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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:37 PM »
I think the reason we haven't seen a pre-order for the ESB wave is that there will be no further Black Series waves. The line, on the 3 and 3/4 side anyways, hasn't performed. My guess is we'll see the collector line re-established concurrently with Rebels in the fall and the ESB figures will set that off. We'll see some strong OT figures until the new movie late 2015. At this stage retailers must be looking past TBS and it makes sense to hold off until there's some extra media support.

I expect to see one, maybe two waves of the 6 inch figures, a little bit of Rebels but nothing really since they'll wait until closer to launch to spring most of it. it will be very slim overall as we're now used to. Once Rebels kicks into gear, and we creep closer to the movie, things will improve.

There were quick change transformers - the Jumpstarters Top Spin and Twin Twist (two of my faves) - had this exact same concept in 85.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:51 AM »
 :)  Ah no... won't be doing that. Got in trouble before or opening some things here...  ;)

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LOVE the snow trooper. He'll go great with the commander.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:36 PM »
Got an absolutely dead mint MIB never opened speeder bike today - it's like I time travelled to 83 for this thing:


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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:19 PM »
Obi Wan tells Luke he thought he could train Anakin as well as Yoda - a seriously maverick thing is an organization as rigid as the Jedi Order. Obi Wan affirms that he was once as reckless as Luke. The OT Obi Wan gives the impression he was more against the grain than we ultimately see in the PT. In the PT, you have a young, overmatched knight forced into completing the dying wish of his former master. He doesn't make a conscious choice to train a peer, complicated by the fact that others have pointed out that Anakin's age in TPM is a mistake. Obi Wan becomes even more hard line as the PT goes on, with the exception of the CW, where we finally see his non-Jedi side and history. Even then he denies it. I love a lot of the points in the comments, I think there is a way to make this work, and make it interesting. Obi Wan is a character rife with contradictions and I can see him fathering a child, or entering a relationship, or both, in the aftermath of Vader and the Purge. Obi-Wan lived a lot of life between III and IV and I doubt all of it was spent in his hovel.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:43 PM »
It goes against the PT Obi, who was resolutely chaste, but not the OT one, who is suggested to be something more like the maverick we got in Qui-Gon. I personally wouldn't mind this. It would humanize him a little (Satine did, which was why she was a great addition to the overall story).

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:29 PM »
Yikes. That is all. There's been a lot of great pieces that have surfaced recently. I regret my shallow wallet.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Is 2014 the "Last Hurrah"?
« on: January 8, 2014, 11:45 PM »
Toy fair will tell but I think there will be very little room for a lot of focus outside the new movies, especially with one every year. There will always be some slots for the past, but the next decade will be the new films. If there's something were waiting for we should ask ourselves what it is. This wave with toyrn Farr seems like a wish list clearer for me. Maybe that's 2014.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fangbone! on TV!
« on: January 3, 2014, 12:15 AM »
This is great mike!  Look forward to hearing more.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:46 PM »
I'll wait and see on the cartoon, but I'm fine with the 5 POA/animated look. It's a cartoon and the toys should reflect the media. I'm with Jesse in that my biggest wait and see is the vehicles, where all the action in this line is likely to be. If they end up along the lines of what we saw this year, I don't think anyone will go for them, kids or collectors.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2014: What Are You Collecting?
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:12 PM »
Oddly haven't given this much thought.

SW - always, but I think this year actually more than 2013 will be a lot of wait and see. I find myself enjoying the 6 inch and Saga Legends as much as anything else, so I look forward to what shows up there.

Misc. - no idea. The movie Batman and Superman figures - Keaton and Reeves. Beyond that, doubt it will be much at all.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:28 PM »
I've never understood AFA. I totally get using it as a defense against scams, but as has been pointed out, even this is not fail safe and all AFA really does is inflate the price. It also, for me at least, shines a giant light on the fact these are toys, and meant to be played with, or at the very least, degrade. Certainly they have a lot of value to us, sentimentally and financially, but it's turned something very special into something very base. It's not about the toy, it's meaning or value to you personally; it's about the grade. The $$$. That I don't like at all. If this event ends up steering people away from all that, great.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Best of 2013?
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:19 PM »
Not hard to choose:

Black series: boba fett, Han and the sandtrooper. Resistant to the new scale? These will take you off the fence. Greedo would be another one, unexpectedly.

3 3/4 inch: Vizam, hands down. Merumeru, luminara, and Pablo Jill all stand out in a small crowd.

Mission series: the Vader set is the most worthwhile with two new figures. I tend to think jango is still the best figure in this first wave though.

Saga legends: not widely available yet but the storm trooper is the best figure in this category and this year overall by far.

Exclusives: the kmart sets stand apart from a dull group this year.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:57 AM »
I had a 25% off one item coupon, so with my normal 10% discount, he worked out to $17. I agree, $25 is too steep for these in the normal course of things. Boba I probably would have paid full price for in any case, given how hard he's been to find.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:57 PM »
Check your Barnes and Nobles - found wave 2 there today including Boba! 

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