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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Retro Line
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:02 PM »
Three more ďretroĒ figures announced Friday: Lady Jaye, Duke (screaming head), and Cobra Commander. They all look fine and all, and I understand getting the big guns out there....but it is starting to feel like a re-release of 25th anniversary in a lot of ways. At least the figures seem to have some improvements overall, although I donít care for Dukeís extreme expression (they were probably going for the Sunbow toon ďYo Joe!Ē opening). I am thankful for any other vehicles they may reissue though, so many I wanted as a kid. Trying to keep current with these though. Only 3 at a time so far, but still have never seen one at our WM.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe: Classified 6" Figure Line
« on: November 21, 2020, 04:58 PM »
Anyone here collecting this line? I am, but things have been so slow/hard to find it hardly feels like it. Iíve been fortunate to stay current with everything through online orders and a little bit of luck with exclusives, but honestly I donít think our Targets or Wal-Marts currently have any of the figures in stock at all.

That being said, Flint and Lady Jaye announced Friday, and I think they both look pretty great. They are very similar to their ďclassicĒ looks, which I think is what everyone wants pretty much, just updated a bit here and there. Last I saw they werenít expected until closer to summer 2021, so it looks like a continued slower pace for the line. I believe the Zartan/Cobra Trooper are due in spring. Iím sure the movie postponement changed things up as well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Funko POP!
« on: November 1, 2020, 09:16 AM »
Canít believe I never replied to this. Iíve gone through phases with Funko POPs over the years. At first I just picked up some for our daughter, then a couple for myself, then it started snowballing on both accounts and got out of hand (they make so many!). We have since gone through the great purge and sold off the vast majority of them. These days it is way more selective. I have a handful of Star Wars ones, of course, but purchase more outside of that these days.

After waddling things down,Iíve decided to focus on the various Spider-Man POPs (favorite all time character), and if there is anything special that catches the eye. The most recent ones Iíve gotten are the He-Man on Battle Cat, the Mando/Child walking together, and Michael Jordan. I do kind of like the ones based on cartoons I grew up with such as the already mentioned He-Man, and I also have the GI Joe Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. The upcoming Transformers POPs are tempting for the same reason.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: October 31, 2020, 01:19 PM »
I received Man E Faces, Trap Jaw, and Orko today from an online order, looking forward to digging into those. My order for Scareglow unfortunately was cancelled (from both WalMart and Amazon), so that is kind of a bummer. Excited for the other three though!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC Wave 1
« on: October 26, 2020, 12:59 PM »
Wow, these both look outstanding. Iíll admit that due to the slow drip of news about the TVC line I sometimes almost put it on the backburner. Then we get some nice all new reveals like this and all the love of why I started collecting in the first place comes rushing back. Hope this is just the beginning!

It reminds me once again how cool an entire Mandalorian-focused line would be. Imagine all these main/supporting characters alongside figures of oddball aliens and bounty hunters weíve seen along the way. A couple beasts, vehicles, and we are rolling.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Do You Collect/Display Vehicles?
« on: October 23, 2020, 05:51 PM »
All of my stuff is packed away, save the BMF. I also collect GI Joe and MOTU, so I have a ton of vehicles. Since space is kind of a problem, something like the Barge or Razor Crest are out of the question. Iíll say that, then buy the new Castle Grayskull next year... ::)

Same problem here, again I need to be better about limiting things or just choosing favorites to have out. Like with LEGO type stuff, I have most of the OT vehicles, not to mention things from Marvel, LOTR, etc. so, I have three LEGOs on display: the Falcon, Bag End from LOTR, and the Mega Constructs Castle Grayskull.

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 Iíve 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 / Re: Terrible Shipping Experiences?
« on: October 23, 2020, 01:26 PM »
I had an....interesting shipping experience this week. Not Star Wars related, but still relevant I think. Months ago I had preordered the Transformers G1 Blaster figure. I had always wanted one as a kid, and thought this was a good chance to grab one. I had since found it at retail (and thought I had cancelled the preordered one, but with all the WM delays/cancellations it is hard to keep it all straight). Anyways, on Tuesday night I go to let our dogs out and there is a Wal-Mart bag hanging on our doorknob. I thought it was strange, but I took a look and low and behold it is Blaster. Beat up box, just tossed in a Wal-Mart bag. They slapped the shipping sticker on the side of the bag and that was that, certainly never had a delivery like that. Now I have a Blaster I donít necessarily need, and Iíll have to see if I can return it. Aside from that sticker, there was no shipping insert or anything typically used for returns. Strange stuff.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Do You Collect/Display Vehicles?
« on: October 21, 2020, 09:23 PM »
Sounds like many of you are in the same boat. Iíve got all my prequel (and sequel) ships packed away, and have for awhile. From time to time I think I should just sell them since they donít see the light of day, but havenít pulled the trigger yet. I have basically all my OT ships (one of each type) on display shelves in a closet. Iíve always wanted to figure out a more highlighted display for the BMF Falcon (and now things like the barge and Razor Crest), but havenít quite figured that out yet. Honestly, once the Crest gets here, I really donít have a place for it. Things are going to have to change again. It may eventually get to the point that it did with LEGO, where I just display a few larger favorites.

The Vintage Collection / Do You Collect/Display Vehicles?
« on: October 19, 2020, 06:03 PM »
This could really cover any of the 3 3/4Ē 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 Iíve 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 / Re: Transformers
« on: October 16, 2020, 10:30 PM »
Ok, been awhile, and there has been some neat stuff released in the meantime....but this new wave(s) of the Studio Series line focused on the Ď86 animation looks pretty rad. I know I thought I was winding down my Transformers buying, but I find myself wanting that new Grimlock....and Hot Rod....and Jazz.....and Kup......

On a somewhat unrelated note, I found some of the R.E.D. figures at our local WM. They had Megatron and Soundwave, snagged the Soundwave (these are the Marvel Legends-esque, non transforming Transformers). I like it, but it just seems smaller than I thought, definitely couldnít just put these in with your Black Series, or Joe Classifieds, or Marvel Legends. He is shorter than all three. As a collection/display on their own they might look pretty nifty though. Remind me in a way of super sized versions of the Super 7 reaction Transformers.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: October 9, 2020, 01:24 PM »
Looks like they officially unveiled Castle Grayskull this morning. Currently up for preorder at Wal-Mart (not sure if it is WM exclusive) for $75. Looks nearly identical to the vintage one honestly, but fits right in with the overall feel of this line. Iíve always regretted not ordering the Classics Grayskull when it was available (although I still donít know where Iíd put it), so I went ahead and preordered this one. I still have my vintage one from when I was a kid, but it could use a few small repairs and TLC. It will be nice to get a shiny new, that packaging art is outstanding! (Although the typo that Iím assuming should say ďfortressĒ and not ďfortessĒ is bothering me.)

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2020: What Are You Collecting?
« on: September 26, 2020, 11:27 PM »
I know I bump this a lot, but I like to keep a little tab on myself as well.  :) So after all the goodies shown at PulseCon (and elsewhere), what is everyone looking at picking up going forward? I keep planning on really narrowing things down, but it has been such a golden time for fans/collectors of 80s properties. Here we go:

Star Wars Vintage Collection and Black Series. Iíve been getting most from both, but really hoping to lean more towards OT (and Mando), weíll see. Lots of great stuff. Hoping to be able to back the Razor Crest too.

Marvel Legends, and maybe this new retro line. Iíve been pretty in on these too, but itís.....a lot. Kind of gravitate towards this classic 70s/80s looks when they do them, and I do have an MCU display as well.

GI Joe Classified. Really enjoy this line, but it is difficult to collect right now with exclusives/rarity. Iíve done ok so far, and will probably continue for anything that is somewhat similar to the characters/toys I grew up with. The retro stuff is neat, but WM exclusives so a pain

Masters of the Universe Origins. Love it. Fairly inexpensive, not terrible to keep up with outside of the current WM exclusivity.

Super 7 Ultimates Putting this as a single category, but really covers TMNT and Thundercats. Got the first waves of each in the past month and I really like them. The Turtles in particular are outstanding. The down side is price, but it is nice just being able to put your order in and know youíll get them when they are ready to ship.

I also grab the odd Transformer here or there, but that looks to be winding down a bit going forward (Beast Wars was neat and all, but a little past my main time of interest). Looking at the list, it is too many lines...too much stuff. I know there will always be some Star Wars and Marvel coming in, after that Iíll have to budget things and see.  Probably try to keep up with Origins, and the TMNT Ultimates for now. Thundercats Iíd like to complete the main team. Joes is going to be pick and choose, and overall just being more selective.

One wildcard thing Iíd like to see in 2021: With the combo of the Lucasfilm Anniversary and the 40th of Raiders of the Lost Ark, a nice Black Series type, photo real Indiana Jones.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:54 PM »
These look great, always loved me some Roboto. Hopefully the rumors of WM exclusivity being over a little early are true. It has been a mess (at least locally). I was able to get the first wave eventually, but only because I asked someone if they had any and they brought me a set from the back. Still havenít seen any on the pegs until this week, when our closest store had about 6 each of only He-Man and Skeletor. I found a couple Battle Cats at the beginning, still havenít seen the Sky Sled at all.

Psyched about what is on the way though. Glad it seems we will be getting a Grayskull. I always regret not biting the bullet to get the Classics version, it seemed so pricey at the time. Since then Iíve ponied up for the Sail Barge though so I guess times have changed.  Just a fun line overall though, hope it continues.

The only one of these I really want is Hondo, but looks like everything sold out instantly at our store as well. It has been amazing to watch between stuff like these, GI Joe Classified, MOTU Origins, or the NECA Turtle difficult it is to be a collector these days. First world problem, obviously, but it is way more stressful than it should be.

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