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I just got notice that this wave (or some of it anyways) is on its way via Amazon.  I know this wave hasn't exactly gotten rave reviews, but it is just exciting to have some new 3 3/4" figures on the way.  As I've been cleaning up the display and condensing storage this summer, I realized I don't remember the last time I added a new 3 3/4" figure to the display.  Its been awhile...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 31, 2014, 09:27 PM »
I was watching the Hasbro presentation via SWAN's podcast this week, and it really drove home the point how boring the exclusives are this year - pretty much across the board.  There are a couple exceptions (the Walgreens Fett, and the Shadow set at Target), but other than those, everything is pretty lackluster.  Not a big deal necessarily, but I remember when exclusive stuff was a big deal - and often times quite cool (It wasn't that long ago I was chasing down vintage boxed Taun Tauns, snowspeeders, etc.)  Almost everything else offered is something we already have, repackaged, or something that we can get at every other retailer anyway (like the ship/figure sets).  Again, not a big deal, just an observation.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:13 PM »
I think that might be a big reason.  The rest of this year and the first half of 2015 may be a "last hurrah" of sorts for much of the PT, OT, and CW stuff.  Not that it will be gone completely, but vastly cut back if we're going to have this every year movie schedule starting up.  I actually feel like the 6" line might be the most likely place to continue to see OT characters.  The 3 3/4" (at least the "collector style" ones) is in a weird place now, and it is tough to see right now what way (or any way) it will continue.  Personally, I'd be hoping for any of my Top 5 wanted figures to get made in the next 6-12 months, or it may be awhile before we see much focus outside of the new media.  I think people who are more into the PT may be in even more of a tough spot, as that seems to be being pushed aside a bit more.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:29 PM »
Does anyone know if Bridge Direct had a showing at SDCC at all?  I just wonder what merchandise - if any - we'll get for the final movie.  I'd like to at least finish out the dwarves as well - in either scale really.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: July 28, 2014, 03:34 PM »
Fresh off its SDCC debut, the first trailer for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies has made it's debut online:

Also, on the LOTR subject, I see Amazon has the Extended Edition Trilogy on Blu Ray today for $38, if anyone is interested.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: July 27, 2014, 09:05 PM »
So, looking at the Marvel Legends revealed at SDCC (most of which are on the way next year I believe):

Marvel Legends Avengers Wave 1 - Odin/King Thor Build a Figure
Scarlet Witch
Machine Man
Hawkeye/Iron Fist (running change)
Captain Marvel

Marvel Legends Avengers Wave 2 - Thanos Build a Figure

Marvel Legends Spider-Man - Hobgoblin Build a Figure
Comic Spider-Man
Spider-Man 2099

Other Legends (Exclusives, Retailer Unknown)

SHIELD Movie 3 Pack (Agent Coulson, Agent Hill, Nick Fury)
Guardians Comic 5 Pack - 2015 (Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Drax)
Target 3 Pack (Ultimate Cap, Ms. Marvel, Radioactive Man)

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:56 PM »
I have to say some of these packs shown at SDCC look pretty nice.  I don't know why, but I'm really digging the Wicket/Scout Trooper pack - nice sculpt on the ewok.  The Bossk/IG-88 pack is appealing in the vintagey sort of way as well.  I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the Rebels stuff, but in a way it looks like it is shaping up to be kind of a fun line.  I remember thinking the same way about the CW stuff, especially in the first couple years, there was really a nice variety of characters, plus, vehicles and mini vehicles and all of that.  For kiddos jumping into the toys alongside the show, it could really be fun.  I have a feeling I'll be checking them out as well, particularly at the more affordable prices.

I like the wave too, overall.  I can see why some people aren't too up on a new Chewie, but at the same time, he's one of my favorite characters and really doesn't seem to get out there all that often anymore (other than that Mission Series pack).  I've said before, they could pretty much just release the EB version from now on once in awhile and I'd be happy.  That said, this variation is kind of neat too.  I would have rather had a new "ANH" Leia, but the ceremonial one is nice too, and in need of an update.  The Clones are all pretty neat, and probably the most excited I've been about clonetroopers in a long time.

I know those place markers in the cases are not always accurate, but I believe all of these figures said March of 2015.  Now, it could be much earlier (or later), but overall it looks like these won't be out until next year.  Doesn't that make the rest of 2014 pretty light?  Not that it has exactly been raining figures anyways (I can't remember the last time I bought a 3 3/4" SW figure), but aside from the now releasing Dagobah Luke wave do we just have the Ree Yees wave until the end of the year?  Oh, and that Hoth Luke, wherever that figure fits in now that Dagobah Vader is next year and Hoth Han is a no show so far.  More surprises at NYCC maybe?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:41 PM »
Sounds like some very brief footage was shown today, as well as the first image of Wonder Woman:

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:32 PM »
I just posted in the Joe thread about Gentle Giant doing the "Jumbo" treatment to the vintage Joe line, and now it looks like Mattel is doing the same thing with MOTU.  Sounds like this line will be kicking off later this year with He-Man and Skeletor (complete with vintage packaging) with Stratos and Beastman to follow I believe.  While it might be cool to have a couple, I wonder how this large scale stuff will catch on.  Its neat and all, but display space (or storage) isn't exactly something a lot of collectors have a ton of anyways.  The 12" stuff eats that up pretty quickly.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 4
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:22 PM »
I'm in for all of these except the Clone as well.  Bossk is definitely a cool one to make, and I'm surprised at how much I like that TIE Pilot.  Nicely done.  The Stormtrooper Han is cool as well, and doesn't look like they just re-used the previous Han head even.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:21 PM »
The Wampa does look pretty amazing, as does Luke.  Cool set, can't wait to get this one too.  As much as I like the past Ultra line Wampa (the last one we got), it does make me wonder what a new 3 3/4" scale one would look like at this point.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:20 PM »
Really psyched to see this is on the way, even though it has been rumored/confirmed for a bit now...still nice to see it.  I can see why some people are bummed about the blue coat, but they could always to the brown coat as a regular release (or in another pack, as mentioned).  Kind of surprising though.  Han on Taun Taun is one of my favorite things about Star Wars, so I can't wait to get a hold of this.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:09 PM »
A pretty good SDCC, but a bit of a mixed bag as well.  Not that anything shown looks bad necessarily, but I was hoping for a little bit more news in the 3 3/4" Black Series.  I guess when we were given the teasers about "change your underwear exciting" and this massive 12 figure wave that they were referring to this line and we'd see a little more.  Maybe they will sneak in another 2-3 figures throughout the weekend in the case which they often do, but even some of the ones shown (Leia for example) have place cards that say Jan 2015.  That doesn't leave a whole lot on the way for the rest of the year for that line either.  I can kind of see putting Chewie out there again (I've always felt the EB one was pretty much "good forever"), and the new head is a nice spin on it.  Aside from the Mission Series, Chewie actually doesn't seem to hit the pegs all that often anymore.  I'm in for the OT offerings, and kind of like those clones as well (totally missed the Doom thing before as well, but that is cool).

I do collect the 6" line (the OT ones at least), and that stuff looks pretty amazing.  I can't wait for those Hoth deluxe sets, always a big fan of the Taun Taun.  The others like Bossk, TIE Pilot, and Han Stormie all look nice as well.  Like others have said, there is so much potential for this line since they can go and re-do all the big guns (and everyone else) for the first time.  I plan to stick with the OT ones going forward, they look nice.

I'm more excited than I thought for the Rebels stuff, particularly the vehicles.  I'm definitely down for that Transport.  Although I didn't have the vintage one, I had a good friend that did, and always thought it was pretty cool.  I'm on the fence with the figures.  I thought this time around I'd sit the toys out, and just enjoy the show, but we'll see if I can resist.  Decent prices with the 5 POA stuff, so it might be more tempting.

Overall, I'm pretty excited for what's on the horizon, but I just wish there was more 3 3/4" goodness (Black Series).  Not only for now, but it concerns me a little about Episode VII.  We may see the whole line switch to the 5 POA stuff, since there doesn't seem to be a lot of priority for the 3 3/4" articulated stuff right now.

Joe Defender / Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:42 PM »
Looks like this is happening, very similar to Star Wars, blown up versions of the vintage figures:

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