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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 6
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:33 PM »
Hoth Luke Skywalker with Wampa'd face
Hoth Han Solo
Darth Vader (Dagobah)

Originally I couldn't tell on Luke, but yeah his face is Wampa'd.  Looks good though.  Pics coming soon on Luke and the Droid.  Han and Vader will wait for SDCC (or sooner if they leak before then :P)!

LEGO / Ghostbusters
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:44 PM »
Who ya gonna call?

BILLUND, Denmark, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The LEGO Group today announced that its latest quarterly review of LEGO® CUUSOO consumer inspiration platform has designated that a LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 will be produced for sale under a licensing agreement from Sony Pictures Consumer Products. The item is the sixth user-designed and submitted product to be manufactured from the LEGO CUUSOO platform after receiving the requisite 10,000 fan votes to be considered for production.

Made famous by the 1984 Ghostbusters film, the ECTO-1 was selected for production due to its broad worldwide appeal and the fact that the iconic model lends itself to challenging and creative building for both children and adult fans. The LEGO replica of ECTO-1 will include minifigures. The model is still in the final design stages and availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Brent Waller, a 3-D Environment Artist in the video game industry from Brisbane, Australia designed the original model, which he called Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Concept. Consumers whose LEGO CUUSOO ideas are selected for production earn one percent of the total net sales of the product.

LEGO CUUSOO is the global crowdsourcing platform that allows consumers to submit their ideas for new LEGO products. Submissions that receive 10,000 fan votes on are then reviewed quarterly by the company and considered for production. Other LEGO CUUSOO projects that have been produced for sale include: NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, LEGO Minecraft Microworld, Hayabusa asteroid explorer and the Shinkai 6500 submarine.

More info here:

JD Sports Forum! / MLB 2014
« on: January 8, 2014, 01:30 PM »
(ps. can't forget to include the usual MN-homerism HOF voting rant here for Jack Morris  - '91 game seven is still the greatest game of baseball I have ever had the chance to watch.  8))

Last chance for Black Jack... and it doesn't look good. :(

Having Maddux on the ballot next year (355 Ws, 3371 Ks, 3.16 ERA) will really drive the PED point home for Clemens (354 Ws, 4672 Ks, 3.12 ERA) since Maddux is basically Clemens without the steroid revival (those extra three Cy Youngs).  I'm sure Clemens will be pissed next January when Maddux is a first ballot HOFer and he's still sitting on the couch waiting for the call.  :P

I'll guess Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, and Biggio get in today.  Maddux will lead the votes and Biggio will sneak in with a 76-77ish number.

The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series Wave 4 (2014 Wave 2)
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:05 AM »
From Hasbro Press at NYCC:  ROTS Anakin -

Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels - Cardback Revealed
« on: October 9, 2013, 11:31 PM »
2014 Star Wars Rebels line look revealed at Hasbro's NYCC2013 Party -

Watto's Junk Yard / LEGO #2, Hasbro #3
« on: September 5, 2013, 12:52 PM »
LEGO Beats Hasbro as World’s No. 2 Toymaker

First half of the year results for the big three:
Mattel: $2.16b
LEGO: $1.84b
Hasbro: $1.43b

LEGO has been knocking on Hasbro's door for a while, looks like they finally passed them. It will be interesting to hear Hasbro's spin on this when they have their big Investor Day presentations next week... 

Other Toy Lines / Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits / Robot Damashii
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Is anyone else out there a Robot Spirits figure collector?

For over a year now I've been trying to resist the Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits [Side MS] Gundam Wing figures.   Well, with the lull in Hasbro 3.75" collector product, I found myself with some spare collector cash and decided to break down and get a single Robot Spirits [Side MS] figure - Gundam Wing Zero from Gundam Wing tv show.

Big, big mistake. I instantly fell in love with it.  Now I've got seven other [Side MS] figures from Gundam Wing (Epyon, Tallgeese, Altron, Sandrock, Space Leo, Ground Leo, Aries) on my desk at home and eight more pre-ordered (Heavy Arms, 2x Ground Leo w/ 1x Leo Option Kit, Noin Custom Aries, Shenlong, Mercurius/Vayeate, and the Deathscythe Hell).  Pretty much played catch-up from Jun-2012 releases to Jan-2014 pre-orders in the span of five weeks.  :-[

My extra collector cash (and then some) is officially gone, but I’m loving my new 'Japanese Robots' (as my wife calls them). Really hope they make a Taurus and/or Virgo from Gundam Wing, I’d also love a Maganac too.   I'm hoping to stay within the Gundam Wing realm on these, but I'm already tempted by the original RX-78-2 Gundam and the GM Sniper II (0080 War in the Pocket). Could find myself easily falling into the MSG/0080/0083 Stardust Memory stuff real easy...  and maybe even Zeta too.   :-\

Because I love checking back on Hasbro to see how much they really listen to us.  Here are the results of the past three Fan Choice Polls and the current figure tallies from each (unless I forgot about a figure  :-\).

- 2006 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 23 out of 25 made into figures; 92%
- 2009 Toy Fare Fan Choice Poll = 11 out of 30 made into figures; 37%
- 2011 Hasbro Fan Choice Poll = 5 out of 20 made into figures; 25%

Who’s left?  Glad you asked.  I’ve compiled the list of left-overs into one easy to reference/discuss list.  The # in parens is the polls they appeared.

Anakin Solo (2006)
Cane Adiss (2009)
Captain/Admiral Pellaeon (2009, 2011)
Captain/Admiral Piett (2011)
Cliegg Lars (2009, 2011)
Corde (2009)
Darth Caedus (2009)
Dash Rendar (2009)
Vintage-deco Death Squad Commander (2011)
Dorme (2009)
RotJ Emperor Palpatine w/throne) (2011)
Guri (2009, 2011)
Jaxxon (2009, 2011)
Joruus C’Baoth (2009, 2011)
Kittster and Wald (2009)
Mosep Bineed (2011)
RotS Nute Gunray (2011)
RotS Funeral Padme Amidala (2006)
Queen Apailana (2009)
Queen Jamilla (2009)
Sergeant Doallyn (2009, 2011)
Sim Aloo (2009, 2011)
Taym Dren-Garen (2009)
Tey How (2009)
Toryn Farr (2009, 2011)
Tzivvzt (2009, 2011)
Yak Face (2011)

Hall of Justice / 2014 DC Multiverse 4" Figure Line
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:53 PM »
Thanks to Brian for reminding me to start this thread...

Anyone excited for this new line next Spring?

Just like my complaints about the DCC stuff - why the heck are they wasting time/effort on video game 4" figures before giving us nice, classic comic costumes?!? Ugh.  ::)

I have zero interest in the DCC God Among Us/Injustice 4" stuff and I have no interest in the Arkham City/Asylum Batfigures in Multiverse Wave 1.  :-\ 

Wave 2 looks promising though... not sure if it will be all Keaton-Batman wave or if it will be more of a classic DC movie wave with Reeves Superman too.  Guess we wait for NYCC or NYTF to see that wave...

Here we go again...  let's hope that CEII will be better for 3.75" Black Series reveals than SDCC was. 

Anyway, here's the Hasbro panel details...  oh good, they'll be talking about Angry Birds again.   ::)

What’s New at Hasbro / Was gibt's Neues bei Hasbro

Date: Sunday, July 28
10:30 am - 11:30 am local

Location: Behind-The-Scenes Stage

Description: Join members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Jeff Labovitz (Director, Global Brand Marketing, Hasbro) and more as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen action figures. Jeff and team will also host some Q+A for your burning Star Wars action figure questions!

Yeah... 10:30am on a Sunday.  With the time difference, that's like 3:30am Central?  Ugh.  Not sure I'll be following the live tweets on this one.  :P

6" Black Series - 6" Preview Set
2013 SDCC Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite

6" Black Series - Wave 1
2013 #01 Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
2013 #02 Darth Maul
2013 #03 Sandtrooper (v1 - Orange Pauldron)
2013 #04 R2-D2

6" Black Series - Wave 2
2013 #05 Princess Leia (Jabba's Prisoner)
2013 #06 Boba Fett (ESB)
2013 #07 Greedo
2013 #08 Han Solo (ANH)

6" Black Series - Wave 3
2013 #09 Stormtrooper
2013 #10 Obi-Wan Kenobi (RotS)
2013 #11 Luke Skywalker (Bespin)

6" Black Series - Wave 4
2013 #12 Anakin Skywalker (RotS)
2013 #13 Chewbacca - CANCELLED
2013 #14 Clone Trooper (AotC)

6" Black Series - Wave 5
2014 #01 Sandtrooper (v2 - Black Pauldron)
2014 #02 Darth Vader (RotJ)
2014 #03 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
2014 #04 Chewbacca

6" Black Series - Wave 6
2014 #05 Imperial TIE Pilot
2014 #06 Yoda
2014 #07 Clone Trooper Seargeant
2014 #08 Obi-Wan Kenobi (RotS) [REPACK]

6" Black Series - Wave 7
2014 #09 Han Solo (Stormtrooper)
2014 #10 Bossk

6" Black Series - Wave 8
2014 #xx Emperor Palpatine
2014 #xx Luke Skywalker (Sotrmtrooper)
2014 #xx Clone Trooper Captain

6" Black Series - Wave 9
2014 #xx Commander Cody
2014 #xx Princess Leia (Boushh)
2014 #xx IG-88

3.75" Black Series - Wave 1
2013 #01 Padme Amidala (Geonosis)
2013 #02 Clone Trooper Sergeant
2013 #03 Anakin Skywalker (AotC)
2013 #04 Biggs Darklighter
2013 #05 Luke Skywalker (Yavin IV)
2013 #06 Darth Vader (Bespin)
2013 #07 Biker Scout [repack]
2013 #08 Clone Pilot

3.75" Black Series - Wave 2
2013 #09 R2-D2
2013 #10 Pablo-Jill
2013 #11 Luminara Unduli
2013 #12 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper
2013 #13 Stormtrooper
2013 #14 Mara Jade Skywalker

3.75" Black Series - Wave 3
2013 #15 Merumeru
2013 #16 Clone Commander Neyo
2013 #17 Vizam
2013 #18 Darth Plagueis
2013 #19 Mace Windu (Clone Wars)

3.75" Black Series - Wave 4
2014 #20 Bastilla Shan [repack]
2014 #21 Luke Skywalker (Dagobah)
2014 #22 Yoda (Dagobah)
2014 #23 Toryn Farr
2014 #24 Snowtrooper Commander
2014 #25 Dak Ralter [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 5
2014 #26 Darth Vader (RotS)
2014 #27 Jabba's Skiff Guard (aka Brock Starsher)
2014 #28 Ree-Yees
2014 #29 Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder)

3.75" Black Series - Wave 6
2014 #01 R5-G19
2014 #02 Hoth Luke Skywalker (Wampa'd Face)
2014 #03 Darth Vader (RotS) [repack]
2014 #04 Darth Malgus [repack]
2014 #05 Starkiller (Galen Marek) [repack]
2014 #06 Yoda (Dagobah) [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 7
2015 #07 Darth Vader (Dagobah Test)
2015 #11 Chewbacca [Yavin Ceremony]
2015 #15 Stormtrooper [repack]
2015 #xx Clone Commander Doom
2015 #xx Clone Commander Wolffe
2015 #xx Captain Rex
2015 #xx Jon 'Dutch' Vander
2015 #xx Imperial Navy Commander [repack]

3.75" Black Series - Wave 8
2015 #xx C-3PO
2015 #xx Clone Colmmander Thorn
2015 #xx Han Solo (Pre-Freeze) with Carbonite Block
2015 #xx Jawa 2-Pack
2015 #xx Mosep Bineed
2015 #xx Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise)

In Limbo?
2015 #xx Princess Leia (Yavin Ceremony)

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / 2013 Star Wars Evolution Set
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:46 AM »
Posted by BBTS today:

Star Wars 2013 Evolution Pack ($34.99) - Estimated to arrive in October.

No pic or description yet...

Up for pre-order now...  Clone Troopers: Echo and Fives 2-Pack.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / San Diego Comic Con 2013!
« on: July 8, 2013, 12:15 PM »
Just over one week away... time to start a thread with the official panel announcement!

Hasbro: Star Wars
Friday July 19, 2013 -  1:00-2:00pm (Pacific)

Members of the Hasbro brand and design team, including Derryl DePriest (VP, global brand marketing), Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing), discuss the popular Hasbro StarWars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Derryl, Jeff, and team will also host a Q&A for your burning StarWars action figure questions!

What are you looking forward to most at SDCC2013?  3.75" Black Series Waves 3-4?  More of the Black Series 6" figures?  More "sham-poo bottle" 12" figures? :P

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