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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 5, 2016, 11:08 AM »
I agree McMetal, they shouldn't be charging for product that isn't available.  That's meh.

Regarding them as a company, they're selling basic stuff for relatively cheap (these days).  And they're selling limited exclusives for more $ which kinda makes sense...  I think they're not Jakks, or Playmates size, which I'd label mid-size, so to me they're still a smaller company.  But they're bigger than Hiya or Ori Toys, I believe.  They also are selling figures for half what those companies are selling theirs though too, and cranked out a LOT of all new sculpts with fairly minimal re-use of anything outside of the exclusives.  Then again Ori and Hiya are imports which adds to their costs, comparatively speaking.

In my mind they're just doing what they can to compete in the "toys for adults" world, which relies on rarity/collectability and the balance of that with a price their base can live with.  Same issues Hasbro has, just they are focused more on kids and keeping prices lower.

The ReAction stuff is rooted in collecting it all I think, and the more popular ones seemed to be where they dug in with exclusives, like Alien or Predator or Jaws...  I guess to me this just makes sense for them, if they're keeping this line fairly limited overall.  It's like they're trying to make these mythical toy lines of old, like vintage Star Wars, and include the Amanaman and Vlix element by having some "rare" stuff.  It's an element of "vintage collecting" I feel they're aiming for, while maximizing tooling and still trying not to piss too many folks off by making it deco variations rather than something totally new (for the most part anyway).  But even something like that Alien playset, they'd only do in resin unless they hit a high order number to justify cost of tooling, which I don't believe they did hot that mark iirc.

Big thank you to Pete, as with Paul in the past too...  It's appreciated!

Huge thanks to Pete from me too.  That was some good timing.  Thanks man!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 4, 2016, 12:10 AM »
It's pretty safe physically but yeah, those wouldn't be good problems.  However, safe from others, it sure seems it.  And would Littlefinger mind the dragons?  Or rather, would the dragons mind him I guess.

But he's got a pretty solid situation up there right now...  He's got that kid...  Lupus from the Bad News Bears.  He's got military power...  He's sitting pretty (high).

Other Toy Lines / Re: M.A.S.K.
« on: May 3, 2016, 11:15 PM »
I've had a lot of "I need to sell this" going on in my head lately, and MASK was part of that.  My Starcom collection was next up.  And Battlebeasts which god, I love those things for no real reason I can explain besides "I like animals", and that's borderline toddler-like behavior on my part.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 3, 2016, 11:13 PM »
Well, kinda like with repaints of Stormtroopers and things...  Sometimes that's how reinvestment helps a line keep going.

On a more personal level for me (Reaction stuff was never high on my list besides the Alien figures), Acid Rain's one thing comes in 2 decos, another is out in multiple variations at this point and costs anywhere from $99-$120 more or less...  So far I own it all, and plan to own more of it.  THAT is expensive, lol.  Not much I'm saying no to there, and some of it is a pure deco change too. 

I think for the ReAction line they were trying really hard to max out investment...  Tough to blame them, as how many could they possibly be selling?  It's not like Hasbro after all.

I like these niche toy lines, personally.  People (and I'm not pointing fingers at you Rob, this is a general thing) like to say put your $ where your mouth is on wanting this or that...  And I agree.  If you like it, support it, and you may get more of it...   That's why I'm all-in supporting Hiya's Aliens line...  I wanted SA Aliens in this scale for eons, and getting them for a "fair" (by my standards) price.  And they're hinting at going further with it (APC), and moving into other properties (Original Predator).  Likewise, Acid Rain...  $150 for something I REALLY like isn't that hard to stomach I guess. 

Like I say, sometimes I think the repaints and such, they help move other things along.  Sometimes they're just a cash grab too.  But for a small company, I dunno how much it was greed and how much it was them trying to make it "highly collectible" while still milking a mold so they could do the next thing they wanted to try. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: May 3, 2016, 11:04 PM »
Sweet, one more reason I want one.  Hoping to find these at KM tomorrow, and spend points on it as a "freebie" then. 

Fingers crossed and I'm using the force to will these out at WDW!  :P

Yeah me too. :P

I feel like there is some kind of "bat signal" for Paul Hruby we should have lol.

I'm hopeful Pete lands something since he's at DW and that's just smart timing for him.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: May 3, 2016, 08:56 PM »
Interesting how the family from Silverspoons is handling the apocalypse.  Things really fell apart at that household.

(That is Ricky Schroeder, right?  Has to be.)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 08:54 PM »
I think the Lannister sins all came from their cousin Cersi was riding while Jamie was otherwise occupied.  He seemed to rat them out...  Though why he had the sudden about-face never seemed to have an explanation that I recall.  I also forget his name, just remember he was a bit of a *****.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: May 3, 2016, 08:51 PM »
BB8 heavy, or a pingpong ball?

Sooooo, anyone gonna be in Disneyland tomorrow by chance? :P

Pete's in WDW I believe...  hoping he scores something there.  DL seems to be the exclusive droid haven though. 

Hmmm, that's interesting. :)

And that's posted to the front page...  Thanks indysolo, as that seems to solidify Jayson's epic soothsaying on this one. :P  Good call man. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 05:53 PM »
I could see that Dave.  The only thing that plays against it is his hold is weak really if Tommen were to order things otherwise.  I never quite got what the "fear" of the high sparrow and his followers was ultimately. 

Then again it's another element of chaos. 

I have to imagine a smirk on Balish's face when a raven delivered the news of Tywin's death, and Tyrions disappearance.  It's all things that benefit him by weakening the South.

Such a good show. 

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