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I think the date got pushed back because of a decision from Lucasfilm.  All of the promotion work for the franchise prior to announcement of the Haslab campaign was devoted to the premiere of The Acolyte on Disney+.  And then 3 days after the first two episodes dropped the promotion machine is able to shift gears to the TVC Cantina Haslab.  I donít think itís a coincidence. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2025 HasLab Mos Eisley Cantina
« on: June 14, 2024, 10:29 AM »
Check out Geek Dad Life for some historic stats on the backer numbers for the current and previous Haslab campaigns.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 6 (New TVC Wave 38)
« on: June 13, 2024, 10:21 AM »
There's a lot of potential for figures from the Acolyte, without a doubt.  Will Hasbro go there with the whole flashback to Brendak?  It'll be interesting to see.  I know that I was glad to see more of Master Indara in this week's episode, despite the events of the first episode.

Another one came to mind that I feel a little silly not mentioning earlier - Han Solo from the Sarlacc pit battle!

The version that came with the Carbonite block reads much more as a TESB version.  And that dates back to 2014, IIRC.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Tonnika Sisters
« on: June 10, 2024, 11:18 AM »
So we don't have Rob to thank for commissioning customs of the Tonnikas for several hundred dollars????

I think the balloon lights will minimize the footprint without requiring wiring.  But they have a finite lifespan. 

I have already started looking into LED options for lighting and found some really small bluetooth speakers that you could disguise as a small round table.  My plan is to do a playlist of the cantina sounds on a loop that I can play from my phone to the bluetooth speaker when showing off the table/room.

I am planning to put my modal nodes in that second alcove on the DLX side sort of like that image Scott posted.  That seems to be the most likely spot for the band to be.

I'm sure someone will come up with some kind of cheap 3rd party band riser that will fit in an alcove.  I also expect a certain someone will come up with a nice cardboard floor piece and something to close off those three open doors/arches at the back and behind the bar.  ;)

I'm sure I'll be rewatching youtube videos from old Celebration "behind the cantina scenes" type videos for inspiration and to figure out who goes where.

Matthew Cohen, the photographer who shot the glam shots of the Cantina shared with me that they used balloon LED's.  He said they're readily available on Amazon. 

Amazon - Balloon LED's

That is cool.  I don't think I ever even knew they existed.

Yeah, they should have made a small riser with a sound chip like they did on that carded figure.

Mr Skeezler set up a diorama with a sound clip - I think it might have been the Sail Barge, and used an mp3 player that looped the audio.

Something similar would be great for this set.  "Mad About Me" is readily available for download.  But the song "Cantina Band 2" is a little more difficult to come by.

It woulda been great to get a small band riser with a button and sound chip to play the cantina theme.

Maybe one of these?

I have a full set of these, thanks to Colman, no less!  And I never opened them.  I think some of the batteries still work, too.

Looks like the maps point to an alcove in the Deluxe section of the playset

Thanks for posting this, Scott!  I have this book and completely blanked on using it as a reference in this instance. 

I think some screen caps of the various shots in the scene can help place other characters around the Cantina.

If you're looking at the space from the entrance?  I would say the second or third alcove on the right.  But the funny thing about the scene is that you can never really place the band anywhere specific relative to the other characters.  And their space does seem to have a small riser, as well.

I am genuinely happy that Hasbro announced the new versions of Luke, Han, Obi-Wan and Chewbacca.  There's been a pretty vocal group that has been loudly advocating for these characters to be brough up to date.  Especially since their best, most recent renditions date back to 2009 (the TVC Yavin ceremony Han Solo is based on the 2009 TLC version).  I think people who are loyal to the brand should eventually get what they want.  I just think things take a bit longer to materialize than most would like.

As for the general topic of this thread?  Where will the focus shift for OT fans who want main characters?  I'm of the opinion that it might be a significant update to Luke Skywalker in Bespin fatigues.  And that's because the previous versions just haven't really captured Mark Hamill's likeness that well.  Beyond that?  I could see a push for a TESB Snowspeeder pilot Luke.  But in light of the existence of an excellent Snowspeeder Luke from the Legacy Collection, making this iteration of Luke in TVC seems like an exercise in putting something on a TVC card just to get that figure on that cardback.

The dimensions of this set are something that I think simply couldn't be avoided.  When the Throne Room set was announced I distinctly remember Emily talking about how they designed it to fit the depth of a standard shelf.  I appreciated that level of attention to detail in that case, and kept those guidelines in mind when the Cantina rumors started to surface.

I had seen some custom Cantina dioramas - one of which might have been posted here.  And I think the base offering wound up being quite similar to that design.  But it got me thinking about the dimensions, and whether or not those guidelines that had been laid out for the throne room would apply here, too.  So I tried sketching out I a basic floorplan, and I had a difficult time imagining the set as being only 12" deep.  I was kind of expecting something like this.

I think the modular nature of the set might be a big help in displaying this on a shelf.  It might be possible to place both banks of alcoves at the back of the shelf, as if the whole thing has been opened like a book.  And the bar might be able to stick straight out in between the two banks of alcoves.  I saw someone make a custom Cantina that was displayed like that.  Otherwise?  I think you're looking at a table top for displaying this.

1700 backers in 2 hours.  Not bad!  I think we could hit the 8,000 mark by Monday.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Tonnika Sisters
« on: June 7, 2024, 12:19 PM »
The long collecting nightmare is finally over!  We can put this topic to bed at last!!!

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