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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:10 AM »
I feel like we've had this Ghost discussion before... let's all jump in the way back machine to last Toy Fair! ;)

Looks like Jesse was pretty accurate with this one...
I think they may wait to see if the shows popular before committing to a big ticket toy.  There are still sdcc and such to go though.  I just could see them go conservative this time around is all.

I guess it was Curto and Burns that started everyone on the "Ghost is coming in 2015!" train...
I was just starting to listen to the Rebel Force Radio Collector Cast (with Curto/Burns) today, and while discussing Hasbro - and specifically the new Rebels vehicles - James Burns said that Hasbro told him that we wouldn't be seeing the Ghost in 2014, but it was on its way in 2015. 

Funny though that one year later, we're all still here rationalizing why "time X" would be the perfect time for them to get to the Ghost.  :P

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:05 PM »
The Clone Wars ran for 5 or 6 seasons and we didn't get The Twilight, or anything beyond the $20 vehicle assortment.

Except for the $65 line of vehicles that died before they ever got to the Twilight.

If that $65 line hadn't been sabotaged by manufacturing issues that forced them to launch it with an ARC-170 repaint instead of the Y-Wing (like they wanted), maybe it would have been different.  I recall reading/hearing Hasbro say something to the effect that the slow sales of that $65 ship line really damaged the chances for The Twilight making it out.

I think Hasbro has also under supported and largely missed an opportunity with Rebels. 

I'd love to know how Hasbro feels about this internally. Was this part oa planned slowdown and they're happy to just be selling the low volumes that get out?  Or did something get mucked up along the way?  Frankly I'm surprised that retailers are dedicating any real shelf space to Star Wars at this point given the ridiculously small amount of product flowing through.

It's too bad they will never tell us the whole story of what happened...  like you said, Justin - was Rebels always meant to be a smaller line, just a stop gap to TFA?  Or did they want to flood the shelves but never got to because of the "mystery cloud" of distribution issues out there (the West Coast port issues, the squabbles with Walmart, some internal issue with Disney/LFL, etc)? 

Another theory I've seen is that Hasbro/Disney were they gunshy about going balls-out for Rebels after the failure of TPM-3D and the ensuing product overload.  If that's true, I can't blame them for hesitating to support an unproven kids cartoon after the disappointing flop of a big-time movie event.  I don't think they wanted two product flops heading into the giant Ep7 launch.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:50 PM »
In case you missed it, ReAction Breaking Bad is now up for pre-order at EE.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Bif Bang Pow 3.75" Action Figure Lines
« on: February 16, 2015, 12:43 PM »
Between these, Kiss, Twilight Zone, and Big Bang Theory, BBP is certainly trying to get in on Funko's "retro" figure thing...

I may end up buying a few of those Flash figures though and mix them into my cantina. ;)

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai Movie Realization Samurai Star Wars
« on: February 16, 2015, 12:07 PM »
Looks like Tamashii got the ok to release these domestically via their US distribution arm, Bluefin.

Might make them a little bit cheaper or at least give folks a second chance at picking up Samurai Vader and Stormtrooper if you haven't imported them yet.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 15, 2015, 10:39 PM »
It wouldn't surprise me if Disney is making Hasbro keep a tight lid on things.

At this point, it shouldn't surprise anyone. :P

Honestly, I think it will be more like November before we see anything for Episode VII in stores. 

Jedi News UK was told by LEGO (at UK Toy Fair) that the street date for The Force Awakens merchandise is September 4th.

So, unless the LEGO guys there were wrong/misinformed, everyone is expecting the Ep7 flood to start to hit retail Labor Day weekend...  not like James and the crew there to put out something like that unless they were pretty sure it was solid.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:02 PM »
Sitting here a day later, I'm still surprised there was nothing new, action figure wise.

I was pretty sure they'd have nothing for the 3.75" Black Series.  With Wave 7 due in March (now looks like it's pushed back to Apr) and Wave 8 due in May/Jun, was it realistic to expect them to show off  a Wave 9 for Jul/Aug/Sep before the Ep7 deluge in Sep/Oct?  Probably not... but everyone sure seemed like they were supposed to do/announce something.  Probably just wishful thinking that Hasbro would squeeze out one more "parking lot" filled fanboy joy wave before Ep7.  :-\

It's disappointing, but ultimately it was probably unrealistic they'd have time for a Wave 9 in 2015 at this point.  Much more likely they will use the later summer (Jul/Aug/Sep) to do a clearance at retail and reset the board for the Ep7 stuff in Sep/Oct.

Rebels though?  I thought the 5POA Rebels/Legends was what we'd see at Toy Fair.  I thought it was something that could continue to run over the summer and exist alongside the movie stuff since the show was it's own thing... but I guess not.  It makes me wonder if Rebels was always planned as a short-gap set of figures or if they'll find a way to sprinkle them things into the Ep7 line somehow.

And I thought they'd have some sort of 6" tease for us, if only to show off a potential SDCC thing...  them not showing off the SDCC exclusive or even hinting about it now has me thinking that SDCC may be the first place you'll be able to buy Force Awakens 6" figures with some sort of sneak preview figure there or something...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 14, 2015, 03:16 PM »
I'm 40% hopeful that we'll get to see some new 3.75" figures from the collector/premium line...  but 60% worried that Toy Fair will be all about the 5POA line and the 6" Black Series.  :-\

Huh. Didn't even expect "Toy Fair will have nothing new for 3.75" or 6" scales" possibility.   :-\

More money for Tamashii Nations Robot Spirits and Acid Rain, I guess!  :P

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:57 AM »
Jayson had a chance to tune into Hasbro's Investor Presentation this AM from New York.  Check out the Star Wars slides that were included.  Pretty much all kid stuff - Play-Doh, Mashers, Bladebuilders, Furbacca.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:37 PM »
Eh, when Jeff Labovitz was in charge the last few years (he may still be in charge - I'm not sure if Kim is an addition to the SW team or a replacement for him), people were still blaming Derryl. 

I'm sure poor Derryl will continue to get flak even though he hasn't been directly in charge of the line for 3-4 years now.  :-\

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: February 12, 2015, 01:41 PM »
Today's Daily Deal at Entertainment Earth is 40% off a selection of Kre-O Transformers stuff in case anyone was still interested in these...

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:53 AM »
Star Wars Bladebuilders Revealed.  No surprise that the parts include an Episode 7 style hilt.

More interesting to me in that article was this:  "says Kim Boyd, senior director of the Star Wars brand for Hasbro."

Kim Boyd was previously a senior director for Kre-O at Hasbro...  first time I recall seeing her name attached to Star Wars team.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 10:00 AM »
If this line dies without a new Sim Aloo, and ideally the rest of the boring ass dignitaries...

If they are cranking out a new movie every year, will there be room in the line for figures from 30 year old movies at that point?

With each new movie they add, I have to imagine that will fill the "idea well" so full that stuff like Sim Aloo will be stuck at the bottom of the well for a long, long time...

as are glimpses of the 6" figures we know are coming but have never been shown before, like 3PO, Boushh, and the Emperor.

Boushh and Emperor were shown at the New York Comic Con party:


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