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I got my Hux & Asty from EE last week and they look great!  I was a little worried since the paint apps are sometimes hit and miss with these figures.  The Rey looks pretty similar to the KMart version outside of the snow boots.  I'll take a closer look to see if there's anything worth noting between the two. 

I now have a Rey with lightsaber and one without still in package.  Can anyone tell me which BB8 version is better?  The one with Lightsaber looks dirtier and the paint doesn't look as good to me, but feels like I've read about that being a "corrected" version somewhere.

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Miracle of miracles, I found a Han and Leia. Only store I know of that even got wave 4.

Just today?  I wonder if that means we should be checking stores again.  There's been no sign of these in my area.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:46 PM »
I really, REALLY wanted that ROTS set.  It would have made for a fantastic Palpatine's office diorama.  But I take it the only one that got released was the Tatooine set.

Yeah - I love that Jabba's palace set too with a spot for Carbo Han on the wall.  Unfortunately all they ever produced was the first Tatooine one.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:22 PM »
I own the Tatooine Pride Display.  It's definitely not what I would call a "Cheap knock off".  The plastic is high quality and equal if not superior to the vintage playset materials.  The stand and background are really high quality too.  I never heard about these when they came out, but bought one a few years back off Craigslist along with some vintage figures.  Its a really nice piece and I absolutely would have bought others if they were ever produced.  I'd agree that the failure was probably more marketing driven than any issues with the product itself.

I also bought up several of the Ulteramma stands and still have a handful of them.  They were a great design with swappable footpegs for new or vintage characters. You can put a cool background on it to enhance the scene.  I actually printed my own backgrounds and connected them into a circle vs. a half circle.  Then I put it on a lazy susan that allowed me to rotate it 360 degrees like a retail display.   Of course, I tried stacking it too high and it was a bit wobbly, and it felt like it took up a lot of space for the number of figures I could get on there (think round pizzas vs. square).  Cool concept though and it has a nice Death Star feel to it with the gray plating.

That said, these are really more of a "stand" than a "playset" in my opinion.  I'm looking for something more similar to what Dave suggested.  Stackable, connecting hallways, maybe with some cool blast doors or windows or trap doors.  You could make something smaller like this in the $20ish price range, or maybe a larger set that the smaller hallways can connect to.  The added ability to customize and make it your own would likely appeal to collectors and kids alike.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:02 PM »
Yeah, I don't think its so much that he was hard to find, but years later someone looking to back-collect an item would have much more trouble finding it.  The vintage POTF figures were $1.99 when I was a kid - they obviously cost a lot more now.  The 6" Maul and R2 Black series figures were piling up on the shelves a few years ago, but now they too sell at a premium. 

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 10:00 PM »
Yeah but that's like saying Dodge is missing out on selling 69 Charger replicas because you own a couple originals.  To make that, it'd cost X and they'd have to sell Y to be profitable...  Just because you are buying old ones and want them to do new ones doesn't mean that's a good idea for them, or that it's going to make them $ guaranteed.

That might be the worst analogy. Ever.   ;)  Look, the "We can't make enough money on this" bit is so tired and overplayed and frankly, lazy.  These things have a fixed cost.  If you need to make more profit from them because you estimate low volume, then charge a premium.  Make it an exclusive.  It can't possibly sit around any more than a number of the random vehicles like Finn's Dunebuggy or even Ray's Speeder that dropped down to $5 clearance.  People said Hasbro couldn't make a 6" line work at $20 either, but that line is constantly in demand outside of stores that get bogged down with Zuvios and Finns, and I know zero kids that are collecting 6".

I don't want to get on a bash Hasbro session, but I seriously doubt they have any solid data on how much of their product gets purchased by collectors vs. kids.  I know kids that have Star Wars toys and my collection is easily 100 times beyond what any of them has.  You would need an awful lot of kids to make up for the buying power of a serious adult collector.  I work in Consumer Research for a CPG company and in many cases you have 20-30% of the buyers accounting for 70-80% of the volume.  I'd be surprised if Star Wars was much different.  I've never once been polled or surveyed despite 20 years of collecting and daily activity posting about Star Wars toys and neither has any collector that I know.  Exactly what data is Hasbro basing their analyses on?  And this all assumes kids don't like playsets - you know, like the ones Lego constantly sells out of.   ::)

Conversely, think about the added benefits from selling playsets.  Collectors and kids already have a plethora of figures and ships.  Each additional ship or figure can become diminishing returns, but a playset could be new and more appealing.  It's also a companion piece to the rest of the line.  If someone buys a playset, they're likely also buying a few figures to join it.  Sure, many would have bought figures anyway, but there's a level of incremental figure sales that accompany ships and playsets.  Making them modular can drive "army building" as well, so you'll benefit from some people buying multiples, whereas it's unlikely that someone is going to stock up on most characters or ships.  There's a lot of rationale that these could succeed in the face of a blanket "playsets aren't profitable" stance.

Getting off my soapbox now...

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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:31 PM »
I haven't ordered from him in a few years, but I used to order a lot of army builders from him.  It's a lot like buying scratch and dent furniture IMO.  There may be something really small like a paint ap issue or a loose limb, or the figure may look pretty much like what you get right out of the package.  Personally, I always felt like there was something not quite right with the figures, even if I couldn't spot it. I'm fine with that if the figures are really cheap and I'm getting doubles...my 10th AT-ST Driver doesn't need to be perfect, especially if I can get him for $5 less. 

I've thought about using him for the BS figures too, but can't pull the trigger.  I'd rather pay a few bucks more for a packaged one or wait until the inevitable release.  It would definitely be nice to get these guys checked off the list though.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:00 PM »
Well, the amount of money they are missing out on is what stuns me.  I have bought 2-3 vintage death stars in the last few years alone and own 7 total.  None are from my childhood.  Without anything significant to buy from Hasbro, I've spent thousands on third party Transformers.  Missed opportunity.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:10 PM »
Wow, that's creepy.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:09 PM »
I thought that too with the walkers, but then when I saw how slowly lightsabers cut through armor in the prequels I figured that would be like trying to slice off the legs with a blowtorch.  They wouldn't stand still long enough for you to cut them, and if you're riding the foot while cutting the leg, you stand the risk of the thing falling on you.  Fan rationalizing I know...

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I ordered from Jeff's link on the main page, so hopefully JD gets a kickback at least.   ;)

Got my shipping notice from EE.  My Asty and Hux are travelling through Utah and should arrive by Monday.   ;D

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:44 AM »
There is a seller on Ebay UK selling them for about $12 plus free shipping.  I wasn't sure if he would ship to the US, but says the item location is in Missouri. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:36 PM »
But it really looks like TMNT's film franchise might be dead now.

As it should have been a decade or two ago...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:35 PM »
That sounds like a long, difficult road you've been on Rob.  Very sorry for your loss.  Its always hard losing a part of your family, but take some solace in knowing that her pain has ended, as has as all the stress and time and money you've been funneling into treatment. 

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And a 4th if you count the KMart Snowjob edition of Rey.  And they all have the same outfit instead of giving her the resistance outfit from the end of the movie on at least one of these. ::)

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