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  1. I have not been a collector of Marvel Legends for too long now. During the ToyBiz days, when I was much younger, I was more of a pick and choose kinda guy. If there was a cool character I was familiar with, I’d pick it up. At this time, however, I wasn’t much of a collector of anything. I loved Star Wars and Toybiz’s Lord of the Rings line, so I picked those up more frequently, but at this point in my life, these weren’t additions to a collection, they were toys that after a few days or a week, went into a bin or just sat on my bookshelf to collect dust. The closest thing that resembled a collection at all, besides my bins of Star Wars, were Pirates of the Caribbean 3.75” figures, all of which were displayed on a black pearl playset on my dresser. As I got older, I became a bit more picky with what I picked up, and back then, in the early days of Hasbro’s Marvel stuff, often times Mattel had better quality with their D.C. stuff. I was big into Batman for a while, and was able to form a small collection of random Batman characters that fitted my liking. But I still wasn’t a collector, I was just a guy that liked action figures. I discovered eventually that figure collecting was something that I was going to be doing well into adulthood (I’m currentlt in my early 20’s) when I first ever got a few NECA figures and realized there was more quality out there than just kids toys. The Clash of the Titans Persues they made (from the remake) and the original police station assault T-800 blew me away at the time. There were actually 2 different franchises you might not expect that really got me into the collecting habit. The first was Character Option’s Doctor Who line. I was never a major fan of the Doctor Who, but I did go through a phase where I really enjoyed it, and especially enjoyed the figures. They were cheap, but had a high quality and were something other than the familiar franchises I was used to buying from. The other franchise was McFarlane’s 5” The Walking Dead comic and tv lines. I know everyone has their opinions on McFarlane, but I absolutely loved those figures at the time. I still love them when I look at them, simply because of the reminders of the good times collecting and remembering the days when the show was worth watching. This line was a wonder to collect for me. I didn’t become a fan of the franchise until the show was on its season, when I binge watched it on Netflix, then bought all of the compendiums of the comics and read them swiftly. Then came the toy collecting. At this point, there were 3 or 4 waves already out, with new waves coming once or twice a year between the comic and tv waves. So I was able to track down the old and the new, making it some of my first real hunting experiences, aside from looking for one particular figure. Dont get me wrong, these weren’t the only lines I was collecting. I was a casual buyer of the early Star Wars Black Series, and was going back and buying a bunch of the Toybiz Lord of the Rings stuff I had missed, but it was The Walking Dead stuff that turned me into the type of collector that was a completionist, and introduced me to hunting for new stuff and old in various stores. By this point, I was full on collecting the Black Series, and a lot of NECA’s Aliens, but TWD was my lady love at the time. Star Wars was always my soul mate, but TWD was a years long passionate love affair. But then McFarlane decided to come up with the nonsensical Color Tops wave which would mix various brands into one 7” scale series. This brought an end to the comic line entirely, and turned the tv line into a 7” static crap festival. And while they began to evolve into better figures over time, I didn’t want them, I had an almost complete collection in a different scale. Eventually, the brand lost almost all of its popularity and now McFarlane doesn’t even touch it. But it was because of the death of my favorite line that I decided to reach out and see what exactly else was out there for me. Now, I could’ve just stuck with what I had, continued buying Star Wars and Aliens and the occasional Batman figure if the desire struck, but I had a taste for collecting and didn’t want to stop. This is what drew me to Marvel Legends. This was around the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, so I was kind of high off of my first impression of that, and decided to buy the AoA Captain America. I was kind of hooked, but not hook line and sinker just yet. I decided to get the movie characters only. That lasted for a little bit, until my girlfriend bought me the comic Black suit spidey and that was the end. I had to get my favorite characters in various suits, both comic and movie versions, and I had to build my favorite teams. From the moment I knew I was all in, I knew that I was never going to be a completionist. If I don’t care about the character, or can’t fit it into my display, I see no use in buying. If they weren’t on my list, then the only reason I would buy them is to finish a BAF or because I was surprised by how cool the character was despite me not originally wanting them (Bullseye, Black Bolt). When I first started collecting Legends 5 years ago, I had a list, a very daunting list that I thought would go on for years and wouldn’t be finished in all likelihood. But this year and the last were such amazing years for legends, and with the 80th collections and all of these fantastic 90’s X-Men coming out so fast, my list has gotten into the single digits. Doctor Doom is on the horizon of 2020, and aside from some characters like Thunderbird and Warpath and a true 90’s Emma Frost, and a damn classic Doctor Strange, Power Man, and Iron Fist, my marvel legends days seem to be numbered. The movies will continue to pump out, so they may keep me interested in new figures, but the list as I knew it is getting very small. So when, exactly, am I to stop? Ought the list I set out for myself be the end of what I have built? Should I set up rules for myself and limit my hobby and passion? It’s not like I’m going to stop collecting other lines? Or should I? With Star Wars coming to an “end” similar to the MCU coming to and “end” or at least the end of an era, my big tent-pole franchises are ending fast. Soon, my Star Wars list will be shorter and shorter until it too has ended. So should I stop collecting entirely? I mean, I’ve just finally gotten into imports and anime stuff, so maybe those will be the new focus. It’s a very strange time in the entertainment industry, and that equates to the toy industry. Big franchises are “ending”:: game of Thrones, avengers, Star Wars. It feels cathartic in a way. Would I ever even consider limiting collecting if these eerejrb weren’t ending? I know that more brands are coming. I know more lines are always coming. Maybe I shouldn’t stop collecting, but should stop this era of collecting. Look to new brands, diversify. Get anime stuff and Harry Potter stuff, go head first into McFarlanes new DC stuff, go where I haven’t gone before so that the hobby is in uncharted territory for me. I know avengers and Star Wars and all those franchises aren’t really over. No one’s ever really gone. I guess I wonder how you folks feel? If you even got this far. When is it a right time to end? When is it time for a change. To keep the passion alive...
  2. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I love blending digital backgrounds behind tangible set ups There’s a few reasons for this; they’re free, they provide freedom of settings and they are extremely versatile! These handful of shots show how something as simple as a red sky background can be used as another planet, a distant future, or a barren desert! Let me know what you think and comment below @thebatcollector
  3. This figure is a Gamestop Exclusive released today for Triple Force Friday. He includes two DC-17 blaster pistols and a DC-15 rifle. He is the Clone Commander of the Coruscant Guard from Star Wars: the Clone Wars. So far, he has not appeared on the Gamestop website. It has been found in the wild, folks! Happy hunting!
  4. this contest cannot be decided by our knowledge of the force but by our skills with a lightsaber.
  5. Instagram @ajg232 With these SDCC exclusives Hasbro really seems to be celebrating the new guard and the old in the galaxy far far away. From the 6 inch Black Series Line we get the preview of the Sith Trooper from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. With a very strong follow up we’ll also be getting a look at a wonderful Luke Skywalker figure 3 Pack from the Vintage Collection 3.75 inch line. Both are great pieces for reasons both shared and unique. Sith Trooper: Star Wars The Black Series. Not much is known, as of yet, about this strikingly red stormtrooper. There is a bit of a blurb from Lucasfilm that can be found here and there on various fan sites. All that is to really be gleamed from it is that these stormtroopers are of a class all their own, under Kylo Ren, and that they have some sort of association with the Sith and the dark side of the force. On the surface there’s not much going on but it leaves fans with plenty to be excited about in the build up. For my money I’d say that throw away line in ep.7 about the First Order using a clone army might not be quite so insignificant. If the theorizing doesn’t hook you on this new trooper installment then maybe you can be won by sheer cool factor of which this figure has tons. Before you even get into the figure itself it should be said that it comes with an absolute arsenal of ranged and melee weapons alike. On the ranged side of things the new trooper comes with two medium sized rifles (One with a stock and one with a scope) along with what must be the sci fi fantasy equivalent of a mini gun. For beating up on all the Jedi scum our guy has a way cool reverse grip sword along with a similarly reverse gripped pincer of some kind. The only real negative in the accessories is how cumbersome the mini gun handle can be on whatever you deem to be the dominant hand. If you really want that guy toting full fire power the hand will be stretched to accommodate. Not the end of the world but a minor nitpick in this big pile of cool. One huge positive that might just be to my own taste is just how well he holds all the other weapons and that the tabbed leg holster functions perfectly. It’s very often the case that a figure can be pushed into the “great” category when the grip on the accessories is fully realized and when you don’t want it their there’s someplace to hold onto it. Now the accessories are very cool on this Sith Trooper but there’s something that’s a little more shocking on this figure. The articulation on this trooper far exceeds all expectations I had for an armored character. Did our guy drop his sword before he finished the fight? Well, it’s a good thing Hasbro made him a Tae Kwon Do black belt too. All joking aside the articulation is far better than I could’ve imagined. The torso joint isn’t revolutionary but to be honest if I tried to call it “limited” that just wouldn’t be an applicable adjective. The shoulders are equipped with butterfly joints. If you team this up with the deep cut single joint elbows all shapes and sizes of gun play are no problem. The legs are leaps and bounds better than I would’ve guessed by looking at the armor. The hips go way up just short of 90 degrees and the knees bend all the way back. Obviously, by the picture, the hips go way out to the side as well. The hands have a vertical gun style hinge the same way you’d want it in any trooper. Admittedly the head doesn’t move much with just a 360 horizontal swivel. The feet hinge in and out with a good ankle pivot the way all 20$ figure feet should nowadays. It should also be mentioned that the Sith Trooper doesn’t have anything particularly crazy going on in the scale department. He goes pretty well with everyone you’d want him to be in scale with. This figure can honestly be best summed up by the fact that it’s striking visually but secretly it’s impressively functional. If you want all the extra weapons I wouldn’t dissuade you from getting this SDCC version but when the standard rerelease comes through the articulation will still make that trooper into a whole lot of figure. Luke Skywalker 3 Pack: Star Wars The Vintage Collection Now, admittedly this pack holds a bit more nostalgia in many cases. Celebrating 3 iconic looks for arguably the greatest fantasy hero of all time this 3 pack is fantastic. What we have is Luke’s Death Star 1 stormtrooper disguise, the X-Wing pilot jumpsuit, and his Jedi Knight getup from the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Unlike the Sith Trooper just about everything that can be known is well known when it concerns the “son of Skywalker”. This is also my first look at the face printing technology being applied to the 3.75 inch figures and I have to say that it’s impeccable. Let’s start in simply with accessories. Each figure comes with a small set of their own accessories. Starting with trooper Luke he comes with the standard E11 blaster and the helmet to finish his armor. One thing that should be pointed out is that trooper Luke does have the holster for the E11 on the back of his belt and even though the thing is hollowed out and ready to go it really doesn’t seem like it's designed to actually hold the gun. With a good push it seems you can get the blaster a little less than halfway in. A little annoying but it’s small potatoes for a figure this good. Next we’ll look at X-Wing Luke. Very simply, he comes with a simple DL-44 blaster that he grips perfectly and his wonderful pilot helmet that we’ll talk more about in just a bit. Now the gun doesn’t have a spot to be holstered so that’s a bit annoying but nothing truly detrimental. Now what’s great about his pilot helmet is that it’s made of a very rubbery adaptive plastic. It makes the helmet unintentionally modular and great for other figures therein. If you wanna take your ROTJ Luke and do the 30 seconds of screen time with Luke leaving Tatooine to seek out Yoda on Dagobah, for the 2nd time then look no further. It’s very doable. Speaking of ROTJ Luke let’s talk about him. He’s the only Luke of the 3 to come with a lightsaber (His green saber to be specific). In addition to this he has the blaster he yanked off one of Jabba’s goons along with what is possibly the best soft goods I’ve seen Hasbro produce to date. The blaster fits in his right hand with no problem. The lightsaber goes in both without issue. Luke’s Jedi cloak is stitched in some way, shape, or form that makes it hug to his head in the exact right way. It’s truly impressive. Just to get it out of the way the faces on all three of these Lukes are magnificent. The old time GI Joe faces are officially a thing of the past. In terms of articulation each stands in a category all their own. All have good ball jointed heads with the exception of X-Wing Luke with a two sided ball joint and some magnificent head movement as opposed to being simply good. All have tried and true hinged shoulders with good reliably deep single joint elbows. All have hinged hands with the exception of trooper Luke who’s relying only on the 360 degree swivel. Both X-Wing and trooper Luke have good deep torso articulation with the feature being absent on ROTJ Luke though it’s admittedly not very missed. All but Pilot Luke have a waist swivel. Now getting down to the hips They all start the same where it’s a rotating hinge that you move in the right direction and then hinge in your preferred direction. Exceptionally, Pilot Luke also sports a slightly clumsy thigh swivel. Beyond that all 3 figures go down to some single joint knees and hinged feet. On the whole very well articulated. Some particularly good articulation comes from trooper Luke. The next time Vader is looking to aggressively hide an apprentice’s existence it’s important to note that trooper Luke does fine with some Gears of War crouches. Hasbro also made him a Tae Kwon Do black belt... for the good it will do him. For scale there’s not much to be surprised about with these 3 figures. Here we have the 3 up against a c3po from the Revenge of the Sith line along with a 5 inch Batman and a Pizza Spider-Man. Besides some points of articulation there’s not much that’s shocking when it comes to these 3 figures. All the same these 3 figures are great and classic in all the right ways. If you ever see any of these figures either single packed or in this great 3 pack I would highly recommend that you do yourself the favor.
  6. So even though Disney declared are the books from over the decades non-cannon after they aquired star wars, do you think we could still see figures from thos novels? Think of the possibilitys. Han and Leia's children from those novels who became popular characters (3 kids I think). I guess they wouldn't want to overshadow their current movie characters but those novels were a rich history.
  7. Just announced, during the closing ceremonies for the 2019 Star Wars Celebration Chicago, they're returning to Anaheim next year for the 2020 Star Wars Celebration! View image on Twitter
  8. I’m wondering if we will see a release of Hasbro action figures or Funko Pop! based on any of the newly introduced characters from Galaxy’s Edge! Anyone heard anything out there regarding the possibility?
  9. For those looking to score the exclusives at next month's Star WarsCelebration Chicago (April 11-15) , they've announced there will be an Advance Lottery system for the Funko exclusive Pop!'s, Hasbro Black Series Episode1 Darth Maul & Obi-Wan, and Lego Darth Vader bust."Lotteries for all exhibitor exclusives will open on Wednesday, March 27 and close on Wednesday April 3. Fans must enter the lottery before 11:59 PM central time on Wednesday April 3. The time in which you enter a lottery has no impact on your chance of winning a lottery. Multiple entries with the same e-mail address, confirmation number or badge activation number will be void. Entries to exclusive exhibitor lotteries are limited to up to the number of badges associated with the order number or e-mail address you provide."You can read more about it here.In addition to those exclusives, as well as, the Bluefin 0-0-0 Model Kit, DST/Gentle Giant Darth Maul statue and Hera bust, StarWars.comreveals a few more exclusives: From Acme Archives; “The Hopeful” art print by Jerry Vanderstelt @ $125 From Aquarius; Bounty hunter magnets (various), $9.99 each (Buy all 5, get Boba Fett free) Character and vehicle magnets (various), $5.99-$9.99 each From Fantasy Flight Games; Star Wars: Legion Limited Edition Darth Vader Commander Expansion @ $29.95 From Hallmark; Boushh itty bitty @ $7 Ahsoka Tano PXL8 enamel pin @ $8 Beginnings: C-3PO and R2-D2 Keepsake Ornament 2-pack @ $40 Darth Maul salt & pepper shaker @ $25 From Koto, Inc.; R2-R9 and R2-B1 ARTFX statues 2-pack @ $129.99 From Kotobukiya; ARTFX Darth Vader bronze version @ $119.99 From Regal Robot; Jabba’s dais gargoyle magnet @ $20 From Seven20; Walk-N-Roar Chewbacca plush with collectible Millennium Falcon pin @ $20 Cantina Scenez plush with collectible band member pin @ $20 From Topps; 5 exclusive cards available; 1 card free with each $50 purchase From Wilson; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 20th anniversary football @ $100
  10. Here at Jedi Insider, we want to spotlight awesome Toy Photographyfrom some of the hottest photographers on the Internet today. Today, we are spotlighting "Padme" by Shooting The Galaxy. Be sure to Give Shooting The Galaxy a follow on Instagram and let him know what you think of his work in the comments below.If you'd like to be considered to have your work featured, if you haven't already, join the Toynewsi forums, and post your work in the Toy Photography section.
  11. Here at Jedi Insider, we want to spotlight awesome Toy Photography from some of the hottest photographers on the Internet today. Today, we are spotlighting "Intruder" by Shooting The Galaxy. Be sure to Give Shooting The Galaxy a follow on Instagram and let him know what you think of his work in the comments below.If you'd like to be considered to have your work featured, if you haven't already, join the Toynewsi forums, and post your work in the Toy Photography section.
  12. Here is a list of figures I would like to see Hasbro produce in the 6 inch line: -Kyle Katarn -Plo Koon -Kit Fisto -Concept Art characters -George Lucas
  13. Here at Jedi Insider, we want to spotlight awesome Toy Photography from some of the hottest photographers on the Internet today. Today, we are spotlighting "Conveyance" by tx0666 Be sure to Give tx0666 a follow on Instagram and let them know what you think of their work in the comments below.If you'd like to be considered to have your work featured, if you haven't already, join the Toynewsi forums, and post your work in the Toy Photography section.
  14. Erivera94 takes a look at the Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Obi Wan Kenobi figure from S.H. FiguartsIf you would like to see your Star Wars review(s) featured on Jedi Insider, head over to the Toy News International forums, and post in the Toy Reviews sectionfor consideration.
  15. "> Indulge your sweet tooth and love of adventures that take place in a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars-themed Pop! PEZ including Ponda Baba™ (Walrus Man) (with a Chase), Snaggletooth™ (with a Chase), Lando™ and Logray™. Coming Soon from Funko
  16. This is a very nice addition to any Star Wars figure collectors collection. The die cast helmet and lightsaber hilts are a nice touch.
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