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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:29 PM »
So awesome. I totally imagine that alien going to sell his offspring to some vendor, since young bird-looking alien is probably a delicacy at Chalmunn's Legends cantina.  ;D

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:26 PM »
I wish the Five Belows near me were stocking the Ultimate Wave. Only the Night Viper wave hit down south, and there haven't been any restocks for a few weeks now.

Jesse, if you want a Lade Jaye and/or Colton LMK. I might be interested in trading for some Ultimate Wave figures if you can get them.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Cancelled The Clone Wars Toys :(
« on: May 19, 2014, 08:11 PM »
I don't think the 5POA Clone Wars characters are tweaked sculpts, only because all of the other figures in the Saga Legends/Mission Series line have been entirely new. Even Boba Fett and Vader, which had less articulated figures released in 2012, didn't share any sculpting with those earlier releases. I suppose this is an instance where creating an entirely new sculpt is cheaper than retooling/tweaking an old sculpt.

Which makes zero sense of course, because things like this also happened last year:

Personally I will only buy factory-made toys. No resin figure kits or 3D printed dioramas for me. Factory-made toys are just what I have grown accustomed to so that is what I stick with. I don't want to worry about being gentle and delicate with more fragile pieces, otherwise I'd probably go for statues and high-end figures instead.

As for the success of the Marauder figures, I think a lot of that had to do with capturing what makes GI Joe appealing (detailed, highly articulated modern-military with a hint of Sci-Fi) while adding in the fresh modular aspect. The figures look close enough to Joes to fit right in with existing collections. The modular aspect is a cool looking feature that should appeal to troop builders, customizers, and people who always wanted to customize but don't have the time and/or skill (like me!). I certainly hope the figures perform well for Marauder once they start selling them thru there online store, and perhaps well enough to warrant real carded packaging and sales thru other retailers.

The figure looks okay. I like the vintage vibe it gives off. Hopefully the final product comes with an alternate prequel head and robe, or a hover chair, or some force effect stuff. If not $20 will be rather steep for the little guy.

Looks like this Jabba will be $65 (compared to $40 for the regular version). 

$65 is reasonable, though why they couldn't at least squeeze Salacious into the mass retail version is beyond me. I imagine the Dais would have added at least another $40 to the cost, if not more.

last year's HAN SOLO in Carbonite (no longer available).

Thanks for rubbing it in 'bro. 

Honestly this is about what I expected for this exclusive. I was thinking that an actual throne piece would cost way too much money, especially since the 4-inch scale set was priced around $40 back in 2010. Overall this is a neat set, and it would make a nice companion piece for those who have the Fett set. For the rest of us maybe a mail away set with the pipe/railing, Salacious, and Hansicle will come down the road.

It is going to become very difficult to determine which figures are repaints or repacks as well as which releases to purchase to only end up with one of each figure. I know I'll be tracking down Plo Koon, Bossk, and IG-88 for sure.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
« on: May 2, 2014, 03:21 PM »
It looks like a solid line-up for Rebels this fall. At least 16 different figures (assuming the Mission Series/SL Stormtroopers are the same) between the 2-packs and Legends. There are also potential crossover characters, like TIE Pilots or the Royal guards. While I am not overly fond of the 5POA, the pricing is fair for the quality so I'm sure I'll pick up some figures.

The Marauder Kickstarter ended with a bit over $244000 from around 1200 backers. Crazy how such a small market was willing to shell out so much.

Did you see the mobile base-lookign vehicle with extending wall pieces? It isn't up for pre-order yet, but I'm screwed whenever that happens. 

This thing:

I can't wait to see (and buy) the Hiya Colonial Marines. For the time being the green armored troopers provided by Marauder will be stand-ins in my collection, but once the real deal becomes available I will upgrade.

As for Acid Rain I sorta want to get on board but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. The designs really lend themselves to army building, but unfortunately the prices don't. I'll still probably cave on the statue set and most recent trooper figure before too long.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:10 PM »
BTW on the Tartakovsky thing, it was made to fit to the events of ROTS...  I don't see how the 2D cartoon doesn't fit within the storyline, so for my money it's something I enjoyed so I still consider it a major part of Star Wars.  I don't think the show conflicting with the release of the 3D one had any issue though. 

I thought the Tartakovsky cartoon ended simply because it was done.  They closed with the "end" of the Clone Wars, more or less right into ROTS.  I could be wrong as I don't recall when it even came out though.  I thought 3D came out a good while after 2D was out.  There's 3 years for the Clone Wars to take place though, and plenty of time for those short toons to squeeze into that timeline easily, to me.

Based only on what we ended up with from the 6 seasons of The Clone Wars, I think in terms of in-universe timelines and such it could be made to work with the micro series. The only big issues that stand out to me at the moment are Grievous' cough, which he has throughout the TCW series yet it is caused in the final episode of the micro series, and possibly the two Battles of Mon Calamari. We really needed to see what TCW would have done for the Battle of Coruscant/pre-ROTS to know for sure if it would have contradicted the micro series.

Neither cartoon series really jived with the other EU (comics and novels), so in that regard it might be nice if The Clone Wars is the only super-duper official canon for that time period. No worrying about Alpha, Durge, Ventress' origins, Labyrinth of Evil/micro series Battle of Coruscant, Mandalorians, 2 Kamino or Mon Calamari battles, or Barriss Offee issues.

It fills a space that is apparently not profitable enough for Hasbro, but worthwhile for the little guys. Honestly I'd rather pour my money into something fresh and new from Marauder, Boss Fight, and Hiya rather than similarly priced exclusives from the GI Joe Club. I'm glad other people apparently feel the same.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:38 PM »
Also as a "real world" explanation they took the Tartakovsky series out of production at some point prior to TCW 2008 hitting the air. That could have been to avoid confusion or a disowning or a mix of both.

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