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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Honestly, for the cost why not just sell the rights to Disney?

I doubt Disney wants to pay for it.  For all the non-Disney rights Marvel properties (FF4, Spiderman, X-men, etc.) it is a use or lose it situation.  Fox, Sony, et al. have to pay the money to put out something to keep the rights, otherwise it goes back to Disney/Marvel.  If a new rushed FF4 fails, then it is quite possible Fox gives up on it and Disney gets it back for nothing as happened with Daredevil, Ghostrider, Blade, and the Punisher.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:27 AM »

If you want to get upset about this movie - get upset about the fact that this production may end up being complete garbage because it's a rush-job to help 20th Century Fox retain Fantastic Four rights.

That is probably the most pertinent thing said in this whole debate.  All Fox really cares about is making sure the rights don't revert back to Marvel/Disney.  Hence why the Avengers won't be taking on Skrulls or Galactus.

LEGO / Re: $14,762 for a complete set
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:48 AM »
I wonder if they are cheating a bit with Spiderman and Batman.  I'm not sure they ever had just the Spiderman license versus a Marvel license.  It looks like they show 15 Spiderman sets, but Marvel has more than that.  Batman initially was a stand alone license, but has since been lumped in with DC.

As for Star Wars, that number looks accurate based on my spreadsheet of my collection based on the sets MSRP.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: February 5, 2014, 02:21 PM »
Maybe the movie is intended to be more like the Superfriends?  Here's the official cast list:

Superman - Henry Cavill
Batman - Ben Affleck
Wonder Woman - Gal Gadot
Green Lantern - Dwyane Johnson
Robin - Joaquin Phoenix
Cyborg - Jerry Seinfeld
The Flash - Morgan Freeman
Aquaman - Joe Pesci
Hawkman - Ken Jeong
Lois Lane - Amy Adams
Lex Luthor - Jesse Eisenberg
Clay Face - Betty White
The Joker - Zach Galifianakis
Darkseid - Jon Heder
Catwoman - Rebel Wilson
Alfred - Jeremy Irons

I would totally pay $10 to see this train wreck come to life.

If they are going this route, you have to cast the Wonder Twins with a CGI Gleek.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:11 AM »
I was surprised to find that having true (high) shipping costs hasn't overly hindered my international auctions as much as I had thought. 

Like I mentioned, I cleaned out my entire 12" collection including Taun Tauns and Speeder Bikes.  All of them ended up shipping international where shipping was $55 or higher per item.  I think it ended up driving bidders to buy lots of stuff and combine shipping. 

I had a guy from Germany buy $500 worth of stuff as a result and pay $175 in shipping.

Not sure if shipping from Canada to international locations is similar or worse than US rates though.

What is the going rate of Hasbro 12" stuff these days?  With all the Sideshow stuff, I was thinking of trying to ditch most of my Hasbro 12" stuff if I could get decent money for it.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:20 AM »
She is actually a togruta and not a twilek.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 16, 2014, 06:51 AM »
Wouldn't ahsoka by this point be over 25 years older than the say 15-18 she is in The Clone Wars?

It all depends when they set the movie, but in ANH Ashoka would be ~35 years old.  I would think that Episode VII would be at least 20 years beyond that, so Ashoka would be 50+ by then.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Breakfast Cereal
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:08 AM »
I think I have only seen the "Big Three" in one store besides Target.  Target is probably the best place to find all five.  They also exclusively have the retro packaging at Target.  For whatever reason, they have not been stocked in the cereal aisle.  I have seen them either at the end caps at the registers or in the Halloween section.

I had never heard of Brute or Mummy before this year either.  I remember seeing the other three on the shelves.  Boo Berry did seem to be pretty scarce most of the time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 6, 2013, 02:32 PM »
Another thing I forgot to add is quality control. LEGO must have their toys made in some magical fairy land because they always seem to have the correct paint apps, the boxes aren't falling apart on the shelves, etc.

Hasbro seems to really struggle to maintain quality across all their lines. They use the wrong images, inferior packaging, sloppy paint apps, you name it. It just comes across as half-assed.

I have purchased just about every Star Wars Lego set.  I have been a bit behind on my building, but I finally started building the large Imperial Shuttle set a few weeks ago.  This is the first set I have encountered that was actually missing pieces.  They put in two copies of one bag of pieces (that should not have had two copies) and missed one bag.  I called customer service and they had my missing parts shipped to me at no cost about two weeks later (and they shipped from Denmark).  The real neat thing is they have everything on their computer and can tell you how many bags came in the set and can virtually open each bag in the set on the computer and tell you what should be in each bag.  With over 100 unique part types in the set, it made it much easier than taking an inventory off of the parts list.  The whole call probably took less than 10 minutes.  I have never had to call Hasbro CS, but I doubt they could beat the department at Lego.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 6, 2013, 02:26 PM »
One factor there is that LEGO can afford to have exceptional QC because LEGO sets cost WAY more than Hasbro toys.  I'm sure if Hasbro could charge $20 for a 3.75" figure, the QC would be amazing.

They are not that far off from that price point now.  Even at $10/figure, I don't think the bubbles should be falling off.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 6, 2013, 11:00 AM »
I think another thing that helps Lego is that they retire sets.  The 2014 set list looks like a lot or rehashes, but they are items that haven't been around for years.  Hasbro doesn't hesitate to have three Luke or Vader figures out at the same time.  The Greatest Hits stuff has killed Hasbro.  The only thing I ever see at stores is GH and whatever was the first wave of the year.  I am still seeing TPM wave vintage figures on the pegs.  With Lego, you almost always see the new product when it comes out.  I can't think of anything Hasbro has done in the past five to ten years that is as cool as the Lego Death Star and Ewoks Village sets.  Maybe the Big Millennium Falcon is as cool, but that Death Star set is hard to beat.  I would love to see a Hasbro set with that many play features.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 5, 2013, 02:08 PM »
Lego puts out a lot better and more consistent product than Hasbro.  Also, Lego is lot easier to find and they actually sell their new product on their website.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: August 15, 2013, 03:26 PM »
Seems like a lackluster list.  Just about everything is a rehash of some sort.

No doubt it'd have been a random clone, but damn it is always amusing to watch the completists go into meltdown for the SDCC exclusives.

That really didn't apply with Sideshow.  All of their convention exclusives have been offered in non-attendee versions so they have been quite easy to acquire.

One point = $0.01

You receive one point for every dollar that you spend.  You do not earn ANY points on an item that you use reward points to purchase, even if you only partially reduce the price.

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