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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. @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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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.

  13. This is a QC issue at the factory most likely ala the Walgreens exclusive white ranger with the pointy helmet issue. In that case they replaced the head for free, and in that fig's case it was missing most if not all of the black paint which was shown on both the illustration on the front of the box and the rendering on the back of it. If you look at the illustration on the front and rendering on the back of this new figure it is obvious that the missing black paint is supposed to be there (nose, inside of mouth, and around the eyes). With that said, then I think they need to either offer up a replacement head like the other figure or at least do a running change on future figures and we simply rebuy it and return the older figure, so you aren't paying for it twice. The same could be said for the pumpkin monster, as well although he's not as egregious. He does need some paint inside the mouth and in the eyes I think. He at least has the wash all over the head. Sphinx does have the black smudges on his cheeks, but obviously something got missed on the QC side or it's a factory error. The fact that the box art both have the black as you'd expect tells me it's an oversight. Now, it's up to them to offer up the free head replacement. There's a precedent for it, so we can hope it happens soon.

  14. 4 hours ago, Blurr86 said:

    I can't believe that McFarlane only has the license to do batman or batman related action figs...  He's releasing John Stewart, Red Son Superman, Winged WW84, all are non-Batman related in some way. He's just a businessman who wants to make use of the same buck and sculpt again and again to enhance profit.... How I see it, really. :D

    Except he isn't reusing much of anything. Most of them are all new. There are the monochrome chase figs but those don't really count given those are next to impossible to find. There have only been a couple of Batmans that had an alternate blue/grey or black/grey 2nd version, but most of the rest are completely unique. However as you said he is a business man and Batman is where the money is at and that's what he's gonna focus on. The other characters in the story  lines will come along for the ride, but he's not going to waste resources making figs that he knows won't sell. 

  15. On 11/20/2020 at 2:07 PM, Lord_Scareglow said:

    Oh that's odd, I would never have expected Power Rangers ReAction figures, it doesn't seem fitting, but in the end looks like it fits, either way ReAction figures are not for me (except for a few of the band figs) , they are way too expensive for what they are and mostly look really badly put together, the less is more thing is way too spot on, they really represent the heights of nostalgia cash grabbing. I also can't get behind a Megazord that is the same size as a Jason figure.

    They aren't badly put together. I have all of them (there are hundreds of them now) and they're well done. The sculpting is superb. The iffy ones were during the Funko years. The last couple of Funko waves and everything since they parted ways have been some of nicest figs on the market. They're also not too expensive. You get what you pay for, and what you get is quality figures and spectacular presentation (the cardbacks). It's not a nostalgia cashgrab. The cash grabs would be the clone lines. Reaction was the first big line to appeal to the old bastards like me that love this stuff. They're perfect and it isnt too spot on whatever that means. They look exactly how they should. Take a hike, friend. 

    They probably should have made that Megazord like the Transformers Devastator and made it a 6" figure, but it's fine. It's not supposed to be to scale. 

  16. On 10/31/2020 at 10:11 PM, mako said:

    What I say now, I say as a full-on, long-time Puppet Master fan: Neca stop screwing around. If you have enough time and funding to do figures for a 30+ year old straight to video horror franchise, then you have the time and money to get those Neca/Target TMNTs out so people can find them. And no more of that "we're working on the issue" crap. That don't fly for Pelosi, and it certainly don't fly for you.

    They have been working on it. I saw 5 Bebop/Rocksteady 2pks last week spread across 2 different Targets and they both had a pair of Shredder/Leonardo 2pks from Series 1. Those were also paired with 3 Rodney Roadkill 2pks. All have since been sold, but I ran across 5 Rodney Roadkills today (Nov. 6, 2020), as well as 3 Metal Heads, so they're releasing items. I even took a picture of the shelf when I found all these. My phone is literally about 15 years old, so the camera sucks, but you can see the TMNT there on the bottom. All that other NECA stuff you see is completely full all the way back to the wall, so this particular Target is completely loaded up, and there are multiple stores like this here. I also took a pic of the MOTU section at the Walmart down the street from this Target, and as you can see all of series 1 Origins is there and in plentiful quantities and tons of Battle Cats. All that is missing is the sled, and the new figs that have shipped pre-orders.

    Hell, I went to a WM the other day in a suburb and found every single GI Joe Retro figure from both series, as well as every vehicle except the new FANG. I had found all of this already out in the wild except Baroness and Storm Shadow, so I got both of those for me, and both SS and Snake Eyes for my friend that was lacking those. They only had one Baroness.

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