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    What is coming up next in your collecting world?

    So, we're just breaking through one of Hasbro's darkest times in the modern era, and collecting in general has been pretty weak, not only Hasbro Star Wars, but pretty much every major brand.

    With Comic-Con coming up, it got me thinking about what types of things I'll be looking for there, and what I'm looking forward to delving into collecting in general for 2013, part 2; so I figured I'd ask the same question of you guys.


    My collecting will start with Transformers, which has been in a massive slump, very little offerings the past 6 months, and I'm hoping the Generations line can kick into higher gear for the next 6. Metroplex is at the forefront of that collecting focus, followed by the comics pack deluxes.

    I'll also be continuing with Transformers: Robots in Disguise and More than Meets the Eye comic book series from IDW.

    Hasbro Star Wars I guess will get back on board, and in theory I'll be back with it. I'm not loving what I'm seeing from the 3.75" line so far though, and Saga Legends doesn't have much at first that I want, although there are a few pieces that have caught my eye on a Kenner-style appeal, and Jango looks really good as a statue. I'm really not feeling the look of the 6" SDCC exclusive Boba Fett figure itself, it just looks like an upscaled 3.75" figure and the shoulder armor work is WORSE than any previous going back to 1979.

    I think Koto's ArtFX+ Star Wars pieces will get focus coming up. I know the newer Koto's ice cube silicone SW pieces will be in my collection, and maybe as some gifts for friends as well.

    Diamond Select Toys' Star Trek starships will be on my docket, definitely looking forward to the Klingon Bird of Prey and the Excelsior.

    I can't think of anything else that's really getting my attention.

    So what's your collecting future look like?
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    My collecting has dwindled down to Funko SW bobble head figures. I reached Hasbro burn-out years ago.
    ¡Que la fuerza te acompañe!

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    I'm looking forward to the next wave of GI Joe figures, which are supposed to hit next month, but after that, I think GI Joe will go through another transformation and maybe I will be left behind. I have a subscription to Masters of the Universe and DC Universe Mattel lines and those figures are monthly, though I'm mainly waiting for the new Castle Grayskull in December. I want to pick up a Metroplex when it hits, but I'm not a very consistent Transformers customer. I like the Marvel Universe figures and some Marvel Legends, but those are sporadic. The Square Enix DC figures are amazing, but expensive. Thankfully those are few and relatively far between, as are the DC Collectibles figures which I like several of, the upcoming stand out to me is Black Adam.

    With Star Wars, I have not gone through such a prolonged period of not buying any new figures at retail since pre-1995, post-1985. I like the jumbo figures from Gentle Giant, but those are not retail and do not come out too frequently (for which I am very glad).

    If all the toy lines that I once liked or still do stopped making toys that I want to collect or went into another iteration that was in vogue at the moment, I don't think I'd be too upset. Less money out the door would not bother me.

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    Well, I sorta stopped collecting the figures a while ago. However, I am planning on collecting the 6 inch Black line.

    Honestly, my focus shifted from basic figures to larger format higher end stuff back in 2006.
    May the force be with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeEye7 View Post
    My collecting has dwindled down to Funko SW bobble head figures. I reached Hasbro burn-out years ago.
    Wow, that is a very limited collecting focus, do you display them all? Is it hypnotizing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maradona View Post
    I'm looking forward to the next wave of GI Joe figures, which are supposed to hit next month, but after that, I think GI Joe will go through another transformation and maybe I will be left behind. I have a subscription to Masters of the Universe and DC Universe Mattel lines and those figures are monthly, though I'm mainly waiting for the new Castle Grayskull in December. I want to pick up a Metroplex when it hits, but I'm not a very consistent Transformers customer. I like the Marvel Universe figures and some Marvel Legends, but those are sporadic. The Square Enix DC figures are amazing, but expensive. Thankfully those are few and relatively far between, as are the DC Collectibles figures which I like several of, the upcoming stand out to me is Black Adam.

    With Star Wars, I have not gone through such a prolonged period of not buying any new figures at retail since pre-1995, post-1985. I like the jumbo figures from Gentle Giant, but those are not retail and do not come out too frequently (for which I am very glad).

    If all the toy lines that I once liked or still do stopped making toys that I want to collect or went into another iteration that was in vogue at the moment, I don't think I'd be too upset. Less money out the door would not bother me.
    GI Joe does seem to be in quite a state of flux.

    I didn't realize the Castle Grayskull thing went forward, I knew they were waiting for a minimum number of preorders and that was the last I heard.

    Metroplex IMO is one of those things where you don't need to be consistent, just have an interest to display special items. It will tower over anything you have, no matter what.

    You've certainly got a nice diverse set of collecting going on there at least, so not a lot of risk that they'd all stop at once.

    I hear ya on the current SW collecting being the worst since the "dark times" collecting of '85 to '95!

    The jumbo Kenner-style figures from GG, I keep telling myself I'll buy one but I keep not pulling the trigger, I guess I like knowing they're out there more than owning one. Boba Fett with J-hook missile launching back very nearly got me though.

    Quote Originally Posted by sith_killer_99 View Post
    Well, I sorta stopped collecting the figures a while ago. However, I am planning on collecting the 6 inch Black line.

    Honestly, my focus shifted from basic figures to larger format higher end stuff back in 2006.
    Understandable. What was it about '06 that did it specifically, do you remember?

    I want the 6" line to be premium quality, Hasbro plus Gentle Giant should make great stuff, but I'm not yet seeing worthy fruits to that in early images.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    My collecting future looks pretty interesting right now, because I really have no firm plans on how I'm going to move forward. I've sold off most of my collection over the last year to fund my comic book project. So, in a way, I get to start over and collect whatever I want.

    In this lull, I've actually found myself developing an appreciation for the old Titanium series. I've only bought one (the TIE Bomber), but am looking at picking up a few more. Since I never paid much attention to them while they were in stores, it's almost like collecting a new line of toys.

    As for the new stuff coming up, I'm probably looking forward to the 5-POA Saga Legends line the most. Too Prequel heavy right off the bat, but I could see myself buying a couple of Shocktroopers, Darth Vader and maybe that Jango Fett. If the price is really $5 each figure, then that's easily within my impulse buying threshold (which maxes out at $7.50 for a 3.75 inch figure). In way, I think it's the noticeable drop in the quality of the super-articulated figures over the last couple of years that has damped my enthusiasm for them. I'm actually really hoping the 5-POA figures sell well so that we can get more figures in this style.

    The 6" line looks pretty awesome, but I'm just not sure I will be able to justify that price tag. I want most of the figures I've seen, but when the reality of paying $20 each hits, I will probably find myself passing on most of them. Unfortunate, but it's just the financial reality of the situation. I love the concept of the 6" line, but Hasbro has likely priced me out of the hobby here.

    Some of the rumored figures for the 3.75" Black Series seem pretty exciting, but only Vizam is a must buy right now. Merumeru will depend greatly on how the figure turns out and I will probably only buy Toryn Far to use for trading fodder or just resell. Even though I have no real interest in the character, I still want to buy her to show my support for these kinds of figures. I can't remember any of the other rumored figures for the line off the top of my head, so I think that says a little bit about how interested I am in them. Wave 1 of the Black Series is probably the first premiere wave of any new Star Wars line where I haven't found a single figure to be interested in.

    As for other toys, I gave up collecting non-SW toy lines back in 2008 and have never really looked back. I am following a couple of different comic book series' right now. Mostly Brian Michael Bendis' X-Men books. So that's really the only other thing I collect.
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

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    Let's see.

    I'll keep getting whatever G.I. Joe I can find, and hoping it all gets released. Not sure what's next for them; Hasbro does a great job with what they do, but they really don't seem to recognize sometimes that the franchise has the potential to be much bigger than it is. (Look at the original ARAH line. It preceded Transformers, and lasted longer. In fact, IIRC, it lasted beyond the hiatus and Generation 2 as well; if not, it was around for at least part of G2's brief existence.)

    Transformers, I'm still a pick-and-choose guy focusing on good updates to G1 characters (or characters who fit in well, like the Reveal the Shield Lugnut or GDO Powerdive). Oddly, I'm most excited about the IDW Bumblebee.

    Comics, still reading (not so much collecting, but I guess it applies) the G.I.Joe and Transformers titles, Hawkeye, Walking Dead, Atomic Robo, the TMNT reboot, and a few Vertigo and Vertigo-esque titles (Fables, Saga, American Vampire). I want to check out the new Brian Wood title and The Star Wars (based on Lucas's original notes; this sounds like it should be a blast).

    Star Wars, I wish I could say more. I like some of the later solicited 3.75" Black Series stuff, but I've no interest in re-re-re-re-resculpts that cost $10 and probably won't be perfect (and some are clearly really lacking, like Padme). I have no idea if the stuff I want will actually see release, though, the way things are going.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    My collecting future looks pretty interesting right now, because I really have no firm plans on how I'm going to move forward. I've sold off most of my collection over the last year to fund my comic book project. So, in a way, I get to start over and collect whatever I want.

    In this lull, I've actually found myself developing an appreciation for the old Titanium series. I've only bought one (the TIE Bomber), but am looking at picking up a few more. Since I never paid much attention to them while they were in stores, it's almost like collecting a new line of toys.
    Interesting, I like the idea of clearing out and looking at new things. Titaniums (3-inch, I'm assuming) were a really satisfying line for me, and there's absolutely nothing like it on the market now. I wonder how much more of that you'll be doing, part of why I was so heavy into the 3.75" figures and the Titaniums is that I didn't want to miss out later, and it's burned a lot of cash in doing so. Going back later is the "what if" road not taken, I'm quite curious to see how that will go for you, I hope satisfyingly.

    As for the new stuff coming up, I'm probably looking forward to the 5-POA Saga Legends line the most. Too Prequel heavy right off the bat, but I could see myself buying a couple of Shocktroopers, Darth Vader and maybe that Jango Fett. If the price is really $5 each figure, then that's easily within my impulse buying threshold (which maxes out at $7.50 for a 3.75 inch figure). In way, I think it's the noticeable drop in the quality of the super-articulated figures over the last couple of years that has damped my enthusiasm for them. I'm actually really hoping the 5-POA figures sell well so that we can get more figures in this style.
    I think the price on singles is $6 and 2-packs is $10. I hear ya on the Saga Legends kenner-articulation figures having more focus on execution quality than the regular modern super-articulated figures.

    The 6" line looks pretty awesome, but I'm just not sure I will be able to justify that price tag. I want most of the figures I've seen, but when the reality of paying $20 each hits, I will probably find myself passing on most of them. Unfortunate, but it's just the financial reality of the situation. I love the concept of the 6" line, but Hasbro has likely priced me out of the hobby here.
    If this was a line with dozens of figures a season, I'd feel that way, but 4 figures a season at $20 a piece hasn't priced me out just yet... we'll see when we get there though.

    Some of the rumored figures for the 3.75" Black Series seem pretty exciting, but only Vizam is a must buy right now. Merumeru will depend greatly on how the figure turns out and I will probably only buy Toryn Far to use for trading fodder or just resell. Even though I have no real interest in the character, I still want to buy her to show my support for these kinds of figures. I can't remember any of the other rumored figures for the line off the top of my head, so I think that says a little bit about how interested I am in them. Wave 1 of the Black Series is probably the first premiere wave of any new Star Wars line where I haven't found a single figure to be interested in.
    Poor Toryn Farr.

    As for other toys, I gave up collecting non-SW toy lines back in 2008 and have never really looked back. I am following a couple of different comic book series' right now. Mostly Brian Michael Bendis' X-Men books. So that's really the only other thing I collect.
    Was it a singular event that pulled you out of non-SW collecting, or more of a slide away?
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post

    Was it a singular event that pulled you out of non-SW collecting, or more of a slide away?
    I think it was a slow slide away for most of it. I actually held an interest in GI Joe until 2009 when Rise of Cobra came out. But that movie dealt such a serious blow to my interest in GI Joe that it has still never recovered. Maybe in a few years I will catch the latest GI Joe movie on TV or something and my interest will be rekindled, but I kind of doubt it.

    Something similar happened to me in 2005 after I watched ROTS for the first time. I completely lost interest in Star Wars for several months, but my interest picked back up in 2006 when Hasbro started focusing on OT characters again.
    "To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence… When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Understandable. What was it about '06 that did it specifically, do you remember?

    I want the 6" line to be premium quality, Hasbro plus Gentle Giant should make great stuff, but I'm not yet seeing worthy fruits to that in early images.
    I had lost interest for some time, but it was really a matter of timing. I moved from Fort Knox to Fort Hood in 06 and prepping to deploy in early 07 through mid-08. So I just didn't have the time to keep up and after 15 months down range, I REALLY didn't feel like going back and collecting the stuff I had missed.
    May the force be with you.

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