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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 8 (2015 Wave 2)
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:04 PM »
I have to wonder how vigorously Hasbro is going to take on THE FORCE AWAKENS  before they start getting back to characters from the OT and PT again.  I can think of at least 10 really solid character choices from both trilogies that would make for excellent 6" figures.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 8 (2015 Wave 2)
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:28 PM »
Where is my Lando Hasbro???

Kinda surprised by that...  there are a few figures they haven't gotten to yet that I thought were sure things in the first few waves -
- ANH Ben
- ANH Luke
- ANH Leia
- C-3PO
- ESB Lando

I'm not surprised.  I think Hasbro is holding back... to a degree.  They probably want to keep people coming back for iconic characters just like these.  Especially when they've already rattled off three versions of Luke with another two on the way, and almost as many versions of Han Solo.  Keeping core characters like that in reserve for later releases is probably being done to prolong the life of the line.

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The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:23 AM »
I saw some of the new Avengers - Age of Ultron line at a TRU store a couple of days ago. 

The 2.75" figures look thoroughly disappointing.  The only possible interest I have in these is the playset components that can be combined into a larger Avengers playset.  It's cool that there's another Quinjet and the cycle, but otherwise?  It's kind of a letdown.

There actually IS a line of 3.75" figures for this line.  But they're the *REALLY* dumbed down type of sculpts that we saw in the Avengers Assemble line in the past couple of years.  To quote Scott, "They look like cake toppers".  Personally, I'm hoping that we get some Age of Ultron sculpts of the new characters like the twins, Strucker, Ultron plus the new looks for Cap and Iron Man in the Avengers Infinite line.

The one really semi-impressive piece that I've seen so far?  The Titan Tech Hulkbuster Iron Man.  It looks cool, but it's horribly underarticulated.  I think the Marvel Legends B-A-F version might be infinitely better.




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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:21 AM »
I don't know what it is, but I'm just not all that crazy about the lineup for this particular wave.  I'm definitely far more into TBS wave 8 than this wave.

I usually love any and all new Chewbacca figures.  He's always been a favorite of mine.  But something about that carded pic from Peter Mayhew's FB page just isn't doing it for me.

Medal Ceremony Leia?  Meh.  I see this figure and it reminds me of that pegwarming POTF2 Flashback Leia from 1999.

A revised Gold Leader is kind of a question mark to me because he's been done before.  Sure, he was one of the most important Rebel Pilots from the Battle of Yavin.  But there's still another pilot from the Battle of Yavin who had comparable amounts of dialogue that hasn't been made before:  Theron Nett, call sign Red 10.  What gives?

As for the Clones?  I'm glad to see the realistic Rex get done.  That figure will fit in well with those realistic versions of Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka from the TVC line.

The alternate version of Commander Wolffe is actually pretty cool.  I actually needed a refresher to realize that this version of Wolffe was from the lost season of CLONE WARS.  But Commander Doom?  I saw the Clone Wars episode featuring Doom.  At the time I didn't get the connection with his armor design, and that's probably because I didn't catch his name during the show.  But now?  The armor design and name combined actually look a little silly to me.  I get the whole Doctor Doom homage, but this seems to have gone overboard.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:41 PM »
If it's true it could also be related to some concept art of a particular character's partner in crime / smuggling.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 20, 2015, 06:37 AM »
Loving the term "TRU Tax".  Never really loved it when it came to actually PAYING it, and as a result there are some big ticket TRU exclusives that I never bought.  TRU can keep those nice looking TVC boxes for the BMF Falcon and BMF AT-AT.

I think I might be in the same boat with Jeff about a TFA version of the BMF Falcon.  Change it *ENOUGH* from the TLC Blue version and I might be persuaded to buy it.  That means the correct sensor dish, updated electronics, or SOME feature that really distinguishes the 2015 release from the original offering from back in 2008.

As for the practicality of the Ghost as a vehicle/playset?  I think it's a foregone conclusion that if Hasbro does produce a Ghost vehicle it's probably not going to be to scale with the BMF Falcon.  Perhaps it would measure up size wise with the vintage Falcon mold in order to be able to dock with the Phantom.  I just don't know if parents of kids who like the REBELS series would be willing to plunk down $150 for a Ghost vehicle.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:22 PM »
Speaking of the Falcon, does everyone think that Hasbro is just going to reissue the BMF Falcon for the TFA line?  Albeit with a different sensor dish?

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:15 AM »
Overall, I find it REALLY funny that this whole affair was the result of the nonsensical way that things are running over at JTA these days.  Hasbro's response to that particular question was certainly glib, but JTA should have pressed for more than a yes or no response.  As for the slew of ridiculous questions from the sites readers?  Well, it's the result of this mindset over there that all ideas/questions/comments are equal.  If you're running a collecting site and are interacting with a Star Wars licensee, it's incumbent on that news outlet to act like the adults in the room.  And from what I've seen since my departure there is no sense of sound editorial judgement at work, and little effort to weed out questions from the JTA readership that are pointless, unrealistic or perhaps even insulting to the people at Hasbro.  Personally, I'm very glad that I left the site because my own philosophy about running a site was in contradiction with Paul Mancil's (not his pen name of Harrison) ethos of entertaining the whiny contingent of fandom in an effort to drum up traffic.  I've conducted this Hasbro Toy Fair Q&A for JTA in the past.  And had I done so again this year it would have yielded actual news instead of just stirring up ****.

As for the whole female characters issue?  The long standing trend in the action figure business has been that female characters do not sell as well as their male counterparts.  Hasbro has confirmed that in the past, and like Jesse said, Hasbro has the sales figures but will not release them.  They never will, and consistently cite trade secrets as the reason why.  I'm sure if you checked with other manufacturers you could probably find comparable stats.... provided that they would release similar data.  But they won't.

Does it come down to character selection?  That's probably a major part of the equation.  Ahsoka sold VERY well in pretty much every offering:  the initial TCW figure was popular, the second version with the two lightsabers was one of the most HTF figures in the CW figure line, and the TVC version is pretty sought after, too.  But was she the exception to the rule?  Looking at The Black Series of 3.75" figures, female characters made up about 20% of that basic figure line.  The TBS Padme figure seem to have sold through reasonably well.  As did Mara Jade and Bastila.  But Luminara?  She sold pretty slowly, despite being a Jedi.  And Toryn Farr lingered the longest out of her wave.  So this could come down more to character selection.

As for the REBELS figures?  I maintain the fact that Kanan and Ezra are the central protagonists in the show.  You could even go so far to say that Ezra is the protagonist, with Kanan in the role of spirit guide, much like Obi-Wan Kenobi was a guide to Luke in ANH.  Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor are the chief antagonists. That means that those 4 characters have greater importance in the scope of the story than anyone else.  Zeb, Hera, Sabine and Chopper?  They're interesting, but they're also all supporting characters.  Hasbro, Lucasfilm Animation and Lucasfilm Licensing all know this.  And that's what steers their choices in terms of filling out the action figure line.

So then the question is how do you roll out those supporting characters in the action figure line?  If you approach this from the standpoint of sales demographics for a boys toy line, you're probably going to find that characters like Chopper and Zeb have greater appeal with the core audience for this toy line.  And I don't mean to demean girls who are into the REBELS show.  My daughter has watched the show with me a little bit.  She actually likes Chopper, truth be told.  Do I want positive depictions of female characters in Star Wars for her to enjoy?  Sure.  And I think characters like Sabine and Hera do that for her.  Is she into the toys?  No, not at her age.  Be that as it may, if you look at this from a sales perspective like Hasbro has, I think they're trying to put the potential best sellers out there first.  I think this backlash has caught Hasbro somewhat by surprise, and perhaps they'll change their thought process on this going forward.  Case in point, the Target exclusive version of the Phantom.  That might have been a good way to get Hera out there instead of Kanan.  It would have made sense and I would have sought out that version of the ship myself.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:57 PM »
A major, *MAJOR* spoiler may have just leaked via Making Star Wars.  I'm not going to say anything more than that.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:02 AM »
I get the frustration over Hera and Sabine getting delayed.  But what about the other 2 main characters from the Ghost's crew?  In the 3.75" action figure line there has been ONE version of Zeb and ONE version of Chopper.  I got my Sabine last week and STILL have not found Chopper.  Talking about "So many Kanans and so many Ezras" is all well and good.  But neglecting to mention that characters like Zeb and Chopper in the context of this conversation, both of whom are on pretty equal footing in the show with Hera and Sabine, is a significant omission.  And you know what?  This whole conversation might have been averted if Hasbro had just offered the Mission Series set with Hera and the Stormtrooper Commander in place of the set with Zeb and the Stormtrooper.

And truth be told?  Both Ezra and Kanan are the main characters of this story.  As such I expect Hasbro to focus primarly on them.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:05 AM »
Has anyone else seen this article?  EW:  Hasbro thinks 'Star Wars Rebels' has 'plenty' of female figures. No

So... when did Entertainment Weekly get themselves into the business of discussing the Star Wars Action Figure business?  I know who the contributor is who wrote this piece.  She blogs and works (or has worked) for EE.  But has she noticed that there are only TWO female main characters in the show??!?!  And that Sabine only just started shipping within the past few weeks, with Hera on the way, very soon as well?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:35 AM »
Falcon's tooled, that's a plus.

It does need a new sensor dish.

I firmly believe the Ghost has a lot better chance to be made than Jabba's sail barge.

+1

Looking at the broader view, we appear to be in a down cycle.  Perhaps that was done by design, so that when merchandise for THE FORCE AWAKENS hits there will be some legit demand for new Star Wars after something of an absence from retail.  As the saying goes, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder".  And Disney has some experience here.  Who else recalls all of those commercials for Disney titles on DVD where they would say "It's going back in the vault.  Who knows when it's going to come back, so get yours now!"

I think the Ghost might just be the victim of poor timing.  And the show is also still in it's first season.  I also get the sense that collectively LFL licensing and Hasbro want to hold back on a big ticket item like the Ghost.  The priority is clearly the promotion of THE FORCE AWAKENS.  The release of TFA is going to impact Star Wars as a whole.  Sales on a range of merchandise is going to increase significantly across a range of the Star Wars licensees in the leadup to the film and following its release.  That's going to translate to increased sales for Hasbro.  And THAT will make the release of the Ghost that much more feasible.  At least if the show continues to do well, the Ghost will be much more in the eye of Star Wars fans than something like the Sail Barge.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Movie Realization Samurai Star Wars
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:07 PM »
These look amazing.  But with an MSRP of $81.99 for the Stormtrooper and even more for Vader?  I just don't know. but looking at that backdrop behind the figures at Toy Fair it looks to me like a Royal Guard is on tap for this line, too.

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It makes me wonder if Funko is trying to space out these releases so that they don't oversaturate the market.  Still, with season 5 of the HBO show due in April this would have been the ideal time to exhibit a third wave of figures.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 16, 2015, 11:21 PM »
I have to say that I was genuinely shocked at the lack of new product from Hasbro at Toy Fair.  But thinking about it and what we've seen?  And the slow pace of 3.75" TBS releases?  It starts to make some sense.  Looking at how this year is going to shape up now...

JANUARY 2015
-TBS 6" figure 2015 wave 1

MARCH 2015
-TBS 3.75" figure 2015 wave 1

APRIL/MAY 2015
-TBS 6" figure 2015 wave 2

MAY / JUNE 2015
-TBS 6" Deluxe figure 2015 wave 2


...I think this is a likely schedule:


MAY / JUNE 2015
-TBS 3.75" figure 2015 wave 2

JULY / AUGUST 2015
-TFA 3.75" figure Preview wave

SEPTEMBER 4th 2015
-TFA Line Launch

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