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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good deal!

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

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.

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
Ephont Mon
Tusken Raider
Ewoks (Wicket / Paploo)
Max Rebo w/ organ

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 7, 2015, 05:37 PM »
Seems like September it is: Also seeming confirmation of digital releases of previous films.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2015
« on: January 6, 2015, 01:33 PM »
I expect a preview wave(s) as well. It's clear from Bob Iger's comments there is some debate on showing/not showing as he pushed for the trailer and JJ Abrams apparently was reluctant. As Iger said, it's a movie with an enormous investment riding on it ($4 Billion) and once a proper trailer drops in May or so, we'll be awash from that point forward in media awareness. I expect quite a bit of product in advance of the movie, September, October at the latest as I can't see them holding until right before the release date and missing out on most of the Christmas shopping season.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: January 5, 2015, 02:22 PM »
I suppose if I ever really looked at it... these X-Wing things are stacked to the ceiling here in Dublin at Smyth's and the Disney store too. 50% off now I think I saw at Disney which still left it pretty expensive, for here at least.

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