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The rosy cheeks on both Jon Snow and Sam were borderline embarrassing to look at.  And I say all of this because I WANTED to like this line.  But I will not buy just anything that's got Star Wars or Game of Thrones slapped on it.  All of these intellectual properties as well as the licensees need to have at least some basic level of respect for their fans.

Looking back at the promo photos, I feel like this was either a big bait and switch, or Funko just has horrendous QC on their production line.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 12:03 PM »
Agreed.  I think ANH Han would have been received much better than the ROTJ version.

As for the Sandtrooper?  I'm surprised to hear you didn't see that one at retail.  I saw a healthy number of those on the Lost Line Look cards at the time.  But there's also been just so many versions of the Sandtrooper released over the years.  Off the top of my head there were a couple from POTF2 as well as the  POTJ, OTC, ROTS, TSC and TLC lines.  For some reason Hasbro just LOVES Sandtroopers.

I took another look at these yesterday when I stopped by my local TRU.  A perfect example of how Funko dropped the ball is on the Night's King.  Take a look at the official product image:

But the production version was so far from this.  Take a look at the figure as it's shown in this review, which is what I saw on the figure that was on the pegs at TRU.  And you're left wondering WTF?!?!  The clothing should very clearly be black, NOT light blue.  I get the whole frozen effect that you would want to add to any sort of White Walker.  But the Night's King is different.  Especially since the character was ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** very likely once a member of the Night's Watch. ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** This is one figure that they absolutely needed to get right, and instead this was a significant failure.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 11:23 AM »
In some cases, yes.  I agree.  Ahsoka, the Emporer's Royal Guard and Ponda Baba  in this line are good examples of that.  The same goes for the Bastila and Darth Malgus reissues in the general release Black Series line.  Eventually HAsbro

But the Sandtrooper?  I remember that TVC figure being relatively plentiful.  As was the Tusken Raider and Boba Fett.  The ROTJ Han Solo was a head-scratcher, too, because that was a relatively easy figure to get from the VTSC line.  As was the Vader that wound up in this line, too.

Some more relevant reissues would have been some of the TVC figures like Tarkin, the ANH version of Vader, and a Stormtrooper.  But you definitely get the sense that Hasbro wants to focus the release of those characters on more of a mass-market business model.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 08:07 AM »
The TVC Sandtrooper (if that's what will be getting reissued) wasn't a terrible figure.  Although the helmet doesn't look quite as sharp as this current 5 POA Stormtrooper that's currently in circulation.

But where are the NEW characters in this line?  It seems like every other wave is reissues.  I've been hoping that we might get some good SA versions of some classic characters.  Is Hasbro holding out for next year with the 40th Anniversary?  You have to wonder.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 2, 2016, 05:04 PM »
There's a Facebook Live video stream running with the ROGUE ONE cast and director Gareth Edwards right now.  And they're about to debut a new featurette.

Oddly absent?  Jiang Wen.  I wonder if it's because he got a little bit too detailed at the Celebration Europe panel?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: December 2, 2016, 05:02 PM »
The Shoretrooper Captain/Bistan pack is a really, really safe bet at this point.  :-X

You mean like this?

Also of interest on the Rogue One front?


Oh.  And what's this?


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 2, 2016, 04:59 PM »
The Black Series plans are now in the main computer:

55187083 SW PONDA BABA
55187084 SW BOBA FETT

...and verifiable via Brickseek

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 2, 2016, 09:36 AM »
I would give the VHTF crown to the trio of Bastila, Ponda Baba and the Echo Base Rebel Trooper.  Thankfully Bastila got reissued down the line and that helped a lot of people. 

I think Tarkin would be a good choice for a reissue, too.  Well, just because.  A Sandtrooper reissue makes sense as well, given what we've seen of the Imperial troops on Jedha.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 1, 2016, 09:47 PM »
It absolutely makes sense to get a Stormtrooper back into circulation.  Especially since ROGUE ONE is just chocked full of them.  But the question is invariably WHICH VERSION?

I can also see the case for Ponda Baba since that figure had a very limited run at retail.  As for Boba Fett?  Okay.  When I first saw the BF I actually thought "Bib Fortuna?  REALLY?!?!"  Boba makes more sense though.  He just continues to sell, and you need a solid seller to help carry the line.  I'm curious if it's going to be a TESB version or the ROTJ costume. 

But the Tusken Raider?  Eh.  I'm a little less enthused about that one.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: December 1, 2016, 12:00 PM »
I picked up an ERG, Deathtrooper Specialist and FO Stormtrooper today.  And I was also very surprised to see the 3.75" Black Series Vader turning up in stores again. 

Considering how much of wave 4 that I saw in stores today, I think Vader may have come from those cases, because I have not seen reports of him turning up in the wave 5 or 6 cases.  It might make sense to get an SA version of Vader back in circulation again considering his role in ROGUE ONE, but it's too bad that the 3.75" Black Series version is from TESB/ROTJ and not ANH.

I might take you up on that.  Let's take it to PM's.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 1, 2016, 12:11 AM »
Very cool segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Felicity Jones was on as the guest, and she did a fight choreography sequence with Jimmy. And of course there was a clip! Great stuff from a chase/fight sequence on what appeared to be Jedha.

Felicity Jones Demos Her Badass Star Wars Fight Moves on Jimmy and clip.

And I have to say, the music really works for me!

I didn't run a price check.  But the package is the same size as the mainline 2-packs.  The price in the photo is probably from the 6" figures.  This particular store was just a mess. 

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