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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. 

I picked up a 6" First Order Snowtrooper last night.  I also saw the TIE Pilot, but for some reason I keep passing on that particular figure.  Also glad to see that more Rey's, Finns and Kylo Rens are making their way to stores in refresh assortments. 

Nothing to see here

Most of these are in-stock this AM at for $12.83-13.29 each.  Act fast if you want them...

Better deal than the $16-22 they have been charging the past few days. :P

I've seen those higher prices.  It seems that is now trying to operate very much like Amazon, with the Walmart version of the Amazon marketplace dealer.  I noticed that is now one of those vendors who is selling through the Walmart site and was offering some 3.75" Black Series figures at higher prices.

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Check Amazon if you want the Armor Up Kylo Ren.  I just got one for $12.50 with Prime Shipping, no tax just the other day.  TRU's prices have been a bitter pill to swallow.

I seem to recall some of these rumors.  Glad this didn't come to fruition.  It just seemed like more shoehorning OT characters into the PT.  I still really dislike how Anakin wound up being C-3PO's builder.  Uggghhhh!!!

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:20 PM »
I've been seeing those TRU exclusive Armor Up Poe's on a regular basis at stores near me.  If this was the only version of Poe available without his helmet, I would bite.  But there's the Black Series 3.75" version, plus the pack-in figure that comes with the Black Leader X-wing, and both of those figures feature removable helmets.  And with this figure the armor-up accessories really don't do it for me.

And the Captain Phasma, while a tougher figure to find, doesn't really offer up much that's different from the basic carded figure.  The whole notion of additional armor on an already armored figure seems frankly, a little silly.  The one upside to the armor-up Phasma is that the armor looks like it has a little more sparkle to it.  But I'm having a tough time justifying that purchase too, when there are indicators that WalMart is going to offer a 3.75" Black Series version in the next wave.

Stopped by a Walmart store after work today looking for the Han and Rey 3.75" wave.  Lo and behold I found about 10 of the new 6" Black series First Order Flametroopers. There was a 6" Phasma, but no sign of the rest of the new 6" figures.  It almost looked like this store had received solid cases of the Flametroopers. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 29, 2016, 06:21 AM »
My god, Hasbro is leaving $ on the table with that McQuarrie A-Wing and Mando fighter.  I'd love both, neither are "big", both doable in Class II...  I'd be giddy to get either ship really.

Until you open it and realize you paid $30 for a 5POA pack-in figure and an under-scaled ship made with low quality plastic and a severe lack of paint, stickers, and weathering....  #sadtrombone

At least I know a place where you can go to complain about it....  once you're done complaining about how hard it was to find and the fact that the pack-in figure is not female, of course.  :D

Need to add a LIKE button to the forum, Jeff!

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:03 AM »
Nice tease from Daisy Ridley on her Instagram account today.  It looks like an Episode VIII letterhead with a note from Kathleen Kennedy to the cast & crew. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:26 AM »
Cool episode last night.  I like the way that the animated series have been expanding on the history of the Mandalorians.  And seeing them in the mix here was very cool.  But for the whole episode I was kind of wracking my brain, trying to figure out who was voicing Fenn Rau, the Protector of Concord Dawn.  And the credits are out for the episode, and the IMDB PAGE lists actor Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Rome, Grey's Anatomy) playing Fenn Rau.  It's nice to see some real actors taking some guest parts.

I was able to pick up this Vader at a Walgreens on my way home from work today.  I only saw one, but it was good to knock this off my list. 

But a general note if you are looking for these?  Check the end caps, because that's where I found mine, not in the regular toy aisle.  Most of the Walgreens stores in my area still have a dedicated Star Wars end cap, and I get the sense that Walgreens has a directive to place this exclusive Vader on those end caps. 

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