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The Legacy Collection / Re: Fan's Choice Returns
« on: July 13, 2006, 03:01 PM »
Ok, my bad, I meant 1996 ;)

1996?  That was Kenner IIRC.  We've got a whole new regime in place now.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Fan's Choice Returns
« on: July 13, 2006, 02:51 PM »
Not sure if this has been said yet, but everyone thinks that EU won't sell because SOTE didn't sell. Well, this year we got 2 EU figures. One of them was probably the hardest to find figure out of the entire TSC, and the other was stil pretty rare. Some people have been saying at other forums how they are just now finding Foul Moudama!

So don't base how well 2007 EU will sell compared to how 1998 EU sold, because everything back then didn't sell well.

Agreed.  The sales have been good on EU items in the past 3 years.  I see a lot of very selective memory at work regarding Hasbro and the EU in this thread.  There's a lot of mention of SOTE but not so much mention of the POTF2 EU line.  I know there are a number of members of this board that are still actively seeking Space Troopers and Dark Troopers from that line.

And what about Clone Wars?  Clone Wars was the biggest EU cross-promotional event that we've seen.  I don't recall seeing that much from the Clone Wars line pegwarming.  In fact, some of the Clone Wars pieces are among the hottest items on the secondary market.  Try getting the Clone Wars Command Gunship now.  Some of the only poor sellers in the line were just poorly designed toys, like the Destroyer Droid launcher and el bandito Yoda.  ;D  But everything else appears to have sold quite well.  Especially the core characters and the EU characters that were introduced through this line.  There's also the matter of Clone Wars supporting not one, but two different figure line.  Fans gobbled up both the movie and animated lines.

Also, add in the fact that Clone Wars has been successful with licensees other than Hasbro.  Gentle Giant has done especially well with Clone Wars, and one of the most sought after pieces that Gentle Giant has ever released is a Clone Wars Padme.

There are also bound to be offerings for both of the television projects that are slated.  More Expanded Universe from the mind of Uncle George.  Hasbro has already stated that they're looking at those projects, but naturally things are still in a state of flux because of the nature of the productions and their estimated release dates.

I think Clone Wars has proven that Hasbro can make the EU work within the whole of the Hasbro Star Wars line.  There's no doubt in my mind that the Star Wars line will continue to be anchored by the movies.  The movies are the foundation of all that is Star Wars.  But as time rolls on and we move further and further past the movies, there's going to be a greater need to call upon the EU to supplement the releases from the Saga.  And if you're not down with that, then vote with your dollars and don't buy the EU releases.

Carnor Jax was definitely a predictable piece to be paired with Kir Kanos.  I'm okay with it.  It already seemed that Hasbro was headed down this path when they made the bodies of the ROTS Royal Guards the way they did.  My only gripe with the Guards is that I think they should have included the force pikes as accessories, otherwise I think they're great figures.

Crimson Empire is definitely one of the better storylines to come out of Dark Horse.  This particular TPB held my attention more than some others.  I guess if we have anyone to blame for the difference in the armor of Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax, it's Dark Horse.  It's a little too ying/yang (or like that silly Star Trek episode) for my tastes, but whatever.  I don't think we're going to see a line populated with Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax reissues for years to come.  Rather, it's a one-off kind of deal and that's it.  And this particular product isn't even going to mass retail.  It's an online exclusive and that's it.  This one won't be the source of any pegwarming or shelfwarming.

As for the backlash against the EU?  That was bound to happen.  Some people are into it and others aren't.  Arguing back and forth about it gets us nowhere.  Either you're going to buy it or not.  But looking at the track record of the EU at retail does get as somewhere.  Sure, SOTE was a stinker.  I remember seeing Snoovas sitting around, and SOTE Slave I's.  It wasn't good.  But then there was also the EU line.  And how many people are still clamoring for Space Troopers and Dark Troopers to this day?  And then there's the biggest of all EU projects:  Clone Wars.  I think we can say with some degree of certainty that Clone Wars was a success.  Especially when you consider that the Basic Figure assortment barely had any army builders in the lineup, ie it wasn't driven by army builders.  The EU really is here to stay.  Clone Wars proved that the EU can work within the overall scope of the line. 

I have no doubt that the Star Wars line is still going to be anchored by characters from the movies.  But as we get more and more characters from the PT and OT made, there's going to be a need for new characters to fill out the line.  There's just a finite number of characters in the Saga.  I think that we're going to see more EU characters filtering their way into the line bit by bit.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 11, 2006, 04:08 PM »
It was a much smoother checkout process.  I think GG took many of the comments to heart about the online store, because this was a much better process than any of the exclusive sales they've ever conducted.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 11, 2006, 03:40 PM »
Thanks for the link Tom.  Got my order in and my confirmation email before I ever got the official email from GG.  Glad to know that I won't be out in the cold like with the BHS.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 11, 2006, 02:37 PM »
You must be joking.  No email here yet.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Saga Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 11, 2006, 02:07 PM »
I wonder why they've decided to go with the Aethersprite design with Kit Fisto.  Especially when you consider how big the Kit Fisto figures are and how cramped that particular cockpit design is.  I had trouble fitting the SAGA Obi-Wan pilot in that particular vehicle.  I wonder how difficult it's going to be to get Kit Fisto into this ship.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Fan's Choice Returns
« on: July 11, 2006, 01:16 PM »
Historically though, losers in the FC are made, I'd like to see the ranking 1-25 and see where the OT figures fell

Very true.  Many of the poll candidate who didn't win have been made.  Adam Pawlus did a good article about the Fan's Choice Poll history.  I've also got some analysis on the history of the poll HERE.

Scored another 4 this morning to bring me to a total of 9.  I think maybe 3 more and I'll stop.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Fan's Choice Returns
« on: July 11, 2006, 09:36 AM »
Glad to see the real news.  I just couldn't trust that piece of crap who posted in the TNI forums.

Vos is definitely a good choice.  He's really developed into a fan favorite through the Dark Horse comics.  So much so that he got mention in ROTS and was considered for an Order 66 killing.  I'm a little curious about the look Vos will have as a figure (Jedi robes or other costume).

Revan is a great choice as well.  KOTOR is such a huge game, and it makes sense for the main character to get the support of video game fans.  The sticking point of course is that as the main character, you can design Revan's look.  And with KOTOR, you can make Revan male or female, and there are about a dozen likenesses you can choose for Revan after you choose your player character's gender.  In that respect it makes sense for Hasbro to go with Revan's Sith look since it's the only consistent look for Revan over the course of the game.  

It's actually because of the flexible nature of Revan as a character that led me to vote for another KOTOR character....Darth Malak.  But overall I think this is a big victory for the EU.  It just seems that there aren't any PT or OT characters that fan's could really get behind uniformly, so they tossed their support behind EU characters.  And with the announcement of these figures, I hope that there could be a subline of KOTOR figures coming in the near future.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 11, 2006, 12:23 AM »
I think that GG might offer some excess to the collector's club after the event, but it might be a similar situation to the BHS again.  10 minutes and they're all gone.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 11, 2006, 12:16 AM »
Are you going to SDCC?  I was under the impression you had to be there to pick up the bust if you preorder?  Did I miss something here?

Yeah, I'm going.  I've been planning on it for months, actually.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: July 10, 2006, 11:37 PM »
They must be joking.  Ugghhhh.  Hopefully Dustin has his own brain, and not Phil's hand lodged up his poopchute.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: July 10, 2006, 11:36 PM »
Well, that all depends on how smoothly this pre-order goes for the Shocktrooper.  I am going to be one tense collector when that pre-order goes up, especially after the whole BHS debacle.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Fan's Choice Returns
« on: July 10, 2006, 11:30 PM »
Nicklab, go away.

Vos is boss.


Famine, bite me.


Seriously, I think Vos could be the winner.  But I know the guy who posted that info over at TNI.  He is the lowest form of life in this area.  He has lied to me and a lot of people I know.  I see him out whenever I make a toy run, and he hoards HTF figures of all lines and sells them on ePay.  So when I say that the guy lacks credibility, I know precisely what I'm talking about.  Could he be telling the truth this time?   Possibly.  But he's cried wolf too many times in the past ever to be trusted again.

I've seen lots more people saying they voted for Bastilla or Malak than they voted for Revan.  That is what smells overly fishy about the whole thing.  I believe Vos won, I really do and its a figure I can throw in the Mos Espa scene or something. 

I think we (the Star Wars collecting message board community) are totally discounting the rest of Star Wars fandom here.  KOTOR is not just one of the biggest Star Wars games ever, it's one of the most popular titles for video games in the past few years, period!  Factor in those video game fans.  Because when you do, those numbers dwarf the regulars who are posting in SW collecting boards.

A lot of ToyFare's readership is from that video game audience.  And a lot of the ToyFare readers are also general toy collectors.  I can see a fan of KOTOR going either for Malak or Revan.  Bastila turned into an ancillary character after a point.

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