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Pulse now has a bunch of other "Outlet" sales going on aside from just the Dark Trooper:

it will get repacked at least one more time with Kuill.

Yeah, that feels like a safe bet these days.  I am dumb so I'll likely buy a second Mando/Blurrg just in case they don't though.

I think those of us who want three total will be OK doing that. I think it is safe to say that they aren't planning on releasing the third Blurgg w/ Cara Dune any time soon... :-X

I really do like this one... I expect we'll see it in more shows, and repainted several times over the next few years.

Definitely. Even just looking at the main two shown in Ahsoka, the wing markings & blue accents are different (just like the Rebel X-Wings). Even if it only appeared in Ahsoka, there is already another on-screen version repaint that Hasbro can get out of it.

Captain Porter's E-Wing:

The markings are most noticeably different on the ends of the wings.

Going to need at least three of these!

Was thinking the same thing, and was bummed that they're looking at including a Mando with them... I'd rather it be a little less expensive and not have him, but I get it.

Oh don't worry... it will get repacked at least one more time with Kuill.

It's about time we get this though. I'm excited to see this one revealed. I'll be down for up to three of these well (depending on the initial price).

Looks great! This wouldn't have been at the top of my TVC vehicle list, but I've always liked the design and am very excited to get this in the line. I preordered two for now, not sure if the droid is carded, but also wanted a pair of the fighters. I'd have to think we are getting both pilots eventually.

Mine just arrived today. I like the two new astromechs. Huyang is definitely a downgrade from the upcoming TVC version. The shoulders and hips are just swivel joints with paint that made them look ball-jointed. His backpack is permanently attached and is not articulated. Chopper is fine.

Wish I would have waited for a sale on this one.

That’s really sad.

First Ray Stevenson, and now Carl Weathers. It's crazy that the Star Wars Mandoverse has now lost two major actors in less than a year. Neither of them are really roles that could be easily recast. The characters are both critical too, so they can't just abandon them. It will be really interesting to see how their deaths affect the trajectory of the Mandoverse.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4” Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: January 30, 2024, 04:56 PM »
It is odd, I've now seen several people praising these (& 5-POA in general) on Reddit, and the posts were getting a decent amount of engagement. Not that, that is a very scientific barometer of people's interest in these in general but I did think it was interesting. I'm curious how many people (kids vs adults) actually LIKE these and what value they have that Retro or TVC does not. As an adult collector, there is nothing here that remotely interests me that I can't already get in TVC, Retro, or older lines. Even as a little kid I feel like I would have greatly preferred TVC, any would have been fine with the Retro figures over the Epic Hero series.

If Epic Hero was a return to ForceLink style 5-POA w/ good sculpts and paint I could see a place for it, but as is, I just can't get on board with this line and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts...

Huyang in this set looks very similarly articulated to the TVC version... It'll be very interesting to see the two side by side. It almost looks like Disney is using the Hasbro sculpt w/ a new deco here, instead of creating their own mold.

I ended up getting one set, even at the high price.

Nothing in the pipeline?!? Clearly you guys forgot about the Finn repack! ...   :-*  ::)

This is definitely the hardest era for me. I don't really care for the films that much, nor do I really want many more figures from this era in my collection... But I'd be down for random aliens / droids though that could fit into the background of other displays or could be used for repaints/retools for aliens from any of the D+ series:

  • TFA - HURID-327
  • TFA - Lieutenant Connix
  • TFA - Strono Tuggs
  • TFA - Maz Kanata
  • TFA - Unkar Plutt
  • TLJ - Bollie Prindel
  • TFA - Caskadag (Any of them from Maz's catina)
  • TFA - Grummgar
  • TFA - Quiggold
  • TFA - Captain Sidon Ithano
  • TFA - Wollivan
  • TFA - Praster Ommlen
  • TFA - Prashee
  • TFA - Cratinus
  • TFA - Hassk (any member of the species)
  • TFA - Sarko Plank
  • TFA - Teedo
  • TFA - Scrapjaw Motito
  • TFA - Bobbajo
  • TFA - Abednedo (any normal civilian member of the species)
  • TFA - Athgar Heece
  • TFA - Hoogenz
  • TROS - Babu Friek w/ C-3PO
  • TROS - Klaud (Trodatome)
  • TFA - Roodown

For reference - TFA Aliens
For reference - TROS Aliens

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 2 (New TVC Wave 34)
« on: January 25, 2024, 03:45 AM »
There's been a lot of chatter about Axe Woves going around.  The interchangeable helmet solves one issue - the ENORMOUS bucket that came with the Target exclusive figure.  But the armor is still REALLY inaccurate.  How wrong?  Let's count the ways!
-The chest armor cuissis is wrong 
-The belly pad is missing 
-The pauldrons don't look quite right 
-The one piece of shin armor is missing 
-The gun belt is missing straps
-The boots aren't right - they're the same design as the VC219 Death Watch Mandalorian that Hasbro used as the basis for the first release.

I noticed the chest at first but didn't see any of the rest of it. Looking closer, literally, all they changed was the helmet. So despite Hasbro putting him on the S3 cardback & saying this is a Season 3 Axe Woves, they really just gave us the same S2 Axe Woves we already had slightly upgraded w/ a swappable head... LAME.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 2 (New TVC Wave 34)
« on: January 24, 2024, 05:06 PM »
$19 for Grogu, who should be an accessory.  Lol...

I'm hoping these show up at Target for $11 again... So that I can cancel these because that is ridiculous.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 4 (New TVC Wave 36)
« on: January 24, 2024, 03:12 PM »
Ordered. I missed out on this Luke originally and he is currently still going for $50+ on Amazon/eBay, I think he was as good a choice as any for a repack. I grabbed a few to open and one more for the updated card.

I agree, Rex looks ******* great. He's one of my favorite characters, so I also grabbed a few to replace the old ones. in my displays.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 2 (New TVC Wave 34)
« on: January 24, 2024, 03:10 PM »
Same. These were by FAR the four least exciting things from the panel yesterday. They didn't even update Axe's torso to match the season 3 armor (as seen on the cardback).

I guess I'm somewhat glad to get this version of Mando again so that I can put him in my N-1, I still had the N-1 version carded and didn't want to buy an extra. These releases were just all so excepted, I wish we would have gotten a little surprise & delight.

And also Sabine/Chopper.

I was impressed that they snuck a few more lothcats in there since the mural has more than just Ezra's white one.  Now they just have to find a way to put out the wolves from the mural.  :D

The inclusion of the Lothcats was nice, and I appreciated that.  But when I saw that and the other accessories with Sabine?  I saw how this 2-pack is almost certainly going to cost more than the previous 2-packs.  I'm predicting $49.99 for that.

$49.99 was pretty spot on...

Price hurts on this one for sure. They're effectively calling both of these "Deluxe" figures. That being said, holy **** that Sabine is awesome. I love that they listened to feedback and fixed the removable helmet / swappable head. The paint app on her is perfect. Even though Chopper and the Lothcats are repaints, I'll still be glad to have them. I grabbed three sets for now (one to open, one to keep carded, and an extra for later).

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