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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. According to someone I speak to who works in the stock room at one of my local Targets here in Los Angeles, the NECA items are not/can not be stocked by Target employees and once the NECA inventory arrives at the store it actually goes into a locked cage in the back room (similar to electronics) where it sits locked up until someone from NECA comes out to stock the shelves. Average Target employees do not have access to this cage so even if they wanted to stock the items they can’t. So at least in Los Angeles, this problem seems to be exclusively NECA. This, however, leads me to a different question. Who exactly is this person from NECA that exists in every town that goes from store to store to stock those shelves? Smaller markets might only have one store so hiring someone to do this as their job really doesn’t make much economic sense. In larger markets with lots of locations (like Los Angeles) then sure hiring someone to go from store to store to do this does make some sense and could be a real job for someone BUT at least around here things don’t seem to get stocked that often and according to the local stock person I know things can sit in that NECA back room cage for weeks even though though the NECA store shelves are 90% bare. I know a while back NECA was talking about having fans/collectors volunteer to go out to the Target stores and straighten up the displays for them. I wonder if they are using a similar fan volunteer model for stocking the inventory. If they do that could be another factor in why these types of items may not be hitting the shelves. If you pay someone to stock your stores then the applicants are just people who are looking for a pay check but if you are asking for volunteers to stock your stores then you’re going to get applicants who just want the toys for themselves and thus you are essentially giving them full access to grab the items themselves or go and stock the shelves with a collector friend who can tag along to buy the items instantly. I don’t know that this is something that is happening but I do have to wonder.
  2. Seems surprising that McF would have these hitting stores this soon with no announcements or reveals. Seems like they’d want/need to promote this more.
  3. Cool figure and tempting but I think I’m going to stick with Mattel Elites as my main Wrestling figure focus
  4. So is it that “Action Force” was never copy-written and thus just open for use or is it that Valaverse is paying for the license?
  5. Is this going to be a Con Exclusive variant or something?
  6. Any insight as to why the price on this one is almost half the price of the previous releases in the line? This is a line where I personally didn’t need all 4 but was hoping to pick up Leo (my favorite) some day but at $160 for Leo I decided to wait to try to grab him at a deal and ended never getting around to getting him at a price I was more comfortable with. This new price point is much better and more in line with what I was hoping to eventually pay for Leo.
  7. Cool set, tempting, but probably a pass for me personally. Just out of budget necessity I’m a bit more choosy when it comes to which of the NECA soft goods figures and not sure I want to open the floodgates on potentially trying to collect all the Goonies in this form. I definitely think they are cool though and might reconsider if they ever hit a steep discount/ clearance
  8. Well I’m glad the Gremlins figure didn’t get funded as hopefully now they’ll just find a way to release it the normal way without people being stuck paying an extra $25 for stuff they don’t want. Too bad about Splinter though
  9. So the one Target I’ve seen stocked with these has had about 5 sets each of both the Turtle packs and the foot clan pack for about 3 days now but zero Bebop and Rocksteady’s. I feel like this is going to be a problem. With wave 1 the problem was that all the waves would show up and be gone instantly. For me personally that didn’t matter as I had the SDCC set but for people wanting those wave 1 figures that really sucked. The problem with wave 2 is now you have a bunch of people (including myself) who only want the Bebop and Rocksteady pack but not only are those going to only last minutes on the shelf but the other 3 packs in the wave are going to be far less wanted meaning they are going to peg warm and thus prevent Bebop and Rocksteady from getting a restock at those stores. This is not going to be fun or easy.
  10. I know this will definitely find it’s way in my sister’s collection when it comes out
  11. I mostly just collect the Legends figures so for me Wendy Richter and Jim Neidhart are the ones I am most excited about. Very enthusiastic to pick those up. Beyond that... I’ll definitely pick up the Macho King, the Goldberg, and HBK. Rey and Angle will be maybes—they are definitely top classic talent I collect but just not sure how much I need those versions in those outfits. The Rock I’d really need to compare to the dozen other Mattel Rock figures I already have to see if there is enough distinction to justify adding this one to the shelf. AJ, Lita, and Matt Hardy I have other Mattel versions of and for me personally one version of each of those specific performers is probably enough. I’m actually a big AJ fan but his WWE look is very different than how he looked when I was an active wrestling viewer so as I result I’m just not as much as interested in picking up more than one AJ based on his current look. Brock I’d only consider if he went on sale. $30 is more than I’m willing to pay for him given that I have other Brock figures and this outfit doesn’t trigger any specific memories for me. I’ve still yet to decide if the WWE/MOTU figures are something I need or not, but if I do get even one the Macho Man At Arms would be the one. And if I got 2 Rey would be the second one.
  12. While you may be right we don’t technically know yet what McFarlane is going to do with that license yet do we? I mean it’s certainly a reasonable assumption to think that a DC licensed aimed at retail probably would be in a similar wheelhouse as Essentials for all we know it’s possible their plans could be something different.
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