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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: August 21, 2015, 11:26 AM »
Would it have killed them to release Chopper with a helmet-less Sabine instead?


I mentioned in another thread the spit take inducing level of repacks here. I tend to not get too bothered by this that or the other thing with Hasbro, but this is one of those things that as a collector feels like they're working against you. The MS segment has been a highlight of the line since it started, and I was looking forward to some great combinations. I'm sure some are coming down the pike, but we've all been here before with Hasbro leading out with basically shelf filler that keeps the real show from showing up.

I think there are still some unanswered questions. Set aside SA figures which I think are destined for exclusives somewhere.

Basic Figures: Old Man Rex and Inquisitor 2.0 we've seen but aren't accounted for, so they're on deck for a wave 2 that may or may not land on Force Friday. That would put them among presumably another dozen figures, some of which MSW alluded to yesterday. The lack of an old man Han Solo to buy is of all the 'spoiler' stuff strange. Lego is getting one 9/4. I mean, the Falcon doesn't even come with him, and that's kind of... this is the big Christmas toy one assumes.

Mission Series: More a comment - can't believe the sheer number of repacks here. In particular the PT retreads. Chopper, sure. Zeb? He went down swinging before Target and Wal-Mart did their resets. One thing I was looking forward to with the new movie push was just plain and simple 'new.' And by and large honestly we haven't seen much of it yet. There is a a cap on what the toys can reveal due to the decision to launch so far in advance of the movie; there's an enormous amount of repetition in the toys themselves; the toys are repetitious because it's almost all OT callbacks (X-Wings, TIES, oh my.)

Black Series Deluxe: we've seen DCPI's for these ($39.99 price point) but no sign in the catalog.

Hero Mashers: Also MIA.

Galactic Heroes: Ditto.

Exclusives: No clue.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: August 20, 2015, 08:03 PM »
For what it is - a kid's toy - it will probably go over really well. The figures I'd like myself but I see eBay in the future for these.

Yeah, none of that. Though I actually don't mind some of those.

My thing is, absent the articulation, if you're going to give us the same figure over and over again as seems to be the case, why not throw in some variety by changing out the arms? The pose? Give us a 5POA Kylo with both hands on the saber, Flame Trooper who can actually do what he does on the box, etc. That seems like a great way to keep folks engaged in lieu of an SA figure. Seeing how they're not doing that, or seemingly not doing it, then maybe there are SA figures in the works. I actually think that's more likely than not.

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" Armored/Deluxe Line
« on: August 13, 2015, 06:31 PM »
After soaking everything, some thoughts:

Figures in general: Very, very good. I like the 5 POA. The paint apps seem better for the most part. Seems a few of these at least have ball jointed heads judging from the various pics.

Packaging: This is the best card art we've had since the 30th anniversary, and maybe longer. Leagues better than any of the PT movie cards. Outstanding character art which gives a little nod to the vintage days will still graphically current. Way better than what I expected after they first announced the packaging.

Accessories: Not entirely sure on the armor concept but at first blush a few of these figures are the same as the basic figures (Finn, Flame Trooper) for what I assume is a higher price point. This is the same business model Hasbro employed with TPM 3D when they sold us the same Qui-Gon's and Obi-Wan's various ways at various price points and you can buy some of those to this day at a Wal-Mart near you. I don't think the distinction between the armor bits and the build a lawn mower is so great that you need to have two, or charge a premium for one or the other. Ultimately I don't think it will matter, as I doubt any of the figures will be exclusive to one line or the other, but I guarantee moms and dads will leave that Finn Armor set to die on the vine when they can get the same one with a similar lawn mower doo dad for three bucks cheaper. This is the sort of takeaway you'd think Hasbro would have gleaned from the TPM 3D post mortem, but apparently not.

Anyways, after all that - can't wait!

The Force Awakens / Re: The Force Awakens 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: August 13, 2015, 12:26 PM »
The figure looks great. Outstanding. The combiner thing is whatever. The card is much better than I expected. Looking forward to 9/4!

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: August 13, 2015, 11:02 AM »
Pure speculation, but I think 3-PO's red arm signifies he is part of the First Order. The FO does a lot of red, especially red markings on the left side of things (the Special Forces TIE, Phasma's cloak) so I think this is in keeping with that. How/why/if he really is of course no idea, and the image of him yesterday with R2 has him among Resistance people, so who's to say. But it would be an interesting way of utilizing a character who has no function in the plot anymore. He could be a spy/plant.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 7, 2015, 02:15 PM »
That's a really good point about social media, Jeff. Depending on how much is spoiled before we get to 9/4 (probably most of it the way we're going) folks here in the Midwest and out west will know exactly what they're walking into for good or bad.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 6, 2015, 10:36 PM »
Ceremony Leia is one thing I've pointed to before as evidence against the sky is falling theatrics on display here and there. They've acknowledged she's coming in the same interviews they declined to discuss SA figures 9/4 and beyond - hint, hint.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 6, 2015, 07:06 PM »
Technically it shouldn't be, because they're supposed to be clearing out their SKU's, but hey who knows anymore. In any case, it's hopeful for those who want them. Until they see the price tag.

The hysteria over there at JTA and elsewhere (as has been noted before) has become a phenomenon on to itself. NOTHING we know today is any different than we knew months ago - there would be 5 POA figures. There would be 6 inch. There would be mission series.  All we don't know is the exact fate of SA figures - which this report still doesn't preclude. The only drop in articulation has been in this argument by some who feel they are entitled to a certain standard of plastic toys and the stones they throw at anyone who says they'd be ok with something else. You can lob stones and say you're above it (speaking in the royal 'we' which - I'll just keep moving) - but perspective in life is a great thing. People disagree. They're toys.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:49 PM »
I'll have to type me up a Star Wars spec script...

Sorry for those I really wanted this and spent a lot of time trying to get it. As the first ST toy there's enormous interest in it and I'd like one myself. I didn't attempt to try today knowing the outcome and also more importantly this figure will be available on 9/4. I know the packaging and uniqueness of it won't be but hopefully those who just want the figure will be ok with that.

It's an odd thing. On one hand, you have complete radio silence on it, and then on the other hand, you have a product rollout 3 months in advance of the movie. Which actually for SW is unheard of and I think more of a question mark than anything else. In every other case it's been weeks or maybe a month before the movie. We've heard a little bit about one wave until December - really? Potential log jam if the stuff doesn't move or there's too much of it. Then again I thought I saw some quotes yesterday from the earnings report meeting that indicated we'll see a trickle of stuff to the movie and beyond.

One thought I had - Hasbro has been very cagey about SA 3.75 to this point, adamant they can't talk about 9/4 though they are happy to discuss 6 inch and Rebels (i.e. 5 POA). We know from their talk about Ceremony Leia that SA 3.75 is continuing in some fashion. There's been some chatter about that line as an exclusive. The only real way forward for this segment that I see, that ties into the nostalgia for the film and justifies what I think is going to be a terrible price point is Vintage. I think it's very possible that we see Vintage carded clamshell cased SA figures from this movie, maybe at TRU, maybe somewhere else.

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