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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 30, 2015, 10:45 PM »
In light of the criticism of George Lucas as a director for the prequel films, some interesting quotes have come to light.  Notably, regarding directors that Lucas approached to take on the prequels, and they turned him down.  Like?  Spielberg.  Zemeckis.  And Ron Howard.  They all turned down the job.

Pshaw!  That's another figure entirely!!!  Because you know we're going to get a possible third Finn, that one being a Starkiller Base version with the lightsaber.

A new case assortment just got posted by FlyGuy.  I'm wondering if it might be this assortment?  The case is lining up like this:

    Captain Phasma x1
    Jango Fett x1
    Flame Trooper x2
    Finnn 2 x1
    Chewbacca 2 x1

The "Finnn 2" is making me think this might be Finn in Stormtrooper armor.  Per the FlyGuy posting, this case was originally listed with a "Lead Hero Battler White".  Sounds like it's probably going to be Finn in his armor to me.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:09 AM »
Jesse, what do you think of the FO Stormtrooper so far?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: November 29, 2015, 09:08 AM »
This Disney Channel behind the scenes video focuses on actress Daisy Ridley and also shows an alien that may be Simon Pegg's character.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA spoilers)
« on: November 29, 2015, 08:50 AM »
Some clearer images of the starship mentioned above in THIS POSTING FROM FLYGUY.  It shows two upcoming sets from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

SET # 75140 - Resistance Troop Transporter - includes 4 mini-figures

SET # 75139 - Battle on Takodana - includes 5 mini-figures


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:40 AM »
This wave might be the only reason why I try going to any stores tomorrow, because there are more indicators that this wave will be showing up everywhere soon. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:36 AM »
Excellent episode last night!  I think it completely captured a lot of the aesthetic of A NEW HOPE in terms of the design of the Interdictor Star Destroyer.  The reactor space was incredibly reminiscent of the Death Star tractor beam control area.  And the Admiral?  He looked almost exactly like Lt Shann Childsen, the Death Star detention block officer. 

Good stuff all the way around.  I hope that the tone that's been set by episodes like this one continue through the series. 

I did catch a little hint from Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter.  Notably, that the Interdictor Star Destroyer in this episode will likely be the last big nod to the EU derived from the West End Games source material. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:35 AM »
Nice!  I should talk.  I probably have a half a dozen bottles of different types of bourbon in my liquor cabinet right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:44 PM »
So yeah, I pretty much stopped collecting toys.  But the disease is strong in this one...


The Force Awakens / Re: LE Empire Magazine with Kylo Ren Figure
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:43 PM »
Reminds me of the ROTS press kit with Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: November 24, 2015, 07:41 PM »
I ran into a Hasbro rep at a local Walmart store who is also a collector.  In all my years of collecting and running into reps, this was the first one I met who also collected.  He actually filled me in regarding a few things.  Like?  Only 2 Walmart stores in my county out of about 6 or 7 stores actually got the WM exclusive Battlefront Imperial Shocktrooper.   And both stores only received 1 case each, which sold out extremely fast.  The rep was actually assigned with putting these out, but the deliveries didn't match up with his schedule, so he missed his opportunity to get one in store.  And when they did get stocked, they sold out almost immediately.  He actually had to trade with someone on the west coast to get his own Battlefront Shocktrooper. 

He also mentioned the 3.75" Black Series.  The new assortment seems to be filtering out slowly, but should be out for Black Friday. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:24 PM »
Great score!  I've been anxiously waiting for this wave since the pictures were released. 

I would expect to see SOME degree of price inflation from 2005 to 2015.  That's perfectly natural.  When you also factor in the economic growth in China, along with the accompanying wage growth in that country, as well as increased safety considerations following the whole lead paint in toys scandal, production costs are definitely higher.  All of those increased costs have in turn been passed along to consumers.

However, we are also looking at movie year production numbers.  The increased production and sales volume of a movie year has historically had the effect of driving prices down.  That is something we're not seeing in 2015.  If anything, we're seeing the opposite:  charge consumers a premium to get merchandise for the new movies.

Given what we're seeing, what would Hasbro & retailers want to charge for something like the ARC-170 or the upgraded X-Wings today?  $100?  The pricing on this vehicle line is looking much more like a cash grab, especially considering the way the designs have been dumbed down.

Both this and the Black Leader X-Wing are WAY overpriced.  It seems to be something of an issue for this vehicle line, because both Hasbro and the retailers want way more money for these ships that we've seen in other movie years.  How much did the ARC-170 retail for, $39.99?  And that's a lot more vehicle than we're getting with this shoddy excuse for an X-Wing.

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