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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:02 PM »
Pretty sure they announced the biker scout and his wheels at toy fair. Jabba without the dais would pointless so hopefully we see it.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:54 PM »

Not great pic of jawa shelf atop vintage swag.

Different view with the regal jawa and tomy jawa:

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:20 PM »
Exactly!  ;)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:04 PM »
Got Leia today from HTS, and this neat little tote:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:36 PM »
Always a big fan of Godzilla, and hoping this erases the memory of the '98 movie, which was truley abysmal.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Amazon Droid Factory Multi-Pack
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:31 PM »
Had Amazon adjust my order from Black Friday today, and thought about ordering another, but none of these are particularly figures I need more of. Insane deal though. Deal of the year.

Vizam is the winner, but I just got Merumeru today and as one of the last major figures from ROTS I wanted, he's outstanding. I figured he reused parts from the Sneak Preview Wookie, but doesn't appear to. Excellent figure. I think I would have preferred the helmet to sculpted on actually, since mine is ill fitting and rides kind of high. Otherwise, very cool.

Waiting for $15... 

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:26 PM »
Had to share my latest acquisition - a MIB Jawa Bop Bag. This was the last of my major Jawa pieces and one that vexed me for years. I actually never imagined I would have a vinyl cape Jawa years before this guy, but he's very, very uncommon:

Forgot how heavy these bags were, all rolled up in that little box - a real treat to find and put up on the Jawa shelf.

That's a great point about the CommTech Reader. Way ahead of its time and shy of the mark of real interactivity. If they had integrated that technology into the vehicles/playsets, or beyond to any kind of gaming, then maybe. But that was 15 years ago (!!!). The more I think about it, it's the toy industry in general, rather than any particular brand, that is suffering right now.

We've talked about it before, but SW is actually proving to be somewhat bulletproof - very few if any brands could survive the (many) near death experiences it has had, and that includes right now, post TPM 3D. The line chugs along, hobbled, but alive. The toy industry is suffering from rising production costs, labor costs, loss of customers to video games/electronics, and I think the internet - Amazon and their batshit prices are a great example of the slow bleed online has had on retail toy shopping. Who out there right now on the fence on 6 inch is going to pick up those shelf warming Lukes or R2's when they can get them for $10 online? $9? Maybe it gets them into the game long term, but it also keeps the shelves nice and warm.

A gigantic part of collecting for most of us for a long time has been the hunt. That's slowly eroded, and with the state of things being what they are, we've reached a tipping point where ordering online is really your only option. That only escalates the situation at retail, and you have articles out there now about Toys R Us struggling quite a bit. If TRU shrank or went under, you're talking about the effective end of the retail collector. Wal-Mart may be the largest toy buyer in the world, but TRU supports such a broad range of lines unavailable anywhere else that the toy industry would be reduced to whatever kids play with right before they turn on their first iPad.

I think there will always be a place for action figures, and Star Wars toys, but what does that look like? No idea at this point.

The general health of the line is something I question, since NOTHING is moving at retail, outside of soemthing 'new.' But then here in Iowa anyhow, nothing moves outside of Turtles. So hard to say. I think SW will be fine, but thank God for HTS - I don't expect to see Wave 3, or 4, of anything at retail at this stage.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: December 4, 2013, 07:36 PM »
Gone now.  :(

Wow on the Interceptor. That's just... wow. Those were crazy days. I waited on all the 2 pack figures for that reason, especially Maul. The Stormtrooper I went ahead and snagged at $6 since he'll be the one we're all looking for.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: November 30, 2013, 11:14 AM »
Got my Han and Greedo from HTS yesterday. Very impressed with these two, especially Han. I'm still on the fence on Leia, and Fett of course is always sold out.

Found a ton of these today at my KMart in Iowa, so hopefully they're getting out to everyone else. I just bought one of the Scanning Crew sets for now, but happy with what you get even at regular price.

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