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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:45 PM »
They were NOT at SDCC.  From their facebook page:
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Wish we could be at San Diego Comic-Con International this year, but make sure to checkout our friends at Weta Workshop and their booth for The Hobbit #3613 to get your Hobbit fix. Be sure to also keep posted for our upcoming announcement on our Smaug figure set to be launched later this fall!

Sounds like there will be at least the one "Smaug figure set", but no idea what that means for scale, size, figures, exclusivity, etc.

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Hasbro Twitter: - about 1:00pm Central
"Missed the Toy Shop line at #SDCC? http://HasbroToyShop.com  will have #HasbroSDCC exclusives on sale soon! Check back for details"

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Other Collectibles / Revoltech Star Wars Figures
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:00 PM »
Yet another new license is awarded to a Japanese toy/collectibles company - Disney cashes in again!

Sorry I can't do up something nicer at the moment (too busy at work), but www.taghobby.com has pics of the prototypes for the Revoltech Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, C-3PO, and R2-D2 figures that were shown at this past weekend's Wonder Festival in Japan!

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Other Collectibles / Re: Medicom 6" MAFEX Star Wars figures
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:57 PM »
Sorry I can't do up something nicer at the moment (too busy at work), but www.taghobby.com has new pics of the MAFEX Darth Vader and Stormtrooper figures from this past weekend's Wonder Festival in Japan!

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It is usually the Tues/Wed after the con, so today might be asking a little much, but tomorrow or Wednesday are much more likely for it to pop up.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:24 AM »
Our Q&A is in....

Where at?

You can listen to our Q&A with Hasbro's Star Wars team on our new Soundcloud page.

Jump on over and take a listen to what Hasbro had to say about those newly announced 6" figures, the new Star Wars Rebels toys, the mythical parking lot, 3D printing plans, and more!

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:18 PM »
So... Wave 7 thread time!

Looks like this will be the Wave 7 breakdown... though nothing is final until Hasbro says so.  Clicky for the bigger pics.


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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:05 PM »
OMFG what I just saw that they have at SDCC.

Jeff, you shall cave.

Dammit.  >:(

Why did you have to show this to me, Jesse?  :-\

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:00 PM »
Is there a slit in the belly?  Kind of looks that way, but could be wrong.  This Tauntaun better smell as bad on the inside as on the outside.

Not cut belly for the tauntaun.  The live tweeting from the session confirmed that.

Sure looks like they were planning for it though...  wonder why it got dropped?


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The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:43 PM »
According to the little signs at SDCC (which have been known to be wrong in the past), it seems like this wave may end up being -

Stormtrooper Han
Bossk
C-3PO (rumored)

Supposedly due February 2015!

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Coming this Fall to Target - the 6" Imperial Shadow Squadron Box Set.

Includes Special Black Ops Speeder Bike with Shadow Scout and Shadow Stormtrooper Commander.

Makes me wonder when we'll see a standard 6" Shadow Stormtrooper to join them.   :D


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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2014 Wave 4
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:23 PM »
McMetal's breakdown looks right to me - the rumor wave that popped up from Previews was Bossk/StormHan/3PO I thought, so I could see 3PO being the third in that wave.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:55 PM »
Just home now and looking over the presentation stuff...  what happened to the rumored 3.75" Hoth Han? :(

At Toy Fair, Hasbro was hinting about a Dewback and the Hoth beasties, so I guess the Dewback is a good candidate for Wave 3 of the 6" Deluxe stuff with the other two revealed now.

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K-Mart has upped their 6" prices from 19.99 to 21.99 online and in stores.

Hasn't K-Mart always charged $21.99 for the 6" stuff?  Not sure about wave 1, but $21.99 was what they were charging for Wave 2 last November. ;)

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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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