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  1. My guess would be higher - I'll go with $100 - 110, leaning towards $100. I figure $25 each for dazz and longshot plus $50 for Mojo (based on MODOK pricing). Maybe a few bucks extra for the "accessory" figure plus packaging and other accessories, or maybe they are just included. WIth MOJO, i wonder if he could be priced lower if they plan on a solo release later. I'm not sure that happens without some sort of media push, but of course that could easily occur with new animated eps on the way. But then they didn't discount Elvis MODOK iirc so perhaps it doesn't matter. Anyhow still a cool set and assuming you've adjusted to the new baseline pricing (i'm not quite there yet) probably reasonably priced, as you say. EDIT: Virtualzach beat me to the punch. but actually he's right and i'm forgetting about inflation affecting MODOK-like deluxe figure prices too... nowadays he'd probably be $60 msrp, right? So at standard pricing, set is likely $110. i'lll probably eat crow when the actual price is revealed
  2. Firelord is a must-have. Not sure about the rest, Bag-man is fun but am i willing to shell out $25 for him? probably not. Mojoworld is not my thing but a great idea for a box set. feels like it could've gone on amazon, i don't think its any more obscure than that Domino 3-pack recently, but that's OK since generally the last few convention excluisves have been easy enough to order on pulse (granted i had to wait like 8 months for Hellfire Club, but that's OK i was still happy to get it)
  3. I saw a few L & T figures at one Walmart a couple of weeks back (Starlord, Jane Foster Thor, 2 armored Thors) but thats it. I presume they are waiting until closer to the movie date. Plus iirc this is the 1st wave with the new $25 price tag so perhaps some adjustments to planogram must be made. At least that's why i assume the target reset didn't have any tags for MLs in the toy aisle, i'm guessing its an endcap display for L & T MLs initially, then a return to the action figure aisle once the movie promotion endcap is done. Hope i'm right. And yeah i hate that packaging. i think its big mistake as far as retail sales for MLs go, maybe for the more kid-oriented hasbro lines it won't matter as much. My local Target has marked remaining MoM figures down to $16 and change (Wong, Chavez, Mordo). Still too high for me as i already have Wong and the movie really didn't make me want the other two characters very much nor make me want to complete the BAF at all.
  4. I don't want to overreact, i just found it weird. For all we know they plan on setting up a display with the L & T wave closer to the movie release date or something. Of course, that means collectors willing to pay msrp will have already picked up the figures elsewhere, but that's Target's problem. I do think if they were going to cut a hasbro line, I would probably choose Fortnite or even the black series before MLs (I assume target is pretty invested in the GI JOe line and wouldn't be quick to cut it).
  5. Anybody else hearing rumors about Target phasing out MLs from stores? I noticed that the there were no SKU tags for MLs in the toy aisle at my last visit to my local Target, but thought maybe it was just temporary. They did have a few MoM figures on a random endcap (not the Marvel endcap elsewhere that has Funkos and the Defender Strange tag) as well as eternals in clearance section. Anyhow i heard other stores have completed resets but without skus for MLs and again leftover MLs put on random endcap
  6. Yeah but i don't hold the $25 price tag against the wave, that's just standard pricing now. But i agree there would be less controversy if the price was $20.... its just that you can say that about any wave now, re-use or not
  7. Yeah i still need to get Lady D and Dormammu to finish Xemnu. I will surely pick up Lady D soon but Dormammu is a tough pill to swallow. How could they mess up the head that badly? sigh. i much prefer the BAF even if the BOTBG version is so much more classic. but that head screw-up is a real shame
  8. The only people upset about the legacy panther wave are folks who assume that if this wave didn't exist then they would've gotten a wave full of comic characters they wanted instead, be it the Warriors Three, Count Nefaria, Mr. Negative, Banshee, whatever. There's really no other reason to have any negative feelings about his wave, aside from perhaps the lack of Okoye... but i would assume she is getting a slot in the proper BP 2 wave.
  9. If i can order this guy online, I'll get him. Not my favorite character or anything but he looks awesome and of course is Punisher's arch-enemy, as much as he as one. The last WG exclusive i saw in store was Quasar, and feels like that was a fluke - like a small amount of Quasars made it into stores here in southern MA/ RI and that was it, nationwide. But was able to order Binary and Zemo online so I'm not too worried. The price increase hurts but tbh i've scaled back on ML purchases in the past couple of years just based on character selection, so I'm willing to pay the increased price for the handful of characters i really want to add to my collection, especially if they are exclusives that are unlikely to get marked down. Maybe WG is onto something with their crazy distribution as a i feel like I pay full price for figures there more often than with any other retailer.
  10. I dunno, its just hard for me to imagine another giant-size character or vehicle that would have the same mass appeal as Sentinel to X-fans or Galactus to marvel comics fans. I just can't see them succeeding with a 6" scale Quinjet, Fantasticar, or Blackbird. Character is probably the best bet but I don't think Giant-Man, a Celestial, or Foom will generate that much enthusiasm, either. Maybe a Danger Room playset? but it would have to come with an awful lot of bells and whistles to make it worthwhile. And let's not forget any haslab project is likely to be at least 20% more expensive than it would've been last year. All that said, it could succeed if they keep the expectations reasonable - i don't think they should expect the same numbers they got on previous marvel labs.
  11. Female faces can certainly show expression, but i can't recall any figures with open mouth or screaming, gritted teeth is as close as you get. To me that suggests that hasbro is opposed to having screaming/yelling female figures for whatever reason. Some say it makes the figure look like a blow-up doll... i'm not sure that is the rationale, but i'm sure there is some reason whether its a hasbro edict or something coming from disney or marvel FWIW i think very few of ML's "human" men have open mouths either - Thunderstrike, Bullseye, the Hood, maybe Weapon X iirc? Mainly we get open mouths on more monstrous/inhuman characters that have crazy tongues (Monster Venom, Sugarman, Demogoblin) or articulated jaws (Sauron, Lizard BAF, Beta Ray Bill, Ghost Rider). And Ultron, i guess (although not Jocasta!) EDIT: Is gwenpool closest to having an open mouth? she has a tongue sticking out on at least one head, i think
  12. Hey, it could be worse... at least hasbro still allows their figures to come with firearms, even if its mostly sci-fi type guns. I don't really get too worked up about the chest size of female figures, but i do agree that Hasbro could stand to have more variety in body types among the molds for female characters. A lot of them look like they might have an eating disorder, but i guess that's preferable to hinting at sexuality by making them too curvy or something. I am glad that more female character are getting double jointed elbows.
  13. I think it was a Lebron James toy people kept stealing the heads off of, it was some internet trend. I don't think new packaging will affect my purchases much, but certainly isn't going to help in-store sales much since being able to inspect the figure ahead of time was one of the few advantages of buying at a store. The tone/content of some of the posts here make me wonder if the poster actually enjoys this hobby or if its more like one of those cursed ebony blade things, where they hate collecting action figures but feel a compulsion to do it anyhow.
  14. you may be right. I do recall the Giant-Man wave being a mix of comics and mcu (with Cap, Black Panther, and i think Iron Man being the mcu figures, along with the BAF) but can't remember what wave preceded it. They did not do an all mcu wave afterwards to my recollection though.
  15. when were those days? can't remember that happening during hasbro's ML run. My recollection is that movies waves were always a mix of movie and comic figures, until they starting experimenting with all-mcu waves starting with Black Panther wave 2, then Endgame wave 3, followed by some D+ waves and now Thor L & T. I do think they used to make more of an effort to get out comic versions of characters that would be appearing in movies, beforehand, so in that sense i agree. Mostly i'm thinking of various spider-man figures that came out prior to Spider-verse, but there are other pure mcu examples as well, i'm just blanking on them at the moment (need more coffee)
  16. Really nice to see a big set of reveals in one live stream! The Peter Parker/Ned 2-pack looks great. Hopefully there is an MJ rerelease in the works as i skipped the previous 2-pack in the works. The Noir figure looks cool, but I have the previous Ham so I'll skip and stick with the old Lizard wave Noir Speaking of Lizard, tbh i prefer the modern/BAF look, but this is certainly more classic and (for me) evocative of the Mego figure so I'm likely going to get him. Toad is a skip, i prefer the tubby version and really don't care much for the character to begin with. But no surprise that they went with a 90s version, that was the smart call. Wonder if we'll see classic Toad later as part of a set or in a BAF wave but no biggie either way The AM 15 Spidey looks great and is a likely pick up. Spidey in the spinnaret 2-pack looks cool too but i'll try and wait for a sale. Knull/Venom is a skip for me but certainly a good idea for a 2-pack.
  17. Gotta admit, while i'm not big on the Ultron BAF I'm liking the 4 figures in this wave so far. But am trying to be much more selective about getting mcu characters these days. I never preorder so guess i'll decide when the wave eventually hits stores sometime between now and Mar 2023
  18. I dunno, people have supposedly been able to buy the wave without incident. I think if you can get them to the register they will ring up, at least at WM. But i could be mistaken. Target has always had their own weird street dates thing going on so I'd be less confident about being able to purchase there.
  19. At the moment feels like the whole wave is a pass as i simply have enough mcu thor figures. Groot and Starlord are especially easy passes. might get some of the other figures on sale but really nothing feels essential. Given that my local stores are still flooded with Eternals and MoM wave figures, i'm not sure this wave is gonna sell like hotcakes either. Normally i would've advocated for some comic figs in this wave but i have been pretty unimpressed with the last few mcu waves' comic offerings (MoM and NWH), they've all been "maybe pick up during a sale" rather than "must-get" figures. The more reveals they've had this year, the more i'm convinced that my collection is mostly done. Feels like there are still a lot of characters out there that i wouldn't mind getting but i'm clearly not in the target demographic because most reveals leave me pretty cold.
  20. Hey, don't forget about the Doom head, that is definitely its own head sculpt! But yeah to the best of my recollection , the others were always presented as swappable plates rather than hasbro giving us 3 heads that are nearly identical aside from the mouth
  21. Yeah i didn't hold out for the $30 sales but picked him up for $42, compared to trying to get the old BAF it was a bargain and of course it is an upgrade over the toybiz version. And definitely one of my favorite ML figures of 2021. Plus many of the parts for MODOK are seemingly quite limited in terms of re-useability, so its kind of hard to say whether hasbro was "seeing what price they could get away with" (aka gouging) or the price is simply what was required to reach ordinary profit levels. I wonder if they have MODOK variants in mind, seems like they would be too expensive & of too limited appeal to be worthwhile, i dunno
  22. I don't know about crash, but feels like current trends are not great. B & M retailers continue to heavily stock mcu waves, but the combo of bad timing (due to COVID-related movie release delays) and inaccurate or missing characters (in part due to Disney's obsession with preventing spoilers), combined with price increases, has left the stores i frequent with tons of Doc Strange figures on top of the tons of Eternals figures they already had. Not good. Also, outside of the various spider-man figures, the comic figures from recent waves don't seem to be selling well either. I guess Ben and Torch from the retro FF wave are doing OK. But Reed, Sue, Psycho Man, High Evolutionary, Morlun, Shriek, D'Spayre, Sleepwalker ,Shocker, & Hammerhead? Ok, jury is still out on the last two. Feels like hasbro is rounding out waves with not B-listers but D-listers and its not working at the higher price point. We see more and more "missing team members" or sought-after B and C listers being either exclusives, deluxe releases, or part of multi-figure sets. (and that's on top of the usual SOP of "release in less popular look first, then release in most-sought-after-look later on) fwiw i do think ML is the greatest mass retail action figure line to date, when you consider depth of character selection, sculpt, and articulation (altho i'm sure many would dispute that statement). But i am definitely just cherry picking at this point & find myself mostly buying exclusives and sets, and relatively few wave figures (Which kind of speaks to Monster Chris' point about two tiers) as always just my 2 cents, feel free to disagree
  23. I would add that i expect to see hasbro devote an increasingly larger portion of their figures to character looks from other media as well (animated shows, video games), particularly as comic sales dwindle ever-further downwards and people increasingly feel their comic figure collection has most of the essential members. however this isn't really a hot take so much as a continuation of current trends
  24. thank you for the correction about the 60th line, i had forgotten about the other announced figures. I agree with you regarding exclusives, alas i don't think hasbro views it the same way. if anything i expect more exclusives in the upcoming years and a lot of times those exclusives represent one of the most sought after looks for the character (think WG Moon Knight or WM's 80th Cap). As far as sets, yes an exclusive set with 2 new characters that sold out lickety-split would be a real bummer... but hasbro generally is more likely to do a 2-pack with one new and one repeat character, anyhow. Which of course leads to additional gnashing of teeth and rending of garments from longterm collectors who then have to decide if its worth it. I don't blame Hasbro tho.
  25. I should note also that of course some of the disappointment stems from this being (iirc) the 1st announcement for the spidey 60th anniversary figures, so of course people did have their hopes up. I suppose that is one valid reason people are so down on it being a skippable set. one of the cons of hasbro's current approach of announcing only one/two figures at a time. if this was part of like 10 announced figures people might not mind as much but those days seem mostly gone outside of hascon
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