Let's fix one thing first here...
Of course you are entitled to your own opinion. And likewise,
the rest of us are I AM entitled to disagree with you
After the discussion here, and via PM, I went back and clarified the post to avoid any additional confusion. Again, FWIW, I'll state that absolutely ZERO attempt was made to deceive anyone. We posted links to YN story on May 23, RS developing story on May 28, "All of a sudden" (i.e. 2 days later) Justin posted his mockup/what if image on Facebook ONLY - not our front page. I'm clearly not understanding the vitriol about it.
That being said, I'm no journalist, nor do I pretend to be one but I am responsible for the content on our site and social media channels and stand by our method(s) of reporting as flawed as they may be.
Anyway, how 'bout those TBS figures? I'm not convinced that the Endor set is all repacks. Something about that Imperial Officer looks "just different enough to make you madô*".
*Credit Adam Pawlus, EntertaimentEarth, Galactic Hunter, 16bit.com
Thanks for chiming in here publically, Jay. I know we had our private dialogue, but I think it's important that some of this is aired in an open forum.
FWIW, I hold YF in high esteem. The site has a long history in the online SW collecting community and is one of only a few "Legacy" sites that have been consistent, reliable sources of info. And my criticism here isn't an exercise in breaking balls. It's really more about concern for the credibility of a site that's been around at least as long as I've been online as a collector.
Frankly, I think that we should be having MORE discussions like this in an effort to keep everyone in the community honest. Several years ago there was a push for more sites to openly acknowledge sponsor communications that were being relayed on their front pages to readers. The community seemed to adapt to the idea and move forward.
That being said, there is an inherent responsibility that comes along with operating and writing for a SW collecting site. Why? Well, we all know that Hasbro and other Star Wars licensees aren't always forthcoming with information. And the collecting sites have served to fill in a lot of the blanks for collectors in the U.S. and internationally. As such a lot of collectors depend on these sites for information. Many collectors get involved in working for sites for the fun of it and their love of collecting. But they are also taking on a responsibility to their fellow collectors. The attention, perks and profile that a collecting site draws comes with an obligation to provide good information in a clear manner. Sorry, but that's part of the deal.
I absolutely appreciate the effort to clarify those Facebook posts, Jay. Thanks for doing that. As the largest social networking site in the world, the impact of posts on Facebook should not be discounted. Generating interest in discussion forums is a good thing. But it should be done in such a way that's clear to the reader.
As for the Endor pack? I think Adam is wrong on the Imperial Officer. I think it's a straight-up reissue of the figure from the K-Mart exclusive 2-pack.