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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Sales/Discounts thread
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:42 AM »
Just a head's up that you can use promo code BRIANS20 to get 20% off at Brian's Toys through March 5th.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:45 PM »
What if The Ghost is both?  A Rebels ship AND an Ep7 ship. 

Thought about that the other day... based on the era of the show, it wouldn't be impossible for The Ghost to be around in Ep7... or any of the Rebels crew for that matter.  Even something as simple as the same ship type/class showing up in both.  Help it sell both ways - cartoon and movie.   ;D

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:40 PM »
Any "scoops" I had have been put into the relevant threads by now.  Most of my talks with them were "off the record" type conversations about the general future and health of the line, nothing about "when will character X get a figure" or "why does distribution suck" or whatever.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:20 AM »
I know, right?  I saw those pics and was blown away and then cried a little inside when I saw the price.

Like you said, that two piece tank thing that transforms into a base and Mech/walker thing is so bad-ass.  I'd love to see this stuff get picked up into wider release somehow to bring the cost down.

Very cool stuff though.  Might have to keep an eye on more of these "designer" 3.75" scale companies that are out there (like the Aliens thing you were talking about the other day).

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:55 PM »
Thanks Jeff for grabbing a pic of this. I didn't see it anywhere else

Hooray, my ignorance over what is old and what is new leading to me just taking pictures of stuff I thought was cool pays off. ;)

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Other Toy Lines / Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:29 PM »
I was looking through the latest BBTS newsletter and I saw these - Acid Rain by someone called Ori Toy.

It's like a 3.75" scale figure line where they pilot/drive Mech/Transformers type vehicles.  The vehicles are expensive ($100+), but they look awesome.  Neat line, but may be too expensive for me to test out sight unseen.  :-\

Anyone have more info or have seen any of these close-up?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:08 PM »
Not really.  Typically when Target does this type of thing here in MN, they choose stores across the state that have similar traffic/sales numbers to try to normalize the data they are collecting.


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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:03 AM »
Not sure where to put this, so I'll stick it here - I've started hearing reports from quite a few folks (including the locals here in MN) that Target is doing it's annual Post-Christmas "price exploring".

So far we've seen reports of:
- Saga Legends as low as $5.69 and as high as $7.59, depending on the store
- Mission Series as low as $8.99 and as high as $10.99, depending on the store
- 3.75" Black Series completely clearanced out at some stores or price-hiked to $10.99 at others
- 6" Black Series as low at $18.99 or as high as $21.89 at some stores.


Target is usually pretty consistent from store-to-store, except when they go on these Spring price exploring adventures.  It always seems to normalize itself by summer resets though...

 

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Here's the deal.  List your top 15 from the following lists (and ONLY from these lists).  I'll tally them and then Jeff will hand deliver them to Hasbro at Toy Fair. 

This got lost in the shuffle of Toy Fair, but I wanted to confirm that I did pass off the results of the JD Wishlist to Hasbro last Saturday.

As always, Hasbro was happy to receive them and appreciative of all the effort that goes into voting and compiling the results each year.

Scott has said it before, but it is no coincidence that so many characters on our wishlists end up becoming Hasbro figures. ;)

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:21 PM »
All the "why are there no lady Rebels action figures" folks can relax - via Newsarama, Hasbro confirms Hera, Sabine figures coming; will be debuted at SDCC.

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: February 19, 2014, 03:59 PM »
Just a quick head's up - the Baron Fel & Ysanne Isard Rogue Squadron #29 Comic Pack will be on sale TOMORROW, February 20th @ EE for just $8.50 if anyone is interested - good Imp fodder for customs!

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:54 PM »
5POA figures aren't my thing but I'm still getting Chopper and possibly one or two more figures...  Depends on my mood ultimately, and how much I have in Reward Points at K-Mart I think.  :-X

I was thinking something similar... wait for a TRU BOGO50%off sale, toss in a $5 rewards coupon and you'll get two figures for about $4.  That's how I've been buying the Saga Legends that I've picked up so far.  Not totally sold on the Rebels stuff, but if you can get them that low every so often, why not grab a few? :P

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I'll just repost what I said earlier...

There were pretty open hints about it but no one was willing to come right out and say it, which is why I said...

There were hints that a Dais/Salacious Crumb type set could come in the future

Either they got someone to confirm it on the record or they are just willing to risk being wrong and tossing it out there as confirmed.

The hinting I heard was something along the lines of 'wouldn't it be neat to see a Dais with Salacious Crumb to go along with Jabba... sometime... in the near future... somewhere' or something like that.

I assumed it meant as a basic $40 release, but the SDCC thing fits too so it made sense when I read it...  that's the problem with hints I guess - open to interpretation.  :-\

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2014
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:54 AM »
Especially as 2015 nears.  I think the OT's only going to get much love because of its relative proximity timeline-wise to what the new films are probably going to be about.  The PT seems like something Disney's willing to distance itself from too, at least for the time being.  Hasbro wasn't the only license told to refocus too.
how many more slots can the EU fill before we're right on Top of the next movie?  If E7 re-writes the EU, then of course we wouldn't see any of those "future" characters again.  Even if they did follow the existing EU, I'm guessing they'd go with newer movie renditions of any characters versus falling back on older molds.  Between the movie and Rebels, I'm not expecting to see much of any previous lines.
But it' seems clear that Lucasfilm Licensing is looking at the big picture and trying to steer things towards a greater goal.  That means working towards a successful launch for the REBELS animated series and a ramp up towards the release of Episode VII.  This move away from established EU figures et al really seems to have been inevitable given the overall change in direction for Star Wars.

You guys have kind of covered it, but basically, it's a numbers game at this point when you talk about ongoing support for existing EU.

You've got Rebels in 2014 and then a new movie every year.  It's not so much, "YOU CAN'T DO EU FIGURES" so much as it's "USE YOUR NEW TOOLING DOLLARS ON STUFF THAT'S OUT NOW".

Disney/LFL would rather Hasbro focus on **** that's happening right NOW (Rebels, Ep 7/8/9, spinoffs, TV shows, etc) versus comics and novels that some dude read 10 years ago or whatever. 

No kid is going to get excited about a human replica chick from a video game that came out in 1996.  Collectors might...  BUT, they might like a bunch of stuff from ESB (2014) and ROTJ (2015) instead...  both of which lead into Ep7. ;)

Despite this... I gave one last pitch for my dream Marvel Comics Star Wars #15 Comic Pack with SpaceScuba Han Solo and Crimson Jack.  It ain't happening.   :'(

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