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Other Collectibles / Vintage SOFUBI R2-D2 and C-3PO
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:34 AM »
Medicom updates today with 2 more SOFUBI figures: R2 and C-3PO

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There's one for $100 on eBay. I.Don't.Think.So.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 3
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:25 AM »
Retailers may not have been overly receptive towards an 8 figure case, especially with how lightly they have been stocking recently.

I asked Hasbro about the 8 pc cases going forward and they said their wouldn't be any. Later in the day that asst. was canceled.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 3
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:21 PM »
6" Black Series Wave 5 Rev 1 Pre-Order at EE (8 figures, $159.99):
1x Chewbacca
2x Darth Vader
1x Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker
1x Sandtrooper
3x Boba Fett

This case asst. has been canceled :(

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Funny how this (and the Endor set) has a nice backdrop/environment scene, but Jabba and the speeder bike are floating in a black void.

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"They must really be desperate"

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Is it weird that no one bothered to ask Hasbro what kind of articulation Yoda had at TF?

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 01:50 PM »
More set pics, featuring an under construction Millenium Falcon.  I would guess that these might be from Pinewood in the UK.

Notice the redesigned/modified X-wing?  :o

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: June 3, 2014, 12:33 AM »
I love the McQuarrie nod in the main gate structure

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 3, 2014, 12:27 AM »
Thanks, I'm glad were on the same page.  ;)

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As for the Endor pack?  I think Adam is wrong on the Imperial Officer.  I think it's a straight-up reissue of the figure from the K-Mart exclusive 2-pack.

To clarify, I wasn't quoting Adam regarding the figure, I was quoting him on the phrase "different enough to make you mad".

On further review, it does look like the Kmart Officer. I hope so, because I'd really like to be able to skip this set.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 2, 2014, 10:03 PM »

I've revisited that FB post.  Since it was first posted it HAS been edited.  Perhaps someone else found it misleading, too.

Let's look at it purely from a story standpoint, first:  RS reported the news first based on some info from a TRU computer in the UK.  It came with UK pricing (it's own issue) , etc.  That's the first step in the story.  A perfectly acceptable way of passing that info onto readers is to post a headline and a link to the other sites story.  There's nothing wrong with that.  Especially if you offer attribution and links to the original source.  That's journalism 101.  I don't even care if you provide a link to a topic about it in the forum section of your site.  Topics like this are good for discussion.

So where does the actual story go from there?  The next step would be to develop the story:  release dates, figure lineups, price points, and most importantly IMAGES.  When you can provide a verified IMAGE of a new figure/vehicle/multipack you are going to see a tremendous uptick in site traffic.  And you get the ultimate confirmation in the story.

But ask anyone who runs a SW collecting website about when they get a new product image.  There is a DRAMATIC increase in site traffic.  And those clicks don't just translate to popularity.  They can also translate into higher advertising revenues for a site.

Very often when a story like this breaks you may have multiple outlets working a story.  One site may get the initial product listing info.  But another may get an image.  It happens all the time.  But in this case the RS story got people interested.  All of a sudden YF has something on the story and THERE'S AN IMAGE.  WHAT?!?!  An image in relation to a story like this INSTANTLY draws interest.  But since it was not an image of the product in question, what are readers left to think?

As for "Likes" and comments on FB postings?  Having worked at a SW collecting site that had a Facebook presence, I was witness to instances where responses that were critical of certain postings were deleted.  Some people have thin skins when it comes to their social media presence.  And some websites are not interested in having a dialogue about the quality or integrity of their content.  Likes and comments can be manipulated to suit the needs of a given page, so I'm not that inclined to give all of that information a tremendous ammount of creedence.

And following the Rancor posting, there was ANOTHER FB posting about wishlist type content.  On that occassion the first posting showed images of Hoth themed items as part of a proposed battle pack.  Evidently, that posting seemed questionable, as well.  Because there was a followup posting with almost identical imagery that now featured the bold word MOCKUP.  But already there was misleading imagery that might have led someone to think that some new Hoth themed exclusive multipack was on the way.

FWIW, JediJman, I am entitled to an opinion about what I find annoying in terms of content.  Especially if a collecting site wants people to follow them on social media.  If you put your content out there for public consumption, then that outlet opens themselves up for honest criticism in how they present their content

After the discussion here, and via PM, I went back and clarified the post to avoid any additional confusion. Again, FWIW, I'll state that absolutely ZERO attempt was made to deceive anyone. We posted links to YN story on May 23, RS developing story on May 28, "All of a sudden" (i.e. 2 days later) Justin posted his mockup/what if image on Facebook ONLY - not our front page. I'm clearly not understanding the vitriol about it.

That being said, I'm no journalist, nor do I pretend to be one but I am responsible for the content on our site and social media channels and stand by our method(s) of reporting as flawed as they may be.

Anyway, how 'bout those TBS figures? I'm not convinced that the Endor set is all repacks. Something about that Imperial Officer looks "just different enough to make you madô*".

*Credit Adam Pawlus, EntertaimentEarth, Galactic Hunter, 16bit.com

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: June 2, 2014, 11:42 AM »
So something related to this rumored Rancor Pit TRU exclusive wound up in my Facebook feed recently.  I follow a number of sites on FB (I'll refrain from identifying the particular site), and all of a sudden I saw in my news feed an image of a Rancor, Oola and some scenery including the gate to the Rancor's pen.  Instantly, my interest was piqued.  Was this an actual image of the Jabba's Rancor set that we had been told would make us "wet our pants"?  Was it actually something new instead of what we've been discussing here in this thread?

And then I read more of that Facebook posting.  And sure enough, this was NOT something newsworthy.  Not at all.  But it was actually an attempt by a collecting site to use some of the hype surrounding these new rumors and revelations to do a couple of things:
1 - To promote the customs section of their forums and...
2 - To beg Hasbro for playsets.  Again.

Frankly, I found this both deceitful and annoying.  Deceitful because it was a blatant attempt to cash in on some excitement regarding new product announcements to promote customs and dioramas.  And while both of those things can be cool to look at, they aren't news.  It diminishes the value of a website whose stock and trade with their readers is supposed to be NEWS.

As for it being annoying?  I stand by that assessment.  Hasbro conducted the Star Wars Q&A's for several years.  Time and time again the subjects of dioramas and playsets came up.  And like clockwork Hasbro had to state categorically that in the current non-movie year model, playsets were not viable from a business standpoint.  This continued harping on the subject has grown tiresome.  Especially when Hasbro has offered up a clear answer.  It reminds me of an old adage:  the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over, but expect a different result.

Don't be shy, name the site.  ;) We post suggestions/speculation/what if posts like this all the time (e.g. Concept Series, and the like) . It's all about generating forum discussion, not click baiting front page traffic (where the article isn't even posted). There was nothing malevolent in our intentions.

While I don't disagree that Hasbro is not going to come around on the dedicated playset topic, that is no reason to abandon the desire or discussion about it.

Sorry that you are so annoyed.

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Angry Birds II
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:33 PM »
But Hasblow failed....  Right? 

And I mean it's not like those ABSW toys are cheap to produce....  Are they? :-[

Hasblow and Angry Turds raped my iPad!

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Other Collectibles / Re: Medicom 6" MAFEX Star Wars figures
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:44 AM »
It's available for preorder now from BBTS. I ordered mine.

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