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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:15 PM »
Yes, the Phantom is VERY undersized...  The Ghost is a pretty huge ship itself.  I'd say a good deal bulkier than the Falcon perhaps (just eyeballing things without either in front of me to be sure).  Keep in mind The Ghost is dual-level...  Not sure if they're much different in diameter, but I'd say The Ghost is probably larger than the Falcon if I were to make a guess on it.

Which would make sense, with it having essentially a little "runabout" shuttle that can dock to it...  The Falcon doesn't have the bulk for something like that.

The Ghost is very similar in style, but larger than the hero ship that was in X-Wing: Alliance, which is significantly smaller than the Falcon.  All YT series Corellian ships (The Ghost is too, iirc).

The Phantom is very akin to a shuttlecraft in Star Trek in that it has a small back cargo area and a relatively spacious cockpit capable of seating at least 2 up front and a 3rd behind them in a sort of jumpseat.  It's no tiny thing.

Hasbro's always managed to fudge designs to work for stuff like that, so I think a dramatically undersized Ghost is doable that would still dock The Phantom nicely without looking too goofy.  I think the play features would be where it's all at.  It wouldn't be high on my radar (I passed on The Phantom already) but I think it'd be a decent toy if done right...  Now, if they cut construction and design corners ala the mid-size vehicles now, Eh, it could look (and feel) a lot more "cheap".

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:08 PM »
Head looks very new, body old.  Good figure, but meh for $13 unfortunately.  That's the issue with the price hike...  Stuff like this won't cut it for me, whereas I'd have bought it just for that one scene a year ago and been relatively happy.  :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:38 AM »
It's actually getting Brent-Like here.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:31 AM »
Yeah I'm going to just let her know to contact the person over it and see if she can get some $ back...  If they're a dick, no harm in escalation I suppose if she wants to.  I don't know that I would over essentially nothing big financially, but then again if you feel cheated and the whole thing isn't worded well, eh why not?

But yes, no threats or anything...  Wasn't on the table, just to be clear, I just meant let her know we'd go that route (feedback and contacting Ebay).  I assume simply contacting that you're not happy gets the point across that you're going to leave negatives if you're not satisfied.

Shipping costs were free, but I always just factor that into price ultimately.  It's become my hassle in a way, ugh.  ::)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:08 AM »
Quad Eyes is my fav.  :'(

He lights up man...  lights up. :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:04 AM »
It's a friend of me mine who bought stuff for her kid, not me, but I should've worded that better (lot of that goin' 'round eh?:P).  I will be telling her to just write, be cordial, all that...  No threats, just let her know we'll handle it if he's not cooperative.

I do find it deceptive...  Her feedback may play against her as she's only like a 20-something I think.  I dunno.  I never filed a complaint so it's not my bag.  I'll try and get the link off her tomorrow for you.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:20 PM »
This is why I'm never down about any Hasbro slowdown...  I've got ample junk to waste $ on.  I just put sweet new stabilizer shocks on my Jeep.  Top of the line KYB's from work, and something I was too cheap to purchase till Hasbro saved me $. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:17 PM »
I dig the responses...  I immediately kinda fell in the camp that if you say "you're bidding on the item in the pic", the picture is what you're getting...  Item, items...  it's possibly a mistake, or intentional, but a single pic of the figure would've been more logical than all 5 of the exact same thing.

To me, the picture makes it look like there was intent to sort of scam a BIN.  There's not enough $ involved to make it a huge deal, but I think I'm going to advise a request for some $ back, and if that doesn't fly, threaten to go to Ebay and negative feedback.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:15 PM »

The Legacy Collection / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:41 PM »
Oofah that wasn't cheap!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:40 PM »

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:56 PM »

I think you've got an interesting perspective since you've got daughters, you're wanting to share fandom with them, and collecting...  I respect that.

I think Hasbro's stance on the whole male figs/female figs sales is really just a numbers game, with a buttload of factors that go into it that nobody but themselves are privy to, and it spans all these years I'm sure.  Is it true?  I don't know.  I assume since they stated it, there's some numbers that back it up.  I mean, women aren't the dominant force in action figure buying, but they're a growing segment I think.  Is Hasbro, as a company, trying to adjust to the trend?

I'd say Rebels is just hard to gauge this topic by because Rebels is so new and obviously grossly unrepresented, to where nobody's easy to get (my personal experience) aside from Zeb.  No clue why they didn't do Sabine with a removable helmet and Ezra with one.  Maybe they want to sell two figures?  Maybe they hate women?  Maybe they couldn't cost the extra gear in for some reason?  Maybe it's Ezra's smaller size allowed the helmet accessory?  Again, no clue.

BTW I agree on Ahsoka ultimately...  I think they dropped the ball there.  She was (is) popular, she got a few figures, but none were ever easily available for one reason or another it seemed.  I still want a young Ahsoka done realistically. :(


Since I have no details on how much they post-edited a comment, and how much the comment may have been paraphrased, I'm unwilling to say Hasbro is a villain in this situation, or just misunderstood, or (a worst case scenario) misrepresented.  There's no context to go by to make the assumption, but it sucks if they really just backpedaled to save face.  To me it's neither here nor there really without the context, the full quote, etc.

That said, the last figure I saw pegwarming that was a woman?  Torryn Farr and Luminara Undulli both come to mind immediately, 6" Leia as well...  I remember quite a few over the years.  So yeah, it happens and it's a tad disingenuous to insinuate female figures just fly off the pegs, haha.

Then again I've seen an army of Ree Yees at TRU, and 6" Han Solo figures, Greedos, and OWK, lots of 4" Hoth Luke, 6" Speederbike sets...  So I think the reality is anything can pegwarm.  The question is do female figures pegwarm faster?  How does Hasbro gauge this stuff?  I don't know really, beyond sales data they've cited (but won't show) that claims this...  Which all may be a lie.

As I have said before, I am sure any sales info is something Hasbro has and we don't, so it is what it is.  Ultimately you either believe it or you don't...  Not much argument to be made from either side on that though.  I don't think their data applies across the board that ALL female figures sell poorly.  I think some do.  Then again so do a lot of male figures.  I'm sure there's data available to them on that as well.  And aliens, and so on.  And what Hasbro says, you either believe or not...  Not much argument against either POV I guess, since it's simply a matter of what you believe is reality or not.

Going back to the point about getting the entire crew out quickly, and regarding Hera and Sabine, specifically, I think Hasbro would've been wise to get the entire crew of The Ghost out at the same time, like Jeff said maybe in all 2-packs or something, then sprinkle singles in down the road...  No reason not to I can see, if you want the cartoon to have support all around.  They really needed to have EVERYONE from the show's main cast out there immediately.  Even the villains can be sprinkled in later and kids will generally not notice, or maybe they'd even be more excited to finally get the bad guy when he finally comes out.

I didn't mind everyone having a stormtrooper as a pack-in though.  I think that'd be neat, actually, since it'd help kids amass squads for their Rebels to destroy.  I liked that concept.  I wish they'd carried it over with every main hero having a stormtrooper, actually.  It'd help spread costs around over the stormie's mold tooling too.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:29 PM »
DO NOT get out Greg! :)

Seriously, I'm going all in.  I ordered Bucks Team and the Argurts Infantry last night from EE here on the site because I got free shipping on the dealio too.  Is $83 cheap?  Nah, but look at Star Wars?  I've got two waves to buy, and the wave up for pre-order now is meh to me.  TFA stuff there will be sales, and a lot of it I'm sure will not appeal to me too, so I'm sure I'll be in the limited purchase category there too.

Looking at Acid Rain, this is the perfect place to spend my money...  I'll be getting two Laurels at least.  I am anxious to see if the array of variants to the suit will come too, like the airborne, the quad-legged one, the Worker...  I'm ok with import toys when import toys deliver something above/beyond in terms of quality.  These really, really do.

I mean, I swear that MkII Speeder Review is 100% truth...  I purchased it myself, full price, no gimmes there for an endorsement publicly...  I paid for it, and I wasn't even sure I wanted the MkII actually, and I 100% wish I'd just bought it sooner than I did.  I love it, and this line in general.

I actually wasn't going to buy figures, but I caved just this week, and bought the ones I didn't have.  They're not an articulation style I personally favor, as I prefer what Hasbro does with their TBS 4" figures, but the figures really grow on you and look 10x better than most GI Joes do IMO, despite having similar articulation styles.

I'm all in on this line...  I'm even in on multiples now of some vehicles.  Buying a 2nd Marine Quad Eyes soon, and then the Sand version as well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:06 PM »
The Ori Toys blog posted an update with a new item coming soon...


Looking as though the Laurel may have a pilot pack-in...  The figure in the suit just turned up recently in pictures, and features an enclosed "HUD" type helmet mask.  Deco suggestions were even being taken (I like shark-mouth, personally) for the pilot's helmet.  I'm easy when it comes to shark teeth on a vehicle or helmet. :)

If the Laurel is anything akin to the Quad Eyes or MkII SPeeder's quality, it has to be insanely well done!  The big ass hand cannon combined with a shoulder-mount weapon is neat, and harkens to quite a few different "Mech" designs from various other universes. 

It looks ready to march out with my Quad Eyes and MkI "Raptor" Speeder now... 

I really hope this line delves into some kind of flying vehicle.  Even something small, or a hover-tank type weapon would be neat. 

There is a "worker" variant of the Laurel that I pray they wind up doing because it'd look sweet as hell loading cargo in an Imperial or Rebel hangar dio!

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