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Vintage Kenner / Re: Restoring Playsets and Vehicles
« on: August 16, 2016, 06:01 PM »
Do you guys know of a printable sticker paper that's higher quality that would work well?  Something that feels smooth or vinyl-ish and not like a cheap paper label? 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: August 16, 2016, 03:33 PM »
I was planning to watch this but I thought Super 8 was terrific, so maybe this is not for me.  ???

Super 8 was the closest I'd felt to watching the Goonies for the first time in as long as I can remember.  I loved it. 

And I enjoyed Stranger Things plenty.  I'd say watch and enjoy it, but don't have through-the-roof expectations. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stranger Things - Netflix
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:05 PM »
I might be the only one but I thought Stranger Things was massively overhyped.

Don't get me wrong, I liked it.  But I didn't think it was any better than any of the stories and properties it was paying homage to, or any better than any of the other recent nostalgia trips like Super 8.  I enjoyed it, but ultimately it wasn't much more than heavy nostalgia.  Talking to friends and co-workers or reading about it online you'd think it was the next Star Wars. 

I'll happily watch season 2 and hope it builds on what they've got going, I just don't see how it's as amazing as everyone keeps telling me it is.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One - U-Wing Starfighter
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:44 AM »
I'm going to be tempted to hold off on most of the vehicles this time around... I paid way way too much for those crappy speeders and walkers, half of which didn't even appear in the movie.  I bought two TIE's and two X-Wings at full price, all of it's on clearance now. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 11, 2016, 02:19 PM »
I went ahead and ordered one... funny that it's not slated to ship for another week and they're all over the place in stores now.

Anyone happen to have an extra of this weapon? :

Of course they are showing up, I overpaid for Leia and Phasma last week.

Your welcome.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: August 2, 2016, 10:46 AM »
Most of all, this passage was interesting:

...they plan to make a big announcement in the near future regarding the super-articulated 4-inch figures that are currently exclusive to Walmart.

I hope we're going to get some good news on this front.  Time will tell, I suppose.

I missed that part... I'd be happy enough if they just made them non-exclusive - more frequent releases would be nice too.  I'd rather pay $13 for a really nice figure than $9 for a not-so-nice one.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 31, 2016, 12:25 PM »
So, Disney's fault then - valuing secrecy over toy sales.  A nice concept I suppose, but I'm still surprised.

Snoke not having a figure hasn't really bugged me - rumors are he's super tall, and we've only seen him as an oversized hologram so it didn't strike me as weird at this point.  Besides, don't we already kind of have a figure of him?  :-*

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 30, 2016, 10:53 PM »
Doesn't matter to me how they do it, I just can't believe they haven't been trying to sell a gazillion Luke's.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 26, 2016, 03:10 PM »
Thanks. :)

The way the Nerdist ran their article left me thinking they were exclusive.  They wrote:


And naturally... they just meant an exclusive reveal / story.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Anything
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:53 PM »
01. Marcia
02. Peter
03. Greg
04. Bobby
05. Cindy

Reexamining this ten years later, I don't know WTF I was thinking leaving Jan off. She's the most interesting Brady kid and it's not even close. And Bobby. . . Bobby just sucks.

01. Peter
02. Marcia
03. Jan
04. Greg
05. Cindy

Funny.  It was just about two years ago that I was totally thinking about what a mistake you'd made there.  I'm glad you finally saw the light.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:47 PM »
The Worst figures look amusing. They maybe not be ReAction, just Super 7.

I saw those too, and was slightly intrigued, but after nearly an hour for fruitless searching online for some kind of backstory on these, I finally gave up. I have no idea if that is just something they dreamed up or if it is actually based on something.

Yeah, I did the same digging and found nothing.  I'm assuming they're just an original property at this point.

First, thanks for doing the work to bring new figures, even if they're expensive exclusives.  It's nice to see figures that haven't been made before - outside of the new films, that's a rare thing these days and it's one of the main things I still enjoy about collecting 3 3/4" - when something new happens... I also appreciate that you dropped by to respond to some of the discussion.

I do stand by that these do have levels of articulation of a vintage figure, and even though everybody is no doubt sick of me posting this on other comments threads, new sculpts are increasingly difficult in the current marketplace. 

That still doesn't sound right to me.  It sounds like one of those 'being technically right is the best kind of right' king of things.  When you announce the price and say vintage levels of articulation before everyone knows they're droids, we're all instantly expecting 12, 13, 14 points of articulation on human or alien figures.  We're expecting things that could have been neatly slotted into the vintage line - not 6 droids made out of existing sculpts. 

For better or worse, that's what happened.  It probably would have gone over better if you'd just shown the item at the same time so people didn't spend a couple of days wondering about what greatness would be in store and building up their own expectations.  Basically, without the tease it wouldn't have felt like a let down.   

Because it was brought up, I still love limited articulation figures.  For five or six bucks?  Bring 'em on, all day long.  Those were fabulous.   Recent movie years tend to bring higher prices with them (see also: G.I. Joe) and other factors in terms of perception, features, filling out a line plan with varied price points, and so on can change up how things need to be run.

I don't mind the limited articulation if the sculpts are good - that said, what happened that prices tend to go up in movie years?  Back during the prequels the exact opposite was true.  We went from $7 or $8 to $4.99 when ROTS hit, because volume. 

Secondly, Quite frankly the limited articulation feels like a total bait and switch on Hasbro's part to me.  Costs are high, to lower them we're going to reduce artiulcation and now you get $5.99 figures again.  Hooray.  Fast forward a year and a half and figures are $7.99, $8.99 - all while doing higher volume again.  I know inflation and costs and whatever, but oil prices are way depressed compared to 3, 5, 7 years ago, there's new movies driving more buying and collecting, but in general the manufacturing quality is going down.  While I'm not admittedly in Hasbro marketing and budgeting meetings, the general trend strikes me as a simple strategy to boost margins - which is fine and dandy and what businesses aim to do most of the time, but the idea that it's all market driven necessity doesn't pass the smell test. 

I'm a toy fan, first and foremost.  Articulation is good, and the goal here was always to come out with the best possible item with the resources at hand.  Given that new sculpts weren't an option, I think the end result is pretty good - and I hope if it doesn't tickle anyone's fancy

I think it's a nice set - I'd like it to have been a few dollars less, I honestly think the tease and language in the tease was a mistake from a PR standpoint, that's all.

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