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Messages - Jesse James

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Just wanted to post for the curious, but Marauder Gun Runners are knee deep in their newest Kickstarter, which is all World War II figures and weapons!  They already are very well into stretch goals.  The project was funded within 24 hours and their stretches go from paratroopers and falschimjagers (German paratroopers), to Japanese, US Marines, North African British and German infantry, and so much more! 

This is an ambitious project with tons of new parts simply because there isn't as easy a reuse of parts across the different figures.  Lots of unique tooling going on, tons of new headsculpts, and weapons out the ying yang.

I think if you're at all into this era you're going to love this line!  Jump in now and support it!

https://www.facebook.com/Marauder-Gun-Runners-130280310343512/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1732159183/marauder-task-force-wwii-1-18-scale-4-inch-action

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Not to draw any money away from any of the myriad of kickstarters out there right now, but...

Vitruvian HACKS Wave 1 stuff (Greek warriors/mythology stuff) is on sale right now through Boss Fight's store!  Enter PRESIDENTSDAY for 20% off which makes for a nice tidy way to pick up a Medusa, or some Greek Troopers you've been putting off buying.

https://boss-fight-studio-the-store.myshopify.com/collections/series-1

While there pick up instant dead Owen/Beru figures in buying a couple skeletons for $14.99 each too. :)

Seriously, the skeletons are awesome, but so are the rest of the figures.  My brother backed them all-in and I was able to mess with the figures before he came to pick them up and they're great quality stuff.  I ordered a couple Greeks and a Medusa tonight.  Not a lot but enough to have a spot on my collection shelves.

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Toy Reviews / Nova Ubiquitous Action Figure Displays
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:33 PM »
 
(Clicky to read my impressions)

We recently received a sample from the company "Nova" for their soon-to-be-released Ubiquitous Action Figure Displays system.

What the hell is that!?  Well, read the review and you'll find out, but the short answer is a scale-neutral action figure display system that is customizable to virtually any configuration you could want.

I enjoyed it, and would liken it to GTP Space Walls but more versatile (IE: not Death Star specific looking) and display options are much more numerous.  It's tough for me to compare them to one another, I consider them wholly separate and complimentary, not competitive, but check it out for yourself!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:28 PM »
Well not a lot of updates to this for a long time, and not Playset specific, but I thought I'd post in here an article I did with a review.

https://www.jedidefender.com/index.php?id=2651



The review was from a sample we were sent by Nova, for their Ubiquitous Display system.

It's sort of like the GTP Space Walls, but different.  I'd say the name explains it all fairly well, but they are a more customizable system.  A bit more versatile way to make scifi/industrial/military looking backgrounds for your action figures.  They're scale-neutral.  They're interesting and while the concept isn't new, I would say it's not been this polished.

The sets are entirely injection molded plastic, no resin or 3D prints, and in general just the kind of thing I think collectors might enjoy having as a display option.

Check out my review please, and feel free to chat up the topic here till we maybe make a thread otherwise for it.

PS: I took pictures with 6" figures for reference only.  I don't really collect them but I wanted to show they're quite at home in this system even though I obviously focus on 3.75" figures throughout it.

Any questions or concerns about my photography skills can be addressed by donating to the "Buy Jesse a nice camera fund". :)

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http://www.galactichunter.com/gh/story/toy-fair-gallery-hasbro-star-wars-black-series-centerpiece-kylo-ren

Almost forgot that there was even some Centerpiece news from NYTF...

Linking to Adam's pic of the Kylo Ren Stopping Blaster Bolt scene.

Looks like something that'll maybe translate ok to 3.75" again if not for the footprints in the sand.  If those are ignorable or fillable and I can get the piece for uber clearance, I think it'd look slick for Jakku Jedha or Tatooine for my 3.75" figures. 

Hey, I'm easy.

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Solo / Re: Toy Fair 2018
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:03 PM »
Forgot about those honestly.  If it weren't for the astromech group I'm on on facebook I'd have forgotten about them totally since that group hasn't stopped bitching about them since they saw them.  ::)

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But at least you can write in cursive

Hah.  I've almost forgotten how to do that at this point. 

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:05 PM »
I can find uses for those easily in any diorama or whatever, even if they're not film things.  I'm kinda hoping they're in the movies though.  I really was impressed that they did seem to heed some collector griping there though, and while keeping the sentiment of big firing cannons, made them at least "fit in" and not look so silly.  Now if they'd only do something similarly clever for Deluxe figures, if those continue in some fashion. 

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Almost everyone in the US does.  It's pretty common.  It's also a cycle and something they don't teach you about in High School for basic adulting later in life haha.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:57 PM »
Gotta say I'm shocked more people aren't talking about how nice these look.  5POA sure, but the results are so superior to what we had been getting I feel actually excited to own both these. :-\

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 2
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:48 PM »
Yeah what Darb said...  The helmets are similar but different for sure.

I still giggle at a guy in armor being a tanker because those hatches would NOT be easy to get in and out of with armor on, haha.  Hell they'd be difficult even if you only were wearing coveralls.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 TVC Walmart Exclusive Figures
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:45 PM »
Looking at the bucket now, that's different.  The brow is larger, protruding some, and definitely not just a Stormie bucket.  Looks like one with a reinforced brow/dome portion.  Given the rifle, maybe having your head exposed on Mimban is a bad thing for all involved.  :-X

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 3
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:41 PM »
That's a tough bet to make.  In the past the EU guys, and FC in particular, tend to do well.  Can't think of one that hasn't really, even when they've been kinda ****** like that one Mara figure.

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I have a low interest 1.5% cash back all purchases CC I use for this, auto parts, major expenses, and all my online toy purchases.  It has a moderate limit and I just prefer to have it for things like this and whatnot.  At least I'm getting something back too.  Like Rob said though, be wary of just opening CCs to do things randomly.  Too many open lines and you're screwing yourself over.  Even opening and quickly paying off/closing the card impacts your score negatively sometimes.  Depends where you are in life I suppose too, like owning your home, no plans to buy another, no new car purchase anytime soon, all that jazz.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 TVC Walmart Exclusive Figures
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:57 PM »
I'm good on Cassians CHEWIE, I have some and help from people getting some cheap ones, but I won't mind getting the TVC one.  More concerned on getting Scarriff Troopers to be honest.

As the Mimban Trooper goes I meant along the lines of it's just a Stromtrooper, only dirtier, than something totally different like the Range Trooper.

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