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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:50 PM »
Apparently someone's already still bringing up the Sail Barge as maybe what's coming by that one Q&A tease...  I can't make this stuff up at this point.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:43 PM »
Falcon's tooled, that's a plus.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:33 PM »
Yeah at the end of the Q&A there's a 3-question segment that's interesting, regarding big ships...  But how soon?  That'll be the question.  I've heard huge stuff for TFA, maybe bigger than the PT toy launches in terms of overall scope and product numbers.  Maybe they'll go nuts.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:28 PM »
BMF and AT-TE showed up the year of Clone Wars' blitz, no?  2008.  The movie that launched the series late that Summer, the series with its initial ratings hit, etc.  It was a LOT of toys in that late Summer period where the ramp up to Christmas is kicking off.

I'm working under the assumption a Ghost is going to cost a lot too...  Who knows how cheap they could get one to be, ultimately, but assuming it's in the $100 or more range, there's absolutely no incentive for it to be out for a Summer time push is my thinking.  $100+ toys that eat up shelf space tend to be Christmas things.

I agree, opportunity squandered for the most part.  It could happen in the future.  Who knows how long the cartoon is going to last right?  Or what ties it may have to future films, again.

I keep thinking about what Jeff said, and given everything that'd been going downhill with the line, and really it predated 2012, their being overly cautious makes some sense I suppose.  But when you have a new property it seems like you'd want to give it a little more than they did.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 05:51 PM »
Regarding the Ghost, its window was this past holiday season, not next...  I don't say that to be condescending to people who love Rebels, or love the Rebels toy line, I simply say that as truth.

Last year the toon launched, and this year TFA is going to be the focus.  It's not going to be the cartoon getting a $100+ toy for the holiday push...  There MAY be some $100+ ship on the shelves, but my $ would look more towards the Millenium Falcon if it's playing a major role in the films.  Just an educated guess on the matter.

Last year, and for whatever reason that didn't happen, would've been the better year to see The Ghost as part of a line launch, ala what The Clone Wars received...  Unfortunately for Rebels though, it's a smaller show than TCW was.  TCW having a movie of course, and a product blitz that very much was movie-like in its broad scope.

Like I said, it's not that it won't happen, I just think where we're going into a movie a year scenario, where does Rebels fit in?  This all goes back to the thing I've been saying repeatedly, which this is uncharted waters for the hobby, top to bottom.  But I don't see them cranking out big ass ships left and right either.  They didn't when it was far more affordable to do so, so I don't see them doing it now.  Likewise I don't see them devoting the big ass vehicle slot to something that isn't in the movie for that given year.

I think The Ghost may actually turn up in one of the movies as a main ship though.  Aren't they wanting to streamline some of this stuff?  And carry things over?

Jeff's speculation on the issues with distribution is about as succinct a synopsis as I've seen.  I'd not heard the Disney/Hasbro gunshy thing, but tough to argue it.  TCW ratings were in constant decline and it was an established thing.  TPM 3D underperformed (at the box office and retail) too...  Rebels isn't proven, so the first year they're maybe unwilling to commit to that big ass item, second year just doesn't seem like a good fit because of the movie schedule...

If Star Wars were going like before, with 3 year gaps, I think Rebels would've had a far better chance to get that "Clone Wars" treatment.  I like the show a lot, I think it gets better as it goes too, but it's in a weird spot for sure.  All these films and their toy lines are in a weird spot.

I don't collect Super Hero stuff, but they've kind of dealt with this pace.  That said, Super Hero movies don't seem to have as diverse a range of characters and vehicles as Star Wars does either, so that's not even a direct analogy.  It's just weird territory we've been in since, at least, 2012.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:32 PM »
I can all but guarantee they don't.  I don't know why there was much hope they were gonna do repaints or head changes, honestly.  Hasbro doesn't seem keen on attempting that stuff outside of a droid any longer. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:21 PM »
Just something they want...  I have a hard time seeing it happening, especially now.  But if it's in a movie?  Who knows where it may turn up, ya know?  But not this year.  It never stood much chance for this year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:25 AM »
i haven't read any of the comics, and i don't care if anyone throws out any spoilers

Myself and a few others who aren't caught up in the comics do care, so please don't, haha.

And Beth/Tyrese weren't "main" to me...  I mean, in the sense that they stuck around longer than a nanosecond, they were I guess, but I didn't consider either one that integral to everything.  That's why I found the outrage unbearable.  And while I watch Talking Dead for a few bits, I'm over Hardwick with the moral support when a character croaks.  Just, seriously, enough of that **** already.  It's a TV show, and anyone you're catering too with that is either mentally defective or a teenage girl.  It's dumb.

I found the tornado.....  odd.  But it happens I guess.  Georgia's not like Kansas though so it's weird that this happens now to this group of people and stuff.  Whatever though.

I didn't mind the episode...  Actually I was quite excited to see wild dogs, finally.  Animals being a threat seemed like something grossly overdue in this show.  I liked seeing the lowest point for some characters, and the general mundane and depressing nature of the situation for a while.  No excitement, no living folks (well, almost none), just the group traveling...  It's like the shots of the Dwarves trying to make it to the Lonely Mountain...  You had to have some walking shots.  :)

Almost as weird as the tornado is their inability, at all, to find water.  This is Georgia, not the Sahara, so it just doesn't jive really well.  I mean, even if there is drought, that doesn't happen overnight.  And it seems like the woods look quite lush and the soil isn't parched, yet somehow every source of water for a 100 miles any direction is suddenly gone?  Weird.  Doesn't anyone have a goddam map?  Rivers, creeks, and streams are generally marked on them, as are ponds and lakes.

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Hot Toys 1/6 Obi-Wan Kenobi ANH
« on: February 16, 2015, 09:12 PM »
Wow do 1/6 figures keep getting more and more expensive, but man does Hot Toys knock them out of the park too.   :-\


I dig the light-up sabers they're doing.  That's quality stuff...  I was trying hard to see if they added the patches and little details to OWK's costume.  Couldn't really tell by pics, but if not I'd be a tad disappointed due to the heft $219.99 price tag on this one.  >:(

More that they are generally not as hospitable as when I joined them back in the old FFURG listserver days.  It's gone from less a community to more a place where criticism isn't appreciated, discussion is limited, and most are out to make a buck in profit off the hobby rather than share knowledge and expand customizing.

At Celebration III we (FFURG) put on a great basic customizing tutorial/display... It wasn't just diorama'ing and all that stuff, it was actual boil/popping, building, painting...  It was hands-on, it was active.  It had interest from Hasbro's reps, it had interest from fans of all ages, it had interest from celebrity guests.  It was really fun, and embodied getting knowledge out there about this niche within the hobby.

Now...  It's more about showing things off and expecting praise, an inability to take anything but, and a lack of desire to share techniques I've noticed.  I see this in other customizing too, like G.I. Joe.  A lot of "secretive" guys come out.  I've seen some outright lie about how easily things can be done because they want people to not try it themselves (since they sell it).  It was disappointing to see, and I dropped out mostly because of that stuff.  I make things for myself, not for Ebay.

Other Collectibles / Re: Collecting 'To Do' Lists!
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:18 PM »
Star Wars Hasbro:

-TBS 4" Figures I want (getting pickier)

-TBS 6" Bossk (maybe, kinda on the fence)

Hiya Toys Aliens: Colonial Marines:

-Spitter x2

-Boiler x2

-Warrior x3

-Power Loader (when it's made) x3

Acid Rain World:

-Marine Quad Eyes x1 (my 2nd)

-Sand Quad Eyes x1

-Bucks Team (x1 all)

-Raptor x1 (my 2nd)

-Argurts Infantry x1

-Laurel Mech Suit w/Pilot x1

-Flak Bike x2 (depends on price and pack-ins)

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:56 PM »
It wouldn't surprise me if Disney is making Hasbro keep a tight lid on things.

It would've been funny if Hasbro went rogue and just started blabbing all the details of TFA they've been privy to (which are ample...  I can attest to this!), and blew the lid off stuff at Toy Fair.

Honestly, I'm really shocked NONE of the stuff we saw at NYCC was shown at NYTF, but really what else were they EVER going to show at this event?  I saw all these posts around the net about guys thinking they'd see a giant Ghost, or an expansion of Rebels figures (despite them having really much of any character expansion on the show)...  It's really like fans forget there's a movie coming out BEFORE Christmas.

Again I point to the uncharted waters thing...  This is the first major (TCW doesn't count) Star Wars movie release before Christmas, it's the first time a cartoon will have had a little mini-run to lead into the new movie...  It's weird, and as everyone can see now, pretty unpredictable territory.

Kudos to Hasbro keeping things close to the vest, I guess.  They've not always been very successful at that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 15, 2015, 01:57 PM »
Dutch preorder sold out but yet aren't there people whining Reb pilots don't sell?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 05:42 PM »
Quad Eyes Marine is on sale on bbts Jeff.  Just saying.

I'm a lil surprised no figures, period.  In my case more $ for MaK, acid rain, army builders, shelving, and customizable dioramas like on my random Twitter pic backgrounds. :)

I will be glad to get Moseps wave and a couple 5 POA like gree's phase I duds. 

They're clearly focused elsewhere, other properties.  That's fine by me. 

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:21 PM »
But I thought only we were important?  That's what all the collector sites tell us!  Why is my world crumbling?!  :'( >:( :'(

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