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It didn't bother me...  at least it was very background characters and stuff.  I'm ok with that.  They get around.  At least it wasn't like they had a run-in with Chewbacca like Yoda did, or whatever. 

Yeah I haven't yet either but I'm going to.  I'm getting some random things in order first, but yeah really I have no clue where this thing is going.  Like I said, just days ago this wasn't on my radar.  Today it is.  If it fails, I'm no worse off.  If it succeeds great, I want one. 

I'm hearing there is some brow beating going on...  telling people they're not real collectors if they don't support it, blah blah blah.  F that noise.  If you can't you can't.  If you simply can't justify the price, that's you and your business, nobody else, and I hate that some folks are taking this as a chance to **** on other people's fandom or passion.  For some it's just not financially viable.  For others, it's financially viable, but tough to justify.  I've literally had cars that cost less and were my daily drivers for years, and so that's a lot for a piece of plastic.  Can't fault anyone their feelings on the matter really.

I mean if you're bitching it's not worth it because the Flagg was $100 30+ years ago, you're not really seeing the broader picture I think.  But if you're just not able to justify or come up with it, hey, that's cool. 

This will sink or swim on its own merits.  Collectors will rise to the occasion or they won't.  Some have talked a lot, and I think there are quite a few who won't back that talk up.  Those people suck, haha.  But I mean hey, if you can't because you just can't, whatever.  It's just a toy.  And I still get my tank anyway.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 3
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Rogue One TVC 2-pack...  the Pals forever set.   ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:33 PM »
A Jesse James review.  My day is now a better day!   ;D

Hah, thanks man.  I know I don't do much like this, but I'm also not sent a review sample too often either, haha.  When I saw the Ubiquitous I went and asked them about it directly and we got to talking about the concept and everything.  They're a cool company, think outside the box I feel. 

Thanks guys for the positive remarks, I appreciate that.  Obviously I'm not a skilled photographer like Jayson is, and this was my first light box set up and everything.  I'm trying to improve that angle of anything I do wind up reviewing though.  I'd like to maybe do some reviews of some of these smaller toy lines like Vitruvian HACKS and such for our readers because that stuff is different, but high quality.

With a return to TVC I wouldn't mind reviewing cool figures again when I have time, but time is something we all wish we had more of it seems. 

On the lighting, Lando, these are all self-contained I THINK.  I cannot say that definitively because the company sent me the non-lighted kit, however it is done with micro-USB cables that I believe connect to a "battery box panel", essentially.  A single panel has the Nova name embossed on it (this is in the instruction manual which is very generic and for all the different sets they make).  This panel has a box screwed into the back with 4 micro USB ports it appears, and the instructions explain how to route their micro USB cables between the interior and exterior panels. 

You then just plug the other end into each light unit's port for the cables.  I'm assuming when you get the lighted kit then, there is some pre-wired LED panel in there since all these "cases" that hold them in are screwed into the back of even the non-lighted system.  I took one apart (they're screwed in) and it just is missing the wired LED panel from inside.

The "Nova" embossed panel and any of the micro USB cables are the only things my set didn't come with.  And of course none of the wired innards of the light panels are there when you take them apart.

You can light the non-lighted system if you know how to wire LEDs, which I do and it's not too horrible, but their system seems very compact and perfect for their design, obviously.  I've never done wiring with micro-USB cables, rather just a battery box and LEDs to it haha.

If you're hell bent on a lighted set up I really recommend their kit.  It seems to run about $100.  It also is remote controllable, and you can change the LED colors with the flip of a button.  Red, purple, green, white...  a rainbow of colors and things.  Pretty slick stuff really.  I'm glad you guys liked it and thanks for the kind words again.  I appreciate that. 

I'm not sure how to read the backing numbers so far...  It's a short time, but at the same time I've seen other KS campaigns fly past this in terms of funding.  I don't know.  Hope it's made.  I'm not any worse off if it isn't though.  I had 0 expectation of them doing anything like this just a few days ago, so I'm not going to flip my wig if it fails.  I hope it doesn't though.


Just wanted to post for the curious, but Marauder Gun Runners are knee deep in their newest Kickstarter, which is all World War II figures and weapons!  They already are very well into stretch goals.  The project was funded within 24 hours and their stretches go from paratroopers and falschimjagers (German paratroopers), to Japanese, US Marines, North African British and German infantry, and so much more! 

This is an ambitious project with tons of new parts simply because there isn't as easy a reuse of parts across the different figures.  Lots of unique tooling going on, tons of new headsculpts, and weapons out the ying yang.

I think if you're at all into this era you're going to love this line!  Jump in now and support it!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:54 AM »

Not to draw any money away from any of the myriad of kickstarters out there right now, but...

Vitruvian HACKS Wave 1 stuff (Greek warriors/mythology stuff) is on sale right now through Boss Fight's store!  Enter PRESIDENTSDAY for 20% off which makes for a nice tidy way to pick up a Medusa, or some Greek Troopers you've been putting off buying.

While there pick up instant dead Owen/Beru figures in buying a couple skeletons for $14.99 each too. :)

Seriously, the skeletons are awesome, but so are the rest of the figures.  My brother backed them all-in and I was able to mess with the figures before he came to pick them up and they're great quality stuff.  I ordered a couple Greeks and a Medusa tonight.  Not a lot but enough to have a spot on my collection shelves.

Toy Reviews / Nova Ubiquitous Action Figure Displays
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:33 PM »
(Clicky to read my impressions)

We recently received a sample from the company "Nova" for their soon-to-be-released Ubiquitous Action Figure Displays system.

What the hell is that!?  Well, read the review and you'll find out, but the short answer is a scale-neutral action figure display system that is customizable to virtually any configuration you could want.

I enjoyed it, and would liken it to GTP Space Walls but more versatile (IE: not Death Star specific looking) and display options are much more numerous.  It's tough for me to compare them to one another, I consider them wholly separate and complimentary, not competitive, but check it out for yourself!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:28 PM »
Well not a lot of updates to this for a long time, and not Playset specific, but I thought I'd post in here an article I did with a review.

The review was from a sample we were sent by Nova, for their Ubiquitous Display system.

It's sort of like the GTP Space Walls, but different.  I'd say the name explains it all fairly well, but they are a more customizable system.  A bit more versatile way to make scifi/industrial/military looking backgrounds for your action figures.  They're scale-neutral.  They're interesting and while the concept isn't new, I would say it's not been this polished.

The sets are entirely injection molded plastic, no resin or 3D prints, and in general just the kind of thing I think collectors might enjoy having as a display option.

Check out my review please, and feel free to chat up the topic here till we maybe make a thread otherwise for it.

PS: I took pictures with 6" figures for reference only.  I don't really collect them but I wanted to show they're quite at home in this system even though I obviously focus on 3.75" figures throughout it.

Any questions or concerns about my photography skills can be addressed by donating to the "Buy Jesse a nice camera fund". :)


Almost forgot that there was even some Centerpiece news from NYTF...

Linking to Adam's pic of the Kylo Ren Stopping Blaster Bolt scene.

Looks like something that'll maybe translate ok to 3.75" again if not for the footprints in the sand.  If those are ignorable or fillable and I can get the piece for uber clearance, I think it'd look slick for Jakku Jedha or Tatooine for my 3.75" figures. 

Hey, I'm easy.

Solo / Re: Toy Fair 2018
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:03 PM »
Forgot about those honestly.  If it weren't for the astromech group I'm on on facebook I'd have forgotten about them totally since that group hasn't stopped bitching about them since they saw them.  ::)

But at least you can write in cursive

Hah.  I've almost forgotten how to do that at this point. 

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:05 PM »
I can find uses for those easily in any diorama or whatever, even if they're not film things.  I'm kinda hoping they're in the movies though.  I really was impressed that they did seem to heed some collector griping there though, and while keeping the sentiment of big firing cannons, made them at least "fit in" and not look so silly.  Now if they'd only do something similarly clever for Deluxe figures, if those continue in some fashion. 

Almost everyone in the US does.  It's pretty common.  It's also a cycle and something they don't teach you about in High School for basic adulting later in life haha.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: February 18, 2018, 04:57 PM »
Gotta say I'm shocked more people aren't talking about how nice these look.  5POA sure, but the results are so superior to what we had been getting I feel actually excited to own both these. :-\

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