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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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Revenge of the Sith / Re: KB 9-pack Exclusive w/ Silver Vader
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:12 AM »
And they better NOT even think about mixing up those two colors within the various sets...  >:(

Yeah - Matt - I had you in mind too when I was typing out of disgust the possibility of there being TWO versions of this set with the two different guards. The only redeeming feature is in the packaging itself. If you keep going through the GH pics, you'll see there's a shot of the back of the box and the picture for the Royal Guard clearly shows ONLY the Blue version unlike the picture used for the insert of figure #23 - which has both the Red and Blue versions of the character pictured.

So hopefully I'll only have to get one of this $50 turd - I would like to have a second one just to have the THIRD Silver Vader opened as well as MIB, but that's a tad bit pricey. I'll wait til my local KB has it clearanced down to $10 and then I'll buy it!  ;D

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Star Tours Wave 4
« on: July 14, 2005, 12:08 AM »
If anyone knows of an easy way to get these figures online or somewhere else I would appreciate it if you could let us know.

I need two each of these things and to pay inflated prices on eBay just kills me.

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do these figures have articulation?

The Boba Fett doesn't appear to - perhaps the shoulder joint will allow you to rotate his left arm - but without the gun positioned just so, the left arm looks pretty stupid.

Hey - does anyone think that this will be the replacement for Unleashed? A 3.75" scaled high-end die-cast figure line. They could still be two-packs (at an even higher price point).

Whatever this line is, it is destined to fail.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:55 PM »
Hasbro better show us some new stuff. Other wise this line is going to seriously need some POTJ-esq damage control.

It's going to need more than that - the POTJ line was in response to retailers becoming gun-shy regarding ordering TPM product and some even saying "Hey, where's toys based on the original trilogy?"

The end of the line for TPM wasn't bad at all in terms of reduced quality of figures - it suffered mainly due to lack of retail availability. Look at figures like Swimming Jar Jar, Sio Bibble, the second Naboo Soldier/Guard and Holo Sidious - all good figures in their own rights for the time, yet they were next to impossible to find. The POTJ line merely upped the anty on how good the figures COULD be and presented a line that represented EPs 1, 4, 5 & 6 with a nice mix of figures.

Perhaps the really good stuff will come when we see the figures that will be in the returning OTC style packaging. These 12/15 repaint figures are just to lengthen the stay of the ROTS at retail and this was a cheap way for Hasbro to pump out more ROTS product w/o developing "new" molds 'cause they've already moved on to what's new for 2006.

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So is the 12" line going to reboot or is Sideshow going to pick up where Hasbro left off? There's still plenty of possibilities without re-making a lot of the 12" figures already out there.

From reading the release it looks like Sideshow Toys is indeed partnering with Hasbro in order to make the 12" line - so I wonder if Hasbro is going to be reselling the figures designed and manufactured by Sideshow toys or (and I'm praying to god here that it comes true) are we going to just be able to order our 12" SW figures directly from Sideshow's website? Please oh please let that be a possibility!

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Thanks for the merger Jesse. The Boba Fett doesn't even look good IMHO - check this pic out:

GH Forged Fett #2

To me a line like this is starting to get into the realm of competing against the Bust Ups and other Gentle Giant product. Hasbro should stick to TOYS not try to compete against other license holders.

I mean look at the latest development on the 12" front - Sideshow is taking over the scale - they probably had to pay Hasbro for the rights to do it too - while I'm not thrilled at a 12" line "reboot" - I'm positive Sideshow will product a higher quality (at albeit a higher price) than Hasbro EVER did.

Why can't Hasbro focus their attention to the lines they were GOOD at? Stop developing new lines and focus on your core line of 3.75" action figures!!!!!

(edit: pic changed to a link just a bit too big - sorry.  Jeff)

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Welcome to the new _____ forum!
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:21 PM »
My vote is either TSC for "The Saga Collection" or SAGA2 sorta like POTF2.

What is gaining momentum in my eyes however is that "The What-da-F? Collection"

 ;D

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: July 13, 2005, 11:19 PM »
Honestly, I think that Hasbro is purposely sabotaging the line so they can quit making the toys that probably get them more ill will from collectors in this day and age than any of their other lines.  I'm beginning to believe that the only reason that they renewed the license for so many years is not because they wanted to keep making toys themselves, but to KEEP SOMEONE ELSE FROM MAKING MONEY.  I think they renewed the license out of spite.

The last 12 figures of the ROTS are all repaints, and several of those are completely unnecessary (Wookiees and Neimoidians, I'm looking right at you), and the figures that everyone was anticipating (Cody and other Padmes) are nowhere to be found.  With the glut of Wookiees, Neimoidians, and Clone Pilots on the shelves, Hasbro SHIPS MORE.  Retail is not going to like this one bit, and with WM already pissed off about the EB fiasco, that's nail number one.

The Unleashed line, which has turned into Hasbro's second most popular line and undoubtedly the best "comeback" story of any SW line done, is suddenly cancelled out of thin air so Hasbro can "reboot" in a new scale that they already have at least three other lines in the same scale to compete with. 

There is NOT A SINGLE ORIGINAL SCULPT amongst anything we have seen thus far.  Meaning Hasbro had this planned out at least a year in advance (remember how they kept saying that they were busy all last year developing ROTS stuff?) and kept it under wraps that they were essentially going to try and bury the line with endless rehashes.

It's just plainly obvious to me that Hasbro doesn't give a flying **** about the line at this point and is doing everything in the world that they can do to intentionally sabotage its performance at retail, so they can quit making them altogether.  And like clockwork, they'll blame retailers and collectors for the line failing, never admitting that it was their fault that they repainted and reshipped that goddamned Neimoidian Warrior.

**** Hasbro. 

I just said the same thing over in the ROTS forum - to me it is obvious that Hasbro doesn't really want this line - it's like the GI Joe guy who moved over to running the SW line (a) isn't a fan and (b) wants to see the line killed so he can move on to something else. The same thing happened at Playmates too - the original guy who had been running the line for four or five years was replaced by a new guy who thought all of the scale changes was the way to go.

Doesn't anyone in the toy industry follow what happened to other toy lines in the past or do they produce product in a bubble with blinders on?

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