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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:56 PM »
I have to say some of these packs shown at SDCC look pretty nice.  I don't know why, but I'm really digging the Wicket/Scout Trooper pack - nice sculpt on the ewok.  The Bossk/IG-88 pack is appealing in the vintagey sort of way as well.  I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with the Rebels stuff, but in a way it looks like it is shaping up to be kind of a fun line.  I remember thinking the same way about the CW stuff, especially in the first couple years, there was really a nice variety of characters, plus, vehicles and mini vehicles and all of that.  For kiddos jumping into the toys alongside the show, it could really be fun.  I have a feeling I'll be checking them out as well, particularly at the more affordable prices.

I like the wave too, overall.  I can see why some people aren't too up on a new Chewie, but at the same time, he's one of my favorite characters and really doesn't seem to get out there all that often anymore (other than that Mission Series pack).  I've said before, they could pretty much just release the EB version from now on once in awhile and I'd be happy.  That said, this variation is kind of neat too.  I would have rather had a new "ANH" Leia, but the ceremonial one is nice too, and in need of an update.  The Clones are all pretty neat, and probably the most excited I've been about clonetroopers in a long time.

I know those place markers in the cases are not always accurate, but I believe all of these figures said March of 2015.  Now, it could be much earlier (or later), but overall it looks like these won't be out until next year.  Doesn't that make the rest of 2014 pretty light?  Not that it has exactly been raining figures anyways (I can't remember the last time I bought a 3 3/4" SW figure), but aside from the now releasing Dagobah Luke wave do we just have the Ree Yees wave until the end of the year?  Oh, and that Hoth Luke, wherever that figure fits in now that Dagobah Vader is next year and Hoth Han is a no show so far.  More surprises at NYCC maybe?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:41 PM »
Sounds like some very brief footage was shown today, as well as the first image of Wonder Woman:

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:32 PM »
I just posted in the Joe thread about Gentle Giant doing the "Jumbo" treatment to the vintage Joe line, and now it looks like Mattel is doing the same thing with MOTU.  Sounds like this line will be kicking off later this year with He-Man and Skeletor (complete with vintage packaging) with Stratos and Beastman to follow I believe.  While it might be cool to have a couple, I wonder how this large scale stuff will catch on.  Its neat and all, but display space (or storage) isn't exactly something a lot of collectors have a ton of anyways.  The 12" stuff eats that up pretty quickly.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 4
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:22 PM »
I'm in for all of these except the Clone as well.  Bossk is definitely a cool one to make, and I'm surprised at how much I like that TIE Pilot.  Nicely done.  The Stormtrooper Han is cool as well, and doesn't look like they just re-used the previous Han head even.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:21 PM »
The Wampa does look pretty amazing, as does Luke.  Cool set, can't wait to get this one too.  As much as I like the past Ultra line Wampa (the last one we got), it does make me wonder what a new 3 3/4" scale one would look like at this point.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:20 PM »
Really psyched to see this is on the way, even though it has been rumored/confirmed for a bit now...still nice to see it.  I can see why some people are bummed about the blue coat, but they could always to the brown coat as a regular release (or in another pack, as mentioned).  Kind of surprising though.  Han on Taun Taun is one of my favorite things about Star Wars, so I can't wait to get a hold of this.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:09 PM »
A pretty good SDCC, but a bit of a mixed bag as well.  Not that anything shown looks bad necessarily, but I was hoping for a little bit more news in the 3 3/4" Black Series.  I guess when we were given the teasers about "change your underwear exciting" and this massive 12 figure wave that they were referring to this line and we'd see a little more.  Maybe they will sneak in another 2-3 figures throughout the weekend in the case which they often do, but even some of the ones shown (Leia for example) have place cards that say Jan 2015.  That doesn't leave a whole lot on the way for the rest of the year for that line either.  I can kind of see putting Chewie out there again (I've always felt the EB one was pretty much "good forever"), and the new head is a nice spin on it.  Aside from the Mission Series, Chewie actually doesn't seem to hit the pegs all that often anymore.  I'm in for the OT offerings, and kind of like those clones as well (totally missed the Doom thing before as well, but that is cool).

I do collect the 6" line (the OT ones at least), and that stuff looks pretty amazing.  I can't wait for those Hoth deluxe sets, always a big fan of the Taun Taun.  The others like Bossk, TIE Pilot, and Han Stormie all look nice as well.  Like others have said, there is so much potential for this line since they can go and re-do all the big guns (and everyone else) for the first time.  I plan to stick with the OT ones going forward, they look nice.

I'm more excited than I thought for the Rebels stuff, particularly the vehicles.  I'm definitely down for that Transport.  Although I didn't have the vintage one, I had a good friend that did, and always thought it was pretty cool.  I'm on the fence with the figures.  I thought this time around I'd sit the toys out, and just enjoy the show, but we'll see if I can resist.  Decent prices with the 5 POA stuff, so it might be more tempting.

Overall, I'm pretty excited for what's on the horizon, but I just wish there was more 3 3/4" goodness (Black Series).  Not only for now, but it concerns me a little about Episode VII.  We may see the whole line switch to the 5 POA stuff, since there doesn't seem to be a lot of priority for the 3 3/4" articulated stuff right now.

Joe Defender / Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:42 PM »
Looks like this is happening, very similar to Star Wars, blown up versions of the vintage figures:

The Bullpen / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: July 19, 2014, 07:00 PM »
I've never bought a Hot Toy (can't afford them), but would really love to pick the Rocket/Groot set up. Now to figure out a way to afford it :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:10 PM »
In advance of SDCC, Entertainment Weekly has released the first official pics from Avengers: Age of Ultron:,,20399642_20834753,00.html

Not necessarily "Black Series" per se, but thought this was the most relevant place to post this.  With a sort of slow time this year and last, have you given any thought to what your collecting might look like once Episode VII hits theaters (and beyond)?  It looks like, if Disney's plans hold, that we'll be having yearly Star Wars movies - and likely yearly toy lines as well.  Will you collect it, pick and choose, wait and see?

Our family has been going through a whole house condensing/cleanout this summer - and I've been spending a lot of time on the office (which is also the collection room) and also going through storage tubs.  What I've realized is - news flash - I have a lot of crap :).  The display areas in our office are already pretty full (primarily Star Wars and Marvel stuff, with some Joes, LEGO, LOTR, Indy, MOTU, and DC), not to mention all the tubs just sitting in our garage, full of toys.  It makes me realize, not only do I need to sell off/donate some of this stuff, but I really need to re-assess as we look forward to this onslaught of new movies and merchandise.

Star Wars has always been my primary collecting focus, and hitting the toy aisles and visiting forums like this is what led me to collecting other lines as well.  I know, barring a huge change to the scale/look of the line, I'll be on board for the toys for these new movies - particularly the "main trilogy" - at least to some extent.  Knowing that, I know that I need to cut back in other areas.  Some collections (Joes, LOTR, DC, MOTU, Indy) are pretty much complete, I just like having them displayed.  Marvel is something I've really gotten into though, and the movies there don't show any signs of slowing down either.  I've gotten much more selective in what I buy, skipping a lot of figures in the SW line over the past couple of years simply because they didn't excite me, and I'll continue that.

Anyways, back on the original topic - do you plan to collect the stuff from these new movies, or are you taking a wait and see approach?  I know I'll at least buy some things, but I will take a wait and see to know what the spinoffs and of that are all about.  Plus, I need to figure out a place for this stuff to go before I buy anything.  I'm at capacity now, and not someone who likes to collect just to put in storage, so I've got some decisions to make in the next year plus.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: July 8, 2014, 10:50 AM »
J.K. Rowling has released a new Potter short story, written in the style of a Rita Skeeter article, detailing the crew years later getting together at the Quidditch World Cup.  You can read it if you are a member of Pottermore, or the Today Show website seems to have it as well:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: July 8, 2014, 10:47 AM »
I've been reading about the footage today, and it sounds like it is pretty universally praised.  The new trailer is sweet (the music continues to be great), and I'm really counting down the days until this hits theaters.  I never thought that in a year with a Spidey, Cap, X-Men, and Hobbit movie that this would be my most anticipated movie of 2014.  Can't wait.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: July 3, 2014, 12:24 PM »
I've really enjoyed Original Sin so far.  I haven't read this week's issue, but the previous ones have been pretty good.  A little bit different type of "event" comic, more of a murder mystery with some interesting "team ups" which is kind of neat.  I've liked it so far.

Speaking of comics, has anyone here ever unloaded some of theirs - or have suggestions on where to store things?  I've basically at this point filled up my supply of long/short boxes, and have them all stacked up in our office (which is also the collection room).  Although I do like to go through them every so often, as we've been trying to clean the house out a bit I've considered getting rid of some of them.  The vast majority are more recent (within the past 10 years), so I'm not sure there is necessarily a lot of value, but again I don't just want to throw them out either.

I really should switch to digital (which I've done with anything new I want to check out), but part of me still likes having the paper copies - at least for some titles.  I've thought about cutting back to just getting my absolute (say 5 or so) favorite titles in paper form and going digital with the rest (or cutting them out altogether).  Much like Star Wars collecting, I started small with only reading one title, and over the years it has branched out and gotten a little harder to manage.  Storage is again an issue :).

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