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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Hot Toys 1:6 Kylo Ren
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:37 PM »
The Kylo Ren, like others, looks great. As for the 12" stuff in general, I was priced out too. When Sideshow first started their line up (at around $60 if I remember correctly), I was considering getting the whole OT lineup if the pace didn't get too crazy. Then I thought I'd limit it to just the main players from ANH, then dropped that plan too. I only ended up with ANH Leia (which I gave to my daughter),and the ANH and Bespin versions of Han Solo. I'd actually really like to get that Hoth Han that is out, but really can't afford it. Nice stuff though.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: September 14, 2015, 08:18 PM »
I saw some of the 2 packs at our local TRU today.  Missing the BB-8 and Ahsoka packs of course, but I did grab the 3PO and R2 pack.  They also had ones with Anakin/Yoda I believe, Zeb and Chopper, and Obi/Cody.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: September 10, 2015, 10:22 AM »
Update for all the Force Awakens announcements...

Star Wars

3 3/4" Basic Line
Han Solo
Rey (Resistance)
Hassk Thug
Captain Rex (Rebels)
Unkar Plutt
Kylo Ren (Unmasked)
Nien Nunb
Heavy Artillery Stormtrooper
Admiral Ackbar
Tasu Leech
Fifth Brother (Rebels)

6" Black Series
Resistance Trooper

Luke Skywalker (Tatooine)
Ahsoka Tano
Sabine Wren

3 3/4" Black Series - WM Exclusive


Mission Series

Jabba's Sail Barge (75020)
Death Star Final Duel (75093)
Imperial Shuttle Tydirium (75094)
LOTR Attack on Weathertop
75101 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
75102 Poe Dameron's X-Wing
75104 Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle
75100 First Order Snowspeeder

Marvel Legends

Captain America Legends - Red Onslaught BAF
Sharon Carter


Marvel Legends Exclusives

DC Collectibles Batman: TAS/TNBA
Poison Ivy
Roxy Rocket
Joker/Harley 2 Pack
Mad Hatter
Mask of the Phantasm 2 Pack
Killer Croc w/Baby Doll
Commissioner Gordon
Etrigan and Klarion
Ras Al Ghul

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 9, 2015, 02:44 PM »
The lack of product definitely seems to be the overall story of Force Friday. Hopefully stores will see more shipments soon. Our Target is sold out of all figures, and even the Hero Series stuff is sold down to nearly nothing. I found what I wanted for the most part last Friday, but hope we see more stuff hitting in general soon just so everyone can find what they want. I hit TRU today to check on their figure sale, and they did have a handful of basic figures: Zuvio, Resistance Trooper, and Finn (also Luke/Vader). Others were gone. Same at WM. The 6" stuff was all Chewie and a lone Finn.

Wasn't sure where else to post this, but with Force Friday come and gone - and now getting more rumors and confirmation on what's coming in the next waves heading towards the end of the year, is anyone else surprised that we've seen no mention at all of Han, Luke, and Leia in any toy form?  Heck, even the other items like shirts, posters, etc. don't have any mention unless they are just classic pictures from the OT.  I thought we'd be seeing Han and Luke at least in one of the later 6" waves, but those spots seem to be filling up fast.  I understand they are keeping them under wraps to some extent, and pushing the new trio/baddie, but it would be nice to see something coming for the classic characters.  Chewie is really the only one showing up, and R2/3PO when the Mission Series starts hitting.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 5, 2015, 10:58 AM »
Yeah, I'm definitely not thrilled about Wal-Mart getting these either.  Our local store has been pretty awful with exclusives, but I'm hoping they'll be available online and it won't be like SDCC to try and get an order in.  These definitely seem like they'll be hot, particularly the new figures.

I saw all of these while on my toy run yesterday morning with the exception of the Stormtrooper.  It seems like that one, followed by the Rey/BB-8 combo, were the fastest sellers.  I saw Finn, Kylo Ren, and Chewie at all three locations I visited.

Looking at the announced lineup, plus the list of exclusives that's coming out, it looks like Hasbro is really going all in with the Black Series 6" for this year.  It all looks great, but it sure is going to get pricey.

I kind of like this as well, just a nice display there altogether.  We don't have a K-Mart anywhere near by, so I might be looking for help when the time comes - but again, it is nice that it is an exclusive where you're not missing the "normal" figure, but just a variant of something we already have.

I got a preorder for this in yesterday, glad I decided not to wait.  After spending so much already with the releases, I thought about holding off on this, but you just never know with those Black Series exclusives.  Pretty nice figure, from what I can see.

I don't mind it, not a bad thing for an exclusive.  Not the end of the world if for some reason you can't find it, but kind of a neat figure if you can.  I like those kind of exclusives.  I'll be trying to hunt it down when the time comes.

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: September 5, 2015, 10:46 AM »
I planned on getting the Poe as well, but ended up passing on the ones I found.  The only figure I got from this assortment for now was the Chewie.  I'd rather have the cheaper version as I don't care about the "armor".

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 5, 2015, 10:45 AM »
Yeah, I was just mentioning this in the purchases thread, but I was surprised how lacking the stock seemed to be in a lot of ways - at least the items we were watching out for.  TRU had a good supply of the basic figures, but WM was selling down and Target was basically sold out - at least they were sold out of the Force Awakens characters.  The Black Series was the hottest ticket everywhere I went (there were even people calling Target asking for them while I was there).  It seemed like Finn, Kylo Ren, and Chewie will be the easier finds there.  Poe's X-Wing seemed to sell well here too.  I wanted to get it, but didn't really have the budget for it right now - and I will say that $50 seems a little steep.  Overall, just surprised there wasn't more of an avalanche of products.  Granted, there is a ton of Star Wars "stuff" (it is really cool seeing it take up a whole aisle by itself at Target again), but as far as the action figure stuff goes it seemed like one or two customers could have cleaned it out.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 5, 2015, 10:42 AM »
I wasn't able to make it out for Midnight Madness, so I made a toy run (first real one in a long time) Friday morning, starting about 9:30.  I hit Target first, not too much left really.  I was able to pick up the Black Series Finn, Kylo Ren, and Chewie there.  I also picked up Rey's Speeder, the Rey LEGO set, and the Rey POP Vinyl (can you tell my daughter is excited for the character of Rey?).  After getting the discount (plus my employer's discount), I saved quite a bit here.  No basic figures left aside from Luke/Vader - but a nice selection of SW toys overall.

Next I hit Wal-Mart.  I figured there would be something shortly after entering, but I saw no sign of Star Wars at all.  Hit the action figure aisle - nothing, aside from older stock.  Finally found a shipper dealy next to electronics where they had a good amount of the Black Series 6" (aside from the Stormtrooper), the basic figures, and the armor figures.  They had some of the LEGO too I think, but I didn't see any vehicles or anything here.  Overall, kind of a poor showing at WM as far as toys go.

Finally I stopped by TRU, not really expecting to find anything this much later, and didn't end up buying anything.  They had lots of stuff, plenty of basic figures and armor figures and everything else.  They had 6" Kylo, Finn, and Chewie and that was it.  Definitely the best selection overall of any place though.

Overall, it just didn't seem like there was that much stock for a lot of places.  The Black Series definitely seemed to be the hot item.  I only saw Poe's X-Wing at Target, so that must have been selling well too.  As far as things I didn't see at all (or even a spot for): the Millennium Falcon, the BIG TIE, the Mission Series two packs, or anything past the first wave of any line.  Oh, and also never saw the Stormtrooper, but it was obviously the first to go from the Black Series wave.  Aside from Rey's speeder, I held off on vehicles for now but I hope to pick some up later on.  I really like the design of Poe's X-Wing (and the TIE for that matter), despite the poor reviews.  I may grab that Snowspeeder as well, sort of waiting for some reviews on that one.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: September 4, 2015, 02:38 PM »
So I take it that this is a later release? I didn't see it (or a space for it) at any of the big three today, and don't recall having read anyone else getting this either.

Yeah, I sort of feel like it is just putting off the eventual end, but very nice to see it continue. I wonder if the first repackage wave was just to get things going or if we will see that more often? I honestly would have liked to see Target or TRU get this instead, our local WM is abysmal with exclusives and Star Wars in general. Sounds like we are getting a couple (Kylo Ren, Stormie) in the next round but that will be a slow trickle to catch up on the new characters. That said, I'm in on the new ones,hopefully they will have them steadily available online.

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