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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:11 PM »
I had to order another at that price as well, probably should have gotten two to have the set of three. Hard to pass up that good of a deal. Tacked on a couple basic figures like Hux for $4 (hadn't picked him up yet), and another Rose for $2 and change because why not. Actually a very well done figure, I think the sculpt might be better than the BS one actually.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: January 16, 2018, 01:07 PM »
Glad to see these and the Finn/Phasma pack saved by EE, but does this mark the end of the Last Jedi line at retail basically? I guess we saw a few other pictures of Maz, Emperor, and Hoth Leia, but maybe those are coming later. I really hope we see a healthy line in the 18 month gap between Solo and Episode 9. It just seems like there are so many holes to fill in from the sequel trilogy alone. I guess this has been the new norm in this era, it just seems strange that it is basically two waves of figures, a handful of vehicles, and we're out.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: January 9, 2018, 07:28 PM »
Has anyone seen/bought any of the Power of the Primes stuff? Iíve started to see some pics and videos showing up online and it doesnít look too bad from what I can tell. I was really hoping to avoid anything outside of Star Wars and Marvel, but Iíve always sort of wanted to get a collection of the dinobots (particularly the original ones from the show).

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILER FREE)
« on: January 8, 2018, 05:02 PM »
I just read today that the latest rumor is that the trailer will debut this Friday on Good Morning America. Personally I'm looking forward to seeing a look at this. Still not sure how it will be seeing someone other than Harrison Ford in the role, but I've always wanted to see "further adventures" of Han and Chewie.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Is Star Wars special anymore?
« on: January 2, 2018, 05:13 PM »
Like others, still special for me and the family too. I do wonder about the general public after 5 or more years of this, we'll see. A lot depends on what the schedule looks like post Episode 9. I'm generally of the mindset of more Star Wars each year is good with me. I've made my peace that no matter how much I like the new movies (and I've loved them all so far), it will never change my feelings for "my" trilogy - the OT. I'm just enjoying the ride watching my daughter soak in this new trilogy the way I did as a kid. Fun stuff. The toys are another story, I do wish we could get a little more in depth there.

This brings to mind something else I wanted to ask here that we had been talking about in our house. Is Star Wars a bigger deal than Marvel to modern, general audiences? I know Star Wars is still the box office champ, but it sure seems like in my daily life there is more familiarity and "buzz" around Marvel stuff from the more casual fans. I know we have seen the Infinity War trailer each time we have seen Last Jedi, and everyone seems to be talking about it each time. I mean, I love both, but I was just curious if Star Wars was still the biggest deal to the general audience these days.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:07 PM »
We've seen it three times so far and heading again this week, still really liking it. I keep thinking now during the Rey/Kylo vs. Praetorians fight, I sort of wish that when the one guard snaps his staff in two and starts swinging them moving towards Rey, that she would pull out her blaster and shoot him, Indiana Jones style. Great fight though. I still get chills when the Falcon shows up and draws off the TIEs, and the soundtrack brings back the A New Hope cues from the Escape from the Death Star/dog fight with TIEs track, so great.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2018: What Are You Collecting?
« on: December 31, 2017, 03:55 PM »
Wow, can't believe it has been 14 years since we first started this thread, and looking at how many of us are still here and how things have changed. With 2018 looming, just thought I would bump this up to see if anyone is changing their collecting habits in the upcoming year. I know personally I bought less and sold off a lot of stuff in 2017, and will probably continue that trend this year. I've just started to run out of room and it seems silly to continue filling rubbermaids to sit in the garage. I basically stick to the same two areas: Star Wars and Marvel Legends. I'm into both the scales of Star Wars, but I really have started to think how much cheaper it would be to stick strictly to 3 3/4" Star Wars these days. Only 30 or figures for each movie line it seems.

Star Wars
Always the 3 3/4" line, basic and vintage. Black Series I've been buying too, and will likely continue but be even more selective. Vehicles are selective, although there aren't all that many these days.

Marvel Legends
I've pretty much been all in on these for the past few years, and the quality has been pretty amazing. One of the best all around lines out there at the retail level I think, but it is a big money suck. I could save a lot if I dropped it, but I'll likely continue. I'm hoping to be highly selective and stop getting entire waves.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: December 18, 2017, 01:52 PM »
Saw it twice this weekend, and loved it. As some others have said, I liked it even more the second time. I think maybe because there was just so much to take in. So glad I avoided spoilers, the payoff was much better I think. It just seemed so different than the other Star Wars movies, but not in a bad way. I can see the point about Canto Bight basically being pointless, but I also didn't mind it (and I want toys of the falthier beast). I thought Mark Hamill was amazing in this movie. Bummed to see Luke "become one with the force", but thought it was done very well. I was sort of hoping to see him leave the island (for real), and get in on the action, but this was very cool as well. I can see why reaction is a little mixed on the Leia "force fly" moment, but it worked for me, and seeing my daughters reaction to it makes it even better. Really interested to see where they go in 9 now. Also, lots more action figures I hope we get.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman / Justice League / DC Movies
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:07 PM »
Saw it this weekend as well. It isn't bad, and I certainly thought it was better than B v S or Suicide squad, but much like Darby mentioned, I think they could have done more. I thought virtually everyone did very well, although the villain was weak. I'd say Barry Allen stole the show and the rest of the cast was solid too. I was someone who wanted to see Grant Gustin (TV's Flash, love that show) continue into the movie verse, but Ezra Miller did pretty great as well. I kinda hope they continue with stories of this league, but with the abysmal box office it is today it is hard to say.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thor (Movie & Sequels)
« on: November 7, 2017, 10:03 AM »
We saw Ragnarok this weekend as well, and really enjoyed it. It is definitely different than the previous movies, but I think that is ok. It isn't a perfect story or anything, but a heck of a lot of fun. I've read before that Hemsworth is really a funny guy, and that came through very well here.


I was a little surprised how many characters were killed off (and quickly). I know it has and does happen in comics all the time, with resurrections, but not sure if that will happen here. I think it has been confirmed that the ship in the credits is indeed Sanctuary, Thanos' ride.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: November 7, 2017, 09:56 AM »
A bit of a surprise this morning, as it has been announced (and confirmed) that Brian Michael Bendis is leaving Marvel and signing an exclusive deal with DC. Curious what he will be working on.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:33 PM »
I was able to get the newest wave off of HTS last week, so I think I'm caught up with the basic figures (single packs at least). Is this all we are seeing for 2017? I know we saw Maz, etc. at NYCC and have some multipacks coming, but will we see much more this year?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:45 PM »
I'm still hoping to get one, but haven't seen them so far. I have a buddy who got one opening day, and there was enough that I probably could have got one if I got there early, but I really didn't have the extra money at the time.

On a Nintendo side note, our kiddo and I have really been loving our Switch. I've never put as much time into a game as Zelda (love it), and there have been a number of games (Nintendo based and other publishers), that we've really enjoyed playing. The whole grab and go play switchover works pretty great as well.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rey with Speeder
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:40 PM »
I picked up Luke's Landspeeder for myself and Rey's speeder for our daughter (for Christmas), and I think they are very well done. Obviously it would have been better to wait with the discounts, but oh well. Honestly these aren't really around here much. Target hasn't had these since the opening weekend, same for TRU, and I haven't really visited Wal-Mart for awhile.

I'd like to see more as well, like the ones you mentioned, and I even sort of held out hope for something like the Falcon cockpit, sort of like we saw once in Hot Toys (at least as a prototype). "Part" of a ship might be a tough sell though.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Universe Classics
« on: October 9, 2017, 05:02 PM »
How have your sales gone Mikey? I mentioned this in another thread, but I've been significantly downsizing my DC figs as well. I decided to pare things down to the "Super Powers" crowd, as well as my Flash and Batman collections. Most everything else has been going. I always had intentions of fleshing out my vintage Suoer Powers figures, and this will help me get the few I want. Hope your sales have gone well.

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