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Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: Today at 03:32 AM »
One of the biggest MIB ARAH collectors was a woman in Texas who has sold her stuff off for financial reasons. She had gobs of foreign items.


I actually got to pick through that collection from the guy that bought the bulk of it. It was very, very impressive.

I haven't been looking for stuff on eBay lately but I hit up the NJCC show this summer and the Joe prices were pretty reasonable. I snagged a Ferret for a buddy and I think I only paid like $10 for it and he threw in a figure with it.


Joe Defender / Re: ARAH Vehicles/Playsets
« on: Today at 03:25 AM »
Since the last time I posted in this I've picked up a few pieces including an APC, Desert Fox, and Whirlwind at the 2013 Joe Con in Indianapolis. And a couple summers ago I hit up the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh and replaced that X-19 I sold with one in almost as good of shape, and for a great price.

I also added a Tomahawk and Bridge layer from a buddy. I had a shell of the Shuttle Launch Complex that I got from the same person, for free, with the intention of picking up parts and building it. But it was too big of a task so I ended up giving it back.

I've picked up a couple vintage figures since last posting also but I think that was it on the vehicles.

One reason I've hesitated on vehicles is because of what Scockery mentioned, too brittle on the plastic. Not sure I want to invest too much in toys that could easily break. SW stuff doesn't seem to be quite as bad but I've seen some discoloration on things like the B-Wing so that's also a factor.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: Today at 03:12 AM »
Interesting topic. From when I was a kid until now I've been a fan of the same few lines and, luckily enough, a couple of them have been been in production nearly my whole life, with a couple breaks.

Star Wars: Vintage Kenner and modern Hasbro w/ my fav modern lines being Saga Collection 06, 30th anniversary and The Clone wars.

GI Joe: ARAH when I was a kid and then again with the 25th anniversary but Hasbro also did some fantastic figures and vehicles in the VvV and Spy Troops era.

Fisher Price Adventure people. I loved those toys when I was a kid and were my first action figures.

GI Joe 12": Not much of a collector when I was a kid, just a little young, but started collecting the modern stuff and have a new appreciation for the vintage, especially the Adventure Team.

Lego: I really love all of it but my favorite is the Classic Space stuff which is mainly what I had when I was a kid. I cut way back on the SW stuff (and sold off most of my early years sets) but I'll buy any polybag set still, current City Space sets and I bought most of the final wave of Harry Potter sets.


Other Toy Lines / Re: 2017: What Are You Collecting?
« on: July 8, 2017, 01:34 AM »
It's been such a drought of good Star Wars figures that I've been picking up misc other stuff lately.

Grabbed some of Marauder's new Valkyries figures, picked up a couple GI Joe Club Figure Subscription figures from the most recent wave and pre-ordered the entire next series, pre-ordered (with more to come) a Hiya Toys Predator, and have been buying some Lego. That includes a handful of Star Wars sets and the new Creator Space Shuttle, but I've also been watching some classic Lego Space sets and recently picked up one of my most wanted sets, the 928 Galaxy Explorer.

There are a couple SW Forces of Destiny figs I'll grab and I'm sure there will be a TLJ figure or two I'll want. And I'm looking forward to the new Vintage Collection line but that's not until 2018. The most interesting SW figures I've seen over the last couple of months are the new Droid Factory figs from Disney. The WM BS line is so hard to find it's worthless to even look and the roll out of the 40th anniversary 6" line was so botched Hasbro should have just skipped it and paid it lip service like they did the GI Joe 50th.

At this point I'm seriously considering downsizing and keeping just a focused collection of the best of the hero versions and backgrounders, offload the multiple extras of fig versions and pass on the huge collection of vehicles I'll never possibly have room to display.


Other Toy Lines / Re: 4" Predator Toys - by Hiya Toys
« on: July 8, 2017, 01:20 AM »
I ordered the Shadow Predator and I'll probably add a couple more later. I popped the P2 movie in and looked at that end scene to see if I could pick any of these out. The Elder Predator looks sort of like one from that final scene but the others don't really look like direct interpretations.

But even if they aren't screen accurate, it's still a butt load of great looking figures. I'm looking forward to adding them to the collection.


Joe Defender / Re: 2017 SDCC Cobra Missle Command Set
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:20 PM »
I like where their head's at with this one. It's fun, it's a throwback, it's something different. And it's more affordable than the last few sets, even though the crossover stuff was fun in its own way. I'm really loving the Thrawn exclusive this year and if I have a shot at only one, I'll take that. But if there's time for a second pass at the HTS store for this set I'll probably pick it up also.


Other Toy Lines / 4" Predator Toys - by Hiya Toys
« on: June 14, 2017, 09:53 PM »
Hiya Toys put out their two new Predator figures and BBTS has them for pre-order.

Pre-ordered the Shadow Predator. Looks like I snoozed and  missed out on the City Predator and Pvt Redding so I'll have to go to EE for them. I put those off because I invested some more cash in Maruader Valkyries figures first.


Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: April 27, 2017, 01:28 AM »
Super 7 posted their blind boxed Alien figures on Wed:


Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: April 27, 2017, 01:25 AM »
I've only picked up a couple of the current figures but I like the looks of that first wave of Series 2. I may order it. It may depend on whether or not Marauder puts up the full selection of their Valkyries line next week. I've been waiting on that since they first posted the torsos a month or so ago. If that goes up I'll probably spend my cash there instead.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:00 AM »
I think maybe if I wasn't saving for Celebration I might throw down on the APC. Maybe if I don't spend too much cash in April I'll use the leftover for the APC.

Hasbro didn't really show me anything at Toy Fair that I'm all that interested in and even with the new movie coming this year, the only things I'm probably going to be down for are some single carded figures, and at $8 ea, it's not going to be an expensive year. It's pretty easy to talk myself out of Gentle Giant (not that they're offering much these days), Sideshow/Hot Toys, and Lego so that frees up a lot of collecting budget.

Like you, Jesse, I'm spending that money elsewhere. I backed the Eagle Force Kickstarter, I picked up a couple of the Valkyries figures from Marauder (and plan a couple more), added some vintage and repro G.I. Joe figures, outfits, and equipment, and I've been buying Lego parts for some MOCs I've been working on. I've also been eyeing the new Voltron figures, specifically the Lion combiners, based on the new Netflix series (which I really dig).

And now I have these new Hiya Toys figures on my short list for this year.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: February 23, 2017, 07:51 PM »
Toy Ark has some good pics:

I'm really digging the Predator figures and the female Colonial Marines.

I get why their APC is the price that it is but it's kind of outside my budget. As much as I'd like to pick it up, I think I'll be content with another couple aliens, the female CMs and the Predator figures. I'm glad Hiya took a chance on the APC though, that's going to be out there for those that want it.


I swear that Sand Speeder had to be in the film in some capacity to get a MM and a full size vehicle haha.

There's a scene at the trading post on Jakku where that speeder passes across the screen way in the back of the shot and then I'm pretty sure we never see it again.


Grrrrr rawr robble rabble robble. #"Fan's"Choice


But yeah given the general attitude of some readers why promote that that hard only to turn around and deride it in another timeline post?  That's kind of manic.

We wouldn't be talking about JTA would we? The TMZ of SW collectibles reporting. "Here's a thread to vote! Here's the thread to bitch!"

I'm mostly OK with the 5POA and I was mostly OK with the Walmart BS line until Hasbro's crappy choice in character attire for this last wave. I don't know if it was a Hasbro thing or a Lucasfilm/Disney thing or a JJ edited the movie thing, but while the TFA figures looked nice, the character and vehicle choices were terrible. Breaking the basic line into the Snow/Desert and Jungle/Space assortments didn't help when it came to stores getting waves with desirable figs.

The 6" BS line has done better but there are some head-scratcher choices in there (Phase 1 Clone Troopers and Cody before ANH Obi or Phase 3 Rex for example). I'm happy for a poll but how many lists are gonna pop up with C-3PO or Sabine or Revan on them because people/sites don't pay attention.


Bo-Katan was a great choice and nearly convinced me to add her to my list, but I went with Amidala in her Red Throne Room Dress. I just saw it at the SW costume exhibit in Times Square last week and was reminded of how iconic and powerful it is. Padme had a million looks in the PT but if we only get one in the 6 inch line this would be my pick.

I agree. There are only a couple of Amidala outifts I'd really like to see with that being one of them. I also like the blue Tatooine dress from AOTC.

I don't get some of the hysteria I've read this morning elsewhere about this. I mean, who thought it was anything other than a poll? But then I don't get the hysteria about toys in general, so... anyways. I do think it would be great for Hasbro to have a SA 3 3/4" poll and cater to that crowd a little, but I'm not sure what people want there either really.

I think it's because people either assumed it was another SDCC action figure announcement or something to do with marketing going forward now that TFA is winding down and we'll be on Rogue One.  I thought I recalled Hasbro basically saying that their SDCC figure this year would be a Rogue One preview figure (like the Stormtrooper last year) and we were assuming it would be the new Death Trooper.

I'd love to see a Droideka in 6" scale (didn't make my cut in top 10 though) if Hasbro could tool the figure to collapse into roller mode.

Like the POTJ Mega Action figure? That's not actually a terrible figure, it does roll up and I think it's still in scale with the Black Series 6" line. If Hasbro still has the molds for that it seems like it could be easy money.


I looked at my list from last year and two of the figs I wanted are on their way: AT-AT Driver and Sabine. I'm happy with that.

I voted for Darth Talon last year but left her off my list this year and swapped out a couple others for Asajj, Aurra and Bo-Katan. I really want Hera from Rebels to go with Sabine so she got my number 2 vote behind Jaxxon (because I'm an *******  >:D). And I'm still voting for the other TESB Bounty Hunters.


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