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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not


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#881 Master Fwiffo

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:58 PM

So, let me tell you how I accidentally ended up with 5 Gremlins in 3 days.

Its my friends fault.

So last year he introduced me to Gremlins, which is another one of those films that had been on my radar forever but Id never actually watched. And truth be told... I was not a fan. The movie had great creature designs and some great bits, but the tone of the movie was wildly inconsistent. Later, my friend insisted I sit down and watch Gremlins 2 with him, which I was reluctant to do. But he talked me into it, and son of a gun, Gremlins two was great. It was able to get the tone down proper and had hilarious parts throughout and was thoroughly memorable and fun.

Fast forward to this year, when just before Halloween (on one of my brief trips out with the broken arm) - I spied both Gremlins films for $5 a pop at Target. Snatched those up. And on rewatch, I appreciated the first film a lot more (though I still prefer the second). Around the same time, I started noticing NECA (who made my favorite Godzilla and Pacific Rim figures) had a figure or two out, so as is my custom, I started keeping my eyes open for one more critter to add to my Awesome Shelf collection.

Last Friday, at Target, I found a surprise - it was a 2 pack of Gremlins from the memorable Winter Caroler scene. Well, as I was in the market for some appropriately me holiday decor for the season, I snagged them. Theyre awesome with adorable little scarves and hats, but I was really impressed with the figures themselves - the Neca Ultimate Gremlin mold is fantastic, it looks perfect and has loads of articulation - complete with moveable ears to get lots of expression, making them look as mischievous or threatening as you like.

With the pair at work, I was curious as to what other Gremlin offerings Neca had. They have a Gizmo who looks off, and a Stripe who is fine but not one Id like (now get a Brain Gremlin in a tux and were talking!) but then I spotted this guy, the Ultimate Gamer Gremlin, a Gamestop exclusive. I saw this rascal and knew I had to have him - the popcorn bucket and the coke and glasses all just looked so fun, but what really caught me was that little game console next to him - its an almost exact replica of a Donkey Kong game console I had when I was younger. He also comes with an Atari Joystick (nolstagia from my Grandfather who had one!) and a tiny box thats a replica of the Gremlins game for Atari! All of this was too adorable to pass up. When I looked at him on Gamestops website, it informed me he was in stock at the mall, for $15 cheaper than you could get him on Amazon. One pick up later, and Im the owner of the Gamer Gremlin, my new movie watching partner.

And then I made the mistake of stopping by the hobby shop at the Mall, who had the OTHER Two Pack of Caroling Gremlins, again for $10 bucks cheaper than I saw them online.

So thats how I ended up with an entire clan of Gremlins split between work and home. Theres one more Im eyeing - the standard release of the Ultimate Gremlin which comes with movie theater snacks and 3D glasses and popcorn bags to put over his ear and a mug of beer - but Ill save that one for another time.

Now to just keep them away from water....

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 02:45 PM

I know Im double posting, but I just cannot get enough of these Gremlin figures. This guy is usually wearing the brown scarf and hat, but I decided to show off the range of expression and articulation these guys have - aided by my current Transformer obsession, BotBots. Im kinda surprised how taken I really am with these - theyre just about the perfect toys.

One nice thing is something thats usually a downside - paint variation. The figures all differ very slightly in the use of the paint apps, which makes them look more like individuals. This particular one has more brown on his chest stripes than the others, another has a slightly deformed jaw that leaves him with even more of a grimace, and so in.

These figures rule. Love em.

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#883 Fero McPigletron

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:28 PM

Don't let them eat BotBot fruist after midni- oh, too late.

Hmm, they seem to stand very well. Elbows don't straighten?

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#884 Master Fwiffo

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 05:49 PM

Don't let them eat BotBot fruist after midni- oh, too late.

Hmm, they seem to stand very well. Elbows don't straighten?


The Elbows straighten fine - I just didnt put one in a dynamic pose that required it. :p. The legs have a little bit of the chicken design going on so it does take a little bit of finangaling to get them but once standing theyre pretty stable.

Theyve got swivel and bend articulation for ears, shoulders, elbows, wrists, thighs and both knees. Also two points in the neck, abdomen articulation, and ball jointed feet. Its pretty complete - about the only position I wasnt able to get him into that I tried was putting his arms behind his head like he was lying on a beach - elbows didnt quite bend enough for that.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 08:05 PM

A neat Gremlins-adjacent toyline that got kickstarted last month is Plunderlings.I think they're gonna start coming out in early next year.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 08:53 PM

A few quick shots from my Gremlins shelf (which has become crowded and chaotic, as it should be) to go with Master Fwiffo's love. 

 

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 09:52 PM

Nice! Looks like youve been collecting the little buggers for awhile. Hows the Ultimate Gizmo?

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:26 AM

The pics you posted had their elbows all bent so I thought they were stuck that way, hehe.

Late for Halloween but totally a Christmas set up :)

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 06:54 PM

Nice! Looks like youve been collecting the little buggers for awhile. Hows the Ultimate Gizmo?

 

That's just "Sad Gizmo", I didn't bother picking up Ultimate Gizmo. I prefer his original look over his G2 look so I waited for this one, back when they were actual doing waves of Gremlins figures. Though the "Rambo" Gizmo would be nice to go with the Spider Gremlin. Which, incidentally, NECA re-released the Spider Gremlin recently (within the last year?) so it's still available for regular retail pricing online. The sculpting and paint on that are insane, as you'd expect. 

Yeah I've been a fan since the first movie was released in '84, and following what NECA's been releasing since 2003. I thought those original releases were great, but of course they keep outdoing themselves with the new stuff. (The older Gremlins toys just get shoved to the back of the shelf as crowd filler!) You just have to be patient with NECA and this license, but they've got a pretty strong batting average for getting stuff they've shown out eventually. I think we're down to just Greta (the girl Gremlin) and a "type 2" style Gremlin from G2 for figures that they've shown that haven't been released yet. Besides some pods and melting Gremlins. 

I'd love to seem them do some "metamorphosis" box sets, with a mogwai, cocoon, and Gremlin. I'd kinda hate it because I wouldn't want to rebuy some of the figures just to get some pods, but it would let them reuse a lot of their tooling and may reach a new audience now that they're in Target. 



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 07:30 AM

Gremlins is the one movie that, even tho I've only seen it a couple times, my brain can recall the theme music instantly.



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:42 AM

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 12:58 PM

Gremlins is the one movie that, even tho I've only seen it a couple times, my brain can recall the theme music instantly.

 

Welp, that's in my head now. Thanks, Megs.



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Posted 01 December 2019 - 02:21 PM

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 03:56 PM

If you meet someone under the hanging Luke you kiss... Or lop their arm off.
 
 
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#895 Master Fwiffo

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:16 PM

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I officially have the best Candy Dish in the office.

Yum.. Yum...


Also Target had a 10 pack of Neca stands. They elevate these near perfect figures to perfection as they now dont risk falling over.

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#896 Master Fwiffo

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:02 PM

Speaking of Gremlins:
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Oh God how many of these things am I going to buy?

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:13 PM

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I've been getting into Jazwares' 4" Fortnite stuff and I'd been wanting to break my lightbox back out for a while now.



#898 Mouse_Pad

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:35 PM

I kinda dig the guy on fire.  What's his name and how's he packed?



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Posted 24 January 2020 - 10:47 PM

Inferno, and he's just a normal single pack figure. I think McFarlane has a 7" version of him too.



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