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Joe Defender / Re: Look at what I just got or have thread
« on: August 5, 2012, 12:56 PM »
Nice. How is the Shockwave Tank? I haven't seen any review on it yet, though I really like the new HISS mold.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 4, 2012, 03:25 AM »
I love that AFI link, especially in the comments. This Lucinda character is saying people who didn't buy a 2013 sub aren't "true fans." I have to ask, what exactly makes a true fan? My first action figure ever was Skeletor that I got for my third birthday in 1984, and I've loved MOTU ever since. I'll gamble I'm a truer fan than most of the people buying this new line, if we're going to make it into a pissing match. I've seen the original line die, I've seen NA and 200X die; this isn't anything new and it's Mattel themselves that's really to blame here, not people forking over incredible amounts of cash for things they never needed in the first place.

Just had to rant on that point, because this Lucinda dork isn't the only troll I've seen break out that qualifier. And another point- if we're getting washed-up actors from the 1987 MOTU movie begging people to subscribe now, it makes me wonder how embarrassing things will be next year at this time when the 2014 sub is in deep ****.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 2, 2012, 12:52 AM »
It is pretty ridiculous, and again, I've decided against it. I doubt Mattel will let the line die- I'm sure the only reason it got the greenlight in the first place is to build awareness for a movie, which they seem to be getting serious about (finally). I'll be damned if I'll let a toy company dictate to me what figures I'm going to buy, and that's that.

Joe Defender / Re: 2012 SDCC Shockwave HISS and Jinx
« on: July 28, 2012, 03:46 AM »
$40 shipped for a red Jinx. Ah, what the hell. At least it's on it's way, and there's no new Joes until February. And, I don't have to stalk HTS like a jilted lover.

I can't wait until it becomes unprofitable for Hasbro to sell Joe exclusives at SDCC. $40 for a Joe figure is becoming unreasonable.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 26, 2012, 11:09 PM »
I find it hard to believe they'd just call it quits, though. Maybe scale everything back a bit and try that first. An all-or-nothing approach will just turn more people off.

If the Fighting Foe Men were dropped, I'd subscribe, especially now. The Star Sisters were the reason I didn't subscribe for this year. The money I saved by not buying them more than covered the aftermarket markup on figures I missed day-of this year. (Except Sorceress. Can't find a cheap one of those.) Had that been a three-pack of Horde Troopers, Mattel would have all the subs they needed the first day.

It really sucks that all those resellers made a quick buck and dropped all their subs, and guys like me who cherry-pick the line are the ones who get vilified. (Not here, but elsewhere.)

If that's the case assortment, I'd happily buy a case. I'd find seconds of Nien, Weequay, Prune Face, and Lumat somewhere.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 24, 2012, 03:19 AM »
Ah. I was under the impression they were next year's figures. I'd consider it, but stuff like Netossa and the Fighting Foe Men are a little too hard to swallow. I really don't have the ability to throw $90 at the FFM 3-pack, especially when I doubt I'd be able to sell it. I'm a vintage MOTU cherry-picker, with occasional NA dudes thrown in.

It does sound like the line's in serious trouble. It was stated that Mattel only has 46% of what it needs to make it worthwhile. Guess all those resellers abandoning the line has revealed what the market really is. I doubt they'd avoid going forward with their plans if they didn't get all the subs they needed; they'd just go in a scaled-back capacity.

I received Spikor today:

It's a great figure. Give me Ram Man, Two Bad, Mantenna, and (hopefully) Gwildor, and I'd see it as a terrific run. I can't believe Mattel managed to do so many figures in a collector-focused internet-only line in a crappy economy, and I'd like to keep buying them, but I have my limits.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 21, 2012, 02:35 PM »
I can see why the line's in trouble- most of the offerings for next year suck. This is one year where it's not even a question of buying a sub. There's no way I'd give anyone a dime for Cy-Chop or Castle Grayskullman.

Joe Defender / Re: 2012 SDCC Shockwave HISS and Jinx
« on: July 19, 2012, 02:34 AM »
I wouldn't miss con exclusives at all. I was OK with Slaughter, since there was no other way that was going to happen, but I only had to pay somebody on ebay $30 for him. Zarana was OK to complete a set, and was a figure I would have bought at retail, but Jinx isn't a character I have that much affinity for.

I could do without Club exclusives too. I enjoyed getting Dial-Tone, but Footloose was kind of 'meh', probably because of price. Or I'm still butthurt about the movie delay and down on the property because of it. I don't know.

Joe Defender / Re: 2012 SDCC Shockwave HISS and Jinx
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:05 AM »
I paid $40something for Zarana last year. I really don't think I can cough that up again for a 3.75" figure, which is probably why I never buy con sets.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who Watches the Watchmen?
« on: July 15, 2012, 02:50 PM »
Before Watchmen is pretty good stuff. Well, it doesn't suck, anyway. Minutemen is probably the best of the books by far, at least IMO.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 13, 2012, 08:06 PM »
Sweet. And here I figured he'd be the last figure in the line.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:46 AM »

A few early pics. Granamyr! No other new figures, besides Mekaneck and Dragon Blaster Skeletor. I do like that Mattel's display looks like one of the old posters.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: July 6, 2012, 06:12 PM »
Anybody else grab the Marvel Select Hulk? He's pretty great.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: July 4, 2012, 11:59 PM »
Toy Biz did a clear Bilbo in a TRU exclusive set with clear versions of Frodo and Gollum. I'll see if I can find a pic. I got it for like four bucks at my local TRU, so I know it's real.

Edit: here we are-

Even though I have this one, I'll probably try to get the new one.

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