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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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toy Story
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:04 PM »
Saw that news last night, and needless to say our daughter was pretty psyched.  Although the "original" trilogy of Toy Story was pretty much perfect, I can't say I mind that they would make another.  As I saw someone else mention online, the first trilogy was for the "Andys" out there, who are now grown up, and it is perfectly find for there to be new Toy Story movies for the "Bonnies" too.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:03 PM »
Yep, these are definitely getting out there again.  I couldn't find one on the first go-round (found Chewie, Vader, and Luke though at various times), and my preorder at didn't seem to work out, but I was able to find one yesterday (and left one behind).  I stopped by another store today, and they had 7 on the shelf (and no other figures).  I was tempted to grab another one, but thought better of it.  I don't need to get in the habit of buying lots of multiples in the 6" line at $20 each, although the rush of actually finding something new made it tempting.

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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