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I think I'm going to pass on these since we've essentially just purchased all of these separately.  Maybe if it gets marked down I may pick one up, but I'm not going to rush to get this set.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 27, 2023, 10:59 AM »
For my pre-ordered Chopper delivered on Sunday I got the shipping notice at 4AM and then it was delivered at 10AM.  I haven't seen that quick of a turn before.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 26, 2023, 05:04 PM »
Got Chopper, Hera, and Pre Vizsla today.  All came in separate boxes and all came in separate delivery vehicles.  One via USPS and two from two separate Amazon vans.  All on a Sunday.

I知 with Ryan.  These could have all waited until tomorrow and we値l never know why these couldn稚 have all shipped in the same box.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 26, 2023, 09:52 AM »
I voted for the five figures that haven稚 been made yet.

I値l tell you that the social media thing is a definite challenge for us Gen Xers. 
A - I知 almost never on social media
B - When I need to interact with it (like this voting process) I really struggle to figure out where I知 supposed to click

Now I know how my parents must have felt every time I had to program the VCR for them.   ;D

Kenner Retro Collection / Re: 2024 Kenner Retro Collection - Ahsoka
« on: November 22, 2023, 02:09 PM »
These are up on Pulse now.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Hasbro Selfie Series
« on: November 17, 2023, 01:40 PM »
So did anyone actually buy one of these?

Prices on these are trending down.  I grabbed one for under $50, which is still a lot of cash but a lot more reasonable than things have been.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 17, 2023, 08:50 AM »
Nice.  I missed the preorder window for Revan and finally managed to place an order for him on Amazon.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 15, 2023, 04:58 PM »
Weird.  My Krennic and Thrawn arrived from Amazon a few days ago.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2022 Droid Factory C1-940
« on: November 11, 2023, 07:53 PM »
Prices have been dropping rapidly on these.  I managed to score one for $50 shipped off of eBay the other day.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4 Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: November 9, 2023, 04:19 PM »
Even within the 3.75" lines of the past there have been clunkers that were way too short or way too tall.  Might as well wait to see these in comparison shots before getting too upset about scale.

Potential scale issues aside, so far I am not seeing anything that I need to buy.  Just more main characters that I already have...


Even if they can create a "Greatest Hits" line that collectors mostly ignore, it could create some momentum at retail and maybe they'll make vehicles, playsets, etc. that are new.  It could lead them to then start making some new figures we're interested in (Andor, Ahsoka).  It might also pull some of the repaint/repack/kitbash stuff out of TVC and allow that line to get more new and creative stuff in it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4 Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: November 9, 2023, 01:42 PM »
Star Wars needs an introductory line for the 1:18 scale.  How many 8 year olds are clamoring for TVC figures right now?  Or their parents who are not existing collectors? 

I致e seen Hasbro痴 Marvel Epic Hero Series figures.  They池e not up to the standards of the old Marvel Universe line, but they池e not garbage.  They池e an introductory series that can offer vehicles that won稚 break the bank.  In fact , I already have some of the Marvel Epic Heroes figures from GotG volume 3.  I need to compare them for height with some current TVC figures.  I think some people might be getting unnecessarily hung up on the 4 figure thing.

This line makes sense in advance of the release of the 鉄keleton Crew series.  That痴 supposed to feature a number of kids in the cast.  A line like this seems like it could support that Disney+ series in real time and reach that broader audience.

Plus, this line could be a way to get more 1:18 scale vehicles back on the shelves of the big box retailers.  Lots of collectors recognize what junk the electronic 12 figures are, but they池e keeping that lower shelf space that used to be occupied by vehicles.  A vehicle line that consists of ships that are all priced above $100 is not friendly to the market.  TVC vehicles have been amazing, but they get released at a very slow rate.  A $30 to $40 assortment of vehicles is much more accessible to the broader market and has the potential to generate volume sales.  I don稚 think for an instant that this will replace the Vintage Collection, but it can definitely help build out worlds at a more affordable price point.

I totally agree there needs to be a more value oriented line.  TVC is way too expensive for kids/moms.

The part I don't understand is the move to 4".  Why can't they stay with 3.75" for the value line (e.g. 5POA).   We've got 45 years of 3.75" history.  If you keep it at 3.75" you'll get long time collectors and soccer moms.  If you go to 4" you'll still have your soccer moms but you're going to lose a lot of your collectors.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4 Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: November 9, 2023, 11:42 AM »
TVC proves it's popularity by backing all three TVC Haslabs made.

TVC is way behind Black Series in new characters and product in general.

Hasbro's solution:  create a new 4 inch 5 POA line that does not fit in scale with TVC.   ::)

I really don't get this at all.  Why not 3.75" 5POA?  I've said it a million times that I'd be glad to buy all new 5POA figures if that is what it would take to hit profit margin targets.  TVC is great and I hope they keep it going, but the slow trickle of new figures is leaving huge gaps that I would be glad to have filled by new 3.75" 5POA figures.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: November 1, 2023, 01:56 PM »
All of us here, in this antiquated forum, are the outliers. 

Why Dooku?  Because he won a fan choice poll over on Instagram.

Instagram seems to be Hasbro's go-to source for "what do the fans want" these days.  Try as I might, Hasbro doesn't really care about us "forum folks" anymore.

Wow.  I read the Bantha Skull Post.  I guess I'm not much in to social media so I missed this, but it clearly wouldn't have mattered with their final four:
- Luke Skywalker
- Count Dooku
- Sabine Wren
- Asajj Ventress


I hope somebody at Hasbro has some fresh ideas as the Instagram masses clearly don't.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: November 1, 2023, 12:04 PM »
I am very excited about Count Dooku.  He has not been in the line in a long time, and I think that the updates look good.  Having him on a TVC card is really cool, and I like the artwork.  And I'm hoping that Dooku sells well, because if he does I hope that would motivate Hasbro to take on him from Tales of the Jedi.  One of those 2-packs with Jedi Master Dooku and Yaddle would be tremendous!

I guess I'd agree that at least Dooku is the most interesting thing out of what the showed... but (and I know I'm an outlier here compared to the whole of people who collect this stuff) I have no fewer than 13 Dooku figures already.

I don't need 14th when there are so many other characters who need to be made... no matter how nice it looks.

I'm with you Rob.  I get it if they're just cashing checks with easy kitbashes, repaints, photo-real paintjob upgrades, etc.  Lazy cash grab.

For the life of me I can't understand why they would devote new sculpting resources to a *insert figure here* that we've already got piles of like Dooku.  If they're going to do a new sculpt, why wouldn't they do something new, and relevant in this decade?  Something new from Andor?  Something new from Rogue One?  Something new from the sequel trilogy?

I love our rank order wishlist stuff, but if I'm being honest, I don't need another figure from the OT or PT.  Even an all new one.  Ever. 

I'm probably an outlier too with you Rob.  Just give me something all new.  Not a new version of something I already have.  Something actually all new.

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