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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:51 PM »
Much like Captain America did, there is a new teaser for the teaser trailer up for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The full trailer goes up next Tuesday I believe:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:16 PM »
Also had a new poster put up yesterday:

Sounds like the full trailer should hit tomorrow, I'm pretty excited.  I really enjoyed the first Cap movie, probably one of my favorites, and I can't wait for the next one.

Keep forgetting to post this, but Lucasfilm has been releasing the original teaser trailer for each of the OT movies, with ROTJ being released today:

They've been doing one a week (I think always on Wednesday), and it makes me wonder if it is possibly building to an announcement or something next week, which I think is the one year anniversary of the whole Disney deal.  Maybe a casting or title announcement?  Hopefully.

Also, here's Star Wars:

And Empire:

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Saga Viewing Order?
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:58 PM »
Sort of related to this topic, but I happened across this article at Yahoo when I logged out of mail tonight....written by someone who hadn't watched Star Wars since ROTS was released in 2005, and some observations about the Saga in general (including viewing order).  Just thought I'd pass it along:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Breakfast Cereal
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:47 AM »
Had to bring this one up from the past, after discussing it with some friends lately again.  Anyone's favorites changed?

I eat cereal every day, and honestly, most of the time I eat Wheaties.  But, I'm ashamed to admit, this year I had Captain Crunch for the first time in my life, and really enjoyed those too.  We didn't get a lot of "kid" cereals in my house growing up, so I'm discovering them a lot more now.  Other cereals in regular rotation in our house:

Cheerios (and Honey Nut)
Lucky Charms
Froot Loops
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Honey Bunches of Oats
Frosted Flakes

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:40 AM »
It may just be my area, but these are starting to pile up a little bit - at least at our local stores.  I primarily check Target, since I work there anyways, and they've since reset a bit so that there is one "space" on the shelf for it (one wide), and they are full all the way to the back of the aisle with this wave.  None seem to be too tough to find, although the Sandtrooper does disappear the most (Darth Maul 2nd).  Luke seems to be the shelfwarmer if any of them are.  Our TRU has also had a full set sitting on the pegs for awhile now.  It was mentioned earlier, but I think the price dropping more in the $15-17 range would help some too.  I think they have sold well, but things are slowing a bit.  Either that, or this is the rare example of part of a SW line actually shipping regularly as well.  We haven't seen that in awhile.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:34 AM »
Post Comic-Con Update...

Star Wars Black Series

3 3/4"
Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack)
Darth Vader (Yoda's Test)
Princess Leia (Ceremony)
Dutch Vander
Captain Rex
Commander Doom

Darth Vader w/Removable Helmet
Luke Skywalker (Jedi)

Sandtrooper (Black Pauldron)
TIE Pilot
Han Solo (Stormtrooper)
Proto Boba Fett - Walgreens Exclusive

Hoth Han Solo and Taun Taun - Deluxe
Hoth Luke Skywalker and Wampa - Deluxe

Exclusives, Vehicles, Beasts, Battle Packs

Jabba's Sail Barge (75020)
Mos Eisley Cantina (75052)
AT-AT (75054)
LOTR Attack on Weathertop

Marvel Legends

Spider-Man Infinite - Hobgoblin Build a Figure
Spider-Man - Comic
Spider-Man 2099

Avengers Infinite - Odin Build a Figure
Machine Man
Scarlet Witch
Captain Marvel
Iron Fist

Avengers Infinite - Thanos Build a Figure

DC Collectibles
The New Batman Adventures Batman
Batman: TAS Catwoman
Batman: TAS Robin
Batman: TAS Joker
The New Batman Adventures Two Face
The New Batman Adventures Mr. Freeze
The New Batman Adventures Poison Ivy
Batman: TAS Man Bat
Batman: TAS Harley Quinn
The New Batman Adventures Killer Croc
Batman: TAS Penguin
The New Batman Adventures Batgirl

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 :).

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