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Chirrut looks like he comes with some sort of bowcaster.  At least the 6" version looks like that. 

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 5, 2016, 10:38 PM »
This was a nice teaser for what's going to come tomorrow.  And I think Hasbro wanted to show off the interactive features of the AT-ACT, too.  This was the right forum to do that.

Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 5, 2016, 06:10 PM »
There's also the Hasbro press/PR party tonight.  I've been in touch with friends who are on their way to it right now.  So there may be some tidbits popping up on social media in the next hour or two.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 5, 2016, 10:26 AM »
I was fully prepared to disregard this set.  I already had all of the figures thanks to the two-packs.  I didn't care that much about the Stormtrooper since we've gotten so many over the years, pauldron or no pauldron.  But then someone pointed out the dirty paintjob on the Deathtrooper.  Really?  Two figures that were *SLIGHTLY* different started getting me towards a tipping point with this set.

For the record, I don't really care for buying toys at Kohls.  I think they're overpriced on almost everything, and it seems like they're perpetually running some kind of "sale" to soften the blow of their inflated pricing.  And the price?  Getting all 4 of these figures in the original 2-packs would cost you $30 + tax.  This set is $35 IIRC.  This... nickel and diming is just not cool.  So on principle I think I may avoid this set.  Especially since all of these figures are 5 POA.

Rogue One / Re: Kohls Rogue One 3.75" Box o' Variants
« on: October 4, 2016, 10:11 PM »
They should have called this set "Just different enough to get you mad".

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: October 3, 2016, 02:15 PM »
Toys R Us is currently running a BUY ONE, GET ONE promotion on all Star Wars 3.75" figures and vehicles.  This promotion runs now through October 8th, and is BUY ONE, GET ONE FOR 40% OFF.

There is also a sale currently on ALL lightsabers.  They are currently 20% off.  The standard Force FX lightsabers are priced around $149 each, so this sale would get those pieces for $120.  And the Kylo Ren Force FX lightsaber which sells for over $200 would see a very significant discount.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 08:43 PM »

And at least one of them has markings that might be a little bit familiar to "Legends" literature fans.

The store where I found this wave a few days before Force Friday had NO SIGN of this wave after FF.  And the SW sections were terribly organized, too.  I think that there was an over-correction at these Walmarts that broke the street dates.  And when they did put stuff out?  It seemed like an afterthought.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 05:58 PM »
Nothing to see here.  Move along.  Move along.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: October 2, 2016, 05:56 PM »
There were rumors during the summer that Dave Filoni was hoping to bring in Ewan McGregor to presumably voice Obi-Wan Kenobi for this season.  Bringing Obi-Wan into the mix might offer up a possible way to resolve the Darth Maul storyline. And I also have to wonder if that happens, would they look to incorporate some of the Visionaries storyline that involved Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, Owen Lars and Luke Skywalker?  Because Ezra mentioned the twin suns following his holocron vision. 

From what we've seen of the Death Troopers in the trailer so far, I get the sense that they're a really small force.  If there are a dozen of them on screen in ROGUE ONE I would be really surprised.  That might at least make army building them a little more economical.

As for the Shoretroopers/Scarif troopers?  Your guess is as good as mine.

I'm a bit more irked at the price tag for 4 x of the exact same figure for a total of $100!  This isn't 4 distinct sculpts.  This is the phase 2 Clone Trooper with 4 x different paint jobs.

I can totally understand some of the confusion about the Shocktrooper, too.  The Walmart exclusive Battlefront Shocktrooper just came out last year and was a complete PITA to get.  It absolutely would have been nice to see it get reissued.  But that character was a creation of the Battlefront game, and was an Imperial Stormtrooper with the red Shocktrooper markings like we saw in ROTS.  And THIS Shocktrooper is a phase II Clone repaint.  But the markings are so similar between the two that I can see the cause for some of the confusion.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 2, 2016, 12:56 PM »
There's a character reveal that's putting a name to the face of a Mon Cal Rebel that we saw in the SWCE sizzle reel:  Admiral Raddus.

The Scarif trooper is listed as the Squad Leader but this is the grunt version (fine by me). The leader has the blue markings.

Yeah.  The Squad Leader is already in the 2-pack with Moroff and has more intricate markings. 

The one in the Walmart exclusive wave does seem more like a standard trooper, despite the name on the package.

I'm actually very glad to see this lineup.  I think it works well.  And I hope there's going to be a second wave of ROGUE ONE figures in this line, too.

I didn't see a sign of these at the TRU stores that I've checked out.  These stores were surprisingly well stocked, although the feature section area was pretty well picked over.  And the Black Series 6" stock was pretty well picked through.

I guess I've been pretty lucky with TRU exclusives, because they've been relatively easy to get.  Granted, being in the vicinity of TRU corporate headquarters might be helpful here, since the execs visit the local stores regularly to get a sense of how the merchandising planograms work.  And the stores in North Jersey do tremendous numbers.

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