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Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:27 PM »
After finishing a nearly lifelong goal of getting a complete loose vintage collection of Star Wars figures (except POTF, too pricey for now), and I've started turning my attention to some ARAH figures. I still have some of my childhood figures, and years ago completed my '85 Snake Eyes (my favorite), but wanted to replace some favorites and add some characters I never had and always wanted.

Anyways, I started of with the original Duke figure. He was my first Joe figure, and I can still remember getting him for a birthday present from my childhood friend (who was super into Joes). I had so much fun with that figure. I don't know that I even knew too much about the cartoon at that point, but he was just a cool "army man" to me. Somewhere between me going to college and my brother taking over a lot if my stuff, he got lost. After a lot of waiting for the right figure/price, I finally reacquired him last week. I can't wait to get more. I have my sights set next on Cobra Commander, a figure I oddly enough never had. Prices seem to be a little higher on some of those earlier Joes, higher than expected anyways.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: August 11, 2018, 05:27 PM »
I ordered a couple Stormies as well, couldn't pass at that price. I got them today, and I have to say they were probably the worst packed toys I've maybe ever received. I don't really care since I'm opening them anyways, but the cards were basically bent in half more than once right above the bubble and chucked in a box with nothing else. Again I don't care because I'm a loose collector (although I have been keeping up carded with OT characters in this line), but something to be aware of.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: August 9, 2018, 05:40 PM »
Just out of curiosity, for those of you who actively collect Legends, do you display all (or most) of them? I've always had some packed away but have been considering even more as I redo our office display a bit. It is difficult, because I think most to all of them (especially these days) look great, but it is just so much. I was listening to a podcast this week where they did a bit of a retrospective on the Legends line, and they said that since 2002 we have seen roughly 850 figures. Sheesh! I don't have them all, but definitely well over half.

I've noticed that a lot of the people who used to collect and post here may have dropped out of this line, and maybe this is the reason why. Just so much to manage, as beautiful as they are. What do you do with your Legends, display or no?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 7, 2018, 03:25 PM »
I think that's an unfortunate side effect of Disney cranking out new movies.

Happy hunting Brian!

Thanks! It has been fun. I've since picked up a few other things like the Wampa, Taun Taun, and Rebo Band. Hoping to track down a Dewback as well. I'm sort of trying to decide what to do about the vehicles. I only had two as a kid, hand me down Millennium Falcon and Snowspeeder from my cousins. I still have both and hope to try to restore them to their original glory. I started looking at the X-Wing, as it is one that I always wanted growing up. Even now, although underscaled and all that, I just love it's simplicity as a 70s/80s "space toy". I've just started looking, but sheesh do they seem pricey these days.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 7, 2018, 03:16 PM »
As I've been trying to buy less modern stuff and generally just reduce the collection overall, it has allowed me to refocus on some vintage collecting. I recently (finally) completed my vinty Star Wars figure collection (the first 77 anyways), and have been working on other bits and pieces and looking at GI Joe as well. Anyways, long story short, it has reaffirmed my enjoyment of this "style". I had picked up a few of these earlier on, like the Goonies and the first He-Man, but recently I've really started to look into picking up some of the earlier ones I wanted that I either put off or just missed - specifically Karate Kid and Back to the Future.  Also thinking about He-Man, probably skipping the exclusives. I've really enjoyed reading the conversations here on the various lines. Other than exclusives, is there a big price jump on older figures?

LEGO / LEGO Harry Potter (Wizarding World)
« on: August 1, 2018, 02:55 PM »
Has anyone been picking up the new Harry Potter LEGOs? We were sort of late to the game the last time on these, but our daughter got most of the current sets for her birthday this year and they are pretty nifty. Plus, the newest minifigure series is out today and is totally based on Potter and a little bit of Fantastuc Beasts. Really a nice assortment of figures.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: August 1, 2018, 02:51 PM »
More great stuff shown at SDCC this year, it really is amazing how much they put out in this line in a year any more.  I was all in on this line for awhile, but with the pace things have been hitting the past few years I've started to get a little more selective. Just not enough room for all of them, not to mention the spending side of things. Great to see Silver Sable on the way, one of my long-time wants. The hover hair Prof X is cool as well. The new Kingpin looks really nice too. I kind of like keeping up on the MCU stuff, and I'll be trying to stick to more "classic" style stuff from the comics, particularly Spidey stuff.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: August 1, 2018, 02:41 PM »
Anybody reading these days? I'm continuing to cut back here and there, but I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't just drop it down to Spidey and Star Wars. The kiddo is getting to that more expensive age between sports, band, contacts and now braces, so....much like might be getting to a more bare bones time with the non essentials. I don't think I'd ever stop Amazing Spidey (unless they got rid if Peter Parker), that one has basically been continued my entire life. I really enjoy Star Wars as well. Although I still enjoy them, I should maybe drop the rest. Easier said than done. Here's my current list:

Star Wars
Darth Vader
Amazing Spider-Man
Fantastic Four (soon)
Captain America
Justice League
The Flash

Other Collectibles / Re: Mighty Muggs 2018
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:49 PM »
I actually kind of like these as well Jeff. I've been trying to cut down on "extra" stuff lately, and haven't gotten any myself yet. We did pick up Rey and Chewie for our daughter, and she definitely wants the Wicket as well.

It says online that our local store has these as well, but my wife stopped by on her lunch to check and was told they "were buried in the back and couldn't find them". 😐

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:52 PM »
I figure there has to be more new on the way outside Luke and Lando (and Yakface), but if for some reason there isn't....kind of a snoozer. I'm excited for the new stuff though. Honestly, I would probably buy some of those repacks as well. I understand, and don't even mind, that there is going to be repacks..... I just wish the ratios between new and returning were a little better.

Yeah, if you were only interested in never before made figures from the OT, it would be very affordable to be a collector these days. Heck, if you were an OT collector in 3 3/4" scale these days you would have a pretty easy go of it as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero / Comic Book TV Development
« on: July 19, 2018, 02:47 PM »
DC Universe's Titans says 'F--- Batman' in moody first official trailer

Oh man, a dark and gritty take on classic DCU characters!  What a fresh idea... said no one ever.  Nice f-bomb, Robin.  I'm sure you'll be as edgy as Deadpool if you just keep trying...  ::)

I'll just stick with Teen Titans Go! I guess.

I know, I actually had high hopes for this as I really do like the Titans, but I can't say I was super pumped by the trailer. Didn't they learn anything from the reaction to the dark DCU movies? I'm on the fence on whether to give the new streaming service a go, $7.99 a month or $75 for a year. Kind of thought it would be a bit lower. Still holding out hope though, I really like all of the DCTV on the CW, the Flash in particular.

On a side note, as much as everyone groaned when it started out, Teen Titans Go is actually kind of great. Very good with deep cut references and making fun of the DCU in general. First thing a friend of mine said after seeing this trailer "I really hope Teen Titans Go does a reference to this show"

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:26 PM »
Ok, as a little update to my earlier post, this past week I received in the mail the last two figures I needed to complete my loose collection of the first 77 - Prune Face and Rancor Keeper. I know most here probably have not only these figures, but the POTF figures as well, but it is sort of a "holy grail" goal for me so I'm pretty excited. Working on a way to get them displayed, and now I'm moving onto some beasts and the Rebo band. It sure is fun tracking down vintage toys again.

As a side note, it is amazing to see how much prices have risen on vintage stuff since the last time I was collecting them. Even things like the Rancor Keeper went higher than I thought.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 TVC Walmart Exclusive Figures
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:43 PM »
Since our WM never got a whiff of the Last Jedi wave of black series figures, and is bad with exclusives in general, plus the fact that I generally don't like going in there...i went ahead and ordered one of these as well. It arrived yesterday, and looks great. When I got it, it was $19.99, which I was willing to pay to avoid trying to hunt this down at Wal-Mart. Heck, the Vintage Collection line in general is pretty much a Target exclusive here locally anyways.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:43 PM »
For the more knowledgable Transformers fans, what do you consider the best modern Optimus Prine figure out there? I can't really justify the price of Masterpiece most likely, but I know those are pretty nifty. I have one of the commemorative G1 re-releases, but sort of wanted to get a nice looking modern Prime to have on display some day. Is there one a superior to others? I thought the recent Power of the Primes one looked pretty good, and I did at one time have the classics version which I thought was nice as well. Thanks for any advice.

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