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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:53 AM »
I think it's Cyborg in the place of Green Arrow...   

I kinda like the look (and the trident).  Part Hook-hand Aquaman from the 90s, part Dothraki warlord. :P

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:14 PM »
Wasn't the last Falcon pushing $250ish at TRU?

Yeah, but that one had the small run, exclusive Vintage box, TRU tax applied to it.  If they wide released it and got it out in enough quantity, I bet they could get that price down.

With that said, I am not ashamed to admit, that if they get the updated radar dish on there and update the electronics with new movie phrases, I'll totally buy it again.  Even at $300.   :-[  #suckerforhansolostuff

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:22 PM »
From SDCC last year, it's was supposed to be a brand new head on the VOTC Chewie body.  The head was tooled so that the Yavin Medal (the one included with Leia) could fit on him.

Of course, given all the change that's happened to the line in the last year, I suppose they could have bailed on tooling that new head and just used an existing Chewie. 

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:21 PM »
I love the fact that the company everyone is complaining about not caring about fans anymore is making a friggin' Misty Knight Legends figure.  #smh

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: February 19, 2015, 10:22 AM »
For some reason, I'm really digging the Karate Kid figures...  gotta get Miyagi and Daniel-san.

Also digging the Fifth Element figures.  Mangalore and Leeloo (Dallas, Multipass) will blend into my Cantina scene nicely. :P

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:44 PM »
If I wasn't dumping my money into kick ass mobile suit action figures, I'd probably have that Quad Eyes by now...  :-\

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:16 PM »
So... tempting... must... resist...   :-X

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:10 PM »
I do recall them saying that female figures don't sell as well as male figures, but I think it really depends on the character choices. Season 3 Ahsoka in the CW line for example, was an oustanding seller.

BTW I agree on Ahsoka ultimately...  I think they dropped the ball there.  She was (is) popular, she got a few figures, but none were ever easily available for one reason or another it seemed.  I still want a young Ahsoka done realistically. :(

I agree that character choice is the ultimate factor in who will sell, male or female.

Star of popular EU books (Mara Jade), star of a video game (Bastilla Shan), star of a popular cartoon (Ahsoka)?  You'll sell. 
Star of Echo base's radio staion (Toryn), star of Jabba's fat dancers (Yarna), star of holding baby Leia (Breha), star of the Jedi Library (Jocasta)?  Peg-warmer.

You could say the same about the male figures.  There have been plenty of stinkers on the male side as well thanks to their boring status...

I could see Bo-Katan doing well if she had hit when the show was on since she actually did stuff.  Satine though, don't recall much ACTION there, just moping with Obi-Wan unless I'm mis-remembering.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: February 18, 2015, 12:00 PM »
I agree, Nick.  Chopper is still hard to find for a lot of people.  And if they had flipped Hera and Zeb, there'd be people upset about not getting Zeb yet.

Maybe Hasbro could have saved themselves the headache and done a single wave of mission series packs = Hera/Kanan, Ezra/Sabine, Zeb/Chopper, Inquisitor/Stormtrooper, Kallus/AT-DP Driver and then just called it a day with the Rebels line... :P

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:21 AM »
Steve, that article is about the Q&A at JTA. 


The EW piece explains why Hasbro asked Paul/JTA to change their answer...  the JTA Q&A now reads:

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Q: Where are the action figures for the female characters from Rebels, like Hera, Sabine, or Maketh Tua? Male characters like Ezra and Kanan have been released multiple times already in many formats and scales, yet the best we've seen on shelves so far is a single Sabine with a non-removable helmet and a yet-to-be-released Hera, both of whom are packed with re-released Stormtroopers. Female characters have always played an integral role in the Star Wars saga, from Leia in the original trilogy to Padme in the prequels to Ahsoka and Asaaj in The Clone Wars and have always been among the first characters released in figure form, yet for this new chapter in the Saga, they've barely been a blip on the radar.

A: Hasbro actually has some great new characters from Rebels hitting shelves now such as Sabine and Hera and have recently been releasing more females within our Black Series and Saga Legends line such as Mara Jade, Toryn Farr, Bastila Shan, Luminara Unduli, Padma Amidala (Geonosis), and a number of great Leia’s such as Ep IV, Endor, and the awesome Boushh disguise that was revealed at NYCC. (Editor's Note: Hasbro has asked to have this answer revised.)

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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


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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.

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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.

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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. ;)

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