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Big changes!   

Chewie - OUT! (pushed out until the new blue/black package with larger window is running)

Fett and Stormtrooper - IN!  (see, Hasbro does love you after all ;))

6" Black Series Wave 4 Up for Pre-Order at EE!

This Wave 4 case includes 4 individually packaged action figures (subject to change):
1x Boba Fett (Empire Strikes Back)
1x Anakin Skywalker (Revenge of the Sith)
1x Stormtrooper
1x Clone Trooper (Attack of the Clones)
(subject to change)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:44 AM »
Looks like Boss Fight Studios finally revealed the full first series of their 4" Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. = Highly Articulated Character Kit System

Sort of a blend between custom kits and SA figures.  The first Series has Athenians, Gorgons, Spartans, and more.  You can check out the pics here and here.

I'll definitely be picking up a few of these I think.  Not sure I'll need all the Celestial/Statue variants, but definitely interested in checking out their kickstarter once it goes up.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:23 AM »
Man, this line just looks cool.  Wish they were cheaper... but I understand why they cost so much.


JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:20 AM »
I'll go...

Ducks, Sharks, Blackhawks and Wild (homer pick! ;D)

Bruins, Habs, Rangers, and B-Jackets (sorry Jesse :()

That's what a lot of folks were hoping, but the Disney blog author confirmed the price in the comments and it's what they're charging when ordering a 16" figure online (an option only for those who have a D-Tech Me scan on file with Disney).

Looks like the D-Tech Me experience is making a return to SW Weekends this year, but with a few new options - two new figurine types (Alderaan Princess and X-Wing Pilot) and a new scale (16" inch figure).

The 7" figurines are $99.95 each plus shipping and applicable sales tax.
The 16" figurines are $1,499.95 each plus shipping and applicable sales tax.

Twice as big... 15x the price?   ???

Other Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Life-Size Han Solo in Carbonite
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:02 AM »
After all this time and a few refinements, it's finally up for pre-order!

It's such an amazing, awesome piece...  but it's $6999.00 plus shipping and any applicable taxes. 

Unfortunately, I like being married more than I like this, so it's a pass for me.  :(

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Sales/Discounts thread
« on: April 11, 2014, 10:57 AM »
Coupon code SHIPBYUPS will get you free domestic US shipping via UPS Ground at Brian's Toys until April 30, 2014.

For those keeping track - as always, I kindly thank you for using our referral codes when ordering. :)

Set of 6 = $59.99 plus shipping
Case of 12 (2x each) = $114.99 plus shipping

Set of 6 = $59.99 plus shipping
Case of 12 (2x each) = $119.99 with FREE shipping

Well of the Souls / Re: 6" Indiana Jones from Max Factory
« on: April 1, 2014, 02:23 PM »
Not sure about Indy since I can't tell from Jayson's pics, but in other Figma/MAX figures you get one set of eyes looking straight ahead and then one set that has eyes painted slightly offset to one side so you can have the figure looking right or left (depending on how you install them).

"Articulated eyes" are definitely a Japanese thing, developed because of all the crazy poses they are constantly putting their Anime figures in...  which is why the figures usually come with (or compatible with) a clear stand of some sort.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:58 AM »
So worried about my squad right now.  The guys are in a terrible goaltending free fall giving up ten goals the past two games with a critical game in PHX tomorrow.   :-\

If we can win that, we're staring at a tough schedule to finish out the year...  really, really hoping we can hang onto that #7 slot because I'd rather take my chances in Cali versus pulling the 8-seed and heading to slaughter in STL.  :(

I forget when HTS went live.  If there was a press statement laying out any specifics on it?  :)

HTS and it's inventories are owned by Hasbro, but the order fulfillment part works like Dave said - stock is sent to third party that picks/sorts/ships the orders at multiple locations around the USA.  Lots of online places do this to save costs.

And, for Dave, here's something I said in that thread way back in 2005 -

Maybe, just maybe Hasbro will learn a little something about Case Assortments/ratios from the store before it goes under... (one can hope, right? :-\)

HTS hasn't gone under yet, but here we are 9 years later still hoping they will learn something from the HTS shopping patterns.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: March 24, 2014, 10:20 AM »
I saw an interview recently too where the director said Rhino is only in the film for like two minutes. Why even bother at that point?

To set up the gajilliony-dollar Sinister Six films/franchise that they announced, of course.

More and more it's looking like this is my least anticipated summer superhero flick.  Might not even catch it in theaters at this point (full disclosure - I ended up waiting for Netflix for the first one too).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:47 AM »
New Trailer

I cannot wait for this movie...  Fassbender is such a badass Magneto.   8)

Here's what I took away from the novels Justin and Jesse wrote:

it's just simple math that If you put out product that turns faster and sells more volume, you can afford higher input costs.

Your idea I think revolves, a lot, around the idea the line will turn anything around quickly.  I think the line's not suited for that right now.

I think Justin has a valid point.  If you look back at the history of the line, there have been plenty of times (aka times when sales were good) where Hasbro has shown willingness to put more $ into a case knowing the sales would be there to recoup the costs.  That is how we were able to get stuff like Hermi Odle, a Kybuck, Ewok 2-packs, Ephant Mon, etc.   Or sometimes they lowered the prices knowing increased volume would make up for it ($4.50 ROTS figures in 2005)

But, I think that Jesse is right in that Justin's proposal only works if you get the increased sales to offset the higher input cost.  And right now, with the low sales we're seeing (and you can take your pick for the reason - price, availability, figure selection, case pack, etc), Hasbro's not interested in taking the risk of putting more $ cost into a case and potentially not seeing a sales increase to recoup it because Star Wars is in the tank right now.

Somewhere amidst all the turmoil of the past two years (TPM flop, cancelled 3D releases, Disney/LFL changes), Hasbro made a decision to just ride out 2013/2014 with as little cost as possible.  Just put the line on life support and wait for the LFL/Disney stuff to settle and Episode 7 to get here.  So, here comes 3.75" collector cases with cheaper manufacturing raw material costs (smaller cardbacks, crappy plastic bubbles), less accessories, less paint masks, etc.  And that's not even mentioning the $6 Legends or $10 Mission Series cost cutting moves. 

I have no idea if that choice was right or wrong, because I have zero ideas of all the other factors involved in the decision.  Did the Hasbro money guys cut their budget?  Did Disney have some say in the direction they chose?  Or did the 6" line cannibalized the 3.75" budget to some degree?

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