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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.  ::)

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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. :(

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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.

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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 $. :)

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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.

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

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

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

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

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. :(

Jman,

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.

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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.

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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...


Clicky!

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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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:51 PM »
Hasbro has outright said in the past female characters don't sell as well as male characters, for what that's worth.  Sort of surprised that statement's not come up in all this debate actually.

I know Torryn Farr was one of the most short-packed TBS figures, but is one of the worse sellers...  That could be a sign though that collectors themselves aren't as into the hobby too.  Even a reseller nearby with a store in the mall has her on sale, haha.

Personally I can only own 2 Rebels figures (Stormtrooper aside) total.  I have only ever seen Sabine and Zeb, and I can get Zeb right now I know.  Sabine I'm not sure what Target's stock is like.

I've not seen any other figure from the series, personally.

If Hasbro's #'s say female characters don't sell as well, should they still make more of them anyway?  Is there justification there for them to not make as many or are they just not doing something right with the female figures on their end and they would sell well if not for their own mistakes?  I dunno.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:26 PM »
I think some of the wave breakdowns also falls into the realm where they're balancing waves financially...  Solid wave of all new is tough to do.  Rebels seemed like they were trying to phase it in with the existing MS and Legends stuff.

To be fair, I've not seen a Kanan, Ezra, Chopper, or Hera (is she out?) at all.  I have seen Zeb's set, and I saw Sabine at Target once.

I see both sides of the argument...  I didn't know what the first answer was, but seeing the second answer, I kind of see why Hasbro feels they've done well in the last year or two.  There are some pretty good female characters on their rundown, we're getting two Leia's, same costume, different scales soon...  Slave Leia's a top-demand figure, an outfit that's transcended into pop culture (for better or worse), and one of her more empowered outfits since she kills the dude that put her in it.  I dunno.

I think right now there aren't male characters to buy, nor female, haha.  I wanted Chopper, but if I don't get him that's ok.  But I also have never seen a sniff of him or the wave he was in, so I may have to deal without.

I think I'd be more annoyed with Disney, who I think made Hera and Sabine as kind of an answer to this outrage over lacking female characters in Star Wars, but I also feel they could've (and perhaps should've) gone the extra mile making either Kanan female, or Ezra, but not both of them human white males.  I'd have dug seeing Kanan a woman, and Ezra and her having a perhaps rough relationship because of that?  "Judge me by my gender, do you?"

Maybe cliche or something, but I'd find it a more interesting relationship dynamic I guess, than just the dudes going off and being forcey.

Anyway, off track there...

I'm not sure what to make of the question or answer really.  Was it a direct quote, or paraphrased?  If it was paraphrased, what was the exact direct quote then, assuming there's audio or whatever of it?  Without all that info it's kinda tough to say whether it was misquoting by one party or backpedaling by the other party, right?

It also is a weird situation at Toy Fair where people are really essentially fighting for time to talk to Hasbro reps amongst each other, especially when it's busier (not that it was this year).  And of course it's not something that's as private and controlled as SDCC is, so the answers can come a little on the quicker side.  What may seem dismissive was maybe not intended, but still came off that way because Q's and A's are getting rattled off fast.

I'd like to know more, really, about the question and the answer, verbatim, at least.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:09 PM »
I should've vaguely told everyone I had come by that information first-hand somehow, and pulled a stan.  :D

The only reason I look at this Christmas as likely TFA-centric is that we are in a situation where there's a cartoon, and a film, at the same time, and I have a hard time not assuming they'll want to focus on the movie, and the cartoon is really just "advertising" for the Star Wars brand, at that point.  It's, again, a weird uncharted situation where a cartoon is complementing a movie more than being a focal point itself (ala TCW) which had an insane toy line launch for something that wasn't a main film in one of the trilogies, and had a film itself.

It's a really weird situation, so there's a lot of guessing and only guessing that can be done, as to what's happening and when.

I lean towards Hasbro focusing on TFA...  I know for a fact they were told, and immediately began diverting resources, to start working on it immediately after the Disney/LFL merger and announced.  Now, which ships will be "iconic" from it?  Who knows.  The Ghost may be in it throughout? 

I don't think The Ghost will never happen, but I just don't see it this year, personally.  I think the SSG Q&A gives it some hope though, and if the Falcon is the sort of centric hero ship of the new trilogy, like I said before, it's tooled so you could re-release that and maybe a Ghost with it?  I think it's doable.  I think The Phantom was made to clearly dock to a Ghost too, so I think Hasbro wants to do it.  When it comes to big stuff though, and this goes back to the line's beginning, they've always had to fudge ways to do it...  The media support helps though.

So at this point I lean towards not this year...  But I think any year (that Rebels is on, at least) there's a chance.  I just think companies like this hate having big ticket stuff fighting amongst itself for shelf space at Christmas, and parent's dollars too.  Would Hasbro want a $300 and $150 toy (just throwing numbers outta my butt there) on the shelf at the same time?  Could they do a Ghost for less than $150?  I dunno.  Would they do just The Ghost in a year when a whole new trilogy of Star Wars is kicked off, with all new characters, vehicles, locations, and on top of it the classic main characters are back WITH the Millenium Falcon?  And all of it at the Holidays, just to add toy frenzy to it all.

That's where I'm coming from.  It'll be really weird, and interesting, to watch it all shake out because, it's uncharted waters.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:11 AM »
I wonder how the one-off movies will work...  If movie lines for them will be as full as the assumed trilogy's line will be.  Again, who knows, right?  I am assuming The Ghost getting made is as dependent on the show itself being super popular and hanging on as anything too.  It's so weird having a cartoon squeezed in as the lead-up to new films like this.

It'd be really fascinating to see inside Hasbro, their plans on this...  It's unprecedented for this property, which as said above, it's got diversity that I'm not so sure other properties possess.

TFA toys are going to be staggering indeed.  I really have some solid impressions about the amount of stuff.

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