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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:00 PM »
Nice finds.  What retailer are you finding new stuff at?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 19, 2016, 06:16 PM »
I'm giving them a pass on the fire lake because of the awesome RPG Biker 'Splosion.  Just this once.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:20 PM »
Finally took time to watch the mid season premiere and it was as awesome ad advertised.  Lots of suspense throughout and a ton of close calls all around.  I thought for sure that Neegan's goons were gonna kill one of the three and I'd forgotten all about the rocket launcher.  Cool stuff.  I wish the Alpha Wolf had talked a little more about his group and their plans before getting offed.  I wonder if we'll see more of those guys or if we're full on switching over to Neegan now.

I was bummed to see Jesse go, but equally glad they kept that storyline from the comics.  At least the two idiot sons are gone now.  It would have pretty hard to keep the mom around after she lost her kids anyway.  Did I miss something with bowl cut?  I thought he was calling for mom as soon as they left the first house in the previous season, then he's walking around with them for an eternity before he starts getting chatty again.   ???  I agree that was an ill conceived plan from the start.  Seemed like they were walking through town for hours - I know they're walking slow, but I'd like to think the vehicles or wherever they were trying to go wasn't several miles away.

Nice to see Pirate Carl finally arrive.  They skipped Rick losing his hand, so they had to keep the Carl wound around to keep the Grimes family mortal.  Nice tie in to the Doctor gaining some confidence and a good catalyst for them to mass attack the zombies.  It's gonna suck for that actor to have to wear a patch forever now, but "I'm glad they kept that" moment for me.

The only part of the episode I really didn't like was the lake of fire crap.  So many things wrong with that whole bit.  In the apocalypse, it might not be a great idea to waste truckloads of fuel since that's a little scarce.  Know what's even more scarce?  Rocket Propelled Grenades!  They couldn't light the lake on fire with a match?  And since when do zombies love fire more than brains?  I could see the sound and light distracting them momentarily - enough to save the group - but zombies just walk into fires?  Hell, why not just make a big bonfire outside the walls to bring zombies in and torch them like a bug light?  I would have been much happier with Daryl's team just riding in to the rescue with their machine guns the way they saved Glenn.  Speaking of Glenn, does that guy have nine lives or what?

Loved everything else about the episode.  Lots of good deaths without losing any of the core characters.  Hope the aftermath isn't multiple snoozer episodes.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:46 AM »
Yes.  It's called The Force.

"That's now how the force works!"

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:53 AM »
Guess I'm part of the small minority who really thinks this movie was a swing and a miss. Rehashed plot. Coincidences on top of coincidences. Maybe 8 will be a better more thought out original movie

You mean like in the original Star Wars with R2 and Threepio somehow ending up on the same Sandcrawler or the Lars family being in the market for two of those types of droids or Obi-Wan happening across a wounded Luke & company in the desert or Threepio turning on his communicator just before the heroes get crushed in the trash compactor or Luke running into his best friend on Yavin or Vader selecting the worst TIE Pilot ever as his trench run wingman or Vader's tie not getting caught in the Death Star explosion?  Do you mean like those types of coincidences on top of coincidences?  ;)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:42 AM »
I was also hoping to see a 6" scale modern T-70 X-Wing to go with the giant TIE Fighter, but guess I'll keep dreaming to that end :-\

I think they have a LOT of TIEs to sell before that happens.  That thing is taking up a big chunk of real estate at every Target in town.

This is just someone moving inventory.  People in my area do that frequently and I have done it on occasion.  They're just snatching up all the Finn from other stores in the area and dumping in one spot to free up the inventory.  Sacrifice one store to keep the other churning through new distribution.  From that wave, I picked up 2x Poe for a spare pilot, 2x Rey to display with and without her headgear, 2x Stormtroopers, and one Finn.  He's the clear pegwarmer of the group.  I'm sure one of the stores near me will have a 6" Zuvio herd in the near future.

Lower your expectations on the Stormtroopers if you order one.  I nabbed 4 and there was only one good paint job in the bunch.  Another is passable in the back row, but the other two are ridiculously bad.  Tempted to order more in the hopes of getting better ones, but I'm not sure I want to deal with more returns hassles.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:46 AM »
I can't believe I didn't post about this sooner, but is anyone planning on collecting the new Thundercats line from Mattel? It looks pretty great, just like the MOTU Classics. I'd like to get a few, but have a feeling it will be pretty tough without a sub, and I can't really do that anymore. That said, it would be nice to get the main characters.

I'm very tempted.  But the increasing lack of space combined with the sub were enough for me to pass for now.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 17, 2016, 06:28 PM »
Yeah, I was really impressed with what they showed.  I'll be grabbing a few of those X-Men figures for sure.  Great to see movie Scarlet Witch on the way too, though I wish we were getting Quicksilver with her.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 17, 2016, 06:22 PM »
Well, personally I think the real problem is the BAF concept.  Because of the variety of figures, you have uneven case ratios and people who only want some of the figures from each release.  That leaves some of the people who want the BAF unable to complete it and others who don't care about the BAF feeling like they overpaid for some useless extra part.  I know the concept is to get you to buy more figures to make the BAF, but I've actually bought less.  If I have one or two figures, I won't care as much about the extras, but if I get 4 or 5  I know I'll be tempted to complete a BAF I don't want, so I purposely avoid fringe characters. 

For example, I'll probably snag Cap from the latest wave and maybe Sharon Carter as an upgrade from her previous release.  I'm tempted to get Mockingbird and Scourge because I really like those figures, but that would put me just three figures away from a Red Skull BAF that I just don't need. I can rationalize $40 for the two I want most, but the thought of eventually getting the full set for $100 more when I don't really want/need any of the others makes me cringe.  If there was no BAF involved I wouldn't even be thinking about the other five, so grabbing Mock or Scourge is somehow more appealing to me. 

Anyway, with that system, you are bound to have leftovers from each wave clogging the pipeline, especially given that most shelf sets have limited space dedicated to these larger size figures.  I think these would sell a lot better in the $17-18 range without a BAF part.

The Bullpen / Re: 12" Jumbo Marvel Legends Figures
« on: February 17, 2016, 05:42 PM »
As someone who greatly admires, but could never afford, the Hot Toys figures, I'm interested in these. I realize it won't have that level of detail, etc., but if they are good for the price I could see picking some up. I would likely be in for the Spidey if nothing else.

I'm with you.  I have some goofy electronic Iron Man and the Icons Cap in my 12" display, so would absolutely grab those two. 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 16, 2016, 08:22 PM »
It's really hard for me to care about either line when local stores don't stock it. Seriously, in the last year, Walmart only stocked the Avengers wave, Target got the BAF Hobgoblin wave, and TRU got the BAF Rhino wave. That's IT. And with 3.75 inch figures, Target got the wave with Black Widow Cat, Beast and Sandman last Spring, and I think that's all I've seen in stores since late 2013.

That might be a specific issue with your local stores.  I have seen all the last few Marvel U waves, Spiderman Legends, and Marvel Legends at Walmart, TRU, and Target.  In fact, most of the stores near me are all overloaded with these waves right now to the point where I don't know how they are going to make space for anything new without a clearance.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 16, 2016, 03:34 PM »
I think it was at NYCC last October where they announced "Marvel Legends" would be the name for the MArvel collector line, for 3.75" and 6" (and now 12" too).  Kinda like "Black Series" = collector stuff for Star Wars.  Trying to brand it all together.

Maybe they should brand it all as "Marvel" and stop complicating my life.   8)

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:36 PM »
Saw some of the new 3.75" Marvel figures, like the Black Panther and original armor Iron Man.  I was surprised to see these branded as Marvel Legends.  I thought that brand name was reserved for the 6" scale figure, but I guess that has changed.

Yeah, I'm totally confused by that.   I can't always tell if I'm looking at a 6" figure or a 3.75" figure, but relied on "Legends" somewhere in the wording to identify the larger sizes.  Guess that's out the window now.  Do these companies do ANY research before making changes?   ???

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