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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 5, 2016, 10:24 AM »
Yeah, I get the small company thing, I get maximizing profits... but I don't think you don't max profits by only making 500 of a given figure and then letting the secondary market jack the prices up.  I suppose that's designed to whip compulsive collectors into a frenzy, and it works.

Also, I know Funko's smaller than Hasbro (who isn't?) but I don't know how long the small company argument is going to fly with them.  I don't have anything to back this up, but based on the number of different characters they produce and how often I see them, I'm willing to bet they sell a TON of those Pop Vinyl figures too.  They have a lot of licenses and produce a lot of product, again I'm not basing this on anything, but I feel like they have graduated, or will soon be graduating to mid-sized toy company status.

Oh man, I was too slow - if anyone backs out I'll take one off your hands.

Gentle Giant / Re: Kylo Ren Mini-Bust
« on: May 4, 2016, 04:04 PM »
At this point I think I have about 135 of them... and I really like them, but when I left Texas I was getting regular release mini-busts for $46 out the door at my local comic shop.

This is nearly a 200% increase over that in about 6 short years.  Also Gentle Giant charges tax and a few more dollars than EE to ship.  If you ordered from there you'd probably be looking at close to $150 for this one.  That's full statue prices a few years back.

Gentle Giant / Kylo Ren Mini-Bust
« on: May 4, 2016, 03:16 PM »
Just got the email...

$120 plus shipping from GG, same price at EE ($136 shipped), haven't seen it elsewhere yet.

I want one... but these prices - for God's sake..

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 4, 2016, 10:48 AM »
Nice.  I was able to order Unkar Plutt and Nien Nunb.  Still in the market for Han, Resistance Rey, Hoodless Kylo, and Blood Smeared Finn...

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 3, 2016, 05:52 PM »
Small company...  assumed small runs...  It is what it is. 

It's like any number of other small toy lines out there now.  They're doing some incredible stuff, but you actually have to pay to get it.  :-X

Sure, I get it - but they've really gone overboard with the exclusives with this line.  It's only what, 2 years old and almost every movie or show they've done figures from had variants. 

I have 9 different T-1000's...7 or 8 Predators... black and white figures, glow in the dark figures, flocked figures, blood splatter versions, blue plastic monsters, green plastic monsters, with or without a hat or headband, battle damaged figures, superman on Sloth's shirt.. 8-Bit video game Freddy and Jason, Marty McFly with Einstein, Beam-Me-Up versions of Star Trek, He-man in prototype, B&W and color, Gustavo with his face melted off, orange Nightmare Before Christmas figures, "Starry" Alien figures, Clear Alien figures, Prototype Alien Figures, Blue Lo-Pan, FOUR different heads for Jack Skellington, there are even two sharks!

And that's just off the top of my head, and only from sub-lines I actually collect personally.  There are way way too many exclusives.  It's to the point where I don't bother anymore unless they fall into my lap for a reasonable price.   

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 2, 2016, 10:52 AM »
Dammit, I knew I paid way too much for that thing.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: April 28, 2016, 02:46 PM »
I want the exclusive figure, but their prices are getting stupid.

No more stupid than those of us willing to pay them.   :-[

That's why I don't own yesterday's exclusive Alien. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: April 27, 2016, 11:53 AM »
I want the exclusive figure, but their prices are getting stupid. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: April 26, 2016, 12:20 PM »
Wait, the Power Loader's going to be available today?

Also, by any chance are you thinking about ordering carrying cases to the point where you might end up with an extra of the exclusive alien?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: April 25, 2016, 05:31 PM »
I wonder what kind of Nerf projectile the new AT-AT will feature.

So this wave is just officially Han, Leia, and Phasma?  What was that astromech all about?

If anyone ends up with an extra set they could send me, I'd be super grateful.  As always, the nearest Walmart takes me over an hour to make a round trip to, and the traffic sucks.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Reboot Episodes I, II & III?
« on: April 22, 2016, 03:15 PM »
If you're going to remake them, you have to re-write them completely.  They were a total mess from a story standpoint.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Anakin Skywalker - The Role
« on: April 22, 2016, 03:15 PM »
So, it begs the question:  was the role of Anakin Skywalker, to some degree, cursed?

George Lucas isn't a very good director.  That's your curse.  He isn't very good when it comes to casting decisions, and he's much worse when it comes to directing and writing dialogue.  It didn't help that the stories were awful too.  He took good actors in those prequels and had them blandly delivering lines to green walls.  The performances sucked, the direction sucked, and the casting sucked.

In capable hands, I'm sure Anakin could be done as well as any other roll could be.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:09 PM »
Wow, that was painless.  The coupon worked, great price, paid with Paypal... and now I don't have to look for it.

Thanks Jeff!

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