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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:21 PM »
There are some pretty HUGE spoilers floating out there for Solo. Tread lightly.

I've been steering clear of the actual spoilers, but some of the early social media reviews warned of "Infinity War" level spoilers for this movie, anxious to see what that means next week.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 8, 2018, 10:24 AM »
I'm not too surprised on the Trooper. A little, but I think - around here anyway so grain of salt - the fact that you find four or five of him on the shelf with one or two Jyns is very telling. Either collectors no longer army build, or it's only scalpers feasting on this line so far. Probably the latter. Around here it's pretty regular for the 'hot' figure to always be gone. So lately Tarkin, 4-LOM or the Mimban Stormtrooper. Everything else sits, until collectors buy it down, and then the process repeats.

That's a really good point. I know it has been discussed/debated to death, but I really wonder how often kids buy/get these things anymore. I know personally if I run into anyone in the Star Wars section, it is much more often an adult than a kiddo. Things might change around the holidays, where almost everything seems to sell, but generally I wonder if kids care much. I think they care about the movies, but the toys....I just don't know. I hope I'm wrong, because I would love for kids of today to be into action figures the way we were growing up.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 7, 2018, 12:33 PM »
I've actually noticed the troopers warming a bit here as well, which I thought was surprising. I'd like to grab a couple more as well, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. It's funny, locally this is basically a Target exclusive line. TRU is, well, TRU....and Wal-Mart here basically hasn't stocked any new Star Wars since the Last Jedi launch and I don't bother going there (and don't really want to). TVC seems to be selling decently though, with the Hoth Rebel and Snoke being the first to go.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe
« on: April 27, 2018, 09:26 PM »
Saw it today, agreed great movie. But whoa......

I got my behind the workbench booklet in the mail today, pretty cool. The wait until next year is going to be brutal. 😉

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:13 PM »
Exactly. There is just something about those vintage toys. I'm having a lot of fun tracking them down. I think I have six Jedi figures left, then I'm going to start looking at things like the Wampa and Rebo band. It sure seems like vinty prices have taken an uptick since I was last actively looking. Some of the common Jedi figures I've been looking at are a little higher than I expected.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:09 PM »
Found the Deadpool wave of Legends at Target this week. I didn't pick any up, but they do look nice. I kind of want the Sasquatch BAF, but I don't necessarily want the entire wave to get him.

Solo / Re: Solo Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:04 PM »
I got the Wampa from Amazon yesterday, and found the Mimban trooper at Target so I think I'm caught up aside from the Black Series Tarkin.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:03 PM »
Haven't found this locally at all, but I got the Wampa set via Amazon yesterday and it sure is nice. Hard to believe this is the first one since what, the Saga collection (blue cards)? Either way, this is a real nice Wampa, maybe one of the quiet winners for the year. I'd love to see one in vinty box 😉

Solo / Re: Solo Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:25 PM »
It was fun doing the toy run today, and I'm happy with what I picked up, but when I opened some stuff today with the kiddo, it really didn't look like much for what I spent you know? I think the biggest "Midnight Madness" haul I brought home at one time was for ROTS, and it just seemed like I had much more "bang for your buck" at that time. The toys aren't bad by any means, but just not like it used to be with $4.99 figures and better vehicles I guess.

Also, with this yearly movie schedule I'm almost hoping they just drop the whole release date thing. Half the stores even care anymore, and it just seems like more trouble than it is worth.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class B Vehicle Assortment
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:21 PM »
Picked up Han's Speeder today, and although it is larger than those AOTC speeders, it doesn't seem like a $30 item. Having the figure packed with it contributes to that I guess, but still.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:19 PM »

A few of the figures also had the bubbles already falling off the card, so heads up for that. Not sure if that's more of the cheap Hasbro materials we got from 2013-14 or just bad handling in transit to the store

Yeah, all of the ones I saw today did have a piece of tape holding the bubble on, and I don't think that was done at the store, they shipped like that.

I saw Black Series at both Targets I went to today (actually bought a few at one last week), but no sign of the exclusive Chewie, Tarkin, Qi'Ra, or 4-LOM. One Dewback set between the two stores.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: April 13, 2018, 02:01 PM »
Found this wave at both of the Targets I visited this morning, $12.99 each. I picked up Snoke, the Hoth trooper, and Rey. Man I love these cardbacks. The price stings, and I don't have a problem with the 5 POA stuff, but I sort of wish this was just the regular line.

Solo / Solo Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 13, 2018, 01:53 PM »
Seems like finds have been a little spotty according to the reports I've seen so far. I went to two Targets this morning, about mid morning, and had decent luck but there were some things I didn't see at all.

First Target had an end cap display, and nothing new in the aisle except for a Black Series Han that has been there since last weekend. They had some of the basic figures (picked up Qi'Ra, Chewie, and Range Trooper), one set of TVC (grabbed Snoke, Hoth Trooper, and Rey), and some Funko (grabbed Lando and the Target exclusive Han). They had a couple LEGO sets (bad guy speeder and TIE), but that was it so far. No two packs, vehicles of any size, or beast/deluxe packs.

My second Target stop (which we call the "little" Target), had no end cap but the aisle was fully stocked. They had most everything: basic figs, starter pack w/Han, both sized Falcons, two packs, deluxe beast packs, Han's speeder, etc. They also had a lone Black Series Dewback. They also had a full set of TVC, black series (no Tarkin or Lando), and the misc. nerf and Hot Wheels stuff. Also some LEGO.

As far as what I didn't see at all:

Mimban Stormtrooper (basic line)
Maz Kanata (basic line)
Wampa with Luke Skywalker
Chewbacca (Black Series Target Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin (Black Series)
Any Black Series past the initial wave
LEGO Kessel Run Falcon
LEGO  Han Speeder

All in all I'm happy with my finds. I was really hoping to find that Black Series Chewie, but maybe he isn't out yet. I do sort of want the new Falcon toy, just because I like all things Falcon, but looking at it I just didn't want to spend $100 on it. I also sort of wanted to get the LEGO Falcon, but that should be no problem to pick up later. Biggest disappointment I think is not finding the Wampa set, honestly 🙂.  Also, it has been mentioned before, but it really is weird there is no Han in the basic assortment. At the first Target I was at (with the end cap), they didn't carry the Falcon, speeder, or starter pack yet, so you literally couldn't but a Han Solo figure from the Solo movie.

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