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Old March 12 2014, 12:39 PM   #4516
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Re: The Action Figure and Toy Collecting and Discussion Thread!

The upcoming 6" Black Series Chewbacca in his packaging.



Not remotely perfect (none of these are), but I like him a lot. He should be a popular one on store shelves.
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Old March 12 2014, 09:31 PM   #4517
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You know, it's extremely unlikely, but it would be awesome if we ever got Clone Wars Black Series figures. I'd take an Anakin and Ahsoka in an instant!
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Old March 12 2014, 09:55 PM   #4518
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I wound up getting a triple score today, on top of also getting some gaming stuff in the mail that I had ordered. The company I use for some of my gaming needs is full of win.

I picked up the new Whirl figure, which is pretty nice. I think they accurately captured a lot of the original G1 figure, which was a non-Takara mold that also cropped up in a few other 80s toylines, while also improving some things. G1 Whirl was unusual in having only claws instead of regular hands, a trait which the IDW continuity has explained as a form of political disfigurement employed by the corrupt Cybertronian Senate before the war broke out. Generations Whirl keeps those, but they're now designed to fold into his arms which is a nice touch.

This version also has a third "gerwalk" mode, which the original Jeftire toy technically possessed because of the Macross mold. The gerwalk is basically an inbetween mode combining elements of the vehicle and robot, so it's sort of like a combat walker. One interesting addition, which I have mixed feelings about, is that Whirl includes a sticker sheet for a lot his details. Some of these are extremely small and thin, so you'll have to be careful in putting them on. Most of them are transparent but some details aren't immediately visible on the sheet, because some have white text and the sticker sheet is solid white. There seems to be some minor variation between where the instructions say to put them and where the stock photographs apply them, and the latter doesn't seem to have some of them attached. The biggest plus is that these stickers are a lot more durable than their G1 counterparts - you can often pull them off if they need adjustment. The biggest con is that their size can make the edges fold in and thus more of a pain to get straight.

I also picked up Doubledealer and Skywarp. DD is sort of a mixed bag, in that the details look really nice and he's a cool looking update. However, the significant flaws with the Blitzwing mold (loose shoulders for example and the rubbery nosecone) weren't corrected and they affect him as well.

Skywarp uses the Fall of Cybertron mold that was earlier used for Starscream and Thundercracker (who can be seen here since I don't yet have a good picture of Skywarp). It's nice to have all three Seekers and it would be interesting to see if they tried to make versions of the Conehead Seekers (Dirge, Ramjet & Thrust) with this mold as well.
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Old March 12 2014, 10:16 PM   #4519
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Admiral_Young wrote: View Post
You know, it's extremely unlikely, but it would be awesome if we ever got Clone Wars Black Series figures. I'd take an Anakin and Ahsoka in an instant!
Well, I can't speak for those two characters but we are getting two super-articulated 3.75" Clone Wars characters in the Black Series line as shown last month during the Hasbro panel presentation at New York Toy Fair.

Clone Commander Wolffe
Clone Commander Doom (from the new Season 6 as seen on Netflix)

At least the prevailing theory is that the greenish-colored Clone with the kama is Doom. For all we know it could be a similar-looking commander from a previous season but the timing makes that seem a bit unlikely.
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Old March 13 2014, 12:02 AM   #4520
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Chewie's a Wookie who's just gotta dance!

So, I may be a terrible person. I found all of Wave 2 of the 6" Captain America: The Winter Soldier figures at Wal-Mart today. These retail for $19.96, but they had accidentally stocked them on the pegs for the smaller $9.96 figures. So, I grabbed a set, walked up to the register with them, and when they rang up for $19.96 I gave my best surprised look and said they were supposed to be $9.96. They checked, and overrode the price, so I got each of these for half-price. I feel kinda guilty for taking advantage of what I knew to be a mistake, but at the same time I'm kinda elated. The figures are good, but each has a rather glaring problem keeping them from greatness.


Cap is a divine figure. This one hits all the right points on poseability and sculpt. I just feel the random Daniel Craig headsculpt is an odd access....what's that? Chris Evans? Oh....well they really dropped the ball on that one then.


I'm lukewarm on Winter Soldier himself. He's lighter on the accessories than Cap, with just his cartoony rifle and Juggalo Brendan Fraser alternate headsculpt (Steve's hand is there to prop up the head for the picture.) Also, mine was warped by the packaging is bow-legged because of it. Other than those things, he's a well sculpted figure, though.


(See, KM if I can find her at retail, so can you!) At last! A 6" Black Widow! My Avengers display has been missing her, and even though this is a CA:TWS figure, she comes with an alternate head sporting her Avengers hair. The problem? Her friggin pistols are molded into the belt. She even comes with alternate trigger hands, but no friggin guns to hold with them! What the hell, Hasbro?
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Old March 13 2014, 12:08 AM   #4521
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Chewie's a Wookie who's just gotta dance!
First: that's one helluva score, man. Way to go!

Second: I guess the 6" Chewie must be auditioning for a remake of the Thriller video.
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Old March 13 2014, 12:44 AM   #4522
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You know, Hasbro's case packs are unbelievably stupid (I know this is not news)

The case pack for Wave 2 is:

3 Captain Americas
2 Winter Soliders
1 Black Widow
1 Red Skull
1 Baron Zemo

Ok, 3 Caps, fine. He's the main character, and he'll sell the best. 2 Winter Soldiers, cool design the big new character of the film. Fine. 1 Black Widow pisses me right the hell off. She has the essential torso piece of the Build-a-figure. She's an essential character in her own right, and scalpers will snap her up quickly. Zemo and Red Skull are even more baffling. They're carry forwards from the previous wave. The crazy thing is though, that both figures are packed as Agents of HYDRA and Soldiers of AIM, and have alternate figures with the same SKU that are Hydra and AIM soldiers. You know, ARMY BUILDERS! Yet, they're carrying forward only the Red Skull and Zemo figures. Friggin typical.
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Old March 13 2014, 12:47 AM   #4523
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At this point we should just be glad that they don't pack random bags of broken glass in their case assortments.
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Old March 13 2014, 01:32 AM   #4524
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So, I may be a terrible person. I found all of Wave 2 of the 6" Captain America: The Winter Soldier figures at Wal-Mart today. These retail for $19.96, but they had accidentally stocked them on the pegs for the smaller $9.96 figures. So, I grabbed a set, walked up to the register with them, and when they rang up for $19.96 I gave my best surprised look and said they were supposed to be $9.96. They checked, and overrode the price, so I got each of these for half-price. I feel kinda guilty for taking advantage of what I knew to be a mistake, but at the same time I'm kinda elated. The figures are good, but each has a rather glaring problem keeping them from greatness.


Ironically enough, I'd gone by the local TrU (which is where I got Skywarp), and at one point I was looking at a couple of new SW sets in the Lego section. I've got one in mind I might decide to do something with. It's a medium sized set in the $50 range, which is still a little high for me, but apparently someone in the store had goofed and put the wrong price for a much larger and more expensive set (about $160!) on the shelf where it was instead. I asked someone on the staff to verify it for me and they agreed that it was a mistake, so I'm glad it got fixed. I don't think I'd spend that much on this one.
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Old March 13 2014, 01:43 AM   #4525
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The lesson:
When it comes to collecting, pragmatism always wins.
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Old March 13 2014, 02:34 AM   #4526
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I am going to hit amazon every day until I get a Black Widow. The likelihood of her popping up in my local Walmarts is almost nil. They don't even have a space for Winter Soldier stuff yet!
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Old March 13 2014, 03:04 AM   #4527
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Something I've been noticing as I've looked at the pegs recently: What's going on with the lower torso on the new 3 3/4" Black Series Scout Troopers? Did Hasbro just say "We know people have had trouble with discoloration on their troopers over time, so we just decided to make these pre-discolored" or something?
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Pragmatism. Also, persistence pays off when you collect any action figure line. Period. Unless you've just completely given up on brick-and-mortar retail and purchase your stuff exclusively from online dealers it's a good idea if your time, gas and driving distances are convenient to stop at as many of your local stores as you can to check their pegs. Frankly, it's when you just say "screw it" and don't bother that it's when the stores open a fresh case assortment of new figures you've been looking for.

I know. I've done just that and then realized I should have just taken five short minutes to run into the stores and take a quick look. Missed out on more than a few figures that way.
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Old March 13 2014, 04:04 AM   #4529
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Just because it was cool in my head, here's the Winter Solider figures fighting their comic counterparts:
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I'm planning on picking up a Infinite Series Winter Solider, Marvel Now Captain America, and the Winter Solider Cap. The Infinite Series line so far has just been gorgeous. I can't wait for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" line to become available.

Also you can clearly see the influence of the Commander Steve Rogers suit in the updated Cap suit for "The Winter Solider". Just beautiful.
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