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Not too much difference from last year:

Gamorrean Guard
Wedge Antilles
Tusken Raider
Max Rebo w/ organ
Queen Amidala (Red Throne Room Dress - TPM)

Rogue One / Re: Re: Rogue One Toy Rumors
« on: June 21, 2016, 01:08 AM »
I think - relative to the character selection - it was a situation where Hasbro was stranded between what they could and couldn't show, and there was no real '2nd tier' in this movie. There was front line main characters, defended against day one spoilers, and people who had nothing to do with anything and therefore were ok to promote, except those characters by and large either got pushed into deep background (the equivalent of Kenner leading out with say Wuher in 1978) or pushed out of the movie altogether (Zuvio, Sarco Plank). So that's one aspect that I don't think worked, especially in the wave with PZ and Hux where the majority is people not on screen.

So the combo of not enough Rey relative to the seeming avalanche of Who the F is this has made for some odd pegs at retail, but as others have pointed out, Hasbro has clearly $$$ in on TFA and isn't looking back. There will be come course corrections with Rogue One (Rey all over the place, maybe less who is this, but doubtful - that ship has largely sailed) but all in all TFA got SW back on track in the toy aisle and that matters. It's not all fun and games but then, it hasn't been for a lot of us for a long time.

Playsets - just not a factor anymore in SW. Clearly Playmates is giving it a go, but the play pattern for SW has been broken for a very long time. It's about the figures and nothing else. LEGO owns environments and until Hasbro finds some answer or counter to that, we've seen the last of anything outside of significant vehicle / playset combos (Falcon, AT-AT, etc.)

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off Rumor/Idea - Kenobi!
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:09 PM »
I'd be over the moon for a Danny Boyle Obi-Wan movie, or really any Obi-Wan movie. 30+ pitches... in a way I'm not surprised. This is probably the most pitch ready movie of all when it comes to these anthology movies.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: April 18, 2016, 08:06 PM »
Narratively she is 'dead' to the Rebels cast - if she were literally dead, there would be a body, and as others have stated, dying is a hard thing to do for some of these people. The door has been left wide open - wide enough for her to walk through, which she did - for her to return later down the line. Fiolini has mentioned in a few interviews her story at least in relation to the Rebels series is over, but he's already thought ahead to the future. The ambiguity I suspect is to create some mystery around her next appearance (movies?), and to preserve some of Vader's mystique. We get the fabled fight between master and apprentice that people have forecasted for years as her downfall and we get at least the impression of her not walking away, though, again, she literally walks away.

The drop off will be everything. The reviews suggest a MASSIVE drop off once everyone's seen it. Could be wrong as there does seem to be a very vocal group that loves this movie and maybe it has legs but the reality is for a film that is $400 million + in the production and marketing it will have to do a billion worldwide to break even given the split on theater takes, so... a nosedive going into a 2nd weekend will be an issue. That's particularly pressing since apparently the JL movie starts filming in a couple weeks. Anyways, all of this is academic as there will be a JL movie and maybe this movie keeps on going and going, but...


My own quick take is I loved Ben Affleck, LOVED Wonder Woman, and pretty much hated everything else. Has absolutely no idea what movie it wants to be and spends a lot of time developing the groundwork for the battle between the heroes which it then discards for Superman to be blackmailed into fighting Batman. They never confront each other over their true differences, never connect over their shared values before the end, beyond a fairly touching moment where the film exploits one of the the greatest bits of nerd trivia in comics. And before Supes departs this mortal coil because Henry Cavil has the emotional register of a corpse anyways. The film was alternately glib, self serious, audacious, conservative, boring and exciting. Mostly boring.

Definitely some good ideas in there and flawed execution.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: March 9, 2016, 03:26 PM »
I agree on the Ewan McGregor point. Han Solo is all near and dear to us and Harrison Ford is Harrison Ford, so the idea of recasting him seems heresy, but there's precedent for it succeeding. Kathleen Kennedy knows what she's doing and they'll avoid a bland guy who's in every movie and hire someone with weight and talent, like McGregor. I don't worry about a reduction in the character or the quality of the film because it's a younger version of him. This isn't Anakin in TPM we're talking about. Lawrence Kasdan is writing the movie. Personally I don't have a want or need for these sorts of spin off movies, but obviously this is the future. Just my two cents I think they should have held off on the spin offs until after the trilogy, due to a splintering in focus that I think is playing out somewhat with Rogue One - the hype will ramp up real quick after TFA drops on DVD, but there hasn't been any general public media awareness of the movie to this point. At this some juncture for TFA, we had the first teaser and the Celebration trailer was right around the corner. I think there is some going to be some confusion for audiences in terms of where's Rey (...) and wow this is super dark. I could be way off on that and people go see SW movies no matter what, but I think it's playing into the radio silence. Ideally you would have dropped some kind of teaser with TFA to get people thinking that Step 2 is this little side street into the past.

They didn't elaborate, but I would assume 5 POA, at least in the near term.

At TF it was discussed in the Q&A that Luke and Leia were coming 'soon.'

Here's my list. I've left off Luke and Leia since Hasbro has basically confirmed them.

Han Solo (Starkiller Base - Hothish coat)
FO Fleet Engineer
Athgar Heece
Lor San Tekka
Crusher Roodown
Jess Pava (Pilot)

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: February 14, 2016, 09:41 PM »
Listening to the JTA recording (yeah, I know...) of the Q&A the question was posed as - people surmise the figures are Phasma and Asty, which Hasbro didn't discuss. So the news that these are probably it is taken directly from the question itself and not the answer. Phasma I think is a lock, but Asty... who knows anymore. I think they'd focus on main characters as they have. They described Luke and Leia as soon, and the next group of these as Spring, so maybe...

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 13, 2016, 08:33 PM »
The rampant negativity everywhere online with Hasbro and collecting has soured me on collecting, but coming out of a little self imposed exile to share my two cents. To share some negativity. Just a little in regards to the showing. A little confused that Hasbro showed one new figure - tucked into a multipack of reissues - to feature in a show immediately in the wake of the biggest domestic film of all time. Every other vendor is pushing the film and its variety and Hasbro is not. I LOVE what they showed. Love, love the Snowtrooper, AT AT Driver, Sabine... love Maz. And then they have a Q&A in which they let out all the stuff we're wondering about is coming, some of it soon. So why not show some of it? I don't get it. There's a lot of media requirements now, a lot of shows through the year and TF will never be what it was, but it strikes me as very odd from an optics perspective that the offering is so meek.

The negativity and cry baby-ness of the criticism has been so overwhelming that I've been waiting for Hasbro to say/do something to address it. They have no real relationship with fan sites now. Their social media strategy is confused and not really engaged. They have no real consistent communication strategy at the shows (some of this is no doubt in reaction to the hostility they've faced). I'd like to see them more enthusiastic, more engaged, more positive about their own brand which is the best brand there is. I'd like to see a counter to the avalanche of JUNK that SW collecting mostly is now. If they can't or won't do it, fine. I'll still buy what I buy and do it in silence, but this is a lot better hobby when everyone is talking and participating and connected.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: August 21, 2015, 11:26 AM »
Would it have killed them to release Chopper with a helmet-less Sabine instead?


I mentioned in another thread the spit take inducing level of repacks here. I tend to not get too bothered by this that or the other thing with Hasbro, but this is one of those things that as a collector feels like they're working against you. The MS segment has been a highlight of the line since it started, and I was looking forward to some great combinations. I'm sure some are coming down the pike, but we've all been here before with Hasbro leading out with basically shelf filler that keeps the real show from showing up.

I think there are still some unanswered questions. Set aside SA figures which I think are destined for exclusives somewhere.

Basic Figures: Old Man Rex and Inquisitor 2.0 we've seen but aren't accounted for, so they're on deck for a wave 2 that may or may not land on Force Friday. That would put them among presumably another dozen figures, some of which MSW alluded to yesterday. The lack of an old man Han Solo to buy is of all the 'spoiler' stuff strange. Lego is getting one 9/4. I mean, the Falcon doesn't even come with him, and that's kind of... this is the big Christmas toy one assumes.

Mission Series: More a comment - can't believe the sheer number of repacks here. In particular the PT retreads. Chopper, sure. Zeb? He went down swinging before Target and Wal-Mart did their resets. One thing I was looking forward to with the new movie push was just plain and simple 'new.' And by and large honestly we haven't seen much of it yet. There is a a cap on what the toys can reveal due to the decision to launch so far in advance of the movie; there's an enormous amount of repetition in the toys themselves; the toys are repetitious because it's almost all OT callbacks (X-Wings, TIES, oh my.)

Black Series Deluxe: we've seen DCPI's for these ($39.99 price point) but no sign in the catalog.

Hero Mashers: Also MIA.

Galactic Heroes: Ditto.

Exclusives: No clue.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: August 20, 2015, 08:03 PM »
For what it is - a kid's toy - it will probably go over really well. The figures I'd like myself but I see eBay in the future for these.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: August 16, 2015, 04:26 PM »
Yeah, none of that. Though I actually don't mind some of those.

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