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Old May 6 2012, 07:14 AM   #335
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Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!

It's been a dark age for DC and Marvel collectors, too. Mattel has been mishandling the line for several waves now. The distribution has been so terrible that prices are to the moon. I have a box of incomplete BAFs because I just can't find figures, and refuse to pay the ridiculous secondary market prices. Then of course, there's the recent fiasco with the new DC All Stars line, where they showed us a bunch of upcoming figures and then cancelled them all. These figures included some pretty furiously demanded ones like Larfleeze, Red Robin, and Superboy Prime. The subscription line at least is getting us some greatly wanted and needed figures. Can't wait for Jay Garrik, Metron, Atrocitus, Platinum and Tin, Poison Ivy, and Black Mask. The downside of course being that you either have to buy the subscription or take your chances with day of sales (a perilous proposition with how awful a website MattyCollector is.)

As for Marvel, the 3 3/4 inch lines are a mess. Iron Man 2 stuff still warms pegs for crying out loud. Marvel Universe is now just a wave of reuse and repaint. The new Avengers figures are a drastic step backwards. The return of Marvel Legends (one of the greatest toylines ever) looked like it could be the light at the end of the tunnel, but instead idiotic distribution has killed enthusiasm. Wave 1 and 2 were released within a month of each other. Store got exactly one shipment of wave 1. One. As such, most collectors never found them. Ghostrider especially was impossible to find, creating a lot of armless Terraxes. Not to mention that we've heard squat about wave 3, and the first two waves have been out for months.
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