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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:57 PM »
Well, for as little Star Wars as there was at Toy Fair, Hasbro definitely brought out the big guns for Marvel.  Legends is pretty much the only line I regularly collect (aside from the recently started Batman: TAS stuff), so I'm pretty excited about what's on the way - but still trying to figure out how to afford it all.  Aside from the Avengers wave that is now hitting (Odin BAF), here's what was shown/announced:

Avengers Legends - Thanos BAF
Captain America (Age of Ultron)
Hulk (Age of Ultron)
Iron Man (Age of Ultron)

Avengers Legends - Hulkbuster BAF
Dr. Strange
Marvel NOW Iron Man
War Machine

Ant-Man Legends - Ultron BAF
Ant-Man (Movie)
Tiger Shark
Grim Reaper
Giant Man

Spider-Man Legends - Hobgoblin BAF
Spider-Man 2099
Ultimate Spider-Woman
Spider Girl

Spider-Man Legends - Rhino BAF
Ghost Rider
Scarlet Spider
Misty Knight
Chameleon (w/JJJ and Hammerhead heads)
Superior Venom
White Tiger

Amazon 4 Pack (Movie Banner, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow)
Target 3 Pack (Doc Green, White Vision, Comic Ultron)
SHIELD 3 Pack (Coulson, Hill, Fury)

Now that is a lot of Legends for one year.  I don't know if we even saw these levels in the Toy Biz days (back when - at least for awhile - Legends were $10 or less).  I'd like to get them all, but had planned to be saving for the Force Awakens a lot this year too, so we'll have to see.  A lot of cool stuff in there though, especially the Hulkbuster (supposed to be 9" tall or so), the Chameleon with JJJ head, Misty Knight, finishing off the Wrecking Crew with Bulldozer, as well as characters like Thundra and Hellcat.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:35 PM »
I didn't really get a chance to come post here yet, although I've been following everything through the weekend.  Now, I knew we weren't going to see any TFA stuff (they told us that), and honestly, I didn't expect to see much overall either as far as figures went - but nothing new?  That was a surprise.  I can see that we won't see much before the big movie push in the fall (and now, according to the JTA Q and A, it sounds like what we've seen is it, right?).  I did think we would see more 5 POA stuff if nothing else, and maybe a couple new 6" figures.  Definitely a lull for the better part of the year, which in a way is ok I guess.  If it weren't for all the cool Marvel Legends stuff (and the Batman Animated line from DC), I could really save up for the TFA release.

Also, although I'm not surprised we didn't hear it, it would have been nice to get a feel for the direction of the line in the future.  Yes, we know you can't tell us about TFA, and there are a lot of vague "we're dedicated to all scales and collectors and kids" type answers, but things would go a long way (even if it made people mad) if they just said "come Fall, the focus for the line will be 6" and 5 POA for the new movie(s).  Or maybe not even something that specific.  I'm really hoping we'll get some type of a peek at Celebration, to at least know what is coming down the pike.  It has been said before, but the new movie(s) is just the shot in the arm the Star Wars line needs right now.  This has been the definition of "limping along" the last few years, and this TF showing is one of the worst I think we've ever seen.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Movie Universe
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:31 PM »
Super excited to hear this news.  I haven't had problems with the previous Spidey movies as many have (although Amazing 2 was a bit of a mess), and I liked Andrew Garfield in the role, but I'll trade it all to see Spidey in the hands of Marvel Studios.  So glad that this deal finally went down, and we can see Peter Parker alongside the likes of the Avengers.  Should be pretty cool, and can't wait to see what direction (casting, age, villains, etc.) they go.  Sounding like he may make his debut in Civil War, which would be fitting too.

Looking forward to reading the next stupid idea that WB/DC offers to try to keep up with Disney/Marvel adding Spidey to the mix finally -

'Hey everyone, we're cramming The Wonder Twins into Batman V. Superman - Beginning of the Dawn of Justice League of America Superfriends Challenge'!!!   ::)

I still really, really hate that Batman V Superman movie title...

As for the DC side of things, I agree with you Jeff.  As much as I hope all their planned movies turn out amazing, they just seem so haphazard with how they are planning this out.  They want to do anything they can to not use the (successful) Marvel model and build towards Justice League and big events, and it seems like now they are just throwing anything that might stick.  Plus, it bothers me that they don't make things more cohesive and see the television Flash and Arrow in these movies as well.  I might be in the minority, and I understand it might be difficult scheduling wise, but personally I love the new Flash show (and Arrow as well), and would love to see those actors make the transition to the big screen alongside the other heroes.  It might be difficult to do, but I think it would be the right thing.

Maybe this Marvel news will spur WB/DC to release that Batman v. Superman teaser trailer now ;).

Saga Legends / Re: Saga Legends "Mission Series" Figure 2-Packs
« on: January 31, 2015, 03:10 PM »
I saw some of this wave come in at Target today (missing the Sabine and Wookiee packs).  I picked up the Scout/Wicket and Bossk/IG-88 packs, and have to say (prior to opening them) that they look pretty good.  I'll have to get a closer look once they are opened, but Wicket in particular had a nice sculpt.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: January 31, 2015, 03:04 PM »
I used to think (specifically around the time of the rumors of Shia taking over) that I couldn't see anyone else playing Indiana Jones.  I will say, if they are going to continue/reboot, I could get on board with Chris Pratt in the role.  I used to feel like they should just end it (probably with Last Crusade), but I think this whole new world of Disney's Star Wars has opened my mind a bit about these things.

When we first heard about Disney wanting to make all these movies (new trilogy, spinoffs, TV shows, etc.), I came to the realization (as silly as it is) that Star Wars was going to out live me.  I don't mean to say that movies are so all important that you base your life around them or anything, but when the OT wrapped I think many were like "well, I got the whole story now", then that feeling continued with the prequels "well, I saw this through to the end".  Now, there is basically no end in sight.  I liked the prequels well enough, but the OT always stands superior to me and I realized that no matter how much Star Wars we get from here on out - or how much I like it - the OT will always be "my" Star Wars.  Similar to how Harrison Ford will always be "my" Indy.  I can let go of that enough to see a new person in the role, and for a new generation to have their own new adventures to follow (and I'll be there too).  If there has to be a new actor, I'd be down with Chris Pratt in that role.  He won't be Harrison Ford, but that doesn't mean they will be terrible either.

Power of the Force 2 / 20th Anniversary of POTF2
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:08 PM »
Man, it is hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of the original "return" of Star Wars figures to the toy aisles.  Although many of those figures look ridiculous these days, it really was a cool time in SW collecting I think.  I wasn't really "in" on these from the beginning, but came in later on and then backtracked picking some of them up.  Although some of the He-Man like sculpts were kind of extreme, I remember - at the time - thinking figures like the Boba Fett were amazing, just comparing detail to the vintage line.  I didn't know anything about "collecting" toys then, and hadn't paid that much attention since my childhood for the most part, but that was the start of things that continues to this day.  There are times when I like to look back on the releases for each year in the POTF2 days, and think how much fun it must have been for those of you who bought in from the beginning - awaiting each new version of our favorite characters, not to mention all of the vehicle, beasts, and other things that were hitting at that time.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:04 PM »
Post Comic-Con Update....

Star Wars Black Series

3 3/4"
Princess Leia (Ceremony)

Luke Skywalker (Tatooine)
Ahsoka Tano

Legends/Mission Series

Exclusives, Vehicles, Beasts, Battle Packs

Jabba's Sail Barge (75020)
Death Star Final Duel (75093)
Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094)
Ant-Man Final Battle (76039)
LOTR Attack on Weathertop

Marvel Legends

Avengers Infinite - Hulkbuster Build a Figure
Dr. Strange
Marvel NOW Iron Man
War Machine

Spider-Man Legends - Absorbing Man BAF
Speed Demon
Ben Reilly Spider-Man/Spider-Carnage

Captain America Legends - Red Onslaught BAF
Captain America (Classic)

Marvel Legends Exclusives
Amazon 4 Pack (Movie Banner, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor)
Target 3 Pack (Doc Green, White Vision, Ultron)
Walgreens Black Ant
Walgreens 1st App. Daredevil
SDCC Dr. Strange Pack (Astral Form Strange, Magik, Brother Voodoo, Dormammu, Hela)

DC Collectibles Batman: TAS/TNBA
Poison Ivy
Roxy Rocket
Joker/Harley 2 Pack
Harley Quinn
Tim Drake Robin
Batman (Original)
Mad Hatter
Mask of the Phantasm 2 Pack
Killer Croc w/Baby Doll
Commissioner Gordon
Etrigan and Klarion
Ras Al Ghul

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2015: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:03 PM »
New year, so time to do this again.  I try to post an update at least every "new year" but for some reason this year seems more like a fresh start than others.  It may be with the new movie(s) on the horizon, plus the fact that I'm really trying to focus in on what I collect, but it feels like a good place to start the year.  Here's what I'm looking at for 2015:

Star Wars
I don't really expect us to see much prior to the Force Awakens stuff hits.  For Black Series 3 3/4", maybe just another wave beyond what we've already seen?  Also, with possible price hikes (if they stick), that will definitely effect my collecting if its going to be $13 (or more) a figure.  That being said, here's what I'm planning on for Star Wars

3.75" - Most to all OT Black Series offerings.  We'll have to see what happens with new movie stuff, but I'll likely be hyped and in if the figures aren't horrible, whether they are articulated or 5 POA.  Haven't really seen Rebels stuff yet, but I'm still trying to decide whether to jump in or not.  I like the show, but with movies looming, space is an issue.  I have picked up most of the OT-based Legends/Mission Series stuff too.  OT Vehicles if its new to me, or if they make any.

6" - All OT figures, beasts, or whatever else they make.  Really enjoying this line.  Again, we'll see about the Force Awakens stuff.

Legends - I was pretty much all in on these the past couple years, and would like to continue to, but I'm going to have to make some cuts somewhere.  I may get more selective here, depending on the Build a Figure.  From what I've seen, I'm in on the Avengers ones, and the Spidey wave I may just be picking and choosing.  Can't wait to see what that Guardians multipack will be like that they mentioned last year at SDCC I believe.

DC Collectibles Batman: TAS and Batman:TNBA Line - All in here.

OT-based sets as I can afford them and/or get gift cards.  I sometimes stray to the Marvel stuff as well (or LOTR), but we'll have to see.  I really like the LEGO stuff and building them with the kiddo, but I really only get these as I have the funds.

So, primarily Star Wars and Marvel again for me.  It seems like Marvel stuff is shifting more towards 2.5" and 6", based around the movies, so I'm basically back to just Legends there.  I'll pick up some of the "Infinite" 3.75" stuff if I can find it, primarily Spidey or Guardians-based stuff.  I really think Star Wars is going to be all about the Force Awakens this year, with a slow period from now until Sept/Oct.  It will depend on the movie, the quality of product, etc., but I'm guessing I'll be mostly in for the Force Awakens lineup.  Although they are crazy expensive, movie years can really be fun as hunting for figures isn't always quite as difficult, and Star Wars is a great focus in the toy aisles, always fun.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: WiiU
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:45 PM »
We've been going through a similar situation here.  We have a Wii as well, and have really gotten a ton of use out of it over the years, but now it is getting to the point where you can't get new games for it - and like mentioned earlier, not being able to get Disney Infinity 2.0 sort of was the tipping point for our house too.  Nothing wrong with it otherwise, still works great and everything, but it might be time for something new.  Our daughter really wants a WiiU, and to be honest, we've always sort of been a Nintendo household.  I know it isn't as good a system as either the PS4 or XBox, and won't have nearly the game, but honestly with a 7 year old girl we're not necessarily looking at playing games like Halo, Call of Duty, etc. (and I don't have that kind of time anyways).

We are thinking about getting a WiiU for Christmas, but honestly it was the fact that it had been a bit of a failure that was scaring me off.  However, I've been reading some articles int he past couple weeks that discusses the WiiU has really picked up in recent months, mainly due to both SuperSmash and the whole Amiibo thing.  I know it won't ever meet PS4 levels, but hopefully it will become a healthy enough system to last awhile.  I feel like such an old man, because all of these systems (and games for that matter) seem way too expensive to me.  I remember when a Nintendo was a $100 dagnabbit. :)

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:43 PM »
Not sure if anyone else here has been looking for this, but has anyone found the Rocket Raccoon baggie set at TRU?  It is supposed to be a "free with $30 purchase" item now (or $4.99 each I think), and I've been checking our store and can't find any.  Just curious if anyone out there has had any luck finding these, or could maybe even help me out if they are plentiful in your area.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:51 PM »
I was able to pick up Luke and R5 this week, both are pretty nice figures. So is this it as far as basic (Black Series) figures for this year? Nice to be caught up, but it sure seemed like a slow year. If I were smarter, and would limit myself to just this line (and really, just OT), it would have been a pretty cheap year.

Other Toy Lines / Pixar Toys
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:10 PM »
Has anyone here seen the new "collector" line of Pixar toys?  I've only seen them at Toys R Us, although I'm not sure if they are exclusive or not.  Aside from the regular Toy Story stuff they normally have, they've had a new line of 6" scale figures (as well as some smaller stuff) that I haven't seen before.  I picked up the Mr. Incredible last week, and have to say it isn't too bad.  The pricepoint ($20) while average for that size does seem a little steep, but a coupon I had made it more bearable.  I've only seen that figure, as well as Wall-E and Eve from that movie, and the back of the box shows Syndrome and a couple of Nemo figures as well.  Just curious if anyone here had seen these, or was interested in them.  I can't speak for the entire line, but the Mr. Incredible figure isn't too bad, glad I picked it up.  Not sure if I'll be getting any others, can't really afford another line, but would be tempted for the rest of the Incredibles if they get there.  As cool as a Pixar shelf might look, I don't think I could afford that at $20 (in addition to Star Wars, Marvel, and some LEGO).

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:10 PM »
I'm ok with the title.  It isn't anything amazing, but it doesn't stink either.  Probably somewhere in the middle in the listing of the titles so far.  That being said, it is just nice to get something "official" about this movie finally.  I know it is over a year away still, but it would be kind of nice to get a set pic here or character name there once in awhile.  There are rumors that a teaser trailer has already been cut and completed, so maybe we'll see something (likely very little) before the end of the year.  Wouldn't mind seeing some official pics of some of the original cast released, since we know they are in the movie (and of course, who they are playing).

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:07 PM »
Although our local store hasn't put them out yet (they are in the weekly ad this week), I was able to get the Marvel Legends set online and it arrived yesterday.  Although I know people are probably not thrilled about another Cap (but at least this is something different from previous versions Hasbro has done), I was happy to finally get Ms. Marvel after missing out on the earlier version - and the Radioactive Man is pretty cool as well.

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