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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:29 AM »
If the rumors are true and all we're seeing is a few 6" figures and the Elf pack, that is really disappointing.  I mean, I can understand that it wasn't exactly a "hot" line, and maybe sales weren't great, but I've picked up pretty much everything from the first round (I think I'm just missing the one Orc/Warg deluxe pack), and thought the figures were pretty nice.  I was at least hoping to be able to finish off the dwarves.  You would think they could at least offer those as online exclusives at Amazon, BBTS, or wherever.  I hope they still see the light of day somewhere, I'd really like to finish those off.

On a side note, I'm sure this all but kills any possibility, but I was really hoping we'd eventually see a 3 3/4" LOTR line done in this style.  I love the Toy Biz stuff, and have a dozen or so of those, but I'd probably dive all in on a 3 3/4" scaled line if Bridge Direct (or someone else) was able to do it.  I thought the sculpts/articulation/deco on The Bridge Direct stuff was pretty good though, and was hoping we'd see more of it.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Time Flies
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:56 PM »
I didn't realize the whole 18 year thing either, nice post Scott.  I've mentioned it on here before, I was a little late to the POTF2 game, but I think it was a neat time for collecting.  I like reading everyone's stories from those times, and wish I would have been paying attention to the hobby more at that point.  I don't know that I am necessarily nostalgic for those He-Manish figures like I am for the vintage line, but I am sort of for that time in toy-buying.

It was so much easier to keep up (20 or less figures per year, at least in those early years).  A much lower pricepoint (although, to be fair, lower quality), and it seems fairly easy to find things.  Toy collecting has changed a lot since then, with so much more out there fighting for retail space, the continually climbing prices, and it seems more problems with distribution and availability.  Plus, the whole "toy buying for profit" thing has much more of a following than it did in POTF2 days.

I know it can't ever return to that same scenario, but I sort of with the Star Wars line was simpler like it was in those days.  As in, not so much to keep up with, lower prices, and easier to find.  Plus, the entire focus on Original Trilogy made it appealing then too, but we've branched out since then understandably.  I still like to go look at what the releases were for each year, and think how exciting it probably was when things first came out.  Although many of them look silly (or even bad), I don't think the collecting community was quite as picky as we are today and maybe the hobby was a little more fun for everyone in those days.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:49 PM »
I don't know if anyone else caught it, but we just watched the Pixar special "Toy Story of TERROR!", and it was really good.  Some nice new toy appearances in there, including Combat Carl (voiced by Carl Weathers) and some other surprises I won't spoil if you haven't seen it yet.  Nice homages to some toys of the 80s in there though ;).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:31 PM »
Thought I'd post this here since it is supposed to be on the Man of Steel Blu Ray next month.  This was apparently shown at NYCC, and is now online as well.  A short by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm covering the 75 year history of Superman in a couple minutes, I thought it was pretty cool:

Hall of Justice / Re: 2014 DC Multiverse 4" Figure Line
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:54 PM »
Looks like Mattel revealed some of the movie figures that will be included in this line, including Christopher Reeve Superman, Keaton Batman, Batman Returns Catwoman and Penguin, and General Zod (Stamp).  I have to say, from these pics they don't look too bad:

The Bullpen / 2014 Marvel Legends
« on: October 11, 2013, 10:52 AM »
Looks like there were a few reveals for the Legends line at NYCC.  New packaging, and the themed wave concept begins with Captain America Infinite Legends, then transitions to Spider-Man Infinite Legends, and then later on I'm guessing Guardians of the Galaxy (lineups shown between SDCC and NYCC):

NYCC Reveals

Captain America Infinite Legends
BAF Mandroid
Marvel NOW Cap
Baron Zemo
Red Skull (Movie)
Hydra Soldier/AIM Soldier
Black Widow (Movie)
Winter Soldier (Movie)
Captain America (Movie)

And continues with Spider-Man Infinite Legends:

Spider-Man Infinite Legends
BAF Ultimate Green Goblin
Amazing Spider-Man (Movie)
Electro (Movie)
Black Cat
Superior Spider-Man

Really looking forward to both of these lines.  I was never able to get the Toy Biz Black Cat that came in the box set, so I'm really glad we're getting a new version.  The Mandroid BAF looks cool as well, and the lines in general are pretty good.

Same here.  They all said "in stock" on the page, but when I went to order the scanning sets were out of stock.  I did order the Ewoks set, excited to get that one.  Makes me want to pick up a vintage Ewok Village playset ;).

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:28 PM »
Wow, its amazing how much a nicely done wave of figures can turn things around - at least for me.  Just a couple of days ago I was about to log in here to post how this is maybe the most bored I have been with Star Wars collecting for quite some time, maybe ever.  The 3 3/4" line just wasn't getting me with the first couple waves, and aside from some neat exclusives (Slave I, Ewok Catapult, Scanning Crew sets) and the 6" line, there just wasn't much to be excited about, particularly for an entire year.  Now we get images of Wave 4, and that is pretty much forgotten.  I hope this is the route we see taken for the rest of 2014, because these look pretty amazing.

The Luke and Yoda alone would have sold me, they both look great and I hope the production pieces look as nice as these early shots do.  I was a fan of the OTC Luke, but it is nice to see it done up with all the articulation and detail they can put into a figure these days.  I liked the OTC Yoda well enough as well, but it just didn't seem like they had really nailed the Original Trilogy Yoda with the previous attempts.  This one looks about perfect.  Throw in Toryn Farr, a nifty Snowtrooper, a requested Wedge Antilles, and it is all pretty well done.  Aside from the ROTS Vader, it is pretty much a "themed" wave again.  Can't wait for these figures to hit.  I haven't been preordering the waves online with the Black Series yet, because I've really been picking and choosing, but I won't hesitate for this one :).

« on: October 1, 2013, 11:15 AM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: October 1, 2013, 11:13 AM »
New Desolation of Smaug trailer up today:

Pretty sweet.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TeeFury
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:33 PM »
Today's (9/25) shirt is a nice E.T./SW mashup:

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:36 AM »
Man, I'd love to see an announcement of Bridge Direct going into the LOTR franchise.  It doesn't seem like the Hobbit stuff has flown off the shelves, so I'm not sure we'll see it happen, but I sure wish it would.  I think I'm a couple figures (from deluxe sets) short of having all the Hobbit ones, but have the rest.  Pretty nice line, and I'm going to do my best to pick up the new waves when they hit.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: Official Television Thread
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:33 AM »
I thought it was pretty good, and I'm so excited for a regular Marvel series on television.  I'd also like to see them dip into the MU characters a bit as things go on, I understand we likely won't be seeing Spider-Man or anyone like that, but some of the other characters (I do like the Heroes for Hire idea...maybe even as a sort of pilot for their own series eventually).  Looking forward to more of SHIELD though, a fun pilot.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: September 24, 2013, 07:55 PM »
The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser that was shown at SDCC has shown up online.  Not a whole lot, but kind of neat:

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:34 PM »
Had a nice find today at our local Target.  There was a single Pirate Ship Ambush set on the shelf, so I took it to the scanner to check it out....and it rang up at $29.98.  I wasn't decided if I was going to get this set or not, but at that price I couldn't pass it up.  After discounts and everything it ended up at around $27, so not too bad.  Sort of makes me want to hunt down the few others I'm still missing from the LOTR lineup, but we'll see.

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