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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.


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)


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.


Joe Defender / Re: 2014 Club Membership Figures/Vehicle
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:06 AM »
Yeah, the 13th figure from the FSS 2.0 is kind of lackluster.  I know who it is and have seen the photos but mine hasn't shown up yet.  I think Blackout for the FSS 1.0 was a better choice. 

But I've also seen people that think the FSS 2.0 had a better offering of characters and I don't agree with that.  We had 3 female characters in the first round which, IMO, was the better choice.

I don't know if I'll be in for FSS 3.0 if they do it.  So far the figures that I've wanted the most I've had a shot at buying individually from the Club after they shipped to subscribers. So I think I may just buy them individually next time.  The only chance I'd be taking is they know the 13th figure out of the park and I wouldn't be able to get it.  But, even though I thought Blackout was a good figure, if I'd missed him I wouldn't be crying.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:38 AM »
I thought the Maggie thing was kind of odd also but then, like Bill said, she probably used them to keep the others off of her. 

I liked last night's episode.  I thought it was interesting to see how far Bob had come.  I don't know if I missed something or if it was planned, but when he was wandering alone at the beginning I didn't realize it was in the past and when I saw Daryl come riding up on his chopper it still took a second for it to kick in that it was a flashback.  Which, I thought, was good storytelling.  Anyway, he seems to have the best attitude about things right now and Maggie and Sasha need that.

Daryl's situation, on the other hand. That was not a good outcome for him.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Archer on fX
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:21 AM »
I was so happy when I saw Archer was getting picked up for 2 more seasons.  But, I don't know why it wouldn't, it's still firing on all cylinders.  I really like how they switched this season up.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:46 AM »
Since this new F4 movie will be a reboot it seems likely they'll go back to Doom.  Fox rebooted X-Men and went right back to Magneto as the villain so... Track record?  I'd be more than happy to see a different villain, though. 

I liked that the reboot of Spider-Man didn't go with Goblin but Lizard instead, seeing as how he was teased in two previous films.  Even though we're getting Goblin in the 


Magneto didn't really emerge as the villain until the end of the movie.  Shaw was the baddy in the reboot.

Eh, six of one...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:07 PM »
Since this new F4 movie will be a reboot it seems likely they'll go back to Doom.  Fox rebooted X-Men and went right back to Magneto as the villain so... Track record?  I'd be more than happy to see a different villain, though. 

I liked that the reboot of Spider-Man didn't go with Goblin but Lizard instead, seeing as how he was teased in two previous films.  Even though we're getting Goblin in the 


Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 21, 2014, 06:30 PM »
Hiss Tank has been covering these for a while but Monte Williams posted a photo review of one of the vehicles, Stronghold ST-1 Marine Quad Eyes 303rd Division


Joe Defender / Re: Toy Fair 2014 Hasbro Presentation
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:29 PM »
I'd much rather have an online exclusive, or shared exclusive, than TRU.  TRU is fine if you have a store in town but the closest to me are 35+ minutes in any one direction and their online handling of things is usually a crap shoot.

I'm also disappointed that Hasbro couldn't find a partner anywhere to do a 12" figure for the 50th Anniversary.  After all, it's the 12" figure's anniversary, not the ARAH 4" figures.  When the 25th Anniversary of ARAH came out I don't remember anyone thinking the 12" line got the shaft because there weren't any offerings but this time around the 4" collectors seemed to expect something and they got it.

Having said that, I pretty much want it all even though there are a lot of repeats of characters we already have.  The thing that always sucks is that you have to suffer repacks you have to get figures you don't.  Or vehicles, I guess, since I want the Wolf.  I'm also not thrilled that the classic colored VAMP Mk II & Flint will be part of the SDCC set even though there's some rumors now that it will be available after the show like last year's MP Transformers were. 

I am mostly happy with the character choices though.  No Duke, only 1 Snake Eyes, no Cobra Commander or Storm Shadow or Roadblock.  I'm very happy to see Lady Jaye vs Baroness also.  Plus it looks like the figure versions are solid choices for those that already existed.  The Night Marksmen set with Low-Light vs the Night Viper is an excellent set w/ a great theme.

The KRE-O line is kind of nice but the only thing I've bought from that are some of the bagged figures.  I'm glad they're doing more Adventure Team characters in the next 2 waves also. 


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:12 AM »
I saw you had some back-and-forth with them on Twitter asking about the accessories with the Aliens.  I like what I'm hearing so far. 

Looks like BBTS has the Alien up for pre-order now at $20.  I should probably throw one on the PoL.


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:12 AM »
I saw those all over Twitter today.  They look excellent.  Never heard of that company before but I see they have some WWII military figures and whatnot.  Looks about on 21st Century quality, maybe a little better.  The Aliens figures look really good.  And I'm with you on the Colonial Marines figures.

I don't know what kind of price point that company has or if they're in the US market (other than online).


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:10 AM »
Out of all the pics I looked at I thought the Rocketeer and the Nightmare figures probably looked the best.  I didn't care for the Predator figures either and I had high hopes for those.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:55 AM »
IIRC there was also a heating factor involved.  The sword that the Silver Samurai used had a heated blade but I don't recall right now if that was what he eventually used to cut off the claws.  But once he did cut them, he drilled into the bone marrow, as mentioned.  And, after the battle was over, the bone regrew but without the adamantium.

I'm just assuming the trailer/photos from DoFP are either an out-of-time Logan or Magneto helped him out somewhere. 

I actually liked The Wolverine but really dislike Wolverine Origins.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:18 PM »
Tomb Raider came out in 1996, years before Jolie became a household name.

And Rhona Mitra was one of the first Lara Croft models, before she became a household name.


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