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Other Toy Lines / Ever Sell An Item and Later Regret It?
« on: April 8, 2020, 12:18 PM »
Since so many of us have been collecting for a long time, inevitably it seems like you eventually run out of room or change interests - or whatever - and decide to sell something off. Over the years, is there anything you look back on and later think “really wish I would have held onto that”.

Personally I’ve had a few things, although it was for a good reason. Years ago we had one of those stretches where everything was kind of hitting at once with bills, repairs, etc and we needed the extra cash. As much as I regret missing some of that stuff now, it helped us out in a pinch without having to use credit cards and all that. Anyways, here’s a few off the top of my head:

Star Wars Clone Wars (sold most of these actually, kept around 20 of my favorites)

MOTU Classics Scare Glow, Swiftwind, etc. (I kept most of this line, but sold off a lot of the She Ra figures from the subscription, and some of the other high dollar figures. Scare Glow was my biggest regret because I really enjoy toys of that character. Too expensive to reacquire at this point)

Marvel Legends BAF Ronan (A few others as well, but this one is pricey to get a hold of now)

Although there aren’t a ton of properties still left untouched, is there anything you’d like to see a modern toyline of? We’ve got a number of ongoing properties like Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, and Turtles.....and other things covered anywhere from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, the new six inch Joes, all the way down to the recent Zica Toys Sectaurs line.

Of the things that are left untouched, the big two for me would be M.A.S.K. and Silverhawks. I guess Silverhawks was fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, but I was a fan as a kid and would love to see a modern update. It would be great if we could still get some vac metal in there too, but that might be wishful thinking. M.A.S.K. probably has even greater potential with the vehicle aspect. I don’t know whether to stick in the same scale or change. I’d say 6” is out just because of the vehicles being so important. I really love that they did the 3 3/4” Matt Trakker figure in the Joe line years back, and really hoped that would be the start of a spinoff line. I’d be happy to see either or both return.

The Vintage Collection / Top 5 Vintage Collection of 2019
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:11 PM »
I know we don’t do this a lot anymore, but I’m always curious to see what everyone’s favorite things were that were released this year. I know items are overall more limited for TVC these days, so feel free to include any items, in any order:

1 - Jabba’s Sail Barge (the Khetanna)
2 - Imperial Stormtrooper
3 - Han Solo - Stormtrooper (Target)
4 - Saelt Marae (Yakface)
5 - Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter

Honorable Mentions: Scarif Stormtrooper, Klaatu, Lando Calrissian, Zorii Bliss, Sith Jet Trooper, and any OT with new faces and/or new cardbacks (X-Wing Luke, Chewbacca, R2, Jawa, etc.)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Top 5 Black Series of 2019
« on: December 30, 2019, 08:59 PM »
I know we don’t always do this here anymore, but I was kind of curious what everyone’s favorite Black Series items were for this year. Make your list however you want, ordered or not ordered, regular releases and exclusives, figures or whatever. Doesn’t necessarily have to be the “best” 5, but just your favorite. Since they’ve added the face scans, tough to get a bad figure in this line anymore. Here’s mine in no particular order (going by the Amidala/Mimban Han/Mace/etc as 2019’s first wave):

1 - The Mandalorian (regular and carbonized release)
2 - Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi (Walgreens)
3 - Chewbacca w/C-3P0 (Amazon)
4 - Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight (Wal-Mart)
5 - Cara Dune

Honorable mentions: Mace Windu, Han Solo (Mimban), Emperor with Throne, Heavy Infantry Mandalorian, General Grievous

Other Toy Lines / Scooby Doo Figures
« on: November 20, 2019, 02:32 PM »
Ok, I know this probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve always been a Scooby Doo fan since I was a kid, and noticed some figure 2 packs on a recent trip to Wal-Mart. They are very similar to figures my daughter had when she was younger, and some may even be repacks from then. At any rate, they are two packs containing one Mystery Gang member and one of the classic cartoon baddies. Even better, they are priced at less than $6 a pack ($5.82 I think?). Our store only had the Scooby and Shaggy sets, but I understand the whole gang is available. I think it is for the 50th anniversary. They aren’t necessarily “highly detailed”, but kind of neat for the price if you want a Scooby Doo to hang out in the display. Roughly 5” scale I think.

The Black Series 6" Figures / 15 Figures for Each Trilogy
« on: October 25, 2019, 07:49 PM »
I was curious to get some of your opinions on this. I was working on my display recently, and although the majority of my collection is 3 3/4” stuff, I have picked up quite a bit of Black Series at this point as well. I keep six floating shelves in our basement (3 for MCU based Legends, 3 for Black Series), and sort of rotate figures in and out as I want. They hold (without overcrowding) roughly 12-15 figures each. Although my display is OT-dominated, it got me to thinking,which 12-15 characters would best represent each trilogy? Which version of the main characters would be the go to? This wouldn’t necessarily have to only apply to Black Series, definitely could be Vintage Collection as well. My display just got me to thinking about it, so if this topic belongs elsewhere I understand. Just curious to hear others’ thoughts.

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.

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