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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: April 20, 2016, 03:09 PM »
Just going through the photos from Toy Fair and the lists of upcoming things, are we in for a summer dry spell? Outside of the handful of Rebels figures shown (and the Black Series exclusives) I don't think we know of anything else due before Rogue One's Force Friday. That would seem to mean that the Takodana Encounter pack,  and any exclusives, might be it until September?  It really boggles the mind how Hasbro has really dropped the ball on communication and announcements of upcoming product. Heck we have seen boxed and loose pictures of the next WalMart exclusive Black Series wave without them being officially announced. Seems like it would be a good time to get another couple waves of TFA figures out there (Luke, Leia, Snoke, etc.), since it is only one of the biggest movies of all time.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: April 9, 2016, 06:43 PM »
Nice collection, they sure look nice all stacked together like that. I'm slowly getting more and more into these as well. I've always picked some up here or there, primarily Star Wars and Marvel, but really have been helping our daughter pick up her favorites across the various licensees. They seem to do about everything (aside from Indiana Jones oddly enough). With TFA I've been sticking with characters from the OT like Han/Chewie, and any included in Smugglers Bounty. I find myself now wanting to get more OT ones. It is a slippery slope.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:23 PM »
I received the Unkar, FN-2187, Rex wave from BBTS today, so I guess I'm caught up for now? I was looking to see what else was coming up (aside from the Takodana pack), and I didn't see any other TFA figures on the horizon really. There are those Rebels figures announced at Toy Fair, but those aren't up for preorder yet even. It is just surprising they aren't hitting TFA harder with the movie being such a hit.

Also, although we are getting more in the 6" Black Series line, we really aren't seeing much for classic characters these days. Not unexpected, but I do wonder how much we will see going forward too. It is a good thing we had such an amazing run before the new movies started and the switch to 5 POA, so luckily there wasn't a whole lot left to do.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: March 31, 2016, 05:13 PM »
Really enjoyed the finale, particularly the Ahsoka/Vader showdown. There was a lot of stuff going on that really changes things for the characters as well. If you haven't already read it, there is a nice interview with Dave Filoni at IGN.com/tv where he details a lot of what happened. It sounds as if Ahsoka's end was left intentionally ambiguous, whether she was indeed walking into a cave at the end, or that was her walking into "the force". Either way, sounds as if we won't be seeing her for a bit as focus shifts back to the Rebels crew.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 23, 2016, 02:44 PM »
It definitely seems like reviews have been average at best. We are going this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing it, but the reviews I've read seem to highlight some of my biggest fears about this movie and DC's "universe". Top of the list: no fun. Most of the reviews I've seen, while highlighting some high parts, but consistently mention that it isn't "fun". I'll admit that I've grown up a Marvel fan, but enjoy DC as well and want them to make good movies as well, but it just seems like they are so insistent on being "not Marvel" that they actively avoid good ideas.

To me, superhero movies -with few exceptions- should be fun and uplifting. It is escapism after all, and people shouldn't walk out of a Justice League movie feeling depressed. I've also seen it mentioned that when the Trinity does unite in BVS, it is sort of underwhelming because there isn't any history between the characters. Which is why Marvel built their way up to Avengers, Civil War, etc. I feel like DC doesn't want to wait that long so they are pushing it all into one movie. One other thing sort of unrelated to this that irritates me is their decision to not cross over their TV/movie properties. The Flash is probably my favorite show these days and so well done, and i would love to see that version of the character cross over to the movies (not to mention other characters like Arrow, Canary, Atom, etc.) Another example of having a "Marvel did it, so we won't" attitude.

That said, we have tickets for Saturday, and I am looking forward to seeing it. Hopefully my fears are unfounded and it's a great time.

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Excited that we are getting more of these. Honestly, prior to getting the earlier waves, I started to think that having all 5 POA wasn't so bad. After seeing the Force Awakens characters, it reminded me of what Hasbro is capable of. I like the character choices, but agree that Leia could have been 5 POA. Happy to have the Han, but hope we get the regular version in this form soon too. Still wish they weren't WalMart exclusives, I wouldn't have this line if not for help from Pete_Fett.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:32 PM »
So excited for this. The movie itself looks great, but Spidey joining the MCU is the cherry on top. Sort of enjoying having the one two punch of Star Wars at Christmas and Marvel in the summer every year.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 15, 2016, 02:30 PM »
I know some will be a little hesitant after the last movie, but count me in. The Indy movies have been second only to Star Wars my whole life, so I'm down for more. It will be interesting to see if Lucas will be involved. I remember at one time Spielberg saying he wouldn't do it without him, but maybe that has changed. Either way, exciting news. Also, hopefully more toys😊

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:33 PM »
I can't believe I didn't post about this sooner, but is anyone planning on collecting the new Thundercats line from Mattel? It looks pretty great, just like the MOTU Classics. I'd like to get a few, but have a feeling it will be pretty tough without a sub, and I can't really do that anymore. That said, it would be nice to get the main characters.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:30 PM »
Is anyone here picking up the new "Filmation" line of MOTU figures? I had hoped to get the He-Man at least, but missed it when it went on sale Monday. I kind of dig the figures, but can't really do the whole subscription thing anymore.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: February 18, 2016, 07:18 PM »
Updating post Toy Fair:

Star Wars

3 3/4" Basic Line

Sabine Wren (Rebels)
Darth Maul (Rebels)
Princess Leia (Rebels)


6" Black Series

Sabine Wren
C-3PO
Princess Leia
AT-AT Driver
Snowtrooper

3 3/4" Black Series - WM Exclusive
Han Solo (Starkiller)
General Leia
Captain Phasma

Vehicles

Mission Series

LEGO
Jabba's Sail Barge (75020)
Death Star Final Duel (75093)
Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094)
LOTR Attack on Weathertop
75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle
75100 First Order Snowspeeder

Marvel Legends

Captain America Legends - TBD
Scarlet Witch - Civil War
Captain America (Secret Wars)

Spider-Man Legends - Agent Venom
Ultimate Spider-Man
Miles Morales
Silk
Hobgoblin
Spider-Woman (Old Man Logan)
Electro

X-Men Legends - Juggernaut
Deadpool
Rogue
Iceman
Cable
Phoenix
Kitty Pryde
Havok

Dr. Strange Legends - Dormammu BAF
Dr. Strange (Movie)
Nico
Iron Fist

Marvel Legends Exclusives
Civil War 3 Pack (Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man)
Winter Soldier - Civil War (Wal-Mart)
Falcon - Civil War (Wal-Mart)
War Machine/Iron Man Mk. 27 (Target)
Kate Bishop (TRU)
Vision (TRU)
Sam Wilson Captain America (TRU)
Namor (Walgreens)
Punisher (Walgreens)

DC Collectibles Batman: TAS/TNBA
Roxy Rocket
Joker/Harley 2 Pack
Batmobile
Bane
Mad Hatter
Scarecrow
Mask of the Phantasm 2 Pack
Killer Croc w/Baby Doll
Commissioner Gordon
Etrigan and Klarion
Ras Al Ghul
Zatanna
Clayface
Firefly
Talia Al Ghul
Harvey Bullock
Ventriloquist w/Scarface
Joker (TNBA)

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The Bullpen / Re: 12" Jumbo Marvel Legends Figures
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:45 PM »
As someone who greatly admires, but could never afford, the Hot Toys figures, I'm interested in these. I realize it won't have that level of detail, etc., but if they are good for the price I could see picking some up. I would likely be in for the Spidey if nothing else.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:42 PM »
The whole Legends naming thing is, like the Black Series, a little confusing. I guess I understand what they are going for in a way like "this is our collector stuff", but it does make it difficult to keep things separated, especially when they've been double dipping a lot of these figures lately across the lines. It always seemed like they would sort of phase the smaller scale out, but it just keeps going.

As far as finding stuff in stores, around here Legends hasn't been too bad really, but I rarely if ever see the smaller Legends (Universe) stuff in scores.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 17, 2016, 04:36 PM »
I thought the showing at Toy Fair this year was pretty great. Hasbro may have struggled a bit with Legends out of the gate, but they have really been hitting it out of the park lately with this line. The main problem is trying to keep up with all the waves. Looks like a few waves of Cap/Avengers figures, a couple waves of Spidey, plus X-Men and Dr. Strange. Not to mention the exclusive stuff.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 11:19 PM »
Like others have said I really like what was shown, but also wish it would have been more - particularly with the basic line. This is as big as Star Wars has been in a long time, and in many ways it still seems like an afterthought. The main other line I follow is Marvel Legends, and look how much they revealed ( multiple waves of 6", 3 3/4", comic packs, and new things like 12", prop replicas, etc.).  With the way the attitudes have soured lately and negativity on the rise, why not do a make good here and just show a big chunk of stuff. We know you can't show Rogue One, but show us the rest. It would go a long ways I think.

Like Darby said in his post, I miss the good old discussions we would have here around TF or SDCC, they could last weeks or months. Now, with so little shown and the fan base so segmented, it's over by the weekend. That being said, what they did show looked very nice. I'm looking forward to Maz, and all the 6" stuff looks great too.

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