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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2013: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:07 PM »
At this point, dust.

At the moment, dust.

Do you have any pics to share?  Are you keeping it in jars or just letting it collect naturally around the room?  How do you keep your cats from rolling around in it?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Disney Buys LFL
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:34 PM »
Oh, wow - the guy who has a huge financial interest in these movies succeeding assures us that it's "worth the wait"?  Whew!  I'm sure he'd totally tell us the truth if he thought they were terrible...   :P

Hey Hasbro! / More Astromech Battle Packs Please
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:01 PM »
Hey Hasbro.

Me and a few friends were discussing droids on Twitter last night.  You know what would be cool?  New Astromech Battle Packs!

One of my favorite things you cranked out during the TPM3D release a few years ago was the Royal Starship Droids Battle Pack.  Before that, you cranked out a couple of sweet Astromech 5-packs exclusively through our pals at Entertainment Earth.

If you could go ahead and do that again for me, that'd be just swell.  Here, I'll even get things started for you - you can include the cancelled BADs from the aborted Droid Factory line - R8-B7 and R5-X2

Pick out a couple more previously unreleased droids from Home One or where ever, contact our pals at Entertainment Earth, and get things rolling.


Your Pal,

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Han Solo
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:50 AM »
I admit - 2015 is shaping up to be a good basic carded Han year with a single carded Black Series 3.75" ESB "Pre-Freeze" Han Solo and Carbonite Block set and a single carded Saga Legends 3.75" Bespin Han Solo.  And there's even a bonus Mission Series 3.75" Hoth Han Solo as well.

And now there's a new single carded Saga Legends 3.75" Endor Han coming in 2015 too? 

I knew you loved me, Hasbro.

2015 - the year of 3.75" Han figures!  :)

Saga Legends / Re: Saga Legends "Mission Series" Figure 2-Packs
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:22 AM »
In case you missed it, Wave 5 has started popping up at Target stores across the Western half of the USA. 

In case you forgot, Wave 5 =
- Rebels Sabine/Stromie
- Rebels Wookiee 2-pk
- Rebels Chikatro/IG-RM
- ROTJ Wicket/Biker Scout
- ESB Bossk/IG-88

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:21 AM »
In case you missed it, Wave 5 has started popping up at Target stores across the Western half of the USA. 

In case you forgot, Wave 5 =
- Rebels Sabine/Stromie
- Rebels Wookiee 2-pk
- Rebels Chikatro/IG-RM
- ROTJ Wicket/Biker Scout
- ESB Bossk/IG-88

Saga Legends / Re: 2014 Saga Legends Basic Figures (Rebels Cardback)
« on: January 28, 2015, 11:18 AM »
Catching up on the Legends stuff, I saw that JTA and Scum both posted pictures of some new figures.

I'll be adding that Endor Han because of my Carded Han Solo collection, but no thanks to Endor Luke, Leia, and Commander Bly.

This line keeps dumbfounding me.  Most of these sculpts are really, really great... but the lack of articulation just kills it for me.  I get the Kenner vibe and deep down I think I really like them... but at the end of the day, I just keep seeing an inferior version of something I almost always already have.  :-\

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:54 AM »
I think I'm looking at it at a slightly different perspective from you Jeff, in that I'm looking at it from a "by the case" standard sort of thing.

If you order that way, then yeah - the $24 hike in "by the case" price stings quite a bit, especially if you're not splitting it with someone else.  Case packs will become even more important going forward I guess... especially if Target is going to continue to break up cases for the stores.

But like you said Jeff, a Jawa 2-Pack is a 2-pack in general, and that's a step in the right direction at least even if it's not something I'm giddy about.  If it were in a set I had to buy and I wanted the rest, I'm in on that.  But what if it were just a Jawa?  Or what if it were that Yoda, or R5 droid (And I LOVE droid repaints)?  Things start getting funky at that point.

I think you can count on there being duds.  Do I want that repainted TVC C-3PO they showed at NYCC for $13?  Nope.   :-\

I guess it's not so much the price hike's actual financial impact, especially if figure counts on the year stay similar.  I think it's more just how it makes me perhaps a little more critical of the toy itself?  Such as Yoda, who I could pass through my nitpicking because the backpack, the gear, and all that made it cool and fun to me.  But $2 more and I'm looking at it and thinking Yoda's more an accessory that should've been packed with Luke (I'm kidding...  sorta.  :-X).

I guess that's where I'm hopeful.  Hopeful that Hasbro saw the reaction to the $10 BAD repaint and tiny Yoda and decided the price hike to add/keep value was more important than the idea of needing to hold the line at $10.  If that Yoda was $12 instead of $10, maybe we would have got something closer to the original spec drawing that Yakface posted a while back?

Time will ultimately tell us whether this hike was good or bad.  If $12 gets us back to Jawa 2-packs instead of one Jawa for $10.  It's a good thing.  If $12 gets us more corner-cutting stuff like the poorly deco'd, tiny Yoda and/or BAD repaints, then it's not a good thing.  If the line was holding steady at $10, there's no way that Carbonite Block gets packed in with Han Solo. 

So, for now, I'll wait and see.  My gut says I'm fine with the extra $2 for now...  but whatever they show us at Toy Fair and/or Celebration could really change things though.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:56 PM »
I guess I'm on the opposite side here.  I really liked what I saw at the NYCC preview party and if I have to pay $12 to get them, so be it.  I'll gladly pay $12 if it gets me that Jawa 2-pack or that sweet Han with Carbonite Block or Mosep they had there.

They made about 20 figures in 2013 and about 20 figures in 2014.  Of those, I think I bought about 15 a year or so.  A $2 price hike would hit me for about $30, spread out across the whole year.  I'll pay $3 a month in order to keep doing the thing I love - collecting really nice Star Wars 3.75" figures (toys).

If the extra $50 per year is going to break you, then by all means quit...  or just wait a year and buy them then - look at how many of the existing Black Series figures you could have had for $5-6 on Amazon the last few months... :P

Not going to speculate on how this hike will affect the Ep7 toy line at this point...  though my prediction of a $15 premium 3.75" collector line is looking pretty good right about now.  :-X

The Bullpen / Re: Avengers Infinite
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:04 AM »
Today's Daily Deal at Entertainment Earth --> 25% Off a selection of Marvel Infinite Series Figures

LEGO / Scooby-Doo
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:06 PM »
First look: 'Scooby-Doo' LEGO sets debut in summer

Oh man, a LEGO Mystery Machine will go great with the LEGO Delorian Time Machine and LEGO Ecto-1.

1. Slim Aloo
2. Fozec
3. Taym Dren-garen
4. Vedain
5. Yotts Orren
6. Garon Nas Tal
7. Yak Face
8. Shasa Tiel
9. Weequay (Sail Barge Window)
10. Mon Cal Trooper

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:33 PM »
Jedi News also mentioned that they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to check out the Hasbro offerings.

I think that's a pretty common thing for them though, in order to keep them from spoiling US Toy Fair.  They've had to sign one the past few years and they usually get a token reveal or two to make up for it.

I guess I wouldn't be surprised that retailers may get to see The Force Awakens stuff the general media doesn't at Toy Fair.  There are always "retail only" areas where Hasbro has potential exclusives for them to check out and show off other "not quite ready for the media" in-development things.  Would make sense that Target/TRU will get to see TFA prototypes or preview figures that we won't get to see until April/Celebration or later.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: January 9, 2015, 10:27 AM »
I'm going to guess:
$7 - 3.75" 5POA line
$15 - 3.75" premium collector line

I'm not so sure it'll get pricier. 

TBS are now $14.29 at my Target

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