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Yakface is a bit different, mine just got here today and I was checking them out side by side. The new one doesn't have as dark of a wash on the head and the highlights on the hair are brighter & more pronounced.

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I feel like we're in a weird place where the only things I really liked in Expanded Universe are being brought into canon, but here are a few...

I'm in the same boat with the Legends EU. There were so many good stories that I really enjoyed and would want figures from, particularly from the X-Wing novels, KOTOR, and the NJO,  While I definitely want these for my collection, I can't imagine they would sell very well to the mass market these days. And most of the other more common figures I'd want are slowly being pulled into Canon EU.


  • Corran Horn - Jedi | New Jedi Order
  • Corran Horn - X-Wing Pilot | X-Wing Series (w/ accurate Green Flight suit)
  • Ooryl Qrygg - X-Wing Pilot | X-Wing Series
  • Warlord Zsinj | X-Wing Series
  • Jesmin Ackbar - X-Wing Pilot | X-Wing Series
  • Ganner Rhysode | New Jedi Order
  • Anakin Solo | New Jedi Order
  • Warmaster Tsavong Lah | New Jedi Order
  • Mara Jade - Emperor's Hand
  • Nohgri | Heir to the Empire
  • Myn Donos | X-Wing Series
  • Ton Phanan | X-Wing Series
  • Garik Loran | X-Wing Series
  • Mirax Terrik Horn | X-Wing Series
  • Jagged Fel | X-Wing Series
  • Darth Revan | KOTOR (Resculpt)
  • Darth Malak | KOTOR (Resculpt)
  • Dash Rendar | SOTE (Resculpt)
  • Darth Kreia | KOTOR
  • Darth Sion| KOTOR



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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Endor Bunker Playset
« on: March 22, 2023, 04:28 AM »
Mine arrived yesterday and overall I am loving it so far. I always appreciated the POTF2 version, but this one sure is an improvement. While I do appreciate that the moss is scene specific, there is a part of me that wishes Hasbro would have left it off so I could reuse the bunker for other scenes easier. Minor gripe though since most people will just use it as the Endor Bunker. I decided to just leave Nik Sant carded since I already have the old (TAC?) Collector's Tin version loose. For $60 I certainly wouldn't have minded some additional accessories or another pack-in, but those days are long past.

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The Vintage Collection / 2023 TVC Wave 5? (New TVC Wave 31)
« on: March 22, 2023, 04:07 AM »
I wasn't initially entirely sold on Cad Bane's live-action appearance... but it has definitely grown on me. The figure though, wow. I really think this one looks fantastic. I really think they nailed him and appreciate the slightly bluer skin tone. My only real gripe (and it's fairly minor) is that the hat looks slightly wonky, and not as straight as the film version. I assume it may be a limitation of the materials in 3.75" scale since it is removable. I am increasingly more and more in favor of alternate heads rather than removable helmets for TVC. Hats though are a bit different since it's nice to be able to pose the figures holding their hats. The cloak looks really good and plastic feels like the right choice sculpt-wise but it will be interesting to see how it affects the pose-ability of the figure. Overall though. I'm very happy with the images for Bane. It's nice to get all-new things. (Perfect choice for a cardback image, too.)





(I totally forgot which wave Cad Bane & the Tusken Warrior are supposed to be in. If it is not this one Jeff feel free to move these posts.)

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When it rains, it pours. Just got notifications from Amazon that these are shipping along with the Bunker & Speederbike.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Wave 4 (New TVC Wave 30)
« on: March 16, 2023, 05:34 PM »
Jayson put up images saying the Tusken Raider is built out of the TVC Rey body.

I donít know if itís the start of a trend, but to me this is good news.  I donít need the same figure painted thirty ways, but if Hasbro can use existing parts to give us unique characters, Iím all for it.  The tooling library is enormous, use it in clever ways like this.

Dropping the images here so we have them for reference. Overall I'd say this Tusken would have been one of my most wanted figures from TBOBF, so I am happy to her(?). I agree, the Rey part usage here feels smart. These are the kinds of kitbashes I generally don't mind for secondary characters, especially when they are done well. Given the current environment, I'd much rather have figures of secondary or background characters that are only 80-90% accurate, than either not getting the figure at all or getting fewer secondary or background characters made period.




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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 16, 2023, 04:54 PM »
Having never played the games I thought the series was beautifully done and absolutely riveting. Even though it was a series of emotional gut punches, my wife and I couldn't get enough of it. It really has upped the stakes on what shows/movies based on video games can, and should be.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Boba Fett's Starship
« on: March 16, 2023, 04:44 PM »
I only have the previous TVC version and neither of its wings turn fully upright on their own without assistance and are both slightly limp when the ship is on the display stand. ( :-X )

I like the decor on the new one, but I don't have space for a second version and still can't justify the $200 for it, especially since Hasbro didn't fix the wings.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2023: Animation
« on: February 14, 2023, 02:15 PM »
17. My all-time least likely choice: Bendu (Rebels)

Next HASLAB anyone? :P

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2023: Animation
« on: February 14, 2023, 02:02 PM »
This round is a really tough one for me too. I was tempted also just to copy Jeff's list, but mine differs a wee bit. It was hard not to end up mostly with the main characters. There's just so much we don't have yet, especially in realistic-style...

TALES OF THE JEDI:

11 - Unnamed Inquisitor - (Final Ahsoka episode) - {Realistic TVC style}


I'm fairly certain that he's been identified as the 6th Brother Inquisitor.  And yet another Star Wars animation character voiced by Clancy Brown!!!  I think he's up to 3 voice characters and 1 live action character at this point.

Nice, I had seen rumors but hadn't seen anything official naming him yet. I just went off of the credits & IMDB, both of which still had him listed as just "Inquisitor". I never read the Ahsoka novel which apparently tells the same (obviously more fleshed out) story as the last episode of Tales of the Jedi, and it names the Inquisitor as 6th Brother Inquisitor. Good enough for me.  :)

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2023: Animation
« on: February 14, 2023, 12:48 AM »
This round is a really tough one for me too. I was tempted also just to copy Jeff's list, but mine differs a wee bit. It was hard not to end up mostly with the main characters. There's just so much we don't have yet, especially in realistic-style.

REBELS:

1 - Kanan Jarrus - (Seasons 3 & 4 Appearance) - {Realistic TVC style}
2 - Hera Syndulla - (Seasons 3 & 4 Appearance) - {Realistic TVC style}
3 - Ezra Bridger - (Seasons 3 & 4 Appearance) - {Realistic TVC style}
4 - Sabine Wren - (Seasons 3 & 4 Appearance) - {Realistic TVC style}
5 - C1-10P - Chopper - {Realistic TVC style}
6 - Garazeb "Zeb" Orellios - {Realistic TVC style}
7 - Agent Kallus - {Realistic TVC style}
8 - Captain Rex - {Realistic TVC style}

TALES OF THE JEDI:

9 - Jedi Master Dooku - {Realistic TVC style}
10 - Yaddle - {Realistic TVC style}
11 - 6th Brother Inquisitor - (Final 'Ahsoka' episode) - {Realistic TVC style}

THE BAD BATCH:

12 - Omega (Season 1) - {Realistic TVC style}
13 - Crosshair (Imperial Armor) - {Realistic TVC style}
14 - Echo (Season 1 Armor) - {Realistic TVC style}
15 - Tech (Season 1 Armor) - {Realistic TVC style}
16 - Wrecker (Season 1 Armor) - {Realistic TVC style}

THE CLONE WARS:

17 - Asajj Ventress (Any of her appearances)- {Realistic TVC style}
18 - Savage Opress (Season 4 Finale) - {Realistic TVC style}
19 - Darth Maul (Season 4 Finale) - {Realistic TVC style}
20 - Mother Talzin - {Realistic TVC style}

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TV-9D9 / Re: Bad Batch (Disney+)
« on: February 9, 2023, 06:47 PM »
I didn't realize that we were going to get a two-fer this week. That was a pleasant surprise last night. Both were really strong episodes. As much as I do still enjoy the stand-alone episodes, I really love when they dive deeper into the foundations of the early Empire as these two episodes did. The senate scene at the end of Episode 8 was a chef's kiss, I got chills. I am hoping we still get to see Rex & Echo pop back in frequently.

Damn good episodes this weekÖstrong Clone Wars vibes throughout. Ian is so money.

I canít help but think how amazing it would be if this show had its own dedicated 3.75Ē animated line.  :-\

I never really did the animated figures (originally due to money and space) but I'd be down for a few. I'd still prefer TVC-styled-realistic-figures inspired by The Bad Batch. I really miss the days of getting more than a single wave of figures from a new movie/show...


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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 29)
« on: February 3, 2023, 01:22 AM »
And a big ol' meh again for me...

Piett I think looks great -- HOWEVER (beating the dead horse further) -- We've known he's been coming for a while and that we will be swimming in officers soon (including the probably Piett variants). Which I am mostly happy about, but it does mean we will get these instead of other new characters.

Starkiller - Pass. I'm bummed it is a straight repack with no updates to the headsculpt. I feel like they also could have updated the cardfront logo to use the TFU logo used on the stormtrooper commander.

The Clone looks great... but I have plenty of white clones already. I may grab 1-2 but that's going to be it. I'll probably also go very light on all the future repaints.

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Hope Obi-wan gets some new tooling -- facial expression, sculpted body damage, anything -- and not just a re-use of the already-released figure with a spritz of paint all over him simulating chunks of dirt.

One thing about that pipe-lined two-pack...it should be a new Obi-Wan.  I don't think they can just repaint the wandering Jedi figure for that one.

Add in a few world-building entertainment-inspired accessories (rocks) and we've got a $59.99 exclusive on our hands!

Where's young Leia?  Fifth Brother?  Fourth Sister?  Tala Durith?  The Grand Inquisitor?  TVC NED-B?  Bail and Breha Organa?  Haja?  Owen and Beru Lars?  Flea / Vect Kokru?  Roken? 

I'd much rather have any of the many secondary characters Rob mentioned than this two-pack, but I get why they'd make it. I'll wait and see before deciding on this one for now. If the cost is too high or there isn't enough new tooling in the set, the TAC/TFU battle-damaged Vader may be a good enough stand-in for now.

The Luke... I can't say I'm excited for at all. I haven't looked at the costumes side by side, but it sure seems like it can't be that different from the Imperial Cruiser version of Luke that we are just now getting. I'd have much rather gotten a much-needed update of an OT Luke (Tatooine / Farmboy Luke & Dagobah Luke immediately come to mind). But better yet, how about a NEW figure from The Book of Boba Fett instead? Peli Mott would have been nice to go with the upcoming N-1.

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I am happy with the results. I just wish Hasbro would give us at least one fully unique figure per wave so we could get even 1/3 of these.

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