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I’m debating if I want this too. Luckily for me GameStop won’t let me order anything from the site so I can only preorder in person. Since I’m out of town for the holidays that gives me time to think it over.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Gaming Greats Line
« on: December 22, 2021, 01:46 PM »
Like, sprinkle in Cal Kestis or something…

I've covered this before in other threads, but the current Hasbro team's "what can we do with the parts we have to pretend we're world building" thinking is really getting stale.

It's dumb to have Battlefront II troopers without Iden Versio.  It's dumb to have JFO Purge Tooper and Shock Scouts without Cal Kestis.  It's dumb to have Sith Trooper and Sith Jetpack Trooper without TROS Palpatine.  But Hasbro just goes, "Meh - troopers repaints sell" and here we are.


I think a lot of people who follow The Vintage Collection closely understand some of the elements at work with reusing sculpts from existing figures.  But at some point you have to throw in the odd NEW character / sculpt in order to lend some legitimacy to the Gaming Greats sub-line.  Hasbro has to start factoring in at least ONE new sculpt in each of these Gaming Greats waves.  At least so that it doesn't look so blatantly obvious that they're just repainting an old sculpt and calling it something else.

I got into three different “fights” with people on Reddit (and downvoted to oblivion) for expressing this same opinion. Their arguments basically boiled down to “shut up and buy the repaints then get excited to buy the next round of repaints” line that the Disney super fans love to spout off. Sorry for having standards I guess.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The let's get JediMAC to post again thread
« on: December 21, 2021, 03:30 PM »
Hooters changed their outfits for their employees too! I don’t know if Matt would approve, and we’ll never know.  :(

I passed last year and will pass again this year… except for that white Wookiee. That’s different enough to be cool, and can fit in as a “normal” Wookiee too.

That Boba is everything that the Black Series figure should have been. Essentially the same accessories that the SH Figuarts figure has with it.

I've been in Orlando for work for the last week and a half, and finally had a chance to check out Disney Springs. Nothing good in the Star Wars stores there unless you need a million General Lando figures. Only Galaxy's Edge set they had for sale was the one with 3PO/Rex/R2. All told, not really worth sitting in an hour of traffic and fighting the huge crowds for another hour.

They did have a ton of POTF2 Greedos, and I almost bought one until I noticed there was no price tag. I didn't want to know how much they were charging over MSRP.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: December 7, 2021, 11:11 AM »
Can't really add to what all has been said. Just a giant mishandled opportunity.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: December 3, 2021, 12:44 AM »
Someone at Hasbro really has to have a long discussion with the Star Wars team about whether or not they think it's alright to treat their customer base like we're a bunch of dummies who will buy anything with the Star Wars logo slapped onto it.  That's what I think this episode really boils down to.

To be fair, this is what Disney thinks of Star Wars fans, so perhaps they're just following orders?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Halo 3 & Halo 3: ODST Thread
« on: November 19, 2021, 11:33 PM »
Infinite MP Beta dropped a month early, and it is INCREDIBLE. (And also FREE.) if you are into halo/FPS at all you should download it and add me to play, game tag: XO_SaulTigH

I’d love to play with some JD peeps.

I believe we are already friends... my gamertag is tbanks2011

Sadly my time for video games these days is about zero, but I should have 2 or 3 free hours around the holidays

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 09:00 PM »
Hmm, a "new" Luke announced on the same day that Bandai SH Figuarts announces their new Mandalorian Luke, which can also double as a Jabba's Palace Luke... did they even bring up differences between this Luke and the Walmart Exclusive Luke from 2019? (I was working all day and missed the presentation and am just now catching up).

Like everyone else is saying, this is a huge disappointment. I WANTED to buy this thing, and was even preparing to fight with my girlfriend over it. It really is an amazing piece of work. Individual articulated finger joints! Incredible.

But there is just no enthusiasm behind this from the Hasbro team. The choices somewhat make sense, but are mind boggling. I did expect Luke and a Gammorrean, those just make sense even if they're reissues. But Oola and Malakili were RIGHT THERE as Tier 3 and 4 choices, which likely would have had people backing this by the dozens. My personal wish was even for a pack in reissue of Black Series Jabba with the dias. But we're only getting Crumb, who is already being reissued in a $40 Disney set that's easily available online? There were dozens of ways Hasbro could have gone, and it feels like they made the worst possible decision nearly every step of the way.

Not mad, just disappointed. Hopefully people vote with their wallets and show Hasbro that you have to at least make an effort. TVC collectors seem to be VERY pleased with their Haslab offerings, and Hasbro seems/seemed to enjoy showing off the Sail Barge and the Razor Crest. It's a shame they can't show the same love for Black Series.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 12:49 AM »
Well said, Nick. I’m a member of Star Wars Collecting and Action Figures on Reddit, and those groups skew younger, and they seem to buy multiple figures from multiple lines. Forums/communities like JD are “old people.”

Yeah I might just be in for the Creatures Pack. I'd love that droid set, but you can still find Battle Droids for close to retail online, and that was my main reason for wanting to grab that sai. Ditto for Hux, I'll wait for the eventual rerelease, even though that will take years.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 16, 2021, 01:23 PM »
Hasbro released a number of new Marvel Legends figures with the Sentinel.  And they got to how many stretch goal figures with Galactus?  Was it three at least?  The Star Wars team needs to up their game.

The only reason I can think of to not get new figures with the Rancor is that Marvel Legends "cheats" by reusing multiple sculpts/molds. So it's likely more cost effective for Hasbro to include the figures they did with the Sentinel and Galactus, since all they have to do is sculpt a new head. Whereas with Black Series, every figure has a unique sculpt, which I assume would up the asking price of the Rancor by at least $50. So I get it, but it just kind of falls in with the rest of the lack of enthusiasm we've seen lately from the Hasbro Star Wars team.

I agree with the Muftak competition issue as well. Cardboard Galaxy is a fun Instagram follow! It would be extremely petty for Hasbro/Disney to start cutting into his business.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 15, 2021, 11:36 PM »
Same thoughts here. I would expect this kind of stuff as like a Tier 4 “holy cow we didn’t expect to get this far” offering. Like, it’s a really nice set of accessories. But the Marvel crowdfunds both got new figures in their reveals, and I guess I’m let down because that was my expectation.

You, uh, going to sell any of those extras, McMetal? ;)

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