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These have been trickling into our local Target as well, and I've picked up a few.  I have to say though, I did feel a little bit of buyer's remorse.  $13 really does seem like a lot for these figures.  I know its been said on here before, but I guess I haven't really picked much up since the most recent price increases.  I passed on the clones (although I was tempted with Doom just because of the Marvel tie), but picked up Gold Leader, Chewie, and Dagobah Vader.  I'd like to get Rex as well, if/when he shows up.  I know we still have no idea what type of figures we'll see for the new movie(s), but I hope they can find a happy medium because I just don't think I can keep up at $13 each.

Pretty neat set, and not one I'd necessarily expect them to put out. Nice to get a bit of the mystical realm too, hopefully I'll be able to get one online after. I didn't have much luck the past couple years. So much Legends goodness this year, it is sort of unbelievable how far this line has come since Hasbro first took it over and stumbled a bit out of the gate. They seem to be mostly firing on all cylinders anymore.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: May 27, 2015, 09:33 AM »
Has anyone here caught Tomorrowland? I have to admit that with the director of Iron Giant and the Incredibles involved (Brad Bird), I have high hopes. Hoping to catch it sometime in the next couple of weeks.

I also found the Han and Taun Taun set at Target on Monday, at the $24.99 price. Happy to pick it up at that price with online preorders being nearly double that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:57 PM »
I totally understand that Hasbro's hands are tied a bit about the Force Awakens stuff, but just reading some of the Q and A's (from Toy Fair and Celebration now), they just seem so reluctant to say anything - absolutely anything, about anything Fall 2015 and beyond.  It is almost like they can't even admit there will be Star Wars toys at all with how tight-lipped they are.  It does get a little annoying that they can't at least give a look at the future of what the line will be, even beyond the movie/"new media" stuff.  Will we still be getting articulated figures in the 3 3/4" scale?  Will we see anything from the other movies during the big Force Awakens push?  We get that you can't talk about the new movie stuff, but you can still act like there is a future for the rest of the line.  I know they don't have a panel here, but I'm hoping they show a couple of new things (besides the Ahsoka prototype, which looks very cool).

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:52 PM »
Didn't get a chance to come post until today, but I've probably watched this a dozen times or more already.  So excited.  I'll admit that I was excited each time a new trailer for one of the prequels came out as well, but this feels different.  It is likely the direct connection to the OT-era and characters (ok, definitely), but I'm excited for this new group they are setting up as well.  I love how things are familiar, yet updated, with the vehicles, troopers, etc.  As nerdy as it sounds, I got goosebumps and nearly teared up with Han's "Chewie, we're home" line.  Just can't wait.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:49 PM »
I'm in the same boat as many of you.  It may be because it comes on the heels of the great Force Awakens trailer, but it just seemed underwhelming overall.  I want to be excited for this movie, and if I'm being honest I know I'll be there opening weekend, but I too don't care for the "hey, we're the darkest dark that ever darked a dark" vibe they are going for with the DC movie slate.  I understand being serious, or "grounded" as they always like to say, but I think you can do it with a nice balance of both humor and just hopefulness alongside (like Marvel).  We want to still be able to have fun at the movies too, especially "superhero" movies.

I actually picked up Han Stormie and Bossk at our Target yesterday as well, so they must be getting out there now if they hit here in Nebraska.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: March 4, 2015, 07:26 PM »
So cool, can't wait.  Nice little tease there at the end as well.  Plus, rumors of a new Force Awakens trailer attached to this movie, so the countdown truly begins :).

I want a few of the figures from this wave, but it looks like Wave 8 (possibly last wave?) will have more that I'm looking forward to and likely be tough to find due to it being the last thing prior to the Force Awakens push.  I am excited for that Chewie, as well as Rex, Dutch, and Vader.  I like the clones too, but just not sure if I want to continue with all the clone repaints.  They do look neat, but it is just tough to find room for them all anymore, and I'd rather focus on the OT stuff at this point.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 4, 2015, 07:18 PM »
I haven't really had the chance to come in here during the season to comment, but I've really been enjoying watching Rebels with our daughter.  It may just be the time period that I prefer, but it has been fun seeing these adventures unfold.  Not a perfect show by any means, but I think it really improved as the season went on and was pretty great by the end.

Like many of you, we sort of predicted the Fulcrum reveal, but it didn't make it any less cool.  The fact that they opened up the show to other Rebel factions was neat too, and makes me think we could see more of those OT rebels show up as mentioned already.  I know I'm really anxious for Season 2 already, but I'm guessing we have a little bit of a break.  I've grown to really like the crew of the Ghost as well, which is an accomplishment with a slate of all new characters.  At least CW had familiar faces to lean on, although things really grew from there.  Really good finale though, sort of hoping we see more CW characters pop up eventually (Cad Bane, Hondo, Ventress, etc.?)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 8 (2015 Wave 2)
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:47 PM »
I'm a little bit surprised that we haven't seen the characters Jeff mentioned as well, although I do see the point of holding something back.  The future lineups are so tough to predict with this whole "new movie every year" schedule we are approaching.  So far, the 6" Black Series has been a very slow pace - which is fine - but doesn't necessarily leave a lot of slots open for each year.  We've seen those leaked pics apparently of 6" stuff from the Force Awakens, so I wonder if we'll see a lot of OT (or PT) characters in the upcoming years.  Then again, looking at Marvel's Legends line (also 6"), they are sure cranking those out this year.  It is possible we might see an increase in the SW line as well (especially if they just go to 5 POA for the 3 3/4").  There is just so much up in the air with the line these days, and Toy Fair didn't do anything to clear things up.  It will just be nice to know the direction of the line coming up, even if we don't know a ton about specific releases.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2015: What Are You Collecting?
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:35 PM »
Looking at what was seen (or not seen) at Toy Fair, it looks like things are holding up the same for me.  If it wasn't for the barrage of Marvel Legends on the way, I think it would be a pretty cheap/slow year until the Force Awakens stuff hits.  Very little Star Wars from now until Fall, and I'm trying to focus in any other areas.  I'll try to keep up with the Legends as best I can, pick up any OT offerings in the Black Series (both scales) that we see, and hopefully get a few LEGOs as well (Star Wars OT, Marvel).

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:23 PM »
So, if what we've already seen is it until the big Force Awakens barrage - are these the figures left until Fall for the 6" line?

Han Solo (Stormtrooper)
Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper)
Princess Leia (Boussh Disguise)
Commander Cody
Clonetrooper Repaint (Captain?)

Han Solo (Hoth) w/ Taun Taun
Luke Skywalker (Hoth) w/Wampa

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:57 PM »
Well, for as little Star Wars as there was at Toy Fair, Hasbro definitely brought out the big guns for Marvel.  Legends is pretty much the only line I regularly collect (aside from the recently started Batman: TAS stuff), so I'm pretty excited about what's on the way - but still trying to figure out how to afford it all.  Aside from the Avengers wave that is now hitting (Odin BAF), here's what was shown/announced:

Avengers Legends - Thanos BAF
Captain America (Age of Ultron)
Hulk (Age of Ultron)
Iron Man (Age of Ultron)

Avengers Legends - Hulkbuster BAF
Dr. Strange
Marvel NOW Iron Man
War Machine

Ant-Man Legends - Ultron BAF
Ant-Man (Movie)
Tiger Shark
Grim Reaper
Giant Man

Spider-Man Legends - Hobgoblin BAF
Spider-Man 2099
Ultimate Spider-Woman
Spider Girl

Spider-Man Legends - Rhino BAF
Ghost Rider
Scarlet Spider
Misty Knight
Chameleon (w/JJJ and Hammerhead heads)
Superior Venom
White Tiger

Amazon 4 Pack (Movie Banner, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow)
Target 3 Pack (Doc Green, White Vision, Comic Ultron)
SHIELD 3 Pack (Coulson, Hill, Fury)

Now that is a lot of Legends for one year.  I don't know if we even saw these levels in the Toy Biz days (back when - at least for awhile - Legends were $10 or less).  I'd like to get them all, but had planned to be saving for the Force Awakens a lot this year too, so we'll have to see.  A lot of cool stuff in there though, especially the Hulkbuster (supposed to be 9" tall or so), the Chameleon with JJJ head, Misty Knight, finishing off the Wrecking Crew with Bulldozer, as well as characters like Thundra and Hellcat.

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