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  1. I can't get over Spiral. She's one of my top three wants, and she just looks perfect. They completely nailed her.
  2. Multiple Man, Goblyn Queen, and Longshot showing on the face box in the top left of the packaging!
  3. They said on the stream that $60 is a Pulsecon special, or something like that. They acknowledged that they'll normally be $80.
  4. For the X-Men wave, there are a few different ways they could go with the BAF that would tie in to other figures in the wave. Ch'od or Warstar definitely makes sense, to go with Corsair and Fang, but Armor would also go really nicely with Astonishing Cyclops and Emma, and Mondo would be a good fit with the Gen X crew, especially if M shows up in her original red Gen X costume. I half think we might see a more modern white, black, and red take on Monet, though, ideally with alternate Penance parts. Chamber has me nervous. He's the only figure leaked that appears on my top 5, but he also seems sooo difficult to get right. I really hope it's his all-black original Generation X look, and that they knock it out of the park. Other than Chamber, I'm really excited for the Astonishing duo, the Outback Rogue, and the five-pack of villains. Zero is such a weird choice (except from the perspective of easy repaint), but I'm pretty thrilled to get him (it?), and Vertigo, Random, and Prettyboy are all equally welcome. With Prettyboy, the original primary Reavers are complete, from before Cole, Macon, Reese, and Lady Deathstrike joined them. And Deathstrike's goons are pretty easy customs with the head that came with Skullbuster and some Gung Ho bodies. It would be nice to see Cylla and Pierce some time too, but the Reavers are definitely coming together. The training uniform box sets are also exciting, but kind of silly, considering Storm never actually wore that training uniform in the comics, just on the cover of one. She wore her Outback uniform, but with short hair inside the actual issues. It's an iconic cover, though, so I get it. And it makes sense to leave Wolverine for a future wave, since they insist on including him with every wave. I do hope we get Xavier at some point too, though, in his big stupid 90s Shi'ar costume.
  5. Would definitely be into this. They're not my favourite looks for these characters, but I'll never turn down a new Magik or Colossus.
  6. It’s probable that the Avengers movies listed are primarily featuring Young Avengers.
  7. The Apocalypse looks better than I had expected it to, but the face still looks weird. It's a maybe-buy for me, since having a bigger Apocalypse would be nice, but DST continues to somehow make all faces look unnatural or "off". That said, the Beta Ray Bill they previewed last week looks awesome, and had me slightly more hopeful for Apocalypse.
  8. What? Micromax didn't win? q: I was rooting for Armor or Avalanche, personally.
  9. Sure, but, Black Panther 2 has been filmed already. It feels unlikely to me they’ll just not mention T’Challa in that movie, so—best case scenario for you—his family believes him dead and turns out to be wrong.
  10. That's new hair, at least. I see this one being relatively popular, since the Walgreens version is pretty hard to get.
  11. Or it’s Morph holding a TV remote. I doubt that tease has anything to do with Gambit, because they wouldn’t have mentioned him if it did. For anyone who’s still on the fence about getting the whole animated collection, there are only about 500 Wolverines left in stock and fewer than 100 Jubilees. There are a few thousand Sinisters, and plenty of Jeans and Storms.
  12. Looks like they've already sold 8,448 of the 11,250 they're printing, if that helps you make a decision. I definitely think this set moves Spiral from "quite likely" to "all but inevitable" in the next year or two, which is exciting. I'm not thrilled with the Skottie Young chibi X-baby Wolverine pack-in, either. I'd actually love to see a few X-babies in the line, even with minimal or no articulation, but I prefer the original X-babies. They looked like real-life toddlers, rather than weird bobble-heads. I've mentioned before that I think it would be cool to see X-baby pack-ins with each figure in a wave in place of a BAF. In any event, I'm excited for this set, in spite of Wolverine. The price doesn't thrill me, but it doesn't bother me much either. It's more-or-less in line with the current pricing of the line.
  13. They actually said it’s not a completely new body, but an old Mr. Fantastic body with new arms and legs.
  14. This is definitely and unfortunately true. Once they’ve seen that people will pay higher prices, there’s no board in the world that will willingly walk the prices back, but that doesn’t mean that the need to raise them wasn’t there initially.
  15. Hell, different industry, but Wizards of the Coast just announced that they’re raising prices too. Magic boosters have been $4 for like 15 years, but they’ll be $5 by the fall. Again, I totally get it if these prices are too much for people to pay, but they’re not arbitrary.
  16. Other lines are absolutely raising prices. Many of them are just doing it on the wholesale end, and leaving it up to retailers to absorb the impact or pass it on. What lines are we talking about? McFarlane is raising prices, Mythic Legions is implementing a shipping cost to their retailers, Mafex and Mezco don’t have standard pricing, but their prices are definitely trending upward. I don’t know much about NECA, but I guarantee they’re raising prices soon if they haven’t already.
  17. Guys, I know it sucks to be paying more for figures, but paying for a single shipping container from China that would have been around $5,000 as recently as six months ago is over $30,000 today. Legends already have a wholesale margin that’s only around 20 to 25% because consumer price expectations are so out of whack with actual costs to produce. The alternative to these price hikes is almost certainly just cancelling the line. Pay the price or don’t, but please accept that shipping and production issues are very real and very expensive, and inflation is also out of control.
  18. They literally announced a few years back that zero-plastic packaging was their goal. I think they had set a goal of 2021 or 2022 initially, but I'm sure pandemic fall-out pushed it back. It may not be this exact implementation, but plastic is going to be gone from all their toy packaging within the next year or so. Yes, but people aren't throwing away the vast majority of their action figures. Hasbro's hands are sort of tied when it comes to toys made of plastic, but they can still reduce reliance on plastic by cutting it out of the packaging, and the packaging is actually much worse for the environment, since the vast majority of it is ending up in landfills or largely ineffective recycling programs like those you mentioned. See above. Reliance on plastic at all isn't great for the planet, but at least most of these toys aren't ending up in landfills. This is still likely to have a meaningful impact. On the other hand, I don't see this having much impact at all on the issues people seem worried about. Using some sort of safety seal instead of regular tape will solve the theft problems, and quality control issues that are significant enough that somebody would want to exchange the figure are honestly pretty rare, and getting rarer still in the era of face-printing. This will take some adjusting for most people who are used to buying in-store, and will probably mean in-box collectors move on to other lines, but otherwise it will have very little impact on collectors in the long-term.
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