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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:44 PM »
The posters have been fantastic.  I just struggle with where to put ANY of them.  I have so many old posters that I don't have any wall space for - including some of those convention exclusive Legacy Collection figure posters!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Re: 2023 TVC Wave 4 (New TVC Wave 30)
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:13 PM »
This Cad Bane looks pretty awesome!  And I think the details are key.  This doesn't look like a repurposed version of Cad Bane from Clone Wars.  I just preordered him on Amazon.  But I get the sense based on the case listing on EE that Bane is in the wave after the one that includes the Tusken Warrior.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Endor Bunker Playset
« on: March 22, 2023, 01:11 PM »
Thanks! I was working on that insert last month, luckily Nicklab hooked me up with a collector who already had one in hand. I sent him the prototype and was able to do revisions before mine arrived. It enabled me to get it up for sale as soon as these started showing up.


Glad I could link you guys up!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Endor Bunker Playset
« on: March 22, 2023, 10:50 AM »
Yeah, I was pretty pleased with this. I wish they could have at least thrown in a cardboard background for the corridor, but I'll probably create something soon. I need to do some scene work with this one, which probably means a paper mache hill with vegetation and leaves for the Ewoks to stand along the top. Of course, I also need a shelf for it, so it'll be a little while.

Check in with Cardboard Galaxy!  Because Muftak developed a background for the bunker entrance

https://www.ebay.com/itm/185822868279?hash=item2b43e7f337:g:w28AAOSwvqdkGXij

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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: March 22, 2023, 10:48 AM »
I think we're going to get our first look at the series at Celebration.  And they'll probably announce when it's going to air as well.  I'm guessing this might debut before Skeleton Crew, but I'm not sure.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 16)
« on: March 21, 2023, 04:07 PM »
Just announced...

"Introducing the TVC Beskar Spear Troop Builder 4-Pack.  Don't miss your chance to get four Beskar Spears only $44.99.  Available while supplies last, only at Hasbropulse.com"



LOL!!!!!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 16)
« on: March 20, 2023, 06:18 PM »
Happy to help!

Iíd definitely like to get the Beskar spear in an offering beyond the Rescue Set.  But I want it either with a new Din Djarin, or maybe with a Morgan Elsbeth figure.  Weíve got this amazing Ahsoka Tano (Corvus), but no HK droids, the Calodan guards or Morgan Elsbeth for Ahsoka to interact/duel with.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Season 3 (SPOILERS possible)
« on: March 20, 2023, 06:13 PM »
I definitely thought Kane was talking with the Mimbanese mechanic on Nevarro.  He planted the tracking device on the Razor Crest which enabled Gideon to track down the Mandalorian on Tython.  I donít think it was any more complicated than that.  In fact I think you could even see the mechanic in the hologram she was looking at.

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OMG, how much stuff is dropping right now???  I just got the Cantina Band last week.  And over the weekend I got shipping notifications from Hasbro Pulse for the Endor Bunker, and notifications from Amazon about the Speeder Bike(s) and the Skiff Guard reissues.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 16)
« on: March 19, 2023, 03:05 PM »
Yeah, itís a reissue.  I was kind of surprised that Hasbro didnít have an updated Din Djarin in the works with the Darksaber before the new season began.  But it makes sense for them to have him available for now.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Season 3 (SPOILERS possible)
« on: March 17, 2023, 04:48 PM »
LOL!  My daughter is 10 and even she got the "It was a trap!" bit.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Disney RC Mandalorian and Grogu
« on: March 17, 2023, 02:01 PM »
I was finally able to see this in person today.  And it's definitely closer in scale to the Black Series figures.  But the body of it is so boxy that I really couldn't get on board with modding this in order to use it with a Black Series figure.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Season 3 (SPOILERS possible)
« on: March 17, 2023, 01:15 PM »
I think the Pershing subplot was taking on a few things - the situation for ex-Imperials was one.  The state of the New Republic was another - is it a step in the right direction?  Or are they doomed to make the same mistakes as the Old Republic?  And then there's the situation with ex-Imperials like Elia Kane.  She seems to have been assigned to tie up loose ends with Dr. Pershing - witness the way she maxed out the device that he was hooked up to at the end of that part of the episode.  Oh, and it sounds like Moff Gideon has escaped.  All of this seemed like place-setting for what's to come later in the seaon, and possibly in other shows that are in development.

I'm hopeful they were setting up future stuff, but the pace of the Pershing content was brutally slow. 

I liked how the quickly dropped the Moff Gideon reference which let us know what's going on, without a long story associated with it.  If they were tying to tie up loose ends, or introduce new characters, etc. I think they could have done it a whole lot more concise way.

I'll reserve my judgement until later in the season to see how it all pans out.  In the moment some of the Andor stuff was kind of slow (Aldhani) but after the season was done and I rewatched it all it was really well done.  I don't think Mando Season 3 is that well put together, but I'm hopeful that everything in these stories ultimately will matter and they're not just wasting our time with popsicles by the mountain top and biscuit rations.

The mention of Moff Gideon made me think that they were sewing the seeds of doubt about the New Republic and foreshadowing the re-emergence of an Imperial remnant - whether it was Moff Gideon or some other Imperial warlord.  Between that exchange and all of the Imperial fighters attacking Kalevala, it was plain to see that something bigger is coming.

As for the concept of tying up loose ends?  I didn't mean that in terms of THE SHOW doing that.  Rather, I looked at the Dr Pershing story as being more about Elia Kane acting as an agent of the Imperial remnant.  And the Imperials want her to tie up those loose ends that might put their operations at risk.  Dr. Pershing's work in cloning, his study of Grogu and the cloning lab on Nevarro make it clear that there's a larger effort underway that goes beyond his own efforts.  With Pershing in New Republic hands he has the potential to endanger the efforts that might be linked to other Imperials who are scattered throughout the galaxy.  Eliminating Pershing as a possible intel source seems to be in the interest of the Imperials.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Season 3 (SPOILERS possible)
« on: March 17, 2023, 10:05 AM »
I think the Pershing subplot was taking on a few things - the situation for ex-Imperials was one.  The state of the New Republic was another - is it a step in the right direction?  Or are they doomed to make the same mistakes as the Old Republic?  And then there's the situation with ex-Imperials like Elia Kane.  She seems to have been assigned to tie up loose ends with Dr. Pershing - witness the way she maxed out the device that he was hooked up to at the end of that part of the episode.  Oh, and it sounds like Moff Gideon has escaped.  All of this seemed like place-setting for what's to come later in the seaon, and possibly in other shows that are in development.

I also enjoyed seeing more of Coruscant in live action.  That plaza where Pershing and Kane were having space popsicles is one that we've seen before in Clone Wars.  And some of the cityscapes seemed to be straight out of ATTACK OF THE CLONES.  Stylistically I liked how Coruscant in this episode was somewhat reminiscent of Coruscant as seen in ANDOR.  And that Pershing's cubicle seemed pretty reminiscent of Syril Karn's cubicle in ANDOR.  It all rhymes, right?

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Well of the Souls / Re: Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones Retro Collection
« on: March 17, 2023, 09:17 AM »
I have to wonder if Hasbro saw a direct correlation between their price increases and a drop in sales?  And perhaps that's why they decided to move in the direction of laying off staff in order to cut costs?  That might have been necessary in order to make price decreases a possibility.

I'm getting more and more interested in the new Indiana Jones offerings.  But it has me looking to break out my 3.75" figures from back in 2008, and wishing that Hasbro would have continued in that direction and built upon that foundation.  And when I think back to my vintage Kenner IJ figures I will always remember that damn broken thumb on Indy!  But then the playsets were pretty awesome.

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