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Collector's Tips / Acrylic Stands for Hasbro Vehicles
« on: January 21, 2021, 04:28 PM »
As I'm working on getting more of my collection displayed, I'm beginning to look at acrylic stands for that floating vehicle effect.  Hasbro is finally getting on board with this concept in the most recent release of Slave I, and they're also including a similar kind of stand for the upcoming Razor Crest Haslab release.

Is anyone using these for their vehicles?  Do you recommend any particular ones?  I found this particular site:

Feedback on them would be appreciated, and I'd also like to see some other possible options.

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / FEXT Dioramas
« on: April 20, 2020, 01:36 PM »
I saw some of this company’s work in a promotional email from BBTS.  They’re called FEXT Hobby and their offerings look pretty interesting.  They have one set that looks overtly inspired by Star Wars, and at least a couple of their other sets would work well for displaying Star Wars figures.

Has anyone gotten any of their products so far?  I would be interested to read some actual user feedback on their display units. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see this news pop up in my social media feed from Yakface.  I know that this had been rumored, and getting confirmation of these is welcome news.

Based on the initial reports I was expecting a number of repacks.  But the revised look for Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) is a massive improvement over the original release.

Check out the newly revealed Disney Droid Factory THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Droid 4-Pack.  The droids included in this set include:


That Force Spirit Yoda image hit Instagram but it disappeared almost pretty quickly.  I'm having a difficult time remembering what retailer has this exclusive.

Looks like a Black Series Bib Fortuna might be on the way and is on display at SDCC.  Good catch on Jesse's part!

The Vintage Collection / San Diego Comic-Con 2019
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:47 AM »
SDCC 2019 preview night is tomorrow!  Aside from the Sith Trooper from TROS that seems to have leaked out, does anyone have predictions about what we might see in the next few days for The Vintage Collection?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Black Series Hyper-Real Figure Line?
« on: February 7, 2019, 03:09 PM »
Still pondering what the newly rumored Hasbro Black Series Hyper Real line will be like.  Yakface is reporting a price point of $79.99, which is honestly kind of steep.  Will it be something like the Marvel Legends 12" figure line?  That is the next closest line that comes to mind for me, but IIRC those figures had an MSRP of $39.99.  ML collectors please feel free to correct me if I'm not accurate with that number.

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

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 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.

Star Wars Universe / Star Wars film production to slow down
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:46 AM »
Check out this article from The Hollywood Reporter and their interview with Disney chief Bob Iger:

Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown"

Here's the notable passage where THR asked Iger about the pace of production for Star Wars projects:

Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.

I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not gonna make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about. And we are just at the point where we're gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.

Finally, some Disneyland purists are upset that there's going to be booze for sale in Star Wars Land.

We have to be careful we don't let people drink and then go on Autopia. (Laughs.)

Watto's Junk Yard / Toy City (Pop-up Toy Chain)
« on: September 4, 2018, 09:24 PM »
Quoting myself from a while ago:

Check out this news:

Party City to open Toy City stores in wake of Toys R Us demise
  • Party City will open roughly 50 Toy City pop-up stores in September.
  • The locations will sit alongside its Halloween City shops and run through the holiday season.
  • The company hopes to capitalize on Toys R Us' demise, which left a void in the toy industry.

From what I can see, Party City is a national chain with locations all over the U.S.  But the pop-up nature of this project means that they may just be testing the waters in the toy business.

And the first locations seem to have been revealed in Rockfather magazine.  They appear to include:

Westside Centre 6275 University Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Airport Plaza Shopping Center (Former Toys "R" Us) 683 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
Grossmont Shopping Center 8790 Grossmont Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Vernola Marketplace 6397 Pats Ranch Rd, Mira Loma, CA 91752
Plaza La Cienega 1833 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
National City Shopping Center 1100 E 30th St., National City, CA 91950
Bridgepointe Shopping Center 2270 Bridgepointe Pkwy, San Mateo, CA 94404
Colonies Crossroads 1295 E 19th St, Upland, CA 91784
16040 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406

The Plaza at Buckland Hills 1460 Pleasant Valley Rd, Manchester, CT 06042

Chapel Hills West 7730 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

University Town Plaza 7171 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32504
Town and Country 8789 SW 117th Ave, Miami, FL 33183
Bal Harbour Square 1750 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Gillespie Plaza 4640 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60632
Southwest Plaza III 3211 S. Veterans Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62704

Eastland Convenience Center 318 N Green River Road, Evansville, IN 47715

Florence Plaza 7601 Mall Rd, Florence, KY 41042

6851B Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003

Shoppers World 1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

Columbia Crossing II 6100 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

Arborland 3725 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Pavilion at Kings Grant II 8062 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC 28027

Webster Square 272 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060

Rockaway Townsquare 357 Mount Hope Ave, Rockaway, NJ 07866
Monmouth Plaza 137 Highway 35, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Sayville Plaza 5181 Sunrise Hwy, Bohemia, NY 11716
Bruckner Commons 970 White Plains Rd, Bronx, NY 10473
Gateway Center 395 Gateway Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11239
Sunrise Promenade 5214 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa Park, NY 11762
88 Dunning Rd, Middletown, NY 10940
Rego Center 6135 Junction Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374

The Strip 6655 Strip Ave, North Canton, OH 44720

Standalone 1200 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97301

Airport Square 2 Airport Sq, North Wales, PA 19454
Hampden Commons 5850 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
King of Prussia Mall 160 N Gulph Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Bed Bath and Beyond Center 104 Bartlett Ave, Exton, PA 19341

Firewheel Town Center Mall 320 Winecup Way, Garland, TX 75040
Standalone 25024 Katy Mills Dr, Katy, TX 77494
Midkiff Plaza 3109 Loop 250 N, Midland, TX 79705
First Colony Commons 15555 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478

State Place 5983 S. State Street, Murray, UT 84107

Battlefield Boulevard Shopping Center 1543 Sams Cir, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Park Place Shopping Center 17501 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

West Towne Mall 7309 W Towne Way, Madison, WI 53719

This list may be incomplete, as I have seen anecdotal reports of other locations that are not included on this list.

The Black Series 6" Figures / 2018 SDCC
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:59 PM »
The first images are in from SDCC, and Instagram appears to be the platform to check.

6" TBS Dengar

6" TBS Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard disguise)

6" TBS Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)

6" TBS Val (SOLO)

6" TBS L3-37

These appear to just be some first shots, and there's nothing really new that's been photographed so far.  Although the details / accessories with Hoth Leia are nice to see.

It seems that Hasbro is ratcheting up their PR outreach with This Hasbro Pulse Instagram Post.  Hasbro's Steve Evans is making an appeal to fans to submit their questions via the Hasbro Pulse Instagram Page regarding The Vintage Collection. 

This certainly seems like a more open-ended solicitation than the more focused questions of a few months ago.  But I dread the comments being inundated with questions about one particular character or another.

Star Wars Anthology / Star Wars Story Films Reportedly On Hold
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:08 PM » has posted this article today:  Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm.  The article cites "sources at Lucasfilm", stating that the only film that will be in production in the near term will be Episode 9.  No press release has been made from Lucasfilm or Disney at this time that might confirm or deny this news.

Projects in the Disney era of the Star Wars franchise have run into their fair share of troubles.  There has been turmoil in hiring writers and directors for several projects, as well as extensive reshoots that led to significant reshaping of at least two films.  There has also been extensive discussion about the release date for SOLO which was within 6 months of the release of THE LAST JEDI.  And last, but certainly not least, the box office returns for SOLO were lower than almost any previously released Star Wars film.  That last detail no doubt got the attention of higher-ups at Disney.

The rumored projects that may have been put on hold include a film centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi, and another built around Boba Fett.  There were reports of director/writers attached to those two projects, but by some accounts development work on those films has ceased.

Star Wars Universe / Star Wars Resort - Walt Disney World
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:09 PM »
Check out this article from the Disney Parks Blog:  Update on the Star Wars Immersive Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort

by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Last summer, plans for a Star Wars-inspired destination at Walt Disney World Resort were unveiled at the D23 Expo.

Today we are happy to share the location of this exciting addition, which is currently under development on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive. This location will allow the experience to be seamlessly connected to the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, enabling guests to fully immerse themselves in the story of Star Wars.

This experience stands out among all of our destinations around the globe. Families visiting this destination will board a starship that comes alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every cabin window has views of space! Guests visiting the multi-day adventure will also be welcome to participate as a resident of the Galaxy by dressing in Star Wars-inspired attire.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for updates.

Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge is set to open at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida in late Fall of 2019.  At this time there has been no date announced for the opening of the Star Wars resort that will connect to the Galaxy's Edge section of the park.

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