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Maybe I was getting a little hyperbolic with the articulation, but it's good enough (no ankles, but everything else...okay, no wrists either, but still...).  The sculpts are all unique.  They've even got distinct skin texture, different knee-pads, and little details on their shells and, um, whatever turtle fronts are called.

In any event, they're high quality and much heftier than Star Wars figures, at a lower price.

(Lando, your pic is of the bigger scale vintage repros; the ones I got are the ones in smashitwitdaclub's link...and they're really cool).

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: August 3, 2012, 07:28 AM »
I broke my quitting vow and bought a Tarkin that I saw at Wal Mart.  First retail purchase since January.  They also had Wedge, Odd Ball, and Nikto, plus a ****load of TPM guys.

You spotted the Tarkin wave at a Wal-Mart?  Lucky...

The Wal-Marts in my area have the same 2 figures time and time again: Quinlan-Vos and Battle Droid.  That's it.

I like the new Tarkin figure.  I especially like the pack-in Mouse Droid.

Well, the remnants of it.  They had Tarkin, Wedge, Nikto, and Odd Ball on the pegs (plus a bunch of TPM crap).  It was at a kind of the out-of-the-way Wal Mart (I live in Salt Lake City, UT and it was in Evanston, WY--yes, JediMoses, I was there to buy hard malt liquor, porn, and fireworks, all of which are banned in Utah  >:D  (just kidding, just kidding; just stopped on my way home from Bear Lake)).

I have to say, the Tarkin isn't as bad in person as it looks in pictures.  The color of the outfit is much better, and even the stupid soft goods skirt matches pretty well (though I still think it looks awful).  The flesh color for the head is a little weird, but I figure it's the best Tarkin they'll ever make, so what the hell.  The mouse droid is quite nice, too.

mother**** Hasbro.  I just picked up a set of the new TMNT figures from Playmates for $8.99 each from Target.  Way more plastic, more articulation, more weapons, and a better price point.  If Playmates can put out TMNT figures like that for $8.99, Star Wars guys should be $6.99, tops.

All five of mine came today; probably would have gotten here last week, but we were out of town and had a hold put on the mail.  They're neat.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: July 29, 2012, 11:20 PM »
I broke my quitting vow and bought a Tarkin that I saw at Wal Mart.  First retail purchase since January.  They also had Wedge, Odd Ball, and Nikto, plus a ****load of TPM guys.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:45 AM »
One other thing that bugged me was how quickly Bruce **** on Alfred over the Rachel letter, and how Alfred let him. Pretty out of character for both of them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:23 AM »
When Batman was flying off with the bomb, I kinda rolled my eyes with the "hero sacrifices himself" ending.  I bought into it.  It sucked.  Alfred crying... very moving.  It was predictable, but I could respect it.  Sucks to go out on a low note, but sometimes that's the best way to tell a story.  And then they turn it around and reveal it was all fake.   Instead of feeling elation the hero survived, I felt like "you bastards... you put me through all of that just to wimp out?"  On top of that, Batman quits?  To live the good life in paradise with Catwoman?  No more duty to his city? (granted they did turn out to be a bunch of ungrateful, cowardly, murderous thugs...)  He just abandons his life's mission?  Retires?  Really pissed me off.

The "Robin" reveal... not horrible... just lame.  And he's going to become Robin without Batman?  Guess they had to hang a sequel onto something...

Good points on the timing, and I didn't think about the devolution into anarchy of Gothamites being so different from the way they acted in TDK...

But regarding the ending, I took it less as Batman's retirement and more as maybe a little vacation.  Robin's going to get **** in the Batcave all cleaned up, and in a couple month's Batman will be back.  Something like that makes it a little more palatable.

I knew the Miranda chick would turn out to be Talia for some reason (mostly all the pro-environmental crap she talked about in the early scenes), though I didn't see her being quite the full on villain the way she was.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Brian's Toy Exclusive - Jocasta Nu
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:14 PM »
It's interesting...collectively, Star Wars collectors aren't very fond of Brian's Toys (and the practice of scalping) for a variety of reasons, yet, mysteriously, Brian's Toys continues to strive....and mysteriously, people still place their orders for a figure of that old bitty, and do so with a smile.

Hey!  What are you doing here?

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:28 PM »
Anybody else having a tough time finding a movie version of Cap?  I figured he'd be somewhat of a pegwarmer, so I put off picking one up when the line first hit.  But now all I see is the Super Shield version and an occasional rocket launcher concept version.  I've seen way more unmasked rocket launcher versions than I have movie versions lately.

Joe Defender / Re: 2012 SDCC Shockwave HISS and Jinx
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:37 AM »
From the sound of things, even if you do plan on attending SDCC, you've also got to plan on doing just about nothing else but trying to get the exclusives.  My little brother goes every year, and he couldn't even get tickets to get in line for Hasbro stuff for a couple of days.  Thankfully he was able to finally get through and get me the Marvel Universe Masters of Evil set, but by then, both versions of Jinx were sold out.

Joe Defender / Re: 2012 SDCC Shockwave HISS and Jinx
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:05 PM »
I probably would have committed seppuku if I'd missed out on Sgt. Slaughter, Business Suit Cobra Commander, and especially Zarana, but as much as I'd love a classic Red Jinx, I can live without this exclusive.  The character will be getting a movie version eventually, and that will work for me.  No way I'd pay a secondary market premium for this one.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:41 PM »
Thank goodness my little bro picked me up a MOE pack at SDCC, because those came and went before I checked.  Missed out on Jinx, though.  Bummer about that, but am excited to get Baron Zemo.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: July 15, 2012, 09:32 PM »
2012 Digital Comic Exclusive will be Marvel Universe Old Man Logan with baby Hulk. This will be offered at NYCC when you sign up for Marvel's Digital Comics.

Hulk baby is a repaint of the Luke/Leia baby from TSC/TAC Obi-Wan & Bail figures  :D

That's quite a coincidence, considering the subject of my latest Marvel Universe Photonovel....

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2012
« on: July 15, 2012, 06:08 PM »
Hasblow sux.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: July 15, 2012, 11:17 AM »
Been workin' on a little stretchy-twisty-headed Reed Richards action.

I've been tinkering with a few things (chopping up old Legends and FF Movie figs, even the Superhero Sqaud version), trying to make a stretchy Mr. Fantastic, but nothing that looks decent.  I'd love to give him one or two stretched out arms...any tips?

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