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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:43 PM »
Sounds like Club Eternia lives at least one more year, as Matty has posted the numbers and said they reached 115% of their goal.  I can't really afford to subscribe anymore, and really only want a couple more characters, but I'm happy to see the line live on a bit longer.  Doesn't sound like DC or Ecto made the cut though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: August 19, 2013, 09:00 PM »
Talking about Gamecube makes me want to dig our old one out and play some Bounty Hunter as well (or Rebel Strike/Rogue Squadron), always loved those games.

I see the same thing with our daughter.  Now granted, it isn't necessarily the same as little boys as we have plenty of princesses and barbies in our house right now as well, but she's always been into action figures/superheroes/etc. as well (the new Turtles show/toys are her favorite things in the world right now).  That being said, she does gravitate more towards games on the iPad (or our Wii), and LEGO sets as well.  When the new LEGO sets are out, she gets super excited and that aisle is always the first one we head to at TRU or Target.  I'm an action figure collector first and foremost, but I have to admit, after starting in the last couple years, LEGO really has things running nicely these days.  The stuff is so much fun, and always easy to find, which is a nice change to what we're used to.  It is nice knowing that, at least for the most part, if there is a LEGO set you want you can stop in and pick it up basically any time during a 6-12 month period (depending on the set).

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:46 PM »
I've been thinking the exact same thing Jesse.  We've sort of discussed this in the "future" thread, but I get the feeling the 3 3/4" line is moving towards 5 POA by the time the new movie rolls around as well.  Especially if the 6" line really takes off with collectors.  It seems to be off to a good start, and with Wave 2 including Fett, Solo, and Slave Leia, you could really see the popularity pick up.  We'll see I guess.  They've been selling pretty good here, from what I've seen, but honestly, it seems like anything "new" from SW is selling.  A starved market and all that.

I'm right in line with Jesse's thinking - a scaled by "collector" 3 3/4" line, spaced out, and more focus on OT.  We're at the point where they have really covered so much, and covered it well, that we don't need 50 figures a year here - at $10 a pop.  I'm also picking up the 6" stuff (the OT ones at least, although I do have Maul too), but I'm still a 3 3/4" collector through and through as well and hope we don't see that go away.

I haven't picked up any of the new Legends/Mission Series stuff yet, so I can't speak to their quality.  I don't hate the cheaper, lower articulation idea as much as some do (particularly for figures we already have great versions of anyways), but I think if the paint was as wonky as some have said it would bother me more.  Otherwise, I kind of dig the $6 pricepoint, and the vintage type throwback that line offers.  I'm actually really looking forward to the Han/Chewie and droids packs, as well as that Jedi Luke.  Now, when it comes time for Ep. VII, and it is all new characters (or looks for old characters) I think if everything was 5 POA it would bother me more, but I don't know for sure.  If I'm being honest, unless the quality (sculpt/paint) really took a dive, I think I'd likely still buy some stuff, especially at that lower price.  If they were moving figures like the ROTS days, maybe the price would even drop back to $4.99.

Back to the topic though, I do think Hasbro is gearing (hoping?) that the 6" line will become THE collector line.  We'll have the Legends style for the basic line, and then the 6" collector figures.  Vehicles, beasts, etc. will be exclusives or not much until the movie years start.  We're really going into uncharted territory in a couple of years with new movies each year (at least that's the plan), so we may even have a new "focus" for the action figure line(s) each year.

Good points.  Jesse bringing up 2007 really hits it well too.  That seemed like one of the more recent examples of everyone being pretty happy, as far as this hobby goes.  Prices were under control, we were getting a pretty great balance of figures from the various movies - they were for the most part easy to get a hold of, and we still got some big bonus accessories on top of things.  It would be nice to get back to those days, somehow.

I guess we're just in the age of the $10 figure if we want articulation and all of the detail that we were used to, and I wish we could get back closer to $7 to $8 of those days.  I also continue to think that Hasbro is just putting out too much stuff per year.  Although more and more collectors are starting to become selective these days, I think prior to the price hike (and countless repacks, etc.) you had more of us trying to keep up with a year's releases.  I still say that some of the best years (like Jesse's 2007 example, or also the POTF2 or POTJ days) were when we had more in the range of 25-40 figures per year.  That's easy to come up with.  Heck, when I was collecting when I was first married, fresh out of college, and on a tight budget, I could keep up on about $30 a month.  Try doing that now.  Movie years are another story, of course.

Also a good point about kids in general going towards video games much earlier.  When I was a kid, we had video games in the house to some extent (the Intellivision, does anyone remember that?), but action figures stayed with me all the way through elementary and into jr. high years.  I think I even kept the shoebox of my Star Wars and Joes in the closet beyond that, although they didn't really move from there until I got back into things.  Just looking at my nephews, they moved into the video game era much earlier and left "toys" behind about that time too, for the most part.  The one exception to that is LEGOs, they still like, ask for, and "play" with those (they are 11 and 13 years old).  Action figures almost seem like an 8 and under thing these days (or 20 and over), so things have changed a lot.

I was reading through Adam's Q and A at Galactic Hunter this week, and really liked some of the points he made in his wrap up section.  You can check it out here, if interested:

After all the questions, he talks about how the action figure/collectible (and video game) world is changing - and the effect it has not only on collectors, but on kids.  To be honest, the kid aspect is something I've thought about before, but this really hit home for me the way he wrote it.  I order the majority of my stuff online (I collect primarily SW and Marvel), partially because it is easier for me, but also because I feel like I'm maybe not taking a kid's chance away from finding it if I just order it from an e-store.

I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be a kid collecting an action figure line these days, even without the distribution issues we've seen.  In the vintage days, I could take my ROTJ cardback and see what figures were available, and probably find most of them at the local store - or at least have a decent shot.  Also, although I personally didn't do this at such a young age, but you could probably stay reasonably complete on the action figure side of it with prices being low ($2ish I think?) and different figures being more in the 10-20 range in any given year from 78-85.  I know times have changed a lot, but it sort of saddens me that you can't do that anymore.  Heck, I have a tough time keeping up, and I'm an adult with some disposable income.

Anyways, I just thought it was a well written and interesting read - and something I think about a lot these days too.  I do wonder if these recent stripped down, basic figures are more of an attempt to get kids and a broader fan-base back.  I think maybe Hasbro really did price themselves out of a lot of collectors and casual buyers/kids the past few years.  ROTS had to be one of their modern heydays (and the POTF2 days too, not sure which would be more), and the figures were in the $5-6 range then since they were moving so much product.  I wonder what we'll see when Ep. 7 rolls around - if the 3 3/4" line will be all these 5 POA, and maybe the 6" stuff will be the "collector figures" much like other lines are doing these days.  Also, on a side note, I find the quote that Adam started his write up with (Head of DC Comics: "We don't publish comics for kids, we publish comics for 45 year olds") kind of sad...sad, but true.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 16, 2013, 09:19 PM »
I posted something similar in the DC thread, but it looks like Mattel has announced that Two Bad has become a subscription-only figure now (no day of sale).  Likely to boost the subscription numbers.  I won't be getting the sub next year (and didn't this year), but that was one of the few left from the ones I wanted from the vintage line.  I don't mind their subcription system at all, but there was just getting to be too many figures I didn't care about or even necessarily want for me to buy in for $30 or more a month.  Looks like another close finish to see if they reach their goal numbers, but they usually make a big surge right at the end, we'll see.  The DC one seems to be in more trouble.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Universe Classics
« on: August 16, 2013, 09:17 PM »
I see now that the Infinite Earths subs are struggling to meet their goal (on Monday), Mattel has announced that the Damian Wayne figure is now subscription exclusive (as in not available day-of-sale).  I wasn't planning on getting the sub anyways, but I'm a little disappointed I won't be able to get a hold of that figure (at least at a decent price).  Sounds like numbers are pretty low for the subs this time around, we'll see if they magically soar up above the goal by Monday again.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:34 AM »
Some recent rumors are suggesting that both Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor could be returning to their respective roles in Episode VII, likely as force ghosts.  Grain of salt and all that...

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Imaginext
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:40 PM »
I hadn't looked at these in awhile, but decided to walk down the aisle after our Target reset the other day and was surprised at how much new stuff there was.  Still no Batgirl (my daughter was disappointed), but Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet, a JL Javelin, Black Manta's sub, and new figures like Cyborg, Darkseid, Grodd, Green Arrow, etc.  Quite a bit of new stuff for one year, kind of neat.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Universe Classics
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:39 PM »
Thanks Jeff, that's what I thought, but wasn't sure.  I guess I'm ok with it, since I pretty much have everything I'd want from this scale anyways.  I've mainly been grabbing the Batman-related stuff (and was sort of looking forward to the Damian Robin), and would continue to if we see any others.  I guess there is still the Infinite Earths stuff through Matty, if those continue.  I'm really hoping to be able to get Huntress next month, we'll see.  Overall though, the DCUC had a pretty good run.  Pretty deep into character selection, and they were sort of starting to do a lot of "New 52" versions of the main characters now anyways in that line.

Hall of Justice / Re: 2014 DC Multiverse 4" Figure Line
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:37 PM »
You can see a bit of them within this gallery, but there are pics of other DC lines mixed in as well:

I'm sort of interested, but as Jeff said, I don't too much care for the video game stuff really either.  If they start getting into more comic styled stuff (like Marvel Universe) I'll take a closer look.  It is strange how Hasbro and Mattel seem to be going opposite ways with their Marvel and DC lines these days.  One starts to focus more on 6", one nearly abandons 6".

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2014
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:34 PM »
Yeah, kind of a boring list so far.  Is there anything OT in the regular sets at all at this point?  Kind of interested in the replacements for the planet series, those were pretty cool.  I've got the other sizes of LEGO Falcons so far, so I'd be in for that one - whatever it is.

I'm in the exact same boat as you guys.  The figures look great, but I'm just more interested in OT stuff anymore.  There really isn't much that can get me excited about clonetroopers anymore, and much from the prequels in general.  Not that they don't make nice figures, but I'm pretty happy with the ones we've already gotten for the most part.  That being said, I'm glad to see Merumeru here, we could use a new wookiee.  This is probably one of the more exciting waves to me that we've seen so far, but I can't say any of them are overly wow-ing me.  I had a Wave 2 set preordered through BBTS, and cancelled it today realizing that I really wanted less than half the figures.  Why pay $10-$12 for stuff I don't want all that badly?  I used to just preorder the set from each wave and be done with it, with the luck we've had at retail the past couple years, but until we get some heavier OT waves, I think I'm done with that.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:22 PM »
Man, can't wait for that Han.  Like others have said, the standout so far, most definitely.  On Jesse's comment, I couldn't agree more.  It would be nice to see them really go all out, like this Han, on the 3 3/4" figures.  Granted, it wouldn't necessarily work for every figures (Senators, etc.), but for the big guns, troops, and bounty hunters, it would be pretty cool.  Sure, charge $10-12 for them then, all tricked out like this, and maybe only put out 20-25 per year.  I'd be down.

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