With the UK lockdown easing, I decided today was the day to recommence our #OnThePegs Store Report. It has been 3-months since I set foot in a Toy Store and my son was eager to get out too.
Smyths have set up their stores very well for Covid-19 controls. There is a marshall at the front of the store, along with a sanitisation station. There is no one-way system, but each aisle is marked for 2m distancing. Toilets are closed, which may be an issue for younger children.
The Action Figure aisle has received some big new arrivals since March, and we started with a look at the new Lanard Toys Alien Collection. The sets included the Xenomorph Swarm Drone and Runner, both £9.99. And the Queen for £19.99. My son chose to pick up the Drone set, and loves it - I will encourage him to do a review this week.
Star Wars section is not much bigger than pre-lockdown, but we now have the 2nd Wave of the 40th Anniversary figures for £19.99. These will get shopped and damaged, so not ideal for carded collectors. My Smyths had Lando and 2 x Tie Fighter Pilots. Next door we had Transformers and there was a whole raft of the new Netflix War for Cyberverse Transformers, starting at £19.99 each.
Marvel has grown again with the new Gamerverse Legends in stock at £19.99 each. I could only see Captain America, Ironman and Ms. Marvel, which will be a bit odd for anyone who wants to complete the BAF. There did look to be cases on the top shelf, so the others may just not have been put out.
The Marvel section also included the new basic 6 inch Gamerverse figures. These include Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Iron-Man at £9.99 each - with some two packs for £19.99. They only had Hulk vs Abomination in my Smyths, there is a Taskmaster vs Iron-Man also.
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About Me : As a child of the 70's and 80's I grew up in a golden age for action figures and in my youth bought and sold myself through collections of Star Wars, G.I. Joe (Action Force) and M.A.S.K. while also dabbling in He-Man, Transformers and Ghostbusters. Roll forward and I am now reliving that Youth with the action figures of today and am a collector and fan of the larger 6-8 inch figures from my favourite movie and TV licences - including the ones mentioned above, but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who and the Aliens. I launched The Mephitsu Archives in 2015 with a view of creating a UK focused site or these figures where fans can pick up the latest action figure news, read reviews and get information on where to buy their figures and what is currently on store shelves. I hope I am delivering that to you guys...
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