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Dude, I still go into Toys R Us when I know for a fact there will be nothing to buy.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think this thing is very weak?  The colors are off, the belt bags are huge and look like they are brand new.  The belt looks like it just goes straight across...even the vintage figure had the belt at a slight angle that gives the character some swagger.  I just think it's terribly dull, and not very accurate.  I can't believe that they didn't nail Fett 100% as it seems it would be one of the top 5 purchases for most adult fans.

This figure seriously has me reconsidering collecting this line.

I get the impression that Disney will almost ignore the prequels.  They want to recapture the "magic" of the OT.  Granted, that's impossible, but they can dream can't they.  I mean, I always wanted to see a SW film directed by Spileberg, and since Abrams has no style of his own, and simply want to be SS, I'll get my wish.

I guess the danger of a new film is that there will only be time for top-tier, main characters.  With such a short window before the next film arrives, Hasbro might not have time to go deep with selection.

On the other hand, maybe they will just do one big release when the film hits (May) and one more round in the Fall for the holidays.  It would make for easy shopping.

From a rough count, I believe that there were over 70 basic figures in 2005.

You know what?  If it's a new dude then I don't care who it is, I want him.  Yeah, there's 100 figures I'd rather have first, but it beats another Vader or Obi-Wan.

Practiced optimism my dear freinds!

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / TWO LEFT HANDS!
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:05 PM »
Wow.  I have never had this happen before.  I just opened my realistic Clone Wars Obi-Wan and found out he had two left hands.  Has this happened to anyone else?  I have maybe 500 figures with wrist joints, the fact that this has never happened before is pretty amazing.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 2
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:05 AM »
I'm shocked no Vader in Series 1...  not sure how you kick it off without him.  Goes against everything I ever learned about this hobby.

I agree.  And everything that Hasbro talks about featuring "iconic" characters.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:33 AM »
It always amuses me when people say a gun fight isn't realistic.  If you haven't been in one, how can you know what goes through one's mind under such duress?

Anyway, I like this show a lot, but I really don't see it going anywhere...the group finds a nice place...things get normal...zombies overrun meets other group...initial distrust and tension...eventually they get along...the group finds a nice place...zombies overrun place.

Yeah, it is somewhat logical, but it makes fro dull fiction in the long run.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:50 AM »
Steve!  Thanks for doing this, and including all of my Qs.  Great job.

I feel the way I did last summer when we saw this stuff at Comic Con...

They look fine, but...there's noting "new" there.  Right now, I'll decide on these when I see them in the stores.

Yeah, they are kind of dull...a few tweaks could have made the quite special.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Scale Vehicles, A Fool's Dream?
« on: February 8, 2013, 12:20 PM »
As someone pointed out, if it's been done at the 12 inch scale, 6 seems more than likely.  Speeder Bikes, Tauntaun, Dewback, Jabba.  Who knows.  I would be happier if the went the Sideshow route and offered environments.

Jesse, I'm at a point where I will pick and choose and well.  And for many, many years, I bought EVERYTHING!

I think the big issue really is character choice.  I feel that I already have great sculpts of most characters.  That being said, I can think of dozens from the films that I would still like to see in plastic.  Many more if they folded Clone Wars realistic figures into the line.  Rako Hardeen?  Oh yeah!

I think I had said this before, but if Hasbro called it quits on the 3.75 today, I'd be happy. Looked at all together, the collection has to be the most intricate and detailed versions of a fictional world ever produced in toy form.  Nothing else comes close.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: February 8, 2013, 09:31 AM »
Methinks Hasbro needs a new PR dept.  :P

Figures aren't big business right now, and they are going to promote what's selling well, and what's hot.  It's a business.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: February 6, 2013, 10:40 AM »

Read the rest of what I wrote.  I'm saying that if their estimates show not enough volume/profit coming from a collector focused 4" line, then their research or decision criteria is likely flawed. 

Clearly if there isn't enough profit coming in, a company needs to stop production OR revisit the way they're going to market

JMan, I meant no disrespect before.  However, you're assuming that they don't see a profit because their "research is flawed."  Perhaps THEY are not the problem and WE are.

Look at it this way.  Let's say there are about 100 very active members on this site.  People who post at least once a week. And perhaps there's maybe 10 big SW 3.75 action figure collecting sites with the same sort of activity.  That's only abut 1000 hard core fans.  So maybe that's low, just to spitball, I'll say there are 5000 hardcore Hasbro Figure collecting fans.  Hasbro announces a new figure...some people won't buy it because they don't buy aliens, or only buy imperials, or only buy OT, or have a version already. So out of that 5000, let's say 500 aren't going to buy it.  That 4,500 people who want this figure.  Let's add in a few thousand causal collectors and kids who might want this, and collectors who want two.  Maybe, maybe, 10,000 people want this figure.  That's a tiny, tiny number for Hasbro.  They won't, and can't make money that way.  Like I said in my original statement, if Hasbro could make money off of obscure collector friendly characters, they would.  It's that simple.

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