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Collections / Re: Where Does Your Collection Reside?
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:07 PM »
It was listening to the recent episodes of the Toy Run podcast (highly recommend), and they were doing a Q and A about themselves, their collecting, etc. Anyways, their answers about their collection made me think of this thread again. I'm surprised at how many collectors basically don't display much (or any) of their collections. I know I have quite a bit stored away as well, which is probably the story for the majority if us, but it always bothers me to just have stuff sitting in totes forever (part of the reason I've started to sell some of those things).

I think it can be a tough balance, particularly when you have a smaller display area, to have stuff out but at the same time not have things too full and packed to the gills. I know I've been working towards the "less is more" approach, which is an ongoing battle. Anyways, where does your collection reside these days? How much, if any, do you display?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:23 AM »
Although it isn't necessarily surprising, it is kind of sad for us as well. Like many others, memories span my childhood up to taking our daughter there as well. I grew up on a farm in a small town, so we maybe went to the "city" once or twice a year. Every once in awhile, we would get to stop by Toys R Us. At that age, it basically seemed like going to an amusement park or something. A dedicated Toy Store was so amazing to me.

I've been going there somewhat regularly with my daughter since she's been old enough to care, and even now when she is a little less into toys each year, we still enjoy going to walk around. I would say we go about once a month or so, and I always tried to give them business when we could or the price wasn't too different. It was fairly close to where we live, as is a dumpy Wal-Mart, so I'd rather give TRU the business if given the choice. I know the world, and kids, have changed....but it is another example of a nostalgic thing that doesn't have a place in the modern world.

Collector's Tips / Re: Selling a Collection
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:24 AM »
Hoe did your sale(s) end up going? Did you unload it all at once? Hope things went well.

Same here. I rarely even see WM exclusives in the wild anymore, usually relying on help or eBay. Target, or even TRU usually, is no problem at all. Stinks when there are three I'd like to get from WM this year between this and the Vintage Collection.

Yeah I don't think the price is out of line, really what did we expect after the $300 AT-ACT, etc.? I kind of wonder if it gives any idea at all of what the actual "collector base" is these days. We are clearly more divided than we have ever been, but in some ways it seems like the landscape is changing. I really don't know how many "new" collectors they are gaining with kiddos and the new movies. I know my daughter and her friends (boys and girls), have really enjoyed all the new movies, but seem to care less about the toys outside of LEGOs (well, my daughter does, probably because of me, but spends more time with LEGO.)

I sometimes feel like our group here is becoming more of the "old guard", still caring primarily about the OT, where there are also segments of fans who grew up with the PT or maybe Clone Wars was their first experience, or even Rebels. Now we have the Disney generation as well. It is all great, just more segmented than it has ever been.

Things got much more manageable for me when I decided to only display (and buy) SA original trilogy stuff. I still have my prequel stuff, but it's all packed away, and I've been slowly giving it to my kids to play with.

That said, the sail barge is OT, so it fits right in for me.

This is similar to what I've been doing as well. I do still have some prequel (and sequel/spinoff) figures displayed, but the ships have been packed away and I think some will be getting sold off. I just sold off some big lots of PT figures lately as well, but have kept the main/supporting characters and a handful of troopers. It has been a long time coming, but just the concept of possibly having this barge has kind of forced the thinning the herd concept. I just don't have room for all this stuff, with no end in sight, so it is time to decide what's most important collecting-wise.

I honestly think that this barge is worth the $500 price tag, but there is a bit of sticker shock just at once. I resolved to try and only spend on new stuff what I make off of sales from old stuff. If I can get to a point where I have a cushion for anything else I want for the rest of the year (above the barge), then I'm in as well. Going through things makes you realize how weak many of the vehicles have been the past few years. If we keep seeing more OT goodness like this, it is very exciting.

Joe Defender / The Future of G.I. Joe?
« on: March 7, 2018, 06:04 PM »
I was watching Retroblasting's most recent live stream on YouTube this week where the topic was the future of Joe. Fun stuff, but it did make me wonder if there was much future for the line. One of the greats of my childhood, especially with all the amazing vehicles, etc. included. Honestly, I felt fairly complete with modern figures, just because of the all around great 25th (and compatible) lines. I guess I thought eventually we would get a 6" Black Series styled line at some point, which I think was rumored at some point (Jeff's post on the forums I believe). Maybe we will see something if the whole Haslab model takes off.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 7, 2018, 05:58 PM »
A question for those of you that have them, but I was wondering which versions of Galactus and the Sentinel you preferred? The older Toy Biz Marvel Legends build a figures, or the somewhat more recent Hasbro Marvel Universe electronic figures. I happen to have one of each version, but as I go through my collection and totes, I wonder if I really need to have two versions of each. Trouble is, I can't decide for sure which I prefer. I think in general the Legends ones look a little cooler (especially the Sentinel), but I think the MU ones are more solid and I enjoy their lights/sounds. I may just end up keeping both, but I was curious what some of your opinions were.

Echoing McMetal's earlier post, but is anyone finding the Walgreens Mr. Fantastic yet? I haven't seen them yet personally, but noticed some reviews starting up online, so I was wondering.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: March 7, 2018, 02:37 PM »
Anyone reading comics these days? I know I recently I cut my subscription down by about 2/3 or more, with the combination of saving money and lack of space being a big factor. I've also starting reading some things digitally, which saves on space. Here's my current list:

Star Wars
Darth Vader
Amazing Spider-Man
Captain America
Marvel Two in One
X-Men Gold

I'm also reading the Infinity Countdown stuff, and will pick up the Guardians of the Galaxy comic if/when it returns. Checked out the first issue of Thrawn as well, and caught up on Runaways digitally. Plan on getting the new Avengers book when it restarts in a couple months since they are returning to a more classic cast with Cap, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Panther.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
« on: March 6, 2018, 05:38 PM »

I thought the finale was pretty good, and I'm going to miss the show. Much like Clone Wars, I thought it got better as it went along. If you watch the Rebels Recon for this week, Filoni actually confirms that Ezra and Thrawn both survived the end.

I'm really curious to see what's next. It has been a lot of fun watching this with our daughter the past four seasons, and I hope a new animated show isn't far off. I know there were rumors of a sequel trilogy time framed series. I'd really like to see a post-ROTJ series, if they were allowed to cover that time. Carry through some of these characters from CW, Rebels, and maybe some of the OT cast shows up as well.

It's tough, since they've covered much of the OT pretty well at this point. I agree with Jeff's choice of a new Skiff though.

The Ghost
Tattooine Skiff

I'd be down for pretty much anything from the OT, or OT characters from the ST as well. Picking three I'll go with:

Early Bird Chewie
Stormtrooper Han (and Luke)

Princess Leia (ANH)
Lando Calrissian (Bespin)
Han Solo (Endor)

I'll add my vote to the POTJ Bespin Han camp as well, one of my all time favorites as well, and has never got demoted from the display. I was happy to see others felt the same! I remember having a tough time finding it, and my wife being so excited when she did, so it will always hold a special place for me. The POTJ line in general is one of my favorite times of collecting.

Lots of great choices here, I'd be happy with any of those listed. I think I would stick with the classics that I always wished I had as a kid:

Death Star
Ewok Village

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:40 AM »
Agreed at a future Haslab Falcon 😉

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