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    I've only seen Ant man and Ares at 5 below so far. They are getting full cases of single characters. Ant man I can kinda understand.....but who's idea was it to pack a character like Ares 12 per case?

    I have terrible news for you: they got full cases, but someone has already grabbed the "good" stuff.


    have you been wiping out an entire retail chain? I have 2 on my way home from work and both only ever had the Antman/Ares. 1 of which is wiped out already and reset with those playmotion things.

  2. Not figure related but I have to geek out.


    I will be attending Wizard World Chicago in August. First I was really excited because William Shatner is having a panel and I'm a Star Trek fan. Then it was announced that Stan Lee was going to have a panel and I got really excited. August of this year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man. Stan Lee will be there and, let's face it, the guy is old. This may be the one and only chance I have to get his autograph. So I made up my mind I was going to spend a little money and get something special for him to sign. I started searching the internet for a old copy of Amazing Spider-Man. I searched and searched and finally came across a Fine copy of ASM #40. Turns out it was a guy in town selling it who specializes in Platinum, Gold, and Silver age stuff.


    Today I picked it up 5 minutes before my shift started at Toys R Us. I was geeking out for hours and still have goosebumps. It's in amazing condition and ready to be signed ^^

    Save up some extra cash. I was pumped when Stan came to the Pittsburgh Comic Con this spring. I went up to the counter and paid $40 bucks to have my picture taken with him. I asked if he was autographing stuff, and they said yes, for $50 more. That would have left me with about 10 bucks to shop with at the con, so I went with the pic only. Some of the proceeds went to charities and I don't begrudge folks for charging what they think is reasonable (It is Stan-freaking-Lee), but I figured I could always get a signature off of ebay instead.


    Anyway, the moral is save up and be ready!

  3. JLA.jpg


    Superman: Wonderman head, Cyclops body, Daredevil boots, Star Wars Crimson Empire figure cape

    Batman: Movie Batman head, Bullseye body, Cyclops belt, Star Wars cape

    Flash: Bullseye head, DD body, Cyclops boots

    Green Lantern: Han Solo Head, Bullseye body




    Now maybe the DCU can stand toe to toe with the Marvel Universe




    But we all know Marvel's cooler in the long run.


    Other Crossover Potential



  4. Hey folks, I've been picking up extra new sculpt MU bodies so I can undo the injustice that was DCIH.


    Here's what I've got so far:




    Superman: Wonderman head, Cyclops body, Daredevil boots, Star Wars Crimson Empire figure cape

    Batman: Movie Batman head, Bullseye body, Cyclops belt, Star Wars cape

    Flash: Bullseye head, DD body, Cyclops boots

    Green Lantern: Han Solo Head, Bullseye body




    Now maybe the DCU can stand toe to toe with the Marvel Universe




    But we all know Marvel's cooler in the long run.


    Other Crossover Potential



  5. yes, but getting less rare by the minute. He's finally being found everywhere




    Joes are slow movers in my area, so I'm not sure if that gives me a better or worse shot of finding one.


    I did stumble across a variant Electro today at a Target. I bought one for 15 bucks at a con recently, and kicked myself for it almost immediately thereafter. Today, because it was the hoi polloi Target, it cost me 10.60 after tax. I shouldn't have been so hard on myself earlier.

  6. The most popular one seems to be from the ToyBiz spiderman classics series 12 aka the McFarlane (JScottCampbell) Spider-man. Another favorite is the "snap shot" spiderman from Toybiz as well.


    It might be hard to find the SMC12 spiderman as prices for him have skyrocketed. There was a cheaper Hasbro repaint that was red/black paint instead of classic red/blue.


    Here's a good article comparing some of the best spiderman figures:



    Thanks for the link. I found it interesting. I missed the first McFarlane version in blue, but I've always thought about painting my Hasbro version to the appropriate colors.


    I have the fearsome foes set, and I'm a fan of that Spidey even moreso, I think. It might just be because that's the version I have.

  7. Aunt May






    I love it!


    I'm assuming that's one of the Harry Potter characters as a base. Are they worth picking up at all? I recently got the NECA HP figs (harry, voldemort, ron, hermoine, and draco), but they didn't make Snape. I thought about getting the british ones, but wasn't sure if it's worth the trouble.

  8. I've never been against lines reusing molds as long as they do it well.


    I recently had a friend point out that Stinkor was a Merman repaint. It blew my mind! Moss Man was Beast Man covered in fuzz!


    The same happens all the time in MU, too. We'll see one new mold introduced every wave or so, but for the most part they reuse a lot of parts with new heads or gloves, etc. For every World War Hulk, we get five or six characters built off the Juggernaut mold (Juggy, Apocalypse, Thanos, Metallic paint Thanos, etc). As long as it works for the character, I'll take it. Some folks get bent out of shape that Adam Warlock, Daredevil, Bullseye, and Cyclops all share the same sculpt, but it works. Not every character is like Beast who would require his own sculpt.


    Now when you get to the Sinister/Colossus repaint, things start to get stretched, and the AIM/Starlord/Ghost Rider sculpt definitely was a stretch on Magneto--and even then it was primarily because of the colors they used.


    I would gladly take multiple new characters on a similar sculpt to control costs than to have to pay out the nose for newly sculpted figures each time. ML is definitely taking advantage of this idea with their running change swapping out similar sculpted characters thang they've got going on.


    It's a 'work smarter, not harder' ideal, which I'm for as long as the decisions are smart ones.

  9. Your big mistake is thinking that Hasbro is "supporting the fans." Hasbro is there to make money. It's not a toymaking charity for the fanboys of the world. They have people who focus on what products will sel and what they will sell for. That price may fluctuate from store to store.


    Sorry I have to point out a huge flaw in that reasoning, if that were true then Hasbro wouldn't use the same model for movie lines that they did with Indy and failed. Hasbro comes accross as not haveing a clue what is actually selling all the time (As in all the MU Iron Mans pegwarming and then putting the same pegwarmer into a revision case.


    Zed, don't you think that Hasbro has already make their money on the Iron Man/Indy lines? If the plan didn't work, you wouldn't see it repeated so often. All of the Darkhawks in the world aren't going to attract new customers to the line; those pegwarming Wolvies and Iron Mans will. Why do you think the MU gift pack featured all of those pegwarming figures? Even if Hasbro takes a loss on those packs, they will make up for it in future Darkhawk sales.


    When the 25th GI Joes debuted, Walmart sold them for 4.88. 4 years later, they fluctuate between 7-8 dollars. The same increases hold true all across the toy aisles. Is the rising cost of oil to blame? Sure, partly. Or is the fact that toy companies realized they can raise the prices by 1 dollar a year without causing major backlash to blame?


    So you are just saying they are perfectly justified in overpriceing, OK. Sorry I just disagree



    Agree to disagree. I can deal with that. I'm not happy about inflation, but the world does seem to work that way.

    Another analogy comes from Brian Bendis on the Word Balloon podcast when everyone was up in arms about the comic price increase. Marvel's accounting department determined that the difference in people that will pay 2.99 for a book and 3.99 for the same book is negligible. The book is still going to sell in the same ballpark regardless of the price. Do you think Marvel's going to 'hold the line' for less money? They'd be crazy. Several fans (including me) dropped a lot of comic books over the price increases, but Marvel is still pulling in the same if not more money than before.


    Actually you are dead wrong there, Comic book sales accross the board have been dropping like crazy. The price increase was, in fact, NOT negilgible. One just needs to look at the sales charts from Diamond to figure that out.


    You have access to the same sales statistics as one of the top folks at Marvel? Impressive.


    As for Marvel making the same amount of money, that is a peice of misdirection, the slumping comic sales have been replaced by Movies and Merchanise. The last Marvel quarterly report said just thst. But you are saying that because they upped the price and are pulling the same money in that the comic sales didn't drop and that simply isn't true.


    There are a ton of questionable practices that is holding back comics today (regulating to specialty comic shops, prices, availibilty, ect) and there is a serious, serious threat of the comic lines fading away. Talk to a comic shop owner about how business has nosedived, see what you get.


    There's a legitimate danger in comic shops going away, for sure. Even if the comics themselves are loss leaders, they'll still be r&d for future movie projects. I'm comfortable in thinking they'll find a way to stick around.

    If you want legends to work, pay the premium for them. If not, then don't.


    And statements like that I have to chuckle at, support something or you lose it arguements were worn out with Star Wars EP 2 toys and Spy Troop GI Joes. and in both cases Hasbro took the money, ran and didn't listen to fans for another 5 years.


    You can chuckle all you want. If a line sells, it continues. If it doesn't sell, it doesn't continue. You are not obligated to buy a line under any circumstances. But if you don't support it, you can't be too sad when it goes away.


    Besides, most of hte toy industry goes in cycles anyway. GI Joe, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc. have all come and gone multiple times over the past 25 years, and odds are good they will continue to do so. It's ok if you want to sit a round or two out. It's downright reasonable.


  10. I find it annoying because I don't see you arguing a solid point. Yes, prices were less a few years ago but should be higher now. Who doesn't get that?


    If the price is too high then people will not get them... price is too high and I have been buying these figures for long enough to remember that Hasbro said if the fans don't support the line then it won't be continued.


    Also, as far as the right to go on the internet and complains goes... that's what a forum is for... sort of. this one was just to gauge how people felt about the prices and I learned something interesting. If you are an older collector and already have most of these characters than you will only get some of the figures but most of the blame.


    Newer collectors are more willing to buy them since they aren't competing with Wal Mart, they are competing with Ebay.


    Be careful who you make mad, Its those of us who have all the figures that you'll need one day.


    I've been buying Marvel Legends since the line was called Spider-Man Classics, thank you very much. I find your tone presumptuous and pompous.


    You have an attitude like Hasbro/Marvel owes you something, when in reality, they don't. You can gripe and whine or pick and choose, but the bottom line is that arguing with you is pointless. You keep wanting to be "blamed" for something so you can feel justified in your old-timey woes.


    If you approached the situation like an adult, you would realize that companies are not built around your individual needs. They market materials and goods to the masses at prices they think they can get for those goods/materials. If you can take what they offer the masses and enjoy it, more power to you. If it's too expensive, that's a harsh reality, too. It's something the rest of us deal with as well.


    My advice is to seek out fewer reasons to blame or be blamed, and deal with the situation as it stands. It'll make life a lot easier.



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