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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" First Order Legion 7-Pack Box Set
« on: January 6, 2016, 05:23 PM »
I think some people have already received their orders on these.  I don't know if anyone has been able to confirm if that heavy weapons trooper has a removable vest or not.  But clearly, the riot control trooper is all about the shield and baton.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: January 6, 2016, 04:41 PM »
That picture is from a September 28th article http://m.fastcompany.com/3051411/meet-the-most-powerful-force-in-the-star-wars-universe-the-man-who-makes-the-toys

Check out photo 8 in the top gallery.

And I believe confirmed to be 6 inch back then

Yeah, I saw the article.  Can't believe I forgot about something like this that came out in September.  The thing is, the caption in the article calls these 4" figures.  But it seems more likely that they're 6", since we've seen all 3 of those figures in 6" form already.  F**king stan.

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Whoa.  Has the infamous Stan actually come through with an image leak?

Linky

To me, that looks like what could be a removable helmet Kylo Ren and a Resistance uniform Poe Dameron pictured with the Finn figure that was released with wave 3.

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I think Walmart was always far more interested in getting that collector foot traffic into the stores, rather than making this exclusive subline easy to acquire online.  I know that I made plenty of trips to Walmart without being successful getting any Black Series 3.75" figures of the 6" Battlefront Shocktrooper.  Those trips numbered at least 10 to 1 in terms of number of trips to the number of times that I was able to get the figures.  WalMart is playing those odds that in those trips where you don't find the exclusive you may buy something else.  And it does happen.

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Because they were impressed with him in the BTS and preproduction images. 

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Further possible evidence?  Adam Pawlus posted an image earlier today on his Twitter feed of a Black Series 6" Chewbacca being scanned at a WalMart price scanner.  The name that came up was ALIEN SIDEKICK.  It doesn't match up completely with the SIDEKICK BATTLER BLUE, but the inclusion of that SIDEKICK name does steer things in his direction.

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Based on the names?  I'm thinking that they might line up with these characters:

SW E7 BL SIDEKICK BATTLER BLUE - Chewbacca from Starkiller Base. Yes, an OT version of Chewbacca already got made in wave 1, but this version will probably be more in line with Chewie's appearance from TFA.  And I suspect that he'll come with a satchel and some charges from the sapper mission with Han Solo.  The "SIDEKICK" name really seems to lend itself to Chewbacca.  Who else really has that kind of role, after all?  And we saw the "BLUE" designation previously assigned to the TRU exclusive Snowtrooper Commander when it was listed as a BLUE TROOPER.  By my estimation, that BLUE tag probably means Starkiller Base.

SW E7 BL SECONDARY HERO FIGHTER - Here, I'm thinking TFA Han Solo.  The SECONDARY tag is a little offputting since a lot of people see this film as belonging to Han Solo, but really he is secondary in that this is the story of Rey, Finn and Poe stepping forward for this part of the saga.  And Han serves as a guide to Rey and Finn.

SW E7 BL VILLAIN TROOPER COMMANDER - This is probably the most transparent listing of all.  I think it's pretty obvious that this will be Captain Phasma.  She seems much more likely to be listed like this than say, General Hux.

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$15 for the Speeder Bike deluxe set?  Nice!  I might have to pick up one more.

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So, Wave 3 is becoming a bit more common.  Time to start thinking about Wave 4 again.  Here were the rumored figures, with (now dead) Walmart links:

- SW E7 BL VILLAIN TROOPER COMMANDER (Phasma  ???)
- SW E7 BL SECONDARY HERO FIGHTER (?)
- SW E7 BL SIDEKICK BATTLER BLUE (?)

Really hoping one of the bottom two is a TFA 3.75" SA Han Solo.

The UPC's for these still kick back the product information via Brickseek:


SW E7 BL SIDEKICK BATTLER BLUE - 46173528
SW E7 BL SECONDARY HERO FIGHTER - 46173529
SW E7 BL VILLAIN TROOPER COMMANDER - 46173530

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 4, 2016, 02:32 PM »
Losing track of these with so many announcements the past couple days.  Let's see if I've got this correct?


Snow/Desert Wave 4 =
snow =  Kylo Ren*, Squad Leader Stormtrooper, Nien Nunb
desert = Jakku Finn, Zuvio, Flametrooper (re-issues **)




* - sounds like this "snow" Kylo is probably a NEW Kylo figure, since since the first Kylo was a "forest" figure.


Good catch!  I saw the announcement for that Kylo Ren, but thought at first that it might be a carry forward.  I wonder if this is a version of Kylo Ren minus the helmet?

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 4, 2016, 10:59 AM »
More case assortment / set listings from Dorkside Toys

JUNGLE SPACE WAVE 7
E7 KYLO REN  (Carry forward)
E7 CAPTAIN PHASMA (Carry forward)
E5 LUKE SKYWALKER (Carry forward)
E7 ADMIRAL ACKBAR
E7 TASU LEECH - KENJIKLUB GANG LEADER
REBELS FIFTH BROTHER INQUISITOR

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: January 4, 2016, 10:30 AM »
I'm hearing a lot of the "masked for no reason", and all I wonder is...  Then why are so many other people masked?

It wasn't like Vader was the only guy wearing a mask in Star Wars.  :)

Perhaps Ren's mask helps him tactically like a Stormtrooper helmet?  Why not, ya know?

To me it's like complaining about people wearing capes in Star Wars...  There are quite a few who do, despite the utter impracticality of it.  Why not a mask then?  It could be just for the (at least I felt this way) implied intimidation purposes.  Dicking with people, keeping them from knowing what's underneath.  Who knows.

My wife came up with a theory that could tie in to his confidence.  Kylo Ren seems to be more powerful when he has the mask on.  He freezes a blaster bolt and Poe in the beginning.  When he captures Rey, he can read her mind that she has seen the map, but can't do it when he takes the mask off when she is in the torture rack.  Without the mask, he gets shot by Chewie, wounded by Finn, and beaten by Rey.

I didn't get that at all.  The mask projects an image to those around him, but I don't think it's tied to his power.

Regarding Kylo Ren at the end of the film?  Snoke told Kylo Ren that in order to complete his training he had to destroy Han Solo.  And that doing so might strenthen him even more with the dark side of The Force.  But in reality, it seems to have had the opposite effect, and Kylo Ren's power was diminished.  He even seemed to recognize it right at that moment, too, that this murder was a completely empty act on his part.

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I feel bad for him, too.  The HBO show has been both a blessing and a curse for George R.R. Martin.  His work has been discovered by millions of people thanks to the show.  But no doubt, this has now altered his process. 

I was definitely surprised to see how the HBO show made it's way through the books.  The first season was pretty true to the first book.  But then the way the show stretched things out for some books and compressed others was a little puzzling.

The thing that bothers me the most are the dickish fans who have been putting every single thing GRRM does under the microscope, and railing against him because they can't just wait for him to finish writing the book that he needs to write.  The worst thing I can imagine about the books is GRRM writing it in order to make some deadline, and not to just finish the book in accordance with his grand vision for the series.  I don't want an inferior book just so I can get it that much sooner.

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There was no reason for wave 1 to be all repacks/rereleases, they should have limited these waves to 2 new figures/1 rerelease and evenly packed them at 4x per case. With 1/3 of the case using pre-existing molds that should have kept the cost per wave down.


Yes, there was a reason.   SALES.

Hasbro has notoriously double dipped with character offerings in the action figure line during movie years.  I distinctly remember seeing this in 1999, 2002 and 2005 where a crap version of Obi-Wan, or Qui-Gon or Anakin would be in the initial offerings, and 3 or 6 months down the line a much better version would be offered.  So the onus is on us as collectors who remember what has come before to recognize this pattern. 

Wave 2 of The Black Series offered up the SA renditions of Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper.  When did those start showing up, November?  That's a considerable amount of time since Force Friday back in September.  And what were among the hottest figures in the TFA 5 POA line?  Why, Kylo Ren and the First Order Stormtrooper!  They don't announce it that way because then consumers might wise up to the scheme.  I kind of saw this coming and vowed to NOT buy the 5 POA versions of Kylo Ren, the Stormtrooper, Finn, Poe and Rey.  But that collecting/buying impulse is strong, and even though I knew things would play out like this I bought the 5 POA versions of these characters before I was able to get a hold of the WalMart SA versions.  But had the WalMart Black Series new offering been out in October?  Then I probably could have held out.

As for the first wave of reissues?  Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke are evergreen core characters.  They continue to sell through, albeit at a slower pace than the new characters.  Vader is the face of the franchise.  Luke proved to be the McGuffin of the new movie and had an all new allure as a character since everyone has been asking the JJ Abrams inspired question, "Where is Luke Skywalker?"  And Chewbacca is in THE FORCE AWAKENS, so there was a tie-in for him to sell.  Another reason for this first wave?  It was a placeholder.  It was supposed to secure pegspace in the WalMart planogram for this line until the new figures could be offered.  But it seems likely that Hasbro and WalMart wanted the general line in place for at least 6 weeks following Force Friday before they launched the second wave so that they wouldn't hurt sales of the 5 POA versions of Kylo Ren and the FO Stormtrooper.

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It's official.  The Winds of Winter will not be published before "Game of Thrones" returns to HBO for it's 6th season.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/465247.html

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