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Conventions / Re: HASCON 2017
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:25 AM »
The press release doesn't mention Star Wars at all (it's clear they are trying to make Hasbro's own brands the focus of this show), but with how this event falls right in the prime "announcing stuff" time of the "Force Friday" season for Episode 8, you have to imagine they would include some Star Wars stuff?

Will be interesting to see how this plans out as far as announcements and exclusives...

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Conventions / HASCON 2017
« on: October 18, 2016, 10:44 AM »
Hasbro is launching it's own convention, designed to celebrate the company's brands.  Here's the full press release:



Hasbro to Create the Ultimate Entertainment and Play Experience by Bringing Its Iconic Brands to Life with First-Ever ‘HASCON'

First-of-Its-Kind Convention Will Bring Fans and Families Together for Three Days of Immersive Entertainment Experiences, Talent and Character Appearances, Panels and More in September 2017

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), a global play and entertainment company, announced it is creating the first-ever HASCON fan and family convention in September 2017. The massive event, which will be held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017, will treat attendees to three unforgettable days featuring a celebration of Hasbro's powerful characters and stories, including live interactive experiences, exclusive products, talent appearances, panels and much more.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161018006137/en/

From bringing the first action figure to life with G.I. JOE, to creating a world where robots are truly ‘more than meets the eye' with TRANSFORMERS, Hasbro's brands have always overflowed with rich stories and dynamic, multi-faceted characters, providing an incredible platform to capture the imaginations of fans of all ages. The premiere HASCON event will bring the magic of decades of storytelling under one roof for the ultimate, immersive Hasbro fan and family experience. Hasbro's top properties, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, MAGIC THE GATHERING, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE and many others will be reimagined through dynamic stage performances and unique opportunities for fans to engage with their favorite characters. In addition to interactive experiences designed to offer attendees a glimpse into Hasbro's imaginative storytelling in action, visitors will have the chance to see first-look previews of Hasbro's biggest television and movie series, attend panels and meet-and-greets with celebrities and creative talent associated with Hasbro brands, take part in Hasbro Gaming competitions and purchase special limited-edition Hasbro products.

"Hasbro is home to many of the world's most recognizable brands, each of them with their own group of passionate and engaged fans," said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands. "HASCON will deliver an extraordinary peek behind the curtain of our brands, storytelling, and iconic characters while giving us the opportunity to invite fans and families to our hometown for the most memorable, unified Hasbro experience ever."

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, please visit http://hascon.hasbro.com

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

HAS-PR

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2016 - 2017
« on: October 15, 2016, 03:16 PM »
Battle in Minnesota tonight.  After our coach seemingly had his brain cap screwed on tight and put Thorburn and Stuart in the press box for the home opener, he's bringing them out to play in Minnesota tonight.  I predict the Wild win 5-2.   ::)

Hope so, 'cuz I'll be there tonight to see it!  :)

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Rogue One / Re: TRU Exclusive TFA 3.75" Battle Figure 6-Pack
« on: October 14, 2016, 03:57 PM »
Not sure if this is like three 2-packs packed together or what.  It would be great if the Kylo in the set is the "Ben" maskless head version.  That would be a nice way for those missing him or the Riot Control Stormtrooper aka FN-2199 (aka "TRAITOR!" guy) to finally nab them.

Riot Squad Trooper (w/Baton & Shield) = Yes; Maskless Kylo Ben = no.  :-\

Pic from Yakface:


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Just to clarify - the Stormtrooper in this set has a white repaint of the Rogue One basic figure's orange pauldron/armor accessory. 

The Stormtrooper in the Kohl's 4-pack has a white repaint of the orange pauldron from the Baze Malbus Vs Stormtrooper 2-pack.

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Rogue One / TRU 3.75" Rogue One Cassian Andor vs Stormtrooper 2-Pack
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:06 PM »
One last thread to add this morning (for now). 



Looks like a repack of the U-Wing pack-in and a repack of the basic figure Stormtrooper with repaint accessories.  Pic from TRU UK site (via Yakface


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Rogue One / TRU Exclusive TFA 3.75" Battle Figure 6-Pack
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:01 PM »
Another exclusive confirmed by Hasbro's Rogue One Product Checklist...  no pics yet though.

Rey vs Kylo; Poe vs TIE Pilot; Finn vs FN-2199.

Not sure if this is like three 2-packs packed together or what.  It would be great if the Kylo in the set is the "Ben" maskless head version.  That would be a nice way for those missing him or the Riot Control Stormtrooper aka FN-2199 (aka "TRAITOR!" guy) to finally nab them.


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Rogue One / TRU Rogue One "Battle Damaged" TIE Striker
« on: October 13, 2016, 11:55 AM »
Hasbro has confirmed that TRU will be getting a variant deco 'Battle Damaged' TIE Striker...  no pics yet though.


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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:49 AM »
Hasbro Pulse has posted a new "Designer Desk" video highlighting the AT-ACT.

I still think this looks like a really nice, really fun... undersized, over-priced toy.  :-\

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JD Sports Forum! / NHL 2016 - 2017
« on: October 10, 2016, 12:34 PM »
We stand on the cusp of a new season.....  and I gotta tell you, I'm a bit worried for my squad.

Will the maigc of Bruce Boudreau help us make the playoffs?
Will the Avs finally get a clue with their new coach?
Have the Jets finally figured out Pavelec is bad (put him on waivers today)?
Will STL implode or finally live up to the hype?

Central Division dogfight again this year.  So many good teams, so many teams on the up and coming... and then my squad still trying to figure out which they are and hoping they are not the one falling to earth to make room for the "young and hungry" Jets or "glad to be rid of Roy" Avs.  :-\

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 10, 2016, 10:03 AM »
2)  Same question about the Imperial Ground Crew's big backpack?  I'm guessing this is just a dumb accessory for kids right?

Nope, there is a big scene in the movie where all the ground crew stop using their light batons to help Imperial Shuttle craft land and jump into action.  They plug the batons into the back of their suit and thier costumes light up and then they use the batons to create "hard light flight backpacks" and jump into the battle to take down X-Wings.

Here's a pic from right before the backpacks form...



(or maybe that's from TRON >:D)

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 10:07 PM »
So what's the deal with these new guys being Marines?

I've always envisioned Stormtroopers being their own branch of military forces...  Could these be the Stormtrooper's specialists then?

Shoretroopers = specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters on Scarif, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.

I think its as simple as Stormtroopers in cold wear 'snowtrooper' gear; Stormtroopers in the tropics/beach wear 'shoretrooper' armor; etc.

And Bodie's outfit, it's blue seemingly...  what is his role?

It sounds like he's an Imperial cargo shuttle pilot from Jedha...

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Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 6, 2016, 05:11 PM »
The Death Trooper Specialist is interesting.  But seeing how we have a version of this trooper on the way in the WalMart 3.75" Black Series?  I may pass on this version.

I'm planning to pick up a few because a) they are a bit cheaper than Walmart 3.75" version and b) knowing Walmart, I'm not going to find as many of the Walmart TBS 3.75" version as I want. :P

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 6, 2016, 03:33 PM »
One cool little non-toy thing from the Hasbro panel was a nice shot that showed the differences between the Scarif Stormtroopers - Grunt, Squad Leader, and Captain:


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