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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 6, 2015, 02:13 PM »
Black Series 3.75" figures not quite dead yet?

I supposed there is always a chance that these pegs will be where the left-overs from those new Wave 7/8 shippers at Walmart will go... but nice to think there may be some new Black Series 3.75" stuff after all.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 6, 2015, 12:17 AM »
Ah - I don't think that's how they explained it in the movie.  But I'll roll with it.

I think it's my new default rule for superhero movies.

- How did Batman get that bomb so far out of Gotham in time in TDKR?  He used speed from the Kosmos Dimension!

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: August 5, 2015, 01:44 PM »
The Star Wars 3.75" Action Figure Base Pack Stands are on sale again at EE - $9.00 for 40 stands.  Good price if you need them. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 5, 2015, 12:02 PM »
Every time they showed that little tank keychain i kept thinking "MacGuffin!" and sure enough.  ;)

MacGuffin is a random item that the characters are searching for.  Typically, you can swap out anything for the MacGuffin and the plot won't really change.  But I know what you meant - they were foreshadowing. 

The term is Chekhov's gun - "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." 

If you have a tank keychain in the first act...  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 5, 2015, 09:45 AM »
I'm not much of a Marvel guy, so the only thing I know about Deadpool is that he's insanely popular and he's not at all like that one Wolverine movie where he was played by... Ryan Reynolds?

Speaking of which, is this Deadpool supposed to be based on that movie at all?  Or is this a Deadpool reboot that just happens to star the same guy who played him before in a movie that everyone wants to ignore ever happened?

Nice burn on the Green Lantern movie costume though... I guess Ryan Reynolds still hates that CGI monstrosity.  :P

JTA Report - All TFA 3.75 inch figures will be 5POA

I mean do you want a 4" articulated Ren and a 4" non-articulated Ren on the pegs together? 

Just like Clone Wars.  Give us animated style that 'no one' wanted (I know, I know - some folks did want them) but lots of people bought anyway and then later, give people realistic versions and sell them again with much collector fanfare. 

They did the same thing with Ep1, Ep2, Ep3, etc.  Release limited articulation figures that everyone will buy in droves (Jedi Duel Ep1 Darth Mail, "saber-in-arm" Ep2 Anakin, Jedi Kick Ep3 Obi-Wan) and then after a while start releasing better versions to get you to rebuy the same characters over and over.

This should not be a surprise when you look at the history of the line, but we're all acting like we can't believe this is happening.  Collectors are dumb, I guess.  :P

Between this blurb about Hasbro sticking UPC/tracking stickers on the figures and this post:

HTS has bothered to ship my Stormtrooper yet. They were suppose to ship on 7/29. It is still sitting at not shipped status. I think they need more trained monkeys.

It sounds like even the people who managed to get a First Order Stormtrooper from HTS are unhappy with Hasbro?  Man, they really can't win at all these days. :(

Jedi Luke is due out next week in Japan...

And Bandai/Tamashii have teased out two more potential figures in the line - Battle Droid and AOTC Clone Trooper!

That reminds me...did we ever get any more info on the next Walgreens exclusive figure out of sdcc? Wasn't it supposed to be a tweaked Vader or Emperor?

I am sure the answer will come as a complete surprise to you - Walgreens' toy buyer Steven Anne said on Twitter, "9/4/2015. That is all."  :P

So you'll have to wait a few more weeks to find out if the rumored 6" Emperor Palpatine with force lightnin is true or not...   

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 30, 2015, 11:48 AM »
(Bill and Ted is canceled).

Bogus! :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: July 30, 2015, 11:33 AM »
New Details On BATMAN v SUPERMAN's Dark Knight - CONTAINS BvsS and Suicide Squad SPOILERS!

Here's Asia's supply of 6" First Order Stormtroopers -

SDCC 2015 Exclusive Star Wars The Black Series First Order Storm Trooper ($60).

These are the same guys that were used to release the past SDCC 6" figure sets to the Asia market.  In fact, they still have SDCC 2013 Fett/Carbonite ($100) and SDCC 2014 Jabba/Crumb ($90) in-stock. 

This Stormtrooper is going to be everywhere eventually.  And probably for less money.  Packaging?  It's just more cardboard to deal with.

And ultimately, that's going to bring the eBay price for this version down.  People who just want the figure will grab the regular edition and demand for the exclusive will go down. 

Not to mention that the 2015 SDCC packaged version will be sold at a convention in Germany in September, so that will put more of them into circulation after the big 9/4 glut.

Also, I thought it was free shipping over $50?

The HTS free shipping isn't an 'always' thing.  Certain times (like this week), they take it down.  I noticed that they disabled the "free ship on $50 or more" thing on Monday in preparation for today. 

Same thing with the coupon codes - those are disabled for the exclusives.  They've gotten smarter about those kinds of thing over the years, especially on shipping the large/oversized con stuff.  :-\

There are usually two more order windows that will open in the coming days - one for cancelled orders and then a second for the credit card declines.  But both will have incredibly small numbers available.

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