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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:51 PM »
After the small drips we've had at conventions the past few years, I thought Comic Con was surprisingly eventful. I loved the 6" figures shown, between Lando (!), the Royal Guard, and a Tusken, that covers a lot of my top wants for this line. Plus, I love seeing that Hera is getting made (and hopefully the rest of the crew), as well as Qui-Gon. All of them look pretty great, and I'll likely get them all.

Not a ton of 3 3/4" shown, as usual, but still some goodness with the Rogue One and Rebels stuff. It would be nice if we came to more of a middle ground on articulation, but I think this is just the future of the line at this point. Honestly, if the Black Series exclusives were easier to find, I wouldn't even mind a small number of SA collector figures each year, and continuing the main line as it is. Ditching the deluxe/armor up/whatever line and replacing it with the Black Series across all retailers would be even better.  I agree that the AT-ACT toy looks like a lot of fun. When I showed that to my daughter, she thought it was great and it **** to the top of the achristmas list. Plus, we've got the very well made big AT-AT from a few years back, and that's great.  I'm perfectly fine with this new era of Star Wars offering fun toys for the new generation, just like we had with the vintage line.

Would have been nice to see a bit more from Rogue One (the ultra secrecy with each new movie is going to get old quick), and it really doesn't seem like we will see much OT (or PT/CW) in the basic line anymore which is disappointing. That said, probably the best showing at a Con/Fair in quite some time.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Funko Pop Bobbleheads Star Wars
« on: July 21, 2016, 04:07 PM »
Ordered as well. I never got the earlier BB, giving it to my daughter, and thought this might be a fun version to have. Does anyone know if there are other options for buying the SDCC exclusive Han Solomwith bowcaster and Indiana Jones with idol? I would like to get both, but can't find them online or whether they are store exclusives or just exclusive to SDCC.

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Definitely seems strange again this time around, although most of the finalists seemed a little iffy to me too. I'm happy for those who are getting the character they want, but I have to admit the results make me feel more in the minority of this hobby in a way. I thought about starting a separate thread for this, but do you think our collecting crowd are the "dinosaurs" of the hobby now? I know we have a group of all ages here at JD, but it always seemed to have at least somewhat similar opinions on things when it came to these fan lists, as well as the direction of the line, etc.  It seems more and more that the collecting community is so segmented on everything.

I'll admit, JD is the only forum I frequent anymore, so maybe our community is different than some from the other sites. There seems to be so much negativity surrounding the line(s), and I'm honestly very surprised that these EU characters make the cut ahead of things like the Gamorrean Guard, Lando, Royal Guard, etc. It made more sense in the 3 3/4 line, where we have gotten nearly everything, but I'm not sure these characters are necessarily "gimmes" for the 6" scale. Especially with at least half the slots taken up by new movie/media figures each year. Anyways, I just used to think we were a more united group in total as a community, but it sometimes seems now that communities like ours here are the dinosaurs of the hobby. That, or the whole thing is rigged  ;)

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Definitely Dengar for me as well. Aaaand so far he's in last place. I really don't understand the voting on these last two, at least in 3 3/4" we used to focus on stuff from the movies before delving into the EU stuff.

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Looks like the finalists are up for vote on Star Wars.com:

http://www.starwars.com/news/vote-now-for-the-next-black-series-figure

I can't say I'm overly excited about the choices, but I'm happy to see the fans get a say regardless. I'll opt for the character that is actually from the movies  ;)

The finalists are:

Starkiller
Mara Jade
Jaina Solo
Captain Rex
Dengar
Darth Talon

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I look at our Top 6 here, and realize that I'm proud to be a part of this community and I'm in the right place. I would gladly take any of those, and the selection matches my top choices almost perfectly. Well done again JD. I have to agree with what others have been saying, I don't know that there are any "safe bets" anymore - specifically from the classics or prequels. We have seen how long it takes to even get to the main players (3PO, Obi, Leia, etc.) not to mention second or third tier mainstays like the bounty hunters, cantina, or Jabba goons.

I'm all for people getting to vote for who they want, and that's great, but the EU stuff is honestly sort of lost on me as well. It makes sense in the 3 3/4" line, where nearly everything movie-wise has been covered, but the 6" line still has so far to go to get to everything relevant from the movies. A character that I may want the most right now (Bespin Lando), is a somewhat main character who rarely gets figures - and when he does they aren't always super popular so who knows how many chances he will see. I'd much rather see the big guns and recognizable background characters/troops from the movies get covered before we dip too deep into EU stuff. I guess we'll see what the vote brings.

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Actually, this is exactly what I expected when they said there was a Hasbro announcement, although some sites did make it seem like something better. I'm also surprised how much anger there is over Hasbro offering us a Fan's Choice again ( again, on other sites). Sure, many (most) of us would rather see this be a SA 3 3/4" poll....and to see that line alive and striving again, but it just doesn't seem like it is going to happen now. I know it is the nature of the Internet, and often collectors, but I hate to see all the negativity surrounding our beloved franchise, particularly where action figures are concerned.

I personally enjoy the 6" line, but feel that 3 3/4" IS Star Wars, complete with vehicles, beasts, and ideally playsets, and I'm happy getting both right now. I don't have the hatred for 5 POA that some do, although I wish there was more of a middle ground with both articulation and price. Regardless, we really had a golden run of stuff there through lines like TAC or TVC, that covered most of OT/PT wants. It is a new era of collecting now, apparently.

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1. Lando Calrissian (Bespin)
2. Han Solo (Bespin)
3. 4-LOM
4. Zuckuss
5. Dengar
6. Emperor's Royal Guard
7. Jawas
8. Gamorrean Guard
9. Hammerhead
10. Maz Kanata

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Another nice set, and it would be nice if that melted Vader helmet was included in the eventual regular release - but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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That looks really nice, glad to see we are getting the ANH Obi. I'd like to get this set, because the little accessories look neat - but I haven't been able to get a Star Wars exclusive after the show for years. Seems like this should be released to retail down the road though, so that's good.

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Modern Classifieds / WTB: Loose Rey Figures
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:08 PM »
I mentioned it in the Takodana Encounter thread, but if anyone is looking to unload the Rey figure from that set, please let me know. Our daughter is having a Star Wars birthday next month, and we were looking to pack a Rey figure in each of the gift bags for her friends if we were able to get some picked up in time. I've already had a couple of helpers here (thanks Rob and Diddly!), which has been amazing. Thanks so much.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Does anyone here know of anywhere you can get a reprint of the old Kenner "Happy Birthday Star Wars" poster with the original figures surrounding the cake? I always loved that poster, and I was curious if there was a way to get a version of it affordable. I know the originals are crazy high on eBay, but I don't mind a reprint. Anyone have one of these or know of where they might be available?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: June 14, 2016, 02:44 PM »
So sorry to hear about your loss Rob, and we'll keep you in our prayers as well Matt. We lost our dog of fourteen and a half years, two years ago this summer, and it is still difficult. We had a cancer situation as well, which makes it tough when you are considering their quality of life and everything. Thinking of both of you.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Encounter Battle Pack
« on: June 4, 2016, 10:43 PM »
If anyone out there is picking up this set and doesn't have any use for the Rey repack, please let me know. Our daughter wants a Rey/Star Wars themed birthday next month, and we were hoping to put a Rey in each little gift bag for her friends if we could pick them up on the cheap. If anyone has any they are looking to unload, please just let me know.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: May 27, 2016, 09:55 AM »
As far as Marvel's situation, they haven't ever really done a "reboot".

That's completely inaccurate.  At the beginning of Secret Wars last year, the Marvel Multiverse was destroyed.  Dr. Doom cobbled together a kingdom, saving (or recreating) everyone he could.  A handful of heroes who survived the destruction in lifeboats orchestrated a civil war against Doom and won.  In the end, the new unified universe was created by Franklin Richards.  It combined elements of the traditional Marvel universe, Ultimate universe, and the cinematic universe.

It was a full-scale reboot.

You are absolutely right, there was a lot of condensing of universes and definitely a fresh start again, I guess it comes down to what you consider a reboot. Comic book stuff is always murky in that way to me. I look at something like DC's New 52, where not only was every comic restarted with #1 issues but the previous history was essentially erased or rewritten as well. Batman had only been operating for 5 years, but still had all the Robins at some point. The Justice League hadn't gotten together yet, and when they did assemble Cyborg was a founding member and Martian Manhunter wasn't anywhere to be found. Wally West completely disappeared, then came back as essentially a different character...there wasn't a JSA, etc. there are lots of examples, but they essentially took the approach of "this is the first time any of this happened, or any of them met, etc.". They even went back and did a "Zero Year" storyline with Batman.

The Marvel stuff is a little bit different. Yes, they consolidated the Ultimate Universe with the 616 (and others), essentially plucking their favorite stuff or versions from throughout worlds or storylines (Miles Morales, Old Man Logan, etc., but the overall Marvel history was still in tact and generally the same. The characters still know each other, have extensive histories (as in they didn't just start being heroes and didn't just form teams), and the stuff that happened before still exists. The various Marvel comics still reference things that happened prior to Secret Wars, or even the Secret War itself in some cases. A fresh start for sure, but not necessarily a total reboot to me. Again, it's all in how you look at a reboot I guess. Like back when Marvel started up the now gone Ultimate Universe, if they would have quit publishing the regular 616 books and just stuck with the Ultimate U as the Marvel Universe, that is a hard reboot to me. The characters initially are based off of classic versions in most cases, but the stories became very different.

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