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I am shocked and amazed that Hasbro is doing this.  But the crowd sourcing angle does give them an out in case the interest isn't there. 

The numbers they're talking about required a commitment of $2.5 million from collectors in order to move this project forward.  As I write this, there are 500+ backers, so this thing has got 10% of the backers required for it to move into production, and another 40+ days to get the rest of the backers.

I'm not sure if I can do this.  I would like to.  And I've been selling off a bunch of extra stuff from my collection.  But $500?  That's still pretty steep.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 2
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:33 PM »
This is a solid wave.  The Tank Driver will probably sell pretty well.  Especially since the tank calls for at least 3 of these guys for the crew complement.

As for the tank itself?  The packaging states explicitly that there aren't any figures included.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Solo Wave 1
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:56 AM »
I was able to spy some figure numbers from The Toy Insiders Instagram photos, but these were the only new ones I could really get a good look at:

___  #65 - Lando Calrissian (SOLO - A Star Wars Story)
___  #66 - Qi'ra
___  #67 - 4-LOM

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The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: February 17, 2018, 09:06 AM »
It looks great!  And even though it's not coming out until the Fall, I think it's going to be worth the wait.  And Steve Evans added this blurb on Instagram:

"Factoid... One of the three orange kyber crystal crates opens up and you can remove a kyber crystal canisters AND then remove the kyber crystal from that"

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:30 AM »
Hasbro said at a con or TF in the very recent past the Falcon would be somewhere around $500 in today's market. I was stunned the AT-ACT even made it to retail at $300, knowing that was a non-starter.

At a price like that?  I can't see Hasbro or the retailers taking the risk.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:44 AM »
There would be a market for Hasbro to re-release the BMF in a limited run though.  Secondary prices on this are pretty steady..  Sadly, I'm in the market for one as I never got it when it was out.

I agree, but only to a degree because it's probably the greatest Star Wars vehicle ever made.  Because the ultimate question IF they did that would be "HOW MUCH WILL IT COST"?

The BMF Falcon is easily one of the most complex vehicle/playsets that Hasbro ever made, complete with incredibly complicated tooling.  The original retail price was $159.99, circa 2008.  When it was re-released in TVC packaging in 2012 as a TRU exclusive, it sold for $249.99.  It was incredibly cool, but I do remember those sitting for a while because Star Wars had cooled down and the price was so high.

Fast forward to 2016, and the AT-ACT, complete with walking action feature.  The initial MSRP was $299.99, and people lost their minds.  They were upset about the price, and they were also really disappointed about the scale of the AT-ACT compared with the larger 2010 SOTDS AT-AT.  Either that, or they worked every sale or clearance imaginable.  I know I held off until Amazon had a Lightning Deal and I got the AT-ACT for $50.

All of this begs the question:  what can the market bear in terms of pricing?  And how much would something as big as the BMF Falcon have to retail for now?  Based on past pricing, I would think that it would be at least $300, if not more.  And at that point the sticker shock would likely price a lot of people out of the market.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Solo Wave 1
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:50 AM »
The 6" TBS figures look pretty good.  I like the look for Han.  It's different, but consistent with what we had seen in the OT and TFA.  Qi'ra is a little different from Padme, Leia or Jyn Erso in terms of a look.  But then she's a different kind of character, too, isn't she?  Lando looks all sort of cool.  And I think Hasbro captured Donald Glover really well here.

But I definitely get the reactions to the Imperial Range Trooper.  It definitely looks like a bit of a departure from previous OT troopers.  But I also see hints of equipment and gear from the prequels, ROGUE ONE and the OT.  Seeing how this movie is set in that timeframe, it does seem like it's a transitional period between that specialized gear from the ROTS troopers and the more uniform look of Imperial troops circa the OT.  The helmet alone seems like it's somewhere between the Clone Airborne Trooper from ROTS and the Shoretrooper helmet from Rogue One.  I'm also curious to see these guys in action, because I think those boots might integrate with some kind of vehicle.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:22 PM »
Did you leave out the shot of the nose deliberately, Jeff?

Yes...  I doubt it's a big deal to you guys here, but there is definitely a "THAT'S A SPOILER!" crowd complaining about toy reveals already so I played it safe and just linked to it:

SPOILERS? (for those who complain about toys ruining movie surprises)
http://ew.com/movies/solo-a-star-wars-story-hasbro-toys/mini-ship/

The picture itself doesn't really reveal anything, but the caption certainly takes you down that path.  Discretion is probably warranted in this case.

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:39 AM »
Did you leave out the shot of the nose deliberately, Jeff?

I think it looks pretty cool.  But like the TFA Falcon, this one seems very much scaled down.  Losing all of that interior space, like the shot of the main hold which we saw in the EW article, does takes away from space in the Falcon that dates back to the Kenner version.  Where does the crew go?

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Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: February 14, 2018, 11:05 AM »
Qi'ra and Chewbacca actually look pretty good, 5POA aside.  Glad to see them follow through with the TLJ version of Maz, although a ROTS or TSC style hologram figure might have been more scene appropriate.

TLJ Luke seems to be selling reasonably well.  I haven't seen that figure linger much.  And a Force Link version of K-2SO might be cool considering the potential voice samples.

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Solo / Re: Toy Fair 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:35 AM »
The official reveals are beginning!

First look at Hasbro's new toys for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Shown in the piece:

3.75" FIGURE RANGE
-Millennium Falcon with Han Solo  ($99)
-Force Link 2.0 with Han Solo
-Qi'ra (Force Link basic figure)
-Chewbacca (Force Link basic figure)
-K-2SO (Force Link basic figure)
-Luke Skywalker - TLJ (Force Link basic figure)
-Maz Kanata (Force Link basic figure)


i09 Exclusive: Here Are the First Solo: A Star Wars Story Action Figures, and Lando Is a Masterpiece

6" TBS FIGURES
-Han Solo
-Qi'ra
-Lando Calrissian
-Imperial Range Trooper

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Found ROTJ Gamorrean Guard at KMart
« on: February 9, 2018, 05:28 PM »
I've heard stories about vintage stock turning up at the odd K-mart before.  But it seems almost like a collecting urban legend at this point.

The chain definitely has a lot of history, and some of these store locations have been operating for decades.  It definitely doesn't seem feasible that something like this could happen if the store has reasonably competent management.  But I don't think that something like this is a complete impossibility

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Did anyone catch Igner's comment during the last earnings call?

"...the duo are “focused on a point in time in the Star Wars mythology and taking it from there.”"

Not entirely sure what this means but I'm going to take it to mean it will be related to an already existent aspect of the canon.  I could be wrong in my interpretation, but that's what I'm going to believe until I'm told otherwise.


I caught that, too.  And it makes me think that perhaps Benioff & Weiss might explore the ancient history of the Jedi.  Rian Johnson already set the stage for that with his work on the first Jedi Temple on Ahch-To, and the fleeting bits about the Prime Jedi.  Seeing how there is thousands of years of history of the Jedi prior to the events of the Skywalker saga, the possibilities are almost limitless.  But if I were to zero in on a particular period?  Perhaps when the first Jedi started to turn on the order that led to the formation of the Sith.  That would be compelling.

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I just read through the Benioff & Weiss statement again:

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”

The final season is still in production, and is set to be released in April of 2019.  If that's the case?  I would expect that they're going to get to work on their new Star Wars films after that.  And I don't think we're likely to see their first film until 2021 at the earliest, if not in 2022.

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