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And rightfully so.  Plus, the majority of conspiracy theorists are quite punchable.

I'm definitely interested in hearing what your pricing might be like if you were to consider selling these.

I have been told the numeric values vary in the surveys by a couple people now too...  They asked me about 3.75" TVC at $10.99 which blew my mind, but I guess they've asked about it as high as $14.99  if your survey had some variation to it.  Weird but I guess they want to see how far some are willing to go.

It's actually a pretty standard practice in polling to give varying conditions to different participants, and it aids in getting more accurate data for the study.

For instance, I was asked in my poll if I would pay $29.99 for a 6" Black Series Han Solo (Bespin).  There were also the two price point choices for ROTJ Lando.  But the 3.75" Black Series Chewbacca was at $10.99.  I'm not surprised to see a range of different prices in this poll.

It's interesting to see them being this open about their market research.  But given how vocal so many collectors are online about the state of the line, they do have a pretty willing audience when it comes to providing feedback.

AWESOME!  I've been wanting some of these Clone Wars R5 units for a while.

The best part?  We're going to Disney next year, and I can finally pick up some of these in person at last.

Went to his grave not admitting the truth about aliens or the faked moon land...*OUCH*...felt like an invisible force just punched me.

Thinking of Buzz Aldrin are we?  He's still very much alive, albeit under a doctor's care in New Zealand after suffering pulmonary edema at the South Pole, requiring him to be evacuated for medical care.

What can you say about John Glenn though?  Those Mercury missions were at the cutting edge as NASA was trying to catch up with the Soviets.  The term "The Right Stuff" really summed up those original seven astronauts.  And Glenn faced some real danger because there was genuine concern that the heat shield on his spacecraft might not have been secure enough to protect him during re-entry.

And then to continue in service to the country after NASA as a US Senator?  And to return to space at the age of 77?  His example is definitely something that everyone should attempt to live up to.  Godspeed, John Glenn.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: December 8, 2016, 08:04 AM »
With some of the talk about a CGI version of a major OT Imperial coming in ROGUE ONE, I had been wondering if a certain Rebel General might also get the same treatment.  Well, it turns out that he won't.  Because actor Ian McElhinney, who you may know from Game of Thrones, will be filling the role of General Jan Dodonna.  And there may also be some OT pilots returning, too. 

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 3
« on: December 8, 2016, 07:07 AM »
Seeing some reports around the internets with a case breakdown for this wave that doesn't seem to have Fenn Rau in it.

WTF is my Fenn Rau, Hasbro?!?


I'm thinking Fenn Rau may be in the next wave.  They showed him off a few months back, but I think they're trying to keep the real focus of the line on ROGUE ONE, even with the REBELS Leia being reissued in this wave.

I think the case mix is reasonable at 2 of each character.  No doubt the Scarif Trooper and Deathtrooper are going to be some of the tougher ones to get.

I took another look at these yesterday when I stopped by my local TRU.  A perfect example of how Funko dropped the ball is on the Night's King.  Take a look at the official product image:

Here's an image of the a Night King that I took in a store.  It's like a bad joke.

The rosy cheeks on both Jon Snow and Sam were borderline embarrassing to look at.  And I say all of this because I WANTED to like this line.  But I will not buy just anything that's got Star Wars or Game of Thrones slapped on it.  All of these intellectual properties as well as the licensees need to have at least some basic level of respect for their fans.

Looking back at the promo photos, I feel like this was either a big bait and switch, or Funko just has horrendous QC on their production line.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 12:03 PM »
Agreed.  I think ANH Han would have been received much better than the ROTJ version.

As for the Sandtrooper?  I'm surprised to hear you didn't see that one at retail.  I saw a healthy number of those on the Lost Line Look cards at the time.  But there's also been just so many versions of the Sandtrooper released over the years.  Off the top of my head there were a couple from POTF2 as well as the  POTJ, OTC, ROTS, TSC and TLC lines.  For some reason Hasbro just LOVES Sandtroopers.

I took another look at these yesterday when I stopped by my local TRU.  A perfect example of how Funko dropped the ball is on the Night's King.  Take a look at the official product image:

But the production version was so far from this.  Take a look at the figure as it's shown in this review, which is what I saw on the figure that was on the pegs at TRU.  And you're left wondering WTF?!?!  The clothing should very clearly be black, NOT light blue.  I get the whole frozen effect that you would want to add to any sort of White Walker.  But the Night's King is different.  Especially since the character was ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** very likely once a member of the Night's Watch. ***POSSIBLE SPOILER*** This is one figure that they absolutely needed to get right, and instead this was a significant failure.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 11:23 AM »
In some cases, yes.  I agree.  Ahsoka, the Emporer's Royal Guard and Ponda Baba  in this line are good examples of that.  The same goes for the Bastila and Darth Malgus reissues in the general release Black Series line.  Eventually HAsbro

But the Sandtrooper?  I remember that TVC figure being relatively plentiful.  As was the Tusken Raider and Boba Fett.  The ROTJ Han Solo was a head-scratcher, too, because that was a relatively easy figure to get from the VTSC line.  As was the Vader that wound up in this line, too.

Some more relevant reissues would have been some of the TVC figures like Tarkin, the ANH version of Vader, and a Stormtrooper.  But you definitely get the sense that Hasbro wants to focus the release of those characters on more of a mass-market business model.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 4, 2016, 08:07 AM »
The TVC Sandtrooper (if that's what will be getting reissued) wasn't a terrible figure.  Although the helmet doesn't look quite as sharp as this current 5 POA Stormtrooper that's currently in circulation.

But where are the NEW characters in this line?  It seems like every other wave is reissues.  I've been hoping that we might get some good SA versions of some classic characters.  Is Hasbro holding out for next year with the 40th Anniversary?  You have to wonder.

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