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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.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 26, 2016, 10:22 AM »
Damned Nerf features.  Especially when they eat up real estate in a vehicle that could have been devoted to space for figures.

It's a little funny though.  I've been doing some work on my collection room, clearing some space so that I can put up some shelving, with the goal of displaying a lot of my collection.  And in the process I came across my CLONE WARS Y-wing.  I hadn't really done anything with that Y-wing in a while.  But in the process of moving it a few of the missiles and bombs fired off.  And I was surprised by how many action features are on that ship!  But then again, that Y-wing did have space for 2 pilots plus a droid socket.  I really would have liked to see something similar in this new U-wing.

I noticed that BBTS has full sets of the WM figures available for sale.  Does this mean the "exclusive" set is being sold through other outlets or did they just buy these at WM and resell them?

Considering how long it took this wave to get to retail, I would not be surprised if WalMart is farming out some stock to third parties.  Especially since they're going to need the peg/shelf space for the ROGUE ONE line rollout next month.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 24, 2016, 02:39 PM »
It would definitely be nice if there was some sort of troop space in the belly of the U-wing.  But since they didn't highlight the ventral side of the ship, I don't think it's going to happen.

Moroff looks very cool, and was definitely one of the cooler little gems from the Celebration sizzle reel.  And his general appearance along with a photo that leaked out during production has me wondering if the Wookiees factor in to the construction of the Death Star.

I definitely want to see some more images of the TIE Striker.  The crew compartment looks big enough that I think it's manned by a crew of two.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 24, 2016, 08:48 AM »
The pieces look fantastic.  I'm very interested in these, but I'll be even MORE interested if/when they can find some way of connecting the pieces together with some sort of built in fasteners.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 22, 2016, 10:01 AM »
Agreed!  The battle damage on that Stormtrooper was pretty poorly done.  As for the lineup of Clone Troopers from ROTS?  I know that they're going to want to put that phase II Clone Trooper sculpt to work.  But getting 4 repaints of those Clones would be kind of lame considering how diverse the ROTS Clone Troopers were compared to their appearances in AOTC.  Here's my own personal wishlist:

-501st Clone Trooper
-Shock Trooper
-327th Star Corps trooper with kama (Felucia / Commander Bly's troops)
-Galactic Marines

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: August 21, 2016, 12:58 PM »
Yeah, for that added Children of the Corn effect.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:28 AM »
We have a new rumor about a 6" Black Series online exclusive.  It's reportedly going to be a REVENGE OF THE SITH Clone Trooper 4-pack, and will retail for $99.99.

Please pardon the quote for the smarmy commentary from JTA:

(We know who the vendor is rumored to be, but we're deciding to keep it anonymous at the moment as to not steal their thunder should this rumor pan out.) Apparently this set will be packaged the same way as Amazon's Trooper 4-Pack with and will include "battle damage" paint applications. What's more, this set looks to be based on clones from Revenge Of The Sith and this might be called out on the packaging. (Could this be a set that includes a Shock Trooper, 501st Legion Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Trooper and a 41st Elite Corps Trooper?) The set is also rumored to be $99.99. We've also learned that orders will go up for pre-sale in October and supposedly be shipped out late October thru the holidays. As with any rumor we post, please take with a grain of salt until never confirmed by Hasbro.

IIRC, when Adam Pawlus was making the rounds to pump up anticipation of EE's astromech 6-pack exclusive, he also teased another upcoming exclusive multipack.  I get the sense that this may be just what Adam was talking about.  As for the specific Clone unit markings?  I think JTA is speculating, although those particular Clone units are some of the most high profile to choose from.

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