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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - Rogue One Wave 1
« on: September 28, 2016, 03:10 PM »
Stopped at WM this morning, and found this entire wave on the pegs. Took it up to checkout, and they wouldn't scan. They called over a supervisor, same thing. Then a random worker walked past and said "yeah, those are recalled, we can't sell them". So they took them all and said sorry. I understand it's not a big deal, but I didn't like my chances of finding these on Friday since I can't get out super early, so it would have been nice to knock a few things off the list. They also had the new two packs and Hera's A-wing, same story. Our WM consistently proves to be the worst, always so unhelpful. That said, they looked nice in the box.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: September 16, 2016, 04:42 PM »
Stopped by Wal-Mart today, and surprise surprise they had some of these on the pegs - and on "rollback" for around $10. No Leias surprisingly, but they had Han and Phasma (and several Finns). Sadly, I was almost excited to find these for $10, like the VOTC days.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 16, 2016, 04:33 PM »
Surprising, as it seemed like that tank would fit in perfectly here. Vehicles almost seem like an afterthought any more though.  We used to get EU based stuff, Clone Wars vehicles, even comic based stuff sometimes. Now we can barely get more than two from a brand new movie. Thanks for both participating, and reporting back, about the Hasbro hangout Jeff - much appreciated.

Hall of Justice / Re: Batman TAS / New Adventures 6 Inch Line!
« on: September 12, 2016, 04:53 PM »
I'm hoping to pick up the Gordon figure soon as well. I really love this line, but I'm a little behind and need to do some catching up. Still on the fence with the vehicles, I'd love to have them, but not sure I have the room. Really glad they are making this line and covering so many characters, maybe my favorite show of all time.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: September 2, 2016, 10:48 AM »
Actually, since my last post, Enchantress has been added to this wave, so that's my mistake. I think that the figures are evenly packed, although I'm not sure on that.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 02:40 PM »
Wow, $300. I sort of wanted to pick one of these up (if not for myself, then for the kiddo at Christmas), but at that price no way.  I really wonder how these will move at that price. At $300, you are right in line with video game systems, and that might be a tough sell with most kids.

It's funny, just this weekend I was showing our daughter some of the old Christmas catalog scans online (Sears and Penneys), and seeing 10 figures for $20, the Falcon for $25, and the AT-AT for $50 really makes today's sticker shock even worse. I know, rising costs and inflation and all that....but it sure would be nice if things were as simple and affordable as that. For a line that is supposed to be focused on kids, I have no idea how they would be able to keep up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: August 16, 2016, 09:42 AM »
Couldn't agree more. I had read about the series prior to release and couldn't wait for it, and watched that first weekend. Loved it, and can't wait for season 2.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: August 2, 2016, 01:18 PM »
As far as the SDCC showings go, I thought it was another killer presentation for the Legends brand.  After a rough start when they took over the license, Hasbro has really been firing on all cylinders the past few years with the Legends line.  I recently got the X-Men and Spidey waves from BBTS, and some of the figures in there are among the best I've gotten - specifically the females in the X-Men wave.  All of them looked pretty great though.  As far as the SDCC reveals, we've got tons more on the way it seems.  We've still got another Cap wave, followed up by:

Dr. Strange (Dormammu BAF)
Dr. Strange
Dr. Strange (Movie)
Baron Mordo (Movie)
Nico Minoru
Iron Fist
Brother Voodoo

Green Goblin
Spidey 2099 (Modern)
Black Suit Spider-Man
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Spider-Man UK

Guardians of the Galaxy (Titus BAF)
Nova (Sam Alexander)
Vance Astro
TBD (Movie Figure)
TBD (Movie Figure)

X-Men (Warlock BAF)
Dazzler (Disco)
Cyclops (Jim Lee)

Also shown were a new Sue Storm (with Herbie), Mary Jane Watson, Monica Rambeau, Netflix Punisher, Netflix Jessica Jones, and a possible Dark Phoenix figure.  So much goodness, and really hoping that get that Mary Jane figure right (waiting for a comic MJ for awhile now, hopefully classic Gwen Stacy isn't far behind either).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:56 PM »
I haven't had a chance to read all the details yet, but it sounds like MattyCollector is getting shut down at the end of the year, with the MOTU figures shifting to Super7. The Thundercats line appears to be cancelled, although the four or so planned out for 2016 will come out. Big changes in store for those lines. Honestly I haven't bought any He-Man figures recently, and was pretty happy with my collection. I sort of wanted the Filmation He-Man, but missed out so I just moved on.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:51 PM »
After the small drips we've had at conventions the past few years, I thought Comic Con was surprisingly eventful. I loved the 6" figures shown, between Lando (!), the Royal Guard, and a Tusken, that covers a lot of my top wants for this line. Plus, I love seeing that Hera is getting made (and hopefully the rest of the crew), as well as Qui-Gon. All of them look pretty great, and I'll likely get them all.

Not a ton of 3 3/4" shown, as usual, but still some goodness with the Rogue One and Rebels stuff. It would be nice if we came to more of a middle ground on articulation, but I think this is just the future of the line at this point. Honestly, if the Black Series exclusives were easier to find, I wouldn't even mind a small number of SA collector figures each year, and continuing the main line as it is. Ditching the deluxe/armor up/whatever line and replacing it with the Black Series across all retailers would be even better.  I agree that the AT-ACT toy looks like a lot of fun. When I showed that to my daughter, she thought it was great and it **** to the top of the achristmas list. Plus, we've got the very well made big AT-AT from a few years back, and that's great.  I'm perfectly fine with this new era of Star Wars offering fun toys for the new generation, just like we had with the vintage line.

Would have been nice to see a bit more from Rogue One (the ultra secrecy with each new movie is going to get old quick), and it really doesn't seem like we will see much OT (or PT/CW) in the basic line anymore which is disappointing. That said, probably the best showing at a Con/Fair in quite some time.

Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: July 21, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Ordered as well. I never got the earlier BB, giving it to my daughter, and thought this might be a fun version to have. Does anyone know if there are other options for buying the SDCC exclusive Han Solomwith bowcaster and Indiana Jones with idol? I would like to get both, but can't find them online or whether they are store exclusives or just exclusive to SDCC.

Definitely seems strange again this time around, although most of the finalists seemed a little iffy to me too. I'm happy for those who are getting the character they want, but I have to admit the results make me feel more in the minority of this hobby in a way. I thought about starting a separate thread for this, but do you think our collecting crowd are the "dinosaurs" of the hobby now? I know we have a group of all ages here at JD, but it always seemed to have at least somewhat similar opinions on things when it came to these fan lists, as well as the direction of the line, etc.  It seems more and more that the collecting community is so segmented on everything.

I'll admit, JD is the only forum I frequent anymore, so maybe our community is different than some from the other sites. There seems to be so much negativity surrounding the line(s), and I'm honestly very surprised that these EU characters make the cut ahead of things like the Gamorrean Guard, Lando, Royal Guard, etc. It made more sense in the 3 3/4 line, where we have gotten nearly everything, but I'm not sure these characters are necessarily "gimmes" for the 6" scale. Especially with at least half the slots taken up by new movie/media figures each year. Anyways, I just used to think we were a more united group in total as a community, but it sometimes seems now that communities like ours here are the dinosaurs of the hobby. That, or the whole thing is rigged  ;)

Definitely Dengar for me as well. Aaaand so far he's in last place. I really don't understand the voting on these last two, at least in 3 3/4" we used to focus on stuff from the movies before delving into the EU stuff.

Looks like the finalists are up for vote on Star

I can't say I'm overly excited about the choices, but I'm happy to see the fans get a say regardless. I'll opt for the character that is actually from the movies  ;)

The finalists are:

Mara Jade
Jaina Solo
Captain Rex
Darth Talon

I look at our Top 6 here, and realize that I'm proud to be a part of this community and I'm in the right place. I would gladly take any of those, and the selection matches my top choices almost perfectly. Well done again JD. I have to agree with what others have been saying, I don't know that there are any "safe bets" anymore - specifically from the classics or prequels. We have seen how long it takes to even get to the main players (3PO, Obi, Leia, etc.) not to mention second or third tier mainstays like the bounty hunters, cantina, or Jabba goons.

I'm all for people getting to vote for who they want, and that's great, but the EU stuff is honestly sort of lost on me as well. It makes sense in the 3 3/4" line, where nearly everything movie-wise has been covered, but the 6" line still has so far to go to get to everything relevant from the movies. A character that I may want the most right now (Bespin Lando), is a somewhat main character who rarely gets figures - and when he does they aren't always super popular so who knows how many chances he will see. I'd much rather see the big guns and recognizable background characters/troops from the movies get covered before we dip too deep into EU stuff. I guess we'll see what the vote brings.

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