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I received mine in the mail today...immensely more impressive than the regular retail version with that gaping empty space. I haven't taken it fully out of the packaging yet, as it sort of looks perfect as is, but I'm sure I won't be able to resist for long.

For some reason online chatter had me thinking Crumb was non-articulated but that is not the case, his arms and neck swivel around nicely.

Probably overpaid for this in retrospect, but you never know how these things are going to pan out, and it's certainly a fine set all things considered. I'm happy.  :)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 2, 2014, 09:59 PM »
Ok, visor was a little askew but was pliable enough to push back into shape. Scout does not seem to quite sit fully down on the bike.

And now that the silly minor quibbles are out of the way, what a refreshingly kick-ass toy! I LOVE this thing! At least the one I got has nice crisp paint apps on both the speeder and figure, including some really nicely detailed dirt wash on the boots that was hard to appreciate from just photos. For some reason earlier online comments had lead me to believe the rear spoilers were not articulated, but they are and it's a great added detail, along with the movable underbelly gun.

I haven't ventured to remove the Scout from the Speeder Bike yet, as I will probably pose him as is, but he sure looks like a fine effort to me. I know there was some grumbling about the torso proportions, but it doesn't seem look glaringly funky that I can tell.

Of course, liking this thing so much, it is probably going to be impossible to resist picking up another one at some point, space be damned. They just look better in 2-man teams!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: August 2, 2014, 07:23 PM »
Friend of mine texted me he found the Deluxe sets at a Target across town this morning and stashed one for me. But when I got there to snag it, there was nothing.  :(

As a prideful collector it's hard to let that kind of karmic slap go quietly, so I trekked out to a remote Target way off my usual beaten path immediately afterwards and was able to get them to pull one for me from the back. Thank you, Toy Gods!  :D

Looking forward to opening this up tonight, I already cleared space on a new dedicated shelf in anticipation.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 2, 2014, 07:19 PM »
Nice, I was finally able to snag the Speeder Bike set at Target today. Nothing on the shelf but for a chance the little price scanner computer said Store Room: YES. I waited in line for the CS associate (hate the Targets where these double as checkouts now) and she was able to get one pulled from the back for me. Success!

Have not opened him yet but am already concerned about "Bent Visor-Gate", as mine seems to suffer from this new affliction.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 1, 2014, 11:52 PM »
As of this morning 3 of our local Targets were suddenly showing this DPCI in stock (count of 3) so I hit 2 of them on the way home and neither could find them in the store room. Odd. At least one of the places confirmed they are planning to do a reset next week so maybe then.  :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: August 1, 2014, 01:12 PM »
Oh man, that is not even funny. I would have been irate!

I'm looking forward to hitting the IMAX for this, should be epic.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: August 1, 2014, 11:14 AM »
Picked up another 6" Boba Fett @ TRU this morning, got them to price match the $17.99 online price. Looks like they got more of Wave 2 though, not Wave 4. No sign of anything else new there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: August 1, 2014, 01:16 AM »
Just got back, totally lived up to expectations, funnest movie I've seen in a long time. Cast was excellent, as well as the soundtrack. I hope this is a smash home run for them.

It seemed like everyone at my showing was sort of mystified by the odd post-credits scene but it seemed pretty in line with the overall tenor of the film IMO. Never takes itself too seriously...

Can't wait to see it again!

Other Collectibles / Re: 31" Darth Vader
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:19 PM »
Wasn't planning to bite, but I couldn't resist a 31" Shock Trooper from Target today for $15.

Vintage Kenner / Re: History of vinyl cape Jawa
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:15 PM »
I swear I had one of these as a kid...I vividly remember having problems getting the cape on and off with those tiny arm holes. It was not among the figures that survived to my adulthood though.

I was happy enough to add one to my collection a few years ago though.

Now I just need that Lili Ledy guy with the removable hood...sigh.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Pacific Rim Toys
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:43 AM »
Got my SDCC exclusive Jaeger set in the mail yesterday from NECA. Not surprisingly, it is completely awesome. Beautifully packaged. The visors even glow in the dark!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:53 AM »
Allegedly this wave is showing up at Target now, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:33 PM »
The order time for the base was extended 5 days.  So now more time to mull one over.  Ugh.

I should have mine this week Jesse, I'll be sure to break it open and provide a full report on the awesomeness!  :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:32 PM »
I was surprised and excited to find the Shane with Baseball Cap TV redux figure today at my local comic shop. No other figures, just him, but I was able to pick from 4 so I got one with nice paint apps.

I have no idea what sort of traditional stores might carry these...Walgreen's maybe?

Glad to have this though, I basically decided last night that I am only going to focus on the TV figures going forward, so this seems like a nice unspoken validation of that choice. (Collector logic)

Happy hunting!

Is that Scrabble School Program tempting anyone yet?  :D

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