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  1. Oh, it ended up at close-out stores for $20. lol I think original MSRP was $50.
  2. Depends on how you look at it, I suppose. In the case of Grayskull, it's essentially just a plastic clamshell without many features, electronics or complexity. I think $75 is way overpriced for that.
  3. If you look at the photos of the Grayskull playset, there's a recess in the mold for the grate...which kinda pisses me off the only way you'll be able to "complete" your expensive playset is with an exclusive item that'll most likely be hard to get. So, if you were lucky enough to nab a Grayskull at $75, and you can get the exclusive at MSRP, you'll still be spending over a hundo. I dunno, man, collecting has become an expensive exercise in frustration. I do believe this is where I get off.
  4. And here's one of them! For whatever reason, you Lanard super-fans (all 3 of you) are way vocal in your effusive praise of these toys. Which would be cool, except that your lot then tends to #$## on other brands. You're also that broken-record generic nerd-boy meme who compulsively says negative things (with the prerequisite air of cliched superiority about inconsequential #$##) regarding everything on a toy news site, so I'm happy you've found something to be positive about. Seriously man, go take a look at your post history. It's like a catalog of jealousy and butt-hurt masquerading as smug arrogance. You're basically Comicbook Guy come to life. Let's face it, Lanard sells on price and mostly to parents of small kids. And, I'm sure you've noticed, those "major motion picture" licensed toys have all had to be clearanced/marked down from their already low price-point in order to move. It's like that with all Lanard stuff. Walmart ended up knocking that "The Corps Combat Strike - 4-Way Assault Set" from last year down to $5.00 (from $25.00) just to get rid of them. So better not site Lanard sales as some yardstick of success. For picky adult collectors, it's some subpar #$##, but we're talking about toys here, so I'm all for anything targeted to kiddos. If adults enjoy them too, that's terrific.
  5. Lanard fans (all three of 'em) are a bit, well, over the top on the enthusiasm and #$##-talking front, and that sorta makes me want to take the piss out of these. Truth is though, I'm glad to see toys being made for kids, and not with adult collectors in mind. That said, those "jets" are so friggin' goofy!
  6. I've long thought the best way to "give collectors what they want" is to cut out the middle man and sell it directly to them. Hasbro tried something like this over a decade ago when they offered the last gasp of G.I. Joe at the time (what came to be known in the world of Joe collecting as "DTC" for "Direct To Consumer") through HasbroToyShop.com...and they apparently lost their shirt and had to clearance the stuff out. The problem is that toy collectors can be a fickle and cheap lot. If you make something readily available at a fair price, they tend to wait for clearance....and then pay ridiculous prices on the secondary market for it a year later. I don't know why they do this, but they do. It's goofy. So, seems like crowdfunding is the only way for these companies to cater to us specifically. They're essentially saying, "We'll do this for you, but only if enough of you prove you want it by prepaying." Makes sense to me.
  7. I think they look terrific, and if they were 1:18/4" scale I'd be all over them, but the last thing I need is a larger scale that takes up even more space. Besides, I was never into these larger scales and I especially never understood the love for 6" figures...too doll-like for me. That said, I hope they do well and all you 6-inchers dig 'em.
  8. I know, and I'm not saying the new line will have quality problems. What I am saying is that the problem I had with the original line was the size relative to other 1:18 scale figures (in addition to the quality) and it would be a shame if these new figures are shorter than Marvel Universe/Infinite & modern G.I. Joe.
  9. I'm a 3.75" to 4" guy, so I'm digging these enough to pre-order them even though I don't really buy toys anymore. It's a gamble and I'm really hoping they're more 4" than 3.75" so they'll fit in with my Marvel Universe and G.I. Joe figs. That was a problem with the previous Injustice toys (along with the atrocious quality).
  10. Hasbro's been moving production out of China for awhile now. As pay and the standard of living increases in China, manufacturing in multiple sectors has been looking elsewhere. Right now, Vietnam/SE Asia seem to be taking over the bulk of manufacturing. Once wages outstrip the profit incentive to produce there, manufacturers will move on to the next cheap-labor hot spot. I reckon it's only a matter of time before everyone moves production to Africa and Central & South America...which means there will be incentive for corporations to invest in stabilizing governments there. I read an article a year ago that corporations may be looking at North Korea as a new China. In the end, a stable government with a captive population is an ideal place to manufacturer when the bottom-line is all that matters.
  11. Yeah...it looks generic, like someone at Warner saw the Netflix Marvel stuff and said, "That! Only with some DC characters."
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