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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.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: January 3, 2014, 07:53 PM »
Found both the Amazing Spidey 2 and Cap: Winter Soldier Legends figs at TRU today, $15 for the Cap ones, $20 for the Spidey ones for some reason.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:57 AM »
Not a bad looking figure, really, even with the lack of articulation.  I guess it was mentioned earlier that this line would be that way though.  I still haven't decided if I will pick up this line or not, although I'll probably get some of them.  I'm pretty excited for the show, so I imagine that will carry over to the toys somewhat.  I think we will see a good portion of Rebels stuff at TF.

I do sort of wonder what this might mean for future movie lines starting next year, if we will see 5 poa for that media as well or not.  Overall though the figure looks pretty good.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2014: What Are You Collecting?
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:58 PM »
Thought I'd bump this one up looking ahead to 2014.  Anything changing with your collecting habits in the new year?  Although we still aren't super sure what the Star Wars line is going to look like, here's what I'll be collecting (trying to streamline, once again):

Star Wars

- Black Series 3 3/4" - All of the OT figures, select others if we see them.  Exclusives, vehicles, etc. if they are new enough to me (again, OT) or if the vintage packaging/price is especially nifty.  Only ended up buying a handful of figures from the first three waves this year, but if the rest of 2014 looks like that Dagobah Luke wave, I'll be buying more.

- Black Series 6" - All in with the OT characters, undecided on the prequel ones.  I'm in for anything OT deluxe that they do as well.


- Legends - Likely all in here, as long as I can afford to be.  Definitely want the Cap and Spidey Legends, and it sounds like we may be getting a line for Guardians of the Galaxy as well, and I'll definitely be down for that too.

- 3 3/4" Scaled - Not sure what we'll get here beyond the little Avengers Infinite preview we've seen.  I'd be selective if I'd get any, but I'll probably buy some.  Same goes for this scale for the movie lines, if they are decent quality, I'll at least grab the big names.

And that's about it for me.  If the Hobbit line straightens out and we get the rest of the dwarves, I'm in, otherwise probably not.  DC is pretty well done for me, aside from the odd Bat-figure here or there.  Always on the lookout for LEGOs when I can afford them, but it looks to be a light OT Star Wars year next year for those (maybe some LOTR).  Mainly just Star Wars and Marvel for me, and depending on what's to come, it might be mostly 6" stuff actually.

The Bullpen / Avengers Infinite
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:52 PM »
Didn't see it posted yet, but it looks like we finally know a little bit more about the post-MU 3 3/4" line.  Dan Curto had posted this scan from Previews magazine:

It shows the first wave of what is being called the "Avengers Infinite" series, at least according to this information (although it seems confusing as the "Infinite" title is being used to describe the Legends lines for both Cap and Spidey as well.  Here's the lineup:

Captain America
Iron Man
"Platinum" Wasp
"Platinum" Hyperion
"Platinum" Hulk
"Platinum" Grim Reaper

Not sure what platinum means, aside from the figures pictured are all new ones while the non "platinum" ones (Cap and IM) seem to be repacks.

The Bullpen / Re: Captain America: Winter Soldier: The Toys!
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:49 PM »
I've seen reports online of both scales hitting, although the Legends stuff has been reported a bit more often.  No sign at our local store yet, although we have had the frisbee shield stocked since before Christmas.  Really looking forward to this line (particularly the Legends), as well as the Spider-Man ones.  Hopefully they aren't too tough to find.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Best of 2013?
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:05 PM »
I know there really hasn't been a ton to choose from this year for the Star Wars line(s), but I thought since we usually did a best of the year list it might be fun to see some people's favorites.  Really, the 3 3/4" line was pretty sparse, with most everything just now getting to stores or online.  I think more and more of us passed on parts (or all) of these waves as well, or were at least more selective.  We had the arrival of the 6" line, and some neato Vintage exclusives.  Oh, and the reintroduction of 5 POA figures into the line, so there's that.  What are some of your favorites of this year?

Black Series 3 3/4" - Padme, Luke Ceremonial, Pablo Jill, Vizam

Black Series 6" - Han Solo, Boba Fett, Sandtrooper (although all were pretty nifty)

Exclusives - Amazon Slave 1, K-Mart Vintage 2 Packs and Ewok Catapult

Overall, a very slow year for Star Wars stuff.  I know that out of the first three waves of the 3 3/4" Black Series, I've picked up 8 figures total.  I am really looking forward to the next wave up, but I'm curious to see where the line goes beyond that for 2014.  I personally really like the 6" figures so far, although they are a little bit pricey.  The vintage exclusives were some of the most exciting for me this year, I've been tempted to get a second Slave 1 for the prices they've dropped to lately on Amazon.  All in all, a slow year.  Good figures, but maybe not all that exciting overall.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:59 PM »
Not sure if anyone is looking for them, but Amazon has a number of the more recent Marvel Legends figures for $10 or less, with some (Constrictor) even down below $5 as an "add on" item.  Also under $10 are Drax, Fantomex, and Hope Summers.  Just thought I'd pass it along.

I really do wonder about the future of Star Wars action figures (and action figures in general).  Obviously, things will likely pick up a lot when new movies start to hit, but what will things look like at that point?  The example of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line was brought up, and as someone who follows that line pretty closely (our daughter is way into the show and toys - and has a complete lineup so far), plus working Black Friday this year I can definitely say - those toys move.  I couldn't believe how many Turtles figures (not to mention the larger stuff, role play, vehicles, etc.) sold throughout the weekend, and in general.  The Star Wars section was pretty much untouched even with all of the shoppers coming through.  Granted, there isn't current entertainment, which I think makes a pretty big difference with casual/gift buying people, but it was a big difference.

On the TMNT subject as well, that line just seems to be run pretty well.  Just keeping track and shopping for all of the different characters for our daughter, I've noticed that we've been able to find everything at retail (usually several times) - things are restocked consistently.  Plus, there is a nice variety to the line.  Sure, there are multiple versions of the Turtles, but she has at least a dozen villains/supporting characters as well in the first year+ of the line.  They come with a nice array of accessories and all that, most are well articulated, and usually run about $8.  Anyways, enough about Turtles, but it really is the model of an action figure line right now it seems.  I just wonder what the make-up of the Star Wars action figure line will be going forward.  I have a feeling 2014 will be a relatively slow year, much like this year (but hopefully without the 6-8 month break to start things off).  I know I'm really looking forward to that Yoda/Luke wave on the way, as well as the 6" stuff.  Toy Fair should be interesting.

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