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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: Today at 06:13 PM »
Thanks Ben, I appreciate the info. I may just forget it then. I doubt our black hole of a Wal-Mart would have these anyways. I sort of wanted Bumblebee, then thought it might be fun to collect minibots. Still sort of interested in these re-releases, I wasn't able to get many Transformers as a kid so it is kind of like getting many of them for the first time. I got a Prime reissue a few years back, as well as a Sideswipe from when our KB went out of business. Had a Soundwave at one point that I had to sell, although I wish I hadn't. From time to time I still think about trying to get a few modern versions of my favorite characters that just display nicely on bot mode. Saw a new (I think?) Optimus and Megatron the other day at Target. I know the Masterpiece versions are really the best, but I don't know if I can spend that much.

I was at Wal-Mart for the first time in a loooong time this week to pick up a car battery, and decided to take a stroll through the toys while walking back and happened to find a pile of the minibots. Card condition was a little wonky on most, and they only had two Bumblebees, but I decided to grab one. I think I may go back this week to grab the rest. Always loved the minibots, and the reissues in general always have that sense of nostalgia. Looking forward to more, are these all coming to Wal-Mart then?

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:35 AM »
Iíve been listening to/reading a number of recaps and opinions from Toy Fair, and these figures definitely seem to be the hot button issue. Some of them brought up an excellent point that I was thinking about too, it was only a matter of time. Retro, especially these days, have always been a thing. Heck, look how often we see Transformers reissues, and people donít seem to have as much problem with those. I just bought a Bumblebee one this week, and was happy to find it to go with my reissue Prime and Sideswipe. I have a set of reissued Ninja Turtles figures I picked up at TRU years ago as well. I remember looking at (and wish I could have bought) the reissued Masters of the Universe figures when they were out as well. Honestly, Star Wars is one of the few ďbigĒ lines from the 80s that hasnít done this aside from the POTF2 four pack. They (Hasbro) seem to have gone out of their way to make sure everyone knows they arenít REAL vintage, from the cardbacks to the date stamps, etc. so hopefully there arenít any issues there.

It may be that the reactions were just as divided with those other line reissues I mentioned, Iím not as plugged into the various other fandoms as I am with Star Wars. I just wish there wasnít always so much conflict in our fandom. I am not at all directing this at people here, but just with various podcasts and videos Iíve been taking in from creators I very much enjoy, it seems like many are upset by this. I get they arenít for everyone, and thatís fine, but I guess they donít bother me too much. I know Iíll likely pick them up if they arenít too difficult to find.

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1. Luke Skywalker (Dagobah)
2. Princess Leia (Bespin Gown)
3. Han Solo (Carbonite)
4. FX-7
5. 2-1B
6. Hoth Rebel Soldier
7. Lobot
8. Bespin Guard
9. Ugnaught
10. Willrow Hood

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 18, 2019, 01:04 PM »
As it always seems with Legends, it all looks pretty great but there is just SO MUCH! I've been very nearly a completist with this line over the years, but it is getting really difficult to keep up and I don't have room to display 2/3 of them anyway. I'll be picking and choosing as well. I usually buy up the Spidey themed waves, and I like to try to keep up with new MCU characters if I can. Otherwise I stick to classic versions, which they have covered a lot of. Like you said, figures like the new Scarlet Witch or Magneto look great, but I already have them too, so we'll see.

Off the top of my head, a few I am excited for are Nightcrawler, Scorpion, Hydro Man, X-Factor Cyclops, Cannonball, Classic Loki, Silver Samurai, and the MCU stuff. Also the Dr Doom shown is a more recent version from the comics where he was more heroic and went by the "Infamous Iron Man" while Tony Stark was down for the count.

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I usually don't worry too much about the Celebration exclusives, since I'm unable to go I just figure I won't get them. That said, these do look nice and I kind if want to pick them up. I never thought I'd say this, but part of me is a little nostalgic for that TPM cardback in a way. I know the line ended up being retail death, but it was kind if fun times when things first started hitting. Happy to get the Obi in the regular line at any rate, photo real continues to change the game for this line.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Black Series Hyper-Real Figure Line?
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:55 PM »
I've read some today saying the Vader looks pretty nifty in person, still think I'm out though. I mean, how many different scales/lines do we need? As a side note, I guess those rumors of a 5" or 6" line of basic figures were just that - or still to be revealed. They didn't seem to show much "basic" today anyways.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart VC144 Skiff Guard Lando
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:51 PM »
Glad to see Skiff Lando coming out again, one of my favorite figures since way back in the vintage days. Poo on it being a WM exclusive though.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Vintage Collection Skiff
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:22 PM »
Really cool to see them really supporting the barge with releases like this. I was able to get one preordered after missing all of the preorders this morning at Target. Looks great, I thought the last release always felt a little flimsy, and I had guys falling off of it all the time.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:19 PM »
My highlight as well. I hadn't heard any rumors of this, and would not have expected this - particularly in a non-cardboard form. Only bad part is the Wal-Mart exclusivity. Any word on price?

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Retro Kenner Tarkin with Board Game
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:16 PM »
Tarkin is just great, really hope we see more of this. It seems like this, and the six regular figures, are Target exclusives? I think that is what Hasbro Twitter said. I think we can all one up with a short list we would like to see to finish out the original vintage line Stormie Han, Sandtrooper, RFT.......

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 16, 2019, 05:30 PM »
I kind of get both sides of this Retro Kenner line, although the timing seems weird. Would have made more sense during the 40th year, but oh well. Still looking for more details on everything. Is it limited to just these sux (plus Tarkin)? One site I was reading today mentioned that but I haven't seen it elsewhere. Is it exclusive to a particular retailer (or online?), or is this a mass item. If so it just seems like things are overlapping a lot. We have the basic line (which didn't get a mention again?), the TVC (which I thought was already the retro throwback, limited line), the Galaxy of Adventures stuff, and now these. Not to mention two 6" lines with Black Series and Archive. It is just a lot, and it makes you wonder if they are phasing something out.

All that said, I do like what we have seen this weekend. Personally, I hope to grab the retro Kenner stuff, particularly Tarkin (more figures like that please). I don't have any vintage carded figures, and won't ever be able to afford them, so these appeal to me for that reason. Plus, I love the vintage line, and the overall "toy" aesthetic there. Curious to learn more.

Favorite news is the TVC stuff, like the rumored Skiff (now confirmed), and the surprising Jabba playset. I really REALLY hope this isn't super difficult to find since it got sent to Wal-Mart. Our local store simply doesn't get SW exclusives lately, and is kind of a dump to even go into. I would rather they just cut out the middle man and went straight online (at EE or elsewhere). Looks pretty cool though.

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It will be interesting to see what this is exactly. Is it simply a sub to get each Black Series figure that will also be released to retail/e-tail, or will it include figures exclusive to this service that you wouldn't be able to get otherwise? Although I probably have picked up more than I haven't, but I do still pick and choose with this line (and had been getting a little choosier because of space).

Honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised to see TVC go this route. As much as I (and most of us) love it, it has had troubles at retail - probably because of the usual first wave/shipping problems - and also the rest of the collecting world really seems to be going towards 6" figures.

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Hall of Justice / Re: McFarlane Toys Gets DC Collector Figure License
« on: February 12, 2019, 01:22 PM »
Just read this today as well, interesting. I see McFarlane also got the license for Harry Potter/Wizarding World figures, so they are really making a splash here, pre Toy Fair. I think it will really be an interesting time in the action figure arena. More and more focus on 6" stuff, as well as a fairly clear line between "kids stuff" and collectibles. Really curious what we will see for Star Wars.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Did You/Do You Have Any Toyline "One Offs"?
« on: February 11, 2019, 08:07 PM »
Great list! I totally forgot to mention M.A.S.K., another line I always hoped to get more of. I had the Thundercracker with Hondo McLean and the Pirahna with Stiletto. Pretty sure they must have had just figure two packs at some point too, because I had figures of Matt Trakker and Miles Mayhem. I, like most kids back then, really wanted the Thunderhawk. I'd try to track more of these down today if they weren't so expensive. Time to reboot this line!

Also double checked my Inhumanoids figure, it was Dr. Derek Bright. Never had any of the monsters, although I had a buddy that had D'Compose, still a great toy monster name.

I had a fair amount of GoBots, probably more than Transformers because they were cheaper - although I preferred Transformers. Turbo was always my favorite though. I did have the command center thing, which basically looked like an At-At.

I also had a Voltron knock-off type thing that was all motorcycles with a four wheeler as the main "head" type thing. I don't remember the name, but I'd be curious to find out what it was exactly.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Jurassic Park Toys
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:49 PM »
A couple weeks ago, when Target had all the JW toys 20% off (and we had an extra coupon off our purchase), I broke and picked up the Super Colossal T-Rex for what ended up being around $33. Although I don't really have anywhere for this aside from standing on the floor, it really is a neat toy. It looks really good sculpting and paint-wise, and it seems to be a pretty solid toy as well. It would have been something I would have loved as a kid as well. Sort of tempted by some other things in that line, but I might have to stay away. Overall, a pretty well done toy line.

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