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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 24
« on: May 6, 2014, 11:12 AM »
I watched this last night and thought it was pretty good.  I know when 10:00 rolled around and knew I'd have to wait another week to see more I was pretty agitated. 

I've missed seeing Yvonne Strahovski on a weekly TV show so it was good to have her on 24, but I don't know where they're going with her character and 24 does have a track record for doing some kinda stupid things with certain characters (pretty much anything to do with Kim).  Chloe's turn is kinda interesting, nothing in her CTU character ever suggested she'd go goth, though and the comparison to Dragon Tattoo seems kinda spot on.

Bratt and Donovan's characters are new.  I think it was just Jack, Chloe and the Heller's coming back so far.  I would definitely geek over an Aaron Pierce (Glenn Morshower) cameo though.

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Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: May 2, 2014, 02:43 AM »
Yeah, Cross Country really turned out well.  I got my package Wednesday with Cross Country the HAVOC and 12" accessory set and my free figure came also, in it's own box.

I'm really happy with all of it.  I didn't open CC yet but I put the HAVOC together and it's a solid toy. 

I also think the Man of Action turned out really well.  My figure has great joints, the ******* is nice and the uniform fit well.  I've had a couple QC issues with the 12" figs in the past but this one is rock solid.  It makes the price tag for all of it seem a little better but that was still a lot of scratch for this year's lot.

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I just got an email from Marauder that they're going to offer two additional accessory sets even though they didn't get unlocked during the run.

Four things with the Marauder Kickstarter; the G.I. Joe guys are a mixed bag of the cheapest collectors and those that don't seem to have an upper limit on expenditures.  Star Wars can be like that but it always seemed more extreme to me with the Joe guys.  The guys that'll buy at top dollar, those are the guys funding this.  The funding level works out to an average of $204 per backer.  While there are SW guys that'll pony up, I don't think a SW kickstarter would get a $200+ average.  Besides, all those accessories and extra figs in different decos increased the desire to pay more to unlock stretch goals, the Death Star didn't have any stretch goals and the Ewok Space trees had a $50 price before you got anything while Marauder gave you a figure w/ accessories at a $19 donation.

Second, and probably the most important thing, Marauder has a legit manufacturing company lined up to do these figures plus they were designed by pros, Boss Fight Studios, who have worked on Hasbro products and do work for the Joe Club.  Marauder already manufactures accessories with a known quality to them.  The Star Wars dios that I think you're talking about, Jesse, are being 3D printed by guys "in their basement."  Meaning, not professional manufacturing.  I'm not inclined to offer money to someone that's not in manufacturing and probably doesn't really get what all goes into it.  My impression, Marauder is doing retail quality manufactured toys while the SW dios are garage kits.

Kickstarter is the third thing.  Marauder has been there before and Kickstarter is the popular site for this type of thing.  The SW dios got funded but they used Indiegogo...I'd never heard of that site until Yakface started advertising the sets.  I don't know what their reach is, but that may have had something to do with it.

Finally, dios.  There is a segment of SW collectors that want dios, but I've always said that it's not as big as some people think.  I've had that argument with Chewie a couple times, especially on the playset vs dio angle.  Marauder is making generic military action figures that fit in with G.I. Joe collections and are playable toys.  A 3D printed dio may look good on a shelf but it won't interact with your existing fleet of vehicles and they're specific to displaying, usually, a certain type of figure.  Generic figures?  They go anywhere in a collection you want to put them.

I can't think of anything Star Wars related that could hit Kickstarter or the Indiegogo site that I'd back.  If Hasbro ever went the way Mattel did to get Castle Greyskull funded by offering pre-orders, and they were doing an amazing Death Star playset (not dio) or maybe Sandcrawler, I might be in.  But 3d printed?  No thanks.

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I ended up backing the Marauder Kickstarter.  It's the first time I've done it but after they unlocked a couple of the stretch goals, especially for the Spec Ops figure, I wanted in.  I donated at the price that gets you 3 figures and then threw on an extra $30 for two stretch options.  I'll get the Spec Ops figure but I'm not positive what else, either one of the other figures or an accessory set.  I'll make that call when the survey goes out.

I've been eyeballing the Acid Rain stuff but don't think I'll get into any of it.  Price is the main reason but also space, I can't be adding new vehicles to the collection at this point. 

I also haven't picked up the Hiya Toys Alien either.  I kinda want one but I more want the Colonial Marines figures.  I should probably bite the bullet on the Alien just to help show that there's interest so they keep going.

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LEGO / Re: Simpsons
« on: April 26, 2014, 03:10 AM »
My Target put out a shelf hanger full of these either today or late Thursday.  There were a lot of them there but there were some scattered around so someone had been going through them.  I didn't bother to pick any up, I'm not really a Simpsons fan.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: April 20, 2014, 11:53 PM »
If it was just the director I would probably skip this film but I'm thinking about the half dozen or more actors and actresses that are in this that I like.  It's a story I want to see, written by a guy I trust with actors that I respect... So? IDK.  I'm probably still going to go see it.

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I'm pretty happy with about 8 of them, better than FSS2.  I'm really psyched for Alpine, Bombstrike and I can't wait to see Vypra.  I hope they keep that steady-gun with Repeater that they used in last year's Con set, the one that originally came with the POC IG figures. 

I'm pretty much sold on the set, I just don't know how to pay for it.  I'm debating going for the whole thing or picking and choosing.  Ultimately if I get Alpine, Bombstrike and Repeater (hinging on accessories) I could probably live without the rest if I had to. 

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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:58 PM »
I've been looking for Night Vipers and CGs also.  Joe K picked me up a couple CGs in Scranton last night so they are around.

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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:24 AM »
Dang, Jesse.  I passed up a Lady Jaye fig at TRU last weekend.  I won't be back to that store anytime soon though.  HTS still has her in stock also and there was that 20% off w/ free shipping code but I think it expired Monday.

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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2014
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:17 AM »
I'd really like the Joseph Colton figure.  Even though the prices are kinda high, the vehicle offerings this year are pretty nice. 

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Joe Defender / GI Joe Convention 2014
« on: April 8, 2014, 10:49 AM »
Anyone from JD going to the Con this year?  I'm not going to be there and didn't buy either of the sets.  I don't care for the Zombie stuff and didn't feel the value was there on the 12" set for what's included. 

Without Hasbro attending the Con, it's not looking like we'll get any new reveals or see any samples of the 50th stuff coming to TRU later this year.  While there may be some good, informative panels, I think the most I could hope for at this point info on the FSS 3.0, if the Club is doing one.  Maybe hear some plans for their future 12" product since they basically cleaned out the store with that latest sale they had.

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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: April 8, 2014, 10:45 AM »
After reading some reports online, I stopped at Toys-R-Us and Five Below over the weekend. 

TRU has been getting the Blind Master/Jinx wave in and I found leftovers at the store in Binghamton, NY.  I picked up the Blind Master but no sign of Jinx or the Night Viper.  The Eagle Hawk is on Green Clearance until the end of the year, with green meaning 40% off the tagged price of $44.99.  I picked up another and tried to use their 20% coupon but apparently they wouldn't apply that due to the clearance pricing.  Still, $29 out the door with the chopper.

Five Below has been getting in cases of the Ultimate wave.  Of the two Five Below stores I stopped in, only one had leftovers from the case.  I spotted Kwinn, Cobra Commander, Budo and a couple other figures.  At $5 each I picked up the Ultimate movie Flint and Duke. 

I'm still surprised that the Blind Master wave showed up at TRU but a while back I did find the Kwinn wave at a store so they're really the last major retailer giving the brand any shelf space.  It's also surprising to me that HTS no longer lists most of the Kwinn and Blind Master waves of figures on their site but they're showing up at Five Below.  I'd pay $10 all day for more Night Vipers and even for another shot at Jinx.  It's really too bad that Hasbro is treating this line this way.

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Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: April 4, 2014, 02:34 AM »
The membership figures and accessories went up for pre-order on the Club website today (Thursday).  They're a little more expensive than I thought they would be.

I picked the 12" figure as my sub freebie so I ponied up for the accessory set and box for him ($40), Cross Country (carded $30) and the H.A.V.O.C. ($42).  Over $126 shipped.  I wasn't really pleased with that total.

I didn't really want a carded Cross Country but there was no option for a bagged figure so I don't know if I offered to trade him to someone getting the free version that's a carded collector would work or not.  I don't think the $42 for the vehicle is actually that terrible.  It's a limited run on a decent sized toy that was $20 or $25 at retail the first time around...Same price as the Eagle Hawk is now.

I expected $40 on the 12" set mostly because of the box.  It's the only 12" Joe stuff out there so I feel like I needed to support it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:33 AM »
One thing about Toy Hunter to keep in mind is that Jordan basically knows what the people have for sale before he ever gets there.  He and the producers set up the visits so he already knows he's buying certain things and the sellers know he's offering dealer prices and that he's buying to sell for profit later.  So, yes, it's not really a shock when he comes across a sealed Sectaurs Hyve playset in a guy's basement.

One of the storage auction shows, maybe all of them(?), are known to have seeded some of the units for filming but I don't think that's the case with this show.  They take the time to track the people down that have what they're looking for. 

As for picking stuff up at shows like C2E2 or whatever, I don't know exactly how they do those but you can tell that some of the filming takes place before the shows open in the morning because there aren't crowds around.  But I don't know if Jordan just finds stuff randomly or if he's contacted sellers prior to coming to those shows.

I didn't get to go to the presentation last year, but I went to the 2012 Toy Hunter panel at NYCC and they talked about a lot of these types of things.  I did a write-up on it (NYCC Toy Hunter Panel)

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Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:09 PM »
I never looked, I wonder if the 5 per limit was available from the start or if they upped it after limiting it further at the start?  I know that when FSS 1.0 figs hit the store they mostly sold out in a couple of days, with only a couple exceptions. 

Or, I wonder if they have more this time around because they ordered based on FSS 1.0 numbers and didn't get as many takers on the full sub?  I wonder if some of the info on that will be talked about during the Club's panel at the Con next month?  I'm sure if they're planning on doing a 3.0 sub we'll probably hear about the figures at that show, they announced 2.0 at last year's con.

Although, who knows if you'll be able to register for this year's Con?  Technical problems have kept it from going online so far.  I'm not going and I won't be ordering either set although I do like the 12" set this year.  Just looking at it, though, I don't think the value is there.  And I've seen it reported that other than the freebie for attending, there isn't an add-on set for the 12" release this year, but I'm not sure that's a 100% yet.

I'm still in for the Havok and Cross Country and the accessory set for the 12" figure, which I have picked as my free fig this year.

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