5 Things My Wallet Loved About Toy Fair This Year

The inevitable follow up to yesterday’s entry. Tomorrow we’ll start looking at some toys again.

5. Mattel’s Young Justice Figures.
I really dig this cartoon, and I was worried that I was going to have to jump on board when I saw the figures revealed, but now that I have, I know I don’t need them. Should Mattel ever decide to release a wave of these in the DCUC line, I’d be fine with that, but otherwise these are an easy pass.

4. Ghostbusters.
While there’s a slight chance I may pick up the 12″ Winston with the Slime Thrower, and possibly one more 6″ figure, my previous belief that I’m more or less done with this line has been justified, not to mention I’m relieved I didn’t go ahead and subscribe to it. If Mattel was serious about keeping this line alive, they need to pony up with the ghosts or Vigo or anything but more variants of the same four characters. I know, they did Walter Peck and Luis Tulley, great. I don’t depart this line bitter, I have my set of 6″ figures and the original three Ghostbusters in 12″ and I’m fine with that.

3. Marvel Universe.
I’ve bought a lot of these figures over the last month or so, but I think I’m going to start slowing down and doing a lot more cherry picking. There were some good figures shown off at Toy Fair, but only a few of them are what I would consider must owns and The Sentinal looked kind of disappointing. There’s no doubt that the MU line will still got it’s fair share of my monies, but maybe not as much as I originally thought. Afterall, that Thundercat fund has to come from somewhere, right?

2. Masterpiece Rodimus Prime.
To be fair, I already decided against buying this figure before seeing the shots from Toy Fair. The figure looks nice in photos, but too many early reports say it’s as fragile as all hell and not at all impressive in person. Throw in the fact that I’ve never been a big fan of Hot Rod or Rodimus Prime, and that makes this an easy way to save about a hundred bucks.

1. GI Joe.
There’s no doubt Hasbro went for quality over quantity last year with the GI Joe license and it looks like this year will be more of the same. With the exception of the Sky Striker, there’s nothing on the table that I’m even remotely interested in buying. Last year, I decided I wouldn’t be buying any new versions of characters already done in the 25th Anniversary line, and while I still plan on picking up the Pursuit of Cobra HISS and VAMP, and the aforementinoed Sky Striker, it’s safe to say that I can free up any monies that I had earmarked for GI Joe to be spent elsewhere in 2012.

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5 Things My Wallet Hated About Toy Fair This Year

Toy Fair was pretty exciting this year, and I’m only now finally done sifting through all the photos and press releases and all that good stuff. There are going to be a shit-ton of toys coming out later this year, but oddly I didn’t feel quite so overwhelmed as I have in the past. Nonetheless, here are five of the things revealed at Toy Fair this year that are likely going to cost me the most.

5. Transformers Cyberverse.
One of the aspects of Transformers toys I have managed to stay away from has been the Legends Class figures. I love me some Minicons and Spymasters and Micromasters, but I don’t dig the idea of spending five bucks to get a smaller, crappier version of a toy I already own. All was well and good until Hasbro decided to recreate this line by giving them little transforming playsets. At the very least I’m going to have to dip my toe into the Cyberverse waters and see what happens, but there’s a good chance I’ll be buying this line.

4. DC Universe Classics.
It was unlikely that I was going to shake this monkey off my back in 2011 and having not yet picked up the Bane wave, I’m already starting the year off behind. But the real kick in the balls here is the Crime Syndicate 5-pack. It’s a Walmart Exclusive, which means I’ll be paying through the nose for it on Ebay, unless it winds up like that Green Lantern 5-pack and is actually available to buy on Walmart’s website.

3. Transformers Prime.
After watching six episodes, I have finally come to the conclusion that the new Transformers Prime series is a good thing. It’s not my first choice for how a TF series should be done, and I can’t say I’m chomping at the bit to see the next episode each week, but when I do sit down and watch it, I generally enjoy myself. Hasbro had us believing there wouldn’t be toys any time soon, but they showed them off at Toy Fair, and most of them looked pretty fine, so I’m on board with these.

2. Sky-Scream-Striker.
It’s bad enough for my wallet that Hasbro is bringing back the GI Joe Sky Striker, but in an effort to be particularly cruel, they are also repainting it like G1 Starscream and bundling a Cobra Commander figure into it with a little Megatron gun to boot. Oh yeah, and it’s going to be an SDCC Exclusive! There’s a slight chance I’ll be able to pick this up on HasbroToyShop, as some of Hasbro’s exclusives have been easy to buy online even weeks after the Con, but somehow I don’t think this is going to be one of them. Either way, I’m likely going to pay out the ass for this one.

1. Thundercats.
I’ve got enough shit to buy without adding another entirely new toy line to the mix, much less one with vehicles, playsets and multiple scales of figures. I’ve already pre-ordered every Thundercats item shown at Toy Fair, including the roleplay items which I hardly ever buy, so August is going to be a tough month. To make matters worse even Mezco is getting into the game with that massive and awesome Lion-O figure. It’s going to be a to fit into the budget this year, so I probably should start saving now. The only good side of this is I can finally kick the lingering temptation to buy vintage Thundercat figures, and at least those overpriced Stactions aren’t tempting me.