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Has anyone seen better pictures of the Black Series 6" unmasked Kylo Ren?  Because the scant images I saw of it in the package I could not see the Kylo Ren helmet or the melted Darth Vader helmet.

I have one of these in-hand now. (Thanks again, Hasbro!)

The Kylo helmet is an alternate head (may be the same as the first Kylo basic 6" release head? I don't have a 6" Kylo to compare, sorry) and not a true "removable helmet" for the figure.  Here's a pic of melty Vader helm -

That is a pretty great comparison.  That SHF Luke is amazing.  Still blows me away every time I see it.  Can't wait for the SHF Han Solo and Chewbacca!

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: July 27, 2016, 09:40 AM »
isn't it pretty standard at this point for studios to sign talent to multi-picture deals in the event that one is a tremendous success?

Pretty much.  I'm in agreement with Nick - I see this as Disney playing it safe in case a Han movie does $800mil or something crazy and they want to do more.

And yeah, I could see Han movie leading to a Boba Fett movie or even a Jabba movie or a Lando movie - lots of other characters could cross his path.

I hope anyone else out there that wants them (or anything, really) also keeps asking Hasbro and talking about it. Chatter is good.  People see chatter.   Chatter can change minds.

Chatter long enough and loud enough and good things happen:D

I feel like there's a pretty good split between "More droids, please!" and "No more droids! Please!"   I got a little overwhelmed with 3 3/4-inch Clones myself, for example, so I hear you.

Or Rebel Pilots.  Seems like there is a never ending supply of those too...  I like Pilot diversity, but how about some basic Rebels too once in a while.  Seems like we're never gonna get the POTF2 Endor Jumpsuit Rebel resculpted.  :-\

For those concerned about Droid Overkill, I don't think there's a heck of a lot of chance of our doing another set for a while.  After all, this is only our third pack at EE and it took ten years!

Bummer.  I'd pick a 'real' Hasbro droid set from EE over the hassle of the Disney BADs every day of the week.  Price is the same and there's a lot less hassle getting these.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:52 PM »
New Nightmare Before Christmas ReAction figures announced - Pumpkin King Jack, Santa Jack, Shock, Wolfman, Clown with the Tearaway Face, and Oogie Boogie.

So next year, if there is a poll, Hasbro is suggesting to vote for the obscure OT, PT or anything Rebels, TCW, or EU?

Not exactly. You should always vote for what you want.  It's just a flaw where they have to say "vote for anything" and not "vote for anything, except Lando and ERG who are coming but now we've just spoiled the SDCC surprise by saying that".  :-\

Also points out that, like many others have said, this poll would work a lot better if it happened AFTER the SDCC/con reveal(s).

So using that logic it sounds like Dengar must not be "in the parking lot" yet.

Not a giant surprise to find out that poor Dengar was #6 on the priority list when it came to getting the ESB bounty hunters completed... :P

I'm honestly very surprised that these EU characters make the cut ahead of things like the Gamorrean Guard, Lando, Royal Guard, etc.

OK, two things - 1) Hasbro embargo'd me from saying anything until after the SDCC panel and 2) I was on vacation last week and didn't have much time to say anything anyway. :P

When I sent in our 6" poll results, the Hasbro PR team let me know that there was a good chance a lot of the JD top six wan't going to make the final cut because Hasbro felt "it was important to make sure the top 6 candidates gave voters the chance to choose a truly new and incremental figure".

Basically anything that was already in development (like Qui-Gon, Hera, Lando, Tusken, and Royal Guard) or anything on the parking lot / short list (like 4-LOM and Zuckuss) were tossed out. 

A little late I know, but I just thought I'd share that little nugget.  Doesn't mean that 4-LOM and Zuckuss are officially 'confirmed' or anything, but they are definitely on the short list for the next year or two.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 25, 2016, 11:10 AM »
Her general's outfit would be the one I'd have expected them to do...

I'm not sure where it was said originally but Hasbro did confirm at one point that they were most likely going to use the Walmart Black Series 3.75" line to supplement characters for collectors.  It's why "regular" TFA Han was a basic figure and Starkiller Base Han was the Walmart figure. That is probably why the Walmart line got D'qar Dress Leia - because TFA General Leia is/was coming in the $8 basic figure line.

It's dumb because we're going to end up with really nice versions of main characters in their secondary outfits, but it is what it is at this point I guess.

They're exclusive and have fancy packaging, so we get a 50% mark up.

Just like Jocasta Nu.  That is the nature of the small market exclusive.

Yes, TEN years ago we got two 5-droid packs for $60ish..  But guess what - still worked out to the same as a basic figure at the time, $6 each. Just sucks that a 'basic figure' has to be $13 these days.

It sucks balls that we are at a point where China labor cost and Hasbro shareholder profit demands ruined our hobby.  It is what it is.

I'll be buying this set to support the 3.75" line.  Maybe if this set does well, we get more.  Or EE takes a risk on something else 3.75" related maybe (hopefully).  Supporting the Walmart line or this type of set or really the only option we have if we want more SA 3.75" stuff.  But at the end of the day, I fault no one who skips this set or can't support it for whatever reason.  Different strokes and all that.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:24 PM »
How is it possible that TFA came out 7 months ago and there is no freaking LUKE SKYWALKER figure?

I'll guess...

1. They wanted to save some main characters for the 2016 line to keep sequel stuff out there during rogue one?
2. TFA Luke is a teaser figure in wave 1 of the ep 8 line since he's probably wearing the same outfit then?

These use the VC25 baR2-D2 sculpt which had the pop-out arm R2 used to zap crumb.  Probably why they are claiming "vintage collection" levels of articulation because this r2 came from that line.

Sadly, I'm so desperate for OT figures, I'd pay $80 for the two OT droids - TCW droids are a bonus.  :P

I had a bit of early notice from EE this morning (embargoed) and tried to remind people not to get too crazy in expectations.  Feel bad for those who thought that it was going to be 5 NEW sculpts.  Not the way of the world anymore it seems.

I'm pretty happy for the set, but I was one who always hoped EE would do another astromechs set.  Like Jesse and Nick said, price is what it is these days.  And sadly, I will pay $13 for them.  At least There are some accessories in there with two bar droids.  And at least it's not the mission series R2 sculpt. Could be worse.  I get it though if you're passing.  I can see that.

I think, and this should be no surprise, the majority will be disappointed in this set.  Already some guesses are hoping for return of vintage and/or brand new sculpts or whatever.....

Don't get your hopes up too high is what I'm saying.  Its new and I think it's pretty cool but temper your expectations is all I'm saying.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Rogue One Black Series 6inch
« on: July 17, 2016, 01:20 AM »
Making sure the high-res end up in this thread... click thumbnails for a better look.

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