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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:46 PM »
Target stores are adding a new collectibles end cap and they have things like the Funko Pop! vinyl stuff, blind-boxed Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Marvel bobble heads and some ReAction figures.  Mine had only 3 when I found them last night; all Back to the Future stuff and just Marty.  I've seen some pics online of other properties.  Was hoping for a mix, get some Alien and Rocketeer maybe.

Anyway, be on the lookout.


Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: August 5, 2014, 01:29 AM »
I got my Danger at the Docks set from TRU, the SDCC set.  I haven't opened it yet but I was happy to be able to order it.  You can see that the paint apps on Flint, at least, are a little sketchy, especially the arms.

I stopped in TRU on Saturday and they had three of the Heat Viper sets but that was it.  Looked like they were in the middle of a reset and I didn't bother to ask if they had more because, well, I just don't want to ask and be told "what we have is on the shelf" which I'm batting 1000 on at TRU during the last 20 years of collecting.

I'm less than impressed with what Hasbro is doing for the 50th because it's the 50th of the 12" line anyway and they did **** in that department.  ****'em.  I was happy with some extra $5 Retaliation figs from Five Below.

Joe Defender / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:31 PM »
I'm with Muftak, when these first started I wasn't sure about them but after having a couple of them, they're pretty cool.  I decided not to collect a lot of them due to size, but I have Fett and Yoda and really like both.  I have the AT-AT Driver on order and I'm really psyched to have that in my possession.

I think there have been a couple missteps on them, some of the capes were off early on, and there have been a couple quality issues with some figures.  It'll be interesting to see how the vintage Joe articulation scales up and, as I said, I may be in for a couple if they get to some of my more favorite characters.


Joe Defender / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:36 PM »
Those and Kre-O from Hasbro.  Very sad...very, very sad.


« on: July 28, 2014, 11:33 PM »
I'm up in the air on the Exo Suit.  I like anything that's sort of classic Space but thought I'd wait on this...but if it's a one run deal I'll probably order it.


Joe Defender / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:18 AM »
I kinda liked the idea of the Jumbo figure so having GI Joe figures doesn't bother me one way or the other.  The one thing I don't like, however, are the straight arm versions.  I know that's how they started out but all of those first releases got swivel arm re-releases in short order so I think GG could have started there and people wouldn't have complained.  I'm not a big enough fan of those original 82 Joes to buy in on these but if they add the swivel arm and get around to figures like Recondo or Snake Eyes V2 and Storm Shadow...I could be talked into them possibly.

I also like the idea of the footlocker for the first release and wouldn't mind if they all came that way rather than on the big bubble packaging with the card back.  I realize the goal is for them to look just like the originals but the footlocker idea I really like. 


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 20, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Gina Carano has no bad side, brunette, blonde or other as far as I'm concerned.

But, her or Katee would be good in either role (Thor or Captain Marvel).  So why choose, let's have both!


Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:45 AM »
Apparently there's a wave 2....  Yeah... Good luck with that.  ::)


Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: May 29, 2014, 01:08 AM »
While I'm happy to see these on BBTS, or any online retailer for that matter, I have to wonder why?  Did TRU decide not to take the full load and Hasbro needed another outlet?  Or did Hasbro decide TRU didn't have the reach and didn't want to leave money on the table?

The skeptic in me wants to see this as happening due to something possibly not working out with TRU in the way it was first set up by Hasbro.  But, who knows...


I don't recall ever really caring what a movie's name was as long as it didn't suck.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: May 20, 2014, 02:13 PM »
If you spotted Blind Master then it was probably the wave with Jinx and the Night Vipers in it.  Lady Jaye and Colton were repacked in that wave with the Cyber and Dark Ninjas and a couple other figs...maybe a Roadblock.  I spotted that wave at TRU a couple weeks ago and picked up the NV figs and Jinx. 

I spotted the Ultimate wave again at Five Below the same day; that's with Ultimate Duke, Flint, Roadblock, SE, SS, Cobra Commander, Combat Ninja, CG, Kwinn, Budo and Data Viper and one other I'm not thinking of...might be the Dark Ninja though.

Some of these waves have been showing up at Tuesday Mornings stores also.  Not sure how long the restocking will last but it's been a good ride.  I filled in the last couple of holes and picked up some army builders so I'm pretty happy especially as it doesn't look like we'll get anything else besides this 1 and done 50th anniversary wave until the next movie...and we don't know when that will be.  And speaking of that 50th wave, I'm still interested to see if we actually get it.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 16, 2014, 07:15 PM »
I just didn't understand if everyone is outside getting things mopped up, why did they leave Garrett's body on the ground inside? Shouldn't there have been someone around bagging him? He puts himself together and I thought here is the beginning of Aquarius but then gets splatted into goo by Coulson.

I thought the same thing.  I thought that whole scene was unnecessary.  Other than that, I really liked the season finale.

So whats with the same guy running the Playground as he did in the other hidden bunker? Is he a clone or medical hologram-type guy or just some alien? No more Ward on the team but I think he will be back. He still has to grab Skye for her father. I just wonder if the black guy is also Hydra since he initially showed up with Garrett.

I don't think Triplett is Hydra.  It was mentioned that he is a grandson of a Howling Commando (I'm assuming Gabriel Jones) and that's where the team got some of the weapons used in the last couple episodes.

So whats with the same guy running the Playground as he did in the other hidden bunker? Is he a clone or medical hologram-type guy or just some alien?

I wonder if he's just simply a twin.

He didn't seem too broken up over his brother's death if he was a twin.  Maybe a clone or the new Marvel universe version of a Life Model Decoy?


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 8, 2014, 06:15 PM »
I stopped today and nothing at my B&N either.  I also don't need to be buying but $10 for an Alien and I'd probably be in.


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 7, 2014, 09:55 AM »
Wow, that's kind of an interesting place to find them.  I wonder if the buyer for B&N is a fan?  It may be worth me swinging by my store this week just to take a look.


I think there are, or have been, a couple companies that released the modular walls you're talking about, Jesse.  I know one of the releases, maybe more, was done for the Gundam collectors in mind and the Transformers fans bought into it.  But, yeah, I've seen guys use them as backdrops for taking photos and they work with 3.75" figures up to Deluxe, maybe even Leader class TF stuff. 

It doesn't even have to be that fancy, I've seen excellent dio stories that printed a sci-fi type wall on regular paper and glued it to foam core to make walls and floors and it looked fine.

I can enjoy a good dio as much as anyone, but I'm personally more of a playset guy and that's the turning point in the arguments that I've had before.  Hasbro is a toy company that makes playsets, or made them in the past anyway, while what a lot of guys on the forums want are dios even though they pay lip service to the "playset" idea.  That Bespin set?  I love that thing!

I'm not completely opposed to 3D printed stuff.  Sean Huxter, who is a 12" GI Joe (mainly Adventure Team) collector, has recently been printing some AT themed accessory sets for his figures that have the feel of the vintage stuff released by Hasbro.  Just updated for the modern world.  The stuff turned out really well and looks great but it's mostly one offs or maybe a short run for a couple of friends.  And they're small, he's not doing trees or large wall pieces, he did a bazooka and a flight backpack, that type of thing.  There's also a guy that did a 3.75" scale AT Mobile Support Vehicle that's nice but for the cost of a low run piece like that, I'm not really in.

There's definitely a market for both playsets and dios as well as new figures and toys like what Marauder just pulled off or what Acid Rain and Boss Fight Studios are working on, but the key is finding the right market and getting people to buy in.  When it comes to Star Wars specifically, I think the market is so fractured it would be hard to find a large group to get in on one or two characters if we're talking figures and I think it gets narrower when you start talking playsets and dios.  I mean, how many carded collectors are out there, are they going to be in the market for a dio when they have no loose figures?

I think 3D printing could be really incredible going forward, but I feel like it eventually will be more in the model of people that want dios and custom pieces investing in a printer and downloading plans, or making them, and printing them at home or, like Jesse mentioned, ordering online rather than backing kickstarters.  I'd rather have a printer and make my own stuff than throw $50 to a guy in Australia to print me a tree.  I live in the woods, if I want a tree I can take a saw for a walk...


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