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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:14 PM »
Why such a sharp increase in so little time? I curious as to the economics behind this.

It's simple really.  When they previously made big ships in a non movie year they could count on a certain amount of volume. Well, not really, so let's pretend.  But based on poor sales of the completely unrelated 6" TIE Fighter and lower-than-expected sales of figures they haven't shipped to stores yet, it's clear that this item would only sell at a fraction of the volume needed to reach their 500% margin target.  I mean, who wants a ship like the Falcon after seeing it so sparingly used in the TFA anyway?  Plus they'd have to go to the whole trouble of including a few new electronics and complete redesign...of the radar dish.  You can't seriously expect there to be cost savings from the rest of the mold being completely finished and production read.  Much better to throw out unrealistic comments about price inflation and move along.  Nothing to see here.  Move along. 

Wow. I can hardly believe they would seriously consider 5 POA on vintage cards. The only way that would work for me is if they were reproductions of the actual vintage line.

Good Lord please no.  Don't even suggest that.  I spent years and years and years getting my vintage collection to where it is today.  I do not need the likely heart attack that repro figures flooding the market would bring.  Please God no.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:44 AM »
Feels to me like Disney wants to create their own Star Wars events/releases/news versus partnering with anyone else's event.  Or maybe Hasbro was like that all along, but now finally has the clout and financial backing to just do whatever they want.  I'm not a big Disney buff, but feels like that's their shtick with all their properties - closely controlled, we'll show you what we want when we want and you'll hear it from our people.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Stools
« on: February 13, 2016, 08:04 AM »
What's Kmart?

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The Bullpen / Re: 12" Jumbo Marvel Legends Figures
« on: February 12, 2016, 05:16 PM »
Well crap.  I have a shelf of 12" Avengers that I cobbled together from Hot Toys, Marvel Icons, and customs.  This probably means I'll be replacing some of those - Cap and Iron Man already look better than what I'm using. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Transformers Live Action Movies
« on: February 12, 2016, 05:13 PM »
Well, make enough of them and eventually there's bound to be a good one.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: February 12, 2016, 10:33 AM »
Here are two of the troopers I recently received from WM.com.  They look ten times worse in person.  The right eye almost at the ear on one of them.  I love this figure, but the paint apps and quality control are really weak.


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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: The Force Awakens - Novel
« on: February 5, 2016, 02:44 PM »

Well there are a few assumptions in that.  I don't agree that Leia would easily sense Rey is her daughter.  Maybe she thought her daughter or Luke's daughter was killed like everyone else?  Vader was not able to sense Leia was his despite having a lot more time with her.  Vader is far more force sensitive than Leia too, and was in the same room while Leia was being tortured, yet he had no clue Leia was his daughter.  How would Leia, who is far less force sensitive, know that Rey is her kid from a few quick meetings?  Of course she can sense Han's death - she has spent the better part of her life with him, so I would expect her minimal force abilities to pick up on the death of her soulmate and/or the decent of her son towards the dark side in the same moment.

I'm also not sure Leia "sends" Rey to go get Skywalker.  They may have agreed on that approach, but do we ever hear that Chewie or Rey (or the Falcon) are part of Leia's Resistance group?  Whether she is related to the Skywalkers or Solos, I would want her to go find Luke because she's the only other light side force user they know of.  If Luke wanted to continue to stay hidden, he'd probably have a good chance of doing so unless the person looking could sense him in the force. Leia doesn't sound like she can do much with the force and is probably needed elsewhere, so Rey just makes the most sense, especially since she has Luke's saber, needs training, and may or may not be related.

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: The Force Awakens - Novel
« on: February 3, 2016, 04:26 PM »
Well, I think she is clearly set up to be a Skywalker.  Being Luke or Leia's daughter would set that up fine for me - I'm not sure Star Wars carries the same conventional married last name traditions as people in the real world. 

That said, the reactions by Han and Leia were pretty cold if she's a daughter or a niece, assuming they know who she is as well.  They have been searching for Skywalker all this time - would be kind of odd to treat his daughter as something of a stranger if they really knew who she was.  Recall that Vader locked up his daughter on the Death Star and tortured her without realizing she was his child, so wouldn't be crazy if Han or Leia didn't really know Rey...especially since "Rey" might not be her given name. 

Nick - was the book worth reading?  Curious to know more about how Ren knows of Rey prior to the events in the movie. 

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Just puttin' this out there...you Minnesota cats seem to be blessed with a lot of Green Helmet Resistance Troopers. I would gladly trade any of the new Wave 5 figures for a greenie, PM me if interested. ;)

True, but we are sorely lacking on wave 4 and 5 thus far.   ;)  If I come across another Green Top I'll grab him for you.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 2, 2016, 09:26 AM »
Just a little under two weeks to go so it's time for a thread, I guess.

Hasbro's "2016 Entertainment Brand Press Preview" is set to begin at 1:30pm ET on Saturday, February 13th.   The usual slide show (Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Marvel), then booth visit.  No word yet if any phones will be allowed, but if so I'm sure news will be flowing on Twitter and social media.

Sweet, that came up fast!  Are you going?

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 2, 2016, 09:22 AM »
Under $100 for 12 backs is insane.   :o

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Collections / Insurance?
« on: February 1, 2016, 09:38 AM »
So, this has been nagging at the back of my mind for a while.  Given the large investment many of us have in Star Wars, I'm curious to know if anyone has any added insurance on their stuff.  I started checking into a few years back, but never got around to it.  Then last Summer, a neighbor's basement flooded.  I have the same style home by the same builder and keep my Star Wars stuff in the same room that was hit, so not hard to imagine how awful that would be for me.  I also have a ton of comics, and while they are bagged I am sure there is potential for damage there as well.  Would you need to document everything you have or just insure for an estimated amount?  I don't think standard insurance would cover things beyond the basics, right?  Would love to know more about what options are out there.

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Collector's Tips / Re: My first character completion
« on: February 1, 2016, 09:32 AM »
Today is the day I complete my starkiller action figure collection  ;D

And what does that include?

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: February 1, 2016, 09:31 AM »
Correct - Armor up Ren is just part of the standard Armor Up line carried by everyone - not just TRU.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: February 1, 2016, 09:29 AM »
Thanks for posting this.  The game doesn't have a first person storyline to follow, so they certainly could have just dedicated certain troops to certain locations and not allowed mixing.  There are added complexities with programming that though, and you immediately divide your players in half for multiplayer games.  Or worse yet, you have a much smaller subset of people trying to play prequel and they can't quickly find matchups, turning them off to the whole game.  There's probably enough hassle and potential problems for them to just decide to stick with OT for now, but it is curious.  If nothing else, they could beef up the maps to fit prequel environments.  It would be fun to play in a Kamino clone factory, the caverns of Geonosis, or the lava pits of Mustafar.

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