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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: August 6, 2015, 10:30 AM »
I'm just hoping this Shelby on Instagram isn't the same one that you're trying to recover.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: August 5, 2015, 09:51 PM »
So have things moved forward at all?

The reason I ask is because a friend of mine just posted a photo of an almost identical Shelby Cobra that's up for sale. 

I've said this but it bears repeating.  I think that the quality of the sculpting of figures in the 5 POA Saga Legends line has been surprisingly good.  Now am I enthusiastic about the level of articulation?  Not really.  And in this respect I've voted with my dollars by not buying figures in that line that have been made before with superior levels of articulation.  I don't feel the need to be a completist in this regard because I think that the 5 POA Saga Legends line was a vehicle to get previously released characters back on the market at a lower cost to both Hasbro and potential new customers.

As for new characters in the 5 POA format?  Well, if that's the only way they're going to be offered, then that's what I'll buy.  I bought in with the Jedi Temple Guards because they were new characters that had never been made before.  And from a strategic business standpoint I think it is far less risky for Hasbro and Disney to take on THE FORCE AWAKENS with a figure line that costs them significantly less to produce and market.  Perhaps with the new movies the action figure business will rebound?  We just don't know yet.  But I think Hasbro is very much mindful of the disastrous, overly confident sales projections that were made going into the Prequel Trilogy back in 1999.  It took Hasbro and retailers a good 18 - 24 months to rebound from that EPISODE I merchandise glut.  But if sales are good?  Then perhaps that will be reason enough to reintroduce a collector focused 3.75" figure line.  I also have a sneaking suspicion that in 2017 we're going to see the Vintage Collection return with premium articulation figures, but that depends greatly on how the current movie lines are going to perform at retail.

Weren't the Episode 1 figures all 5 POS? We really didn't see articulated stuff until AOTC. The last lines of that post from JTA remind me how Episode 1 stuff was everywhere and then eventually sold at huge discounts to get rid of it. Could we be seeing a giant feast of stuff only to be followed by years of famine because the stores are too scare to buy Star Wars stuff again?

Episode I figures like the Jedi and Darth Maul had about 6 POA when that line came out.  And yes, articulation was definitely minimal at that time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: August 2, 2015, 07:05 AM »
There's some pretty awesome casting news for GoT season 6.  Actor Ian McShane (Deadwood, Jack the Giant Slayer, Battle of Britain) will be joining the cast.  There's been no official word on who McShane will be playing... I'm thinking it's pretty unlikely that Al Swearingen would wind up in the midst of Westeros.  Some speculation is that he might be playing the father of one character who's something of a fan favorite.

There's also some news from HBO.  At a recent presentation HBO President Michael Lombardo said that the network is looking towards an 8 season run (or more) for Game of Thrones.  Additionally, there's been talk of a prequel:

When asked about the possibility of a prequel or spinoff of some kind at TCA, Lombardo admitted, “I would be open to anything David and Dan want to do … there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel.” He added that there have been no conversations about an offshoot for “Thrones” yet, since “the focus is on figuring out the next few years of this show.”

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: July 31, 2015, 01:16 PM »
There's already been some rumors that sets from The Force Awakens are being repurposed for Rogue One.  It looks like they're trying to get some bang for their bucks in the new regime. 

Scored a Leia in Boussh disguise from a Walgreens store this afternoon.  And some of the other current Black Series 6" figures like Palpatine, Luke in Stormtrooper armor and the AOTC Clone Trooper Captain were all on hand.  Now if I can just find the 6" IG-88 and Commander Cody I can take a little break before Force Friday.   

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:44 AM »
With all the SW Anthology movie talk going on, and seeing that Disney is putting Marvel stuff on Netflix (Daredevil) and TV (Agents of SHIELD) - has there been any more talk or speculation about a Star Wars live action serial?

I know its been discussed here in the past, but man would I love to see some story lines developed this way.  I think it would be super cool to do mini-series via Netflix. 

Funny that you should mention that, Dave.  Because rumors are circulating that Disney/LFL may be pursuing just such a deal with Netflix.  And there may be as many as three different series developed for TV.  I'd definitely be interested to see where this goes.

So far Daredevil has been pretty successful for Netflix/Marvel.  Jessica Jones is set to debut later this year, and the Luke Cage series comes out in 2016.  I hear there may be some issues with the Iron Fist show, but that's it's own thing.  It's interesting to see Disney potentially moving forward so decisively here with possible Star Wars TV series for a streaming service like Netflix.

As for what sort of content to take on?  The whole Star Wars Underworld concept is totally worth exploring.  I'd also be up for seeing some PT era Jedi stories, where they truly were peace keepers.  And a show that focuses on some small faction of the Rebellion during the OT era might be pretty cool, too.

Half of me is super annoyed by this and gets where all of you are coming from, and the other half of me thinks to hell with it... it's a COMIC CON exclusive, and if we couldn't get one from our desks a few days later, what grievance to we really have here?

It's not like this figure isn't going to be available in droves when the movie launches, the only real reason to want this is for the packaging.

Good way of looking at things, Rob.  I've certainly gotten past caring about exclusive packaging for the most part.  I guess with this piece it was more about getting *SOMETHING* from the new trilogy.  We've had to wait so long to see anything at all that it got people into a frenzy about this new Stormtrooper, myself included.

This Stormtrooper is going to be everywhere eventually.  And probably for less money.  Packaging?  It's just more cardboard to deal with.

Are you seriously ******* kidding?  It's already out of stock?!?!?!  WTF?!?!?!

HTS is just ridiculously slow right now.

I think it's probably going to be offered up around 11:00 ET / 8:00 PT.  Hasbro probably wants to give people on the West Coast a reasonable shot at the exclusives.

F5 standing by.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: '67 Shelby Cobra found after 45 years
« on: July 26, 2015, 12:10 PM »
Wow!  Calling that car gorgeous is an understatement. 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:17 PM »
I've been trying to avoid getting back into Marvel Legends.  But this MCU Avengers - Age of Ultron multipack looks pretty cool.  And I'm glad to see them finally recognizing Banner, too.

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