Forked Friday II

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I was the third person to enter the local TRU on this Force Friday. The third of eight, we were four couples where the men were the reasons for being there.
I did not get any bonus out of my placement because it seems like they already had the stuff out for either a day or a while. Three full complements of Black Series figures were out, which is kind of amazing, and of course the 3.75″ figures that we will find caseloads of in a few years; namely Rose, ….her sister the Gunner….Paige (who could forget her), ol’ pasty face Hux, Chewbacca and 3PO. Chewbacca has a Porg (resistance is futile!) in the blister! Why does nobody buy him? I’m just glad that customers seem to dislike Hux the most, nothing like the Finn-cident from two years ago[1].
I picked up a Black Series Hera figure to complete my Rebels set and all of the 3.75″ figures. Trying to get the figures from the online presence of the local TRU wasn’t a good idea, because they were sold out of everything except Hux again. But what bummed me out is: The new gimmick of the toy line borrows from the Phantom Menace one, place the figures near an extra accessory and it plays phrases and sounds in accordance to the figure or vehicle; Hasbro calls it Force Link[2], and while every figure has the logo of the cashgrab as big as the franchise logo on the figures packaging, the thing was not available in store or online. I even saved up enough money to get the BB-8 Stardestroyer set that comes with the Force Link glove at a ridiculous high price but that wasn’t on shelves as well. Not even the new Lego sets were there. And this feeds into a discussion that came up at work a few days ago: why are local businesses struggling? Because i bought the damn Force Link set from Amazon and then went to an ebay seller from the states that from time to time helps me out with getting Star Wars related figures and bought a whole case of 3.75″ figures and the two pack sets for the price that the figures from the case would have cost at TRU with shipping and import tax.

I’m aware this is all superfluous and i’m ashamed that i spend so much energy on the topic and anger leads to hate and so on, but i don’t get it, even if kids are done with toys, i walked in there willing to spend a lot of money and all i get is “uhhhh, nobody wants this shit, go away and buy it somewhere else”.

BUT there was a highlight! When the cashier, an asian woman, picked up the Rose figure she took a closer look and said “She looks like me.” to which i answered: “isn’t it awesome?” and we both smiled and went our ways.

Sorry, i had to vent.
I wanted to look like the Lego advert guy who really digs his 800 euro Millennium Falcon. He surely thinks something like “This is it guys, i’m never using my arms for anything other than keeping this baby save.” Look at his eyes and his mouth, he’s determined but happy.

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Thank You for Your time!
Stay cosmic!


[1] the Finn-cident
[2] we call it “they took away the extra weapons to make the figures a buck cheaper but earn 29 more with this thing that we totally need because we’re afraid to miss out”

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Knowing is half the battle. *wink wink*
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  If this Lego set for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie is real, you all know what is on the top of my general/christmas wish list.

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The demon coming out of the portal has me sold! There should be a Sanctum Sanctorium play set in the size of the Batman 66 batcave with all of the weird shenanigans built in that we associate with Doctor Strange.
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Also, this is the reason i’ve never bought a lunchbox.
I waited until this came along.

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Lego Dimensions or Just give us your paycheck

See the release trailer here

Got an e-mail with the intention of hyping me up for Lego Dimensions, the building brick toy version of the ever popular Skylanders.
So i checked the prices.
And that pissed me a bit off.

Now, Lego sets are a miracle. In the 33 years i’ve spent on this planet, i never encountered a missing stone or a wobbly connection when building a Lego set. And Lego topped itself every time. When i got my first spaceship i could not imagine a better set, when i built the small prison set from the first Pirates wave i could not imagine a better set (monkeys, parrots and pirates!!), the same thing happened with the Space Police, Ice Planet, Underwater Exploration and every other subsequent release.
Now that i have to pay for this sets with my own money, i got a better understanding of what my parents meant when they told me they are dissatisfied after all the things they invested in me. The building experience and playtime is entertaining, but a decent sized Lego set costs more than a healthy meal.
And Lego Dimensions presents a new place you can send your paycheck to.

Work has to be compensated, but with the current economical realities that many people are experiencing, accompanied by the costs for the gaming system that the software runs on is a bit steep.
And i hope Lego isn’t run that way, but suits and people who started life on the green side are the people benefitting from those prices the most.

#rantoff

toysday: Lego Darkseid

If you had told me 20 years ago that i would live to see a Darkseid figure made by Lego, i wouldn’t have believed it.

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Since Grant Morrison mentioned Darkseid to be the omnipresent voice of criticism, being blasted at us from every media outlet, strengthening our belief that we are devouring others to improve ourselves when in reality we are feasting on ourselves, the character got elevated in my personal comic canon, to the ultimate evil.

Which makes this rather cute version of Darkseid more terrifying than any oversized toy rendition of the character.