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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Ryan on Today at 03:29 PM »
Everytime I see an old TRU location I still think fondly back on it. I hope this is successful (unlike the last time). Maybe they will have better luck with one big store like this. If this is successful it'd be cool to see them try to ad a few more, and keep this very limited in a few major market cities.
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It's 2.99 shipping. Sign me up for not making special gamble trips to GS

They must have lowered their shipping costs.  I'm looking through my Gamestop orders, and the shipping costs vary.  The Gaming Greats Kal Cestis and Zaalbar both had shipping costs of $5.99 each.  But the Republic Commando Boss figure had $2.99 shipping.

But the preorder situation still doesn't permit me to use the PowerUp Rewards benefits.  With Popfindr and GameStop's app, I can track everything down with reasonable ease once it starts turning up in stores.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by Nicklab on Today at 07:43 AM »
I bet if they announced an Oola in the mainline

I wish they would just give us a straight answer on Oola or similar figures.  Are they off-limits now or not?  There are so many rumors that Disney has said characters like Jabba Prisoner "Huttslayer" Leia or Oola are off limits but then the Marvel Legends team can sell Tigra, She-Hulk, or Hercules.

I guess bikini/speedo wearing characters are OK for figures if they are based on heroes but not OK if they are based on people held against their will by intergalactic crime lords? ???

I'm trying to figure out where they draw the line, too.  Is it because the comic characters are based on illustrations, and the Star Wars character likenesses are based on the appearance of the individual actors?  I feel like we're dealing with some nebulous territory.

The funny thing is, if the first release of the Black Series slave Leia hadn't been such a pegwarmer (like Han Solo and Greedo from the same wave), this might not have blown up into such a big deal.  I think the incident that kicked this all off was a news report from 2015.  I'm pretty sure the figure came out either in late 2013 or early 2014.  But because some Philly area father was embarrassed and had to explain this to his kid, we're dealing with the repercussions to this day.
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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« Last post by Nicklab on Today at 07:36 AM »
Here we go again...

Toys "R" Us is opening a new store ... again

This location is close enough to me that I'm going to be checking it out pretty shortly after it opens.  I'm curious to see what it's going to be like.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by JediJman on December 1, 2021, 09:58 PM »
I'll throw my hat in the ring if they're ever looking for a new Star Wars brand/product manager.   ;D

Ditto!

Frankly, I don't think the rancor is such a bad item to offer. Sure, I have a number of them from various previous lines, but the figure itself looks pretty cool to me. I even like most of the incentives they've offered. But it just comes down to price. I can't reconcile spending the same price on this as I would for 15 brand new Black Series figures. Including even one or two additional figures still makes it incredibly overpriced. Now, had they offered it at $200 or even $250 plus incentives, that might be a bit more tempting. And I would be hard pressed to turn this down if they decided to include Oola instead of the rancor keeper. But even this additional offering feels like it's not enough for the price.  Between that and the lazy approach to the incentives, I sort of just wanted to fail on principle. 
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: GameStop Gaming Greats 6" Imperial Senate Guard
« Last post by McMetal on December 1, 2021, 09:49 PM »
I got one as well, this is now the fifth individual figure I have on PO with GameStop.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by Dave on December 1, 2021, 04:13 PM »
I'll throw my hat in the ring if they're ever looking for a new Star Wars brand/product manager.   ;D
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by Matt_Fury on December 1, 2021, 04:05 PM »

As for Ling and the Stormtrooper comment?  I know they said were using a Stormtrooper figure for the purpose of showing off the size of the Rancor.  My guess is they didnít want to show it next to a previously released figure of a character who interacted with the Rancor on account of the uninspired stretch goals #1 and 4.  And I think Lingís remark might have also been a case of sarcasm that just didnít land well. 


I get why they were using the Stormtrooper in that particular livestream, because they were announcing the first stretch goal not five minute later.  Going by her tone, Ling's comment was not sarcasm.  Hell, the last livestream they did looked more like a hostage video.  Every spoken word was scripted and there is zero passion from them.  I get why a lot of collectors are angry with them.

We're up to 4,970 backers.  Looks like they word is spreading and people are reacting well to the Rancor Keeper announcement.  The usual suspects are out there telling collectors to hold out for more...with less than a week left I don't know how good a strategy that would be.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by Nicklab on December 1, 2021, 03:40 PM »
Tone doesnít always translate to text. 

As for Ling and the Stormtrooper comment?  I know they said were using a Stormtrooper figure for the purpose of showing off the size of the Rancor.  My guess is they didnít want to show it next to a previously released figure of a character who interacted with the Rancor on account of the uninspired stretch goals #1 and 4.  And I think Lingís remark might have also been a case of sarcasm that just didnít land well. 

The team has suffered because the person who was the face of the brand got moved elsewhere.  He set the bar high, and from a communications standpoint the current team is lacking in comparison.  And there have been periods in the history of the line that were lackluster.  But then new leadership came and it was really good.  Does anyone remember the guy in charge of the brand before Derryl DePriest?  I have a hard time remembering, and Iím pretty sure I spoke with the guy on more than one occasion.  But then Derryl led the line through OTC, VOTC, ROTS, TSC, 30AC, TLC, CW and TVC.  It was a great run!  Steve Evans distinguished himself much in the same way as Derryl.  There are going to be people in that position who donít measure up to their standards.  We might be in that period now.
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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2021 HasLab Black Series Rancor
« Last post by Matt_Fury on December 1, 2021, 02:20 PM »
Nick,

Trying not to derail the thread more than it already has, do you honestly think that Patrick and Ling have more than an extremely casual knowledge of Star Wars?  Remember, Ling actually thought that the time when the Rancor ate a Stormtrooper was an iconic moment in the original trilogy!  There was no hint of joke or sarcasm in her comment!

I was lucky to be part of the Universal Shabby Reviews livestream last week, and we discussed the Haslab Rancor.  I brought up the same comments that I've said in here and on other threads about the marketing people's lack of passion and knowledge of the franchise they are supposed to be selling to us...and when someone made a comment about firing Patrick, I specifically called it out that I do not want them fired, I just want them to do better.

I can't help how you take my comments, but calling out the marketing team for an obvious lack of knowledge of the franchise they are supposed to be selling, is not a personal attack but a professional one.

BTW, they're now at 4,963 backers and climbing...looks like adding the Rancor Keeper was a good move on their part.
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