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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Black Series 6" Deluxe Zeb Orrelios
« on: January 28, 2021, 08:42 PM »
I know we didnít really do a ďbest of 2020Ē thread, but I just had to bump this one up again in my appreciation of this figure. Not only was it nice to finish the Rebels crew, but Zeb was hands down one of my favorite figures from last year. Excellent job of taking an animated character and adding just enough realism to bring it into the movie universe. Iíve been close to pulling the trigger on a second one just to have another one to mess with, but just a fantastic toy. (Now if we could only get the crew in TVC as well)

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: January 28, 2021, 08:34 PM »
The biggest issue I have with Hasbro's current repaint/reissue philosophy is that it leads them to make lazy choices.

They are simply manufacturing widgets.

I couldn't agree more. 

Somebody said it before, maybe in a different thread, but how are they not at least doing re-releases of things we're seeing in The Mandalorian - Tusken Raiders, Jawas, Remnant Stormtroopers, Tank Drivers, Dark Troopers, etc.  Maybe add some different paint apps or accessories and people like me would buy them in a heartbeat.

This is exactly what I was thinking, and why a Mando focused line would be easy in a number of ways, and I believe incredibly popular. I just spent some time this week going through my loose extras tote, pulling out Stormtroopers, Biker Scouts, Tuskens, Death Troopers and other figures that have shown up so far. They could pretty easily put together waves of 6 and even include repacks like this to offset their costs. Throw in a beast assortment and a handful of vehicles and off we go!

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Carbon Freezing Chamber Playset
« on: January 26, 2021, 08:11 PM »
I picked up a second of these one of the times the price dropped on Amazon, and was finally able to open one up last week. I get some of the complaints, but I actually like it quite a bit. Looking forward to adding the second to it, but man does it take up some real estate. have to figure out where it is going first.

Little late here, but like others I had my order cancelled. Had two on preorder, got them both cancelled. Missed the second round of them as well. It has gotten to the point where it maybe is just less stressful to pay the secondary markup on these WalMart exclusives.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: January 26, 2021, 01:00 PM »
This is why the loss of the basic line sucks. I know there was a ton of vitriol around 5 POA, but it was nice for actually having some decent character selection that we likely won't be getting any other way. TVC didn't become more expansive with it's fall, we just have less options now. It would be nice if they could revive the basic line in some form or another. That there isn't a basic Mandalorian dedicated line seems like leaving money on the table if you ask me. Missed opportunity.

Agreed 100 percent. Donít get me wrong, I love my OT movie product (and the others as well), but there has definitely been a part of me that throughout watching seasons 1 and 2 that was thinking ďman, I just wish they had a dedicated 3 3/4Ē line for thisĒ, even if it was all we got for awhile. So many characters, background aliens, vehicles, beasts, etc. It almost seems like it could have had the same appeal that the vintage line did in its time. Sure, maybe more kids have moved on to video games/devices, and at an earlier age, but I think it would still be selling like crazy.

And like it was said, it isnít like things are pegwarming at retail, it is just a lot of ďone and doneĒ opportunities at the store. I was just telling my wife the other day that collecting has truly become a buy it if you see it game, or you very well wonít see it again. I even saw the Black Series Jar Jar sell from 6 down to none in about a week at our Target.

The lack of releases I donít really get. Iíve definitely heard, and believe, the whole licensing cost issue....but at the same time they license Marvel as well, and let me tell you as a Legends collector they have NO troubles getting those out. Too many really. The amount of figures per year there really is staggering. Similar for Transformers. But Star Wars and GI Joe is a trickle, and then helloooo secondary market.

I hope it isnít the end of 3 3/4Ē, but it certainly isnít the bright times for the line. It really does feel like an after thought anymore, with the company and retail in general.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: January 14, 2021, 09:59 PM »
Thatís a bummer. I still only have the original two, but Iíve been eyeing some of the others that are available at BBTS when funds are available. Tremendous figures, they really did a great job with these.

The Black Series 6" Figures / ďThe TwentyĒ
« on: January 14, 2021, 05:12 PM »
I didnít think this necessarily deserved a new topic, similar in nature. In the process of going through the collection and reorganizing things, Iíve started displaying a little less for a bit cleaner look. Although I have added shelves, there is less ďstuffĒ per shelf if that makes sense. For the Black Series, I have two sets of floating shelves that hold roughly 20 figures each (not the same shelving from my original post). One set I have dedicated strictly to Mandalorian, the moment...the other is dedicated to Empire (fave movie).

However Iíve thought in the spirit of refreshing things and rotating out I would maybe change this up. I first thought about choosing 20 OT characters, but now Iím wondering if I should just pick 20 figures from the entire saga. I was just looking for some of your thoughts on who you would choose. I was originally thinking on,y one version of each character (maybe most iconic), and sort of thought about leaving out figures that donít have the updated face printing (those just look so much better), so for the time being that sort of eliminates the New Hope crew.

The first few picks are obvious...Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2, 3PO, Vader. Then you get to a character like Obi-Wan...A New Hope, Spirit, Clone Armor? Bounty hunters...just Fett? Do you stick with OT, or go all encompassing? I guess, what would your 20 be (of figures that are available)?

I had two on preorder as well, and got the cancellation notice too. Honestly Iíd be fine with just one, sometimes I order two just to increase the chances of actually getting something that isnít destroyed from This sort of thing is becoming all too common these days (and not just with Star Wars), what is the point of having preorders for things if they are always going to be cancelled? Largest retailer in the world and they canít figure out how to get this right.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2021: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 6, 2021, 09:12 PM »
New Year, time to check in with the 2021 outlook. I know I kind of reply to myself here, but I like to have record of my plans - and also to look back in the past to see what was of interest back then. Iíve personally been a broken record as I continue to plan on cutting back, but the more nostalgia driven stuff that is released the more difficult it gets. Hereís what Iím thinking about this year:

Star Wars
Vintage Collection and Black Series. Honestly I wish I could just pick one. Vintage Collection is where my heart is, and Black Series has really been killing it for awhile now. Anything OT or Mando they want to give us, and picking and choosing elsewhere. As much as I love the variety, with all the Mando figures Iíd like to see - and more new media on the way - I sometimes wonder if they should focus primarily there.

Legends. Probably the best retail line around these days. Tons of releases, lots of variety, decent prices. I donít buy them all, and I donít know if I could even if this was the only line I collected.

MOTU Origins
I think I am all in. Iíve picked up what has been available so far, and Iím in for everything else that has been announced. This was my big line as a kid, and these remind me of those so much. Iím happy with the more collector figures from the Classics line, but Iím happy that there is this ďfunĒ line as well.

G.I Joe Classified
I love the figures, but the line is a real pain to find so far. I hope to keep going, but it depends on difficulty. Side note, Iíll keep up with the retro releases as I can (hate the WM exclusivity though)

TMNT Ultimates
I have the first wave, and I REALLY like them. A little pricier, but you do get a lot with each figure, and I like that I can just preorder them and know that theyíll show up. Less stress.

Other Stuff
I pick up the odd Transformer here and there, but I think I just about have all that Iíd want. Getting the Thundercats Ultimates as well, not sure if Iíll go all in like TMNT, but would definitely like to get the main team at least. I have found it fun to pick up samples from some Kickstarter lines, some outstanding work done there.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: December 30, 2020, 08:07 PM »
Iím veeeeery late to the H.A.C.K.S. party here, but got my very first Boss Fight figure this week, their Hero HACKS Zorro. I havenít gotten to crack it open and everything yet, but the whole thing looks amazing so far. I also have the Tarzan preordered, and I could see this being a rabbit hole too.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: December 28, 2020, 07:22 PM »
Iíd really like to get more of these, but we will see what budget allows. I did pick up Dargon and Spidrax from the first round, and absolutely love them. Those types of figures helped to remind me of how much I enjoy the 3 3/4Ē scale.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: December 28, 2020, 07:17 PM »
I really wish these werenít as pricey as they are, because every time I grab one I really wish I could get more. I did recently order my 2nd Ninja Turtle (now have Raph and Mikey), as well as Lion-O and Beagle Scout Snoopy (our family are suckers for Snoopy/Peanuts). Tempted to get more, but they add up quick. Not sure why, but I really like the Transformers in this line. They seem very cartoon accurate.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Masters of the WWE Universe
« on: December 28, 2020, 07:14 PM »
Iíve been trying to pick up the figures from this line that I remember from when I was watching wrestling, which for me runs roughly mid 80s to early 90s, when I was ALL IN with wrestling. I didnít get the first ring but ended up getting the Snake Mountain one to get Hulk Hogan. Iíve also picked up Macho Man, Warrior, and Jake the Snake. The figure I want the most, Mr T, is nowhere to be found locally or online. Looking forward to Roddy Piper and Ricky Steamboat later in 2021 as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who Were Your ďBuzz and WoodyĒ?
« on: December 3, 2020, 10:06 AM »
One other pair I forgot to mention, Super Powers Batman and Robin. Really enjoyed that line as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Who Were Your ďBuzz and WoodyĒ?
« 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 ďBuzz and WoodyĒ, 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 couldnít tell. Sadly, it is one of the few childhood toys that I just canít 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 Iíd 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.

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