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Galaxy of Adventures / Re: Triple Force Friday - October 4th
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:59 PM »
Keeping the thread alive, but has there been any news or previews of what to expect for the new movie toys and collectibles (apart from the 6” Sith Trooper)?

I'll list the basics here.  If you're interested in tracking leaked specifics, I'd suggest following along with the Master UPC/SKU/DPCI List at Yakface.

The Vintage Collection 3.75"
 - one wave of six TVC figures expected at launch, more to follow in Fall 2019
 - at least one exclusive TVC figure (Yavin Ceremony Luke) at launch, more to follow in Fall 2019
 - at least one TVC vehicle (X-Wing) with another (Ep9) coming at some point Fall 2019

Galaxy of Adventures 5"
 - GOA 5" basic figures
 - GOA 5" figure 2-packs
 - GOA Rancor
 - GOA Vehicle(s)
 - possibly more?

The Black Series 6"
 - one wave of eight basic BS 6" figures
 - at least one exclusive BS 6" figure, potentially more

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Articulation Addition Addiction
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:20 AM »
Man, Krennic looks 100 times better with elbows. Wish he'd get the TVC treatment as I don't have time to add SA a la Jesse style.

I know, images big, but this is hosted off my twitter feed, so it's just the easy way for me to post this haha.

Public service announcement - You can use width=xxx to resize images on the JD forums.  :-*

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The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:14 AM »
is there an action figure out there that doesn't use that in some shape or form?

The closest thing I can think of are the Playskool Heroes and Imaginext type stuff where there is a plastic tray but no bubble and things are just strapped on with ties.

Hasbro also had those cheapo international ~5.5" figures in little boxes with no plastic window/bubble in the packaging.

Thanks Jeff.  Wrong thread, but do you know why don't they offer the Droid Factory playset online?

Because the Color Change Droid Factory playset and 4-packs (and the Black Series 6" figure sets as well) are Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge branded merchandise and that park hasn't opened in Florida yet.  I think it was at Celebration where Disney said the SWGE stuff would be "park only" for a while to ensure park demand can be met.

I'm not sure that these have shown up on the app the past couple of years.

The 2018 Halloween Droid and 2018 Christmas droid both made their way to the new ShopDisney site/app. 

Now that Rob has bit the bullet via eBay, I'll apply the "Rob Overspending Axiom" and find mine cheaper just like I did last year...

I went ahead and bought one for $24 shipped... it's $6 or so more than the app would be, but it seemed worth $6 to just be done thinking about it.

Thanks once again to Rob jumping early and the rest of us benefitting -  >:D

Props to Jayson for the heads up - this little guy is on the ShopDisney app now.  Search 'halloween droid' and he pops up.  Ordered mine for just under $18 shipped to my door. :)

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:47 AM »
Maybe it just means they're switching to a corn-based, biodegradable blister or something like that?

March 2018 Hasbro announced they were going to start using plant-based bio-polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for blister packs and plastic windows in its product packaging starting in 2019. The bioPET plastic they are using is made with 30 percent plant-based material (ag waste).

It certainly could be that the current 30% plantblend PET is enough wiggle room to not be "plastic" and it's no change.  That brings up a whole bunch of questions though - are plant-based PETs going to last as long?  Will plant PET bubbles yellow/discolor faster over time?  Will they degrade at a rate that makes carded collecting pointless?  They might be great for the environment but are they great for collecting packaged toys?

The Vintage Collection / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« on: August 20, 2019, 10:01 AM »
Saw this story this morning...

Hasbro to Phase Out Plastic from New Toy and Game Packaging

Hasbro "plans to begin phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including plastic elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets and blister packs. The company’s ambition is to eliminate virtually all plastic in packaging for new products by the end of 2022."

I have lots of questions...

How do you have carded figures with no plastic/blister packs?  ??? 

What does this mean for Black Series 6" window boxes?  Open windows?  Closed boxes where you can't see the figure's paint job?  Some kind of 100% vegetable polyfilm (hat won't hold up over time) in the place of the plastic window?

Or maybe it's phrased "virtually all" so they can still use a little plastic for carded figures?  Or maybe it won't matter because they already know they aren't renewing the Star Wars license in 2020 and don't need to worry about carded bubble/blister pack figures.   :-X >:D

If you missed out on this set last Winter, it's on sale for $48 at BBTS right now.

Even though they are not taking pre-orders yet, Hasbro Pulse has posted the links for all the SDCC 2019 exclusives.

Here is the link for the Luke 3-Pack so you can prep for F5 mashing on 9/9 if you're a Pulse Premium member (9/10 if you're not) - Vintage Collection 3.75" Jedi Destiny Luke 3-Pack

Hasbro Pulse is giving Pulse Premium members early access to pre-order 6" Kenner Fett on 9/9.

Here is the link if you'd like to bookmark it for constant refreshing on September 9th - Black Series 6" Kenner Fett

Available to purchase on HasbroPulse on Sept. 10

Early Access will be available to Hasbro Pulse Premium Members on 9/9.

They are not taking pre-orders yet, but here is the link if you'd like to bookmark it - SDCC-box Black Series 6" Sith Trooper

Did they just happen to be in San Francisco this week?  Or were they perhaps taking meetings at Lucasfilm about a possible project?

The Russo Brothers are on a #WeLoveYou3000 PR tour for the Avengers: Endgame DVD/Bluray/In-Home Release. 

It started at SDCC and ends next weekend at D23 in Anaheim.  The Disney PR machine probably worked out the LFL stop while they were in SF on 8/8 for the Giants game (or at least that is how they would spin it if they needed a cover story for meeting with LFL about Star Wars #conspiracytheory  ;)).

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: August 15, 2019, 12:18 PM »
Checking today I see it's not exactly going gang-busters for the two current projects.

Unicron = 31.8% backed (2546/8000) with 16 days left
Cookie Monster = 15.4% backed (462/3000) with 10 days left

For comparison, the Sail Barge was at 60% (3002/5000) with 13 days to go.  The number of orders for Unicron isn't tracking that far off what the Sail Barge did, it's just Unicron's much higher 8000 threshold that makes the overall % look bad.  Unicron succeeding is still possible if it gets the same kind of push as the Barge did in the final two weeks. 

I wonder if Hasbro has plans for a 'kicker' for Unicron to get the buzz going again?** (Like adding Carded POTF Yakface did for the barge.)  I saw they added a 'plush cookie' to the Cookie Monster HasbLab project but I don't think that'll move the needle enough for him to make it to 3000.

edit: **today they announced Unicron has a removable head with an alternate 'damaged' faceplate you can use to replicate the end of the 1986 movie.

Any idea how quickly these sell out? Are they like the 30-45 second sell-out NECA exclusives?

For the most part they have been "blink and you miss it" fast sell-outs for the 3.75" and then the 6" stuff seems to vary by Character.  The Kylo set a few years ago lingered, but recent stuff went fast.  I imagine the Luke set and Fett will disappear QUICK.

The 6" Sith Trooper may last a bit longer simply because the cheaper basic box version is supposed to hit Pulse a few days prior so that may ease demand a bit, as well as the fact the figure will be released again in October.

Is there a specific time these are going on sale tomorrow?

Star Wars items are not on sale until September.  No official word on time yet.  This year they are making more of an effort to spread things out to try to reduce the traffic.

Pulse Premium Early Access Dates for SDCC stuff -
8/15 - My Little Pony
8/15 - Disney Princess
8/15 - Trolls
8/15 - Ugly Dolls
8/20 - Overwatch
8/27 - Power Rangers
8/29 - Marvel
9/03 - Transformers
9/09 - SDCC-box Black Series 6" Sith Trooper, 6" Kenner Fett, 3.75" Jedi Destiny Luke 3-Pack

(also, the Basic-box Black Series 6" Sith Trooper goes up for order on 9/04).

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