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From 4-LOM to Zuckass (Twitter) states that there will be a new Black Series reveal and pre-order tomorrow.  Not sure if this is a Wal-Mart exclusive or not.

TV-9D9 / The Book of Boba Fett
« on: August 16, 2021, 09:44 AM »
How did we not start a thread on this earlier !?!

Do we know anything about the plot of this?  I haven't read anything, and want to avoid spoilers, so if you do know some details, please flag them with spoilers.

Since I'm in the dark, I thought I would wildly speculate and see what you guys are thinking.

First off, I was thinking a bit about this this other day and the weird title.  What is "The Book" referring to? 

Does he have a book with a hit list in it, with Bib Fortuna at the top of it?  Is he going to go around settling old grudges? 

Is "the book" an actual book that contains some kind of special knowledge in it?  A treasure map?  Sensitive information?  Kamino cloning secrets?

Or is "the book" simply meant to be "the story" of Boba Fett?

What do you guys think?

Toy Reviews / Dave's Belated Toy Reviews
« on: July 26, 2021, 11:07 AM »
I finally built a display to house a bunch more toys, so I'm cracking open a lot of dusty boxes and filling the shelves.

I thought I would post some quick commentary on what I'm opening.

- OTC Sandcrawler - Kinda weak in my opinion.  $60 toy from 2004 is biggish, with three figures, but limited play value, and no electronics.  The side door doesn't even reach the ground so your droids can roll in and out.  I never picked up the new Disney version so I'll have to see if that might be worth my while.

- Imperial Combat Assault Tank (Rogue One) - All kinds of awesome, but you already new this.  The detail on this thing is amazing.  The working hatches, the moving treads, the kyber crystal holders - so cool and really a decent value for what I paid for it ($72).  I gotta track down all my Imperials and fill this thing up with a driver, a gunner, etc.

- U-Wing (Rogue One) - I know people griped about this not being to scale and not having room for a small squad in the side/back, but I think this is a pretty cool "toy".  Love the Nerf launcher (I know some people hate this feature, but I would have loved this as a kid and prefer these are toys vs. models).  The wing sweep mechanism is simple and different.  Overall pretty solid especially at a $45 price point (maybe it was more at retail but this is what I paid for it).  Sure it'd be nice if they made it twice as wide so you could have a K2-SO in the cockpit too, and room for a few figures in back, but I'm guessing that would have easily sent the price point to $100-$120.  Overall its very nice.

- 6" Snowspeeder - I was really on the fence about getting this because these vehicles take up so much room, but I did want the Dak Ralter.  I'm glad I got it on sale because I'm really not that impressed with it.  Its nice and all, but still big and not super cool.  I'm more impressed with their smaller vehicles/beasts than this thing.

- Jabba's Palace (TVC) - Overall its really a good value for $50.  Two figures and cool scenery.  It took me forever to figure out that the Han in Carbonite was magnetic and stuck to the wall lever thing.  It coulda used some better directions.

Collections / Dave's Backlit Death Start Display Case
« on: July 24, 2021, 08:21 PM »
Check out the backlit Death Star display case I finally finished up in my basement Star Wars storage area.  Notice the 3.75" figure on the top shelf.  I've got a *ton* of room I've got to plan out how to fill out with my collection. 

The Black Series 6" Figures / Walmart 6" Clone Wars Micro Series
« on: July 21, 2021, 12:02 PM »
Jeff posted this info in the vintage section as well, but there are also three all new 6" figures coming as part of this.

- ARC Trooper
- Mace Windu
- General Grievous

Its interesting that they're making three all new sculpts here while the Vintage versions are just repacks.  While I'll always take new figures, I'd sure rather have something more current from Rogue One, Solo, TROS, etc.

If they keep this going I sure hope they make a Yoda, and ideally a deluxe figure of Yoda on Kybuck.

Saw a post on Yakface pointing to Bantha Skull that details a Bad Batch 4-pack exclusive to Amazon. 

$60 preorders are today at 1PM ET.

You get Captain Rex, Clone Captain Grey, Clone Captain Ballast and an Elite Squad Trooper.

I love the concept of four packs and can even tolerate a repack mixed in.  This is a bit more expensive then I would like with the repaints and a repack, but at lease its newish.

I've advocated for it before and hope they continue this concept for The Mandalorian or one of the other media properties and get something more interesting then clones (Rogue One Rebel Pilots, Solo movie Sabbac game, TROS Knights of Ren, etc.). 

Yakface has posted the latest GameStop Gaming Great figure - Zaalbar the Wookiee. 

I'm passing on this one. 

I never played the game so I don't have any attachment to this character and I really don't find the kitbash that interesting.

The Black Series 6" Figures / 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: June 10, 2021, 08:15 AM »
So what do you think will be the rumored 6" HasLab project to be revealed later in the year?

They said its not a vehicle.

Some have speculated that it'll be the Rancor.

I'm trying to think what I would even be willing to pay much money for that isn't a vehicle.  The big 6" items are just so big that I've passed on some of them as I don't want to dedicate the space to it.

What sort of  environment would you be willing to plunk down $250 for?  ANH cantina?  Navarro cantina?  Jabba's palace?  We've got so few of the figures that would interact with any of those I'm not sure it makes sense.

Creature options?  Rancor?  Blurgg probably wouldn't be big and expensive enough.  Not sure a bantha would be big enough either unless they have a bunch of pack ins with it.

I'm not sure anything I've named is something I'd be willing to spend $250 on.  Thoughts?

Watto's Junk Yard / NFL / Star Wars Mashup
« on: April 20, 2021, 06:47 PM »
I love the NFL, and I love Star Wars, but the appeal of a Star Wars/NFL mashup t-shirt is totally lost on me.

The Vintage Collection / We need more VTC figures!
« on: April 20, 2021, 09:22 AM »
I was watching Rogue One a bit last night and its a shame all the fun characters that they never made.  In particular it'd be great to get a pile of the rebel pilots and the rebel soldiers. 

It'd be nice to see them do a kitbash/repaint of General Merrick's whole Blue Squadron in a set.  They could reuse a lot of parts and do new heads and helmets for them.

TV-9D9 / Bad Batch (Disney+)
« on: March 30, 2021, 12:23 PM »
The Bad Batch is coming back on May the 4th and the trailer just dropped.  It looks pretty sweet.

It looks like at least some of this takes place after Order 66 and The Clone Wars officially end.  And I had forgotten that Echo joined the crew.  Hopefully we're getting a 6" Bad Batch version of him soon too.

The Vintage Collection / Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest 2021
« on: March 16, 2021, 11:14 AM »
Hasbro is advertising their "Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest" on April 9th.  This includes a bunch of their brands including Star Wars.

It sounds like there will be some "revealed" products and pre-orders for members.  It's really unclear if any of the revealed products are exclusives - they use the term "exclusive activations", but then mention "product reveals" separately.

Anybody have any speculation on what will be revealed and if there will be any exclusives, or just pre-orders for broadly commercial items?  I'm sure Jayson knows if he's out there lurking...

Hopefully everyone has a reminder set for the pre-order for Wrecker today at 1PM ET.  Thanks to Jayson and Yakface for the note.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Cal Kestis (Gaming Great) from GameStop
« on: February 8, 2021, 11:32 AM »
If you haven't seen the posts at Yakface and other places, Cal Kestis is getting a new outfit and being re-released.  Looks like some new accessories as well.

I think I'm personally gonna pass on this.  I barely played the game with my kids and fell like I've been too stupid and bought too many of their Gaming Greats repaints.  I bought the original but don't think I need this one.

LEGO / The End of the Road?
« on: February 8, 2021, 10:39 AM »
I think I've come to a crossroads with my collecting and my Lego sets.  I've got tons of Hasbro 3.75" and 6" stuff, some other random stuff, and nearly every Star Wars Lego ever made.  1/4 are open (built or demolished and bagged up ) and 3/4 are still in their boxes.

I'm building out my display area and can't come close to having 50% on display.  Playsets, vehicles, and Lego take up the most room in displays.

Lego was fun to actually play with for awhile as my kids got in to them and we built sets together, but they've moved on and don't have much interest anymore.

I'm just not sure what to with my stacks and stacks of Lego, plus the new sets they're rolling out.  I've not bought much in the past couple of years as a lot has been rehash or not that interesting, so cutting the cord on new stuff won't be hard.  I just don't know what to do with my existing stuff.  Sell it? Keep it boxed?

I didn't have a hard time parting with other large chunks of my collection over the years (12", MicroMachines, Galactic Heroes), but I'm really struggling with what to do with Lego.  I loved Legos as a kid and still think they're so cool.

Have any of you current/former Lego collectors hit the same crossroads and made a decision?

The good news is the resale price of Legos is kinda nuts, so selling it off should be fairly profitable...

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