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Also at EE for some reason ->   #sponsoredlink

Looks like the two sets I pre-ordered at EE are processing.  UPS delivery notification says they will be here next week.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: April 16, 2024, 05:59 PM »
see if there are any LEGO resell shops in your area. We have one here called Bricks and Minifigs, which I think may be a national chain.

They just opened one of these near me recently with plans for a couple others in the Twin Cities soon.

I have heard too that they will try to lowball you (since they have to make a profit too).  I kinda look at them like a pawn show or trying to sell cards to collector shops.  If something is "worth" $100, they have to get it from you for 30-50% to make a profit selling it for $100.  You won't get the full value, but they take the brunt of the work finding the buyers. 

I guess it goes back Rob's point about whether you value speed and ease of selling them or full value/money.

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: April 15, 2024, 05:02 PM »
Yakface has a post up from Steve saying TVC hasn’t been canceled or paused.

It's nice of Steve to make that comment... but he totally dodged the question about whether Target is planning to cancel or pause their support of TVC or not.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: April 15, 2024, 03:49 PM »
Got a shipping notice for Huyang from Amazon... should be here later today.  Guess that means I need to decide pretty quick here whether I'm keeping my Amazon pre-orders for Mando, Grogu, and Axe or cancelling them. 

Grogu and Axe have nice upgrades, but I'm irritated over spending $34 for two new accessories (Grogu's pram and Axe's helmet head).  Mando being a repack from the N-1 also makes me wonder why I pre-ordered him in the first place...

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: April 15, 2024, 10:36 AM »
I saw the new Target layout at one of my local stores this weekend.  All the former TVC pegs were now filled with the Epic Hero Series stuff, basic figures and deluxe figures hanging where the TVC basic/deluxe used to be pegged. 

I can't help but wonder if Target didn't want to carry two lines at the same 3.75" scale?  One line costs 70% more than the other so they opted to keep the cheaper version (less overhead spent in inventory cost to fill the pegs).    Maybe the answer is to keep Epic Hero figures in the toy aisle and banish TVC to the "collector spot" with all the expensive Funko/Super 7 stuff?  Finally admit that TVC's main support is old guys with disposable income and not kids?

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: April 15, 2024, 10:17 AM »
So, my brother passed away recently

Thanks a lot guys, appreciate that. He was a great guy and I sure do miss him a lot.  :'(

So sorry to hear about your loss.   :(

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: Disney Mystery Crate Series 2
« on: April 12, 2024, 06:51 PM »
I'll skip the BB-units again (don't like the scale on those), but I will track down the regular astromechs like I did for Series 1.

Like Dave said, hoping they skip the whole "chase" aspect this time since the chase price is ridiculous.  I skipped the Chopper-repaint from S1 because I refuse to spend $75-80 for a little droid.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: April 12, 2024, 06:43 PM »
If I had to hazard a guess, I would say they can't make any more for now because they are using the mold to make the Mural 2-pack version right now, and/or they figured 2 runs of the figure already would be enough.

This would be my guess as well.  I have also heard that the production numbers on the secondary TVC assort (F6878) are lower than the regular assortment (E7763).  No way to verify that though since Hasbro never comments on those #s.

Reminder that F6878 is now a "fan channel" assortment and the other E7763 is the mainline assortment.  It could be that "fan channel" assortment has a lower production number since they don't have to make enough for Walmart/Target?

It's a little odd if they are going to ask us to back this upcoming Haslab before we even have the last one in hand.

They've been doing that quite a bit with recent projects - examples:
- GI Joe Classified 6" HISS Tank (Aug 2022) ran before the GI Joe 3.75" Skystriker shipped (Jan 2023)
- GI Joe Classified 6" Dragonfly (Jul 2023) ran before the HISS Tank shipped (Dec 2023)
- Galactus (Aug 2021) ran just about when the Sentinel was being shipped (Sep 2021)
- TFers Deathsaurus (Nov 2022) ran just before the TFers Victory Saber shipped (Dec 2022)

I guess they figure with each of the major brands having 2-3 HasLabs under the belt, folks will be more trusting that things will get delivered.

Imperial Mudtroopers (Mimban)
Purge Troopers
Phase II Clone Troopers (Shocktroopers)
Rebel Pathfinders (Scarif)
Alliance Command/Officers (Yavin IV)
Sandtroopers (Tatooine)
Snowtroopers (Hoth)
Imperial Beskar Troopers (Mandalore)
Rebel Strike Team (Endor)
Mandalorian Warriors (Nevarro Covert)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4” Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: April 11, 2024, 09:23 AM »
Looks like there is an N-1 with Mando and Grogu.

At $35, it costs ~1/4 what the TVC version did.  That will assuredly bring complaints from some people who spent $130 on the TVC version. Here is the Yakface pic for those who have not seen it. Yakface story

Kill me.

At least it's only $35 - and maybe you'll catch a nice sale. :-\

Love the Kanan, but I really hope we get the rest of the Rebels mains in Season 1 attire. (I thought that's what this Ezra was originally supposed to be.)

I pre-ordered this Ezra, but may end up cancelling.  I just can't decide if I really want it.

If they were giving us "Ahsoka" Ezra, I would have wanted the bearded 'lost' Ezra.  If this was supposed to be based on the holo-Ezra, then why isn't it more "holo-y" like other holo figures they've done?  My Ghost will already have the HasLab S4 Ezra and this guy kind of doesn't fit with the Ahsoka stuff really.  Not sure where I'd put him if I keep my pre-order.  It's like he's live-action version of S4 Ezra which isn't even really a thing.

Agree though that S1 Ezra, S1 Hera, S1 Sabine all need to stay on my wishlist.

TV-9D9 / Tales of the Empire (Disney+)
« on: April 4, 2024, 01:22 PM »
New season of "Star Wars: Tales of" series - Star Wars: Tales of the Empire.  Coming to D+ on May the 4th.

Journey into the fearsome Galactic Empire through the eyes of two warriors on divergent paths — Nightsister Morgan Elsbeth and former Jedi Barriss Offee. Like the first season following Ahsoka Tano and Count Dooku, Tales of the Empire focuses on previously untold events in the lives of the featured characters. The trailer teases that we’ll learn how a young Morgan Elsbeth navigates the expanding Imperial world towards a path of vengeance, while former Jedi Barriss Offee does what she must to survive a rapidly changing galaxy. The choices they make will define their destinies.

I didn't watch the WonderCon replay - were there any hints or discussion on the supposed upcoming HasLab offering?

No, Hasbro only had an hour for all the lines combined. It was pretty much just 10 minutes for Priya to go through the 4 items shown.

Amazon sold Krrsantan, Paz, and Sabine, but stopped carrying the DLX with Jango (and now Zeb).

Krrsantan and Sabine have held value pretty well at Amazon (maybe dipping down to $23-25ish range) but Paz has been more like the Dark Trooper with plenty of drops to $12-14 range.

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