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Tell me more about that play set?!

Is it a pattern one could print out and replicate?  Is it more than just cardstock?

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class B Vehicle Assortment
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:16 PM »
So was this thing in the movie?  I can't recall seeing it but certainly didn't retain every detail in two viewings.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:15 PM »
Back up for pre-order at EE again (was briefly listed early in error a few months ago).   $80 with free US shipping!


Thanks Jeff.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 12, 2018, 11:19 AM »
When you launch a movie line with four 3.75 figs from the film, none of which are the man himself, you have to question what in the world they're thinking.

Hasbro has a share of the blame, but Disney and their dumb "you can't show character X until [date]" rules aren't helping.  We saw L3-37 in the commercials and trailers, what is the harm in showing her 3.75" action figure?  Same for Val, Beckett, Rio, etc.  It's like Hasbro can't really do any promotion on these things until it's too late.  Stupid.

But yeah, character selection is so, so bad right now. That's mostly on Hasbro (though again, Disney isn't helping with all the dumb rules).  The character selection is fraught with so many odd, odd, odd choices:

-  Still no 3.75" TFA General Leia?  Huh?
-  TLJ Crait Luke not coming until maybe 2019 now?
-  Repacking the ROTJ Palps and Jedi Luke from the Target pack so quickly?
-  Just 5 SOLO characters in the first two waves of the toy line supporting the SOLO movie
-  You can't buy a 3.75" HAN SOLO figure in a toy line supporting the HAN SOLO movie for less than $30.
-  SOLO Wave 3 is rumored to be all repacks of not-SOLO figures

The 5POA 3.75" basic figure line seems so broken right now.  Doesn't help that things are fractured across 5POA, TVC, and 6" lines.  Ugh. 

Back in the old days, I'd be learning all the names of the aliens at the Vandor sabaac table (Therm Scissorpunch!) so I could put them on my JD wishlist and dream of figures for them.  These days, I don't even bother.  I'm just hoping the basic figure line lasts long enough to fill out the main characters (L3, Val, Beckett, Rio, etc) before we're moving on to more of the same Jedi Rey, Pilot Poe, Trooper Finn, Tech Rose, Sad Kylo figures from Episode 9.  :(

Agreed 100%.  It used to be that a film launch had 20 or 30 figures easily, then there was a steady stream of waves from there on for a long time... there was a good mix of main and obscure characters... prices dropped a little bit.  I suppose it's-not-2005-anymore applies here too, but it's just a shame that they can't identify more interesting characters and get a good chunk of them out by the time the movie happens instead of later on when interest is fading.  Every figure we know about that is still upcoming would have made a great day-one release, and then they could have gotten into more interesting characters later - if it was allowed.  At least with Vintage coming back there's some hope for high-quality, interesting, and maybe even NEW characters coming in the future.  I hope they have a lot to show at Comic Con, I miss the days when there were lots of reveals at the conventions. 

Also, I don't know where we'd get numbers, but I wonder how much of this is that 6" is cannibalizing 3.75" collecting and the volume of the product is down because new collectors are split up between scales.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Class C Vehicle - TIE Fighter Coming Soon?
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:58 AM »
I was surprised we didn't see that one with the launch... cool variant on the classic, shown in the trailer...

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:30 AM »
Yeah I hope it's at least something worth the effort. :)

Do any of you happen to have seen any sites selling B&W Skeletor on his own?  I bit and bought the other 3 when Super 7 had them on sale the other week, but Skeletor was already gone. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: June 11, 2018, 04:52 PM »
All these months later and EE came through with the regular edition of Nosferatu.  So now I've got the four of them.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: June 9, 2018, 12:24 PM »
I called eBay and they said that indeed it's because the seller has blocked all forms of payment other than straight up cash out of a Paypal account.  I didn't even know that was possible.

It said he accepts gift cards, so i just tried buying a $15 eBay gift card and am waiting for it to get here to see if that works.  Meanwhile it says he only has 4 left.  This is inane.

EDIT:  The gift card came through and that worked.  So, if anyone ever runs into this problem in the future - there's a potential answer.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: June 8, 2018, 08:35 PM »
Well I tried to buy one and got an error message at checkout:

Unfortunately, we can't process your payment. Here are your options:

    Check out with another PayPal method, like the one we're showing now.
    Select a different payment option.

I was using the same checking-account linked Paypal account I've been using for almost 20 years.  I tried the back up (valid) credit card and nothing.

I read transferring cash to the account might solve it, so I sent $15 over but it'll take a few days to clear.

Have any of you run into this problem?

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Kessel Run Millennium Falcon
« on: June 8, 2018, 04:22 PM »
Is this the Han from the Falcon vehicle set?

It looks right to me, but I'd love to have someone else weigh in to make sure I'm not missing something.

$15 seems like a steal to me to not have to think about buying that vehicle.

Solo / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 8, 2018, 02:50 PM »
Where are the Solo figures?!  That movie was great and they've made what, a dozen 3.75" figures?  I haven't bought the Falcon or the Forcelink thing-y, so I don't even have a Han

Are we expecting a bunch of reveals at Toy Fair this year?

Also, is there anything new about the wave 2 Kylo Ren other than the chip?

Is it me, or is it unusual that this set has already gone up on HTS (at least as coming soon?)

I was thinking the same thing. I know it would be against type, but wouldn't it be wonderful if Hasbro allowed folks to just pre-order one or two and NOT have to score one on the after market?

They'd certainly make more money that way... although it defeats the Exclusive label.

Also no one seems to have mentioned Kate Spade from the other day.

How's the weather back in 2011, Rob?  :-X

Lovely, global warming hasn't gotten as far along yet and Donald Trump is still a funny joke. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: June 7, 2018, 10:30 AM »
If Kylo is actually telling the truth (which Johnson seems to indicate) I don't see how her parents are dead in a paupers grave on Jakku. 

I don't think he is.  He makes some other claims (I forget what off the top of my head) in that same scene that end up being lies and manipulation from Snoke... the gist I got from that scene was that Kylo doesn't really know what he's talking about and that it was extremely open to him having been wrong about Rey's parents.

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