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Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:49 PM »
I pre-ordered one of everything, and I'm sure I'll still grab more when they hit TRU. The prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the 3-packs and Danger at the Docks. The packaging turned out nicely as well.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:47 PM »
Hopefully the Cantina Showdown is actually an assortment of 2 multipacks (4- or 5-packs), similar to the Geonosis and Pilot sets in years past. Maybe some boring humans, random aliens, Mos Eisly droids, and/or a Sandtrooper or two.

As for the Rancor set, since it is more expensive I'm hoping it is all straight repacks like the Endor set. More articulation is the only way they could improve the existing Rancor, and that might not be enough to get me to buy. Unless it's bigger of course... like AT-AT size.

At the very least I can see the paint sculpt being different on the At St. At least I hope. Would be nice to have different head sculpts on the Imperial Officer and At-St driver as well.

I feel very much the opposite regarding the head sculpts on the AT-ST Driver and Imperial Officer.  I would much rather see new head sculpts on these figures if they were being offered as carded basic figures, not part of a large exclusive pack that already has numerous repacks.  And let's not forget that this is probably going to retail for somewhere between $60 and $80.

Agreed on the head sculpts. Some new heads, repainted Ewoks and AT-ST, and "battle damage" deco on the stormtrooper would have made this set extremely tempting. As-is I might consider purchasing a set on deep discount just to expand my armies.

Also, did anyone else notice the incredibly weird Leia and Han portraits in the bottom corner?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 23, 2014, 02:23 PM »
I think there is a fair balance of real/prosthetic and CG aliens in the prequels. None of the CG aliens really take me out of the movie. The most "offensive" use of CG in the prequels were the clone troopers, especially in the scenes where Commander Cody had the helmet removed.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:29 PM »
So awesome. I totally imagine that alien going to sell his offspring to some vendor, since young bird-looking alien is probably a delicacy at Chalmunn's Legends cantina.  ;D

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:26 PM »
I wish the Five Belows near me were stocking the Ultimate Wave. Only the Night Viper wave hit down south, and there haven't been any restocks for a few weeks now.

Jesse, if you want a Lade Jaye and/or Colton LMK. I might be interested in trading for some Ultimate Wave figures if you can get them.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Cancelled The Clone Wars Toys :(
« on: May 19, 2014, 08:11 PM »
I don't think the 5POA Clone Wars characters are tweaked sculpts, only because all of the other figures in the Saga Legends/Mission Series line have been entirely new. Even Boba Fett and Vader, which had less articulated figures released in 2012, didn't share any sculpting with those earlier releases. I suppose this is an instance where creating an entirely new sculpt is cheaper than retooling/tweaking an old sculpt.

Which makes zero sense of course, because things like this also happened last year:

Personally I will only buy factory-made toys. No resin figure kits or 3D printed dioramas for me. Factory-made toys are just what I have grown accustomed to so that is what I stick with. I don't want to worry about being gentle and delicate with more fragile pieces, otherwise I'd probably go for statues and high-end figures instead.

As for the success of the Marauder figures, I think a lot of that had to do with capturing what makes GI Joe appealing (detailed, highly articulated modern-military with a hint of Sci-Fi) while adding in the fresh modular aspect. The figures look close enough to Joes to fit right in with existing collections. The modular aspect is a cool looking feature that should appeal to troop builders, customizers, and people who always wanted to customize but don't have the time and/or skill (like me!). I certainly hope the figures perform well for Marauder once they start selling them thru there online store, and perhaps well enough to warrant real carded packaging and sales thru other retailers.

The figure looks okay. I like the vintage vibe it gives off. Hopefully the final product comes with an alternate prequel head and robe, or a hover chair, or some force effect stuff. If not $20 will be rather steep for the little guy.

Looks like this Jabba will be $65 (compared to $40 for the regular version). 

$65 is reasonable, though why they couldn't at least squeeze Salacious into the mass retail version is beyond me. I imagine the Dais would have added at least another $40 to the cost, if not more.

last year's HAN SOLO in Carbonite (no longer available).

Thanks for rubbing it in 'bro. 

Honestly this is about what I expected for this exclusive. I was thinking that an actual throne piece would cost way too much money, especially since the 4-inch scale set was priced around $40 back in 2010. Overall this is a neat set, and it would make a nice companion piece for those who have the Fett set. For the rest of us maybe a mail away set with the pipe/railing, Salacious, and Hansicle will come down the road.

It is going to become very difficult to determine which figures are repaints or repacks as well as which releases to purchase to only end up with one of each figure. I know I'll be tracking down Plo Koon, Bossk, and IG-88 for sure.

It looks like a solid line-up for Rebels this fall. At least 16 different figures (assuming the Mission Series/SL Stormtroopers are the same) between the 2-packs and Legends. There are also potential crossover characters, like TIE Pilots or the Royal guards. While I am not overly fond of the 5POA, the pricing is fair for the quality so I'm sure I'll pick up some figures.

The Marauder Kickstarter ended with a bit over $244000 from around 1200 backers. Crazy how such a small market was willing to shell out so much.

Did you see the mobile base-lookign vehicle with extending wall pieces? It isn't up for pre-order yet, but I'm screwed whenever that happens. 

This thing:

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