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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Scale Creature Assortment
« on: July 19, 2017, 03:59 PM »
Glad to see the return of creatures to the line.  And those Guavian Enforcers did need Bala Tik to round out the group.  But that figure also looks very much like it's 5 POA.  Perhaps the rumors of increased articulation have been exaggerated?

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We should all be able to make a better informed decision following the Hasbro panel on Friday.  If they don't reveal the first wave of 6" Black Series figures for the TLJ line, I'd be genuinely surprised.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:23 AM »



STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES X-34 LANDSPEEDER & LUKE SKYWALKER FIGURE - SDCC 2017 EXCLUSIVE - $89.99

Item will be available to order on 8/14/2017.
Limit of 2 per household. No phone orders will be accepted.



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from Star Wars The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.

Luke Skywalker was just a farm boy from Tatooine before beginning his training to become a Jedi. Though he would eventually sell his X-34 Landspeeder in order to buy passage aboard the Millennium Falcon, for much of Luke’s youth, this civilian vehicle was his only transport between his homestead and outposts such as Tosche Station and Anchorhead, as well as the Jundland Wastes, Dune Sea, and beyond.

Imagine Luke cruising across the barren deserts of Tatooine with this 6-inch scale X-34 Landspeeder and Luke Skywalker figure. Designed for ultimate collectability and display, the X-34 Landspeeder and figure feature movie-real design and detailing. The Luke Skywalker figure features multiple points of articulation, while the X-34 Landspeeder vehicle includes a clear stand for display. Collect all Star Wars The Black Series figures, vehicles, and more to expand and enhance any Star Wars collection!

Additional products each sold separately.

• Includes: figure, vehicle, stand, and 5 accessories.

• 6 -inch-scale, Star Wars The Black Series X-34 Landspeeder and Luke Skywalker figure
• Collector grade quality figure and vehicle with authentic, movie-accurate detail
• Includes 5 character-inspired accessories and artifacts
• Premium packaging and design
• Includes clear stand for display
• Expand and enhance Star Wars collection

• Figure scale: 6 inches










STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES GRAND ADMIRAL THRAWN - SDCC 2017 EXCLUSIVE - $49.99

Item will be available to order on 8/14/2017.
Limit of 2 per household. No phone orders will be accepted.



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.

This Star Wars The Black Series pack, featuring 1 6-inch-scale Grand Admiral Thrawn figure and 10 accessories inspired by the Grand Admiral’s personal collection of artifacts from across the galaxy, is designed for ultimate collectability and display. Featuring authentic, true-to-story detail across multiple points of articulation, the Star Wars The Black Series Grand Admiral Thrawn figure and accessories pay tribute to the iconic, blue-skinned mastermind Grand Admiral Thrawn and his many campaigns as the most cunning of the Emperor’s fleet officers.

Additional products sold separately.

• Includes: figure and 10 accessories.

• 6 -inch-scale, Star Wars The Black Series Grand Admiral Thrawn figure
• Collector grade quality figure with authentic, movie-accurate detail
• Includes 10 character-inspired accessories and artifacts
• Premium packaging and design
• Recreate adventures from Star Wars

• Figure scale: 6 inches










STAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES LUKE SKYWALKER (JEDI MASTER) & REY (JEDI TRAINING) -  SDCC 2017 EXCLUSIVE - $49.99



Item will be available to order on 8/14/2017.
Limit of 2 per household. No phone orders will be accepted.




PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.

A Tatooine farmboy. A Jakku scavenger. An unknown story. A path waiting to be discovered.

This Star Wars The Black Series pack, featuring 1 6-inch-scale Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) and 1 6-inch scale Rey (Jedi Training) figure is inspired by Rey’s quest to find the lost Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker. With multiple points of articulation and movie-inspired design, this Black Series 2-pack has been created for ultimate collectability and display. Featuring authentic, true-to-story detail, the Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) and Rey (Jedi Training) figures and accessories let fans and collectors alike imagine the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker challenging Rey’s expectations as he teaches her the ways of the Force.

Additional products sold separately.

Star Wars products are produced by Hasbro under license from Lucasfilm Ltd.
Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

•   6 -inch-scale, Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) and Rey (Jedi Training) figures
•   Collector grade quality figures with authentic, movie-accurate detail
•   Includes 3 character-inspired accessories
•   Premium packaging and design
•   Imagine Rey’s fateful encounter with the legendary Jedi Master, Luke Skywalker

Includes: 2 figures and 3 accessories.

Figure scale: 6 inches









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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 19, 2017, 09:55 AM »
Nice reveals on the exclusives this morning.  We already knew about Thrawn and the Landspeeder, but it's good to get some official imagery and pricing on those.  And I guess a solid segment of the collecting community will be wearing out the F5 button on their computers on August 14th!

I like the Rey & Luke set.  I suspect that Hasbro Hong Kong dropped the ball by releasing those images yesterday, but whatever.  As exciting as it is to see this set revealed, where is the bonus aspect for collectors?  Sure, the packaging looks nice.  But I haven't been into collecting specific packaging for a long time.  And as cool as it would be to get these two figures before Force Friday, I'm having a tough time justifying why I should pay $50 for these when I can probably get the two figures individually for less than $20 each.

As for Gree?  I know Gree will be available online starting tomorrow, and then in stores in the fall.  I don't know if it's generally worth the "Gotta have it now" mindset when these TRU exclusive figures tend to be so readily available in stores.  And considering that I routinely get rewards $$$ from TRU?  It's cause to not pay full retail for this exclusive, too.

I'm a bit more interested in seeing what else Hasbro will reveal at their panel.  It will probably be a small portion of the TLJ line, but I think that Hasbro will also be putting on a big press push starting mid-August through Force Friday.

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The set LOOKS nice, but it seems to be more about the packaging than anything else.  But I think I'm going to hold off on this one, too.  Per this morning's press release this set will be $49.99.  But I don't get the sense that there's anything in this package that won't be in the single releases of Rey and Luke come Force Friday.  And I suspect that there will probably be some sales happening at that time, too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:32 PM »
That's the prophecy from Maggy the Frog.  Maggy foretold that Cersei would marry the king.  She also accurately predicted how many children she would have, and that she would see them die.

Maggy also said "the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you."  Valonquar is High Valyrian for little brother.  Cersei is the oldest of all three remaining Lannister children.  So will Jaime do it?  Or perhaps Tyrion? 

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We had three last year:  Jyn Erso, Obi-Wan Kenobi with table & holo Leia, and the unmasked Kylo Ren. 

But the size alone of this year's offerings are significantly bigger.  The landspeeder with Luke is pretty big.  The whole Thrawn set is fairly large.  And this 2-pack?  Kind of big, too.  I think if you bought one of each at SDCC, the three sets would probably run you about $150.

The saving grace is that these sets are going to be available via HTS after SDCC.  And moreover, the landspeeder will see general release, but with different accessories for Luke.  And Rey, Luke and Thrawn are due out in the first wave of the TLJ 6" figures, but in basic packaging without all the exclusive accessories.

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Interesting!  And the packaging is very much in keeping with some things we've seen from the summer convention exclusives over the past year.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 18, 2017, 10:08 AM »
After her dealings with Ramsey Bolton, I think Sansa knows very well that the stakes are incredibly high.  Does she understand the true danger of the Army of the Dead and the White Walkers?  Probably not.  But she does know Cersei better than Jon does.  And she knows that Littlefinger wants either her, or to use her.  She definitely knows it better than Catelyn Stark ever did.  Can she be more clever than Littlefinger and find a way to take control of the forces of the Vale?  Maybe.  If she can find a way to properly manipulate young Robin Arryn.

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Considering how plentiful the TFA unmasked Kylo Ren is at retail, this new version may not go over that well.  But seeing how he's the central villain of TLJ, Hasbro just HAS to make him available.

Glad to see the Stormtrooper being carried forward.  I hope those Vaders don't linger, though.  And I'm glad to see that Thrawn will be available right away following the SDCC exclusive offering, albeit without all the swag.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: July 18, 2017, 09:32 AM »
With this coming season being the last for the REBELS series, I certainly hope there's a strong showing for the series in the line for this coming year.  The Hasbro panel is what, this coming Friday at SDCC?

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: July 18, 2017, 05:54 AM »
I don't know if 5POA is a done deal.  There are rumblings to the effect that there may be greater articulation in the TLJ 3.75" figure line, but we haven't seen any concrete indications of moving away from the 5POA model yet.  I personally hope the rumors are true, and there will be an increase in articulation.  Hell, even going to 2002 levels of articulation would be better than what we've got right now.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:41 PM »
The disagreement between Jon and Sansa in open court was really uncomfortable.  But the way that Sansa told off Littlefinger?  She's clearly learned how to play the game.

The scene with Arya and the Lannister men was curious.  For the entire length of the series she's had nothing but hatred for the Lannisters.  But having sat by the fire with these men (and the odd Ed Sheeran cameo), it seems that Arya's world view may be changing.  And it also seemed like she liked these Lannister foot soldiers so much that she didn't want to lie to them.  Only for them to find her claim that she was going to kill the Queen so outrageous that they all burst out laughing.  I'll give it to the showrunners, because I didn't see that scene playing out quite that way when she rode up to their camp.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:21 PM »
So it seems like Jorah Mormont thinks the Maesters of the Citadel can cure his grayscale?  I had to rewatch that scene between him and Sam to figure out who was in that cell. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 17, 2017, 12:28 PM »
So will we take to calling that opening sequence the Red Feast?  That scene was certainly satisfying from the standpoint of some righteous vengeance being dealt out.  But the "Previously on Game of Thrones" segment just before the cold open flashed back to Arya dispatching the late Lord Frey at the end of last season.  It let the audience in on what was happening, and that it was Arya disguised as Walder Frey from the get-go.  The only thing it really served to show is that Arya has been trained quite thoroughly as one of the Faceless Men, and that the Freys are no longer a house that has to be contended with.

Mostly?  This episode seemed like an exercise in plate setting, and getting things established.  But Euron Greyjoy trying to court Cersei?  LOL!  That's going to be strange at best, and even Cersei called out Euron when he came to court.  But will that storyline potentially involve Euron getting the Valyrian dragon horn, like in the books?  If that's the case it may develop into something interesting.

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