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Other Toy Lines / Re: Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: September 6, 2017, 01:14 PM »
Oh yeah, if is get into the childhood lines (outside of Star Wars), Joe and He-Man would be at the top of the list. I never had huge collections of any line in particular (wasn't spoiled enough I guess 😉), but those three definitely topped the list. I had a close friend who between he and his brother had nearly all the Joe stuff, and i have fond memories of bringing my stuff over and combining it with theirs for a lot of battlin' fun.

I probably had the most larger He-Man stuff for some reason, must have been what my parents liked to get me. I was fortunate enough to have both Grayskull and Snake Mountain there. I always wanted Transformers, but didn't have a ton of them. Again, ended up with a lot more Gobots instead (probably way cheaper).

Also liked things like Super Powers, Secret Wars, Thundercats, Silverhawks, MASK, and a little later Ninja Turtles - which was kind of towards the end of the "toy playing" years. I've been watching a lot of Retroblasting on YouTube lately, and it brings back a lot of those memories. Sometimes it makes me want to focus on vintage toy collecting.

Other Toy Lines / Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: September 5, 2017, 05:51 PM »
As I've been going through my collection this year, parting with some of it and reorganizing some of it, it has made me a little nostalgic. I started going back through some of the older threads here and reliving the discussions and excitement as some lines were being released. Obviously, lots of Star Wars, but also the beginnings of the GI Joe 25th line, MOTU Classics, Marvel Legends, etc. Also, as a side note, how great was 2007 for collecting? The 30th Anniversary Collection for Star Wars (with McQuarrie figures), and the beginnings of the GI Joe 25th line!

Anyways, what are some of your favorite toy lines of all time? Childhood (since that is often where it starts) or all the way up to today.  Here's a few off the top of my head:

Star Wars (Vintage)
Star Wars (30th)
Star Wars (VOTC, continuing to the Vintage Collection)
G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Collection
Masters of the Universe Classics
Marvel Legends
DC Universe Classics

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: September 5, 2017, 05:23 PM »
Bumping up and updating for Last Jedi...

Star Wars

3 3/4" Basic Line
Kylo Ren
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Exile)
General Leia Organa
Rey (Island Journey)

Rose in Disguise with BB-8 and BB-9E
Finn in Dusguise/Captain Phasma

6" Black Series
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Kylo Ren

Praetorian Guard
Rose Tico

Grand Moff Tarkin
Rebel Fleet Trooper
Captain Rex
Rey Resistance
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)

Dewback with Sandtrooper
Rey with Speeder

3 3/4" Black Series - WM Exclusive
Luke Skywalker Jedi Master
Praetorian Guard

Vehicles and Beasts
Wampa and Luke Skywalker
TIE Silencer
Canto Bight Police Speeder
Resistance Ski Speeder


Marvel Legends

Spider-Man - Lizard BAF
Spider Punk

Black Panther
Black Bolt

Marvel Legends Exclusives
Black Panther (Wal-Mart)
Invisible Woman (Walgreens)
Mr. Fantastic (Walgreens)
Medusa (Walgreens)
A-Force Boxset (TRU)
Defenders Boxset (Amazon)
Hydra Soldier 2 Pack (TRU)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: September 3, 2017, 08:53 PM »
Looking for some advice from the Transformers experts here. I've recently been going through my collections and doing some purging and sort of refocusing on what I want to collect. Through looking at all my toys and watching YouTube videos like retro lasting it has reminded me of why I got into a Star Wars and all the rest of this: vintage stuff.

Anyways, along that line I have sold off the majority of my modern Transformers (which wasn't a ton), with an eye on focusing on getting some of my favorites from childhood in either G1 form or a reissue. My first goal, and this might be down the road a bit with Last Jedi stuff ramping up, is getting a set of the original 5 dinobots. I've just started looking around eBay a bit, and I'm wondering if there is anything I should look out for. Some of the prices seem a little lower than expected so I didn't know if there were repro things, etc. out there. I don't necessarily care if it is a reissue or "commemorative" toy, that is what my Prime is, but I'd like it to be authentic beyond that. Thank you for any advice.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 1, 2017, 02:31 PM »
I wasn't able to (or willing to) head out at midnight, but went on a little run this morning. First Wal-Mart....nothing. No basic figures, some 6" but it was all Vaders and one Kylo. No vehicles, beasts, or two packs. Ended up picking up some Funko, since our daughter really wanted some of those.

Hit a couple other WMs, since they were fairly close, and both had a little more. Handful of basic figures at the first (able to get Luke - the only one I saw today, and Rey). At the next store I saw the playset, some 6", and the Black Series vehicles and centerpieces.

Finally, decided to hit Target on the way home, hoping for a Black Series Luke. This store was stocked with virtually everything. Basic figures, two packs, beast packs, Black Series figures/vehicles, etc. plus a lot of neat "other" stuff. I did find a Luke (the only one), and I was basically able to get everything I wanted for the most part. Luke was definitely the scarcest here, only found one of each of the basic and BS.

"Old man" rant time....this year really drove home how expensive an endeavor collecting has become. I skipped a lot of stuff this year (basic figures like Finn, Poe, Kylo, etc since they were basically the same and I could get them down the road, and the vehicles), and I still spent way more than expected. I sometimes wonder if I should have stayed away from 6", as much as I like them. Those $60 vehicles and figures add up fast 😉

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 30, 2017, 07:59 PM »
It seems like they are being even more tight lipped than with TFA at this point. I thought maybe we'd get one of those global unboxing things this year, but wouldn't they have announced it by now? Granted, we have a decent idea what is on the way with all of the leaks, but I sort of enjoyed that last time. If for no other reason than there was Star Wars content all day.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 04:24 PM »
One of the better convention showings they have had in the last few years. Still the lockdown on Last Jedi reveals, which seems silly, but not unexpected. Lots of good Black Series reveals between Leia, Maz, RFT, Reys, Rex, and Dewback. Cool stuff. Personally very happy to see the return of the beasties, always one of my favorite parts of the movies/line. Hope it continues.

The 3 3/4" stuff looked good too. Some small improvements in articulation in spots too. I don't have a problem with the 5 POA, but I have a little trouble getting too excited about redos of figures I already have better versions of. Previously I had picked up all the 5 POA OT characters but I'm wondering if I should continue that or not. The Luke/Leia/Han/etc. group looks nice, but with less and less display room do I really need to buy 5 POA figures just to store them?

Still excited for the vintage return as well. Just watched the Q and A Darby mentioned and saw the info about price and numbers. I'm not sure of the "sweet spot". At first 15 didn't sound too bad. We used to get about a dozen a year in the VOTC days, and even the very early POTF2 days....but seeing a lot of the reissues they have planned, that might eat up those spots quickly. Honestly, I think a 12-24 range is fine with long as there isn't more than half of those being repacks. Makes it easier to keep up without going broke. And the fact that they are doing vehicles in this line (the tank looks amazing) is the cherry on top.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2017: What Are You Collecting?
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:07 PM »

At this point I'm seriously considering downsizing and keeping just a focused collection of the best of the hero versions and backgrounders, offload the multiple extras of fig versions and pass on the huge collection of vehicles I'll never possibly have room to display.


I haven't quite gotten to the point where I've parted with much SW stuff, but I have thought about the vehicles from time to time. I display the OT ones, but I have quite a few PT/CW ones in storage. It was always a "someday" thing with me too, but I don't know that I'll ever have that grand display area so it seems silly to have all this stuff just sitting in boxes. It is tough to let go, and I've regretted it sometimes in the past, but it is getting to the point where it just starts to feel cluttered. I've unloaded a fair amount of "non SW" stuff, but I might have to branch out further. Would probably be better to have the money rather than a bunch if rubbermaids filled with stuff.

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2017: What Are You Collecting?
« on: July 5, 2017, 02:43 PM »
Guess I haven't updated this in awhile, anyone's collecting habits changing these days? Honestly, although I still pick up plenty, I have found myself scaling back a bit more. Budget has something to do with it, but primarily it is a space issue. I went through the collection room a couple months ago (in addition to having a garage sale), and tried to get a more clean looking display - which lead to a lot of stuff being stored as well.

As far as what I'm collecting this's primarily:

Star Wars
Still going on most of the 3 3/4" stuff, the slow trickle it has been. But, I also don't get as stressed about it anymore. Still haven't gotten a hold of that Thrawn/Raddus wave, but I find myself being more "meh" about it now. Don't feel like paying double or triple for 5 POA stuff. That being said, looking forward to the Last Jedi stuff and the return of TVC next year. Buy some 6" as well, specifically all the OT ones. Vehicles/beasts on a case by case. If it is new or improved from the OT (or ST) I'm likely in.

Pretty much all in with Legends. They've been largely amazing, but really come out at a crazy pace anymore - which gets pricey. Pretty much given up on the 3 3/4" stuff.

Other than an OT Lego set here and there or the odd Funko POP, that's about it for me. There are times I think about cutting back more and focusing on vintage stuff too. I still don't have a complete run from that line, and wouldn't mind getting into beasts, vehicles and playsets too.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:43 PM »
Read online today about a rumored nation-wide set of the Spidey/MJ TRU exclusive pack hitting over the weekend. Decided to hit ours up and sure enough they had them. Worth taking a look if interested. A classic comics MJ has been high on my list for a long time, glad to see it finally happen. Now a Gwen Stacy maybe?

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2017 Hasbro Star Wars Fan Figure Vote
« on: April 29, 2017, 01:57 PM »
Honestly, I'm fairly ok with any of the figures from the finalists winning. In pulling for Sim or Yakface, and that's where my vote went as well. I don't necessarily get the need for another Ahsoka, I like the character and all but I'm fine with the one we just saw re-released in the Black Series line. It is more telling to me that the two "old school" collector picks (Sim and Yak), are both dead last in this poll. Are we really that much of a dying breed any more? I am sort of glad the whole Ben Skywalker movement didn't gain ground. I don't get the whole "sticking it" to Disney angle. Not sure how they expected to move forward with new media (movies, TV, books, or games) being tied to that years of mess of continuity.

Decent showing from Hasbro at Celebration, at least in line with the smaller reveals we've been getting lately. We knew we wouldn't see Last Jedi stuff, so no surprise there. The deluxe Black Series speeders, Gree, Thrawn, Tarkin, Jaina, the BF TIE Pilot, etc. all look good. Plus, the return of the vintage collection! Also, although I doubt it is very popular here, our daughter is pretty excited for the Forces of Destiny stuff.

Honestly my main disappointment of the weekend was that they didn't finally show us the TFA Luke figure(s). They have let us know it is being worked on for a bit now, thought we'd at least see the 6" one.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rey with Speeder
« on: April 17, 2017, 06:14 PM »
So happy they are making this, if for no other reason than our daughter is over the moon excited for it. I hope this line can continue on with a few new releases each year between beasties and smaller vehicles. Looks pretty great.

I'm really glad they are trying this with slightly larger, deluxe-type items. I think the TIE maybe showed that there is a too large/too expensive line with Black Series. Personally I really liked the Taun Taun, Wampa, and Jabba and these two speeders were the top of my want list. Still wouldn't mind seeing them do a Falcon cockpit, but that might be wishful thinking. The speeder and Luke both look great.

I won't be able to get this, but it is pretty awesome. Also don't mind the trend of the exclusives being regular release figures in fancy boxes.

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