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Hasbro PR dump - sounds like October for this one...



STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH OBI-WAN KENOBI (Force Ghost) FIGURE
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2017)
Even after his untimely demise, OBI-WAN KENOBI remains a mentor to those strong with the Force. This 6-inch scale THE BLACK SERIES figure features articulated movement and is based on the Force Ghost as seen in the films. Available exclusively at Walgreens.

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Hasbro PR dump -



STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH ADMIRAL ACKBAR & FIRST ORDER OFFICER FIGURE 2-PACK
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2017)
Choose a side in the Galactic Civil War! Fight for the Resistance as ADMIRAL ACKBAR or defend the Dark Side with FIRST ORDER OFFICER. Each 6-inch scale THE BLACK SERIES figure features extensive articulation and movie-accurate detail. Includes two figures and two accessories. Available exclusively at Toys R Us.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Rey with Crait Base
« on: September 7, 2017, 10:42 AM »
Interesting that the "with base" figures seem to have upgraded soft goods, premium detail, and die-cast accessories this time around... which is why they are $35. 

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Hasbro PR info dump -



STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH REY on Crait
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Fall 2017)
Imagine training in the art of the Jedi with this elite set from THE BLACK SERIES! The 6-inch scale REY (Jedi Training) figure is carefully detailed to look like the young hero from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI with impressive detail, multiple points of articulation, and premium fabric costuming. Comes with a Crait stand inspired by one of the locations in the film, allowing collectors to easily recreate their favorite STAR WARS moments. Includes figure, stand, and four accessories. Available exclusively at Toys R Us.

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Hasbro PR info - exclusive to Target:



STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES 6-INCH LUKE SKYWALKER (Jedi Master) on Ahch-To Island
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Fall 2017)
This 6-inch scale figure is carefully detailed to look like the Jedi Master from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI featuring impressive detail, multiple points of articulation, and premium fabric costuming. Comes with an Ahch-To Island base inspired by one of the locations in the film, allowing collectors to easily recreate their favorite STAR WARS moments. Includes figure, stand, and two accessories. Available exclusively at Target.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / 6" Black Series The Last Jedi Wave 3
« on: September 7, 2017, 10:26 AM »
Work has been killing me the past week, so I've been trying to play catch up on stuff all week...  anyway, here are pics of upcoming 6" figures that haven't been officially announced for a wave yet - Resistance Tech Rose, basic release Supreme Leader Snoke, and Jaina Solo (Legends):



* post edited to add Jaina Solo pics - Jeff

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 6, 2017, 12:32 PM »
I think it has to do with vision (we've heard it several times now) and maybe the reality these directors face vs. what was offered to them. At the outset, a lot was made of we want to make creative, boundary stretching SW films (mainly in the anthology series). A lot of new, hot directors got soaked up into the hype and the machine and then they started making these movies, and some found out, uh oh, there's shareholders. There's box office goals. There's a type of film that's expected as opposed to what was possible, and perhaps - who knows - that has led to some friction at all levels.

It's not just Star Wars, Marvel has had their share of lost directors too.  Edgar Wright got booted from Ant-Man, Whedon left Avengers Infinity War, Patti Jenkins left Thor, etc.  Film insiders were saying the same kind of things about Marvel's Kevin Feige that they are saying about KKennedy now.

Here was another good article from EW this summer about how the producers are the becoming the driving artistic forces for these Disney franchises and if directors can't work within those systems, they won't last long there.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ Force Link Gauntlet (aka CommTech 2.0?)
« on: September 5, 2017, 12:55 PM »
Has anyone been able to track down the $10 off coupon?  I tried looking at one grocery store and didn't see any Kellog's boxes that might have had one.

I was looking for this coupon too and couldn't find it at my local grocery store.

It sounds like it's only been found on select General Mills cereal boxes at Walmart so far...

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I saw something to the effect that there might be a November 1 street date on the TLJ 3.75" Black Series wave.

Yeah, the boxes are labelled with Nov 1st date (see below).  I can't believe Walmart/Hasbro is expecting stores to get these cases in now and then just sit on them in the back until November 1.  No wonder employees are just putting them out and not giving two Fs.   :-X


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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: September 2, 2017, 11:24 PM »
I noticed single pack Rey is angry faced and 2-pack Rey is neutral faced. Is that right? Different heads or well, eye brows?

Different heads and varied paint operations for her eyebrows. Took me a while to detect the differences in the head sculpt, the most obvious difference is the slightly smaller size of the 2-pack version, plus the way the hair falls around the shoulders is different.

Oh - and the two figures have different phrases via the Force Link device.

The basic carded figures are made in China and the 2-packs are made in Vietnam.  It sounds like the same digital sculpt was used in both places, but slight differences occur in the finished product because of the subtle difference in manufacturing sites.

Means you need them both if you're a completist! ;)

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LEGO / Re: 2017 New UCS Millennium Falcon
« on: September 2, 2017, 11:13 PM »
Haven't bought a LEGO set in some time... this is really, really tempting though.   :-\

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 2, 2017, 11:07 PM »
I'm very surprised that we have a Jyn Erso slotted in there and VERY curious as to what the figure is.

Rumor popped up a while back that a new Jyn with Death Star Tape accessory was coming... not sure on outfit as it was just a rumor.

The General Leia Organa figure is odd, especially considering that we are getting that other General/Princess Leia figure that is a one-off from the Disney Store/Hasbro Toy Shop. Here's hoping that this is the 3.75" version of the 6" figure of the same name.

Conflicting reports, but it sounds like that Ep8 General Leia is the same as the one coming in the Orange Wave 2 case.  Not sure why it got leaked early on by Disney and HTS unless they are just heading off the "WHERE'S LEIA" outrage by showing her already.  :-X

So does this mean, with the exception of multipacks and exclusives, the basic figure line is only going to have eight "new" figures between now and the end of the year?

I think those expected dates are due to spoiler concerns with that 2nd Luke and 2nd Rey in the Orange Wave 2 case.  I'm not going to post potential spoilers in here, but think of it like the way Disney avoided the "Resistance Rey with lightsaber" figure pre-TFA release date.   Teal Wave 2 should come earlier as some of Obi-Wan and Yoda have already hit ebay and Asia. 

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance A-Wing Fighter with Tallie
« on: September 2, 2017, 10:47 PM »
I got the AWing today at K-Mart for a whopping $0.00!  I had points I'd been sitting on the better part of this year, so time to cash in.  Plus like $12 was expiring anyway.  Got that and a Rathtar for freebie free.  Hooray me.

I thought K-Mart was bad for collectors?   :P

Glad to hear this is nice, I'll probably try to track one down this weekend some point...

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Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2017 Droid Factory TLJ BB-unit 4-Pack
« on: September 2, 2017, 10:33 PM »
Glad I didn't pick up that single carded BB-8 now. :P

Definitely going to buy this... sounds like BB-9E (whose on-set name was BB-H8  :D) is going to be fun...  between BBs and porgs, should be fun reading everyone hating on the cute factor of The Last Jedi!  ::)

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Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: R4-X2 and Y5-X2 Droid Factory 2 pack
« on: September 2, 2017, 10:27 PM »
Are these two from a film...

Yes.  Here's a hint - it's the film that is prominently featured on the packaging...  the one that just had all it's merchandise come out...  :-X

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