Anyone here collect toys/Action Firgures?

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Mattel Mega Construx Game of Thrones "Battle Beyond the Wall" (176 pieces, ages 16+).
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16+? Whatever. The HBO show is for mature audiences, but, this toy isn't. The Wight is a bit on the gory side, but, that's it.
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This is a moderately challenging set to assemble (3 bags of bricks & 3 bags of figures). Building up the wall facade is kind of tedious, but, the result looks realistic--I love that Mega Construx has "dirty" marbled & speckled blocks, in addition to solid colors--that makes for a nice visual effect. These LEGO-compatible bricks fit/hold very well and there weren't any missing or damaged pieces. No stickers and the instructions are easy to follow too.
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The finished diorama, while not the most exciting setting, is impressive in appearance and makes a great display piece. The layering of the rocks & snow/ice are convincing and the flames & tree branch are good embellishments.
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You get 3 mini action figures: Jon Snow, a Wight, and the Night King. They're larger, more flexible (the Wight has less joints than the other two though, no elbows or knees), and MUCH better detailed than the LEGO variety. Jon gets his sword, the Wight has an axe, and the Night King is armed with a long ice-tipped spear.
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This originally retailed for $20, but, stores have been clearance pricing it for some time now (I paid $9, and it's definitely worth it). If you want to build an army of Wights and a longer/bigger wall, purchasing multiple sets is affordable. I give it 4.5/5.0 frosted blades.
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I didn't copy that, Commander Sage, too much static. Build and post 72 photos of Castle Grayskull and the Millennium Falcon? 10-4.
 

wataru330

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M, you go on ahead-make whatever you want.










*I really miss the days of you posting stuff that you made from scratch &/or toy mods.
 

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It'd be hell on the back, and super stressful, but, I think I'd enjoy employment digging holes to trap aliens and then burying them. He's supposed to be a Kebishii, a Heian period knight, but, you get the feeling he's really just the village idiot. Why the fuck wouldn't you just whack and kill the aliens with said shovel instead? Maybe the sight of alien blood makes him pass out? Silly game, but, polished and still one of my OG Gameboy favorites.
 

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So...I ordered 3 more knockoff LEGO sets from China...from a seller with a 0% positive feedback rating, and the one rating they do have is negative for not delivering the merchandise. The best part? They each cost $6.66, so, even Jesus is trying to warn me not to do this shit anymore. Amazon will refund me if they don't deliver, but, man, sometimes even I wonder about my judgment sometimes... it's the brain damage y'all, it's the brain damage, or at least that's the defense I'm going to use in court.
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I didn't know that 666 was a good thing in China, LS, so, now, I am feeling better about my chances of actually receiving that package! 😃
 

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And just a quick update on the Chinese Covid LEGOs: Mine came in the mail today, but, unfortunately, I didn't get all 4 sets like I hoped I would, just 1 random one, and arguably the lamest, the military truck with a soldier. Very misleading listing and I overpaid for what I got, but, such is life. Maybe M learned a lesson about the perils of intercontinental e-commerce, but, doubtful. I'll keep it, but, probably won't leave a very good review or feedback for the seller, unless there's something unbelievably cool hidden in that box like an autographed photo of LoneSage and the guy who borrowed and didn't return his whip or the dude that sells dildos.
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LagDuf wanted a review of the Chinese Covid set, and this is what I wrote and submitted to Walmart (TLDR version: Misleading listing, one set instead of all 4, figure good, vehicle meh, overpriced.)

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Xipco XP93217(3) "Military Transport Vehicle" (92 pieces, ages 6+).
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When I first saw the Walmart listing for these Chinese toys, with their virus outbreak theme, I got excited, and thought that all 4 sets pictured were included (vaccination barricade, ambulance, virus research lab, and military transport truck), but, alas, the photos were misleading and you only get one of that quartet at random (if I had a choice, I would have went with the lab).

The vehicle isn't hard to build and the blocks are decent quality and fit/hold together okay. No missing pieces. The instruction sheet is easy to follow and there are 10 stickers to apply.
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The 4-stud-wide vehicle is too small for the figure, yet, a steering wheel & seat are built into the design. The back is open, for transporting things (it would have been nice if some packages were included, like on the box art), but, this space is too narrow for figures as well. The 4 wheels roll smoothly (bizarrely, there are decals for the hubcaps, but, said wheels already have sculpted hubcaps!), the steering wheel turns, and the side mirrors pivot. Structurally, it could have been sturdier.
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I was quite pleased with the mini figure, a female Chinese soldier (check her eyelashes). She comes with a cap. I would have liked if she also had an alternate hair piece and a gun, walkie talkie, binoculars, etc.
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This isn't a horrible set, but, it's not very good either, and it certainly wasn't worth the $11.62 I paid for it. I give this 2/5 stars.
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terry.330

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This isn't a horrible set, but, it's not very good either, and it certainly wasn't worth the $11.62 I paid for it. I give this 2/5 stars.
Jesus christ, it's shit. Just admit it's shit. There was no way it was going to be anything else. That money would have been better used if you had just thrown it away. And don't say oh it was only $12 to justify it, that's not a valid excuse.
 

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Using the word "shit" in a review won't get me in trouble here, but, it likely will on Walmart and Facebook, where said review was written for. Gotta keep it PG-rated for them. 😉
 

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Well, so much for that order. I've received stuff directly from China before, so, I very much doubt my address was really the problem. I don't really care about the fire truck, but, dang, I wanted those Chinese military sets, especially the soldiers.
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And this is what they sent a woman in one of my LEGO groups when she ordered that same Covid set like I did! I kind of feel bad, because she only ordered after I posted in that group about it (never follow M's example)...😟
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