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Yeah this was the biggest look and move on I think I ever did.

I'll just repeat last year's with some adjustment:

Padme Handmaiden
Trade Federation PK droids 2 pack
Senator Palpatine
Toonbuck Tora
Kitster / Wald
Bib Fortuna
Tey How
Female Naboo Pilot

Wow, Vader looks amazing. May have to reconsider him.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:52 PM »
Some new gets:

Upgraded my Blue Snags:

Finally got two carded figures I've been after forever, ESB 32 back Yoda and POTF Carbonite Han:

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:54 PM »
Yeah I just shrugged at this. No doubt some of these guys are in development, because you know, what else, but I think it's clear from what we've seen recently that the 'collector line' is not going to generate a ton of excitement and certainly not 18 figures at a crack. Maybe for the movie next year (probably) but I'd like to see some follow up from some of the places that leaned on this. A lot of the comments I see out and about regarding 'other sites' and their reporting makes me think what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Vintage Kenner / Re: History of vinyl cape Jawa
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:48 PM »
For me the vinyl cape Jawa was something of an urban egend and probably explains my fascination with the Jawas in general. From the EB set and some of the catalogs (Sears? I forget) I expected this one but never found it. Few if anyone even knew about it and among my circle of friends, very poor and far from any completeists, it was positively mythical. This was before there was a real understanding of variations. Most people did not know/care about Blue/Red Snags; DT Luke; etc. It was only after the line ended, mostly in the early 90's, again for us, that any of this became interesting. Yakface was not a figure I became aware of until the early 90's. I was 11 in 1985 when the line ended, and my interest transferred swiftly to Joes and Transformers. By '87 I found girls and rock and roll and the rest is history. Until I got back into collecting, of course, early-mid 90's, and reconnected with Star Wars. I always like the Jawas and the VC Jawa always remained an object or goal. I finally got mine about 4 or 5 years ago. Glad I did as I recently paid twice as much for my DT Luke, a figure that is rare but I think is fair to say not as rare as the VC Jawa.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:47 AM »
I think one factor may be time. We have a window until next Christmas for OT and PT figures and after that it's unlikely any significant attention will be paid to them. We have five or six or more movies in the pipeline in as many years and the toys will be turning from one film to the next. Who knows on long term but in addition to definitely curbing tooling costs maybe Hasbro is looking at as this is their last hurrah with all these guys. We may not get all the figures we want in this scale.

I expect more at NYCC if only to fill in some known blanks (3-PO and Emperor black series, SL royal guard and rebels obi-wan). I expect the further we get to toy fair the more the gates will open. Episode 7 toys won't land until thanksgiving so there will need to be a lot of pre-game for the august reset a year from now.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels "Mission Series" 2-Packs
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:06 PM »
I agree 100%. Outside the deluxe 6 inch this was the highlight for me. I'm a fan of these and I get why people aren't but combining the vintage aesthetic with the outstanding sculpting and not to mention the price... I love it.  I'm glad to see some of these characters again.  I know I've bought them time and again but these are hallmark pieces (Wicket especially) and it's likely we will not be this way again with these characters. Starting next year it will be an unyielding avalanche of new.  Bring it on. But let's enjoy the OT one last time before.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:17 AM »
Haven't seen too much reaction on it, but in addition to the outstanding 6 inch offerings, the Saga Legends/Mission Series stuff I thought was excellent. The Wicket/Biker Scout in particular I thought sculpt wise may be the best representation we've ever seen on these guys. Bossk/IG-88 also very, very good. IG-88 and the AT-AT Driver honestly were positively 1998, though IG's figures have all more or less been similar, outside of the neo-vintage release. I personally enjoy these quite a bit and feel they're getting better all the time.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:19 PM »
I was just thinking what would be next in the deluxe 6 inch line and I think a Dewback is about as strong a lock as you can get. I'd like to think a landspeeder wouldn't too much of a stretch, but not sure. A Snowtrooper and E-WEB heavy blaster and as mentioned elsewhere a Hoth Han or Chewie maybe with a Probe Droid would be candidates as well.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:37 PM »
Probe Droid! This is probably right on!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 05:07 PM »
Long live the blue coat and all you brown coats will get yours when they release him as a single. Wait for it.

Other Collectibles / Re: Hallmark Star Wars
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:12 PM »
Anybody know what's up with that Jawa in the Hallmark Gallery?

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:12 PM »
Darth Maul is missing for the moment but I believe he's in wave 2 from the Sandtroopers report a while back.

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