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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 7, 2019, 07:44 PM »
Iím not very knowledgeable about third party stuff. I try to avoid it, since I spend enough on official stuff. But the G1 version of Blaster is coming to Walmart next year, and Iím assuming his cassette buddies will tag along.

Thank you so much Ben, I didn't know that. Yeah, I don't know anything about 3rd party stuff either, and I was researching the Blasters I mentioned earlier and it appears the $35 one is in the smaller, Legends-ish scale, so that explains the price. I don't necessarily have a huge budget to spend on Transformers, but the way so much of the recent stuff has had that G1 look has kind of been calling to me.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 7, 2019, 01:24 PM »
No sign of Gears/Warpath here yet, but hopefully soon. Always a big fan of the minibots. Speaking of which, I've sort of got the Transformers bug lately, and have been picking up a few things. Grabbed the Optimus and Megatron from the Siege line, and have also been tracking down some minibots from the past couple lines as well (Windcharger, Beachcomber - a fave, and Bumblebee, Brawn, and Cosmos on the way). Looking into the Siege Soundwave (grabbed the Ravage/Laserbeak pack this week). Just kind of like the recent versions that have 'bot modes very G1 like.

Quick question, I've always wanted to get a version of Blaster since I was a kid. I'm kicking myself for passing on the Titans Return one from a little while back, as it seems to be getting pricier. I'm sort of priced out of the MP game I think, so I started looking at some 3rd party stuff for a number of bots. I've never owned one myself, are some worse/better than others? For example, on Blaster, BBTS has one from Magic Square that is $35. There is also one from "Keith's Fantasy Club - KFC" which does look more detailed, but runs $150. Is there a go to third party vendor, or is it sort of pick and choose?

Although I didn't mention it in my initial post, I have always considered Star Wars an '80s line as well. There was just so much toy goodness in those years. Things are generally more detailed now, but as far as fun "toys", it is tough to beat the '80s.

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.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: May 27, 2019, 08:41 PM »
Man, I'd be all over that too. How do we think that the retro figure line is selling so far? I know personally, I don't think that these have even made it to the floor at our Targets. I got a set there that was brought from the back, and I think a couple more went that way as well. I don't know that they are still listed on the Target app, while the exclusive Han and Luke figures have been pretty well in stock. Seems like they are well received.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:50 AM »
I see BBTS has some sales going on some of their ReAction stock, including some MOTU, Alien, and Street Fighter figures if anyone is interested.

Again, echoing others, but this Han is amazing. Nice and simple to get too, ordered it Sundat had it by Tuesday (our local store sold the entire case of 8 Sunday morning). Through some ordering bugs, I ended up ordering extras but I think I might just use them for head swaps like that Bespin one. Only drawback to this face scan paint apps....I kind of want redos on most of the human characters now  :-X, at least the main characters.

Mine arrived yesterday as well. Haven't gotten a chance to open it yet, but man that vinty box is pretty.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: May 2, 2019, 03:02 PM »
Yeah, the prices are nuts these days, on eBay at least. I picked up a few figures at Quake Collectibles in Chicago last month, but they didnít have any weapons. I grabbed Beachhead v2, Ambush, Crankcase, and Rampart. The only way I can afford to buy these any more is at a collectible store. Iím pretty lucky that I live a couple hours from a great store in Des Moines called Jayís that has all sorts of great stuff for fair prices.

I may have to start checking stores then, if that is a better option. Even Des Moines isn't too bad of a trek if we were out and about sometime. The prices is what has kept things at a slow burn for me as well. Like I said, I've been working on the '85 figures, and I think the last Joe I need from the regular releases is Shipwreck, but holy cow is he pricey (especially with the parrot, I may have to give up on that accessory). Another one I was after when I first started, but took a break from due to price, is a swivel arm Scarlett. Yeesh are those expensive. Thanks for the advice!

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:48 PM »
I know not a lot of people visit the Joe forums any more, but I've still been chipping away at picking up or upgrading figures from the ARAH days - focusing on 1985 (for the most part) for now before moving onto another year (probably 84). In addition to the ones listed last time, I've picked up:

Quick Kick
Beach Head
Tomax and Xamot
Lady Jaye

Some of them get fairly pricey these days, so I'm taking my time. It really reminds me how great, and huge, that line was with the figures, vehicles, playsets, etc. Good toys too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:36 PM »
Saw it last Friday and absolutely loved it. Near or at the top of all MCU movies, and when you consider how well it ties together this whole first batch of movies, maybe one of the best I've seen.  Going again this weekend, and will drop back when we can get into the details of things. So many goosebump inducing moments.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: April 19, 2019, 08:31 PM »
Part of me wants it to be over too. That's just general fatigue that surfaces every few years. The crummy thing about 3.75 reducing or disappearing right now is we're about to enter a period where Hasbro can maybe cycle back to something we're more accustomed to. With the movies taking a break for at least a year or two, and TV being the primary focus, there is now an opportunity for Hasbro to play a little bit of catch up. Mostly that would be in the Disney era, but there's a lot of great characters from all these recent movies that I'd love to see. And Clone Wars, Rebels, on and on.

So many great points by everyone, that's why I love it here. I sort of see it going the way Jeff mentioned as well, but it would be a bummer if they didn't at least finish out this trilogy in the same scale. Then again,I think the 5.5 stuff does pretty well for Marvel (and seems more cost effective for parents/grandparents/gift givers).

I was sort of looking forward to the post movie line with hopes it would lead to a POTJ style line. I know I've mentioned it before, but I really liked that line. It kind of sounds silly, but I liked the more conservative lineup we had then. It was easy to keep up, most things were relatively easy to find, and we would get a few cool "ultra/deluxe" sets and usually retailer exclusive vehicles per year.

The Vintage Collection has basically been online exclusive for me since Wave 1 anyways (and Wave 2 at WalMart), so I wouldn't mind seeing it continue in that fashion. Heck, between finishing the original vintage line, fleshing out the newer movies, and some realscan re-releases, they could keep that going for years to come.

I don't have fatigue in a way where I don't like the figures any more, and the Vintage Collection is my top priority so I'd stick with that to the end...but I do feel what some of you have mentioned where it is kind of "well, we had a heck of a run". That's not to say I don't want more, heck I already want a Vintage Collection Mandalorian figure, but as someone who also buys a fair amount of Black Series figures as well, I guess I'm kind of waiting for Hasbro to make my decision for me on what to collect.  ;) The 6" stuff seems to be the future (and present?) of collector figures, and really outside of Jurassic Park, we are one of the few games in town in this 3.75" scale. Sometimes I wonder if the whole Sail Barge was sort of a last hurrah for our era of collectors, something that Steve Evans seemed to appreciate and really push for before he moved on from the brand.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: April 18, 2019, 04:45 PM »
After the cool reveals of Celebration Chicago, particularly the Mandalorian, Clone Wars, and of course the Rise of Skywalker, it made me wonder what the Star Wars line will look like in 2020 and beyond. We know more movies are coming eventually, but it seems like the focus will be on tv streaming for the foreseeable future. I'm sure the Black Series will likely continue on as usual, with maybe more focus on the Mandalorian here and there. They have hit their stride pretty well there now.

The real question is 3 3/4". Will Hasbro have a 5 POA "for the kids" line? (Not sure what the rating will be, but maybe not squarely aimed at kiddos this time). What about TVC? You could arguably continue on much like the Black Series line, especially with RealScan improvements. Will we see vehicles, etc? Is it possible we get a more scaled back line (which is already slow on releases), similar to the Power of the Jedi days? The non new media related figures in the 5 POA line has been few and far between since the Disney era began, might be new territory next year.

Loved the trailer. It is so nice when you are really caught by surprise by things like this anymore, which is exactly what the Palps laugh did for me. Also fun to speculate on the title, it sounds really cool to me. To be honest, I was kind of in full Avengers mode (and am still pumped), but once I saw this it was all back to STAR WAAAAARS!!! Glad to see the band actually together in this movie, instead of all on their own missions. Lando!

I really, really hope we are able to make it to Disney this year or soon (we have never been), and definitely want to grab one of these. I've been hoping for a Black Series (and TVC) version of Hondo.

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