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    I’m an award winning working writer/director living in Los Angeles, a 20+ year SDCC veteran, and a toy/comic collector with over 40,000 comic books, over 10,000 action figures, over 12,000 BluRay/DVDs, and thousands of play sets, vehicles, statues, and other collectibles

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  1. Did the 5 points Fletcher Superman figures ever get a release?
  2. Cool. I figured that must be the case since I didn’t see it but with so many items only on certain sites, or Items there and then gone it’s hard to keep track.
  3. Actually I just realized I never preordered that Black Series Archives Clone Commander Cody—did he go up for preorder somewhere? He’s literally one of the only non store exclusive pre 2020 Black Series releases that is missing from my collection
  4. So to summarize my Pulse Con orders and general Hasbro and virtual con takeaways: Wednesday: bought one of every Pulse Con exclusive Item minus Power Rangers and the clothing items. Thursday: had someone else buy on my behalf a second Cobra Commander, Heroes of Endor set, and Hellfire club set so I can have ones to open. Also Thursday: had someone else buy me a third Hellfire Club set so I can have a Jean body for the Selene head. Friday: Ordered all the new Marvel 6” Legends and 3.75 figures via Walmart and Pulse. I think I ordered all the Star Wars Black Series and Vintage figures (But not the holiday figures) via Walmart, Target, and Pulse. I say “I think” because honestly it’s getting difficult to keep track and I’m also starting to lose interest in the Black Series between the line becoming simultaneously hard to collect with all the store exclusives and less interesting with all the straight up repacks and repaints. Today: ordered all the GI Joes available via Walmart. Failed to order the 2 via Target. Also ordered a couple of Transformers via Walmart. Thought about the Ecto one on Target but it was sold out so didn’t have to think about it for too long. So now I: a) have to hope none of the preorders get cancelled since Walmart and Target have tendencies of doing that b) I have to hope any items that I planned to keep carded like one of each of the GI Joe retro figures ship safely. c) I have to decide rather or not to back the new Star Wars Haslab Project. I’ve backed all the others and would normally back this one but 2020 hasn’t been a great year for my work in the film industry and 2021 isn’t looking to be that much better so I have to decide rather or not to sit this one out. d) I have to find a way to get Firefly and a couple of Vipers when they come out. e) I have to see if I have any luck getting these other random store exclusives I’ve recently missed like the Walgreens figures, Galaxy’s Edge figures and Mandelorian figures As for Pulse Con itself—it was fine. I’m at SDCC in person every year so nothing virtual is really going to compare to that annual experience. That said while I think there were some excellent reveals (Zartan!, some solid Legends, an overdue JarJar). If this had been the summary of what we’d seen in the Hasbro display cases in San Diego it would have been underwhelming compared to most years. As far as panels go—there was a lot of filler. They could have probably trimmed it down to either one day or two shorter days. Outside of the Celebs legit into D&D or there to say something brief about an upcoming Hasbro related movie the celebrities and musical guests were unnecessary (And I’m saying that as someone who knows and has worked with a number of these people in real life—so I enjoyed seeing them again during this long lockdown—but except for the ones that were actually into the things getting promoted and revealed they were just off message and eating time). Also I don’t know if it was just me seeing it this way as I might have a unique perspective as someone who works in the industry, but it felt awkward watching those Power Ranger actors have to applaud and smile over a trailer that basically promotes them getting replaced and now being out of work.
  5. So luckily I got everything at Walmart I wanted quickly and then switched to Target. As others have stated the 2 GI Joes sold out instantly with no option to add them. Wasn’t surprised but still disappointing. After seeing for sure the Joes were gone I wandered over to the Ghostbusters section of Target.com to see about that Target exclusive Ecto One but that too was sold out.
  6. If there is someone out there excited by this more power to you and don’t let anyone rain on your parade. That said, I don’t get it. To go even a step further though why did they pick these specific choices? I mean either way it doesn’t really appeal to me but if it was my job to try to execute this thing why not make Vader the one in Santa Clause colors? Why not make Boba Fett be the one in a minty green bad Christmas sweater? I just think in addition to this not being an idea that appeals to me in general it’s also not that well executed.
  7. So should I go to get disappointed at Walmart first or go to get disappointed at Target first with the instant sell out of these store exclusives since they both supposedly go live and instantly sell out at the same time? .
  8. Interesting. Something to think about
  9. Oh man if they ever make the castle of lions I have zero clue where I will put it. Lol
  10. I doubt I’ll have any luck finding them in the store so hopefully NECA does the preorders for these next year (as well as the Casey set and April set).
  11. I second this. Since I have all the Mattel figures I skipped wave 1 with the exception of mummy Mumm-Ra which I decided to get for the clothed goods (but it’s sitting in my pile of loot right now). I’d be very interested to hear about how the Super7 ones are comparing.
  12. I think this new wave is a great mix of characters. Heading over to bbts to place my preorder just as soon as it gets posted
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