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  1. Beast's actually a great choice. He's had a lot of variety, and most of his looks have been good. Jean and Iceman are a little too hit or miss for me, in general, but I'd be all over some Ice-Wizard. We almost have all Cyclops's major looks already. If we were to get an updated Astonishing costume, all we'd really have left would be his Dawn of X look. Angel's a good call too, I think, but man, is his late 60s yellow, blue, and red costume rough. I wonder if we'd ever get his bazooka. 🙂
  2. The one that's jumping out at me is Colossus. I'm a big fan of a lot of his looks, and he's had a surprising amount of interesting variety. We already have his first-appearance look and one of his more modern looks, but what about acolyte? Horseman? 80s more Soviet-looking red and white? Juggernaut? Age of Apocalypse? Battle of the Atom future? Surprising amount of depth. Ironically, his on-again off-again love interest Kitty Pryde would get my vote for definitely not fleshing out her full wardrobe. Otherwise, I can't really think of anyone else with a lot of great looks and few, if any, bad ones. Rogue? I'd say Psylocke, but I just don't care for her early pink baggy look or her Captain Britain looks. Storm? Cable? Bishop?
  3. This would be a huge increase in volume over last year, which was already a record-setting year in terms of releases. This would already mean a full 50% more waves than last year.
  4. She feels force-fed? What about Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor? I personally find it refreshing the game is ostensibly focusing on someone other than those three, even if it's probably still really mostly just focusing on those dudes.
  5. Can you explain to me how identity politics took over Star Wars? I'll concede that the new movies had more women and people of colour in more prominent roles than the prior trilogies, but at no point did it seem like they went out of their way to make a thing of race or gender in any of the stories. What am I missing?
  6. Yeah, I'm frankly not sure why the Avengers, Black Widow, Eternals, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Venom waves this year aren't all from the times those characters did convincing X-Men cosplay, but I guess not everyone liked that story for some reason.
  7. The link above says the figure will be for purchase Summer 2020.
  8. I went ahead and added the Shi'ar team and various Dawn of X teams to my running X-Men teams tracker.
  9. Yeah, the rumour is that the next two Walgreens exclusives are Moon Knight and I think an Iron Man of some sort? Not sure on that last one, but it wasn't an X-Man. They could always come back to the X-Men toward the end of the year, though. They seem to do Walgreens exclusives quarterly normally.
  10. I want this pretty badly too. With the renegade X-Men, the outfit was sleeveless, though, and he's back to sleeves for Dawn of X. Maybe they can do it with interchangeable arms and removable shoulder-bands? Seems like wishful thinking, and I'm on the fence about which version I'd prefer if we only got one. I guess I'd prefer sleeveless, since he's the last major player to finish that team, and Dawn of X is mostly just slightly improved greatest hits costumes anyway.
  11. I went to a few Gamestops today on the hunt for Jedi Revan (which, amazingly, I found), and pricing was all over the place. At one, I saw Doom for $29.99 and Zuckuss had gone up to $29.99 (after previously being $24.99 any time I'd seen him at Gamestop), but the rest of the Black Series and Legends figures I saw were still $22.99. At another, Guardian, one of the new PS4 Spider-Men, and Loki were all $24.99, as were Zuckuss and Revan (who's listed online at $29.99, but marked down to $24.99), and other Legends and Black Series figures were still $22.99. Weird.
  12. I like a good mix. At the end of the day, I'm usually able to look past my nostalgia and say "that's a better looking costume", but I also really like seeing team line-ups completed with era-appropriate costuming. I've been loving the golden age of 90s X-Men team completion, but I'm ready to see more 80s and modern costumes make appearances.
  13. Of note, the code in the top right there, "E5302", is definitely the wendigo wave, not some new deluxe X-Force figure. So, either that tag is a mistake, or some Targets are selling that wave for $30, for whatever reason.
  14. It's possible it's a test market thing. Target and Walmart may be testing out the $30 price tag in select markets, as a response to Gamestop. If it works, they'll implement. If it fails, they'll abort. And it'll fail. Gamestop's gambit only succeeds if Target and Walmart stay cheap.
  15. Now there's pictures floating around of Legends displays at Target showing a $29.99 pricetag. Hmm...
  16. In 2018 we had: 2x Avengers waves Black Panther wave 2x Deadpool waves 2x Spider-Man waves Venom wave X-Men wave Retro wave Last year we had: 3x Avengers waves Black Panther wave Captain Marvel wave 2x Spider-Man waves X-Force wave X-Men wave X-Men retro wave This year, so far, we know about: Avengers wave (video game) Black Widow wave Deadpool wave Eternals wave Fantastic Four wave Spider-Man wave Venom wave X-Men wave (Age of Apocalypse) We have evidence to suggest that there's likely a second Avengers video game wave, so if the rumours pan out about this year's retro wave being Spider-Man-themed (likely, given the existence of only one other confirmed Spidey wave), then--unless they plan on increasing the number of waves this year relative to the past few years--we already know all wave themes for the entire year. Now, it's just a matter of figuring out which figures are coming in each of them. It looks like a comparatively slow year for my collection so far, but we don't yet know many of the box-sets or exclusives for the year, so who knows?
  17. My preference is to keep filling holes in the main continuity, but I would definitely buy Age of X figures. Most of the characters I'd want are in this picture, notably Nightmare (Pixie), Revenant (Rachel Grey), Basilisk (Cyclops), Frenzy, and Hellion, but there a few others too.
  18. So, you don't really care about super heroes, or the characters themselves? You're just really into 6" articulated civilians? That's an interesting niche. Do you do dioramas, or photography, or anything?
  19. Yeah, I agree with most of that. The original and prequel trilogy figures definitely resonate with more people, and tend to sell a lot better. Now that we won't be seeing another movie for a few years, Hasbro has a great opportunity to really plug away at those earlier properties (which they seem to be doing), sprinkling in newer characters and TV/comic characters only occasionally. After how poorly the figures did for the Last Jedi, Rogue One, and Solo, they definitely seemed to scale back for Rise of Skywalker, so it seems like they get it. Either way, Black Series is definitely my secondary collection after Legends, and there really aren't many Star Wars figures left for Hasbro to make that I feel like my collection needs, so I'd only be a little disappointed if they lost that license. Legends has note-able holes that need filling yet...
  20. I don't really love the early Hasbro Blob BAF, and would prefer an entirely new take, but could probably live with a re-release if it came up for consideration. My collection definitely needs a Blob. I have all the BAFs I want from the current era of Legends, but do think Apocalypse and Sauron should be re-released to give most people another shot at them. They're solid figures of popular characters.
  21. Using what metrics? Every movie made in the Disney era has made at least a billion at the box office, except Solo (which was admittedly a flop, despite being a solid movie), and Force Awakens made over two billion. People definitely seem to have Star Wars fatigue, and the new trilogy could definitely have been better, but I hesitate to call those kinds of numbers "weak performances" (Solo notwithstanding).
  22. In the cover image, she doesn't look like she's even paying attention to Thor. She seems to be scared of something on the other side of the viewer's perspective, so you might be onto something.
  23. This is all true, but Disney did pull its Disney Princess Barbie-esque dolls from Mattel a few years back, solely on the basis that Mattel was phoning it in, so they're definitely paying some attention beyond just making sure licensing fees are paid.
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