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they've cut back and aren't doing it much at all in 4" scale now...  costs and all that jazz.  They're seeing that $10 is a threshold for 4" figures where people really are hesitant to spend it.  I think they're at this point afraid to raise a basic figure above that because they know price has hurt that line far more than any other factor.
I realize that a lot of things are going up in price, but there has to be a breaking point.

I agree with Jesse.  I think we hit the breaking point at $10.  Hasbro's afraid to cross it, so instead of $12 figures, we're getting watered down $10 figures now.  It's also why the Saga Legends 5POA reset happened to drastically reboot "kid figures" back down to $5-6 range.

Jesse has said it a number of times before and I agree 100% - the future has to lie in the middle somewhere for collector figures to live on much longer.  I think Jesse's example is like the 2007/2008 stuff - decent articulation (10-12 points) in the $8 range.  Not everything needs to be ball-joints, but 5POA is way below what they are capable of making.


I was looking at figures on Beyond Mortality yesterday.  Wave 5 and 6 figures are at 21.99, while earlier ones are 19.99 (including the Stormtrooper).

It will be interesting to see if that's a real retail-wide price hike or just the "Previews Effect" of shops buying the Previews solid-figure cases, which will indeed cost more because of the single figure pack-outs.  It's something that hasn't really been talked about much but it's the price you'll pay to get better access to certain figures.

The little signs with the figures at SDCC and the recent Hasbro press releases have all said $19.99 for the standard MSRP on the 6" Black Series figures still though.

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Other Collectibles / Re: ROTS Glass and figure review?
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:03 PM »
The cups in those old Target sets are plastic and definitely not glass.


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Actually, 6" prices are going to go up a couple dollars in the next waves.

Someone else said that recently...  did I miss a memo?  Why does everyone think the price is going up?

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Toy Rumors!
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:45 PM »
Seeing the Imperial Troop Transport in the Rebels line is going to have me wishing for the Rebel Transport to make an appearance next...  though it's probably too large for the Class II line. 8)

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: July 24, 2014, 02:43 PM »
Based on how much Rebels seems to be borrowing from Kenner (small wing TIE, Troop Transport), wouldn't it be neat to see them use some of the Kenner mini-rigs in the show so that Hasbro could get us updated versions of them in a new Class I type line?

I'd love to see an updated INT-4, AST-5, ISP-6, or MTV-7 make their way into the show...   :D

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Was discussing the explosion of large scale Star Wars figures with someone this morning.  It's kind of incredible how fast it's spreading.

Since Hasbro kicked off the 6" line last year, we've had...
- a new 6" line from Hasbro
- a few 6" MAFEX from Medicom (Japan)
- a few 6" SHFiguarts from Bandai (Japan)
- a new 12" 5POA line from Hasbro
- a new 12" announcement from Hot Toys (1:6 scale)
- a new 13"-15" line from Disney Stores
- a new 18" announcement from Hot Toys (1:4 scale)
- a new 21" line from Jakks Pacific
- a new 31" line from Jakks Pacific

And there could be more announcements out there at SDCC...  crazy.

What do you all think is the cause?
- Is it everyone trying to cash in on the success of GG's Jumbo Kenner figures? 
- Is it Disney who opened the license floodgates to prep for Ep7?
- Is it yet another sign that 4" is dead and the future lies with bigger figures?

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Other Collectibles / Jakks Pacific 20" Star Wars Figure Line
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:09 PM »
So, I guess Jakks will be making 20" Star Wars figures for all the fans who wished there was something larger than Hasbro's 5POA 12" figures, but smaller than Jakks' 31" figures.

More info coming up from Comic-Con, but it looks like there will be a number of store exclusives for folks to chase...

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Great news everyone, it's up for order at TRU.com now!

Looking forward to picking one of these up when they blow them out for $10 in a few years.






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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Where were the Chultro Vizago/IG-RM and WulffWarrd/Kitwarr 2-packs though?

They always save a bunch of stuff to freshen up the booth after the Friday panel/presentation.  Wouldn't surprise me if they pop up then...

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars: Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:27 AM »
The more I see of that Inquisitor's TIE, the less I like it. 

I get what they are trying to do, making it a step between the regular TIE and Vader's TIE, but...  I've got a lot of TIEs already.  Don't think I need another small-wing TIE for $25.  I'd buy a TIE Defender or a TIE Crawler, but this one?  I'm just not feeling it.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
« on: July 24, 2014, 10:15 AM »
Nice to see the Rebel ladies in figure form finally.  Like others have said, all the main characters + Stormtrooper 2-packs should help kids mass up a pretty nice Stormie army. :P

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Well, almost a year later and I'm still totally hooked on these... even if no one else is apparently.

Just got my Japan Web exclusive Gundam Deathscythe and Blue Leo (Flight Mode) in the mail bringing my total to 20 figures from Gundam Wing so far with one more pre-order to fill - the green variant Space Leo, which should ship later this summer. 

Also still need to track down the Heavyarms/Sandrock conversion kit.  Waiting for a good deal on ebay for that since I'd need to pick up a second H-arms and Sandrock to convert so I can have both versions.   ::)

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Hot Wheels
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:55 AM »
PR Images from Hot Wheels:
- Darth Vader
- Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
- R2-D2
- Yoda
- Chewbacca

Others that have popped up on-line:
- C-3PO
- Tusken Raider
- 501st Clone Trooper

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