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The Vintage Collection / Do You Keep a Carded Set of TVC?
« on: July 8, 2024, 09:30 PM »
I personally am not really a carded collector at all, but since the VOTC days…continuing to present day…I’ve kept up with the OT characters. It branched off to prequels, sequels, and Mandoverse stuff as well for a bit…but I’ve since sold those off. I do really like having the OT ones, probably primarily out of nostalgia, but they just keep getting put in a tote, that is in storage. Another one of those “some day” things, but honestly I can’t ever see having a wall (or let’s face it, at this point, a room) full of carded figures.

I guess I’m trying to decide if I want to keep these or start selling them off. It is one of those things where I do like having them, but we also have some large vet bills, and this would speed along the process of pay off. Just curious if any of you have been continuing on with a carded set (in addition to loose), or if space (or figure prices) has slowed that down. Just another crazy collector, first world problem 😉

Other Toy Lines / Starting Lineup
« on: September 30, 2022, 06:59 PM »
I meant to post something about this the other day when they launched, and now the whole narrative around them is the price (which is crazy), but outside of that I was/am kind of excited about these. I had many of the vintage lines from the various sports, and the thought of having possible versions of my favorite athletes sounded very cool. Add to that, I am a huge NBA fan, so this first wave speaks to me quite a bit. As much as I’m tired of talking/hearing about rising prices, it is definitely an issue here and that kind of stinks. I realize there are probably a lot of licensing things going on with the league, teams, players, and shoe companies…and they seem to maybe be going for a slightly different audience than the normal action figure collector. We’ll see how these do. I’m still excited, but the price will probably keep me from being “all in” to picking some favorites. If they get into 80s/90s Legends….yeesh that will be tougher.

Joe Defender / Super 7 G.I. Joe Ultimates
« on: July 15, 2021, 02:38 PM »
Just announced today, Super 7 is doing a G.I. Joe Ultimates line in the same style as their Thundercats, Turtles, Silverhawks, etc lines. Looks like they are based on the style of the cartoon. First wave is Duke, Snake Eyes with Timber (commando), Cobra Commander, and Cobra BAT.

I’ve already been in on the Classified Series (when I can find them), so I don’t need another line, but wow these look good. I know I’m at least in for Snake Eyes. I think my earliest Joe memory was of him and Timber in that first mini series. Still the one I revisit the most.

Watto's Junk Yard / Who Were Your “Buzz and Woody”?
« on: November 28, 2020, 05:42 PM »
I have to credit our very own Scott (OCB), who posted in a thread years ago that the vintage Hoth Han Solo and Bespin Luke Skywalker (if I an remembering correctly) were his own “Buzz and Woody”, meaning the toys that he took with him everywhere. That always stuck with me as an excellent example of what many of us feel about certain toys growing up. Were there any specific go-to figures for you growing up?

For me, it was probably a few examples. In Star Wars it was definitely my Chewbacca, Endor Han Solo, and Jedi Luke Skywalker. Any combination of 2-3 of these were always in an adventure, and were most definitely my most played with SW figures.

Other examples: MEGO Spider-Man. My only MEGO figure (their heyday was slightly before my time), but the first action figure I remember, and was with me constantly. I remember being so bummed when one of his legs broke at the knee, and we super glued it, but with the cloth costume covered it so you really couldn’t tell. Sadly, it is one of the few childhood toys that I just can’t find now. Bums me out.

I also had many an adventure with 1985 Snake Eyes and 1983 Duke from GI Joe. Duke was my very first Joe, and that Snake Eyes is the figure I remember searching for the most in my childhood. Loved that figure so much.

Outside of action figures I’d have to mention a small plush Snoopy that I drug around a lot as a kiddo, always had a spot of Snoopy and the Peanuts world.

LEGO / LEGO Sesame Street
« on: October 23, 2020, 01:32 PM »
Has anyone seen this recently announced LEGO Sesame Street set? It is a LEGO Ideas set, and looks to be over 1300 pieces with figures of Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Oscar, and Cookie Monster. I have admit I’ve really slowed on LEGO purchases this year due to space and our daughter losing interest a bit, but am for some reason drawn to this. Kinda neat. Looks like release is Nov 1.

The Vintage Collection / Do You Collect/Display Vehicles?
« on: October 19, 2020, 06:03 PM »
This could really cover any of the 3 3/4” lines, but most currently with TVC. Also timely with the Razor Crest campaign. Anyways, do you collect vehicles? From the beginning I have pretty much collected the majority of vehicles, and over the years it scaled back to OT era stuff only (recently adding in the Mandalorian stuff). Now I focus only on TVC releases (although at this point that is all there is anyways), and just became a Crest backer last week as well. I do love them, but they sure do take up a lot of space too. I know I’ve seen a number of people who just stuck to the figures over the years due to that reason. I was just wondering how many of you here collect and/or display the Star Wars vehicles?

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).

Other Toy Lines / Ever Sell An Item and Later Regret It?
« on: April 8, 2020, 12:18 PM »
Since so many of us have been collecting for a long time, inevitably it seems like you eventually run out of room or change interests - or whatever - and decide to sell something off. Over the years, is there anything you look back on and later think “really wish I would have held onto that”.

Personally I’ve had a few things, although it was for a good reason. Years ago we had one of those stretches where everything was kind of hitting at once with bills, repairs, etc and we needed the extra cash. As much as I regret missing some of that stuff now, it helped us out in a pinch without having to use credit cards and all that. Anyways, here’s a few off the top of my head:

Star Wars Clone Wars (sold most of these actually, kept around 20 of my favorites)

MOTU Classics Scare Glow, Swiftwind, etc. (I kept most of this line, but sold off a lot of the She Ra figures from the subscription, and some of the other high dollar figures. Scare Glow was my biggest regret because I really enjoy toys of that character. Too expensive to reacquire at this point)

Marvel Legends BAF Ronan (A few others as well, but this one is pricey to get a hold of now)

Although there aren’t a ton of properties still left untouched, is there anything you’d like to see a modern toyline of? We’ve got a number of ongoing properties like Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, and Turtles.....and other things covered anywhere from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, the new six inch Joes, all the way down to the recent Zica Toys Sectaurs line.

Of the things that are left untouched, the big two for me would be M.A.S.K. and Silverhawks. I guess Silverhawks was fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, but I was a fan as a kid and would love to see a modern update. It would be great if we could still get some vac metal in there too, but that might be wishful thinking. M.A.S.K. probably has even greater potential with the vehicle aspect. I don’t know whether to stick in the same scale or change. I’d say 6” is out just because of the vehicles being so important. I really love that they did the 3 3/4” Matt Trakker figure in the Joe line years back, and really hoped that would be the start of a spinoff line. I’d be happy to see either or both return.

The Vintage Collection / Top 5 Vintage Collection of 2019
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:11 PM »
I know we don’t do this a lot anymore, but I’m always curious to see what everyone’s favorite things were that were released this year. I know items are overall more limited for TVC these days, so feel free to include any items, in any order:

1 - Jabba’s Sail Barge (the Khetanna)
2 - Imperial Stormtrooper
3 - Han Solo - Stormtrooper (Target)
4 - Saelt Marae (Yakface)
5 - Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter

Honorable Mentions: Scarif Stormtrooper, Klaatu, Lando Calrissian, Zorii Bliss, Sith Jet Trooper, and any OT with new faces and/or new cardbacks (X-Wing Luke, Chewbacca, R2, Jawa, etc.)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Top 5 Black Series of 2019
« on: December 30, 2019, 08:59 PM »
I know we don’t always do this here anymore, but I was kind of curious what everyone’s favorite Black Series items were for this year. Make your list however you want, ordered or not ordered, regular releases and exclusives, figures or whatever. Doesn’t necessarily have to be the “best” 5, but just your favorite. Since they’ve added the face scans, tough to get a bad figure in this line anymore. Here’s mine in no particular order (going by the Amidala/Mimban Han/Mace/etc as 2019’s first wave):

1 - The Mandalorian (regular and carbonized release)
2 - Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi (Walgreens)
3 - Chewbacca w/C-3P0 (Amazon)
4 - Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight (Wal-Mart)
5 - Cara Dune

Honorable mentions: Mace Windu, Han Solo (Mimban), Emperor with Throne, Heavy Infantry Mandalorian, General Grievous

Other Toy Lines / Scooby Doo Figures
« on: November 20, 2019, 02:32 PM »
Ok, I know this probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve always been a Scooby Doo fan since I was a kid, and noticed some figure 2 packs on a recent trip to Wal-Mart. They are very similar to figures my daughter had when she was younger, and some may even be repacks from then. At any rate, they are two packs containing one Mystery Gang member and one of the classic cartoon baddies. Even better, they are priced at less than $6 a pack ($5.82 I think?). Our store only had the Scooby and Shaggy sets, but I understand the whole gang is available. I think it is for the 50th anniversary. They aren’t necessarily “highly detailed”, but kind of neat for the price if you want a Scooby Doo to hang out in the display. Roughly 5” scale I think.

I was curious to get some of your opinions on this. I was working on my display recently, and although the majority of my collection is 3 3/4” stuff, I have picked up quite a bit of Black Series at this point as well. I keep six floating shelves in our basement (3 for MCU based Legends, 3 for Black Series), and sort of rotate figures in and out as I want. They hold (without overcrowding) roughly 12-15 figures each. Although my display is OT-dominated, it got me to thinking,which 12-15 characters would best represent each trilogy? Which version of the main characters would be the go to? This wouldn’t necessarily have to only apply to Black Series, definitely could be Vintage Collection as well. My display just got me to thinking about it, so if this topic belongs elsewhere I understand. Just curious to hear others’ thoughts.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Walmart Black Series 6" Jedi Knight Luke
« on: September 23, 2019, 10:21 PM »
I know it isn't necessarily a rumor since there was photo evidence last week, but that upcoming Jedi Luke looks pretty rad. Only bummer is that I think it is rumored to be Wal-Mart exclusive.

Other Toy Lines / What Toyline Would You Most Like to See?
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:38 PM »
If you could pick a toy line(s) that aren't currently out there, what would you like to see made? A new scale on an old favorite? A modern version of a line from your childhood? Maybe something based on a movie, show, cartoon, book or comic that you'd like to see done? Admittedly, with the tremendous runs of 3 3/4" Star Wars and GI Joe, various incarnations of the Transformers, and Masters of the Universe (and soon to be Thundercats) classics, not to mentions Superheroes from each of the big two...a lot of my childhood favorites have been covered. Here is a few off the top of my head, in no particular order:

1: M.A.S.K. - I didn't have a lot of it as a kid, but loved what I had and always wanted more. Seems like it could maybe do well today with a modern version

2. Silverhawks - Kind of went hand in hand with Thundercats for me, and to a lesser extent He-Man. The toy lines then weren't exactly compatible, but could be now. A nice line of Silverhawks classics.

3. 6" scale G.I. Joe - This, like Star Wars, is first and foremost a 3 3/4" line, but I think there is room for a larger scale line as well. Between the 25th/30th/50th etc. lines I'm fairly happy with my modern Joe collection in that scale, and there is just something about imagining a Marvel Legends styled Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow display

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