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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 10:50 PM »

THE FORCE AWAKENS 3.75" BASIC FIGURES:  More TFA figures are coming this year. They weren't announced today but will be out this year.

Luke and Leia from TFA are coming soon

3.75" VEHICLES: More large 3.75inch vehicles are coming but they have to have a balance of kids play features and collector oriented aesthetic

If Kylo arena shuttle comes back in future films Hasbro may make it. They talk about making it quite a bit.

Leia's shuttle - not so much.

The BMF Falcon can't be rerelease D because it would cost "hundreds more" to make today than back when they did. So no rerelease with TFA Falcon. How said it could cost $500 or $600 if rerelease do.

THE FORCE AWAKENS CREATURES:  Asked about beasts for TFA. They are being considered. 6-inch is where they're looking but maybe also 3.75-inch

WALMART EXCLUSIVE 3.75" BLACK SERIES:  Asked about Black Series. They will continue. They will still be Wal Mart exclusive. Coming in spring. Will be announced through Hasbro Pulse

Seems like Phasma and Asty will be coming in Wal Mart Black Series

BLACK SERIES 6" FIGURES - FAN CHOICE POLL:  In the poll the ONLY Legends character that got a lot of votes is Revan. So other Legends characters are very unlikely.

BLACK SERIES 6" VEHICLES:  Asked about 6 inch black series vehicles. They're looking at ones that could fit in the 6-inch scale

DROID FACTORY:  The droid factory figures found at were never meant to be released

VINTAGE COLLECTION:  Vintage Collection figures may make a return. They said they wanted to rest it and it has rested. So bringing it back is hotly discussed.
If they bring it back it would be a card style but there's discussion about if they would be 5 POA or highly articulated.

OLDER/SCARCE FIGURES:  Discussion is happening of bringing back some older figures that were hard to find.

And then SDCC has its own exclusive too that WONT be at CE.

COMIC PACKS:  Asked about Star Wars comic packs. It was under heavy discussion but they moved away from it. Maybe sometime.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 08:44 PM »
It looks like this might be a new version of Kylo Ren.

Also from the session?  Force Friday for ROGUE ONE is set for September 30th, 2016.

Some more pictures from AFI at the Funko booth.  It looks like the White Walker has at least 9 POA.  And this wave looks like it's very much about the Night's Watch, the Wall, the Wildlings and the White Walkers.  Not a bad way to start the line.

I'm guessing they've dumped the 6" line then.  Supposedly there was to be a third wave but I don't think the support was there.

A 6" Night King would have been a pretty rad figure!

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 06:04 PM »
Interesting news article that passed a couple of months ago.  That being how Disney trademarked the term "Force Friday" for future movie line rollouts.

I would expect that they're going to do the same sort of rollout for ROGUE ONE, Episode 8 and beyond.  Force Friday seemed to be a pretty big and successful promotion.  It got lots of press and people scouring retail for new product.  I would expect that there will be a limited reveal for ROGUE ONE product before they hold this year's Force Friday.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:44 PM »
It is rather... handsome.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:20 PM »
I figured Phasma was on the way with that one character code name.  But Atsy?  I didn't think the character distinguished himself that much to merit a Black Series figure.  I'm still hopeful that the third slot might go to TFA Han Solo.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 04:40 PM »
There are a scant few 3.75" Rebels figures.  Season 2 Sabine, Leia, Kanan in Stormtrooper armor and Darth Maul.  There's also a new image of the Seventh Sister Inquisitor that's making the rounds.

They also showed the Takodana Encounter multipack with Maz, Rey, Finn, BB-8 and the accessories.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 13, 2016, 04:08 PM »
Here are some images/notes that I've been able to string together from social media so far:

NEWS - SDCC2016 Hasbro Star Wars Exclusive 6" Black Series figure from STAR WARS - ROGUE ONE (character TBA)


Sabine Wren (REBELS) - Painted Prototype
Sabine (alternate shot)

Princess Leia (A New Hope)

Darth Revan

Imperial AT-AT Driver

Imperial Snowtrooper

Finn (FN-2187)

Packaged Kanan Jarrus & Ahsoka Tano

C-3PO (The Force Awakens)

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: February 12, 2016, 06:20 AM »
This set actually reminds me a bit of the Resurgence of the Jedi battle pack from the TSC line.  We only got one really new figure in that set with the Luke.  Obi-Wan, R2 and C-3PO were all reissue figures, but damn did people go ga-ga over that Luke?  And coincidentally, that set also featured the chest that had the lightsaber, and the table from Ben's hut.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:28 PM »
It does look pretty awesome.  I'd like to see the chest, but I think we're going to have to wait for a packaged sample.  And as far as Rey, Finn and BB-8 getting carried forward into the set?  It's a little annoying, but they're good for filling out some diorama scenes.

I picked up the brown helmet version of the Resistance Trooper today.  The figure itself is pretty cool.  But is it me, or do the resistance uniforms look a bit uninspired compared to some of the Rebel uniforms of the OT.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 9, 2016, 08:28 PM »
We're going to see some Q1 and Q2 offerings, and that's probably going to be it.  We're simply dealing with a new model for the rollout of the Star Wars line than we've been accustomed to from 1999 - 2015. 

As for what we're probably going to see in the basic figure line?  Main characters like Leia and Luke, other versions of Rey, Finn and Poe.  Maz and Snoke are probable.  As for second and third tier characters?  That's tough to call at this point.  I think things will pick up for the REBELS line, which seemed to get shelved for the most part during the promotional push for TFA.  And I think that the OT and PT will get some token representation, but nothing substantial. 

I think one of the most telling things about what we're going to see in the future was a small news item that we saw a few months ago.  It may not have even registered with a number of people.  And that was the fact that Disney trademarked the term "FORCE FRIDAY" following the all out media blitz and merchandise offering that was the first Force Friday.  I think we're going to see another Force Friday for the rollout of the toy line supporting the ROGUE ONE movie this September, and we'll probably see another for Episode 8 in September of 2017.  I think we'll see a select few things at SDCC, but most things will get held back for Force Friday.

The complaints do seem pretty absurd.  Looking purely at the design and articulation of the figure, it's clear that the people at Hasbro learned a lot from the SA trooper heyday of 2005 - 2012, and utilized some of the best techniques into the design and engineering for the First Order Stormtrooper.  This trooper is awesome in terms of the sculpt and articulation. 

As for the helmet paint apps?  That's something that can be dealt with merely by having a discerning eye when you're shopping in the store.  I've seen some troopers with better paintjobs than others.  If anything, this is a QC issue and not a design error.  And it seems like something that could be resolved in a later wave. 

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