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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).

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: September 2, 2013, 08:50 PM »
Wow....just, wow.  These have to be huge next year, right?  I would think so anyways.  I didn't get any of the Alien ones, but thought they looked pretty nifty.  Goonies?  I'm definitely in.  Maybe a few others as well, depending on price and all of that.  Pretty cool news, thanks for sharing Scott.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:39 PM »
I didn't see any info about these either, aside from the whole lineup being on display at SDCC.  I'd like to know as well.  I still have hopes of completing the dwarf lineup, if they aren't too tough to get a hold of.  I was really hoping we'd see a 3 3/4" line of Lord of the Rings figures as well, but that doesn't seem too likely at the moment.  Guess I'll have to stick to LEGO ;).

Its much the same here, although I haven't stepped foot in a Wal-Mart for awhile now so I can't say what's there necessarily.  Target put out a fresh case of TPM vintage figures, and has tons of both the Legends and Mission Series packs.  I've seen the 6" figures sell through twice, and there is currently a set of four on the shelf at our local store.  TRU is where I found the 3 3/4" Black Series (the only place I've seen them yet), but I haven't been back there since then either.  It really sounds like those are a tough find everywhere right now.  That, combined with an already questionable lineup, makes me wonder what the future is for this line.  I mean, I'm sure it will be done with as the movie moves closer, but I wonder if it will even last that long.  Cue the conspiracy theories that Hasbro is killing 3 3/4" collector figures to make room for a Legends/6" Black Series combo ;).

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: August 27, 2013, 08:54 PM »
And now today I ended up picking up the Gates of Mordor set.  The bottom shelf was full of Mordor/Corsair Ship yesterday on 30% clearance, today there was only one of each left so I couldn't pass it up.  I'm tempted to grab the other if it hangs around long enough, although I really don't know where I'm going to put all of these LEGO sets :).

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: August 26, 2013, 08:30 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Scott, noticed that both the pirate ship and Gates of Mordor sets were both moved to a clearance endcap at our local store as well.  Mighty tempting...

I don't know if it is the best resource or not for what you're looking for, but I know has a lot of good Indy info.  Here's the linky to their vintage Kenner page(s):

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