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Opening up the 6 inch figures saves TONS of space. I'm just beginning that journey. Plus, I get the nostalgia for carded TVC figures considering the history there. But is anyone really clamoring to keep 6 inch figures in the generic packaging?

I had to order mine from Big Bad Toy Store. I debated ordering a second, but at that price, one is good for now. I'll probably change my mind, but I'm somewhat holding out for a MAFEX or SH Figuarts version from Japan.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2022: What Are You Collecting?
« on: February 3, 2022, 03:39 PM »
Pretty much the same thing as what I listed in 2021...

Star Wars - Black Series and any cool SH Figuarts or MAFEX offerings from Japan.

Marvel - Mostly Legends, with a focus on Spider-Man and his rogue gallery. I'm also going after X-Men stuff, particularly Jim Lee designs or anything based on the 90s Animated Series. The MAFEX comic line is fantastic in this regard, and thankfully the limited number of releases each year helps with the high prices.

DC - I guess MacFarlane is releasing the unreleased DC Direct Batman TAS figures... I know those are all cel shaded, which would make them match the upcoming Hasbro animated X-Men stuff, but do I REALLY need to drop $40 after shipping on repaints? Not sure that I do. If not, I'll buy any cool stuff that MAFEX releases that catches my eye. Again, would very likely be limited to any Batman TAS stuff.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett (Spoilers)
« on: February 3, 2022, 03:28 PM »
Another great episode, mainly because it had nothing to do with Boba Fett. :P

Deepfake Luke looked so much better than he did in Mandalorian S2 finale. I know Lucasfilm hired that YouTuber who made a much better version, so if this was his work, fantastic job. Those ant droids were cool too! I need to go back and check to see if the temple they were building is similar/different from the one Kylo destroys in TLJ because I'm thinking they could use that as a way to say Grogu survived the First Order. "Kylo only destroyed ONE of Luke's temples, surprise! There actually were Jedi in the Sequels, now start liking the movies!"

A few things I disliked:

- I know Legends Luke did away with the "no attachment" rule (considering he gets a wife and a kid) so it was weird to see him following the same rule that turned Anakin to the Dark Side. I've seen people theorize that the ending is going to be a "fakeout" and Luke is going to train Grogu while allowing him to see Mando every so often.

- I would think that the first meeting between Luke and Ahsoka would be a much bigger deal. Maybe they're saving that for the Ahsoka series?

- Wouldn't Cad Bane be in his 70s at this point in the timeline? Cool seeing him regardless, even if he's just going to be fodder for Boba (assuming they actually let Boba do anything). Makes me wish Disney had let the Clone Wars team finish the series, as I believe there was a Young Boba/Bane storyline that ended with a duel. Would be cool to have that backstory to up the stakes.

Book of Boba Fett Finale day makes me think this will be MORE Boba junk. I'd be happy with a Black ChrisHansen figure, and I'd die laughing if they reveal figures for the Power Rangers Moped Gang.

Hmm… saw the pics on YakFace’s Instagram. So basically the previous Deluxe BOBF Boba figure but with the ROTJ/Cobb Vanth deco. It’s a WM exclusive, so not like I have a shot at it anyway, but I’m thinking I can skip this one and not be missing anything.

Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones Line Announced
« on: January 29, 2022, 03:42 PM »
I'm also kind of shocked that they're returning to Indy. It's not like the 2008 line was a hot seller, even if I thought the figures were fantastic.

That said, I'm not sure I can support or find space for ANOTHER 6 inch line. I'd probably buy Indy just to have an Indy, but I honestly kind of have no desire to collect a full line again at a new scale.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett (Spoilers)
« on: January 26, 2022, 06:50 PM »
Yeah, it definitely hammered home the point that BoBF is filler until Mando Season 3. I'll have a few thoughts once more people see it, but I enjoyed the episode essentially being a love letter to Phantom Menace.

It feels like they blew 99% of the BoBF budget on this episode alone.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett (Spoilers)
« on: January 24, 2022, 07:44 PM »
Thought the latest episode was just okay, although it was eons better than the first 3 episodes.

The best part was Boba going bezerk on that biker gang when he got Slave I back. THAT'S the Boba I've wanted from this show the whole time! Cold, calculating, and showing no remorse. (And personally, Slave I is so ingrained into my head that I'll keep calling it that... sucks that the majority of the show's criticisms will now be focused on the name change).

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: January 12, 2022, 02:46 PM »
Welp, this week's episode sucked. Started off decently but just collapsed after a certain point. The common denominator there seems to be Robert Rodriguez, as he didn't direct last week's episode and it was pretty good.

We're at 1 good episode out of 3, and only have what, 4 episodes left? And the plot is all over the place and moving at a snail's pace. That does not bode well! Especially when episode runtimes are 38 minutes, including 2 minute recaps and 6 minutes of credits...

Spoiler specific thoughts and gripes:

Good lord was that swoop gang awful! They came off like some corporate suits read a report indicating that Lucas liked to put 1950s vehicle references in his movies, and decided to do the same. They just went about it in the wrong way. Those hot rod swoop bikes are completely out of place in Star Wars, especially on Tatooine. The outfits were awful too... too much like what normal people would wear in the modern day. Pretty sure I saw Cyborg Eye Guy wearing a blazer/hoodie combo at one point. They're so lame that I'm expecting a Disney+ spinoff show announcement any day now.

The "chase" through Mos Espa was bad too. It felt like they were going about 5mph tops.

Stephen Root as the guy who overcharges for water! And a Danny Trejo Rancor Keeper figure is not something I knew I needed.

BMF Wookiee gets the jump on Boba and... tries to kill him with his bare hands?

If the Pyke Syndicate is so powerful, why do they come to Tatooine on the public transportation that Anakin and Padme used to hide in in AOTC?

Boba Fett isn't respected and is called an old man at one point. Far cry from the guy who stares down Lando while he cringes at his friend screaming during a torture session.

8D8's presentation on the gangs feels like something we should have seen in the first episode.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: January 5, 2022, 11:47 PM »
A much, MUCH better episode than last week. The "modern" portion was intriguing and left me wanting more, although the mayor's majordomo is still pretty cringeworthy and doesn't "fit" into Star Wars. Boba building his gaffi stick was the coolest part of the flashback to me. Don't want to post too many spoilers so I'll post some more thoughts later.

Easy pass for me since my area wound up being flooded with these so I have two already. I'd have totally bit if it were the new Boba sculpt.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Airing of Grievances
« on: January 4, 2022, 01:08 PM »
There's a lot to grieve about, most of which has already been mentioned. My three biggest gripes at the moment are:

1. The way you have to buy figures now. You have a 5-15 minute window to preorder figures online, if that, and if you miss it, it's gone forever because most of the exclusives sell out and are never put back up. Meanwhile, you can't find anything at retail. I understand retail has other pressing issues, but Hasbro doesn't seem to want to bother since I assume they make all the money on their limited run figures.

2. Hasbro's lack of enthusiasm for the line. It's painful watching the Marvel Legends reveals and seeing either a slew of new figures, or repaints that make sense. For example, I'm loving the retro Spider-Man figures on the 90s Animated Series cardbacks... those are a GREAT mix of new/kitbashed figures, or repaints that are accurate to the cartoon. And even then, the people in the presentations are just so excited to show the stuff off. Then you get to these boring Star Wars reveals where it's a corporate suit spouting out corporate buzzwords while introducing a metallic repaint that costs double the price of a basic figure. It just feels like the line is an afterthought, and Hasbro doesn't care about it anymore.

3. The fanbase. Long gone are the days where we critique and analyze everything from figure inaccuracies to articulation in a friendly manner. Now, the sequels have brought in new collectors who eat all of these repaints up with a spoon, and if they see any criticism whatsoever, they pounce on you with the "shut up and buy it and then get excited to buy the next repaints." I know we had arguments in the old days, but you never felt personally attacked for the most part. Now you're "not a real Star Wars fan" if you don't want to buy Carbonized Boba Fett or Obi-Wan: the 10 Year Old Rerelease of a Not So Hard To Find Figure. Forums like these are unfortunately a dying breed, being replaced by things like Discord and Reddit, where if you don't follow along with the groupthink mentality, you get downvoted to oblivion, or outright banned.

Having typed all of that out, it makes me realize... it's not really fun to collect at the moment. Hopefully things start to change soon.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: December 29, 2021, 12:57 PM »
It was… an episode of a TV show, that’s for sure.

At least the leaked spoilers I read didn’t come to fruition, at least not yet.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2021, 10:35 PM »
I see you’re still sticking with the denim.

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