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  1. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    Here's my dilemma in answering this question, lol... Wrestlemania 13 was in '97, which was pretty much the end of WWE's New Generation era ('93-'97). Wheras Wave 1 of your mates Luke has mostly covered WWE's Golden Era ('82-'93)... admittedly there's some overlap, and it's a rough spectrum... I'd say your Bret Hart is more akin to his later, New Generation look, than his early Hart Foundation days. But still... I feel like, were you to jump straight from your current wave 1 lineup, to the Post Wrestlemania 13 Attitude Era.. you'd be doing a disservice to the New Generation era. And that era was my childhood, so I'd had to see it glossed over. SO... in all good conscious, I have to break this up into two parts... New Generation: Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Undertaker (Purple Gloves), Doink the Clown, Yokozuna, Sycho Sid, 123 Kid, British Bulldog, Double J, Owen Hart, Sunny, Goldust, Tatanka, Lex Luger (Bret Hart would also easily top this list, had you not already made him, lol), Vader. Hunter Hearst Helmsley would also be a natural fit for the era, but I honestly rather just hold off on him and skip straight to the later, Triple H. Now... admittedly, some of those guys stuck around on into the attitude era, and found greater or continued success. BUT... I do feel like I'd still love to see the New Generation represented. As for the Attitude Era... that list is going to be LOOOOONG... as one of the hallmarks of that era is that it was a great roster from the top of the card to the bottom of the card. The jobbers were just as desirable as the headliners in some cases. Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Rock are basically your mandatory players. Kane & Mankind are also strong cases. Undertaker yet again (He was around so long with so many iconic looks, it's hard not to put him on every list)... I feel Shawn Michaels would benefit hugely from both a New Generation (Heart Break Kid) version and a later Degeneration X version. Triple H naturally, as mentioned earlier. The rest of DX would also be great, Chyna, X-Pac, The New Age Outlaws. Jeez, too many to list... The Nation of Domination, The Godfather, Val Venis, Al Snow, Goldust again... as lopez pointed out, there's something to be said for doing Mankind, Dude Love & Cactus Jack, since that was such an integral part of Foley's characterization in the era... but... were you to only do one, I'd easily say Mankind is the most deserving, as he was the primary persona most of the time. And then there's the entire WCW half of the Monday Night Wars, which is a whole other can of worms... (But I'm sure many here would love to see you dig into that can, lol) For the sake of being more concise, I'll give you my top 5 for both. These are the names I'd call most essential to each era... New Generation: Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Yokozuna, Sycho Sid Attitude: Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, Kane, Triple H Give or take an Undertaker on both lists. I'm also going to personally say: For the love of god sneak Goldust in there somewhere, because I love him! lol. Not the most important person in the roster. Never a main eventer. Never held the world title. But one of the most memorable and long-lasting characters in WWE's history. (While he was a huge part of both generations, I think his Attitude Era look is the more memorable, so I'd say skip to that. His early makeup/costume were simpler and less flashy, it wasn't until the Attitude Era he really started refining his look.)
  2. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    I mean... yeah, I agree. I think I'm more or less in for everyone from this line, lol. Guessing is just fun.
  3. Gillbob316

    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    I actually moved them all to one peg in my store, to deliberately make the other peg look empty and hopefully make them think, "Why is this empty? Should we be ordering more of this?" (That probably won't work, because their computer makes that decision. But I can dream.)
  4. Gillbob316

    Infinity War

  5. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    PS. I'm suddenly very mad at myself for forgetting about Honky Tonk Man & Jim Duggan back in my first post of the day... lol. I like Jim's odds a lot. Everyone loved him back then. And who wouldn't love a minimate with a tiny 2x4?
  6. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    I now also wish to play Tag Team guessing! lol... I feel like LOD seems like a no-brainer at this point. Demand + That perfect Plants vs. Zombies piece + being arguably the biggest tag team of the era = Strong odds to me. The second team intrigues me more. I feel like Demolition & The Rockers are both strong choices. Both seem possible, but I feel like if you wanted to do Demolition justice, you'd need some funky parts. I think you could get away with decals on them, but it wouldn't be as good. The Rockers seem easier to pull off. They're basically any body + long hair and some string/fuzzies like Ultimate Warrior. But those aren't even the only options really. We don't know what madness lies in Luke's plans! lol... could be The Hart Foundation. The British Bulldogs. Natural Disasters, Freebirds, Brain Busters... Lots of other choices out there. As that big longwinded post I just made about Vince McMahon demonstrates... different wrestlers latched onto different people's memories... and what really matters here is: Who did LUKE like? lol...
  7. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    I feel like Vince wasn't a prominent enough face yet during that era. I guess he was around (obviously) and you do see him doing interviews/announcements in archive footage... God knows I've heard that sound byte of him announcing "Welcome to Wrestlemania!" 1000 times. And I think he had one of those big rubber LJN toys. But I feel like he was more like... wallpaper back then. I dunno. He's not present in any of my childhood memories. The first time I ever remember noticing him was when he and Jerry Lawler did commentary on Monday Night Raw a decade or two later, and even then, he was just playing straight man announcer to Jerry's bigger heel personality. He didn't become like... the big public face of the company until the attitude era w/ the Mr. McMahon character and the dawn of the internet (when they could no longer hide the fact that the guy at the announce table was actually the guy in charge). Honest to God, that was what I based those 5 choices at the top of my speculation off of: "Who do I remember being a thing when I was a child?" ... lol. I remember all five of those guys being a thing when I was a child. I don't remember Vince at all (not that he wasn't there... just that he didn't imprint on my childhood memories) That said, Mean Gene is a HUGE presence in my childhood memories... so... I feel like he's a strong candidate. ... I like this line. I'm going to be sad if I miss any of these, lol. (I know I could have subscribed but... I find it way easier to drop $23 once a month than 2 or 3 hundred all at once.)
  8. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    I just want to point out the fact that Marshal Willenholly from the Jay & Silent Bob set comes with a damn near perfect hat for Sgt. Slaughter. lol...
  9. Gillbob316

    WWF Custom Minimate Preorder Thread

    I found myself trying to predict the remaining 6 characters in this lineup of 12 today... this is what I came up with... I feel like these five are very strong candidates for being some of the most colorful and well-known personalities of the 80s. Even casual or non-wrestling fans may have heard of some of these guys... Jake the Snake Roddy Piper Ted DiBiase Sgt. Slaughter 80s Undertaker And other than a need for a small plastic snake (which shouldn't be terribly hard to come by) none of them seems impossible to customize. And honest to god, I'm a little iffy about Undertaker, as he could easily fit into lines based on later decades (and he was certainly more prominent in later decades too). But I kept him up there because wth. That said, I had a hard time narrowing down a 6th. I feel like the 6th will be one of the people below... based on Luke's personal preference... I feel like all of these people easily could fit the bill, and some are arguably more deserving than others... But ultimately it's Luke's line and Luke's choice (I mean I could be wrong about the first five too, ultimately, I just think they have... the strongest odds) Rick Rude Bobby Heenan Dusty Rhodes Junkyard Dog Ricky Steamboat Mean Gene Okerlund Ms. Elizabeth Brutus Beefcake Iron Sheik Jimmy Snuka Mr. Perfect I could add more names... but we're already up to 15 candidates, and I think the more names I add... the iffier they become, lol. PS. I deliberately overlooked the Legion of Doom, Demolition & the Rockers (or just Shawn Michaels), because I'm pretty sure Luke debunked them earlier in the thread (unless I'm remembering wrong). I thought he said LOD & Demolition were too custom parts intensive, and Shawn Michaels was more likely for a wave 2 based in the 90s/New Generation.
  10. Gillbob316

    Symbiote Speculation

    ... It's weird when you realize someone offhandedly suggests Norman Osbourne be placed in charge of our country... and for a moment you think it sounds like a mild step up. Same thing happened to me w/ Dr. Doom actually... though I think Doom would be a full step up. Doom at least has ideals. A method behind his madness. So to speak. *Ponder*
  11. Gillbob316

    Custom Marvel Minimate Preorder Thread

    Every as yet unproduced member of the X-Men, X-Factor, X-Force or other mutant splinter teams of the X-Men would be awesome. (what?)
  12. Gillbob316

    SDCC 2018

    I am now severely disappointed this wave doesn't include a giant flaming Mammoth. I realize this is a weird quesiton given they're cavemen... but do these characters have civilian 616 equivalents? Who is this lady Iron Fist? (Or is it just a: Caveman Iron Fist is a lady, go with it!" kinda thing)
  13. Gillbob316

    SDCC 2018

    Is BC a Walgreens Wave? I absent just assumed it was the new comic book specialty wave. They look comic booky. (Is this a Toys R Us wave that got repurposed to Walgreens?). I know literally nothing about this concept or story. These minimates are the first I'm seeing of BC Marvel. Ever. My first reaction was, "What are these 1602?" Clearly I haven't been keeping up on comic book news. Can someone break down the characters here for me? Some of them are easy to put together (Ghost Rider and Phoenix), but some not so much... big guy looks like Juggernaut, but seems more likely he'd be Hulk, given... niche waves like this tend to stick to headliners. That said he's not green, so I don't know what to think, lol. Is that Moondragon? Is the Asgardian guy Odin or Thor? And what in god's name is that decidedly non-BC Purple Robot that looks entirely out of place? Someone break down this wave for me. And this story. lol...
  14. Gillbob316

    Animated Marvel 'Mates

    I like Hammerhead for being a new character that could pass for a comic book minimate. I like Warlock for being an interesting new look that could also blend w/ comics imo (I don't know that he's ever worn this exact look, but it's similar enough). I like Rocket for looking a little more comic-y frankly... We've never gotten a comic book set of Guardians, and this Rocket at least looks a little more illustrative than the movie versions. As for the rest... Strange & Ghost Rider look decent, if not amazing. Ghost Rider looks a little bare bones, as minimates go. Aside from his flaming head, he's a blank minimate, which rarely seems to happen anymore outside of Spider-Man. I'm surprised Dracula was actually correct (saw someone guess him earlier and thought it a longshot)... that said, I wish they'd given him a more classic look... instead of a rehash of the one Dracula minimate we already have (that said, if this is what he looks like in the cartoon, I guess this is what he looks like in the cartoon)... I have no idea what's going on with that Widow, but I don't like her. Not a knock on the minimate, just a knock on the animated design. Doesn't ring true to the character. And I don't like her blonde. Is that Natasha or Yelena? I don't watch the cartoon. ANYWAY... Venom... meh. Looks like 100 other symbiote minimates we've gotten in the past. I feel like I could reconstruct virtually the same minimate from similar existing parts. BUT As I always say... I'm a completionist, so I'm going to buy them all anyway and be happy to find them, lol. Still love the line, but with 1000s of figures, they can't all be favorites.