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  1. I can’t help but think - Wandavision came out nearly three and a half years ago. Do people find its supporting characters interesting or even relevant these days? In my opinion, Marvel has churned out some really lackluster material in the past three plus years and diluted the positive perception of the MCU. Is a streaming show about a one-off villain really what the MCU needs to kickstart itself?
  2. I preordered Cable and Wolfsbane. I decided to pass on Kazar since I already have the SDCC box set.
  3. I’ve thought about these topics off and on for a while now. I’m not an economist or a sociologist, so the solutions are not clear cut to me. 1) Kids not interested in toys. My son is 11 years old. He has never really been into action figures. He has no interest in comic books and doesn’t usually like watching movies. (All prime methods historically to lead kids to purchase toys). Over the last year he has slowly gotten into Star Wars thanks to The Bad Batch, Ashoka, and reruns of Rebels. That has sparked his interest in Star Wars figures, but he doesn’t play with them or anything. He just has them on a shelf. His friends are all into next-gen gaming systems, watching YouTube, and cellphones. He would probably play games on an iPad for the rest of time if we would let him. How do you get kids to play with toys? I don’t really know. 2) Inflation. Money sure isn’t worth what it used to be. Also it seems from what I’ve read that everything costs more to manufacture. I’m not sure how we fix that. From the histories of other places in the world, I know that printing more money isn’t the solution. Hasbro is facing a lack of interest in their products from their core demographic (children) and the average person has less value in their money to purchase items. It’s a terrible conundrum. I have thought that Hasbro could shift more of its business to focus on collector/adult market. But I don’t think that’s as large as the kids market. Also once the generation of 40-60 year old collectors pass on, I don’t see any evidence that the next generation has any interest in collecting toys (they more than likely didn’t grow up with them). So the adult collector market will eventually dwindle. I have also thought about the value of Hasbro’s IPs. Certainly Hasbro themselves have thought for a while now that they could make money licensing out their IPs. The issue I see with that is a lot of those IPs may reduce significantly in value as time progresses. I love G.I. Joe ARAH, but once my generation is gone, will anyone actually care? Transformers I believe will always have a value. The concept of something turning into something else is compelling and understandable regardless of time or knowledge. It’s an interesting problem to think about, but not one I feel can easily be solved.
  4. I can’t speak for anyone else, but Marvel Legends as a line hasn’t captured my interest lately. Don’t get me wrong, the figures look probably the best they ever have. For me, several factors play into this: - The price increases. I just do not feel that most basic figures with basic or no accessories is worth what is being charged. - Weird pricing. Some things are high and some are super high. I can’t figure out the logic in some of their figure pricing. - Unwilling to complete teams. I’ve collected since the first wave of the Toy Biz days. There are still massive holes in my teams. Nuff said. - Overstock. Go to an Ollie’s and see all of the Marvel Legends just hanging on the pegs. My local Walmart hasnt been able to move any Marvel Legends all summer. That doesn’t make me feel great as a collector if I see “my line” not moving at retail or clearance. - Weird Decisions. I don’t understand why army builder packs were limited and rarely restocked on Hasbro Pulse. Engine of Vengeance was overpriced in my opinion and poorly handled. Spider-Man Far from Home figures still aren’t in stores (I’m sure it’s a Disney thing). I guess I’m just thinking that lack of support for Giantman may not be because people don’t like the figure, it may be because of overall disinterest or frustration in the Marvel Legends line. Don’t get me wrong, I’m buying the stuff I like and think is worth it. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up or preordered a Marvel Legends in many months.
  5. Funny story - when Cartoon Spider-Man first came available at Walmart online I didn’t get my order in before he sold out. I didn’t really love the look of the figure, but wanted to get him as another Spiderverse version to add to my collection. When I couldn’t purchase him, I thought “This isn’t really fun anymore” and I stopped buying every version of Spider-Man after that. It’s funny, I saw this article and thought “nope, don’t even care” even though it was still in stock at BBTS. Something similar happened with Boba Fett vintage collection figures and Target. After one too many sold-outs, I just said “not fun anymore” and stopped buying them. I am happy that there are ways to get a second chance at some exclusives. I still hold out hope that someday someway, Hasbro will rerelease the Transformers Siege Skywarp.
  6. I don’t really understand the new designers of costumes these days. Seems like for a character that is constantly in motion and contorting his body, you would want a way for the reader to orient what they are looking at to center. If the designer wanted the logo to be off-center for artistic reasons, then a vertical line of some type on the left side would have helped, or some negative space on the right side (like half of the right side could be blue so the spider logo’s legs would be the same length. I’m still shocked by that Mile Morals design. It’s like they designed it for cosplayers - wear a tight body suit (very Spider-Man), but then cover your arms, torso, half your head, your waist, and hips under a too big trash bag…uh I mean a too big hoody. Nothing about that design looks aerodynamic. Maybe I’m just getting old. Without a BAF, I only had to buy The Rose and Tarantula. Not a bad day. 🙂
  7. Was not expecting all of these items to be shown during the livestream. Whew! That’s a lot of product. I’m more of a Spider-Man and X-Men guy, so I’m picky on Avengers stuff. I’ll pick up the Rose and Tarantula. That new Ben Reiley has an interesting design as does Spiderwoman. I was collecting variants of Spider characters (my own Spiderverse) but with the increasing cost (and some lame variation choices in recent years) I’m being picky. (Watch the build a figure be something amazing - no pun intended) personal opinion - that Miles costume design is terrible. I don’t understand current comic book artists at all. Aunt May has been on my list for, well, 20 years now. This is not what I was wanting. So far I’ve not dropped $50+ to get an Aunt May that isn’t her comic iteration. 😞 I’m still using the Toybiz Hawkeye, so I might replace him with the new one, although I want to see that cloth goods first. I’ve been wanting the Super Adaptoid for a long time. As awesome as it is that we’re getting him, he looks kind of like a custom figure. There is a good chance I could make one that is cheaper than what he will probably cost. Is it me or did Doctor Doom fall short? I loved the old Secret Wars figure, but this one just seems kind of flat for some reason. I would have picked up the 90’s Avengers set but not at the current prices. I am thrilled to see Marvel Legends moving forward and showing off new stuff. I am fearful - as it’s been reported that 6 inch Star Wars figures are looking at another price increase. I’m not sure that Marvel Legends will be able to survive. A lame Spider-Man figure at 19.99 I could live with. But $27.99 or more for a lame Spider-Man suit - nope. It really needs to be a much wanted variation (where is Spider-Man India) or much requested characters (where is Titania, The Wizard, Ghost, Feral, etc.)
  8. Thanks for the correction. I’ll have to go back and read that issue again. My old memory is getting rusty.
  9. I was looking online and forgot that during Uncanny X-Men 254, I think Polaris had a larger and more muscular body frame (Something to do with a new power set she briefly had.). So I suppose a Storm or Psylocke body wouldn’t work, although normal-size Polaris did wear this uniform in the giant Jim Lee 3-part X-Men poster. She also wore a similar uniform that was sleeveless for a period during her time on X-Factor, but the yellow didn’t go all the way to the shoulders (still an arm and head swap would be close enough for Hasbro standards).
  10. Hasbro actually completed the team for this era/story. Additional characters from this story that could (should) be made (but are not in X-Men uniforms) include: Lilandra, Deathbird, Lila Cheney, Hepzibah, Raza, and Professor X/Skrull Prime. The only other people I remember wearing these uniforms was the team on Muir Island in Uncanny X-Men 254. Those included Moria, Polaris, Legion, and Strong Guy. The first three would be easy to make with head-swaps (although the hairstyles might not be a perfect match to the issue). Strong Guy would be the only one that would be difficult.
  11. I preordered Egghead and Crossfire. I’ve never been a huge fan of Crossfires comic design, but the figure looks nice and the rifle is awesome. Egghead is classic. If figures weren’t so expensive I’d get a second one to make a Shrunken Bones to start of the Headmen. I pass on MCU and I don’t collect new comic characters. I already have I think three Ultrons (terrible Toy Biz version, IronMan wave version, and the last one that was in either an Avenger wave or a Bad Guys wave, I can’t remember.)
  12. Walgreens had a great run! Many of these figures were super hard to find at times, but the varied character selection was impressive. Just the idea that they did a Fantastic Four wave one figure at a time, a cosmic wave, a villains wave, a bunch of X-Men. Just thinking about it, some of my favorite Marvel Legends came from Walgreens - Zemo, the Thing, Mystique, Jim Lee Punisher, Ironman 2020. my two local Walgreens both reduced their toy footprint before Christmas. No action figures left at one store and the other has them at the door for 50% off. I suspect the toy area will go away in both stores soon. A Pokémon card section is about all that will remain. A salute to Walgreens for their Marvel Legends subline! They were difficult as could be to find at times, but the figures were great!
  13. Whenever the creation of Deadpool comes up, I always like to mention the work done by writer Joe Kelly. The work he did in the first three years of Deadpool’s first ongoing series really cemented the character, I believe, and clearly defined his character traits and much of his supporting cast (at least at the time). It’s funny, I met Joe Kelly years ago and he spoke of how all he had ever dreamed of was writing Spider-Man, but Marvel wouldn’t give him a shot at it. Instead they gave him a chance on Deadpool. He decided to apply many of the things that worked story wise in classic Spider-Man comics to Deadpool (obviously with a weirder slant). Just think of how Blind Al to Deadpool is a slanted version of Aunt May to Peter Parker.
  14. Pricey but exciting day! I picked up one of everything. Uncanny X-Men 277 is one of my all-time favorite comics. While their appearance in that book is slightly different than the cover to 275 (Banshee doesn’t have the collar, Gambit has a jacket), it is close enough. I’m just thankful I can get the entire team in one swoop. I wish Hasbro would do more of that. Thrilled with the Blob. He looks like he just walked out of a Byrne era X-Men comic. I’ve never liked that Blob BAF, but when that’s all you have - that’s all you have. This is my favorite Rogue outfit of all time. The Marvel Legends body used is certainly not my favorite of all time. I think the headsculpt is nice, but would have preferred straighter hair. Seemed like Silvestri always drew her with larger straight hair. It wasn’t until she came out of the Siege Perilous that her hair had a lot of curl in it. It’s a great day to be a Marvel Legends X-Men fan/collector!
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