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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:40 AM »
Funny how in that press release they both spin it as a big positive. But it seems pretty clear this experiment was a failure. I'm sure it was Funko who decided to bail. They had all the Hand in that relationship anyway.

I've been all about this line from Day One, but I have to say Super 7 does not have much to offer of any value outside of the ReAction stuff. Those vinyl figures and glassware and stuff are just greasy kid stuff. I have felt for awhile now like they are throwing all their weight behind this MOTU thing to pretty much the exclusion of everything else. Street Fighter and that bizarre "The Worst" property hold no interest for me at all.

I will say though, that the recent Dark Crystal figures are about the best thing they have put out ever. Those are really amazing, and well worth the $15 (to me) because of the thought and energy that went into them, plus the inherent coolness of the property. If they would focus more attention on that kind of stuff I think they will have a solid niche to build on going forward.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: November 8, 2016, 09:11 AM »
I kinda like the figure too, although I miss the shiny metal finish. I was worried the arm articulation would be limited but they seem to work pretty well, you can get all the classic 3PO poses out of them.

I got Red Arm yesterday and compared the two last night. That uniquely sculpted abdomen thing is odd, but sort of neat. Just different enough to not make me mad.  :D

I found a fresh case of R1 Wave Two 6" figures over lunch today at Target.  :)

I only just saw a store report yesterday of this wave popping up there, so the timing couldn't have been much better. They look terrific in hand, especially Krennic, by whom I did not expect to be wowed. Stormtrooper Squad Leader is multiple kinds of awesome.

Looking forward to comparing 3PO's tonight...

Good stuff!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 7, 2016, 08:57 AM »
I'd take the dog food over anything with egg and pickles in it. blecch

The hubris of Hollywood writers, guys failed miserably at trying to make that asshat scumbag Dwight "sympathetic". Give me a break. Do they really expect everyone to forget how he murdered Denise in cold blood FOR NO REASON just a few episodes back? But I'm supposed to feel sorry for this redneck POS because Negan is boning his wife? (Who is not "super hot" BTW, Rosita crushes anyone in that group by a mile)  Give ma an fing break.

This stupid, ugly idiot is no more blameless than those pathetic losers in WWII who were "just following orders". He put himself in that situation plain and simple. He could have just as easily gone back to Alexandria last season with Daryl, told them all about the Saviors, and then he, his wife, Glenn and Abraham would all still be alive and well today because at least they would have had an inkling of what they were getting into. But he had to act like a scared puppy and go slinking back to Negan.

Kinda surpised that a show that just depicted two people getting their heads bashed in with a baseball bat would shy away from showing a dude getting his face burned off with an iron, but that is a flashback I would VERY much like to have seen.

I hate Dwight. I hate him worse than Negan. And I dearly hope they have the balls to kill him off instead of trying to cornhole him into some lame ass, unconvincing redemption story. Probably not, but one can hope.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: November 5, 2016, 01:55 PM »
I found this guy today! He was at the last of three Walgreens that I hit on the way home. Looked like they had a full case.  ;D

I bought two, one for me and one for a friend. Did not even have to be choosy because they all looked spot on with the paint apps. Very nice figure.

Really excited to have stumbled across him so early in the game. Stalking Walgreens is never much fun.

Good hunting!

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 2, 2016, 08:38 PM »
Found some Woodbury Ricks @ ROSS today for the low, low price of $3.99. I think that's the cheapest I've ever seen for this line. Had to pick up a couple at that price.

Also been seeing a few of the building sets popping up randomly at Ross, Tuesday Morning, etc. I grabbed another Governors Room set for $13.   ;D

Walgreens exclusive Constable Rick and Aaron should be hitting any day now...

I picked up a Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtrooper at 2 different Ross' today. Like the Rey I bought previously, these both have some kind of funky foreign packaging. Lots of Russian and Arabic fine print. They also both have some minor differences in deco - kylo's unpainted lightsaber hilt for example. Interesting, they're not as crude as your typical bootleg figures, but they seem to lack the finer details of the retail versions here.

Gotta love the $8.99 price tag though!

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: November 1, 2016, 04:55 PM »
I dunno, although it was among my favorite movies when I was a kid, I just don't feel much enthusiasm for these guys.

I picked up another Death Trooper from Target today to round out my squad of five. They had the 6" figures on sale for a dollar off.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:30 AM »
Based on what we know from previous storylines involving A) infected pigs at the prison and B) Termites eating Bob's "tainted meat", I fail to see any value whatsoever to having the pigs fill their bellies "with rot".

Do they not know after all this time that everyone is infected already anyway? Even those dopes on FTWD figured that out in a few episodes.

Were they just hoping to give the Saviors a stomach ache? Bad gas?

Does a tiger really eat as much as ten men? Yikes.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: October 28, 2016, 09:33 AM »
I did not realize there was a "Remastered" version of PHANTASM done by none other than JJ Abrams. I caught it last night, an outstanding restoration. They really cleaned up the print and punched up the soundtrack, which was epic to begin with. Great way to kick off my weekend of Halloween horror movies!  ;D

So I was looking at the Rey and BB-8 I bought earlier today at Ross and damned if this doesn't look like a legit variant to me.

I have all three previous versions of Rey and BB-8 (original release, retouched version, and the one with the lightsaber) and this one looks distinct from all of them. Not so much Rey, although there are a few subtle differences with her, but definitely BB-8.

This latest one has a much heavier grey wash on his dome, and conversely, none at all on the body. Literally just silver and orange apps on a pure white body. I haven't taken him out of the box yet but it is obvious at even a casual glance. Very interesting.

Maybe these were some leftovers or rejects from a previous factory or something, odd that they would be showing up randomly at ROSS, but a pleasant surprise to me.

I will try to line em all up and take a picture for comparison, if anyone cares.

88 TRU just keeps putting out more Snowtrooper Officers.  >:(

I did pick a brand new 6" Rey & BB-8 (sans lightsaber) today at ROSS for $8.99. That was pretty cool.

Checked Brickpicker today and saw two stores showing them In Stock. I hit the one closest to my office but there were no signs of it anywhere. Since I didn't feel like driving around I just went to the Customer Service desk and had them pull a fresh case from the back. I picked out the one with the best paint apps (there was only 1 out of 4, yikes) and went on my merry way.

Cannot wait to crack this open tonight. The Death Trooper Specialist looks amazing!


Brickseek showing "Not Available" at every store around here. I'm still waiting on last year's exclusive to go on clearance too.

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