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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 exclusive...so 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).

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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.

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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.

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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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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 11, 2020, 05:48 PM »
And funded/backed in one day....wow. Now on to what essentially amounts to “stretch” goals for the Sentinel. I am a Legends collector/fan, but not sure if I’m in for this as cool as it looks. Space is always a premium, and I’d rather save those larger display areas for Star Wars.

Side note, is this evidence that Marvel is that much bigger then Star Wars or Transformers? I realize there is a price difference, and the army building aspect, but one day is pretty impressive. I guess Marvel is likely larger on a general population scale, but for some reason it still seemed like Star Wars was the biggest collecting game in town (just looking at it nostalgically). Not the case it seems.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 11, 2020, 12:16 AM »
So it looks like the long rumored Haslab Marvel Legends Sentinel was revealed today. This big guy is 26” tall, LED lights, 72 points of articulation, and includes a Bastion figure. $350 by August 24, anyone biting on this? I’d be partly tempted if we didn’t know another Star Wars TVC one was going to be announced this year as well. I can really only swing maybe one of these type of projects each year. Looks like it is closing in on 5000 of the 6000 needed backers in the first 12 ish hours though, wow..

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Too Much Stuff?
« on: June 13, 2020, 10:26 PM »
Bumping up another oldie here. We were going through our garage this weekend and trying to condense/clean things out and this subject kind of came to the forefront again. One side of the garage is totes of our daughter’s old toys (she will be 13 next month), and the other is basically filled with totes of my stuff that I don’t have displayed. Now, I’ve gone through over the past 5-10 years and sold of quite a bit, but I’ve also continued buying in that time as well.

At this point I basically have at least a handful of figures (or in some cases, much more) from the following properties:

Star Wars
Marvel
DC
Masters of the Universe
GI Joe
Transformers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
LEGO
Lord of the Rings

Not to mention the one or two off type things there as well. We had a Funko POP phase in our house, still some of those about. I have a couple Playmobil things (Ghostbusters Ecto 1 and DeLorean), and all of my prequel/CW/sequel vehicles and beasts are out there too.

I guess what I’m saying is.....still too much stuff! I really do enjoy it,but still struggle with how much is really enough of it all. Branching into 6” didn’t help things either, and as usual, focusing in on one franchise would help immensely. I think I’m going to be doing another purge here, but this one might have to be a bit deeper. I keep waiting for that “some day” when I’ll have this huge collecting area, but I know that isn’t coming. Anyone else still fighting the “stuff/junk” battle?

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: May 23, 2020, 04:25 PM »
More neat Legends reveals for “Fan First Friday’s” yesterday, rounding out the Spidey retro wave with Electro, Green Goblin, and Daredevil (Armored). Also a real nice classic Moon Knight, which is unfortunately a Walgreens exclusive (better than Wal-Mart). Then, at the end, they showed a tease of the rumored Haslab Sentinel. They showed a leg next to a Legends Jubilee and Wolverine, which looked to come up to approximately mid calf?!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Kenner Retro Collection - ESB
« on: May 23, 2020, 04:10 PM »
Originally got an order in for five of the six (no Fett of course), and they’ve started shipping individually. First this past Thursday was Lando, who came in a box the same size as the card back and surprisingly arrived just fine. Then today I add my name to the “Wal-Mart horror story” list I’ve been seeing online. Hoth Han showed up in a decent sized box, with no packing at all inside. The card back looks like it was rolled up, then run over by a truck. Leia and Yoda are on tap for this week, we’ll see. Luke for some reason is backordered.

I normally wouldn’t care as much since I’m an opener, but my main reason for picking these up is to get “carded” vintage figures since I likely won’t ever be able to afford actual vintage carded figures. I really wish they would stop giving Wal-Mart exclusives.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: May 7, 2020, 03:34 PM »
I didn’t want to muddy up the Archive Vote thread with this, but honestly I’d take Archive face scanned redos of pretty much all the old ANH figures we’ve gotten. Since the new face techniques started up, those have really started looking out of place. It would at least be nice to see the trinity of Han, Luke, and Leia get this treatment at the very least. Heck, put them in a three pack if you have to. “Heroes of the Rebellion”

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SDCC Vintage Deco Boba Fett

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I’m not sure what Wave number this is, but the repack wave (Han/Luke/Lando/3PO) hit Target here today. I was interested only because of the face scan updates, and this box at least was a little hit and miss. The Bespin Han Solos in this case were pretty great, and Lando looked pretty good as well. The Luke’s, while not as bad as some I’ve seen, were just a little off - and I couldn’t bring myself to pick one up. The others were nice updates, but I almost think the previous version of this Luke looked better.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Ever Sell An Item and Later Regret It?
« on: April 8, 2020, 07:34 PM »

Most things that I've sold I haven't regretted it for a minute though.  The entire carded collection, Unleashed, 12", Micro Machines, Die Cast, prequel LEGO... getting things more focused has been great.

Same here. I’ve unloaded a ton of stuff over the last several years, and continue to do so. Not even for money so much (sometimes just giving it away), more so just wanting to clear things out and streamline. Very rarely have regrets, but every so often there is a figure or two I wish I would have hung onto.

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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)

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: April 8, 2020, 12:07 PM »
90s Spider-Man TAS Marvel Legends Mysterio!

I lucked out and was able to get the 2018 ML Mysterio for retail, but man, I love the colors on this one. I grew up on the 90s Spidey animated series and the ToyBiz toyline, so I went ahead and preordered.

I’m so in on this 90s retro line. I’ve liked the other releases they have done so far, but this Spidey-centric one really has me excited. I got the previous Mysterio as well (great figure), but already have this preordered. Honestly, these Legends retro lines, and stuff like the 40th Anniversary Star Wars (or OT vintage collection) are really the only things I keep a carded set of. Just love that old school packaging.

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