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Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:13 PM »
That's the first I've heard of the yellow version being released.  I've not noticed it on ebay and find it hard to believe no one has sold them on the secondary market.  Not doubting you Nick, just surprised to see there is another.  That leaves me with three holes.   :-\

It was just a promo, nothing more.  When I went to Toy Tokyo in Manhattan a few months ago I noticed that they had one.  They told me how they got it and also refused to sell it to me.

MOSNAB:  The ROTS series of Bust Ups is due out in October.  That's the word straight from Gentle Giant.

I've always loved the Action Fleet line.  But where is the love for the Collector's Fleet line?  That Star Destroyer ROCKS!

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: August 27, 2005, 09:28 PM »
I saw the pic of the no-helmet Unitas.  Are we getting back into that again?  I'm certainly not going to get into that downward spiral of chasing after the no-helmets.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Scalpers in the old days?
« on: August 24, 2005, 11:54 PM »
I was able to find every figure at retail back in the day.  It was tougher to find some figures, but you did find them.  I actually remember rifling through the pegs looking for Yoda back in 1980 and I was able to find him.  Damn, I miss Child World!  One of the best toy stores EVER!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 22, 2005, 09:05 AM »
Nick, if they don't continue this line, especially given the (seemingly) universal praise and lauding that Evolutions is getting, it will baffle me more than any other decision they haven't made over the years.  There are so many possibilities with the line that could be explored, and to cut it short after three sets would be a real disappointment.

My concerns are based on what happened with the Unleashed line.  That line seemed to be universally lauded, and yet Hasbro bailed on it.  Why?  It was a cost VS earnings issue.  They're going to make decisions based on that sometimes, and not a line's perceived popularity.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 21, 2005, 01:23 PM »
I picked up the Sith and Clone Trooper sets the other day.  I finally had the opportunity to open them up yesterday and I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed.  These figures are definitely on par with the VOTC line.  I sincerely hope these do well enough for Hasbro to consider a future for this line.

I regret some of the Sports Picks purchases.  There really was no need to be such a completist as I was and I should've focused only on players that I like and locals than anything else.  I don't really need that many Red Wings players, do I?

Other Toy Lines / Re: Are action figures dying?
« on: August 20, 2005, 04:02 AM »
There certainly seems to be an oversaturation of the market.  It seems that many intellectual properties have gone and licensed out the rights to make action figure lines for movies that just can't sustain a toy line.

The scene at retail has become pretty hairy.  The big name companies are fighting like mad for retail shelf space.  Between Hasbro, Mattel, Toy Biz and McFarlane there is a lot of competition to get product on the shelves.  And so much product is out there that it seems that there are too many options of consumers.  And this is before you start factoring in the boutique toy companies like Mezco, NECA, SOTA, DC Direct, Marvel Select, Sideshow and so many others.  Those companies can barely even get their foot in the mass retail door, opting to go for chains like Suncoast and Diamond distributed comic shops.

It seems to me that even though there are so many options, there is the definite possibility that the industry is burning itself out.  There are just too many films and TV shows that are selling their licenses and the toy companies are gambling that they're going to strike it rich with some odd movie license.  For instance, The Brothers Grimm looks like an interesting movie to me.  Terry Gilliam directed it, and the overall look is pretty cool.  Would it make a successful toy line?  Probably not.  Just look at some of the fairly signifigant toy lines that some major companies have launched in support of reasonably successful films.  For instance, Van Helsing.  Decent movie, but certainly not an Oscar winner.  But you know what?  Stinker of a toy line.  How about The Grinch?  I can't cite box office figures, but usually a Jim Carrey movie does well, and Director Ron Howard has been pretty successful.  How about the toy line?  Complete and utter dreck.  What about the revised Masters Of The Universe line?  There was a built in fanbase of people who liked the old show, assorted toy collectors and new fans who were brought on board by the new cartoon series.  How did that perform?  Terribly.  The line was ended after being handled very poorly by Mattel.  The road of action figure history is littered with these kinds of failures, yet toy companies big and small continue to chase the golden egg that they think might lie with some odd movie or television license.

I'll give it a couple of years until there starts to be some serious industry consolidation.  Some of the boutique companies are going to get bigger and buy out some of their competition, and some of the bigger companies may very well buy up some of the boutique companies as well.  Some boutique toy manufacturers may wind up folding altogether, and in the case of Mattel, I think they're in serious trouble unless they get some better guidance on how to handle their various licenses.

I don't think there's the collector customer base to continue as things are now, and the bubble may be ready to burst.  My most recent con experience makes me think this could very well be the case.  I've gone to Wizard World in Chicago three years running.  And each successive year it seems that attendance has actually dropped.  Major licensees have also cut back on their presence at these events, too.

In short, my answer is yes.  I think action figures are on the decline.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:07 AM »
NFL fans, rejoice!  I found the Dawkins/Vick 2-Pack today.  It's good to know that the NFL segment of the line is getting into gear for the new season.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 20, 2005, 12:02 AM »
Scored 3 Clone Evolutions sets and 1 Sith Evolutions set today.  NICE!

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: August 18, 2005, 01:27 AM »
I just opened mine tonight and I have the same fears of McFarlane disease for this new Darth Vader.

Feedback / Re: Morgbug's feedback
« on: August 16, 2005, 08:23 PM »
Received a shipment from Brent.  All was good in terms of timeliness and the packing was impeccable.  Thanks!

LaMont Jordan is going to get WAY more carries this year.  The reason he didn't last year?  Because he was the backup to the guy who won the NFL rushing title last year, Curtis Martin.  Somehow I think LaMont is gonna get more carries in Oakland this year.  Good scouting on this one, Scott.  Especially since defenses are going to have a hard time defending Jordan along with Randy Moss and Jerry Porter.

Modern Trading / Re: Gentle Giant Luke Stormtrooper & TF Vader F/T
« on: August 12, 2005, 06:59 AM »
Updated as of 08.12.2005

Got the Yoda mini-bust so that's off my wants list.

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: August 12, 2005, 02:36 AM »
Yes, it's the life size Yoda.  It's difficult to distinguish whether it's an AOTC or ROTS version.  It's one or the other though.

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