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Off Topic / Disney Store shutting down
« on: April 27, 2021, 03:34:40 AM »
Well looks like Disney is packing it in for their brick-and-mortar retail presence.

I'm not a fan of their toy lines, but I know some collectors here are. Not sure how/if they will be affected at all. It sounds like Disney wants to focus on expanding their e-commerce site. Maybe they'll finally open up a Canadian site, though the article doesn't specify.

Off Topic / I can't tell how serious this guy is
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:44:53 PM »
Stumbled across this guy on ebay, selling several "homemade action figures" for interesting prices.

I admire his creativity, if not his business acumen.

Just had to share.

So I just pre-ordered a few figures from here, and completed the order before I clued in to the fact that it's Northmen Collectibles under a new name. Fingers crossed. Just thought I'd point it out in case someone else gets sucked in to the re-branding without realizing it. Hopefully a fresh start will let him make a better go of it than the complaints I;ve read from before.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / The Bad Batch
« on: July 14, 2020, 01:02:59 AM »
Well, looks like The Clone Wars lives on yet a little longer, in the form of a new animated show:

Wampa Cave / "Lack of source material to make SW films from"?!?!
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:01:17 PM »
So I've been reluctant to pile on Kathleen Kennedy like some people have done, but this comment has me dumbfounded.
I have so many disagreements with it from so many angles, I don't know where to start:

How can people be this stupid?

1) First, they threw all that material in the garbage on day 1. But even so, there's no reason they couldn't use parts of it as inspiration or starting points. Cherry pick the good stuff, and build on it.

2) How is "lack of source material" even an acceptable excuse, regardless of the property? Isn't that what writers are paid to do? So she is admitting that everyone at Lucasfilm is now incapable of having an original thought?

Scout Report / TVC Lando Skiff Guard now available in Canada
« on: September 14, 2019, 01:11:55 AM »
Like they did with the WM exclusive TVC Rey several months ago, Kaia Boutique has secured the WM exclusive TVC Lando
(Skiff Guard) after Walmart Canada passed on it yet again:

Google Translate from their Facebook post:
"Here is our arrival of the week we've been waiting for it for a while and it has finally arrived the lando skiff guard tvc once again Kaia is very proud to have managed for Canada to have the exclusive so far available only at Walt Mart usa only $ 19.99 each
Available in store or via Facebook order
Looking forward to seeing you at the shop"

Get in touch with them if you NEED this figure in your collection.

Wampa Cave / Star Wars The Vintage Collection Archive Edition Book
« on: June 07, 2019, 11:34:02 AM »
This looks nice - too bad it will not be totally complete, with TVC still running:

Wampa Cave / ToyFair 2017
« on: February 18, 2017, 09:02:39 PM »
In case you didn't know, it's ToyFair weekend once again.

As usual, not a boatload of Star Wars revealed, but they did give a taste of their 40th anniversary special for the 6" line:

Not sure how I feel about these. I collect 6", but for $30 each you're darn right I open them. I'm not really excited about vintage carded 6" figures, especially since they're pretty much all just repacks. I'm not gonna drop the cash to display these in package. The only figures I would (and did) do that for was TVC. I'll probably just pick up the Death Squad Commander, Jawa, maybe Vader, and possibly Leia again for the corrected head sculpt.

Of course, no 3.75" at all.

Another fan site that I rarely visit anymore has hinted at some upcoming figures for the 3.75" SA line:
- Old Man Luke
- Snoke
- Zal Dinnes (female pilot from Rogue One)
- ERG repack again

Looks like there is something special planned for at least the 6" line in 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary:

Maybe these will be in some type of vintage-style packaging (similar to the vintage 3-pack boxes perhaps?) My only real hang-up though would be that they're likely to be all repacks. Cool for vintage packaging collectors, but for openers they'd probably be a pass, especially at the price they are.

Either that, or Hasbro will drop the ball and have them in some ugly, generic "special anniversary" line look packaging.

Knowing Hasbro's track record these days, my money's on the second option, haha.

OR, could it be?! The highly anticipated Star Wars Angry Birds 6" line?!  :speechless-smiley-004:

I really hope they are planning even a short TVC-packaging line for the SA 3.75" figures for 2017 though. I've bought just one measly 3.75" figure since they went WM exclusive.

If anyone is in desperate need of these babies, I can get limited numbers ordered in to my US address. They are $19.99 each and it's free shipping within the States, so the only additional fees would be state tax, currency conversion and a small portion of the package fee at my mail location. I try to keep my package pickup trips to about $100 max value to avoid customs fees, which usually works so likely no extras there. You just pay the Canada Post or come get from me.

So that's gonna be about $29 CAD each, excluding shipping (and hopefully no customs).

Let me know asap if interested, who knows how long they'll be in stock online. I only ask that you keep to max 2-per-person, and it's first-come first-served, as I'm willing to do maybe 2 orders of up to 5 figures each, so 10 total.

Those of you who got their 6" Proto-Fetts from me are familiar with the process. If there's people who live near each other or meet up from time-to-time, I could combine shipping to one location to save a bit of cash.

NOTE - In case you have it confused with the regular-release Scarif Squad Leader, it's this figure that I'm talking about:

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Rogue One trailer #2
« on: August 12, 2016, 03:19:15 AM »
In case anyone's living under a rock:

10000% more excited for this than TFA. PLEASE be good!

Other Star Wars Toys & Collectibles / Star Wars Bandai kits
« on: July 22, 2016, 03:40:30 PM »
I was unimpressed by the news late in 2015 that Hasbro would no longer be utilising vac-metal on their upcoming 6" C-3PO. Then we heard that that 3PO would be the red-armed version from Episode 7, which I have zero interest in, and that it would likely not come with extra OT parts. So, I decided to look for other options, and stumbled upon the new model kits that Bandai sells in Japan. These kits are highly detailed and offer a decent amount of articulation. They do not require glue, and paint is purely optional.

I was so impressed that I bought 8 of the kits, even though I was initially only looking for a vac-metal 3PO to use in my planned 6" shelf (once I finally get around to setting it up). The prices I found were quite reasonable, averaging in the $20-$30 range shipped, from an ebay seller in Japan, and shipped very quickly. The OT kits I bought are Stormtrooper, Sandtrooper, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, C-3P0, and R2-D2 / R5-D4. I also picked up 2 of the ST sets, Phasma and R2-D2 / BB-8. Even though I wasn't really looking to have any ST figures in my collection, I couldn't pass up a vac-metal Phasma, and I also wanted an extra R2 mold to customise the paint into a different astromech (easily done with a model kit).

Up first was 3PO. I ended up adding a little bit of paint in some of the detail work, mainly the abdominal wiring, with a bit on his hands and inside his backplate (which is removable). While the kit comes with parts to do pretty much any OT version of 3PO (like dangling eyeball, restraining bolt, dented head casing, etc) I decided to go with a clean, vanilla version. Here are some photos:

Video Games / Lego Dimensions Series 2
« on: June 11, 2016, 10:42:00 PM »
So E3 is coming up this week, and ahead of the show comes a trailer and list for the next round of Lego Dimensions expansion sets. Trailer:

At this point I guess it's now obvious who the target market is for this, what with the expansions being heavily weighted by 80's entertainment. Here's a list of the new franchises that are coming up:
- Harry Potter
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Gremlins
- Ghostbusters 2016
- Mission Impossible
- The LEGO Batman Movie
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- The Goonies
- Teen Titans Go!
- LEGO City Undercover
- Knight Rider
- The A-Team
- The Powerpuff Girls
- Beetlejuice
- E.T. The Extraterrestrial
- Adventure Time

From an Amazon posting, it looks like the first wave will be:
- Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack $50 (includes a new build for the portal base, and I'm assuming a longer story mode than most)
- Mission: Impossible Level Pack $30 (Ethan Hunt, IMF Sport Car, IMF Scrambler motorcycle)
- Adventure Time Level Pack $30 (Finn the Human, Jakemobile, Ancient War Elephant)
- Adventure Time Team Pack $25 (Jake the Dog, Lumpy Space Princess, Lumpy Car, BMO)
- Harry Potter Team Pack $25 (Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Enchanted Car, Hogwarts Express)
- The A-Team Fun Pack $12 (B.A. Baracus, B.A.'s Van)

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