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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:31 PM »
Actually maybe some vague hope for the Ghost right in the SSG Toy Fair Q&A: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2015/02/17/toy-fair-2015-hasbro-star-wars-qa-with-jeff-labovitz/

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:13 PM »
Just to be clear McMetal on the Ghost - I didn't mean to conflate some of the reactions to Toy Fair with expectations on the Ghost. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect that ship, though like Jesse I think there was a window for it and it's passed.

I agree there seems to be a general hesitation on the line but yet Target has a fairly massive part of the aisle devoted to SW/Rebels; bigger TRU's have an entire aisle dedicated to them. The last time I saw that around here was 1999. So it's not a lack of will, I think, from retail. It has to be some mix of the distribution issue and something inherent to Hasbro, because bottom line, the distribution issue does not seem to impact lines like TMNT. I could be very wrong as that is not my interest but that line motors through stock and never seems to be wanting for replenishment. Lego I would characterize the same way. So where's the gap? We want Rebels. Retail wants Rebels. There's no Rebels. That's a legit gripe. I want a dozen SL Snowtroopers. I wanted a dozen when he was supposed to have come on the previous lava card thing. I can live without him, because I have dozens of previous ones, but absolutely it's a missed opportunity all around.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:23 PM »
Unless I missed it, the Ghost has never been more than wishful thinking. I don't expect it now with the movies. Hasbro has been conservative with Rebels and the line in general for a long time, understandably. I expect that changes in the fall. It's a movie year. We've been through this before. We get nothing, and then everything all at once. I know people wanted to see new stuff here at Toy Fair - I always want to see new stuff - but my shock has been more in reaction to the reaction of some of the comments I've seen. There seems to be little to no objective understanding of the circumstances the line is in. Can Hasbro's communication be better? Always. Is some of their communication a reaction to the communication they're getting from some circles of fandom? I have to think so. If I was Hasbro, I'd be reluctant to engage in a dialogue with anyone, especially in a movie year - there's that phrase again - if what I was confronted with at every single show was demands for apologies, for the line to be exactly to the specifications of a fan base which is already the most rewarded, coddled and coveted in the hobby, for constant information on what's coming next in a line that apparently this same base has no interest in. The message to Hasbro has to be everything you do is ****, I can't stand you or your company but for the love of God, what are you doing next? TELL ME! If Hasbro sounds indignant in some responds, can you blame them? What is there honestly we want that we don't have? Some obscure characters? Some obscure vehicles? Playsets? The line is exhaustive.

My feeling is, enjoy the hobby. If you don't, and there's plenty reason not to depending on your perspective on it, don't collect. Don't buy. Vote with your dollars. Hasbro will get it. They always do. They've been good to us. We've been very good to them. We're going to be good to each other for a lot longer than we ever expected, if that's what people want. If you don't, it's been good. It's been fun, hasn't it?

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:49 PM »
I agree, there's not really time in the schedule for anything new. The summer will be focused on Marvel and clearing the decks on SW for the fall. For the best really. I figured any teases TFA wise will come at Celebration and then SDCC will be where we get our first real look at stuff. Some of the comments I've seen around the web... one example that stood out was speculation Hasbro had somehow lost the license. I mean, what? This fall we'll be complaining about all the stuff they want us to buy.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 10:44 PM »
2007 remains the best year in modern collecting. The range in offerings, the quality, the gonzo nature of some of the figures and the card design all really fell together to create a really fun year. It's crazy to think that was over 7 years ago; that it came a couple years after the last movie (so we thought) or that the line has survived to now limping along as it has. It speaks to the power of the brand (not even TPM could kill it, twice!) but also frankly the management of it. The brand survived and persisted because of good management. Not everything was great, but then nothing is.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:11 PM »
Daryl was a fan for sure. I met him the one time at NYCC 2011. He showed me the Naboo pilot which I think had not been displayed to that point or was just going on the floor that day. I remember it well because to that point no one had seen the coat he wore and I geeked out. And Daryl geeked with me. Good times.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Movie Universe
« on: February 12, 2015, 11:44 AM »
We won't see Miles Morales but they could absolutely cast an African-American as Peter Parker. Peter has been white obviously in th comics but this is a movie, and not the last iteration we will see, so there's room for interpretation. I think an outstanding choice for Parker should they go his way would be John Boyega. Anyone who's seen him in Attack The Block knows to be excited for TFA and should be for the idea of him as Spider-Man. When some talk about not wanting him to be any thing other than he has been, they're concerned with losing connection to a character they identify strongly with; on the flip side of that, there are oceans of kids out there who have no connection to the character and frankly very few characters in comics and now TV and movies. Disney and Marvel are in business to make money. Here's an opportunity to bring a broader audience to the character, if they so choose.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 11:26 AM »
I agree we'll see OT and maybe even PT stuff into the future in some measure, but the speed at which they're going through the major costume variants of Han and Luke and Imperial troops in the 5 POA line tells you everything. By the time TFA hits, Hasbro will have done all of them, leaving nothing to cover. The same is happening in the 6 inch line, though the release schedule on those is so slow that I'm wondering if we'll see the Emperor by the time the movie toys drop.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:12 PM »
I thought it was odd pairing them up too, but then I know a lot of us have been asking for basically this army building type of set for years, so it's great to see it finally. Hopefully we see more of it and more OT focused.

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Nothing new for anyone really so nope. I do for some reason like the white box - kind of Hallmarky, kind of old Kenner mailer like, but really move along. Nothing to see here.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:20 PM »
I'm kind of in the middle. Jeff makes good points on the overall impact of the price hike, but as Jesse says for a lot of figures it would be a non-starter for me. That being said I would have paid $12 for the Snowtrooper Commander or Toryn Farr. If the TFA line brings us the option of $12-$15 SA figures, I'll probably pass with some exception and focus on the 5 POA which I like and 6 inch.

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Good deal!

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Basically all along Michigan Ave and area. Also rob just stopped at quake. Dave has all of them at 20 per.

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General FYI to Chicago members: downtown Walgreens are swimming in Yoda wave right now. One yoda still at brown like Chicago stop Walgreens and TIE and others basically everywhere else.

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My list was mostly untouched since I avoided what I expected so here goes nothing again (edited to remove Snowtrooper who I expect):

Gamorrean Guard
Amanaman
Ephont Mon
Jawa(s)
Hammerhead
Tusken Raider
Wedge
Ewoks (Wicket / Paploo)
Max Rebo w/ organ
Zuckuss

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