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  1. Did these ever go up for pre-order? Checked several times, several places and either missed them entirely, or they haven't been listed yet(?).
  2. Was really hoping McFarlane would hit a homerun with their DC stuff, but I have yet to buy a single fig from them, pretty much entirely due to three things: (1) odd proportions (e.g., had too small for body); (2) other sculpt issues like the weird mid-section joint; and (3) the bizarre departures they've taken from the artwork on which they are based. Some have been close, but several have made me wonder if the artist got more than a moment's glance at the artwork or if whomever approved the sculpt even knew what they were based on. Had really high hopes for this particular Batman fig, but can't get past the fact that he looks awfully top heavy, due to the combo of a heavily armored upper body, sitting on top of legs with ankles so skinny that they appear to match the size of those on the Flash figure, rather than belonging to a guy in heavy armor.
  3. Was so excited to see what McFarlane would do with the DC figs, but so far this stuff has been very underwhelming. Likenesses are iffy. Proportions are often odd or inaccurate. And with some of the comic-based figs, there are some really significant differences between the appearance of the character in the reference art and the fig supposedly inspired by it. (Hellbat is probably the most extreme. Body of the character in the artwork is way more sleek and streamlined than the fig they made, which is far more chunky and "thick" in appearance.)
  4. "Okay" is definitely a good description of these. Based on detail and visual "interest", I'd sooner buy the Fortnite figs McFarlane is making than these. Saw the Superman in person, and it's got a solid head sculpt (which many Supes figs have not had), and the downright weird decisions McFarlane made on the articulation don't look too bad with the blue/red suit. Haven't seen the Batman yet, but if the figs are consistent with the pics.....hard pass. Looks like a hybrid between a "real" Batman figure and one from the Animated Series, without being faithful to either. WTH happened to my beloved McFarlane. While they had little articulation, their figures were the KINGS of detail at one point (examples: Spawn figs, earlier SportsPicks, a lot of the earlier Halo stuff, etc.). Now? I'm not sure what is going on.
  5. Thanks for posting this. I've been collecting for about 20 years, and there is no question that there has been a decline in the "fun" factor, especially with the loss of Toys R Us. Biggest issue I and some friend run into is simply availability of product. Yes, there are scalpers, etc., but the stores just don't manage the product well. For example, we saw multiple cases of the first Avengers (Marvel Legends) wave from earlier this year but have yet to see a single case from what I can tell at any retailer near me. And this past holiday season was bizarre. Usually that's the one time of year you can guarantee that product will be hitting the shelves, but the three stores nearest me ALL got old product from earlier in the year and even last year. So they get multiple cases of product for a market that is essentially saturated. In the last 12 - 18 months, I can't tell you how many series of figures seem to have skipped this city entirely. Everyone gripes about brick-and-mortar stores going away, but the stores are doing it to themselves. (Example: Walmart and Target randomly not getting even their own exclusives into their physical stores.) I used to know that my stores would get product. Now it's 50/50 at best, so I'm forced to pre-order from online stores, which is something I NEVER did (except for online exclusives) until the last two years. I will say that price must play a big role in sales though as well. Walmart near me knocked all the Marvel Legends on the pegs down to about half price in the last week or so, and most of them disappeared in a flash.
  6. Totally mixed on these. Some look good (Arrow and Superman), others are "meh" (Nightwing) and the Batgirl (face) is downright silly. Been waiting quite a while for some good Batman fig(s), but the Batman in this series isn't going to end the drought. Bummer.
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