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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.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:42 PM »
There's been a LOT of knockoff G1 Transformers getting out in the market last 5-10 years. The Dinobots are arguably the most common ones to be found, next to the combiners. Be cautious of sellers on ebay selling MISB specimens- the bootleggers making these even went so far as to recreate the original Hasbro packaging. I bought one, Shockwave, and it's a really neat piece, but has a bit of that knockoff feel to it. Neat boxed collectible, though. A handy guide outlining the differences between genuine and knockoff. It's pretty overwhelming exhaustive.

Of course, the easiest way to tell is usually price- a single genuine loose Dinobot is over $100, and you can score a set of five knockoffs for $200.

Thank you so much for the info Ben, I thought maybe $40 for G1 dinobots was a little too good to be true. Also thanks for the heads up on the upcoming dinobots, maybe I'd be better off going that route. I sort of wanted to go through and get a small collection of my favorite G1 bots (even if they were reissues or whatever), but it would have to be at a slow pace as budget would allow. Thanks again.

Other Toy Lines / Re: How Much of Your Collection(s) Do You Display?
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:49 PM »
Bumping up another oldie here, but it has been 10+ years now, so has this changed for anyone? I'm in the process of going through my display, and I'm starting to pack a few things away. Marvel and DC stuff in particular had become overcrowded so I'm putting stuff away or selling things off. It seems like Star Wars will go this way too if I keep collecting with a new movie every year from this point on. Just getting to be too much stuff at this point, which we all struggle with I think. Add in having a (now) 10 year old, and space is definitely at a premium.

For those that have found these, do your stores have a lot of older stock? I thought about venturing out for a look with all the reports here, but our local stores have a metric ton of the older figures, so I'm not sure there would even be room for them to hit the floor. Really hope I'm able to get a hold of a set.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2017: What Are You Collecting?
« on: September 8, 2017, 05:25 PM »
It's funny, I've been reading through some older threads here this week (nostalgia), and it is kind of funny reading our comments. Lots of "how much more can they possibly make?" or "I'm pretty much wrapped up with....." comments (myself included). Funny seeing us comment on how Marvel Legends was probably going to be scraping the 2004. Now we are getting more than ever, 13 years later.

It seems like a lot of us are narrowing other focuses for the most part, judging by the number of posts we see on the "other" forums anymore. Outside of Star Wars, i really only buy Legends any more. As I've bee going through things lately though, I could probably stand to cut back there too. I think they are doing an amazing job with the line, but I just don't have room anymore. Getting to the point where I want to work on my collection display looking nice, and not just high quantity and cluttered.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: September 8, 2017, 04:46 PM »
This really is shaping up pretty great. I hope this is a hit for them and we can start getting these deluxe, spiffy vehicles regularly. At least once a year. Wouldn't mind seeing something like Poe's X-Wing get this treatment. Not a huge fan of the Force Awakens one.

It's funny, with Snoke out of there, it is all repacks....but they still look beautiful. Looking forward to the vintage return next year.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 8, 2017, 04:42 PM »
I'm not sure why, but I really dig this look for Luke, looking forward to the figure. Looks like a nice wave with Luke, Leia, Rey, R2, and DJ, etc. Hopefully it won't be too long, I saw some things indicating December. Have to figure we've got a shorter window for the "main" release of TLJ stuff, with Han Solo right away in May.

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