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The Legacy Collection / Re: Funeral Pyre Vader w/ Luke
« on: July 29, 2009, 12:01 AM »
The Phase 1 Darktrooper?  A figure from a DOS game?  Hardly what I'd call up and coming media to base it off of.  I see no reason a Vlix won't happen, based on that kind of figure alone.

That's funny, I don't see "main line" or "exclusive" anywhere in what I said.  Looks like you saw what you wanted to see.   (No worries, I've done the same.)

In the sentence that follows you speak directly to "other" exclusives, so it can be inferred that the Pyre set was included in the "other" classification.

A 95% positive forum approval can still be a false positive-- who wouldn't say yes if Hasbro said "we're totally going to make the Lars Homestead for $60, who wants it?"

Here we are being given the chance to see the potential product before plans to bring it to market have been settled. With the Lars set is was more like 'here you go, buy this ****".

That's pretty much exactly my point-- this is an item with a smaller appeal.  Have you seen the shrinking edition sizes on Gentle Giant and Sideshow items, and the massive drop-off in interest which caused them?

Probably due to the marked increase in prices more than collector interest.

Doesn't pricing directly influence the collector interest? I've not purchased the Lars Homestead set - even though I'd really like to have it, I can't justify the $50 (now $40 thanks to clearance) price tag for an item that is essentially $25-$30 worth of toys. Now this Funeral Pyre set looks very interesting to me and I agree with Jesse that it would make a neat centerpiece to an Endor display, but ithis too is maybe at most a $25-$30 item. If it goes beyond that price I'll definitely pass on it and it sounds like many people here would as well. So the price is clearly determining whether or not people will buy the item even if they are thrilled to see the item get developed in the first place.

I also think, along the idea that Adam posted, that this item would better be suited to sell at a $30+ price point if there was some sort of promotion behind it such as an anniversary for ROTJ (last year's 25th anniversary would have been perfect) or some arbitrary 2000th, 2500th, 3000th, etc, figure. As this doesn't have the mainline appeal to get interest from all the brick and mortars, I see this being an exclusive as others have mentioned, in which case Hasbro would make it in their best interest to have a good control of how many units are produced so that this not meet the fate of other interesting collector only exclusives such as the Lars Homestead, Disturbance in the Force, etc...

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: July 28, 2009, 02:20 PM »
Another annoying thing, the Corran uses the Luke X-wing body, complete with lightsaber.  >:(

The use of the Luke X-Wing body is actually pretty accurate - Luke and Corran are described to be roughly the same height, so using the shorter body for Corran is not an issue to me. My biggest problem with the figure is that Hasbro chose not to color the uniform green as depicted in the comics and described in the novels.

Why is it an issue for Corran to have the same hilt as Luke?  The Luke saber is from ANH & ESB, right?  The one that was Anakin's, right?  Corran was also a Jedi, in one of the books he found what was his grandfather's (IIRC) saber in a jedi museum, or was it some sort of trophy room that Palpatine had...  In any case, Corran's saber could have been a similar vintage to Luke's so its no inconceivable that they would have similar designs, is it?  Now that's an long justification, for sure, but I can't recall too many visuals of Corran and his saber, so I'm willing to give Hasbro a pass on that.

The cover of I, Jedi does show that Corran (in disguise as Keiran Halcyon) does have a different lightsaber hilt compared to Luke/Anakin. However, I don't think it's a big deal here that he got the wrong saber since we can always give him another saber from our many spares (assuming you're like me and have a ton of extra sabers). Most likely the factory is the cause of the wrong saber as they probably just threw it in when they put together the order to produce the figure since the saber hilt comes with Luke X-Wing body - this could have been done regardless if Hasbro designed a new saber or perhaps had not even indicated a saber should be included. That would be interesting to hear on Hasbro's part...

Oh yeah almost forgot to mention, the price for these sets sucks! Like everyone else has stated the inflation on the costs of these 2 packs is absurd compared to previous years regardless if the per/figure cost breaks down to current retail. When compared to other existing 2-packs, namely the comic packs, we're still being asked to pay $4-5 more than we should be. I'll still be buying 2 Corran Horn sets, though the rest of the sets aren't happening even though I'd love to build the Darktrooper.

The Legacy Collection / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2009
« on: July 27, 2009, 06:27 PM »

I'll be honest though, looking at Scott's list he copied, it's sad that all that stuff is even remotely being swirled around as "rumor".  I remember a time when ACTUAL rumors got out in very sparse numbers in a year, and lists never got that big.  It's sad really, as it's used to somehow entertain the less informed and keep them hooked.  I'm always up for seeing rumor lists, but this year it really seemed to spiral out of control, and it's just turned into obvious wishing by a lot of these "sources", who haven't earned any credibility I can see.

And therein lies the problem when you have dozens of people who think their **** don't stink because that one time their guess became reality, when all they did was throw the proverbial dart at the board and hit something that was obvious. The rumor mill nowaday is mostly full of ****, not even fun to look at any more. Once in a while something interesting will pop up and half the internets will claim they knew about it first while the other half claims it's bull****. And unlike most things in life, the truth usually isn't somewhere in the middle...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 25, 2009, 08:08 PM »
If I only knew!   ;)

That would have been the smart thing, but I'm happy.

and that's the most important thing - the set looks beautiful, kudos on a great score!

From the G4 blog:

5:56 Stephen Johnson:  The next Star Wars Celebration will be held in.... 
5:57 Stephen Johnson:  oops. there is no exact time or place, but Star Wars Celebration 5 will be held next summer.

Yeah, that narrowed it down. Summer in the US is like what, Memorial Day weekend to the Labor Day weekend? (May-September).

How in Sam's hell can you make an announcement on CV if you don't have a place or date yet. Nice blunder!   ::)

Perhaps Hasbro jumping the gun forced LFL to make the announcement that it would be happening but couldn't go into detail for contractual reasons such as the paperwork not being set in stone, an agreed upon method for making the announcement (G4 is showing the spectacular tomorrow, perhaps the details are to come there in added bit), or maybe the Lucas gang just likes ******* with us.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: July 24, 2009, 08:56 PM »
Ooohh... looks like a Walmart exclusive Dllr Npe & Plourr Ilo comic pack is coming this Fall!  I loves me some more Rogue Squadron Comic Packs!  :)

Yeah, once again WM's packs are actually the most interesting ones.  Go figure. :)  They could give me different pilot headsculpts till the cows come home and I'd buy them.

And here I was all ready to contemplate making a Plourr, big ups to Walmart for getting us another cool Rogue pack. Most of these comic packs look great, the clone sets though are such a big snooze to me, they would be considered a waste if it were not for the fact that Hasbro includes these in the assortments so they can bring the goodness to other sets like the Ulic Qel-Droma/Exar Kun set.

Now all we need is a Dark Trooper phase II.

Isn't that the BAD for the Wal-Mart Exclusive Droid Factory sets? Or is that a different Dark Trooper?

This wave looks completely awesome - the details shown in the pics are outstanding and I'm excited to see Jacen and Jaina for the first time in plastic form. What's up with the slutty Shaak Ti? Is that how she appeared in the game? Why did Hasbro go with a resculpt of the Spacetrooper, I'd be curious to know what led to that decision. And a big yay to seeing BG-J38, I've been wanting that droid since I saw him in an ROTJ Coloring book (Luke on cover) back in 1983.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Target Geonosis Arena 2-Packs
« on: July 24, 2009, 08:48 PM »
I don't know, the right leg looks warped to me from the knee joint up. A look at the slide presentation on also shows the BD to have a warped leg. Maybe it's just the prototypes they're using for the photography and display, hopefully the production item is a far better quality than it appears to me at this time. I want this to be a sturdy and quality Battle Droid, but we've been burned so many times in the last 7 years that the cynic in me doesn't see the hope that you do JJ.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Target Geonosis Arena 2-Packs
« on: July 24, 2009, 06:04 PM »

there's only one set that looks like I'd want to army build - the Battle Droid set.

Hasbro said that the new BD sculpt there will definitely be carried forward - you can expect to see it again in many colors/deco in future box sets/cards/etc.

I'm conflicted about this. While it's a nice upgrade, Hasbro can do better. All they did was add ball joints to the shoulders and hips.

In addition to the shoulders and hips they put joints in the ankle, as well as bringing together many features from many different figures. (articulated arms, knees, retracting head, etc.) I will say that the apparent lack of a two handed grip is a letdown. IG-88 proves that Hasbro can make droids with thin limbs SA. It's not a deal breaker, as I think the CW Battle Droid is fine, but it sure isn't great either.

My concern for these Battle Droids would be that it appears they're still using thinner plastic for the limbs which will lead to the eventual warping, especially at the knee/elbow joints. Regardless of extra articulation as it stands now, I don't see how these BD's are any better than the ones we've received in the last 7 years.

If in Hasbro's own displays the Battle Droid is bent backwards due to warping, this pretty much shows that the plastic is going to suck. I'll be sticking with the Episode 1 Battle Droids.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Willrow Hood
« on: July 24, 2009, 01:41 PM »
Congrats Scott on getting your vision realized. My question for you though is, will you give Willrow a ice cream scoop to hold in his right hand? :)

Almost there, just need the location & then let the games begin.  ;D   8)

One word: Chicago!


The Legacy Collection / Re: Resurgence of the Jedi Battle Pack
« on: July 23, 2009, 02:15 PM »
So what could possibly be the ultimate ANH Luke is going to be released first in a battle pack? Really? This should be in the TLC ANH Wave AND Saga Legends. I know many of us our still burnt out on Tatooine Lukes from the 90's, but I so want this figure!

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Wave 9 - Return of the Jedi
« on: July 23, 2009, 02:06 PM »
Did he even fly a B-wing in the movies?

I believe he is seen in the Rebel Briefing scene as wearing the B-Wing Pilot gear

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Dewback w/Sandtrooper
« on: July 22, 2009, 05:36 PM »
Good shot of the Dewback from Comic-Con...

Looks impressive, a whole new sculpt, surprised Hasbro would do that.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 17, 2009, 11:57 PM »
Update: it came today, and the boil and pop worked perfectly. I boiled one for about 15 minutes and the arm slid right out and into the old one. I think boiling it for an extra long time helped out - if anyone ever tries this, go carefully, but it is possible. I have seen the promiseland.

awesome, glad to hear it worked - let's see that bad boy now!  ;D

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