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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:07 PM »
We have a cast!

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Saga Legends / Re: 2013 Japan Blind-Box Saga Legends Figures
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:40 AM »
I am not a fan of blind packed items, especially when they don't have some sort of identifying codes, so I personally would not be in favor of concept for figures. I have had a hard enough time finding decent paint apps on most of the Legends and Mission Series figures. Blind packs probably would have kept me from collecting the figures altogether.

That being said... I bet an OT-themed series would do well here in the States. Stormie, Luke, Vader, 3PO, Fett, etc. If Hasbro got them out for $4 or $5, either in boxes like the Japanese figures or bagged, they could be a lot of fun.

Expanding upon Jesse's droid idea, what would you guys think about blind packed Build-A-Droid parts? Imagine the parts for an astro split across four separate bags, at maybe $2-$3 per bag. That could be a solid way to expand the Disney concept to everyone.

So uh... 36 hours left for this super-cool Kickstarter from Marauder Gun Runners:

Obviously getting it funded is not a problem at this point. Some of the "rewards" are great deals though, especially with the added stretch-goal freebies. I pre-ordered way too much, but I couldn't resist supplementing my Joe collection with a bunch of figures and accessories.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 27, 2014, 01:25 PM »
Checked again this morning and much to my relief, at least at this point, none of the books on my book shelf of well over 100 SW EU books have spontaneously combusted yet.

The combustion is schedules to occur on May the 4th.  ;D

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Okay, can someone clarify something for me - is ALL EU considered out?

I took's press release to mean that anything post-ROTJ was out. However, I'm seeing on different sites (especially JTA's reports) and from different interpretations people saying that all EU is dead. So I'm not sure exactly what's going on.

I would say that all EU is on the chopping block, but some eras might not be in imminent "danger" of being changed. Obviously post-ROTJ is getting thrown out, but Rebels might also trample over some pre-existing comics, games and novels. KOTOR and Prequel era stuff is probably "safe" for the time being, but only until Disney/LFL turns their attention to those time periods with spinoff movies or TV shows. That's just my thinking on the announcement.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:10 PM »
I am excited to see how this new continuity lines-up across the movies, novels, comics, etc. I may be more encouraged to read a novel if it links directly to one of the movies.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 25, 2014, 05:32 PM »
This move seems to be the best course of action. It gives Disney/LFL a clean slate for the new movies, while not totally ignoring what has come before. It's especially nice that at least some of the old works will be kept around in print as the "Legends" series. That is better treatment than what the 2003 Clone Wars cartoon received back 2008.

I am surprised by the generally positive reaction to these figures. They strike me as realistic styled versions of those Force Battler gimmicky figures... great for kids no doubt, but extremely toy-ish. I have yet to cave on any Hasbro 12" soap bottles or Jakks 31" figures, so I doubt I'll get any of these either.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:28 PM »
Definitely one of the best characters IMO.

Who doesn't have a lot of friends in King's Landing...

Whose patron was just accused of poisoning the king...

That's what I was thinking, though he doesn't have a ton of enemies either...  He's just there.  Tyrion getting arrested doesn't help him though, for sure.  :-\

With Tyrion arrested who will pay poor Bronn?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:00 AM »
Did the actor playing Ser Illyn pass away? I recall reading a couple years back that he came down with a serious illness, possibly cancer of some type.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:18 PM »
I think I have a man-crush on Bronn. While the big wedding dominated the episode, the brief scene of Bronn training Jaimie was my favorite part.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:16 PM »
These figures have a slight animated vibe to them, which I like. I am leaning towards getting one of the Augurt (August + Yogurt?  :P) figures. The SOL figure struck me as rather basic and light on accessories, which made the price point hard to justify. The Augurt has more weapons and appears to have more going on sculpt-wise, so it seems like the right choice for me to try out.

I have to admit though, the statue/dio set looks great. The vehicles are still overpriced IMO.

Just curious but is this on clearance too?  If so, A) that's a shame, and B) where I can get 3 dozen of them for their clearance prices?  :D

I don't think I have seen any Speeder Bikes around since last summer perhaps. They hung around for awhile but all of a sudden vanished from shelves.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:02 AM »
I found some figs tonight for my bro but 5B's are getting picked over DAMN fast here.

I got a Kwinn, Flint, and some others.  Army builders are almost always gone immediately.  I'm looking though.

I was hoping to find Lady Jaye for myself, but that's not the wave coming in here I guess?

I got an Ultimate SS though, for my meager "I want ultimates of figures I dug as a kid" collection, and holy **** is this SS "ultimate" to the max.  I can't even tell what half his accessories even are, they're so tiny and weird looking.

Ultimate SS is a steal for five bucks. Kwinn and Flint are pretty awesome too. As I said earlier... I'm so bummed my region isn't getting that wave. I would have a field day.

Regarding Lady Jaye, that figure is shipping with the other assortment, aka the Night Viper wave. I'm hoping the Five Below distribution changes at some point, with the Night Viper wave hitting up north and the Ultimates down south. If you get desperate for a Lady Jaye and don't mind paying ten bucks, TRU might be worth a shot.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:12 AM »
Typically the Con exclusives don't impress me, but some of the figures this year are very nice. The Zombie Steel Brigade is terrific, and the Clutch doesn't look too bad either. I hope to track down those figures along with Outback and the zombie Dog from the box set, assuming I can find somewhat reasonable prices. The Steel Brigade Pilot also looks neat, but I don't really like the Ghost Hawk so I definitely can't justify the price for that one.

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