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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Nikto Guard?
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:54 AM »
Stopped by my local TRU this morning and they had a peg and sticker designated for this dude, but none in stock yet. $10.99!  :o

Figure he will be arriving next week for the new planogram reset, but since my TRU gets their truck on Tuesdays, I am hoping to see him before the 9/23 changeover.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Target Bounty Hunter Pack - "Hidden Enemy"
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:52 AM »
I assumed the DVD would be the actual episode that the figures were from.  Y'know, because that would make sense. As it is, it's an odd product.

Agreed, but the sticker just says "Bounty Hunters DVD" so it leaves me wondering. Both packs also appear to have the same non-diorama backdrop with the "Bounty Hunters" tagline.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The death or disappearance of Ahsoka?
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:58 AM »
I'm also pushing for her knighthood by the end of the series, and possible unseen extermination in Order 66. I also I wouldn't be surprised if we see some novel or comic book miniseries as to her survival of Order 66. It depends on how LucasFilm is feeling. In the "Star Wars" universe, there's a tendency for some characters to just completely disappear, leaving their fates unknown (i.e. Asajj Ventress, Master Tholme, Quinlan Vos, Shaak Ti for awhile before she was finally included in TFU).

As far as I'm concerned, Anakin killed Asajj when he threw her off that cliff in the Tartakovsky series.

And General Grievous killed Shaak Ti in the opening scenes of ROTS.

At this point, you just have to find a continuity that works for you, since there is no quality control on the part of the franchise.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:55 AM »
I'm officially geeked for tonight.  ;D

Can't wait to see Shaak Ti, Sgt Bric, and Clone Number 99. Looking forward to some awesome Kamino battle scenes too.

I wish they would do a late night repeat of this like they used to do.

And whose idea was it to release Season 2 on DVD AFTER the start of Season 3?  ::)

I would have liked to have caught up a little before the new shows started. All the major networks have figured this out long ago.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Target Bounty Hunter Pack - "Hidden Enemy"
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:48 AM »
Assume it's the same DVD pack-in with both sets?

I'm not generally impressed by the more generic clones, but I do love the droid finger necklace. Great addition.

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Awesome...hoping to see these 10/1 as indicated at SDCC. Probably wishful thinking, but it would be pretty cool to have some new toys out with the premier this week and all.

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Well, based on the photo above, I actually think the new number looks a lot more unobtrusive than the wordy crap Kenner used to print all over their stuff.

Not sure why they just couldn't make it smaller though, like the microline printing on checks.

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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: September 16, 2010, 08:00 PM »
Big props to Jeff for hooking me up with a finished L8-L9 BAD for a very reasonable $10. Quick shipping and good customer service...much appreciated!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Ventress' Fanblade Fighter?
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:43 PM »
It's like trying to make Dooku's Solar Sailer but with a rigid structure holding it open.

I would applaud Hasbro if they ever made Dooku's Solar Sailer.

Co-sign.

The Sailer and the Geonosian fighter have been at the top of my list forever to be done in the animated style TCW line. Probably long shots, but then again they can only make so many starfighter repaints. (I think)

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: September 15, 2010, 11:41 PM »
Man, great news today from YodaNews' QA, regarding the Cad Bane in Clone Disguise figure that was scrapped last year:

"Hasbro: This figure was pulled at the last minute for use in a promotion that ultimately didn't happen. That's the unfortunate part. The good news is that we are close to getting him into a mainline Battle Pack in the back half of 2011. It's a cool figure and we can guarantee that he will come out some day. "

I am really looking forward to this, kind of an offbeat choice but seemed to be well-executed. Will he come with a wearable helmet too? Here's hoping.

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Whew, sounds like we can put this rumor to rest...for awhile at least, courtesy of Sandtroopers' QA:

"Likewise, some fans have asked for Vintage-style versions of more modern characters and that too is an avenue that we have chosen not go down. Instead, we'll stick to the separate realistic and animated lines for now, each universe to itself."

Right on Hasbro!  :)

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:58 AM »
I think they're trying to give an honest perspective about what sells and what doesn't.  Historically action figures of female characters do not sell that well.  That's not discriminitory.  That's a business statement on how well one class of products sells compared with another. 

Yeah, as I mentioned, I'm fine with them not making a toy if they don't think it will sell. That is all that needs to be said though. To say we're not making it because it is a girl's ship, is very ill-advised, all economics aside, IMHO. I understand the marketing component, I just think you have to be careful about how things are presented to the general public.

For example, there may be loads of market research that shows that Asian kids don't buy action figures. But you wouldn't want to cite that as a reason for not making Asian action figure characters. I've worked at several marketing companies, and that would be a HUGE misstep. You never want to exclude any demographic based on their perceived economic impact.

Just my 2 cents...I'm not really trying to blast Hasbro, I just think some of their responses come across as somewhat less than PC.


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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: 2010 Saga Legends Figures
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:33 AM »
At least that's my guess to the matter.  They've seemingly had a lot of trouble with their factories in China for the past 2 years.

Maybe they should switch their production facilities back here to the Good old USA, might be easier for them to manage the quality control.

I don't see why they have to play the victim in that relationship. As the client, they should have ALL the leverage. "Hey, start doing a better job making our toys or we will take our business elsewhere". Enough of this wag the dog stuff.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Boba Fett Mail-Away Offer?
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:27 AM »
^That was Hasbro's response to the JTA Q/A, too. When they send it off it's in pristine condition, but it gets damaged when it's handled. So Hasbro dodged the blame on this one pretty well.

They're not responsible for choosing the packaging material?

If it's the exact same box they used to ship the Vebbs, that's fine, because there were no such issues with that redemption.

But if they cut back and went to some kind of cheaper, less durable packaging, they at least bear some responsibility, IMO.

I can't say for sure because I haven't gotten one for comparison sake yet. I'll be VERY interested to see what they do with Sgt Bric though.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: September 14, 2010, 09:49 PM »
Whoever works PR for Hasbro really needs to step in and say, "Look, this is getting borderline-sexist, please stop commenting on the characters' gender as a justification for determining which properties get green lit for production."

I feel like they harp on that way too much. I have 2 daughters and resent the implication that the heroins and villainesses are somehow second class. The show has really strong female characters, and it's a disservice to the female fans to imply that they are insignificant from a marketing standpoint.

If they don't want to make a toy because they don't think it will sell, that's fine - just say that and leave it at that. But to characterize the decision as gender-influenced as misguided at best, and offensive at worst.

Imagine the outcry if you replaced the word "female" with "African-American" or "Hispanic". (IE: "it actually suffers as a kid vehicle given it's rather unusual shape and the fact it belongs to a Hispanic antagonist") All hell would break loose. Someone at Hasbro needs a little refresher sensitivity training, IMO.

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