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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: Today at 05:42 PM »
We saw it this morning, and I really, really liked it. I've said it before, but I will freely admit that I'm an easy mark for these movies. I had my trepidations about a non-Ford Solo as well, but all in all I thought Ehrenreich did a good job. I thought the movie really picked up once he got past the "early years" portion, and there were a lot of great moments throughout. I've seen the word "fun", used a lot to describe this, and I would agree 100 percent. It was a much lighter movie overall than what we've seen lately, and I personally couldn't wait to see a sequel once it was over. I have to admit, I didn't see the "surprise" character coming, and it was totally unexpected to me. I'd like to see it a few more times to soak it all in, but overall I thought it was great.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Original" Star Wars Fans Thread
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:32 PM »
I'm glad other people are noticing this as well. As said, everyone has a right to their opinion, I just don't get the anger and hatred about it. Personally, I've enjoyed the Disney era stuff just fine. It doesn't compare to the OT to me, and probably never could just due to the nostalgia factor - no matter how good a movie is. I've said it before, I just look at these blockbuster type movies like a ten year old "hey, they are making more movies of that thing that I love", and I look forward to each and every one. Plus, my daughter absolutely loves the new stuff (Rey in particular), and I wouldn't trade the connection we have had with Star Wars for anything. And that was due to new material being made.

I made my peace long ago, during the prequels (which I like as well), that I'll always have "my" trilogy and nothing is going to change that. I'm happy that kids today get their own as well. Plus we get bonus non-Saga movies, tv, cartoons, etc. I agree, I miss the times when we were a much more agreeable abd happy lot. Sure, Internet "nerd" fandom has always been a surly bunch, but with the prevalence of social media and comments sections in the Disney era - things have been taken to a new level.  I also tire of the "no one asked for this" comments, primarily directed at Solo but to some extent Rogue One and the other stuff. Just sit back and try to enjoy things, or skip it if it isn't your jam. I see this more and more throughout movies, not just Star Wars. We see it in any remake/reboot of something we grew up on. We can still love those things even if they make new ones.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Jurassic Park Toys
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:19 PM »
Yeah I just found out the classic, or "Legacy" line, of stuff from the first movie is Target exclusive. I guess I haven't looked close enough to see what is left, but I'm a little curious now. It does seem from online reports that things are selling pretty well.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Jurassic Park Toys
« on: May 21, 2018, 01:47 PM »
I haven't bought any of the new Mattel stuff, but have read a lot of positive things about the line so I took a look at them at Target the other day. I have to say, it doesn't look too bad. The mega T-Rex in particular is really, really cool. I was tempted to at least pick that up, but I'm really trying to not buy any "other" lines outside of Star Wars (and some Marvel), and scale things down. It is cool to see a fun toyline like that out there though.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:21 PM »
There are some pretty HUGE spoilers floating out there for Solo. Tread lightly.

I've been steering clear of the actual spoilers, but some of the early social media reviews warned of "Infinity War" level spoilers for this movie, anxious to see what that means next week.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 8, 2018, 10:24 AM »
I'm not too surprised on the Trooper. A little, but I think - around here anyway so grain of salt - the fact that you find four or five of him on the shelf with one or two Jyns is very telling. Either collectors no longer army build, or it's only scalpers feasting on this line so far. Probably the latter. Around here it's pretty regular for the 'hot' figure to always be gone. So lately Tarkin, 4-LOM or the Mimban Stormtrooper. Everything else sits, until collectors buy it down, and then the process repeats.

That's a really good point. I know it has been discussed/debated to death, but I really wonder how often kids buy/get these things anymore. I know personally if I run into anyone in the Star Wars section, it is much more often an adult than a kiddo. Things might change around the holidays, where almost everything seems to sell, but generally I wonder if kids care much. I think they care about the movies, but the toys....I just don't know. I hope I'm wrong, because I would love for kids of today to be into action figures the way we were growing up.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 7, 2018, 12:33 PM »
I've actually noticed the troopers warming a bit here as well, which I thought was surprising. I'd like to grab a couple more as well, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet. It's funny, locally this is basically a Target exclusive line. TRU is, well, TRU....and Wal-Mart here basically hasn't stocked any new Star Wars since the Last Jedi launch and I don't bother going there (and don't really want to). TVC seems to be selling decently though, with the Hoth Rebel and Snoke being the first to go.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Marvel Cinematic Universe
« on: April 27, 2018, 09:26 PM »
Saw it today, agreed great movie. But whoa......

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I got my behind the workbench booklet in the mail today, pretty cool. The wait until next year is going to be brutal. 😉

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:13 PM »
Exactly. There is just something about those vintage toys. I'm having a lot of fun tracking them down. I think I have six Jedi figures left, then I'm going to start looking at things like the Wampa and Rebo band. It sure seems like vinty prices have taken an uptick since I was last actively looking. Some of the common Jedi figures I've been looking at are a little higher than I expected.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:09 PM »
Found the Deadpool wave of Legends at Target this week. I didn't pick any up, but they do look nice. I kind of want the Sasquatch BAF, but I don't necessarily want the entire wave to get him.

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Solo / Re: Solo Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:04 PM »
I got the Wampa from Amazon yesterday, and found the Mimban trooper at Target so I think I'm caught up aside from the Black Series Tarkin.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:03 PM »
Haven't found this locally at all, but I got the Wampa set via Amazon yesterday and it sure is nice. Hard to believe this is the first one since what, the Saga collection (blue cards)? Either way, this is a real nice Wampa, maybe one of the quiet winners for the year. I'd love to see one in vinty box 😉

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Solo / Re: Solo Store Finds and Recent Purchases
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:25 PM »
It was fun doing the toy run today, and I'm happy with what I picked up, but when I opened some stuff today with the kiddo, it really didn't look like much for what I spent you know? I think the biggest "Midnight Madness" haul I brought home at one time was for ROTS, and it just seemed like I had much more "bang for your buck" at that time. The toys aren't bad by any means, but just not like it used to be with $4.99 figures and better vehicles I guess.

Also, with this yearly movie schedule I'm almost hoping they just drop the whole release date thing. Half the stores even care anymore, and it just seems like more trouble than it is worth.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class B Vehicle Assortment
« on: April 13, 2018, 06:21 PM »
Picked up Han's Speeder today, and although it is larger than those AOTC speeders, it doesn't seem like a $30 item. Having the figure packed with it contributes to that I guess, but still.

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