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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?

In other news, over 3000!

unless you're literally on the fence I just can't see that being what gets $500 out of your wallet

Well, if you are a completist TVC carded collector who is looking at paying $500 for POTF Yak Face on ebay in Spring 2019, you might as well just buy it now and get a free Barge with it.  :P

Seriously, if the POTF carded version of Yak Face is only coming with the Barge and they only make 5000ish, that would make it possibly the rarest modern carded Star Wars figure ever.  Rarer than the Toy Fair Vader or Theater Edition Jedi Luke or anything else.  Couple that with the crazy ebay rates some of the modern TVC figures go for and it's probably (sadly) worth it to just order now if you need the figure for your complete TVC collection.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:43 PM »
is there a resource that breaks down what is new vs. repacks?

(store numbers from Yakface's UPC/DPCI/SKU Master List)

For Wave 1 -
UPC/Walmart SKU
630509623549/612189234  Qi’ra (Corellia) [NEW]
630509623556/966353801  Chewbacca [NEW]
630509677290/613856694  Range Trooper [NEW]
630509623594/399040842  Stormtrooper (Mimban) [NEW]
630509623587/246623601  K-2SO [refreshed RO figure with Force Link and new blaster]
630509623570/283792564  Maz Kanata [refreshed TFA figurewith Force Link and jetpack/backpack]
630509623600/561687635  Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) [TLJ repack]

Wave 2-4 are NOT official, but looks like they could be (again, from Yakface):

Wave 2
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – Moloch [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 – Princess Leia (Hoth) [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 – Kylo Ren [TLJ repack]
Force Link 2.0 – Supreme Leader Snoke  [TLJ repack]

Force Link 2.0 – Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) [repack from Target 3-pack]
Force Link 2.0 – Darth Vader [probably RO repack]
Force Link 2.0 – Rey (Jedi Training) [TLJ repack]
Force Link 2.0 – First Order Stormtrooper [TLJ repack]

Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Artemis” – Tobias Becket [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Artemis Trooper 1” – Rio Durant [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Artemis Trooper 2” – Val [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Perseus” – Quay Tolsite [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Medusa” – L3-37 [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Zeus Scout – Brown” – Mudtrooper [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Figure – Royal Guard [repack from Target 3-pack]

Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Hades Joker” [NEW]
Force Link 2.0 Solo Figure – “Vesta Driver” – Imperial Patrol Driver [NEW]

I didn't see an update for Monday, but as of Sunday (3/18), Dark Side Toys said they had sold 35 Barges.  Not much of a 'surge' so far.

Up to 60 backers at Dark Side now.  Better, but not great.

Hope the POTF Yakface news and the look at the painted prototype helps get the procrastinators/slackers out there motivated to get their orders in...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:53 PM »
I wonder what this time-table means for the Solo toys. Aren't they hitting in April?

If the liquidation is supposed to conclude by May 15th?  I don't think any Solo product will land at TRU.

Toys R Us owes Hasbro an estimated $59 million, so I agree with Nick that it's pretty doubtful they are getting any Solo product. :P

Collections / Re: Where Does Your Collection Reside?
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:10 PM »
where does your collection reside these days? How much, if any, do you display?

Pics are a couple years outdated (need to do an update photo shoot), but here is my Star Wars room.

I'd guess 90% of what I have is on display in there, the other 10% is vehicles and playsets that are stored in tubs under the tables.  (Not counting my comics collection which is boxed and stored under those tables as well).

I tend to cycle out the table displays a couple times a year to enjoy/see that other 10%.  I'll cycle through table displays for Vintage Kenner Death Star, a Rebel Hangar, the Hoth Battle, Geonosis Arena, AT-TE/MTT, etc.  I usually swap things around when we are having family/friends over so it looks 'fresh' from their last visit.

I have sold a LOT of extra stuff over the past 5 years (since we moved in 2013).  I got tired of owning a bunch of stuff that I didn't/couldn't display and enjoy once in a while.  Might as well sell it and use the money for other things.

Do we know if Dark Side Toys' orders are getting placed and being reflected real time on Hasbro's site, or are they going to do a bulk buy on the last day based on their total orders with a big uptick?  I would be kind of surprised if it was real time.

So, yeah, I think their orders are being reflected in near-real-time.

I think it's real time as well.  I didn't see an update for Monday, but as of Sunday (3/18), Dark Side Toys said they had sold 35 Barges.  Not much of a 'surge' so far.

I've seen a lot of push-back on the dark side option - plenty of folks are having a hard time giving a start up toy etailer $835 in hopes of getting something a year from now.  I guess some folks were complaining about the whole Brexit thing potentially affecting the delivery too since the shipment would be about the same time as Brexit.

Anyway you look at it, the OUS folks are not flooding Dark Side in the way some US folks were hoping...   as sales have slowed to a crawl over the past week, my expectations have gone from 'really hoping this will still happen' to "damn, I really wanted this to work :-\". 

Other Toy Lines / Re: Zica Toys 3.75" Sectaurs Figure Line
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:07 PM »
Just filled out my backerkit.  I ended up grabbing:

- main character 4-pack ($90) [initial pledge]
- 2x bad guy army builder ($42) [add-on]
- 1x good guy army builder ($21) [add-on]

So $153 total for me.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Solo Wave 1
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:36 PM »
I don't believe Hasbro or LFL have 'officially' commented, but the boxes say April 13th - pic from twitter:

Is it me. or did the total go down from 2671 to 2658 sometime overnight?

A drop in numbers has been happening once or twice a week the past two weeks - Hasbro says it's some combo of people cancelling and/or credit card declines or other payment issues.

According to JTA, Dark Side Toys is about to open up Sail Barge ordering to a whole pile of countries:
If that's true, there's probably a surge incoming...

We'll see...  I hear that to cover the extra shipping and fees, they will be charging around 599GBP, which is around $835 each.  Not sure how many folks are going to be able to swing that... 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:01 PM »
Echoing McMetal's earlier post, but is anyone finding the Walgreens Mr. Fantastic yet?

I have checked out a few Walgreens here and there, but no sign of Mr Fantastic in Minneapolis just yet.

Saw him today in White Bear Lake, MN -

Unless there is going to be a "Hail Mary" at the end where Hasbro runs a marketing blitz above and beyond what they've already done or they open the project up to major markets such as UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, etc... it is seriously starting to look like the barge isn't going to get made.

I have seen a few sites post the conspiracy theory that Hasbro would have never started this project if there was a chance it was going to fail.  Many folks seem convinced that Hasbro has a 'hail mary' or a 'white knight' plan in their pocket (secret agreement with a retailer, self-purchase for HTS, self-purchase for OUS Hasbro distribution, etc) that will step in at the last minute and magically get us to the 5000 threshold. 

They say any publicity is good, but does Hasbro really want to kick off HasLab with a failure?  Which leads us to the other conspiracy theory out there - would Hasbro print and prepare 5000+ books to be shipped out in the days after the pre-order closes if they thought there was a chance it was going to fail?  What are they going to do with all those books if it fails? Pulp them?  Keep them in RI in case they try the barge again? (Do they even really have the books already printed?)

I'm still hoping we'll get enough support for this thing, but yeah, it's not looking very likely if things continue on the current path...  :-\

You can check out a PDF preview of six pages from the behind-the-scenes book by clicking here.

Besides where would I put it?
I think that's probably a key factor in 'where is everyone?' Myself, I have nowhere for it.

I do agree that it's expensive and space consuming... but in my mind I'd rather have an amazing ROTJ Sail Barge than Kylo Ren's starfighter, a U-Wing, an MTT, and a pile of other odds and ends vehicles that I've amassed over the years.

Basically, I'll get rid of other things to fit this sumbitch in, and those things that I sell if I do sell can help pay for it too, because this is one of the last key, iconic pieces of the original trilogy that's never been made.

Same as Rob for me.  I will find a way to create a display for something as iconic as the Sail Barge, even if I have to sell off some other stuff to make the room.  Jabba's Sail barge is more desirable to me than a lot of the Clone Wars cartoon ships or Jedi Skittle-color starships.

How come no one ever talks about the new Yak Face figure on Jabba's Sail Barge. We haven't had a new Yak Face in 20+ years.

---> Hasbro Confirms Some Jabba Palace Figures for TVC

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