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Was any more said about these at Toy Fair?

No.  There were some rumors that some overseas retailers have them on their product lists but no one has started taking any pre-orders or anything yet.

There was an unidentified R2-D2 on the shelf with the other TVC figures.

That is VC149 R2-D2 that they announced at 2018 MCM Comic-Con London.  Pretty basic R2 for the Vintage Collection $13 price tag sadly.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 6" Line
« on: February 22, 2019, 05:12 PM »
Wait what?  Hoth soldier is a troop builder and possibly one of the greatest figure designs ever.

Just an FYI - when tabulating the votes, they were split across two separate types of Hoth Dude - Hoth vs Echo Base. 

#2 - Hoth Rebel Soldier/Trooper = this guy:

#21 - Echo Base Rebel Soldier/Trooper = this guy:

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 22, 2019, 03:40 PM »
Are these exclusive to Target?

Yes, according to press release info, exclusive to Target -

(HASBRO/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2019)
Available exclusively at Target

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: February 22, 2019, 01:08 PM »
Starting to get a little worried about this wave.  I pre-ordered from EE but missed out getting my order filled in the first batch of cases they got in. 

Noticed today that the EE listing has been moved to "Sold Out".  Hope they are still expecting more to cover existing pre-orders.  It's been a long, long time since I had EE fail me on a pre-order - over ten years at least.  :-\

edit: of course, after I post this,  the listing was changed again to "Pre-Sold Out: Coming in March 2019" instead of the ominous Sold Out listing.  That helps my hope I'll get this order filled sometime soon at least.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: February 22, 2019, 01:05 PM »
Never received any shipping notice/updates though.

Weird.  I got a order confirmation email, a shipment notice email, and an "out for delivery" email from Hasbro Pulse.

Of course, my package has been "out for delivery" for three days now thanks to snow-related FedEx delays up here.  Hope to get my package finally today though!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Kenner Retro Collection
« on: February 22, 2019, 01:03 PM »
I get they arenít for everyone, and thatís fine, but I guess they donít bother me too much.

I agree, Brian. There will be some people put off by these, but they are so different I can't really see them impacting the 'real' Kenner market for carded figures.  They are a nice alternative for Kenner fans who can't drop $1000+ on a original 12-back.

The figures themselves will probably have enough differences to tell them from the originals, but there will be jerks out there who lie and try to sell them as mint Kenner figures.  Big deal.  Those guys are out there right now lying about repro weapons being real or pawning the 1995 re-do figures off as 'originals'.  It sucks, but that kind of stuff has always been a risk to Kenner collectors.

This line would be much more interesting to me if they were all like Tarkin (like adding new Kenner versions of Sandtrooper, Stormtrooper Han, Rebel Fleet Trooper, etc).  We'll see if that happens or if this is just a one-time thing I guess.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 6" Line
« on: February 22, 2019, 10:40 AM »
As the different sites Top 10 lists wrap up, what is the format for consolidating and conducting a final vote? I'm hazy on how this worked in the past.

You are probably hazy on it since they haven't really publicly commented on how they consolidate the results (which is why many people out there believe the last few polls were rigged to add extra female characters or Disney characters to the final round of votes).

For this particular poll, each site was directed to send Hasbro their top ten results by 10am ET today.  The results from all participating sites will be consolidated and then a second round of voting will take place beginning Monday, 2/25, at the new Hasbro Pulse website featuring the overall top 10 figures.  Look for more details soon.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the forum and email votes have been tallied and here are the Top Ten characters selected by the readers of JediDefender:

1. Lobot
2. Hoth Rebel Trooper
3. 2-1B (Medical Droid)
4. Ugnaught(s)
5. Princess Leia (Bespin Gown)
6. FX-7 (Medical Droid)
7. Willrow Hood
8. Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training)
9. Bespin Security Guard
10. Han Solo (Carbon Freeze Chamber)

Our top ten results were submitted to Hasbro this morning.  The second round of voting will begin on Monday, February 25th, at Hasbro Pulse.  Look for more details soon!

As an FYI, here were 11-20:
11. Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot)
12. Cloud Car Pilot
13. C-3PO (Removable Limbs w/Net)
14. Luke Skywalker (Snowspeeder Pilot)
15. Admiral Kendal Ozzel
16. General Carlist Rieekan
17. Imperial Probe Droid
18. Major Bren Derlin
19. Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel Aftermath/Damage)
20. Snowtrooper Commander

I'm only voting for things I'd buy...

1. Willrow Hood
2. Han Solo (Carbonite Chamber)
3. Han Solo (Echo Base)

The Rise of Skywalker 3.75" / Re: Triple Force Friday - October 4th
« on: February 21, 2019, 10:07 AM »
My days of doing a midnight madness event are long gone.

Same here.  The last few Force Friday releases, I ordered some stuff online (like a case of basic figures) or just waited for clearance on others.  Hard to get amped up to pay $30-50 for vehicles that will be 50% off on Amazon by Christmas time.   I think for TLJ I got the A-Wing for $20 like a month after release and the Canto Police thingy for like $12 a couple months later.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2019 - 6" Line
« on: February 21, 2019, 10:03 AM »
Voting in the ESB 6" poll ends tonight at 11:59pm ET - get your votes in if you haven't already!,24906.0.html

The Vintage Collection / Re: Changes Coming to
« on: February 20, 2019, 12:28 PM »
Did anyone get clarity at Toy Fair on what is really new with Pulse?

It is supposed to have more of a "collector" flair now so the stock will trend older or more collector focused (no more kiddy games or fur real pets or toddler toys or whatever).  Also  pre-orders for collector items, which HTS never really did.  Rumors of some exclusive or direct-to-consumer items/lines (GI Joe rumors).  And of course the subscription service when that is finally announced officially. 

Didn't everyone else get this email?

For some reason this update isn't on the Web site.

1. For some reason, not everyone gets the HasLab Insider emails.  I've gotten all 6, but some folks I know haven't gotten any of them.  No one is quite sure why...

2. It usually takes them a day or two to get the HasLab site updated with the newest email info.

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