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Although I haven't really ventured outside of Target for toy runs lately, I have to say, after initially selling well, the pegs are packed with both these and the Saga Legends figures.  Not sure if there is just that many shipping, or if it is a sign of sales or not.  I guess Christmastime will really tell the tale with this line.  I could definitely see the 2 packs selling a lot during that time, for gift givers/grandparents/parents, etc.

Adam P sort of touched on this in his Q and A this week, but how long do you think the Black Series (at least the 3 3/4" line) is going to last?  Will it go all the way until the new movie (or the new toon, next year)?  Just three to four waves and then done?  It just seems like it might not be a very long-lived line, but we'll see.

I put an order in for a few of these via Amazon as well.  I'm glad that these are available there, since retail is spotty at best and so far these have been waves that I don't necessarily want an entire set of.  Works out well.  I saw some pictures of these over at JTA, Pablo Jill looks like the winner - not so sure about Mara Jade (although I did order her).

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: September 2, 2013, 08:50 PM »
Wow....just, wow.  These have to be huge next year, right?  I would think so anyways.  I didn't get any of the Alien ones, but thought they looked pretty nifty.  Goonies?  I'm definitely in.  Maybe a few others as well, depending on price and all of that.  Pretty cool news, thanks for sharing Scott.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:39 PM »
I didn't see any info about these either, aside from the whole lineup being on display at SDCC.  I'd like to know as well.  I still have hopes of completing the dwarf lineup, if they aren't too tough to get a hold of.  I was really hoping we'd see a 3 3/4" line of Lord of the Rings figures as well, but that doesn't seem too likely at the moment.  Guess I'll have to stick to LEGO ;).

Its much the same here, although I haven't stepped foot in a Wal-Mart for awhile now so I can't say what's there necessarily.  Target put out a fresh case of TPM vintage figures, and has tons of both the Legends and Mission Series packs.  I've seen the 6" figures sell through twice, and there is currently a set of four on the shelf at our local store.  TRU is where I found the 3 3/4" Black Series (the only place I've seen them yet), but I haven't been back there since then either.  It really sounds like those are a tough find everywhere right now.  That, combined with an already questionable lineup, makes me wonder what the future is for this line.  I mean, I'm sure it will be done with as the movie moves closer, but I wonder if it will even last that long.  Cue the conspiracy theories that Hasbro is killing 3 3/4" collector figures to make room for a Legends/6" Black Series combo ;).

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:54 PM »
And now today I ended up picking up the Gates of Mordor set.  The bottom shelf was full of Mordor/Corsair Ship yesterday on 30% clearance, today there was only one of each left so I couldn't pass it up.  I'm tempted to grab the other if it hangs around long enough, although I really don't know where I'm going to put all of these LEGO sets :).

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: August 26, 2013, 08:30 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Scott, noticed that both the pirate ship and Gates of Mordor sets were both moved to a clearance endcap at our local store as well.  Mighty tempting...

I don't know if it is the best resource or not for what you're looking for, but I know has a lot of good Indy info.  Here's the linky to their vintage Kenner page(s):

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:28 PM »
I've also read in the news the past couple days that Elizabeth Olson is close to being signed on to play Wanda/Scarlet Witch for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:34 AM »
Although I don't know if they have been spotted at regular retail yet, there are actually two lines of Avengers (or Avengers Assemble) figures.  The basic, $5.99 ones (which are these Cap, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk we've been seeing), and then another line that is more in line with the Marvel Universe stuff.  You can see some of them towards the end of this gallery from SDCC (the movie Avengers in comic form, Leader, Red Skull...)

Or like this (from BBTS):

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:31 AM »
I received the newest wave of MU from BBTS this week (Rhino, Mysterio, Cap, Elektra) - very nice wave overall.  I couldn't remember seeing this mentioned anywhere, but the Mysterio figure has a fully sculpted Chameleon head under his fishbowl.  Its unpainted, but definitely looks like Chameleon - perhaps one is on the way?

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Universe Classics
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:45 PM »
So it looks like the DC Infinite Earths sub didn't reach their goal (its official now, the way it looks).  Personally, I've never had the sub, but it is sort of sad to see the line go.  They mentioned in the press release that it may be possible to do quarterly figures (at higher prices) or maybe even monthly (again, at higher prices), but they had to do some internal discussions before that was released.  This is another line that has covered a ton of stuff, but it doesn't seem that long ago that we were seeing so many waves per year released, and now they can't even keep a monthly subscription service going.  Might be the end (or near) of DC collector figures from Mattel - at least for now.

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