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I backed the Twelfth Parsec Ewok Village, though it wasn't an environment I really cared about.  Also their cantina alcoves... cool, but I no longer display them as they just don't "do it" for me.

As for this Space Base, I did not order and frankly am glad that I didn't.  It's just too obvious that it's 3D printed and looks a bit dingy with way too many rough edges.  I hate to say that, because I love the concept and applaud their efforts.  But... 3D printing is simply not cutting it yet for product like this.  I'm sure there are 3D printing avenues with this design that could look much smoother and better, but the pricing would be insane.  I am sure the guys who made these also agree that it didn't turn out to look as good as they had envisioned.  The end product looks more like a prototype, unfortunately.

That being said, I'm sticking with the following for stuff like this when I don't have the patience, time or talent to make what I want on my own...

http://galactictradingpost.com/
http://galactictradingpost.com/
http://empiretoyworks.com/index.php/about/


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No signs of the vintage stuff at the Target by my house today.

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The 6" line is it's own thing.  I got into it on the ground floor, and I think it's pretty apparent that this is the direction that Hasbro wants to take the collector focused line.  Either collectors will accept it or move on.  I also think that Hasbro saw the way the action figure segment of the business was moving towards 6" figures.  Look at so many other licenses, and the dominant scale was 6" figures.  I think bringing Star Wars to that scale drew in collectors who had more of an interest in 6" scale figures.  I think that's also what opened up retail opportunities like getting into chains like Gamestop.

I like what they've done with the figures, and I appreciate that Hasbro's approach with them was to present the best possible version of that character from a particular setting.  There's none of this gradual evolution of a character that we saw in the 3.75" figure line.  One example that really came to mind was when Hasbro rolled out the Saga line that supported the release of ATTACK OF THE CLONES.  There was this progression of Obi-Wan Kenobi figures that started out really lame.  And with every release they got a little bit better.  But they never got really good very fast.  Hasbro would get you to buy about 5 or 6 versions of Obi-Wan in AOTC before they finally got you a version that was pretty good.  But with the 6" Black Series?  There's been none of that noise.  There's ANH Han Solo, and that's it.  It may get repackaged a couple of times, but it's the same figure.

However, I think that the $20 price point has limited how wide of a net Hasbro can cast.  I don't think you're ever going to get the diversity of characters in the 6" figure line that we got from the 3.75" figure line.  If we get 6 x waves of 3 or 4 figures each?  Those action figure slots are just too limited to spend on a character like an Imperial Officer from TESB versus one from ANH versus another from ROTJ.

And on a similar front, I think that the days of offering up every obscure character from a setting like the Cantina or Jabba's Palace may be fleeting with the 3.75" figure line.  I just don't think Hasbro can pump out 60+ x 3.75" figures a year anymore, and the joke about "Cantina Alien #37" seems like it's just not in the cards anymore.  Especially with Disney pumping out a new movie every year, and the corresponding action figure line to support that theatrical release.  I think that will be directing Hasbro's focus.

Nailed it.

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I'm thinking the opposite. Are the toys cheap? Yes, but so are the prices, and I'm thinking $30 for a giant tank with a few army figures is going to be a better buy for parents than a $50 Star Wars vehicle or a non-existent $7 figure line

Agreed... and at all the Walmarts around here, the Kong toys are selling like crazy, and keep getting restocked.

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:30 PM »
Yeah that Han/Leia/Phasma wave hit the state of Missouri over the past 10 days in ridiculous numbers at certain Walmarts... too bad it wasn't evenly distributed several months ago like it should have been.  I hope Walmart's days as the sole provider of this line are numbered.

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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 22, 2016, 12:46 AM »
Fun going down memory lane with those playsets, thanks for sharing that Rob.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 2
« on: October 10, 2016, 04:23 PM »
I was able to get Jynn, Chirrut and Cassian from this wave couple days before Force Friday from a local connection...

Jynn is the best of the trio. Chirrut is decent, but Cassian is sub-par... at least from my perspective.  He should of at the very least had a removable hat.  Chirrut also would really benefit from articulation on his wrists.

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Rogue One / Re: 2016 New York Comic Con
« on: October 7, 2016, 01:21 PM »
I think it's a pretty good bet that the 5 POA Death Trooper Specialist will make it to retail before the WalMart exclusive version.  The same goes for the 5 POA Shoretrooper figure, whichever version it is.  I see that happening very deliberately.

I've also been wondering this:  is Admiral Raddus a conscious nod to Ibtisam from the Dark Horse ROGUE SQUADRON title?

Maybe he is... but looks like the movie is going to have some more of the species with gray/blue skin too... looks really cool to me. 

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Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 4, 2016, 01:14 AM »
I placed an order as well for 2 sets of the 3.75" walls on Friday.  Can't wait to get them!

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 3, 2016, 11:16 PM »
Well you were right, it is designed to pop off.  Mine really had a hard time popping out.  Maybe I just have a crummy one. 

Anyways, with the launcher off, this thing looks superb.  I'll probably pick up one more.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 3, 2016, 09:02 AM »
I picked one of these up yesterday.

I have to say, it looks really good but has a major problem for me... Hasbro added a big missile launcher to the side that is not removable... you can remove some screws from the side of the bike, but even then it looks like you'd have to actually break the plastic to get to the other set of screws that hold the launcher in place... so stupid...

You're talking about the Rebels animateds Imperial Speeder Bike right? That missile launcher is designed to be removed, it pops right off. Sounds like you got a problematic launcher.

It is?  Not from what I see.  I tried and if I pull it any harder, it's going to break.  Please show me a pic if you can of how it easily pops off.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: October 2, 2016, 01:10 PM »
I picked one of these up yesterday.

I have to say, it looks really good but has a major problem for me... Hasbro added a big missile launcher to the side that is not removable... you can remove some screws from the side of the bike, but even then it looks like you'd have to actually break the plastic to get to the other set of screws that hold the launcher in place... so stupid...

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Imperial AT-ACT Set
« on: October 2, 2016, 01:08 PM »
Early look on YouTube of the walker (and LOTS of other stuff, stick around for all of it):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwMc7FzLBr4

I'll say the walking feature is pretty cool. The Nerf thing is pretty cool. All that combined with the reviewer's enthusiasm really warmed me up to this thing. I would love to have one just to play with all the stuff and then put it away forever. That said, it's tiny and SO OVERPRICED as to be beyond belief. This is at best a $150 toy. $200 is stretching reason. If I can get it for below $200, I'll definitely consider it.

Yes, $150-$200 is my acceptable range for this thing as well.  I will pay in that ballpark price once it hits that low, which I assume it will.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One Class I Vehicle Sets
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:33 PM »
Well, I watched the guy at TRU pull one out of a case, alongside the Ezra and AT-RT repack.

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Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:32 PM »
I do expect more than a few "ripples in the Force" coming up too. Targets around here have showed zero signs of prepping so far, and I find it a little hard to believe they will all magically have their aisles reset by 8am tomorrow when the doors open with all the new stuff on display. Just like I find it hard to believe that at 12:01am every Walmart computer will update instantly to allow the proper ring-up, pricing and sale of the new stuff. I foresee many possible checkout line frustrations...

Does anyone know Target's plan?  Are they just going to put these on pegs in the normal aisle, or will they drop these on standees like they did for the refresh when the movie was released in April?  Last year my local Targets had stuff in both the toy aisle and in a "seasonal" aisle in the back dedicated to TFA product (clothing, toys, cereal, etc.).

Not sure on how much product, but some of the stores have a big cardboard AT-ACT that will be part of the endcap display... it's huge.

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