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Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 09:34 PM »
So were the Hera A-Wing and new Rey Comic Con Exclusives or were they just being shown for the first time at Comic Con?

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:27 PM »
Fine by me, I'm just blown away that Luke Skywalker wasn't one of the first characters they released in the follow up waves once people had a chance to see the movie.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 24, 2016, 01:12 PM »
Anyone see Beyond? I'm on the fence and my roommate says it's alright but isn't worth seeing.

I thought the trailer was underwhelming, but I really enjoyed the movie.  I'm also not a Star Trek purist and I wasn't ever that into it growing up, but it felt more like an episode on a huge scale and I thought it was well done and enjoyable.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 03:48 PM »
Anything in the traditional scale or was it almost all 6"?

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:03 PM »

Just like Jocasta Nu.  That is the nature of the small market exclusive.

Yes, TEN years ago we got two 5-droid packs for $60ish..  But guess what - still worked out to the same as a basic figure at the time, $6 each. Just sucks that a 'basic figure' has to be $13 these days.

I get the defense of the pricing and what they are, but I'd argue that basic figures right now are $7.99, not $13.  I'd expect some level of mark up since they're exclusive, and some level of savings because they're made almost entirely out of existing sculpts and tools. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: July 22, 2016, 11:56 AM »
Technically there is, but yeah - I'd agree.  Her general's outfit would be the one I'd have expected them to do... can't believe there wasn't even like a Han / Luke / Leia 3-Pack or some other such nonsense to play up the returning heroes.  Hell, even a 6-pack with them and then Chewbacca, R2, and Threepio.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:52 PM »
I mean, I know it's not the two year old one, it just reminds me of it in terms of style and overall appearance.

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.

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.

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