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Persistence pays off!  I checked back at the store where I pre-ordered the Inferno Squadron Agent today.  Didn't get a phone call.  But wouldn't you know they would find a box full of them in the back?

I like the guy who runs this store.  But this is the second time that I've found stuff I've pre-ordered in the store WHERE I PLACED THE ORDER and never got a call. 


If they need to milk existing molds

There is no 'if'.  Milking existing molds to kick off a 3.75" SA line is the new norm.
  • 2015 - full case of repacks (Chewbacca, Vader, ROTJ Luke) before we got to the new TFA figures
  • 2016 - full case of repacks (Ackbar, Ahsoka, Lando, ERG) before we got to Rogue One stuff
  • 2017 - full case of repacks (Ponda, ProtoFett, Sandtrooper, Tusken) before getting to the TLJ figures
  • 2018 is probably gonna be the same...
The repacks are mixed for me. I'm not a carded collector anymore, so they do nothing for me for the most part.  I'm sure there are plenty of TVC collectors out there who will re-buy them because of the card though.

It has become the collecting equivalent of Lucy pulling away the football before Charlie Brown can kick it.  You know she's going to do it, but maybe this time she won't.  Same thing with Hasbro.  They offer up these repacks saying "The new figures weren't ready for the line rollout" or "We couldn't reveal those characters yet", and the reissues "Are there to keep core characters in circulation" or to "Hold the peg space in the planogram until the new figures are ready".

To say it's frustrating is an incredible understatement.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Solo (SPOILERS)
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:21 PM »
I'm going to reserve judgement until I see the movie. 

Ron Howard got handed a pretty challenging project.  He wasn't in there from the pre-production phase, and had to pick up the pieces while the movie was already in principle photography.  And he's dealing with the backstory of one of the most beloved characters in the past 40 years of film, and we already know a good deal about Han Solo.

Where I have some optimism?  Ron Howard's ability to get you invested in the story of a character that you may already know something about.  People knew that NASA's Apollo 13 mission was a near disaster, but the crew got home safely.  Yet, Ron Howard was still able to get people emotionally invested in that story.  And when Cinderella Man came out?  That film came out in 2005, and the audience was fully capable of googling Jim Braddock and learning the details of his career as a professional boxer.  But through solid storytelling and some excellent actors, Ron Howard brought us an excellent film.

In some of the images that have been shared on social media, things look right.  And it seems like he's gotten into some of the lore.  It looks like we get more insight into Chewbacca's backstory.  I've seen hints of Kessel.  And now RH is even teasing the inclusion of Tag & Bink.  All of that plus an interesting cast have got me hopeful for this movie.

Plus, where will the Clint Howard cameo pop up?  Star Trek/Star Wars crossover?

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 Im playing the waiting game with the Centerpiece collection. $35 is significantly less than the $49.99 MSRP, but Id 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 6 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.

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