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Droid Factory 2013 / 2013 Droid Factory = Dead
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:52 PM »
The winds of change are blowing again...   :-\

I really, really hope the decision to re-ship 2012 Waves 4, 4.1, and 5 in early 2013 doesn't mean bad things for the Legacy BAD stuff.

They can't possibly be considering FOUR lines at retail at the same time (CW, MH, TVC, BAD), can they?  Something's gotta give... 

Hasbro sends along word this morning that they will be re-releasing a number of Vintage Collection figures in early 2013 - check out the press releases below.

For the USA:
Great news, STAR WARS action figure fans!  Hasbro will be re-issuing “fan favorites” from the popular VINTAGE line.  We heard fans loud and clear, and as such only the “best of the best” characters from previously released waves will be featured in the revived line.  The new series of VINTAGE figures will be available starting in early February 2013.  Distribution of characters may vary by location and is not controlled by Hasbro, so please check your local retailer for your favorite characters around that time.

Characters to be featured in the line include the following in the U.S. market:
• Episode I Darth Maul
• Episode VI Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Contruction) – Deleted Scene figure
• CW Anakin Skywalker
• Episode IV Darth Vader
• Episode V Luke Skywalker (Hoth Outfit)
• Episode II Aayla Secura
• EU Nom Anor
• Episode III Clone Trooper (501st Legion)
• Episode VI Kithaba (Skiff Guard)
• Episode IV Dr. Evazan (Cantina Patron)
• Episode VI Wedge Antilles
• Episode II Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan)
• Episode V Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
• Episode IV Bom Vindin (Cantina Patron)
• EU ARC Trooper Commander
• Episode VI Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)
• Episode VI Gamorrean Guard
• Episode IV Rebel Fleet Trooper
• Episode III Odd Ball (Clone Pilot)
• Episode IV Grand Moff Tarkin
• Episode VI Nikto (Skiff Guard)
• EU Starkiller (Vader’s Apprentice)
• EU Shae Vizla (Old Republic Bounty Hunter)

And for the international markets:
The following characters will available in markets outside of the U.S.:

Wave 1
• Episode II Aayla Secura
• Episode III Clone Trooper (501st Legion)
• Episode VI Kithaba (Skiff Guard)
• Episode IV Dr. Evazan (Cantina Patron)
• Episode VI Wedge Antilles
• Episode II Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan)
• Episode V Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
• Episode IV Bom Vindin (Cantina Patron)
• EU ARC Trooper Commander
• Episode IV Rebel Fleet Trooper
• Episode VI Gamorrean Guard
• Episode VI Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)

Wave 2
• Episode I Jar Jar Binks
• Episode I Jar Jar Binks (Lost Line Look)
• Episode II Clone Trooper Lieutenant
• Episode II Clone Trooper Lieutenant (Lost Line Look)
• Episode III Shocktrooper
• Episode III Shocktrooper (Lost Line Look)
• Episode IV Sandtrooper
• Episode IV Sandtrooper (Lost Line Look)
• Episode V Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit)
• Episode V Princess Leia (Bespin Outfit) (Lost Line Look)
• Episode VI Darth Vader
• Episode VI Darth Vader (Lost Line Look)

Hall of Justice / DC Collectibles 3.75" Injustice Figures
« on: December 6, 2012, 05:45 PM »
DC Collectibles Launches New Line of 'Injustice' 3 3/4" Action Figures

Adding to the excitement around next year’s launch of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Injustice: Gods Among Us” game, DC Collectibles will be releasing an all new line of highly detailed and articulated 3 3/4” action figures based on characters from the game.  The first round of two-pack sets will be released in April 2013 and will feature Green Arrow paired with Deathstroke, and Wonder Woman paired with Solomon Grundy. Each set costs $29.95.

The launch of this new line follows DC Collectibles successful run of 3 3/4” action figures as Con exclusives during 2012.  The Injustice line will be available broadly at comic book retailers and online at Keep an eye out for more Injustice two-pack sets coming from DC Collectibles very soon!

Hmmm...  I am not the biggest fan of the Arkham City/Arkham Asylum/Injustice video game costumes, so it's kind of a bummer they are going with that version of Green Arrow here.   I do however love the part where it says these sets will be "available broadly at comic book retailers and online".  Bodes well for the futre of the line.

I'm not sure I'll be picking up the Arrow/Deathstroke or WW/Grundy sets for $30, but I'll keep my eye on the line for sure to see what else tey have planned.

154 have posted a few comparison photos of the new, smaller-scaled 2013 Class II ships.

It will be interesting to see how well these sell... they will certainly be more affordable at $20 compared to this year's $30, but the smaller sizes on some of them (Slave I, I'm looking at you) is so ridiculous that most collectors are going to just laugh and ignore these.   :-\

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / 2013 Movie Heroes Class I Vehicles
« on: September 4, 2012, 03:37 PM »
I really liked what I saw for the Class I series at Celebration 6.  Adding a second figure and rounding them up to $20 seems like a better deal when you compare them to what we get for $18 now or even compared to the current 3-figure BPs for $23.

The little Yoda ship was nifty (love the fact that you can swap the astro-dome on the ship with any BAD dome) and also loved how the MTT Droid Fighter fits right into the MTT.  Makes the MTT just a bit cooler, despite it coming with yet another Ep1 Obi-Wan.

And glad to see the Clone Dropship as well.  I'll be skipping frantically searching for the (currently) VHTF Clone Wars version and just grab this new 'movie' version when it hits next Spring.

The Wookiee Arcade / Star Wars 1313
« on: May 9, 2012, 12:33 PM »
Star Wars 1313 - what is it?  ???

'Star Wars 1313' URL buy-up spurs hopes about Boba Fett movie, but Lucasfilm won't say 'at this time.' What could it be?

link to LFL's Star Wars 1313 trademark application

Anyone want to join the rampant internet speculation that's out there trying to guess what this is...?

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / 2012 Movie Heroes Battle Packs
« on: February 13, 2012, 04:31 PM »
Looking over the Toy Fair stuff again today...  what's the deal with Hasbro apparently announcing two new movie Battle Packs for the Fall?  Something about a new Naboo 3-pack and new Bespin 3-pack?  I haven't read too much on those, but I guess there must have been some mention of them at the collector event?

Spun off from the rumors thread...
Hmmm... closer inspection reveals that there are SIX with duplicate numbers (updated the list above).  And one from each movie...


Hmmm.  A mystery, we have.

Tweets from the Hasbro show are suggesting that these six figures will be on some sort of retro look card using some kind of lost Kenner graphics or something...    Apparently some sort of "Carbonite Freeze Chamber" box set packaging at 2012 SDCC and then the regular carded figures will be available at retail singly (like they did with the 2011 SDCC Death Star / Revenge set I assume).

GalacticHunter tweeted a pic of the card art for the set...  the presentaion slide says:
"Recreation of a "Lost" Line Look from the Kenner Vault! 
Carbonite Freezing Chamber Package
6 highly articulated single carded 3 3/4" figures, one from each film
plus a new exclusive figure"

Sounds like possibly a "JarJar Carbonite Block" will potentially only be available in the SDCC set (like Salacious and Mouse Droid in the 2011 set were).  Watch for more details from Toy Fair soon! :)

The Vintage Collection / Toy Fair 2012
« on: February 7, 2012, 11:31 AM »
So... this weekend already!  And we don't even have a thread yet?  Crazy!  What do you hope/expect to see?

I'm expecting them to have that MTT there and ready to show off and I'm hoping we get a good look at some of the VC figures on RS's rumor list...  but, with SDCC, Celebration VI, and NYCC all coming later this year, I'm not going to be surprised if they end up having to hold a lot of the Fall stuff back for those shows. :(

I'd really like to see...
Toy Fair = Full Spring 2012 product line for VC and CW, preview of stuff for Fall including the con/show exclusives
SDCC = Full Fall 2012 product line for VC and CW
Celebration 6 = Spring 2013 product preview for VC and CW
NYCC = all the AOTC 3D re-issue crap product

But, who knows how they will choose to break things up this year...

And a quick note on JD's planned coverage:
Unfortunately, I can't be in NY this weekend to cover the show (ending my streak at 4 in a row :(), but I think we will still have some coverage and pics of hte Hasbro event here at JD thanks to a NY forumite who has volunteered to try to get down to the Hasbro show for us.

Kubricks / WF Winter 2012 Carded Chrome TC-14
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:41 AM »
Looks like Winter WF 2012 (February 12) will bring a new carded chromed TC-14...

Other Toy Lines / A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones Figures!
« on: November 11, 2011, 03:51 PM »
You knew it was only a matter of time...

HBO and Dark Horse Announce Game of Thrones Partnership!

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed cable television shows of 2011 was Game of Thrones, created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. The hit series is based on A Song of Ice and Fire, the best-selling fantasy novel series by George R. R. Martin.

Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce, in partnership with HBO, a vast Game of Thrones product line debuting in the spring of 2012, leading up to the show’s second-season premiere in April. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This exciting new line of products debuts with a range of branded magnets, patches, playing cards, coaster sets, and more.

“We are delighted to be part of HBO’s licensing roster for Game of Thrones. We are big fans of the television adaptation,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “We are working closely with HBO to develop a line of products inspired by the series that will delight the fan base.”

Look for the first round of items in Diamond’s January Previews catalog; they will arrive in specialty retailers everywhere in March of 2012.

Based on the best-selling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones debuted on HBO in March 2011. In a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime, trouble is brewing. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, two powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue, and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences.

I am so, so , so all over a Ned Stark action figure for my desk.  :)

The Vintage Collection / Vintage Collection Wave 14 (2012 Wave 4)
« on: October 15, 2011, 12:40 AM »
So, based on the slide shown at NYCC, 2012 Wave 5 will just be 2011 Wave 7 plus Gamorrean?  Not that exciting, but I suppose it will be nice to see more Piggy and RFT figures hit retail...

"Vintage" Collection Wave 14 (2012 Wave 5)
  2012 VC21 Gamorrean Guard {re-release}
  2012 VC50 Han Solo (Bespin) {re-release}
  2012 VC51 Barriss Offee {re-release}
  2012 VC52 Rebel Fleet Trooper {re-release}
  2012 VC53 Bom Vimdin {re-release}
  2012 VC54 ARC Trooper Commander {re-release}
  2012 VC55 Logray {re-release}

New teaser - 12" Utapau Shadow Trooper:

Look for more info during the 2011 Spooktacular event, October 24th to 31st.

Star Wars Action Figures / Customs Forum Revamp - Complete!
« on: October 3, 2011, 10:07 AM »
Attention all customizers -

We are revamping our Customs forum!  Please excuse the mess while we re-organize and move threads around over the next month or so.

If something goes "missing" or you can't figure out where something was moved, please let me or Jesse James know via PM and we will help you find what you seek.

Thanks for your patience!

RIP, Saga Legends.   :-\

Welcome, Movie Heroes.

From the Q&A at SWAN:
"There will be three packaging line looks in 2012 - Movie Heroes, which includes Episode 1 and all other episodes; The Clone Wars Animated, and the Vintage Collection.  Saga Legends is being replaced by Movie Heroes as the assortment that includes characters from all six films."

Nice to see them confirm how many lines there will be and how they are planning to use that new Maul card design that popped up a while back... should be interested in see the Legends repacks on that new Maul card alongside some of the new TPM stuff (like that Walmart exlcusive wave is supposed to be).

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