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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: December 4, 2023, 01:54 PM »
I agree to an extent about the whole "Checking A Box" mentality.  Because in some respects it seems to be more about the packaging than anything else.  I think that 2006 Momaw Nadon is a great figure.  But as we get further along, 2006 seems further and further away.  Some figures hold up well over time.  Others?  Not so much. 

I know you invoked VOTC, Jeff.  And I do find the reasoning of some in the TVC focused part of the community to be a bit too rigid about their criteria.  Hasbro always referred to VOTC and VTSC simply as "VINTAGE", and were always being asked about "When are you bringing Vintage back?"  Out of that first wave of VOTC figures from 2004, I still think that Han Solo is one of my favorites of all time.  And the Legacy Collection Ben Kenobi is a classic from 2008.  But VOTC is almost 20 years old now!  And I get the sneaking suspicion that Hasbro will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of "Vintage" in 2024.  They've already announced at least 4 figures of characters that were part of the three VOTC waves.

I think a good thing that the poll has done is up-end some preconceived notions within the community.  Especially the OT centric people who can't abide anything else.  I love the OT.  Ever since I saw the first film in 1977 I was hooked!  But I also recognize that over 45+ years both Kenner and Hasbro have covered a lot of Original Trilogy ground in exhaustive fashion.  Something beyond that seems worthy of attention.

As for the Finish the 96 movement?  It still seems to have traction in collecting circles.  But it doesn't seem like Hasbro is actively trying to move that forward quickly at all.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: December 4, 2023, 10:19 AM »
I see it as a different take.  And after that first round of voting?  Obi-Wan - GONE.  Luke - GONE.  Anakin - GONE.  I was disappointed the Luthen didn't make the cut.  But in general the responses have been surprising.  And it seems like the whole notion of "Make a perfect version of X character before I die" might be isolated to OT purist old farts.

As for the remaining 6?  Hammerhead has been made a number of times, but the figure can't actually sit down to carouse with the other patrons of the Cantina.  And with Ventress?  There have been a few versions, but the last realistic one dates back to a comic 2-pack from around 2009.  And that figure isn't very poseable,

The other 4 candidates would be action figure debuts for those characters in the 3.75" figure line.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: December 4, 2023, 06:30 AM »
There were some big upsets in Round 1 of the voting.  Check out the Top Six contestants following the first round of voting:

-The Tonnika Sisters
-Cobb Vanth (The Mandalorian Season 2)
-Asajj Ventress (The Clone Wars)
-Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead)
-Baylan Skoll (Ahsoka)
-Shin Hati (Ahsoka)


LINK TO THE VOTING FORM



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I know that this is going to be difficult, but here we go!


THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 1
-Greef Karga
-The Client
-Migs Mayfeld
-Burg
-Xi'an
-Q9-0
-Qin
-New Republic Security Droid


THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2
-Boba Fett - Armored (Chapter 14 - The Tragedy)
-Captain Carson Teva - X-Wing Pilot


THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
-Boba Fett (Tusken Captive)
-Kintan Strider gang member
-Pyke Enforcer
-Cobb Vanth


THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 3
-Vane
-Shriek Hawk Mandalorian (The Foundling)


AHSOKA
-Baylan Skoll
-Shin Hati
-Marrok
-Anakin Skywalker - Sith eyes (World Between Worlds)

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From what Iíve heard about Ezra that figures look will be as heís seen in the holographic message.  But he will not be in hologram deco.  I know.  It makes such perfect sense.

That's what I was hoping for... but still wished it was on the "present-day" Ezra rather than the "recording" Ezra.  But I guess that gives us a Rebels version of him.

I'm happy to have ANY figures in The Vintage Collection from REBELS.  My appreciation for that series has only grown over the years.  But it seems like Hasbro is definitely dancing around the "exclusivity" of the figures that are being included in The Ghost Haslab campaign.

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From what Iíve heard about Ezra that figures look will be as heís seen in the holographic message.  But he will not be in hologram deco.  I know.  It makes such perfect sense.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 26, 2023, 10:16 AM »
Here's a link to the first round of voting.  You get to select 5 out of 10

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuoPbdW6vjOxz-sucGzKMq65VPCB8xvO6Wpa8bQeGxa5RLrQ/viewform

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 25, 2023, 06:21 PM »
The Top Ten contestant have been revealed - this was the order of the reveals, not the rank order:

1 - Anakin Skywalker (Revenge Of The Sith)
2 - Shin Hati (Ahsoka)
3 - Baylan Skoll (Ahsoka)
4 - Luke Skywalker - Farmboy (A New Hope)
5 - Momaw Nadon (A New Hope)
6 - Asajj Ventress (The Clone Wars)
7 - Luthen Rael (Rebel Alliance)
8 - Cobb Vanth (The Mandalorian Season 2)
9 - Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (A New Hope)
10 - The Tonnika Sisters (A New Hope)

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 Last Figure Standing Poll
« on: November 25, 2023, 05:50 AM »
I think the demographics might be a part of the situation.  But with TVC as well as past lines the Original Trilogy is really well represented.  Aside from ultimate versions of the main characters (see the whole "Make the Mains" movement), it's getting difficult to come up with something truly new and exciting for the OT.  Hasbro's just not going anywhere near as deep with background characters as they did before 2013.  Things that seem important there now is the whole Finish the 96 concept, and I see an increasing amount of discussion around making things like a TVC Momaw Nadon so that Hasbro can get closer to having all of those original 20 back characters on a Star Wars card.

What I can see from the standpoint of the social media centered community is that Clone Wars presents some fresh territory with a lot of characters that just haven't been made in a realistic form before.  If the budget for the TVC line wasn't so tight we almost certainly would have gotten Asajj Ventress and Savage Opress a long time ago.  We're only just getting Count Dooku coming up in TVC in the next few months, and it's been at least 13 years since Hasbro made the last really good Dooku.

And on the flipside, the demand for Sequel Trilogy figures remains pretty low.  And I think we can all get a good sense of why sentiments have developed that way.  I see a lot more demand for figures from the Disney+ series, ROGUE ONE and even SOLO than the ST.  Again, it's because of how little it's all been covered in comparison with the OT.

Where I do think the OT is going to thrive in the near term is with the Imperial officers.  Hasbro is going to run that into the ground really fast!  So I expect figures like Admiral Ozzel and General Veers to get delivered sooner rather than later.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 25, 2023, 05:39 AM »
Happy to see Pre Vizsla arrived yesterday.  And Hera should be arriving today.  No sign of R5-D4 shipping yet, despite a friend informing me that he saw R5 at a Target store yesterday.

Overall the figures have been fantastic!  I'm really happy with how this wave turned out.  The timing of it caught me a little bit by surprise though, since the original delivery estimate was in January.  But I guess that's Hasbro just hedging their bets on the delivery dates.  And it should have dawned on me that they would try to get this wave out before the holidays and not after them.

The preorder situation definitely seems to have tightened up somewhat, which is a welcome thing.  Because there were a lot of outstanding preorders for a while.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 18, 2023, 12:01 PM »
Silly me!  It's such an obvious choice, after all.

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It appears that these are turning up in stores in the Disney Parks.  As more and more of them get out there the prices are gradually coming down, which is most welcome.  The same seems to be happening with the Galactic Starcruiser astromech, SK-620.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 17, 2023, 07:41 PM »
My Krennic order arrived from Amazon today.  Oh, it's beautiful!  The resemblance to Ben Mendelsohn is remarkable.  And I'm wondering where Hasbro will go next with the Imperial Officer buck.  Because we all know how much they like to drive some things into the ground.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Hasbro Selfie Series
« on: November 17, 2023, 12:52 PM »
Every time I tried doing a Selfie Series scan I was left wondering "Who does this actually look like?"  Because I didn't get the sense that the shape of the head was anything like mine.  So I never ordered one of these.

Oh well!

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 16, 2023, 06:14 PM »
I got a notification that Hera is on the way from Amazon.  In light of what happened with Krennic?  I'm not holding my breath.

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