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  1. In a way, I think this is a good move for DC Collectibles. I know a lot of people like to mix their Mattel Multiverse figures with their DC Collectibles figures-- or just like to have a uniform scale for their collection across the board. But, the problem DC Collectibles has is that they are competing too directly with what's already on toy shelves across the world (from Mattel.) With this new scale (which I wonder doesn't come from McFarlane now having the "universal" license to create 6" DC figures) and the extra gear and hands/heads, I feel like DC Collectibles is finally doing what they should be doing-- offering premium format action figures of the DC charavters aimed squarely at DC collectors who want something more "premium" than they can find at retail. I think that's where their focus should be in terms of action figures.
  2. These are awesome for anyone who wanted them and couldn't make it to SDCC! I am planning on picking them up-- but that $200 for all of 'em is a big hit! Especially with all the other stuff that will be coming around the same time. (I'm looking at picking up the ML X-Men wave, Prof X, TF Siege wave 2, NECA's new Kenner style Alien wave, and I have the Mondo MOTU figures on pre-order from BBTS!) I thought they were going to stagger the release dates on these sets-- which would have made it a little easier to pick them up-- but I guess I'd better get prepared to grab 'em all at once-- and soon!
  3. What a crazy figure! Never would have thought something like this would be coming our way! While I'm both a TF and Ghostbusters fan, this isn't something I personally would want, but I could certainly see how it could appeal to both collectors and casual fans of the brand.
  4. I really hope this doesn't turn into another Spinosaurus fiasco. As a JW collector, Target completely screwed up their own exclusive with that one! I had to buy mine from the UK ($60 shipped) because Target didn't carry it in stores and only sporadically had it on their website-- and it would sell out within a minute or two. It took Mattel months of being badgered by fans to finally respond to what was going on, putting all the blame on Target for not stocking it. (Again-- Target's own exclusive!) I've been looking forward to the Brachiosaurus since it was announced at SDCC, and now it's in question as to if fans will actually be able to get their hands on it! Please, Target... Don't screw this up.
  5. GrenadierStinny

    McFarlane Toys Teases Mortal Kombat License

    Good to see McFarlane really pursuing all these new licenses-- and being granted them! I was excited by Todd's news at SDCC (I think) that McFarlane Toys would be going back to their roots in producing monster figures and some of their other old brands, like Tortured Souls, for direct to customer sales through their website. I hope all these new licenses hasn't put those plans on the back burner. Todd seemed excited to go back to McT's roots-- and I was, too!
  6. They have definitely been stepping up their articulation game lately, although I still find some of their articulation choices a little hit or miss. And, I'm not a fan of the t-crotch type articulation that they sometimes use. Honestly, at a $20 price point (meaning not Japanese figures like Revoltech), Hasbro's Marvel Legends line is pretty much the gold standard for me. But, who knows? Maybe McFarlane Toys will go absolutely nuts and bring back the days of what Toy biz used to do and give us figures with articulated fingers and toes! Okay.... probably not.
  7. Aw, man! I love that Kirk! But, I do agree with what you said in your review about the Delta shield sticking so far up off the uniform. The Picard just didn't hit the mark for me. His face looked too weird, so I passed on him. I'm not sure how these two did at retail, but hopefully well enough to at LEAST get that Spock in wave 2! Trek never gets the love it deserves!
  8. I'm not saying that it's absolutely not worth the price. I do think that LEGO has way more clout to put out a brick set at that price point than Mega Contrux does. LEGO's quality is just higher overall than any other brick company on the market in terms of the plastic used. And yes, the LEGO name does carry a certain weight, the same way Ferrari or Lamborghini does. A sports car is a sports car, but a Lamborghini is a Lamborghini . As with every collectible or toy, it's up to the individual to decide if they will pay what's being asked of them to get something. And I want a set like this to be successful because it can only lead to good things for the toy market and the nostalgia of 80's brands! My other point was just to say that, if other collectors are like myself, they buy the MOTU Construx figures and say, "these little guys are cute and cool" and they take up 10" of space on one of my shelves. And then Mattel is like "oh, you like those 7 little characters we made for $5 each? Well, here, now buy this $250 playset for them!" It's like, "Whoa! Maybe we could build up to that! How about getting us pumped up a little before asking us to pull the trigger on such a HUGE leap with this license within the brand!" I just would have liked to see a little more time and focus and a few smaller sets put into the brand before jumping all the to the "ultimate" set so soon. I'd be more inclined to want a Castle Grayskull for my Mega Construx COLLECTION (many figures and multiple vehicles) than for the 7 little figures I have. I think if Mattel had collectors investing in this line with more figures and more smaller sets like the Wind Raider, they would probably have fans wanting (and maybe demanding) that they give them a Castle Graysull. I just think the timing is off for this large and expensive set to be coming so soon and with so little focus being spent on the brand within the line at this point. All that being said-- I LOVE ya, Jay. Been following you forever and I appreciate all of your hard work and love for toys!
  9. McFarlane Toys has had quite the journey over their time as a toy company. They (Todd) came in and changed the market in the same way Todd did with his art in the late 80's/early 90's. When they first hit the scene, every other toy company-- including the big ones like Hasbro-- tried to play catch up to what Todd had done. Even NECA was born out of the hyper-detailed toy market that Todd created. Then.... Everyone surpassed McFarlane Toys and in recent years, they seemed to be the ones playing catch up. Luckily their sports line kept them alive for a long time-- and it was clear that the quality of the sculpts was never in question-- but Todd's personal aversion to adding articulation to their figures caused them the fall behind what collectors are looking for in today's market. Luckily, someone, somewhere, must have convinced Todd to relent on his stance on the articulation-- or maybe showed him how you could maintain the integrity of the sculpt while still having good articulation (like NECA did years ago). I used to buy EVERY McFarlane figure for years and years when they first hit the scene, now I barely pick up a figure here or there. (The last one I bought was the Star Trek Captain Kirk-- which I love!) My nostalgia and respect for McFarlane Toys has me rooting for them with the DC license. I hope they knock it out of the park. And while I'm not a DC collector, I want McFarlane Toys to be successful! I want all the toy companies to be successful, because then we all can continue to get an amazing variety of awesome product! It will be interesting to see what McFarlane does with the DC license (and it would be really cool to see Todd do the box art!!) I hope this will be the license that puts them back in the toy isle with the "bog boys"-- and maybe even showing them how it's done all over again!
  10. 250 bucks?!? Yikes! Wasn't the Classics Castle Greyskull about the same price? I really think that Mattel should wait until we actually have enough figures to go with this set. Right now, they've only given us 7 characters, and the MOTU character list is massive. Plus... You're not LEGO, Mattel. I know this is a large set, but I still think $250 is a price that won't entice many collectors. After tax (and possible shipping) we're looking at almost $300 bucks for a set from a brand (MOTU) that Mattel has only (thus far) put a slight bit of effort behind in the Mega Construx line. If they were slamming us with MOTU stuff-- like they do with HALO-- this set would make perfect sense. But, 7 little figures and a Wind Raider in a year doesn't give me confidence that Mattel will really do much with this line except offer us this over-priced set and dribble out a few more character (maybe). There are too many other brands that keep me excited with constant, new product to drop $250 on this set-- and I have all the other MOTU Mega Construx stuff so far. Maybe this will be a must have for other MOTU fans. (Pixel Dan?)
  11. GrenadierStinny

    wf2019w - Hexa Gear Figures, MegaManX & Hellboy

    I was really excited to get that Hellboy figure when it was announced a few months ago, but then I saw that it would be $100. I knew it wasn't going to be Marvel Legends price, because it's obviously much better than ML quality, but I don't think I can drop $100 on one 6" figure-- even if it IS awesome looking and one of my favorite comic characters.
  12. GrenadierStinny

    My art portfolio, drawings paintings. Fan art etc.

    Good looking stuff! Keep up the good work!
  13. Ehhhh... Regardless of what TRU decides to do, it's probably never going to be like the original stores were. I sure miss them, but I'm not holding my breath for anything too exciting. And I think Jay is right-- they probably won't be considering the adult collector market moving forward. At least it sure doesn't sound like it from their press release.

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