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There are things like Hasbro's Titanium Series Forged figures... though I would not have called those "highly articulated". 

There was a line of 8" hyper-detail die cast from Japan

At the very high end, you have stuff like Bandai's Perfect Model Chogokin C-3PO.

I think someone in Japan is also doing a new die-cast line... here we go - Metal Collection (Metacolle) Star Wars #01 Darth Vader by Takara Tomy

Lots of stuff out there, mostly overseas though...  it's an interesting concept but usually "highly articulated" and "die cast" don't go well together without some plastic in there too.

Oh, hells yes -

God Gundam 明鏡止水

Every time I start to get annoyed with Hasbro for being dinks and not giving us any 3.75" figure news, I'll just remind myself that Japan is full of toys I want/need...  like Sekihatenkyōken fireball throwing, SUPER HYPER MODE God Gundam here.  So pretty.   ;D

The Sixth Scale TIE Fighter was shown at SDCC a couple weeks ago, so they are "old news" I guess.  They kinda got lost in the shuffle with everyone freaking out about Hasbro's 6" scaled TIE.

Most sites are reporting Hot Toys has confirmed this Sixth Scale Falcon is NOT for sale... but there are still rumors floating around that say otherwise (I saw one that said $48k for one! :P).

Interesting news from D23 today...

Disney Store will launch an exclusive collection of Star Wars items at D23 EXPO on Friday, August 14. The collection will feature apparel, collectibles, and toys, including the Star Wars Elite Series, a new line of highly articulated and detailed die cast action figures, representing characters from Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The action figures will be sold individually at Disney Store locations beginning later this year; however, D23 EXPO attendees have the opportunity to purchase the full set of Star Wars Elite Series action figures, which includes D23 EXPO-exclusive versions of R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Highly articulated die-cast action figures?  No mention of price or scale though... 

I think it's very possible that we see Vintage carded clamshell cased SA figures from this movie, maybe at TRU, maybe somewhere else.

That has been my guess too...

I'm going to guess:
$7 - 3.75" 5POA line
$15 - 3.75" premium collector line (like VOTC was back in 2004).  Maybe clamshells, maybe on vintage-style cards, maybe even exclusive.

I think we'll get what we want... but I think we're going to pay for it as well.

I still think that's where a 3.75" SA line ends up.  We'll see...  a return to the Kenner card style would be a nice PR win for Hasbro.  People would still complain about the price, but they'll buy them all because of the cards anyway. :P

Dave, I will take that 3PO - a buddy of mine is looking for one...

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 23, 2015, 10:00 AM »
Don't forget to vote in the 2015 Fans' Choice Poll

"The fans at San Diego Comic-Con have spoken. Sixteen Marvel Heroes were up to become the new Marvel Legends figure, but now only four remain! The champions are Darkhawk, Angela, Symbiote Spider-Man and Mysterio and now it is up to you to vote for your favorite and choose who becomes Hasbro’s next Marvel Legend!

The decision is in your hands. And to sweeten the deal, you could win a Hasbro SDCC 2015 Exclusive Ant-Man Figure Set signed by Stan Lee! See rules below."

Do you know if the comic has exclusive content or just an exclusive cover?

No idea.  I think it is just a variant cover.

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

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   :-\

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...   :)

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 [087-06-3658] ($7.99)
__ ?

3.75" Armored/Deluxe Figure Line ($9.99)
__ ?

3.75" Jungle / Space Figure Assortment ($9.99)
___ Jungle / Space Set 1
___ Jungle / Space Set 2
___ Jungle / Space Set 3

3.75" Snow / Desert Figure Assortment ($9.99)
___ Snow / Desert Set 1
___ Snow / Desert Set 2
___ Snow / Desert Set 3

3.75" Mission Series Line ($14.99)
___ ?

3.75" Class I "Mini" Vehicle Assortment [087-06-3662] ($9.99)
___ ?

3.75" Class I "Deluxe" Vehicle Assortment [087-06-3663] ($24.99)
___ ?

3.75" Class II "Starfighter" Vehicle Assortment [087-06-3664] ($29.99)
___ ?

3.75" Class III "Large" Vehicle Assortment ($49.99)
___ ?

3.75" Class III "Hero" Vehicle Assortment ($129.99)
___ ?

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.

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:

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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