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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe: Classified 6" Figure Line
« on: August 15, 2020, 07:20 PM »
Was able to snag a Target exclusive Beach Head today, that is a really nice figures. One of my favorite Joes growing up, and done justice well here. Saw a guy right after me buy the other four on the shelf though, so that’s a little disappointing to see. We know these are so tough for everyone to find, maybe just buy one (especially a non army builder) in this go round and see if they show up again if you want more. I’ll optimistically think that he was buying them for three other friends 😉

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:05 PM »
I’m right there in that Roboto fan club with ya Ben, glad to see he’s on the way (hopefully with spinning gears somehow). I have a couple vintage ones as I played with him so much. For me, the tops in MOTU were He-Man/Battle Cat (my first Masters toys as I recall), Roboto, and Man E Faces. Remember liking Ram Man a lot as a kid, even though he was a different style of figure. For bad guys, Tri Klops, Trap Jaw, and Stinkor.

Hall of Justice / Re: Batman TAS / New Adventures 6 Inch Line!
« on: August 12, 2020, 05:02 PM »
I’m in a similar boat. I was so excited for this line when it started, as I am such a fan of the show (and style). I kept up with the early waves, but as time went on I had to sort of shuffle this down priority wise as the budget was going elsewhere. I’ve also been going back and picking up figures I missed in the past year or so, and I’m relatively caught up I think. I’ve been prioritizing figures specifically from “the Animated Series” portion, which narrows things down a little. I REALLY considered things like the Batmobile, Batplane, and Batcave w/Alfred at the time of release....but really didn’t know where I would put them. Bummer that it is likely ending now, although I read today there is another couple waves that should hopefully see release. Good run overall though.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 9, 2020, 09:15 PM »
New reveals today at the virtual Power Con. Looks like next round of basic figures is:


As well as a Deluxe Origins line ($20)

Ram Man
Clamp Champ
Battle Armor He-Man
Battle Armor Skeletor

Also Panthor (and WalMart exclusive flocked version), and Land Shark. Target two pack of Keldor and Kronis. Also back of packages show Mekanek, She-Ra, and Zodac.  Side note, they are also starting a 7” (Classics scale) line called Masterworks, launching next summer. Packaging shows “Revelations” artwork, so maybe based on upcoming Netflix show? Overall, I’m very excited. More great figures and another vehicle sounds rad to me.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 7, 2020, 08:37 PM »
Awesome pic, agree completely. Like you, I was all in on Classics for quite awhile. When they started to get to the point where they had finished what I was most familiar with from my childhood, I sort of started dropping off. I grabbed a few things here and there between Mattel and Super 7, but was mostly done with that line (and at the time I thought the franchise).

Which brings me to this line. At first I was asking myself why I was going all in on another He-Man line, when Classics had covered all of this so well before. There is just something about them, like you said. Reminds me of the vintage line, and they just look/feel like toys. I only have Skeletor and Battle Cat so far, but I opened those today and really love them. I hope this line carries on for awhile, and is a hit not just with collectors but hopefully kids as well. Seems like a fun, durable line that you could really create a lot of adventures with.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 7, 2020, 10:33 AM »
Hit the jackpot this morning, scoring all six figures in the first wave.  ;D Found the Minis too, so I got He-Man, Skeletor, and the Slime Pit He-Man.

That is awesome Ben! I’ve been trying to use Brickseek to track these down, but I seem to keep missing them by just a bit. I did manage to get a Skeletor yesterday after work, so now I have Battle Cat and Skeletor. Hopefully they will continually be getting stock in. Nice score!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: August 4, 2020, 10:17 AM »
Still empty pegs here, but the Star Wars pegs right next to the MOTU setup was bare too, so no surprise there. I did find a pretty good deal on He-Man and Skeletor on eBay, so those are on the way. I probably wouldn’t have caved if there wasn’t a pandemic on.  :P

I’ve been tempted to eBay those two as well, but the prices were too high a few weeks ago. I was kind of hoping “the launch” would have included restocking online as well, especially since He-Man and Skeletor are supposed to be open orders. Empty pegs at our closest store as well, but to be honest I don’t necessarily want to keep stopping there to check either. Hoping they aren’t too tough to get.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:09 PM »
Had to make a Walgreens run last night and wound up snagging the Walgreens exclusive Moon Knight for Former JediDefender Poster Famine. They also had a few Iron Man 2020s. Haven't been in a WG since last fall searching for the Clone Kenobis that never hit, so it was KIND of refreshing to see new stuff among the mountain of Jyn Erso and Ant Man figures

I’ve been stopping in Walgreens every so often to check for Moon Knight as well, but nothing locally. The shelves are pretty full of Namor and Yellow Daredevils for the most part. I have seen the 2020 Iron Man though.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:07 PM »
Actually after I saw your message, I swung by our closest Wal-Mart while out and about. That store had two Battle Cats, but nothing else. Overjoyed to find the Battle Cat though. Really like the packaging on these, haven’t had a chance to open it yet. Hopefully the figures themselves aren’t too tough to find. They seemed to have quite a bit of peg space ready for them at least.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 31, 2020, 12:31 PM »
Not sure if this should be it’s own thread or not, but here goes.

I found the Sky Sled w/Prince Adam and Battle Cat today. This line is slated to hit  August 1st both in store and online, so let the hunt begin...

Thanks Ben, good to know. Did you try to buy them? Just curious if there was a register lock or if it was worth braving our local Wal-Mart. I’m personally pretty excited for this line. I know we just had an incredible run of MOTU Classics figures, and I really love that line, but the retro toy feel of these is really neat. I at least have to get He-Man and Battle Cat, the ones that started it all for me.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:12 PM »
Since the price jumped, I really planned on being out on these figures after the He-Man/Battle Cat set. However, I recently had a BBTS order ready to ship and tossed a Transformers Soundwave figure in there for the heck of it. Not sure why, but I really liked the look of this figure. Things like this and the Ninja Turtles have always been tempting, due to nostalgia and awesome package art.

Other Toy Lines / Masters of the WWE Universe
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:09 PM »
Little bit He-Man, little bit wrestling...not sure where it belonged for sure, but it is it’s own toy line so here we go. Although I was a huge wrestling fan in the 80s and early 90s, I’ve managed to avoid wrestling figures in general aside from some of the old thumb wrestlers and LJN figures when I was a kid.  However I have grabbed a couple from this line (Macho Man and Warrior), and hope to get any other wrestlers from my childhood as I’m able to. Nice simple figures that are compatible with the upcoming MOTU Origins reboot line.

Anyways, they announced a new wave today that includes one of my favorite things...a Mr. T figure whose tag line on the box is “Heroic Pitier of Fools”. Just outstanding. Like seemingly everything else lately, this line is a Wal-Mart it will be challenging, but I must have this. Also a Jake the Snake Roberts on the way, and Hulk Hogan (but as a pack in for the ring).

I have to say, I’m pretty excited for this. I get more psyched than most for the main characters I guess, but there has really been a lack of Jedi heroes in this line overall - specifically Endor based. It would be nice to see the poncho and trench coat included though.

It is really unbelievable. Being a Wal-Mart exclusive alone is bad enough, but why couldn’t these figures be a wide release? Two Mandos (yeah, those never sell), Ahsoka’s clone, and probably one of the five (or ten) most popular characters in the entire franchise. Like every Ashoka figure ever has basically doubled in value because of demand and/or scarcity.

I get the need for retailer exclusives, I just don’t understand why these need the exclusivity at all. Plus the fact that nearly all of Wal-Mart’s exclusives this year have gone poorly (He-Man, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, etc). The figures themselves....look outstanding. I really, REALLY hope I am able to get them.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 13, 2020, 05:10 PM »
I think there is a lot to take from this one, many points already made, but I think the biggest thing is that Marvel has remained virtually the same scale for the last 20 years, while Vintage/3.75 inch are seen as an "old fogey" type of line. Let's face it, people like us who visit collectors forums are a dying breed, and younger fans/collectors have moved to or started with the 6 inch line. They're more concerned about getting 6 inch style Clone Wars and Rise of Skywalker figures than they are getting vehicles we've wanted for 30 years.

That’s a really interesting point, and probably a longer discussion thread, but something I’ve been curious about too. Really there is no way of knowing for sure, and it doesn’t impact what we are interested in one way or the other, but are the older school fans and collectors truly a “dying breed” (for lack of a better term). The most recent Black Series Fan Choice Poll really started me thinking about this again. Cody is a fine choice, sure, but I was a little surprised he won. I guess those polls have often been a little wonky, but that coupled with a lot of what I see on social media really points to the “Clone Wars Generation” inheriting things now. Not that I have a problem with that, it’s just interesting to me.

I basically enjoy most to all that we see from Star Wars, even if I’ll always look at the OT as my Star Wars in particular. I enjoy Rebels, CW, PT, ST, Solo, R1, and definitely the Mandalorian. I’ve just noticed as my daughter moved into middle school last year, a lot of kids that age (and older), really have next to no idea about the OT stuff outside of “Darth Vader” “Chewbacca”, and “Stormtroopers” unless their parents are fans. Heck, I work with a number of people in the 20-30 range who haven’t even seen those movies. I do wonder if 3 3/4” is indeed the “old people scale”, because you see very little of it. Some Fortnite, and Spinmaster is trying some stuff with DC, but that’s about it. Anyways, just getting old I guess...

Back on topic, the closest 6” scale approximation to the Sentinel I can think of is something like the Rancor. That would be crazy to see.

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