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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: October 9, 2014, 09:06 PM »
Overall, I'm pretty happy with what was shown at NYCC.  Not a huge showing, once again, but it really hasn't been for awhile now.  Honestly, it almost seemed like as much was shown here as was at SDCC.  The 3 3/4" Black Series stuff is really nice, I'm especially excited for the new Carbonite Han.  The Leia Boussh looks really nice too, although I was pretty happy with the TSC version.  The Jawas are cool, as well as 3PO, and of course Mosep.

The 6" stuff had a nice showing again, with the IG-88, Boussh Leia, Luke/Han Stormie, Emperor, etc. all looking pretty nice.  Nothing else shown for the deluxe sets, but we do already know about the Taun Taun and Wampa sets.

Honestly, what I was sort of surprised by was the Mission Series and Saga Legends stuff.  Now, like most, I'd prefer more articulation than what these offer, but I thought the new stuff looked kind of cool.  I have picked up all the OT based ones so far, and will continue to I think, and the new stuff looked neat.  Bespin Han, the Luke/Leia set, the Hoth set, and Yoda/R2 all looked nice.  Like it was already mentioned, I think that Yoda might almost look better than the recent Black Series release (although we haven't seen a final copy yet).  I often think, if this is what came out with the POTF2 release in 1995, people would have been blown away.

I knew we likely wouldn't get any Ep7 reveals yet, but I am a little curious about the future.  I noticed in the little Avengers preview for the next movie, they seem to be taking the same 6" collectors figures and 2.5" figure and vehicle line approach they did with Guardians.  Since Hasbro often likes to cookie cutter the lines a bit, I sure hope we don't see that approach with the new SW movies.  The 6" figures are great, but 3 3/4" is always the bread and butter for SW I think.  Even if they go with the 5 POA style (which I hope we get more than that), at least it would continue that scale.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: THE HUB
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:27 PM »
Although they don't show a lot of them anymore, I sort of liked the Hub for playing some of the older cartoons like Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Batman Beyond, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, GI Joe, and Transformers.  They've played less and less of that lately though.  Some of the "Family Movie Night" stuff was good over the years though as they had stuff like E.T., Iron Giant, Karate Kid, etc. on.  Other than that, I don't know that we watched it a whole lot.  Our daughter watched the ponies for awhile, but hasn't for quite awhile now.  There just doesn't seem to be a lot of channels that will put those older shows on.  Sometimes even Boomerang's "vintage toons" is just stuff from the 90s/2000s, and not so much older stuff anymore.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: September 20, 2014, 06:31 PM »
Thought this looked like the most "basic" thread for this, just for the general "Rebels" line, but how many of you are jumping in with this line?  Initially, I was taking a wait and see approach - and still am to some extent - just because of the Clone Wars.  I really liked that line, and bought the majority of the basic figures, but now they've ended up in a storage bin just because of lack of display space.  It isn't like I have anything against the toys or the show, I love both, but they still take a bit of a back seat to the movie stuff for me so they've been stashed away for now.

That being said, the more I see about Rebels, the more excited I get.  Not only that, but our daughter is really into the fact that there are major female characters with Hera and Sabine, so I have a feeling that might fuel more casual purchases as well.  Plus the fact the 5 POA stuff is cheaper.  I'm starting to lean more towards jumping into these, or maybe even preordering some.  Anyone else thinking of getting into this line, or just sticking with the show (or maybe neither)?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: September 20, 2014, 06:26 PM »
I received Ree Yees, Doallyn, Wedge, and Vader via Amazon yesterday, but haven't had a chance to open them yet.  It probably sounds weird, but it was kind of exciting to get some new 3 3/4" goodness lately between this and the Dagobah Luke wave.  I sort of forgot how much I "missed" this line, with such long breaks lately and not a lot of focus here the past year plus.  I don't know what the line is going to look like come Episode VII time, but I sure hope there is a re-focus on the 3 3/4" scale stuff, like the good old days.  I like the 6" line as well, don't get me wrong, but nothing says Star Wars quite like the little guys :).

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:44 PM »
It really is crazy how things are exploding this year alone, looking at your examples Jeff.  It seemed to me there was too much stuff before, but it is really expanding since the Disney takeover as well.  I feel for those who really try to be "completists" these days, although I'm sure there are fewer of those anymore.  I know even Steve Sansweet has said as much with Episode VII on the way, that it is practically impossible to truly "collect it all" anymore.

I pretty much just focus on the Hasbro stuff anymore, with the odd other collectible here or there, but I really hope we see a simplification of the Hasbro line at least when the movies come around.  I know it is probably wishful thinking, because it is all about retail footspace these days, but I miss the days of "here are Star Wars action figures (one line), here are some beasts, and here are some vehicles".  I guess, like the vintage days, POTF2, relaunch, or even POTJ.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:40 PM »
While searching for the exclusive Fett (and honestly, really hoping to find Chewie), I was able to pick up a Vader and Jedi Luke at two seperate stores.  Those are the only two figures I've seen at Walgreens over the past few weeks, but it was nice to find something new.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Yeah, I've actually been surprised at how many different stores have told me "yeah, we've had a lot of calls about those" when I've asked.  Some seem annoyed, although others don't seem to mind too much.  If there is one thing this "hunt for Fett" has made me realize, I don't think I like "the hunt" anymore.  It may just be the store(s) and the situation, but driving around to multiple Walgreens the last couple weeks has just seemed like a big time suck ;).  I've used the Fett finder feature on Walgreens.com, and it seems pretty accurate for the most part.  It seems to show "in stock" if they have any 6" series at all (not just Fett), and goes out of stock the same day if sold out.  I did run into one store who when I told them their website said they had them in stock, said they had a Fett, but it was being held for someone who called in....for three days now.  Oh well.  I have found a Vader and a Luke, so it was nice to not come home completely empty handed from these multiple trips, but I think I'm about done running to stores outside of the ones closest to our house (or maybe just the one closest).

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 5, 2014, 02:40 PM »
I keep checking as well, but no signs here. I have seen the GoT stuff several times and started seeing the Marvel Agent Venom this week. It does seem like Walgreens has been expanding their toy aisle though.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars on Spike TV
« on: September 5, 2014, 02:37 PM »
Similar to my last post here I guess, but does anyone know if Spike still has the rights to Star Wars? I seem to remember the deal being for six years starting in 2008 when ROTS was first on cable.  I'm pretty sure it hasn't been on this year, or if so it has been awhile. I was wondering if maybe Disney had the rights now or what. I've seen Indy on TV several times this year, on several stations, but no sign of Star Wars.  Not that we can't just watch it on DVD, Blu Ray, etc., just curious.

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The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: September 3, 2014, 11:57 AM »
I had an Amazon gift card from last Christmas to use up, so I picked up the Milano from the Guardians stuff.  I had been wanting to get it for awhile, but always have to budget a bit more for those larger sets.  Plus, I can't get enough of the Guardians stuff right now ;).

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The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: September 3, 2014, 11:56 AM »
Found the Walgreens exclusive Agent Venom figures this weekend while on the lookout for the Star Wars ones.  Pretty nice figure overall, and the store I hit had nothing but Agent Venoms, so I'm not sure if it is separate case or what.  I had thought it was going to be shipping with other Spidey Legends figures from the previous waves this year, but apparently not.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: September 3, 2014, 11:55 AM »
Sorry for the stupid question, but I was looking through both LEGO's site and this year's SDCC and Toy Fair coverage, and are there any new Lord of the Rings sets on the way this year?  I know we have at least a couple more for The Hobbit, but wasn't sure about LOTR proper.  I'm guessing this is sort of the last hurrah for both lines since the final movie is out in December?

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 3, 2014, 11:51 AM »
I've been checking Walgreens the past few days as well.  We have a ton of them in town I know, but I've only hit four or five with no luck.  I've seen the Game of Thrones stuff at several, and just found the Agent Venom figure from the Marvel Legends line at one of them this weekend.  No Star Wars though, aside from some 20" Darth Maul figures.  Are these always showing up in those little sidecap thingys?  That's where I've seen the other "collector" figures, at least for the most part.

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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: August 20, 2014, 12:58 PM »
Just saw this this morning as well, not sure whether to pick it up or not.  It doesn't sound as if it is "in scale" with their figure line (they mention it coming with a surprise 1.5" figure), but then again, it would be kind of neat to have a Smaug in the collection room.  Then again, there will be a LEGO one eventually too...

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:34 AM »
I agree, they will take a little to get used to after having such a memory burned in of the original troopers - but that being said, they do look kind of cool.  Between these pics and the Falcon stuff the other day, I'm really starting to get excited at the prospect of Star Wars on the big screen again.  I hope we start getting some official stuff released, although I know the movie is still well over a year away.  Every time we see a pic like this, I still have to think "wow, this is really happening".

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