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The Vintage Collection / Re: Do You Keep a Carded Set of TVC?
« on: July 18, 2024, 04:44 PM »
I have been playing with the idea of building a nice-looking pegboard or carded display shelf of sorts to allow me to easily rotate what I have up on the wall and store 3x4 as many figures in the same amount of wall space.

Something like this might work.

That is almost exactly what I used in my carded display setup.  It holds an acrylic case perfectly.  Here is the one that I ordered -

I purchased a pile of these (they're offered in a few different lengths) and created about eight shelves full of figures.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Acolyte (Disney+)
« on: July 17, 2024, 11:56 PM »
Yeah, not the greatest, not the worst.

Overall I was left feeling mostly unsatisfied. 

I really think the story could have been a lot tighter.  There was just too much unimportant stuff going on and too many characters.  There were too many tangents that they spent a lot of time on.  If they had taken the 8 episodes and told a cleaner story I think it could have easily been 100% better.

For example, the Jedi spent the first few episodes figuring out who Mae was.  Then the Jedi were figuring out her plan and what her motives were.  Then the Jedi were trying to figure out who Qimir was (looks like he got away without any witnesses other than Vernestra sensing him).  And then in the last few episodes the writers were teasing if Qimir was really the master and what his relationship was to Vernestra.  I think they should skipped through all that backstory and spent a lot more time on Qimir, Vernestra, and the creepy dude hiding in the cave.  I know they kind of wanted to tell the Osha becoming an acolyte story, but I'm not sure I buy Osha going to the dark side with the way they told the story.

And that tracker weasel was annoying.  Can't Jedi just use the force and figure out where other Jedi are?

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Between pricing, availability, the Acolyte and those Holocomm figures, Hasbro seems determined to break my collect-them-all mentality.  ::)

They did that to me about a year ago with Black Series.  I only pick up truly new OT stuff, which I'm not sure they've had anything in the past year.

Jayson posted on X about some SW Black Series stuff being on sale for Prime Day.  I guess its not the stuff you're looking for.

It was interesting to see all the stuff on Prime Day was Black Series, Young Jedi Adventures, and other kid oriented lines. No TVC.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Who Is Left From The Cantina?
« on: July 15, 2024, 01:53 PM »
Right now my OT cantina setup has all of the figures made from this scene, but also the random aliens from the prequels that don't always fit in other displays. (I don't display a lot of my prequel stuff)

I know some would love to have all these guys made.  I'd be fine with that, but I'd also be fine with random aliens made from the Mandalorian, Solo, Rogue One, etc. and just stick them in the cantina.  This was half the fun of Star Wars as a kid was the wacky aliens.  I don't need them to be scene correct to put them in the cantina and add to the crowd.

So instead of having three flavors of the same character (Solomahal, Atheloe, and Ownellco with the ascot), give me totally new random aliens from the Solo bar and Sabacc scenes and I'll stick them in the Tatooine cantina. 

I know, kick me out, I'm a heretic.  I mix my different media figures together and don't care about being dogmatic about the 17 guys that they haven't made from brief snippets of Richard Pryor's comedy bit and The Holiday Special.  :P

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 13, 2024, 09:22 PM »
6" Vehicles are just so damn big.  I can't imagine how big an AT-ST would be - 3.5' tall?

I've purchased the small vehicles (landspeeder, dewback, speeder bikes) and they're sweet.  I got the Snowspeeder and its just too big.  I passed on the TIE fighter because it was too big too, even though I think you could have purchased it on clearance for $40.

I don't think 6" Star Wars fans are that hard core and I think the fan base there is super diverse, so I'm not sure there is anything that a lot of people would rally around.

I've gave up on 6" figures a year ago because I've just run out of room.  I know I wouldn't back anything 6", but didn't hesitate to back a big ass Ghost and Cantina because its 3.75" and goes with the thousands of figures I've already got and plan to keep.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Acolyte (Disney+)
« on: July 12, 2024, 10:08 AM »
Agree with most comments here.  This show is not great, but not terrible.  My daughter and I have been watching it and she thinks its fine.

I do think it was odd to revisit the destruction of the coven and not really reveal anything new.  I would have liked to see something that was clearly controversial that would leave a deep regret with the Jedi.  Sure Torbin and Sol shouldn't have gone back, but what option did Indara have to resolve the situation once Kelnacca got "possessed"?  Sure you might feel bad that it ended that way, but it didn't seem controversial.

I thought they were developing an interesting dynamic with Qimir and Oshi as she considered becoming an acolyte.  To just drop that story line completely and go back to the coven story line seemed like an odd choice.

It'll be interesting to see how they wrap this up and if they leave it totally open ended.  I guess there haven't been any statements as to if this is a one and done season or if there will be more seasons, but it doesn't appear a second season has been green lighted yet.  Maybe it'll depend on how the show does from a viewership perspective.

My recommendation would be to take the $ they're spending on this show and try something different vs. do another season of this.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 11, 2024, 12:39 PM »
I was wondering about that.  I didn't know if they were the same species, they had renamed Lak, or what was going on.  Thanks!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 10, 2024, 05:19 PM »
Could see an Ewok Village as another good candidate if they think this went well.

Oh yeah.  I'd love that.  Not sure it needs to be $400 big and cool, but it'd probably need to be more than $150.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 10, 2024, 02:34 PM »
My interpretation of your question would be "do people want an improved TVC Darth Vader TIE, Jedi Starfighter or A-Wing for $100?  $100-125 seems to be the going rate for a starfighter sized ship these days for better or worse (Merrick's X-Wing, E-Wing, Mando N-1). 

I'd probably be down for an all-new tooled Vader's TIE for $100 if it were detailed enough but I think I'd be a "wait for clearance" guy on a new A-Wing or Jedi Starfighter at those prices.

I'm really not that interested in all new versions of Darth's TIE, etc. for $100.  I might begrudgingly buy them, but that isn't really anything I'm that interested in.  They can re-release the old ones if they feel they need to get back in circulation, but I'd like to see all new items like the Mando N-1, E-Wing.  I'd love to see them do a bunch of vehicles/playsets in this $100-$150 range assuming they're all new (Rebel Transport would be awesome).

As for the next "big" HasLab item, I'm not sure there is an obvious choice when it comes to vehicles.  If Hasbro felt that this was a success I'd still like to see a modular Death Star as the next playset, but I'm not sure there is any particular big vehicle that needs to be made.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 9, 2024, 12:14 PM »
Its interesting to see the revenue split between a SW playset and a SW vehicle.  I don't count the barge since that was the first HasLab item and I think people didn't really know what to expect.  If they were releasing the barge for the first time now I'm guessing it would be in the $10M range.

Looks like a good vehicle choice will get you about $10M and a good playset will get you $6.5M.   That is a fairly substantial difference. I'm assuming development costs are similar and gross margin percentages are about the same.

My guess is that difference is going to influence future decisions on what Hasbro offers via HasLab.  Obviously they've got to pick a cool item, but it appears vehicles get a lot more love.  I'm not sure how well that bodes for the prospects of a Death Star playset as I think the cantina got a boost from the Tonnika sisters.  I'm guessing sales would have likely been substantially lower without those collector grails included.  And I'm not sure there are any figure pack-ins that would make a Death Star a must have for people that were on the fence.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Do You Keep a Carded Set of TVC?
« on: July 9, 2024, 12:05 PM »
I guess Iím trying to decide if I want to keep these or start selling them off.

My advice?  Pick a carded focus, keep those, and sell the rest.  It's the best of both worlds - you get some fun carded figures, it's not as much work/$/space to keep up the smaller focus, and you get some money to spend on the other things in life by selling the excess.

I have my "Wall of Han Solo" with just carded Han figures displayed.  It's a nice way to get a flavoring of all the various cardbacks they've done over time but limits how much money/space I devote to carded figures.

Totally agree Jeff.  I've done a "one from each line", which is generally a trooper of some sort.  There are still a lot of them, but its allowed me to stop keeping one carded of everything (I've got one loose).   There is just too much stuff to try and keep one carded and one loose, or even display a large portion of carded figures. 

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2025 HasLab Mos Eisley Cantina
« on: July 8, 2024, 11:39 AM »
I don't think finishing right around a US holiday weekend is helping this get a last minute boost.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2025 HasLab Mos Eisley Cantina
« on: July 1, 2024, 11:27 PM »
"If not unlocked, a tier figure might still be made in the future, but it's not guaranteed.  Unlocking a tier in HasLab means that the figure's tooling would make future reuse in the line more likely."

Nice to see them cover their butts and admit even if they don't unlock there are still ways they can release these figures...  I'd gladly pay $40 for a carded 2-pack of Nabrun/Ariel if needed. #dumbOTcollector

I'm guessing they've already done a ton of development work on these figures so they'll want them made one way or the other.  I'll certainly pay $18 for an all new cantina alien.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2025 HasLab Mos Eisley Cantina
« on: July 1, 2024, 10:31 AM »
Not sure what impact not hitting tier 2/3 will have on backers. Will people cancel if it looks like we won't hit all tiers?  I'd hate to miss Tier 2/3 and then end up missing Tier 1/Greedo too due to late cancellations.

Maybe there are some hardcore carded figure collectors that these figures significantly factor in to the equation for them, but I just don't see all that much value in any of these bonus tiers.  I've said it before, but a tweaked Greedo is definitely not my jam.  I'd grumble about paying $18 for this via normal channels as I didn't feel like it was worth it.

I think if you're in on this the tiers at the back end are nothing but gravy and don't add much value.

If they really wanted to get fanboys going they should have added a 9000 Z001 landspeeder to place outside the cantina door as a Tier 2 reward.  They've still got a week to add that in, but I think that would get more people fired up to push this well past the mark than any of these figures.

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Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: Disney Mystery Crate Series 2
« on: June 29, 2024, 01:29 PM »
Nice.  I'm still trying to track these down on eBay.

I'm still bummed that my recent trip to Orlando Disney Springs came up empty.  Was hoping to do the same and buy 12, get close to having them all, and then selling the extras.

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