions to the collection based on the hugely-popular anime whose reach has spread in North America and Europe from being a cult hit among die-hard fans to something much more well-known and almost mainstream–well, by anime standards anyway.

The three characters they’ve added to the collection this time around are Ichigo, Rukia and Hitsugaya, but beyond just being nice figures, these are deluxe even by the standards of Play Arts: they’re part of the Kai Series. Being a Kai figure means that it features extra detail, extra accessories and extra switch-out parts.

They join Kisuke and a very awesome Bleach plush in the section you can visit by clicking below! Check it out:


Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology Info!

November 26, 2010

You might remember our post about INDIANA JONES AND THE ADVENTURE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, (official site) the Indiana Jones world tour that’s set to launch in Montreal and head out internationally later on, bringing Indiana Jones props and memorabilia together with real archaeological treasures and giving fans a change to take a walk in Indy’s shoes!

Now there’s a new way to get more information from fans and for fans: TWITTER and FACEBOOK!

Check back here for updates, too! We’ll be sure to spread any new information that comes in.


Canadian Exclusive McFarlane NHL Figures

November 26, 2010

These Canadian Exclusive NHL Figures from McFarlane are all packaged in premium boxes and are as thrilling and dynamic as their predecessors. Pairing with Canadian Tire, the action figure geniuses at McFarlane have sought to create something truly special for fans and collectors of what has become an incredibly successful line.

Wayne Gretzky (Oilers), WEndel Clark (Toronto Maple Leafs), Alexander Ovechkin (Capitals), Sidney Crosby (Penguins), Bobby Orr (Bruins) and Maurice Richard (Canadiens) are the latest to be immortalized and look great displayed with their highly-detailed bases. Four of them (Gretzky, Crosby, Orr and Richard) come with miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup, allowing you to create moments of awesome victory. Snag these guys individually or as a complete set!


Poison Serpent – Beyblade Metal Fusion Battle Tops

November 25, 2010

One of the most popular Beyblade releases for 2010 is Poison Serpent.  This is on nasty beyblade and can do serious damage to its opponent.

Top includes FACE BOLT, ENERGY RING: Serpent, FUSION WHEEL: Poison, SPIN TRACK: SW145 and PERFORMANCE TIP: SD pieces and comes with RIPCORD LAUNCHER and assembly tool.

Poison serpent Beyblade 2010


Biggest Bargains of Black Friday

November 25, 2010

Article from CBS News website.

It won’t be long now before many of us turn our attention from Thanksgiving feasting to Black Friday buying, on the day after.

And on “The Early Show” Wednesday, Brad Wilson, founder and editor in chief of Brad’sDeals.com and BlackFriday2010.com gave viewers a head-start on finding the best deals out there – sales worthy of setting your alarm to rush to!

Wilson says timing is everything on Black Friday – such as knowing which stores open early and when.

He told CBS News, “The deals are amazing, really rock-bottom this year, but most people are too busy to wade through dozens of 50-page circulars. We’ve done the work of highlighting the best deals for you, but knowing when stores open will be key. These super sales are only good while supplies last. Toys-R-Us opens at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Kohl’s sales kick off at 3 a.m., and Sears and Target at 4 a.m. on Friday. Walmart’s Black Friday sales at 12:01 a.m. – with the exception of electronics which go on sale at 5 a.m. Plot your route from store-to-store based on store opening times, and since quantities are very limited, arrive before the doors open.

As for those great deals:

Target $3 Chef Mate Toaster (70 percent off!)

The marketing war for your holiday shopping dollars is well under way. Target officially unveils its Black Friday deals online today (Nov. 24th), but the print circular won’t reach homes until Thanksgiving Day. Target will attract plenty of Black Friday attention with their $3 appliance deals including this Chefmate 2 Slice Toaster (which usually retails for $10 dollars). Read the fine print on deals this good. There is a supply and demand issue here and you will need to be at the head of the line to nab one of these items. And…bonus shopping tip – Target is also offering a $10 gift card for every $100 spent from 5 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Walmart’s $4 Zhu Zhu Hamsters (60 percent off!)

Zhu Zhu hamsters, which are interactive toy pets, each with their own set of over 40 sound effects, squeaks and chirps, are still one the top-selling toys for kids this Christmas. These were also the Winner of the 2010 Toy of the Year Award. If you haven’t seen these furry creatures, you may not know that they can be put in either of two play modes: “nurturing mode,” in which they coo and purr, or “adventure mode,” in which they explore their habitat and respond to various stimuli. They also have a sleep mode (if you get tired of all their buzzing around.) The most popular kids toys are almost never discounted this deep, but you can scoop up Zhu Zhu Pets (which typically sell for around $10.00,) for $4 a piece at Walmart starting at midnight on Nov 26, while supplies last.

Kohl’s $99 2ct. Diamond Bracelet (82 percent off!)

I usually steer jeweler shoppers to online sites where they don’t collect sales tax, shipping is free, and returns are extremely simple, but this deal beats any of that. The traditional jewelry store model is being challenged by deals like this…this 2-carat diamond bracelet which usually retails for $575 at Kohl’s, will go for $99 bucks during Kohl’s Early Bird hours (3AM – 1PM). That’s a savings of 82%. Just as they say in their ad, you can “stand out with sparkling style wearing this diamond bracelet.” It features multiple rows of diamonds on top of a sterling silver bracelet.

Macy’s $49 Tag Fairview 5 Piece Luggage Set (75 percent off!)

This luggage, which usually retails for $200, may not be brand name, but it is just an amazing deal (at 75 percent off!) You’re going to get all 5 pieces for $50 bucks! This set probably won’t last you a lifetime, but it’s a steal.

Kohl’s Apt. 9 Cashmere Sweaters for $34.99 (65 percent off!)

When you are talking about cashmere the price is usually in the hundreds, but the price of cashmere has actually come down. That said – it has not come down this far and this is a great deal. In fact, this sweater usually retails for $100.00, but has been on sale this week for $54.99. Kohl’s is undercutting its own price for Black Friday.

Walmart’s 32″ Emerson LCD HDTV for $198 (33 percent off!)

This is an all time low for a 32″ HDTV – ever, anywhere! This was a special buy for Walmart (at $298) for Black Friday, but then they reduced it another 33 percent ($100 off). This is the perfect example of how the biggest retailers are using their purchasing power to undercut the competition on price. These will also go very fast. According to Walmart’s site “this 32 LCD HDTV delivers natural, vivid images for a superb viewing experience, and a virtual surround system provides great audio.” When you are talking about cashmere the price is usually in the hundreds, but the price of cashmere has actually come down. That said – it has not come down this far and this is a great deal.

Amazon’s $99 Flip UltraHD Video Camera (42 %off!)

These cameras (which usually cost $171 on Amazon) are small, high quality, and easy to use. It comes with easy to use editing software for your computer. Just a great deal – usually not this cheap – especially without having to mess with a rebate. Plus – this is the newest model (3rd generation / 8 GB / 2 Hours), not an older model. You can shoot up to 2 hours of better-than-ever HD video on the even slimmer model. They’re really simple to use (just press the big red button to start and stop recording) and edit and share your videos with the FlipShare software.

Kohl’s KitchenAid Mixer $160 (38 percent off!)

What bride and groom haven’t asked for this on their registry?! Here’s a chance to buy it for a rock bottom price. The price for the KitchenAid Classic Plus Stand Mixer (275 Watts, 10 speeds, 4.5 qt. bowl) is usually $259.99, but it will be $199.99 on Friday, BUT…if you shop early (3AM – 1PM) you can receive an additional 10 percent off and a $20 rebate – making the price $160! This is the kind of deal we specialize in finding all year round. A great sale of 38.4 percent off, coupled with a special 10 percent off and a coupon on top of it.

Shopping bonus – You’ll $30 in Kohl’s Cash you’d collect by spending over $150. How does that work? Well for every $50 spent (in store or online) shoppers get $10 Kohl’s Cash back that can be used towards anything in the store on a future purchase. For example the Kohl’s Cash received on Black Friday would be available for use November 29 – December 6. You can’t immediately use the card.

Sam’s Club Wii Bundle for $299 (15 percent off!)

Sam’s Club has low prices every day, but is going even further on Black Friday. With all the competition in motion gaming coming to market around Christmas, the price of a Wii – especially the bundles with 2 controllers, 2 wheels, 2 nunchucks, 3 games, are coming way down. Don’t expect the new gaming systems to come at a discount for some time. This Wii bundle is usually $350 at Sam’s Club, but will be 15 percent off making it $299.


Black Friday shoppers see pleasure where others see pain

November 25, 2010

tickle me elmoBy Jason Hanna and Ann Hoevel, CNN

(CNN) — Like a football coach preparing for a rival, Nicki Shoulders has been seriously game-planning for Black Friday — right down to the play sheet.

The Tennessee mother of three created a master page of the stores she and her friend want to hit near Nashville, when they open, the toys and other wares they want and the special prices.

On Thanksgiving, she’ll browse newspaper ads as the family prepares for dinner, making sure she didn’t miss any tantalizing deals in her online research.

Crowds? Stress? Sleeplessness? Bah. She knows what she wants, and she’s going to have fun getting it.

“It’s just the adrenaline and the rush and the excitement,” said Shoulders, 26, of Lafayette. “And we want to make sure that we’re able to get what we want.”

Black Friday is the day on which we’ve heard about a few stampedes, fights and even deaths over the years as eager shoppers pushed their ways toward cut-rate electronics or “it” toys like Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies and Tickle Me Elmos.

The vast majority avoid violence, but shoppers on Black Friday — the day-after-Thanksgiving event in which stores lure holiday shoppers with sales — still endure huge crowds at odd hours, even though holiday deals can be found on other days in stores and online.

Up to 138 million people plan to shop in U.S. stores on Black Friday and the weekend, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. The federation says it’s not clear what percentage of U.S. holiday shoppers visit stores on Black Friday, but shoppers reported spending about $41.2 billion over 2009′s Black Friday weekend. The federation forecasts that in-store retail sales for 2010′s entire months of November and December will be $447.1 billion.

What compels shoppers to head into Black Friday’s mad rush? For Jasmine Leisa Grimes — who at 29 will be making her first go of it — it’s her competitiveness. It has caught up with her. The Atlanta, Georgia, resident no longer wants to miss the deals that friends were telling her they got in stores.

“I’m going to be tired from the L-tryptophan in the turkey, but so what? I’m going to treat [Black Friday] like it’s my job,” she said. She’ll be doing heavy research Thursday before dinner, and she wasn’t sure whether she and her boyfriend would have time to sleep before heading for an early opening Friday.

“He wasn’t excited before, but we’re talking flat-screen TVs at a fraction of the price, so he’s on board,” she said.

The New York native says she’s not worried about wading into the masses: “I’m a New Yorker, so forget about crowds and tempers.” As for the online alternative? “I feel like I wouldn’t get the same deals online. I think it’s an exclusive thing to be in the store at that time to get those prices,” she said.

It’s not hard to find Black Friday haters. On Facebook pages devoted to pooh-poohing the day, writers accuse shoppers of being puppets controlled by marketers.

“No sale is worth me being at freakin Target at 4 a.m. on my day off!” someone wrote on an “I Hate Black Friday” page.

Jennifer Brecher, 39, doesn’t enjoy shopping to begin with, so she avoids crowded Black Friday like the plague. She’d rather shop online or visit stores later. She tried the day just once, at the urging of a sister-in-law who wanted to duck into a store to buy a computer.

“I said, ‘OK, but I may run out screaming,’” the El Dorado Hills, California, resident said. (She survived the 15-minute transaction.)

While the Black Friday opponents have a home on Facebook, the deal-seekers find comfort online, too. Multiple online communities devote themselves to pre-Black Friday sale announcements, coupon proliferation and strategy sharing.

Black Friday shopper Crystal Vania has seen these sites, but she waits until after Thanksgiving dinner to see the advertisements. “People looking in advance, it seems so forgetting of the Thanksgiving holiday. This way, you acknowledge Thanksgiving and then have a fun day the next day,” she said.

She and her husband might visit stores from 4 a.m. to about noon Friday. If they get deals, great. But people are the main attraction.

“We’re both kind of people watchers,” said Vania, 45, of Florissant, Missouri. “Usually you strike up a conversation with someone: ‘How was your Thanksgiving?’ It’s more of a social event, and it’s a tradition that we’ve done all of our lives.”

Black Friday has that name because it’s the day retailers historically began to go “in the black,” or make a profit, for the year. It is one of the year’s busiest shopping days, though the Saturday before Christmas often is busier, according to the retail federation.

The cultural significance of Friday after Thanksgiving has varied. Dan Butler, the federation’s vice president of merchandising and retail operations, said sales were rare in the 20th century’s first half, but stores started marking down merchandise on that day in the 1950s and 1960s.

Retailers began to have special sales at different times in the 1970s, but because Black Friday was for years the first weekend of markdowns, consumers count on that day for sales, and retailers oblige.

“It became ingrained in our culture. People go home to visit families and have one of the few times they can go shopping together. It’s a social tradition as well as an economic tradition,” Butler said.

For Shoulders, the Tennessee shopper, Black Friday is an enjoyable way to get more value for her kids’ presents.

“We’re exhausted when we get home, but we look forward to this every year,” she said.


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