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My point about "killing the 3.75" line" was really about the marketing.  Sure, there are the animated shorts.  Those are interesting.  But the merchandising and marketing of this line is NOT well done. 

There has barely been any advertising.  I've only seen these at WalMart.  Has anyone seen them at another retailer?  I've heard about them being put into bins, seen them pushed to the back of shelves, and the product isn't that visible in the packaging.  The only thing that gives me some hope regarding the future of this line (and 5POA 3.75" figures) is the fact that they retooled Force Link figures to release them in this line without the chips.

I stopped by the local Walmart store this morning and noticed something.  They had wave 1 of the Galaxy of Adventure line in stock.  Not in any significant quantity, but they were there.  The most notable thing I took from seeing these?  The Galaxy of Adventure line looks like a COMPLETE AFTERTHOUGHT.  The tubes were shoved all the way to the back of the shelf and were not a point of focus at all.  It's almost as if Hasbro offered these purely for the purpose of killing the 3.75" action figure line.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:32 PM »
Have you guys not seen my time-lapse video? The link is in my signature.

It's my 1000 trooper Imperial Battalion.

At 1000 Stormtroopers, I think that qualifies as a Legion!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: January 14, 2019, 06:52 PM »
I think the only real benefit to doing Skiff Guard Lando would be the new facial printing technique and the cardback.  Hasbro seemed just fine with reissuing the TBS 3.75" Leia in Boussh disguise to do the exact same thing... why not with Lando?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:01 PM »
I just read this:  Rumor Report: TVC Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)

And it's got me wondering what we're going to get.  Because the TVC Sandstorm Lando Calrissian was probably the best version of Lando in the Skiff guard disguise that we've ever gotten.  Is this just going to the Sandstorm version minus the goggles and poncho?

I decided to sell my originals of these characters and buy the Archive versions.  My set of 4 already arrived from Dorksidetoys yesterday.  I like the new paint apps better and I'm not so attached to the original releases that it was that big of a deal. 

I was kind of surprised by how quickly almost all of the originals sold, even though EVERYBODY seems to have known about the Archive releases.  Selling two of those more than covered the cost of the Archive wave.  And the only one I have left is Boba Fett, and it's kind of a surprise that he's the last man standing.

I've seen preorder listings at EE, BBTS and DorksideToys.  I will probably opt to buy Grievous at GameStop though, since shipping charges have driven up the cost of this figure through the fan channels.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Walmart Vintage Collection TIE Fighter
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:59 AM »
$79 but there have been some reports that some WalMart stores already had these on clearance.  I just ran a Brickseek search to see if I could find some discounted, but they're all full price in my area.

Star Wars Resistance / Re: Star Wars Resistance 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: January 9, 2019, 04:59 PM »
For real?  I picked up mine at Walmart 2 days before Christmas and there was no issue whatsoever.  This stuff just seems so arbitrary sometimes.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 10 Figures You Wish They Had Made
« on: January 8, 2019, 04:39 PM »
+1 on that version of Owen Lars. The comic 2-pack was for the Visionaries one-off.

Wow, I must have missed that (The holidays took their toll on me).  Glad to see my deductive reasoning may have nailed down the X-Wing.  Maybe Hasbro wants to save the Vader TIE for another year...

Getting the Skiff back into circulation is a great tie-in with the release of the Sail Barge.  I wonder if they're going to release it in POTF style packaging?

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Best of Black Series - 2018
« on: January 8, 2019, 11:33 AM »
I'm totally bored with clones.  Rex and Wolffe didn't need to be made.  I really hope there aren't any more in the pipeline.

Um, about that... . :-X

Yeah, I assumed Jayson's rumor list had a clone or two on there.  A total waste of plastic when there are so many better choices, but I get it that they just repaint and tweak the existing mold and run to the bank with piles of profit.  I just gotta start skipping more of these 6" figures.

I forgot to mention that Jaina Solo was pretty lame too.  It was a fine sculpt, and I kinda liked the black helmet, but for those that voted for her I really wish you didn't.  So many better choices still out there.

I actually went back to look at the candidates from that Fan's Choice Poll.  Here they are:

Mara Jade
Jaina Solo
Captain Rex
Darth Talon

...and now we've got three of those characters made.  As for Mara Jade, Starkiller and Darth Talon?  I guess they've got as good a shot as any other Legends characters.  Given the response to the TBS Darth Revan figure, I think Starkiller might be the standout of the three since video game characters might reach a bit larger of an audience.

I saw this Yakface Rumor Report about some new TVC vehicles.

3 x TVC vehicles in the 2019 line.  Two are from the Original Trilogy and one is from Episode IX.  I was somewhat struck by the omission of the word NEW from the posting.  My guesses?

Darth Vader TIE Fighter - Hasbro has been kind of recycling the POTF2 Vader TIE for some time.  And considering how Hasbro has been systematically working their way through updating the various TIE Fighters with better paint apps, more detailed cockpits and ejector seats, the Vader TIE seems to be next in line for an update.

For the other vehicle?  I think there are a few possibilities.
A-Wing - The A-Wing seems to be more in circulation lately.  An updated version was in The Last Jedi and there was a prototype version on Rebels.  An OT version hasn't been offered since about 2008.  And it has never been offered in The Vintage Collection packaging.  If Hasbro wants to circle back and finally release the A-Wing pilot that was originally slated for release around 2013 or 2014, they could certainly pair that figure up with this release.
Y-Wing - We've gotten a number of Y-Wings over the years, but by and large they have all been based on the vintage Kenner toy.  I would personally like to see this happen.  And a new version *MIGHT* be in order, but I'm not holding my breath since there was one released in the TVC line around 2011.
Luke Skywalker's Red 5 X-Wing - This might be what we get.  And it's basically because there has not been a Luke Skywalker X-Wing in circulation since 2006.  That version was from TESB.  The TVC Red 3 version (Biggs Darklighter) was the most recent incarnation and that got released in 2013.  This one had the targeting computer and is the most up to date OT X-wing.  And there has never been a Luke Skywalker X-Wing in the TVC line.  Considering those factors?  I think this is one of the most likely OT possibilities.

This is incredibly open ended since we really haven't seen much except from Episode IX so far.  My guess here?  Maybe Poe has a new ship since his Black Leader T-70 X-Wing was taken out by Kylo Ren when he blew up the hangar on the Raddus in TLJ.  An upgraded X-Wing might be a possibility since the Resistance was flying T-70's, but the New Republic was flying T-75's.  The other option that might be a possibility is if Rey gets a ship of her own.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: January 8, 2019, 10:44 AM »
I'm gonna guess Commander Kagi/Shocktrooper

IIRC Commander Kagi was a pilot.  And we got a Shocktrooper in that Order 66 4-pack.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: January 8, 2019, 08:40 AM »
There's a lot to go on there, but plenty of ways for it to get interpreted.

ROTS Clone:  There are plenty that fit the bill.  I'm kind of wondering if the pilot hint could also apply here, but I don't think it does (who really wants a 6" TBS Clone Pilot Oddball?)  The Clone troopers that come to mind after that would be...
-212th Airborne Trooper
-Galactic Marine
-41st Elite Trooper (Kashyyyk troopers)
-Clone Commander Bly
-Clone Commander Bacara
-Clone Commander Neyo

Given what has been made before?  I would lean towards the Kashyyyk trooper, which could be paired with the previously released Commander Gree.  After that, maybe the Clone Airborne Trooper since Cody and a 212th Clone have also been released, as has ROTS Obi-Wan and Grievous is on the way, too.  Hasbro seems to like releasing some of these figures along the lines of a theme and those tend to work.  As for the Commanders like Bacara, Bly or Neyo?  They're interesting as Clones go, but none of the related Jedi or Clone Troopers have been released yet.  But then Hasbro could go and surprise us and start releasing PT Jedi since they've exhausted a lot of OT characters.

As for the others?  I think there's only a few options.  Luke is probably either the Yavin ceremony version or a Dagobah training figure.  Again, with a theme in mind?  I'm leaning towards a Dagobah training Luke.  Especially since Hasbro will be re-releasing Yoda in the Black Series Archive.  Getting that figure back in circulation around the same time as a Dagobah Luke release makes some sense.

And then there's a pilot.  Notably a Rebel from ANH.  In that case I think it's probably either Wedge Antilles or Biggs Darklighter.  Those seem like the most obvious choices that aren't Luke. 

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