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  1. The Frogs 2pk is incredibly easy to find in Target stores it seems. I've found them at 2 of my area Targets (I have 6 in the area of about a 15-20 mile diameter) and each one has had between 9 and 12 of them. This is how it was with the Splinter/Baxter 2pk, so if you're after that then there's a chance you might find it. I've also noticed that GI Joe Classified have started showing up at both Target and Walmart the past 2-3 weeks, so Hasbro is producing this line again and sending out. You haven't been able to find them lately because they simply weren't making any. Now that they have I'm finding repainted Series 1, Zartan wave, and Flint and Lady Jaye everywhere and on a consistently basis, so start looking around to see if they've made it to your part of the country. 

  2. That's not the show colors for Evil Lyn, it's the early 2000 deco. That's why that logo is on her bubble, plus that's what has been announced. That Mer-Man is also different from the boxed set version, so I'm glad they're not just straight up repacking those or that would have royally pissed me off given the cost of the boxed set.

    These figures are incredibly easily to find now. Target has new waves on a consistent basis. I just picked up Panthor and the Tri-Clops wave, and I found Battle Armor He-Man the other day along with Clamp Champ. I also found the Roboto wave before that, and I ran across the entire Orko wave at Walmart the other day (twice) except for Scare Glow. All I lack is Scare Glow, but I have him preordered. I have every figure preordered, but I delete those from BBTS as I find them in the wild, so I'm guaranteed to never to have to worry about obtaining these. If you order a Land Shark from BBTS, I'd suggest using Collector Grade if you care about condition of the box. The clear plastic got scratched on mine, although I had it packed with Ram-Man and Battle Armor Skeletor, so they must have clashed while in the mail, and scratched up my plastic a bit. Collector Grade will take care of that if that would bug you.

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  3. Hasbro said they'd bring back O-ring figs if there was a demand for it, so the consumers need to follow-up on this and make those demands known, so that they know there is an interest. This also should extend to letting Walmart and Target know, since at the end of the day those are the actual customers of Hasbro, and if the stores aren't interested in the product line they won't order any, so they won't get made no matter how much the collector moans and groans. And, be polite about it. Don't act like asses on live chats during presentations because that won't get you anywhere. I know if I were those Hasbro employees and I read some of the stuff that people type in those chats, I would intentionally go out of my way not to try and make those requests happen. People don't respond well to insults under typical circumstances, so you'd be best to treat the way you'd like to be treated.

    The 6" figures aren't hard to find. With the exception of the Target figures, you can order them via any online retailer. If a person is too stubborn to order something online or won't bother with it because they'll only buy something that they can find in stores (looking at you Dan Larson), then that's a them problem and not an availability problem. I've managed to obtain every single figure in the line, and that includes almost every Target figure without having to turn to the eBay market. A lot of these non-series 1 figures can be found very easily at Walgreens. I saw the Cobra Commander/Red Ninja wave at multiple Walgreens stores back when that wave was first released, and the Zartan wave has started showing up at them now, so it's just a matter of time before they make their way across the country and should be available. 

    The same  holds true for the retro line. Those are relatively easy to find when they get released and have had a chance to make their way to regional warehouses. I've seen all 3 waves multiple times and the vehicles are even easier to find, although I've never seen the F.A.N.G. in stores. However, I got that on the website months ago, and it actually arrived in perfect condition which is a crap shoot with both Walmart and Target (and Amazon) sometimes. 

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  4. I picked up the entire Tri-Klops/Hordak wave at  Target last week and also got deluxe Ram Man and Battle Armor Skeletor the past couple of days from BBTS. I've been able to find everyone of the basic figures at either WM or Target with the exception of Scare Glow (which I have preordered at BBTS). I managed to upgrade my Man at Arms and Trap Jaw when I found them at two separate WM a couple weeks ago. The Tri-Klops wave is at at least 3 Targets in my area, so it's starting to saturate a bit after it being dry there for a while. The Roboto wave and Battle Armor He-Man was showing up at those same Targets there for a while before that dry spell hit. Hopefully, future waves will continue to be easy to semi-easy to find from here on out. Got my Land Shark and the plastic is a bit rough, so I'm on the lookout to upgrade it. My Panthor arrived destroyed from Target but a friend has 2 or 3 incoming and he'll trade me for an upopened one that doesn't look like an accordion. He'll use mine as his open piece. I don't know how he finds the room to have an open one and MISB for literally everything and still has an unopened Snake Mountain and Unicron just sitting there.

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  5. 2 hours ago, MRT said:

    Those color combos are not good... Is anyone really buying them?

    Yes, they sell well, and I buy them. There are several different variants like this from the game, and I guarantee he'll make them all to maximize earnings from the mold. That figure cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop, sculpt, and tool, and he can only justify making them if he can make a profit from it. If he can't profit, then he isn't going to develop a figure. This kind of figure is a Holy Grail for toymakers because of the sheer number of variants that can be pulled from the game.  That way they can repaint the hell out of it and still say within the canon of the game and not repaint it simply for the sake of repainting it. The only way he can stay in business and pay his employees is to make money, and these repaints are an easy money maker given there's no sculpting or tooling required. On top of that, there's 3 different weapons, so he can release each one 3 times. Any other toy maker would release all 3 weapons with the figure, but TM is the God King Maker of the industry (and that kind of makes him a bit of an ass...which he most certainly is.

    I met him 20-25 years ago when he was a guest at the Con the comic shop I worked at back then hosted (Def Con was the name of it but I don't know which number it was). I don't know how he is now, but he came off as a complete jerk and was one of the most arrogant and pompous people I'd ever met up to that point in life. I guess the $10,000 we were paying him wasn't enough to expect a little human courtesy. Anyway, we could either do Todd or Mark Hamill that year, but they were both charging $10,000 each, so we could only do one that year.  

  6. The quality of these figures is baffling to me. Darkseid and Steppenwolfe figures look great and no complaints there. Where I'm having a hard time is with the likenesses of the JL themselves. We've already seen Wonder Woman and those figures were notorious for being WW's younger kid sister and not  Gal Gadot. It appears it's the same headsculpt, so the fact that none of the others look anything like the actors playing them doesn't surprise me.

    Maybe the Flash look OK in this grainly, low res shot with his cowl on. Is that supposed to be Ben Affleck in the unmasked version? They all look like their faces are swollen from where they got the absolute crap kicked out of them 2 weeks ago and the bruises have healed but the swelling is still there or else they're post-plastic surgery gone wrong. That absolutely looks nothing like any of the actors. It's the same effect as the heads from the recent Marvel Avengers videogame, but at least with that we knew they weren't using the exact likeness of the actors on purpose. Either McFarlane employs sculptures that suck at capturing likeness and/or he isn't using face printing tech (I actually don't now if he does or not), or this was done on purpose for God knows what reason or McFarlane did this on the quick and that's the best we could get in the short time between when the movie was announced and now.

    Maybe these are earlier shots and not representative of the final product and we'll get kickarse figs when these are released, but given the fact that there are 2 Wonder Woman figures to judge by in his DC line I don't really think that's gonna happen. People need to forum post the crap out of this to anyplace that McFarlane himself frequents like if you backed his Kickstarter Spawn trilogy of figures then go post a user comment about how those figs are looking great (since reviews are hitting now) and then throw in a by the way, what's up with those JL figure likenesses? Is this some kind of early April Fool's prank?

    Anyway, that's a really really hard pass for me, and I'll be sure to point this out again if and when the opportunity presents itself. There's no reason why in this day and age that we should have to purchase garbage like this to fulfill a hole in our collections. Like I said the bodies appear fine, so one could always simply replace the heads with 3rd party replacements, but there's no guarantee the skin tones will match plus it always bothers me that part of the figure isn't the original. However, this would be an emergency replacement campaign given McFarlane can't seem to get the job done properly the first time. If you're reading this Todd, this is a huge fail, and you need to step it up a couple notches. There's no excuse for this.

    EDIT:  I know what this reminds me of. The new Marvel Legends Black Widow 2pack with the new version of the Russian Captain America all in red (I don't know his frickin' name.....not-Hellboy plays him in the movie). The original figure was made when they had to use promo shots as a guide to sculpt the fig, so it looks kind of like him but not really and now the new version in the 2-pack is a HUGE improvement because the movie got delayed and so they were able to improve the figure 1000% across the board and now it looks exactly like the actor and the costume is so much better. McFarlane doesn't have that excuse. The movie is 5 years old, and yet the new Steppenwolfe and Darkseid figs look fantastic. I suppose that's because those are more up McFarlane's alley design-wise, although the likeness on those appears solid. Monster heads are easier to pull off than human kind of like how aliens and helmeted figs in SW Black Series have generally always looked great going back years and human faces have mostly stunk except now with face printing and better QC all around. 

  7. 1 hour ago, ResidentCriticCollector said:

    Actually if you look at NECA's recent Lootcrate offering, they brag about how much their previous Lootcrate items are worth, which leads me to believe that NECA has been purposely limiting their TMNT stock at Target stores in-person and (especially) online. But why do they have so much left-over stock of the Splinter/Baxter Two-Pack? Questions, questions.....

    They produced more Baxter 2pks to satisfy demand, and they did the same for the Krang Android. I saw dozens of both, and they've started producing more and more of the older releases. I found 5 of each Triceraton 2pk at the Target closest my house, and a friend of mine found both of them at a Target closer to him, as well as the rock aliens (I can't remember their names for some reason...getting old). I've been finding TMNT movie Foot Soldier 2pks at Wal-mart, as well as a whole bunch of movie Splinter/Shredders at multiple WMs and I found a couple of Super Shredders TMNT2 a couple days ago at one of or 7 or 8 area WMs.

    And, even though it isn't TMNT I found wave 3 of the Retro GI Joe line that same day (Duke wave) and the Target that is closest to me also had 4 Classified Fireflies. I almost had a heart attack, and the only reason that happened was because the roads were icy and it was 5 degrees F outside. GI Joe exclusives are a bit of a beeyotch to find sometimes, but our local Vintage Stock have the non-exclusives warming pegs and I can find the Cobra Commander wave at Walgreens usually (or at least I could before last Christmas...I haven't been in a WG since then).

    Anyway, this stuff is out there and can be found, and I think NECA has finally gotten their act together and TMNT will be easier to find. I say that and I have yet to find a Rat King, but it usually doesn't show up for a while, so I'm hopeful.

  8. 3 hours ago, deecee4 said:

    Ha, that is funny.

    What an odd figure too...a generic guy in a members only jacket with an ill fitting hood and phallic accessories. Who was asking for this lol

    I was asking for it. It's a perfect representation of what the character usually looks like and it's a great figure for custom work or background pedestrians without the hood. The hood fits fine.

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  9. @Batman1701: You're incorrect. The Thundertank consists of a ton of tooling because of all of the moving parts and how complicated the vehicle is. Tooling is just a name for the molds. The Batmobile is that cheap because it doesn't do anything and is almost one entire piece of plastic. It barely features any tooling. Tooling is why certain toys cost more than others. Molds for just action figures costs tens of thousands and/or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Vehicles cost much more. I know Chicken Fried Toys said the tooling for the stage coach they want to do costs more than all of the figures from their first Kickstarter for Dime Novel Legends figures line combined and there were 15 figures total in that line, and that stage coach is nowhere near as complicated as the tank and is nowhere near as big (it's a 3.75" line). Anyway, go watch the Pixel Dan interview with Brian Flynn that all of these new pictures came from. He explains why the tank is so much. There is as much tooling in the tank as there is in Snake Mountain. He also explains using pseudonumbers about why things cost as much as they do. He also addresses delays and says wave 2 is delayed in factory Hell and wave 3 and 4 will probably ship before it because it is moving right along. 
     

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  10. This thing dropped on Friday and it could have been yours for $450.00. It sold out, so if you consider yourself a MOTU Origins completist then and you didn't get one of these things, then you're no longer a completist and probably never will be since this thing will go for double that and up on eBay (probably). 

    I know it perfectly captures the artist's style (the blacked out eyes and the loud neon colors), but Mattel please don't do more crap like this. The clear Skeletor you sold on that website was fine (and I noticed it was shipped 2 days ago), but it was $50 and not $450. The Super7 Thundertank is $450 and the Star Wars Razorcrest and Marvel Legends Sentinel are less than $400, but those are all huge and intricate releases. All this is is a $20 Battlecat and He-Man with an awful paint deco and now I'm really thinking about not collecting MOTU Origins because I'm a completist and I'm not going to pay that much money for something like this. 

    I guess I should ask is this an actual Mattel figure and Battle Cat with special deco or is it considered something else? I'm guessing it's a figure given the Mattel connection. This is unacceptable and I'm gonna have to sleep on it. Not having this even given how awful it looks is going to bother me, and any enjoyment I get out of having these figures again (I had them all the first time around in the 80s) disappears like 10 or 12 farts in the wind when I see this....this limited edition fart of a release that disappeared in the wind at $450 a pop. I'm actually surprised that this sold out at that price, as well as all the other super expensive toys that sell out. Last time I checked, we were in the middle of a pandemic and most people can't work and tens of millions of people lost their job. I guess all of us toy collectors have decent paying, essential worker jobs. :D I know I do, but I bought the Sentinel, Razorcrest, and I'll probably get the Thundertank, so I can't drop $450 on this POS even if it weren't sold out unless there was a payment plan. 

    This sucks Mattel and isn't fun anymore. I've been collecting as an adult for 32 years and have had action figures in my life since 1979/1980, and I've never said it wasn't fun. I've had lots of good luck finding exclusives when most people seem to have issues, but crap like this is something I can't control, and you just know it'll happen again because they've now sold out a $450 MOTU toy. They'll do it again and they'll probably do it with other properties. And, the funny thing about it is that these probably sold to bot using scalper weirdos and every last one of them will end up on eBay starting at $750 and up. I bet not a single one of them sold to an actual collector.

    Way to go Mattel and hell, thanks to you too Hasbro. Jackasses.

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  11. I think Walmart and Target take the adult collector customer base more seriously than you think. Each store features an entire section devoted to the adult collectable world in both stores' Electronics/movie/game sections. They didn't section these areas off for the heck of it. They know there's a market for it so they have the shelving space for it. Of course NECA, Funko, and the other companies have to pay the retailers to put their stuff there. Most people probably don't realize that products aren't typically placed at random on store shelves. Product placement, including how high it is kept from the floor is negotiated and paid for behind the scenes. It's especially important in grocery stores/sections, but it's a thing everywhere. Anyway, the retailers know we exist and they are at least trying. I've been fortunate in that I've had few issues finding exclusives at Target other than a couple of Cobra Island figs and the Tragg 2pk in the TMNT line, so for me it isn't an issue. However, I know it's a thing elsewhere, and the toy companies need to get their distribution issues resolved and make sure the retailers get enough product so everyone can get the items. And for God's sake, please stop making army builders exclusives. Cobra Trooper and Viper are 2 great examples as is the 6" Remnant Stormtrooper. And they're all Target exclusives. Haha.

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  12. It says they closed it due to COVID. That doesn't mean the stores did poorly because no one went to them because of lack of interest but out of fear. If COVID had never happened, then this article most likely would have never been written because the stores would have thrived. TRU is essentially a small business right now in the USA and thousands of them have gone under because of COVID. They'll be back once this mess is finally put to rest.

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  13. 3 hours ago, Mr_Scary92 said:

    Looks like someone threw random squirts of paint on its face. A kinda dull idea for a variant IMO.

    It's painted exactly like the original movie poster. That's how it's colored, and it's pretty perfect. I have a 10' reproduction hanging in my entry hall, and they nailed the look. It's one of the all time great posters.

  14. The original sculpture that this monstrosity is based on is a perfect recreation of the classic toys right down to the paint scheme. There's He-Man on Battle Cat and there's also a Skeletor. Skeletor is probably 8 or 9 feet tall and the other two are probably 11 or 12 feet. Here's a pic of them before he painted his horrible black crap on them:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CCaDzhNnIEb/

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  15. 1 hour ago, Belmont13 said:

    I loved Silver Hawks when I was a kid, had most of the toys so a modern line would be exciting but with Super 7 being involved my enthusiasm has gone down. I'll wait to see the final products to see what come off it. 

    What does Super7 being involved have to do with it? They deliver quality products. They've been open about delays and guess what? Everyone that isn't a AAA toy corporation is experiencing slowdowns given there's a pandemic and millions of people are unemployed and/or can't work. They've already said the slowdowns will disappear after the 2nd wave of Thundercats come out and they'll be delivering a wave every month or two given they've switched factories which also contributed to the delays. 

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  16. 14 hours ago, Batman1701 said:

    I still think single-episode no-parts-reusability Muckman is a ridiculous choice.  Unless there's some MAJOR hidden reuse in there that I'm just not seeing, but still, he's a one-off character, so like, WHY??
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    Why would you complain about this? Why not go all original? There's no reason not to do it if they can afford to do it. I wish none of them featured reuse. That would be ideal.
     

    13 hours ago, supermancrotch said:

    I WANT ALL  THIS BUT ITS SAD THEY ARE TOO DIFICULT TO FIND

    The newer waves are much easier to find. I have about 5 or maybe 6 Targets in my area and almost every one of them have had a full case of 6 available, so I've found between 25 and 30 Baxter 2pks and I've found 6 Krang androids. Likewise the Triceratons 2pks before them were equally as plentiful. The only one I haven't found in the wild is the Traag 2pk but that was back before this new easier to find era began. I remember finding the Leonardo series 1 2pk at two different Targets on the day I found the Roadkill Rodney 2pks so I guess they were either rereleasing it or were trying to sell off old stock that never sold, since Ive never seen another old 2pk show up from series 1. Plenty of Krang/Shredders though. The April 2pk was somewhat hard to get, but I managed to find 2 in the end. Bebop/Rocksteady are easy to find. I know where I can go get one right now if I was in need.

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  17. Clamp Champ is over at Entertainment Earth and they still have Scare Glow available as a single (BBTS single sold out about an hour after it went up). So the boxed set Mer-Man is getting a single release? I don't think I like that given the cost of the LoP boxed set. Those should remain 100% exclusive. Also, hopefully that Evil Lyn that's in the newer assortment is a different version. I don't know why they'd only reissue one figure into a newer wave, so I'm guessing there will be something different about it.

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  18. On 12/19/2020 at 8:33 AM, RoddyDrama said:

    I feel like the toy companies are moving to 7inch collector lines to make you rebuy all the figures you already own. I Don't like it and I can't afford it.

    They don't have much choice. It comes down to licensing restrictions. Only one company at a time can make characters in a specific scale, so if you can't do 6" then you have to do 7" and if you can't do 6" plastic and don't want to do 7" plastic then you can do 6" plastic with diecast parts like Disney Store Star Wars. I guess it doesn't extend to Japan since they obviously have 6" SW lines but maybe it has something to do with something I don't know about. Regardless they are a business and they're going to do what nets them the most money because that's the only reason they make toys is to make money and I don't have a problem with that. I also don't have to buy it.

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