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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Will there be a CW Slave I This Year?
« on: April 13, 2010, 06:44 PM »
I don't want to be a "Debbie Downer" - but is there a possibility that they could just be planning on re-releasing the updated Slave I from 2002?

I could see them doing that before offering a completely new sculpt. The ship itself in Jango's colors hasn't been out in eight years, so a simple re-release would be cheap & fast (for Hasbro) and they could easily tie it into the appearance in the cartoon.

Or 2004.  That one is (was? didn't check lately) quite a collectible and retooled from the 2002 release.  It'd have to be an exclusive from what I've seen because as far as I know it can't fit in the normal Starfighter Assortment footprint.  Meaning likely TRU...

But I've heard all sorts of rumors and rumblings since like 2008 that a Big Slave I has been in some sort of conceptual development-- which, well, I'm sure everything is from Ackmeena to a Sail Barge.  It wouldn't stun me if they had a styrene concept model on the shelf to work from anyway.  If we weren't already getting a roleplay helmet voice changer for Boba Fett, I'd probably not even CONSIDER the possibility.  But between that answer, the appearance on the show, persistent rumors, lots of Boba marketing, and the 30th of ESB?  I gotta say I'm oddly and unusually optimistic.

It's my realistic expectation that we won't get one.  Buuuuut... who knows.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Will there be a CW Slave I This Year?
« on: April 13, 2010, 02:46 PM »
Here's an interesting one regarding a new Slave I

Quote from: The Private Universe
Q1) We have seen the new AT-AT, the Cloud Car and Snowspeeder due out this year for TESB 30th anniversary, are we likely to see any other vehicles of any size from TESB late 2010 or 2011, a Slave 1 perhaps?

A1) You will not see any other vehicles from EpV except a redeco of the AT-ST in a Hoth-themed set, out later this Fall.

Interesting, as that's not a direct denial.  That smells like a deflection. (Warning/guarantee: I have no special insider knowledge of a Slave I toy in development for release this year at this time.)  Hasbro has done similar things in the past with their Q&A, there was a deflection similarly worded when it came to the Delta Squad set before its announcement.  Even though the Slave I may not be coming from ESB, there's no reason it couldn't be a cartoon version... which is basically the same as the ESB or AOTC incarnation.  (We'll probably know for sure when the relevant episodes start to air Saturday in the UK.)

So I guess all we need to do now is either wait to be disappointed or wait for someone to leak a JPEG of it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Antique Finish Detail
« on: April 1, 2010, 08:13 PM »
Leaking this a few days in advance of AFD is crummy, if you ask me.  Have fun with the day all you want, but if this is a joke, then it's not the way to go about it.

I predict we'll see a "leaked Sail Barge prototype" in the next 3 years in a similar presentation.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 28, 2010, 03:33 PM »
Is the Black Hole/Stormtrooper really based on a comic though? This sounds like something from the super-old comic strip which ran in newspapers.

...which as luck would have it was colorized and reprinted by Dark Horse Comics.   It's in issue #1 of Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: March 25, 2010, 02:49 PM »
What kind of self respecting bounty hunter would take orders from a little kid anyway?

One that understands the little kid probably has Jango's entire estate at his disposal and wants a piece of it?  One that was hired and paid to be there?  I admit it'll probably be a little goofy but eh, I'll watch it.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 22, 2010, 07:13 PM »
Re: Plourr/Dllr

Got mine today, it's interesting-- you can just barely make out where the residue is from where the Wal-Mart sticker used to be, just above Dllr.  Plus there are three stickers added to this thing-- product number, "Inappropriate material," and the one covering up the co-sells on the back.  I wonder how long it took them to reconfigure these things after Wal-Mart dumped them...

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 18, 2010, 07:45 PM »
I got my EE shipping notice yesterday for the final comic packs. I am really looking forward to Tholme!

You know what's totally cool about Tholme? He has this swell cane.  I had no idea, I didn't see it in the pictures.  It has this birdlike grip on it, it's really sharp.  I think you're going to dig it, he translated well to plastic.

T'ra Saa (mine anyway) had a sort of a loose head.  But the sculpt is nice.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 18, 2010, 03:27 PM »
I don't think it's a retailer "cost" issue so much as it is a Hasbro investment issue.

The "collector assortments" used to be 2-4 new figures per wave and the rest were repacks, sometimes doubling up on the new guys.  Now it's 6-8 new figures per wave with 4-6 repacks.  So their investment to bring that case of Legacy to you is way up, because of articulation and the more new figures they think they have to do because of build-a-droid.

Meanwhile, Saga Legends is 100% existing tooling-- and they haven't even introduced a new OLD figure into the mix in ages.  How many new ones were trotted out since the orange packaging changeover?  3 tops?  (Mynock Han, Mynock Chewie, Pilot Obi-Wan?)  This SKU is gravy for them, but lumpy gravy.  There's money left on the table with a lack of Stormtroopers, probably not enough Darth Vaders, not enough Clone army builders, and so on.  Some Legends figures really do sell, and we're not seeing a bunch of them.  Still-- it's basically free money at this point, just maintaining the tooling and the cost of raw materials/labor/freight.  There's certainly no significant development taking place specifically for this assortment.

And Clone Wars?  Each case is at least half old stuff.  And even though the new figures in 2009/2010 only seem to ship for a single wave, the kid-driven figures don't seem to stop shipping.   As far as dollars in against dollars out, Legacy looks to be the clear loser here despite seemingly moving a really good number of units. (And this is largely armchair quarterbacking.  I can't see Hasbro's balance sheets from here.)  Hasbro can and frequently does cancel products that sell because of unmet expectations from their investors/bosses/Wal-masters/whatever.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 17, 2010, 07:35 PM »
My EE pre-order for the last wave of comic packs has changed to "processing".  Nice surprise as I wasn't expecting them for a while... :)

Also noticed that EE changed the status for the case to 'Sold Out'.  Hope everyone who wanted to order got a chance to order!

Just an update...

We have just been informed some more units have come up. So if you've been waiting, we're taking new pre-orders.  I'm assuming those will be filled in a week or two, don't quote me on that though.  (So to reiterate: not sold out.)

MY case has processed and was dropped off.  It's pretty swell-- I opened 2 of them so far.  I read all of the TOTJ comics when they came out and I don't remember this outfit off the top of my head as Ulic is concerned.  It seems Exar Kun was based on the Jedi Academy novel illustration rather than the comic.  He looks really old.

Also opened the Blackhole pack.  Kinda wish they based it on the comic illustrations more.  (White or silver lenses make a Blackhole stormtrooper distinctive, dammit.)  It's the removable helmet mold from 2007 and I have to say the armor color itself is pretty neat-- just not true to the comic.   The holo Blackhole is pretty neat AND pretty weak.  I love the deco-- the little stars and all on the black looks really great.  It should also be taller, unless I'm looking at the comic wrong.  Hasbro kinda missed out on this one.  The new interrogation droid is nicely done but I'd rather have, you know, a non-cruddy Blackhole.  Oh, and he looks like he's naked, basically.  As a wise man once said, in matters of importance, pants always beats no pants.  I guess at least we got one Russ Manning set... but in 2007, with the accessories, this probably would have qualified as a single basic figure and not a $15 2-pack.

Haven't opened the rest yet, but they look mostly OK.  This seems like a wave that should sell reasonably well assuming it makes it to the wilds of retail.

I'm curious to see the mechanics of that shoulder joint.  Adam, can you provide pictures?

It might be hard to illustrate, but I'll probably do him up for FOTD next week and see if I can.  It's subtle enough where it might not read easily, but it makes a nice  bit of difference in person.

I was just sent a loose one.  I'm not sure from where it originated because it came with some other unrelated goodies.

It's pretty swell.  The knee joints were a surprise, and the ball-jointed wrists are pretty much perfect. Oh, and he can sit. The plastic is bendable enough.  I hope Hasbro puts this one out at retail eventually, I think kids may enjoy it.  If this is what 2010's figures are going to play like, we're in for a fantastic year.

Hey Speedy McFastrush, you forgot to tell the people here that the figure has a new type of shoulder joint, with a ball that goes into the shoulder and rotates in addition to the joint where the arm can go in or out.  So it's like an extra joint, almost, allowing for additional arm movement.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 12, 2010, 06:30 PM »
If I remember correctly this was two years ago. I don't remember the specific case contents but I ordered it three months in advance and then watched EE move the ship date four times before giving up and finally emailing them to cancel my order and have them remove me from their mailing list. That case ended up being peg warmers at walmart that year. This was unfortunate because I bought many things from them over the years. There record of delivering on time became very hit and miss over the years. Why preorder for something that rarely gets delivered on time?  I found I had better luck at the stores. I even put up with the rude lady in their "will call" desk. So I gave up with their poor customer service.

Maybe this has changed but they lost me as a customer.

Well, I'm sorry to hear you had that experience.  I will say that the person in question most likely is no longer at the company, and there are times where (for some reason or another) a case does get pushed back a lot.  (The latest EU case being a fine example.  I believe that started at November '09.)

Pre-orders are up not just to "get it on time" but to "get it."  Items used to pre-sell out a lot more frequently, and some assortments do come and go pretty quickly.  For example, we weren't able to get as much of Legacy Wave 11 as we would have liked, and that seems to be pretty true across the board.  It's a service we offer and for some, it's great-- and for some, not.  I've seen items hit retail first myself from time to time, unfortunately it's all part of the business.  (TRU gets LEGO like a month and change early, for example.)

Anyway, I'm sorry we lost you, but I'm glad to hear you found your figures.  If you try us again and hit a snag, let me know-- providing the best customer service is a big deal to us, and if anyone is ever unhappy with our service, I absolutely want to hear about it.  (Although when it comes to delays, I'm sorry to say, there's not much I can do.)

Thanks for replying!

I was just sent a loose one.  I'm not sure from where it originated because it came with some other unrelated goodies.

It's pretty swell.  The knee joints were a surprise, and the ball-jointed wrists are pretty much perfect. Oh, and he can sit. The plastic is bendable enough.  I hope Hasbro puts this one out at retail eventually, I think kids may enjoy it.  If this is what 2010's figures are going to play like, we're in for a fantastic year.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 12, 2010, 01:34 PM »
We got these in... maybe a month ago?  Pretty unremarkable as far as new stuff goes.  Hopefully they'll be good for kids, because I wasn't able to squint and find a good reason to open a set yet.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 12, 2010, 12:58 PM »
My experience with EE has been having to wait for something I could have bought ten times over in the stores for less money. I hate how they kept pushing the ship date back blaming Hasbro the entire time even though Walmart had the same thing on clearance.

I'm sorry your items didn't come in a timely manner.  What item(s) in particular?  I'm quite curious.

Sometimes big box stores do get stuff before us, and sometimes, they don't.  We're all at the mercy of when we're shipped items from the manufacturer and orders are sent first-come, first-served.  So if you didn't pre-order, the item may not be "in stock" on our web site for a while due to pent-up demand and existing pre-orders.  We'll receive the items and ship them out, we just won't have extras in stock until later at times.

Although clearance before we have it seems more like it could be a fluke or a stroke of luck/human error at retail.  Once in a blue moon a Wal-Mart does have basic figures at a crazy low price, but that's generally a mistake.  (For example, I saw a lot of $3.00 figures in late 2006 and early 2007, if memory serves, from the 85770 assortments when new product was still shipping.)  So let me help me help you help us help you.  Or something.  (Also, I'm nosy.)

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