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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.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Amazon Droid Factory Multi-Pack
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:06 PM »
Same here, I was never all that excited about this, but at $15 it is tough to pass up.

Seeing the Biker Scout from this wave as a $3.49 "add on" at Amazon makes me wonder why I was trying to army build these back in the VTSC days, still like that figure a lot.

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: 1/6 Luke & Taun-Taun
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:01 PM »
I was checking these out because I've always been a fan of the Taun Taun, and Hoth Han and Luke, but holy moly I didn't know these were up that high now.  The only figures I have from this line are the Bespin Han and Tatooine Han (and the New Hope Leia I picked up for our daughter on discount at BBTS), but I don't think I paid more than $60 or $80 for any of them (and Leia was $40), prices have really gone up!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: December 5, 2013, 11:57 AM »
First trailer is online for Amazing Spider-man 2, check it out here:

Looks pretty great to me.  Between this, Cap 2, X-men DOFP, and Guardians of the Galaxy, it's going to be an exciting year of comic book movies.  Those four alone cover some of my favorite properties, and I like what we've seen so far!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: December 1, 2013, 08:54 PM »
I see Amazon now has the entire first wave (including Sandtrooper) for $13 and change.  Just a heads up for anyone wanting more Sandies, not a bad price.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: December 1, 2013, 08:50 PM »
I noticed that BBTS put preorders up for both the Spider-Man and Cap Legends lines (shipping in January apparently).  Both have two waves (with variants subbed in the second time around), and in the notes it also says that Hasbro has raised the MSRP on these to $20 a figure, like the Black Series.  So I guess those are the new price levels for lines now, 6" collector figures $20, 3 3/4" collector figures $10, and kid figures $6.  I do wonder how long the $10 collector segment will last in some of these lines though.

Yeah, it is hard to say about Wave 1.  It doesn't seem like any of them are particularly tough to find - at all really - but I will say that our local Target was stuffed with Wave 1 (two full rows on the shelf), and they slowly sold down a bit and then our store got a case of Wave 2 in - and those disappeared quickly and took most of the Wave 1 figures along with them (just a Sandtrooper and Luke remained).  I don't know if it was someone holding off and decided to buy in when Wave 2 hit, or what, but our store is down to just two figures now.  Wal-Mart here doesn't carry them, and TRU has had the same one case on the pegs for a bit now.

It will be interesting to see how the one carry forward figure is managed for each wave from now on.  I love the Han figure, so I don't mind seeing it out there again, but I could also see choosing Boba since he seems to be the one tougher for most to get.  As far as this wave, it seems obvious the Stormtrooper should be the carry forward into whatever Wave 4 is.  Looking at the rumor lists, we could probably figure out the best choice for each wave going forward.  I do have the suspicion we'll be seeing plenty of ROTS Obi-Wan on the shelves/pegs in 2014.

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