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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: December 4, 2023, 01:33 PM »
Well, a Star Wars team "promised" to finish the 96, but the team has changed since then so does the promise hold? I don't think Jing was in charge of the line back then...

I participated in the poll, and maybe I am not indicative of the standard participant, but 9 of the 10 I picked to start didn't make it to the first round, and the 1 I did pick has dropped out by round 2. They were all 10 never before made characters. So why do I care about these remains? When I vote for some of these remainders, there's very low priority to me and the results of the poll are artificially skewed.

I feel like I retired from collecting 15 years ago, and the things I pick up these days are mostly gravy outside of the very few OT figures I felt were missed in the first 30 years of collecting (I think the last one that checked a box for me was the Lars Gonk.)

This poll has evolved into something I have no investment in, and that's okay. If it comes down to Baylon vs Shin, I couldn't care less.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 21, 2023, 07:01 PM »
I like this idea. He could be a better story guy and producer guy than he is a screenwriter guy or director guy. Promote him far away from the front line.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Disney 2023 TVC Life Day Chewbacca
« on: November 17, 2023, 12:08 PM »
These are now in stock on ShopDisney. I missed out on the Pulse orders, so I was glad to nab one this morning.

Happy Life Day, all!

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I was charged for this pack yesterday, with the shipping soon note.

EDIT: And has now shipped out.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 11, 2023, 10:30 AM »
Agreed that this is a concerted effort by the March Madness team to provide a different style of poll. Doubly agreed that the results, while engineered to give a "consensus" result, will in fact not be a figure on the top ten most wanted by most collectors.

I submitted 10 off the top of my head yesterday, it wound up being 6 Andor figures, 3 OT aliens (Shasa Tiel, Wiorkettle and Treva Horme)  and Therm Scissorpunch. I doubt any of those will make the next round, much less survive further.

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Kenner Retro Collection / Re: 2024 Kenner Retro Collection - Ahsoka
« on: November 6, 2023, 11:49 AM »
Seeing the slow drip of this wave at some of the local Target stores - Most of what I've seen is just 1-2 figures randomly per store.  Chopper/Hera at one Target, Hera/Sabine at another.


Also, these are starting to pop up on Amazon...  Marrok is the only one in-stock (thanks to Nick C. for the heads up)

Marrok -> https://amzn.to/463NLYn #sponsoredlink

Ahsoka -> https://amzn.to/3snTBWB #sponsoredlink
Morgan  -> https://amzn.to/3FKsJ6e #sponsoredlink
HK Droid -> https://amzn.to/3SoGNtL #sponsoredlink
Sabine -> https://amzn.to/3SvjO0e #sponsoredlink
Hera -> https://amzn.to/3slbNQD #sponsoredlink
Chopper -> https://amzn.to/3u5mDeg #sponsoredlink

I suspected these were broken up cases showing up at Target as well. I found Morgan and Ahsoka on Friday which could gave been left as the turds of the case, but as soon as I saw someone post Hera and Chopper, it seemed there was no way those two were remnants left behind out of a case.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: November 3, 2023, 11:49 AM »
Ok fine I give up. 

Iíll get the Stan solo ones in a few months and thatíll be that.

Can you elaborate on that? Are they 3d prints?

Stan Solo makes vintage Kenner style figures, both characters we didn't get back in the 80s and bootlegs.

His figures are factory made in relatively small runs.

For the Tonnika Sisters he is using another creator's designs that are available to 3D print (I forget who, but think maybe it is the Trash Compactor design?) and putting them through his factory process.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends Haslab - Giant Man
« on: October 23, 2023, 05:41 PM »
I still think this thing will fund at the last moment. A lot of the dialogue about it has moved to it being such a low production run if it gets across the finish line. Speculators could easily push it over with future flipping in mind.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: October 23, 2023, 05:38 PM »

I found Ahoska and the Grand Inquisitor at lunch today... at a Target that still charges $12.99 for TVC, woo hoo.

That wave is back on the old Lando-era SKU for some reason, so the $12.99 price is correct.

A couple weeks back I took the 5 Landos that have been hanging on the peg at my local Target all year (really, for over a year) and purchased them to redistribute around a 50 mile radius...then had to disburse 2 more when they came out of the backroom. After a week with an empty peg A Grand Inquisitor showed up...a bona fide new figure! But it is not lost on me that he was the old SKU. I am hoping my actions have gotten the supply line moving again.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: October 5, 2023, 06:00 PM »
I'm not thrilled with the amount of loose threads this season ended with, but the idea that we needed 10 tidy neat packages is also obnoxious to me. I'm super curious to know what ending for Thrawn people wanted? Especially when they could continue this at some point in some way. I think anything definitive with Thrawn at this point wouldn't be fair to his character.

As I'm typing this I'm remembering that Muftak and I do not agree on how storytelling needs to work.

I'll give the show a 7.5 of 10. I'm happy with that. Hope we get more. If not I'll wonder what happened to some of these characters for sure. And I'll be arrogant with Filoni and assume Ahsoka and Thrawn will get more story eventually.

Yes, we were pretty diametrically opposed on Mando Season 3. And I feel no ill will for it. I like a good debate.

The ending I would have liked for Thrawn would have been Ahsoka and friends coming up with a plan to stop him, enacting that plan in spectacular fashion, and him getting away anyway because he was 3 steps ahead of them the whole time. Instead he ploddingly gathered the containers that had been available to him for 10 years, ploddingly docked with the Eye of Scion, then left without ever any tension or hope that the heroes would pull off a happy ending.

I wasn't looking for 10 packages of tied up loose ends, I know how serial storytelling works, but the only story that started, developed, and got completed in this season was the Hera insubordination subplot. It didn't mean Hera's story was done, it just had a completed arc whereas nothing else did.

And I hope you seek out better storytelling in the future instead of arrogantly thinking this is worth your attention, you can do better Nick!

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: October 5, 2023, 05:04 PM »
After the first 2 episodes, it was clear to me that Ahsoka was not going to be a weekly episodic story kind of show, but rather an extended single story broken up into chunks ki d of show, so I waited to give an opinion until the end of the season.

Alas, the end of the season did not wrap anything up, the Monopoly game is still I full swing even if the pieces have all been moved to other spots on the board. I was holding out hope it was in fact going somewhere, but I find it the heart of arrogance on Filoni and Lucasfilm's part to feel so assured they will have the opportunity to continue this into another season, or show, or film in the future.

In the end I wasn't very satisfied with what this season did, and will probably sit the next one out, as I did the later seasons of Clone Wars and Rebels, and all of Resistance and Bad Batch. Just not my kind of storytelling going on here unfortunately.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: October 5, 2023, 04:55 PM »

Thrawn picked up the Ysalimiri because he knew (or at least had a strong suspicion) that Emperor Palpatine had left a dark side force user to protect Wayland.  Thrawn used the cloning cylinders to clone his best troops so he could crew the dark fleet quickly.  He made a bargin with Joruus C' Bayoth to use battle meditation to help coordinate his troops and offered up Luke Skywalker as a psooible apprentice for him.

As far as the caskets, I'm wondering if they are more night sisters.  Thrawn mentioned waking up the three mothers shortly after his arrival on Peridia.

You are not wrong. Thrawn wore a ysalamir down to Wayland to protect himself from whatever Guardian was there. He did promise to deliver Luke, Leia, and the twins as apprentices too.

Nevertheless, Thrawn's ultimate plan for the ysalamiri was to negate the Force around the cloning cylinders to allow accelerated Clone production. At the climax of The Last Command, C'Baoth kills all the ysalamiri in the Wayland Clone chamber while our heroes are in there trying to blow it up, and they are specifically attached to the cloning tanks.

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Kenner Retro Collection / Re: 3rd Party Kenner Retro-Style Toys
« on: October 3, 2023, 11:48 AM »
Agreed as well. Stan Solo > Pro Customs > Next 17. Chris Smith almost looks like he is starting his sculpts with Kenner figures and building off of that, if that makes sense.

This last week has seen a bounty of 3D print files for 5POA style figures based on the Ahsoka series. Not professionally produced of course, but it seems a sea change has occurred. Not only are fans jumping in to do it, but it happens fast and seems obvious. This whole new wing of action figure collecting is really threatening to become a large part of the hobby in multiple ways.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: October 3, 2023, 09:46 AM »
Which books?  In Heir to the Empire the ysalimiri evolved to negate the Force around them to hide from the vorksnyrs who used the Force to hunt.  Thrawn used them as protection against Joruus C'Baoth and Luke Skywalker.

Yeah, I am referring to the Heir to the Empire Trilogy. Thrawn's master plan is to grow a Clone Army, and once he finds Wayland's location with its cloning facility he starts harvesting ysalimiri. He didn't know he would find C'baoth there, but had contingency plans if he ever discovered a Dark Jedi to team up with.

And I don't think he ever worried enough about Luke as the last Jedi to make a formal plan against him. The ysalamiri he carried around on Fleet ships were protection for the crew from crazy C'baoth as he learned to coordinate individual Imperial minds.

(In the end, I don't think the crates on Ahsoka have ysalamiri in them...that would have needed set up or referenced by Ezra in some way to work...)

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: October 2, 2023, 09:20 PM »
The mystery remains about what is in those caskets that are being loaded on the Chimaera.  Dead Night Sisters?  Ysalamiri?  Or something more sinister?

At first I thought it was Ysalamiri, but why would they need hundreds of crates of them when there are only a handful of Jedi?

The primary use of the ysalamiri in the books was to allow extremely fast Clone growth. Apparently the Force warped their minds if grown too fast. Battling Luke and C'Baoth was just a fringe benefit.

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