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Yeah, I can't justify the expense for a cruddy cardboard table. If they had bothered to put an ounce of effort into this set and given us plastic chairs and table, etc I would have bitten. This is really a weak effort.

I'm glad Hasbro didn't add in extra accessories. I hate seeing some new pieces added to straight repack figures, especially when the figures are relatively high priced to begin with.

Going forward this would be a cool format for repainted and retooled figures. A pair of Clone Officers or Mynock Hunt Han and Chewie would be pretty nice.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 13, 2014, 04:46 PM »
the door to the Falcon fell open

What a piece of junk!  ;D

That's uh... interesting? It certainly looks like a cool package for MIB collectors, but I can't see this as appealing to other collectors or parents/kids/gift givers.

What about the stretch goals?  It looks like the pre-curse Medusa was shown, but is not available with wave 1?  I'd like to get a few Spartans and the Medusa with and without legs, but not crazy about spending a ton for them.  I'd bite on the $30 Spartan if it meant I could for sure order legs Medusa.  Decisions decisions.

It looks like if you want to purchase any additional items (including any unlocked stretch goals) during the Kickstarter, you have to pledge for at least the $115 one-of-each reward level. That's rather annoying and costly if you just want two or three figures. Considering the project is nearly funded and will most likely hit the $90k stretch goal for the Medusa, it might be more cost-effective for you to wait things out and buy what you want once they are offered up for regular sale online.

I would totally buy a set of these.  How does the pledge portion work?  Is that currently the only way to get the figures?  Cool stuff, but I found their site very confusing.

The Kickstarter is essentially a pre-order, in that you would pay now and (assuming the project gets funded; if it doest you don't pay anything) get the figures later. Each reward level is a different item, so if you wanted a single Spartan you would pledge $30 and select that reward. Then there is a seperate Fundafull site to purchase additional figures. If you don't want to pay up front Boss Fight's goal is to make nearly everything available thru a website later. A couple of the figures are exclusive to this Kickstarter though (bronze Spartan and "Celestial" repaints).

Is it weird that no one bothered to ask Hasbro what kind of articulation Yoda had at TF?

Maybe, maybe not? Personally it seemed safe to assume that Yoda would have the usual ball joint shoulders, ankles, and neck along with swivel hips, waist, and wrists. I think that is the minimum articulation we have been getting on Yoda figures since 2005. I was actually disappointed to see so little articulation on this new Yoda figure.

Boss Fight's Kickstarter has begun:

Figures are a bit pricier than I would have liked ($17+) so I haven't pledged anything. I feel like I was able to get a lot more bang for my buck from Marauders, plus now other lines I collect have product shipping soon (Star Wars, Marvel, Walking Dead) so I'm much more hesitant to spend my cash. I'm sure I will eventually cave for one of each figure, but I doubt I'll army build some Greeks like I initially planned.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Pacific Rim Toys
« on: June 3, 2014, 07:49 PM »
TRU just put up the new 18" Knifehead on their website. I went and pre-ordered one for $150. (Free shipping at least)

Estimated ship date is 6/17, so that is not long at all. Can't wait for this bad boy!

I noticed the Knifehead was up last week, but didn't really think anything of it. I have one on pre-order with BBTS, which is cheaper than TRU even with shipping once sales tax is factored in. If TRU drops a 20% off coupon in the next week or so, I will cancel my BBTS order in a heartbeat. I don't mind paying retail price for a big item, but a discount is always nice.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 2, 2014, 06:17 PM »
Personally I thought that particular Rancor-related post was fine, since Hasbro would never make something as cool as what was presented in that image. :D I will admit the white background photoshop images of toys do annoy me a bit, as they look extremely similar to Hasbro's press images especially when I scroll quickly thru my FB feed.

Also thinking further about the Cantina set(s), I'm really hoping it will have mostly new figures. I think some Cantina characters like BoShek, Duros, Wuher, and the Wolfman could use updated figures. Some repaints like a blue Snaggletooth wouldn't be too bad either.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 2, 2014, 08:23 AM »
Mind blowing episode.  Good stuff!

The lousy part is that I want to leave negative feedback for the seller, but I'm worried that the seller is just gonna leave a negative feedback on me in retaliation.

Sellers can't leave negative or neutral feedbacks anymore, so no need to worry about retaliation. The worst the seller could do is leave a positive feedback with a negative written comment, but that is something eBay will remove.

Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:49 PM »
I pre-ordered one of everything, and I'm sure I'll still grab more when they hit TRU. The prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the 3-packs and Danger at the Docks. The packaging turned out nicely as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:47 PM »
Hopefully the Cantina Showdown is actually an assortment of 2 multipacks (4- or 5-packs), similar to the Geonosis and Pilot sets in years past. Maybe some boring humans, random aliens, Mos Eisly droids, and/or a Sandtrooper or two.

As for the Rancor set, since it is more expensive I'm hoping it is all straight repacks like the Endor set. More articulation is the only way they could improve the existing Rancor, and that might not be enough to get me to buy. Unless it's bigger of course... like AT-AT size.

At the very least I can see the paint sculpt being different on the At St. At least I hope. Would be nice to have different head sculpts on the Imperial Officer and At-St driver as well.

I feel very much the opposite regarding the head sculpts on the AT-ST Driver and Imperial Officer.  I would much rather see new head sculpts on these figures if they were being offered as carded basic figures, not part of a large exclusive pack that already has numerous repacks.  And let's not forget that this is probably going to retail for somewhere between $60 and $80.

Agreed on the head sculpts. Some new heads, repainted Ewoks and AT-ST, and "battle damage" deco on the stormtrooper would have made this set extremely tempting. As-is I might consider purchasing a set on deep discount just to expand my armies.

Also, did anyone else notice the incredibly weird Leia and Han portraits in the bottom corner?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 23, 2014, 02:23 PM »
I think there is a fair balance of real/prosthetic and CG aliens in the prequels. None of the CG aliens really take me out of the movie. The most "offensive" use of CG in the prequels were the clone troopers, especially in the scenes where Commander Cody had the helmet removed.

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