« on: December 5, 2012, 08:14 PM »
I've seen these on the secondary market in some stores here in Pgh. for anywhere from $14.99 up to $39.99ea, Republic Trooper and Royal Guard on the high end followed by Asohka, Lumat and the OT figs.
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Not a sale per se, but I have it from a friend who runs a 5 Below that she got an email regarding the "new" (new for that store) Vintage Figures.
She told me they got word that there was to be a Star Wars wheel barrow display going up in the near future at the front of the store, similar to last year. She wouldn't commit to saying it would have new product, but she got word from higher up to do the display after Halloween's display comes down or something along those lines, and she said usually that means new cases of stuff.
She said they don't always know what's coming, but usually those displays get new items. It's probably what's been found (AOTC Clone, AT-RT Driver, any remaining AOTC wave stuff too), but she said she's sure her higher-ups were really pleased with sales of figures last year. They were floored, actually, and she said they're "aggressively" trying for more because it was a bit of an experiment that went smashingly.
I started listening to the SWAN podcast discussing all this, and one of their contributors sat in on the conference call with Disney announcing all of this yesterday. Apparently, this has been "in the works" (meaning Disney buying Lucasfilm) for over a year now, so they really have done a nice job keeping things secret.
I have to say, not that I wasn't still reading/collecting/coming to the forums, but this news has reinvigorated my SW fandom. I was still loving the collecting - and the movies - but just having new movies to look forward to is really cool. It might be great, or it might be horrible, but at least it will be fun to talk about. Like Jeff/Scott/others have mentioned, having kids makes it all the more exciting. We have a daughter, but she's always been way into SW as well, and it will be fun to go through these years of anticipation and experience the new movies together. I'm in the same boat as many here where I vastly prefer the OT, but I still remember what a fun time it was in the waits between the prequel movies - analyzing each little spy pic, leaked detail, etc. in the forums and trying to figure out what was coming next.
This will be so much different as we actually knew the end game for the PT, now it could be anything. I'm fine with them creating something new and not going off of previously written EU stuff. The Zahn trilogy aside, I could take or leave most of it, and haven't actually read a whole lot of it either. I respect those that really have an attachment to it, and understand why it might upset some if it gets "overwritten" like the CW has done - but really, the EU is so huge at this point, it really is impossible to not step on toes there.
I noticed on Mark Hamill's twitter that he posted a congratulations to George for the deal, and said he can't comment on Episode 7 until he gets all the facts. I wonder if they've had at least initial "hey, would you be interested?" discussions with him, or perhaps he is just playing it safe just in case. Either way, and exciting time for Star Wars, and I think that we needed it in some ways.
Hmmmm. My case is scheduled for delivery today. Hopefully it gets here before I take the kids out Trick or Treating. I would hate for some kid to see my package on my doorstep and think that it belonged to the "please take 1 only" bowl...
I think I'm in the same camp with Jesse, I'm not really excited about all of this and right now I'm leaning towards not really liking it.
I agree that we'll probably get all three of the OT movies in 3D in 2014, it would be the perfect lead for a new film in 2015 just like the SE version in 1997 were for the 1999 release of TPM.
I think that when it comes to sequels, I'd like to see Hamill come back as Luke in the Obi-Wan role, mentor, wise sage that helps set things in motion. But I don't really need Fisher or Ford unless they wanted to skip far enough ahead that the films could be about the Solo kids and Ben...which I'd be more than happy to watch.
I think the EU, as we know it, is gone. I could see them keeping some of the characters but use them in new roles in the films. I think the 6 Saga Films and probably the Clone Wars will be kept as continuity, since George had his hands directly on them, but the books, comics, etc? Gone.
I know a lot of people are attached to the EU, but I don't necessarily have a problem with it being wiped out. In general, the audience for new movies will be far greater than the audience for all the EU stuff. Losing the Thrawn trilogy would kind of suck, and I enjoyed Legacy, but I stopped reading the novels a long time ago because I didn't care for a lot of it....except the Republic Commando series, and that's already been wiped out.
Haven't been around the net much since the announcement, just looked up the factual press release stuff, but my Twitter account blew up like it never has before and I can just imagine what's going down on some of the otheR Sites right now...plus all the non-collecting fan blogs. I'm sure it's an equal mix of hope and "that mouse's dick is small but my ass still hurts."
I mentioned this over on the PSWCS list, but some of my concern is more selfish; I'm wondering if this new ownership will have any impact on fansites, fan clubs and groups like the 501st? I'm wondering if we'll be able to continue our medallions for charity or if I can do another giveaway at the next Celebration without being arrested. Should I expect a C&D? I don't know.