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I think they're being strategically held back in all of the marketing, toy lines included.  LFL/Disney clearly wants to push the new generation of characters.  And with the exception of that Vanity Fair cover, most of the promo images revolve around Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron, BB-8 and Kylo Ren.  That is very deliberate.  Because when you do bring in those legacy players like Harrison Ford with his bit at the end of the 2nd trailer people lost their minds.  They couldn't focus at all on the other characters, just "Chewie, we're home".

Thanks, Steve, but no luck there.

I have to interpret that as Hasbro wanting to get more bang for their tooling buck.

And I think we're at 3 x Sandtroopers now with the new EE exclusive set.  :D

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 5, 2015, 10:08 AM »
This exclusive wave is one of the few segments of the 3.75" figure line where I have some optimism.  But still, look at this lineup:

___  Rey (Jakku)
___  Finn (Jakku)
___  Poe Dameron (X-Wing Pilot)
___  Princess Leia Organa (Yavin Medal Ceremony)
___  Kylo Ren
___  First Order Stormtrooper
___  Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back) REISSUE
___  Chewbacca REISSUE
___  Han Solo (Return Of The Jedi)  LIKELY REISSUE
___  Luke Skywalker  (Return Of The Jedi) REISSUE

Very likely 40% of this wave is comprised of reissues based on the images we've seen so far.  I get that Hasbro and retailers want to keep some of these characters in the mix.  They're big draws.  In the case of Chewbacca, his appearance in Episode 7 isn't really all that different from the OT.  But why not go with Episode 7 versions of Han or Luke?

As for the new Episode 7 characters in this wave?  I'm refraining from buying the 5POA versions of Kylo Ren, Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron so that I can get superior SA versions like I'm hoping this wave will offer.  But I suspect that with army building potentially picking up again, the First Order Stormtrooper from this wave could be one of the hottest figures of the line, and very tough to find.

Do I like that WalMart got these?  Ugh.  I really dislike the way that WalMart handles exclusives.  Their track record is not the best.  But I also suspect that Hasbro was playing the numbers game in this instance.  WalMart has over 4500 stores domestically.  Far more than Target and TRU combined.  While I prefer shopping at either of those chains, WalMart simply has more stores.  So *MAYBE* this time around they won't f**k it up so badly in terms of distribution.

Gotta agree with the timing.  It's nice to have things somewhat spaced out.  Although I am wondering if this Vader's right hand will come off to show some exposed wires at the wrist.

I'm also hoping that there's going to be a companion Emporer with some Force Lightning at some point in time.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: September 5, 2015, 09:29 AM »
Benicio del Toro sounds like he is confirmed to be in Episode VIII.  And principal photography commences in March of 2016.

Pretty cool.  Based on the clip that was released on Instagram last week, I think it's a fair bet that the companion piece for this set will be ****POSSIBLE SPOILERS Finn with the blue Skywalker lightsaber ****

Wow.  Already?  This is almost like dealing with SDCC exclusives.

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: September 5, 2015, 07:41 AM »
There was one figure that I had some hope for in this Armor Up assortment, and that was Poe Dameron.  He's in a Resistance uniform other than the flight suit, which I thought looked pretty cool.  But when I actually saw the figure in person yesterday?  Whoa.  Not a flattering portrait of the actor, Oscar Isaac at all.  I'm hoping that we might get another version of Poe in his Resistance uniform down the line that looks SOMETHING like the character.

As for other figures in this assortment?  I was kind of tempted by the First Order Stormtroopers and Flametroopers.  Chewbacca had a decent sculpt.  But Finn and Luke?  Meh.  In essence, these are all still 5 POA figures.  Sure, they've got that armor accessory, but I really don't have any use for those when it comes to displaying these figures. 

There were lots of impulses yesterday to 'BUY, BUY, BUY'!  But I think that I've got a much better long view on things now, and I'm prepared to wait for decent/basic versions of these figures.  The armor gimmick just does not really do it for me.  With the characters like Poe, Finn and Luke I think you've got a little latitude with them in terms of the desing.  But with the First Order characters?  Given the fact that these characters are already armored you get the sense that there might be some armor enhancements available for these troopers.  But what Hasbro came up with for both the Stormtrooper and the Flametrooper just does not fit in with that very strong design aesthetic.

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 4, 2015, 09:15 PM »
I kept my purchases kind of limited today. 

- Resistance Trooper
- Constable Zuvio
- First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
- First Order Flame Trooper


First Order Speeder Bike with Elite Trooper
First Order Assault Walker with Stormtrooper Sergeant
Rey's Speeder with Rey

A lot of the stores had been pretty well picked over by the time I got there.  Still, I very deliberately held off on buying the basic versions of Finn, Poe and Rey. Especially in light of the news about the Walmart exclusive SA figure wave.  The biggest kicker?  I had those Target coupons and was fully expecting to be able to use that $25 off of a $100 purchase.  But I couldn't even find $100 worth of merchandise at Target that I really wanted, and was resigned to using the $10 off of $50 coupon instead.

Approximately 6".  And now there's a Captain Phasma that's been photographed in a store display.

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: September 3, 2015, 12:26 PM »
It looks pretty cool, but it's definitely on the small side.  The hosts of the Global Unboxing were playing around with one on set and it looks nice.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: September 3, 2015, 11:49 AM »
The Millenium Falcon was part of the Global Unboxing event if you want to get a look at it in video.

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: September 3, 2015, 10:55 AM »
Found some 6" figure reveals on the Global Unboxing event.  Disney stores will actually have these die-cast figures that appear to be a similar scale to the 6" Black Series.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 3, 2015, 10:00 AM »
Found some stock out at a local WalMart, but nothing that I'd actually buy.  Saw the first wave of TFA Hero Series 12" figures:  Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, First Order Stormtrooper & Finn.  Also saw some Hero Mashers, Micro Machines, Role Play masks & lightsabers

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