G.I. Kre-O, Kre-O, MegaBloks CoD and LEGO discussions

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Had a Dr appointment, so I hit four WM's this morning on my way back to work. The first two had MOTU 5-packs and Windraiders but no heroes. Stores 2 & 3 had remnants of heroes w4, just Assassin's Creed and God of War that nobody wants, just to tease me that the good ones were long gone.

BUT, the fourth store had 2x Evil-Lyn and 4x Man-at-Arms. They all belong to me now, muwuhahahahahaha!

And FYI KT, the 5-pack version of Teela has a vastly improved face. I saw probably two dozen teelas in the wild, and maybe three of them weren't completely jacked-up, with weird crooked eyes and such. The 5-pack version looks like a beauty queen by comparison. I picked one up today just b/c of her, and I have three singles. So you're better off paying whatever for the good one in a pack.
 
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Hit one more WM today on my lunch hour, and found two more MAA as well as three Terminators on clearance for $1 (he's worth that much for the vest).

But most importantly, I found the Nazi troop packs for the first time. Bought both of them they had.
 
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What are your impressions of the Nazi figures?

I STILL haven't seen any of the newest wave. I only have two WM's within a decent distance, and I don't really feel like checking the other as it's stock is often worse than the other. Not that I'm really jonesing to buy any of them....although if I were to see a T800 Endoskeleton in the wild, I might be tempted.
 

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I haven't opened them, but they look like pretty standard faire CoD figures. I like the helmets quite a bit, and the little mortar accessory is cool. Nothing earth shattering, but since it's really the first villain pack ever, it's certainly worth picking up. And if you're into WWII and need some OpFor, it's a no-brainer.
 

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K-Tiger , I just found a single-pack Teela in the wild on clearance for a buck. It's yours if you want it. The face isn't as good as the 5-pack, but it's above average for the single-pack.
I appreciate it, but I'm going to get the 5 pack, despite my grousing.

Check out wave 5:
 

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It could be a homage to the KB exclusive warrior alien from '96 (like NECA's), or it could a homage to the blue prototype plastic of the old days.
 

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Saw that earlier this afternoon. Comes with red Beast Man, 'stash-less Duncan, Green Goddess AND the Sorceress (plus two more unannounced figures). That's some continuity jumbling for sure. I'm more of a GG comic guy than a Sorceress filmation guy, but that's just me. I'll have to stage some kind of Crisis-style crossover where they battle for supremacy, while the loser has to marry Mer-Man.
 

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All this stuff for He-Man....I just don't get it. I hope they do something similar for the other licenses they've made figures for...although they already did for Terminator, Star Trek and TMNT. Crap, I don't know that the sets they did for those properties did very well, I might never see an ALIENS APC or LV426 Colony playset after all. :(
 

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While I appreciate/respect your enthusiasm for the property, I don't know many people all that passionate about wanting a full line of Aliens stuff. TMNT, MOTU, and Trek were all kid/family properties that most kids were exposed to back in the day, and in the case of TMNT and MOTU, have had healthy toy lines on and off since the 80's. MOTU has had a wildly popular direct-to-consumer line for over a decade now.

By contrast, Aliens was a rated-R horror/sci-fi film that never had much presence in the toy isle. I never saw the film until I was grown. I think the alien figure itself is pretty iconic, but I couldn't name another character from the films, especially one deserving a figure or set. But I'm not a superfan, clearly.

Not trying to bust your bubble, as you're obviously passionate about the franchise, but I'm just not sure there is enough demand. Terminator & Trek had a new films to go along with their Mega lines, and those sets went to clearance very quickly. Without support from TRU for large and more "fringe" sets, I just don't see it. Hell, WM won't even carry Halo and CoD anymore except the single figs. We're several years removed from Mega's height as a brand. I'm very anxious to see what Toy Fair brings us this year.

The past 18 months have been some of the most tumultuous the toy industry has seen in a very long time. Joe's gone, TF's are hollow cheap crap, DC figs are terrible and moving to a company that knows nothing about making action figures, MOTUC has gone Full-Toon (ugh), and Mega is struggling to find an audience and outlet combination that's profitable. Even Lego isn't the juggernaut it was in years past, and Star Wars toy sales are flagging.

Come to think of it, I can't name a non-import toy franchise that's particularly healthy and thriving aside from maybe Marvel Legends. The 80's were the first golden age of toys, and I suspect we're winding up the second. The last 10-15 years have been a glorious time to be a collector, but aside from a thriving third-party TF scene, there's not much out there to be excited about. I hope Toy Fair changes my mind.

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I think LEGO's problem is that they are waaay over-reliant on licensed themes. Aside from seeing how McF is gonna fuck up DC and Harry Potter figures, I think the only company I care about at TF is NECA. I was way more excited to see what was revealed at WonFes Winter. Boutique 1:18 should be pretty great this year, too.
 

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Lego sets are just getting more and more repetitive, licensed or otherwise. How many Ninjago dragons can they pump out in every color of the rainbow? Every line has the same helicopter, but the police one is blue, while the arctic one is orange. Yippie! I miss the Agents line, as my son was too young for it when they were at their peak, but those always looked more interesting than "Firetruck".

I don't buy legos for myself, but my son loves them them more than air. I prefer to get him the larger sets that are more unique and interesting, and that usually requires a purchase of Lepin from china. We got the KO Ewok village, Death Star, Star Destroyer, the Ninjago city sets, a bunch of Cityview buildings, etc that I would never pony up $300-500 each for at the lego store. Plus, china has a lot of new and interesting sets from other brands, new buildings, some military vehicles, and stuff that Lego won't touch.

I'm sure the rise of that stuff doesn't help Lego, but I wasn't going to buy the bigger ones from them either way. I guess it keeps me from buying more of their smaller sets, but I find their pricing to be generally outrageous. Mega makes more interesting stuff, priced well below Lego on a per-piece basis. I think Lego had a de-facto monopoly for a while and it gave them enough space to paint themselves into a corner brand-wise. The license properties aren't generating the buzz they once did, and they've gone a bit stagnant on the creative side.
 

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Transformers is the only big box store brand to have reversed course and actually start selling quality crap that people are buying. Unfortunately with that move to much less hollow figures with good articulation and numerous paint apps the prices have shot up and sizes have shrunk. A leader class these days are the old voyager size and now cost $50. So far response has been solid and my local stores are burning thru cases weekly, so we'll see if the formula continues to work. I mean we all said we'd pay more for Hasbro toys like Joe and TF if they would up the quality, so I see these Siege and Studio Series lines as a test of that theory.
 

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Nacho, you have good and valid points. Part of me is happy MOTU is getting so much attention, it gives me hope I might see something more for my favorite property. It doesn't help that, like you said, most of the movie related lines went to clearance pretty fast.