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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: November 1, 2013, 08:49 PM »
Saw the new stuff at our TRU today as well.  Man, I really wish we were getting the rest of the dwarves in 3 3/4" scale.  I was pretty much complete in that scale with this line, but I just can't bring myself to buy that entire pack just to get Thandruil.  I saw one each of the 6" figures, and ended up grabbing Radagast the Brown.

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The Bullpen / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:53 PM »
Thanks for posting this.  I really hope we do see an awesome toyline for Guardians.  I'm still not sure how it will end up doing at the box office, but after getting more into the Guardians of the Galaxy over the past couple years (after not really knowing anything about them previously), I've really gotten into that world and can't wait for the movie.  It could make for a pretty neat toyline with the various characters, aliens, ships, etc.

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I have to admit, Jabba was one of the larger things I thought they might get to eventually in this line (if successful), but it is a little surprising that it might be on the way next year.  I hope all these rumors today are true, because it sounds pretty great.  I wonder if we will get the dais and all the trimmings (similar to the last 3 3/4" version), and if so, what it will cost.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:47 PM »
Really hope these rumors pan out next year.  Chewie is my most wanted 6" figure right now, and the rest of that list fills a lot of big names as well (Vader, 3PO, etc.)  A very (almost totally) OT based list as well, which is fine by me.  Lots of good stuff on there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:51 PM »
Much like Captain America did, there is a new teaser for the teaser trailer up for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The full trailer goes up next Tuesday I believe:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/24/watch-a-teaser-for-the-x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:16 PM »
Also had a new poster put up yesterday:



Sounds like the full trailer should hit tomorrow, I'm pretty excited.  I really enjoyed the first Cap movie, probably one of my favorites, and I can't wait for the next one.

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Keep forgetting to post this, but Lucasfilm has been releasing the original teaser trailer for each of the OT movies, with ROTJ being released today:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=88981

They've been doing one a week (I think always on Wednesday), and it makes me wonder if it is possibly building to an announcement or something next week, which I think is the one year anniversary of the whole Disney deal.  Maybe a casting or title announcement?  Hopefully.

Also, here's Star Wars:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=88406

And Empire:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/nailbiter111/news/?a=88627

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars Saga Viewing Order?
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:58 PM »
Sort of related to this topic, but I happened across this article at Yahoo when I logged out of mail tonight....written by someone who hadn't watched Star Wars since ROTS was released in 2005, and some observations about the Saga in general (including viewing order).  Just thought I'd pass it along:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/blows-yoda-does-watched-star-235315196.html

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Breakfast Cereal
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:47 AM »
Had to bring this one up from the past, after discussing it with some friends lately again.  Anyone's favorites changed?

I eat cereal every day, and honestly, most of the time I eat Wheaties.  But, I'm ashamed to admit, this year I had Captain Crunch for the first time in my life, and really enjoyed those too.  We didn't get a lot of "kid" cereals in my house growing up, so I'm discovering them a lot more now.  Other cereals in regular rotation in our house:

Cheerios (and Honey Nut)
Lucky Charms
Froot Loops
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Honey Bunches of Oats
Frosted Flakes

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:40 AM »
It may just be my area, but these are starting to pile up a little bit - at least at our local stores.  I primarily check Target, since I work there anyways, and they've since reset a bit so that there is one "space" on the shelf for it (one wide), and they are full all the way to the back of the aisle with this wave.  None seem to be too tough to find, although the Sandtrooper does disappear the most (Darth Maul 2nd).  Luke seems to be the shelfwarmer if any of them are.  Our TRU has also had a full set sitting on the pegs for awhile now.  It was mentioned earlier, but I think the price dropping more in the $15-17 range would help some too.  I think they have sold well, but things are slowing a bit.  Either that, or this is the rare example of part of a SW line actually shipping regularly as well.  We haven't seen that in awhile.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:34 AM »
Post Toy Fair Update...

Star Wars Black Series

3 3/4"
Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder)
Darth Vader
Ree Yees
Sergeant Doallyn
Luke Skywalker (Dagobah)
Yoda
Snowtrooper Commander
Torryn Farr
Luke Skywalker (Wampa Attack)
Han Solo (Search for Luke)
Darth Vader (Yoda's Test)
R5-G19

6"
Luke Skywalker - Bespin
Stormtrooper

Chewbacca
Anakin Skywalker
Clonetrooper
Darth Vader w/Removable Helmet
Luke Skywalker (Jedi)
Sandtrooper (Black Pauldron)

Jabba the Hutt - Deluxe
Biker Scout and Speeder Bike - Deluxe

Exclusives, Vehicles, Beasts, Battle Packs

LEGO
Jabba's Sail Barge (75020)
LOTR Attack on Weathertop

Marvel Legends

Captain America Legends - Mandroid BAF - 2014
Captain America (Movie)
Winter Soldier (Movie)
Black Widow (Movie)


Guardians of the Galaxy Legends Infinite - Groot BAF
Star Lord
Rocket Raccoon
Gamora
Drax
Nova (Comic)
Iron Man Space Suit (Comic)

All-New X-Men 5 Pack (TRU Exclusive)

DC Collectibles
The New Batman Adventures Batman
Batman: TAS Catwoman

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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: October 18, 2013, 10:29 AM »
If the rumors are true and all we're seeing is a few 6" figures and the Elf pack, that is really disappointing.  I mean, I can understand that it wasn't exactly a "hot" line, and maybe sales weren't great, but I've picked up pretty much everything from the first round (I think I'm just missing the one Orc/Warg deluxe pack), and thought the figures were pretty nice.  I was at least hoping to be able to finish off the dwarves.  You would think they could at least offer those as online exclusives at Amazon, BBTS, or wherever.  I hope they still see the light of day somewhere, I'd really like to finish those off.

On a side note, I'm sure this all but kills any possibility, but I was really hoping we'd eventually see a 3 3/4" LOTR line done in this style.  I love the Toy Biz stuff, and have a dozen or so of those, but I'd probably dive all in on a 3 3/4" scaled line if Bridge Direct (or someone else) was able to do it.  I thought the sculpts/articulation/deco on The Bridge Direct stuff was pretty good though, and was hoping we'd see more of it.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Time Flies
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:56 PM »
I didn't realize the whole 18 year thing either, nice post Scott.  I've mentioned it on here before, I was a little late to the POTF2 game, but I think it was a neat time for collecting.  I like reading everyone's stories from those times, and wish I would have been paying attention to the hobby more at that point.  I don't know that I am necessarily nostalgic for those He-Manish figures like I am for the vintage line, but I am sort of for that time in toy-buying.

It was so much easier to keep up (20 or less figures per year, at least in those early years).  A much lower pricepoint (although, to be fair, lower quality), and it seems fairly easy to find things.  Toy collecting has changed a lot since then, with so much more out there fighting for retail space, the continually climbing prices, and it seems more problems with distribution and availability.  Plus, the whole "toy buying for profit" thing has much more of a following than it did in POTF2 days.

I know it can't ever return to that same scenario, but I sort of with the Star Wars line was simpler like it was in those days.  As in, not so much to keep up with, lower prices, and easier to find.  Plus, the entire focus on Original Trilogy made it appealing then too, but we've branched out since then understandably.  I still like to go look at what the releases were for each year, and think how exciting it probably was when things first came out.  Although many of them look silly (or even bad), I don't think the collecting community was quite as picky as we are today and maybe the hobby was a little more fun for everyone in those days.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:49 PM »
I don't know if anyone else caught it, but we just watched the Pixar special "Toy Story of TERROR!", and it was really good.  Some nice new toy appearances in there, including Combat Carl (voiced by Carl Weathers) and some other surprises I won't spoil if you haven't seen it yet.  Nice homages to some toys of the 80s in there though ;).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:31 PM »
Thought I'd post this here since it is supposed to be on the Man of Steel Blu Ray next month.  This was apparently shown at NYCC, and is now online as well.  A short by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm covering the 75 year history of Superman in a couple minutes, I thought it was pretty cool:

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/10/14/superman-75-years-of-heroic-history-in-a-2-minute-animated-short-exclusive/

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