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Probably accidentally made a bunch of these when they started the line back up to do the ROTJ 40th version. >:D


Regarding these pipeline reveals...

Hasbro announced a total of 5 figures from A NEW HOPE.  Granted, the versions of Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and the Stormtrooper are all reissues.  But a new Darth Vader is in the mix, plus the biggest reveal - a new Princess Leia - which has been called for in the whole "Make The Mains" campaign that's been circulating around social media.  But I'm struck by what looks like it might be a wave of A NEW HOPE figures.  Is anyone else surprised by this development?  And could it be an indication that Hasbro might be moving back towards building waves of figures based on a common theme?

The thought that immediately crossed my mind was that Disney told Hasbro that the movie is going to be in theaters again in 24 or 25 to help fill the schedule vacancies created by the strikes.

Next I thought they could be gearing up that Haslab Death Star.

Cynical me thought they were getting into some new ANH tooling so they had figures ready to rerelease for the 50th anniversary that is 4 years away.

It looks a lot like the Jabba's Goons repack wave coupled with Han/Vader/Piett wave honestly.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Pulse 2023 TBOBF Throne Room Playset
« on: September 11, 2023, 01:16 PM »
I wonder what the Bib Fortuna's will sell for... if I wanted to do two, I could also sell just the second Bib.

I presold mine to a guy who messaged me about buying it for $100 about a week ago. We will see how that goes, but I knew I wasn't keeping it from the beginning,  I don't like opening limited edition carded figures and I don't like collecting carded figures. But I will take the discount on the playset as such.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Pulse 2023 TBOBF Throne Room Playset
« on: September 11, 2023, 12:08 PM »
I received notice of the Throne Room shipping soon, too!

I still don't understand why this didn't pre-charge. It seems a lot riskier of a sale and a lot lower of demand than the Ghost was.

In a way I am glad to have that charge finally landing and no longer hanging over my head. Oh, and excited about the playset too.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: September 3, 2023, 10:23 AM »
After the Ghost, I'd really like Hasbro to have mini-Haslabs that focus on never-before-made figures multipacks that wouldn't sell well at retail.  Have a focus on Jabba's Skiff/Barge guards, Cantina denizens, characters that interacted with the Razor Crest, characters that interacted with The Ghost, Jedi, Ewoks, Partisans... the possibilities are endless.  Make the packs on cards (like the 3 packs we've been getting) but put them in the $100-150 range (for 4-5 figures).  They could do this a couple times a year, once during a big Haslab campaign, and I think collectors would be for that.  But I know I'm only dreaming.

Iím 1000% behind this.

Haslab doesnít have to be $500 items.  It could be things that they wouldnít put in a store, to test out sales before hand.  Letís see if an Imperial Dignitaries 5-Pack would sell or not!

You say you are 1000% behind the idea, but at what pricepoint does your enthusiasm wane? 5 figures for $150 is premium for sure, but really not that far off from the World Building pack prices, so i am kind of skeptical that it would land there as a low-run, all new tool figure pricepoint. Would $50 or $60 apiece figures still be appealing if they are doing 5,000-10,000 figure runs?

And fanboys love stretch goals, how would that even be approached on such a set?


Target had to find ways to get stuff into the online buyers hands faster in order to stop losing business to Amazon Prime 2-day shipping.  The Store-as-hub model apparently saves them tons in that regard.  Filling the orders closer to where the customer lives is apparently driving a lot of those savings.  I am sure there is probably savings in the fact that the retail store workers ($13-15/hr average) are usually getting less than the warehouse workers ($18-20/hr average).

In the case of little plastic Star Wars figures, it may not be saving them very much at all. I'm sure there probably is a better, cheaper way to service the niche "old men buying little plastic men" community, but not cheaper enough to any degree that it makes sense upsetting their giant store-as-hub strategy and $110b in sales operation.

Thanks, that really does add a lot of context outside of the action figure niche, which of course is their focus as a company, and may at long last help to satisfy my curiosity about Hasbro's switch to solid case packs (vs assortments)  in the TVC World-Building boxed figures, the Retro ROTJ wave, and the TVC exclusive figures.

I appreciate the education!

  And it's not a theory - I got this direct from a Hasbro retail store rep (when they still had those) during a conversation with him during the spring.

I didn't mean to suggest it was an unsourced idea, just questioning the logic behind the practice of opening cases at the DC to send to stores while opening cases as the stores to send to online customers. I don't see where the savings is there.

The "only Lando shows up on pegs" point further proves my point. Especially when we all know Hasbro offers full cases of specific figures in an attempt to facilitate fulfilling online orders so that the assortment cases can be used for in store stocking.

Nicklab, the theory makes sense, but how does it jibe with the stories of Target stores not even receiving full cases of some of the products at times? I understand stuff like the nonassortment packed Boba Fetts and Indiana Jones figures arriving in stores and being shipped out to fulfill online orders, but when the regular TVC and Retro figures show up in batches of 3s from the repack box it doesn't add up.

Especially considering their has to be a warehouse/DC somewhere putting together those repack boxes to ship out to the Target stores.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney+ Streaming Service
« on: August 17, 2023, 02:22 PM »
From what I understand it is a bit of a slippery slope that are on. On the one hand they are writing off the project as unreleasable to get the write off. On the other they filmed in the UK to take advantage of UK tax credits to reduce the budget...but those tax credits get cancelled if the product is deemed unreleasable, leaving them with a new tax bill to pay. Hope the one covers the other.

They allow the figure to sit on a speeder bike LIKE A BANTHA.

Fixed that for you!!!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 HasLab - TVC The Ghost
« on: August 6, 2023, 03:12 PM »
I'm not sure if Hasbro is being devious or is just incompetent.

It's been my experience that they are far too incompetent to be intentionally devious.

Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones Retro Collection
« on: August 1, 2023, 09:32 PM »
They came and went at the same time as Short Round. He was plentiful in my area for a few weeks, then clearanced and gone. Still waiting for Henry and Sallah to show up in stores in these parts.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 27, 2023, 02:32 PM »
Why would you need Vader's meditation chamber?  That was on his Star Destroyer.

In the scenes cut from the beginning of Return of the Jedi, the first place Vader goes upon his arrival at Death Star II is his meditation chamber.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Disney 2023 TVC Life Day Chewbacca
« on: July 27, 2023, 09:22 AM »
Too bad they didn't do a multi-pack of Chewie and his family

How did Disney miss the opportunity to do a remake with Alden Ehrenreich going to Kashyyyk to meet Chewie's family (Baby Lumpy = $$$ right?) and celebrate his first Life Day? This stuff writes itself!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 27, 2023, 09:15 AM »

Do you have a link to share?  Interested to see which rumored version this is...

He posted it here:

It's about the middle of the page.

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