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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.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:53 PM »
I'm pretty excited for this, not just for myself, but for our daughter.  She has been way into Harry Potter for the past year plus (she was Hermione for Halloween last year), and it is great there is potential for her to be able to see the new movie(s) on the big screen since she was too young for the proper Harry Potter.

I'm also with you guys on wanting more books.  I've been reading the Potter books to my daughter before bed each night, and it would be great if there was more for her to get in on the ground floor with.  I know she's even asked me before if they'll ever do "the adventures of their kids", which would be kind of cool.  Either way, I think it is exciting news just for the fact that we get to return to that "world".  Sort of when they finally announced that the Hobbit was moving forward, I'm just excited to get to experience that universe again in a new way.  I really get the feeling that they'll try to branch this out in the "Marvel Model" like Star Wars is doing, and like WB should be doing with DC.

Its kind of exciting to make one of these lists when there is basically a clean slate of wide open selections, like the early POTF2 days or something.  There are a lot of characters that seem like they'd be slam dunks, but I guess I'll make my list like we've got one more year of this or something.  I'm all in for doing all of the vintage (original) line figures as well, and it looks like the lists so far are heavily (almost completely) OT based.

1. Darth Vader
2. Chewbacca
3. C-3PO
4. Princess Leia - ANH
5. Luke Skywalker - Tatooine
6. Obi-Wan "Old Ben" Kenobi
7. Lando Calrissian - Bespin
8. Yoda
9. Bossk (and all bounty hunters)
10. Jabba the Hutt

It is tough to leave it at 10, since we're basically starting fresh.  I want all the bounty hunters, all the Cantina aliens (particularly the "main" ones), troops, Hoth stuff, etc. Not to mention all the beasts and everything.  Looking at it if we had one more year of these (although I'm sure we'll get more), I'd at least want to have the ANH lineup.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: September 11, 2013, 12:29 PM »
That's something I've really thought about as well, as Jeff mentioned, could this be the last hurrah for figures (particularly background/never before made figures) from the OT (as well as PT/EU)?  If we do indeed start seeing a new SW movie every year starting in 2015, you would think the majority of the resources would be dedicated to those movies each year.  I mean, in general, we've gotten a lot of things covered so that is nice...but it would be nice to knock a few more off the list in the next year or so (or however long the Black Series lasts).

It really feels like we might be headed for the 5 POA stuff by the time the new movie(s) starts, along with the 6" line for "collectors", but you just never know.  It would be nice to see more of a collector line like Jeff mentioned to run alongside it, but it is difficult to say if Hasbro would be having all of these lines running at once during a movie year.  I really wonder what the future holds at that point.

Although I haven't really ventured outside of Target for toy runs lately, I have to say, after initially selling well, the pegs are packed with both these and the Saga Legends figures.  Not sure if there is just that many shipping, or if it is a sign of sales or not.  I guess Christmastime will really tell the tale with this line.  I could definitely see the 2 packs selling a lot during that time, for gift givers/grandparents/parents, etc.

Adam P sort of touched on this in his Q and A this week, but how long do you think the Black Series (at least the 3 3/4" line) is going to last?  Will it go all the way until the new movie (or the new toon, next year)?  Just three to four waves and then done?  It just seems like it might not be a very long-lived line, but we'll see.

I put an order in for a few of these via Amazon as well.  I'm glad that these are available there, since retail is spotty at best and so far these have been waves that I don't necessarily want an entire set of.  Works out well.  I saw some pictures of these over at JTA, Pablo Jill looks like the winner - not so sure about Mara Jade (although I did order her).

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