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Yeah - the idea of having multiple action figure lines at the same price point is something Hasbro wants to avoid.

I think that once we're done with the ROTS Deluxe Figures, the Force Battlers (at least for a time) will be the defacto $9.99 price point item. With the new Forged figures being the $15.99 price point item.

They probably were told by the retail chains that they would support only one line at the $15.99 price point and since the 3.75" moves well, they probably figure that will help move this line moreso than the 7" Unleashed figures.

They are probably mostly right too - many collectors stick to the mantra "3.75 inch figures only" and while these "forged" figures aren't made of plastic they still fall under that magic scale. I know that personally, like the 3.75" lemming that I am, while I don't collect the rest of the Titanium line, I will be collecting these Titanium Forged figures as long as they are released in the 3.75" scale. If they dropped the scale down to 2", I'd pass, if they raised the scale to 7" (and of course raise the price point), I'd pass. So some decisions that have been made with the line do have logical reasoning behind them, however, why the line was developed in the first place is what bothers me.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 14, 2005, 01:40 PM »
Yeah - that's what I thought it said too - but I wasn't sure.

Interesting thing is that all of my local KMarts have MADE shelf space for the Evolutions and Battlepack sets even though there's no product to fill them. So they are obviously behind the product line.

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To be honest, I can't see Sideshow starting out of the gate with a Tatooine Luke.

While there may be a Darth Vader, Stormtrooper and either a Boba or Jango Fett - just coming out with nice versions of 12" ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan would be welcome IMHO.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Figure Fun Facts!
« on: July 14, 2005, 01:00 PM »
Here's a fun fact:

Following the upcoming release of the final figure from the ROTS line (#56), Hasbro's 4" Star Wars figure line will consist 100% of nothing be rehashes.  That's 0% all-new product for the mathematically challenged out there...

Here's another fun fact:  Hasbro sucks.

Here's another fun fact: Matt will be ripping an unsuspecting Hasbro rep a new one during the panel discussion in about 24 hours!

Here are some more "fun" facts:

1) Hasbro has cancelled the Unleashed line!
2) Hasbro has cancelled the Force Battler line! (getting a jump on having to make another post in October)
3) Hasbro has decided not to move forward with the "Titanium Forged" Figure/Statue line due to no retailer interest (another fact for the future, let's say Feb 2006 when this line doesn't even exist by the time Toy Fair rolls around)

 ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:54 PM »
Good eye there! The Chewie in the OT set is indeed the ROTS version of the Character.

Also - I was looking at the pics over on Rebelscum and it appears that the Jedi Temple Raid pack is an exclusive but I can't tell to whom. The last line of the card reads "Avail: NOW  Exclusive: ????" and I can't read what retailer is listed after "Exclusive:"

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Final 12
« on: July 14, 2005, 07:22 AM »
Remember the scene in a Jedi conference room midway through the film, which Cody interrupts to report that Obi-Wan has engaged Grievous, and the Jedi then discuss their plan of action vis a vis Palpatine?

EDIT P.S.: Earlier somebody mentioned (maybe JediMAC, I'm too tired and lazy to go back and look) the idiocy of the seeming randomness on the numbering. Why do THESE repaints get new numbers, while the recently announced clone repaints do NOT? Just makes it so much more diffcult to keep track of. In my book, they should all get new numbers.

Yeah - I remember the scene - it was supposed to be longer than what we saw even - Aayla was supposed to have one or two quick lines so I guess it's okay - I would just rather have holograms so I could re-create a ROTS Council Scene.

I think that was me commenting on why the Red ShockTrooper Repaint, the Green Clone Commander and the Black ClonePilot all have their original numbers, yet these 12, since Hasbro is heralding them as the next 12 figures in the line, I don't understand why figures like the Commander Gree, 501st Legion Trooper, Nemoidian Warrior, Wookie Warriors, astromechand hologram Jedi are all getting new figure numbers. They should just be variants of the already released figure, 'cause that's all they are.

So either give every variant a new number or stick with what they've been doing and having the Royal Guard Red/Blue variants be one number, the Tan/Brown Wookie Warrior are one number, etc...

You know something just occurred to me - they DIDN'T give the Royal Guard variants their own individual numbers, yet they're going to give a repainted Wookie Warrior a NEW Number?!?!?!?! To quote C-3PO, "This is madness!"

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According to the Sideshow Toys 12" figure line press release, DePriest is the head of the Star Wars brand at Hasbro.

He probably doesn't show his face at events like SDCC anyway. So we'd just end up maiming some of his lackeys.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:55 AM »
I definitely understand your take on it Jeff - you're right we did get that Holo Emperor from StarWarsShop just last year. That figure though, I kinda view as a celebration of GL changing monkey-eye-old-woman-face Emperor for the guy who played Palpatine in four other movies - definitely a welcome change IMHO.

I view this figure in the same context as as the Holo Yoda - a nice way to add some variety to a diorama - like for example, you could use this figure in a diorama that shows Bly gunning down Aayla Secura or in a diorama that shows Bacarra gunning down Ki-Adi Mundi.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:34 AM »
I actually like this figure too - if they do finally decide to make a Commander Cody figure - I still think one of his accessories should be a mini holo-projector with a mini holo Emperor Palpatine, but that's just me.

With the number of times he appeared as a hologram, this is a no brainer.

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People hate the statue 3.75 figures already, what's making them out of metal going to do for us?  Give us something with substantial weight to throw at people?

What a GREAT idea!

Ok - I propose a JediDefender field trip for EVERYONE here to attend SDCC 2006 - we'll all get a Titanium Forged *snicker* Boba Fett and then when the Hasbro team starts their panel on stage, we'll all throw them at them!

Sounds like fun to me!

Might ACTUALLY get the point across if we hit that Derryl DePriest guy in the head enough times!  ;D

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:28 AM »
Hey Nathan - believe me, I'm in this for the long haul all the way until 2018 if need be. So I don't want to see Hasbro run the line into the ground at all....

I'm just seeing too many parallels between how the final years of the Playmates Star Trek line and how the SW line is being handled.

If anyone recalls, the end of the Playmates Trek line was heralded by a series of exclusives - and where were these exclusives? At Target stores of course!

Thankfully, TRU still seems to be onboard with the Battlepacks and things like the second Obi-Wan Starfighter so hopefully things aren't down for the count just yet.

Also if the rumors of newly sculpted Bib Fortuna, Leia in Boushh disguise and Han Solo thawing from the carbonite are true - that's going to make for a GREAT wave - almost like a 2/3 year gap follow-on to the Saga Jabba Waves that were also really good (IMHO).

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Millennium Falcon In ROTS Packaging?
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:22 AM »
Actually if you take a really good look at the packaging, while the Star Wars logo is in the same color as the ROTS stuff, the packaging front doesn't really have the Lava Artwork that's prevelent on all of the ROTS vehicles. In fact the "shown in fantasy situation" artwork on the front shows the MF evading TIE Fighters in orbit of the Death Star.

I guess that's more exciting than "Here's the MF parked at a docking station, motionless with the landing gear down, and HEY it's a scene from ROTS!" Doesn't have the same ring huh?

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A while back I reported that the local Hasbro rep told me that Target exclusive figures at the $12.99 price point was on the Target SW planograms all the way until the fall.

This explains why that's the case - these figures will be $12.99 each, packed in the clamshells and since they aren't really army builders, will HOPEFULLY be easy to acquire.

Jeff needs to get hopping and get us some new DPCI numbers for Target - we need these figures and the Plo Koon starfighter!  ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Secret Figures!?
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:15 AM »
The whole idea of there being "Secret" figures is amusing to me. Why make something like a LOGICAL repaint (Shociktrooper) a "secret"? It's almost like we're kids and Hasbro is the scummy perve who hangs around the playground and tells the kids "Hey, I have a secret in my pants, why don't you reach in and grab it" - it might be something good - but chances are it's not.  ;)

Now - before anyone writes "where the hell did that come from?" - just thought I'd let everyone know that even I don't know where that came from - my mind is fried it's 12:15 AM locally and I'm still ranting about these pitiful excuses for "new" figures.

Hah!

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