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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 09:17 PM »
Hah that's kind of what I was thinking... Like, NOW you're this mad?  I mean I have had fun the last few years despite it not being the best years.  But then again, for me, the height was 07 so maybe I'm desensitized.

I'm just kinda shocked at the melting down.  Then some people aren't complaining they can't find anything or that they think the figures and prices suck, they're more mad at other people for being happy that companies like Sideshow or Hot Toys are doing their thing, or there's all these side companies stepping in to fill the collector void (granted, at a premium). 

It's a weird show man.  The weirdest.

I find myself agreeing and disagreeing with the same statements being made.

I'll always bitch about price though.  :D

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Whoa ho ho! 

Yeah, even at the $130 I'd not even be willing to pick up that for the bits and pieces I wouldn't mind having more of, much less just for Jabba himself.  I'm sadly most interested in getting another Gammie Guard haha. 

BTW my WM Jabba is not sweating and my room can get uber humid since I don't have central air, just window units.  Humidity/heat have been a problem in my collection room/office for years, one I'm finally finding some solutions to this year.  I checked Jabba and he must've used some Goldbond powder because he was dryer than a popcorn fart.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 07:18 PM »
So holy ****, the meltdowns over toys I'm reading are really rather fun to look through...  It's weird because I'm on neither side completely in the debates I'm reading.  It's just mass hysteria, AND HASBRO HASN'T EVEN DONE THEIR PRESENTATION!  :o

I mean, I have little hope of a quality 3.75" line, I'll be honest...  To me, the only shred of hope I can muster is things go to a lesser articulation rate than we've seen and it goes back to 05-07 levels of articulation.  But that's really wishful thinking on my part even.

That said, man I'm seeing absolute insanity from people...  Guys comparing HT and what they're doing to Hasbro, people saying Hasbro's intentionally killing the line, people complaining about female figures not being prominent enough still, Hasbro's quality sucks, Hasbro's distribution sucks, Hasbro's pricing sucks, people angry at people who are praising the smaller companies for what they make...

It's really got people turning on one another, and lots of anger and rage.

Personally I think Hasbro is too much money at this point, especially with now further price hikes and this assumed drop in quality across the board (and TBS basically going all 6").  A friend and I were texting and he said really 6" isn't even up to snuff quality-wise...  I couldn't blame him as some of the materials feel so-so but I feel the price matches it.  The 4" stuff, yeah, the price isn't justified as much to me, and it's really feeling "cheap" anymore.

It's just been weird seeing this much anger.  It actually goes above/beyond what I was expecting to see. 

But you can't compare the smaller companies to Hasbro either...  But I totally get why you'd jump ship to those companies too.  I mean, I'm figuring if this whole thing is imploded tomorrow, it's more money for these other lines I've discovered while Hasbro had this down period since 2012...  And I'm ok with that.  It's more $ to 4" Star Wars customizing (I'll nab fodder on sale and when the movie's hype dies and people start selling figures cheap at toy shows).

For me the only X factor is how will lines be handled with a new movie every year and a cartoon running steadily in between?  Will figures hit sales often?  Will figures even have long windows at retail?  But besides that, I mean if they're 5POA with this loftier pricetag...  I just won't buy them.  I'm kinda ok with that.  Sad sure, but still I'm ok.  Most folks should be too.  You should have bigger problems I guess?  :-\

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 9, 2015, 06:16 PM »
Been watching AR's instagram as they're updating with pics from the show.

Looks like the Laurel "Worker" suit is due out late this year.  Merry Xmas to me! :P

And there's an aquatic Laurel with a kick ass diver bell type helmet on it.  It transforms into a vehicle too, not just acting as a suit, and actually becomes a submarine type vehicle.  It's beyond awesome looking.

Also new figures including a female of some kind named Sofi, an android soldier, and FINALLY the "Soil Ghosts" who remind me of the "bad" people out in the wastelands in Mad Max movies...  People affected by the pollution with defects and things.  Though their story seems to be much less them being bad, as being outcast and almost kind of sad.  I wish the guy who makes this series would get a comprehensive story and list of characters and things together.  It's kind of piecemeal right now.

Anyway, they also showed what appears to be a civilian version of the Flak Bike with a trailer, used as farm equipment before it is made into a weapon of war.

Insane what this line's doing...  The price may seem steep but it's worth it, especially if you're paying $8-$10 for 5POA Star Wars figures.  These will seem like a bargain.

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Well, within the Empire itself, Vader seems obviously very well known throughout the trilogy...  Everyone from Admirals down to lowly ensigns seem to know not to piss him off at least.

Now, galaxy-wide, who knows, but I've always figured the Empire was pretty significant around the Galaxy, and thus I'd think Vader is a topic people bring up.  I don't know that many (beyond Palps/Tarkin) know Vader is who he was though.  Tarkin seems to know little of Palpatine's ultimate background even.

I like to think though, that Vader's a pretty known guy.  Consider this...  Lando even seems to know how to address him properly ("Lord Vader" and all that jazz), and he's just a guy running a mining town out in the galaxy.  One of possibly literally millions or even billions (or more?) type places.  Fett knows this title to address him by as well.

All little stuff, and drifting off topic some, but ultimately then I believe Kenobi's well aware of Vader and who he is, personally.  I think Vader has a reputation he's built up.  He's maybe more infamous than famous?

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Yeah I dunno, while Jabba was pricey, their last several SDCC exclusives weren't THAT easy to pick up actually.  Han/Fett still is pricey I think?  Those big boxed sets they did dating back to even the Indiana Jones set all seem to fetch above their original prices too.  While I'm not saying freak out, or fist fight, I am saying I wouldn't piss around online if you really want one.

That said, the Stormie is really all packaging so I don't get that one totally.  I mean I see wanting it and all, but I don't see fighting over it.

I got some story from that line, and it sounds like it was a few people started it, and didn't care what happened to others.  That's a shame.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 01:45 PM »
Good points all around. 

I'd be happy actually if articulation went more selective and Hasbro returned the line to 2007 type levels where some figures got a bit, and others not.  I don't have a good feeling about that happening though regardless of the price hikes.

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Other Collectibles / Re: ACME Character Keys
« on: July 8, 2015, 10:57 PM »
Yeah, huge thanks to Anton for scoring that. :)  That's pretty damn cool.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 8, 2015, 10:55 PM »
Yup, not a lot to look at at the moment.  most interesting thing I saw was a 1/6 scale TIE Fighter Hot Toys had up but I don't believe it's a product they're making?  I thought it was just a thing, for people to look at.

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It's a film rumor, but nothing confirmed.

That's been outed as fake, so I'd guess it's just someone running with that character's name coming up again and again is all.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 7, 2015, 06:03 PM »
Yeah I'm open to any actor in the general possible realm here, aside from LeBooooof...  But Pratt included.  I don't know how he'll work out but at this point I don't know how any of these movies will work out so whatever.  I hope it's good.  And if it isn't I hope they put the lid on the idea and move on from it.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars: Rogue One
« on: July 7, 2015, 06:00 PM »
I'm cool with this, especially if JEJ is voicing.  Considering he's voicing the cartoon I cannot fathom them leaving him off a film.

I'm maybe easily duped here but I really am looking forward to ALL this Star Wars film goodness coming.  It's going to be sensory overload for years.  As news leaks out and filming of these things starts, it really brings the scale of all this into focus.  I'd been so TFA focused, but man there's just movie after movie on the way, and that's kind of mind blowing.  No more hemmed in with just books, comics, and what Lucas wanted to do for films.

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I dunno, I don't see anything wrong with this like everyone else does...  Revan's popular among collectors IMO, and he has a pretty big following among maybe more casual collectors too I think.  There's a reason his figure has maintained a steady hefty price beyond him not being the most common figure on the pegs.  He wasn't IMPOSSIBLE to find though back in '07 though.  I saw him more than once I know and my toy runs were kind of random, not nightly things.  So I dunno.

This is what it is I think.

Regarding a character "existing", LFL/Disney hasn't said the old EU no longer exists.  They just say it isn't canon (which is funny and a whole other topic).  You can't make an idea disappear I guess is my point, and they know that.  Half the existing EU is being integrated into the Disney EU even...  It's not like they're ignoring all of it.  They're just going to ignore it when it's needed to make money off their billion dollar purchase.

Hasbro said vote for anything but TFA, and so people did.  Revan falls into that.

I'm not championing Revan here...  He means nothing to me really as I didn't really clamor for him before either, or Bastilla.  I just wanted the droid from the game really (and got him).  I think the Gammie would be a cooler looking 6" figure, myself, especially with a fuzzy belt thing again.  3.75" was great, so 6" would be equal to that or better.

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Wonder what the holo-r2 situation is in WDW? 

Wish that other droid was going to be easy to get because man, that's a snazzy deco on that mamojama.  I got an R2-MK droid off Ebay just because the deco was so nice on it.  I was going to pass otherwise.

To be honest, had the JSF not had the big mickey logo on it, I'd have bought that, actually.  I liked that red/yellow/white/grey look.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 7, 2015, 05:49 PM »
I'm anxious, gotta admit.  Not in a bad way, just in a "I want confirmation" kind of way so I know what my financial future holds, ya know?  Is that weird?  Probably.  :-\

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