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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Hot Toys 1/6 Obi-Wan Kenobi ANH
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:12 PM »
Wow do 1/6 figures keep getting more and more expensive, but man does Hot Toys knock them out of the park too.   :-\


I dig the light-up sabers they're doing.  That's quality stuff...  I was trying hard to see if they added the patches and little details to OWK's costume.  Couldn't really tell by pics, but if not I'd be a tad disappointed due to the heft $219.99 price tag on this one.  >:(

More that they are generally not as hospitable as when I joined them back in the old FFURG listserver days.  It's gone from less a community to more a place where criticism isn't appreciated, discussion is limited, and most are out to make a buck in profit off the hobby rather than share knowledge and expand customizing.

At Celebration III we (FFURG) put on a great basic customizing tutorial/display... It wasn't just diorama'ing and all that stuff, it was actual boil/popping, building, painting...  It was hands-on, it was active.  It had interest from Hasbro's reps, it had interest from fans of all ages, it had interest from celebrity guests.  It was really fun, and embodied getting knowledge out there about this niche within the hobby.

Now...  It's more about showing things off and expecting praise, an inability to take anything but, and a lack of desire to share techniques I've noticed.  I see this in other customizing too, like G.I. Joe.  A lot of "secretive" guys come out.  I've seen some outright lie about how easily things can be done because they want people to not try it themselves (since they sell it).  It was disappointing to see, and I dropped out mostly because of that stuff.  I make things for myself, not for Ebay.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:18 PM »
Star Wars Hasbro:

-TBS 4" Figures I want (getting pickier)

-TBS 6" Bossk (maybe, kinda on the fence)

Hiya Toys Aliens: Colonial Marines:

-Spitter x2

-Boiler x2

-Warrior x3

-Power Loader (when it's made) x3

Acid Rain World:

-Marine Quad Eyes x1 (my 2nd)

-Sand Quad Eyes x1

-Bucks Team (x1 all)

-Raptor x1 (my 2nd)

-Argurts Infantry x1

-Laurel Mech Suit w/Pilot x1

-Flak Bike x2 (depends on price and pack-ins)

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:56 PM »
It wouldn't surprise me if Disney is making Hasbro keep a tight lid on things.

It would've been funny if Hasbro went rogue and just started blabbing all the details of TFA they've been privy to (which are ample...  I can attest to this!), and blew the lid off stuff at Toy Fair.

Honestly, I'm really shocked NONE of the stuff we saw at NYCC was shown at NYTF, but really what else were they EVER going to show at this event?  I saw all these posts around the net about guys thinking they'd see a giant Ghost, or an expansion of Rebels figures (despite them having really much of any character expansion on the show)...  It's really like fans forget there's a movie coming out BEFORE Christmas.

Again I point to the uncharted waters thing...  This is the first major (TCW doesn't count) Star Wars movie release before Christmas, it's the first time a cartoon will have had a little mini-run to lead into the new movie...  It's weird, and as everyone can see now, pretty unpredictable territory.

Kudos to Hasbro keeping things close to the vest, I guess.  They've not always been very successful at that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:57 PM »
Dutch preorder sold out but yet aren't there people whining Reb pilots don't sell?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 05:42 PM »
Quad Eyes Marine is on sale on bbts Jeff.  Just saying.

I'm a lil surprised no figures, period.  In my case more $ for MaK, acid rain, army builders, shelving, and customizable dioramas like on my random Twitter pic backgrounds. :)

I will be glad to get Moseps wave and a couple 5 POA like gree's phase I duds. 

They're clearly focused elsewhere, other properties.  That's fine by me. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:21 PM »
But I thought only we were important?  That's what all the collector sites tell us!  Why is my world crumbling?!  :'( >:( :'(

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:50 PM »

At one time I really felt '08 to '09 was superior because figures were unilaterally SA and you got to build free figures, more or less, and all that jazz.  I still have a gallon ziplock of BAD parts I'd love to complete droids with.

But 2007...  One year, and Hasbro went batshit crazy on character depth and breadth of the line.  Not only were the main figures things EVERYONE wanted, but even the Legends line was nothing but hit after hit after hit...  Pit Droids, Imperial Officers (crewmen), etc., etc.

As a single line, a single year, 2007 is the top.

Now, that said, as an overall offering...  I think '08 to '09 wins in that it was not only the main line packed with greatness, the BAD, but alllllllll those exclusives, the Evolutions, the Comic Packs... 

2007 cleared up so many wishes though.  Hermie Odle is all one needs to look at and say, "Holy cow, they made that dude?", and it's not just because he's weird, and obscure.  It's because he's absurdly huge on top of it all.  He is a single figure who epitomizes that year, to me.

However, the sub-line that epitomizes 2007, to me, is the McQuarrie Concept line of figures, which are to this day my only carded collection I actually appreciate and would want to display.  If you told me in 2000 that in 7 years we'd get basically a super articulated line of ALL McQuarrie Concept Art figures, and they'd really make a nice single collection by themselves within a year of figures that are just all really amazing and fun, then I'd have said you're nuts. 

2008 to 2009 though, equally expensive.  Just spread across a whole lot more stuff.  I mean, I was so broke in those 3 years, and most of 2010 too.

Prices started going up, and that's where the real issues started.  Ultimately Hasbro can only combat that so much too.  I think they really haven't wanted to abandon 3.75" as a scale, but the fight to hold onto it is really evident when you look back at this relatively recent history on the line. 

I'm really curious to see where things go from here.  It's the most uncharted waters this line has been in, in quite some time.

Star Wars Celebration VII: Anaheim / Re: Celebration VII Ticket Sales
« on: February 12, 2015, 08:23 PM »
You should do it man.  That'd be pretty fun with a table there actually.

I don't foresee myself at another celebration unless it goes somewhere like Chicago...  I could possibly swing Orlando if it returns there though.  I'd kinda dig that.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:44 PM »
I'd guess a bit later this year, closer to Summer-ish time maybe?  I don't think it'd be done till they had more to show.

No clue honestly.  I've not kept up with it.  I liked his project too, but customizing projects are just something I don't watch much any longer.  I kinda went off on my own direction with customizing and lost interest in the overall community after a while (started getting a little chippier, bitchier, etc.).

I love any scaled ship being done though.  I appreciate guys who are picky with that stuff.  :-X

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 06:50 PM »
I reflect back to 2007-2009, any time I start getting really down about the line.  I think part of it is the fact I can't currently see the vast number of figures I have.  I'm not even talking PT, but the vast EU and OT stuff that would make up my "favorites" list.

Those 3 years were pretty sick to collect in.  Methinks a lot of collectors are kind of spoiled by those years, maybe.  Maybe not.  I find though, what we got really cleaned out the stock room, ya know?  It was inevitable that this line was going to hit some kind of wall.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 04:16 PM »
I don't think they even knew Jeff was in charge.  It's all about name recognition and DD's came up enough I guess the laymen heard it and just targeted.  I never quite understood why his was the name that always came up though.  Always.  Especially given how much cool **** he got made in that line, ultimately.

Half the rebels that got done seemed to because he liked Rebels from what I recall.  That hit me in the heart, that guy.  :'(

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:03 PM »
Finally everyone who doesn't know Darryl DePriest and his dedication to Star Wars stuff has someone new to irrationally loathe.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:51 AM »
They may not be the zippiest in production terms, but Hiya just blew my mind tonight. :)

Hiya Toys Reveals 1/18 Power Loader Suit Prototype

From their Aliens: Colonial Marines (which makes for a billion times cooler toy line than it did a video game!), Hiya Toys has indeed prototyped the Power Loader.  A rep from the site told me last year they were working on it, and that it was pretty complex to do.  I'm loving that proto though! 

Take note of those prototype humans too.  I was told that they're also working on USCMs, which would be from the game (IE: No Hicks/Vasquez, etc., but the fact we could see hyper articulated USCM's is cool unto itself).  I can't tell if any of the proto human figures are of said marines, but very well could be.  One can only hope.

If you've been on the fence, I cannot say enough positives about their Alien figures from the game.  The price nets you a hyper articulated Alien, an egg, a facehugger...  How can you go wrong?  They really do pack a ton of little bits and pieces in for the price.  Oh, and a bitchin' stand that looks like deck plating to boot.  I got the Alien Warrior last year, and am picking up more soon.  It fits in flawlessly with my Hot Toys 1/18 figures to boot, and I'd army build the eggs alone to be honest.  They could sell those in a box of 10, and I'd be down for a few.

Support lines like this...  You'll be glad you did, and shocked how fun they mix in on your Star Wars shelf too, plus it helps fill in any lulls in Star Wars without being overwhelming to collect since they're smaller lines.

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