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  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. On 10/17/2021 at 8:31 PM, Gigantor said:

    FYI, this is what the real comic based Ajak looks like...the resemblance to Salma is striking!

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    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. On 10/14/2021 at 4:03 AM, LordVenger said:

    Sounds like you need to stop carrying them if you can’t make money on an item without marking it up 50 or 60% above msrp. You are practically scalping the figures then. Anyone can go to eBay and get them at that markup. 

    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.

  5. On 10/13/2021 at 7:54 AM, Jmacq1 said:

     ine is that we're running out of outlets for exclusives.  If Gamestop goes under and with Walgreen's likely ending their pursuit of Marvel exclusives, we're basically left with Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Target (and "fan channel" which basically at this point amounts to Hasbro Pulse and a handful of the other larger e-tailers). 

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 

  8. On 9/22/2021 at 7:09 AM, Dodge76 said:

    I thought it said 7 AM Pacific time which it would make it 9 AM Central time here. I am going to be asleep when this comes up.

    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). 

  9. On 9/12/2021 at 3:55 AM, Atlantis said:

    I'll pass, thanks. 

    The plot of that series never made sense to me.  I'll accept super powers and magic and universe that allows these things to occur, even in violation of every law of physics known...but the comic/animation writers have to at least stick to the rules in their own 'verse.  If a walking corpse can still aim, knock and shoot an arrow with the same accuracy as when it was alive, then every mindless corpse in that zombie herd should still be doing whatever they were doing before they became afflicted. Dead bus driver still does his route, dead dentist still drills teeth, dead pilot still flies the 747, dead hooker still turns tricks, etc. In other words, everything just continues as it was except for the stench of dead bodies...so whats the point. But hey some people liked it, obviously enough did for the notion to continue, and I wonder what the next What If...? will have.

    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).

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.  

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. On 8/13/2021 at 11:22 PM, McHogan said:

     

    i heard about the brittle crotch on Stealth Iron Man But didn’t realize mine was broke IN THE PACKAGE. found another thankfully. This one was dusty out of the box, remember someone commenting on that.

     

     

     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.

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