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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:43 PM »
Love the new 6 inch reveals. Glad to see Lando, Hera, Tusken Raider and the Royal Guard. Gives me hope we will see the Jawas eventually and probably the Gamorrean Guard. For a minute there I was thinking probably not.

I like the AT-ACT, would like to see it up close and personal. I think the app feature is a brilliant idea. This kind of interactivity is really where toys in general need to be to compete with iPads, video games, etc.

I like the figs shown. Love the troopers. SA versions will certainly come through Wally World though I actually have more 5 POA TFA troops than the SA mostly on account of bad paint apps and availability. Hopefully that gets better. Was hoping for more RO reveals today but you know this is way better than last year and I kind of like surprises anyways.

Could care less about this poll or suggested shenanigans. If Jania is in the Jedi outfit she had when they made her in TLC back when I'd be inclined to buy her. Glad to see a lot of notables among the voting at various sites (Lando, Royal Guard) make it regardless.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:39 PM »
3.75" Death Trooper is on display now.

Diorama with RO Stormtrooper and Shore Trooper with AT-ACT - the trooper that comes with the walker appears to be different than standard issue Shore Trooper. Likely the Driver.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:49 PM »
My guess on Luke (we'll find out tomorrow) is that since 8 was originally slated for May of '17, they decided to hold on him due to the reasons Jeff mentioned. The first Episode 8 figures would have dropped anywhere from January-May. So unless they decided to hold him completely for 8 now that it's coming in December, we'll see him probably next spring. Or not.

+1 Jesse.

OT astromechs (no expert) are largely accounted for. There are some PT stragglers, the most prominent of which is R5-X2 who ideally should have featured here as it was planned as one of the BAD's during the cancelled BAD run in 2013ish. There were no astromechs of note in TFA (outside of Poe's stop gap black/orange droid that did get a BAD figure in the park I think). Hopefully Rogue One supplies with lots of droids we'll struggle to remember years from now.

LOVE the packaging, though not a packaging guy. But still. Very cool. R2-A5 - wanted him for so long I totally forgot about him. CW love - I loved all the CW droids so this is nice. Jabba's bartender - super obscure but welcome. The price stings a bit but reality bites.

Totally called the commentary going on right now. The snake is eating its own tail with this stuff. I don't know what people want or expect and really who cares. We want, we want, we want and we get, we get, we get and still it's not enough.  ???

Yeah, I'm already imaging the comments tomorrow (or Friday) of how this is yet another Hasbro let down to collectors and blah, blah, blah. I'm up for whatever. Hoping there's something really unexpected in there but thinking whatever it is probably repaints or kit bashes. Which isn't really a bad thing.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: July 20, 2016, 05:15 PM »
Some of these were part of the exhibit I saw in Paris a few years back. Amazing stuff. My only regret is you couldn't take pics so the ones I got were few and not very good. At least three Palitoy vinyl cape Jawas. Sigh.

I think the sculpt is great. I don't know it 100% looks like the actress, but it's light years beyond whatever is going on with Leia right now. I think the packaging on this is fun but like the TFA trooper last year, non essential. I like the green though. I actually thought they'd be changing up the look this fall as they typically do, and green would probably be the color choice due to the Death Trooper's apparent greenish accents.

Great catch on the droids... wondering if it's possibly from the Droids cartoon, or someone is, because he did say in one of his many pot stirring posts somewhere that one of the figures had appeared previously in a non realistic form. Took that to mean from CW as he DQ'd Rebels, but who knows. Maybe from Droids. I'd love it. Doubt it. This is definitely one of the highlights of the year so far. Looking forward to seeing the final product and hoping to be wowed by the choices.

Me too. Thinking a jawa theme but maybe not as the blurb seems to suggest otherwise and not sure there's 5 figures left in that segment of the movie. I'm game.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 15, 2016, 07:25 PM »

Rogue One / Re: Celebration Europe 2016
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:53 PM »
Cool. Appears to be a two pack with a Resistance officer and Snowtrooper (white shoulder).

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 05:51 PM »
I agree pretty much with everything Rob says - and Dave to some extent - but the only thing I'd add is that one reason Harrison is hard to ignore is the outsize influence he seems to have in the online community. The impact he's had on the dialogue between Hasbro and the fan sites at shows I mentioned earlier being the most obvious example. What had been a pretty informal and direct relationship is now pretty infrequent and corporate. Now some of that may be Disney. Could be. Things are different since the sale. But the change in behavior at the shows when it comes to access and Q&A's and how Hasbro chooses to unveil things can be traced directly back to the incident where he claimed they brushed off the idea they needed to make more female figures.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:30 PM »
He's definitely the reason they force all Q&A's to be recorded and probably why the interactions at Toy Fair are now group and not 1-1. Couple years back he posted his infamous Q&A where he reported - not verbatim - that Hasbro said they made 'enough' female figures. This became an internet firestorm we're still seeing the after effects of (Hasbro leads all of its promotional efforts with SW with female figures nowadays). Rather than stick to his guns on the story, he changed Hasbro's answer at their request (they claimed it wasn't representative of what they said). So his integrity is shot right there and relationships with fan sites have eroded since.

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