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I pre-ordered him a long ass time ago and he just showed up a couple of weeks ago.  Overall its pretty sweet, but really expensive for what you get.

Sideshow page

My biggest gripe with Sideshow stuff (I've only got a few) is that there are limited to no directions, photos, etc that explain how it all works.  I got The Mandalorian six months ago and had to sleuth the internet to figure out how all the gadgets worked because the diagrams were pretty weak.  Yoda comes with an action stand that for the life of me I can't figure out how to make it work (I see the hole in his clothing but can't get the stand to engage with a socket on his body). 

There were no instructions included with my Yoda.  Would it kill them to include a few diagrams or maybe have something on their web site?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Mando Mania Reveals for Black Series
« on: March 28, 2023, 05:38 PM »
New 6" Pyke Soldier up for pre-order on Wednesday.  Looks pretty sharp.

Info from Yakface.

Yakface posted a new Amazon exclusive NED-B and Purge Trooper 2-pack of carbonized figures for $75 (which is more than these figures went for individually).

The comments are pretty negative about this.  Ranging from these figures not even interacting, to the price, to the endless repaints.  The comments mention someone on the Hasbro SW team getting the boot last month too.  Not sure who that was, but beyond Chris I think they need some new blood on that team.

Other Collectibles / Disney RC Mandalorian and Grogu
« on: February 21, 2023, 06:28 PM »
I saw this online at 5 Below today.  Anybody know if this is 3.75" scale?  Looks pretty close in the photos.

Well of the Souls / Hasbro 2023 Indiana Jones 6" Adventure Series
« on: February 13, 2023, 05:29 PM »
Additional 6" figures were posted today for preorder. 
- Belloq (ceremonial)
- Sallah
- Marion

I pre-orderd mine from Amazon.

I also didn't realize that if you get the whole first wave (five figures) you get pieces to build the Ark of the Covenant.   Nice!

The Vintage Collection / Andor Product Line Wishlist
« on: December 31, 2022, 06:44 PM »
I rewatched Andor over the past week and that show is so fantastic we've got to get more than just a few figures from it.  I think right now we're getting three figures - two versions of Cassian and Vel (pathetic).

I bitched about the lack of passion from the current Star Wars product management team.  If I were in charge this is what I would do. 

I put them in three categories:
No brainers - even today's Hasbro team should get this much done without much effort
Kitbashes - obvious choices if they really wanted to do world building and get some kitbashing help
Derryl DePriest tier - this is what we would have got 15 years ago under Derryl's watch and what I think someone with some passion and skill could still muster this today

No brainers:
Luthen Rael - Coruscant
Cinta (Ferrix)
Imperial army trooper - black riot control outfit with shield (make it a four pack if you want)
Dedra Meero - ISB white uniform
Syril - Pre-Mor Security Officer
Mon Mothma

ISB multi pack (white uniforms) - Dedra Meero, Lonni Jung, Officer Blevin, Major Partagaz
Narkin 5 prison multipack - Cassian Andor, Kino Loy, Ruescott Melshi
Rix Road Imperial patrol vehicle (pack in a Stormtrooper and/or offer it with the line)
Narkina 5 Imperial Security (with electro boots) (probably can kitbash this pretty easily)
Saw Gerrera  multipack - rerelease Saw (kitbash with healthy leg and no oxygen), re-release Two Tubes, kitbash Luthen in new cloak with walking stick
Prefect Tigo (Overzealous Ferrix Imperial officer

Derryl DePriest Tier
Mon Monthma Betrothal 3-pack - Mon Mothma, Perrin Fertha, daughter
Tay Kolma (Chandrila banker)
Dr. Quadpaw
Luthen Rael (Ferrix) - add in a speeder bike if you want a small vehicle line
Deluxe figure - Time Grappler and chime ($30?)
Deluxe B2EMO with giant holographic Marva (put a sound chip in it too with some of Marva's speech) ($40?)
Rix Road Funeral Band multi-pack (kitbash and make a couple different multi-packs with yellow and orange coats)
Rix Road funeral procession multi-pack (Daughter's of Ferrix maroon coats) - Brasso, black lady, etc.
Pre-Mor Security Sergeant Linus Mosk (kit bash and make a four pack)
Dewi and Freedi Pamular (Quadjumper guys on Narkina 5)

Rix Road playset - smallish (about the size of the Tantive IV hallway set) - maybe the front of the hotel with its archways.  This could be a set where you piece multiple parts together to have a urban background - $55

Luthen's Haulcraft - $100-$150 scaled down to X-Wing size

I left out most of the Aldhani story arc stuff as I don't know that anything was all that "iconic" from this bit.

What else would you guys add if you were in charge of this product line?

Has anyone been able to determine if Jabba's Goons are meaningfully different than what we have already?

The Black Series 6" Figures / 2022 MCM London UK Comic-Con Reveals
« on: October 29, 2022, 10:34 AM »
A new slew of announcements were posted on Yakface, Jedi News, and Bossk's Bounty.

Some of these are labeled as pipeline reveals and others are not, so I'm not sure if we've got some preorders happening soon or what.

Darth Malak
Bastila Shan
Mic (Scar Squadron)
Doctor Aphra
Mara Jade
Ahsoka Tano (TCW Season 3)
Clone Trooper (Phase II)
Omega (The Bad Batch Season 2)

The Vintage Collection / 2022 MCM UK Comic Con Hasbro Reveals
« on: October 29, 2022, 10:31 AM »
A new slew of announcements were posted on Yakface, Jedi News, and Bossk's Bounty.

ROTJ Specialty Wave (Wooof, Yak Face, Nikto, Kithaba)
ROTJ Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper
Deluxe Paz Vizsla
Admiral Piett
Cad Bane (The Book of Boba Fett)
Nien Numb

Last night some new Black Series figures were revealed as part of the 1027 Hasbro livestream and made available for pre-order.  I didn't even realize there was a "1027 Hasbro livestream".  Is that number significant in Hasbro lore or is it just the date?

Anyhow, here they are.  Maybe Jeff can put in affiliate links to Amazon for these:
- Cal Kestis
- Din Djarin (Morak)
- Boba Fett (ROTJ 40th Anniversary Card)

Is the Boba Fett new in any way, or just repacked on a fancy new card?  I know the last one we got was technically ESB and this is ROTJ

The Black Series 6" Figures / Wal-Mart Exclusive Andor Figures
« on: October 6, 2022, 09:50 AM »
Available (in theory) at 10 AM EST today:
Imperial Officer (Dark Times)
Cassian Andor (Aldhani Mission)

New ARC Commander Havoc exclusive from Wal-Mart goes live (in theory) this morning at 10AM EST.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Target Black Series 6" Andor Figures
« on: September 23, 2022, 09:51 AM »
New Andor Target exclusives were posted today:
- Shoretrooper
- Imperial Officer (Ferrix)

I can't tell if there is anything new about this Shoretrooper or not.   Seems like an interesting choice considering the piles and piles of discounted Target Exclusive chrome Shoretroopers that have been found everywhere.

The Vintage Collection / 2023 TVC Endor Bunker Playset
« on: August 29, 2022, 09:38 AM »
It was interesting to see that leak from Jayson.    With this leak about a possible Endor bunker playset...

Where have you guys seen discussion of this?   I didn't see anything on Yakface.

I'm assuming it is an external view of the bunker as not much happened inside.

I pulled my old POTF2 bunker playset out six months ago for my Endor display and was pleasantly surprised at the quality.  I'm not sure exactly what different they plan on doing that we don't already have (granted we got that 20 years ago).

TV-9D9 / Light and Magic
« on: August 25, 2022, 12:41 PM »
I thought I saw someone post about this on JD somewhere, but couldn't find a thread.

If you haven't checked out the Light and Magic documentaries on Disney+ you should give it look.  Its fairly comprehensive, but there are some really cool things in there that I hadn't seen before.  It was great to watch while on the treadmill.

It spends a lot of time on the early years of ILM and the people that drove the OT special effects.  It moves a lot more quickly from '83 until now.

One big thing that I didn't realize is that John Knoll (from ILM) was one of the co-creators of Photoshop with his brother.  He was trying to figure out how to do some digital editing and morphing and essentially created the original Photoshop before it was sold off to Adobe.  I checked, and his and his brother's name are still near the top of the list for credits when Photoshop is loading.  Very cool.

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