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I am actually kind of okay with Vizam and Doallyn/Starsher being reissues.  I can use my originals for my Jabba's palace scene and the others on the Sail Barge and/or Skiff.  And it's also nice to get Vedain.  He drove the Skiff with Han, Luke, Chewie and Lando.  And after Vedain I think there's only one more skiff guard left to be made from that particular Skiff.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:30 PM »
Wow.  This piece was a genuine surprise.  And I think Hasbro did something really cool here.  New figures would have been nice, but this playset is a major step forward.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 3.75" Lines
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:11 PM »
Some of that info definitely needs some clarification.  Live tweeting can only be so accurate when a presentation is really moving. 

Obviously there's going to be an image dump from Hasbro.  And photos from the showroom will probably start coming out in an hour or so.

Episode 9 3.75" / Re: Triple Force Friday - October 4th
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:09 PM »
I think that Clone Wars may be released later.  Probably because Disney will want The Mandalorian to be able to stand on it's own.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 3.75" Lines
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:05 PM »
These were the notes I was able to jot down during the live tweetstorm at the panel:

- *ONLY* 6 figures (scuffed cards, supposedly perfect replicas)
-Exclusive Tarkin in Escape from the Death Star Game

-No new mainline figure reveals
-New packaging on the way
-Sail Barge to begin shipping March 4 via FedEx w/ tracking & signature required
-Sail Barge to be made available internationally
-Limited quantity of Sail Barges to be made available via eBay
-Lando Skiff Guard - WalMart exclusive VC144 (may be a retool of the TVC sandstorm figure with new legs)
-TVC 3-pack of Skiff Guards w/ Vedain, Doallyn & Vizam - WalMart exclusive
-Jabba adventure playset with ReeYees & Han Solo in Carbonite with diorama walls, tauntaun head, magnetic floatation - WALMART EXCLUSIVE
-NEW Skiff vehicle with desert base, clear stand.  New sculpt.  Likely an online exclusive

GALAXY OF ADVENTURES - Wave 3 shown (already revealed on the Official Site)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: February 16, 2019, 02:32 PM »
I was able to use PayPal. Had to login again for it to work, though.

I was reading through the terms, and it seemed to me if you used PayPal for checkout that you might not be eligible for the year long membership.  That part of the terms was not completely clear to me, and I was kind of glad to use my card instead of PayPal (which I had been doing with my HTS purchases).

Episode 9 3.75" / Re: Triple Force Friday - October 4th
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:56 AM »
TRU Kids might be a player in time for the Episode 9 line launch. There was the press release earlier in the week, and now there’s a Geoffrey mascot parading around the Javits Center for Toy Fair today. This might be a lot more likely to happen than the KB Toys relaunch that never got off the ground. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:52 AM »
And lastly, I get I set a low bar, but why do we always set out expectations so high and then complain when we don't have them met? I thought for sure this is what we were getting. Maybe slightly different sculpts. What has Hasbro shown us that made Hem Dazon, Tarkin, Wedge, etc. an expectation and not wishful thinking

Ok I'll stop being an ass

I get that some people are into these.  For me?  No.  I lived through the vintage era.  And I liked my vintage stuff when I was a kid.  But when the GI Joe ARAH line came out in the early 80's?  The articulation those figures had made my Star Wars figures seem a little antiquated.  And the fact that GI Joe had a comic book and an animated TV series didn't hurt them either.  But when the modern line kicked off in the 90's, I thought the new figures were a remarkable step forward from the vintage line.

My stance is rooted in the fact that the standards of sculpting and articulation that collectors asked for were delivered by Hasbro over the course of 20+ years.  Even a 1995 Han Solo figure looks pretty lame compared to the 2011 TVC Han Solo.  When standards get raised like that by the manufacturer, they also rise with the customer base.  Especially when that nostalgic looking packaging has been the vehicle for offering up super-articulated versions of those original characters.

When Gentle Giant offered up their take on the Kenner vintage figures they at least did something different:  they made them REALLY BIG.  And that made them different enough that you could celebrate the nostalgia factor, but it was something new and different from the original releases.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 16, 2019, 09:53 AM »
The one point where they might have drawn me in with this wave?  If they had done little head Han Solo.  I never liked big head Han Solo.  I originally had the little head version, but my dog ate it.  And the replacement wound up being big head Han.  Ughhh

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:42 AM »
I hate them.  They’re almost identical to real vintage.  What’s the point?!


I’m sorry, but I’m not happy about this either. It comes across like a cynical play at a nostalgia driven cash grab.  Especially in light of the tremendous advances in sculpting and articulation that we’ve seen over the course of the modern line.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:16 PM »
I'm glad I put in an order for the TVC wave 4 figures and established an account today.  I finally had a decent chance to read through the terms:

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:08 AM »
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The site now has wave 4 of The Vintage Collection in stock.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 6" Line
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:45 AM »
The Black Series is where I'm expecting some of the more significant reveals tomorrow.  There are some rumors out there and I'm wondering which of those will get confirmed.

As for some hopes?  I really liked the 40AC subline, and I would like it if Hasbro could offer up more figures in that format.  Hasbro managed to produce all of the classic Kenner 12-back characters in the 6" Black Series.  How about finishing the 20-back characters, too?  And if it's the 20-back card with the Boba Fett offer, call it 21.  Hasbro has already made 16 of those characters in the Black Series, and 14 of those were offered on the 40AC style cardback.  It might be cool to offer the remaining 7 on those same cards, and yes that even includes Greedo!  So I'm hoping that Hasbro will take on the rest of the original Cantina aliens like Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead), Zutton (Snaggletooth) and Ponda Baba (Walrusman) as well as the Death Star Droid and Power Droid. 

As for other stuff?  I'd like to be surprised, so let's wait and see.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 3.75" Lines
« on: February 15, 2019, 08:29 AM »
I'm silently hoping for a TIE Defender.

Since the TIE Defender got featured in the REBELS series, I would think it stands a greater chance than it did before.  But Hasbro has likely shifted their focus to the current film and tv projects.  The TIE variant I'm hoping for is the TIE RB (or TIE Brute) from SOLO.  That was a really cool new take on a TIE fighter!

As for anything else? 
VEHICLES - I *THINK* we're going to see a vehicle for the RESISTANCE line and some more figures.  As for TVC?  There are the rumors of a couple of vehicles, and it sounds like there's an X-wing and possibly a reissue of the Skiff.

FIGURES - We got so much information about the TVC line that I don't know what Hasbro can tell us that would be surprising.  Wave 4 is shipping and we know the character lineups for waves 5 and 6.  The big reveals would seem to be for the retail and convention exclusives.

The only significant surprise that I'm hoping for is for Hasbro to have some prototype figures for the return of CLONE WARS as the return of that series is coming this fall.

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