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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:44 AM »
Thanks, that makes some sense. It still seems odd for a company like Mattel that already has a large retail presence though.

And I really wasn't trying to sound critical, it's just honest curiosity. Most toy marketing is driven by the whole saturation paradigm - get as much product out to as wide an audience as possible to increase profits. These guys are obviously headed in a different direction, but if it works for them that is great.

I also find it fascinating that the new toys are so much more valuable compared to the vintage ones. It's the complete opposite of SW. I probably couldn't get $5 for my old Castle Greyskull on eBay right now.

This reminds me of the Euro Exclusive Clone Wars UBP they put out a few years back with Obi-Wan, Grievous and their respective starfighters. (The "Epic Encounter" set) Complete with window packaging. That was a bunch of repack swag too.

But yeah, I bought it...

I know the mantra is supposed to be "females don't sell", but what are the chances that Katee Sackhoff's Female Death Watch Commando does end up with a figure?  50/50?  Maybe better odds give she's a mando warrior and not an old librarian? :P

It sure puts their misogynistic brain trust in a bind. "She's a Mando" "But, she's a GIRL!" "But she's a MANDO GIRL!!" "AARGH, cannot compute!"

They'll probably end up doing it, a a non-removable helmeted version so you can't really tell she is female.  ::)

BTW, great casting idea...let's get Tahmoh Penikett on there too. You know Seth Green has his number!

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2011
« on: July 21, 2011, 10:18 AM »
I found it shocking and pathetic that Hasbro actually had the Target TCW 2-packs on display, the exact same two sets that are currently being clearanced around the country.

I don't see the point in showing off stuff that has been out for months, like the Endor Pilot sets and Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter.

I get that they move some stuff around and may hold stuff back until after the slideshow, but there has to have been something more current they could have thrown in there. I did not see the new B-Wing for example.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:59 AM »
I see Walking Dead has a big presence at SDCC. Anyone know if the figures are on display? Or for sale? I am wondering which retail outlets will actually carry these when released this Fall...

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:56 AM »
Good, Hasbro would have found a way to screw it up anyway. That's one less thing to distract them from fixing the godforsaken SW line now.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:46 AM »
Ok, I'll ask the Stupid Question as a clueless fan of the vintage stuff.

Why DON'T they sell these in stores? I would really love to hear the backstory behind this radically unorthodox sales approach.

I mean, there's a good chance I would buy all of these if I could just walk into TRU and pick them up off the shelf.

I've never understood that, their business model seems so counter-intuitive.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:42 AM »
Katee Sackhoff as a female Mando?

Oh, hell yes.  8)

I expect Hasbro will probably have to violate their own "He Man Woman Hater's Club" mentality and actually make a figure of her too. The horrors!

I hate that they are bringing that idiotic kid Lux back though. "Hey, I don't want to be a Separatist anymore so I will run away and join a terrorist group that is backed by those same Separatists." Brilliant.

Hopefully they will just kill him off outright. Jedis don't need love interests.

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2011
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:10 PM »
Yeah, I had to LOL at the placard for Savage Oppress: "Available: NOW"

Sure it is. In Bizarro-world!

I know, I'm sure there is plenty of good stuff yet to come. I guess by "zazz" I mean more of the surprise factor. I hadn't heard any rumblings about a new UBP prior to SDCC so they did a pretty good job keeping that one under wraps.

The Mando Gunship is a cool reveal, but was slightly spoiled as we know about its existence before the actual unveiling. If that had not leaked, I definitely would have been wowed.

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2011
« on: July 20, 2011, 07:59 PM »
Yeah, the Mando Gunship was nice, and the Trench Run set, but nothing else had much of a surprise factor. Kind of a letdown really.

Props to Sandtroopers for getting their pics up so quickly.

Ok so far at SDCC, we got confirmation of what the Mandalorian Gunship will look like, and that's about it as far as anything new. Did I miss something?

Nice to see the Flitknot Speeder again, but that dates back to ToyFair.

Artillery Cannon? Fall Waves 1-3? Good to see some new unpackaged photos, but certainly no surprises.

I think the Vintage collection on display had a little more Zazz again this year. Who saw that Trench run UBP coming?

These figures look pretty sharp on display at SDCC, the close-ups of Seripas in particular are amazing. That thing is going to be freaking awesome.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Mandalorian Gunship?
« on: July 20, 2011, 07:49 PM »
It does feature multiple seating, at least 6 in the cockpit from what I can see.

I like it fine, not the most exciting ship but at least it's not another repaint of a previous vehicle.

Was this the only new midsize vehicle in the case, other than the artillery cannon? I saw something else adjacent but it could have been a V-19.

At this point I'd have to say my 3 most wanted vehicles are the Geonosian Starfighter, the Halo, and the Jedi T-6 shuttle. (Twilight goes without saying, lost cause that it is)

The Bullpen / Re: 2011/2012 Marvel Legends
« on: July 20, 2011, 11:10 AM »
YESSSS!!!!!!!!! Terrax the Tamer FTW!

Why can't we get great pre-Preview Night scoop like this for the SW line?

I want to know what's going to be in the case, what's going to be in th slide show, the whole shebang.

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