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The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: December 4, 2010, 01:21 AM »
Bom looks good, see he has the obligatory holster.

Weequay I'll hold judgement on until final product.

Rebel Trooper, I fear, as others do, he'll be too tall. *crosses fingers*

Barriss Offee looks okay. This is her first action figure. Yes, something was released years ago, but I'm pretty sure it was a 3 3/4" statue.

Evazan might turn out well...heck, couldn't be worse than the old version.

Bastilla idea who that is...reserve judgement on...even though no EU character should be made before Mosep. Or Solomahal for that matter. It's okay if they release Ms. Shan before Reegesk and Tzizvvt, but one them should be in the wave immediately after her.

VIVA MIXED WAVES, btw. No a Solo or Kenobi or Skywalker in sight. (I'm daydreaming, they'll appear! EN MASSE.)

The POwer Team Elite stuff is mind-numbing...  It's usually lacking paint applications, and it's usually very simplistic (and cuts corners by making incredibly thin walls and such).  But it's really some of the cooler stuff from a collector's POV.  It sells well, but I wonder who's buying it sometimes.  Is it adults buying it for GI Joes and stuff?  Just by what goes fastest with it, I sometimes just assume it's the adults. 

Just adults? I don't think so. It sells out at the local Big Lots for the most part (Unless they ship a lot back?). I think you have  1:18th military people, who buy it to customize. Then there's 3 3/4" Joe fans who do the same but aren't realism junkies. And there is, and has been, a market for lower cost military toys aimed at kids and their parents, despite all the licensed properties out there (look at TRU's generically boxed army toys section). It's not a huge market, which is why Power Team and the Chap Mei Soldier Force aren't at major retailers regularly (and why Hasbro's venerable GI JOE is destined to be a b-list property unless it has a popular media support), but it's enough that some companies keep going with it.

I forgot about Chap Mei and their lines, they do 3 3/4" playset stuff, but their stuff is hard to find in the USA. Just bits here and there at TRU and BIG LOTS. 


The playsets of the past 15 years have been half-hearted to be kind. Some because they were movie-release cash grabs and shoehorned into a specific price point.

The only 3 3/4" playsets worth a darn in the past 10 years were vintage GI JOE reissues or Power Team Elite, a 3 3/4" military line found seasonaly at Big Lots and JC Penny online.
Battlefield Playset

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 1, 2010, 09:49 PM »
The US military doesn't use flamethrowers, not since the 60's, probably. I'd assume they'd kill a lot of zombies and do a lot of collatoral destruction in the process, possibly increasing chaos and hastening the end of civilization (I'm thinking of that Riegn of Fire movie where the dragons destroy human civilization).

There's remote enough island where people could survive...Kergulen wouldn't have much to worry about. or St. Helena or Mackinac Island  :P. That's assuming the elements were there for them to survive. Though, it depends on the nature of the contagion. If everyone who dies come back, you gotta know that and take appropriate steps.

I was gonna pick-up Shaak-Ti vs. Geonosian, but the dislike her eyes and one side of her chin was always mangled from the molding process or whatever.

I wanted the Obi-Wan/Super Battle Droid pack for the droid, since I'd be willing bet money the AOTC wave Super Battle Droid is the same one they've been reshipping in Legends for 3 years.

But they aren't $10 anymore, IIRC. I haven't been to Target in weeks.

In a perfect world, the next exclusives like this would be Battle of Sarlacc Pit (Carkoon?) 2-packs. Instead, repacked figures in vintage 3-pack packaging.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:00 PM »
I watched the CDC arrival parts twice, there's a rifle on the sandbags (plus another .50 caliber heavy mg, a heavy item that would take time to move and transport.)

Tanks are slow and use a lot of fuel. Besides, who'd have experience operating one?

But why the "Vatos" in said episode were intent on the bag of guns that'd been there a day but hadn't got the .50 caliber mg from the sandbagged position  that was likely there for weeks is questionable, especially with operational cars and strong guys who could load it up fairly fast.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Cartoon Watchers?
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:59 AM »
Aqualad's webbed hands/feet are kinda gross.

Why does almost every kid's show have a conspiracy group now?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 29, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Liking the new angle with the CDC guy too. (Wish they had done better with the microscope close-up though, that seemed really cheesy somehow) I wonder if his lament over the lack of fresh tissue samples to study will lead them to try and retrieve Jim's body at some point. Figured dude would be at least a little happy to see other survivors though, guess not so much.

Well, he's researching and these people with their problems show up, so....another hassle to deal with.

On the other hand, he's near suicide at this point, from frustration or lonliness or whatever. Guess we'll find out next week (or year.)

I don't understand why they weren't picking up assault rifles from the dead army personel. I realize they wanted to be quiet, but come on...

Sucks that it'll be a year before episode 7. That's what stinks about these cable shows. Shorter seasons and longer wait.

Collect All 92! / Re: Cloud Car Pilot
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:14 PM »
I liked the saluting thing, too.

So can the new Vintage collection pilot actually sit in the new Cloud Car?

In a recent Q&A response Hasbro said the sets were originally planned to be bigger and more expensive. Hmmm....wonder what would've been included.

Not necessarily ESB 3-packs (unless they said so and I missed it)  Star Wars had 3 packs, too.

I was hoping for ROTJ style 2-packs. Random figures thrown on generic cardbacks with no accessories.  Gotta do something will all those overseas factory rejects.  ;)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: November 24, 2010, 06:11 PM »
Fall '12...just around the corner.  :P

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro & Collectors
« on: November 24, 2010, 11:09 AM »
it does suck for the adult collectors of the line

Yeah, that's all I'm sayin' really. I don't mean to imply that they're misguided, I'm just bemoaning the fact that the animated line does not seem to aspire to the level of engagement with the consumer that the TVC line does. (horses of a different color, I realize)

I guess when you have a hot commodity that is primarily targeted to kids, and supported by current entertainment, you just don't have to try as hard in that regard. I get that though.

Personally, I think Hasbro "owns" so much of the action figure aisle as is, that they don't have to try very hard. That's why they can not ship new product for once vital properties to stores for 6 months without  a problem.

I'd have preferred Target get more big Battle Packs or something like the Geonosis arena two-packs. If they do release them as 3 packs, instead of a 9 figure boxed set, I might be interested depending on the figures.

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