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Old April 21 2012, 06:55 PM   #181
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Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!

Sadly, Hasbro holds the license to two of my absolute favorite things: Star Wars and Marvel, so I'm forced to put up with their crap. The thing is, a poor a job as they do with their distribution, I really don't know who could do it better right now.
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Old April 21 2012, 07:02 PM   #182
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The sad part is that the companies that might theoretically be able to do a better job with distribution seem to make inferior toys and collectibles. So even in a best case scenario it'd be an enormous trade-off: get your new waves of figures and vehicles in stores on time and in decent quantities...but they'll look like shit.

Looks like we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed that somebody at Hasbro will whip everyone into shape so the company will get its collective act together. I've been in the hobby so long now I'm used to just shrugging my shoulders and hoping for the best. Whaddya gonna do when you're just another Joe Consumer.
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Old April 21 2012, 08:03 PM   #183
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I like this thread a lot more when it's not "Hasbro sucks" and more "Look at my cool stuff." So, look at my cool stuff:

Green Lantern Corps:


Sinestro Corps:


Black Lanterns:


Misc. Lanterns:
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Old April 21 2012, 08:19 PM   #184
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Me too, man. But damn, does Hasbro make it hard not to complain!

Great pics. Here's another upcoming Vintage Collection figure from the same wave that'll have Grand Moff Tarkin. This is supposed to hit stores sometime in July if all the online reports are to be believed.

Here's Clone Pilot Odd Ball, a valiant Republic fighter pilot who bites it in the opening scenes of Episode III:



And here's one of several upcoming Battle Packs featuring all-new sculpts. No repacks or repainted filler with these...but the articulation is a throwback to the 1990s or even 1980s as all elbow, wrist, knee and ankle joints have been done away with in some of these. Great heads, though. These look more like the movie actors than some of the super-articulated premium figures. This might contain the best Ewan McGregor, Ray Park and Liam Neeson head sculpts ever done in 3-3/4" scale.

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Old April 21 2012, 09:33 PM   #185
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Just breaking for those interested: The 2012 Wave 4 Aayla Secura has just been found in the past day at a Walmart in California. This means that Wave 4(Dr. Evazan, Aayla, Kithaba Skiff Guard, 501st Legion Clone Trooper, Nom Anor and several repacks of popular or hard to find 2011 figures) has actually hit retail before 95% of the population have even seen Wave 3.

I don't know what's going on with Hasbro anymore. They're sloppy or late to the game with good MLP:FiM merchandise...they can't get STAR WARS, Marvel Superhero and G.I. Joe figures distributed adequately and even in the correct order...they make public announcements that product is going to be available for shipment soon and then delay entire waves of action figures an entire year or even cancel them. I love that company, but is it ever a bloody mess. There are times I think a cage full of honey badgers could run things better than the current gang at the helm.
Sometimes it's not even their fault. Retail stores generally won't place an order until they've sold enough of what they've currently got, so some waves can be either under-ordered (or skipped altogether in the worst-case scenario). There's better luck at online stores, but then you run the risk of sell-outs or having to pay more at various sites (including Hasbro's own site).
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Old April 21 2012, 09:40 PM   #186
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The sketch being discussed:



Great stuff. Loved the Conan O'Brien voice cameo at the end.
Man, that's made me sad. Poor guy.
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Old April 21 2012, 10:20 PM   #187
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I guess I hadn't realized they'd given Warth his own figure.
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Old April 21 2012, 10:27 PM   #188
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This might contain the best Ewan McGregor, Ray Park and Liam Neeson head sculpts ever done in 3-3/4" scale.
The Obi-Wan headsculpt looks like the light-up saber one. Qui-Gon looks new though.

As an aside, they really need to update Qui-Gon's lightsaber.
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Old April 21 2012, 10:32 PM   #189
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I guess I hadn't realized they'd given Warth his own figure.
Indeed. DC Direct has. The scales between DC Direct and DCUC are not exactly compatible, but some can fit in well. Their most recent Sinestro is actually exactly the same height as the DCUC one, so that works well. The only one I have that's really way too tall be believable is Soranik Natu, but that's likely to only Natu we're ever going to get so I work with what I have.
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Old April 21 2012, 11:21 PM   #190
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This might contain the best Ewan McGregor, Ray Park and Liam Neeson head sculpts ever done in 3-3/4" scale.
The Obi-Wan headsculpt looks like the light-up saber one. Qui-Gon looks new though.

As an aside, they really need to update Qui-Gon's lightsaber.
Agreed. Funny thing is, they have a removable blade Qui-Gon lightsaber from a 2002 Saga figure of the guy. But they used it just one time, that was almost exactly ten years ago and that's been it. The green blade even had flares at the bottom to indicate where the weapon was being activated. Instead, they just go back to the 1999 mold of the weapon and use it ad nauseam. All they'd have to do is remold the 2002 blade where it would no longer be removable from the hilt or even glue the blade into place.
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Old April 21 2012, 11:27 PM   #191
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Oh god! Horrible memories of those removable blades come flooding back. Terrible idea. They broke so easily, or fell out of the hilt and rolled away never to be seen again.
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Old April 21 2012, 11:50 PM   #192
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I've never understood why they haven't made a new Qui-Gon lightsaber in the past ten years. How difficult can it be to tool and sculpt something that small and uncomplicated? They've made brand new lightsabers for Jedi and Sith action figures that few people if anybody even know the names of. It's just odd. It's just a tiny, thin tube of green, translucent plastic with a painted hilt. We're not talking designing a brand new Death Star playset with electronic features here.


Wait. Don't get me started on a Death Star playset.
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Old April 22 2012, 09:18 PM   #193
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Yeah, I remember those lightsabers. They would fall apart if you so much as dared to look at them.

I might see if I can pick one up on the cheap for my Qui-Gon. Already changed his head.

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Old April 22 2012, 09:23 PM   #194
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I'm sure you can probably get that 2002 Qui-Gon with his different lightsaber for dirt cheap from a local toy shop, flea market or off of eBay. The figure itself wasn't terribly popular when he was brand new and quickly pegwarmed, so you can only imagine what ten years of aging has done to any appeal he had in the first place. A whole lot of figures from the ATTACK OF THE CLONES era don't get much love nowadays. There are only a very small handful that are sought after(Ephant Mon, McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper, Lt. Dannl Faytonni and a few others) all these years later. 2002-2003 was a real up-and-down time for collecting with incessant stretches where no new figures would show up and the choices of figures you could find were often boring or dubious.
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Old April 22 2012, 09:41 PM   #195
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Most of the figures from that period either had lousy action features, or were statues. Most of them have had better versions made since, at least.
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