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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: December 28, 2014, 08:00 PM »
$2.19 is the lowest I've seen locally.

As for Russia?  They're in deep trouble economically right now.  I don't know if I would even joke about them starting a war.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:41 PM »
AHHHH!  The Festivus episode is on TBS right now!!!!!!!!!

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Collect All 92! / Re: Nien Nunb
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:29 PM »
Waiting for Yak-Face, Klatuu in skiff guard outfit, 8D8, EV-9D9 and possibly original Anakin to modernize the lacking POTF2 versions. I know there's a lot of debatables for such a list, but these seem to be the absolutes being they're all 5POA.

+1

They're all good candidates for that kind of treatment.  But I wonder what the window of opportunity might be for Hasbro to tackle stuff like that.  I could see them trying to tackle only one or two of those at a time, while also trying to offer something new that's going to draw in that crowd that wants Skiff guard #15.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:10 PM »
Rumors are circulating about a certain SHIELD Agent who may work their way into the ABC series.  He's been referenced in the show, and it could lead to an interesting crossover into some upcoming MCU projects.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:08 PM »
Gotta limber up a little bit for tonight's Feats of Strength.

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No 3.75" line planned for Avengers?  So what.  Maybe they finally realize the market for 3.75" Thor, Cap, and Iron Man figures is satisfied.  You can only carry a line for so long with countless variations of main characters.  Maybe there is no "Avengers 2" specific 3.75" Line because they are just going to do one unified Marvel 3.75" line with a wave for each movie - Cap3, Thor3, Avengers 2, 3,4, Spidey, etc? 


I thought it was cause for concern because of the broader climate in the AF business and Hasbro.  We knew when the TBS 6" figure line was introduced that Hasbro was trying to appeal to this collector market that seems much more enamored of 6" figures.  That's where the bulk of collector interest in action figure lines happens to lie these days.

Avengers/Marvel is really one of Hasbro's big licenses.  The first Avengers movie was one of the top grossing movies of all time, so that license has the potential for some crazy value.  It also falls under the Disney umbrella, which as we all know is the new home of Star Wars, too.  And in some of the other Marvel licenses we've seen this shift towards 6" figures, too.  With Guardians of the Galaxy there was no 3.75" figure line, but there was a 6" figure line and a mini figure line that would integrate with their vehicle offerings.

Is Star Wars different?  Yes.  It's got status as a "Legacy" brand that bucks trends.  But it's not completely bullet proof.  Nothing is.  We've kind of rolled along despite the fact that Hasbro has downsized the collector focused 3.75" figure line and shifted to a more broadly focused 3.75" figure system that is simpler and cheaper to manufacture.  Plus, the fact that the first leak of TFA figures happened to be from the 6" figure line and not the 3.75" figure system?  That could just be a coincidence.  I'm not completely pessimistic about the future of the 3.75" figure line.  But do I know that I'm going to be watching these developments closely as Toy Fair approaches.

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I share some of that concern about the future of the 3.75" figure system. Especially since there are indications that Hasbro will NOT be offering figures in that scale for the upcoming Avengers film. News just came out that leads you to believe that Hasbro is offering 6" and 2.5" figures for that license. Granted, Star Wars has a very long history in the 3.75" figure scale. It would be a major departure if Hasbro abandoned that product line.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: December 22, 2014, 01:01 PM »
Here is a first look at some of the 6" figures.

Plus a new shot of the Kylo Ren helmet

Very reminiscent of some of the McQuarrie concepts for Darth Vader's helmet.  Much more samurai inspired, IMHO.


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The portrait on Chewbacca looks different from the 6" figure that's currently on the market.  Definitely more of a neutral expression.

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It looks to me like BB-8 is most likely a pack-in with Rey.

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I saw the Captain Phasma report.  From all of the rumors that I've read, I think that Captain Phasma is actually the Chrome Stormtrooper Commander, rumored to be played by actress Gwendoline Christie

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File this under TFA 6" figures:  http://www.rebelscum.com/story/front/Star_Wars_The_Force_Awakens_Six_Inch_Action_Figures_Leaked_Photo_161642.asp

This appears to be an image of 6" figure prototypes for THE FORCE AWAKENS line.  There are no names associated with the characters, but from left to right it appears to be:

-Kylo Ren ???
-Finn
-Rey
-BB-8
-Chewbacca

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Just looked over my 2013 list for TESB.  It looks like I finally have some open slots for some new characters!

Picking 4 new characters for my TESB list was a little more challenging than I thought it would be.  Whether or not Hasbro gets to any of my new TESB choices is another thing entirely.  But with only ONE character coming off of my ROTJ list?  That's another story.

So are we going to be doing a 6" figure poll at some point, too?

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Football 2014
« on: December 20, 2014, 07:36 AM »

Aloha from the Big Island all.

Nice!  I've been to Oahu and Maui which were both fantastic.  But I hear the Big Island is amazing.  Are you going to go check out that lava flow in Pahoa?

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Wow!  It wasn't until the thread went up that I realized a whopping 4 figures got knocked off of my 2013 TESB list!  So bye-bye to Snowspeeder Wedge, Han Solo in Carbonite, Yoda and Toryn Farr.  So who are the replacements?


-Force Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi - Hoth



-Treva Horme



-Wiorkettle



-IG-88 (Cloud City junk room)



-Bespin Guard (Wing Guard from Kenner vintage card)



-Lt. Sheckil



-Asteroid Victim Imperial Officer



-Princess Leia Organa - Cloud City Escape (resculpt)



-Hoth Rebel Commander (Kenner Vintage Figure)



-Hoth Rebel Hangar Tech

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