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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:10 PM »
In advance of SDCC, Entertainment Weekly has released the first official pics from Avengers: Age of Ultron:,,20399642_20834753,00.html

Not necessarily "Black Series" per se, but thought this was the most relevant place to post this.  With a sort of slow time this year and last, have you given any thought to what your collecting might look like once Episode VII hits theaters (and beyond)?  It looks like, if Disney's plans hold, that we'll be having yearly Star Wars movies - and likely yearly toy lines as well.  Will you collect it, pick and choose, wait and see?

Our family has been going through a whole house condensing/cleanout this summer - and I've been spending a lot of time on the office (which is also the collection room) and also going through storage tubs.  What I've realized is - news flash - I have a lot of crap :).  The display areas in our office are already pretty full (primarily Star Wars and Marvel stuff, with some Joes, LEGO, LOTR, Indy, MOTU, and DC), not to mention all the tubs just sitting in our garage, full of toys.  It makes me realize, not only do I need to sell off/donate some of this stuff, but I really need to re-assess as we look forward to this onslaught of new movies and merchandise.

Star Wars has always been my primary collecting focus, and hitting the toy aisles and visiting forums like this is what led me to collecting other lines as well.  I know, barring a huge change to the scale/look of the line, I'll be on board for the toys for these new movies - particularly the "main trilogy" - at least to some extent.  Knowing that, I know that I need to cut back in other areas.  Some collections (Joes, LOTR, DC, MOTU, Indy) are pretty much complete, I just like having them displayed.  Marvel is something I've really gotten into though, and the movies there don't show any signs of slowing down either.  I've gotten much more selective in what I buy, skipping a lot of figures in the SW line over the past couple of years simply because they didn't excite me, and I'll continue that.

Anyways, back on the original topic - do you plan to collect the stuff from these new movies, or are you taking a wait and see approach?  I know I'll at least buy some things, but I will take a wait and see to know what the spinoffs and of that are all about.  Plus, I need to figure out a place for this stuff to go before I buy anything.  I'm at capacity now, and not someone who likes to collect just to put in storage, so I've got some decisions to make in the next year plus.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: July 8, 2014, 10:50 AM »
J.K. Rowling has released a new Potter short story, written in the style of a Rita Skeeter article, detailing the crew years later getting together at the Quidditch World Cup.  You can read it if you are a member of Pottermore, or the Today Show website seems to have it as well:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: July 8, 2014, 10:47 AM »
I've been reading about the footage today, and it sounds like it is pretty universally praised.  The new trailer is sweet (the music continues to be great), and I'm really counting down the days until this hits theaters.  I never thought that in a year with a Spidey, Cap, X-Men, and Hobbit movie that this would be my most anticipated movie of 2014.  Can't wait.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: July 3, 2014, 12:24 PM »
I've really enjoyed Original Sin so far.  I haven't read this week's issue, but the previous ones have been pretty good.  A little bit different type of "event" comic, more of a murder mystery with some interesting "team ups" which is kind of neat.  I've liked it so far.

Speaking of comics, has anyone here ever unloaded some of theirs - or have suggestions on where to store things?  I've basically at this point filled up my supply of long/short boxes, and have them all stacked up in our office (which is also the collection room).  Although I do like to go through them every so often, as we've been trying to clean the house out a bit I've considered getting rid of some of them.  The vast majority are more recent (within the past 10 years), so I'm not sure there is necessarily a lot of value, but again I don't just want to throw them out either.

I really should switch to digital (which I've done with anything new I want to check out), but part of me still likes having the paper copies - at least for some titles.  I've thought about cutting back to just getting my absolute (say 5 or so) favorite titles in paper form and going digital with the rest (or cutting them out altogether).  Much like Star Wars collecting, I started small with only reading one title, and over the years it has branched out and gotten a little harder to manage.  Storage is again an issue :).

Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:49 PM »
Yoda's news has the exclusive info here, sounds like it is coming to Wal-Mart this fall, is supposed to be 2 feet long, and is very similar to the X-Wing we've already seen (no figure compatability, etc.)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:46 PM »
Although I doubt I'll be able to afford it (or even get it online), this thing is pretty cool:

SDCC Exclusive Dinobots set, with packaging that opens to look like the Autobot Ark/Mt. St. Hilary from the G1 series.  Pretty spiffy.  I'd almost rather the dinobots were actually in the G1 style, but I understand what they're going for.

The Bullpen / Re: Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:23 PM »
I saw the three sets at TRU at the beginning of the month and picked up the Rocket/Groot set you pictured.  I haven't seen them anywhere else though yet, and when I visited TRU since then they were all pulled from the shelves (or all sold that quickly, which I sort of doubt).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:15 PM »
DC's Rumored Movie Line-Up/Plans, which they will apparently reveal at SDCC next month.

- May 6, 2016 = Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Jul 2016 = Shazam! solo film
- Dec 2016 = Sandman solo film
- May 2017 = Justice League
- July 2017 = Wonder Woman solo film
- Dec 2017 = Flash/Green Lantern team-up movie
- May 2018 = proper Man of Steel sequel

If it's true, man that's a lot of DC movies in a 2-year span.  Keep throwing things at the wall until something sticks, right DC?

I read that and sort of thought the same thing Jeff.  There are a lot of DC heroes I'd like to see on the big screen, several of them listed there, but it sometimes seems like DC/WB is just trying to keep up with Marvel and not really thinking through their choices.  They seem really desperate to get the Justice League out, hopefully it will be good.  The Flash/GL movie does interest me, and Wonder Woman is long overdue. Funny no mention of a solo Batman movie in there, but I'm sure he will show up elsewhere.

It looks kind of neat, but yeah, most everyone already has those.  If the Cantina stuff was sculpted plastic it might be more tempting, that being said depending on price/availability I would maybe pick one up to leave boxed since its Han and one of my favorite scenes.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Space" Issue
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:26 PM »
Old topic here, but one that always seems relevant. I've been going through all the tubs/collection lately, partially to get another look at what I have and partly because I'm taking up too much storage with my "crap" (as the wifey says).  It's funny this topic was originally from 2004, and most of us said we were out of space then. Now, 10 years later, it is still a problem. It is funny how creative you can get with the space you have, but it runs out eventually. Have any of you had to make changes to your collecting habits, display, etc. or will be looking to? Looking towards a future of Star Wars movies every year, it really makes me think about what I want to collect and/or keep. I think I'm a little better these days, but going through some tubs there have been a few items where I thought "I bought this?"  The ongoing downsizing goal continues....

The Bullpen / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:10 PM »
Got some Guardians stuff late last week from online sources (Amazon, TRU), and really like it.  The Legends wave is pretty great, and I hope we see comic versions of these soon as well ( although Star Lord is in the SDCC exclusive).  Really nice wave overall though. And because I'm so pumped for the movie, I grabbed some of the small scale stuff too.  Although I would have rather had 3 3/4 scaled stuff, this is kind of neat too.  It reminds me in a way of the MASK line from the 80s a little bit. Figures are about that size, and are $6 for a two pack.  Ships are nice as well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: June 10, 2014, 11:02 PM »
I've been going through some Rubbermaids of stuff lately to see what I could maybe downsize, and got to thinking about this line again.  Did anyone here end up getting the Castle Grayskull? I would like to, but just can't afford it, and was just curious how it turned out in person.  Otherwise, I'm pretty complete with what I want from this line, although I have some figures still u opened from when I used to subscribe that I'd like to unload.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: May 23, 2014, 11:06 AM »
Loved the new trailer, my most anticipated movie of this year as well.  This is another one of those "I can't believe we're getting a Guardians of the Galaxy movie" type of moments that we seem to be getting more and more as these movies expand.  I didn't honestly know much about this team at all until a few years back (during the Annihilation stuff in the comics), and sort of got hooked beyond that.  Can't wait to see this.  I've also got the feeling that Thanos is more a "puppet master" type role in this, in that Ronan will be reporting/working for him, and they'll continue to build towards the big showdown in Avengers 3 (hopefully with the Guardians teaming up or something as well).

Looked like a few more of these have been announced (all on the way this year it looks):

BTAS Robin
BTAS Joker
TNBA Poison Ivy
TNBA Two Face
TNBA Mr. Freeze

Personally, I'm super psyched for this line and hope it continues for quite awhile.  I'd rather these were $15 each, but I guess $20 is pretty much the going rate for 6" collector figures these days.  They all look nice though, curious how they decide which version (BTAS or TNBA) to use.  From what I understand Bruce Timm himself is more fond of the later TNBA designs, at least for the most part.

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