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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 7, 2015, 02:15 PM »
That's a really good point about social media, Jeff. Depending on how much is spoiled before we get to 9/4 (probably most of it the way we're going) folks here in the Midwest and out west will know exactly what they're walking into for good or bad.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 6, 2015, 10:36 PM »
Ceremony Leia is one thing I've pointed to before as evidence against the sky is falling theatrics on display here and there. They've acknowledged she's coming in the same interviews they declined to discuss SA figures 9/4 and beyond - hint, hint.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 6, 2015, 07:06 PM »
Technically it shouldn't be, because they're supposed to be clearing out their SKU's, but hey who knows anymore. In any case, it's hopeful for those who want them. Until they see the price tag.

The hysteria over there at JTA and elsewhere (as has been noted before) has become a phenomenon on to itself. NOTHING we know today is any different than we knew months ago - there would be 5 POA figures. There would be 6 inch. There would be mission series.  All we don't know is the exact fate of SA figures - which this report still doesn't preclude. The only drop in articulation has been in this argument by some who feel they are entitled to a certain standard of plastic toys and the stones they throw at anyone who says they'd be ok with something else. You can lob stones and say you're above it (speaking in the royal 'we' which - I'll just keep moving) - but perspective in life is a great thing. People disagree. They're toys.

TV-9D9 / Re: Upcoming SW Live-Action TV Show Discussion!
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:49 PM »
I'll have to type me up a Star Wars spec script...

Sorry for those I really wanted this and spent a lot of time trying to get it. As the first ST toy there's enormous interest in it and I'd like one myself. I didn't attempt to try today knowing the outcome and also more importantly this figure will be available on 9/4. I know the packaging and uniqueness of it won't be but hopefully those who just want the figure will be ok with that.

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.

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