« on: May 28, 2014, 09:06 PM »
Same here. I think Hasbro has pretty much been keeping to their word about these multipacks. Either they're all re-issues, or all/mostly new. And I'm with you on this point Jesse: if they start sneaking in 1 or 2 new figures in a set of 6 or 8 with a rehashed vehicle or creature? That's just uncool and manipulative.
Clearly, the Battle on Endor pack appears to be all repacks. Just running through what's in there:
-AT-ST - I'm thinking that this is the 4th offering, correct? There was the SOTDS Target exclusive, the K-Mart exclusive TVC version and the WalMart exclusive TLC version
-Stormtrooper (uncertain of the version)
-AT-ST Driver - from the K-Mart exclusive set
-Imperial Officer - from the K-Mart exclusive Death Star Scanning Crew set
-Ewoks - from the TRU exclusive Movie Heroes Ewok set
-Chewbacca - Early Bird version
-Han Solo (Endor) - VTSC version
-Leia (Endor - minus helmet & poncho) - VTAC version
Now if we're looking at all new for the other sets? I'd definitely be happy. But I get the feeling that Hasbro may want to get more mileage out of that Rancor they put together for the Target exclusive. And the other potential figures that would likely fill out that pack have all been made within the past few years: Malakili, Giran, Oola, the Gamorrean Guards, etc. Taking that into consideration, I think that the Rancor set is almost certainly going to be all reissues. To do otherwise would be bizarre.
As for the Cantina Showdown? I'm hopeful here that maybe Hasbro can surprise me. When I saw the name, I instantly thought of the old POTF2 Cinema Scene with Dr. Evazan, Ponda Baba and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Hence my previous post. I hope Hasbro has a sense of history though, and recognizes that particular scene has been done before. Sure, the new sculpts are infinitely better than their POTF2 predecessors. But what about something new?
Personally, I'm hoping for a booth with Han Solo and Greedo. If Hasbro was feeling daring, I think they should call it "Han shot first". I don't know if they're prepared to go out on a limb like that, though. I would be okay with re-worked versions of Han Solo and Greedo for this set. And maybe have a nearby table of 2 Cantina patrons that haven't been done before. THAT is a Cantina Showdown set that I'd like to see.