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It's a friggin' shame that Hasbro didn't make the 1995 figures like this.  There's nothing on these that could not have been done back then, they just made bad aesthetic choices with the muscle-men figures.

I thought the same thing when I picked up the Han/Chewie and Droids packs, if these had been the figures in 1995, people would have really been going crazy for them (which happened anyways I guess, but it still would have been cool).  I happened to find the Stormtrooper at TRU today, and that figure really is pretty nice.  Low articulation and all that, but otherwise, it is a pretty sweet trooper.  Still on the lookout for Boba Fett at some point, but I think I'll continue to try to pick up all the OT characters.  Fun figures for $5.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: February 3, 2014, 12:57 PM »
The more footage I see of this movie, the more excited I am for it...just looks amazing.  I think the next Spidey looks good as well, and between these two and Guardians of the Galaxy (not to mention X-Men), I've pretty much got all my bases covered for my favorite heroes this year.  Looking forward to it.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:25 PM »
If a new movie came out and we only got 4 new figures I would cry.

Not really, but it would bum me waaaay out.

As far as Toy Fair goes, I really have no idea, and after last year I am simply not getting my hopes up.

Yeah, I guess I didn't necessarily mean a wave of four figures for SW, that is a different beast entirely.  I am ok with the style of the Cap figures though.  They might not have quite as much articulation, but they are better than the 5 point stuff and can at least stand and everything.  Now if they could drop the price a couple dollars that would be great.  In a non movie year like this, I'd be happy with 20 to 25 figures though.  I'm sort of wondering if Darby is right and we are in for a Black Series (3 3/4) break for a bit, or even the end of super articulated stuff (hopefully not).  I just hope that if we don't see much we at least get answers as to the future of the line, leading up to the new movies.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:32 AM »
I thought when the 6" line was originally starting up, it was mentioned (even by Hasbro?) that the line would maintain a 3 to 1 ratio of OT/PT.  Then again, now we're down to 3 new figures per wave, so who knows.

As for Toy Fair, I think it could be an interesting year, depending on how chatty Hasbro will be about the future.  I'm a little concerned that many retailers don't seem to be carrying/ordering the 3 3/4" Black Series, and we still haven't seen preorders even go up for the Dagobah Luke wave.  So, I'm most interested to see what will be revealed for that line - but like others have said I could see more focus on Rebels, 6" Black Series, and Angry Birds (and Marvel/Transformers/etc. with those movies this year).

Realistically, I hope we see the next couple waves of 6" figures (or one wave beyond Bespin Luke), the next wave after the Dagobah/Empire wave of 3 3/4" Black Series, and a nice preview of Rebels (maybe 7-10 figures and a vehicle or two?).  I think many of us are most interested in the state of the line at this point, and what we'll see this year overall.  I just wonder if superarticulated (or just, articulated) 3 3/4" figures are going to continue on, or if we'll see more of a Marvel approach of 6" Collector figures and 3 3/4", 5 POA action figures.  Then again, if you look at the Cap movie line, they have the 6" collector figures and a smaller wave (four figures I think) of the smaller scale stuff, but I think the figures themselves are pretty nice.  If Star Wars got the same conservative approach, but kept up the articulation/detail along those lines, I'd be happy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:50 PM »
Batman/Superman (or Batman vs. Superman, or Justice League, whatever it is going to be called) has now been pushed back 10 months until May 6, 2016 - the same date as "untitled Marvel Studios project".  2015 just got a little bit lighter:

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:16 AM »
Over the past couple weeks I've picked up the Cap Legends, as well as the new Cap, Winter Soldier, and Red Skull figures from the 4" line.  All the figures are pretty well done I'd say.  It really seems, much like Thor: TDW, they are a little more conservative with the movie lines these days.  Not that many figures overall (at least for now), and in the case of the Spidey line it is either Legends "Collector" figures, or 5 POA figures (where 3 of 4 are Spider-Men).  I remember back in the days of the original Spider-Man trilogy, there would be nearly an entire aisle of figures (again, mostly Spidey).  Anyways, the Cap stuff (and Spidey Legends) are pretty nice toys.

The Bullpen / Re: Avengers Infinite
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:13 AM »
The Wasp shortpacking is frustrating, because that's the only figure I really want from that wave, and I can't preorder it.  I may pick up the Reaper figure as well, and we'll see about the Hulk, but I don't really have the need for either of them (or the others in this wave).  I have plenty of Caps and Iron Men, and haven't ever cared about Hyperion all that much.  Figures look nice in the pics though.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:11 AM »
All-New X-Men 5 Pack, coming to TRU in February ($85).  Kind of cool, even if you aren't into the current comics, it is a nice set of the original X-Men as well:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your Top 20 Movies
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:13 PM »
I love reading lists like this.  Like everyone else, it is really tough to limit it to 20, I could probably go to 40 or 50 as well.  My favorites tend to stay the same from when I was a kid, add in many of today's Superhero movies (or Tolkien-related), and a lot of animated stuff.  I have a lot of good memories going to animated movies the past few years with our daughter.  Here's mine off the top of my head, in no particular order:

1. Star Wars
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Return of the Jedi
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
7. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
8. LOTR: The Two Towers
9. LOTR: Return of the King
10. E.T.
11. The Goonies
12. Guardians of the Galaxy
13. The Avengers
14. Ghostbusters
15. Harry Potter (any of them really, Azkaban is probably my favorite)
16. The Incredibles
17. Captain America: The First Avenger/Winter Soldier
18. Spider-Man 2
19. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
20. The Muppets

Others: Karate Kid, The Hobbit, Toy Story Trilogy, Almost All Pixar, Nolan's Batman Trilogy, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Iron Man, X2: X-Men United, Despicable Me 1&2, the Iron Giant, Christmas Vacation, Caddyshack, Uncle Buck, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Saga Legends / Re: Saga Legends "Mission Series" Figure 2-Packs
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:55 PM »
Found the second wave of the 2 packs at Wal-Mart today, and picked up the droids and Han/Chewie.  These are the first of the newer 5 POA figures I've grabbed.  Overall, not too bad I guess for the price.  It is tough to say really, since we've been spoiled over the past 5-10 years with some pretty nicely done figures.  It felt nice paying $9.96 for two figures though.  If these had come out in the early POTF2 days, instead of the He-Man figures, I'm sure they would have seemed pretty great.  Now, they're "ok for the price" I guess.  I do appreciate the simplicity, and I will say that all four of them stood instantly out of the package without any problems - which is nice too.  I think a little more in the way of paint apps could have improved them some as well (particularly on Chewie).

I'm sure it is more cost effective because of fewer parts, but I wonder how much different it would be if they just re-used old figures that have been around (and re-used) like the VOTC Han and Chewie and stuck them in a two pack.  I suppose the number of parts would make that more expensive for Hasbro.  I think I'll keep picking up the OT ones though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:38 PM »
I'm interested to see how this will shape up as well, much more interested than I ever thought I'd be in an Ant Man movie, but I'm looking forward to it.  Also read the news/rumor today that Johnny Depp met with Marvel recently regarding the role of Dr. Strange.

« on: January 10, 2014, 05:11 PM »
I had never picked up any of the bagged mini figs before, but grabbed a couple of the LEGO Movie sets for our daughter this week and have to admit I could see how they could get addictive.  Kind of cool they are doing these with Simpsons later as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Is 2014 the "Last Hurrah"?
« on: January 8, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Not for Star Wars figures, as I'm sure those will continue on in some capacity for many years to come with all the Disney produced SW movies on the way.  But, after reading Jeff's post in another thread here mentioning how now that we have new SW movies planned every year between the new trilogy and "one off" movies, much to all of the focus of the toys will likely be on the new movies.  Does that mean that 2014 might be the last chance to get figures from the OT or PT, or at the very least, anything more obscure?

I know in the past we've seen in movie years the vast majority of the figure line is dedicated to the new movie, sometimes with a few past figures sprinkled in.  Plus, the line has changed some in that now we have a "collector" 6" line which may continue to sneak out at least OT characters - but what about the 3 3/4" line?  Since Episode VII is not scheduled for release until Christmas time, we actually have this year and probably the first half of 2015 before the movie onslaught begins.  I do wonder if this is our last chance - at least for the foreseeable future - to get a lot of those collector-focused figures, and maybe to get anything from the other trilogies at all.

A lot of this depends on if Disney can keep to their schedule of a movie per year, but even if they only managed a movie every other year it would still keep things pretty new-movie (or animated series) focused.  I'm still wondering how much we'll see this year.  That great Dagobah Luke wave was previewed at NYCC, but we still haven't seen preorders go up online that I know of, so it may be a little off yet.  Plus, I'm sure we'll start to see more and more Hasbro resources pointed towards the new movie the closer it gets.  Anyways, not saying that stuff for the new movie(s) won't be cool, but just wondering if the next year to year and a half might be the last blast for the OT stuff (and PT/CW as well).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: January 8, 2014, 03:29 PM »
I know sitcoms aren't discussed here too much, but has anyone caught the Goldbergs?  A lot of nice references for those of us who grew up in the 80s, including lots of toy references.  In last night's episode, the youngest child (based on the show's creator) brings his girlfriend to his room then commences gee king out and showing her his transformers, Castle Grayskull, and USS Flagg.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: January 8, 2014, 03:25 PM »
Must be a trend here, the wifey and I have been burning through Breaking Bad ever since we DVRd the AMC marathon as well.  I was always interested, but didn't want to jump in halfway through.  We missed a couple episodes here and there, but caught up on the story online.  About 8 episodes from the end now, so we've been doing our best to avoid spoilers until then.  Have to agree, just an amazing show.

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