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Is it me. or did the total go down from 2671 to 2658 sometime overnight?

A drop in numbers has been happening once or twice a week the past two weeks - Hasbro says it's some combo of people cancelling and/or credit card declines or other payment issues.

According to JTA, Dark Side Toys is about to open up Sail Barge ordering to a whole pile of countries:
If that's true, there's probably a surge incoming...

We'll see...  I hear that to cover the extra shipping and fees, they will be charging around 599GBP, which is around $835 each.  Not sure how many folks are going to be able to swing that... 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:01 PM »
Echoing McMetal's earlier post, but is anyone finding the Walgreens Mr. Fantastic yet?

I have checked out a few Walgreens here and there, but no sign of Mr Fantastic in Minneapolis just yet.

Saw him today in White Bear Lake, MN -

Unless there is going to be a "Hail Mary" at the end where Hasbro runs a marketing blitz above and beyond what they've already done or they open the project up to major markets such as UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, etc... it is seriously starting to look like the barge isn't going to get made.

I have seen a few sites post the conspiracy theory that Hasbro would have never started this project if there was a chance it was going to fail.  Many folks seem convinced that Hasbro has a 'hail mary' or a 'white knight' plan in their pocket (secret agreement with a retailer, self-purchase for HTS, self-purchase for OUS Hasbro distribution, etc) that will step in at the last minute and magically get us to the 5000 threshold. 

They say any publicity is good, but does Hasbro really want to kick off HasLab with a failure?  Which leads us to the other conspiracy theory out there - would Hasbro print and prepare 5000+ books to be shipped out in the days after the pre-order closes if they thought there was a chance it was going to fail?  What are they going to do with all those books if it fails? Pulp them?  Keep them in RI in case they try the barge again? (Do they even really have the books already printed?)

I'm still hoping we'll get enough support for this thing, but yeah, it's not looking very likely if things continue on the current path...  :-\

You can check out a PDF preview of six pages from the behind-the-scenes book by clicking here.

Besides where would I put it?
I think that's probably a key factor in 'where is everyone?' Myself, I have nowhere for it.

I do agree that it's expensive and space consuming... but in my mind I'd rather have an amazing ROTJ Sail Barge than Kylo Ren's starfighter, a U-Wing, an MTT, and a pile of other odds and ends vehicles that I've amassed over the years.

Basically, I'll get rid of other things to fit this sumbitch in, and those things that I sell if I do sell can help pay for it too, because this is one of the last key, iconic pieces of the original trilogy that's never been made.

Same as Rob for me.  I will find a way to create a display for something as iconic as the Sail Barge, even if I have to sell off some other stuff to make the room.  Jabba's Sail barge is more desirable to me than a lot of the Clone Wars cartoon ships or Jedi Skittle-color starships.

How come no one ever talks about the new Yak Face figure on Jabba's Sail Barge. We haven't had a new Yak Face in 20+ years.

---> Hasbro Confirms Some Jabba Palace Figures for TVC

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: March 7, 2018, 12:55 PM »
Still need this playset? Less than $70 right now on

I had been on the fence about this playset. Saw it this morning at Target for $99, and was sorely considering it, but ultimately passed.

So when I saw this link I had to bite. Curse you/thank you Jeff! Now I own a giant BB-8! ;) (I feel good about using the JD link, too!)

Thanks for supporting the site!  :)

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: March 7, 2018, 10:09 AM »
Still need this playset? Less than $70 right now on

I'm really getting more skeptical by the day...  I know there's always a good surge at the end, but at this rate it'll be about 5 days before we hit the midpoint.

OK, let's say that it takes 5 more days to hit 50%.  That's day 22... of 45.  Isn't that right on track?   :P

Spike at the start, lag in the middle, spike at the end is how a lot of the crowdfunding things typically go.  I'm choosing to stay optimistic.  Maybe an etailer works out a deal to take a couple dozen.  Maybe they find a legal loophole to open it up to Europe or Asia.  Maybe those on the fence raise enough to join at the end run. 

Four weeks left is still a lot of time.  I'll give it another two weeks before I let my dreams be dashed.

I'd love a Jabba's Palace... the only reason I didn't pick that one was because if the Barge gets made, I won't have nearly as much to populate a palace playset with.

Sadly, I think I'd have enough figures to populate both.  #toomanyfigures  :-[

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: March 5, 2018, 11:26 PM »
Jeff I’m sure can be more clear too because he seems to have more experience on these too.  He knows what’s up.  I heard Paul’s was slower to get to the backer kit portion but they also are a smaller group working on it and things. 

Yeah, Paul's was a bit slower, but that was becuase of the amount of figures and accessory packs and blank figures - size was massive so it took a bit to sort out.

Like Jesse said, BackerKit is basically like a pre-order store.  You pick the figures you wanted based on your pledge and have the opportunity to add-on to your order.  I never got around to tossing in for the army-builder stretch goal because I didn't want that extra cash locked in if the goal wasn't met.

Now, I can grab a couple of the army-builder bad guys and maybe the 5-pack of good guy builders during backer kit.  So, right now, I'm in for:

- main character 4-pack ($80 plus shipping)
- 2x bad guy army builder ($40 plus shipping)

Trying to decide if the variant eye colors is enough to get me to go for the 5-pack or if I'll be fine with saving $50 and just getting two of the regular version...

My choices -

- Bespin Freezing Chamber
- Mos Eisley Cantina
- ANH Death Star (modeled after the Kenner micro stuff is a great idea)

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