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Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 28, 2005, 12:47 PM »
Do you guys know if they're going to come out with a blue Clonetrooper like the one from ToyFare 2 years ago?  Also do you know if there will be any arm variations like the stormtroopers?

Gentle Giant has been mum about ANY AOTC era Clone Troopers.  They showed off those Clone Troopers when they introduced the Bust Ups line at Toy Fair in 2004, but they still have yet to make them part of the line.  Based on the fact that they have been produced at some level though, I think it's a safe bet that they could be part of the lineup for Bust Ups series 5 or 6.  However, that's pure speculation on my part.

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 28, 2005, 12:44 PM »
I honestly don't see what the big deal is about the Toy Fair Boba Fett.  It's the same one that came out of the box in Bust Ups Series 3.  It just came in a little plastic baggie that said Toy Fair 2005.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 27, 2005, 08:55 PM »
I've yet to open any of the ones I picked up.  Is this the same figure as Clone Trooper #6?  Or is this a different sculpt?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:46 PM »
It was also pointed out during the Q&A that the initial Cantina wave should absolutely not be used as a gauge for sales, given the crappy rehash figures included in those sets.  I can't remember who stated that, the same obnoxious guy that commented on nearly everything and was subsequently ignored by Hasbro for the entire Q&A session until the last  :P

Uh...   :D

Yeah, never stick me in the first row in front of a Q & A in front of a bunch of Hasbro reps, or they'll never hear the end of it!  ;)

Really?  I hadn't noticed.  ;)

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:39 PM »
Need sleep, but thought I'd get pics of series 4 up for you folks as I imagine I'll be a wee bit busy at work tomorrow.  As always, photobucket is giving me grief with orientation and apologies for the quality at times:

So the series is:
Yoda (OT)
Clone Trooper - 3 versions: green, red, yellow - presumably a couple of chase??

I forgot to upload the Anakin and Yoda figures. The Yoda is indeed OT.  I'll get it in soon.

Brent, the AOTC Clone Troopers are NOT part of series 4.  Here's the lineup as it stands now:

Yoda - Dagobah
Clone Trooper - ROTS version, white

The chase piece in series 4 may be a paint variant of the Clone Trooper, but nothing has been announced yet.  Don't expect an answer on that until July.

Gentle Giant has shown the AOTC Clone Troopers since Toy Fair of 2004, and they have not included them in a series thus far.  I inquired with Gentle Giant as to when they might be available, but they have yet to make any sort of announcement about the AOTC Clone Troopers.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Evolution: Silver now Holo
« on: April 27, 2005, 06:24 PM »
Jeff actually presented that idea as an exclusive (more VOTC figures) to the guys at Target last fall.  I think Hasbro and retailers know how well those things did, perhaps we will see them in future.  One can hope at least.

Here's a list of possible Holo Figures I made last week:

Darth Maul Episode I Talking to Nute and Rune

This one actually got made, Scott.  It's the WalMart exclusive holographic Darth Maul that was offered along with the holo Qui-Gon Jinn.  It may not have been part of the basic figure line, but it is Darth Maul exactly as he appeared as a hologram in TPM.

Holo versions of Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon would be welcome in my book.  Especially versions that can sit in the Jedi Council chairs.  As things stand now, the holo Yoda that was offered cannot sit in his Council seat, so I'd like to see that, too.

Bumping this item up.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:04 PM »
Finally, an LT figure.  The Barry Sanders looks sweet, too.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:02 PM »
Yeah.  I balked on one at C3. Guy initially wanted $30, and dropped his price to $20 REAL FAST.  A friend of mine told me that green Hulk is packed one per case, so I shouldn't pay more than $15 for it.  I may just wait to get it at retail.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:40 AM »
Updates from Celebration 3:

Jokabofe (we've traded previously and ran into one another at Toy Fair)
Chuck from JediTempleArchives
Mr Jawa
Boba Fence

Once again, it was cool to meet people.  The Q&A session was interesting at the very least.  Some people were much the way I thought they might be.  Others were very different in person.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:28 AM »
I'd much rather get bent over at Retail than on the Ebay Scale. 

LOL!  It really is an exercise in getting bent over.  I found about 20 of them today and bought 8.  At least a couple for me, and the rest for some friends.  The $100 + that it cost hurt a little bit, especially since I can get 8 basic Clone Troopers for under $50.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:19 PM »
My bad, Jeff.  Given the topic of the thread, and how most of the news that has been circulating has been about the Hasbro Q&A, I was hoping to quell any kind of speculation based on what was said at that event.  It's misunderstandings about things like that which can snowball out of control.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:08 PM »
Hmmm.... if they did an AT-TE with AT-AT quality, I don't know how someone wouldn't be willing to buy one.


Customers?  Yes.  Retailers?  Unclear.  It's chains like WalMart that you should all really be focusing your furor on.  They're the ones who are cutting the legs out from under all of us on these items.  They have THAT MUCH sway with Hasbro.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:52 PM »
So for those who went to C3, can you give any feedback on the unproduced toys?  You could not make out squat on any of the pics shown.  And as far as the proto Death Star Playset.  I realize it was only a drawing? but what could be made out on the layout?  

Nothing of the sort was said about the Death Star being in development, and there were no images whatsoever.  Hasbro has said they would LIKE to do the Death Star.  Nothing else was elaborated on, except for the fact that IF they did it, they would like to do something better than the Kenner Death Star.

The most current items that were shown from the 3-3/4" line were the Evolutions assortment, the first set of Battle Packs, the Target Exclusive Clone Trooper and the Toys R Us exclusive Jedi Interceptor with Anakin Skywalker.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:48 PM »
You can rest assured that the guys who design the Star Wars line at Hasbro do want to do this stuff.  ALL OF IT.  Guys at Hasbro like Mark Boudreaux have been working on Star Wars since the Kenner days.  They do have a passion for it, and they want to do the best work that they can.

The issues that we're grappling with as they pertain to larger items are these:

-Can Hasbro persuade a retailer to take on a large item?  The issues of price-point and shelfspace are so incredibly important to retailers that perhaps this is where we as collectors should start shifting our attention.  Start writing to customer service rep's at Toys R Us, KayBee, WalMart & Target to let them know that Star Wars fans will in fact support these items.  Let's face facts:  if Hasbro can't get a major retailer to support something like the Death Star playset or the AT-TE, it just won't happen.

-Then comes the issue of marketability.  Can Hasbro produce something that will make them money?  That's where people who are in Hasbro corporate come into play, and are going to decide whether or not to spend the time and money on development, tooling and marketing.

-Then comes the art of being timely.  Making products when they would serve to be done so that they get the best possible exposure to the buying public.  Obviously the Death Star playset doesn't play well in the release year of REVENGE OF THE SITH.  It just doesn't.  It's somewhere between being confusing and losing focus for the line.  Hasbro needs to focus on making the best possible promotional material for the movie that's out.

-There are finer points as well.  One is longevity.  Hasbro can't flood the market with product in an attempt to satisfy every fanboy fantasy.  Then what will they do with the license for the next 13 years?  

-The next issue that we're looking at is legal.  Does Hasbro have the legal rights to make a figure of an actor.  This issue seemed to rear it's head several times over the course of the weekend with regard to the Tonnika sisters.  This is in fact an issue because it could leave Lucasfilm Licensing and Hasbro legally vulnerable.  The lawyers in both companies would cut this sort of thing off well before it would ever happen.

These are the real things that Hasbro has to consider over the long run.  In a way, I think it's far worse than bickering on websites like this can ever be.  Why?  Because these things are reduced to mere numbers, and not what the collecting community wants.

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