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I'm changing mine up a little bit from last year with at least a couple of new additions that might stand a better chance of being made:

1 - PK Droid

2 - Gardulla the Hutt

3 - Tey How

4 - Naboo Security Officer

5 - Maoi Madakor - Captain of the Radiant VII

6 - Antidar Williams - Pilot of the Radiant VII

7 - Erdan

8 - Nobot

9 - Depa Billaba (Super articulated / able to sit in Jedi Council seat)

10 - Eeth Koth (Super articulated / able to sit in Jedi Council seat)

Scored my 6" Stormtrooper at long last.  Made a trade with a long time friend to get this one because to date I have STILL not seen a 6" TBS Stormtrooper in the wild.

Glad to see that I'm not the only one watching that page like a hawk.

That's what I thought the price might be.  Thanks guys!

Found the Biker Scout w/ Speeder Bike set at Target today. They're having a BOGO 40% off sale on all toys this week, so was able to get 2 of these for $32 + tax each. Takes a bit of work to get the Scout on the bike properly, but once he's on it makes for a great display. Check the JD Facebook page for a photo ;)

So what's the actual retail on the Speeder bike?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:02 AM »
Crap. I completely forgot about Stan's "rumors." I was excited for a moment.

Looks like everyone's forgotten about them again, and with good reason.  How many of these ACTUALLY panned out at SDCC? 

Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
Shasa Tiel (Ishi Tib Jabba's Palace)
Vedain (Nikto Skiff Guard Driver)
Han Solo (In Carbonite)
Lando Calrissian
Bespin Security Guard
Power Droid
Imperial Gunner (JUST ADDED!)
Yak Face (JUST ADDED!)

Let's see..... that would be NONE!  Well, the only one that might be considered halfway confirmed was the Han Solo in Hoth gear, which likely refers to the 6" Deluxe figure.  But I just have to shake my head at sites that should know better running rumors like this as news without any sort of independent verification

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: July 29, 2014, 05:46 PM »
TRU has the 3.75" scale figures on an 85% or 90% off clearance. Something tells me that this line might be truly dead. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:41 AM »
Stormtrooper Han Solo just comes across a little odd to me.  In fact, it seems like the line seems to be going pretty heavy on Han right from the get-go.  Already we've seen 5 offerings of Han:
-ANH Han Solo
-ANH Han Solo with Greedo in the Cantina showdown exclusive 2-pack
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise
-Hoth Han Solo with the tauntaun
-Han Solo in Carbonite (SDCC 2013 exclusive)

Yea, but Han's been pretty much ignored for years, and hearing Ford's back for E7 should drive a little more buzz for the character.  I'd also argue that Han Carbonite isn't really a figure, nor was he wide spread, and the Han/Greedo set is just a figure repack.  We really have 3 different Han figures on the way, actually one less than Luke. 

The key word in my post was OFFERINGS.  Meaning the number of products that have been offered for sale. 

Yes, it's nice to see Han Solo getting some attention from Hasbro.  But I think that the number of Han Solo products might be pushing it.  Just as we're seeing the Stormtrooper / Sandtrooper tooling being pushed.  Clearly, Hasbro is trying to get as much value out of their tooling budget as possible.  But I hope Hasbro is prepared to recognize that the collector segment of the market is savvy.  And they're able to tell what's really new, what's kitbashed, and what's repainted. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:00 PM »
They already changed Tommen.  And with Myrcella becoming a more important player given the shift towards Dorne, that cast change isn't unexpected either.

I'm almost expecting that if/when Rickon Stark comes back into play that another actor will be cast in that role, too.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:25 AM »
More Hasbro/SDCC thoughts...

We've seen the AT-DP, Phantom and Inquisitor's TIE prototype before.  Still, it's good to get a better look at these now.

The AT-DP seems to be the best of the bunch.  I think walker vehicles just have this amazing appeal in Star Wars, and this one is a nice addition.  I'm certainly looking forward to it, although I don't think we really got a good look at the crew compartment.

The Phantom looks pretty plain, to be honest.  But I think Hasbro felt the need to get SOME sort of vehicle out there for the Rebels who are the namesake of the new series.  Again, I would have liked to have gotten a better look at the interior of this vehicle, but that just didn't happen.  What I really want to know about the Phantom?  In the event that the Ghost gets made as a large vehicle, will the Phantom dock in some way with that vehicle?  Hopefully Hasbro is looking at that sort of compatibility.

The Inquisitor's TIE fighter seems cool.  Although I have to wonder how those wings are going to hold up.  It looks like they fold, and the hinges may be a weak point on this particular vehicle.

I'm also a bit puzzled by the Target exclusive versions of the TIE Prototype and the Phantom.  Why would Target agree to this?  And where is the motivation for people to get these version instead of buying the figures and vehicles separately anywhere else?

And the Imperial Troop Transport?  The nostalgia fan in me really wants to like this.  Especially since I never got a vintage Imperial Transport.  But the execution on this one?  I've gotta say.... it looks a little cheap.  I know that tooling budgets are down.  And I appreciate the sentiment, but I think I was expecting a little more.  Still, in terms of the shaping?  I think this design actually does a decent job of bridging the look of some of the PT Grand Army of the Republic technology and vehicles with that of OT Imperial equipment.

The big vehicle question with regards to REBELS?  When does the Ghost come out?  And on a similar note, what about Agent Kallus's cruisers that have been seen in some of the recent clips?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:33 AM »
The High Sparrow begins to appear in A Feast for Crows and takes on a larger role in A Dance With Dragons.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:23 AM »
Love both the new deluxe sets. 

I wonder if/hope clean face Luke and his Taun Taun are slated for later, since they do love reusing parts.

What a silly question!  Of course they're coming... in the wave after this one.  ;)

I scored a glowing White Walker, too. But I didn't realize they were promoting it as a Comic Con exclusive. But to have it in stores nationally during SDCC?  That's a pretty cool promotion. 

On another note, has anyone been able to get a decent version of the Hound?  One that at least has decent paint apps?

So George R.R. Martin is talking seriously about finishing 'The Winds Of Winter'.  To the point where he is trimming down his appearance schedule, and he will also not be writing an episode of GoT season 5.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:55 AM »
Some general thoughts on the Black Series 3.75"

Yavin Leia looks pretty good.  I appreciate the update to a figure that hasn't been done in some 15+ years, and that's about all I have to say there.  I would've preferred another version of Leia if given the choice.

The mystery of Hoth Han in the 3.75" line?  I'm thinking that might have been a case of mistaken identity.  Someone probably saw that on a list and assumed that the 6" figure was actually a 3.75" figure.

Chewbacca?  I've said my piece, but I think it bears repeating.  Chewie is a tough character.  Simply because he really doesn't have any costume changes.  A detention block breakout version would have been more interesting than this one.

The Clone Commanders are pretty cool.  Rex looks adequately battle-worn.  And the hash marks to denote his droid kills are a nice touch.  Commander Wolffe is probably the star here, because his helmet and look are the most unique of the bunch.  I hope that helmet is removable!  As for Commander Doom?  It took a while for me to recognize that this Clone Commander was from the lost episodes.  When I saw him there I didn't make the connection.  But seeing the figure?  Clearly, whoever designed this particular Clone is a HUGE Marvel/Doctor Doom fan.  I mean, this is just an over the top homage to everyone's favorite despot from Latveria!  After that?  I guess we're left wondering what became of Commander Thorne, who either didn't make the cut or may have been put out there in an effort to discover any leaks.

Dagobah spirit Darth Vader is a nice update.  The POTJ figure was pretty awesome in it's day.  But that figure came out about 13 or 14 years ago, and I think the aesthetics have passed that one by.  The one question I have after seeing this one in the Hasbro display case?  Does the head come off?

Gold Leader / Dutch Vander seems like a case of going back to re-do the notable Rebel Pilots from the Battle of Yavin.  The original version of Gold Leader wound up towering over many an X-Wing and Y-Wing pilot.  I guess now I can customize the old version into a Rosey LaRose figure!!!

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