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order #314071XX* - 2/17/18
order #314131XX* - 3/21/18
a difference of 5988

Haslab is currently sitting at 2984 barges "sold". Why the discrepancy?

a) because the order numbers are not truly sequential
b) because of Hasbro shenanigans
c) a wizard did it?

That was my initial thought too... maybe even order something from HTS and see if the number sequence is related...?

On any note, I think Jayson might be onto something.  Suppressing the total would add more orders I would think, because if it was already "officially backed", some people who ordered 2nd and 3rd barges might cancel those extra orders.  And during the last few days, keeping the number "attainable" but not certain would likely encourage more last moment orders.

If Hasbro can make 7-8k of these things, I don't think they have to reveal the true quantity - all they have to do is say they hit the 5k mark and then some... I think.

And because no good deed goes unpunished, Dark Side Toys has apparently decided to capitalize on all this positive momentum by announcing they are no longer taking orders for this thing for the Euro backers. W T H? Nice timing, guys.

Hasbro might have something to do with this announcement.

Well the price for the UK market is like $800+ for this... my goodness

I mentioned to them that the partial payment said balance was due Feb 18 rather than 19.  Also the direct link thing. They said they are going to update it.

Unless I'm missing something, the Dark Side Toys link making the rounds takes you to a details page, but no ordering info. They need to add a link on that page, otherwise you have to search their site to find it... or, am I blind?  I am getting old so maybe I'm just not seeing it.

On any note, use this link to order:

I've been thinking the whole time somehow that if they get in the 4k range, they would fenangle the numbers to get to 5000... it's not like Hasbro has been all that transparent in the past, so I would not expect them to be with all of these details either.

I think in the big picture Hasbro, Disney, and the Star Wars brand in general benefit a lot more from them playing with the numbers to make this happen rather than a possible negative press blitz that may push a message that promotes "Star Wars toy flop" as click bait... news of it NOT getting the support could end up with more headlines than headlines of it getting made.

As for adding figures to it, I think a pair of TVC Gamorreans would have been a nice add... a figure everyone loves, and could use more of.  The pig from hell should be released every year or two anyway.    He's one of the few 5poa ones that I'd actually be interested in too.  The old vintage Gammy was easily one of my most cherished figures as a kid.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: March 9, 2018, 01:52 PM »
My daughter put the droid there... so that's why he's there, ha ha.  I might have to swap that out with something a little more sinister because I hadn't even thought about how out of place it looks until you said it, but you're right.   :)

I really would replace the whole playset without question with something more collector geared, if something were available.  But this isn't a bad way to display a collection of First Order figures at all in my opinion. 

And yeah, I didn't apply all the stickers because I felt some detracted from it.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: March 8, 2018, 09:28 PM »
I know a lot of people were vocal about disliking this playset, but it's not so bad.  Sure it has elements that take away from the aesthetics, but Hasbro worked some good things in here too.

Is it worth $200?  No, I would say not even close.  $100 seems more reasonable especially when you consider someone like me doesn't care about the transforming feature, electronics, action features - I just like things that look cool for setup and as a kid liked to have a "base" for the good guys and one for the bad guys.  I didn't need all kinds of gimmicks, or even know what that even was back in the day.

If they had removed the transforming feature and put some collector "Sail Barge" type of detail into this, I think it would have sold better for retailers... because as it is, they lose collectors.  I don't think they will lose kids or parents by making it look cooler, but they would gain collectors!

Here's my simple setup of it.  I need to spice it up with a background, black floor, etc.

For anyone on the fence, I think it's well worth $100 (or less obviously).

1 - Oola
2 - Hrchek Kal Fas
3 - Shaak Ti (The Force Unleashed)

A new Stormtrooper with updated (correct) helmet.

I agree, but I'm also not a fan of the newer ball jointed hips. They just look awkward. They can be improved.

I'm not much of a fan of ball jointed hips in general.

1 - Sail Barge
2 - Tantive IV
3 - First Order AT-M6

"What are your top 3 existing 3.75" Star Wars super-articulated figure would you like to see updated with new parts or deco to create a new version of that character or possibly even a totally new character? Name the figures and the parts. Be descriptive!"

My picks were:

1 - Stormtrooper. Take the Rogue One helmet and put it on the awesome TVC "Lost Line" Sandtrooper body. Keep releasing paint variants - all white, brown desert wash, black "Wobani prison" wash, The Force Unleashed Commander paint, etc.

2 - Hoth Rebel Soldier (VC-68). This figure is awesome, and extremely rare. Release it with head variants, all with a removable helmet.

3 - AT-AT Commander (VC-05). Release the figure again with a General Veers head.

Honorable Mention: Admiral Ackbar (VC-22). Repaint and release as a Mon Calamari officer, with removable helmet.

...that they've denied themselves that flexibility.  The only way I could see them making it even if it hasn't hit its numbers in the closing moments, is to simply order the remainder for themselves and sell them on HTS or something like that.

That's what I expect will happen if it doesn't get opened up to international soon.

I had never heard of that YouTube channel until JTA front paged it to complain about it.

I agree the community is very divided right now.  Seems like there is so much hostility between collectors too.  I guess as I've gotten older, I shrug my shoulders a lot more than I used to. 

I was much more passionate about things (not just Star Wars) 5-10 years ago.  I guess kids, stress at work, and gray hair have taken a toll on me.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: February 24, 2018, 12:00 PM »
But Sim Aloo would look so out of place on the barge

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