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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:34 PM »
Kylo is the only way to get him sans hood but with the mask.  Also his head won't swap to 4"TBS kylo without modding it.

I'm guessing they didn't double dip to "force" you to buy.

Also the TIE Pilot is a special forces pilot iirc, basic is just basic black.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:47 PM »
Waiting for clearance is 'murica.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: September 21, 2016, 12:20 AM »
This is where my mind and $ has drifted since SA Star Wars is in short(er) supply at the moment...  I've been focused on stuff like this.  There's a lot of avenues to take that blend in with Star Wars and it fills that void, at least for me anyway.

Now if SA or just simply 07 articulation returns I'm gonna be in a world of hurt financially I suppose.  :-X

These are a blast though.  Really mix and match well.  The price sucks, but imports + small line...  at least they don't have 3 billion releases in a year, so picking things up isn't that difficult financially.  I've managed to get 4 and 5 of some vehicles even.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: September 20, 2016, 01:44 AM »
Been busy of late, but noticed tonight that Entertainment Earth has put up their pre-order for the Forsetti Viking Shield figure...  Basically it's a new trooper type for Acid Rain, new armor (heavy armor) and he comes in the new packaging style that is a cargo pod/container that is scaled to the figures for the "Laurel" suits to heft around and load/stack.

Re-usable packaging that's part of the toy?  Pretty goddam innovative!

The kicker is that it didn't jack prices either...  $27.99 at site sponsor EE, which is on par with the previous wave of figures that chime in around $27-$29 each.  There was a fear there'd be a further price spike for ARW figures.  They're already obviously high-end toys (quality and price) so a further spike had a lot of people fearful for that cargo pod packaging.

Fear not though, EE came to the rescue on price, plus buy enough and free shipping.  I'm buying a pile of figures to get the free shipping ultimately.

Forsetti Viking Shield Iinfantry
Use the link and order up!

Alas I didn't get the SDCC exclusive AMM figure. :(  Anton tried for me, but they sold out every day, and since the show they've skyrocketed on Ebay.  Blows knowing there is a figure I don't have, but not the first time.  The desserter figure also was exclusive but overseas only, and I don't have that either.

In other news though, ARW's creator has revealed a new "Marine Infantry" figure to go with, well, all the myriad of Marine vehicles they've made...  Quad Eyes, MkI Seeder, Laurel, etc.  Glad to have some infantry for them finally!  Guys besides Bucks Team anyway.  The new Marine has an opening backpack with some supplies, a couple weapons...  Sculpt wise he looks to be a variation on the Agurts Infantry figure from a while back (one of my favorites).  I'm hoping he too will come in the kick ass cargo pod packaging. 

And in other other news, there's also a new boxed set comparable in design to the Wings of Samothrace set that started the line.  It's based on this art by Kit Lau:

It'll come with a chunk of bombed out building, two figures, and extra parts for head/gear customizing as well as a set of "wounded" body parts and a corpse headsculpt...  So you can basically have a guy lying about in pieces.

The Wings of Samothrace set has, as well, skyrocketed on the secondary market.  I almost didn't order one back in the day and now wish I'd bought a dozen because those sell for insane $.  Go figure.  I'm not sure if this new set will be resin cast base hand painted by Kit Lau and autographed by him like the Samothrace set was or not.  If it is, I imagine it'll cost a lot.  If it's injection molded plastic it may cost less I'd guess.

And I got my exclusive "Uncle Kunio" version of the Laurel mech from BBTS... 

$120 is steep for it, but the figure's unique, it's very limited (400) and I dug (no pun intended since it's got a shovel tool) its blue deco and the Hiroshima/Japanese text on it.  I like these emergency/Worker Laurels.  I'm planning to nab 2-3 more of the basic Worker yellow at some point.  I just love it so much.  It looks equally at home in a Star Wars hangar hefting a badly damaged A-Wing out of the way as it does in its natural ARW setting.

Good times to be a collector really!  I know it's all doom and gloom for people with Star Wars these days...  Not me, personally, but I find something to enjoy a little easier I guess (who'd have thought), but I also have these other lines which deliver a LOT.  They cost.  Quality in life tends to not come cheap though, so I'm ok with that for an import line I really have grown to love and cross over into Star Wars. 

Gotta find the joy in life and in collecting.  Otherwise, not a lot of point.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: September 18, 2016, 06:09 PM »
We got a ton of these in last weekend and this weekend barely any 4" tbs on the pegs by comparison.  I saw 4 repacks and a Leia.  That's a ton of figures to go in a fairly short time.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "Value" Vehicle Assortment
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:36 PM »
DG is weird like that.  Mine all do the same thing. 

Never saw that falcon tho, but someone used one in miniatures battles and it rocked sox.

These aren't my bag but not everyone can afford $30 and $50 ships.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:32 PM »
There was only one 5poa I regretted buying and it was the Poe pilot. I'm ok with the risk.  The 5poa just go in the fodder bin if Hasbro gives is better.  I just am happy getting the cool version. :)

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Sideshow snow bunny Padme with new head
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:40 PM »
In general 1/6 parts remove fairly easily with warm water.  What becomes an issue is the fitment of new to old.  I'd take the SS head off and try to compare to that new one.  12" collecting seems much easier to customize from what I've heard but I lnow little about SS figs Paul.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:37 PM »
I think it's the short window...  Only so much time, like Jeff said.  Plus those TFA ships but them in the ass with having limited info to go on.  Then they're cut and you're sol.  Like Zuvio for that matter.  I'm sure they reevaluated how they're rolling things out going forward.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 16, 2016, 06:31 PM »
It all rolls back that vehicles are like complex figures in that they're more labor intensive.  I've heard first hand on this aspect of building a toy these days.  It's becoming very difficult in china. :-\

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class II Vehicle Sets
« on: September 16, 2016, 04:26 PM »
Well TIE Striker is cool enough and tank looks small enough a scratch build may be in order.  Just wish I could 3D print the details. :/

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 15, 2016, 12:12 AM »
Yeah I don't see this changing either...  Like I said, Rebels doesn't seem like it's that big a deal to Hasbro, and I suppose Disney either...  It's there, it's filler, and it does a job, but it's not an event carrying the franchise like TCW was.

Wonder what ratings have been like for SWR compared to TCW now that we're a little deeper into Rebels for the comparison to be made.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:48 PM »
Yeah I don't give 2 poos on Rebels stuff, so she's not on my list, but making her hard to find out of the gate is just gonna be a complain-a-palooza and Hasbro is already sneaking a repack in...  I get it, Kylo is the new Darth Maul (or so goes the hope) and he does seem to sell.  Even his deluxe figure sold better than the others did, and for all intents and purposes, Poe was a pretty unique figure.  Ren was just no hood up, but still harder to find than the others if you were looking it seemed.

That said, I say don't kick off this group on Force Friday with 2 Kylo...  1 wouldn't have hurt anything.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:09 PM »
Dunno if I agree with that...  I would've much rather seen Kylo go 1 per case as the repack.  I think K2SO could be a pretty popular character/figure from this movie though.  I'm thinking along the lines of HK47's popularity that seemed to transcend him being a character in a video game (albeit a popular one).

Either way I have to admit this is the first time 5POA figures have me kinda at least interested in owning a couple of them right out of the gate.  I'm not sure I'll pick up a lot yet, and I'm gonna look for sales anywhere I can.  I hope Dollar General gets in wave 1 like last year.  They've often got a $ amount off coupon on their app.

Sabine as a 1x on launch day does kinda blow though.  Kid-focused character supposedly...  Rebels is very off Hasbro's radar at times, in a weird way.  It's become like the opening act for the movie every year really, and Hasbro's out on the concourse getting beer with the rest of the crowd.  :-\

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 14, 2016, 07:06 PM »
That's good news...  I'm still interested in seeing it in person before I commit to buying one.  I think it's possibly off enough I won't want one, even though I've wanted a "McQuarrie A-Wing" for eons now in my collection.  I need something pretty cool though and I'm not sure this is gonna hack it.

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