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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: December 8, 2018, 09:07 AM »
I think we had to presume that Ant Man was going to be in play in this movie after the way Ant-Man and The Wasp ended.

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Solo / Re: Walmart Solo 3.75" Kessel Playset with Han Solo
« on: December 7, 2018, 03:09 PM »
Silly me.  I remember invoking the same reasoning LAST YEAR, wondering aloud why Hasbro and WalMart wouldn't have their exclusive 6" Black Series Kylo Ren (throne room) in stores for Christmas.

I swear, sometimes it's like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.  No matter what, she's going to pull that football away at the last moment, EVERY TIME.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures
« on: December 7, 2018, 10:53 AM »
I finally had a chance to watch the episodes that dropped on November 30th last night.  It was interesting to see this kind of take on some classic scenes with movie dialogue and audio.  The best of the bunch had to be Darth Vader against the Rebel troopers.  It was reminiscent of the scene in ROGUE ONE, but also seemed to cross over into ANH / Tantive IV territory, while using some dialogue from TESB.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: December 7, 2018, 08:43 AM »
We have a trailer and a title:

Avengers - Endgame


Marvel Studios' Avengers - Official Trailer



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I picked up Dengar at GameStop yesterday.  I can't say I was enthused about buying this figure for $22.99, but he does round out the rest of the TESB bounty hunters in the Black Series.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to HasbroToyShop.com
« on: December 4, 2018, 08:17 PM »
Looks like HTS will remain alive.

Hasbro sent out some clarifying info today re-iterating the info from yesterday that it is the sale of items through the brand websites (transformers.com, nerf.com, etc) that is ending.  You can still purchase items, access your account, and check existing orders using your login at Hasbro Toy Shop.

However, today's email also made it pretty clear that changes are coming to the HasbroToyShop website starting on January 18, 2019. Stay tuned for more details.



Very strange.  Some clarification from Hasbro seems to be in order.

To further muddy the waters?  The HTS storefront on eBay is still alive and kicking.

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I don't know if this was a case of HTS dying.  Rather, I think that the big box retail partners may have taken issue with their supplier competing with them, and they got left holding the bag with inventory that collectors got directly from Hasbro weeks before it turned up at Target or Walmart.

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The various avenues drying up has been problematic, to say the least.  Amazon is more expensive now.  HTS gone.  TRU gone (and when is Geoffrey's Toy Box coming?).  Inventory issues at Target.  It's not good.

And there are rumblings that some things might be happening with the Star Wars master toy license when it expires in 2020.  Steve Evans is leaving the Hasbro Star Wars team for an unrelated position in Hasbro working on their own IP's.

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The Vintage Collection / Changes Coming to HasbroToyShop.com
« on: December 3, 2018, 11:51 AM »
Unfortunate news about HasbroToyShop.com

From their FAQ:
At Hasbro, we strive to provide our customers with the best possible experience with our portfolio brands. As a valued customer, we wanted to let you know that our brand websites have changed and will no longer sell products directly. That said, you can still access your account and check existing orders using your login at Hasbro Toy Shop. Please contact us at customerservice@hasbrotoyshop.com or 1-800-408-0052 with any questions..



WOW.  I had been relying on HTS for figures at a reasonable price, as well as an avenue for getting convention exclusives.  So this news is disappointing to say the least.  Especially since online avenues like Amazon have been pricing their figures higher than the MSRP.

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Solo / Re: Walmart Solo 3.75" Kessel Playset with Han Solo
« on: December 2, 2018, 03:16 PM »
Haven't seen, nor hear of this in a store. Won't be surprised if it'll be on-line only.

That is a curious development.  Especially since there was news that WalMart was going to devote more floorspace in their stores to toys this Christmas season.  And it only seems logical that WalMart would want this to get out to stores before Christmas.

If this doesn't show up in stores some time in the next week or so, it might be online only for the time being.  The one thing that comes to mind is the size of the production run on this piece or the amount of inventory WalMart has on hand.  If there isn't sufficient inventory to get out to all of the stores, then perhaps WalMart is going to limit this to online purchases only for now.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: November 28, 2018, 12:24 PM »
At least the backdrops will be nice.

Bah!  It was already done in the 60's in Lawrence of Arabia...

 ;)

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:27 AM »
There is news of an Episode 9 filming location, and it's one that has been used before for a Star Wars standalone film.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Solo Wave 4
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:22 AM »
Several figures from this wave have turned up on Amazon today.  I was able to order Hoth Leia and the Imperial Patrol Trooper this morning for $19.99 each with Prime Shipping.  L3-37 and Val also appear to be in stock for that price as well.

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Solo / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: November 26, 2018, 01:15 PM »
HTS has sales today for Cyber Monday. 

Order before 12:59 PM - 25 % off
Order between 1:00 PM and 5:59 PM - 20% off
Order between 6:00 PM and 11:59 PM - 15% off


Also, the Solo Force Link 2.0 wave 4 figures are now in stock:
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Rio Durant Figure - $7.99
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Quay Tolsite Figure - $7.99
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Imperial Royal Guard Figure - $7.99
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 L3-37 Figure - $7.99
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Val (Mimban) Figure - $7.99
Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Tobias Beckett Figure - $7.99

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Solo / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: November 25, 2018, 11:19 AM »
I finally pulled the trigger on this one:

Star Wars Vehicle Class C Action Figure Vehicle (Force Link 2.0 TIE Fighter) - $26.39 (originally $39.99)

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