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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: February 21, 2016, 11:09 AM »
Same here.  I actually LIKE that Chewbacca sculpt.  It looks pretty good.  But I have LOTS of other Chewbacca figures.  Including SA versions that I bought at lower price points than this armor up Chewbacca.  Early Bird Chewbacca, anyone?

I've even like the Deluxe Figure line historically.  I mean, who DIDN'T like the POTJ Deluxe figures, like Slave Leia with the Sail Barge cannon?  Or the POTJ Amanaman?  And what about some of those SAGA Deluxe figures, like C-3PO with the Escape Pod?  Or General Riekkan with that Tactical Plot?  Granted, that's when Hasbro went in it's biggest and boldest direction with that line.  But even in the ROTS line we got some very cool offerings of characters with large accessories, or large droids, MOST OF WHICH were featured on screen.  Personally, I'd like to see this sort of Deluxe Figure offering return.  Because a 5 POA figure with a big packpack that costs $15 isn't cutting it with me.

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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:18 AM »
I saw the Armor Up Finn and FO TIE Pilot today.  Finn looks alright, but I passed because I want to see the basic figure version first.  As for the TIE Pilot?  It was kind of uninspiring.

Have any of the Armor Up figures qualified as inspiring at this point?


Not really.  The only ones that I've felt ANY sort of eagerness to get were the Poe Dameron in Resistance uniform and Kylo Ren with the hood down.  Everything else has just been kind of MEH.  I get that Hasbro's trying to offer up some play value with the armor.  But the concept just isn't resonating enough with me to spend $13 to $15 on a figure with 5 POA and a large accessory that's never featured on screen.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:54 AM »
New 3.75" basic figures at WalMart.  Armor Up at TRU.  But at $14.99 each, TRU can keep the Armor Up figures.

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The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:05 PM »
I saw the Armor Up Finn and FO TIE Pilot today.  Finn looks alright, but I passed because I want to see the basic figure version first.  As for the TIE Pilot?  It was kind of uninspiring. 

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:03 PM »
Picked up the Fifth Brother Inquisitor, Tasu Leech and Admiral Ackbar today.  The sculpt on Tasu Leech is pretty good.  And I'm definitely liking Ackbar!

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:45 AM »
Aren't coincidences the hallmark of the entire series?

Yes.  It's called The Force.


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It's actually really strange to see an image like that one.  Prior to the release of the movie, Finn figures seemed to sit.  And I will still see his 6" figure linger for a little while now.  But since the movie came out?  Those Finn figures seem to sell through at a steady pace.  In fact, the only Finn besides the 6" version that I see with some regularity at this point is the pack-in figure that comes with the Jakku landspeeder.  And I hardly see ANY 3.75" Black Series figures at all anymore.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:02 PM »
Found a Han Solo today. And I have to say, the hair on this figure is way too brown. 

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: February 17, 2016, 02:00 PM »
I found a better sample of the Ezra speeder today and picked it up.  And it was at Target, too.

I opened this up as soon as I got home.  I was very surprised to see that this version of Ezra is very different from previous versions.  It's a new head sculpt. The hair is different from previous releases, and there's the scars, too. Plus the jumpsuit is considerably darker than past releases.  The light saber obviously has the removable blade, and there's a hanger on Ezra's hip for the hilt. 

The speeder bike is a little on the simple side, but I kind of like this one.  It gives us a nice variety in the speeder vehicles. 

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 16, 2016, 06:44 AM »
Hmmmm.  How ****** up is this?  Let's count the ways!
-A highly celebrated toy line has existed ONLY in the 6" scale for at least a decade if not longer. 
-Online shopping is now bigger than ever, but product listings and their associated photos cannot accurately convey a sense of scale on a consistent basis.
-Prices on 3.75" Marvel figures are now close to $14 per figure each, sneaking much closer to the MSRP of the 6" version of Marvel Legends
-And Hasbro has foundered about with Marvel Universe, Marvel Infinite, and now Marvel Legends for the 3.75" figure line.  Identity crisis anyone?

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:07 PM »
Saw some of the new 3.75" Marvel figures, like the Black Panther and original armor Iron Man.  I was surprised to see these branded as Marvel Legends.  I thought that brand name was reserved for the 6" scale figure, but I guess that has changed.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:03 PM »
I'm not really surprised that Hasbro would start going to factories outside of China.  The economic trend has been showing us that the cost of labor in China is on the rise.  And countries like Vietnam and India are the next source of that low cost manufacturing.

The whole lead paint in toys scandal was a real game changer in the toy industry.  Costs went up in a dramatic fashion after Hasbro and other toy manufacturers responded with the increased emphasis on safety, which in turn came with increased costs.  And of course, that gets passed on to us, the consumers.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:52 PM »
I saw the Ezra speeder today.  The light saber in the one I saw looked a little flimsy, so I passed.  But I did notice that this version of Ezra has the scars on his face that he's had since late in season one of Rebels. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILERS possible)
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:31 PM »
There's also a more complete list of the Episode VIII cast listed on IMDB, too.  Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro are listed among the E8 cast, albeit without character names.  And Harrison Ford is listed, too.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:20 AM »
It does seem like things are moving in that direction.  I just checked the summer convention calendar, and Celebration Europe is the week before SDCC 2016.  You have to wonder if anything meaningful will be offered up for SDCC.

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