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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: August 2, 2016, 01:18 PM »
As far as the SDCC showings go, I thought it was another killer presentation for the Legends brand.  After a rough start when they took over the license, Hasbro has really been firing on all cylinders the past few years with the Legends line.  I recently got the X-Men and Spidey waves from BBTS, and some of the figures in there are among the best I've gotten - specifically the females in the X-Men wave.  All of them looked pretty great though.  As far as the SDCC reveals, we've got tons more on the way it seems.  We've still got another Cap wave, followed up by:

Dr. Strange (Dormammu BAF)
Dr. Strange
Dr. Strange (Movie)
Baron Mordo (Movie)
Nico Minoru
Iron Fist
Brother Voodoo

Green Goblin
Spidey 2099 (Modern)
Black Suit Spider-Man
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
Spider-Man UK

Guardians of the Galaxy (Titus BAF)
Nova (Sam Alexander)
Vance Astro
TBD (Movie Figure)
TBD (Movie Figure)

X-Men (Warlock BAF)
Dazzler (Disco)
Cyclops (Jim Lee)

Also shown were a new Sue Storm (with Herbie), Mary Jane Watson, Monica Rambeau, Netflix Punisher, Netflix Jessica Jones, and a possible Dark Phoenix figure.  So much goodness, and really hoping that get that Mary Jane figure right (waiting for a comic MJ for awhile now, hopefully classic Gwen Stacy isn't far behind either).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:56 PM »
I haven't had a chance to read all the details yet, but it sounds like MattyCollector is getting shut down at the end of the year, with the MOTU figures shifting to Super7. The Thundercats line appears to be cancelled, although the four or so planned out for 2016 will come out. Big changes in store for those lines. Honestly I haven't bought any He-Man figures recently, and was pretty happy with my collection. I sort of wanted the Filmation He-Man, but missed out so I just moved on.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:51 PM »
After the small drips we've had at conventions the past few years, I thought Comic Con was surprisingly eventful. I loved the 6" figures shown, between Lando (!), the Royal Guard, and a Tusken, that covers a lot of my top wants for this line. Plus, I love seeing that Hera is getting made (and hopefully the rest of the crew), as well as Qui-Gon. All of them look pretty great, and I'll likely get them all.

Not a ton of 3 3/4" shown, as usual, but still some goodness with the Rogue One and Rebels stuff. It would be nice if we came to more of a middle ground on articulation, but I think this is just the future of the line at this point. Honestly, if the Black Series exclusives were easier to find, I wouldn't even mind a small number of SA collector figures each year, and continuing the main line as it is. Ditching the deluxe/armor up/whatever line and replacing it with the Black Series across all retailers would be even better.  I agree that the AT-ACT toy looks like a lot of fun. When I showed that to my daughter, she thought it was great and it **** to the top of the achristmas list. Plus, we've got the very well made big AT-AT from a few years back, and that's great.  I'm perfectly fine with this new era of Star Wars offering fun toys for the new generation, just like we had with the vintage line.

Would have been nice to see a bit more from Rogue One (the ultra secrecy with each new movie is going to get old quick), and it really doesn't seem like we will see much OT (or PT/CW) in the basic line anymore which is disappointing. That said, probably the best showing at a Con/Fair in quite some time.

Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: July 21, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Ordered as well. I never got the earlier BB, giving it to my daughter, and thought this might be a fun version to have. Does anyone know if there are other options for buying the SDCC exclusive Han Solomwith bowcaster and Indiana Jones with idol? I would like to get both, but can't find them online or whether they are store exclusives or just exclusive to SDCC.

Definitely seems strange again this time around, although most of the finalists seemed a little iffy to me too. I'm happy for those who are getting the character they want, but I have to admit the results make me feel more in the minority of this hobby in a way. I thought about starting a separate thread for this, but do you think our collecting crowd are the "dinosaurs" of the hobby now? I know we have a group of all ages here at JD, but it always seemed to have at least somewhat similar opinions on things when it came to these fan lists, as well as the direction of the line, etc.  It seems more and more that the collecting community is so segmented on everything.

I'll admit, JD is the only forum I frequent anymore, so maybe our community is different than some from the other sites. There seems to be so much negativity surrounding the line(s), and I'm honestly very surprised that these EU characters make the cut ahead of things like the Gamorrean Guard, Lando, Royal Guard, etc. It made more sense in the 3 3/4 line, where we have gotten nearly everything, but I'm not sure these characters are necessarily "gimmes" for the 6" scale. Especially with at least half the slots taken up by new movie/media figures each year. Anyways, I just used to think we were a more united group in total as a community, but it sometimes seems now that communities like ours here are the dinosaurs of the hobby. That, or the whole thing is rigged  ;)

Definitely Dengar for me as well. Aaaand so far he's in last place. I really don't understand the voting on these last two, at least in 3 3/4" we used to focus on stuff from the movies before delving into the EU stuff.

Looks like the finalists are up for vote on Star

I can't say I'm overly excited about the choices, but I'm happy to see the fans get a say regardless. I'll opt for the character that is actually from the movies  ;)

The finalists are:

Mara Jade
Jaina Solo
Captain Rex
Darth Talon

I look at our Top 6 here, and realize that I'm proud to be a part of this community and I'm in the right place. I would gladly take any of those, and the selection matches my top choices almost perfectly. Well done again JD. I have to agree with what others have been saying, I don't know that there are any "safe bets" anymore - specifically from the classics or prequels. We have seen how long it takes to even get to the main players (3PO, Obi, Leia, etc.) not to mention second or third tier mainstays like the bounty hunters, cantina, or Jabba goons.

I'm all for people getting to vote for who they want, and that's great, but the EU stuff is honestly sort of lost on me as well. It makes sense in the 3 3/4" line, where nearly everything movie-wise has been covered, but the 6" line still has so far to go to get to everything relevant from the movies. A character that I may want the most right now (Bespin Lando), is a somewhat main character who rarely gets figures - and when he does they aren't always super popular so who knows how many chances he will see. I'd much rather see the big guns and recognizable background characters/troops from the movies get covered before we dip too deep into EU stuff. I guess we'll see what the vote brings.

Actually, this is exactly what I expected when they said there was a Hasbro announcement, although some sites did make it seem like something better. I'm also surprised how much anger there is over Hasbro offering us a Fan's Choice again ( again, on other sites). Sure, many (most) of us would rather see this be a SA 3 3/4" poll....and to see that line alive and striving again, but it just doesn't seem like it is going to happen now. I know it is the nature of the Internet, and often collectors, but I hate to see all the negativity surrounding our beloved franchise, particularly where action figures are concerned.

I personally enjoy the 6" line, but feel that 3 3/4" IS Star Wars, complete with vehicles, beasts, and ideally playsets, and I'm happy getting both right now. I don't have the hatred for 5 POA that some do, although I wish there was more of a middle ground with both articulation and price. Regardless, we really had a golden run of stuff there through lines like TAC or TVC, that covered most of OT/PT wants. It is a new era of collecting now, apparently.

1. Lando Calrissian (Bespin)
2. Han Solo (Bespin)
3. 4-LOM
4. Zuckuss
5. Dengar
6. Emperor's Royal Guard
7. Jawas
8. Gamorrean Guard
9. Hammerhead
10. Maz Kanata

Another nice set, and it would be nice if that melted Vader helmet was included in the eventual regular release - but I'm not getting my hopes up.

That looks really nice, glad to see we are getting the ANH Obi. I'd like to get this set, because the little accessories look neat - but I haven't been able to get a Star Wars exclusive after the show for years. Seems like this should be released to retail down the road though, so that's good.

Modern Classifieds / WTB: Loose Rey Figures
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:08 PM »
I mentioned it in the Takodana Encounter thread, but if anyone is looking to unload the Rey figure from that set, please let me know. Our daughter is having a Star Wars birthday next month, and we were looking to pack a Rey figure in each of the gift bags for her friends if we were able to get some picked up in time. I've already had a couple of helpers here (thanks Rob and Diddly!), which has been amazing. Thanks so much.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Does anyone here know of anywhere you can get a reprint of the old Kenner "Happy Birthday Star Wars" poster with the original figures surrounding the cake? I always loved that poster, and I was curious if there was a way to get a version of it affordable. I know the originals are crazy high on eBay, but I don't mind a reprint. Anyone have one of these or know of where they might be available?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:44 PM »
So sorry to hear about your loss Rob, and we'll keep you in our prayers as well Matt. We lost our dog of fourteen and a half years, two years ago this summer, and it is still difficult. We had a cancer situation as well, which makes it tough when you are considering their quality of life and everything. Thinking of both of you.

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