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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 12, 2015, 09:22 PM »
Although the little of what was shown looked very nice (looking forward to those new 6" figures), I have to say that I was disappointed there wasn't at least a little more.  For the last 3-4 conventions, where all Hasbro could say was "we can't talk about Fall 2015 or beyond", they seemed to give the impression or even straight out said "wait until SDCC".  Was this seriously what we were holding our breath for? The giant TIE (while really cool) wasn't quite the reveal I thought we'd get.  I thought we would at least see the finished figures for Rey, Finn, etc. that were leaked months ago in prototype form.

I can understand having secrecy going into the movie as well, and don't even mind that to some extent, but it would be nice to have an idea what the line will look like for budgeting and all of that.  I know not everyone has to do that, but I know that I do, and its nice to have an idea of what's coming.  Plus, I think that any character that has been shown in the trailers could have been shown in toy form.  So, for example, if the 3 3/4" is going to be 5 POA or whatever, show us a Rey, Finn, and Poe so we can get an idea of what they're going to look like.  They are starting to run out of chances to promote this prior to Sept 4 (not that they necessarily need to), and it would be nice to get a look at at least a few things.  That being said, it might be out of Hasbro's hands on this one too.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 6, 2015, 05:51 PM »
Yeah, it is Ulik not sure what happened there. See now, I'd like it see Cosmo, but not necessarily on his own.  Some of them, like Black Spidey and Mysterio already have decent figures. I'd rather see some of those you listed, like Tigra or Jocasta. Some of the others are a little more boring.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: July 6, 2015, 02:47 PM »
Looks like Hasbro is running a poll to pick the next Legend, to be voted on throughout SDCC.  Here's- the choices that I see:

Nova (new version)
Black Spider-man
The Hood

Voting on the finalists is after Comic Con

I don't have a problem with anyone wanting a certain character, everyone has a right to want their favorite character or just to vote for something specific. For me though, I'd be a little disappointed if Revan won. Part of it may be that I'm just not someone familiar with the character/story in the first place, but also when the 6" line started it seemed like they would hit the heavier hitters and army builders and work out from there. There are so many other characters I'd rather have than Revan (any on this list), and my focus with this line has been OT (and possibly TFA).

I'm also not sure the "given" list is as long in this age of new Star Wars every year. I'd personally like to see Lando, just because previous Landos weren't the best sellers and that might scare Hasbro off a bit as well. We only get 15-20 new figures a year in this line, and once new movies begin that might take up a bit more as well.  My daughter would love to see Sabine, so I could see that route too. Nice to see Fans Choice return, but I agree that Revan seems like a boring choice. Heck, it may be blasphemous, but I'd feel similar if the Tonnika Sisters won. In 3 3/4", you bet, but I don't necessarily need a 6" one taking up slots from other characters.

I'm sure many of these are a given, but if I'm making a list of ones I want the most:

1. Lando Calrissian (Bespin)
2. Han Solo (Bespin)
3. Princess Leia (ANH)
4. Luke Skywalker (Farmboy ANH)
5. Snowtrooper
6. Emperors Royal Guard
7. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Old Ben)
8. C-3PO
9. Hammerhead
10. Jawas

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Pixar Thread
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:31 PM »
We saw this on Friday and loved it as well. Definitely up there with Pixar's best I think, at least for me. I thought the general premise was pretty clever, and liked the way they portrayed a lot of the memory/emotion stuff as well. Not sure why it would cause anyone to sob, but maybe she had some stuff going on in her life. It does have that bit of emotional punch, similar to other Pixar stuff, but nothing too extreme

I haven't had a chance to come post here, but I had a nice run lately at Target over the past week and a half and found Luke Stormie, Emperor, Leia Boussh, IG-88, and Han w/Taun Taun.  Nice to be all caught up on the OT stuff for now.  Starting to wonder where I'm going to put all these things, as the shelf I had reserved for 6" Black Series is already full now (without the Taun Taun on there).  Time for some rearranging.

These have been trickling into our local Target as well, and I've picked up a few.  I have to say though, I did feel a little bit of buyer's remorse.  $13 really does seem like a lot for these figures.  I know its been said on here before, but I guess I haven't really picked much up since the most recent price increases.  I passed on the clones (although I was tempted with Doom just because of the Marvel tie), but picked up Gold Leader, Chewie, and Dagobah Vader.  I'd like to get Rex as well, if/when he shows up.  I know we still have no idea what type of figures we'll see for the new movie(s), but I hope they can find a happy medium because I just don't think I can keep up at $13 each.

Pretty neat set, and not one I'd necessarily expect them to put out. Nice to get a bit of the mystical realm too, hopefully I'll be able to get one online after. I didn't have much luck the past couple years. So much Legends goodness this year, it is sort of unbelievable how far this line has come since Hasbro first took it over and stumbled a bit out of the gate. They seem to be mostly firing on all cylinders anymore.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: May 27, 2015, 09:33 AM »
Has anyone here caught Tomorrowland? I have to admit that with the director of Iron Giant and the Incredibles involved (Brad Bird), I have high hopes. Hoping to catch it sometime in the next couple of weeks.

I also found the Han and Taun Taun set at Target on Monday, at the $24.99 price. Happy to pick it up at that price with online preorders being nearly double that.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Celebration Anaheim 2015
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:57 PM »
I totally understand that Hasbro's hands are tied a bit about the Force Awakens stuff, but just reading some of the Q and A's (from Toy Fair and Celebration now), they just seem so reluctant to say anything - absolutely anything, about anything Fall 2015 and beyond.  It is almost like they can't even admit there will be Star Wars toys at all with how tight-lipped they are.  It does get a little annoying that they can't at least give a look at the future of what the line will be, even beyond the movie/"new media" stuff.  Will we still be getting articulated figures in the 3 3/4" scale?  Will we see anything from the other movies during the big Force Awakens push?  We get that you can't talk about the new movie stuff, but you can still act like there is a future for the rest of the line.  I know they don't have a panel here, but I'm hoping they show a couple of new things (besides the Ahsoka prototype, which looks very cool).

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The Force Awakens Trailers
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:52 PM »
Didn't get a chance to come post until today, but I've probably watched this a dozen times or more already.  So excited.  I'll admit that I was excited each time a new trailer for one of the prequels came out as well, but this feels different.  It is likely the direct connection to the OT-era and characters (ok, definitely), but I'm excited for this new group they are setting up as well.  I love how things are familiar, yet updated, with the vehicles, troopers, etc.  As nerdy as it sounds, I got goosebumps and nearly teared up with Han's "Chewie, we're home" line.  Just can't wait.

I'm in the same boat as many of you.  It may be because it comes on the heels of the great Force Awakens trailer, but it just seemed underwhelming overall.  I want to be excited for this movie, and if I'm being honest I know I'll be there opening weekend, but I too don't care for the "hey, we're the darkest dark that ever darked a dark" vibe they are going for with the DC movie slate.  I understand being serious, or "grounded" as they always like to say, but I think you can do it with a nice balance of both humor and just hopefulness alongside (like Marvel).  We want to still be able to have fun at the movies too, especially "superhero" movies.

I actually picked up Han Stormie and Bossk at our Target yesterday as well, so they must be getting out there now if they hit here in Nebraska.

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