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TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: September 22, 2023, 05:10 PM »
But I was definitely struck by how much an older Ezra looks like his father.

My daughter asked why he looks like Jesus.  :P

Definitely seemed like he was a hippie living in a turtle shell camper on the side of the road.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Hasbro Pulse Con TVC Reveals
« on: September 22, 2023, 09:52 AM »
Ahsoka TVC figures would be sweet, but I still want a full set of main characters from Andor.  That has a second season coming (supposedly in August 2024) and I sure hope they put a lot more creative energy in to those figures before too long.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Pulse 2023 TBOBF Throne Room Playset
« on: September 21, 2023, 03:40 PM »
Mine just landed on my doorstep.  That is a much larger box than expected.

TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: September 20, 2023, 12:49 PM »
Speculation on what is in the cases that Thrawn's team was loading in to the Star Destroyer?  I'm not sure they'll do ysalamiri in this version of the story, but that is my only guess at this point.

Thrawn was really dismissive of Baylan and Shin, and any role they may play going forward, so I'm not sure what he thinks of Jedi.

I'm also unsure what to think of the fact that Ezra seemed to be living so close to all the action.  He didn't seem to be hiding all that well, and it doesn't seem like Thrawn to just let him be and not hunt him down.  I'll be also interested in how they might explain how Ezra survived on the Star Destroyer during their hyperspace flight and then managed to leave the Star Destroyer when they arrived.  Maybe Ezra and Thrawn reached some kind of agreement, or Thrawn didn't want to kill him as he might be their only way back with the Purrgil?

TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: September 20, 2023, 08:47 AM »
Another home run tonight.

My daughter grumbled that it was a bit slow.  I agree that there wasn't much action, but the plot got moved forward which she doesn't always appreciate.

There are only two episodes to go and tons of potential ways they might wrap this up or just end it.  Thoughts on what happens?

My speculation is that Thrawn and everyone ends up back in the "normal" galaxy and Thrawn becomes a baddie for everyone to deal with in The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and any other off-shoots they do (Rangers, etc.).  I don't think he is killed/captured, but escapes.  Although based on the actor Ray Stevenson's death I'm going to assume they've written in a death scene for him.  I'm assuming that Baylan dies and Shin lives and stays with Thrawn so we can have lightsaber battles.  Either that or the Nightsisters keep creating Inquisitor type foes.

Kenner Retro Collection / Re: 3rd Party Kenner Retro-Style Toys
« on: September 19, 2023, 02:08 PM »
I've never bought from Stan Solo or any of the 3rd party companies, but with Stan Solo's pre-order for the Tonnika sisters happening, and the fact that Hasbro probably won't ever make these, I think I'm going to pull the trigger.

What are people's recommendation on the best way and time to get these?  Just pre-order them from the UK (42 pounds each) and pay shipping, or try and buy them elsewhere?

To me, this feels a LOT more like Hasbro knows the TVC crowd will still be there to buy figures 12-18 months after a show but there is a much greater need to "strike while the iron is hot" in the Black Series stuff. 

I think Hasbro has said this in a way about 6" collectors.  I believe they characterize 6" purchasers as more impulse driven, I like that and want one for my desk, which is why I think you see so many Christmas decos, video game figures, and other random items that might be more curiosities.  Obviously there are still the hardcore fans that buy a bunch of these too.

I do wish Hasbro got their **** together on TVC.  Collectors will buy these whenever they get made, but if they want a successful retail product at Target and Wal-Mart, it sure would help if they came out with a full wave of figures pretty close to the release of a new title.  Adam Pawlus had some recent commentary on this on his site that was pretty good.  I get Disney wanting to hold back wildly surprising characters like Grogu from Hasbro's radar, but when you've got main characters in teasers six months ahead of time there has got to be a way to close that gap between premier and toy release.  Sprinkling a figure here and there over the following two years is not going to make for a successful line at retail.

Let's hope the people at Disney making the decisions on closing the hotel didn't tell the product managers / factory in a timely manner and there is still a pile of them on a boat still working its way through the distribution system that will get dumped at ShopDisney or some other place.

Just picked this guy up on eBay for $50 shipped.  I'm still hoping D3-09 gets dumped in volume somewhere so I can get him for a reasonable price.

Real artists and creative people cost money.  Why work hard when you can mail it in?  All you need is some unpaid interns and Google and you've saved yourself a bunch of money and effort. 

I'm sure Hasbro has fired all the artists they got when the bought Galoob, but I remember some of the MicroMachines playset boxes as being fantastic works of art.  I whish Hasbro spent 1/100th of the effort on packaging artwork that some of the people did back in the heyday.

TV-9D9 / Re: Lando (Disney+)
« on: September 14, 2023, 04:13 PM »
I hope it works out too, but honestly if they weren't happy with the Solo movie, I'm not sure how they'll ever be happy with a Lando movie. 

I'll be honest, Lando is a B character in the Star Wars universe and I think whatever they do would likely work a lot better as a series than a movie where there are much higher expectations.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: September 14, 2023, 11:44 AM »
Apparently everything came on the same boat.

Close Dave...

+ $17 Because we can
+ $17 Because we can
+ $6 Be thankful it wasn't $12

Hasbro execs be like

TV-9D9 / Re: Ahsoka (SPOILERS possible)
« on: September 13, 2023, 05:48 PM »
No complaints here, Iíll lap up some Clone Wars fan service all day long. Captain Rex and Maul Mandos? Please and thank you.

Wonder why Hera didnít go too? Plenty of room in that mouth, lol.

Ezra managed to pull the Imperial fleet along with the Purrgil during the Battle of Lothal when they were just next to each other.

Maybe it'll be a surprise start to next week's episode that The Ghost and the three New Republic cruisers will get pulled along, but I kinda expected they would show that all of the ships would go with the Purrgil.

For $40!  $40.  Must be the #fancybox tax this time...

Let me see if I've got the math right:
+ $17 Obi-Wan Kenobi (carded and kitbashed)
+ $17 Darth Vader (carded and kitbashed)
+ $6 cardboard box to hold it all together

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