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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.

Due to the Bandai ban I was wondering if others are jumping into these still?  The Phasma looks insane, and the FO Stormie is out.  Think I'm still in and may pick up another Sandie to make the other rank(s).  Ebay prices even with shipping aren't horrid.

But maybe Chewbacca 2 means...  or it means...  or...  it's pointless to speculate? :P

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 3, 2015, 08:36 PM »
Unkar Plutt is a vending/gaming repairman, and fixes the claw game in the local mall. 

There, his EU backstory is complete.

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