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  1. Devilbat

    end of mu

    Here's the way I see it...I'm just starting-out collecting these things, so a lull allows me to play catch-up, as it were. Even so, if I were caught-up, I'd simply focus on another line I'm fortunate enough to collect. Recently I was bitten by the superhero-action-figure-collecting bug, and Marvel Universe is just one of the lines I'm into right now. I'm also interested in Marvel Legends, Marvel Select, DC Universe, DC Direct, Young Justice (maybe), Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Green Lantern. But I also love Star Wars, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, Robocop, Terminator, Predator...basically anything I think is cool, so there's no shortage of things for me to pursue. That may sound greedy, and I don't mean for it to, but it's the truth. I just really like alot of stuff. That doesn't mean I actually have alot of stuff though... (lol) I guess I'm like several other collectors here in that it's not gonna be a big deal if these things are delayed or even cancelled altogether, but for those who collect Marvel Universe only, and they're used to alot of product and involvement from the company, I can truly see where it would be a letdown and very disappointing if that suddenly came to a halt or was scaled back.
  2. Devilbat

    The Hobbit Figures

    Sorry guys...I don't know why my pc's been causing me to double and triple post so much lately. Can a moderator delete my extra posts? Again I'm sorry.
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    The Hobbit Figures

    Ahh...I can't quite remember Zed. I think I was so sidetracked by the gift-set and 6-inch figures I didn't pay much attention. I think the 3-3/4" 2-packs were $21.99 though, just like the 6-inch figures, if I remember correctly. I'm hoping I can complete this line. I've wanted a 3-3/4" LOTR line for years, and this may be the closest I ever get. It's just awesome.
  4. Devilbat

    The Hobbit Figures

    Ahh...I can't quite remember Zed. I think I was so sidetracked by the gift-set and 6-inch figures I didn't pay much attention. I think the 3-3/4" 2-packs were $21.99 though, just like the 6-inch figures, if I remember correctly. I'm hoping I can complete this line. I've wanted a 3-3/4" LOTR line for years, and this may be the closest I ever get. It's just awesome.
  5. Devilbat

    The Hobbit Figures

    My wife and I were on our way to a weekend getaway when I decided to stop at a local TRU early. I was really looking for Marvel figures when I unexpectedly stumbled upon some Hobbit figures. I vaguely remember seeing this thread, but it hadn't occurred to me that these were out yet, so I wasn't really looking for them. It was such a nice surprise after deciding on a whim to stop and check the store out. I was able to get Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield, and Legolas. Having never heard of the company that makes them, I was a bit skeptical about their quality. But any reservations I had about this line vanished when I saw them in person. They look to be almost on par with the quality of Hasbro's Star Wars figures. Now I've not opened them yet, but in the package they look awesome. Once I was out of town, I stopped by a Books-A-Million store, and surprisingly they had a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings display, along with a whole selection of Hobbit figures. They had what seemed to be the entire line, single-carded figures, the two-packs, and the big gift set. But what was more of a surprise to me was the inclusion of a 6-inch line of these figures! Did you guys know about this, because I sure didn't. They looked amazing, but I walked out empty-handed, because I was almost certain these would be cheaper elsewhere. The two-packs and 6-inch figures were about twenty bucks each, but I don't recall how much the single-carded figures were. They really look like great figures. I especially love the packaging. For you fellow MOC collectors like me, they're gorgeous.
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    Stashers...How do you feel about them?

    (lol) See, I've stashed stuff before knowing full well it's a desperate attempt to acquire something, that it's highly unlikely to be there when I return. I'm not sure I've ever went back to a store to get a stash and it was still there, now that I think about it. Maybe once or twice in twenty years...just maybe. So it's not very effective, when you look at my success rate. You know what? You guys may have opened my eyes. I don't think I'll do it anymore. I hadn't done it in a long long time, but even when I did, I don't think it ever helped me. Besides, someone might be looking for those figures for a kid's birthday or something, or I might be denying something to a kid who's saved and saved and saved, only to find empty shelves at the store. It's ironic that I had stashed something this past week for the first time in a very long time, and this topic came up.
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    Stashers...How do you feel about them?

    GAH!! Double-post again!! It's hard to make a good point when you double-post like an idiot all the time. (lol)
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    Stashers...How do you feel about them?

    Hey...I admitted it was pathetic. I make no bones about it. But that's the nature of buying at retail. Scalpers, kids that play soccer with figures in the aisles, people that return repackaged junk or pegwarmers, grandmothers that wouldn't know a chase variant from a Power Ranger, other collectors, and yes...stashers, are all part of the game. I know it's a simple concept...you should be able to walk into a store and simply buy what you want. Unfortunately, it's just not that simple due to the nature of collecting and all that it entails. There are no guarantees when hunting at retail. When you realize that and accept it, come to terms with it, then it won't stress you out so much. I have, and collecting isn't giving me ulcers anymore.
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    ever get the urge to quit?

    MrDizzle, from the standpoint of being a toy collector in general myself, I strongly advise you to reconsider selling anything. I'm speaking from personal experience here...I've sold several collections over the years. Sometimes it's simply been due to the fact that I was bored with a given line, then other times I've sold things to be able to afford other things. Nine times out of ten I've always regretted it though. I've always come back to the realization that I've bought things for a reason. It either appealed to me because there was something about it that either spoke to me and I just thought it was cool, or it brought me feelings of nostalgia if it was something I either previously owned or was a reproduction or resembled something I'd owned in the past. From the perspective of being a Marvel collector, I'm not so sure my opinion would be very valid. I'm new to the Marvel Legends/Universe/Select collecting game. I just started in earnest back in the spring after flirting with the notion for years and buying a figure here and a figure there. It's still new and exciting to me, but I can understand guys like you that have been in the Marvel game for decades and are experiencing burn-out. Having said that though, I also want to reiterate what Dragon said: my Marvel collecting has been very fluid and unstructured...there's not been any goal set for what I want and no mission statement like we as collectors tend to do when we get turned-on to a given line. Like I said, I'm relatively new to collecting Marvel figures. Now I've had superhero toys since I was four or five, pehaps younger even. And over the years I'd sporadically buy a figure or two here and there. But I really started devoting real time and money to Marvel figures back last spring. I hadn't bought many Marvel comics in recent years. I used to be alot more serious, but for some reason or another, I just got away from it. But I was very impressed with the Iron Man movies, which allowed me to truly appreciate the concept behind the character. That, in turn led me to seek out Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, and Hulk respectively (although I had seen the first Hulk film before), so naturally I was suddenly intrigued with these characters, and of course, The Avengers. It just snow-balled from there. Turns out I love Captain America and can't get enough of the character, and The Avengers may very well turn out to be my favorite movie of all time, and that's saying something since I'm a huge movie nut. And all of this of course has led me to seek out anything Avengers-related, then a few select Marvel characters simply by pure association that I've always thought were cool, like The X-Men, Daredevil, and Spider-Man. I gues what I'm trying to say is, I've just been collecting stuff as it comes along and enjoying myself. I didn't decide one day that, "Hey...I'm gonna start collecting Marvel figures, and I'm gonna own the ultimate collection. Where can I find the most comprehensive checklist out there?" I just decided I liked the Avengers in general, then I looked at everything was out there, and what appealed to me personally. And I've not necessarily hunted high and low for stuff. I mean, I'll look for stuff, but I won't really go out of my way, and my collecting has been so much more enjoyable when I've come to the realization that I'll live if I don't find certain figures. For example, I want the new Marvel Legends modern Thor, but every time I've found him, the paint's been sloppy, so I've passed. I want it bad, but I don't have one, and that's okay. I want the Face-Off Cap. Will I own one? Maybe, maybe not. It's okay if I don't. I'm just taking things as they come, literally, and I'm enjoying the hobby so much more these days for it. It's like the other day...I stumbled upon the Marvel Universe three-pack that has the Red Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. I had no idea this set was coming out, but I've been wanting that particular Hulk sculpt really really bad, and I just find the Red Hulk interesting. I don't why he's red (lol), but he's cool-looking. Incidentally, I'm finding myself loving the character after so many years of dismissing it as a one-note character full of rage and not much else. I'm learning that's not the case, and the more I learn about him, the more I love the concept behind it. Anyway...I didn't necessarily care that this set also comes with an Iron Man figure I already have, and a repaint of a relatively common, over-used Thor sculpt. It's three of the Avengers!! It's just cool to me, so I put it in lay-away with a second set and a 6-inch movie Loki. My point is that yeah...I'm out there looking for Avengers-related stuff, but I'm not killing myself or breaking the bank, trying to get my hands on every single thing, just what I happen to find and/or think is cool. That's the key to enjoying our hobby I think...decide what you want, get it, and if you can't, it's alright. The sun will still come up tomorrow, and you can simply enjoy what you do have.
  10. Devilbat

    Stashers...How do you feel about them?

    Sorry, double-post. My pc's been doing that alot on here lately for some reason...
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    Stashers...How do you feel about them?

    I have to admit that I stashed some figures twice this past week. I'm in-between paychecks, and I found some Avengers movie figures I need. I hid the same figures at two different Walmarts. Pathetic, right? (lol) I suppose it is kinda silly and childish to hide toys. I'm not gonna justify it, but like someone else alluded to, I'm not real keen on using my credit cards right now. My wife and I are paying off bills to get a house next summer, so money's real tight right now. I have a set budget when buying figures, and I'm trying real hard to stay within that budget. BTW, I found the Red Hulk/Iron Man/Thor three-pack also, but it didn't occur to me to hide it too. I'm sure it will definitely be gone by the time I get paid again... *sigh*
  12. Devilbat

    3 3/4" sighting and hauls

    Sheesh...double-post again.
  13. Devilbat

    3 3/4" sighting and hauls

    I agree...I just really took the entire Cap movie line for granted when it came out. I wasn't really into Captain America at the time, and this was back when the bad paint jobs and a multitude of various Marvel lines were clogging store shelves. Also, it seemed like the line was geared more towards kids really, with the unnecessary gimmicks and play features. I have of course since seen the error of my ways, but I used to see Winter Soldier all over the place, and his paint job always looked horrendous. It probably didn't help that I was also seeing him in his MU version everywhere too, so I was sick of the character, and I didn't even own one of the figures. But I found one on clearance at Walmart, if you could really call it clearance...I took a chance on it since I was all about Captain America at the time, and this lone WS I found actually had a good paint job for a change. And even before, when I wasn't into him, I always did think Winter Soldier looked like such a cool character. Like I said, I was so pleasantly suprised when I opened it up and could actually appreciate the figure. I think sometimes it's a psychological thing, when you see the movie packaging...right away you have reservations because of the connotations; movie lines never seem to be conceived very well, other than Star Wars of course, but if you get past all that, the figures are the epitome of the mass-produced, cheap, done-to-captitalize-on-the movie type of toys, and so I passed on them so many times... But for any of you that have the movie line Winter Soldier, you know what I'm talking about. He's kinda sculpted in a cool pose, when most figures in the line have a standard buck body of some sort or another. He has a unique sculpt, and his paint apps have a kind of a dark wash on them, almost like a detailed NECA figure. It's a truly great figure that I don't think gets enough recognition really. Sorry...I didn't mean for this to turn into an analysis of the Winter Soldier figure. But it is a great sculpt, and it suits the Avengers movie line Nick Fury figure very well. I love it.
  14. Devilbat

    POLL: BEST of the BEST Cap

    Ahh...that's awesome!! I didn't know that was coming out. Thank you Belmont!! You just made my day.
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    3 3/4" sighting and hauls

    Shoot...double-post. Sorry.

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