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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Rumor: No more 3D Prequel Releases?
« on: January 6, 2015, 09:04 PM »
If it's not in America, it doesn't count.

AOTC in 3D was shown as part of a screening in honor of legendary special effects artist Dennis Muren.  That was held in San Rafael, California.  There's more about the film festival and Muren's other work here.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: January 6, 2015, 04:53 PM »
Rumors seem to be circulating about the casting of Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers. One name that's been popping up?  Emily Blunt. Marvel Studios seems to like her. And she was strongly considered for the role of the Black Widow, and reportedly turned it down because of scheduling issues.  She also was rumored to be up for the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America - The First Avenger

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 6, 2015, 11:40 AM »
That's got to be a point of great debate.  Not just with JJ Abrams, but with Bob Iger (head of Disney), Kathleen Kennedy (head of Lucasfilm) as well as Hasbro, other licensees and all of the retailers.

You get the sense that the filmmakers want to preserve some sense of surprise.  That seems to be a mantra that has been coming from a lot of the cast.  And that's a different stance from what we saw during the PT era of films.  But there's also A LOT of money on the table when it comes to the licensed merchandise.

I think Hasbro and the other licensees are going to strike a balance.  The initial releases will probably be tailored in such a way that there will be some release that takes advantage of the holiday shopping season, while keeping things spoiler free.

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A 6" starfighter?  That's got the potential to be enormous.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 6, 2015, 10:50 AM »
Gotta love something like this.  I can almost see someone like John Cleese coming out in a Monty Python sketch to say something like:

"We formally announce that the announcement that you are hoping we are prepared to announce will not be announced at all.  At a later point in time we will then make an announcement to announce to you that there will be an announcement."

That being said, I can't say that I'm surprised.  The timeframe for the toy line (as we know it) for THE FORCE AWAKENS has been thrown off by the Christmas release date.  We used to see a movie line about 3 months before the film release (that was the lead time from Toy Fair to the theatrical release of REVENGE OF THE SITH).  But this lead time between Toy Fair and the theatrical release of TFA is more than 10 months.  This announcement that no TFA product is going to be shown makes sense.  What will we see?  I think Toy Fair is going to be dedicated to Rebels/Saga Legends and the remained of The Black Series.  So what will Hasbro show from those lines?  I'm hoping for a Ghost vehicle for the 3.75" system as well as some ROTJ themed TBS figures.  But beyond that?  Who knows. 

As for the line for THE FORCE AWAKENS?  I think we'll start seeing something at Celebration in Anaheim.  That's in April.  I think Hasbro will show off a preview wave that will probably hit retail around August.  After that?  Just looking at the calender...
-Star Wars Weekends - May 15 – June 14, 2015
-San Diego Comic Con - July 9 - 15, 2015
-New York Comic Con - October 8 - 11, 2015

Do any of those events work with how Disney/Lucasfilm and Hasbro want to roll out the licensed merchandise?  There's also the matter of how does the toy line roll out work in conjunction with the holiday shopping season.  Product will probably need to be initially offered at the end of October or in early November.

Given that time frame?  I think Hasbro will reveal the line either at San Diego Comic Con or at some standalone press event in August or September.  Comic Con has basically served as a mid-year Toy Fair, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the TFA line revealed at that time.

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Hunter PR statement regarding Toy Fair and the fact that there won't be any TFA toy line reveals

From Hunter PR to Star Wars media Regarding Hasbro's Showroom at the 2015 International Toy Fair.

With Toy Fair approaching and Hasbro's annual Entertainment Brand Preview Day scheduled for Saturday, February 14th, we wanted to reach out and clarify what Hasbro's Star Wars presence will entail at this year's show.

As usual, Hasbro will be exhibiting a variety of fun and exciting Star Wars products from across its portfolio of brands, including Star Wars action figures, Star Wars Galactic Heroes and more. There will be no toys based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Star Wars Episode VII) shown at Toy Fair this year.

Obviously, we know that there's a huge amount of anticipation for Star Wars toys this year, and we wanted to be forthcoming about this as we know it might make a difference for some of you in regards to travel plans. While we're happy to host all of you at Entertainment Brand Preview Day and look forward to having you check out the latest and greatest toys from Star Wars and Hasbro's other exciting brands, we want you to have as much information as possible to be able to plan your travel and coverage.

We're extremely excited for the year ahead—which will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting years ever for fans of Star Wars and Hasbro's Star Wars toys—and we look forward to working with each of you extensively over the coming year.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: January 5, 2015, 01:03 PM »
Mixed feelings on this one. Ghost in the shell is one of the most groundbreaking Anime films of all time. And ScarJo is awesome. Can a live action movie do the source material justice?

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That is one exhaustive list. It does quell some of the sky is falling type of panic that might have been induced by that first glimpse of those 6" figures. And it's kind of funny. I had forgotten how big a movie year line can be.  Even if a lot of it is kid oriented or gimmick laden.

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Belated Happy Birthday, Scott! 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: December 28, 2014, 08:00 PM »
$2.19 is the lowest I've seen locally.

As for Russia?  They're in deep trouble economically right now.  I don't know if I would even joke about them starting a war.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:41 PM »
AHHHH!  The Festivus episode is on TBS right now!!!!!!!!!

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Collect All 92! / Re: Nien Nunb
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:29 PM »
Waiting for Yak-Face, Klatuu in skiff guard outfit, 8D8, EV-9D9 and possibly original Anakin to modernize the lacking POTF2 versions. I know there's a lot of debatables for such a list, but these seem to be the absolutes being they're all 5POA.

+1

They're all good candidates for that kind of treatment.  But I wonder what the window of opportunity might be for Hasbro to tackle stuff like that.  I could see them trying to tackle only one or two of those at a time, while also trying to offer something new that's going to draw in that crowd that wants Skiff guard #15.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:10 PM »
Rumors are circulating about a certain SHIELD Agent who may work their way into the ABC series.  He's been referenced in the show, and it could lead to an interesting crossover into some upcoming MCU projects.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:08 PM »
Gotta limber up a little bit for tonight's Feats of Strength.

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No 3.75" line planned for Avengers?  So what.  Maybe they finally realize the market for 3.75" Thor, Cap, and Iron Man figures is satisfied.  You can only carry a line for so long with countless variations of main characters.  Maybe there is no "Avengers 2" specific 3.75" Line because they are just going to do one unified Marvel 3.75" line with a wave for each movie - Cap3, Thor3, Avengers 2, 3,4, Spidey, etc? 


I thought it was cause for concern because of the broader climate in the AF business and Hasbro.  We knew when the TBS 6" figure line was introduced that Hasbro was trying to appeal to this collector market that seems much more enamored of 6" figures.  That's where the bulk of collector interest in action figure lines happens to lie these days.

Avengers/Marvel is really one of Hasbro's big licenses.  The first Avengers movie was one of the top grossing movies of all time, so that license has the potential for some crazy value.  It also falls under the Disney umbrella, which as we all know is the new home of Star Wars, too.  And in some of the other Marvel licenses we've seen this shift towards 6" figures, too.  With Guardians of the Galaxy there was no 3.75" figure line, but there was a 6" figure line and a mini figure line that would integrate with their vehicle offerings.

Is Star Wars different?  Yes.  It's got status as a "Legacy" brand that bucks trends.  But it's not completely bullet proof.  Nothing is.  We've kind of rolled along despite the fact that Hasbro has downsized the collector focused 3.75" figure line and shifted to a more broadly focused 3.75" figure system that is simpler and cheaper to manufacture.  Plus, the fact that the first leak of TFA figures happened to be from the 6" figure line and not the 3.75" figure system?  That could just be a coincidence.  I'm not completely pessimistic about the future of the 3.75" figure line.  But do I know that I'm going to be watching these developments closely as Toy Fair approaches.

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