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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 10, 2014, 11:32 PM »
I happened to be in one of those eclectic, more hipster-oriented toy stores today (not a usual stop) and was shocked to see a carded Snake Plissken on the pegs! There was no way the kid in me could possibly resist grabbing it on the spot. Unfortunately they only had the "Version 2" figure and not the other one with the leather jacket, but I'm sure I will be able to find that easily enough.

There were also a couple of the Alien and Firefly figures there, first time I had seen the latter too.

I also saw they were stocking the SW 6" figures, so this is definitely going to be added to the regular store rotation now.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 9, 2014, 10:39 PM »
Finally cracked open the SDCC Exclusive Alien Egg Chamber last night and wanted to provide a brief review, sans pictures.

It is, as I figured it would be, a very well done effort overall, not perfect, but pretty great for what it is.

The base is very heavy, moreso than any of the vintage Star Wars ones. It is similar in mold though in that it's more or less hollow, but it's dense, much more hefty than I expected. The coloring is definitely more of a darker charcoal grey and there is no paint at all applied. The eggs appear to be molded separately, but firmly stuck in place. One of them is open to simulate the scene from the movie.

The cardboard background is pretty nice, well painted, gives some illusion of depth and perspective, with a tiny rendition of the Engineer at the very top, as if at the end of a long upward arching hallway. Like the old Kenner playsets, it comes with additional cardboard "feet" you need to fold up to attach it to the slots in the base.

The only real gripe I have is that the majority of the footpegs appear to be too large for the peg holes in the figures' feet. I tried them out with both Kane and the Alien, but could only get them to fit onto 2 out of the 7. Maybe they would work better with the other characters, I haven't tried them with the ones from the Mystery Eggs yet, but it seems like those should be universal.

Speaking of which, I have been able to snag 5 of the 8 Mystery figures so far, just need the clear Alien and both clear Ripleys and I am caught up.  :)

So, it appears the whole "taking it out of the package" deal is not so easy as I assumed. Some genius thought it would be a good idea to glue the $%^* plastic inserts to the diorama. And apparently they used the opposite of whatever kind of glue goes around their actual bubbles on cards, because this stuff is super-bonded.  ::)

Since there is no way to remove the plastic without ruining the diorama, I guess it is staying in place. I could cut it back I suppose but I'd just as soon keep this as close to original state as possible.

Pretty poor design flaw IMO, there was no similar issue with Boba and Han last year, though I guess that was less a diorama than just fancy packaging. Still, you could get the damn figures in and out at least without slicing the thing up.

Nice job on the actual characters though, I'm very pleased with how Jabba came out and Crumb is better than I expected.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: August 8, 2014, 05:46 PM »
Agreed, I was thinking that during the movie as well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 8, 2014, 05:43 PM »
Saw the rocketeer at b&n today

I was just coming here to post the same thing!

This is very encouraging IMO as I think there is a greater likelihood now we will see the other lines start showing up soon too - BTTF, Escape From NY, Firefly, etc.

I was not overly impressed with the Rocketeer sculpt really, but I'm sure he looks much cooler with the helmet and rocket pack on.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: August 7, 2014, 03:42 PM »
I received my SDCC exclusive Ezekiels yesterday, another fine effort on par with Negan. They are really nailing the comic line figures now...

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 5, 2014, 09:13 PM »
Got my Egg Chamber playset today! Will be cracking it open later and will provide a full report. I really liked the blind bagged eggs too, well, not so much the concept but the execution was marvelous. I was able to get 2 from my SDCC connection and picked up 3 more on eBay today for around $35 apiece. Just three more to go for a complete collection.

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!

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