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We're just under a week away from the next Hasbro Pulse livestream.  It seems like this event might be the stand-in for the Star Wars team's presentation at Toy Fair (which was cancelled).  The initial indications are that they will be celebrating the Lucasfilm First 50 Years anniversary event. 

That blurb leaves you wondering just what that might mean for the line as a whole.  We've already seen some First 50 branding on Black Series Archive packaging.  But is that also going to steer decision making on character / show focuses?  Or are we going to continue to have the line focused in large part on The Mandalorian?

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 22, 2021, 05:13 PM »
I got a cancellation for the balance of my order from September, too.  Seeing how I was able to order 3 Incinerator Troopers I was fine with the cancellation. 

Collector's Tips / Re: Acrylic Stands for Hasbro Vehicles
« on: January 22, 2021, 09:49 AM »
Thanks, Matt.  I seem to recall seeing that one at some point.  They only have the one style in stock.  I'm thinking that reaching out to them before placing an order might be the way to go.  $15 per stand isn't terrible.

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.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2021 TVC Wave 2 (New TVC Wave 17)
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:17 AM »
I found this wave on the pegs at a nearby Walmart, and in quantity.  And I left them there, even though I do like that Battle Droid.  I was able to order the whole wave from Amazon for less per figure than the Walmart price.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The MCU post Endgame.
« on: January 17, 2021, 11:27 AM »
I haven't watched the show yet.  I only watched the "Legends" featurettes on Disney+, which were basically a giant clip reel for both Wanda and Vision.  Conceptually this show comes across as a little weird when you watch the trailers and promos.  But I got the sense that this takes place in the two years between the events of Civil War and Infinity War.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 17, 2021, 11:25 AM »
Utterly shocked that the two I ordered just before 5 am yesterday arrived today.  This time in a box and in decent condition.  I wonder if Walmart is reading the reviews of their shipping, or if I just got lucky?

Doing a little backtracking here on one figure in particular - Ahsoka.

I definitely like the updated deco on the figure.  But one detail is sticking out to me, particularly after having seen Ahsoka on The Mandalorian.  Specifically, the lightsabers.  Does it bother anyone else that in both 6" Rebels versions of Ahsoka (and the 5 poa 3.75" figure, too) that the lightsaber blades are light blue?  Because those white lightsaber blades came across as even more distinctive after her appearance on The Mandalorian.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 16, 2021, 12:53 PM »
I got the email at 3 AM.  I have to work today, and I was up at 4:45.  That's the only way I was able to get it this time.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Tantive IV Hallway Playset
« on: January 16, 2021, 07:59 AM »
I did a Stop Motion review for this.  :)

Silly me!  I didn't realize that these were your photos that I was referring to.  They're fantastic, Anton!

Some of the photos I've seen of the set on social media have been fantastic.  One IG account mocked up setups of the Rebel Fleet Troopers fighting the Stormtroopers.  And they did it so that you could compare the photo of the playset next to the still from the movie.  It looks really good.  Check it out:  Instagram SWTVC

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 16, 2021, 07:10 AM »
The Incinerator Trooper is back in stock at $12.99 this morning

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 15, 2021, 11:19 AM »
The one that I ordered early yesterday is out for delivery today.  I am fully expecting it to come in a mailer pack because it's a single figure, and it's coming from the same Walmart fulfillment center in Pennsylvania that sent out 2 of the Carbonized TVC figures.  Both of those came in their own mailer envelopes, and both had bent cardbacks and/or crushed blisters.

***EDIT - OMG, even though it shipped in a mailer envelope the cardback on my Incinerator Trooper was in great condition.  I'm shocked!

I got mine today.  I didn't see the pins, either.  But I'm just glad that the damned things showed up.

We've been through this how many times with Walmart?  And just when you think that online retail, web apps and inventory tracking tools might have made dealing with them easier, they find an all new way to **** it up.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 Walmart TVC Incinerator Trooper
« on: January 14, 2021, 10:24 AM »
I ordered one at $32.50. And then I called Walmart's customer service. If you go this route make sure you have both order numbers handy. First I referenced today's order. And then I gave them the order number from September, specifically noting that one of them had just been cancelled yesterday. At that point I communicated that "I was confused" about why one that I had ordered in September with a price of $12.99 was cancelled yesterday, but today the same item is listed at $32.50 and with next day delivery.

I kept it polite and business like even though I am angry about this. Treat customer service like people and I've found that they might be more inclined to help you. The rep I deal with had to escalate this to their manager in light of the price difference. But it worked. My order from today is still in place and I'm now expecting a refund for the difference.

This is so bizarre and stupid...

Agree 100%.  I still don't understand why they took the time to cancel all the pre-orders only to turn right around and start fulfilling brand new orders?  What the hell sense does that make?  ???

You expect Walmart to make sense???

Iím encouraged that I got an update in the tracking information.  But Iím still not happy with Walmart. Especially with the situation that arose with the Incinerator Trooper within the past couple of days. 

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