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Picked up Maz, Leia and the Guard today at Target.  Nice to be done with those...

Didn't realize there were some spoilerish things on the back of Maz's box.

I don't know if it's really a spoiler.  But it's cool to know that Maz is still in the mix in Episode 8...

The destruction of her castle has forced Maz to become more mobile and take a more hands-on (and blasters-firing) role in the turbulent criminal underworld. She offers help in the struggle against the First Order by pointing the Resistance towards a mysterious new ally.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:41 AM »
I happened to stop in to a nearby Barnes & Noble after work the other day.  Something about that place reminded me of the "Die, dinosaur, die!" thread for some reason...

Be that as it may, they're carrying the TLJ basic figure line.  And they're only charging $7.95 per figure.  IIRC, that might even be lower than WalMart's price for that figure assortment.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Stand Alone #2 - Han Solo!
« on: October 17, 2017, 12:15 PM »
Principle photography has wrapped, and director Ron Howard has this message for fans.  We also have a title:

SOLO - A Star Wars Story

I picked up my Guardians of Evil 4-pack pre-order from GameStop yesterday.  It would have been nice if they had called me.  The guy who helped me said that they were waiting for Snoke and the Battlefront II Imperial Agent to arrive first.  But having seen a bunch of stories about how GameStop didn't always hold their pre-orders?  I'm glad I just dropped by to check things out.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:19 AM »
Seeing that AT-AT next to the AT-M6 was a bit of a surprise.  The AT-M6 is least twice as tall, if not taller!  And for a Hasbro AT-M6 to not look completely ridiculous, it would have to be around 4 feet tall.  Something tells me that won't be happening.  But on the walker front, it was also pretty cool seeing the First Order equivalent of the AT-ST in some of those hangar scenes.

On a totally unrelated note, it was cool seeing Rian Johnson paying a tiny bit of homage to the PT with one particular shot.  Notably, the overhead angle of Kylo Ren leading some First Order Snowtroopers into some cave on Crait.  That shot was incredibly reminiscent of Anakin Skywalker leading the 501st into the Jedi Temple in ROTS.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rey with Speeder
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:02 AM »
I picked this up in the clearance aisle at WalMart.  I was really surprised to see WalMart already relegating this and the landspeeder to clearance.  But maybe they just weren't moving?  I picked up the Rey speeder for $45.

When these speeders were announced I had some concerns because of the higher price.  The previous Black Series deluxe sets had sold for $40 each.  Going up to $60 might be a stretch, although I think we're getting a bit more vehicle than we had before with the Imperial Scout Trooper and speeder bike.  A $49.99 MSRP might not have caused quite so much sticker shock. 

And I also think that Hasbro may have bitten the hand that feeds them with the landspeeder exclusive.  Why would people want to buy the general release version of the landspeeder if they had already gotten the SDCC/Hascon version from Hasbro Toy Shop?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:26 AM »
Now in stock at EE for $20.99.  It's cool that people are getting another shot at this one if they're interested in this version of the packaging.

I found the 2nd wave of TLJ Black Series 6" figures today.  I already had Finn and the Praetorian Guard, so I picked up Leia, Maz and Poe.  Glad that Target was running that sale because they saved me $10 today.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: October 9, 2017, 07:10 PM »
Hmmm.  Kind of tempting at that price.  But I'm wondering if there might be a lightning sale down the line?  I waited out the AT-ACT, and Amazon wound up offering that for $49.99 in a lightning deal a few months after ROGUE ONE was released in theaters.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
« on: October 9, 2017, 03:33 PM »
Target has this set on sale this week for $179.99. And it might also qualify for their $25 off of a $100 toy purchase.

I bit on the Rey speeder at Walmart for $45.  But for now Iím playing the waiting game with the Centerpiece collection. $35 is significantly less than the $49.99 MSRP, but Iíd like a better deal.

Another sale to take note of?  Target has their $10 off of $50 and $25 off of $100 toy purchases in effect this week. I picked up 3 figures from the 2nd TLJ wave of 6Ē figures with that deal today.

My schedule was too crazy to get to NYCC this weekend, despite an offer of free passes for Sunday.  One detail came up about the Praetorian Guards from the Lucasfilm exhibit for Episode 8 at NYCC.  According to that there are a whopping 8 Praetorian Guards! 

I like some army building, but not so much in this scale.  I'm going to wind up with a total of three:  the wave 2 version, the Amazon exclusive, and the one from the 4-pack that looks like he's got a dish crazy glued to the top of his helmet.  I got my wave 2 Praetorian.  I don't think the Amazon version is getting released until December.  And I'm still waiting to hear from GameStop about my pre-order for the Guards 4-pack.

The calendar is looking kind of jammed up for Hasbro in the year or so with two movie releases, and associated product lines.  And I think 2019 is going to be a bit more fertile for the Vintage Collection. 

There's a brief window for TVC to roll out following the theatrical release of THE LAST JEDI in early 2018... before the HAN SOLO line gets launched in the spring.  I think that's when we're going to see the figures that have been revealed, along with the tank from ROGUE ONE.  The HS line will probably be the primary line for Q2 and Q3 2018.  And have you wondered why there's no Falcon in the TLJ line?  I bet there will be one in the HS line.  But the TVC line?  I bet it gets some more releases in the fall, complete with upgraded sculpts to figures that were part of the TLJ and HS lines.

With the release of Episode IX now pushed back to December of 2019 from the previously scheduled May release?  I think that opens up some merchandising options for Hasbro with the product line for the first half of 2019.  And that might be the prime time for The Vintage Collection.

Mine had something like tissue paper around the astromech figure 2-pack, and more around the BB unit 4-pack.  The cardback was flush against the 4-pack and in good shape.

It would be nice if that was the standard for packing from Disney.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: NYCC 2017
« on: October 5, 2017, 02:39 PM »
People were asking about Zuckuss, but Hasbro didnít say anything about him.

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