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12" Figures / SDCC Exclusive 12" Phase-I Clone Commander
« on: April 14, 2011, 10:05 PM »

There ya have it...  A nice exclusive I think, but for the militaries fans this could be a slight pain I guess.  Looks pretty slick though.  I have the 12" Figure itch again since I got a cheap Fleet Trooper, but I'll have to contain myself and buy these later on down the road if I really want them I guess.

Other Collectibles / 2011 Uncle Milton
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:44 PM »

Uncle Milton sent out a notice about their latest Star Wars offering for 2011...  Check out the Darkside Detector Mini-Saber.  I have the original mini-saber which lets you change crystals so you get various colors.  It is pretty slick on my desk, so I really enjoyed it. 

This one seems cool too...  essentially a "mood saber". :)  Mine will inevitably be red or not work at all I'd wager, haha.

Seriously though, UM's stuff has really impressed me...  It may seem more child-like at first, but ultimately it's really quality stuff, and adds something fun to play with on your work desk during some "downtime", or in your collection room.  The Death Star planetarium has earned a spot on my favorites shelf where I usually only put select items.  It just looks cool, really.  When lit up though, it's even more neat.

Gentle Giant / Female Stormtrooper Statue
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:25 PM »
New pics on the front page of the upcoming Female Stormtrooper statue...  Kind of neat, though I'm not familiar with who she is or her backstory at all.  Anyone care to enlighten me on that?,88433,

I'm not a huge GG guy but this caught my eye.  I always dug the idea of female Stormtrooper divisions, like separate of the males or whatever, in Star Wars.

12" Figures / 12" Militaries of Star Wars Bly
« on: March 24, 2011, 04:52 PM »
Guess who is coming to town?

12" Cmdr Bly

I really can't wait to see this figure's full reveal.  I love that he appears like he'll have his Phase 1 Helmet, or at least the exclusive I'm guessing will have both buckets maybe.

Great looking figure though.

So how many of you applied for this at the start of the year?  Well if you did, watch your mailbox because I got my first freebie today...

I got a Deluxe Mandalorian w/Speederbike.  I sent for one or two more, I forget, but I'm anxious to see what my next item will be now.  I was hoping for this or Obi-Wan with the side-car BARC, so I was pleased at what I got from them. :)

Just thought this would be fun to discuss...  Make up whatever, between Ultimate or regular packs, kind of trying to stay within the basic guidelines Hasbro has set with BP's in past precedents.

Right off the bat...

-Yavin War Room...  New Dodonna, Yavin Technician Commander (Tech with the Fleet trooper style tan shirt) w/headset, Leia (or Fleet Trooper Head variant), & light-up War Room Table (or swap out one of the previous figures for the table).

-Yavin Ceremony...  Proper Ceremony Han, Ceremony Luke with proper skin color, Ceremony Leia (would be nice, but it'd be a new figure I'd assume), Rebel Officer (Honor Guard with new head & hat, more brown color).

-Yavin Base...  2x Fleet Trooper (2 Head Variants), Crow's Nest Accessory, Hangar Technician w/Light Wands & Han's Money/Box dealies

-Death Star Escape...  VOTC Han w/Stormtrooper Belt ala the new Luke, Repack new Vintage Luke, Chewbacca w/Stormtrooper blaster rifle, Leia

I'm always up for weird ideas...  This kind of popped into my head thanks to some other Battlepack talk, so share what you're thinking too.  Realistic packs aren't really likely anyway, but it's fun to speculate.

Feedback / darth punkinhed's feedback
« on: March 8, 2011, 03:00 AM »
Just wanted to say I've done a deal with Charlie, and the guy's awesome!  A great seller, really glad to have bought some figures off him and to have met him this past weekend at the local Toy Show to boot!

Thanks man!

Joe Defender / 2011 Toy Fair Stuff
« on: February 12, 2011, 02:56 PM »
The news has poured in for Joe as much as anything...  Looks like a big year for the line.  New cards, new Skystriker, new lots of everything it seems.  And Renegades being realistic is a great thing and every reason I wished Clone Wars had been too.

We've been trying to keep up with the live news from the guys at the show in our Hasbro Toy Fair Early News post but it's a fast and furious pace to keep up with any line right now.  Seems like there's a lot of news already though and I'm sure I'm missing tons of details.

Yup, it's happening.  :)  Just heard from our team at Toy Fair!

Seems like Tarkin's now slated for the Vintage Line according to DD in the Force Cast.

And it's not the Death Star...  ;)  

Darryl DePriest said in the Forcecast that three items he'd love to see get the major update are the Sailbarge Death Star and the Sandcrawler.  He said a theatrical re-release are the best hope for anything getting done, and that *drum roll* they have that...  A Death Star then, come the re-release of A New Hope to 3D theaters?

Hmmm...  Interesting.

The Sandcrawler, DD said basically doesn't stand much chance of getting redone.  Sorry to those who were hopeful on that then.  Also said that the Barge wouldn't likely happen till Episode 6 is out in the theaters again, even then he's doubtful it will get done as well.

But, playset fans rejoice.  As with any film release, you have a chance now of getting what you want.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / An Ewok Update Coming... Who?
« on: February 10, 2011, 12:54 AM »
Also in the Force Cast from DD, an Ewok is getting an update...  Who?

We're down to pretty much Teebo and Logray needing the updates the most right?  I'm leaning towards Teebo then as Logray's not attrocious to me in anything but articulation.  Teebo's like a giant compared to all the rest now.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / 2012 - "One EU Figure In Every Wave"
« on: February 10, 2011, 12:05 AM »
Interesting tidbit from Darryl DePriest in the ForceCast this week...

1 EU Figure in Every Wave come 2012.  I'm sort of surprised.  Plus his desire to see comic packs actually come back.  Let the EU bashing begin!  (or the love)

Any thoughts on what we could get?  Part of me almost thinks it'll be something Vintage-related like the Fett.  Like we'd wind up with a Blue Snaggletooth re-release or something (just throwing it out there, not necessarilly what I believe we'd get).  

I could almost see them delivering a Death Squad/Star Commander this way.  After our discussion though, I really am not into the thought of a repaint there.  That character clearly has a very unique uniform compared to other officers, and very clearly compared to the traditional "Death Star Trooper" in the black we're used to.

At the same time, I could see Hasbro say, "Screw it...  It's not really worth the hastle".  I reflect back on Rocket Firing Fett in particular there.  They were pretty geeked about him at Toy Fair because he was 100% aimed squarely at the collector, and I don't know if they were really intending him to even drive sales much, but rather to just give collectors something cool.

However, due to the shipping issues, they sort of faced a lot of criticism that I don't know was really honestly deserved...  at least not in Hasbro's direction specifically, but they took it.  I could just see them backing off a mail-in this year.  Maybe just Clone Wars, or maybe even nothing at all.  These toolings they're putting into them aren't cheap I'm sure.

Anyway, I'm really curious about what we could see in 2011 now.  There's been no real hint so far.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Star Wars Toys Strong in 2010
« on: February 5, 2011, 12:14 AM »

As per the front page, I found the story interesting about how well the Star Wars brand (specifically from Hasbro and Lego) did in 2010.  This is a contrast to last  year when Hasbro was saying at Toy Fair that the line was stalling somewhat.  It makes me wonder if Vintage did well, or only Clone Wars/Legends did well...  Lego always seems to do alright, but Hasbro's rebound got me curious.

I'm guessing we'll hear something from Toy Fair this year, as they usually give you the vagues of what did ok, what's not doing ok, etc.  No specifics, but wouldn't you love to see those?

Anyway, it's kind of interesting, something to ponder...  I could see Vintage being listed as not performing as well as they'd hoped with the Clone Wars being the driving force again, but we'll see.  I kind of hope this means good things for the line overall, but right now distribution and pricing are the biggest issues to me.  I can't find anything I want, and when I do it's stickershock anymore too.  The figures are great but I've still cut way, way back.

Right now though it'd just be cool to see a new figure.  I only see Clone Wars getting a restock lately.

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