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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 10:43 PM »
I agree K2 has the potential to be a popular figure. He'll definitely get a SA version, which I may hold out for, though this one appears to have a greater range of movement than the typical 5 POA offering. I'd prefer Sabine be more available just to avoid the echo chamber that happens any time a certain figure is short packed - she's rare! I can't find her! But not too worried about it.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: September 14, 2016, 12:28 PM »
If that is all there is, then the case breakdown is most likely something like this:

Kylo (2)
Jyn (2)
K2-SO (2)
Stormtrooper (2)
Ground Crew (2)
Kanan (1)
Sabine (1)

Wow, called it!

http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2016/09/14/3-75-star-wars-universerogue-one-wave-1-breakdown/

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: September 1, 2016, 04:12 PM »
The lack of a Death Trooper in the first couple waves is curious, until you realize Hasbro's strategy is to extend the double dipping they employ with the BS 3.75 line to the 2 packs. We'll probably see a lot more movement on the 2 packs than we have for TFA, and some griping, until the Death Trooper shows up in wave 3. The 2 packs were pretty good for TFA but lacked any really good army building sets (unlike the Rebels series before them) so I'm glad to see them come back to this.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 06:12 PM »
I think $200 is probably the ceiling on a mass market big ticket item for a line like SW. Could be wrong. Every 'big' vehicle they've done going back to the Naboo Royal Cruiser has seen some markdown and in many cases, steep ones. I got the BMF on clearance at Target; I got the AT-TE for $15 from TRU.  ;D At $300 this is veering into Hot Toys / Sideshow levels of money and while I love those, they're cost prohibitive. When I spend $$$ on SW, it's on vintage toys and rarely. For some collectors this will be an easy sell, and for others not really. If it succeeds, and it may, then it probably heralds an increasingly interactive and expensive range of toys in the future. Imagine an app influenced X-Wing that opens and closes its wings. These things are cool. These things cost a lot of money.

There's been a stratification in the toy market for awhile now, as costs go up. You have a big push to make them affordable and accessible, while at the same time maintain some fidelity and integrity to the standards collectors have come to expect. It's why we have a 5 POA line at $7 and a SA one at $13. You could say that's catering to different audiences, or different wallet sizes. Long term, I don't know that's a good thing for a brand that's primary goal is mass market appeal. A casual buyer will never go for a $13 figure when a $7 one is available right beside it; consequently, there will never be the audience to support the $13 line in the way that a lot of collectors would probably see as necessary for it to be successful. Rounding back to the AT-ACT, I think that's ultimately where this thing falls. It won't work for the causal buyer, but will for a large enough core base to (maybe) justify it.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: August 31, 2016, 02:58 PM »
I hate to say I will be waiting for the clearance, but at $300, this is a non-starter for me. The figures aren't simply enough of a draw. More figures or a sort of Imperial squad set up might be more intriguing. It's got the driver, a droid which has cheaper and better articulated counterparts, and Jyn, who we know from press release is not exclusive to this set. The analogy to the video game system I think is a good one. That is definitely a price range people will tolerate around the holidays, if the value is there. I don't know how well the Sphero BB-8 did, so I can't speak to that but people I know who have one rave about it. The app integration is a terrific idea, the actual walking mechanism is a terrific idea, the size is good, not great, the figures are good, not great.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: August 31, 2016, 12:37 PM »
Pretty sure that is the Disney Elite version, though we'll definitely see this from Hasbro.

2nd pic:

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/sneak-peek-disneys-rogue-one-035937790/photo-sergeant-jyn-erso-elite-series-1472616265211.html

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:51 PM »
I'm sure there will come a point when Kylo isn't the new hot thing, but that won't be anytime soon. He's the new Boba Fett or Darth Maul. He moves and I doubt - could be wrong - he will be lingering anywhere from these assortments. I don't think we know everything yet on this new assortment. If these are the only figures in Wave 1, I'll be surprised. With the success of TFA, it wouldn't make sense for Hasbro to retreat on SKU's or assortments, but I'm not running their company. If that is all there is, then the case breakdown is most likely something like this:

Kylo (2)
Jyn (2)
K2-SO (2)
Stormtrooper (2)
Ground Crew (2)
Kanan (1)
Sabine (1)

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The ERG and Ahsoka are great choices. Ackbar and Lando... I think it's good they're branching out again into secondary characters, because it seemed from the TFA offerings they were sticking to pretty much main characters / troops, but unless there's some tie in logic that comes to light later, they're odd choices. There are highly requested TVC characters that make much more sense in relation to  Rogue One, so yeah. Odd. Glad to see the line rolling along.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: August 28, 2016, 09:11 PM »
Good call on the Jyn being in the Ground Crew uniform - the sticks seem to give it away. Also the chest box is identical to hers. I really like all these. The Stormtrooper is sick. If this indeed all there is as has been rumored than I'd be very surprised. Doesn't add up though as there are 7 figures which is one too many if they keep with the 2 per case distor they have now. Also, unless someone knows different, aren't there still two 5 POA assortments as there are now? The Rey we saw at SDCC is in the same assortment as these B7072, so either this isn't everyone or she's coming later.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Rebel U-Wing Fighter
« on: August 26, 2016, 12:32 PM »
It's pretty disappointing the primary aspect of the U-Wing (troop carrier) was sacrificed for the NERF thing. Definitely a play value thing for the kids but this is the first vehicle of the new movies where I was like 'I really want that!' Oh, well.

And the eyes! Hopefully that is not a widespread thing.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 24, 2016, 05:16 PM »
That's right. Proxima B has a tremendous amount of pros going for it, and some cons, but it is a rocky world within the habitable zone of its star that could support liquid water, so LET'S GO!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:33 PM »
Moroff was my most wanted from the Celebration reel so this is great. Amazing figure. The U-Wing is huge, but the troop compartment doesn't appear to be functional, at least from these shots. Great stuff overall. Looking forward to everything.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One TIE Striker
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:01 PM »
Seems at least to me the NERF thing is removable. Could be wrong, so pinch of salt and all that.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: August 18, 2016, 04:22 PM »
Maybe (just maybe) one of the most important discoveries of all time:

http://www.universetoday.com/130276/earth-like-planet-around-proxima-centauri-discovered/

Hopefully it's confirmed.

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