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Everything posted by bashpics99

  1. Only really interested in Zemo, but him being a WG exclusive is a bummer. Happened to be online at 3:30 friday so i caught some of the stream. always cool to see these 3 even in a somewhat underwhelming, drawn-out presentation. they probably could've truncated the interviews a bit. I do miss the days of the big toyfair and sdcc reveals, hopefully someday we can get back to that but i'm not so sure, feels like the current model of having constant announcements and new preorders up probably boosted sales and increased "brand awareness"
  2. Despite the interesting look AND being one of the few marvel characters with Mayan connections AND (most importantly) being the only Eternal who can "talk to Celestials", I'm hard pressed to think of one interesting line of dialogue AJak has ever had, let alone an interesting subplot or character arc. Not in Kirby's Eternals, not in Thomas' Thor run, not in Gaiman's series. Of course i'm old so i could well be forgetting something, but as it stands the mcu character could hardly be much less memorable than the comic version.
  3. Heh. Selma pointed out what many of us have mentioned before - the neutral expressions that Hasbro chooses make the character look bored or sleepy, and it is not a very natural expression for a superhero or dynamic character to have. It is a very fair criticism, although at least her figure came with an alternate head. I didn't interpret her remarks as being a critique of the "likeness" per se, i mean yeah its not among ML's best but i doubt she has much frame of reference for how great action figure likenesses can get. She certainly wasn't complaining that the boobs weren't big enough or whatever.
  4. His looks don't bother me - its actually kind of refreshing that marvel didn't cast a handsome jock type in the role . I'm more concerned about Warlock being overly comedic or used as the butt of everyone's jokes, but that would be a concern regardless of who was cast.
  5. 1st of all, right now he's charging under 10% markup. $30 is a 30% markup, its not till $35 you start approaching the markup rates you are suggesting. And you are correct, for $35 you could probably get off ebay, however i'm sure some folks would rather support their local comic store and try and help keep it around as opposed to supporting an anonymous ebay seller. ymmv I am grateful for Benn's perspective a a shop-owner/collector on these here forums, he's helped me understand a lot about the ML ordering process for retailers.
  6. I think this presumes there is some reason for having exclusives in the first place. Yes, i get that the head honchos of retail chains love having them but they are a nightmare for collectors. And i don't buy for a second that herc, tigra, quasar, binary, etc. couldn't have been easily slotted into a BAF or retro wave somewhere. Also, feels like exclusives are primarily what drives scalpers, take the exclusives away and there is a lot less incentive for them to be checking toy aisles of every store every morning.
  7. I think either Gamestop or just fan channel would be preferable at this point, since the majority of Walgreen's no longer seem to stock any ML's aside from the exclusives, assuming they even carry those. It kind of boggles my mind that Hasbro allows them to demand exclusives when they otherwise don't support the line in seemingly any way. I would cut WG some slack due to the supply chain issues affecting everyone, but they seemed to abandon ship around spring 2020 when covid first hit. Which is fine, they're a pharmacy first and foremost, but just give us all a break and call it quits with Hasbro once and for all instead of pretending you want toy collectors buying figures at your chain.
  8. Definitely not. Makes very little difference to me, generally i only repurchase characters once in a while, mostly when i get sucked into buying a set or completing a BAF, or when they do a more classic/iconic look (imo) that replaces the "modern look" figure for the character.
  9. Both my local WM's have restocked the first D+ wave, although one had the figures on clearance for $17 and change. One WM had a bunch of the Iron Man Infinity Saga figures - although i spotted one of the same figure at Target on clearance for $18. My local Target also had gotten a bunch more Thena figures but nothing else from Eternals. I have seen the Thor infinity saga at WM as well but at full price so i passed. Ditto with Surtur at Target. The only set i've seen from the Infinity Saga line was the happy hogan one at Target awhile back, which eventually was clearanced for like $37 before they sold. My local Gamestop had Odin. they also had that Fortnite half-skeleton Peely but $29 just felt like too much, cool as he looked. Odin looked good but full price so again i passed. Basically not a lot out there right now that i feel like i need urgently enough to pay full price for, but there are definitely a bunch of figures i would get if there were a sale.
  10. Looks nice although i bet he's pricey - maybe not quite deluxe Black WIdow but perhaps in the $30 range? sorry i didn't watch the video maybe its addressed there. I will likely pick him up as i wouldn't mind replacing 80th Cap as mine has derpy eyes to different degrees on each of the heads, plus i like the brighter colors.
  11. From what i've been hearing, many targets seem to be getting solid cases of one or two characters rather than the wave assortment. Anyhow the one i visited on Thursday had 2 Thenas but none of the wave figures (or any other ML figures period)
  12. Since that there's probably about a 50-50 chance Walmart fulfills any given pre-order, more sleep might have been the better choice. I'll wait for now, feels like *most* Walmart exclusives end up on the website eventually (usually after they've been marked down to $5 at stores nowhere near me).
  13. A must-get for me, hopefully it won't be too difficult. One of my top wants as far as figures go, i was not a huge fan of the two modern releases we've gotten.
  14. In the comics, the heroes retained their minds to some degree but were driven by an overwhelming need to feed, so they were shown using their powers in service of getting food. Once sated, they would temporarily regain control of themselves and lament what they had become. I can't see how a dead bus driver's bus driving skills would help sate his hunger in the same way that shooting an arrow at someone fleeing would help hawkeye sate his. This was also the motive for amputating Black Panther's leg in the comics - Pym kept feeding himself in order to retain a clear mind so that he could attempt to find a cure. However, the animated show didn't make much sense since the heroes could use powers (even to the point of opening teleportation portals etc) without having any real consciousness (i guess wanda shows a glimmer when she realized Vision is dead, but iirc that's about it).
  15. went to my local targets and walmarts this week but pretty slim pickings. Target had a couple of the happy hogan sets, thats it although they had an infinity saga endcap display with some basic shang-chi toys and mcu dvds, but no ML figures on the display. No MLs at any Walmart i went to. The motu lines was the one i saw most consistently, although both chains had some dc multiverse figures (with target having the most). I will have to start checking Walgreens soon for Nova but the price tag puts me off a bit, guess i'm hoping they have an online sale i can get in on before i actually find him in a store lol
  16. It did set a record for labor day weekend opening, i think, so i'm guessing disney is reasonably happy with the box office, even if it didn't beat black widow - it probably won't have quite as steep a drop off the 2nd weekend, especially with good word of mouth/critical reception. I'll probably try and catch it on a weekday sometime this week, so hopefully it won't be too crowded.
  17. seems like the Walgreens Nova is just hitting California now, so i'm guessing we are still months off from Quasar showing up... but i could be totally wrong about that.
  18. Good to see that he has finally shown up in CA. that likely means it is still a few weeks before he shows up on the east coast. usually i just start checking ebay, once i find folks within 100 miles of me scalping a figure, that means its time to begin hunting.
  19. A definite pick up for me if he is sold by himself, not sure about a box set. Should've gone with one more head and made him an army builder. But still, cool figure.
  20. Thanos fights Ikaris & gang in the current Eternals run by Kieron Gillen
  21. Kudos to Hasbro on getting all the main characters out in one wave (plus exclusives) - feels like GotG was the last movie to do that, and even then it took awhile before we got Yondu or Ronan. As for the designs, well some of them do look better close up... but Hasbro had better hope that moviegoers fall in love with these characters the way they did with GotG. it would also help if they can time the wave's release to put it close to the movie release date, if they come out too early its Shang-Chi all over again, only worse since there's no comic BAF to help boost sales. imo Ikaris and Thena are probably the best looking figures in the bunch. I also might grab Sersi just cuz i have a thing for Gemma Chan. Been re-reading the Thor issues where Roy Thomas brought the Eternals into 616 continuity - good stuff although it kind of gets away from what Kirby seemed to be trying to do with them. I think these might be my favorite appearances of the Eternals as i didn't really like either the 80s "maxi-series" or the Gaiman run. I guess their appearance in Stern's Avengers run (around 250 or so?) was OK too.
  22. Ran across 3 of the Happy Hogan sets at Target, not much interest in it but its my first sighting of any of the infinity saga line in the wild. Also saw a single Modular Iron Man at one local Walmart. That's it for ML inventory at my local Target and two Walmarts, altho in fairness it very much appears WM is still working on resetting the toy aisles. Also went to a Gamestop, where i did see the holographic Iron Man figure. Also spotted Lady Deathstrike in the wild, which makes the Hand Ninja the only wave figure i haven't spotted in the wild at least once (except for most of the iron man wave, yet). Very tempted to order Surtur from WM's website. but the fact that he's been in stock for a few days suggests that he isn't flying off the shelves (Well, out of the warehouse in this case) so I'll probably try and wait for a sale if i can resist. He looks so awesome though
  23. Good comparison. Also perhaps worth noting that ordinary figures have gone up roughly 15% (from $20 to $23)... 15% of 350 is $52.50 so a proportional increase in the hablab project alone takes you up to $400, and of course the Galactus is a bit larger, too. I do think hasbro might have been better off charging an extra $20 -30 to increase the profit per unit and subsequently making the tier levels lower and thus more easily reached, but that's monday morning quarterbacking on my part. imo the Sentinel was always going to outsell Galactus as it is both an army builder and the faction of ML collectors who are mostly nto X-men is probably the largest subgroup of comic figure collectors.
  24. People reported dusty plastic with some of the BOTBG figures too. Some posters at the fwoosh seem to think the brittle crotch is associated with a specific batch - 10751. the batch number is on the back of the package near the BAF picture. Just something to maybe watch out for... not sure i buy the theory 100% but probably if i saw a stealth iron man with that number i'd skip it.
  25. Sounds like a pretty standard mcu wave - 4 mcu figures, 4 comic/gamer figures including the BAF. Not much interest in any of these figures at the moment but i could easily change my mind.
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