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Forgot to post this - on Monday, I got one of the "Hasbro Pulse Welcome Kit" mailers that Hasbro sent out...  exclusive TFers comic (Hasbro Pulse variant cover), thank you card and a "VIF" (Very Important Fan) badge.



I saw some snark on twitter noting the timeliness of the VIF badge (wear this at SDCC... even though it was two weeks ago), but I'm willing to forgive them on that... there's always next year's show! :P

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Looks like that RS rumor report yesterday was pulled from a UK catalog.

Maybe I'm reading it different... but based on the text in the catalog, these sound like single figures and not 2-packs?

"Each 5-point articulated 10cm figure comes with an accessory and an extra weapon.  Collect all three figures from the jungle, space, snow, or desert missions to create a unique build-a-weapon"

429/4513 – Snow And Desert
445/5486 – Jungle And Space


Thanks again Hasbro for clearing this all up for us at SDCC.  #NOT   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bond, James Bond
« on: July 22, 2015, 10:28 AM »
James Bond's life shaken and stirred in new 'Spectre' trailer

Oh man - this looks so, so good.  Cannot wait to see this movie...   :)

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The Force Awakens / The Unofficial Force Friday Shopping List
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:47 PM »
Haven't done one of these since Indy, but thought I'd give it a go....


The Unofficial Force Friday Shopping List for The Force Awakens 3.75" Line

3.75" Basic Figure Line [unconfirmed 087-06-3658] (rumor = $8)
__ ?

3.75" Jungle / Space Figure Assortment B3445 [087-06-3947] ($7.99)
__ Captain Phasma
__ Kylo Ren
__ Luke Skywalker (Bespin)
__ Poe Dameron
__ Resistance Trooper
__ First Order TIE Fighter Pilot

3.75" Snow / Desert Figure Assortment B3963 [087-06-3948] ($7.99)
__ First Order Stormtrooper
__ Rey (Starkiller Base)
__ Darth Vader
__ Constable Zuvio
__ First Order Flametrooper
__ Finn (Jakku)

3.75" Armor Up Figure Assortment B3886 [DPCI TBD] (rumor = $10)
__ Poe Dameron
__ First Order Flametrooper
__ Kylo Ren
__ Finn (Starkiller Base)
__ Chewbacca
__ First Order Stormtrooper
__ Luke Skywalker (ROTJ)
__ Boba Fett

3.75" Star Wars Universe Assortment [DPCI TBD] (rumor = $15)
__ Darth Vader & Ahsoka (Rebels)

3.75" Class I Vehicle Assortment B3716 [087-06-3951] (rumor = $15-20)
__ Assault Walker with Stormtrooper Sergeant
__ Elite Speeder Bike with Stormtrooper
__ Rey's Speeder (Jakku) with Rey (Jakku)

3.75" Class II Vehicle Assortment B3672 [unconfirmed - 087-06-3663] (rumor = $25-30)
__ First Order Snowspeeder with First Order Snowtrooper Officer

3.75" Class III Starfighter Vehicle [DPCI TBD] (rumor = $50)
__ ?

3.75" Hero Vehicle [DPCI TBD] (rumor = $130)
__ ?


DISCLIAMER: This list is being cobbled together from rumors and leaks across the internet.  I make no claims to it's accuracy as it is based on rumors, insider info, and retailer computer info that is subject to change.

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Well, SDCC showed us nothing, so now we depend on rumors and leaks for our TFA news. 

Let's kick the TFA section off with a rumor report from Rebelscum:

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The mission Series two packs in Hasbro's The Force Awakens collection will include build-a-weapon pieces. Collectors that purchase all three sets in the Jungle Mission, Desert Mission, Space Mission, and Snow Mission waves will be able to create larger weapons (presumably) seen in the upcoming feature film. All these new Mission Series two packs are expected to hit the shelves on September 4th as part of the Force Friday event.

So, is the "build-a-weapon" thing the real reason for the Mission Series price hike to $15?  Or just a side benefit to ease the inevitable price hike complaints?

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Special Forces TIE Fighter Limited on Force Friday?

So is that an effort to help motivate people to buy NOW versus waiting for a sale/clearance if there is a chance it'll be limited at the start?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 11:44 PM »
I'm guessing its all driven by Disney's desire not to over promote the film at this point.

No need to guess, it is exactly that - time to post that article again for folks that may have missed it.

Check out this NY Times article about the Star Wars presence at SDCC 2015 and what seems to be a concerted effort to not overhype THE FORCE AWAKENS film release and very likely all of the associated licensed merchandise:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/business/promoters-of-coming-star-wars-film-have-a-delicate-dance-at-comic-con.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&referrer=



And...

What is the date this new stuff is slated to be released at retail?  Same release date for online merchandisers?

#ForceFriday is September 4th.  No one seems to want to admit to it publicly, but it is believed that 9/4 will be the day that on-line shops can start taking orders as well.

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New HasbroToyShop promo code:  Use JulySave to get $10 off your in-stock item order of $50 or more.


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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:36 AM »
Took some time this AM to check out some other site Q&As...  I love this one at SSG:

SSG: In the new Universe two-pack line, which includes Ahsoka and Vader from Rebels, they’re listed at $14.99.  That’s a bit up from the current price point at $9.99.  Will these figures be of a higher quality, or is it just that the $9.99 price point isn’t sustainable anymore?

JL: At Hasbro, we don’t always control what retail prices the figure’s at, so you’ll see some variation.


"Hey, your little sign says $15 for 2-packs - what's up with the $5 price hike?"
"we don't control prices"

Really?  ::)


The next significant event on the calender before that September 4th street date is the Disney D23 expo in Anaheim.  That kicks off on Friday, August 14th.  And I imagine if Disney/LFL licensing/Hasbro is going to reveal anything else, they would do it at that event since it's only 3 weeks before the street date.

I'm not buying D23 as an avenue for much news, though. 

I haven't seen anything from Hasbro to indicate they'll be at the 2015 D23 Expo.  No panel announcement, no booth announcement, nothing. The only thing D23 has said about Hasbro so far is that Hasbro will be sponsoring a Disney Trivial Pursuit contest/lounge.

Hasbro has been very open this year about when and where they will debut stuff.  Before Toy Fair they told us there would be no TFA and to wait for some news at SDCC.  If they were going to show stuff at D23, I think that would have been the mantra instead of "wait until you see Force Friday!"

For them to show up at D23 unannounced with a bunch of new TFA toys?  That'd be a great way to anger a bunch of fan sites (you know who I mean, Nick) who aren't currently planning to be there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:04 AM »
Not CGI:

I meant the Batman in the factory, right after the gun-toting Panda shows up... 



I guess it's not a CGI Batman, but a guy in a Batman mask?  Weird.  The "animated" look of the mask made him look CGI to me at first pass...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: July 13, 2015, 05:11 PM »
Suicide Squad - Comic-Con First Look [HD]

Yeah.  Was that CGI Batman in there?  Kinda looked like it...

Could be good... could be hot garbage.  Still don't really know... much depends on how much of this is set up in SvB, I guess. 

I still think it's a really odd choice for the 2nd movie in your new shared universe, DC. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 13, 2015, 01:51 PM »
I figured it was Lex who sent the note to Bruce.  But they didn't really say either way.

I thought it might be Lex until I saw the Robin suit... then I figured both must be the Joker.  Some of that may be biased from my knowledge of Miller's DKR story line.  I guess the clipping could be Lex-taunting-Bruce though, trying to goad him against Superman?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:58 PM »
Was it just me, or did they seem to get most of the characters wrong?

I think the only "character" they got right was the Joker - the "you let your family die" clipping and the robin suit were awesome. 

Still don't understand why WW is in this movie...  to look good and fight, I guess.  ???

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 13, 2015, 12:51 PM »
Well, SDCC is over and I came to this realization:

Any excitement I had for FORCE FRIDAYTM is gone.  I've got this nifty Hasbro calendar counting me down to... what?   ???

I was pretty excited about the possibility of a retail reboot and a new line... but after SDCC, I'm not sure why I should be excited about heading to my favorite retailer at midnight for the 9/4 shopping spree.

Am I supposed to head out and stand in line hoping there will be something for me to buy?  Will I be setting myself up for a massive disappointment?  What if I choose to go to Target, while all the 3.75" collector figures are now exclusive to TRU or something?

And how much should I budget for?  I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't just show up and spend a thousand dollars 'on demand' on this stuff.  I've been setting aside some cash assuming that I'll be buying something, but who knows if it will be enough for whatever they're planning.

Hasbro, I get it.  Mickey Mouse won't let you say anything about the new stuff so you don't over-hype your movie/investment.  Maybe that's for the best.  Maybe I should do the same... I'd hate to get me too excited too, to the point that I buy a bunch of stuff I don't maybe need because it's new and exciting.

So yeah - thanks Hasbro and Disney for giving me the chance to realize I don't have to buy into your Force Friday hype like I bought into the Midnight Madnesses of the past, only to stare at my 2005 Holo Yoda, 2008 Holo CW General Grievous, or whatever figures thinking, "why did I buy this" and remember - oh yeah, I was caught up in the hype.

Not this time, I guess. :-\

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