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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.

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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.  :(

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

http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=7562.0  :)

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.

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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).

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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)

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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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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:12 PM »
StarWars.com -> Episode VII Set to Roll Cameras May 2014

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It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.

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Don't pay that
It's definitely not worth paying double for Fett, or any 5poa figure for that matter. 
Don't do it. 

Don't fall into peer pressure, Rob.  Go buy that $14 figure!  Do it!

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:13 AM »
I thought they had already confirmed they would be doing special larger size packaging for Darth and Chewie?

The new Blue/Black packaging has the same size box but with a larger window (ditching the border).  Unfortunately for Chewbacca, we're not changing over until later in the year.

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That Snowtrooper looked like a $5 figure to me at first. Weird.

We are getting a new snowtrooper in both lines - there is a new 5POA one in the Legends line and this SA Snowtrooper Commander in the Black Series.

I wanted a poseable (hyper poseable) Dagobah Training Luke since the day we got the OTC figure, honestly.  I hated the limited use of that figure from Day 1.  I wanted a Luke that can do it all, and he and this Yoda fill that role perfectly to me.

I like the OTC one for the handstanding arms/stand, I thought that was a great way to do it at the time.  But this new SA arms version, while looking a bit funky is appreciated.  Like you said, if I wanted a static pose arms version, I've already got that.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: March 7, 2014, 10:39 AM »
I broke down and ordered one of the $20 figures last night.  Thanks again Hasbro for not giving me any new Star Wars figures to buy for a while.  :-\  #dabblingisdangerous

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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).

Well, it's 6 months later and I have managed to stay Gundam Wing only on these, BUT.... with each new figure I get, I love this line more and more.

I saw a few more at Toy Fair and man I'm tempted by that 0080 GM Sniper II and the new Vifam that is coming out.  :-\

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: March 7, 2014, 09:59 AM »
So I finally had a chance last night to go looking for this.  I saw a few comparison pics on their facebook page with a GI Joe Storm Shadow figure.  Very cool.

I'm not sure what it is, but a lot of this 'designer' 3.75" stuff is really tempting me lately.  I've got one of the Acid Rain figures on pre-order at BBTS, I'm really tempted to throw one of these guys into the mix now too.  Maybe have him hiding out in the corner of my Cantina set-up or something. :P

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Six?
« on: March 7, 2014, 09:31 AM »
I didn't... but I did read the episode synopses this morning before work - is everyone looking forward to the Jar Jar / Mace Windu story arc?  :-X

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: March 5, 2014, 05:30 PM »
Aah, trade deadline feeding frenzy day.  Glad it was a good show this year.  Wild made some nice injury-related upgrades at Goalie and Forwards (top 6 and bottom 6), too bad we couldn't flip Brodziak, Heatley, or Rupp for some 3rd pair D help.

Should be in a good position to protect our playoff spot.  As much as I'd like to catch up to Colorado, we're almost better off staying in a Wild Card slot and facing off against a Cali team or even Chicago versus St. Louis.  Those guys seem to have our number for some reason. :(

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