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TV-9D9 / Re: Bad Batch (Disney+)
« on: February 23, 2024, 10:55 AM »
I had not been the biggest fan of The Bad Batch over the past couple of years.  But the first three episodes have really drawn me in this season. 

The breadcrumbs for Project Necromancer have been sprinkled throughout a number of stories.  In print there was the Aftermath trilogy as well as the Shadow of the Sith novel.  And itís also been explored in The Mandalorian.  This story arc through TBB just brings it more to the forefront. 

Itís also been interesting to watch Omega and Crosshair.  Their time on Tantiss has taken time, but itís built the two of them up in a way where they discover how much they need each other. 

Oh, and my kid and I both agree - Hemlock is seriously creepy!

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I had to edit one entry so I could include the Jedi Temple Guard.  So see you Commander Wolffe in bridge officer uniform!

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The Mystery Crates are turning up in Disney clearance outlets for $7.99 each.  I'm still hoping to get a C1-4B - it's the only one I'm missing.

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I really like the character lineup.  But the sticker shock is serious.  I think it's because one figure is clearly a reissue, and the droids are smaller figures.  That creates a perception issue - the astromech droids are smaller, and they are not newly tooled figures except for a couple of domes.  So, the price per figure breaks down to $17.50 each.  It's not that far off from the $16.99 MSRP for TVC figures, but the perception issues are real.

I ordered 2 of these sets.  And looking back at the history of these sets?  I think I might modify my order and cancel one, and order a second down the line when the price is a bit less daunting.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: February 16, 2024, 04:15 PM »
Steve Evans updated his website with some nifty TVC photo-checklists.  Looks like the Ghost pack-in figures will get the special HASxxx numbering, while Sabine/Chopper will get standard VC#s. 

VC332 Sabine Wren
VC333 Chopper (C1-10P)

It's dumb to be annoyed by this... but I am. Chopper & Sabine should not have been mainline numbered. They should have either matched the rest of the crew with Haslab numbering or should have been left unnumbered. It is silly to have the number inconsistent across the full Mural set.

I would lean towards leaving them un-numbered if we're getting into that level of detail about this situation.  But I think it would be completely inappropriate for Sabine and Chopper to get that HASxxx numbering.  That's my opinion, for what it's worth.

I definitely appreciate the effort Steve put into putting together those sheets.  It does seem odd for this sort of thing to be offered outside of his official capacity with Hasbro.  But then that's part of the appeal of Steve being in his roles at Hasbro AND having a social media footprint - it gives him some flexibility.  And he has also been asking the community for feedback about them in an effort to make the information that much more complete.  I actually responded to his call for feedback.  He added a number of footnotes for several figures, and I asked if he might include an additional footnote for figures that have been reissued.


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That's an interesting detail!  And believe it or not, but those Galoob designs have roots at ILM!  I was really surprised to hear Adam Savage mention that he had a hand in helping design and build the Galoob Action Fleet Y-Wing back when he worked for ILM.  So it seems very likely that someone in the ILM model shop probably had a hand in designing that E-Wing as well.

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Oh, I know the mechanics of how the canopy opens.  It just struck me as something that probably wouldn't have been designed that way if it was being made as a miniature or a full sized mockup.  The art department as well as the model shop at ILM always took a lot of cues from current and classic aviation in terms of design.  And that cannon just would never have been something that aircraft designers would incorporate in that particular position because it could have a negative affect on crew survival in the event of a bailout.

Ejecting would be a bit of a problem.

Just a bit!

Not to go off on too much of a tangent, but the whole reference to older aircraft as inspiration for new ships made me realize that another recent ship seems to have been inspired by some WW2 era fighter planes.  The fighters flown by Shin Hati and her squadron are really a lot line some of the radial engine fighters of the second world war - the FW-190, the P-47 Thunderbolt and the F-4U Corsair all have some similar lines to that new fighter seen in AHSOKA.

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Oh, I know the mechanics of how the canopy opens.  It just struck me as something that probably wouldn't have been designed that way if it was being made as a miniature or a full sized mockup.  The art department as well as the model shop at ILM always took a lot of cues from current and classic aviation in terms of design.  And that cannon just would never have been something that aircraft designers would incorporate in that particular position because it could have a negative affect on crew survival in the event of a bailout.

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Agreed on the cannon.  How would the pilot be able to get in and out of the ship with that thing mounted right above the cockpit?

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Boba Fett's Starship (Slave I) -- $12.91

WHAT?????

Oh.  It's $124.91.

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It's interesting that Chris made a point of highlighting the cargo space in the aft section of the E-Wing's fuselage.  And he seems to be aware that we need some storage for accessories.  It's nice to see it here, but I think that concept would be better explored with crates and containers in the deluxe figure / worldbuilding part of The Vintage Collection.

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I personally feel like the speeder bikes should have probably been priced around $34.99.  $44.99 was too much, and I think the market responded.  I could see the potential for Hasbro to try lowering the retail price to $39.99 in an effort to move this assortment.

So if this is true?  I'm wondering if Hasbro would go with Din Djarin's durasteel armor as seen on Arvala 7 at the beginning of the series, or his beskar armor as seen in Chapter 7?  I think the durasteel armor look could benefit from a lot of the innovations that have been introduced for TVC figures since VC166 came out in 2020.  Plus, updating that version of Din Djarin could yield a version that might be included with a Mudhorn!  I still think that's a creature worth bringing to a creature assortment since it's the inspiration for his sigil on his armor.

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I was tempted to buy a second E-Wing in order to get the droid carded.  But then I was just able to find the Mandalorian that's packed with the N-1 for sale on eBay for under $40.  I'll probably do the same for this droid.  And hopefully Bib Fortuna, as well.

While the preorder window from Hasbro Pulse is limited, it looks like Shop Disney will be carrying the E-Wing when it arrives in the fall.  I'm just wondering if it's going to be in the parks before I receive my order?  Because I have a trip to WDW planned for the fall.

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Hasbro just posted a video reveal of the E-Wing with Chris Reiff.  He gives a tour of the vehicle, along with a pipeline reveal for the pilot - Lt. Callahan

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3DdzFOApeV/?igsh=NHh0c2lyanJxenBn

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I don't understand why they could not announce this in the livestream.

IMO, It's nice to have some surprises.

I agree!  Some surprises are welcome.  Especially following the reactions to the last livestream.  So many people were disappointed with the figure reveals because they already knew that each one was coming.  Granted, that was compounded somewhat by the figures that were pipelined at the end of that livestream.  But overall I think a surprise announcement is a cool thing.

I'm not usually one to take Hasbro's side on the way they do business, but it didn't go unnoticed how they're structuring the preorders for this E-Wing.  A preorder window of under 1 month plays up on collector FOMO.  And it's a big middle finger to the clearance vultures.  It's funny, some people at the SW The Vintage Collection FB group were commenting about buying the E-Wing on clearance.  What magical thinking led them to believe that Hasbro will put it on clearance before March 5th?  And they seriously believe that the Disney Parks would put this on clearance before 2025? 

Clearance vultures REALLY hurt the vehicle segment of Hasbro's Star Wars line.  Any time an exclusive vehicle got announced there would be a chorus of people saying "I'll buy it on clearance".  And they wonder why Target won't offer exclusive vehicles anymore?  It seems like Hasbro is forcing an uncomfortable conversation with some of these people.

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