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Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:38 AM »
I think that may actually be the price, my store has new shelf tags showing $19.99 in place of the $31 it started at.  That's supposed to be the MSRP on them anyway so hopefully it'll stick at that price.  Nothing has moved in my store except the Ninja Cruiser I bought and a couple packs of the bagged Micro Force...which I also bought.

I'm not holding out much hope that this line is going to move, even when the film opens.  My store is basically stocked with last year's toys, the only single carded figures on the pegs are wave 1 Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Roadblock.  I found the Flint, Jaye, Colton wave at WM out of town and I'm hoping my WM at least skips wave 1...but once again, my recommendation is if you want anything beyond wave 2, order it online.

I'm definitely ordering a case of the wave with Kwinn in it...I'm NOT missing that figure and I'm not holding out any hope it'll ever see retail.


Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:20 AM »
Found a bunch of stuff at KMart on sale today.  I picked up a 2-pack of Legolas and Tauriel.  Would have snagged a 4" Gandalf but they didn't have any.

There was a decent selection of singles and 2-packs and a few 6" figures, but I wasn't interested most of them.  Kind of glad I didn't spend more money on these, I'm kind of disappointed in them.  At least these two, the articulation in the legs is severly hindered and I don't think they work well with their accessories.  The paint jobs, at least, were pretty clean.  Maybe I'd have liked the 6" versions better, I'm just not into that scale.


« on: February 17, 2013, 03:14 AM »
Stopped in KMart this afternoon and found some Series 9 on an end cap display.  It had already been picked over a little bit by the looks of it but I spent a couple minutes going through them.  Pulled two Alien Avenger figures and a Battle Mech.  So, that was a good start.  Only need about 10 more of the alien and a couple more of the Mechs, plus the other figures that I want out of this series.

I probably would have gone through them a little more but it just feels wierd, as an adult, standing in the toy aisle of KMart feeling up bagged figures.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:21 PM »
Took advantage of the decent weather and drove about 20 miles to the next town over and hit Walmart and KMart.

Walmart had the new Joes, including Joe Colton, Lady Jaye, Firefly, the ninjas and second versions of Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Roadblock.  They also had the wave 2 battle packs. 

I would have bought more but after paying $31 for the Ninja cruiser last night I only picked up Jaye, Colton and Firefly and the Mouse 3-pack.  I'd like to have also snagged a couple of the Ninjas and maybe even Roadblock and Flint, but I passed for now. I think I'm going to hold out for the Ultimate Flint anyway...if he ever comes out that is.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:13 AM »
I watched Zero Hour but it was pretty terrible.  I thought the acting was flat and the story didn't flow well during the middle.  I'll watch it again and hope that this was just a pilot/first episode thing and it'll pick up.  But if it's still off next week, I'll probably find something else to do with my time.


The Bullpen / Re: Iron Man 3 Toys
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:06 AM »
Found the first series of 6" Legends figs today at Walmart and thought they mostly looked pretty good.  I can't believe that they split Iron Monger into 6 pieces and 2 waves, one of which is listed for Fall on the packaging.  Great way to guarantee you'll be able to build your Monger figure you just invested $45 in...


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: February 15, 2013, 07:46 PM »
Found Retalition figures stocked at Target tonight.  Unfortunately, it's mostly leftover stuff from last year.  Five each Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes and 2 Roadblock, all wave 1.  Three packs from last year, motorcycles role play.  They did have the new Micro Force and the second wave of Bravo vehicles which are now suddenly $31! 

I have no thoughts that my store will ever stock anything post wave 1 but we'll see.  I'm not putting money on my Walmart store carrying the line at's a small store and they've been known to skip entire lines.


The Bullpen / Re: Iron Man 3 Toys
« on: February 12, 2013, 07:01 PM »
I saw the Assemblers line at Walmart last night. Not impressed.  I can see what they're going for, but for the price I dont' think it's worth it.  I don't want to spend $10 on more than one figure so I can mix and match pieces...will parents want to splash out that much cash also?

I bought a couple IM2 figures but I don't see buying anything from this line.  I'm just waiting for my Hot Toys 1:6 Mark VII to come in...that may be the last IM figure I have to buy.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Doctor Who Toys
« on: February 7, 2013, 09:42 AM »
I'd definitely take a 4" scale Dalek, maybe a Cyberman figure also. 


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: February 6, 2013, 04:44 PM »
If you guys didn't already know, the registration is up.

And, I'm registered!  All signed up for the General's Package, which is the 12" set, and the movie ticket to Retaliation for Friday night.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox One
« on: February 6, 2013, 04:41 PM »
Wow.  Those are some steep pre-recs for that system.  I know people that don't have broadband Internet at home and some that live in areas where they can't get it, but have consoles.  The fact that they won't allow used games is the real negative, though. 

We have a game library that we lend to patrons, that won't be doable with this next gen system and even Game Stop allows employees to borrow games to play to help keep them current...that'll be out also.

It seems like Microsoft checked all the boxes for why not to buy their new system.  Next we'll here that there won't be any backward compatibility.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: January 27, 2013, 02:53 AM »
That's an interesting twist.  Funny how Perry White is now Black as well.

I just can't imagine Lawrence Fishburne playing high-strung.

I used to be a big fan of his, but ever since his stint on CSI, I'm not looking forward to seeing him in anything anymore.  He was creepy enough in Predators but, eh.

Don't really care with what they do with Jimmy/Jenny Olsen...why not cast the role for a woman?

I'm almost not looking forward to this movie beause it's just another origin film, it's looking like they went all dark and gritty and....I don't know, I just don't care.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: January 26, 2013, 02:15 AM »
I know Hit & Run probably isn't what most wanted but I think he looks pretty good.  Seems like they chose some good parts for him.  Spearhead isn't bad and I think they picked some good parts for that gun.  The Joes are all pretty solid (I'm cool on Charbroil though).

And I dig the female characters so I'm liking Crimson ASP.  I'm not feeling the other Cobra characters, though.  Letal, especially, is just way too green and out there for me. 

It's hard to decide if I want to spring $360 for this set when I really probably only want 4 of the figures.  And since I'd be getting the boxed set, it's not like I'm going to split them up.  Besides, I don't know if the figs I dislike would even generate enough interest to make it worth selling.

I'm still waiting to see the 12" set...they better post that before the registration goes live because I'm not buying, or passing on, a set that I haven't seen.

On the plus side, if the artwork that HissTank pointed out the other day is right, we'll probably see a female Joe pilot as a souvenir.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:45 PM »
I'm not as excited about this set as I was last year with the Oktober Guard.  I'm waiting to see what they have in the 12" set before I make a final decision.


« on: January 21, 2013, 07:13 PM »
Brian, check your PMs, LMK if you're still looking for that Hagrid's Hut set.  Found one at B&N this weekend.

Also picked up a couple more bagged minifigs from Series 7, and finally pulled Little Red, which I'd been looking for.  Also picked up a Dino set to burn off some Rewards Points I had.

Found the Series 1 Star Wars Planet sets for $2.98 at Target and picked up a couple for my buddy and also grabbed a couple Police bagged sets from the checkout lane.

Add to that a 4425 Car and Caravan set that I found at my Target last week.  Think it was $9-something on clearance.


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