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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.

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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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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:37 PM »
Maybe only people with previous Ninja experience have a sort of embedded memory in them where they just act of instinct, and slow their breathing, before they eat someone.  :D

You never know who is a ninja, really.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:43 PM »
If I were rich, 6" would be fine and I'd jump ship just out of boredom.  However, since I'm not, nor do I have infinite space, buying a whole new line is just not on my plate.  I may not even buy 6" Bossk.  Coughing up the $20 when I see him might be tough for me at the time.

Regarding Rebels stuff, I'm wondering if that line is going to have much attention paid to it?  Just thinking about the new films...  It's a real weird situation we've never experienced.  Lots of movies coming out while a cartoon is currently the focused media.  It'll be weird if Rebels takes a big back seat?  Then again we've really not even seen much Rebels stuff at retail, and the show's only been on a season now...  Uncharted waters for sure.

I have this weird feeling they'll have little Rebels stuff to show too...  Just feel like Star Wars is going to be the "breeze through" event at this TF.  There's always one (or more).

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:38 PM »
I love the design a lot, just not a fan of the toy.  After I was sorta burned by the AT-DP's quality, I'm suspicious of this one's ultimate in-person quality as well.  For the price and all, it's just a tough pill these days.

I found the TIE Advanced to be the best of the lot actually.  I thought it had the most sturdy build, most detail, most complexity in its design...  I didn't get The Phantom however, but I did look it over and I wasn't impressed.

It's definitely closer to a 1/35-ish scale (ala Kubies).

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:07 AM »
Acid Rain's revealing stuff in dribs and drabs.

There's been the Taiwan Show exclusive Sol Commander Desserter, which is just an SC with some very spiffy looking cloth accessories, more or less.

They've also introduced a couple cold weather looking decos on Bob and Sol Commander figures, again with unique softgoods.  Not sure if either are going to be more than just teases online though.

And today the Flak Bike prototype surfaced and was shown in "Flak" mode, which just looks like a beast!  Looks bigger than Quad Eyes even.

Also, a new figure was revealed, who looks to have some kind of "heads up display" visor on over his helmet.  No real clue on the figure's purpose.  Could be a Flak Bike pilot maybe?  Odd looking but cool.

Also the rest of Bucks team have been revealed.  Guess those will hit pre-order sooner than any of the rest.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:28 PM »
Yeah you can't go on forever like things were...  People are bitching up a storm about, "There's nothing out there to buy" and all that, and I get it, but really after 2007, things were starting to look like this line was exhausting itself...  Think about it, really.

People want all new figures, unmade characters, but the reality is they're living off the umpteenth resculpt of this or that.

Even the 5 POA are retreading some pretty old tires, and how long can a hobby survive without seriously NEW and wildly popular material?  The Prequals were fuel.  This lull we're in, it was kind of inevitable when you think about it.  Damn near 10 years since a real Star Wars movie event...  That's pretty amazing that this line is still going.

More new movies...  If they don't resurrect the hobby, it's a dead horse.

I'm to the point I don't think Hasbro had much hope.  6" is definitely a way I think they want to go since they view it (justly) as a whole new way to get people into collecting Star Wars stuff.

I think about all the really obscure **** we got, and I'm kinda awed that people are this critical of Hasbro at this point.  ICMG for goodness sake!  Not to mention ALLLLLL the EU stuff we got, including even resculpts of some EU dudes.  Freaky.  I'd have never guessed they'd dip that deep in the well.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:34 PM »
I agree Bill...  that and all about Tyreese's overall personality.  He wasn't much for the action.  He was capable, but didn't want involved and ultimately distanced himself from that, so I think he lacked some of the experience.

He was focused on Noah, in Noah's home, just seeing Noah's mother and brother, thinking about Sasha perhaps...  plus I think he maybe (and again, lack of experience perhaps) was thinking the one behind the door must be trapped, and didn't think he was in as much danger as he figured.  Perhaps it was a whole other walker too, and he figured they'd accounted for the 3 family in the house (dead 2, and other brother behind the door), so he let his guard down even more?

Walkers do seem awful sneaky though...  For not having coordination and stuff, they sure do just sneak up on folks, routinely.  Outside even, in piles of brush.

It seems like a rarity where a Walker gets someone though, in such a simple manner, but I think it's sort of an inevitability too.  To remind everyone the Walkers are as big a threat as they ever were, and people may be worse, but threats are all around.

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Yeah, there's a boatload of EU I want...  Noghri, Jan Orrs, Dark Jedi Jerec (and others), a Maarek Steele and Keyan Farlander set...  I'm all about stuff like that, but the line's just not suited for that stuff now.

'07-'10 were damn good years though.  Man, think about the goofy **** we got throughout that time?  '07 alone was a juggernaught.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:39 PM »
Eh, yeah, I'm kinda like you guys...  Be cool to see something but I'm fully expecting nothing, which is fine.  I'm kinda busy with other stuff anyway.  I'm fine waiting for toys till basically next Fall...  Star Wars needs the shot in the arm the new movies will give it.

At this point, I'm not terribly concerned either way.  Not worth getting in a tizzy about and it's also not worth getting my hopes up too much.  I know prices are going up, so I know even if I see things I love I'll not get extras of them, and just will be buying the basics and moving along.

There have been some 5 POA I dig, but I don't get overly excited about.

I'd really love to see a "Heroes" ship like the X-Wing come out again.  A Y-Wing in particular.  I'd love it just because it'd piss others off, and I'd buy one to custom up.  :D

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 9, 2015, 09:56 PM »
Billy Dee is talking Star Wars and stating he'll be returning to the series...

I kinda dig Lando as a sympathizer but with his own issues to deal with.  It'd tie in well to his character by ESB.  However, I thought some of his voice-acting was on the weaker side.   :-\  Not a huge deal in a kid's toon, but annoying to me anyway.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Storing your Loose Figs
« on: February 9, 2015, 06:27 PM »
Apologies for confusing the two, I'm not terribly familiar with either though...  I'll have to read up on the rules for the two different organizations.  I just know I'd be more inclined to support something that's established than isn't though.  I've got friends who did their own "garage" companies like that, and they've made them work, but they're also aiming lower and knew the businesses they were cutting into already, and the manufacturing process(es) they were using, etc.  That always helps out for success.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: February 9, 2015, 06:25 PM »
If I see one on a whim, maybe...  This was very doable in scale, and so I'm pretty disappointed with what they dished out ultimately.  I am, however, pleased that the design is so simplistic actually, that if one were enterprising, they could easily accomplish a home made one (by one means or another) pretty easily.

I love the ship's design and update over the original vintage vehicle...  I'm definitely into owning one of these some day.  I love the role as a multi-purpose vehicle...  cargo transport, weapons platform, detention/policing vehicle.  It's very much the Hanomag of the Empire (Germany's halftracks in WWII, which saw about 3 billion configurations by war's end).

Transport men?  Sure!

Transport important prisoners?  Absolutely!

Transport boxes?  You betcha!

Slap bigger guns on it and make it an anti-tank vehicle?  We can do that too!

AA platform?  Sounds good!

I always feel like the Empire has that in mind, slightly anyway, with multiple vehicles...  Like the AT-ST can be outfitted with varying armament, should they choose.  Other platforms less so, but certain designs just look almost modular.  Even the Sandtrooper backpack looks like its a modular design so it's capable of being outfitted for any environment pretty easily.

[/end nerd stuff]

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: February 9, 2015, 06:19 PM »
Nice case ratio for splitting with friends. :)

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Saga Legends / Re: Saga Legends "Mission Series" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 9, 2015, 03:33 PM »
I picked up the Vizago and McQuarrie IG set at Target yesterday...

This was the first time I bought a figure in a store in eons, and easily the first time I bought something (anything) at Target in over a year I think.  It felt weird buying anything.  I dig that droid though, and he'll mix in well with others.  Vizago I'm debating what I can do with him honestly.  He may just go in the fodder box.

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