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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:30 AM »
My god, Hasbro is leaving $ on the table with that McQuarrie A-Wing and Mando fighter.  I'd love both, neither are "big", both doable in Class II...  I'd be giddy to get either ship really.

Until you open it and realize you paid $30 for a 5POA pack-in figure and an under-scaled ship made with low quality plastic and a severe lack of paint, stickers, and weathering....  #sadtrombone

At least I know a place where you can go to complain about it....  once you're done complaining about how hard it was to find and the fact that the pack-in figure is not female, of course.  :D

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:16 PM »
Today's Daily Deal at EE - 40% off Fifth Element Reaction Figures

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:10 PM »
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What's up with that price?  Weren't they like $200 at the D23 store?  Now suddenly it's "marked down" from $700 to $400?  Lame.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 25, 2016, 04:46 PM »
I guess I just don't see what's stale about any of these.  The characters and storylines are meant to intertwine, so it feels like one really big story with a lot of fun chapters.  I even read the comics these movies are mostly based off of and felt the stories were pretty original, but like I said earlier, maybe I'm just too much of a fanboy.

I can see it both ways.  People who loved the comics/characters are of course going to love the universe-building and the stories.  Your analogy is a good one - a big story with lots of new chapters... but that's only interesting as long as you are someone who wants new chapters.

But, there are a lot of people on the other side who are looking for a new book.  My wife for example is pretty bored of the Cap/IM/Thor centered Marvel movies now.  I'm kind of hitting a little bit of a wall too, which is why I probably enjoyed Ant-Man and GotG more than Avengers 2 at this point and why I'm looking forward to stuff like Black Panther or Dr. Strange a lot more than Cap 3 or Thor 3.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 24, 2016, 12:10 PM »
Has anyone seen a list of all of the parts for these various... things... and which figures they came with?

I believe each repack has a new pack-in.  So if you aren't buying the repacks or the carry-forwards, you're not going to get all the worthless pack ins.

Yeah, like Dave says, to build the weapons, you need to buy all basic figures so far.  Skipping repacks or new card variants will create gaps in your parts.

We've got a list right here that shows the sets of three for each new "build-a-weapon" (along with a home-grown numbering system to link them together - ie, you need to buy all three SN-02 figures to build that weapon).

Failing that, didn't each figure come with a little insert showing which figures you needed to complete the "build-a-weapon" thingy? :P

From what you're saying, both R5-X3 and R0-4LO go with the TFA  figures... that's where I'll put them.

I think it was confirmed that, just like the box claimed, ALL four of these droids were spotted in the movie in the Resistance Base scenes.  Either paired up with X-Wing/Pilots or on the ground with crew prepping the ships.

The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 03:58 PM »
The point is that unlike dozens of Padme or Leia outfits to draw from, there really isn't a lot more they can offer for a differentiated Rey figure.

Imagine if they had tried to go overboard - I've got six different Rey configurations they could have cashed in on -

1 - Jakku outfit, gloves on, headwrap on, goggles on
2 - Jakku outfit, gloves on, headwrap on, goggles off
3 - Jakku outfit, gloves on, headwrap off
4 - Jakku outfit, gloves off, headwrap off, X-Wing Helmet on
5 - Starkiller Base = gloves off, headwrap off, FO Stormtrooper blaster
6 - "Resistance" Rey

It's a fine line between "there's not enough Rey" and "you're taking advantage of us with all these versions".   :-\

To me, that's what is so great about the Walmart Black Series 3.75" Rey.  They could have easily pooped on us by offering "regular" Rey and "headwrap" Rey as two separate figures.  Instead, they treated it like a removable helmet and gave us both and left it up to us whether to buy one or two for display. 

The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:27 AM »
They maybe could have gone with an armor-up Rey with more salvage equipment or something, but not sure what else they could have made.

Yeah, that Armor Up assortment is what seems to be throwing off the numbers in favor of the men.  You take the Armor Up figures out and it's 7 Finn, 5 Rey, 6 Poe. Pretty even in my book.

Makes you wonder why there is no Rey in the Armor Up line... especially considering her Jakku headwrap thingy would have been a prime candidate for that.  Maybe Hasbro figured girls are smarter than boys, so they wouldn't fall for the $5 gimmick armor up part like the boy buyers do. :P

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:53 PM »
I don't think those are softgoods Jeff, just plastic

Yeah, looking at some of the side views in those ebay shots, it looks a lot less like vinyl type material and a lot more like plastic... hmmm.  Still better than the sculpted t-crotch stuff at least.

The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:49 PM »
I'm not sure how many characters they provide as Monopoly pieces, but lets assume its only four.  Not having Rey be one of those four is nuts. 

There are 4 tokens.  Hasbro wanted two bad, two good; two OT, two TFA.

OT Bad = Vader
OT Good = Luke
TFA Bad = Kylo

That left one slot - TFA Good.  Poe, Finn, or Rey.  They picked Finn.  I can't really fault them for that based on how far in advance this thing was mapped out.  After all, the promo shots sure made it look like it was going to be a Kylo/Finn saber battle...

If it were a straight TFA Monopoly set and they left out Rey for something like Finn, Poe, Kylo, Han - then yeah, that'd be a bit harsh for Rey. As it stands... I don't see the rage.  :-\

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 21, 2016, 01:10 PM »
I just wonder if they'll phase out $14 SA for this

psst - they already started that process three years ago.  Probably just a formality until they put a final bullet in it and get to blame it's death on Walmart...  ;)

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: January 21, 2016, 11:56 AM »
OK, this is awesome - It's a working jaw! 

I'm digging the slow and steady improvements to this line - first it was adding working holsters to a number of figures, then it was improved paint deco.  Then the soft good on Tasu Leech.  The removable face plate on The Seventh Sister coming this Fall.  Now it's extra "fun" articulation on Ackbar.  Really hope this is a sign that some figures will get a couple extra points of articulation or soft goods here or there.  It'll make a huge difference in the basic figure line. :)

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 20, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Can't tell if I'm bummed at waiting an extra 6 months to see Ep8 or if I'm glad they'll have more time now to really get it right.

Also would like to know more about the decision...  can't tell if it's based on a desire to separate Disney's dominance (Marvel blockbusters in the Summer, Star Wars in the winter) or if it's a direct shot off the bow of Avatar 2, which is currently scheduled to open ten days after Ep8 now (Dec 25, 2017).

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