I don't know why we are comparing these to SA Black Series figures anyway.
Really the only reasons is because that's how EE promoted the set.
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Heavy paint apps, exclusive to a single online store.... Priced per figure same as WM TBS line... The price isn't that outrageous really.
I am fully expecting some sort of damage control response that cites some sort of feature that was on a Vintage Collection R2-D2 or R5-D4, like the extendable computer interface tool. But even with a feature like that, what sort of articulation does that mean on an astromech droid? Perhaps 8 POA?
**EDIT: It's right in the first post in this thread, "Figures include cool accessories and have the articulation you've come to love from The Vintage Collection and The Black Series." Not sure if the "articulation" comment was Adam's or someone else's but that's really misleading and inaccurate for this set. I can see why people are upset if that was communicated broadly.
Yeah that's pretty sleazy. Technically we've been getting SA Astromechs since the POTF2 line. Also the line about the characters "dating back through the history" of the OT or whatever where they built it up like it was going to be all OT era stuff.
I'm honestly still debating whether I want to cancel my set... I enjoy Astromechs, and these look cool (at least the OT ones) but for the value, the $80 stings. SA humans/humanoid figures, even some of those BAD protocol droid sculpts would have been cool, but this just feels like $80 for repaints of half-figures. Those used to provide funding for newer, better figures, but at this point it's like, what is this $80 going towards for the future of the line?
I saw that, too. The thing is, Adam has been making the rounds in the comments sections of several sites. And damn, is he stirring the pot! He admitted himself that "it's marketing". But he's getting people talking and placing orders without even having seen a single image of this new offering.
I've seen Rey get down to about $12 or $13 recently on Amazon. But the wave with unmasked Kylo Ren and the FO Stormtrooper Commander? I don't think I ever saw it at retail. I bought mine through Amazon or HTS when they were available at MSRP, and those went very quickly.