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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: Today at 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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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 He-Man....it 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.

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Still pondering what the newly rumored Hasbro Black Series Hyper Real line will be like.  Yakface is reporting a price point of $79.99, which is honestly kind of steep.  Will it be something like the Marvel Legends 12" figure line?  That is the next closest line that comes to mind for me, but IIRC those figures had an MSRP of $39.99.  ML collectors please feel free to correct me if I'm not accurate with that number.

I think $40 sounds about right for the ML ones, with the Hulk I believe being a little higher. I've personally grabbed two of them: Spidey ($25) and Cap ($10), when they were on sale at Amazon. I know I've seen Black Panther at Target for $40 though.  I'd be interested in a few (Han/Chewie if they made them), but not at $80. If the "Hyper Real" puts these closer to Hot Toys territory (unlikely), that would be interesting.

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I feel very much the same as Brian.  The more I see the new facial deco, the more I'm open to improving some of the older figures.  Especially having seen the updated deco on the ROTS Anakin Skywalker, because the difference is astounding!  The ones that I would like to see at this point in time?

-Luke Skywalker (Bespin, Farmboy versions)
-Obi-Wan Kenobi (ROTS)
-Han Solo (TFA)
-Kylo Ren (either unmasked version)
-Rey (TFA)
-Poe Dameron (any of them)
-Emporer Palpatine


I'm also wondering how this technique might be applied on a figure like Chewbacca.  It might be able to add a level of detail to Chewie that we've never seen.

Excellent choices, I totally forgot to specifically mention Poe. That original pilot version is one of the worst looking heads we have had, definitely need a redo there. I would agree about Chewie as well. I think the Solo version is far superior to the previous Chewies, it would be nice to see a new/improved OT version.

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