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An update from Hasbro - 6" figures going plastic free; 3.75" stuff likely keeps it's bubble -

On 3.75"
"Our goal does not include packaging for fan collectible products like 3.75” action figures, where packaging is part of the product experience and typically retained intact for fan display and collections. Those lines include Star Wars Vintage and Retro, as well as other collectible brands such as Marvel Retro and the G.I. JOE Retro. In support of Hasbro’s lower carbon strategy and upcoming science-based targets, our fan collectible blister packaging will continue to be made with either plant-based or recycled PET content."

Exactly as I predicted two months ago - TVC will remain un-touched and there's no point in "Retro" if you're not making a product that looks like it was a Kenner figure from the 70s so those won't be affected either. While they didn't specifically say it - the Vintage-packaged style of Black Series figures like the 40th Anniversary lines, the Credit Collection and the 50th Anniversary Lucasfilm stuff (which is meant to mimic the older carded figure styles) all most likely fit into the "packaging for fan collectible products" umbrella.

I took advantage of this deal, just to get some cheap bodies to give the "helmets" that come with the new Tatooine Deluxe Boba Fett - I got four of Boba to open so I have four each of those two alternate trashed/dirty helmet designs. :shrug:

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Gaming Greats Line
« on: June 1, 2022, 01:32 AM »
I guess after all of the times I have complained and used their "mint condition guarantee" I must be at the absolute bottom of the list for items shipping out - I am pretty sure I ordered the Umbra Operative and Lambent Seeker figures on the day preorders opened up and my order is still showing as "Coming in July 2022"  >:(

I'm glad this is finally coming out.  But it really should have been released either at the same time or shortly after the Blue Leader X-Wing was released.  Or *GASP* packed in with the vehicle!  They're charging us enough already.

100% Agreed - strange that I will be able to get more R2-SHWs than I can easily get of Antoc Merricks. Would have made A LOT more sense if they had just included the two figures in with the $100 re-release of the TVC Luke's X-Wing, especially since the only thing unique/new about R2-SHW is the paint job.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2022 Droid Factory R7-TN0
« on: June 1, 2022, 01:15 AM »
I just bought one on eBay for $30 shipped.  It’s done and now guaranteed to be widely available.

I did the same and got two off eBay. So if/when these show up on ShopDisney or in WDW - you're welcome...  ;D

I have a BAD version of this basically so I may skip it.  I hate that sculpt generally.

Is it a custom? The dome is essentially an R2 silver-base dome with black panels - I wasn't aware of any R2 silver domes with black panels had been released yet.

I absolutely LOVE this idea, I think it will be a lot of fun. I hope this is easy to get because I'm easily down for five sets!

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2022 Droid Factory R7-TN0
« on: May 28, 2022, 05:16 PM »
You know, technically these are made by Disney and not Hasbro product so you can quit anytime and keep your "one of everything Hasbro 3.75" collection" intact. ;)

Even though they are "made by Disney" - they licensed the original Astromech and Protocol Droid sculpts from Hasbro, and if they were to be honest with us, they would admit that the figures are made in the same factory as the regular Hasbro stuff.

The recent R2-W50 droid was carded up EXACTLY like the TVC Carbonized figures and for some reason, so is the SK-620 astromech (just without the glossy finish) that is exclusive to the Galactic Starcruiser. I think they even used the same "carbonized" gold paint treatment they used on the recent Carbonized Shoretrooper figure (both 3.75" and 6" scale).

So, for me at least, no matter how many times someone reminds me "you know these aren't Hasbro", I'm still convinced they are Hasbro, they just don't have the Hasbro name on the package...

Anyway, back to R7-TN0...

Apparently these are out and purchasable at Downtown Disney in California. They did indicate during the Celebration panel (per the slide) that these were "limited" - who the heck knows what that means.

Got my order of these - and I like the deco, goes nice as a BB counter-part to the pride R2 droid from last year. I would have really appreciated it if they gave us one of the different ball-unit droid domes for this release though - the domes for 2BB-2 and BB-4 from the Last Jedi box set have yet to be used on any other BB-unit releases.

Got my order of these today - I find it strange that the other two items are sold out but this one is sticking around - I wonder if just ordered more of this than the other and they plan on this WDW 50th Anniversary droid being more available for the remainder of the 50th Anniversary celebration.

I found it interesting that this comes on a cardback similar to the exclusive Retro figures at Target and the Mando Carbonized Collection figures at Walmart.

I wonder if they used the same "carbonized" paint technique on this droid that they used on those figures, which is what gives the figure the "gold" shine. (something that the photos do not capture well)

Like many of you, I am convinced that TVC is not going to change, and I think they didn't address it because they were specifically told NOT to address it. Think of the up-roar from Marvel Legends fans if they find out that Hasbro Star Wars isn't going to be impacted by the "no plastic packaging" mandate.

There is still a chance regular Black Series releases will be impacted, but I think that's still up-in-the-air. Depends on what kind of reaction they got from that survey they sent around with packaging mock-ups (that all looked horrible).

I do think things like Vintage-like-carded Black Series figures will still be a "thing". No way after starting back in 2017 for the 40th Anniversary of ANH, they aren't going to at least do a couple waves of Return of the Jedi Black Series figures on Vintage-like cardbacks.

There's also a really good chance we will probably also see more Credit Collection releases for The Mandalorian.

Both Vintage-like packaging sublines give them the opportunity to double-dip on figure molds, which has been a major part of the Hasbro Star Wars brand strategy for many years now, so no way are they going to just give that up - and no-one is buying a re-pack of a Mandalorian or ROTJ 6" figure on a Vintage-like Cardback that doesn't feature a clear plastic bubble.

Everything I've read about the MagicBands at Galactic Starcruiser indicates that they're an important part of the immersive / interactive experience.  Every guest is issued a MagicBand that's exclusive to the Galactic Starcruiser resort.  And that might also include tracking your merchandise purchases.  That's one way for them to track your cabin number when you make a purchase in the resort store.

Excellent points.

I'm sure that is the ONLY way to make purchases from the gift shop and getting the alcoholic beverages (which aren't included) - as far as immersion goes, they don't want anyone taking out a wallet in the middle of the cruise.

They probably have you link your credit card ahead of time and if there is an option to specifically NOT link a credit card, they probably tell/warn you that "you won't be able to get alcoholic beverages and you won't be able to make purchases at the gift shop". Midway through the cruise if you change your mind, they will be more than happy to help you link up a card. Disney loves taking your $$$.

I'm sure it's the same reason why they are giving you iPhones to use as your Datapad instead of letting you use your own personal phone - because once personal phones come out, photography and video recording can't be controlled and apparently that's something else you agree to while on the cruise - no photography.

The short version?  Disney is limiting the quantities of merchandise that you can purchase at the Galactic Starcruiser.  Including SK-620.

Yes, apparently it's 2 per person, at least for the Droid Factory version of SK-620 - the seller I bought it from had eight for sale, so either he found a "loop-hole" or he went with his family of four and used that to get the eight.

Honestly, it's not going to be the same person running the gift shop the entire trip - I'm sure if you hit the gift shop first thing when you board and then hit it again before leaving on the morning of the third day, I'm sure you'd be able to double-up.

These seem to be coming down - I'm watching several auctions right now where they are in the $50 - $70 range. I already acquired one MOMC specimen for my Droid Factory collection for a little over $100 - which was fine with me since I have no intention of going on the Starcruiser anytime soon - considering the alternative is $5k AND buy the item and get it home, what I paid was a bargain.

Four of the 6 will likely be distinguishable by weight. The two BB-8-type droids will be a toss-up. Who will be the first to bring in a small digital scale?  :)

There are actually three BB units - and those would be the heavier ones due to the weighted ball that gives the Disney BB units the weeble-wobble type behavior.

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