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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: May 11, 2016, 11:13 AM »
Well, let's face it, the playoffs in most any sport are a straight up cash grab. Championships should be about recognizing the best team overall, not the hottest team, or the luckiest team. And the best team in most sports is the team that finishes the regular season #1. It's a much harder grind to excel over 100+ games than 7.

Eh, maybe it's less true in Hockey than say Football... but in the NFL it's not like every team plays every team... or maybe in hockey a team only plays another great team once or twice at varying points when they may or may not be as good.  The playoffs sort all that out on even footing - and yes, there's money to be made there.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: May 11, 2016, 01:07 AM »

Oh yeah, my friend Saul said he was going to send me a sneak preview of them to check out, but he never did.   :P

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: May 7, 2016, 10:56 AM »
Cool, thanks.  That's kind of what I figured - but between his height in his kiosk, and then only really seeing a giant hand holding small child Rey's hand, and then the camera angle when he's yelling about the Falcon, I left the movie with the impression that he was about 7 feet tall.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: May 6, 2016, 11:46 PM »
Got Unkar Plutt today. Did I leave the film with an inaccurate impression of his size or is this figure way too small??

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: May 6, 2016, 11:10 AM »
I don't know if I buy that... NASA does some amazing things, and yes this reusable rocket is particularly flashy and all - but JPL has a lot on tap and NASA is also developing a new heavy lift launch vehicle, there's the Orion spacecraft... missions aiming to put astronauts on an asteroid, on Mars, etc...

Yes, there's more bureaucracy and they're slower, but that doesn't mean they're not doing amazing things.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: May 6, 2016, 10:44 AM »
FYI, the May4th HTS code is still working as of this morning... FN-2187 came back in stock and I was able to order just him for $8.50 shipped.

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. :)

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