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Other Toy Lines / Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits / Robot Damashii
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Is anyone else out there a Robot Spirits figure collector?

For over a year now I've been trying to resist the Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits [Side MS] Gundam Wing figures.   Well, with the lull in Hasbro 3.75" collector product, I found myself with some spare collector cash and decided to break down and get a single Robot Spirits [Side MS] figure - Gundam Wing Zero from Gundam Wing tv show.

Big, big mistake. I instantly fell in love with it.  Now I've got seven other [Side MS] figures from Gundam Wing (Epyon, Tallgeese, Altron, Sandrock, Space Leo, Ground Leo, Aries) on my desk at home and eight more pre-ordered (Heavy Arms, 2x Ground Leo w/ 1x Leo Option Kit, Noin Custom Aries, Shenlong, Mercurius/Vayeate, and the Deathscythe Hell).  Pretty much played catch-up from Jun-2012 releases to Jan-2014 pre-orders in the span of five weeks.  :-[

My extra collector cash (and then some) is officially gone, but Im loving my new 'Japanese Robots' (as my wife calls them). Really hope they make a Taurus and/or Virgo from Gundam Wing, Id also love a Maganac too.   I'm hoping to stay within the Gundam Wing realm on these, but I'm already tempted by the original RX-78-2 Gundam and the GM Sniper II (0080 War in the Pocket). Could find myself easily falling into the MSG/0080/0083 Stardust Memory stuff real easy...  and maybe even Zeta too.   :-\

Because I love checking back on Hasbro to see how much they really listen to us.  Here are the results of the past three Fan Choice Polls and the current figure tallies from each (unless I forgot about a figure  :-\).

- 2006 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 23 out of 25 made into figures; 92%
- 2009 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 11 out of 30 made into figures; 37%
- 2011 Hasbro Fan Choice Poll = 5 out of 20 made into figures; 25%

Whos left?  Glad you asked.  Ive compiled the list of left-overs into one easy to reference/discuss list.  The # in parens is the polls they appeared.

Anakin Solo (2006)
Cane Adiss (2009)
Captain/Admiral Pellaeon (2009, 2011)
Captain/Admiral Piett (2011)
Cliegg Lars (2009, 2011)
Corde (2009)
Darth Caedus (2009)
Dash Rendar (2009)
Vintage-deco Death Squad Commander (2011)
Dorme (2009)
RotJ Emperor Palpatine w/throne) (2011)
Guri (2009, 2011)
Jaxxon (2009, 2011)
Joruus CBaoth (2009, 2011)
Kittster and Wald (2009)
Mosep Bineed (2011)
RotS Nute Gunray (2011)
RotS Funeral Padme Amidala (2006)
Queen Apailana (2009)
Queen Jamilla (2009)
Sergeant Doallyn (2009, 2011)
Sim Aloo (2009, 2011)
Taym Dren-Garen (2009)
Tey How (2009)
Toryn Farr (2009, 2011)
Tzivvzt (2009, 2011)
Yak Face (2011)

Hall of Justice / 2014 DC Multiverse 4" Figure Line
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:53 PM »
Thanks to Brian for reminding me to start this thread...

Anyone excited for this new line next Spring?

Just like my complaints about the DCC stuff - why the heck are they wasting time/effort on video game 4" figures before giving us nice, classic comic costumes?!? Ugh.  ::)

I have zero interest in the DCC God Among Us/Injustice 4" stuff and I have no interest in the Arkham City/Asylum Batfigures in Multiverse Wave 1.  :-\ 

Wave 2 looks promising though... not sure if it will be all Keaton-Batman wave or if it will be more of a classic DC movie wave with Reeves Superman too.  Guess we wait for NYCC or NYTF to see that wave...

Here we go again...  let's hope that CEII will be better for 3.75" Black Series reveals than SDCC was. 

Anyway, here's the Hasbro panel details...  oh good, they'll be talking about Angry Birds again.   ::)

Whats New at Hasbro / Was gibt's Neues bei Hasbro

Date: Sunday, July 28
10:30 am - 11:30 am local

Location: Behind-The-Scenes Stage

Description: Join members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Jeff Labovitz (Director, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro) and more as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures. Jeff and team will also host some Q+A for your burning Star Wars action figure questions!

Yeah... 10:30am on a Sunday.  With the time difference, that's like 3:30am Central?  Ugh.  Not sure I'll be following the live tweets on this one.  :P

6" Black Series - 6" Preview Set
2013 SDCC Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite

6" Black Series - Wave 1
2013 #01 Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
2013 #02 Darth Maul
2013 #03 Sandtrooper (v1 - Orange Pauldron)
2013 #04 R2-D2

6" Black Series - Wave 2
2013 #05 Princess Leia (Jabba's Prisoner)
2013 #06 Boba Fett (ESB)
2013 #07 Greedo
2013 #08 Han Solo (ANH)

6" Black Series - Wave 3
2013 #09 Stormtrooper
2013 #10 Obi-Wan Kenobi (RotS)
2013 #11 Luke Skywalker (Bespin)

6" Black Series - Wave 4
2013 #12 Anakin Skywalker (RotS)
2013 #13 Chewbacca - CANCELLED
2013 #14 Clone Trooper (AotC)

6" Black Series - Wave 5
2014 #01 Sandtrooper (v2 - Black Pauldron)
2014 #02 Darth Vader (RotJ)
2014 #03 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
2014 #04 Chewbacca

6" Black Series - Wave 6
2014 #05 Imperial TIE Pilot
2014 #06 Yoda
2014 #07 Clone Trooper Sergeant
2014 #08 Obi-Wan Kenobi (RotS) [REPACK]

6" Black Series - Wave 7
2014 #09 Han Solo (Stormtrooper)
2014 #10 Bossk

6" Black Series - Wave 8
2014 #11 Emperor Palpatine
2014 #12 Luke Skywalker (Sotrmtrooper)
2014 #13 Clone Trooper Captain

6" Black Series - Wave 9
2014 #14 Commander Cody
2014 #15 IG-88
2014 #16 Princess Leia (Boushh)

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 1
2015 #01 Finn (Jakku)
2015 #02 Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
2015 #03 Kylo Ren
2015 #04 First Order Stormtrooper
2015 #05 Chewbacca

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 2
2015 #06 Captain Phasma
2015 #07 Poe Dameron (X-Wing Pilot)
2015 #08 Guavian Enforcer
2015 #09 Constable Zuvio

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 3
2015 #10 Resistance Trooper
2015 #11 First Order TIE Fighter Pilot

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 4
2015 #12 First Order Snowtrooper
2015 #13 First Order General Hux
2015 #14 X-Wing Pilot Ello Asty

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 5
2016 #15 Jango Fett
2016 #16 First Order Flametrooper
2016 #17 Finn (FN-2187)
2016 #18 Han Solo (The Force Awakens)

6" Black Series - The Force Awakens Wave 6
2016 #19 Kanan Jarrus (Star Wars Rebels)
2016 #20 Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars Rebels)
2016 #21 Luke Skywalker (A New Hope)

Announced/confirmed, but no release info yet:
2016 #xx Darth Revan
2016 #xx Sabine Wren
2016 #xx Princess Leia (A New Hope)
2016 #xx Snowtrooper (Empire Strikes Back)
2016 #xx AT-AT Driver (Empire Strikes Back)
2016 #xx C-3PO (The Force Awakens)
2016 #xx Kylo Ren (Unmasked)
2016 #xx Ben Kenobi (A New Hope)

3.75" Black Series - Wave 1
#01 Padme Amidala (Geonosis)
#02 Clone Trooper Sergeant
#03 Anakin Skywalker (AotC)
#04 Biggs Darklighter
#05 Luke Skywalker (Yavin IV)
#06 Darth Vader (Bespin)
#07 Biker Scout [repack]
#08 Clone Pilot

3.75" Black Series - Wave 2
#09 R2-D2
#10 Pablo-Jill
#11 Luminara Unduli
#12 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper
#13 Stormtrooper
#14 Mara Jade Skywalker

3.75" Black Series - Wave 3
#15 Merumeru
#16 Clone Commander Neyo
#17 Vizam
#18 Darth Plagueis
#19 Mace Windu (Clone Wars)

3.75" Black Series - Wave 4
#20 Bastilla Shan [repack]
#21 Luke Skywalker (Dagobah)
#22 Yoda (Dagobah)
#23 Toryn Farr
#24 Snowtrooper Commander
#25 Dak Ralter [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 5
#26 Darth Vader (RotS)
#27 Jabba's Skiff Guard (aka Brock Starsher)
#28 Ree-Yees
#29 Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder)

3.75" Black Series - Wave 6
#01 R5-G19
#02 Hoth Luke Skywalker (Wampa'd Face)
#03 Darth Vader (RotS) [revised neck post]
#04 Darth Malgus [repack]
#05 Starkiller (Galen Marek) [repack]
#06 Yoda (Dagobah) [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 7
#02 Hoth Luke Skywalker (Wampa'd Face) [elbow pin variant]
#07 Darth Vader (Dagobah Test)
#08 Stormtrooper
#09 Captain Rex
#10 Jon 'Dutch' Vander (Gold Squadron)
#11 Chewbacca [Yavin Ceremony]
#12 Clone Commander Wolffe
#13 Clone Commander Doom
#14 Imperial Navy Commander [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 8
#15 Clone Commander Thorn
#16 C-3PO [repack]
#17 Princess Leia Organa (Boushh)
#18 Mosep Binneed
#19 Han Solo (Pre-Freeze) with Carbonite Block
#20 Jawas 2-pack

3.75" Black Series - Walmart Wave 1
Chewbacca [repack]
Darth Vader [repack]
Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace) [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Walmart Wave 2
Princess Leia Organa (Yavin Ceremony)
Kylo Ren
First Order Stormtrooper

3.75" Black Series - Walmart Wave 3
Han Solo (Endor) [repack]
Rey (Jakku)
Finn (Jakku)
Poe Dameron (X-Wing Pilot)

3.75" Black Series - Walmart Wave 4
Han Solo (Starkiller Base)
Princess Leia Organa (D'qar)
Captain Phasma

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / 2013 Star Wars Evolution Set
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:46 AM »
Posted by BBTS today:

Star Wars 2013 Evolution Pack ($34.99) - Estimated to arrive in October.

No pic or description yet...

Up for pre-order now...  Clone Troopers: Echo and Fives 2-Pack.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / San Diego Comic Con 2013!
« on: July 8, 2013, 12:15 PM »
Just over one week away... time to start a thread with the official panel announcement!

Hasbro: Star Wars
Friday July 19, 2013 -  1:00-2:00pm (Pacific)

Members of the Hasbro brand and design team, including Derryl DePriest (VP, global brand marketing), Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing), discuss the popular Hasbro StarWars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Derryl, Jeff, and team will also host a Q&A for your burning StarWars action figure questions!

What are you looking forward to most at SDCC2013?  3.75" Black Series Waves 3-4?  More of the Black Series 6" figures?  More "sham-poo bottle" 12" figures? :P

JD Sports Forum! / NHL Offseason 2013
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:24 PM »
With the compressed schedule and draft coming up this weekend already, I have to fast-track the creation of this one...

Draft coming up this week.  I know Brent and I both love us some NHL draft-watching, anyone else?

Will be a bit of a bummer not having a first rounder this year (so far), but I'm expecting the next few days to be filled with a ton of trades and buy-outs as teams get ready for the draft and the huge dip in the salary cap for next year.

Kubricks / 2013 Medicom Toy Exhibition Preview Party R5-D4
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:29 AM »
Fresh from the preview party (and already on eBay) - Preview Party event exclusive carded R5-D4:

The Bullpen / 2013 SDCC Legends Thunderbolts Box Set
« on: June 5, 2013, 03:28 PM »
In case you guys haven't seen them yet...  Hasbro Comic-Con exclusives @ USA Today.  Follow the link for the pics.

Marvel Legends Thunderbolts set ($89.99) - Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers.

Marvel Legends

Between its superhero movies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and its comic-book empire, Marvel may have the biggest Comic-Con ever in 2013.

Action figures come hand in hand with comics, though. Whereas Hasbro hits kid demos with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and Wolverine movie toys this year, the company is using its Marvel Legends Comic-Con set to embrace the adult fans and put the spotlight on some characters who haven't seen that much love in this case, the Thunderbolts.

Hasbro aims to "create a minor event out of it at Comic-Con to remind our most ardent collectors that we can do some of the coolest stuff that's very relevant to them," says Adam Biehl, vice president, global brand strategy and marketing.

"We surprise the fan base with something they didn't expect, and that's always the goal with any exclusives we do."

The Hasbro team was excited by the idea of doing a Thunderbolts set ($89.99) of 6-inch figures inspired by the comic-book art of Kev Walker and based on the Marvel team of superpowered antiheroes Avengers member Luke Cage and the reformed super-criminals Crossbones, Ghost, Moonstone and Judith Chambers that work for the government.

Cage receives a more modern Legends figure than he's seen in the past, but senior design director Dwight Stall was most excited about giving first editions to other characters whom "the Marvel fans have never had a figure of and might possibly have never thought, oh yeah, Hasbro will get around to doing those," he says, adding that other Legends figures releasing later this year and in 2014 will be on display at the Marvel booth.

One of the more interesting Thunderbolts to design was Ghost, a character who is very, very different in his anatomy from what you'd see on other, more traditional superheroes.

"He's not big, he's not muscular, he doesn't have that overwhelming presence to him," says Stall, adding that they re-used a Bucky sculpt from a few years back that they never thought they'd utilize again. "We turned him into my favorite figure in the set."

And if bigger is better, then Crossbones' massive cannon wins the day.

"Realism has its place but there's that level of super-realism in the superhero world where you could have a guy who could literally rip a mini-gun off the side of a helicopter and use it as a hand weapon," Stall says. "That's one of the benefits of having super strength."

Joe Defender / 2013 SDCC Exclusives - GI Joe/TFers Mash-Ups Set
« on: June 5, 2013, 03:22 PM »
In case you guys haven't seen them yet...  Hasbro Comic-Con exclusives @ USA Today.

- VAMP painted up like Hound
- Skystriker painted up like Jetfire (complete with booster rockets)
- Baroness with Ravage
- Snake Eyes with Blaster boombox and tapes accessories
- robot samurai thingy inspired by Bludgeon?  (wth? )

G.I. Joe/Transformers

Iconic cartoon/toy/comic franchises over the last 30 years, G.I. Joe and Transformers are two franchises that have recently hit Hollywood but are always favorites at Comic-Con among those who grew up with them and younger folks getting to know the real American heroes and transforming alien robots.

Putting them together, though? That's like the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich for children of the '80s.

This year's G.I. Joe/Transformers exclusive ($99.99) is the third and final installment in a special series of annual mash-ups, and while the two previous exclusives focused on Decepticons a Skystriker jet with a Starscream paint job, and a Shockwave deco on a G.I. Joe Retaliation movie H.I.S.S. Tank the 2013 edition focuses on the good guys.

"What better way to go out with a bang than with the Autobots coming to save the day?" says design manager John Warden.

Paying homage to a G.I. Joe/Transformers comic-book miniseries in the '80s, the set includes a Skystriker in the colors of the Autobot Jetfire and a G.I. Joe V.A.M.P. vehicle retooled to reflect Hound, a cult favorite whose original automobile form was that of an Army Jeep.

"We look to these two brands in particular to make a big statement," DePriest says.

The comic medium has been the experimental forum to prove a very high concept: that these universes of characters can go together. But we've just never put them together in toy form."

To pair with the vehicles, the set stars the Cobra femme fatale Baroness with the Decepticon character Ravage, G.I. Joe ninja Snake Eyes with an Autobot logo on his outfit, the Autobot Blaster in his boom-box form and his tapes, and a robotic samurai warrior with a skeleton head in the colors of the Decepticon Bludgeon.

"John's wanted to do a samurai for years," DePriest quips.

"He appeals not only to the original '80s fans but also late '80s and '90s," Warden says. "That's another big piece of Comic-Con: It's appealing to all generations."/quote]

Kubricks / Medicom Parco '13 Carded C-3PO & Salacious Crumb
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:58 PM »
Again, meh.   Hope the card art makes it worth it.  :-\

KUBRICK Special No.355 -

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