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Got the heads up email from Pulse that this set should be shipping at the end of the coming week (~Dec 2nd)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC 3.75" Troop Builder Sets
« on: November 23, 2022, 08:38 AM »
Just got an email from Pulse… seems the Hoth soldiers are about to ship.

My card got hit last night so getting closer...

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 18, 2022, 12:10 AM »
So that was a collapsable walking stick and not a lightsaber?  It did look like it was wood, but it did look like a lightsaber hilt too.

Yeah, I went back and rewatched Episode 3 and that collapsible stick / fake blind guy cane he had on ferrix is the same as what he had in the last episode. 

Of course, just because it's a collapsable cane handle now doesn't mean it wasn't his old lightsaber hilt. ;)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: November 17, 2022, 05:51 PM »
I can't imagine paying much more than $100 for a fancy TIE and HasLab items seem to be $250 minimum.

Considering the recent round of X-Wings were $100-110 (with only Poe's X-Wing new; Luke and Merrick's were repaints) and the Mando N-1 is rumored to be around $140, there is no chance a TIE Defender would be less than $150 in the current environment.

With that in mind, and the fact that the GI Joe Skystriker was a $230 HasLab project, I think it's realistic for Hasbro to try and go $200-250 for something like a newly scaled/tooled B-Wing or a Y-Wing or TIE Defender.  Which is CRAZY.  But that's where we are, I guess.  :-\

I don't think I'd bite on a $200-250 Y-Wing when the version I already have isn't terrible.  I'd prefer the HasLabs to stick with things we don't have yet.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: November 17, 2022, 10:20 AM »
-The Ghost.  This seems like more of a longshot since REBELS is more of a niche than the films or the live action Disney+ shows.  But if it turns up in the AHSOKA series?  That might give it a serious shot

To me Ghost is a perfect Haslab candidate.  A big, risky item that fans clearly want and they’d need to secure preorders for to get funding.  Obviously it depends on the production threshold, but I think it would make it’s number pretty easily unless they set it absurdly high.

Yeah, if Ghost turns up in the Ahsoka show with Hera/Sabine, I think that's a gimme.  Rebels was really popular, Ghost was in so many episodes and featured heavily, Ahsoka would give it a reason to come back around.

They can do TVC realistic versions of Chopper, Hera and Sabine from Ahsoka as the tiers and then re-issue slightly tweaked versions of those same figures in the mainline for the double-dipping they enjoy so much.  Then they can do Zeb as a $26 "deluxe" world building guy with some excuse about how he's bigger or whatever (I think they pulled that with the 6" line Zeb too).

Make it compatible with the Phantom that was released when the show was airing?

I don't know if I like that.  I'd hate to compromise the scale/size of Ghost to accommodate the old Phantom.  I'd rather they just build a new one into a HasLab Ghost.  There are probably plenty of people who didn't buy that tiny Phantom and would skip this if it has a gaping hole/spot where it was supposed to go.

Crazy busy at work yesterday and never got a chance to start this thread...

Up for pre-order at Amazon ->

The Vintage Collection / Re: Target 2023 TVC Kenner Colors Boba Fett
« on: November 16, 2022, 10:15 AM »
$22.99?   ???  Hard pass.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: November 15, 2022, 12:53 PM »
They are saving a ton of money throwing these ideas out there  with minimal development involvement and seeing that nothing is sticking.

I don't think they are trying to have a perfect record, they have this minimal-risk option now to see if they can grab a bunch of money, without the years long development and retail risk.

See, that is what annoys me.  HasLab should be "fans keep asking for X, how can we do that" not "would you guys buy this if we make it?"  I want HasLab to be a pathway to dream projects, not a free focus group for Hasbro.

HasLab projects should be "gimmies" in the sense that they are things a fan base has been asking for. It should be a chance for collectors to put their money where their mouth is.  "You guys keep saying you want X, but it'll cost $xxx to make it - do you still want it?"  The Sail Barge fit that to a T and seemed like the perfect way to launch HasLab.

3.75" Mos Eisley Cantina or Death Star playsets are excellent candidates to continue that spirit.   Reva's lightsaber or Ghost Rider car were not.

I feel like the Rancor is a great test case of that.  It was totally a "would you guys buy this if we made it?"  It was designed to make Hasbro money, hence the repacks of Jedi Luke and Gammorean.  If it was a "fans keep asking for X, how can we do that" type thing designed for fans, then it would have included 'obvious' figures like 6" Oola and 6" Malakili from the start.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: November 15, 2022, 10:18 AM »
Looking at the past five HasLab projects:

Project  Status
Black Series Reva (The Third Sister) Force FX Elite Lightsaber  FAIL
G.I. Joe Classified Series Cobra H.I.S.S.  Funded!
Marvel Legends HasLab Ghost Rider: Engine of Vengeance  FAIL
HEROSCAPE AGE OF ANNIHILATION: Vanguard Edition  50% with 13 hours left
Transformers Generations HasLab Deathsaurus  81% with 27 days left

That's not exactly a smashing success rate.  Hasbro went 7-for-8 on the first 8 projects (RIP Cookie Monster) but they are tracking to go 4-for-8 on the last 8 projects (RIP Rancor, Reva Saber, Ghost Rider, and probably Heroscape).

Seems like it's time for another Star Wars 3.75" HasLab if you ask me...  Hasbro could use a HasLab win and I could use a Mos Eisley Cantina, Death Star, or Krayt Dragon or something...

TV-9D9 / Re: Andor (SPOILERS possible)
« on: November 10, 2022, 12:44 PM »
His 15-year timeline mean's he launched his plan around order 66

I'm starting to wonder if he's a Jedi...

"I share my dreams with ghosts"

--His fallen Jedi, killed in Order 66?

"I'm damned for what I do"

--Yoda said, 'once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will'

"My anger, my ego, my unwillingness to yield"
"I'm condemned to use the tools of my enemy."

Sounds like a guy very concerned he's acting Sith-like to me...

Maybe, maybe not - it's fun to speculate though! ;)

If you haven't picked this up yet (or just want another for some reason), it's on sale at Amazon - $18.49 ->

The Vintage Collection / Re: Target 2023 TVC Kenner Colors Boba Fett
« on: November 9, 2022, 02:41 PM »
Apparently, this preorder got moved to next Wednesday 11/16 at 1PM EST according to the TVC page on Facebook.

Yes, Hasbro just sent out a PR correction.  11/16 at 1pm ET.

The Vintage Collection / Target 2023 TVC Kenner Colors Boba Fett
« on: November 8, 2022, 11:16 PM »
*sigh* Another Boba Fett at an unfair MSRP.  #bobafetttax

Morak Boba Fett with some new parts for $20.99 was harsh, but another repaint of this Fett sculpt for $21 is just dicking collectors over because you can.

2021 VC186 Fett (ROTJ) = $12.99
2022 VC186 Fett repaint in Droids colors= $15.99 @ Target
2023 VC186 Fett repaint in Kenner colors = $20.99 @ Target ?!?

Do better Hasbro and Target.  >:( [/end rant.]

Available for pre-order Wednesday,  11/9 at 1pm ET exclusively at Target. UPDATE: 11/16 at 1pm ET exclusively at Target. 

It does look really nice... but $21 for yet another repaint of this sculpt?   ::)

Here's each ARC Trooper release that shares that sculpt:

-ARC Trooper 3-pack (with Fives, Echo & Jesse)
-ARC Trooper (Umbra Operative)
-ARC Trooper (Lambent Seeker)
-ARC Trooper (Gaming Greats BBTS exclusive)

...and now Havoc. 

And now Colt...  nine time.  NINE times.  #ferris

Anyway, if you're into ARC Troopers, Colt will be available for pre-order Wednesday, 11/9 at 1pm ET exclusively at Walmart.  $16.99 MSRP


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