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  1. I had those too when I was a lad (Warduke and the elf were my fav.s), fun times. While I'm not a WoW fan per se, I'm all for any 1:18 scale lines as it's my scale of choice. There's a lack of fantasy/sword-n-sorcery figures in this scale lately that needs reviving. Hopefully remakes of "Clash of the Titans" and other upcoming fantasy films will renew interest.
  2. Whoo-hoo!! After 2 years of silence, Max Factory Guyver figures are back! Pre-orders are starting to pop-up for the upcoming (March) release of Zoalord Imakarum Mirabilis. While it's a bit pricey (even more-so than past releases) at over $100, it's worth every penny IMHO. Hopefully this is just the tip of the ice berg (they still owe me that Archanfel that was shown a few years ago...they can keep the "red gigantic" though) and many more characters (Zero and the remaining Hyper-Zoanoid Five please!) are on the way. I wouldn't be opposed to more economical re-releases of the previous fig.s either for those that missed the boat...or are too scared to free theirs from their boxes (even cooler if they were hydro-shrunk in a smaller scale; I've always dreamed of 1:18 Guyver).
  3. ...and there's also the one that comes in the Champions Box Set (red,white,and yellow) as well as the classic First Appearance Angel that is coming soon in Series 31!
  4. Hells yes!!! The black-suit Namor should be cool too (no frontal-pic.s yet. Super-Villain Team-Up FTW!!). I wouldn't fret too much about Thor; these are after all "comic-packs". You just know that Hasbro will release a better version later. I'm really psyched about the return of Indiana Jones figures (via video game 2-packs). Just based on the few leaked previews, 2010 is going to be a wallet-buster for me.
  5. Previews will also be offering an exclusive "Damaged Mk VII Viper" (w/Starbuck) and a "Scar" Cylon Raider (w/Cylon) Mini-flyers. Both are due in November.
  6. The only real good that could come from this is another shot at those "lost" Raiders figures and hopefully a strategically-planned expansion of figures from the first three films. Sounds like they might be going for a "Harrison Ford becomes Sean Connery while Shia attempts to become the new Harrison". While I get their whole "circle-of-life" angle, the idea of anyone attempting to fill Ford's fedora makes me more than a little uneasy. I suppose it could be pulled-off but it would require one Hell of a script. Regardless, there will only be one Indy for me, and he will forever be Harrison Ford.
  7. BTW, TRU has also posted Series 2 as well as Mini-Vehicle Col. Viper and Raider on their site. I'm thrilled that these previously cancelled waves (and ships!) have finally found a home at TRU as exclusives. I will be broke as Hell amassing an armada of Vipers and Raiders! @jump# Thank-You DST and TRU for making this happen!
  8. TRU has started putting these out. I saw the 6" figures and the 3.75" playsets (no fig.s though) yesterday, but didn't get any. They looked decent, but I'm not sure if I want to collect this line yet. BTW, the Bridge playset was $29.99, Transporter $22.99. I have read posts of other people finding all of these (3.75" too) at other TRUs, so start looking if you're interested.
  9. I bought the 3.75" T-R.I.P.($6.99) and Hunter Killer w/T 700($22.99) today at TRU to test-out the line to see if I really wanted to start army-building these. The humans didn't look as bad as I had imagined, but I'm just concentrating on endoskeletons to terrorize my Joes. No pic.s at the moment, but here's my thoughts on T-RIP (haven't opened the HK yet): For $7.99 I expect a bit better than this. These seem a bit like ChapMei with improved articulation (no offense to CM, as they make some interesting toys for bargain prices). Sculpt: Actually pretty decent (compared to past offerings) for Playmates. There's alot of nice detail work on the endoskeleton and effective paint-wash on the monotoned silver armor. My only complaint here is that the face seems a bit elongated as the mouth is sculpted open and the arms are quite simian in appearance and come down to just above the knee as opposed to the wrist naturally being aligned with the hips. I'd say 7.5 out of 10. Paint: Not much to say here as it's all silver with a black wash; all varied slightly, which is nice for army-builders. However, there seemed to be quite a bit of slop on the eyes so look-out for that. Eyes drop this to about 8 out of 10. Articulation: This is the big topic for me personally, and also the most disappointing. I'll start with the positives and say that I really like the way the arms (though freakishly-long) are done. The shoulders and elbows are a hinge on a swivel-post that work very well (especially for a figure this thin) that allow the arms to move up/down and to the sides. Unfortunately there are no wrist/forearm swivel to allow for a greater variety of weapon holding. The legs are simply swivel-hips (very disappointing, as the card actually has ball-joints that would have been fairly easy to duplicate) and hinge-knees. Despite the hips, he's pretty well balanced considering that he literally has ballpoints for heels...in the static upright position. Any other positions would require hand or stand (not included). And lastly, probably the biggest fail of all for this figure is no neck or waist articulation...WTF!?! That's right, regardless of the cool poses you'll get his arms in, he will always be looking straight ahead. I realize that with all of the pistons 'n such attached at these points that swivels would be nearly impossible (aesthetically), but I really feel that this figure would have shined with some ball-joints for the head and abdomen if done correctly. Shame on you Playmates; you took a decently-passable figure and made it sub-par. I'd generously give it 6 out of 10 (but would almost subtract 4 more points for the neck insult if it weren't for the arms). Accessories: He comes with a Topps trading card (that will just p' you off when you see that he could have had ball-hips...if another company had done these! Not to mention that another licensing fee usually affects the figure-budget and price...see TB SHShowdown) and two guns that look good but fit a bit wonky in his hands. His fingers are thin enough that you could probably boil them and reposition as you like. A stand (with some skulls n' such) would have been appreciated (and in T-bone's case, necessary). 5 out of 10. Packaging: Nice and effective, but nothing outstanding. Playmates attempts to copy Hasbro's taped-flap blister cards, but I'd have preferred that they copy other atributes. Beware of dreaded twist-ties (6)...even the guns have them! 6 out of 10. Overall, he's a nice looking figure that will frustrate you when you think of what he could have been if handled correctly. Pretty solid and sturdy figure for the kids to bang around, but a few levels lower than an adult collector's expectations. Recommended, but with a strong disclaimer. As much as I've griped about MU and DCIH prices, these almost make me appreciate their short-comings now. These are $4-6 figures...tops. Perhaps in the eventual event of clearance sales, I might reconsider army-building.
  10. I'd just like to personally Thank-You Sparks for posting these pic.s!! I'm not a big Joe collector (casually pick-up what I like), but I had been thinking about this set for a MU Doom's (or Zemo, etc.,etc.) Castle but figured it would be disappointing (as most playsets ultimately are for me), even at $29.99 (TRU)...I have never been so happy to be wrong! Regardless of what you collect, if you are a fan of 1:18 scale then do yourself a favor and do not pass this amazing playset up. It is so thoughtfully layed-out/designed, sturdy, and despite it's generous size (height and length) it is relatively slim and doesn't take-up that much space. Bravo, Play Along for what may be the "sleeper" toy of the year IMHO!
  11. Sweet figure, but the head is too smooth for my taste. Anyone else think that this body will be re-used as Red Skull in the MU line? If not, I surely will be!
  12. Well Canada got them in in January, but they are scheduled for release in March so it isn't that big a stretch to be finding them now in mid February. I do realize what you are saying. My point is that, if Hasbro is going to put these out early ( in some stores, like Toy's R Us ) then put them out already. Don't play some stupid game by only putting a few out here or there. Let us all have a crack at the new figures. I know that these new figures, more than likely will be released in abundance come March but if you are going to send them out and put them out on the shelves early then at least make it fair for everyone. Mass release them, don't just place a small amount in various locations. The more I think about Hasbro's motive to this scenario it seems like they are probably doing this to test the market, to see how they will sell. I think I may have answered my own question. Oh well, just had to vent off some steam because I want the figures so badly. Thanks! It's not Hasbro, it's something that happens randomly from store to store. From my understanding, all of the cases are marked (Canada excluded) "do not shelve before 3/1". Some stores have been putting these out early simply because the employees didn't acknowledge the street date. I'm not sure, but I believe that the Wolverine Origins might have had these stamps as well. Many people that have been using the UPC codes are being told that they can not be sold until the date. This sort of thing happens all of the time with Star Wars release-dated stuff. Personally, I'm going to use that date to ensure that I get my fav.s (provided I can get out early enough) without having to hunt so much, though I've wasted quite a bit of gas in the past two weeks hoping that someone had slipped-up! Sometimes, a little fore-knowledge like this can save you some trouble searching for hard to find fig.s (provided a million other people aren't thinking the same...then there's always the scalpers!).
  13. Hmmm, for money? The line in that scale has pretty much run it's course, though I'm certain that there will be a few more additions in the near-future. As far as Hasbro, shifting attention to the 1:18 scale is probably one of the smartest things they've done thus far with the license (especially considering the economic climate) and I think many of you will be amazed (though mostly disgruntled) at how well these will do.
  14. I did (best 'mate line ever), until Mr. Brewer determined that they weren't making enough money and prematurely pulled the plug. Meanwhile, Marvel 'mates are up to Series 25 and going strong. Damn shame.
  15. We shall. And while you're saving money,perhaps you can save your breath as well; all of this "Puni-verse" bashing is ridiculous. *BTW, Deadpool is being released in the first series of Wolverine:Origins (3.75"), and he looks fantastic!
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