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Other Collectibles / Re: Sabacc games & collectibles
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:32 AM »
There was some retconning of the variety of Sabacc games in the EU. 

I treat it like Poker - same basic game but a LOT of variations to the way you can play it - draw, stud, straight-up, texas hold em, etc etc.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:59 AM »
gives them a good base body to also release Beckett wearing pretty much the same outfit from Solo.

I have been trying to track down another 5POA Beckett for this reason...

Solo / Re: Walmart Solo 3.75" Kessel Playset with Han Solo
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:02 AM »
EE is now taking pre-orders for this playset for $39.99.

Not sure what that means for it showing up at Walmart retail stores, but at least it's another option if you're desperate for this set.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Walmart Vintage Collection TIE Fighter
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:47 PM »
Looks like EE is the official home for stuff Walmart couldn't figure out how to sell to collectors...  this TVC big-wing TIE is up for pre-order at EE for $79.99.

Didn't find her at the Disney Store last year?  Up for pre-order at EE for $19.99.

Didn't find him at the Disney Store?  Up for pre-order at EE for $24.99.

Some info floating around social media (@FanthaTracks) today.

Interesting the part where it says "cater to our fan consumers" and talking about starting up "collector programs".

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: January 8, 2019, 12:40 PM »
I could see there being some truth to this as well. I do think, and think it was mentioned at Yakface or in the comments there, that it might be closer to 6" scale. That's hiw the Marvel line(s) are anyway. They might be slightly smaller, but I don't think they are quite down to 5" scale because every once in awhile they throw in a character that hasn't been made in Legends yet (like movie Shocker from Spider-Man: Homecoming), that collectors pick up. I think that line does fairly well too, although I don't watch too closely.

Yeah, Target peg tags (and Hasbro press releases) call them 6" figures, but they are a bit smaller than the 6-inch size/scale that Marvel Legends uses. I think some folks call it a 5" line just to separate it from the 6" Legends stuff.  They are closer to 6" than 5" though.

I'm really interested to see how this all pans out. 

If budget $10 6" figures is how Hasbro approaches Episode 9, Hasbro must see something in their Marvel sales data that says a 7POA $10 6" figure line will sell better than a 5POA $8 3.75" line.  Maybe there's a cost savings there where they make a better margin on the $10 6" figure than the $8 3.75" figure?  Will 6" Black Series collectors supplement their 6" collections with some of the 6" budget figures (like Brian said the Marvel Legends buyers do)? 

What are the "3.75-inch only" collectors going to do?  Hope TVC still offers something interesting?  Will they give up?  Finally jump to 6" stuff?  Burn their whole collection in one giant bonfire (#Rob)?

What does TVC/3.75" look like in 2020?  $13 figures where 50% are new (and some of those 'new' are just new deco) and 50% are repack isn't going to make it.  Too many peg-warmers unless they really get the mixes right.  Will Hasbro have the balls to raise prices to help get more new figures into the mix?  Will the market support the price hike or will more of the market give-up, choosing $20 6" over $16 3.75"?

And there is still the looming question of the Star Wars license.  Does Hasbro still want it?  Does Disney still want Hasbro to have it? Does Disney want it for themselves?  Does Disney break it up (mini-figures at LEGO, 4" at Mattel, 6" at Hasbro, 12", etc)?   I can see Disney wanting it for themselves but at the same time I can't see them passing up the money they'd get by opening up the license to more people (the way they did with the 6" license expansion in Asia - SHFiguarts, MAFEX, etc).

Interesting times ahead...

Sounds like General Grievous will be up for pre-order soon through the "fan channels" (aka on-line and specialty shops - e.g. GameStop, EE, BBTS, etc).

edit - here we go:  Black Series 6" General Grievous $29.99 at EE

For the other vehicle?  I think there are a few possibilities.

Don't forget his original rumor report back in November 2018 -

"Hasbro undoubtedly had bantha-sized plans"
"Hasbro has been hinting in interviews that they’re looking at getting the X-wing back out in TVC packaging."

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Best of Black Series - 2018
« on: January 8, 2019, 10:38 AM »
I'm totally bored with clones.  Rex and Wolffe didn't need to be made.  I really hope there aren't any more in the pipeline.

Um, about that... . :-X

The Vintage Collection / Re: 10 Figures You Wish They Had Made
« on: January 7, 2019, 04:12 PM »
With another 2.5 years in the rear-view mirror, thought I'd update my list - still surprises me they screwed up and never gave us a TFA General Leia figure in 5POA or SA/TVC lines.

No particular order, my revised top ten "I wish they would have made these".  Not gonna list resculpts in here, just characters that got ignored.  And still holding out hope for SOLO Dryden Vos figure in 2019.  :-\

1. TFA General Leia
2. AOTC Cliegg Lars
3. ANH Tzizvvt
4. ANH Bannis Keeg
5. ANH Atheloe (pka Solomahal)
6. ANH Tonnika Sisters
7. ROTJ Fozec
8. ROTJ Sim Aloo

and from Classic Marvel Star Wars #15
9. Crimson Jack
10. Jolli

Still bums me that early run from Marvel never got much in the Comic 2-pack treatment.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: January 7, 2019, 10:59 AM »
Interesting rumor/note over at Yakface this past weekend -

"What is even more interesting is that we’re hearing of a potential scale change too (comparable scale and price to the 5” Marvel Infinity War line). That would essentially mean that there wouldn’t be two competing 3.75” lines vying for collectors dollars with just the Vintage Collection remaining."

So -
5" Kids line (Galaxy of Adventure)
3.75" Collector line (The Vintage Collection)
6" Collector line (Black Series)

If we've truly hit the point where Hasbro is abandoning the "3.75inch line is for kids" idea, it's a big moment for the line, the license, and the future.  Is this a last chance grab to re-ignite kid interest in SW figures? One last scale change money grab before they lose the license in 2020 (to someone like Mattel, who just lost their DC license, or even to Disney itself)?  Interesting times ahead for sure if the rumor is true (and let's face it - Jayson wouldn't just be tossing this out there).

Imagine an Episode 9 line where there are 4-6 new 3.75" Ep9 figures mixed in with 4-6 OT/TLJ/SOLO repacks across 2-3 waves.   Someone go ahead and queue up some R.E.M. for me:(

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: January 7, 2019, 10:44 AM »
NEW 6″ BLACK SERIES FIGURES Rumors at Yakface...

1. Two are Original Trilogy era characters
2. One is a Prequel era character
3. None are droids
4. None are aliens
5. One is from Revenge of the Sith
6. One is from A New Hope
7. All three are male characters
8. Two are from the Rebel Alliance
9. None are Sith
10. One is Luke
11. One is a clone
12. One is a pilot

Nice to see them wedge a new pilot into the 6" line...

Solo / Re: Target Solo 3.75" Imperial Trooper 6-Pack
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:43 PM »
Awesome, and just to triple check, we’re talking about the one in the armor?

The 6-pack version has slightly yellow hue to the mud on the boots while the single card version mud is whiter in color.

Here are pics from Yakface twitter -

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