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The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:43 PM »
Not sure if anyone else here has been looking for this, but has anyone found the Rocket Raccoon baggie set at TRU?  It is supposed to be a "free with $30 purchase" item now (or $4.99 each I think), and I've been checking our store and can't find any.  Just curious if anyone out there has had any luck finding these, or could maybe even help me out if they are plentiful in your area.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:51 PM »
I was able to pick up Luke and R5 this week, both are pretty nice figures. So is this it as far as basic (Black Series) figures for this year? Nice to be caught up, but it sure seemed like a slow year. If I were smarter, and would limit myself to just this line (and really, just OT), it would have been a pretty cheap year.

Other Toy Lines / Pixar Toys
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:10 PM »
Has anyone here seen the new "collector" line of Pixar toys?  I've only seen them at Toys R Us, although I'm not sure if they are exclusive or not.  Aside from the regular Toy Story stuff they normally have, they've had a new line of 6" scale figures (as well as some smaller stuff) that I haven't seen before.  I picked up the Mr. Incredible last week, and have to say it isn't too bad.  The pricepoint ($20) while average for that size does seem a little steep, but a coupon I had made it more bearable.  I've only seen that figure, as well as Wall-E and Eve from that movie, and the back of the box shows Syndrome and a couple of Nemo figures as well.  Just curious if anyone here had seen these, or was interested in them.  I can't speak for the entire line, but the Mr. Incredible figure isn't too bad, glad I picked it up.  Not sure if I'll be getting any others, can't really afford another line, but would be tempted for the rest of the Incredibles if they get there.  As cool as a Pixar shelf might look, I don't think I could afford that at $20 (in addition to Star Wars, Marvel, and some LEGO).

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:10 PM »
I'm ok with the title.  It isn't anything amazing, but it doesn't stink either.  Probably somewhere in the middle in the listing of the titles so far.  That being said, it is just nice to get something "official" about this movie finally.  I know it is over a year away still, but it would be kind of nice to get a set pic here or character name there once in awhile.  There are rumors that a teaser trailer has already been cut and completed, so maybe we'll see something (likely very little) before the end of the year.  Wouldn't mind seeing some official pics of some of the original cast released, since we know they are in the movie (and of course, who they are playing).

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:07 PM »
Although our local store hasn't put them out yet (they are in the weekly ad this week), I was able to get the Marvel Legends set online and it arrived yesterday.  Although I know people are probably not thrilled about another Cap (but at least this is something different from previous versions Hasbro has done), I was happy to finally get Ms. Marvel after missing out on the earlier version - and the Radioactive Man is pretty cool as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toy Story
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:04 PM »
Saw that news last night, and needless to say our daughter was pretty psyched.  Although the "original" trilogy of Toy Story was pretty much perfect, I can't say I mind that they would make another.  As I saw someone else mention online, the first trilogy was for the "Andys" out there, who are now grown up, and it is perfectly find for there to be new Toy Story movies for the "Bonnies" too.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: November 7, 2014, 01:03 PM »
Yep, these are definitely getting out there again.  I couldn't find one on the first go-round (found Chewie, Vader, and Luke though at various times), and my preorder at didn't seem to work out, but I was able to find one yesterday (and left one behind).  I stopped by another store today, and they had 7 on the shelf (and no other figures).  I was tempted to grab another one, but thought better of it.  I don't need to get in the habit of buying lots of multiples in the 6" line at $20 each, although the rush of actually finding something new made it tempting.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: October 9, 2014, 09:06 PM »
Overall, I'm pretty happy with what was shown at NYCC.  Not a huge showing, once again, but it really hasn't been for awhile now.  Honestly, it almost seemed like as much was shown here as was at SDCC.  The 3 3/4" Black Series stuff is really nice, I'm especially excited for the new Carbonite Han.  The Leia Boussh looks really nice too, although I was pretty happy with the TSC version.  The Jawas are cool, as well as 3PO, and of course Mosep.

The 6" stuff had a nice showing again, with the IG-88, Boussh Leia, Luke/Han Stormie, Emperor, etc. all looking pretty nice.  Nothing else shown for the deluxe sets, but we do already know about the Taun Taun and Wampa sets.

Honestly, what I was sort of surprised by was the Mission Series and Saga Legends stuff.  Now, like most, I'd prefer more articulation than what these offer, but I thought the new stuff looked kind of cool.  I have picked up all the OT based ones so far, and will continue to I think, and the new stuff looked neat.  Bespin Han, the Luke/Leia set, the Hoth set, and Yoda/R2 all looked nice.  Like it was already mentioned, I think that Yoda might almost look better than the recent Black Series release (although we haven't seen a final copy yet).  I often think, if this is what came out with the POTF2 release in 1995, people would have been blown away.

I knew we likely wouldn't get any Ep7 reveals yet, but I am a little curious about the future.  I noticed in the little Avengers preview for the next movie, they seem to be taking the same 6" collectors figures and 2.5" figure and vehicle line approach they did with Guardians.  Since Hasbro often likes to cookie cutter the lines a bit, I sure hope we don't see that approach with the new SW movies.  The 6" figures are great, but 3 3/4" is always the bread and butter for SW I think.  Even if they go with the 5 POA style (which I hope we get more than that), at least it would continue that scale.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: THE HUB
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:27 PM »
Although they don't show a lot of them anymore, I sort of liked the Hub for playing some of the older cartoons like Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Batman Beyond, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, GI Joe, and Transformers.  They've played less and less of that lately though.  Some of the "Family Movie Night" stuff was good over the years though as they had stuff like E.T., Iron Giant, Karate Kid, etc. on.  Other than that, I don't know that we watched it a whole lot.  Our daughter watched the ponies for awhile, but hasn't for quite awhile now.  There just doesn't seem to be a lot of channels that will put those older shows on.  Sometimes even Boomerang's "vintage toons" is just stuff from the 90s/2000s, and not so much older stuff anymore.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: September 20, 2014, 06:31 PM »
Thought this looked like the most "basic" thread for this, just for the general "Rebels" line, but how many of you are jumping in with this line?  Initially, I was taking a wait and see approach - and still am to some extent - just because of the Clone Wars.  I really liked that line, and bought the majority of the basic figures, but now they've ended up in a storage bin just because of lack of display space.  It isn't like I have anything against the toys or the show, I love both, but they still take a bit of a back seat to the movie stuff for me so they've been stashed away for now.

That being said, the more I see about Rebels, the more excited I get.  Not only that, but our daughter is really into the fact that there are major female characters with Hera and Sabine, so I have a feeling that might fuel more casual purchases as well.  Plus the fact the 5 POA stuff is cheaper.  I'm starting to lean more towards jumping into these, or maybe even preordering some.  Anyone else thinking of getting into this line, or just sticking with the show (or maybe neither)?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: September 20, 2014, 06:26 PM »
I received Ree Yees, Doallyn, Wedge, and Vader via Amazon yesterday, but haven't had a chance to open them yet.  It probably sounds weird, but it was kind of exciting to get some new 3 3/4" goodness lately between this and the Dagobah Luke wave.  I sort of forgot how much I "missed" this line, with such long breaks lately and not a lot of focus here the past year plus.  I don't know what the line is going to look like come Episode VII time, but I sure hope there is a re-focus on the 3 3/4" scale stuff, like the good old days.  I like the 6" line as well, don't get me wrong, but nothing says Star Wars quite like the little guys :).

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:44 PM »
It really is crazy how things are exploding this year alone, looking at your examples Jeff.  It seemed to me there was too much stuff before, but it is really expanding since the Disney takeover as well.  I feel for those who really try to be "completists" these days, although I'm sure there are fewer of those anymore.  I know even Steve Sansweet has said as much with Episode VII on the way, that it is practically impossible to truly "collect it all" anymore.

I pretty much just focus on the Hasbro stuff anymore, with the odd other collectible here or there, but I really hope we see a simplification of the Hasbro line at least when the movies come around.  I know it is probably wishful thinking, because it is all about retail footspace these days, but I miss the days of "here are Star Wars action figures (one line), here are some beasts, and here are some vehicles".  I guess, like the vintage days, POTF2, relaunch, or even POTJ.

While searching for the exclusive Fett (and honestly, really hoping to find Chewie), I was able to pick up a Vader and Jedi Luke at two seperate stores.  Those are the only two figures I've seen at Walgreens over the past few weeks, but it was nice to find something new.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Yeah, I've actually been surprised at how many different stores have told me "yeah, we've had a lot of calls about those" when I've asked.  Some seem annoyed, although others don't seem to mind too much.  If there is one thing this "hunt for Fett" has made me realize, I don't think I like "the hunt" anymore.  It may just be the store(s) and the situation, but driving around to multiple Walgreens the last couple weeks has just seemed like a big time suck ;).  I've used the Fett finder feature on, and it seems pretty accurate for the most part.  It seems to show "in stock" if they have any 6" series at all (not just Fett), and goes out of stock the same day if sold out.  I did run into one store who when I told them their website said they had them in stock, said they had a Fett, but it was being held for someone who called in....for three days now.  Oh well.  I have found a Vader and a Luke, so it was nice to not come home completely empty handed from these multiple trips, but I think I'm about done running to stores outside of the ones closest to our house (or maybe just the one closest).

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