Does anyone know of any non-cartoony style city displays / dioramas / whatever?
I find it hard to believe that no one has produced a generic cityscape / battlefield yet.
Someone do a kickstarter for a modular cityscape with effect parts and ill give you all my monies.
I had the 90s Spider-Man playset. It was good for its time.
I have zero design, marketing, or business experience.
Are there good playsets to use these days?
They don't seem to exist as much as they used to and I want some displays I can play around with.
I've been using Nendoroid sets with Figma's, it works pretty good despite the scale but....I miss shit like Castle Grayskull size.
Playmates Police Academy. It's turned so that would be the side of it, with the doors facing to the left.
The Kenner Wayne Manor/Batcave playset is another great one that would work in that display. It has multipul re-deco options as well.
>mfw the majority of these set are made for 1/18 scale, and the few made in 1/12 scale are hard to get or stupidily expensive to get, being the saddest part that I'm a 1/12 scalefag
TMNT has the Pizza Box play sets and this puppy. G.I. Joe had the Pit playset five years back.
> we will never get a new G.I. Joe playset from Hasbro ever again.
I'd post a sad frog image here if I could.
It's funny how action figure playsets are so rare now, and when they do come out they tend to be so expensive, when Mattel can get larger Monster High sets out the door that don't cost a fortune. The school set is $60 on Amazon and most other places, they have plenty of smaller sets, and I believe another large set is due. It's not like these sets are any less quality or size than the equivalent action figure set would be.
Monster High playsets rot on shelves and have since the first wave, that new TMNT playset flew off shelves at Christmas and I haven't seen one since. Why aren't we getting something like a Batcave, huh Mattel?
Mattel churns out tons of Batcaves, but they're targeted at the audience most likely to enjoy them.
OP, what is the white building to the right?
Big Lots usually has this building from PTE during the Christmas holiday.
Best bet for playsets is to look for gi joe and starwars on ebay.
>OP, what is the white building to the right?
Not OP, but that's the Ghostbusters' Firehouse/HQ.
I want to buy and furnish my own doll house.
My husband won't let me as it's supposed to be a huge waste of money, that I should spend my money on 'adult' things (boozes and MJ, I guess when I see what he spent his on).
I think your husband needs a bitch slap across the face, if it's your money you can spend on whatever you like (as long as you're not drowning in bills). If you have the extra cash in the budget to spend on a hobby you'd enjoy, then do it because imo dolls and toys is a far better investment (and I don't even mean financially) then drugs and alcohol.
Sounds like you guys have a solid foundation. Im sure you will enjoy many more years together.
I feel bad for you...
My wife and I find that booze and mj complements playing with our extensive pile o toys quite nicely.
Anyway... I feel like I'm perched on the edge of some abyss as I contemplate a dollhouse to house some of my figures. I think I'm gonna have to buy another motorcycle first...
These are great for the 1/12 scale. I've got the same cupcake bakery one, was looking to get the DQ one too. Don't think you're going to find these anymore at TRU, your best bet would be to go and grab them from Amazon.
It took me forever to find the DQ set. I found all the others right away.
DQ and Sprinkles are the only sets I have.
If you've got a smart-phone, use that, otherwise, print the page with the address intact. They should be able to check it on their own computers as well. If that doesn't work, you could order one from Walmart as a ship-to-store and then return the one you have(or, really, the new one with the TRU receipt. There's no difference in product, only in price)
If it's a price match, they should still match it, regardless of 'extra fees'. As to Wal-mart Ship-to-store, no idea. Every time I've wanted to use it, it's blacked out, so I've never looked closely at the stipulations. Just check with the manager if there's an issue.
I have that set too but have not had a chance to open it up and display it. Its freaking huge.
The smaller TMNT sets work great for 1:18 figures.
I need to snag the water tower set.
Found this partial Ewok Village for $2 at the thrift store.
Time to browse eBay for the PR guy.
Yeah, if I order it through TRU it'll come to about $20 with postage. It'd cost me $20 on gas alone to drive to TRU and back, and if they don't have it there that's $20 wasted.
check eBay, most are made by Yujin. Just be warned, they can go for some expensive cash for their size. It seems cheaper sellers sell out fast and you either pay $15 for one piece or $60 for a set.
In a way, it's almost insulting that a 1:12 Sega Genesis sells for more than a real Sega Genesis.
It's just like all the other playsets I had growing up.
Shitty vague instructions that miss a couple pieces.
Sticker sheets with no where to put sticker sheet.
I nostalgia'd over it and and hated putting it together, I had to use the box a couple times.
But now that it's built I'm in love with it. I need to put the sentai in there too.
Awww Shiit, Nigga!!
that's a really helpful video Mad Max, now I really want that playset
It's a great playset. Just make sure you've got the room for it. It's not a flat-back set, so it won't shove right up against a wall. The base dimensions are about 35"x17". That's along the wall and deep to the wall. You might want to just make it a 3'x2' floorspace just for some extra room, especially because of some of the flip-out gimmicks.
theres a company called WorldWorks that makes papercraft sets for miniatures games (in Modern, Fantasy, SciFi, and several periods); I'm sure a couple of those could be upscaled to your chosen figure range
I have this old pokemon battle tower i got for $20 bucks a few years ago. It's got a trapdoor, a vibrating tree branch thing, a spring loaded-cannon and a manual elevator.
Machamp, he's been in Pokemon from the beginning. That one specifically though is fun, if it's the one I'm thinking of. Poseable arms, but legs are locked for the gimmick I think.
Going with the whole castle thing, Melissa & Doug make some nice ones out of wood that fit Joes nicely.
Pop-up Pizza Playset's discreet. Folds up and can go amongst a set of books if you're worried about that. We WERE going to be getting the Shredder Supreme set, which could have made for a nice Kingpin-style lair, but it's currently canceled.
Couldn't think of anything that would fit the vague 'collector' idea. There's plain dollhouses, there's the Nendoroid sets, and then there's a few odds and ends. Oh, and the Chain Bases.
Most of the collector sites I've been to build their displays or don't have anything but the figures.
>retro six shooter
movie sucked absolute balls but holy shit do i love his design and cheeky grin.
not the anon from earlier but i haven't identified the apparently powerrangers dude yet, wasn't such a fan of the show back then but the monster toys are super fun. Got the blue gold symbiotic thing and Pete and Repeat. such lovable freaky dudes.
slippy shark is on my to buy list too.
Actually, there is this thing, now that I think about it. Saint Seiya DX stage, which is nice and modular to boot.
Man that PIzza box set is great value for money.
That's one of the few that I don't have from the original line
>Snapping Chest Invenusable Fly Trap
I bought one of these quite a few years ago. Unfortunately, it's packed away in a box, so you get a crappy web image. It's one of my favorite things, btw. Very awesome!
Wow those look sweet!
he's in my cool shit i don't have yet folder too, that exact picture even. Get a load of this freaky fuck too.
It's these outlandish physical little things, and not their sourcematerial that got me into toys. The evil space aliens get along with the original motu and bootleg motu's great too, so it's a ++
i have that fucker. I had never owned a power rangers toy in my life and I just found him in my room one day when I was about 16 or so.
part of me remembers my girlfriend at the time giving him to me and part of me thinks either that's a fake memory or him just showing up is a fake memory.
long story short, I have no idea how I have that fucker but I do.
Not who you're replying to, but they are amazing. I'm a big fan of the Sprinkles set.
I get almost all of my display sets from Etsy. Be warned, there is some craptastic shit on there. You will be so amazed at what people will try to sell.
I've been looking into this too recently. Anything I'm interested in is too expensive, or won't scale right. For the prices of what some playsets go for I feel like I'd be better off making my own dioramas instead.
Those miworld sets look good though. Will get those.
sylvanian families /calico critters stuff for nendos
Sylvanian Families are perfect for nendos and other 1/12 scaled figures but might be a bit too small for figma and GI Joe.
The quality is top notch though and if you check local classifieds frequently you'll probably find some great deals. I bought two used Sylvanian Families mansions with a pile of furniture for around $50 from Kijiji. I ordered a bit more furniture from Amiami and also accessorized with my Re-Ment stuff and it looks really adorable :)
Aside from the holding chairs and tables, it appears to be entirely constructed from scratch, using something like balsa or basswood with computer printouts for textures. You could make the same thing with enough time and dedication.
has anyone messed with miniatures, models, or scenery?
I'm looking for some 1/100 modern figures (soldiers, civilians, etc) but can't find much besides train passengers
I bought a dollhouse kit at Goodwill, came with some furniture kits too. Its almost fully built and is to the point where I gotta start wallpapering before I go any further. Its a smallish cottage, two floors and two rooms per floor. Has gingerbread trim. Got no idea how I wanna do it up though. Anyone got some neat interiors they wanna post?
My gf is a normalfag and she's okay with my toy/comic collecting. Is the relationship worth it if you can't do the things you enjoy?
I could understand that if he is the only one bringing in the money in your household OR if you have a really small apartment. But if you have your own income, youre free to spend it how you please.
Well that sucks. I'm glad my wife isn't like that. She just wants me to be able to pay the bills, and I can buy whatever toys I want.
because they look so godamn horrible that's why.
I do enjoy that one crazy gold, blue chrome and fiendish orange repaint of skeletor though.
Otherwise known as Disco Skeletor.
>'Cause if I woke up looking like that, I would just run to the nearest living thing and kill it."
So a friend linked me to a dollhouse thing the other day that had turning one of those pink cutesy dollhouse shelves for girls into a Batcave, firehouse, or army base for boys 1/6 figures. Pretty neat idea, just took some spray paint and stencils. Anyone try anything similar before?
kenner released another version of that for robin hood
I found some old Mage Knight terrain sets at my old comic shop that I just use for backdrops. Really a more miniature scale, but just the hills work for any figure.
Finally got this in from TRU, they had it on sale a week ago for 15 bucks. Ditched the 'escape pod'/watch tower thing and crane for turning the gun on its side instead. Makes it more obviously just a plastic plank with feet attached, but it's not horrible for 15. The 70-80 they wanted it for originally was fucking stupid though.
Decent Aerial-bots base though, stows most of the Fansproject upgrade except for his feet(which fit in the 'trap door', but there's nothing to hold them in there, so I've some modding to do).
MiWorld is worth the price hope the line continues
With a sharp knife, a bit of super glue and some patience, you can actually cut the turret joint from the gun itself and attach it under the gun so the seat sits flat and be usable (the smaller jets may actually even fit in it). It actually looks *much* better. That said, it really wasn't worth the original 80 bucks they were asking for, they should have (and easily could have) added some more to this thing as it's a pretty lazily done toy.
I might do that, but for now I'm happy with how it is. What bothers me is, as you said, lazy as fuck. The GI Joe Pit, for 20 bucks more, got so very much more playvalue packed in. The jail-cell's a bit goofy, the rocky section's a bit lame, but it's just got so much more going on.
Granted, there was a 3 year gap, but this was the seasonal toy for the biggest Marvel movie to date. I'd have wanted it at least two-tiers, have the fins fold out so to simulate sea-bound mode, etc. Have a tank on the underside so kids can do the Drop Hulk scene. Would have been better than the 'escape pod' at any rate.
It works so well for them it's like it was meant to be. Firebats/Skysweepers fit perfectly on the deck.
I personally loved the Pit in all it's goofy, beefieness. My only complaint about that playset is that it's too small (i.e. it's a smaller scale then the actual joes when you compare the bed it comes with to the figures). But with the Helicarrier, the control pod alone should have at least had SOME details put into it, instead it's just a big empty plastic block. I plan on trying to add things like a lower deck or some sort of control details to mine because it's just...lame as is. Even with the small mods I already did to it.
Bought a couple of these on super clearance(1.75 each), planning on turning at least two into linked, light-and-sound thrusters for the back. Going to try and figure out some sort of storage/quick-launch space for the Aerial-bots I've got(the new Aerials are damn tempting), and someone gave me the idea to try and turn the Helicarrier into a giant Broadside, so I'm going to look into that.
So I've been collecting playsets for a while, and one of my attempts to combine them is this giant thing. This is a temporary setup, and there are a lot of things I'm not too satisfied about, but it's enough to get the idea across. I'd like the final version to have some knockout-bits in the Isla Cruces playset(waterwheel), a better throne-room(under the stool) with a 'sword' from that tower structure(Tower of Omens). Maybe a smithy, some gap-fillers and risers for the lower sections. Currently have three gates on this thing, not too pleased about that, and an open back, more on that in a few seconds.
This one's a little smaller because it's not showing off much more. This setup's pretty damn big, so I wasn't planning on having it out for long, about 3'x3'. I figure either have a 'mountain' as the back of the place instead of leaving it open for the ship, that'd probably do better on the other side of the lighthouse, but it's a work in progress(in other words, a godawful mess).
A rundown of all the playsets that are in that:
>Narnia Prince Caspian Deluxe Castle
>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Isla Cruces
>Pirates of the Caribbean Queen Anne's Revenge
>Imaginext Castle Battle Plan Playset
>Prince of Persia Alamut Gate
Only parts of the following were used:
>Thundercats 2011 Tower of Omens(Main Tower)
>Mortal Kombat Shao Kahn Throne and Arena(Pillars and chains)
>True Heroes Deluxe Dragon Playset(Most of the set, just left out the statues)
>True Heroes Pirate Island and Cave(One of the islands, minus the thatch-roofed lookout)
>True Heroes Pirate Fortress(The Lighthouse, the dungeon, and the little boat)
>True Legends Heroes of Olympus(Just the chain, most of the Greek True Legends has it)
>X-Men Origins Wolverine Weapon X(Just the chains)
The one with the flame is the lighthouse part of the True Heroes Pirate Fortress playset.
I think the Pirates related ones are on their way out. TRU's website, however, has them on sale
I've been wanting that damned Cave set for a while, it's got a random Aztec-style door that flips out to reveal a pirate captain skeleton hanging from a web. Took a chance on the Fortress set, and it's surprisingly great(though the flame with sound thing is weak). The Fortress/Jailcell actually hinges shut and locks, it's really a nice piece on its own. Also, the treasure in both chests is the same stamp, but the Cave set one's missing part of the mold, don't know why I find that funny.
It was a set of unsourced pics on Pinterest, but I tracked the Batcave part down. Googling "firehouse dollhouse" turns up similar stuff, so have a look around. Great idea though. As long as the house is the right scale, you could turn it into near anything with some stencils, paint, and some wood scraps.
Here's the other playset amalgamation I'm working on, a multi-tiered defunct temple. Parts are:
>Indiana Jones The Lost Temple of Akator
>Indiana Jones With Temple Trap
>Indiana Jones with Temple Pitfall
And parts of:
>Indiana Jones Akator Temple Race Game(Main body, don't know what I did with cards or mini-Indies)
>True Heroes Pirate Island and Cave(Cave island and temple opening)
It's smaller, but then there's not really much out there for this sort of thing.
Still trying to figure out a good looking set-up for these though, I don't really like having two 'entrances' so close together. Also needs some sort of fitting 'finish line'. And a tribal-tattooed Rancor or other monster.
Working on an outdoors 1/144th scale base/trench system
>My husband won't let me
bullshit. what is he going to do about it when you come home with one? my wife doesn't let me get trashed with my buddies and go to strip clubs either. guess why i'm broke.
I got papers to finish my Goodwill house finally. FYI, just go to Michaels or whatever and get scrapbook paper rather than pay for dollhouse paper. Its literally the same weight of paper, or even nicer if you go for the embossed shit. Can even find wood, tile, textures, and I even saw one with a 3D antique ceiling tile look. Most expensive stuff was $2 for a sheet large enough to do a whole room.
Scrapbooking paper looks awesome as dollhouse wallpaper. I bought mine from Michaels as well and also bought some felt while I was there, so I could make rugs, pillows, etc. Scraps of lace trim make nice curtains, if you want that look. Fixing up a dollhouse is super fun... please post pics when you're finished :)
I make these building ruins playsets available on ebay also.
just got this playset back in my life. Feels good.
I went to TRU today and found one of those pirates playsets. It was on clearance and ended up paying 2 buck for it. It was a pleasant surprise. Looked around for the other pirate playset but no luck.
Yeah, I ended up with the Olympus boat from the Greek line for 15. It's a shame that they have to be 'failing' toys to be that awesome for that cheap, most of them are really great. That said, which did you get, Lighthouse and Fortress or the Caves?
I found the caves. Looked for the lighthouse but no luck. :(
I agree it is a shame. I wish the military heroes line had more playsets. They have a nice variety of vehicles but no playsets yet.
>not liking a kitchen diorama set with a shiton of accessories
Is this nigga for real?