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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 HasLab - TVC The Ghost
« on: September 1, 2023, 05:45 PM »
It is definitely at a point in fandom where there is almost nothing that would make everyone happy. We all want a Death Star, or a Cantina, or an Ewok VillageÖor generally just things that we had or wanted as kids. The thing is, most would not be satisfied if they basically upgraded versions of those. The fandom has gotten to a place where everything has to be hyper detailed, look just like the movie (or multiple movies), and usually super expensive. The stuff looks fantastic, and I love it donít get me wrong, but so much of the ďwonderĒ of these TOY lines has been lost over the years. It seems like many brands have to try to serve two different demos ďa line for the kids, and one for the adultsĒ. The times have changed I know, but I wish we could still have a one line for all approach. Still have fond memories of the POTJ days in that respect.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2022: What Are You Collecting?
« on: September 1, 2023, 05:36 PM »
How is everyoneís collections looking these days? It seemed like a lot of us were in the same boat, likely the result of being ďin the gameĒ for so many years. Iíve been selling a lot of stuff off this year again, but still probably buying too much. I guess I can feel better about selling off lots of 50-60 figures, but only buying 3-5. Just getting to the point in life, our house, and budget (with everything being so pricey) where it just gets to feeling like too much. At the same time, we are getting virtually every franchise covered and some pretty neat toys.

Things for me have basically gone as planned. Only six Black Series purchases this year, although I know Iíll get some of the Ahsoka series stuff. TVC has been most of the new stuff. I also pass on most of the clones now too, but get most of the rest. The army building stuff has slowed. Iíve snagged all the retros - relatively inexpensive, and a lot of fun I think. I just got the N-1, and love it. And I stupidly backed the Ghost that I have nowhere to put. Love that ship though.

Marvel Legends is honestly the budget hog. By far the most I have picked up, probably over 50 figures. I keep thinking Iíll be winding down there, but between the MCU figures and the definitive classic looks, it adds up more than expected. Iíve grabbed some Classified as well, great stuff as usual. All in all, still need to keep cutting back. Starting to think what am I really going to do with all this stuff? Iíll never have room to display it all, and it seems silly to store it all.

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Since there was basically no mention of the Indy lines at SDCC, are we to assume what has been announced is it? I know we kind of all figured that, but I guess it was still a decent run.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: July 21, 2023, 10:29 PM »
I donít think anyone here really collects Thundercats anymore, but Iím sure many of you have seen that Catís Lair. Just insane. If Thundercats was all I collected and displayed, it would be an excellent centerpiece, but wow is that a lot 🙂

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 HasLab - TVC The Ghost
« on: July 21, 2023, 10:23 PM »
Although I have no idea where I will put it, I backed as well. I passed on the Joe Dragonfly knowing this was likely up next, and I loved the Rebels show, crew, and this ship in general. Iíll just have to figure out where it will go. Iíve had to pack away most of my vehicles just due to lack of space, with basically just the Falcon and other two Haslabs out (and the Landspeeder/Snowspeeder since they are small enough to fit in the figure cases). Space issues aside, it really does look outstanding. Still a chunk of change, but I honestly expected it to be higher.

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Is anyone here backing the Dragonfly? Iíd like to, even if it makes no sense for me (space danger), but with the HEAVY rumors of a TVC Ghost my extra monies will probably be going towards that instead, depending on price.

This really does look good though, and I loved the vintage toy. I know not everyone here collects Classified, but Iíve been fairly complete with one of each outside of some of the wacky repaints, and Iíll say this line has kind of been killing it for awhile now. Once they shifted out of what they were doing with the first couple waves, and started generally leaning more classic, it has been great. I just received Rock ní Roll, Shipwreck, Torpedo, and Copperhead todayÖand they all look great.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: April 5, 2023, 09:43 AM »
Yes Steve Evans (from Hasbro, currently in charge of Marvel I believe), did confirm (I saw it on Instagram) that after the Doom/Luke Cage/Spider Woman wave and the Ghost Rider bike set, that the line would be ďrestingĒ. Sounds like it could come back later. For now they are pushing the new kids line, basically the same scale but with more articulation. The Spidey wave is currently on the pegs at our Target. Not bad for $10. I picked up Spidey.

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Anyone else get their Indy pushed back after it was moved up? I'm a little worried the next email will be the "canceled" one and you can't pre-order it from Amazon any more.

Yes, mine was moved up to tomorrow, then now moved back to April 9th. Had my hopes up, really looking forward to this figure. Seems like many feel the same way, as it seems Indy is pre sold out a few places but none of the others are. If I were a smarter person Iíd wait it out on the rest because they will likely be discounted by year end. But my love of the Indy franchise probably wonít allow me to wait  ;)

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Wave 5? (New TVC Wave 31)
« on: March 25, 2023, 06:32 PM »
That Cad Bane really looks great. Already preordered, and looking forward to it, but man those prices keep creeping. I know it has been talked to death but it really is getting to a point of how much is too much. It seems like there have been a number of discussions on here over the years where we would say ďif it hits this price, Iím outĒ but we just kind of keep re-adjusting. I know I have become much, much more selectiveÖand army building is kind of going away. Especially at $17 individual figures. Starting to wonder how much more of that the TVC line can take.

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Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones Retro Collection
« on: March 25, 2023, 06:27 PM »
I was able to pick up the retro figures at Target last week as well. Those cards are sure neat to see. I kind of missed this line as a kid, and to be honest I donít know that I was even aware of it because I know I would have wanted at least the Indy. Our store had some of the kiddo stuff too, the whip, and one of the 12Ē Indy figures. No sign of the Adventure Series, although Amazon claims my Indy is on the way Monday.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: March 23, 2023, 03:06 PM »
Definitely not talking to yourself, lurking about here as well. I used to try to keep complete on all the ďmainĒ posters, but as I ran out of room to display them (and I know Iím not going to rotate my OT posters out), I kind of let them fall by the wayside. That said, I had been wanting to get a Mando poster and saw this one was going up this week, so logged in to find I had enough points to snag it so I did. Looking forward to putting a new Star Wars poster up on the wall.

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Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones Retro Collection
« on: February 22, 2023, 01:42 PM »
I am so excited for these. Always wanted Indy toys as a kid (subbed in Han many a time), but I donít know that I was even aware of them in small town USA. Iím all in for these, and it is exciting to see new figures/characters added in.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: January 8, 2023, 05:33 PM »
Is anyone here collecting Masters stuff anymore? I honestly got pretty much all in on the Origins stuff, and feel like Iím getting pretty complete to what I want there. There are a handful of figures they havenít gotten to yet that I would probably pick up, and Iíd like to see them do more of the vintage vehicles (like Dragon Walker and Attack Trax), but if not Iím good.

I toyed with the idea if going in on Masterverse, but then decided to only grab one if they catch my eye. Iím trying so hard to cut back, and it is like ďhow many different He-Man lines do I need to collect when it isnít even my Ďmainí line?Ē Just today I saw the Two Bad was available at Target and I rushed to order it until I asked myself if I really needed to spend $30 for something that is likely headed to a tote. Trying to be better about that in the new year.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2020: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 8, 2023, 04:24 PM »
Feel like you should add a Stormtrooper to that list though 😉

Yeah... a Stormtrooper to stand by Vader would be nice... actually two so one can stand on each side.  And maybe Tarkin to go with Vader, the Stormies and Leia for a little ANH DS scene...   

See how easy it all starts to go downhill?  I better just skip that Stormtrooper for now...  #slipperyslope #staystrong

Too true. Fair enough, admire your strength and look forward to seeing the set up.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2020: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 7, 2023, 11:04 AM »

TBS 6" - No longer buying or collecting these.  In the near future, I'll be selling most of the 6" stuff I have (mainly Han Solo figures and some other main characters).  I am only keeping 8 figures from ANH - Vader, Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Ben with Holo-Leia table, Luke with Landspeeder, Smuggler Han, and Chewie.

PS - love this plan. One display of the main OT players and done. Wish I was as smart as you and had that discipline. Iím trying to be better. Feel like you should add a Stormtrooper to that list though 😉

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