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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:07 PM »
Saw it this weekend as well. It isn't bad, and I certainly thought it was better than B v S or Suicide squad, but much like Darby mentioned, I think they could have done more. I thought virtually everyone did very well, although the villain was weak. I'd say Barry Allen stole the show and the rest of the cast was solid too. I was someone who wanted to see Grant Gustin (TV's Flash, love that show) continue into the movie verse, but Ezra Miller did pretty great as well. I kinda hope they continue with stories of this league, but with the abysmal box office it is today it is hard to say.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 7, 2017, 10:03 AM »
We saw Ragnarok this weekend as well, and really enjoyed it. It is definitely different than the previous movies, but I think that is ok. It isn't a perfect story or anything, but a heck of a lot of fun. I've read before that Hemsworth is really a funny guy, and that came through very well here.


I was a little surprised how many characters were killed off (and quickly). I know it has and does happen in comics all the time, with resurrections, but not sure if that will happen here. I think it has been confirmed that the ship in the credits is indeed Sanctuary, Thanos' ride.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: November 7, 2017, 09:56 AM »
A bit of a surprise this morning, as it has been announced (and confirmed) that Brian Michael Bendis is leaving Marvel and signing an exclusive deal with DC. Curious what he will be working on.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:33 PM »
I was able to get the newest wave off of HTS last week, so I think I'm caught up with the basic figures (single packs at least). Is this all we are seeing for 2017? I know we saw Maz, etc. at NYCC and have some multipacks coming, but will we see much more this year?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:45 PM »
I'm still hoping to get one, but haven't seen them so far. I have a buddy who got one opening day, and there was enough that I probably could have got one if I got there early, but I really didn't have the extra money at the time.

On a Nintendo side note, our kiddo and I have really been loving our Switch. I've never put as much time into a game as Zelda (love it), and there have been a number of games (Nintendo based and other publishers), that we've really enjoyed playing. The whole grab and go play switchover works pretty great as well.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rey with Speeder
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:40 PM »
I picked up Luke's Landspeeder for myself and Rey's speeder for our daughter (for Christmas), and I think they are very well done. Obviously it would have been better to wait with the discounts, but oh well. Honestly these aren't really around here much. Target hasn't had these since the opening weekend, same for TRU, and I haven't really visited Wal-Mart for awhile.

I'd like to see more as well, like the ones you mentioned, and I even sort of held out hope for something like the Falcon cockpit, sort of like we saw once in Hot Toys (at least as a prototype). "Part" of a ship might be a tough sell though.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Universe Classics
« on: October 9, 2017, 05:02 PM »
How have your sales gone Mikey? I mentioned this in another thread, but I've been significantly downsizing my DC figs as well. I decided to pare things down to the "Super Powers" crowd, as well as my Flash and Batman collections. Most everything else has been going. I always had intentions of fleshing out my vintage Suoer Powers figures, and this will help me get the few I want. Hope your sales have gone well.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Comics' "Super Powers"
« on: October 9, 2017, 04:55 PM »
I sold off all my DCUC figures and kept only the Super Powers figures. Loved the original line as a kid.

That is sort of what I've been doing as well. I'm realizing that so much if my love for collecting has come from these vintage toys, so I've sort of been going back and selling off portions of modern lines to pay for vintage toys and other things. For DC, I set up a shelf with the modern versions of the Super Powers, then a shelf with my Flash and Batman collections. Most of the rest is slowly being sold off.

Yeah I'm fine with the repacks too, and honestly like it was said that's just how the line works these days. I'm also ok with a somewhat limited line, because I couldn't keep up with a 50 figure at $13 each pace anyway.

I'm also in the camp of loving OT first and foremost, but that isn't necessarily all I want to see either. Honestly I was just looking at my OT figure case today and was thinking how fleshed out they've really gotten those movies. Always more to see, and finishing off the originals would be great, but I think the newer movies like TFA, Rogue One, TLJ, etc need the SA figure help much more since that is when the 5 POA stuff came back full force.

I was just listening to the most recent SWAN podcast, and Arnie has an interview with Steve Evans and Hasbro from the HASCON floor. At about the 29 minute mark he asks them about the lineup for TVC next year and Steve Evans basically said that what they revealed at Comic Con was essentially the lineup for the year and they were already looking at 2019.

If I'm understanding that right it looks like the line, at least initially, is going to be handled much like the VOTC days where we just 8-12 figures (or less) in a year alongside the regular basic line. Understanding the toy landscape for action figures right now, I'm ok with that, although I sort of wish there was a little bit more "new" mixed in there at first.

Sad news. I didn't know him the way some of you did, but I definitely knew him as one of my favorite people to read about Star Wars and collecting. Loved reading his opinions, and the way he presented them. One thing that always stuck with me, which I believe was one of his columns, where he was talking about the BMF I believe. He was talking how he bought more than one, but that for every one he bought, they bought a second (or maybe it was multiples) to donate to Toys for Tots. I'm a little fuzzy on the exact details, but the level of generosity is what really struck me. One way that showed what a great person he was.

Collector's Tips / Re: Selling a Collection
« on: September 26, 2017, 05:56 PM »
Same as Darby said, I'm not selling everything but I have been scaling things down and have gone the eBay route as well. It seems like you can do pretty well that way. I guess it really depends on if you want it all gone quickly or if you are ok going little by little.

I've been meaning to post a thread somewhere, but wasn't sure where it was most appropriate. I wonder what the common thread is to see so many collectors either getting out of the game, scaling back, or shifting (narrowing) their focus. Is it because of the status/quality of the line, a difference in interests or funds, age, or space? It just seems like there have been more and more of our "old" JD crew that have been scaling back or getting out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:52 PM »
I've been going back and revisiting some early 80s comics, and it is just surprising how much more there us to them, reading-wise. Sure seems to take a lot longer to get through them than it does with many modern books. Not that I dint enjoy the modern books, I do, but there is definitely a difference.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:47 PM »
Prices aren't that high for most vintage loose figures (there's some big exceptions). This is in part because many GI JOE collectors have moved on to modern style, some even selling off their vintage collections.

Thanks for the info, I am starting to see lower than expected prices in some places, thanks. I just haven't really looked into vintage Joes in some time, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It seems so strange to hear that some collectors are choosing modern over vintage, not something you often see in Star Wars, at least with collectors that grew up with the original line.

Joe Defender / Re: ARAH Vehicles/Playsets
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:43 PM »
Just looking through this week, and remembering how robust this line was in its heyday. Not just due to the size of the vehicles/playsets, but the number put out each year. These days you maybe get one big feature toy per year, but Joe seemed to have several.

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