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Our own coverage of this story is up and features some details.  Paul's shared quite a bit with us and it's incredible really.  This is the kind of line I can really get into, and I think a lot of other collectors can as well.  The customizability alone intrigues me on it actually.  A mix/match style for some basic swaps is pretty interesting and would lend itself well to allowing collectors to easily make their own character with minimal effort.

Wish more lines were like this, quite frankly.  It only takes some standardization.

Hoping I didn't miss a detail there.  Wanted the story to be up tonight once Paul sent me the information. :)

It's awesome Paul, and I really hope it works for you.  I know this is something you've wanted for a long time and this transcends being just a line you think could be successful.  It's also something near to you, and I know I plan to help out once the Kickstarter campaign is set up!

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:43 PM »
It's as hit/miss as retail at this point Dave.  I got imp navy commanders from china once, one having 2 left feet the other 2 right...  It worked out obviously but I was lucky.  In general they're just overproduction and not rejects or mistakes.  Honestly I've never seen that except maybe the guy selling all the chipped Mickey droids for cheap.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:40 PM »
Yup.  THAT is a playset.  A 6"x6" floor with a wall is a stand on steroids. :)  Once that is universally agreed upon we can have a more honest debate on the topic.

Hasbro does tons of things I don't like and won't do things I wish they would...  I get it though, on this one.

Yeah I'm kind of shocked it's been this long.  It didn't seem like it.

My brother says the Sharps Rifle having a popup site on it is giving GIJ fans a boner.

This is apparently getting a butt-ton of press though Paul, congrats.  Gonna whip up something here for us tonight/later tomorrow.

Oh yeah that's kinda what I thought you meant but then I was thinking of the bigger one in the older line for some reason I guess.  My confusion.

Yeah though, that thing's ass.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:22 AM »
Hasbro made $ and didn't lose...  It's not like they're doing things wrong really, it's just a matter of whether you like it or not ya know?  They've always made things that didn't work and things that did, so I honestly don't see things changing much either.  It's also, as I've said before I know, uncharted waters not only for us but them.  A movie a year for Star Wars is very different than this line ever had to deal with.  Kinda weird to see what they may look at doing differently going forward.

Re: Twelfth Parsec, that sounds like an interesting story, and that this was an honest mistake... so thank you for the apology to Muftak, Anton.  No harm no foul.  I tend not to promote things unless I'm sure it's a legitimate dealio, especially on the front page.  Twelfth Parsec appears to be, but not all of these "garage kit" guys are and that can bite you in the ass IMO.

I think the future, if one is there for these playset/diorama display things, really only exists with these guys building stuff out of their garage for people in small runs.  And clearly they're priced where you either can afford it if you want it bad enough, or you just didn't want it that bad in the first place.  :-X

And the garage model kit world is like that too...  They're resin, they're usually pricey...  But if it's your bag, you'll pay it.

What exactly is it?  I don't recall that one. ???

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 18, 2016, 02:30 PM »
Yeah but that's like saying Dodge is missing out on selling 69 Charger replicas because you own a couple originals.  To make that, it'd cost X and they'd have to sell Y to be profitable...  Just because you are buying old ones and want them to do new ones doesn't mean that's a good idea for them, or that it's going to make them $ guaranteed.

It might, but making that DS is way different in 1978/79 than it is in 2016.

It's back to my original point that I want cool stands on steroids like Death Star halls you can stack and connect, but I'm one guy, and they need to sell to a lot of kids and others and simply don't feel that concept will work to that group.  It'll work to me/collectors...  We are an ever shrinking group though.  :-\

We are also kings of waiting on sales and clearances...  Playing a waiting game is an art with adult collectors. 

So while they're leaving your thousands on the table, the $ they feel they'd lose on investing in that product outweighs it I guess. 

This is really exciting news Paul!  I'm anxious to learn more.  The era  is ripe for cool action figures I think.  I'll be home next week and talk more then!

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: June 17, 2016, 08:49 PM »
I got one but man it's one of the goofiest things ever made.

Hills was where the toys were...  And that's where I got the $10 ATATs back in the day.  They were blowing out stuff since they were going under.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 17, 2016, 01:59 AM »
Honestly, I think they do like that stuff.  I know my son and his friends do.  When they play with their toys, it's all about having "a base" for the good guys, and "a base" for the bad guys.

And thus God created Lego, a company who does it better because, well, they've had decades of experience and the built-in product design/manufacturing for kids to "make bases".  So why would Hasbro attempt to get into the "customizable base" idea where kids can build their own creation?  Why try to compete in an arena you're woefully outmatched in?  That's not smart business...  Kreo anyone?  They even see THAT model as the smarter direction to go, for that kind of product.  They wanted a piece of it, and basically realized (I think) that getting a piece of that isn't very easy.

Nevermind the fact you're ignoring my point about "Playsets"...  Kid's like "Playsets", which you cited like the cheapo chap mei, out of scaled, printed plastic, action featurey, detail lacking things most people would call a "playset".  I'd agree with that.  It has kid-appealing things.  It's NOT a stackable, expandable, hallway.  It's not the Death Star hallway, with a Death Star Control Room that can attach to it left, right, forward, back, up, or down...  Which I think is a cool thing, but it's nothing more than a glorified display stand than a "playset".  The two things aren't one-in-the-same.  And what happens when that Chap Mei copycat Playset comes out from Hasbro?  And at a probably inflated price?  Endless complaining from collectors...  maybe not kids, but collectors, incessant bitching.  Collectors nitpick EVERYTHING.  People poo poo'd the Bespin Freeze set (I kinda like it) (and yes, it's POTJ Scockery), and every other set they've made.

What Hasbro makes will be out of scale, feature oversized, springloaded weapons, it'll have "action features", it'll have "Play value"...  It won't be Emperor Palpatine's private bathroom or the red control room from the Death Star Hangar...  It'll be a sphere that opens up, it might mix micromachines to make small environments out of larger scenes, it'll have a couple spaces with crammed in features and stuff, some cheap printed panels to convey a larger space, cheap plastic...  cheap.  Or cheap feeling, by a collector's POV anyway. 

Actually, it's funny...  Hasbro does kinda suck in many ways, at least as a dedicated collector's concerned (myself included)...  They're not focused on us, and that's hitting people emotionally in different ways.  For me, I have other things I'm interested in and a myriad of ways I can spend my time, $, etc., so I don't look at Hasbro as something I should treat as a dartboard beacuse they're not catering to me.  They're a business, and a quite large one with shareholders, and they have their responsibilities.  And they're making $, so they're smarter than collectors apparently realize.  I want an expansive SA quality 3.75" line for TFA...  I don't have TFA Han in his regular coat, with Super Articulation.  That blows. 

I want super duper hallway displays I can stack and customize in any way I see fit too.  Used to talk about 'em on Rebelscum, long before I was here even.  But I also know Hasbro would NEVER make something like that so I don't wish for it and torture myself.  Why dwell on it?  Where we differ is simply I say it's NOT possible for them to do that, and it be profitable.  I believe them on that.  They're capable of doing it, just not making it make money. 

Every set Scockery listed above has been lambasted...  I hate them too.  I don't want that.  But I also realize what I want is really just a stand on roids.  And that I'm sure I'll be happier with anything I make myself over whatever Hasbro attempted, because Hasbro has limitations they have to live by to make $ as they're designed.

The fact you think the Terror Drome is a perfect example of what Hasbro SHOULD recreate today as a Death Star?  C'mon man!  I didn't think we'd get something like that in the 90's or early 2000's, much less NOW.  I'd suggest getting a dust rag and some grey and black spray paint, as I don't feel you'll see anything like the greatness that was the toy overload of GIJ:ARAH in the 80's.  Especially when kid's attention spans aren't there because they aren't the kids of the 80's anymore.  It's been a few decades, and things have changed.

It's funny though...  How spoiled were we from 2005-2012 at least?  A 2007 slideshow alone is what Hasbro could walk up to ANY collector who's been through it all, smack them in the mouth for complaining, and drop the mic.  :-X

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Recent Purchases
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:21 PM »
Oh yes.  Should dig out what I have and sell.  He'll the BATAT is pretty pricey now too and they clearanced out fairly cheap.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:16 PM »
Yeah that's cool as heck Jeff. :)

Not a huge Dark Crystal guy but that's a nifty toy.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 15, 2016, 01:30 AM »
I'm real sorry man.  You give em the best life you can as long as you can. :(

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