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Wampa Cave / Re: star wars celebration 2017
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:08:53 PM »
So vintage is coming back! With SA figures. This is very nice to see. Hopefully some new OT figures will be among them. And they won't be walmart exclusive, but available to all retailers. Very good news. I will still be selective with my purchases. OT for sure, and everything else on a case by case basis. But I'll be more likely to buy one and even sometimes 2 if its in vintage packaging. They apparently mentioned trying to get back to more weird aliens and stuff too, so that is good as well. I'd also like to see R2 and the couple others of the original 12 on a Star Wars vintage card, so hopefully they'll get to those as well. 

And they revealed 6" Thrawn. They seem to know all my non-OT weaknesses. First Gree, now my favourite EU character in Thrawn. I'll pass on the SDCC one, even though it would be nice to have the extras. At this 6" scale, I'm not too concerned about all the extras. The Jaina Solo, now that I've seen her, can't say I'm that interested. She looks great, but I have no attachment to the character, and a pilot outfit doesn't catch my interest.

Regarding the Disney Sandcrawler playset, does it count? Seriously, it seems like a silly question, but we all draw lines in different places, and it's an easy way for me to draw a line; Not collecting disney stuff because it's not Hasbro. Or is it? I'm still fuzzy on all the various disney figures and who actually produces them. It still could be cool, but it could also be totally lame. No doubt either way it will be expensive. But I'm curious to see what it looks like.

Certainly some positives to come out of celebration for collectors of all scales. Hopefully the vintage comeback is handled well (distribution, sufficient quantities to meet demand without over-saturation) and we can get a steady flow of figures to keep everyone happy.

Wampa Cave / Re: star wars celebration 2017
« on: April 14, 2017, 12:11:47 AM »
I guess this is as good a place as any to discuss the reveals so far at Celebration... if there's a better place, please let me know. :)

Landspeeder looks pretty cool. I'd like to get one, though it sucks having to buy another Luke to get it. Although, with the poncho, Gilligan hat and rifle it gives him a different look at least.

I mainly get OT, but Gree is my one clone weakness. I have a small collection of Gree in his various forms, so the 6" will be a must for me. He looks really nice.

Oh, and Rey and her speeder. No interest for me. Easy pass.
And who's gonna collect the Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures?! Wow, that came out of left field! How about that Chewie??!! He's so hilariously bad looking he's kinda cool! In a weird train-wreck/circus-weirdo kinda way! The cartoon actually looks kinda interesting. Seems some folks are pretty angry about these. Not my cup of tea, but whatever.

And so far nothing new at all regarding 3.75", let alone SA 3.75". But the weekend is just getting started, so hopefully there will be something of interest for us 3.75" fans.

Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: April 06, 2017, 08:01:33 AM »
Yeah one store I went to the display was nowhere near the toys. Another I had to ask the toy manager and she didn't even know about the display except from another customer asking. She located it in the back and pulled it out onto the floor after my asking about it. She was super nice and friendly. It just goes to show not all stores put everything out right away.

I actually still think it is overpriced at $50+.
I rarely pay full $30 for a 6 inch figure since I don't think they're really worth it. So to me, the figure is only worth about $23 (usual sale price). So even at a 30% discount this Vader set makes the display valued at $30. Absurd.

I think it should be priced at $40Can regular and then on sale for about $30. The figure should be $25 Can and an extra $5 for the plastic and cardboard display. But the only way to get that price is to hold out for clearance.

Unfortunately, this is TRU's MO. TRU takes the exchange rate and adds another hefty markup on everything, so it's not surprising. It is a bit higher than I would have thought though. Walmart will probably carry it at slightly cheaper. But TRU will have their usual 25% or 30% off sales, bringing it down closer to regular price. If you knock 30% off $74.99 it comes down to $52.49. The current exchange rate puts the US retail price ($39.99US) at  $53.31Can. Their sale price is in line with the US regular price. I want one, so as with most overpriced things, I will buy it when I see it to ensure I get one (and without beat up packaging), and then hold my receipt until I can get it adjusted. It's a pain in the rear, but on certain things it's worth the hassle.

Patience, this will hit clearance same as Han & Greedo "NOW WITH CARDBOARD!" did.

And I agree, it will hit clearance if they stock it in any quantities.

Scout Report / Re: Disney Store
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:53:45 AM »
6" die cast are all now down to $11 each. They had tonnes of stock from TFA and R1. No OT or prequel characters.

Scout Report / Re: HMV going out of Business
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:50:16 AM »
Picked up a couple more movies today. Vaughan mills location dropped prices a bit further. Apparently Vaughan mills location will become a sunrise.

Now to go watch Flash Gordon!

Okay, I sent pms to everyone I think. Let me know if you didn't hear from me. And thanks for everyone's patience. :)

Scout Report / Re: HMV going out of Business
« on: March 05, 2017, 10:57:37 AM »
Prices are starting to get a little better. 2 for 30 down to 2 for 17. 2 for 20 down to two for 12.

Highlights for me, I picked up Jaws for $6 and Wrath of Khan directors cut (corrected release) for $8.50 along with a couple others.

I had a hard time finding things to buy since I usually only buy stuff if I plan to watch it at least twice. Lots of interesting titles, but not that I need to own.

Hey everyone, just a quick note. I'll reply to everyone individually in the next couple days. Thanks for your patience.

Scout Report / Re: HMV going out of Business
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:33:16 AM »
It seems HMV was moving that direction with a lot more merch and less CDs and movies than in the past, but they still seemed overwhelmingly CD and movie focused.

As far as HMV disappearing, well, I haven't bought anything from them in years. Every item I looked at in their store was more expensive than anywhere else, or they didn't have what I was looking for. And their website was atrocious. You couldn't search for anything efficiently.

I do however think it is unfortunate they are closing. I don't really buy music anymore, just not a priority, but I do buy movies. I want to own my movies, not rely on streaming, and physical media is still far and away better for picture quality. It still boggles my mind that people still buy DVDs, but that's another issue. It is unfortunate that there are less options for buying physical media. Amazon is usually great, but  less and less competition means eventually amazon could have a monopoly. It will be interesting to see what sunrise will do.

Anyway, I won't be lamenting the loss of HMV itself as much as the idea of losing another store that sells movies.

Wampa Cave / Re: Vaughn..WOW!
« on: February 27, 2017, 11:27:06 AM »
Yeah, I went into this store maybe a couple years ago. Was looking for NECA Planet of the Apes figures before I knew whether or not TRU would carry them. Their prices were so high I could import them myself from BBTS, pay the shipping and taxes and customs and come out slightly cheaper than buying from Heroes. Needless to say I passed and waited for TRU, and luckily they brought most of them in.

I also asked if they carry sideshow or hot toys and the two people working there had no idea what I was talking about and they had to call the owner or manager on the phone to get an answer.  :crazy:

They also have a bunch of trading cards priced like it was still the height of the trading card boom in the early 90s. I honestly have no idea how they make money. Anyone who knows collecting would see their prices are insane.

Mind boggling.

Scout Report / Re: Post Retail Finds of NEW PRODUCT Here!
« on: February 21, 2017, 03:57:46 PM »
Part of me would be surprised if we didn't get it, but I'm no longer surprised by anything when it comes to Hasbro Canada, or collecting in general.

Wampa Cave / Re: ToyFair 2017
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:24:14 PM »
Not surprising with Hasbro and the lack of 3.75. At this point I think long time collectors like me are hard to please. I only want obscure figures and characters never made before at this point. So how can they slot those in when they need to fulfill the needs if all the current films. The Walmart line is the only way but you think Walmart will want obscure characters? I dunno. Meanwhile they're trying to address collectors that missed stuff like the ERG and Ponda Baba to address aftermarket prices. So they really can't win. But I also don't think we are a priority anymore. It sucks but it makes sense. I do wish they would get to sim aloo through an exclusive at least. I hate exclusives but if it at least addresses one of the last holes in the vintage remakes I'd be happy with that. And I think this is the most disappointing part is they don't seem to care to at least address that.

6" is still easy for them since there are still tonnes of easily recognizable essentials to release. So 6" is still in early days relatively speaking. Which means there is a larger market for it than for the 3.75 that collectors want.

As to the 40th 6" line. I'll get a couple faves to keep on card but I don't need all 12 carded in a second scale. Not at $30 a pop. And of course I will get the new OT ones like jawa, sand person, death squad commander and the new Vader to open. But the package design looks cramped and feels lazy. They should have done something more creative (like the custom slip covers I've seen on ebay). Keep the 6" box but have it inspired by vintage. The black series packaging is boring and lacks creativity. But its not the box that's the problem it's the graphic design. The 40th was a missed opportunity in that regard.

Unleashed 2.0? Who cares?
3.75 titanium 2.0? Who cares again?
Two examples of wasted resources.

Oh well. The most exciting thing about toy fair for me is the 3.75 planet of the apes. Awesome! If they could do a classic battlestar galactic line I'd be thrilled. And where's star trek TNG? Wonder what the licensing on that franchise is now that funko and reaction are split. Anyway bring on the Apes!!!

And we'll probably see some SW 3.75 at either celebration and/or SDCC.

Bump. Starting a new purge. More to come soon...

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