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Other Collectibles / Re: ROTS Glass and figure review?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:01 PM »
Pretty sure those are made of plastic.  I never actually opened mine, but from a safety standpoint alone I can't see the cup actually being made out of glass.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:13 PM »
The presentation is tomorrow, right?  It would be nice if the presentation would get streamed live, but that might be asking too much.  Especially since there are likely to be about 200 people live tweeting from inside the event.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:50 PM »
Based on how much Rebels seems to be borrowing from Kenner (small wing TIE, Troop Transport), wouldn't it be neat to see them use some of the Kenner mini-rigs in the show so that Hasbro could get us updated versions of them in a new Class I type line?

I'd love to see an updated INT-4, AST-5, ISP-6, or MTV-7 make their way into the show...   :D


Those vintage mini-rigs were pretty cool.  But if Hasbro cooked something up in conjunction with the Lucas Animation design people?  Oh, these could be really nice!  I liked some of the Clone Wars mini-rigs, and I think some OT era mini-rigs would be awesome.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:27 AM »
Looks like Bantha Skull has an image of the Imperial Troop Transport as it's supposed to appear in the REBELS series.  It looks like it's been updated, but the overall design is very much in line with the vintage Kenner vehicle.

The figures packed with these vehicles reminds me far more of the Costco exclusive pieces we've seen in recent years.  Like the Avengers Quinjet packed with repainted versions of Iron Man and Captain America.

But as for actual Class I vehicles?  I'm hoping for speeder bikes with figures.  Like the ones we saw in the new REBELS trailer that just premiered this week.

Target Exclusive Vehicle with Figure Asst. via GH on Facebook.

So THIS is the Class I assortment?  It just comes across a little odd.

I can get the exclusivity for Target to have these vehicles packaged with the figures.  It's something a little different.  But the Class I label historically denoted a smaller vehicle with 1 or 2 figures.  These 2 vehicles look decidedly more like Class II vehicles.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 23, 2014, 02:04 PM »
Hot Toys announced 1/4 and 1/6 scale toys.  I think it would be awesome if they announced some sort of 1/18th scale line.  I think the dream of a lot of adult collectors is to have some detailed environments from a high end shop like Hot Toys or Sideshow.  But if anything I think this Hot Toys announcement is going to broaden what we see in the realm of 12"  and 18" figures.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:50 PM »
The new 6" offerings seem like a little bit of a mixed bag.

Stormtrooper - Looks strong.  I've yet to see one at retail, but I have one incoming via trade soon.  It looks significantly different from the Sandtrooper, which is cool.  I've been concerned that Hasbro was going to be looking to do a lot of cost savings by reusing parts/molds, etc.

Sandtrooper - A cool companion to the trooper with the orange pauldron.  I just hope that Hasbro doesn't overdo it by offering a whole squad worth of different Sandtroopers at the expense of new characters in the 6" figure line.

Chewbacca - Looking good, and pretty action oriented.  Funny though, the way they posed the loose figure in the case at SDCC makes Chewie look a lot like the Unleashed figure.  As for the snarling expression?  I think that fits in with the overall gyst of what the line is going for.

Anakin Skywalker (ROTS) - I like that they're doing the two varying portraits.  The one on the figure is clearly Anakin as Vader on Mustafar.  Most likely I'm going to put the other portrait on mine because I like the way it looks better.

Darth Vader - This one looks interesting, but a little difficult for Hasbro to execute.  The undercloak seems a little tough to nail down.  And the codpiece looks a little odd and bent.

Clone Trooper (AOTC) - So far, so good.  It would be nice if the helmet came off to reveal a clone portrait.  But I think this rendition reveals something about the design for the phase I clone trooper armor.  Since that armor was never actually realized as a practical costume, but as a CGI design, would it function practically?  From looking at this figure I get the sense that it might not.  Anyhow, the figure looks cool.

Luke Skywalker (ROTJ) - I think the figure looks alright.  And the interchangeable part of the tunic is a nice feature.  But the face portrait?  Hmmm.  I don't know about that.

Yoda - This one is interesting.  I think here Hasbro is clearly trying to bridge the PT and the OT with the one figure.  He's got accessories that are in line with both eras.  I'm just wondering about the articulation levels.

I think the Vader may be a little different, since they're passing this one off as a ROTS version.

It's a repack of the ROTS Vader from Wave 5.  Easy to forget since everyone was so much more excited for SnowSpeeder Wedge, NOT Doallyn Skiff Guard, and Ree-Yees.  ;) 

Ah.  The one that has barely hit anywhere other than online retail?  Figures.

No doubt we're going to see more revealed at the Hasbro panel.  So far this is a lot of the same stuff we saw at Toy Fair, no?  Although I think the Vader may be a little different, since they're passing this one off as a ROTS version.  It's definitely not the TESB version that came in TBS wave 1.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:03 PM »
A not so discreet hint from Rebelscum tonight.  Evidently they were able to get access to the floor at SDCC this evening and photographed a lot of the Hasbro exhibit.  But they were asked not to photograph a 6" Black Series TIE Fighter Pilot.  I guess we'll get a look at that tomorrow night when preview night kicks off.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:01 PM »
That was the least discreet hint I think I've ever seen.  The only person who couldn't figure that out would be that guy who horrendously failed at Wheel of Fortune a few months back.

I'm looking forward to how the Imperial Troop Transport might get integrated into the series.  And I hope the tool for the vehicle has been at least slightly updated.   That's one vintage vehicle I was never able to get for myself, so the opportunity to finally get one is pretty nice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero / Comic Book TV Development
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:51 PM »
She really has been one of the best things about 'True Blood' on HBO.  Her and Kristen Van Straten.

One very oddly coincidental thing about Deborah Ann Woll and this new role?  Her boyfriend is blind.  And she's been using some of her celebrity to raising awareness about the disease that took his sight.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: July 21, 2014, 01:33 PM »
Simon Pegg mentioned on his Twitter page that it's actually very much in line with Ralph McQuarrie's original X-Wing designs.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:39 AM »
It's got to be because the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought this all into the mainstream since the movies have been wildly successful.  The new issue of EW has an Avengers - Age of Ultron cover story, and that movie doesn't come out for another 10 months!  That article touted the box office for the MCU as being somewhere in the neighborhood of $6 billion.  So while Marvel Comics may go in different directions story-wise, news about those characters that are part of the MCU can mean big business.

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