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  1. Jay changed my user name! With my permission of course. But don't worry, I'll always be Mandalorian30 at heart. ;-)
  2. Castle Grayskull and Metroplex both look awesome to me. I'm not even a big Transforemrs collector, but I'm excited to pick up Metroplex and agree with Jay that there's a good chance it could end up being Toy of the Year. Castle Grayskull has a good shot as well, with the only thing really holding it back right now being the disappointment in size many fans have. But everything else about it looks teriffic, and I can't wait to see the final piece! Clam!! What's up buddy?! :-D
  3. LEGO absolutely had some great stuff, no doubt! Jay and I did discuss the possiblility of giving them an award, so they weren't overlooked! I'm loving a lot of the stuff they are doing. The TMNT stuff is awesome, and I'm such a sucked for their blind bagged mini figures! :-)
  4. Yeah, it would have been nice if we could spend more time with each, but Toy Fair is very rush and go. Everything is scheduled, and everyone always has somewhere else to be. Plus, some of these guys just aren't as talkative on camera as I'd like them to be. :-) I understand that they are kind of being put on the spot, so I don't fault them. But Randy at NECA is such a natural. He was awesome. Whereas the guys at Playmates, while incredibly grateful for the rewards, were a little more camera shy I think. :-) Jay and I deliberated for quite some time on each of these winners, and we absolutely took feedback from fans online for our choices. It's always hard to choose winners for stuff like this, becuase of course everyone has their own opinions and tastes. So nobody is wrong in what they feel here, and if you don't agree with us we're definitely not offended. We're not the end-all be-all of toys! Heh. But the winners we chose we picked based on what we felt were the best showings for each category and had the most positive feedback from fans. TMNT was real close to sweeping these awards, LOL. Arguments could have been made for Playmates and TMNT to win each category, honestly. They just did a great job in 2012, imo. But I definitely feel they synched Toy of the Year with that playset. There were some great toys in 2012, don't get me wrong. But that playset is absolutely outstanding for this day in age. It's huge, it's well made, and it's fun. NECA was easy choice for Company of the Year not only for their great product that constantly seems to improve, but also for their amazing fan interaction. Jay and I both agreed upon that pretty quickly, and it was great to see the poll results reflect that a lot of the fans felt the same way. The fact that Randy goes out of his way to always talk to the fans and answer them, even when the fans aren't that nice, really says alot about him and the company as a whole. NECA is pretty top notch in that regard, and that was a big reason for why they won. Property of the Year was the hardest for us to choose. I think Marvel Legends had a really great comeback and showing altogether, especially compared to Hasbro's first go-around. I know that I personally tried hard to avoid getting back into collecting Marvel Legends, but once I got a figure from Hasbro's new line, I was immediately hooked again. As for sculptors, there are a lot of great ones (NECA!), but The Four Horsemen were an easy pick for both myself and Jay. (Hey look...Pixel Dan only picked one MOTUC winner! Wow! ;-) ) These guys work so hard and on so many different lines, and just about everything they do is always impressive. MOTUC, DCUC, Watchmen, and their own lines like Outer Space Men, the upcoming Power Lords (woo!), and their FANtastic Exlcusive stuff...it's all incredible, imo. So, there's my insight! Jay can add anything else to that and his personal feelings if he wants. I just hope you guys enjoyed this! This was out first go at this, so there's always room for improvement in the future as far as the video presentation and such goes. :-)
  5. Winners announced! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHgoJqCflSE So what do you guys think? Agree? Disagree? At the very least, did you enjoy this? :-)
  6. Oh yeah, I remmeber your Moss Man e-mail! Cool! :-D Hehe...yeah, if you were to go back in time and tell me what I would end up doing, I wouldn't believe you. ;-) Like I said, weird how things have really changed! But awesome to see so many familiar faces (err...user names) here! :-D
  7. Tommy! That was a fantastic post man! It's really weird to think that it's been so long, isn't it? ADC was the very first forum I ever joined as well. This place was my first entrance into the online world of toy collecting. Like you, I sppent all of my free time on here back then. That was also 10 years ago for me, when I was 20 years old. Crazy to think how much has changed in all of that time. While I was in New York with Jay a few weeks ago, I said the same thing to him over dinner. Told him it was a weird thought that I meet him 10 years ago when I was just nothing more than a kid with the user name "Mandalorian30" on here talking about toys and spamming the forums with nonsense posts. Somehow from that, I even had a brief run as a moderator here. Heh. I'm really glad I popped on here today and saw your post. Really put a smile on my face!
  8. I'm really loving the IDW books, and I think you did an incredible job at recreating the design in figure form! You did an insane amount of sculpting work there! But he turned out fantastic! Great job!
  9. VERY cool! I was waiting for someone to do this! It turned out great!! Also, on the package... Throws SLime* with *Not Really at the bottom is hilarious!! :-D Great work all around!
  10. Wow! We joined almost 10 years ago?! How crazy is that?!
  11. It's tough, for sure! Always got to find a way to balance it all. But I've never forgotten about this place or you guys! I love it when someone comes up to me and says "Hey, you're Mandalorian30!" lol! It doesn't happen very often, but it's fun when it does. It just happened recently at Power-Con, crazy enough! I still talk to Jay on a pretty regular basis, and visit TNI daily. I just don't drop in tot he forums as much as I probably should.
  12. I'm sorry for bumping an old thread...but I just wanted to say thanks for having this thread here! It was cool to pop on and find this, and see folks who I used to talk to regularly here on ADC/TNI commenting on the episodes. Makes me feel really bad for not making it to these forums more often! It's so hard to keep up and make the rounds to all the forums I should! So thanks guys! TNTS was definitely a fun run!
  13. Pssshhh...I'm easily the best actor around. Where's my Oscar?
  14. He looks terrific!! Well done! I really like this. His helmet was a bit ont he larger side in the film, too. So it's not too bad. Great job!
  15. Has anyone found the playset at Big Lots? I still want one of those, and of course can't find it naywhere now.
  16. Hey everyone! The first part of episode 2 is up, taking a look at the M.U.S.C.L.E. toy line in a new segment called The Retro Return! We've made some technical improvements to the show, so hopefully it will improve your viewing experience! Feedback is very welcome! Episode 2-1: http://blip.tv/file/1320441 Thanks for watching!
  17. Whenever you go and buy a new car, what’s that one thing you notice right away? That thing that you love so much, but know it won’t last. Yep…that wonderful new car smell. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Everyone does. Now, take that concept and geekify it a bit. Think about opening up a brand new action figure that you just spent months hunting down and finally found tucked away behind the stuff nobody buys. Take a big whiff. You smell that? Yeah, you do. That, my friends, is what we like to call THAT NEW TOY SMELL! Oh, come on! We may be pretty nerdy, but you know exactly what we’re talking about. Don’t act like we’re the only ones who sniff our toys when we first open them up! It’s ok. We don’t judge here. You can admit it! That new toy smell is a fantastic sensation. It fills you with a sense of pride over your recently acquired hunk of plastic. And that is why THAT NEW TOY SMELL is the perfect name for our show! We here at TNTS are all about helping remind you of the good feeling you get when you open up a brand new toy! We’re going to spend what little time we have in our busy lives to show you some awesome stuff from today, and especially from the past! Each episode is split into 3 parts, with a new part airing each week. Week 4 will always be a break between episodes. Each week, you can expect an awesome new segment all about a great toy line, a specific action figure or play set, or even somebody’s entire collection! The first full episode is now online! Episode 1-1: Mattel's Food Fighters Episode 1-2: Kenner's Aliens Episode 1-3: The Grand Opening- Mattel's DC Infinite Heores Episode 2-1: M.U.S.C.L.E. Men/Ultimate Muscle Episode 2-2: Coming Soon! Episode 2-3: Coming Soon! Check us out, and let us know what you think! We're still new, and coming into our own on this. We know that the more we do, the better we'll get! But, we do appreciate any feedback! www.ThatNewToySmell.com is where you will find us, with a new episode airing every Saturday! You can also send us an e-mail: TNTSAdmin@gmail.com I'll update this thread with new episodes as they're posted as well! Thanks for checking us out TNI!
  18. The Wii has gathered attention from a whole new market becuase of the style of the Wii Remote, and the games such as Wii Sports and Wii Fit. People who aren't normally gamers are turned on be these ideas because they are fun and easy. But the Wii is also a very good gaming system for those of us who are regular gamers, also. Games such as Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, Metroid Prime 3, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl are excellent Nintendo-made titles. Other excellent titles include Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition and RE:Umbrella Chronicles, Zack and Wiki, and No More Heroes. Plus, games like the upcoming Mad World just look freaking amazing. Add to that the awesomeness of the Virtual Console and Wii Ware (Lost Winds is SO good), and you have one heck of a great system in my book. I have an X Box 360 and a PS3 in my house as well, and all of them are great in their own right. But I do love my Wii. By the way, I hate the terms "casual gamer" and "hardcode gamer." But maybe that's just me.
  19. Nintendo is producing them as fast as possible. Trust me...they're just THAT in demand. I work in the electronics department of Toys R Us. We get shipments of Wii Fit in about every other weekend. Usually, we get in about 30 to 50 at a time. That's A LOT. But, they still sell out inthe first few hours we're open. EVERY TIME. Nintendo's trying to keep up, just like with the Wii's (which we also get in about 50 every other weekend, and they sell out in a day or so.) They even sent us little signs to post telling the public that they are working to get them out as quickly as they can. Just keep on the hunt. Check with Toys R Us. We get some of teh larger shipments comparedto even game stores. And, we always put them on the shelves on SUNDAYS since it's our ad day. normally we know about a week in advance. So call and ask. You'll get one eventually.
  20. Hey gang! Just wanted to let you all know that I updated the first post in the thread. All new episodes have been added, and all of the links go directly to the video for easy viewing. Be sure to check out my newest episodes, including the Revisited Legend of Zelda episode, the Wizard World Chicago special, and the Legend of Zelda Board Game episode! If you get a chance, be sure to check out www.RetrowareTV.com for a bunch of other great video game related shows! Thanks! -Pixel Dan
  21. Thanks guys! The Walt and Mickey "Partners" statue is in about the same place in DL. It sits in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle there, just as it sits in front of Cinderella's Castle in WDW. I've been to WDW 5 times now, and this was my first time in DL. It is a lot smaller, but that doesn't take away from how awesome that place is. I LOVE WDW, but I honestly think I like DL a little bit more. There's just a great nostalgic and homey feeling to it. Heck, Walt actually walked in that park. That alone gives you a cool feeling.
  22. Warning: I'm a bit of a romantic, so some may find this video cheesy and lame. However, some of you might enjoy, so I wanted to share. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9xltoF3-4
  23. LOL! Sorry man! I can't part with any of my stuff! Love it way too much! Episode 8 is now up on RetrowareTV.com! Street Fighter II GI Joes! It's about halfway down ont eh front page, and should be archived in the "From Pixels to Plastic" section soon! Also, you guys can check out all of my videos on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/mandalorian30. Please, RATE AND SUBSCRIBE! I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for looking! -Dan
  24. Heh...yeah. I call shenanigans. Arrow hit the nail ont he head with everything he said. I agree 100%. What is this, the 1950's? Come on, man...
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