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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 24, 2021, 01:14 PM »
You both lost me there.

I think Black Series has gotten a little stale because of the increasing number of repaints and reissues.  Between the Black Series Archive, Carbonized collection, the Credit Collection, Gaming Greats (has a lot of repaints / kitbashes) and all of the trooper repaints, I feel like the line has taken a step backwards in terms of newness and innnovation.

I think its just a cash grab by Hasbro - they're milking as much profit out of the franchise.  I agree its gotten stale, but so has 3.75".  You get some new figures each year, but you get even more repacks/repaints/kitbashes.

The sad thing is there is still so much good stuff to be made from the last five films and The Mandalorian.  I hope they don't let this drag on too long and alienate the fan base to the point where they whole thing just collapses.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 23, 2021, 01:26 PM »
I thought the TIE was $180 at retail…

I bought one on Amazon for $60 and hung it at work.  Now that I work from home I don’t know what to do with it and will probably chuck it up on Craigslist pretty soon.

I bought a Snowspeeder on sale, but mostly for the Dak.  I should probably list the Snowspeeder on Craigslist too as I have never displayed it and don't have any plans to.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 23, 2021, 12:07 PM »
I'd be interested to know how many units of 6" TIE Fighters and Snowspeeders sold at full retail, and how that compares to their Rancor target.

If they didn't sell 10x at normal retail for each of these (around 100,000), then I'm not sure there is a market for large 6" items, regardless of price.   I think each of those were $130ish at full retail.

The TIEs seemed to sit even at hefty discounts (did they get as low as $40??), and I'm not sure I ever saw a 6" Snowspeeder at retail - they seemed to be online only.

I'm just not sure how many people want a 6" item that large (that's what she said).

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:58 AM »
They said during the livestream on Friday that they had to meet the 9,000 backer goal, and that it had to be done by December 7th.  Changing that could damage the integrity of Haslab.  If people know that a project is going to end up being funded no matter what?  Then where is the incentive for people to back a campaign? 

I think this is why we won't see any extra sweeteners for the unlocks too.  I'm sure they don't want to condition people to hold out for a better deal every time they roll one of these out.

This item may turn out to just be a bad choice by Hasbro.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 05:59 PM »
Amen to that.  Backers have dropped down to 4,991 as of 4:45 today.  Yikes!

Now I wish I had tentatively backed the Rancor so I could cancel  >:D

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Future HasLab Ideas
« on: November 19, 2021, 05:41 PM »
Great ideas.

Add TVC U-Wing to the list.

I'd love to see a combo Hoth Rebel Transport, Ion Cannon (with interchangeable barrels for realistic display and one with a firing Nerf dart), and defensive cannon combo for the low HasLab price of $275.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 05:35 PM »
I'm wondering now where it will bottom out before it starts rebounding?  Or how low it gets before Hasbro reacts?  Or do they have internal info/numbers that make them think they'll be OK (like are they sitting on X number of pre-arranged international orders for Japan/Australia/other non-US/UK Pulse markets that they will add in at the last minute)?

Asia will be waking up soon and it'll probably take a few days for everyone to get the news, so I wouldn't be surprised if this continues trending down for a few days yet.  Although as you mention I'm not sure how directly/quickly the international orders can change.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 03:14 PM »
To the HasLab side, I do wonder a little if collectors are reaching the breaking point for these huge items. They all look great, but they are pricey space hogs. Add to the fact that many of us follow multiple lines, and it is even worse. As much as I love the Barge…and think it is great…and I’m glad I have it, sometimes I look at that thing and think “as cool as this is, this is ridiculous”😂.

It would depend on the item, but I think at least for the next five years I would be willing to spend $300-ish on an all new kick ass 3.75" thing.  Ultimate U-Wing?  Death Star playset? Ultimate Mos Eisley Cantina?  Yes, yes, and yes please.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 19, 2021, 11:47 AM »
Patrick and crew are morons.  Maybe they're ultimately going to fudge the numbers and it'll get made either way, but this is weak.

I'm more firmly passing than before.

I feel conflicted - I want this to work for those that want it, but I also really want it to fail so they'll stay focused on 3.75" HasLab offerings.

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According to Taret’s website oly 1 in 19 store In the Denver Area will carry this, and the one is nowhere close to me. Have any of you not iced your local store getting the X-Wing when target.com list the store as not carrying the item?

In Minneapolis (Target HQ) I've yet to see a store that has shelf tags for this.  It seems to be popping up online and in backrooms where you can order it for pickup.

I did a ship to store a few weeks ago to get mine.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 18, 2021, 01:08 PM »
I guess I'd be curious to know what drives an early or late backing thought process.

I backed both the barge and Razor Crest within the first day.  The unlocks were all gravy and had no bearing on my interest to back the project.

I'm most likely going not to back the Rancor, but could maybe, maybe be convinced if the right extra tiers (multiple new 6" figures) are added and within reach (I wouldn't back the project unless the tiers were close to unlocking).

Was anybody here a late backer to the previous projects?  I'd be curious what your motivation was and what drove you to finally support the projects at the end?

Do people just want to wait to charge their credit card?  Procrastinating and forced to back by the deadline?  FOMO?  Were the unlocks the thing that pushed you over the top?

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Yakface posted links for pre-orders:
Droid Depot - $75
First Order -$75
Galactic Creatures - $35

Use code “SHIPMAGIC” at checkout for free shipping.

Not ridiculously expensive, but not cheap either when you consider the amount of repaints involved.

I'd love a CB-23 and First Order AT-AT Driver, but I'm not ready to pay $150 for them.  I'm likely to holdout and hope that many of these come individually packaged later like the previous Disney 6" packs.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Nevarro Cantina Playset
« on: November 17, 2021, 10:02 AM »
Is it wrong that I now want a Jason Sudekis Scout Trooper, but I want the head to look like Ted Lasso?

That would be awesome.  Put him helmetless with a drink in the Nevarro Cantina and have a local with a soccer jersey on as a pack-in.

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Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue Squadron
« on: November 17, 2021, 10:01 AM »
That's too bad.  I was really looking forward to this movie as I think she is a solid director and I like the fact that they were likely focusing on an area within Star Wars that wasn't too messy with Jedi, etc.

The press release is definitely spin for "creative differences".  I hope they find a way to work it out as this could be cool.

I'm not sure if the leadership at Lucasfilm is difficult to work with, if they don't set clear expectations ahead of time, or what seems to cause the challenges with directors/stories.  I can see where when they hire less experienced directors that there might be challenges pulling off a big budget movie, but that can't be the case with Patty Jenkins.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« on: November 16, 2021, 03:32 PM »
I know it took The Khetanna quite a while to get backed since it was the first offering by HasLab, but if I recall correctly it took barely a day for The Razor Crest to get fully backed before hitting nearly 30,000 backers and five tiers of unlocks.

Hasbro should take notes on what works and what doesn't work.

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