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Hall of Justice / DC Unlimited
« on: August 14, 2013, 10:57 PM »
I was just looking through some of the SDCC stuff again, and was Mattel continuing the DC Unlimited and/or Batman Unlimited lines past this year?  Aside from the Matty subscription figures, the only new 6" scale stuff I saw really was the new "Total Heroes" line that was the main characters, and sort of an animated-ish style.  They also have a 4" line (DC Multiverse?) on the way.  I think the kiddo Batman line is continuing as well.  Just wondering if anyone read anything differently, or if the DC Comic figures (at retail) are essentially done at the end of the year?

Hall of Justice / Re: Man of Steel- The Toys
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:51 PM »
Yeah, these sure seem dead in the water.  I can't say I've paid super close attention to them since the first couple weeks, but I can't say much of it is moving.  Even the Movie Masters has primarily been pegs full of Zods for awhile now.  Never saw Faora either, but did grab the regular Supes and armored Zod.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Ghostbusters Figures!
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:50 PM »
Anyone buying from this line?  I haven't gotten anything yet, but for some reason recently have been re-considering picking up a couple of the Ghostbusters at least.  One of my favorite movies as a kid, so I sort of thought about picking a few up.  Not sure if I should even bother going down that road though.  Cool that they are possibly making Ecto-1 though, I would have been all over that as a kid (if it was lower priced of course).  I remember having some of the Ghostbusters stuff from the cartoon, but not much else.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:46 PM »
I saw the Avengers Assemble stuff like Scott posted above at our Target in the past week or so as well.  I did pick up a Cap just to see what they were like.  I was able to find one with a much better paintjob than the one Scott posted, but they really aren't anything to write home about.  Pretty simplified figures, similar to what we've seen with Spidey and Iron Man already.  I think there is only the "Big 4" Avengers available in this "All Star" line, but from what I've heard/read the other Avengers line (with the more Marvel Universe styled figures) is considerably better.  I haven't seen any of those at retail, although I think they were available at Amazon at one time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:44 PM »
This isn't exactly Wii-specific, but since that's what we have at our house, I thought I'd post it here.  Is anyone anticipating this upcoming Disney Infinity game?  I know it isn't a typical "gamer's " game or anything, but our daughter sure has been asking about it a lot.  I know it is available on multiple (all?) playforms, and it seems kind of cool in the way you can scan in various characters from across Disney's lines and play them together.  I wonder if Marvel or Star Wars could be added down the road?  Anyways, just curious if anyone is planning on picking this up or not.  I don't know a ton about it, other than the commercials and the fact that it seems to be one of those Skylander's type of buying the figure and putting them into the game type of things.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:06 PM »
It might just depend on the WM, from store to store.  I know our local one skips a lot of the "collector" type stuff.  They never carry Marvel Legends, Marvel Universe, DCU or any of that.  Mainly just the "kids" lines or movie focused stuff.  That's ok I guess, the less I have to go there, the better :).

It might just be a coincidence (or the lack of any product for so long), but our local Target store sold through the whole case of these except for one Shocktrooper in the first week they were on the pegs.  Surprising, to me at least.  Maybe the price is helping?  Or maybe people are just desperate for anything.  Our store didn't get any Black Series 3 3/4" figures, just put out an older TPM case of vintage figures.  All the non-TPM figures (Hoth Luke, Vader, etc.) sold in a couple days and the TPM stuff is left swinging.  I have to admit, if you were a non-collector and shopping for kiddos, etc and saw the two packs hanging there for the same price as the Black Series (or Vintage), it seems like a no-brainer for a gift giver.  Anyways, it was interesting to see.

Got a chance to open the figures I picked up from this wave today, well done.  It is a strange wave, because it seems like all of the figures are very well done (I was particularly surprised by the Anakin), but it just isn't all that exciting for some reason.  I don't know if it is because of so many re-dos, or if it is due to the wait, or what.  Plus, I'm a person who usually likes seeing resculpts of the main characters - so it isn't that.  I didn't get the entire wave, but what I did get (Luke, Biggs, Scout, Anakin, Padme, and Vader) were all great - just didn't generate a lot of excitement.  I have to say though, of what we've seen of the first three waves of this line, I think Vizam is the most exciting figure to me.

As a side note, our Target reset this week as well, and filled the pegs with a fresh case of TPM revisions.  There was a Vader and Hoth Luke included in there, but otherwise more TPM stuff staring back.  The pegs are even labeled "SW Vintage" still.

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: August 9, 2013, 09:05 PM »
I had an order arrive from BBTS this week, and it had the newest wave of Marvel Legends (Rocket Raccoon wave).  I have to say, this is a really solid wave all around.  One of my favorites in awhile.  As far as the breakdown of what was included in my set (not sure which variants are coming when):

Black Panther
Scarlet Spider
Jean Grey (regular)
Hawkeye (modern)

These five, along with the Rocket Racoon BAF are all pretty great.  I never had a Jean Grey in this scale (missed the Toy Biz version), and we're now one step away from the complete Wrecking Crew, which is pretty sweet too.  Hopefully these variants will be showing up, unlike the previous couple waves, so we can get Bulldozer, Phoenix, and Classic Hawkeye (which I also missed the TB version).  Hasbro had a bit of a rough start with the Legends stuff, but I think their recent stuff has been pretty top notch.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: August 9, 2013, 09:02 PM »
Opened my set of these today, and I have to say I like them quite a bit.  Like others have said, these would feel like a pretty good deal at about $15.  $20 still seems a little high - they are great figures, but I don't see that they are higher quality than Marvel Legends at $15.  I'm pretty sure I'm hooked for the time being, at least on the OT figures.  The 3 3/4" stuff is still the bread and butter, and I hope it never goes away (collector styled or just in general), but these are pretty nice.

I think part of it is the excitement of looking forward to each character again, similar to when POTF2 began.  Now we can have that anticipation for Darth Vader, Han, Chewie, etc. and not think "wow, another Vader" like we sort of do with the 3 3/4" line.  As has been noted elsewhere, they're not perfect (and a little too high priced), but I look at this sort of a nice alternative for someone like me who admires the Sideshow line, but can't afford it.  Larger "collector" figures for someone on more of a budget.

I do think this line is going to be pretty popular though, just have a feeling.  Like I said, 3 3/4" is still the base of the SW line in my book, and always will be...but this offers a nice jumping in point for people new to Star Wars, or returning.  Plus the fact that it has been said they are shooting for no more than 16 figures a year (four waves of four I'm guessing), and that is about right for the release pace I think.  Anyways, I like them a lot.  I have Luke and R2 posed right next to our computer here, and they look pretty nice together.  Can't wait for Wave 2.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: August 7, 2013, 09:00 PM »
Speaking of comics..what is everyone reading these days (or is anyone reading)?  This area hasn't been real active lately, but maybe that is due to people dropping books, etc.  I've been considering making the switch to digital, or at least for some of the titles, because the longboxes are becoming an issue.  I'm already stretching the Mrs. patience with rubbermaids of action figures, let alone boxes of comics taking up space as well.  I think there are a few titles I'd always want print copies of (and most of the Marvel ones come with a free digital one as well), but I think I'm closer to making the switch eventually.

As for what I'm reading....still too much.  I've gotten into a lot of the Marvel books after trying some different ones out with the Marvel NOW revamp.  Looking to trim a few of these off - I'm still enjoying them, but its just too many for what my budget should be:

Superior Spider-Man
Superior Spider-Man Team Up
All New X-Men
Uncanny X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men
Uncanny Avengers
New Avengers
Fantastic Four
Captain America
Guardians of the Galaxy
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man

I've picked up a couple other titles here and there (Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men), but consistently buy the ones listed above.  Still missing Peter Parker from the Spidey books, and hope he comes back sooner than later.  On the DC side, I've stuck mainly to Bat-related stuff, Justice League, and the new Superman Unchained title.  I dropped GL after Johns left (not because of quality, just as an excuse), and I'm always tempted by the Flash but have stayed away there as well.  Other than that, I'm reading the Star Wars title at Dark Horse and TMNT with my daughter.  I'd like to get the list down to at least 2/3, although I am enjoying what I'm reading.

I got my Biggs and Luke from Amazon today.  Biggs bubble with really little effort fell right off.  The aisles might be littered with cardbacks and empty bubbles.

I got my Amazon order yesterday, and the bubble on the Luke figure had completely fallen off in shipping.  Biggs was loose as well.

I have to admit, I've felt a little bit of fatigue at times as well.  Like Rob mentioned, the prospect of all that could be coming a few years down the road is a little daunting.  I'm actually pretty excited at the notion of new movies (and the toys that come with them), but honestly, our office (which is where my collection is allowed to be) is already pretty much at capacity.  I'm going to have to either dump some stuff, pack a bunch away, or make a lot more money and get a bigger house if I want to continue collecting like this.

I even noticed a change the other day while at TRU.  They had the entire new wave of Black Series figures on the pegs.  In the past, particularly after this gigantic drought we've experienced this year, I probably would have grabbed them all.  This time, I only got a few, and even those I hesitated on a bit.  Some of it may be the lack of newness, but even looking at the next couple of waves beyond that I don't think I'll be getting much more than half of those waves either.  We'll see I guess.

I still get the most excited about OT figures, so I'd be sad to see those go away in a couple of years (if that happens).  Then again, I think we can all admit that we've really had a good run of these things too, and have a lot of it covered.  I'm always a fan of simplification with the Star Wars brand and lines, so the prospect of multiple lines isn't really appealing to me, although I do understand it.  Right now, the prospect of having a new movie line each year, the Rebels line, the 6" line, and possibly another 3 3/4" line (depending on what they do with "collector" figures and the current Legends format, not to mention Mission Series), and you're starting to look at half an aisle of SW figures at the stores.  I wish things could work like the old vintage days, but things have changed too much since then.

Watto's Junk Yard / Superman/Batman
« on: August 5, 2013, 08:57 PM »
These rumors have been making the rounds the last couple weeks.  Apparently, WB is looking for more middle aged actors (30s to 40s) to play the next Batman for the Batman/Superman movie.  You can check out the full list here:

Current frontrunner is apparently Josh Brolin.  I've also read rumors that they are looking towards the Dark Knight Returns as a model.  Now, don't get me wrong, love the book - one of the all time greats, but as a fan, I'm kind of ready for a little lighter Batman.  Not goofy or stupid, just "comic booky" in a way.  I feel like the Nolan trilogy (which again, I love), already covered the super dark Batman stuff.  I'd like to have a big screen version where Robin, Batgirl, and maybe a little more comic booky Batcave could exist.  Again, I don't want the ridiculousness of the Batman Forever and Batman and Robin movies, but maybe something a little more fun.  I've said it before, but I love the tone of Batman: TAS.  A serious take without being depressing.  Anyways, the rumored list is at the linky above.

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