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  1. I have a complete one I would of gotten rid of I appreciate the gesture, but I bought this mostly because of the insane deal I got. I bought this through a thrift store called savers for $3.
  2. I just picked up a 2004 OTC Millenium Falcon, and while the lights and sounds work, it's missing some parts. Essentially it's the shell, and is missing the cockpit cover and instrument panel, the main cover, the cannon and the landing ramp. I've never collected Star Wars before so I'm at a loss for finding these parts. Is there a joeparts like repository out there?
  3. Well I think they really have any at this time. The Hub just released their schedule for 2013/2014 and no new Joe was on it, heck no old Joe was on it and I don't see Joe showing up anywhere else. I hate to say that Hasbro is mishandling Joe, but without a real TV presence or Video Game Presence Hasbro is really not going to tap into the demographic they want. Sure a good movie is great, but that's once every two to three years. Comics are great too, but when they aren't like anything else that is out there promoting the product (like say a movie or toys) your just confusing that "young" audience you're trying to reach. Adult collectors can only make a brand so successful, without that overpowering youth demographic the brand will just sort of become stagnant and gradually start to fade. A great example of this is Mattel's handling of Masters of the Universe. They have tried to bring it back and were finally able to with their MotU Classics online figure service. But after several years that's starting to fade and what else can they do but sit back and wait several more years and try again. I agree with everything you said. I don't feel as though hasbro is utilizing GI joe to its fulles extent. It's almost as if they don't know what to do with it. They make a movie and through some toys out and see if it sticks. When it doesn't they try a web series, a cartoon and toys not really based on either. Without collectors GI joe would be Doa.
  4. What , if any, are your plans for a GI joe television show? How do you plan to continue expanding the brand following the release of GI joe retaliation?
  5. Funny thing is, no ne had said he's actually dead. At least in the comics. Yeah we saw him with a sword run through his chest in batman incorporated #8 but no one since has said he died. Alfred is seen crying while looking at an unfinished painting of Damian, and Bruce is shown hugging the costume as if it were Damian but no one has said he's dead. There has been no dialoge in the books reading anything close to, "Damian is dead". Sure we're led to believe he is. All the books have the requiem with the robin style R on the cover. And the latest iissue of batman does have the goth chic talking about some huge loss that batman purportedly has experienced because of how he's acting. But no one has said Damian died. For all we know the requiem with the R is for the "idea" of robin dying. And don't forget who's writing batman incorporated. Grant Morrison has a way of writing some seriously weird stuff.
  6. Everywhere I read about the upcoming wave 3.5 figures, they're referred to as Ultimate Duke, Ultimate Roadblock, etc. But is that the official names of the figures? Is Hasbro going to be putting "Ultimate Duke" on the package or will these figures have some other dopey names?
  7. Found a single Joe Colton among a few Flints, Lady Jayes and Alley Vipers in Waterbury, CT.
  8. Yes Captain Marvel has the strength of Hercules/Heracles, but he isn't relegated to the Marvel Universe. Both DC and Marvel use the various Greco-Roman and Norse gods in their storytelling. So, Superman beating Thor in the JLA/Avengers cross-over and Thor having once beat Hercules doesn't mean Superman could beat Captain Marvel. Because writers from both companies tend to illustrate characters with various levels of power it isn't easy to make this conclusion. Plus I think there is great contention as to whether Superman could actually defeat Thor. There are many Marvel fans who think Superman got lucky. In the traditional, meaning non-comic myths surrounding Hercules, he was killed by being burned on a pyre of oak by his friends. He had been mistakenly poisoned by his wife Deianira, and asked to be burned because it was less painful. In Homer's Iliad, Odysseus sees Heracles in Hades, although there is much consternation as to whether or not the passage is original to the epic; And next I caught a glimpse of powerful Heracles— His ghost I mean: the man himself delights in the grand feasts of the deathless gods on high... Around him cries of the dead rang out like cries of birds scattering left and right in horror as on he came like night... If you want to read the entire passage, it is found in the Odyssey episode XI or the Nekuia. This passage indicates that the "ghost" of Heracles resides in Hades but the "man himself" lives on Olympus. This is probably as result of conflicting depictions of the character and trying to appease both sides. The Roman myths, where he is called Hercules, are more definitive when calling him a god, in that the burning of his mortal body upon the pyre allowed him to become a god and live with the other Olympian gods. However the Romans adopted these stories from the Greeks and altered the tales to suit their needs. The point of all this is, if you take the original Greek myths, and place that character into the Marvel universe then Thor beating a mortal man is no big deal. It doesn't prove that Superman is stronger than Captain Marvel.
  9. So let's drop the wisdom argument because the initial question is, "who is stronger?" not wiser or smarter. Second, Superman's weakness to magic isn't a factor here. It has been shown repeatedly that a direct magical attack can hurt Superman, as in the magical lightning that Marvel used to barrage Superman in the finale of Kingdom Come. It has never to my knowledge been shown that a being comprised of magical abilities can hurt Superman simply because they're made of magic. It's a matter of direct vs indirect attack. So, to answer this question let's ask another (in a bit of Aristotelian logic) question; is Captain Marvel stronger than Doomsday? We can all agree that Doomsday is, or at least was at one point, stronger or as strong as Superman. Superman died at the hands of Doomsday because Doomsday quite literally beat Superman into the ground, using his strength to pound the life out of him. Could Captain Marvel withstand the barrage Superman did, but end up alive? And don't use the lightning blast thing. We know that Doomsday is of Kryptonian origin and therefore susceptible to magic. Again, we're talking strength here. I'd also like to offer up another little bit to ponder. Captain Marvel is the "world's mightiest mortal", which indicates he can in fact die. He is mortal, which encapsulates quite a bit. Let's presume for a moment that Superman, in a life or death struggle with Marvel (b/c one or the other is possessed by an evil force and made to act out of character) punches Marvel so hard he actually makes it into orbit around the earth. Since Marvel is a mortal by definition, can he breath in space, or even withstand the rigors of re-entry? This would sort of put the argument to an end without answering it, but it would end the discussion.
  10. I would love a few play sets and/or vehicles; 1. JSA or JLA meeting table with chairs 2. Batcave computer with chair; sorta a slice of the whole cave 3. Batmobile (obviously) 4. giant seahorse for Aquaman to ride (like in the Superfriends opening montage) 5. Bat Wing 6. Arrow car (Batman Brave and the Bold style) 7. Nightbird 8. Legion of Doom meeting room I think we'd most likely get these as SDCC exclusives or as Matty exclusives. I don't really see a major retailer taking a chance on something like a table or a seahorse. The Batmobile probably. I'm not sure how well the Bat Pod did at Target but that could be a good gauge of how good chances are. The only issue I see with any sort of vehicle is that these figures were not made with the possibility to sit down. The stiff cape would prevent Batman and Robin from really getting into a Batmobile. The same thing with any kind of chair. The Batmobile would either need ingenious tooling or wind up being packaged with a soft or cloth Caped Crusader. This drives the price up a little too which makes the Batmobile a con exclusive again. In any case, we can keep asking and Mattel can keep saying no. I don't think the line is as popular as it needs to be in order to warrant these sadly.
  11. I have the wave 11 Superman Cyborg and I've compared it to pictures of the DCSH Cyborg and the major difference is in the left leg. The wave 11 version has a human looking leg while the original has a cybernetic version. The 2 pack release is more or less the same, unless you count a different shade of blue a major difference.
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  13. Forget the age thing. He's just freaking sweet! Each Sideshow figure has been better than the last (and no I don't work for them but man I wish I did....free figures!) and it looks like they keep getting better. The only company that can even touch them is Hot Toys. DC Direct is direct crap in my opinion, and Medicom has gone downhill lately (at least so I hear). And so he looks all gnarly and chisely. He's a freakin warrant officer grade WO-2 (from his filecard)! These guys are tough nuts to crack. They are made to serve LONG tours of duty (not the same as a tour in Nam or the Gulf mind you but total length of service) and are commissioned the President of the United States (who is also the head honcho of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands & Guam mind you). Army WO-2's serve in the regular army, army reserve, National Guard as well as in the upper levels of the Department of the Army in the Pentagon. They operate as leaders (who can command nearly every form of vehicle in the army), technical experts, trainer & advisor. It's a tough job so looking a little forlorn is to be expected. Plus he has a really cool beret. I'd not mess with someone who wears a beret. And carries a real big gun.
  14. For anyone sitting on the fence on these figures, you have got to jump off and onto the bandwagon of awesomeness that is 12" Sideshow GI Joe. I have SE and he is perfect. Every aspect screams, "I'm a ninja that will kill you without you even knowing it" and he's silent! So there isn't really any screaming at all. I have Duke on pre-order and I can't wait. Flint will be pre-ordered as well. That's really the best thing with these guys. Sideshow tells you so far in advance you can budget accordingly. I ordered Duke in September and he's due in February?! Man that's like 6 months at least. They're $130 a figure (including shipping), which is pretty steep I know, but in six months you get paid 12 times. Can a brother spare $10.84 each paycheck? I know I can, and I did. So, I implore, nay demand you pre-order Flint. Just make sure you do it after me because I don't want to get screwed or anything.
  15. A Target in south Philly (for those in the area) does indeed have them marked to $7.99 I even got a nice co-worker to check the back for me and I got a Hawkgirl, modern Fate and Deadshot out of the deal. The case he opened for me was a real weird one with one Flash, one GL (Hal), the Hawkgirl, Deadshot, Fate, and BC. Regardless I know actually own two figures from the elusive Giganta series. Wahoo!
  16. I think you're missing something. True I'm sure the executives at Mattel, Hasbro, Jakks, Takara and every other toy company see how their products do in the secondary market. But I don't think that has anything to do with the rising cost of the final product. It really is the cost of the base materials. 1. Mattel outsources production costs to overseas manufacturers in southeast Asia. Think Taiwan, China, Singapore, Myanmar, etc. These production facilities bid on the manufacturing contracts. They do no care how a product sells on eBay. They try to make the lowest possible bid to win the contract. Much the same way our spaceshuttle has been built. 2. Once the product has been produced and packaged it is shipped overseas, via extremely large container vessel to ports in the USA, most likely Long Beach, CA. The shipping company is not a Mattel owned subsidiary but another third party who won the contract to ship the merchandise. They don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay either. 3. Now the product has reached the USA it is shipped to the various retail outlets nationwide. This is normally done via a common carrier like NA Van lines and in some cases through UPS, FedEx, or the good ole US Post office. Again, they don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay, ESPECIALLY the US government. 4. Finally the retailer receives the product and sets it out to sell. They factor everything into the final cost of the product, right down to the cost to light the store, the cost to clean the floor and the cost for the little pegs the product hangs on. They don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay either. Notice a trend? The point I'm making is that no where in the entire life cycle of a DCUC 6" action figure does the eBay price get factored in. The only people other than the consumer who give a damn is the slaggin scalper who works for Target and nabs the new case before it hits the floor. What does matter are things like the salary of employees, their health insurance, the cost to run the factory, and the oil that goes into each and every step in the supply chain. Oil lubricates the machinery to run the production facilities. Oil is used as the fuel for the container vessel that ships the merchandise overseas and the fuel for the semis that get the product to the store. And oil is used indirectly by the stores that sell the product because they have to pay to heat and provide electricity with is often times generated by the burning of oil and other fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). And lets no forget plastic is made of petrochemicals, which is a fancy way of saying oil and gas. I work for a global retailer that sees its products sold on eBay and at garage sales all over the country. There are 52 lines in the establishment of the final cost of a product and not one of them is the "what does this go for on eBay?" line. Simply put, the corporate world doesn't care about that. There is nothing in this response that isn't addressed in my initial post. You thoroughly but unnecessarily outlined the path of a product from factory to retail but it does nothing to counter either of my two main points. To re-iterate and summize... 1. The price of oil, while initially a factor, is not the sole reason why prices continue to rise. Again, I point out that when oil not only stabilized but dropped, prices continued to increase. What was the justification then? 2. Manufacturers and retailers know what they can get away with charging for an item and they go for it. At what point has oil stabilized in price? The cost of a barrel of crude has fluctuated wildly since about 1974. In 1970 oil traded at below $20 American per barrel. As we hit 1975, a barrel of crude oil cost over $40. By 1980 oil was trading at over $60 per barrel. Then by 1986 it was back at around $20 a barrel. During the period beginning 1991 and ending in 1994 a barrel of oil dropped in price below $20 only to see it rise again in the mid 1990's, then drop again near the turn of the century, rise again shortly before 9/11, spike to nearly $100 a barrel by 2007 and then the current recession hit, dropping the cost back down below $60 per barrel. But currently, a barrel of crude oil trades a $82.94 according to the NYSE. So in 40 years oil has started at under $20 a barrel, doubled to $40, rose again to $60, plummeted back to under $20, skyrocket to nearly $100, drop to $50 and then slowly climb back up to it's current price of about $80. I ask again, how can you say the cost of oil has stabilized? And Mattel and it's retail parts use a mathematical formula to generate their pricing that does not factor eBay or the garage sale down the street. If toy companies did in fact utilize eBay as a possible market price indicator, then why didn't Toy Biz ever up their prices when Marvel Legends were selling for double or higher? Ever try and buy a maskless Wolverine? How about the Thing with trench coat and glasses? I haven't seen Hasbro do it with Star Wars. I've bought plenty of exclusives from opening night premieres over the years and Hasbro has never mucked around with the cost year-to-year. Sure they know the product will sell for ridiculous amounts on eBay. But have they ever drastically increased prices before to cash in on the collector frenzy? I've been buying toys since college, and I've never seen it. Why? Because they don't do it. There's no possible way for them to know what lines will be so popular they can gauge collectors. No business will ever utilize such a fickle indicator to set prices. It's too risky. There isn't a way to determine the ROI.
  17. I think you're missing something. True I'm sure the executives at Mattel, Hasbro, Jakks, Takara and every other toy company see how their products do in the secondary market. But I don't think that has anything to do with the rising cost of the final product. It really is the cost of the base materials. 1. Mattel outsources production costs to overseas manufacturers in southeast Asia. Think Taiwan, China, Singapore, Myanmar, etc. These production facilities bid on the manufacturing contracts. They do no care how a product sells on eBay. They try to make the lowest possible bid to win the contract. Much the same way our spaceshuttle has been built. 2. Once the product has been produced and packaged it is shipped overseas, via extremely large container vessel to ports in the USA, most likely Long Beach, CA. The shipping company is not a Mattel owned subsidiary but another third party who won the contract to ship the merchandise. They don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay either. 3. Now the product has reached the USA it is shipped to the various retail outlets nationwide. This is normally done via a common carrier like NA Van lines and in some cases through UPS, FedEx, or the good ole US Post office. Again, they don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay, ESPECIALLY the US government. 4. Finally the retailer receives the product and sets it out to sell. They factor everything into the final cost of the product, right down to the cost to light the store, the cost to clean the floor and the cost for the little pegs the product hangs on. They don't care how the merchandise sells on eBay either. Notice a trend? The point I'm making is that no where in the entire life cycle of a DCUC 6" action figure does the eBay price get factored in. The only people other than the consumer who give a damn is the slaggin scalper who works for Target and nabs the new case before it hits the floor. What does matter are things like the salary of employees, their health insurance, the cost to run the factory, and the oil that goes into each and every step in the supply chain. Oil lubricates the machinery to run the production facilities. Oil is used as the fuel for the container vessel that ships the merchandise overseas and the fuel for the semis that get the product to the store. And oil is used indirectly by the stores that sell the product because they have to pay to heat and provide electricity with is often times generated by the burning of oil and other fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). And lets no forget plastic is made of petrochemicals, which is a fancy way of saying oil and gas. I work for a global retailer that sees its products sold on eBay and at garage sales all over the country. There are 52 lines in the establishment of the final cost of a product and not one of them is the "what does this go for on eBay?" line. Simply put, the corporate world doesn't care about that.
  18. Everything gets more expensive. It's a basic rule of production. Costs of materials increase as the original source materials (in this case oil for the making of plastic) become more demanded. Not only that but how much was a GI Joe Skystriker in 1983? Actual retail price? $14.99 The current Nightraven is of course more than double. The USS Flagg retailed for $109.99 and the Pitt, much smaller and without all the gimmicks runs for $99.99 today. Cost goes up. Bemoan it all you like. Blame Mattel. Blame OPEC. Blame whomever you like but it's reality. Here's something interesting. In 1910, one hundred years ago, a loaf of bread cost you $.03 and media income was $687.00 Today, a loaf of bread will run you $1.79 for the store brand (Acme brand in southeastern PA) and the median income is $34,926. By the way, this salary information comes from the US Census Bureau. Bread is nearly 60 times more expensive in 100 years. The median income is only 50 times greater. Are you going to stop buying bread? Prices go up. Your income will never match the rate of inflation. And if you don't like it. Don't buy it.
  19. El Kabong

    CVN-99?

    I was just reading about the slated de-commissioning of the USS Enterprise, CVN-65. The next class of supercarriers, the Gerald R. Ford (or just Ford) class is supposed to consist of 10 carriers, starting with CVN-78. There are supposed to be a total of 10 such carriers, bringing the designation to CVN-88. The last of these carriers is slated to be launched sometime around 2040. Given the Navy's timetable of design and implementation, CVN-99 would come into service sometime in 2060 or 2070. Do you think the Navy could be persuaded to name her the Flag? It's certainly a stretch, and it's probably over 50 years away but the first spaceshuttle was named the Enterprise and the original cast was present as she took her maiden voyage (it was only a test shuttle but still pretty cool). And naming her the Flag would be a patriotic gesture too. There has never been a USS Flag in the history of the modern US Navy (there was a steamship during the Civil War), and a carrier bearing such a name would be a nice homage to Old Glory.
  20. Man-Bat was released last year as a SDCC exclusive. Had a cool box and everything. I've got mine but I think Mattel wasn't cool with the idea of another in the near future. Possibly in a few waves.
  21. We're getting some totally sweet figures this year. Lobo is the SDCC exclusive. The next wave is Cyborg, Batman Beyond, WW, Ares and Captain Atom. BAF is Despero! There will be a Wal-Mart only wave that's being shipped throughout the year and included Hippie Superman, Amazo, Riddler, Atom and Black Lightning. The BAF for that line is Metallo. Two packs are coming too and sound like they're re-issues except for Lightray who's packed with an Orion (re-moveable helmet!) No pics were posted but I'm sure they're coming!
  22. A brief synopsis of the DCUC panel was just posted..... SDCC Exclusive is LOBO! Batman Beyond! Hawkman! Hippie Superman! Mr. Miracle! a store exclusive line that is released all year long! Read the entire synopsis to understand what the frag I'm talking about.
  23. I'd love to see original characters. Create something we've never seen before. Make it more of an ongoing toy line that way, rather than simply re-releasing updated versions of previously created characters. Obviously most of us want more vehicles. Create some new ones. I don't care if they're small. I don't think we'll ever see the Flagg or a Terror-drome again but more RAM or VAMP sized vehicles would be appropriate. They're no larger than the Jedi star fighters out there. Personally I'd love to see 6" versions of the core characters, done in ML style detail with accessories. I know it's a pipe dream, and it's getting more and more expensive to produce these figures but collector's club or HTS only series of Snake Eyes, Duke, Flint, Scarlet, Lady Jay, CC, Destro and the Baroness would be excellent. But I'm happy with what they're doing now. I would love to see more shelf space in stores, more akin to what Star Wars and Spiderman get.
  24. I've heard that they are already being spotted in New York. I'm assuming you mean NYC? I can understand them getting the line first of the east coast states. Philly hasn't seen anything yet (I check two Targets, two TRU's and one Wal-Mart pretty frequently and I'm coming up snake eyes), so I'm not too sure the east coast in general is seeing these. Market saturation will probably occur sometime in early April.
  25. $9.99, unless you go to WM where is costs something like $9.88 or some crazy odd number. It should be the same all over the country, Canada of course being different.
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