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Like others, SA would be nice, but hoping for these either way:

1. Han Solo (Starkiller)
2. Luke Skywalker (Old Man Jedi)
3. General Leia Organa
4. Maz Kanata
5. Lor San Tekka
6. Kylo Ren (Unmasked)
7. Bala-Tik
8. Tasu Leech
9. Admiral Ackbar
10. B-U4D "Buford" (Resistance Loading Droid)

I was going through the Visual Dictionary, and there really are a lot of neat background characters that would be fun to have as well.  I'd also like to see (although it would be oversized for a basic figure) HURID-327 - the droid Han, Finn, Rey and BB walk past on the way into Maz's place.

I happened to find a TIE Pilot, General Hux, Snowtrooper, and Ello Asty at WM last weekend.  Just sitting on a shelf randomly away from the regular SW section, but I was happy to pick them up.  Really like the Snowtrooper design for this movie, and the TIE pilot is pretty nice too.

Thought this might be the best place to put this, but with Toy Fair not too far off now, what do you think the line will look like for 2016.  We'll most likely see some sort of ramp up when Rogue One gets closer, but do you think it will be mostly Force Awakens focused for the rest of the year?  Will we see any other vehicles get made?  I know larger vehicles are probably unlikely in an "off" year from the main trilogy, but its too bad things like Kylo Ren's shuttle and the First Order drop ships won't see toy form.  I was thinking that the vehicle line up in the Force Awakens was somewhat subdued, but I guess it isn't all that different from A New Hope.  We had a speeder (Luke's/Rey's), X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the Falcon :).

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2016: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 8, 2016, 02:22 PM »
Its that time of the year again.  I always like to update this to see what everyone is looking forward to this year.  I'm continuing to try to focus in on my collecting, at least as much as possible, and narrow down the number of different lines.  Looks very similar to the last few years:

Star Wars

Black Series 6" - All OT characters, all TFA characters, likely any Rebels characters.  PT on case by case.

Black Series 3 3/4" - If it continues at WM, I'm in for new stuff here too, again focusing on OT/TFA.

Basic Line (5 POA) - I'll continue on with TFA characters, and wait to see what else is included in 2016.


Marvel Legends (6") - I've been pretty complete on these in recent years, I'll likely continue.  Lots of good stuff here lately.  As far as the 3 3/4" line (which I guess is also called Legends now), I'll pick and choose.  The price has climbed on these so much, it is tough to pay $13 or more for each of these (especially when doing it with Star Wars as well).


I don't know if it is so much "collecting", but this is an area I share with our daughter just building all the sets and making our own little LEGO world.  She is way into TFA so we'll likely try to pick those sets up.  I like to focus on the OT sets, but am a little behind on sets from 2015 already.  Also buy some of the Marvel sets, and the odd other one off here or there.  Hope to continue, as LEGO - while pricey - sure is a lot of fun.

Otherwise, that's probably about it.  I may dip into some DC stuff here or there, we'll see.  I noticed reading online today that Mattel is going to have a "DC Multiverse" 6" line at retail, including stuff from TV like Flash/Arrow, as well as the movie and comic stuff, some of those might tempt.

So I'm wondering how this thing has done overall. To be honest, Target seems to be the only store here carrying it, and our store has been sitting on the same two for awhile now. I'll admit I was tempted when Amazon had the price drop, but things were too tight with Christmas. I keep checking/hoping for a clearance, but nothing yet.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 31, 2015, 06:00 PM »
No sign of these here either, really hope I'm able to find them eventually. Plus, it is forcing me to go to Wal-Mart, which is never good.  I'm curious to see how far beyond this we will see this year.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:02 PM »
Saw this wave while stopping at Wal-Mart yesterday, and picked up Leia and the Stormtrooper (found Kylo Ren on an earlier trip).  I'm glad to be finding these, but it has been very sporadic.  I really wish they were a wide release, or at least somewhere besides Wal-Mart.  Anyways, nice figures, hope we continue to get them.  At least they're hitting the main characters pretty well.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:00 PM »
Little late to the party here, but we saw it yesterday once our daughter was out of school, and loved it.  Now I of course wasn't a fan of losing my all-time favorite character in all of fiction, but at the same time, I sort of thought that it would be coming and I'm sure that is as Harrison Ford wanted it as well.  The movie itself was a lot of fun.  As others have said, very A New Hope-esque, but in a very good way.  It didn't feel repetitive to me.  I thought the new cast was all pretty great, and the ending definitely left me anxious for Episode 8.  My daughter and I are heading to see it again tomorrow.

The best part of this whole Force Awakens experience has been sharing it with our daughter.  She has been, and even more so now, completely obsessed with Rey.  She was so excited watching this movie, and I love that she has a strong role model in Daisy Ridley's Rey.  She is in total Star Wars mode now, and it is a lot of fun.

We were discussing this last night, so are we to assume that Ren, Hux, and Phasma all escaped?  I'm pretty sure that Phasma was already confirmed as returning, and I assumed the other two escaped as well going with the dialog.  My daughter was asking about Maz as well, and I would assume she survived since they didn't show here getting offed in that raid on screen (or mentioned).  So many thoughts to try to put down, but overall, I really enjoyed it a lot.  Can't wait to see it again (and again and again).  We picked up the Visual Dictionary as well, so it is fun to go through that today and also pick out "I want a toy of that, and that..."  I'm glad now I held off on thing like that Speeder Bike and Sand Speeder to see if they were actually in the movie.  There are several characters (like Maz, Luke, Leia, etc.) that I hope we see in both the Black Series and basic scales.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 30, 2015, 02:35 PM »
Had to stop by Wal-Mart for so etching else so I figured I'd take a stroll through the action figures and was lucky enough to find a lone Kylo Ren. Wish I would have been there soon enough to find the others but was happy to at least get one. Like Jesse mentioned, I'd be fine with becoming an exclusive line, able to be preordered too.

Received Poe, Guavain Enforcer, and Zuvio via Amazon on Saturday then found a Phasma at Target today. Also picked up the Poe/Stormie 2 pack last week, so I'm somewhat caught up now I think.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: November 9, 2015, 05:05 PM »
Picked up PZ, Guavian Enforcer, Goss, and Hux via HTS, so I think I'm sort of caught up now. I can't remember, do we know of any other announced figures at this point?

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:20 PM »
I was thinking the exact same thing. I'd really like to get this poster, but I haven't seen it for sale anywhere yet either. I also don't want to pay $50 to $100 for it :).

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:16 PM »
I've watched it so many times since last night, so excited for this. Now, I was pumped for each of the prequels as well, but this just feels different. So many things that keys on that nostalgia, just can't wait. It makes it even more exciting because my daughter is equally excited, and has watched this even more than me. She can't wait to learn more of Rey's story. I wasn't able to get 7:00 tickets for the Thursday before (couldn't get through), but we are headed first thing after school that Friday!

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Class I "Deluxe" Vehicle Sets
« on: October 9, 2015, 05:39 PM »
I have to agree, not necessarily a lot to this, but it is one of my favorite vehicles in recent memory. All of the vehicles seem priced a little high for what they are, but still really like this one.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: October 9, 2015, 05:37 PM »
I've been enjoying Rebels with my daughter already, but this new trailer....holy cow. Looks great, and I sort of want a toy of that red b-wing :).

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