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Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 8, 2015, 06:40 PM »
had no idea there was a "premium" 4" figure market out there.

Consider yourself lucky.  With the Hasbro slow-down the past few years, I found my way into the premium 4" market.  It is expensive, but there is some really, really awesome stuff out there if you go looking for it and are willing to pay for it.

Yeah, while I think people would go ape**** over half this stuff if they bought even one thing, it's a definite slippery slope then.

I've gone all-in on the Acid Rain...  I started out "no figures, only a few vehicles".  I now have 4 of the "Stronghold" vehicle, 2 Mk2 Speeders, 1 Mk1 Speeder, 3 Laurels, and all the figures but two, and multiples of most.  I also have the LE hand-painted "playset" (in the collector sense...  IE: glorified "scene/stand").  I don't have the exclusives to cons, which are highly limited and 90% are for overseas shows as it's an import Chinese line and only does SDCC in the states via their importer.

The line's expanding, but it expands slowly.  THe guy who created it pulls inspiration from quite a bit, and he does all the prototype painting himself I guess so the paint masters are ready.

Hiya is sort of similar but deals with licenses, and circumventing licenses in the US.

It's lots of awesomeness though.  I mean, I got the Hot TOys Snap Kit Aliens figures back in the day, and in a case they were reasonable.  Kind of what a good SW figure is today.  Those, also being imports, I'd assume would be a hefty mark-up now.  And the Hiya Aliens: Colonial Marines figures go amazingly well with those HT Snap Kit Aliens figures.  And Hiya is kind of sneaking around the Aliens license to make Aliens things, by putting it under the Aliens: CM banner.  It's all weird.

Bossfight is on their own doing unlicensed stuff for the US, so that's cool that it'll be a lil more affordable.  Enough I'll pick up a few of those I'm sure.  I'd like some skeletons, and at least one Spartan really.

I've been eyeing up Marauder Inc's figs too.  I mean they're really cool.  Skull deco baclava heads, customizability...  They're working on a woman figure now too.

There are other lines/companies too.  There's one for Forgotten Planet iirc which is US based, and make really nice figures, but for a property I had never heard of/had no interest in really.  Nice toys though.

Hell, they still make 1/18 airplanes/military stuff now and again, but that's now up to insane prices as they don't have big box retailer backing any longer.  The prices are probably fair (mostly modern stuff so I don't have interest), but makes a $20 figure look cheap.  :-X

Doc, I had a similar thought on the "ban".  Disney kind of came out of the blue with it...  Revel immediately put out even a press release denying they said anything, and that they welcomed Bandai on the shelves in the US (more the merrier kind of thought).  I think they took some serious flak right away.  People just assumed and it's tough to argue.

Hasbro's taken shots at Lego over the years, so I'd not be shocked in the slightest if it were they who actively asked Disney to step in and enforce this.  These 1/12 kits are still kits though, but either way Bandai isn't a US property and so on.  They make one HELL of a figure though and ultimately they require very little painting (sorry about your hands...  My mother's shake now a good bit, and I've been dealing with an issue since August that has impacted my ability to simply build a kit actually.  I have to take baby steps now because of focusing issues).

I've really taken to these though.  I didn't buy any 6" Hasbro offering but Bossk...  Bandai's kits though, they were so cheap on HLJ I figured why not?  So I got the droids and Stormie, and it just rolled forward from there as I really didn't want to buy 6", and I don't feel compelled to support Hasbro pushing 6" as a format...  Kind of my lame political stance, haha.

But yeah, I mean these kits are insane, they're detailed (more so than Hasbro's figs), they're poseable, they're infinitely more customizable IMO as they're designed to be painted unlike Hasbro's plastic type.  Just all around I prefer them.  I wish they'd do less armored or droid characters and look at "real" characters.  I think they have the ability, even eye decals are a thing, so painting shouldn't be much of an issue there.

That said, I've contemplated Figuarts figures as a means of staying away from Hasbro but still filling out some of this scale with main heroes like Jedi Luke and so forth.  Not sure how the two compare to one another.  Kinda curious really.

I've seen comparisons done with Hasbro's stuff, and gotta say, their Vader and R2 are laughable.  X-Wing LUke though looks great WITH the droids.  Just perfect.  Bespin Luke as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: December 8, 2015, 02:01 AM »
Good lord this is an epic unending line of horse **** for you man.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 8, 2015, 12:24 AM »
Yeah, it's not been "fun" by any means, paying $20+, but if it's something you're into ya know?  I'd say though, given how little Hasbro's been putting out I personally want (or want much of) that it's been a little easier to move onto things I find interesting in other lines.  But $13...  They're really not that far off for similar quality themselves.  It's not that big of a jump to $20 at this point for good Hasbro 4" stuff. :(

I've often thought if they delivered basically a 4" Sideshow figure (not all softgoods, but all the extra hands, an extra head or two, extra belts/accessories, etc.), $20 wouldn't look quite so bad for Star Wars actually.

At $20 though not doing much army building or anything.  I dig the Vitruvian HACKS stuff but I'm not going to buy much of it.  A Spartan and a Skeleton are about it for me.  Possibly Medusa but probably not.  Right there, you're over $50.

And yeah, I've always attributed the Ori Toys stuff to the import status, same with Hiya though they barely crank anything out, either one, so again the price stings a lot less.  Not like every month they put out much.  The Laurel was the only vehicle Acid Rain got this year IIRC, and Hiya hasn't put out anything, yet, technically.  The 4 Aliens are from a year or two ago now.  The rest are still lingering on pre-order.

There's so little from the niche places, it's not too bad spread out.  Hell, these pre-orders have been teased for ages from Bossfight.  Feels like forever.

The Marauder Inc. figs are pretty pricey too and took a long while to come to fruition.

Was looking at the Marauder figs just now out of curiosity actually...  They're about $20 too if you get one with all the accessories.  You can get one with nothing for $13 though.  That's neat.  You can even get them without heads.  Weird.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Hero Series X-Wing
« on: December 7, 2015, 06:52 PM »
KM put out even more of these, and they're on sale for $15...  Good price for a backdrop to your pilots.  I've got plans to pick up a few actually I think.  :-[

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 7, 2015, 06:47 PM »
Acid Rain World toys, Hiya Toys Aliens 4" figures, Marauder Inc's military line (co-op with Bossfight)...  All these small companies cost that much pretty much, actually.  They're not Hasbro, like I said.   :-\  Acid Rain figs run up near $30 actually.  They're imports though too.

Hell, the skeleton is $13.  I'm impressed they're selling it that cheap.  Smart move selling it separate of any accessories though, to army build.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 7, 2015, 03:55 PM »
$19.99 is actually pretty cheap.  It's not Hasbro afterall, so $20 for an SA figure with scads of accessories?  Color me shocked the price is that low, actually.  If you look at comparable lines around, that's not bad.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: December 7, 2015, 01:07 AM »
So, my haul...

2-Laurel's for Xmas gifts (yay me!  I have a Laurel "Squad" going now!), a MkII Speeder (my 2nd), and about 7 figures I do believe.  Gotta retally that, as something went out of stock on me.

Good haul on their 20% off daily deal though.  Lovin' the line in general, and got a few of the figures I DID NOT have yet.  So that was just awesome.

OK, rest of the haul...

-2 Bucks Team Argus Armor Snipers 20% off (didn't have him yet)
-2 Laurel Suits 20% off (my 2nd & 3rd!)
-1 MkII Speeder 20% off (my 2nd)
-2 Agurts Infantry 20% off (amazed they were available)
-1 Bucks Team Bob 20% off (putting the extra head on for a Bucks Team infantry guy)
-1 Bucks Team Jack 20% off (Didn't have him yet)

So I got two figures I didn't have yet, and dups of vehicles I wanted extras of anyway, and some army builders on a line I'd vowed to not army build.  The 20% off daily deal was a steal on this stuff though.  The quality is top notch, and I've paid full price, just spacing my purchases out when I do so.

Was just saying in the Bossfight thread that the going rate on these kind of "premium" toys is pretty high...  Bossfight's stuff is on the lower end of that pricing, so it's tough to fault it in my eyes.  A "premium" Star Wars figure is $13 now, and $20 in the larger scale which Hasbro says is why they went 6" (they can do a larger scale for barely a bump higher, so why not?).  It's a sign of the times.  If you want something kick ass, you have to pay for it I guess.  :-\

For me, my $ goes where I think they're delivering the best that also interests me.  Hasbro's 3.75" SA figures will get my $ till they stop doing them, but Acid Rain is a line I fell in love with on the first VERY reluctant purchase I made.  While Boss Fight's figures aren't my cup of tea really, I plan to nab a few.  My brother went all in on their kickstarter though.

It's what interests you ultimately.  Acid Rain's making things I love...  Industrial, military-looking mechs, heavy weathering/paint apps, and wild articulation and detail.  It's a mix of World War II, Star Wars, Aliens, and then Mech suits of any kind out of Japan (Chinese design/manufacturer though).  They're imports too, so price is what it is.  Also there are Hiya Toys' line of Aliens: Colonial Marines figures...  The aliens were INSANELY well done, scaled right to Star Wars figures, and now they're doing a hyper articulated Power Loader and a Hicks and Hudson.  I have Hot Toys' Snap Kits of the Aliens figures, and they're great (and were also pricey back in the day!), and these Hiya Toys figures look pretty great too.  It's all in what you like/want, and are willing to shell out for it I guess.

Bossfight's Vitruvian hacks have my attention to say the least, just as their partnership with Marauder Inc. to make "generic" soldiers has my interest.  Those aren't cheap either, but again it is what it is in this kind of market.

It's like begging for "hallways" as playsets...  Hasbro won't do them because they target such a small minority's interest, but someone will make one for $100 that's about 12" long.  If you can choke the price down, you can get what you want, ultimately.   :-\  If you want it, someone will make it.  You can go right now and get a very nice, accurate looking "Cantina Alcove" that is basically a miniaturized version of the thing Sideshow made in 1/6 scale...  Is it cheap?  No.  Should it be?  No, because it's a small group trying to put them out.  I feel it could be done for less, but that's just an opinion, and they can ask whatever they want because it's their effort/work ultimately.

"Toys" are on this designer trend more and more...  3.75" is a dying scale it seems, and niche markets are getting companies that are equally small trying to put out things they'll like, and it seems to be working somewhat ok.  $20 figures won't help the world of army building though, that's for sure.  :-\

If these hit here and you need one still Diddly I'll hook you up.  I've yet to see them, but I can pick one up if I do.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: December 5, 2015, 03:52 PM »
Snatch is my fav pilot!

They could be in the back not getting out...  I've read quite a few stories over the years that one of WM's biggest issues is getting enough employees to keep shelves stocked.  Toys supposedly really suffer for this too.  It's a problem all retailers are facing I guess but the bigger ones it is worse.

Locally I know our WM stores are very picked over but their main grocery competition is a company called Giant Eagle which has a union base of employees, but tends to have things stocked well.  Costs a little more though but rarely is out of what you need for dinner. *shrugs*

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: December 4, 2015, 08:00 PM »
Thanks to your heads up Jeff, I absolutely went a lil too nutty with the CC.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: December 4, 2015, 03:28 AM »
Select Acid Rain On Sale for 24 Hours!

It's EE's Daily Deal today!  It looks like a couple of the out-of-stock figures count and I assume they'll get more back in?  I stocked up on some troop builders like Argurts Infantry and Bob tonight though.  Two great figures, and I want to make a "General Bob" Star Wars figure with an extra Bob head.  ;D  I'll use his masked head for a generic Bucks soldier.  Go good with the two Laurels I picked up.  :-X

Wishing some of the vehicles were on sale...  think I'd probably have gone a little too nutty with the CC tonight.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Re: TFA 3.75
« on: December 4, 2015, 02:06 AM »
I may not even wait/hope for an Imperial repaint...  May just buy those and repaint.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Re: TFA 3.75
« on: December 3, 2015, 09:51 PM »
Agreed!  I'd love a box or two for them.  not getting my hopes up for that, but would still dig having them.

Someone good at doing 3D stuff should put up on Shapeways one of those hover-cargo dollies that are everywhere in Rebels.  Small and relatively flat, so should be cheap.  That'd be fun to have too.  But that's a tad OT.

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