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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:22 PM »
If Stormtrooper helmet on/off doesn't make 2 figures, then Finn jacket on/off isn't different either (except Hasbro would make a vest and paint the sleeves to keep it cheap.  So really no difference in my opinion.

Sure, but as far as I know they only made one black suit Finn with his jacket off and that's even a pack-in.  I think it's also a little easier to make a figure with removable helmet than it is a removable coat.   ;)  What someone considers a different outfit is fairly subjective...The point is that unlike dozens of Padme or Leia outfits to draw from, there really isn't a lot more they can offer for a differentiated Rey figure.

The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 12:16 PM »
As for the outfits?  Rey basically has three different outfits:  the Desert scavenger/headwraps, the basic Rey outfit, and the Resistance outfit.  That's really not all that different from Finn, who also has three outfits, two of which are slight variations.

Not really.  Saying Rey with and without headwraps is two different outfits is like saying Finn in Stormtrooper armor with and without his helmet are two different outfits.  While the black jumpsuit is consistent, there's a lot more to work with across what Finn wears vs. Rey.


The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:16 AM »
The interesting thing about that list is that Poe and Finn have multiple outfits to make figures out of.  Finn is in Stormtrooper armor, then just his black jumpsuit, then the resistance jacket.  Poe has his resistance uniform and flight suit.  Rey, for all her appearances really just wears the same outfit throughout.  She has that Jakku sand mask that comes with some of the figures, but not really an outfit change like the others.  I guess her outfit at the very end after Starkiller base is destroyed is a little different, but realistically there just aren't as many different outfits to make another figure of her.  I actually think Hasbro has made a fair amount of her given this versus the other two characters.  She did get her own ship/figure pack-in and they never seem to want to package a girl with the big ships (Falcon, Avengers Quinjet, etc.).  They maybe could have gone with an armor-up Rey with more salvage equipment or something, but not sure what else they could have made.

I'd be curious to know if this is specific to Hasbro vs. other companies.  In Disney's elite die cast line they have had:

1 Poe (Flight Suit)
1 Finn (Resistance Jacket)
2 Kylo Ren (Full Armor & Removed Helmet)
2 Rey & BB8 (Initial release & 2nd release with lightsaber)

The added Kylo and Rey are fairly small changes versus their initial releases, but given my thoughts on the outfits up above, this seems like a pretty fair release for Rey as well.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:25 AM »
The most important thing is getting it right.  I find it hard to believe they will finish it off and just sit on it for six months, so they'll be doing some kind of improvement I'm sure with the extra time.  That's a good thing.  What actually bothers me most about it though is losing the tradition of May releases.  All of the movies outside of 7 were released in May and for some reason that timing feels special to me.  That tie into the end of the school year/start of Summer kicking off with Star Wars just feels right.  Nice to have some fun Christmas blockbusters, but I wish they were back on a May release schedule for this one.

The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:04 PM »
I have really mixed feelings about all of this.  On one hand, it feels very discriminatory to me.  If you have a female leading part, but only make toys for the male leads, then that feels wrong.  It's the same to me as only making the white characters versus African American or Asian characters.  We saw a lot of this with the Avengers too where they skipped Widow in various lines, right down to a pack-in where Cap takes her place as the motorcycle driver in a toy when Widow clearly owned that whole scene.  As a collector and a father of a young girl, I find these old-guard decisions to be frustrating and narrow-minded at the very least.

On the other hand, these companies have a right to make whatever they want.  If they have some kind of data or research that has convinced them that their core consumers do not want female action figures/toys then it is absolutely within their rights not to make one. If I was making toys and my research showed that green/blue/red/orange/yellow toys sell great, but purple do not - I'd probably skip making a purple one, even if all six colors where equally represented elsewhere.   I had the Leia figures when I was a kid, but they were among my least favorite vintage figures and I never really played much with them, so I can see where their core "boy" audience today might not be clamoring for female toys either.

In this particular case, Rey is really in many ways the focus more so than any other character.  She certainly has more screen time than anyone else and most of the story forms around her as the central catalyst.  She finds the droid, finds/pilots/fixes the Falcon, saves Finn, brings the map and Han back to the resistance, discovers Luke's saber, Learns the force, defeats Kylo Ren, AND tracks down Luke Skywalker.  As the most prominent character in the movie, it's really tough to understand why they would want to exclude her from the merchandise simply from the self serving aspect of selling more product.  I think it's a bad business move, but not sure where I stand on anything ethically wrong beyond that.

Collector's Tips / Re: Cases for carded figures?
« on: January 19, 2016, 02:36 PM »
I'm getting ready to display one version of each card design created and was trying to figure out what sizes to buy.  Does anyone know of a guide that lists which "style" of case fits each card back?  I know there are "A", and "B", and "C", and so on styles.  Just trying to figure it all out and can't seem to match up the card backs with the cases.

I'm not aware of a guide by series if that's what you're looking for.  I think I went with all C's for my cases just because the bubble size can differ even within a series.  For example, you'll almost always get a smaller bubble with Leia vs. the Gamorean Guard.  I wanted the option to mix and match figures, and I think they look better with the same depth in each anyway. 

Kubricks / Re: New Kubrick Collector!
« on: January 19, 2016, 02:31 PM »
Kubricks are awesome!  I miss collecting these, expensive as it was.  I like your display box for them.  I have a bunch of regular series and chase extras if you're interested.  I'll try to pull a list together in the next week or two.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 18, 2016, 11:47 AM »
Judith might be a much more effective tool to paint Negan as a monster than just about anything else.

I might have agreed with that except would everyone's apathy toward Judith make us not feel as strongly toward Negan being a monster if he killed her? I feel it wouldn't work.

I think they would have to take Negan very differently if he killed Judith, but I like the idea.  I think Rick could eventually reconcile in some way with other character deaths, but would be pretty impossible to let the guy that killed your baby daughter go on living. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:55 PM »
I think they got stuck with what to do with her after deciding to have her survive the prison and now don't have any good ideas for how to get rid of her.  It's tough to spin zombies killing a baby into good TV for the general public, but I agree that she's pretty pointless to keep around.  Maybe there is some bigger design to have her play a role years down the road. 

In the comic, Judith and Lori get shot/killed in the prison battle with the governor and they don't really have any pregnancies to worry about after that. 

Kubricks / Re: Deluxe Series 2 - Hoth
« on: January 15, 2016, 01:43 PM »
I hope I'm not creating competition for someone who was already planning on bidding on this but zero bids so far so I'd rather see someone here get it:

Hoth Rebel Trooper for $150

Thanks for posting this.  I have one, but was tempted to get a second for my hoth display.  When it didn't sell, I PM'd him and we hashed out a deal for $130 shipped.   ;D

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:43 PM »
Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort?  Really?  Is early Han a Dejarik chess nerd?  Not overly excited about any of these, but Jack Reynor kind of has that look...

Feedback / Re: Master_Phruby's feedback
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:38 PM »
Thanks Paul for hooking me up with another Disney exclusive that I couldn't otherwise get outside of eBay.  Thanks for always helping out the JD community!


Not in my area...FO Stormtroopers are scarce.

Ditto.  That's the one that's always gone first in my experience.  Everyone wants multiple troops, but not so much of any of the other figures.  I'm planning to keep two Reys (mask on/mask off), but don't need multiples of anything else.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: January 7, 2016, 11:10 PM »
That's insane.  Real cool figure, but insane.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: January 7, 2016, 04:25 PM »
Got this for my 9yo son on XBox for Christmas.  He doesn't play other first person shooter games, but is pretty good with the remote from playing Disney Infinity, Minecraft, etc.  I'm not much of a gamer, but continuously get schooled whenever we play against each other.  I cannot seem to aim as quickly or memorize the map the way he has and most matchups it's not even close.  We have been playing the local co-op missions a little more and definitely having more fun partnering up than getting slaughtered by my kid.  We tried online for just a few minutes last night - I died in 60 seconds, but he was able to get a few kills in.  ::) #HowdIgetsoold

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