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Hunter PR statement regarding Toy Fair and the fact that there won't be any TFA toy line reveals

From Hunter PR to Star Wars media Regarding Hasbro's Showroom at the 2015 International Toy Fair.

With Toy Fair approaching and Hasbro's annual Entertainment Brand Preview Day scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, we wanted to reach out and clarify what Hasbro's Star Wars presence will entail at this year's show.

As usual, Hasbro will be exhibiting a variety of fun and exciting Star Wars products from across its portfolio of brands, including Star Wars action figures, Star Wars Galactic Heroes and more. There will be no toys based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Star Wars Episode VII) shown at Toy Fair this year.

Obviously, we know that there's a huge amount of anticipation for Star Wars toys this year, and we wanted to be forthcoming about this as we know it might make a difference for some of you in regards to travel plans. While we're happy to host all of you at Entertainment Brand Preview Day and look forward to having you check out the latest and greatest toys from Star Wars and Hasbro's other exciting brands, we want you to have as much information as possible to be able to plan your travel and coverage.

We're extremely excited for the year ahead—which will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting years ever for fans of Star Wars and Hasbro's Star Wars toys—and we look forward to working with each of you extensively over the coming year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: January 5, 2015, 01:03 PM »
Mixed feelings on this one. Ghost in the shell is one of the most groundbreaking Anime films of all time. And ScarJo is awesome. Can a live action movie do the source material justice?

That is one exhaustive list. It does quell some of the sky is falling type of panic that might have been induced by that first glimpse of those 6" figures. And it's kind of funny. I had forgotten how big a movie year line can be.  Even if a lot of it is kid oriented or gimmick laden.

Belated Happy Birthday, Scott! 

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.

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!!!!!!!!!

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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