Well.... I'll be damned.
There's been some debate in the community about whether or not Hasbro can make playsets, and also doing some sort of build-a-figure stuff. Some collectors have supported this, some have not. But one things for sure, is that Hasbro has not.
From time to time I bring this stuff up, for better or worse trying to push for some support for a company like Gentle Giant to work on playsets/mini dioramas to go in scale with our collections.
According today from Scum with the Gentle Giant Bust Ups -But the big news is that the Bust-Ups will be changing a bit this year, taking a cue from GGS's other Bust-Ups lines. Instead of simply creating busts of the characters, there will also be full figures (still small scale) and scenes! The first set features the Death Star, and includes Tarkin, Death Star Gunner (posed with a Mouse Droid), and more Imperials.
Is Gentle Giant getting into mini playsets? So a company actually understands there is a demand for realistic dioramas?? I'm hoping that Gentle Giant takes this and RUNS WITH IT - because:
A) - Hasbro is unwilling
B) - Gentle Giant stuff looks REAL
So, thank you Gentle Giant for looking into a creative way of doing something that Hasbro has tried to avoid and made excuses for not doing. I can't wait
to see what Gentle Giant has in store for collectors.
Also, something else that Hasbro has scoffed at -Also unique this year is a "build-a-figure" set. Each piece will include extra pieces to assemble a larger item. Wave 1 will be R2-D2, and wave 2 is possible going to be an AT-ST. (No pictures were allowed since these are not yet final.)
Cool news on that front too...