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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.

Only compared to what we're used to.  You get a 6" black series figure for $6 more.  It's the same story all over the place though.  Prices are getting crazy and there doesn't seem to be much changing that.  Gentle Giant Mini-Busts cost 2.5x what they cost 5 years ago and about 50% more than they did just a year ago. 

5 POA was sold as a way to bring costs down and while they started at $5.99, they've been steadily increasing ever since to the point where $7.99 is a good deal on them and $8.99 or even $9.99 is common.

And it's not like Star Wars isn't as popular as ever - that new movie meant TONS of sales.  When Episode III came out prices went down from about $8 to $5 - but with this film we didn't see anything like that.  $13 might be in line with everything else today, but that doesn't make it a good or reasonable price.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 21, 2016, 12:26 PM »
Unmasked Kylo seems to be on display at CC, so hopefully that means he's still going to ship.

Another question and maybe they'll unveil something this weekend...

How is it possible that TFA came out 7 months ago and there is no freaking LUKE SKYWALKER figure?!

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?

5?  Unless you're counting wheels under each leg as a point of articulation?

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:55 AM »
Looks like the 5-POA one from two-ish years ago.

**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?

And that's exactly where I got the impression they'd be new figures, new sculpts... with Wal-Mart Black Series levels of articulation.  That and the Tatooine image, combined with the promise that it was 5 new figures, had me thinking cantina aliens, un-made vintage figures... something new. 

Until Jeff came along and hinted that we should temper our expectations, and then when they revealed what it was.  Ultimately I'm going to buy the set because I've basically collected them all and like to keep it that way, but maybe I'm more bummed out about it because I was hoping for a much more varied set and also because I never got into CW, so that's basically 2/3rds of the set that does nothing for me.   

I know it's been many years, but the last time EE did one of these sets we got 10 figure for $10 less than we're getting 6 for now. 


I'm surprised you guys are that into this.  Quite frankly I'm really disappointed.  I was hoping that this would be a way for Hasbro to keep getting new figures out and the '5 figures that hadn't been made' tease made me think it would be something really cool.

As it is, it's 5 repaints that technically become new characters, 4 of them from a cartoon that I couldn't care less about.  It should be a $50 or $60 set, not an $80 set.

If it's droids, they'd better be unique and new, not a bunch of repainted old sculpts.

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.

If it's a dud, it'll be just as easy to cancel the order as it was to create it.

Never before made characters with Black Series caliber articulation?

Yes please.

Down to $75 today.

If it hits $60, I'm in just for the hell of it.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 17, 2016, 11:01 PM »
Thanks for the tip!  I'll definitely keep an eye on that.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 17, 2016, 06:10 PM »
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.

The Stormtrooper Commander was the only one I saw at retail, at a TRU.  I haven't seen Rey and Han for less than $15.77 on Amazon, and I've been looking every day.  And the weird part is that those prices are to buy them directly from Amazon where before they'd always been on point with MSRP.

HTS has just said they're coming soon every time I look there, once a week or so, for the last few months.

Not sure if I should just overpay now or if there's a chance they're still on the way.  Maybe Comic Con will shed some light on what they're doing?

Sorry, just saw this... he definitely didn't come from Asia, I ended up with him as an extra.  My best guess is still that he came out of the MTT I bought on clearance at TJ Maxx, I just can't figure why he'd be in a baggie and not a tray.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 17, 2016, 02:55 PM »
So it's been months and I still never saw Ren with his hood down, Han, or Resistance Rey.  Rey and Han can be had for about $17 or $18 on Amazon, Ren seems to be more like $25 - I figure I could do a little better on eBay, but would prefer not to.

Have those come and gone or are we still expecting them?

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 17, 2016, 11:47 AM »
It's ok Rob...we still like you no matter what you think of us.   ;D

In all seriousness...I'm just happy to see more SA figures.  Hopefully, I'll be able to find them on a peg somewhere!

Of all the various Star Wars sites....I visit one.

The funny thing is that even for all the political nonsense over the years, I don't think there's anyone who frequents JD that I'm including in that.   :)

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