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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.

Listening to a few of the SDCC interviews around the web, it seemed pretty clear from Jeff Labovitz at least Force Friday will be when we see this stuff first. We know it won't be and Hasbro's marketing team knows that, but that seems to be the idea. You have to admire the commitment to this strategy at least, especially in the era we live in. As I've said, I'd like to go in blind, but that's impossible and before too long here we're going to have very concrete ideas of what will and won't be out 9/4.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 17, 2015, 11:01 PM »
Decent interview dealing exclusively on the Marvel line, but has good hard questions on the 3.75 scale that I think may have some insight into what can we expect for SW going forward:

In short, they're going forward with Marvel 3.75 and apparently with renewed interest.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:46 PM »
I definitely see the concern with going into it blind. I mentioned before I'm kind of ok with this, but at the same time I'd like some idea of how nuts this will be so I can plan accordingly. That being said, from a few of the Q&A's popping up, seems like the line will be fairly robust and will be heavily centered on stuff from TFA, so good and good. I think I'll focus on just the figures (I'm completely behind 5 POA so I doubt I'll be disappointed - well, the price) and then see what's what with everything else.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 10:06 PM »
Just thought I'd say after watching the BTS video and following the panel - you know, who cares about the toys. We're going to get a special film I think and I'm glad we're all here to see it. The rest is just extra. Can't wait.

We'll almost certainly see both, given how carry forwards are a huge part of the line. A running change ala the sand trooper is likely I think.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: July 10, 2015, 06:24 PM »
But hey, a random female character will probably die in a long, ridiculous, and overexaggerated manner, so we'll have that.


The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 05:03 PM »
The TIE is just insane. I seriously wonder how many people will buy this thing. Love the pilot as well. Not bothered by the lack of reveals as I'm actually enjoying the prospect of walking into 9/4 without a clue of what I'll find. Don't like the soft goods on Farmboy Luke. Strange choice honestly and reminds a little too much of the VOTC one from 2004 which I disliked.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:32 PM »
Yeah that is sadly evident. I keep seeing words like 'tragedy' and 'disaster' and the like from some of these sites when describing the hobby and it's manifest these people have never experienced true tragedy or disaster. God forbid they ever do, but again I'll just button this up by saying, all this makes my skin crawl. #notwiththatguy

In high school a kid in one of my classes changed his name to Omar because Sharif was his favorite actor.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:18 PM »
I actually just saw some comments elsewhere where people are now angry they've just realized that it's 1:30 PST. Sigh. Not even kidding.

Not sure what all we'll see today, but I find the expectation that SA 3.75 is dead from so many people very odd. There's no evidence to support it. Hasbro has said it will continue; we see it continuing with the Marvel line into the fall at least, so why continue that and not SW, especially with the support of what will be one of the biggest movies of all time? Hasbro has been coasting the line for YEARS on nothing, and they're going to stop now? Say they do, and I'm wrong, ok. Bring out your pitch forks. I'd be ok personally with something more in the middle articulation wise as others have said. But that aside, let's see what happens. Like Jeff said the uncertainty about all of this has probably fed some of this, but I would never in a million years associate myself with some of the embarrassing commentary going on around some of the sites right now. There is so much more to life than this.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:58 AM »
I like Trevorrow, and loved Safety Not Guaranteed, but JW didn't really do it for me. That being said he knows his way around a big budget blockbuster and his name has been in circulation since the beginning, so it would be no surprise at all.

Received my order from HTS this morning. Very happy how these turned out. All caught up with the line now and I guess it's on to the future.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 9, 2015, 07:30 PM »
I've been reading the same things Jesse and I have the same reaction as you.

The anger is embarrassing, frankly. It speaks to a complete lack of perspective and objectivity not just on the hobby, but maybe said person's life. I mean - they're toys. Toys. Hasbro owes us nothing. Hasbro has given us 20 years now of everything we've ever wanted and more, and ok, the last couple years it's gone sideways depending on your perspective, but there are numerous factors feeding into the last few years that these same folks simply can't or won't acknowledge. The internet in general has turned into simply a giant pool for people to cannonball into without any considerations; I don't know if that is simply what's happening with out little corner of it when it comes to the hobby. I know I've spoken to this a few times before, so I won't belabor the point, but it takes  the fun out of for me. I have been collecting since before I can remember. 1978. I love SW. I love hanging out here on JD and talking toys and getting excited at my advanced age over toys. What I don't like is when people (not here obviously) start screaming about what it is they don't have or aren't getting or are skipping meals in favor of buying toys they ultimately hate. When you see that, you just become the dude whose drunk friend starts taking their clothes off in the middle of the bar.

You're like, 'I'm not with that guy.'

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