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Offline evenflow

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2007, 02:28 PM »
I could go without coins or holo mini figures.  Instead of that, I'd rather they include an additional accessory that is useful for the figure, an alternate head (with a different facial expression), etc.



I think the coins are the best pack-in they have done. I love them. Going back to the stands isn't terrible, better than the holograms but i think i would prefer if we got larger accessories and weapons as well. The alternate head idea would be very cool.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2007, 06:15 PM »
I could go without coins or holo mini figures.  Instead of that, I'd rather they include an additional accessory that is useful for the figure, an alternate head (with a different facial expression), etc.



I could be wrong, but I'm guessing it costs more to tool up and manufacture a plastic accessory than it does a coin that only needs a different etching and then they're all the same.

Besides, we managed to get those accessories this year anyway.

The alternate head thing I'd be all over too, but Hasbro's always avoided that - preferring to just release  the figure again later with the new head.

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2007, 08:25 PM »
The year isn't over yet. I can't say. I liked last year an awful lot.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2007, 04:08 PM »
Had the Holo figures been sized like mini holos (and sculpted in neutral poses and whatnot) to the basic figures (IE: Mini holo Vader like in the AT-AT, a mini holo Amidala, a mini holo Rebel Pilot, etc., etc.), and were thus a "useable" accessory, I would've liked them a lot more.

Stands I could live without, or would rather they were the decorated variety.  Coins I kinda dig as a side collectible though, I agree.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2007, 06:30 PM »
I really like the coins.  Granted it would be nice to always have a stand but we can all get those easily enough in bulk from somewhere.  My only gripe is the basic price point of $6.99.  I have left several on the pegs for that reason.   The $10 tag on those vintage figures is getting insane to especially when the stores can only sell them at the normal prices of $6.99 or less.  However, the comic pack prices are great at $10 for 2 figures and a comic book.  Lots of vehicles to choose from and variety should your stores get in product of course. 

Now they just need to work on the availability especially with X-Mas shopping coming up.

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2007, 09:43 AM »
Great topic Scott.  This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately too, and I agree, I think this is the best year of collecting yet.  The quality of figures we've gotten in the basic line has been amazing for the most part, and like many have mentioned, so has the variety.  We've gotten a nice mix of the movies, Clone Wars, and various EU stuff.  The McQuarrie figures are obviously a success, and they've kept the straight repacks in the Legends line for the most part - which seems like a good thing.  Also, it seems like most of the "army builders" - whether PT or OT - have been fairly easy for everyone to get.  There are always exceptions depending on your area, but overall, I think it has been pretty good.

The VTSC lineup was maybe the best yet, and they sold well (and quickly) around here.  Honestly, there hasn't been a single "vintage" figure at any of our stores in town for awhile now.  Our Targets never hit the clearance since they sold at normal price, WM seemed to get one shipment that sold through and that was it, and TRU just had a steady sell through.  The accessories have been a nice bonus this year as well - and there's just been so much stuff that we didn't think we'd ever see that is getting done at this point.  I'm someone who likes the coin pack ins as well.  I can honestly say that there would be a couple of figures I might have passed on to save some money this year, but I didn't want an "incomplete" coin album.  If the "extra" slots in the album were labeled with all the exclusives/gold coins/etc., I'd be in trouble.  From a selling standpoint, its probably one of the better pack in ideas aside from the BAF concept that other lines use.  The coins become a collection unto themselves, and maybe help to sell some figures that don't have as wide of an interest.

Anyways, everyone's pretty much mentioned the points I'm making here too - but its been a strong, well-rounded year.  The price is the main stinker of the line (and distribution has been kind of spotty this year so far - and running behind), but aside from that the product quality itself has been really good.  I'm hoping that Hasbro gets that message, and we'll see a similar make-up to the line in 2008.  The hardest thing for me has been just keeping up because there is so much that I want to get :P.

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2007, 12:25 PM »
I'm going to go against the grain and say that no, 2007 has not been the best year ever for collecting. That honor will have to stay with 2004, which gave us the OTC and the VOTC. This year has been a good year for figures, but a bad year as far as collections go.

OTC and VOTC were cohesive collections. The 30AC is a mish-mash of (conceedingly well-made) figures from both trilogies, most of which are an attempt at "never-before made figures," which by year twelve of the modern line really means "obscure figures." I mean, Lava Miner? LIN droid? Cut scene Biggs? Rebel Honor Guard? Good figures, bad collection.

Saga Classics could have brough back great figures to tie the line together, but chose to offer lots of clones and droids as a grab for army builder money. Good figures (I guess), bad collection.

The Vintage line works only as a continuation of the previous two vintage lines. While it was neat to see ESB Luke and Han on packages like I found them on in '80 (while still speculating what ESB was going to be like) this is not an iconic, cohesive collection of heroes and villains like we had in '04. Good (even some great) figures, bad collection.

The comic packs are great for selling loose EU figures and a comic no one really wants, but they can hardly be said to make a cohesive line since the comics jump around and don't lend any sort of cohesiveness to the collection. Good figures (except the marvel paints), bad collection.

Then there is packaging...who could argue against the OTC being the gold standard of packaging designs thus far? The one thing I'd say they have going for them this year (the asthetic they seemed to push) is that the figures in the packages look like they actually come from the Star Wars galaxy.

Then there is distribution. Here it is fall, and half the figures have yet to really show up in stores. The case packs are awful. OTC seemed to dump everything virtually at once, in more even numbers (most cases being twelve unique figures) resulting in a Star Wars section that looked like it was trying to sell a varied collection of Star Wars toys, rather than legions of Galactic Marines. Or Fire-embossed R2s. Or Kenobi-cloaked Vaders.

I am glad for the new stuff, but only because I have the old stuff. On it's own, I'd call 2007 superfluous.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2007, 12:34 PM »
I'd have to respectfully disagree with 2007 not being a good year and that TAC is a bad collection.  I think the wide diversity of the line in 2007 has been a major strength, and to be honest, the OTC stuff was mostly just rehashes, and disribution was very poor (at least in my area).  Really it seemed the OTC line for the most part, was just something to hold fans over as Hasbro was concentrating on ROTS product.

Getting so many obscure figures has been fantastic in my opinion.  Characters like the Lava Miner, Rebel Honor Guard and Academy Biggs, along with all those Comic Packs has been very refreshing.  These are figures that for the most part are being made for the very first time. 
Distribution and Price are probably the two things that I haven't liked about 2007, but it's still been a very strong year.  The only comparable line in my opinion is the ROTS line, and what a fantastic time that was!

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2007, 01:14 PM »
Well, lets look at it this way...

Imagine, if you will, a 30AC coin album filled with coins for the following:

#1 Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training)
#2 Yoda (Dagobah Training)
#3 Spirit of Obi-Wan (Dagobah Training)
#4 R2-D2 (Dagobah Training)
#5 Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
#6 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
#7 Han Solo
#8 Chewbacca
#9 Princess Leia
#10 Darth Vader
#11 Biker Scout
#12 R2-D2
#13 C-3PO
#14 Boba Fett
#15 Obi-Wan Kenobi
#16 Stormtrooper
#17 Wicket
#18 Princess Leia (Bespin Gown)
#19 Cloud Car Pilot
#20 Lobot
#21 TIE Fighter Pilot
#22 Greedo
#23 Tusken Raider
#24 Jawas
#25 Snowtrooper
#26 Luke Skywalker (Bespin Gear)
#27 IG-88
#28 Bossk
#29 Darth Vader (Hoth)
#30 Gamorrean Guard
#31 Bib Fortuna
#32 Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)
#33 Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)
#34 Darth Vader
#35 Han Solo (AT-ST Driver)
#36 General Madine
#37 General Lando Calrissian
#38 Imperial Trooper
#39 Holographic Emperor (SSW.com Exclsuive)

(Or better yet, just take a look at this thread where I swiped the list from. A picture says a thousand words.)

I think that would have been nicer than the one we have this year (especially if it had then also contained gold vintage coins for the 12 VOTCs as well.) I mean, are we even getting a coin of Princess Leia for the album this year? Or Chewbacca? (Concept Chewie doesn't count.) Well, at least we'll have our Pax Bonkik commemorative coin. Whoever that is.

OTC was almost completely rereleases, I think I bought twelve of the thirty-nine offered (as opposed to maybe thirty of the hundred or so offered this year.) OTC's purpose was to distill the best of what Hasbro/Kenner had done for the nine years prior as far as core OT characters and must-have* secondaries to put a ready-made collection on the shelves at the same time as the OT DVDs hit. (*--the exception that proves the rule being the Cloud Car Pilot.)

If I could only have one year's worth of figures and that was it, I would take 2004s in a heartbeat.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2007, 02:17 PM »
I agree with Muftak in a lot of ways, and the core of my carded collection is the OTC set because it had a defined beginning, end, and set the standard for me on what I want a cardback/package to look like. But it didn't include anything from the prequels, and that leaves a lot of collectors wanting.

2007 has an amazing offering, and like 2006 seems to be bent on sheer overload for the obsessive collectors. I picked up most of the TSC figures, and decided enough was enough. So far in 07 I have limited my purchases to some clearance items (Order 66 and YTSC), a few figures from the main line, and the Mcfigures. Frankly, TSC put my collection on overload, and 07 doesn't have the cohesiveness I would want to see in a defining year. No basic leia or chewbacca?

Take my opinion with a grain of salt, as I admit to being overwhelmed by the volume and prices of the current products.

But I hope they revisit the OTC cardback design and do a year of 75-80 "core" figures from all of the movies/cartoons/etc with good sculpt choices, great cardbacks, and zero pack ins (maybe a mail in offer for a display base or something). And drop the price a buck while they are at it.

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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2007, 02:44 PM »
I suppose most of the way I view things on comparing the OTC line to any other line stems from being an opener.  Packaging isn't an issue with me, nor are the coin books, UGH stuff, etc.  I either give the coins away or pitch them, same with the stands and the holo minis.  Since my focus is to create dioramas/customs/photonovels, those gimmicks just take up extra space in my collection.

I will admit, from an aesthetic standpoint, the OTC cards were very nice though and it was a nice collection.  I do feel that it really lacked in some areas - but all the "new" figures were pretty cool I think.  The rehashes though were kind of lame - and there wasn't even an Emperor in that collection, or a Royal Guard.   Add to that some of the older sculpts they used, and I saved a lot of money when that line came out because most of them I could find loose at a collector show if I wanted them for just a buck or two.

The whole coin concept would have been a lot cooler if it was ONLY original trilogy characters like you said, and would have probably been better suited for OTC.  Maybe what they should look into doing somewhere down the road is about 35-40 figures from the original trilogy on POTF style cards, with the coins.  That would harken back to the vintage days a lot better I think - especially if they used the exact same characters from that line and used the most up to date sculpt of characters (like using the Early Bird Chewbacca instead of a Mechanic Chewbacca again).  I'd still probably pass on collecting coins, but do have to admit there would be more of a nostalgia feeling for me.


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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #26 on: September 25, 2007, 11:39 PM »
I really don't think you could make a case for this year not being the best we've had.

I don't want to echo too much of what's already been said, but I remember at the end of last year, when we were starting to hear rumors, none of us believed them. We said they were too good to be true. Why would we have thought that if we had already gotten something better?

Looking at a list of this year's figures, almost every one is something that we have been talking about and asking for for a while now: Hermi Odle, CZ-4, SA Mace, Academy Biggs, Fireplace Padme, Galactic Marine and Airborne Trooper, Red Jumpsuit Clone, Smuggler Lando, Apartment Jango, Droideka w/shield, new Ewoks, "Burly Mustafarian", Rebel Honor Guard, SA Super Battle Droid, Han w/torture rack, SA 4-LOM, new Ceremonial Luke, a moisture vaporator(!), and on and on. Almost every figure is entirely new, and the few that aren't are significantly modified versions of great sculpts: VOTC Han with new head, headset, arms, calves, and modified belt; VOTC Stormie with removable helmet; R4-G9 repainted as R2-D2 with new flame stuff; and RotS Pilot Obi-Wan with new head, electrostaff, blaster, and rebreather.

As was mentioned earlier, we've also gotten a lot of really nice accessories, even some things that could easily have been put in a "deluxe" assortment, except that they're of better quality than what we've seen in that line. Moisture vaporator, Kybuck, Umpass Stay's drum, Han's torture rack, R2's cargo net, Droideka w/shield, curved Cantina sections. There's some great small things too, like Vader's cloak base and all the Ewoks' goodies (even little individual arrows!). Even the repaints they put together to replace Force Unleashed are good choices. (Mostly. I mean, Pax Bonkik? Wtf?) The poncho Clone is nice though. Personally, I think it would fit right in with a regular wave even. The Naboo guy was an obvious one that really needed done at some point. The BattleFront Vanguard is a cool idea too, and the R2-B1 will be welcomed, I'm sure.

Then consider things like the McQuarrie figures, the interactive R2/SuperBD, quite a few minor/EU characters (even KotOR), Holiday Special Fett, pre-Cyborg Grievous.. Hasbro has really gone above and beyond this year. And that's just the basic figures. We've also gotten quite a few new vehicle sculpts in the starfighter lineup, and some spiffy repaints too. The Vintage wave was just awesome, IG-88 possibly being the best figure ever. The comic packs seem to have been a real hit. And you can see why when we're getting two figures and a comic for $10 and many of them are all-new sculpts and characters that have never been made before, and probably never would be in the basic line.

We obviously underestimated Hasbro in our thinking, and it really makes me wonder what's in store for us next year and beyond..

So let's not call 2007 the best year ever. Just the best year so far.
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #27 on: September 26, 2007, 09:50 AM »
I could go without coins or holo mini figures.  Instead of that, I'd rather they include an additional accessory that is useful for the figure, an alternate head (with a different facial expression), etc.



Or just drop the price point!
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Re: 2007, Best Year Ever?
« Reply #28 on: October 5, 2007, 06:30 PM »
Im happy with is years collection. I love the art work on the cards.  I wish they we do one wave for the legacy figures get the vader,r2,chewy, ect., and just get it out the way. My Fav figures are Darth Revan,Hermi, Pre-Cyborg GG, and Concept Boba. I would give this years collection a 8.5 out of ten. If they would have only produced one Vader and R2, I would have given it a 9.5 ;D