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Title: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 8, 2021, 11:27 AM
Revealed on the livestream today.  New line of troop builder 4-packs.  First set will be:

- Imperial Stormtroopers (3 troopers plus squad leader)

Hasbro Pulse and ShopDisney exclusive.  Pre-order tomorrow at 1pm ET.

Look for press pics later today.  Look for more 4-packs to be announced at future dates...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 8, 2021, 11:50 AM
Looking forward to getting a few of these!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 8, 2021, 11:52 AM
What's old is new again!  They've just updated the quality of the troop building figures and they aren't in white mailer boxes anymore.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on September 8, 2021, 11:54 AM
I was kind of hoping we'd get to see the Jedha trooper with the backpacks, but these are cool to see.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on September 8, 2021, 02:55 PM
Nice that they're doing troop builder packs, hopefully at a reasonable price, but Hasbro totally missed the boat with these.  It would have been so much better if they included a couple of new troopers in here along with the standard Stormtroopers.  Morter Troopers, etc.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 8, 2021, 03:02 PM
I'm looking at this stormtrooper set as a trial balloon.  If/When this sells well I could see them doing the following sets:

- Rebel Trooper pack - maybe add different sculpted heads
- Clone Trooper packs - Both Phase I and Phase II clones
- Jedha trooper pack - perhaps give us a Super Articulated Pao, Bistan and/or Melchi
- FO Trooper Pack
- Resistance fighter pack
- Ewoks

The list goes on and on.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 8, 2021, 03:24 PM
Any word on pricing?  If they can sell them in bulk for a little less itís a great idea.  Iíd itís $56 for four figures stillÖ meh.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 8, 2021, 03:34 PM
Any word on pricing?  If they can sell them in bulk for a little less itís a great idea.  Iíd itís $56 for four figures stillÖ meh.

$42 each.  Press release:

STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75 STORMTROOPER 4-PACK
(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $41.99/Available: Spring 2022)
Featuring premium detail and design across multiple touchpoints of articulation, original Kenner branding, and inspired by STAR WARS Entertainment, this collectible STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 3.75 STORMTROOPER 4-PACK makes a great gift for STAR WARS fans and collectors. Highly articulated with fully poseable head, arms, and legs, these 3.75-inch-scale figures can be displayed in action figure and vehicle collections. Includes 4 figures and 6 accessories.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E-ybDC9WUAUmz-U.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E-ybDEXWQAIF9B_.jpg)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 8, 2021, 04:10 PM
Well thatís damn reasonable.  I wonder how fast theyíll sell out.  Iíll be 3 or 4 for sure at that price.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on September 8, 2021, 04:42 PM
I find the press release interesting and contradictory to what Patrick said and what the press photos show. Nowhere on the box does it mention TVC at all, and Patrick was very specific in pointing out that the box is branded as Hasbro as opposed to Kenner because they made the decision to eschew the traditional TVC design esthetic. I assumed he was trying to dissuade the mint on card crowd from collecting this set.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 8, 2021, 04:58 PM
I find the press release interesting and contradictory to what Patrick said and what the press photos show. Nowhere on the box does it mention TVC at all, and Patrick was very specific in pointing out that the box is branded as Hasbro as opposed to Kenner because they made the decision to eschew the traditional TVC design esthetic. I assumed he was trying to dissuade the mint on card crowd from collecting this set.

It would be a bait and switch worthy of suing Hasbro if they were to give us a 5POA or another figure after they showed the Rouge One Stormtrooper in the promo shots.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 8, 2021, 04:59 PM
Patrick was very specific in pointing out that the box is branded as Hasbro as opposed to Kenner because they made the decision to eschew the traditional TVC design esthetic. I assumed he was trying to dissuade the mint on card crowd from collecting this set.

Yeah, I think he was trying to make clear for the TVC package collectors that these were not TVC carded/boxed.

I guess it's a "Vintage Collection" item simply because it's not a Retro Collection item and those are the only two branding options for 3.75" stuff these days...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on September 8, 2021, 06:15 PM
It would be a bait and switch worthy of suing Hasbro if they were to give us a 5POA or another figure after they showed the Rouge One Stormtrooper in the promo shots.

Oh, I didn't mean to imply this wasn't the Rogue One TVC Stormtrooper mold...just that they went with modern packaging that doesn't say TVC or Kenner on it anywhere...and said they did that on purpose.

Had they done the Kenner "Special" figure packaging they probably would have doubled their sales (not that I think it will struggle to sell through in any box.)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on September 9, 2021, 08:21 AM
Is something really a "troop builder" if it's only available on Pulse for 1 minute and then cost $80 on ebay going forward?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on September 9, 2021, 09:04 AM
Is something really a "troop builder" if it's only available on Pulse for 1 minute and then cost $80 on ebay going forward?

It is if you've got a lot of disposable income.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 9, 2021, 01:07 PM
Stormtrooper 4-pack at ShopDisney for those who want to bundle with the Halloween Droid -

https://www.shopdisney.com/stormtrooper-action-figure-set-by-hasbro-star-wars-the-vintage-collection-3-34-scale-pre-order-461015720954.html
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 9, 2021, 01:12 PM
Oh, seriously?  I just bought a couple of the droids while I was waiting for the preorder drop.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on September 9, 2021, 01:15 PM
There isn't anything new about any of these Stormtroopers, correct?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 9, 2021, 01:20 PM
Thanks Jeff.  They capped it at 2 on Pulse, so I picked up two here as well.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 9, 2021, 01:33 PM
Stormtrooper 4-pack at ShopDisney for those who want to bundle with the Halloween Droid -

https://www.shopdisney.com/stormtrooper-action-figure-set-by-hasbro-star-wars-the-vintage-collection-3-34-scale-pre-order-461015720954.html

I called customer service with Shop Disney and they were able to link my order for the Halloween droid and the troopers.  So now I'm getting 4 of the Stormtrooper troop builder sets - 2 from Pulse, and 2 from Shop Disney.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on September 9, 2021, 01:36 PM
How does the 2-per customer limit work? Can you buy more later after a certain period of time, or after the order is fulfilled? I can see myself buying several more of those sets, but I'm maxed out at 2x on Pulse and Disney respectively.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 9, 2021, 01:52 PM
Two quickly became four for me.  I got two from Pulse and another two from Shop Disney.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 9, 2021, 01:53 PM
How does the 2-per customer limit work? Can you buy more later after a certain period of time, or after the order is fulfilled? I can see myself buying several more of those sets, but I'm maxed out at 2x on Pulse and Disney respectively.

I think it's a two per order limit.  I made two orders on Pulse for two sets each and other than the captcha to prove I'm not a robot, it was no problem.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on September 9, 2021, 02:00 PM
How does the 2-per customer limit work? Can you buy more later after a certain period of time, or after the order is fulfilled? I can see myself buying several more of those sets, but I'm maxed out at 2x on Pulse and Disney respectively.

I think it's a two per order limit.  I made two orders on Pulse for two sets each and other than the captcha to prove I'm not a robot, it was no problem.

Hmm. On the site it says "2 per customer," which is pretty ridiculous since they could sell as many of these as they choose to make.

Edit: Yeah, I just got the error message that wouldn't let me check out.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 9, 2021, 03:36 PM
How does the 2-per customer limit work? Can you buy more later after a certain period of time, or after the order is fulfilled? I can see myself buying several more of those sets, but I'm maxed out at 2x on Pulse and Disney respectively.

I think it's a two per order limit.  I made two orders on Pulse for two sets each and other than the captcha to prove I'm not a robot, it was no problem.

I ordered one, then tried to order two after that, and it wouldn't let me order a total of 3.  When I reduced it down to one in the scond order, it went through.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 9, 2021, 03:38 PM
Wow.  My two different orders of two went through and are still on my account page.  I wonder if it has something to do with one of the orders having the Rey Lightsaber on it as well.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 9, 2021, 03:41 PM
Yeah I think you just got lucky... I went just now to try it again and this is what it says if I try to buy more:

(https://i.imgur.com/Rcv7uaj.jpg)

Which is a shame, because all the shipping meant this cost $17 more for two of them through Disney...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 9, 2021, 04:45 PM
I've been looking more at the packaging and I really like it, but isn't it odd that they put a picture of 10 troopers on a pack of four?   ;)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 9, 2021, 04:51 PM
isn't it odd that they put a picture of 10 troopers on a pack of four?   ;)

I guess it's just what their art department does - they put 2 AIM Troopers on a box that held 1 (https://hasbropulse.com/products/marvel-legends-series-a-i-m-trooper-action-figure-hasbro-pulse-exclusive), 3 ninjas on a box that held 1 (https://hasbropulse.com/products/marvel-legends-series-hand-ninja-trooper-pack), and 10+ Hydra Troopers on a box that held 1 (https://hasbropulse.com/products/marvel-legends-series-hydra-trooper-hasbro-pulse-exclusive).  :P
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 10, 2021, 10:45 AM
Despite not being allowed to check out and buy more, Iím now getting automatic emails from Pulse letting me know I have stuff in my cart still and that I should check out.   :(
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 10, 2021, 11:37 AM
Stormtrooper 4-pack at ShopDisney for those who want to bundle with the Halloween Droid -

https://www.shopdisney.com/stormtrooper-action-figure-set-by-hasbro-star-wars-the-vintage-collection-3-34-scale-pre-order-461015720954.html

Looks like Shop Disney sold out.  They also had the 2 per customer limit.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 13, 2021, 07:40 AM
We've been really consumed with the ordering process of this first troop builder set, but I think it's worth examining the concept of this particular sub-line. 

The general theme as stated in the livestream (https://youtu.be/awFnZrCVz38?t=1661) is 3 x grunt troopers and a squad leader.  I completely understand and agree with launching this line with Imperial Stormtroopers.  That's just what you do when you launch this kind of sub-line.  But where to go from here?  The obvious ones to me?


GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC - PHASE I
3 x Clone Troopers (aka "shinies")
1 x Clone Trooper NCO or Officer
NOTES:
-I would personally opt for either the Sergeant or Lieutenant who have been released in the VC-045 Clone body before on a basic figure card.  Leave the option open for the other Clone Trooper officers to be released on their own TVC cards at some point
-Phase 1 clone armor seems like the easier route than Phase 2 for a line launch since it's far more uniform in deco


IMPERIAL TROOPERS - THE BAD BATCH
3 x TK Troopers
1 x Imperial Commando (formerly Republic Commandos)
NOTES:
-The recent focus on The Bad Batch will no doubt come into play here.  But I would expect to see a basic figure release of the TK Trooper on a basic figure card before this kind of 4-pack release
-The Commando is wishful thinking on my par, but it is a sculpt that's in their library - the Commando sculpts from the SOTDS line come to mind


REBEL FLEET TROOPERS - ROGUE ONE
4 x Rebel Fleet Troopers (VC 183) with individual headsculpts
NOTES:
-This could be one of the most significant tests of this concept.  Rebel Troopers do have uniforms, but they aren't always, well, uniform.  In the case of the Fleet troopers you've got different facial likeness, visor up or down or even none at all, and possibly different weapons.


FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPERS
3 x First Order Stormtroopers
1 x First Order Stormtrooper Squad Leader - orange pauldron
NOTES:
-This one pretty much writes itself since it's an evolution from the Imperial Stormtrooper model


GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC - Phase 2 armor
Where do you even start here?  Which unit?  What kind of squad leader or officer?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on September 13, 2021, 08:15 AM
Donít forget a Imperial Deathtrooper pack to tag along with Krennic (should they ever choose to make him) or Moff Gideon.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 13, 2021, 08:54 AM
Donít forget a Imperial Deathtrooper pack to tag along with Krennic (should they ever choose to make him) or Moff Gideon.

I'd really like to see a Krennic made in TVC style.  But based on what Hasbro said in the livestream I think we're probably not going to see the squad leader or officer differ too much from the rest of the troops.  I could see them offering 3 x standard Death Troopers with a variety of weapons, but the squad leader would have a pauldron.

The cynic in me now sees this for what it is - another way to use the same figure buck for the entire set of four, rather than making more different figures. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 13, 2021, 10:01 AM
I like your ideas, Nick.  I don't recall if I said it here as well or just in the TVC FB group, but this stormtrooper pack is a trial balloon for this concept.  With the success of the stormtroopers I be we see more.  I do like the idea of a death trooper pack and that one would not need a squad leader.

As for phase 2 clone troopers, you could do tons of variants on that one, start with the 501st and work your way through the Grand Army of the Republic.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on September 13, 2021, 10:50 AM
The clones and helmeted guys are great, but what I'd really like is more human / rebel troops with unique faces, like Nick mentioned with RFT's.

Hoth, Endor... hell, Naboo... anywhere that guys aren't wearing helmets, it would be nice to have more variety there.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on September 13, 2021, 11:09 AM
I will toss in my idea contribution: Rogue One Tank crew 4-pack.

As for the Stormtroopers, I wound up with 4 4 packs on order, so 16 new stormies. Bringing my grand total of TVC Rogue One Tormtroopers to...17.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on September 13, 2021, 11:41 AM
I will toss in my idea contribution: Rogue One Tank crew 4-pack.

I like this idea.  I'd also like a Shoretrooper pack since that'd be easy to offer up a "squad leader" with just some deco change and ties into Mando season 2 quite nicely.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on September 13, 2021, 11:41 AM
I ordered two from Pulse, 2 from Disney, and my wife "ordered" 2 from Pulse.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on September 13, 2021, 11:44 AM
I will toss in my idea contribution: Rogue One Tank crew 4-pack.

I like this idea.  I'd also like a Shoretrooper pack since that'd be easy to offer up a "squad leader" with just some deco change and ties into Mando season 2 quite nicely.

Oh yeah, I really like the idea of the Shoretrooper. How many variations were there in the movie though? There's the one we have in TVC and the office, but weren't there one or 2 others?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 13, 2021, 12:17 PM
I will toss in my idea contribution: Rogue One Tank crew 4-pack.

I like this idea.  I'd also like a Shoretrooper pack since that'd be easy to offer up a "squad leader" with just some deco change and ties into Mando season 2 quite nicely.

I like both of these ideas!  The Rogue One tank drivers and commander now command a small fortune per figure on the secondary market.  They would be great additions to this line.

The Shoretrooper pack would be excellent, too.  I think in that case it would be easier to make a Shoretrooper Captain.  The Shoretrooper Squad Leader has a kama which makes things a little different.  But the Captain is very close to the standard Shoretrooper but with different paint apps.

JediBusiness Comparison tool - TVC Shoretrooper / Shoretrooper Captain (https://jedibusiness.com/compare.aspx?id=18327&view1=view2&id2=9059)

JediBusiness Comparison tool - TVC Shoretrooper / Shoretrooper Squad Leader (https://jedibusiness.com/compare.aspx?id=18327&view1=view2&id2=4785&view2=view8)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on September 13, 2021, 12:25 PM
Donít forget a Imperial Deathtrooper pack to tag along with Krennic (should they ever choose to make him) or Moff Gideon.

I'd really like to see a Krennic made in TVC style.  But based on what Hasbro said in the livestream I think we're probably not going to see the squad leader or officer differ too much from the rest of the troops.  I could see them offering 3 x standard Death Troopers with a variety of weapons, but the squad leader would have a pauldron.

The cynic in me now sees this for what it is - another way to use the same figure buck for the entire set of four, rather than making more different figures.

Yeah, Krennic on a separate carded figure with the 4-pack of Death Troopers. 

Is it really cynical or being realistic?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on September 13, 2021, 12:38 PM
The clones and helmeted guys are great, but what I'd really like is more human / rebel troops with unique faces, like Nick mentioned with RFT's.

Hoth, Endor... hell, Naboo... anywhere that guys aren't wearing helmets, it would be nice to have more variety there.

SAME!  My big concern is that Hasbro will do what is most cost effective for them.

I think the Hoth troopers might be pretty feasible.  By and large they all have the same uniform, which is helpful.  The TLC versions had the two different helmet/hats and different likenesses.  So those options and alternate heads make it seem more viable.

But with other Rebel troopers?  Like the Scarif Pathfinders or the Endor Rebel Commandos?  The uniforms are way more individualized.  There seem to be about 4 different uniform variations for the Endor troopers, and the Scarif troops have even more than that - at least 3 different helmets, different vests, different weapons.  Based on what Hasbro has done and seems prepared to do?  I'm not optimistic about what they might do with either of these kinds of troops - and I WANT THESE FIGURES
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on September 15, 2021, 12:21 AM
Agree on all of the above.  Not a bad idea in the bunch.  Iíd love to see Hasbro go back to this in some capacity.  Weíve been starved for army builders since retail kind of collapsed.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on September 15, 2021, 10:11 AM
I think a rebel fleet trooper pack could be feasible.  Three in blue with different head sculpts and one in tan...could be an easy way to get a new Captain Antillies.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: 77Skywalker on September 16, 2021, 08:45 PM
This looks interesting
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on October 6, 2021, 01:26 PM
ShopDisney charged my CC for the two sets I ordered from them...  hope that means they will be shipping soon!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on October 6, 2021, 05:04 PM
Sames
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on October 6, 2021, 06:08 PM
I havenít checked my cc account to see if Shop Disney charged me yet.  But I checked my Shop Disney account and thereís no indication of a change in the status of my order.

EDIT - Shop Disney reached out to me because the card I used got updated between the time I placed the order and now, when they're trying to fulfill it.  All because the CC company wanted to issue the contact free cards.  I have to wait for a callback from Shop Disney because otherwise they would have had me on hold for what they were projecting to be half an hour.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 19, 2021, 11:32 AM
So did this actually ship for anyone?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on October 19, 2021, 11:42 AM
I had a fresh pending charge this week, but it dropped off if my statement, I havenít been charged, and nothing has shipped.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on October 19, 2021, 02:02 PM
It seems like some of the pending charges that have been happening might be the retailers periodically checking the credit cards that buyers used to make the purchases.  I had that happen with Target when I got my new Red Card, and Shop Disney did that, too.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on October 19, 2021, 03:03 PM
It seems like some of the pending charges that have been happening might be the retailers periodically checking the credit cards that buyers used to make the purchases.  I had that happen with Target when I got my new Red Card, and Shop Disney did that, too.

I think this tends to be done automatically every 30 days by retailers, at least for larger purchases and maybe all purchases.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on October 22, 2021, 02:38 PM
Looks like we get RFTs for Round 2!  Still no holsters, but nice to get Scrambas done, along with a new Capt. Antilles and couple others to diversify the line!  Now, lets get some Bespin Wing Guards done!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on October 22, 2021, 02:58 PM
YES!  I am so glad to see Captain Antilles as part of this pack.  I liked what I saw when Hasbro first revealed this assortment.  But with the Stormtrooper 4-pack I had concerns - would future sets include a squad leader that might be distinctly different from the rest of the troops?  Putting a pauldron on a Stormtrooper is easy.  But including Captain Antilles as  a completely different sculpt in the Rebel Fleet Trooper set shows me that Hasbro seems to be serious about this assortment.

The additional likenesses are good inclusions, too.  I'm happy to see more distinct individuals in the ranks of the Rebel Alliance like these troopers.  And the Captain Antilles uniform will make him a great figure to use for kitbashing other Rebel officers.  I'm ordering at least two of these!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on October 22, 2021, 03:01 PM
There was so much stuff that I'm going to need a checklist to make sure I get everything.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 22, 2021, 07:11 PM
Has anyone found this on Shop Disney yet?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on October 23, 2021, 05:04 PM
I havenít Nick and I keep checking.  They were slow on the stormies too.  Kinda frustrating as Iíd like two more sets. #StillNoHolsters

Love this set.  Goes without saying I suppose. 🤷‍♂️
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: JediJman on October 23, 2021, 06:03 PM
Did I read the summary incorrectly?  I thought the 4-packs were Pulse exclusives
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 23, 2021, 06:43 PM
Pulse and ShopDisney exclusives
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on October 23, 2021, 10:50 PM
Yeah you can (or could?) get the stormies there too.  I ordered them but so far no rebs.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on October 25, 2021, 10:39 AM
Any recommendations on who to go with - HasbroPulse or ShopDisney - for the new rebel fleet troopers?  Just curious if anyone has received their Stormtrooper packs from either retailer yet.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on October 25, 2021, 11:23 AM
I don't think anyone has received theirs yet, or even had them shipped.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on October 25, 2021, 11:23 AM
Any recommendations on who to go with - HasbroPulse or ShopDisney - for the new rebel fleet troopers?  Just curious if anyone has received their Stormtrooper packs from either retailer yet.

Go with both so you can get more!   ;D
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on October 25, 2021, 11:25 AM
That's what I did for the stormtroopers.  I ordered two RFT packs from Pulse but figured since they're unique likenesses and Antilles is a specific guy, I don't need 4 of these sets.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on October 25, 2021, 03:20 PM
That's what I did for the stormtroopers.  I ordered two RFT packs from Pulse but figured since they're unique likenesses and Antilles is a specific guy, I don't need 4 of these sets.

I ordered 4 of them, because I'm a huge, huge whore.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on October 26, 2021, 12:26 PM
I don't think anyone has received theirs yet, or even had them shipped.

Got a shipping notice email from ShopDisney this morning for the 2x Stormtrooper sets I bought from them!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FCo26JpXMAsmjRz.jpg)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on October 26, 2021, 01:09 PM
Nice Jeff!  Let us know how they look when you get them.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on October 26, 2021, 01:42 PM
I just got the email too.  It says 5 to 7 days for shipping.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on October 26, 2021, 02:11 PM
It appears my Troopers have shipped from shop Disney as well. I am disproportionately excited about a box of repacks!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on October 26, 2021, 06:58 PM
My troopers are processing from Shop Disney, too.  No tracking information yet. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on October 30, 2021, 09:43 PM
I have had the tracking numbers for my orders for several days now but UPS says they canít be found. That tells me the shipping labels have been generated but may not be affixed to any packages. Or they have been and are still sitting at Disneyís warehouse. Anyone have a tracking number showing detail on UPS?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on October 30, 2021, 10:12 PM
Same for me for this. It also did the same last month with witch droid so I'm not too worried
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on October 31, 2021, 11:06 AM
I have had the tracking numbers for my orders for several days now but UPS says they canít be found. That tells me the shipping labels have been generated but may not be affixed to any packages. Or they have been and are still sitting at Disneyís warehouse. Anyone have a tracking number showing detail on UPS?

My order is in the same place as yours--perhaps quite literally. Tracking numbers sent, but not found by UPS tracking site.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on October 31, 2021, 11:37 AM
Yup, I'm in the same boat.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 2, 2021, 07:33 PM
I have had the tracking numbers for my orders for several days now but UPS says they canít be found. That tells me the shipping labels have been generated but may not be affixed to any packages. Or they have been and are still sitting at Disneyís warehouse. Anyone have a tracking number showing detail on UPS?

Hit the 1-week mark for my tracking number and still nothing on UPS site.  I plugged the number into the USPS site and got "USPS Currently Awaiting Package" so they don't know anything either.

My last ShopDisney pack (R6W1CH) took nine days with UPS/USPS "Mail Innovations" so I guess I have another couple days before I get too worried.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on November 2, 2021, 07:35 PM
I'm in exact same boat Jeff. So assuming they didn't lose MN's shipment I think we're ok......
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on November 2, 2021, 07:56 PM
Good to know I am not alone in this, albeit I wish you guys were better off than I. Seeing people on IG getting theirs is keeping me positive that either the UPS tracking site will have details on my number soon or they will just show up. Fingers remain crossed.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on November 3, 2021, 08:14 AM
I've seen a lot more of that lately with UPS doing the long haul and the post office doing the local delivery.  The tracking data is totally garbage, but the delivery date they quote is usually pretty accurate.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 3, 2021, 09:43 AM
I'm still waiting on my Stormtrooper orders from both Hasbro Pulse and Shop Disney.  The Shop Disney order looks like it's processing, but I still don't have any tracking information.  Meanwhile, the new holiday droids were made available only a few days ago and I already have tracking info for those.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 3, 2021, 03:20 PM
Same same.

Did Disney ever put the rebels up to order?  Iíd like more than two sets but I donít believe pulse is allowing more than that.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 3, 2021, 04:17 PM
Did Disney ever put the rebels up to order?

Not yet.  Sounds like ShopDisney is holding back taking any pre-orders on these until closer to release date. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 3, 2021, 09:44 PM
Interesting strategy.  I wish I could buy more off pulse.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 4, 2021, 09:24 AM
Hit the 1-week mark for my tracking number and still nothing on UPS site.  I plugged the number into the USPS site and got "USPS Currently Awaiting Package" so they don't know anything either.

My last ShopDisney pack (R6W1CH) took nine days with UPS/USPS "Mail Innovations" so I guess I have another couple days before I get too worried.

Hmmm.  A tale of two ShopDisney shipments -

Stormtrooper 4-pack - email says "shipped" with tracking # on 10/26; tracking # still not working on UPS site, tracking # shows "USPS Currently Awaiting Package" on USPS site.

R5-D33R - email says "shipped" with tracking # on 11/2; tracking # works on UPS site (est delivery 11/10); tracking # works on USPS site as well.

So weird.  I wonder what the deal is with the Stormtrooper packs?  Did somebody forget to move a pallet of orders to UPS or something? :P
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 4, 2021, 11:17 AM
This post (https://forum.rebelscum.com/threads/stormtrooper-4-pack.1148215/page-5#post-20443161) in the RS thread:

Quote
Ordered 2 sets from Disney and got the shipping notice last week with a ups tracking # that didnít exist. Hoping for the best I waited the 7 days and started a chat with a shop Disney csr that quickly told me it was lost, they are sold out and all they could do is refund me. Yay Star Wars collecting!

I bet this guy gets a refund and then they show up... no way this many of them are lost unless someone literally robbed them.

EDIT:  Another twist... someone suggested you plug your tracking number into the USPS site because it looks more like a USPS tracking number than a UPS tracking number, and mine did come up.  It still comes up as 'USPS currently awaiting package' - but weird all the same.

I've got half a mind to just ask for a refund at this point.  I'll either get $100 back, or i'll get $100 back and get the figures anyway if this is some kind of weird glitch and they're out there...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 4, 2021, 11:43 AM
EDIT:  Another twist... someone suggested you plug your tracking number into the USPS site because it looks more like a USPS tracking number than a UPS tracking number, and mine did come up.  It still comes up as 'USPS currently awaiting package' - but weird all the same.

Yeah, ShopDisney is using "UPS Mail Innovations" for these, which is like the UPS version of FedEx SmartPost where UPS delivers to USPS who then deliver it to you.  They have been doing that for a while now.

Like I said earlier, just so weird.  Either something happened to a whole truckload of packages or there is a software glitch.  I'll give them two weeks and if I've got nothing by then (11/9), I'll start the process to look for a refund.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 4, 2021, 01:04 PM
Since I somehow got around the limit on Pulse, I decided not to order from ShopDisney.

At least you guys will get these sort of early.  I've had issued with shipping from other sites in the past and it can be frustrating, but I bet patience will pay off.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 4, 2021, 07:35 PM
I went ahead and emailed and they said they have issued me a replacement order.  Others are being told these are sold out and that they can only get refunds.  But this is what they told meÖ

I wonder if Iíll get 0, 8, or 16 of these now. 

Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on November 5, 2021, 03:55 AM
These look like a great deal, bummed I missed the Stormtroopers, but it sounds like a lot of people may miss them anyways. I did manage to snag two of the RFTs.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 5, 2021, 09:07 AM
As of this morning, my tracking number finally works.  Shows the package was picked up by UPS 11/4 at 5pm.  Tracking info says I should have the package by 11/10.  Hoping this all works out in the end!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 5, 2021, 09:19 AM
I went ahead and emailed and they said they have issued me a replacement order.

I wonder if Iíll get 0, 8, or 16 of these now.

I'm in the same exact boat.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on November 5, 2021, 09:22 AM
As of this morning, my tracking number finally works.  Shows the package was picked up by UPS 11/4 at 5pm.  Tracking info says I should have the package by 11/10.  Hoping this all works out in the end!

So you might be right.  Maybe they loaded up a semi trailer and temporarily lost it on the lot.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on November 5, 2021, 10:00 AM
As of this morning, my tracking number finally works.  Shows the package was picked up by UPS 11/4 at 5pm.  Tracking info says I should have the package by 11/10.  Hoping this all works out in the end!

My tracking numbers have also been updated and show the same Nov 10 due date. Looking forward to see these guys come in, Iíve been looking out my window far too much hoping to see them in my front stoop.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 5, 2021, 02:21 PM
Same with mine.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 6, 2021, 09:31 AM
Just saw mine is updated this morning as well.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on November 8, 2021, 11:39 AM
My sets just arrived from ShopDisney and delivered last mile by USPS 2 days ahead of schedule. Crazy how the shipping went but very pleased to see them in hand. Hopefully everyone else is about to get theirs.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 8, 2021, 01:31 PM
My order from ShopDisney is finally out for delivery today.  But I have to say, I'm a little disappointed that they don't put the tracking information in the order history on the app.  I dug through a bunch of emails and finally found the tracking info, and it's a similar situation - UPS for the long haul, and USPS handles the home delivery.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 8, 2021, 02:31 PM
Let me know how your sets look. I've been seeing some disappointing reports that the paint is extremely sloppy.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 8, 2021, 03:58 PM
Just got my two sets. Wondering if I'm going to magically get two more now, but at least I got what I've paid for...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 8, 2021, 06:38 PM
Magical extra Stormtrooper sets sounds like a pretty amazing way to start the week.

How are the paint apps?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 8, 2021, 06:55 PM
Alright?  Maybe not great.  Honestly, unless it's terrible and I can tell from like 5 or 10 feet away, I never worry about it.  I just put them on the shelf and think about how the collection is as complete as I know how to make it:

(https://i.imgur.com/5eTZEBc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HCy42xv.jpg)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on November 8, 2021, 07:00 PM
Let me know how your sets look. I've been seeing some disappointing reports that the paint is extremely sloppy.

The first set I opened looks ok. The black line over the eyes is a little thin on each of them but nothing too bothersome. I did notice that the torso is a shade darker than the limbs due to the different plastics used for each. But again not too bothersome especially in the right light.

I was annoyed with the choice of long rifle - they went with the POTF2 Commtech Stormtrooper rifle and this guy just cannot hold it. Oh well not the end of the world, I already gave the first two to my son to likely lose.  ;D
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 10, 2021, 04:40 PM
My replacement order from Shop Disney just got here.   :o

(https://i.imgur.com/Hsy2dTO.jpg)

I swear, all I did was ask if they could look into the tracking number and they just wrote back and said they created a replacement order since I never got them...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on November 10, 2021, 05:20 PM
That's quite the haul Rob! (The extra troopers, and the sizable bar behind them...) Gotta love it when things work of like that.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on November 10, 2021, 05:29 PM
That's some nice customer service right there!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 10, 2021, 05:34 PM
That's quite the haul Rob! (The extra troopers, and the sizable bar behind them...) Gotta love it when things work of like that.

I don't even drink, all that stuff is my wife's.   :)

By the time the Pulse order ships, I'll be at 24 Stormtroopers for about $180... $7.50 each is pretty awesome these days.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on November 10, 2021, 06:27 PM
That's quite the haul Rob! (The extra troopers, and the sizable bar behind them...) Gotta love it when things work of like that.

I don't even drink, all that stuff is my wife's.   :)

By the time the Pulse order ships, I'll be at 24 Stormtroopers for about $180... $7.50 each is pretty awesome these days.

Wow, no kidding. I barely remember the last time a basic figure was under $10. Between the 24 total Rogue One and Remnant troopers I've bought lately I was at about $18 per figure...  I would have much rather paid $7.50 per
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 10, 2021, 06:38 PM
There was a Walmart near me that inexplicably got TAC figures in every week for several months, and had them priced at $3.50.  Paul lived right by it and would call me once or twice a week with what they had and snag it all for me... Stormtroopers, Yavin Guards, Galactic Marines, Airborne Troopers, Jawas, Death Star Troopers, Concept Snowtroopers and Stormtroopers... I must have bought 250 figures and close to half were Stormtroopers.  I was selling the coins in lots on eBay and getting back probably close to a buck each too. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on November 10, 2021, 08:22 PM
To this day I still think that TAC was my favorite line (outside of TVC/VOTC/VTSC). It was such a great period in collecting.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 11, 2021, 05:59 AM
My replacement order from Shop Disney just got here.   :o

(https://i.imgur.com/Hsy2dTO.jpg)

I swear, all I did was ask if they could look into the tracking number and they just wrote back and said they created a replacement order since I never got them...

You have to applaud them for being responsive.  I wonder if they would be equally responsive to some of the bad paint apps on a lot of figures that have been shipped?  I've seen some that look really, really bad.  I mean, so bad that they probably couldn't even be sold as factory seconds to Tunghori.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 11, 2021, 09:10 AM
Yeah I donít know.  Iíve only bothered to look at the one figure that I photographed.  Iím in the middle of unpacking the collection after my move in MayÖ maybe Iíll go ahead and check them all later.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 11, 2021, 10:29 AM
Yeah I donít know.  Iíve only bothered to look at the one figure that I photographed.  Iím in the middle of unpacking the collection after my move in MayÖ maybe Iíll go ahead and check them all later.

Just check the date stamps, apparently: Date stamp 12021 bad. Date stamp 12051 good.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on November 11, 2021, 10:36 AM
Yeah I donít know.  Iíve only bothered to look at the one figure that I photographed.  Iím in the middle of unpacking the collection after my move in MayÖ maybe Iíll go ahead and check them all later.

Just check the date stamps, apparently: Date stamp 12021 bad. Date stamp 12051 good.

Since Pulse is the later shipper, I hope that means they will all be 12051!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 11, 2021, 10:59 AM
Just check the date stamps, apparently: Date stamp 12021 bad. Date stamp 12051 good.

Hmm.  My two sets from ShopDisney = 1x 12021, 1x 12041.

Out of my 8 troopers, the only one with a slightly 'splotchy' visor/eye paint (paint a bit too thick) is in the 12041 box.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 11, 2021, 11:35 AM
Mine are 12031 and 12051. Paint looks good on all of them. The eyelenses are a little heavier than the normal (carded) trooper, but overall it looks great.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 11, 2021, 12:13 PM
Yeah I donít know.  Iíve only bothered to look at the one figure that I photographed.  Iím in the middle of unpacking the collection after my move in MayÖ maybe Iíll go ahead and check them all later.

Just check the date stamps, apparently: Date stamp 12021 bad. Date stamp 12051 good.

I can't read the damn things at all (looking on the figures themselves).  But I opened my second box and they were thankfully all good.

Thanks to whoever posted the photo so I could just check the box.  SMH...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 11, 2021, 01:44 PM
I've got 21, 41, and 51 sets... I'll try to open them at some point soon to check.

Also, where in the movies do these orange guys show up... Rogue One?  Trying to figure out where to put them.

Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 11, 2021, 02:07 PM
It seems that the pauldrons aren't just exclusive to Sandtroopers. I'm pretty sure I saw at least one Stormtrooper with a pauldron in the spaceport in SOLO, and there was another that was a squad leader in season 2 of The Mandalorian on Tython.  And there's also the upcoming Black Series release of a Stormtrooper with a pauldron (plus a backpack) as seen on Jedha in ROGUE ONE.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 11, 2021, 03:31 PM
I want that Jedha backpack for TVC so ******* bad.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Diddly on November 12, 2021, 01:37 PM
Also, where in the movies do these orange guys show up... Rogue One?  Trying to figure out where to put them.

In the Jedi Outcast video game, the higher ranking Stormtroopers used pauldrons, so Iíve always used them as squad leaders in displays.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on November 12, 2021, 04:44 PM
Also, where in the movies do these orange guys show up... Rogue One?  Trying to figure out where to put them.

In the Jedi Outcast video game, the higher ranking Stormtroopers used pauldrons, so Iíve always used them as squad leaders in displays.

What Travis said. Movie-wise, I feel like they may have shown up in Solo? I'm pretty sure pauldrons on squad leaders is considered canon at this point.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on November 12, 2021, 11:18 PM

What Travis said. Movie-wise, I feel like they may have shown up in Solo? I'm pretty sure pauldrons on squad leaders is considered canon at this point.

They sold one in the Rogue One line but the Pauldron was removableÖ not sure if thatís because it was in the movie though.

http://rebelscum.com/hasbro-star-wars/Imperial-Stormtrooper-B7280-B7072-Rogue-One/IMAGE5.asp
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on November 15, 2021, 11:16 AM
I think the pauldron makes sense for an officer stormtrooper in general. It never made sense that they'd just have one just because they happened to be stationed on a desert planet. I also remember some of the old Dark Horse comics having stormies with pauldrons as a separate thing from the Sandtrooper thing. The backpacks for stormtroopers on desert planets were essentially air conditioners or something, right? Field gear? I think it makes sense for the pauldron to be separate from that.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on December 8, 2021, 05:38 PM
Just got an email saying my Pulse order of Stormtroopers will be processed on December 15.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 9, 2021, 10:12 AM
I got the same e-mail.  Looking forward to getting these!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on December 16, 2021, 07:23 PM
Right on schedule, I got charged for both of the the Pulse Stormtrooper 4-Packs yesterday.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 17, 2021, 11:13 AM
Well done, Hasbro.  I'll give credit where it is due.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on December 17, 2021, 11:15 AM
Ooh... now this is a really nice set - LOVE that they are finally giving us TVC quality Shoretrooper Captain and Squad Leaders.  A+

Up for pre-order at 4pm ET today!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FG0mgNiXIAM5udV.jpg) (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FG0mgNjWUAU7-vQ.jpg)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on December 17, 2021, 11:22 AM
Ha, I was just looking at my three Shoretroopers yesterday and thinking to myself that they looked lonely, and that I wished they made more of the officers.

Count me in for a few of these.  :)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on December 17, 2021, 11:25 AM
Are we expecting these to be HasbroPulse and Disney Store exclusives again?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 17, 2021, 11:27 AM
I'm pleasantly surprised to see that Hasbro made both the Captain and the Squad Leader for this set, along with including the two Shoretroopers.  I had been hoping for a set like this.  And the timing is even kind of cool, since yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the theatrical release of Rogue One.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on December 17, 2021, 11:27 AM
Are we expecting these to be HasbroPulse and Disney Store exclusives again?

From the Press Release..
During the height of the Empire, coastal defense shoretroopers would patrol the Imperial military headquarters on Scarif. Collect your own battalion with the Star Wars The Vintage Collection Shoretrooper Pack! Pre-order today at 4:00pm ET on #HasbroPulse and @shopdisney!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 17, 2021, 11:35 AM
Nice set.  Well done Hasbro!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on December 17, 2021, 11:37 AM
Wondering about the price and if these will still be $42?

I know this set is 2 repacks, 1 repaint, and 1 new kitbash, but the fact that you can get 4x figures here for less than the cost of 2x new TVC DLX Boba Fett really highlights how painful that $26+ for Fett was.  :-\
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on December 17, 2021, 11:58 AM
Wondering about the price and if these will still be $42?

I know this set is 2 repacks, 1 repaint, and 1 new kitbash, but the fact that you can get 4x figures here for less than the cost of 2x new TVC DLX Boba Fett really highlights how painful that $26+ for Fett was.  :-\

Yeah, Hasbro is getting it right with the 4-packs of repack/repaint/kitbash troopers.  Simple packaging and a reasonable price.

Not so much on the Deluxe packs...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 17, 2021, 12:17 PM
Wondering about the price and if these will still be $42?

I know this set is 2 repacks, 1 repaint, and 1 new kitbash, but the fact that you can get 4x figures here for less than the cost of 2x new TVC DLX Boba Fett really highlights how painful that $26+ for Fett was.  :-\

You forget there's always a markup for Boba Fett.  Been that way since 1979.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on December 17, 2021, 12:50 PM
HuhÖ

Okay.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on December 17, 2021, 01:06 PM
You forget there's always a markup for Boba Fett.  Been that way since 1979.

Not so!

I got my first one for free. That's how they hooked ya back then! >:D

As far as the Shore troopers, I am happy for those who want them, and I applaud the timing to coincide with the Rogue One Anniversary. I do not need these for myself though. If the next reveal that pairs up with this set is a Mon Cal 4-pack of repainted Admiral Ackbars in salmon, aqua, and white skintone varieties--I would bite on that one!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on December 17, 2021, 01:46 PM
If the next reveal that pairs up with this set is a Mon Cal 4-pack of repainted Admiral Ackbars in salmon, aqua, and white skintone varieties--I would bite on that one!

Probably too much work for them, but I agree and if they go that route I'd love some Rogue One rebel troopers that throw some different head sculpts on the same body.  Again, probably more work than they are willing to do with their repaint money factory.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: JediJman on December 17, 2021, 03:29 PM
I'm in for two of these sets.  I love me some Shoretroopers.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on December 17, 2021, 03:53 PM
Are we expecting these to be HasbroPulse and Disney Store exclusives again?

From the Press Release..
During the height of the Empire, coastal defense shoretroopers would patrol the Imperial military headquarters on Scarif. Collect your own battalion with the Star Wars The Vintage Collection Shoretrooper Pack! Pre-order today at 4:00pm ET on #HasbroPulse and @shopdisney!

Update - today at HasbroPulse; future date at Disney -

"Please note this item will launch on #HasbroPulse at 4:00pm ET on Dec. 17th, 2021 and at shopDisney at a later time. Stay tuned for more updates."
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 17, 2021, 04:06 PM
You forget there's always a markup for Boba Fett.  Been that way since 1979.

Not so!

I got my first one for free. That's how they hooked ya back then! >:D

As far as the Shore troopers, I am happy for those who want them, and I applaud the timing to coincide with the Rogue One Anniversary. I do not need these for myself though. If the next reveal that pairs up with this set is a Mon Cal 4-pack of repainted Admiral Ackbars in salmon, aqua, and white skintone varieties--I would bite on that one!

bull****.  The first Boba Fell cost four proof of purchases from other figures plus shipping and handling.  Arguably the most expensive figure of the time!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on December 17, 2021, 04:08 PM
Pre-Orders are up on Hasbro Pulse. I just grabbed my two sets.

I also noticed Pulse has the regular Stormtroopers back in stock! So I grabbed two of those as well!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on December 17, 2021, 07:15 PM

bull****.  The first Boba Fell cost four proof of purchases from other figures plus shipping and handling.  Arguably the most expensive figure of the time!

You paid for proof of purchases?!? Those came free with my figures. I literally had a dozen of them laying around by the time the Boba Fett offer came up--my 2 brothers and I each got a free figure!

(And they didn't charge S&H in 1979!)

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 18, 2021, 11:48 AM
As far as the Shore troopers, I am happy for those who want them, and I applaud the timing to coincide with the Rogue One Anniversary. I do not need these for myself though. If the next reveal that pairs up with this set is a Mon Cal 4-pack of repainted Admiral Ackbars in salmon, aqua, and white skintone varieties--I would bite on that one!

I love this idea!  One of my favorite figures from the POTJ line was the Mon Calamari Crewman.   I had actually repainted an extra POTF2 Admiral Ackbar with the crewman colors before that figure was even released.  And I think it's a pretty cool figure to this day.

While I said that I love the idea of a Mon Cal troop builder set, I think looking at how things are getting done by Hasbro bears some examination.  In the three troop builder sets that have been announced so far, each one is built on an existing Vintage Collection figure.
Stormtrooper set - VC140 Stormtrooper (Rogue One)
Rebel Fleet Troopers - VC052 / VC183 Rebel Fleet Trooper
Shoretroopers - TBS 3.75" figure / VC133

Based on what we've seen so far I'm skeptical of Hasbro offering an all-new sculpt in this assortment before it's been released on a basic figure cardback.  Don't get me wrong - I absolutely want a Vintage Collection quality Admiral Raddus along with some of his officers.  But I get the sense that Hasbro would want to release a carded Raddus first.  Could they repaint / kitbash the existing Admiral Ackbar sculpt into some ROTJ Mon Cal officers?  That seems like a stronger possibility.

If we're talking about more Rebels from Rogue One?  And they had to draw on existing sculpts?  I think we would probably get some pilots from Blue, Red or Gold Squadrons.  The General Merrick sculpt might be the basis for that, since his flight suit seems to be the basis for a lot of the flight suits we see in Rogue One.

Looking through some of the existing TVC trooper sculpts, these look like possibilities for future sets:
-Sandtroopers
-TIE Pilots
-Imperial Officers (questionable since the only TVC Imperial Officers were Tarkin and the TLC Needa reissued in a 3-pack)
-Imperial Naval Troopers
-Imperial Assault Tank Drivers & Commander
-Clone Troopers (phase 1)
-Clone Troopers (phase 2)
-ARC Troopers
-Battle Droids
-Super Battle Droids
-Magnaguard Droids (this might be a good way of getting both grey and blue ones)
-Endor Rebel Troopers (but they can't just offer them in the big coat - need to get the vests on these guys)
-Bespin Guards
-Hoth Rebel Troopers
-Rebel Pilots
-First Order Stormtroopers
-Praetorian Guards
-Sith Troopers


These are the ones that immediately come to mind.  As the line progresses and more varied troopers get added the possibilities will definitely open up.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on December 18, 2021, 12:40 PM
Give me four Yavin Sled Techs.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 18, 2021, 01:24 PM

bull****.  The first Boba Fell cost four proof of purchases from other figures plus shipping and handling.  Arguably the most expensive figure of the time!

You paid for proof of purchases?!? Those came free with my figures. I literally had a dozen of them laying around by the time the Boba Fett offer came up--my 2 brothers and I each got a free figure!

(And they didn't charge S&H in 1979!)

 ;D ;D ;D

You purchased the proof of purchase and they threw in the action figure gratis!   ;D

I also clearly remeber having to pay shipping and handling for my Boba Fett back in 1979.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on December 18, 2021, 02:15 PM
Probably low on the list, but they could do the Rebel Yavin honor guards, FO Snowtroopers (and offer up the Officer from Rise).  Ugnaughts, too.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on December 18, 2021, 04:23 PM

You purchased the proof of purchase and they threw in the action figure gratis!   ;D

I also clearly remeber having to pay shipping and handling for my Boba Fett back in 1979.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cXpsPZoVHMw/VUoqMtvTtXI/AAAAAAAAIg0/UoL9G3QaEZc/s1600/boba%2Bfett%2Baction%2Bfigure.jpg)

No S&H mentioned. Someone scammed you, brother...I bet yours didn't even have a firing rocket!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on December 18, 2021, 10:28 PM
I wonder when Disney gets their ShoretroopersÖÖ. And rebel troopers. ☹️
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 19, 2021, 09:14 AM
Did Shop Disney ever list the Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack?  I had given up looking. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 19, 2021, 04:16 PM

You purchased the proof of purchase and they threw in the action figure gratis!   ;D

I also clearly remeber having to pay shipping and handling for my Boba Fett back in 1979.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cXpsPZoVHMw/VUoqMtvTtXI/AAAAAAAAIg0/UoL9G3QaEZc/s1600/boba%2Bfett%2Baction%2Bfigure.jpg)

No S&H mentioned. Someone scammed you, brother...I bet yours didn't even have a firing rocket!

It was on the pamphlet.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on December 19, 2021, 04:53 PM
Did Shop Disney ever list the Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack?  I had given up looking.

Yes.  I preordered from them immediately on the first day.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on December 20, 2021, 12:18 PM
Did Shop Disney ever list the Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack?  I had given up looking.

Yes.  I preordered from them immediately on the first day.

Really?  I didn't think Disney had put them up yet... Last word we had from Hasbro was that ShopDisney was holding back taking any pre-orders on the RFTs until closer to release date.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 20, 2021, 12:35 PM
I was only able to order the Stormtroopers from Shop Disney.  Never the Rebel Fleet Troopers.

Oh, and I just remembered a figure that might make sense in this format - the Klaatooinian Raider that was the pack-in figure with the AT-ST Raider!  That figure sells for over $60 by itself on the secondary market.  The leader of the raiders was never made.  Plus the AT-ST needs a crew of two.

Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 20, 2021, 01:16 PM
Thereís so much potential with these packs.  I welcome them!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on December 20, 2021, 01:19 PM
Did Shop Disney ever list the Rebel Fleet Trooper 4-pack?  I had given up looking.

Yes.  I preordered from them immediately on the first day.

Really?  I didn't think Disney had put them up yet... Last word we had from Hasbro was that ShopDisney was holding back taking any pre-orders on the RFTs until closer to release date.

You're right and I mis-remembered.  I ended up ordering this from HasbroPulse.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on December 21, 2021, 08:17 AM
Yeah no Disney, yetÖ though I was able to order a second set of two on hasbro that I hope they didnít cancel since theyíre not selling out there (yet).
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on December 22, 2021, 05:29 PM
Got two of my stormtrooper sets in.  I've looked at one of the commanders and the paint apps look great!

My review. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxIowv8UjIA)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on December 28, 2021, 02:25 PM
I finally cracked open the 6 Stormtrooper sets I have...

No real paint issues.  But the last two packs I opened had a lot of legs on backwards (I was able to rotate them into place), and the 3rd from last one I pulled out has his hands on the wrong arm.

4,000 figures, 26 years of collecting and I've never run into that one...
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 3, 2022, 05:41 PM
After looking online to get ahold of a couple of Rogue One Tank Drivers and a Tank Commander I'm hoping we get a troop builder set of them next!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 3, 2022, 05:58 PM
After looking online to get ahold of a couple of Rogue One Tank Drivers and a Tank Commander I'm hoping we get a troop builder set of them next!

The tank troopers and commander are such an obvious choice.  That type of set would be a layup for Hasbro. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on January 3, 2022, 06:16 PM
My two Stormtrooper sets came over the holidays too. I did have one trooper where paint app on the mustache-looking-grill is pretty crooked and missed the sculpted detail entirely on one half of the face entirely. Otherwise the other 7 all look good.

After looking online to get ahold of a couple of Rogue One Tank Drivers and a Tank Commander I'm hoping we get a troop builder set of them next!

The tank troopers and commander are such an obvious choice.  That type of set would be a layup for Hasbro. 

I've had my Combat Assault Tank sitting in a box waiting for drivers for almost two years now. I'm not about to shell out $150 for a driver. I would be so down for that set. I think they could make into it some sort of Imperial Driver troop building pack. I know the purpose of these sets isn't really to drop many (or any) new sculpts -- HOWEVER, this would be a perfect opportunity for a new SA Imperial Juggernaut Pilot. The helmet is the same as the Tank Drivers, they just need to make a new SA body, which can then easily be reused later for at least four other figures with only minor modifications: Din Djarin in Tank Driver Disguise - Mayfield in Tank Driver Disguise - Young Han Solo as an Imperial Swamp Trooper (mudtrooper) - Mudtrooper. The pack could contain:

  --  1 Rogue One Tank Commander
  --  2 Rogue One Tank Drivers (repaints)
  --  1 Juggernaut Pilot

Just for comparison sake, here is Din Djarin dressed as Juggernaught pilot vs the Mudtroopers:

(https://external-preview.redd.it/-wPP61DIMsJQiW0JcK6TrEM8-8nedKZPp_b5UxoeeO8.png?auto=webp&s=516fc318ac91ccbdbf68fbc4e3eba56cdd41a464)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 4, 2022, 08:52 AM
Hasbro announced a Din Djarin in the Transport Driver disguise.  I think once thatís released thereís a greater chance of us getting the Transport Drivers in a troop builder pack.  And eventually there would probably be a Mayfeld in disguise, too.

There are definitely some parts of that trooper that could be repurposed for a Mudtrooper.  The most likely scenario that I see for that is for Hasbro to make a Han Solo in the mud trooper uniform.  Hasbro has definitely shown an inclination to repurpose parts across some figures.  Evidently the new Lobot and Bib Fortuna draw on parts from previous releases of Lando (the Solo version and the Cloud City version).  A mud trooper Han Solo would probably lead to a Mud Trooper 4-pack.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on January 4, 2022, 11:26 AM
Hasbro announced a Din Djarin in the Transport Driver disguise.  I think once thatís released thereís a greater chance of us getting the Transport Drivers in a troop builder pack.  And eventually there would probably be a Mayfeld in disguise, too.

There are definitely some parts of that trooper that could be repurposed for a Mudtrooper.  The most likely scenario that I see for that is for Hasbro to make a Han Solo in the mud trooper uniform.  Hasbro has definitely shown an inclination to repurpose parts across some figures.  Evidently the new Lobot and Bib Fortuna draw on parts from previous releases of Lando (the Solo version and the Cloud City version).  A mud trooper Han Solo would probably lead to a Mud Trooper 4-pack.

Oh that's right, I forgot about that! Thanks Nick. Even more reason to give us the Tank Driver Pack.  :P
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 17, 2022, 11:39 PM
Rebel Fleet Troopers on Shop Disney (http://)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Dave on January 18, 2022, 09:31 AM
Was there a big difference in shipping times for the Stormtrooper packs between ShopDisney and HasbroPulse?
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 18, 2022, 09:59 AM
Not sure Dave.  I do know that I didn't see anything that said preorder on Shop Disney and they just showed up yesterday.  With some people already getting these I'm guessing the Shop Disney ones will get here before April.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on January 18, 2022, 11:00 AM
I believe there was at least a month.  Not sure though.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 18, 2022, 04:02 PM
There was at least a month between my Shop Disney order arriving and when my Hasbro Pulse Stormtroopers were delivered.

As for the Rebel Fleet Trooper sets?  I preordered those on Hasbro Pulse the day they were listed.  I ordered the RFT 4-packs yesterday on Shop Disney and I got a shipping notification today.  Itís perplexing how one order is getting fulfilled immediately but I havenít gotten any indication of when the order that was placed further back will ship.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on January 18, 2022, 10:32 PM
Yeah it was a while oddly.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 18, 2022, 10:38 PM
There was at least a month between my Shop Disney order arriving and when my Hasbro Pulse Stormtroopers were delivered.

As for the Rebel Fleet Trooper sets?  I preordered those on Hasbro Pulse the day they were listed.  I ordered the RFT 4-packs yesterday on Shop Disney and I got a shipping notification today.  Itís perplexing how one order is getting fulfilled immediately but I havenít gotten any indication of when the order that was placed further back will ship.

My Shop Disney order just says In Progress.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on January 19, 2022, 03:29 PM
I switched my Rebel Troopers order to Disney on Monday and got a shipping notice this morning.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 19, 2022, 03:38 PM
Got the same e-mail.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on January 19, 2022, 04:28 PM
I want that free shipping to justify the $50 I gave Pulse last year.  I'm going to wait it out.   
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 19, 2022, 11:32 PM
I want that free shipping to justify the $50 I gave Pulse last year.  I'm going to wait it out.   

I have a couple on order at Pulse as well....I just want one in hand to put in my Tantive IV hallway.  I can add some to my Rebel Hangar table to flesh it out a bit more.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jesse James on January 20, 2022, 01:45 AM
Iím keeping my pulse order too Rob, but cuz I just want a ****load of these sets.  My Disney order shipped but hasnít moved. 
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 20, 2022, 05:44 AM
I was tempted to cancel my Pulse order.  But the officers and wider range of likenesses makes these sets pretty appealing.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Rob on January 20, 2022, 10:01 AM
Right on.  With the human likenesses and specific Antilles figure, I donít want more than two of these.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 20, 2022, 02:17 PM
I just opened my first set of Rebel Fleet Troopers.  WOW!  The execution on these is really good!  The facial sculpts are excellent.  I did have concerns that the Captain Antilles likeness and the Pello Scambras figures had the same head sculpt but different paint apps, but seeing them in person made it clear that's not the case.

As for how many to get?  A total of 4 of these sets will suit me just fine.  I managed to get at least a dozen of the RFT's back in TVC 1.0, and I have 3 Tantive IV playsets.  These figures will help fill out the ranks in my Tantive IV, Yavin and other Rebel Alliance dioramas.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Ryan on January 20, 2022, 07:15 PM
I just opened my first set of Rebel Fleet Troopers.  WOW!  The execution on these is really good!  The facial sculpts are excellent.  I did have concerns that the Captain Antilles likeness and the Pello Scambras figures had the same head sculpt but different paint apps, but seeing them in person made it clear that's not the case.

As for how many to get?  A total of 4 of these sets will suit me just fine.  I managed to get at least a dozen of the RFT's back in TVC 1.0, and I have 3 Tantive IV playsets.  These figures will help fill out the ranks in my Tantive IV, Yavin and other Rebel Alliance dioramas.

Is the rank badge for Antilles a sculpted detail, or is it just painted on? Looking back at the images, aside from the head sculpt he looks like just a pure repaint of the RFT. Which is a bit disappointing since his coat should be long sleeved. I can totally live with it, but it is disappointing nonetheless.

I'm curious how the figure looks in person even just compared to the 2004 TSC Fan's Choice version.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 20, 2022, 11:02 PM
Just got an e-mail from Hasbro Pulse stating these are on their way soon.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 21, 2022, 06:51 AM
I just opened my first set of Rebel Fleet Troopers.  WOW!  The execution on these is really good!  The facial sculpts are excellent.  I did have concerns that the Captain Antilles likeness and the Pello Scambras figures had the same head sculpt but different paint apps, but seeing them in person made it clear that's not the case.

As for how many to get?  A total of 4 of these sets will suit me just fine.  I managed to get at least a dozen of the RFT's back in TVC 1.0, and I have 3 Tantive IV playsets.  These figures will help fill out the ranks in my Tantive IV, Yavin and other Rebel Alliance dioramas.

Is the rank badge for Antilles a sculpted detail, or is it just painted on? Looking back at the images, aside from the head sculpt he looks like just a pure repaint of the RFT. Which is a bit disappointing since his coat should be long sleeved. I can totally live with it, but it is disappointing nonetheless.

I'm curious how the figure looks in person even just compared to the 2004 TSC Fan's Choice version.

It looks really good.  Much better than the "Haley Joel Osment" version of Captain Antilles from the SAGA line back around 2003, which was IMHO probably the worst executed Fan's Choice Figure that Hasbro has ever made.  Although that figure was designed for Vader to choke, and for him to clutch at his own throat.  Given the state of action figure design at the time I suppose it was well done.  But this new figure is far better,

The rank badge is painted on.  I had to examine it really closely to make that determination.  It looks like there's some texture there, but it's really well done.  The key for pulling off the Captain Antilles looks is that they REALLY paid close attention to the execution of the paint apps.  That rank badge is one of the key points.  The other is the color choices for the "jacket" and for the shirt.  They're distinct enough from one another to pull off the illusion of a light tan jacket over a dark tan shirt.

And another key thing at work here?  The non-removable vest.  When the Rebel Fleet Trooper first came out in TVC 1.0 I was kind of annoyed.  Why would it NOT have a removable vest like the POTJ version?  In retrospect that removable vest really didn't add much to the figure.  With the vest off of the POTJ RFT it looked pretty weird, and the vest looks a little weird in other kitbashes.  Truth be told, the molded vest helps pull off the illusion that this is a jacket.  I don't think anyone planned for that back when the TVC Rebel Fleet Trooper was first released over 10 years ago, so this is a happy accident that Hasbro could turn the RFT into a passable Captain Antilles.

The only points of concern for me?  The pants aren't accurate.  And I also don't know if the likeness was based on the actor from ANH or from ROGUE ONE.  Beyond that, I think the Captain Antilles is a great figure.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on January 21, 2022, 08:16 AM
Just to update: hasbro sent a notice that they will be shipping their troop builder sets soon.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jeff on January 21, 2022, 10:08 AM
Just got an e-mail from Hasbro Pulse stating these are on their way soon.

Just to update: hasbro sentence notice that they will be shipping their troop builder sets soon.

Ditto.  Glad to see the Pulse RFTs are not that far behind Disney. :)
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on January 23, 2022, 09:28 AM
I popped open my set of the Rebel Fleet Troopers and I have to write down how pleased I am with every little thing about it.

I was "retired" from collecting when the TVC RFT figure was first released, so while it was on my radar as something I would buy if I saw it, its scarcity in stores killed that possibility. I didn't get one until they shipped with the Tantive IV playsets last year (at which point I also got one of the original pre-face printing releases, boosting my army to 3 which felt excessive!)

First off I really appreciate the new head sculpts from the standpoint of improved functionality. The helmets on the originals I have never seemed to fit tightly. The bigger hairsculpts on the new heads have made the helmets a better fit. Of course there is the bald guy whose helmet still jostles around, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

The Antilles figure works for me, too. Paired with the other figures in the set his paint scheme is so different he doesn't seem like a repaint at all. It worked out well.

I only bought one set, and that feels like enough for me. I could see headswapping a different officer if I had another 4-pack, but honestly I was always content with 2 RFTs on display, and now I get to have 4 unique characters plus Antilles. It's almost overkill!
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 23, 2022, 02:46 PM
Great Muftak!  I think we all need to wait on Jesse's review.  He's the RFT authority around here!   ;D
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Jedi Idej on January 23, 2022, 02:54 PM
Can't wait until HP sends my sets. I was hoping to mod a few nice military heads I found online and swap them on the 2nd set, but they're just a tad bigger than noggins on recent figures so I'm expecting them to be too big for the RFT.

Youtuber Only One Kenobi noted how the Asian head looks a bit like Doug Chiang. Pretty cool nod if that's who the sculpt was based on. Wonder who the others are modeled after?



Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on January 23, 2022, 05:30 PM
So here's something I've never seen before.  Yesterday, my set from Disney was on a UPS vehicle for delivery.  Checked in from time to time to see where the truck was on the map and he never showed up.  Looking on the site today it says it will be delivered tomorrow due to "Emergency Situation or Severe Weather"  There was no severe weather here yesterday.

Weird stuff.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Muftak on January 23, 2022, 06:08 PM
Great Muftak!  I think we all need to wait on Jesse's review.  He's the RFT authority around here!   ;D

No doubt! Spoiler--still no holsters!  :'(
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: Nicklab on January 24, 2022, 12:22 PM

Youtuber Only One Kenobi noted how the Asian head looks a bit like Doug Chiang. Pretty cool nod if that's who the sculpt was based on. Wonder who the others are modeled after?


I had noticed the resemblance to Doug Chiang, too.  It's pretty clear to me, and nice in that continuing trend honoring creators like Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston.  It would have been nice if Hasbro had modeled a Rebel Trooper on ILM's Lorne Peterson or director Gareth Edwards, since both of them have played Rebel Fleet Troopers.  Peterson played the RFT in the observation tower with the handheld scope, and Edwards was the trooper who released the docking clamps that secured the Tantive IV to the Profundity at the Battle of Scarif.

After checking out the Wookieepedia entry for Captain Antilles, it looks like the likeness for the figure is based on the actor from Rogue One, Tim Beckmann (https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Tim_Beckmann).  The likeness between him and the figure is reasonably close.

I had thought that the original VC-052 Rebel Fleet Trooper was attempting to capture the appearance of the RFT in the original film that got the most notable closeup, Lt. Pello Scrambas.  But one of these new RFT's is definitely trying to capture his likeness more closely.

As for the black Rebel Fleet Trooper?  I can't find a specific person that his likeness is based upon.  But as head sculpts go and facial deco go, it looks really good.
Title: Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
Post by: LandotheScoundrel on January 26, 2022, 02:24 PM
These Rebel trooper packs are ******* excellent. I got two from ShopDisney, and have another 2 coming from HasbroPulse, and I'm trying to talk myself out of ordering more.

Does anyone know if any of the 3d printer guys have RFT holsters available? I figure they could just go with the same one from the Echo Base trooper, since he has the same gun.