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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 11:28 PM »
I cannot personally justify spending more than $200 for the AT-ACT.  The $300 price tag just puts this one out of reach.  I see that price point as a psychological barrier for toy buyers.

This isn't a bicycle or a gaming console.  And I don't care if it has the app control feature.  But I think that this price point is a big mistake, and I can't see the casual buyer spending more than $200 on this vehicle.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 05:33 PM »
That's just out of hand.  I like the concept, but this price creep on big ticket items has just gotten out of hand.  There's just no way I can justify getting this AT-ACT at MSRP.  And even on sale or clearance it'll be very pricey.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 31, 2016, 12:24 PM »
There seems to be a second 6" Cassian Andor in the works.  Check out Going Rogue from The Official Site, because you can see him in his Rebel officer uniform in that video.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 31, 2016, 11:22 AM »
I think the case pack might be more like:

Jyn Erso (3)
Kylo Ren(2)
K-2SO (2)
Stormtrooper (2)
Imperial Ground Crew (1)
Kanan (1)
Sabine (1)

And no doubt, there are going to be revision mixes.  We've seen plenty of those.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:47 PM »
It's about the ratios of product.  Just look at the lineup for this wave along with the Star Wars Universe 2-packs.

3.75" Basic Figure Wave 1
-4 x ROGUE ONE figures
-2 x REBELS figures
-1 x TFA figure

3.75" Universe 2-pack Wave 1
-2 x ROGUE ONE 2-packs
-1 x TFA 2-pack

The line largely focuses on the new movie, but serves the current animated series along with a few select offerings from the most recent Saga film.  It's going to be a fine balancing act with a new movie every year.  But this sort of line might be what works.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:47 PM »
I saw both the Poe Dameron X-wing and First Order TIE Fighter on clearance at Target today for $29.98 and $22.98 respectively.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2016, 01:00 PM »
Your mistake is in thinking that Hasbro has a collectors mindset at the core of their strategy.  They don't.  They have a business model that is geared towards mass sales in a movie year.  Those more casual buyers are the target market for this Kylo Ren, and that's probably who will buy those figures.

And a battle damaged Kylo Ren?  Guess what?  That will be coming.  But not before Hasbro and the retailers sell through this one, and at least another three months pass.  Maybe we'll see that at Toy Fair 2017, but probably not any time before that.  ROGUE ONE is going to be the focus now, and we're going to see some REBELS and other saga characters sprinkled in until we get to the whole EPISODE 8 cycle.

Would have been nice to have a Rogue One wave or two, but maybe that is coming later.

Nick pretty much hit it on the head...

The Rogue One offerings will probably start with the second wave, after the first waves of 5POA figures have had a month or so at retail.

Just like they did for TFA.  SA versions of Kylo and FO Stormie were in Walmart Wave 2, Finn, Poe, Rey in Wave 3.  Well after folks had ample time to buy up 5POA versions of all of them.

Pretty likely the same pattern will happen again.  Everyone will buy up the 5POA Jyn, Deathtrooper, etc in Sept/Oct and then some later wave of the Walmart 3.75" Black Series stuff will invariably offer up nicer SA version for you to buy again in Nov/Dec.  ;)

Exactly.  It's the classic double dip.  They did this last year with TFA.  And they will no doubt do it again this year with ROGUE ONE. 

Also, barring the Ahsoka reissue, this is a ROTJ themed wave.  The ERG, General Lando and Admiral Ackbar are all classic ROTJ characters.  I'd like to see that Hoth Rebel get reissued, but I think we would need to wait for a TESB themed wave.

Glad to see the Emporers Royal Guard coming back.  It's one of my favorite figures from the Vintage Collection.  But these reissues seem like placeholders in  addition to being some okay reissue choices.  Walmart needs to lay out the peg space for this assortment now, as they reset their planogram for the Rogue One line.  The Rogue One offerings will probably start with the second wave, after the first waves of 5POA figures have had a month or so at retail.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 29, 2016, 06:20 PM »
Kylo Ren is necessary FOR HASBRO.  And for the retailers.  Why?  Because he sells through.  He has sold through on refresh case after refresh case of third tier characters.  And he probably will in this instance, too.

Hasbro is not going to blow their ROGUE ONE load on a single wave of figures.  Especially since the ROGUE ONE line launch will no doubt feature more than a single wave of 3.75" Basic Figures.  The launch will probably consist of at least 2 waves of basic figures, 1 wave of deluxe figures, 1 wave of 6" figures, and 1 wave each of Class I, II and III vehicles.

Sad news.  He's really been out of the limelight for at least the past 15 years, if not longer.  But damn, I will watch Young Frankenstein any time it comes on television.  That movie never gets old to me, and Gene Wilder was fantastic.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:25 PM »
Some more info is coming out about the new Star Trek Discovery series.  It sounds like this series is going to be more in line with the current cable/streaming show model that has a run of about a dozen episodes per season, and will be set about 10 years before the events of the original series.  It's set to begin production next month in Toronto.  Check out more at

Also, the first episode of the series will air on the CBS television network.  Just like a pusher, the first one is free and after that you gotta pay for it!

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 28, 2016, 07:00 PM »
It looks okay.  And okay is about as far as I'm prepared to go at this point in time.

The interesting point?  The Imperial Ground Crew.  Looking at that figure and it's accessories, I'm finally putting the pieces together with the images of Jyn Erso in the Imperial uniform at the end of the ROGUE ONE teaser.  Because based on these new images I think she's in a Ground Crew uniform, and not a TIE Pilot flight suit like a lot of people have previously theorized.

Rogue One / Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:50 PM »
THIS JTA POSTING shows what seems to be the first wave of ROGUE ONE figures, with a look at the carded front and back of each figure.  Included in this wave are the following:

-Kanan Jarrus (Stormtrooper Disguise)
-Imperial Stormtrooper
-Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
-Imperial Ground Crew
-Kylo Ren
-Sabine Wren

The carded back images show enough detail where you can read the character bio.  And there's a segment of the cardback that also highlights the new Hasbro Star Wars StudioFX App, which allows you to make videos with your Star Wars toys.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:47 AM »
I bet RS may get a call from the lawyers.  But this close to the line launch they have to be prepared for some leaks to occur.

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