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LEGO / Lego becomes world's biggest toymaker
« on: September 9, 2014, 01:38 PM »
According to CNN

Lego sales grew at 11% for the first six months of this year surpassing Mattel and leaving Hasbro in its dust (now 30% larger than Hasbro).

Back to the topic of price hikes, I'm seeing lots of Twitter/Facebook reports of Target stores raising prices on the 3.75" stuff...

Maybe its to account for the extra labor they have in their distribution system now that they're splitting cases between multiple stores  ::)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:14 PM »
I've seen a local Target restock these at least once since their reset.

Anyone else having trouble getting your Jabba delivered?

Fedex is requiring an in-person signature, and won't let me sign the door tag and leave it for tomorrow.

The pick-up location is about an hour away from my house on the south side, and rerouting it to my office is going to delay by 24 to 48 hours.

All because freaking HasBLOW seemingly is requiring me to physically be there to sign for it.

Glad my wife was home today to get my SDCC Jabba. 

Seems completely unnecessary to have to sign for a $60 item.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: August 13, 2014, 05:48 PM »
I'll be interested to see if the new figures, Clone Trooper and Anakin, end up being the pegwarmers in this bunch with the Stormtrooper and Boba selling through faster.

Saw the Battle of Endor set at $99 at TRU. What an insulting joke that is! I don't see how this is worth the price. The presentation sucks. The figures are just lined up in no action display and the ATST has half its parts missing. They should have included the bunker at that price. Between Hasbro's and ebay's prices this hobby has hit rock bottom. Hasbro isn't even trying on this one.

I don't know if I would solely blame Hasbro for the price.  TRU is pretty good at marking things up unnecessarily high on their own.

I know 95% of us wouldn't really be interested at any price, but its hard to see your average soccer mom springing for this unless it gets down towards $65 or lower.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: August 4, 2014, 01:19 PM »
I heard that your clan isn't visible if it is currently participating in a clan war. 

Wow.  Still up after 30 minutes.  Didn't Boba Fett last something like 90 seconds last year?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 2, 2014, 02:08 PM »
One of the local targets where I saw them doing a reset required a whole crew of laborers.  They were disassembling and rebuilding end caps with shelves.  Not just placing new things on shelves.

These are available to order on right now as well.

Vintage Kenner / Re: History of vinyl cape Jawa
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:43 PM »
I never saw one of these outside of a magazine, but remember looking at the pictures and being stoked that I got the much cooler cloth caped Jawa. 

I thought the vinyl cape on the Jawa looked kind of lame in comparison, and the other vinyl capes (Leia, Obi-Wan, Vader) were prone to ripping.

I'd love to have a vinyl caped Jawa for its rareness and cool factor, but still think the cloth cape is a much better from a toy perspective.

Usually you can find the "out of stock" listing before they make it available, so you can bookmark it and refresh it.  I haven't been able to find that yet this year.

Bah.  At first I was tentative on the 6" line, then I was all in, now I'm not so sure again. 

We're only seeing a handful of 6" figures trickle out each year - which I'm generally okay with.  Now it appears that half of the "new" figures are purely repaints/kit bashed.

Love the all the "big" 6" stuff like the Tauntaun, speeder bikes, etc.  Just wish they would go a little lighter on the rehashed figs.

Normally I'm pretty open to new Star Wars lines, but I'm completely uninterested in nearly all of these, so I'm at a loss as to who these are targeted towards and if they'll be successful.

I mostly love the Hasbro 6" stuff, and I understand the 5POA from Hasbro and to some degree the Disney stuff, even though I'm mostly uninterested in the last two.

Not interested in the Hot Toys stuff.

The Jakks Pacific stuff completely confuses me.  It seems super lame.

Japan is Japan.  They've got their own licenses and can do some weird stuff sometimes.

Maybe they feel 3 3/4" is completely tapped out (without new cartoons/movies) and were just trying new things.  I would be surprised if even half of these lines still existed in 18 months.

Great news everyone, it's up for order at now!

Looking forward to picking one of these up when they blow them out for $10 in a few years.

This would have been a cool set to pick up instead of the individually carded ones, but at this point, WTF?  I like that you can actually buy the same two figures individually for $18 each on (even less on Amazon), for a total of $36 compared to the $40 they're charging for the two pack.

I don't think I would even pay $10 for this on clearance.  A couple of cardboard chairs and a cardboard table doesn't really do it for me.

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