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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: December 1, 2021, 09:58 PM »
I'll throw my hat in the ring if they're ever looking for a new Star Wars brand/product manager.   ;D


Frankly, I don't think the rancor is such a bad item to offer. Sure, I have a number of them from various previous lines, but the figure itself looks pretty cool to me. I even like most of the incentives they've offered. But it just comes down to price. I can't reconcile spending the same price on this as I would for 15 brand new Black Series figures. Including even one or two additional figures still makes it incredibly overpriced. Now, had they offered it at $200 or even $250 plus incentives, that might be a bit more tempting. And I would be hard pressed to turn this down if they decided to include Oola instead of the rancor keeper. But even this additional offering feels like it's not enough for the price.  Between that and the lazy approach to the incentives, I sort of just wanted to fail on principle. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Pulse / Pulse Premium Discussion
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:15 PM »
If you've been wanting the TVC Slave One and have been holding is the time!

There's also the Troop Transport, POE's X-wing from TROS and the Skiff that a 10 to 15% discount could help.

Wow, surprised any of that stuff is still available.  Like Dave said, not regretting bailing on the membership thus far.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 29, 2021, 12:12 PM »
Yeah it's been fluctuating around 4750 for the past couple of days.  I think it's hit its floor.  I just wonder if the end surge will be big enough to bring it back over the line.

Back up to 4758 today.  Where are all these guys posting online that they're going to buy up extra of these to make the non-supporters pay triple once this comes out and people are consumed with regret over not getting one? 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 20, 2021, 08:47 AM »
4889 now...I have to say, I am surprised that the numbers keep going down.  I figured less people would be interested after the lackluster news, but I didn't think we'd see negative numbers ongoing.  Wow.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 05:48 PM »
Amen to that.  Backers have dropped down to 4,991 as of 4:45 today.  Yikes!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 05:34 PM »
Add me to the list of those wanting this to fail.  Sorry to those who are interested, but if this moves forward, it's going to mean more of the same.  I'd rather have it fail and send a message that collectors are not okay with ridiculous prices or lazy incentives on these big ticket items.  I really like the Rancor and would love to have it my collection...for about $200 or less.  At $350, this thing costs more than 15 brand new black series figures (15 * $23 = $345).  Think about that for a minute.  You could get a set of 15 new figures...or a Rancor.  And honestly, given all the comments online, I think the numbers would easily get to the 9k if they had just included Oola or a Rancor Keeper.  Limiting the incentives to re-packs probably has some people cancelling just to spite their lazy approach to getting more backers.  I have to admit, I'd probably have a pre-order right now if this had those two figures attached to it.  Or for this price, give it some battery power to move the mouth or make it growl or have some kind of walking feature. 

I was just looking at the Haslab Galactus offering earlier this week and admiring the 30k+ backers.  Yes, it was $400, but the offering included two brand new 6" figures and a repack of a fairly hard to find Silver Surfer figure.  Galactus also has 70 points of articulation (vs 45 for the Rancor) and has alternate heads, light up LEDs, etc.   This is also a character that has few previous iterations and is somewhat spendy on the secondary market, while I would guess most SW fans have a rancor or multiple rancors at this point.  Pretty sure I have half a dozen of them in various forms.  There's definitely a market for this big ticket stuff, but they either have to make the prices more reasonable or include more meaningful incentives to get backers fired up. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The MCU post Endgame.
« on: November 5, 2021, 04:40 PM »
Gong to see Eternals tomorrow.  Not really sure what to expect from this one, but I trust in the Marvel team's plan...they've been well so far.

Saw it last night and it was just so-so.  They did a good job misdirecting the plot, but you could tell kind of early on that not everyone on the team was on the same page.  I don't want to say more than that for plot spoilers, but I'll add that for me they never really come together as a "team" the way the Guardians and the Avengers do. Lots of plot holes in this one and it frankly just felt like a long set up/introduction to me.  I did like the battle scenes and the side characters like Dane.

Also, for anyone that uses Marcus Cinemas, they have a deal going through the weekend where you get $15 for buying a $50 gift card.  Not hard to use up between this and Spidey 3 on the horizon.

Anybody still monitoring this thread?  I was looking over the site today and discovered that Yahoo hates me.  I was projected to go 2-12 following my draft.  Now that I'm 7-1, the site has revised the projection and believes I will finish 8-6.  Not looking forward to losing 6 of my next 7 games...  ::)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: October 25, 2021, 05:30 PM »
I don't know why Hasbro hides any of the unlocks for Haslab projects.

Control freaks.  They're ridiculous about making sure they are the ones to release the news when where and how they want it released.  I'm with you - I'd rather see it all up front.  If I know there is a stretch goal I want, I might be talking friends into it, budgeting to afford it, or even just rolling the idea around in my head longer to convince myself its worth it.  Instead, they keep it all hidden for a later surprise!  The only advantage is spreading out the news/buzz to keep it top of mind, but I'd be surprised to find that you gain a lot more sales that way than with just showing all your cards right away.  Heck, I'm sure some people would buy multiples if this was the only way to get a 6" Oola and Rancor Keeper or other exclusive items.

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: October 25, 2021, 05:24 PM »
Another nice showing from the Legends team at PulseCon today, which is saying something considering how much they unveil on a weekly basis throughout the year. Plus they are very enjoyable guys who really seem to enjoy their brand. Cool things include an anniversary line for the beginning of Legends with all new Cap and Iron Man figures (Toad and Hulk are rumored to complete that original wave), retro carded versions of Scarlet Witch and Vision, MCU updates/re-releases of Endgame Cap, Falcon Cap, Winter Soldier, and another retro 4 wave. Plus, coolest of all, X-Men Animated Series figures that come in VHS tale style boxes. Wolverine and Jubilee are the first announced.

I can't find the info on the new Marvel 4" Retro wave.  Who is included?  I see a listing for a 2 pack with Marvel Girl and Wolverine, but that's it. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:09 PM »
The Rancor passed 3k backers already.  I'm holding out to see the incentives.  Curious to know how those work.  I'm sure they've come up with them in advance, but do they lower the targets if they're getting less orders than forecasted?  Or is the target even higher to force people to order multiples?

Pretty easy ordering on all of these this time.  I'm not sure they made improvements or if I was just in the right window, but I found this easily enough on EE with free shipping along with the set of 4 TPM figures.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Walmart TVC "Original 96" Exclusives
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:04 PM »
Glad it worked!  I have a hair dryer in the bathroom near my Star Wars cave and its sole purpose is fixing toys.   ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
« on: October 23, 2021, 06:03 PM »
Did I read the summary incorrectly?  I thought the 4-packs were Pulse exclusives

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: October 22, 2021, 03:23 PM »

Up to almost 1k backers already, so I don't think they'll have a hard time hitting 9k.  Still on the fence myself - I like it, but I don't love it.

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