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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.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:00 AM »
I'm jealous of the Five Belows up north getting the "Ultimate" wave. Down here the local Five Belows are only stocking the Night Viper wave, which isn't terrible, but the "Ultimate" wave would have been way better.

TRU has also been stocking the Night Viper wave fairly regularly over the past three weeks or so. I think one case per week at two different stores in my area. Once again, I would have preferred to see the "Ultimate" wave.

The Bullpen / Re: Avengers Infinite
« on: April 3, 2014, 05:38 PM »
Spotted these at Target earlier. Well, 3 Iron Men and 2 Caps. The packaging is similar to the Black Series packaging. $9.99 a pop i you're lucky enough to find the new figures.

Just curious did this line have its own peg space and DPCI, or was it the same space and number as MU? If the latter they may never show up near me.

No true duds in this wave IMO. Mace isn't as exciting as the rest but is a masterpiece compared to the lousy figures in waves 1 and 2.

I have two K-Marts reasonably close to me.

One is possibly the best store ever, and they currently stock (and re-stock) toys more frequently than Wal-Mart or Target. The store is clean, well organized, and in a fairly nice location. It is tied with TRU at the moment as my favorite place to look for toys.

The other K-Mart... it's a Glock store. It is located in a nice area, but the store itself is trashy and dirty. Poorly organized and run (like... new items in a clearance aisle, several week late resets, POTF2 back stock/returns in 2011), lazy employees, and all-around deplorable shopping experience.

Guess which store is closing?  :D

I honestly don't recall seeing this, but if it was in those large Target sets of 9 figures, I probably would've not known, nor cared, because they were all repacks...  It'd only be of interest to a carded collector, but I have a feeling if this is part of the Target big 9-packs then you can find it in the 9-pack for less than what he paid for it individually, which would be funny as all get out.

The Android set wasn't released in the big 9-pack (or 3-pack 3-pack), but rather individually in one of the follow-up waves. I know a few of those sets (like Vader/Stormtrooper/DST, Obi/Han/Luke, Androids) ended up slightly rare in my area. $150 still seems unrealistically high for the set... something like $50 would seem much more down to earth.

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:02 PM »
I saw Falcon flying around in a commercial last night! Can that character's appearance really be considered a spoiler if he is included in the advertising?

Who's found Fett so far?

He's available on Amazon for $14, but I haven't seen him anywhere.  I'm wondering if it's worth it to just pay double what he'd cost in the store to be done with it...

I have an extra loose and carded Fett at cost if you want one. It's definitely not worth paying double for Fett, or any 5poa figure for that matter. 

Modern Classifieds / Re: Star Wars Black Series FS
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:24 PM »
Big update

Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:25 PM »
I was told people were really going ape**** over the last figure announced?

I kinda wish there was something like this for Star Wars, honestly...  If we were getting obscurity for a premium that basically Hasbro guaranteed us they weren't ever going to do, so deal with it here or not at all, I think I'd be in with just a tinge of bitching.  :-\

Tonnika Sisters, complete with camel toe, anyone?

I didn't get the Joe subscription, but that final "bonus" figure sure did seem like a slap in the face. For the price and quality (or lack thereof) I really think the Joe club is a total farce, and I would be very disappointed if a similar operation got ahold of rights for Star Wars .

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:44 PM »
The leader of the marauder gang made some comment to Daryl like "let's go hurt people" or something like that. That, along with the one guy choking out the other when Rick was hiding, has me thinking that these guys are just on a senseless rampage in this lawless state. A gang like this seems even more dangerous than a psycho like the Governor, who still had some self-imposed rules/limits. It should be interesting when the marauder gang crosses paths with any of our "hero" groups.

My point is, people need to start faulting retail a ****load more for their over-ordering (or not changing DPCI's, or not supporting the line at all), rather than faulting Hasbro for stuff...  I know that's the "in thing" to do, but seriously...  Case assortments weren't GREAT, but at the same time, perhaps in a non-movie year, retail should be held somewhat accountable...  If K-Mart can do it, why can't Wal-Mart?  Or Target?  They can too.  TRU would be in bigger trouble if not for sales...  which again, where are WM and Target on that front?

Very well said Jesse. Granted the case assortments could be better, but Target and Wal-Mart allotting just 1 or 2 pegs (if not zero) to any given assortment has to be a big part of the problem. I recall hearing that Target's automatic re-order triggers only when the product quantity hits 1 less than the number of spaces/pegs, which would mean my local store (with one peg for TBS) only restocks when there are no figures left.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:18 PM »
Anakin turned out surprisingly nice, and the Clone looks good. I'll pick both up if I find them with good paint apps. Chewbacca is rather disappointing though... the plastic seems too shiny, and something is off with the eyes.

I'm torn on these new figures... While I am very excited to see these new and updated characters, the figures look rather cheap in the photos. It might be a combination of the paint, sculpting, and shiny plastic that is giving me bad vibes. Hopefully they will be more like the Wave 3 Vizams and Merumerus than Wave 2 Stormies or Mara Jades when they finally hit retail.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:59 PM »

I don't recall seeing the guy who had been killed by Rick with the "marauder" group when they found Daryl, but I'm not 100% sure. The only two guys I recognized for sure were the older leader and bandana guy. I'm hoping they don't jumble up the timeline by having Daryl meeting the "marauders" before Rick's stay in that house. The show is already hard enough to keep track of with the main cast split into small groups.

I've been thinking about this and I'm not sure what the timeline jumbling would do at this point for the season.  It would have been a "oh crap" moment if at the end of Rick's episode that the whole Maurader gang was revealed and Darryl was with them.  However, at this point, I don't think it serves any benefit/shock value.

I agree. I'm guessing Rick's group will eventually cross paths with the Marauders again, and Daryl's current presence should create enough drama. No need for any time jumps.

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