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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: June 17, 2016, 08:52 PM »
This is really exciting news Paul!  I'm anxious to learn more.  The era  is ripe for cool action figures I think.  I'll be home next week and talk more then!

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: June 17, 2016, 08:49 PM »
I got one but man it's one of the goofiest things ever made.

Hills was where the toys were...  And that's where I got the $10 ATATs back in the day.  They were blowing out stuff since they were going under.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:59 AM »
Honestly, I think they do like that stuff.  I know my son and his friends do.  When they play with their toys, it's all about having "a base" for the good guys, and "a base" for the bad guys.

And thus God created Lego, a company who does it better because, well, they've had decades of experience and the built-in product design/manufacturing for kids to "make bases".  So why would Hasbro attempt to get into the "customizable base" idea where kids can build their own creation?  Why try to compete in an arena you're woefully outmatched in?  That's not smart business...  Kreo anyone?  They even see THAT model as the smarter direction to go, for that kind of product.  They wanted a piece of it, and basically realized (I think) that getting a piece of that isn't very easy.

Nevermind the fact you're ignoring my point about "Playsets"...  Kid's like "Playsets", which you cited like the cheapo chap mei, out of scaled, printed plastic, action featurey, detail lacking things most people would call a "playset".  I'd agree with that.  It has kid-appealing things.  It's NOT a stackable, expandable, hallway.  It's not the Death Star hallway, with a Death Star Control Room that can attach to it left, right, forward, back, up, or down...  Which I think is a cool thing, but it's nothing more than a glorified display stand than a "playset".  The two things aren't one-in-the-same.  And what happens when that Chap Mei copycat Playset comes out from Hasbro?  And at a probably inflated price?  Endless complaining from collectors...  maybe not kids, but collectors, incessant bitching.  Collectors nitpick EVERYTHING.  People poo poo'd the Bespin Freeze set (I kinda like it) (and yes, it's POTJ Scockery), and every other set they've made.

What Hasbro makes will be out of scale, feature oversized, springloaded weapons, it'll have "action features", it'll have "Play value"...  It won't be Emperor Palpatine's private bathroom or the red control room from the Death Star Hangar...  It'll be a sphere that opens up, it might mix micromachines to make small environments out of larger scenes, it'll have a couple spaces with crammed in features and stuff, some cheap printed panels to convey a larger space, cheap plastic...  cheap.  Or cheap feeling, by a collector's POV anyway. 

Actually, it's funny...  Hasbro does kinda suck in many ways, at least as a dedicated collector's concerned (myself included)...  They're not focused on us, and that's hitting people emotionally in different ways.  For me, I have other things I'm interested in and a myriad of ways I can spend my time, $, etc., so I don't look at Hasbro as something I should treat as a dartboard beacuse they're not catering to me.  They're a business, and a quite large one with shareholders, and they have their responsibilities.  And they're making $, so they're smarter than collectors apparently realize.  I want an expansive SA quality 3.75" line for TFA...  I don't have TFA Han in his regular coat, with Super Articulation.  That blows. 

I want super duper hallway displays I can stack and customize in any way I see fit too.  Used to talk about 'em on Rebelscum, long before I was here even.  But I also know Hasbro would NEVER make something like that so I don't wish for it and torture myself.  Why dwell on it?  Where we differ is simply I say it's NOT possible for them to do that, and it be profitable.  I believe them on that.  They're capable of doing it, just not making it make money. 

Every set Scockery listed above has been lambasted...  I hate them too.  I don't want that.  But I also realize what I want is really just a stand on roids.  And that I'm sure I'll be happier with anything I make myself over whatever Hasbro attempted, because Hasbro has limitations they have to live by to make $ as they're designed.

The fact you think the Terror Drome is a perfect example of what Hasbro SHOULD recreate today as a Death Star?  C'mon man!  I didn't think we'd get something like that in the 90's or early 2000's, much less NOW.  I'd suggest getting a dust rag and some grey and black spray paint, as I don't feel you'll see anything like the greatness that was the toy overload of GIJ:ARAH in the 80's.  Especially when kid's attention spans aren't there because they aren't the kids of the 80's anymore.  It's been a few decades, and things have changed.

It's funny though...  How spoiled were we from 2005-2012 at least?  A 2007 slideshow alone is what Hasbro could walk up to ANY collector who's been through it all, smack them in the mouth for complaining, and drop the mic.  :-X

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:21 PM »
Oh yes.  Should dig out what I have and sell.  He'll the BATAT is pretty pricey now too and they clearanced out fairly cheap.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:16 PM »
Yeah that's cool as heck Jeff. :)

Not a huge Dark Crystal guy but that's a nifty toy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 15, 2016, 01:30 AM »
I'm real sorry man.  You give em the best life you can as long as you can. :(

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: June 14, 2016, 09:07 PM »
I love the CC now for that reason Scockery...  It's like it goes up 100% thanks to that Saga beauty...  Speaking of, I have like a dozen of those I need to sell.  :-[

The Airspeeder I army built...  That was an old EU rebel speeder so I always intended on repainting and detailing them.  And yes, an absurdly tall pilot.  He's like a whole other scale.

I will say the CC pilot was odd but he had insane levels of detail for the time.

The Rebel bike though, man it sucks. :(  The pilot was bland too.  Easily the worst.

There was definitely an issue in 98 with over production and then the clearance floodgates opened and man you could get those for like $5 I think?  Kaybee and Hills...  TRU too I think?  Man I overbought during that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 14, 2016, 09:02 PM »
Sorry too Matt...  Geeze. :(  Love animals and again, know how hard this is.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: June 14, 2016, 08:59 PM »
Well to be fair I've also seen 4 Steelers Super Bowls and 2 wins too. :). Very aware it's a spoiled city for sports.  Just wanted to see Sid & Co get a 2nd before things get blown up.  Plus Duper is around if only off the ice. 

Any others opponent and I'd probably pulled for the Sharks. 

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: June 13, 2016, 11:17 PM »
Toronto sucks?  Nah, can't be. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 13, 2016, 08:22 PM »
I'm sorry Rob.  Know how hard it is, every time. :(

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: June 13, 2016, 08:21 PM »
Don't get me wrong Murray was outstanding but Jones was miles superior to him.  Now look at it game-by-game, and while Murray was really good, he let in softies a lot because he's not a vet...  It was comical at one point because the Sharks were firing high short side on almost every shot it seemed, and the wrap-around attempts because Murray's lateral movement is pretty bad at his age (Lots of goalies are at that age) isn't screaming "great".  He came up big a lot and I keep him in MVP talk for sure, just I feel Fleury is better currently.  If they can keep two great but that's easier said than done and a local guy says he has heard Fleury's agent wants a trade.  *shrugs*

Like I said I'm not dwelling on that...  If they lose him, so be it, I just hope they get good return if that's the case.  We could certainly use the higher round draft picks.  It's a shame they didn't have the luxury of letting Flower knock the rust off, but the playoffs don't work that way and his concussion ce at the worst possible time for him.  :-\

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: June 13, 2016, 02:23 PM »
Thank you.  Seeing 4 Stanley Cups in my lifetime is pretty nice. :)

I personally don't feel Murray was anything but a distant third.  Kessel might've been my vote but Crosby was overall an unreal player all playoff.  He was constantly matched to the oppositions best lines, and his play largely kept San Jose's red hot first line quiet.  He was outworking everyone but maybe Letang and Jones every night it seemed, but it was every series.  So I can see why he got it.  If Kessels line was our top line how do they fair ya know?

But at the same time I'd maybe have given it to Kessel.  I'd have voted Letang over Murray, personally.  He was a machine.  I saw some mention Bonino...  I can sorta see it as honorable mention. 

I think Murray will be a really good goalie but Fleury is better.  Just injured at a terrible time and no time to knock the rust off.  I hope they don't trade him but I hear his agent is irate.  Not worried about it at the moment.  :)

I've often thought I'd shell out $19.99 if the figure was essentially a mini Sideshow figure (sans real cloth outfits...  capes I like, skirts sometimes, but not the thought of miniature entire outfits).  But imagine a Clone for an example, that had like 3-4 sets of hands with various poses to them (open hands, closed/weapon holding hands, pointing hands, etc.), every weapon and pack, possibly multiple headsculpts, and articulation set at a standard.

On a figure like the new Leia, where some of that doesn't make sense or whatever, she's maybe got a specialized large accessory or a few things even.

It'll sort of kill army building completely (well almost anyway).  It'd be so far niche though, and so off their idea of what "works".  But when you think about it, how much 6" is only selling to the niche?  Are kids giving that line a 2nd look?  Do they care at all about that?  Volume sales would still matter, but it has to matter less for that line than 3.75" at this point.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: June 8, 2016, 01:36 AM »
Some backlogged Ori Toys/Acid Rain World news...  Which comes out in dribs and drabs on social media by the line's creator.  It's kinda fun that way.

New figure pictured...

Forseti - Viking Shield soldier...  Bulkier armor, snowy deco, redesigned weapon, new visor on the Laurel Pilot's bucket...  Also looks to feature the new style articulation, which appears to enhance poseability and hide joints better.  I'm anxious to get some of the figures featuring this innovation.  Also, looks to be a nifty box/cargo crate the troopers come in.  Army building time!  :D  I'm sure those bitchin' crates will find their way into my goofy background diorama that's ever-changing.

Also a variant of this basic figure planned as a con-exclusive...

AMM Soldier's...  They're a security force for "Beehive", a company that sort of has some monopoly on the honey trade in this dystopian future where bee populations are critically low and honey is an incredibly valuable resource.  I dig the deco on these more honestly.  They feature the Laurel Pilot's bucket and visor though.  And they also appear to get packaged in a special cargo crate for the AMM force.  Kinda neat.

Better pic of the Hiroshima Laurel Worker, and he comes with blueprints. :)  I hope the regular Laurel Worker comes with them as well.  Not known yet, but there is often some little extra paper freebies packed in with the vehicles in some way or another.

Oddly, the Hiroshima Worker figure is a bit more "generic" looking to the regular Laurel Worker pack-in figure.  Kind of meh, but I'm sure I'll manage some cool headswaps on them regardless.

Lastly and not leastly, a tease... 

The Laurel Arachnid Model... Looks like a prototype or test shot of some sort.  Heavily armed.  Reminds me very much of a model I just got in the same-ish scale.  The Arachnid is creepy...  I'm hoping the final product is changed some, as while I like the shoulder cannon on the Laurel Mech itself, I'm kinda thinking some big missle pods up on the shoulder would be way cooler than the cannon we already have.  Either way, it's kinda creepy looking and I dig it.

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