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The Black Series 6" Figures / Walmart Black Series 6" Jedi Knight Luke
« on: September 23, 2019, 10:21 PM »
I know it isn't necessarily a rumor since there was photo evidence last week, but that upcoming Jedi Luke looks pretty rad. Only bummer is that I think it is rumored to be Wal-Mart exclusive.

Other Toy Lines / What Toyline Would You Most Like to See?
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:38 PM »
If you could pick a toy line(s) that aren't currently out there, what would you like to see made? A new scale on an old favorite? A modern version of a line from your childhood? Maybe something based on a movie, show, cartoon, book or comic that you'd like to see done? Admittedly, with the tremendous runs of 3 3/4" Star Wars and GI Joe, various incarnations of the Transformers, and Masters of the Universe (and soon to be Thundercats) classics, not to mentions Superheroes from each of the big two...a lot of my childhood favorites have been covered. Here is a few off the top of my head, in no particular order:

1: M.A.S.K. - I didn't have a lot of it as a kid, but loved what I had and always wanted more. Seems like it could maybe do well today with a modern version

2. Silverhawks - Kind of went hand in hand with Thundercats for me, and to a lesser extent He-Man. The toy lines then weren't exactly compatible, but could be now. A nice line of Silverhawks classics.

3. 6" scale G.I. Joe - This, like Star Wars, is first and foremost a 3 3/4" line, but I think there is room for a larger scale line as well. Between the 25th/30th/50th etc. lines I'm fairly happy with my modern Joe collection in that scale, and there is just something about imagining a Marvel Legends styled Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow display

I know the majority of the line's run was in the 80s, but a number of documentaries, YouTube videos, etc. I have watched talk about the "Big 3" of the 1980s and point to G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Transformers, relegating a Star Wars more to the 70s, and things like TMNT in the 90s.

Other Toy Lines / Did You/Do You Have Any Toyline "One Offs"?
« on: February 11, 2019, 04:47 PM »
Not sure if that was the right way to title this thread, but it came to mind when I happened across a YouTube video about Inhumanoids (show and Toyline). I remember having one toy from that line (although I did watch the show), and liked the toy - but just didn't end up getting others for one reason or another. It made me realize I had a few lines like that. It may have been gifts, or just a certain toy caught my eye, but it seemed like outside of Star Wars, GI Joe, and was tough to give much attention to other lines. I guess this could apply to current collecting as well, but I was thinking of childhood I guess. Here are some of mine, off the top of my head:

Inhumanoids (one if the Earth Corps "good guys", the blue one with neon green, I'd have to look up the name again) Dr. Derek Bright

Centurions (Green suit, black haired guy - again, I'd have to research the name)

Thundercats (Panthro, although I always wanted more)

Black star (John Blackstar, I actually remember getting this at TRU. Was looking for He-Man, settled for this. Really liked the toy though and his glow in the dark sword)

Rock Lords (a gold one, Nugget I think?)

Silverhawks (Steelwill and Buzz Saw, wanted more of these too)

Battle Beasts (had a deer one and a white lion I believe? Cool toys)

I'll add any others if I think of them (and look up some of those names) Kind of wish I still had these, but they may just be lost at my parents' house.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Best of Black Series - 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:55 PM »
End of the year, curious to hear what some of your favorites of the year. Tough to choose for me, with the advent of face printing really upping the game for Hasbro. Any number of figures could be someone's favorite.

Favorite Regular Release Figure

Han Solo (Bespin) - Sentimental for me. Favorite version of Han and maybe the best likeness yet

Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard or Solo) - incredible likeness on both of these
Grand Moff Tarkin - Great version of a critical character of the original Star Wars
Range Trooper - Minor character, cool look. Nice use of soft goods
Rey (Island Journey) - Face printing makes this look so much better than the original release

Favorite Exclusive

Gamorrean Guard (Target) - much like the TVC version, basically perfect.

Chewbacca (Target) - probably the best Black Series Chewie yet
Princess Leia (Bespin) - great likeness, best we've seen in a Leia (along with this year's Hoth)
Admiral Piett/General Veers (online/Walgreens) - good looks and good idea for an exclusive
Zuckuss (Disney) - nice to finish off the hunters

Favorite Vehicle/Beast

Enfys Nest with Swoop Bike - Just a nice overall set, but pretty interchangeable with.....
Dewback with Sandtrooper - love new beasties, and it looks great

So much goodness this year, and pretty much every character could be interchangeable for "favorite/best". I kind of started running out of room for this line this year, just as they were really hitting their stride, so I've had to rotate the display. Looking forward to more goodness in 2019!

The Vintage Collection / Best of Vintage Collection - 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:36 PM »
I know many (most?) of us haven't seen much past Wave 1 this year, but with the return of the Vintage Collection this year, what was your favorite (s) of the year? I got lucky and found waves two and three around the time where we got reports of them popping up in Wal-Mart. I've never seen them there or anywhere else since then. Although we had a lot of repacks, I think the new we got was pretty great.

Best Regular Release: Range Trooper

Best Exclusive: Mimban Stormtrooper

Best Repackaged Figure: Hoth Rebel Soldier (any time we can get one of the OT figures out in that original card, that's great in my book)

I don't know that any of the new figures were bad at all, and I'm really looking forward to what is on the way in 2019!

Hall of Justice / DC Primal Age
« on: October 4, 2018, 02:04 PM »
This has been teased as a "lost line" by Pixel Dan for a couple weeks, but was confirmed at NYCC that this is a new Savage World style line from Funko (available at Amazon). It is strange, for sure, but there is part of me that think it looks fun. It is basically He-Man with DC characters, complete with an Ace the Bat Hound for Batman to ride and a Grayskull inspired Batcave playset.

Collections / How Much of Your Collection Do You Display?
« on: August 24, 2018, 06:59 PM »
It is one of those never-ending battles for many collectors I think, how to display all of this stuff. You start with just a shelf, then the years go by and you keep outgrowing and outgrowing your spaces until a decision has to be made.

I've come to that crossroads myself, or have been dancing with it for awhile now. I recently completed a nearly lifelong goal of mine by getting a loose collection of the initial run of vintage Star Wars figures (the first 77 anyway). Now that I have them, I would really like to put them on display. Problem is, no room. I've been going through the process for a few years now of both packing things away and selling things off because I simply don't have room for it all (and no end in sight). I'm also one of those weak collectors who has branched off into things like Marvel, DC, GI Joe, He-Man, Indiana Jones, etc., so that doesn't help anything.

I've always been the type of person where if I like it enough to collect it, I want it displayed instead of packed away. I've come to the realization that something (or things) have to move out. I am allowed one room essentially, our office, and I don't like things to look overly cluttered so space is at a premium.

Anyways I was wondering how you manage things. Do you display most of it, some of it, or none of it? Do you display both vintage and modern toys? (I've since fallen down the rabbit hole of vinty Joes as well) Do you just keep a selection of your favorites out or maybe rotate things? After so many years of collecting Star Wars (without an end in sight), it seems like a problem we all deal with at some point. Thank you for any insight and advice.

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story / Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 13, 2018, 01:53 PM »
Seems like finds have been a little spotty according to the reports I've seen so far. I went to two Targets this morning, about mid morning, and had decent luck but there were some things I didn't see at all.

First Target had an end cap display, and nothing new in the aisle except for a Black Series Han that has been there since last weekend. They had some of the basic figures (picked up Qi'Ra, Chewie, and Range Trooper), one set of TVC (grabbed Snoke, Hoth Trooper, and Rey), and some Funko (grabbed Lando and the Target exclusive Han). They had a couple LEGO sets (bad guy speeder and TIE), but that was it so far. No two packs, vehicles of any size, or beast/deluxe packs.

My second Target stop (which we call the "little" Target), had no end cap but the aisle was fully stocked. They had most everything: basic figs, starter pack w/Han, both sized Falcons, two packs, deluxe beast packs, Han's speeder, etc. They also had a lone Black Series Dewback. They also had a full set of TVC, black series (no Tarkin or Lando), and the misc. nerf and Hot Wheels stuff. Also some LEGO.

As far as what I didn't see at all:

Mimban Stormtrooper (basic line)
Maz Kanata (basic line)
Wampa with Luke Skywalker
Chewbacca (Black Series Target Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin (Black Series)
Any Black Series past the initial wave
LEGO Kessel Run Falcon
LEGO  Han Speeder

All in all I'm happy with my finds. I was really hoping to find that Black Series Chewie, but maybe he isn't out yet. I do sort of want the new Falcon toy, just because I like all things Falcon, but looking at it I just didn't want to spend $100 on it. I also sort of wanted to get the LEGO Falcon, but that should be no problem to pick up later. Biggest disappointment I think is not finding the Wampa set, honestly 🙂.  Also, it has been mentioned before, but it really is weird there is no Han in the basic assortment. At the first Target I was at (with the end cap), they didn't carry the Falcon, speeder, or starter pack yet, so you literally couldn't but a Han Solo figure from the Solo movie.

Other Toy Lines / Your First Action Figure (Any Line)
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:41 PM »
Sometimes the memories can get a little fuzzy, but do any of you remember your first figure for your favorite lines? It seems like those toys/characters always hold a special place. Here's mine to the best of my memory:

Star Wars: Chewbacca (and I think Obi-Wan as well) - I remember getting these from friends of the family, who had a son around my age who was one of those kids who had almost everything. They shared the Star Wars love with these two figures. I don't remember if it was birthday or Christmas.

G.I. Joe ARAH: Duke - My first Joe was a birthday gift from one of my best friends, and the "Joe" kid of our class. He and his brother had a treasure trove of Joe stuff, and had a lot of fun playing at their house. Duke went on many a solo mission for awhile, but I remember thinking the fact that you could put in his backpack, binoculars, and helmet was pretty rad.

He-Man: He-Man and Battle Cat - Basically all my He-Man stuff came from my parents. I didn't get a ton of toys as a kid, but they must have saw something special with the MOTU stuff because I also ended up getting Grayskull, Snake Mountain, the Attack Trak, etc.

Transformers: Sideswipe - in my Easter basket one year. My first Transformer, and even though it isn't large, it was my biggest one as a kid.

Super Powers: Batman and Robin - Together, for my birthday. I remember asking a lot for these and the Batmobile leading up to my bday, never did get the Batmobile but hope to track one down eventually.

Secret Wars: Spider-Man

Thundercats: Panthro

Vintage Kenner / Best Vintage Figure Stands?
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:00 PM »
Apologies if this topic exists here somewhere, I didn't see it on a quick glance. I was just curious if anyone had specific recommendations for figure stands for vintage figures. I am finally getting close to my long delayed goal of having a complete loose run from Star Wars to ROTJ (hopefully the POTF stuff someday), and have started thinking about display. Anyways, I know there are plenty of options out there, but I just thought I'd check to see if any were better than the rest. I've seen lots of the plain circular stands in eBay, and also some rectangular ones with the Kenner logo as well. It may not make any difference, but I was wondering if some were a better fit than others.

Other Toy Lines / Are Toys Still Fun?
« on: April 6, 2018, 02:22 PM »
As I've been researching and watching videos relating to the toys of my youth, it made me wonder if toys are still fun for kids. It may just be nostalgia, but it seems like toy lines in the 80s were more fun and general. Between Star Wars, G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Super Powers, you had toy lines that were either 5 POA, or had action features, but either way we're a blast for kids of my generation.

I was watching a collection tour one day where the narrator was showing figures from the last couple years of Hasbro, and commented that while he still bought them, they were just kind of boring. I can see the point. Although the return of the vintage collection, and the advent of things like the Sail Barge, have admittedly made the future look much better - that is aimed more at us than at kids.

I get that kids age out of toys sooner these days, or turn to other areas like video games, tablets, or LEGOs. Times have changed, but I just miss those simpler days. Toys were fun, collections were attainable even for kids, with 10-20 figures per year, and many figures continued to be released and re-released. There was one Chewie, one Vader, one Superman, etc.

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 Vintage Collection / Will the Return of TVC Change Your Purchases?
« on: February 27, 2018, 04:06 PM »
Was thinking about this today, does the return of the Vintage Collection change your collecting of the 5 POA or elsewhere? I mean, at this point they just don't have the coverage of characters to compete (for example Solo), but maybe eventually if things take off.

I understand why both exist, but I sure miss the simpler days of just a single Star Wars line that was more uniform (with maybe a "Collection 1" or "Collection 2"). I know I'll probably get both, or at least some of both.

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