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Wouldn't doubt 4" does too soon, if it sticks around.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:34 PM »
OMFG what I just saw that they have at SDCC.

Jeff, you shall cave.

Other Collectibles / Re: Hallmark Ornaments
« on: July 24, 2014, 06:32 PM »
In our SDCC Image Galleries we caught a glimpse of the 2015 Ornaments being teased at the show.

Browse the galleries (all of 'em, but obviously this one's in the Hallmark folder) and enjoy!





And they get some good ones too...  Can't bat a thousand I suppose.

All those Rebel/Imperial Pilot sets, the Jedi Knight Arena sets, Speederbike...  They have had some doozies, and then there's stuff like this.  Part (all?) of that Cantina pack's selling point is packaging.  It's a display in a box...  Someone's mom will think her son will love it.  That's the hope anyway.  I think that Endor set might be along the, "Look you get a battle in a box" type dealio...  Collectors are secondary.

I'm curious to see what other exclusives may leak out tomorrow.  Might be something really awesome.

I'm very closed minded to new scales, so if bigger scales are (mostly) the future (4" maybe being relegated to kid-oriented things), then I'm maybe a little dejected but my wallet won't be.

I'll pick up the odd 1/6 Sideshow figure, but I won't be diving headfirst into that.  It'll be limited, militaries figures.  OT almost exclusively.

Bigger does seem to be perceived as "better" for collector-oriented toys though right now, and for the most part they're right.  If you read the article yesterday we posted a link to on the front page, regarding Jabba The Hutt's 6" figure creation process, Hasbro was very pro 6", and had a stance that what they do in 6" can't be done in 4".

Now, do I believe that?  No.  Only because they've proven they CAN do the things in 4" scale they seemingly were now claiming aren't possible in the 4" scale.  The washes to highlight hair sculpts?  4" had them for years, now cutbacks they don't.  Painted buckles and buttons?  They've done that...  They do is less now.

I don't disagree that you can do it better, or more elaborate in 6" scale though.  That's indisputable really.  But they've cut back and aren't doing it much at all in 4" scale now...  costs and all that jazz.  They're seeing that $10 is a threshold for 4" figures where people really are hesitant to spend it.  I think they're at this point afraid to raise a basic figure above that because they know price has hurt that line far more than any other factor.

That's why I think they're pushing 6"...  They can do more, they've got basically a license to start over with the character pool depth, they've got selling points to adult collectors like higher detail and such...  Their only flaws are vehicles (which they clearly don't feel collectors are a target there anyway unless they're smaller ones), and they're $20, but again they're going to push the "Look what you get for that though!" angle, vs. the $10 figures which have steadily declined in quality while they attempt to hold that price point. 

While I'd be slightly annoyed to see 4" figures I personally find interesting go away, I'm also not going to worry too much about it.  It's been a very long run.  I'll be a little more annoyed that the new media maybe won't have figures I find "worthy" of standing next to my collection.  Customizing will pick up for me for sure though and I'm sure I'll be spending money elsewhere.  I already have been during this slowdown.  There's a lot of good compatible things out there that fit with Star Wars 4" figures, and appeal to me.  There's always something to spend money on other than Star Wars toys.  :-\

Hasbro and TRU would both eat some blame on it, but I think it's part of them hoping for less collector appeal and more gift set/kid appeal type dealios.  It's like the Attack/Defense of Hoth sets at Target...  They appealed to collectors but ultimately they were intended for kids.  It just worked the other way around but I doubt the Target buyer(s) who picked those was thinking very hard about us when they were picked.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:53 PM »
Many more hyper detailed Hasbro pics are on the way soon too...  This is way too much work, with work on top of this work.   :-*

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:52 PM »
I use MLC-3's in my nerdy little Star Wars world...  outdated little infantry support tanks, kinda like the "Bren Carrier" the brits used in World War 2.

Old maybe predating even the Clone Wars, but functional and cheap.

I even take them beat up at toy shows, like $3 a piece, and clean them up, paintjob...

So yeah I'd LOVE to see some mini-rigs pop up just for the hell of it. :)

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:26 PM »
I don't mind it...  It's small, weird...  It's different enough that it will sit nicely on a shelf like a weird TIE design.  I'm not getting it because I like the inquisitor or anything really, but more that it's just sort of in line with the myriad of EU TIE Fighter ships they've cranked out.

The TIE Fighters themselves appear to be small-wing Kenner-ish TIE Fighters to the extreme, even white it appears, so it's kind of funny that they're somehow making the "small wing" TIE that collectors wanted replaced, now "canon" more or less.  I'd assume they'll make it at some point, or basically crank out the POTF2 ship in white?  In the trailer there's a good shot of them parked with ladders beside them and troops walking past.  It makes the Kenner ship pretty spot-on in size now.  Go figure.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:22 PM »
All the Jedi Defender Image Galleries are live, but look for more to come as the weekend progresses!

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:17 AM »
Fun fact...

29 Inches long on this ship means it's actually 1/17 scale, almost on the nose.  Star Wars figures range anywhere from 1/17 to 1/20 (the newer more lean to 1/20).  Given leeway in scale in Star Wars ships (lifesize props, IE: set pieces, tend to be smaller than listed measurements, and most hero ships have a variety of models that don't all sync up), I'd say you can kiss my grits on this ship not being for figures. :)

It may not FIT figures, but from a customizer's standpoint, this is a lot better than anything Hasbro's ever made, in terms of getting an X-Wing that LOOKS right with the figures around it.  I'll figure out how to make it work. ;)

Joe Defender / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Joes
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:51 PM »
Hah!  Even more weird looking than the Star Wars ones in a way.

Anyone else reading into things, perhaps a little too much maybe, at the last few bits of that article?  :-\

BTW his mouth moves?  That's pretty friggin' awesome actually.

Nor do I, but I'm going to look that up now.

I've gotten hooked on some "mech" suit models of late, and more, and so I actually just pre-ordered something that features support gear and more (and all in a scale I love).

Pricey but worth it.

Yeah I'm not ready to say this is that assortment, but I was thinking similarly that this is it.  It deflates the Fig w/vehicle anticipation for sure.  I'd like to see that back in some way.  :-\

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