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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 2017 HASCON 6" Captain Rex
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:14 AM »
Got mine.  Although HTS didn't seem to want to work in conjunction with PayPal this morning, so it took a couple of tries to get the order through.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 18, 2017, 06:51 PM »
To me this reads like TRU is trying to restructure their debt in order to survive.  The key seems to be how long will it be until the hedge funds that own the company just don't see it as profitable anymore.

Clearly, the TRU the business model needs some work.  From our standpoint as Star Wars collectors, we're reasonably hip to which retailers consistently have the hot hand and manage their inventory well.  I keep coming back to Target and the way that chain manages its inventory.  Why are other chains, TRU included, not following suit?  It's time to invest in some big data and get that inventory moving.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 2
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:39 PM »
This wave appears to be in stock at Amazon for retail ($19.99 - $21.99) at this time.  The last time I saw them in stock they went pretty fast.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:34 PM »
Check out the news from Business Insider.

Toys R Us could file for bankruptcy this week

by Dennis Green
 The toy retailer Toys R Us may be on the brink of filing for bankruptcy.

It's one of several options the chain is considering to pay down $5 billion in debt it owes as a result of a leveraged buyout in 2005, according to The Wall Street Journal.

And a filing could come as soon as this week, according to a new report from CNBC's Lauren Hirsch.

The chain's trio of owners the private-equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital Partners and the real-estate investment trust Vornado Realty Trust bought the company in a deal worth $6.6 billion, taking it private.

CNBC previously reported that the chain had hired the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and that it was exploring options to take care of its debt and working with its creditors to stave off filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Chapter 11 protection would allow the company to restructure $400 million in debt due in 2018 then renegotiate the rest, according to CNBC.

The debt crisis looms at a critical time for the toy seller. Toys R Us last year made 40% of its sales in the fourth quarter, thanks to holiday shopping. Vendors are feeling increasingly anxious about the chain's ability to pay down its debts, according to the reports, which could lead to a shortage of toys to stock its shelves and further exacerbate the issue.

Toys R Us has also struggled as it increasingly competes with online retailers in its two main businesses: baby goods and toys.

A Toys R Us representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

We lost Harry Dean Stanton, aged 91. 

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:19 PM »
R2-D2 might actually have some story significance moving forward.  Bail Organa had C-3PO's memory wiped at the end of ROTS, but not R2-D2.  Is it possible that Luke might have been able to access some of R2's memory files following ROTJ?  Because that might have enabled him to learn more about his parents and the Jedi Order.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 15, 2017, 12:57 PM »
I think back to him obnoxiously taking credit for the Vintage Collection returning in 2018.  As if all of his whinging and complaining were solely responsible for swaying Hasbro's decision making process to bring the line back.  It's that over the top bull**** that makes him unbearable purely in the realm of collecting. 

But when you add in all of the politics and his own personal issues that get trudged up in the followup to his articles?  Calling the comments section at JTA a dumpster fire would be an insult to dumpster fires everywhere.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:25 AM »
I could see the Yoda being either an Episode 2 or Episode 3 version. 

But the R2-D2 is another thing entirely.  From a story standpoint it seems odd to have R2 doing that again in the Sequels when the flying feature had not been seen since ROTS.  But I guess we have to wait until December to know more.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:34 PM »
Based on the artwork and the jets, you have to think this is an AOTC R2-D2.  The same goes for the new Yoda.  I got the sense that it's an AOTC Yoda purely based on the stance and the lightsaber.  That seemed like it was straight out of Episode II.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:21 PM »
At some point he's going to be seen as more of a liability than an asset.  Seeing how his rhetoric is in direct conflict with what Lucasfilm wants to do when it comes to developing new entertainment and characters?  I don't see him winning that argument.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:38 PM »
I would have been more forgiving if he had said, I've participated in this in the past and I regret it. He didn't do that. He started calling people liars and his usual shtick. I know not everyone pays attention and like Rob said, it's great just to have this little corner of fandom that's quiet and considered, but some days it feels like this bro flake stuff is pushing us into a corner. This is our hobby. It's big, diverse, fun and it's about toys. It's not about anybody's political stances or personal insecurities.

If you want your tweet to get a little more attention?  Copy @kelsey_wojdyla from Litzky PR.  They handle Hasbro's public relations.

Enough is enough.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:12 PM »
You are blessed.

I wouldn't have known about anything today if not for Twitter. In a nutshell, Paul Harrison posted a lengthy post asking people not to post derogatory comments - like the ones he routinely does. It's laudable, except he is the primary instigator in the toxic atmosphere at that site. It's his brand. So people came with receipts and he's getting called out for his hypocrisy.

You pointing out his Jyn Erso comments was a perfect illustration of his twisted double standards.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:21 PM »
Merchandising is no doubt a consideration for Disney/Lucasfilm at the corporate level since they receive royalties from all of their licensees.  But I don't think it steers the decision making process regarding film releases.  A theatrical release will gross the studio over $1 billion in ticket sales these days.  That's much bigger money than the merchandise will ever yield. 

We've seen product/figure lines that didn't necessarily line up with their entertainment releases...  The Force Unleashed anyone?  But I fully expect any new movie product to be linked with the release of that movie.  In the case of the Han Solo movie?  You're probably not going to be getting a figure of that Paul Bettany character any time soon, since he just replaced Michael K Williams in reshoots.

As for Episode IX?  I'm glad to see that they have a writer like Chris Terrio on board.  Argo was really good, and frankly a significant challenge to adapt into a feature film.  The process of adapting a true story for film can sometimes be even tougher than a work of fiction.  Especially when you think about the crazy circumstances surrounding the story of those Americans that hid out in the Canadian ambassadors house.  And when you also take into account that Terrio had to write for actors like Alan Arkin and John Goodman?  This guy can write for good performers.  So I am very interested to see how Terrio might exert some influence on E9.

I found this today thanks to Brickseek.  It's strange, I had not seen a single one of the Executioner Stormtroopers at numerous Target stores.  But this one today had over a dozen of the Executioners... just no other TLJ 6" TBS figures.

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: September 14, 2017, 07:54 PM »
Bumping this as it, um, became relevant again today. Glad to see some folks pointing out JTA's hypocrisy and disgusting rhetoric on Twitter. You reap what you sow.

It's astonishing that this guy refuses to acknowledge his role in bringing the level of discourse in the hobby down to such a vile level.

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