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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:46 AM »
Here's what I've been able to find so far in terms of Exclusives:

Invisible Predator with Green Blood:

Black and White Rocketeer:

Goonies Sloth with Superman Shirt:

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 27, 2014, 11:22 AM »
Maybe scree accurate was the wrong phrase...

More technically accurate?

I'm tempted...  I'm thinking I'll order one then cancel it or offer it up to someone else if I'm lucky enough to get one through HTS.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:45 PM »
So the SDCC base is that light green and the regular base will be charcoal, and neither will have much paint detail I'm assuming?  Pretty much a "molded color" look?

The eggs look sort of almost removable, but not quite.  Hmmm.  I'm tempted to order really, but I don't think I will.  I'm really bummed that those other space suited figures probably won't be available (at least not easily) in the near future.  I'd buy those in a heartbeat.

I can't say for sure, but I understand it the way you just described.  The lighter base was the SDCC exclusive and is technically more screen accurate.  The charcoal base is the one that you can preorder as long as you decide before the end of tomorrow, and is more 'how we remember it' than screen accurate.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:43 PM »
I'd like a chance to buy the red/blue space suited guys. :(

According to Brian, those will be future regular releases and those are just mock-ups with repainted Kane heads.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:43 PM »
Brian Flynn who owns Super 7 has been answering questions over at Rebelscum and has basically explained that the more tan base in the blue box is the comic con exclusive, the one that is up for preorder until tomorrow will be charcoal in color, in the black box.

They are doing hand cast resin unless they hit some magic number of pre-orders at which point it becomes more cost effective to go with injection molding.  Here's his exact post:

Injection molding is what you typically see with most plastic. You create a two/three part metal mold, shoot the plastic in at a high pressure (forcing all air bubbles, etc. out). The plastic is melted heading into the mold, and then cures and dries inside the mold so that it pops out in its final form. The metal molds to make the plastic are very expensive. A mold big enough to make this playset in one piece is somewhere between the size of your microwave and the inside of your oven. It is incredibly expensive to make because of the size of the material needed to withstand the pressure of injection molding. The plastic itself become relatively cheap, so, if you make tens of thpusands of units, you can amortize your mold costs into a small fee per piece of plastic injected. If you make a very low amount of pieces, the mold cost becomes a huge part of each per piece cost.

With resin, you can use a variety of temporary molds (most often silicone), which is much cheaper, but they break down very quickly, and are only good for a limited number of pulls. Additionally, resin takes quite a while to cure and dry (not all resins, but many.) There are a ton of different kinds of resin, and the one we are using feels the most like injection plastic that we could find. In the case of resin, the material cost is much higher, and the labor of making them is higher, as in this case, they can literally only make 8 playsets per day with cure time on the resin.

Resin typically is a bit more fragile, but the resin we are using has a bit of flex to it, so we should only have issues with dropping onto hard surfaces. Does this help?

So, we'll see. 

I bit the bullet and ordered one - I don't like the price tag, but I want it.

Also this image of some mock-ups for future Alien figures was posted (it shows the lighter color base for the 250 first-run in the blue box) :

These are apparently the figures that are in the blind-buy eggs:

Wow.  They're going to the Shadow scheme already?  It makes me think that they're tooling budget might be really stretched thin.  This set LOOKS cool, but the cynic in me sees this for what it is:  a repaint set that's being pitched as a cool army building exclusive.

Less than a year in and they've used the Sandtrooper sculpt FOUR times, The speeder bike twice, the Clone Trooper twice, and Fett twice.  They're clearly looking to squeeze as much margin out of this line as possible.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Tauntaun and Hoth Han
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:24 PM »
This doesn't look as good as the Luke to me... something about it looks... under-detailed?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Wampa and Hoth Luke
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:20 PM »
I'm surprised they're going so big with this line so quickly... I mean, there's only about 15 figures in existence but they've done Jabba, a Speeder Bike, and now these.

But hey... looks awesome.

Actually, 6" prices are going to go up a couple dollars in the next waves.

Someone else said that recently...  did I miss a memo?  Why does everyone think the price is going up?

If anything the price needs to go down a few dollars.  Neca makes a better product at a lower price point so far.

Meanwhile, every 6" figure other than Fett and the Stormtrooper has been available on Amazon for far less - the first wave was as low as $9.99 around the holidays.

At this very moment:
Luke is $13.49
Artoo is $15.79
Maul is $15.79
Han is $13.30
Obi-Wan is $13.49
Greedo is $12.51
Leia is $16.69

Most of those are Prime too.

They are literally going to sell tens of these.

I went ahead and preordered just in case.... if I find one in a store, I'll just cancel it.

Is that today or do the exclusives typically show up later or after the convention?  I didn't manage to get the Fett last time and can't remember when it briefly showed up.

Seriously?  I didn't find the Sandtrooper until like 6 weeks ago. 

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