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  1. This is a strange and unique time for me...I actually have all currently available Marvel Legends products, both comic and MCU. It's even weirder because it's at a time when there is SO much product being released; as a result, I'm sending all of my excess good vibes to you all - best of luck in the hunt, because there's a lot out there!
  2. It might be a lot simpler and they may be looking at biodegradable plastics.
  3. Yeah, I came in here to talk about just this. It really makes me wonder what the future might hold for action figure packaging. Ultimately I don't care how it's delivered so long as I'm able to view the item before purchasing.
  4. I agree. That figure is really fantastic, but is totally a sleeper because I got that pack for Magneto and I ended up having more fun with Scarlet Witch. Which is why I was so surprised when I saw her being sold loose at toy shop just two weeks ago. I can't believe someone bought that 3pk and immediately sold that figure.
  5. Don’t forget WWII Cap and his Harley! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ As for future wants? Surely something for the F4 will get a release, and I’d be down for a Skycycle with Hawkeye.
  6. I should have clarified that I have yet to get my hands on a figure using McFarlane’s 22 point articulation system; so, I really can’t give a personal thumbs up or down on how proven or successful it is (my girlfriend has their One Punch Man figure, but she hasn’t opened it yet). With that being said, we already know that this is equal to or less than the standard ML figure, and less than most 1/12 import brands. I also recognize that many people seem to enjoy Todd’s Fortnite figures and praise the advances he’s made with articulation under his toy banner, but I don’t really hear anyone saying they’re better than anything Hasbro has to offer or even Mattel. In fact, many reports and reviews indicate that while McFarlane has added articulation points to his figures, that the basic construction is poor; loose or misshapen sockets that allow limbs and heads to easily detach, and of course, poor range of motion. More so, how will those figures hold up over time? The overall long-term quality of the pieces will ultimately prove or disprove how successful that new articulation system is. It just hasn’t had time to compete just yet.
  7. Found fresh cases of the Colossus/Juggernaut 2pk and 80th Cap at my local Walmart. Both were in pallets in the aisle so I popped them open and voilá!
  8. Luckily, it seems like the 80th Cap might actually saturate. Maybe Walmart didn’t drop the ball for once. Btw, I still haven’t opened that classic Cap w/ bike - too busy and too many new toys!
  9. Don’t get me wrong, I like McFarlane’s products (my girlfriend collects most of his anime and video game stuff), but I don’t see him being able to release sufficient numbers of figures each year to keep casual fans invested. This doesn’t even consider the QC issues and yet unproven new 22 point articulation system, which would likely weed out even more buyers. Oh, and the non-compete contract he almost certainly has with DC. Alternatively, Mattel is the only real, current viable option for a license like Marvel, and it just doesn’t make sense for Disney to partner with a company that couldn’t make friggin’ DC toys that sold well. Side note: I would absolutely LOVE for McFarlane to expand, and rapidly on their Star Trek figure line.
  10. They could probably get away with Blackheart (much like Toybiz did) if they just don’t mention that he’s essentially the Devil’s not-so-emmaculate birth son; visually he’s just a black, spiky monster. I agree that Mephisto is pretty unlikely, though.
  11. Binary Captain Marvel is starting to show up, or so it seems. I’ve been seeing reports here and there. It would appear that it simply had a delayed release.
  12. Without taking the time to look up character names, I think it’s safe to say that any character that sports devil/satan motifs, Hitler/Nazi/hate group connections or symbolism, or that have hyper-sexualized costumes, won’t see mass retail release. Alternatively, I don’t think we can ever truly count out obscure characters just for the fact alone that they’re obscure. Though, Leather Da...Boy, probably won’t get a plastic release.
  13. I think if Hasbro lost the license for Marvel (or Star Wars to a lesser extent), it would jeopardize the entire ecosystem of the hobby. While everyone waited for new product to be revealed, for it to release and actually fill shelves, and to see if it actually took off or not, the power vacuum left behind would be awful. It would likely kill off a huge swath of collector interest and risk the industry either not recovering at all or sputtering on for years before it did recover. Some might say that this wouldn’t happen (tho it is probably exaggerated) , since DC changed hands and the world didn’t end, but I think it’s fair to say that the Marvel by Hasbro market is far more prominent and potent than anything Mattel ever dreamt of. So, I shutter at the idea of a scenario where Hasbro loses or drops the Marvel license. With all that said, I would 100% drop off the Marvel collecting radar. Whoever or whatever picked up the brand and undoubtedly rebooted it would have to be pretty spectacular for me to have the energy to restart a collection as massive and meaningful as ML is for me. Like, let’s say McFarlane got it; I would probably buy a well-done Magneto, or Captain America, but would eventually have buyer’s remorse as they’d be standalones in my collection like all those Mezco One:12 I bought and sold a year later. As said, it would be more bad than good. However, such an event would free up a lot of my cash for more 1/12 scale import figures that are 3-5x as expensive, but, uh, so much better made.
  14. Found these at both a Target and Walmart, both in the Hamburg area of Lexington, Kentucky - both stores still had multiples of each. Great finds, and I really do love these sets now that they’re in-hand. This has been a stellar week for me for finds in the wild. I’ve found the full retro wave (Storm included), the full Wendigo wave, WWII Cap w/ bike, 80th Cap, and 3 MCU 2pks. Luckily I already had all of the X-stuff, or this would have been painfully expensive. Still great, tho. No complaints here.
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