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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:52 PM »
I've been going back and revisiting some early 80s comics, and it is just surprising how much more there us to them, reading-wise. Sure seems to take a lot longer to get through them than it does with many modern books. Not that I dint enjoy the modern books, I do, but there is definitely a difference.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:47 PM »
Prices aren't that high for most vintage loose figures (there's some big exceptions). This is in part because many GI JOE collectors have moved on to modern style, some even selling off their vintage collections.

Thanks for the info, I am starting to see lower than expected prices in some places, thanks. I just haven't really looked into vintage Joes in some time, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It seems so strange to hear that some collectors are choosing modern over vintage, not something you often see in Star Wars, at least with collectors that grew up with the original line.

Joe Defender / Re: ARAH Vehicles/Playsets
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:43 PM »
Just looking through this week, and remembering how robust this line was in its heyday. Not just due to the size of the vehicles/playsets, but the number put out each year. These days you maybe get one big feature toy per year, but Joe seemed to have several.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:39 PM »
Went out today, and did see a lot of figures at TRU. They had a nice display of stuff at the front of the store, and I saw several of each basic figure (picked up another Luke). I don't think they had any new Black Series, although they did have the Gree. I know it is completely normal for TRU to have special "feature" sections for current entertainment, but it is funny how - at least our store - essentially has two Star Wars sections. The one at the front with all the new stuff, and the one at the back - full - with Rogue One or TFA stuff, and nothing else.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:06 PM »
I haven't been running everywhere lately, but when I've checked stores, it seems like everything in the basic figure line is typically sold out. Hopefully they are able to get more shipments out soon. It seems like toy aisles are generally more empty or stagnant than they were when we were kids.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:04 PM »
Looks like I'm not the only one cutting down then 🙂. A couple of my friends locally quit entirely as well, citing that if they picked up only one or two it would be too easy to backslide. I should probably cut down even further, and may be headed there eventually. It is just so much pricier than it used to be, and adds up fast.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:00 PM »
One of the old Joes I was kind of hoping to pick up was Sgt. Slaughter. I always wanted one as a kid, and wasn't able to get one. Just with some initial checks of eBay, prices seem very reasonable. Joe experts, is there something I'm missing? Some don't seem to have his little baton, which I'm not sure I care about that much, but I guess I just thought he'd be a pricier figure. I may just be thinking of the modern 25th version, which I wasn't able to get either.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:10 PM »
Anyone reading many comics these days? I know many here have sort of dropped out of modern comics for the most part, so feel free to post anything older you might be checking out as well. I personally cut back my list by probably 60% last month. Much like collecting, storing all those books was starting to become a pain....and with all of the prices climbing these days, it has gotten fairly expensive. I may end up cutting more shortly. I've started becoming interested in picking up back issues from the 80s. Those are what I was into as a kid, and it just seemed like you got a little more for your money then. Things this day are pretty quick reads.

Personally, I'm reading these right now:

Star Wars
Darth Vader
Amazing Spider-Man
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America (after the "reboot")
The Flash

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: September 16, 2017, 03:00 PM »
I have heard that as well. Sounds like not until next year sometime for the NES Classics though. They also claim to be making more of the SNES orders, but we'll see.

Has anyone here picked up a Switch? I know they are sometimes tough to find as well. We were able to get one opening day, and I have to say we have loved it so far. To be honest, I've always been a Nintendo guy, and haven't really gotten into the other consoles much, even though they are usually superior tech-wise. Love the Nintendo fun-factor though.

I'm pretty sure I've never played a game as much as I've played Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I just love it. My daughter and I have also been having a lot of fun with games like MarioKart, ARMS, and Splatoon 2. Definitely the most action a console has seen in our house a long time.

Hall of Justice / Re: DC Comics' "Super Powers"
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:00 PM »
Bumping up an oldie here, but ran across my old Super Powers figures while going through the collection totes lately. Another line I would like to work more towards completing, or at least getting more, that has gotten sidetracked with all the new stuff coming out. I'd at least like to replace my Batman and Robin, which didn't make it out of the childhood unscathed. I can still clearly remember getting those two for my birthday, always wanted the Batmobile too.

Just another fun 80s line, Kenner sure hit things out of the park back then. Looking back on some of these lines lately, it's amazing how much smaller the collections were each year. I know it is a different world for toys these days, but it was sort of nice being able to somewhat keep up with/afford to collect lines. It is nice to get more figures and everything these days, especially with the rate movies come out, but there is something about that simpler time.....12 backs, the original 13 Joes, the limited Super Powers and Secret Wars lines....good stuff.

Joe Defender / Re: Vintage 3.75" ARAH Figures
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:53 PM »
Bumping this one up as well 😉. I loved the ARAH line as a kid, and still have my figures from that time, although the accessories are another story. I've thought about trying to track down a small collection of these down the road, when I complete my vintage Star Wars collection. Looking through stuff online lately, I guess I didn't really realize there was a certain faction of fans/collectors that sort of just focus on the early years of Joe, and don't really care for when Joe became more.....colorful.

I honestly saw the earlier (straight arm years) at my friend's house, but I think Stalker was the only one I ever had. My first Joe was Duke, and it was one of my favorites. He had a lot of solo missions for awhile, until I was able to expand my ranks. I remember clearly my search for a Snake Eyes figure, until I finally found one at a local drug store and spent my hard earned money on it at 8 years old. It really was a great line, and those old cardbacks strike that same nostalgia as vintage Star Wars.

Joe Defender / Re: ARAH Vehicles/Playsets
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:42 PM »
Bumping up an oldie here, continuing my trip down memory lane with vintage toys. Looking back on the Joe line, and man there was some great vehicles. I personally didn't have many, although I did have the Killer WHALE. Otherwise, I relied on that "one friend" that almost everyone seemed to have back then. He and his brother had nearly everything from the line (outside of things like the FLAGG which I personally haven't ever seen in person.

Although it belongs firmly in the "some day" camp, I sure would like to try and track down some of these old vehicles. Watching YouTube videos and reading through really brings back memories. The Wolverine, bridgelayer, skystriker, rattler, HISS, etc. I did get some/most of the vehicles in the 25th line, but the vintage line had so much greatness. One vehicle I didn't know much about that I watched today was the APC. I can't believe how many figures you could fit in that thing. Pretty cool. Anyone here have, or intend on getting, those old Joe vehicles?

Other Toy Lines / Re: How Much of Your Collection(s) Do You Display?
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:08 PM »
I'm trying to have a more manageable looking collection. I'm going through things right now, and just packing away some things to have some less crowded shelves. Not necessarily ideal, but it just starts looking too messy to me. I've been doing it with Marvel in particular, just trying to keep one version of each character on display.....for the most part. It's tough, because I don't like having stuff just sit in storage tubs either.

I can't display all the LEGOs right now either, but have a Falcon, X-Wing, AT-AT, Cantina, and Jabba's Palace out right now. Just hard to get everything out sometimes in a presentable display.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:00 PM »
Best of luck on your sales Mikey.

A few new things shown at Hascon this weekend (and previously). Looks like the next X-Men/Deadpool wave will have a build a figure Sasquatch, as well as new figures of Cable, Domino, Psylocke, X-23, Mohawk Storm, and more. The previously revealed Spidey wave is shaping up nicely too, as well as the new bikes and the Toy Biz tribute stuff (Marvel's answer to the Star Wars 40th line, it appears).

Other Toy Lines / Re: MOTU
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:53 PM »
Thought this looked the closest to a vintage Masters of the Universe thread, so hopefully this is right. As part of my vintage toy kick lately, I've been looking into Masters again. Honestly, of all my interests outside of Star Wars growing up, this one might have been next on the list. It is what I seemed to get as gifts the most as well, and I still have the majority of my old toys (although some need some accessories, etc.) Does anyone here collect or display their old toys? I remember some of you (Scott, Ben?) having pretty great collections.

Outside of Battle Cat and the Attack Trak, I didn't have much in the way of vehicles. Lately I've been watching some videos of those vehicles, and even though some are a little silly, I still remember coveting many of them. The a Dragon Walker and Wind Raider just to name a couple. Any ways, just wanted to bump up the conversation.

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