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The Scarif trooper is listed as the Squad Leader but this is the grunt version (fine by me). The leader has the blue markings.

Yeah.  The Squad Leader is already in the 2-pack with Moroff and has more intricate markings. 

The one in the Walmart exclusive wave does seem more like a standard trooper, despite the name on the package.

I'm actually very glad to see this lineup.  I think it works well.  And I hope there's going to be a second wave of ROGUE ONE figures in this line, too.

I didn't see a sign of these at the TRU stores that I've checked out.  These stores were surprisingly well stocked, although the feature section area was pretty well picked over.  And the Black Series 6" stock was pretty well picked through.

I guess I've been pretty lucky with TRU exclusives, because they've been relatively easy to get.  Granted, being in the vicinity of TRU corporate headquarters might be helpful here, since the execs visit the local stores regularly to get a sense of how the merchandising planograms work.  And the stores in North Jersey do tremendous numbers.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 1, 2016, 11:52 AM »
I was kind of expecting this sort of cash grab.  But I'm wondering the same thing:  why would they made the OT version of C-3PO the exclusive?!?!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 1, 2016, 10:28 AM »
KOTAKU FILES THIS POST about a number of upcoming Hasbro Star Wars exclusives, including this one at Walgreens stores:


The ROGUE ONE wave of the WalMart exclusive 3.75" Black Series has been revealed with photos in THIS KOTAKU POSTING which shows the following new figures from ROGUE ONE - A STAR WARS STORY:

-Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
-Sergeant Jyn Erso  (Jedha)
-Captain Cassian Andor  (Yavin base)
-Death Trooper

I saw on the Target 3-pack online listing that it's set for a 10/31 release.  I wonder if WalMart is sticking to the same schedule?  Because aside from the one or two Instagram postings, I don't think I've seen any photos from people who have actually bought this trooper.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 30, 2016, 04:39 PM »
I just could not do Midnight Madness.  First of all, there are blue laws in my county that don't permit stores to be open at midnight.  I could certainly travel out of the county and hit a Midnight Madness event, but I just didn't feel like braving the crowds.  And some of the events that I did go to back around 2002 and 2005 had people attending that just could not act like decent human beings.

I ventured out today in the afternoon.  I hit one TRU, one Walmart and one Target.  Not a single exclusive was on hand, but I got a few things that I've had my eye on.  But man, those 6" Black Series Death Troopers were a hot commodity!

Nice set!  But this version of Jyn Erso winding up in this set as well as a 6" Black Series basic figure is just bizarre.  I had that preordered through Amazon, but I just cancelled that. 

I thought that there might be an exclusive version of the Death Troopers once that Hot Toys one was revealed.  And sure enough, here it is!

This is a very nice option if you don't want to plunk down $300 for the AT-ACT and the pack-in figures.  I also have to wonder if the back panels on this R5 unit will be red or white.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 26, 2016, 04:01 PM »
I think if it was something as cool as the AT-TE, I would've probably been in the same kind of mindset as you, CHEWIE.  But for 5 POA figure 2-packs?  There's a distinct dropoff in enthusiasm that directly correlates to the quality of the figures & toys that we're getting now.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 25, 2016, 10:25 PM »
I fully expected the possibility of getting shut down. I didn't even bother to argue, because it wasn't worth it.  I can just go back to the same store on Friday. 

I just found it annoying that they put that much new stock out without heeding the street date instructions on the cases. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 3 (Spoilers)
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:50 PM »
From looking at a scan from the special edition as the Rebel fighters are flying past Yavin, there were at least 8 Y-wings in the strike force.  I like the mention of General Dodonna in the show, and that the fighters that Ezra's unit stole were headed off to Dodonna's cell.  I think that it may have come across as too convenient if Ezra, Sabine and Zeb had been able to make off with a dozen Y-wings.  If anything, Rebel units probably managed to equip themselves in a piece-meal fashion.  Y-wings were a standard part of the Republic military during the Clone Wars, so there are probably plenty more in surplus elsewhere that are ripe for the Rebellion to... acquire.

I liked the episode.  Kanan's quest made it interesting, since he's clearly suffered a tremendous personal setback, but in trying to come to grips with that he explores other facets of The Force with the help of the Bendu. 

Ezra seems like he's headed down a path that's dangerous.  The mind trick on the AT-DP driver was probably one of the darker things we've seen a character do on this show.  But he also seems to have had a moment of clarity as he nearly got killed when he set out to bring that station down.

The Sith holocron seems like it's going to come back at some point, and soon.  Should Kanan have entrusted it to the Bendu?  I'm really curious to see how that works out.

I don't count myself among the biggest Thrawn fans.  But I think that our introduction to the character is being done at a very deliberate pace.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Deluxe 2-Packs
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:19 PM »
A store near me had the whole assortment of 2-packs out today.  I definitely liked the sets with Pao & the Deathtrooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader with Moroff.  As for the Poe Dameron & FO Snowtrooper Officer?  Man, that likeness on Poe is just bad.

Well, I got the sets with Pao & the Deathtrooper and the Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader with Moroff to the registers.  I even tried self-checkout on those plus a 3.75" Black Series Emporer's Royal Guard.  But when I scanned them there was an error message.  And the clerk who helped me took them and said "These have been recalled".

Also erroneously on the pegs?  6" Black Series Jyn Erso, Hera's A-Wing, and whole bunch of R1 Hot Wheels.

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" 'Armor Up' Assortment
« on: September 25, 2016, 08:34 AM »
Also the TIE Pilot is a special forces pilot iirc, basic is just basic black.


There is another Special Forces TIE Pilot that's packed with the TRU Exclusive First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter (battle damaged).  But that pack-in figure has a removable helmet.  The Armor Up version doesn't have that removable helmet and like Jesse said it's the same sculpt as the 3.75" basic figure line offering.

The Armor Up Kylo Ren mixes things up a bit.  But I was a little put off that they would offering that figure up that way and charge more for the un-hooded Kylo Ren and an accessory that had no presence on screen.  And some of the other figures in the line?  I passed on almost all of them except for Kylo Ren and Chewbacca.

The TRU exclusive Armor Up Poe Dameron is basically the same figure as the Black Leader X-Wing pack-in figure, which has a removable helmet.  The only difference is the Armor Up accessories. Overall, I thought those TRU exclusive Armor Up figures were kind of a waste, and I passed on both of them.  It really did remind me of something out of the POTF2 line.

I was definitely surprised by the absence of the droids from the Basic Figure line.  TFA C-3PO is only available in that 2-pack with R2-D2.  And BB-8 was packed in with Teedo and Unkar Plutt's henchman.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Twelfth Parsec "Space Base"
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:13 AM »
The guys at Twelfth Parsec have unveiled their new "Space Base".

This looks like it might be a prototype.  If they can refine this, it's going to look amazing.  And each room is available for sale separately as well as being available as a complete set.

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