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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 6
« on: September 18, 2016, 08:12 PM »
I think it's pretty likely that we're going to get a Jyn Erso in this line.  But in this wave?  Based on what Hasbro did last year, they only had Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper as the first SA offerings from THE FORCE AWAKENS.  And that leaves me wondering if there will be a similar pattern this year.

I think we're probably going to get at least one version of Jyn Erso in this line.  She has at least three costume changes that we know of in the movie.  But I'm going to be a little pissed if the version of Jyn that we do get is in the Imperial Ground Crew disguise.

The same goes for Cassian Andor.  I think we've seen four costume changes for him:  Yavin, Eadu, Imperial Officer disguise and Scarif.  So far we've seen 3.75" versions of Cassian Andor from Yavin and Eadu.  I'm thinking that we might get him in the Scarif costume in this line.

Aside from those obvious choices?  I think the Scarif Stormtrooper seems likely.  And I think Hasbro's going to make us wait a little while on an SA Deathtrooper until at least the wave after this one.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 17, 2016, 07:14 PM »
Well, Hasbro does seem to be hoping that we're going to be buying this $300 AT-ACT.  And that's just not happening for me.

But there is this possible 6" vehicle rumor that's been circulating.  That one has me a little curious.

I checked out the video review.  And it looks pretty clear that the base of this Jyn Erso interlocks with another base piece, just like the Starkiller base versions of Kylo Ren and Rey.  I wonder what the companion piece is going to be in the case of the ROGUE ONE sets?  Or for that matter, if K-Mart is still going to be in business at that point.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 17, 2016, 04:45 PM »
Lots of good info there!  I wish it had been better publicized, because I would've liked to have seen it live.

It wasn't live. It was a private hangout/conference call.

Oh.  Still, not a bad way to hold a press avail.

Bummed about the Hovertank.  But when have we ever gotten every vehicle in a movie in one shot?

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 17, 2016, 10:03 AM »
Lots of good info there!  I wish it had been better publicized, because I would've liked to have seen it live.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Sales and Discounts
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:53 AM »
I saw a Yakface/Flyguy report that the 6" First Order TIE has been sighted for it's final clearance price of $42.84.  I haven't found any in my area at that price via Brickseek.  And they're flying off the shelves at the $50.98 price point.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:50 AM »
I get that reshoots are a regular part of the process.  The way these reshoots were characterized was a little different from what I've seen mentioned about pickup shoots in the past.

One thing that I think may be at play here is that there may be significant expectations of a new composer for a Star Wars film.  John Williams set the bar incredibly high, and for a long time music in a Star Wars movie has almost taken on the role of an ever-present character.  Was Desplat able to live up to those expectations?  Or was his score too much of a departure?  That could be what's really going on here.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: September 15, 2016, 08:36 PM »
Not necessarily.  The final cut of a movie can get locked down early relative to the theatrical release, despite visual effects not being totally completed.  The scoring may have been pushed back to accommodate a lengthier edit schedule that was caused by the reshoots.  Temp visual effects shots get used as placeholders in the edited version until those are done.  The last part of the process is generally the final sound mix. 

And if Desplat was already booked on another show, I could see him leaving the ROGUE ONE production. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: September 15, 2016, 08:08 PM »
The composer who was originally announced to score ROGUE ONE, Alexandre Desplat, has been replaced.  Due to scheduling issues related to the reshoots that took place during the summer, the schedule for scoring the new movie was thrown off.  This reportedly caused some scheduling conflicts that would not allow Desplat to finish the score.  Replacing him on the job will be composer Michael Giacchino, who has worked extensively with JJ Abrams.  Read more about this at i09:

While Adam may have a feel for the toy management group within K-Mart, that likely doesn't extend to senior management of Sears/K-Mart.  Because the financial ratings agency Moody's is projecting that the failure of Sears/K-Mart is imminent.  And this Jyn Erso (Eadu) exclusive may be one of the last we see at the K-Mart chain.

I'd like to get a close look at that Eadu base.  Aside from that?  I'm getting a bit more concerned about K-Mart's ability to get exclusives.  They've been closing stores at a brisk pace over the past couple of years, and that could seriously impact their ability to get these figures out to collectors.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: September 12, 2016, 07:27 AM »
It looks like a fan favorite Mandalorian from the CLONE WARS animated series will be returning as a featured player on REBELS season 3.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: EE Exclusive: Astromech 6 Pack
« on: September 9, 2016, 04:41 PM »
I'm still really on the fence about this set.  And considering how CLONE WARS heavy they went on the sourcing?  There were a couple of R5 units that I really would have preferred to see in this set.



Having those droids in the lineup as opposed to a whopping 6 x R2 units would have been at the very least a bit more interesting.  And while I appreciate the effort, do we really need TWO bartender droids?  Especially one for a Hutt that will probably NEVER been made into a figure?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 5
« on: September 9, 2016, 01:14 PM »
That online wave from the TVC line was VERY difficult to come by unless you ordered the full case.  I wanted to get at least 6 ERG's, and it was tough to just come by three of them.  So I welcome the ERG wholeheartedly.

Waiting for the eventual clearance paid off!  I found two 6" Black Series First Order TIE Fighters in the Target clearance aisle for $50.98 each.  OMG were these boxes beat up!  But I picked one up, and it was $55 and change after taxes. 

Before I went to the store I ran a Brickseek search.  Most stores in my area are still pricing the 6" TIE Fighter at $84.98, but stock levels are dwindling quickly at the $50.98 price point.  And it came back with both prices and inventory amounts at specific stores.  Only 3 out of the 20 stores that came back in my search had the lower price point, and those stores only had 1 - 3 units on hand.

While I know that there's likely to be another price reduction, I didn't want to miss out on this vehicle.  And considering the condition of the box I actually cracked it open in the parking lot just to make sure it was okay, and sure enough it was. 

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