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The Bullpen / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:03 PM »
I know I'm likely in the minority, but I'm really excited for the Guardians movie and the toys - at least the Legends stuff.  Not sure what to make of the smaller scale stuff, since it doesn't fit in with anything else.  Seems destined for clearance, unless it really takes off with kids.  It is something like $5.99 for a two pack, so at least its cheap.  If it had been 3 3/4" like the rest, I'd be all in - at this scale, I'm not so sure.  Too bad too, because I'd like to get those spaceships as well.

Aside from a couple of the characters, I wasn't familiar with the Guardians as a kid really - but got to know them more during the whole Annihilation stuff in the comics and especially with the recent relaunch by Bendis.  Now they are some of my favorite characters, and I can't wait for the movie.  Rumor is we might get a trailer tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

Hall of Justice / Re: 6" Super Powers
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:00 PM »
Yeah, I like the whole Super Powers packaging thing, because I have fond memories of that line, but repaints for $30 each is kind of ridiculous.  I watched a video at TNI with Toy Guru and he made a big point that this was the end of the line, that this wasn't a restart or anything and that there wouldn't be any more figures outside of these six (offered in sets of 3 or individually in August/Sept/Oct timeframe).

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:57 PM »
Yeah, I'm really digging Zeb as well.  The figures don't look too bad really, for the price.  Haven't decided what I'm going to do with this line for sure, although I'm pretty excited for the show so I may cave.  I collected most of the CW run, but ran out of display room so most of them are packed up now.  I'm more excited for the time period this show is covering, and it looks like it could be a fun line with the new vehicles and stuff.  Seems like, at least from what we've seen so far, they are taking a little more conservative approach than with CW - but there could still be more stuff to be revealed I guess.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:54 PM »
These were one of the cool surprises of the show I thought.  I figured we'd be getting vehicles for the new toon, but it was cool seeing something all new (and not super tiny).  I know I'm pretty excited for these as well.  I had been on an OT vehicles only rule for the past few years, but these will be tempting.  That's where we get the gray area since Rebels is sort of in the OT time period as well, so maybe I've found a loophole in my own rule :).

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:52 PM »
Not sure I "get" this thing either, although it does look nifty.  Just not sure why they wouldn't at least make a working canopy/cockpit, although I'm sure it has some to do with pricing.  It just would add some playability to kids, and maybe get collectors interested as well.  I mean, if you're doing a large scale ship anyways, why not at least try to make it fit in with some figure line, right?  The fact that it has a name "Hero Series" makes me think we'll be seeing more of these too maybe?  I like the idea of being able to get a big X-Wing for $40, but I think kids/parents and collectors alike would like it to work with the figure line as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:49 PM »
Thanks for the amazing coverage Jeff!

I have to say, I really dig the Black Series packaging redesign, that TIE Pilot helmet just makes it look cool to me for some reason.  Big improvement over the current design, which is a bit blah.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with what we've seen from Toy Fair.  A pretty nice push for the 6" stuff, just enough of the 3 3/4" to keep us interested, and the first taste of the Rebels product (nice to see some new vehicles coming up).

Honestly, if the 3 3/4" Black Series line continues this trend, I'd be pretty happy.  Not an overwhelming amount of releases, a focus on OT for the most part, and the figures we've seen all look pretty amazing.  I hope it keeps up (whether called Black Series or something else) in the years to come.  Interesting to read at a couple places that Hasbro has specifically been told to stay away from EU and also pull back from prequel stuff.  Surprised that they came out and confirmed that, but it is good to know.  I'm still wondering if we'll still see OT or PT stuff during the upcoming movie years starting in 2015.  I'm guessing there can't be too many spots available for "other" stuff in those years, let alone much focus there as the stores are likely going to want primarily the new movie stuff.  We'll see.

The 6" stuff looks just amazing I think.  I know not everyone is into these, but I'm really enjoying them.  So far, it has been just the right pace that I can afford to keep up, so hopefully that continues.  I can't wait for that Chewie, not to mention Luke and Vader.  On that topic, not that it is a new thing, but wow we are getting lots of Lukes between the various lines in the next year or so.

The Rebels stuff looks cool too, especially the vehicles.  I'm not sure what I'll do about the figures yet, but I'm guessing when the show is starting up and the hype begins I might bite.  Plus, if it is good, that will help as well.  I'm pretty excited for the show itself, and the figures - despite being 5 POA - have some neat designs in there too.  Honestly, I hope if nothing else it is a fun line for kids where the figures can fit in vehicles, are sturdy, and everything works well together.

Overall, not necessarily a TON of stuff for Star Wars, but still more than we've been used to recently it seems.  I know there is a lot I'm looking forward to this year, as we build momentum into the Episode VII onslaught.  Glad to see so much OT goodness everywhere as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:38 PM »
Looks like the starts of a pretty nice wave, anxious to see pics of the Han.  A new "Luke reveal" Vader is cool I guess too, although I was pretty happy with the one from the POTJ days as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 4
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:37 PM »
Still really looking forward to this wave.  The Yoda alone is amazing, at least from the pics we've seen.  I'm pretty jazzed for the Luke as well, and Torryn Farr knocks another long-requested figure off the list.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:35 PM »
Man, that Ree Yees is nice.  I never picked up the POTF2 one, and for the past few years just kept waiting it out figuring they would remake him eventually (since he's been rumored for awhile).  Can't wait for this version, looks great.  Doallyn is great too, and a long requested fan figure.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:33 PM »
Both of these look great (thanks for all the great work/pics by the way Jeff).  I agree, Jabba looks a bit lonely in that empty box all by himself though, too bad they couldn't cost out some extras in there.  The Scout/Bike set is amazing too.  I've been in on this line since the beginning, but never army built anything (so far), things like the Stormies and Scouts make it tempting though (if I had that money).  $40 a pop would add up fast.  Nice stuff though, definitely.  Holding out hopes for a Taun Taun now!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 3
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:30 PM »
Nice wave overall.  Although I'd rather have another new figures as opposed to the Sandie repaint, that is still one heck of a figure and I have no problem getting another version as well.  The Vader and Luke both look amazing.  Can't wait to pick those up and have them dueling on the desk :).

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 2
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:28 PM »
Agreed, love that Chewie, so well done.  Definitely looking forward to that one.  It seems like the 6" scale in general was a pretty big hit of Toy Fair, pretty much everything shown looks very nicely done.  Any news on when we can expect this wave?

Just got a notice from BBTS that this wave is now shipping, so should hopefully get here next week.  Hopefully hitting retail soon too.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:01 PM »
Still not sure what to think of the whole 5 POA approach for the animated stuff, and I'm hoping we'll get a better idea at Toy Fair what the line is going to look like in the next 6-12 months.  The "Legends" name for this line seems strange with the focus on Rebels, but I'm guessing the focus may shift from year to year as we get into that movie/spinoff/movie/spinoff pattern.

Hall of Justice / Re: Batman TAS / New Adventures 6 Inch Line!
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:47 PM »
So excited for these, although they are a little pricey at $25 each I believe.  I'm likely in on these though, as this was/is probably my favorite show of all time.  Glad that it is making a comeback in toy form.

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