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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: December 5, 2015, 08:54 AM »
Good to see Ahsoka mixing it up a little bit, and kicking some butt.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: December 4, 2015, 02:12 PM »
The new Disney era has quickly shown us that in their licensed merchandise model they are all about keeping costs down and maximizing their profits. 

Do we know its Disney, and not Hasbro?  Is anyone aware of the contract and how its structured (flat license fee, % or cost, % of retail), and if the contract is any different than what Lucasfilm had negotiated last?  I'm guessing Disney is paid a flat license fee plus a small % of the cost Hasbro charges retailers. 

I would be more likely to blame Hasbro than anyone as I'm guessing they're making most of the decisions on POA, cost to retailers, price points, mix, etc.  Retailers are just marking it up accordingly, and TRU marks it up more than most. 

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Re: TFA 3.75
« on: December 4, 2015, 09:51 AM »
Any rumors on when we might see this?

Gentle Giant / First Order Stormtrooper Mini-Bust
« on: December 3, 2015, 05:14 PM »
Saw this on Yakface the other day - Gentle Giant First Order Stormtrooper mini-bust - but thought I would start a discussion here.

I've got a majority of the mini-busts that they've made over the years, but between the massive drop in releases and the increase in prices - I think I'm done.  They've maybe released two or three items all year in this line, and now the price appears to be $120 each  :o :o  These mini-busts were in the $70 range just a year or so ago.

While I think this mini-bust looks sweet, I think I'm done.  If I'm going to drop that kind of money I think I would rather just get the Sideshow version for $210 that is super poseable with lots of accessories.

Does anyone still collect these mini-busts?

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Re: TFA 3.75
« on: December 3, 2015, 04:56 PM »
Cool.  I guess that means I don't need the TFA repacked Ezra that comes with his lightsaber as I can just wait for this version.

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: November 25, 2015, 11:48 AM »
This is seriously starting to piss me off.  WTF?  Do they not sell posters to the general public anymore?  Is this an embargoed item and going to be available only after Dec 18?  I can live without the teaser poster, but I want the theatrical one sheet.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:33 PM »
I hope they don't redo the prequels.  Why bother?  Maybe make a Clone Wars movie or tell some new stories in that time period, but redoing these movies would be a waste.  There are lots of other new stories that can be told anywhere along the timeline.

I don't know why GL takes himself and Star Wars so seriously.  He doesn't do that with Indy.  Indy is a fun pulpy story.  Star Wars should have a good story at its core (it does), but needs to be entertaining - e.g. spaceships.  Cut out all the pandering and worthless soap opera family backstory, and tell a fun story.

I'm glad he has stepped away and hasn't tried to get too involved.  I'm 100% confident JJ will create a kick ass story.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: November 23, 2015, 05:33 PM »
One decent deal I've seen is for the Disney Infinities Star Wars packs.  50% off at Target.  There might be other deals at other stores for this as well, but I haven't looked to hard yet.  Still trying to find a good Battlefront bundle with a new console as well.

Seems like a tough price point too for gifts.  Maybe I'm cheap, but a $40-50 gift for a nephew is generally above what I target ($30) for gifts.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:41 PM »
Call me the sucker for thinking the diorama would be an actual toy (made from plastic).

Or we may get the super cheap plastic that they used in the Lars Homestead 3.75" set from five years ago.  That thing might as well have been cardboard for how cheap the plastic was.

I hope they go either all repack, or significantly different figures.

I don't mind buying $7 figure repaints / kit bashes, but I have no interest in buying $20 repaints/kit bashes.  A new wet hair or dirty armor version is just going to get me pissed.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walmart 6" Imperial Shock Trooper
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:38 PM »
... if the 6" Imperial Shocktrooper is a promotional tie-in with the release of Battlefront, then you might want to check near the video games in WalMart stores.

Its Wal-Mart. 

That means you've got to check throughout the store.  Its likely on a back end cap by automotive.   Or maybe a pallet drop near diapers.  Or maybe even by the oranges in produce.  ::)

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILER FREE)
« on: November 13, 2015, 03:21 PM »
Dammit, they are making this hard...  it seems like every time I turn around this week I'm running from some new TV spot or international clip or Disney XD clip or ABC TV clip.

If was much easier during TPM and AOTC when I was eating up all the spoilers I could find...  :-\

I haven't sought out the TV clip as I was a little bummed I saw the Japanese trailer.  Is the TB clip something I should try avoiding, or is it just cool random stuff like TIE/X-Wing dogfighting.  TIEs coming out of the sun, etc?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: November 13, 2015, 01:21 PM »
It will probably be a TRU exclusive for $70, containing a repacked Luke Stormtrooper, repacked Han Stormtrooper, and repacked Chewie.  The compactor environment will be all flimsy cardboard.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: November 11, 2015, 12:40 PM »
I know there has been a lot of lamenting about this being a kids toy.  Its not accurate enough for collectors.  The Nerf stuff is stupid.

I pulled the trigger and ordered this the other day, and it showed up on my doorstep yesterday.  My kids (8, 5, 5) saw it and thought it was the coolest thing they've ever seen.  Granted we didnt' open it, but they were looking at the box and features advertised.  They absolutely loved the Nerf action feature and were pumped to get a BB-8.

These are the same kids that have an opened BMF (and other toys) laying around that they don't interact with much.

I'll be interested to crack this open and see how they play with it.  They love the action features on the Clone Turbo Tank, and I think they'll love this as well.

I'll hold my full on kudos for Hasbro until this is opened and fully assessed, but honestly, these are toys and should be designed for 8 year olds, not 40-something year olds.  I'm hopeful my kids are as excited to continually play with this as they seemed by the promise the sealed box holds.

I get it that collectors won't be as interested in this, but that is okay.  We've got a BMF.  I'm glad they made this one for the kids.

Other Collectibles / Re: BB-8 App Enabled Droid by Sphero
« on: November 11, 2015, 12:14 AM »
Cracked open my BB-8 droid today after it had been sitting on the shelf at home for a month.  Pretty fun little toy.  I'm hoping its durable as the kids really dig it.

I had planned on waiting until the day of the movie premier and surprising the kids with it, but my 8 year old son called me today at work and said his technology teacher showed the kids the school's new BB-8 droid.  They've got a bunch of other Spheros they "learn" with at school, and I guess they added a BB-8 to the lineup.

I wasn't about to let some grade school teacher trump me on Star Wars fun, so we fired it up and sent it rolling around the house.  (Eat that technology teacher).

My five year olds picked up the navigation of it quickly as well.

Should be fun if it can hold up.

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