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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:41 PM »
I'm curious to see how it turns out. I like this kind of thing, so it sounds fun to me. Don't how exciting a Star Destroyer bridge is (I kind of turned the vintage one into a flying barge or something as a kid) but we'll see.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 28, 2017, 01:57 PM »
I appreciate the $$$ involved in realizing on the scale Jesse is talking about. Love the bells and whistles and Jeff is right this will be the highlight of a long, dry run for ships over the last few years now. Don't have a real issue with that. I'll end up buying it, as Jesse says, on sale, if I end up buying it at all. That's more to do with space/priorities than the price tag.

The lack of a figure and Hasbro not winning - Hasbro always wins. From day one, we've had to buy this set to get that figure or collect this wave to build that droid. 'Just different enough to make you mad,' as Adam Pawlus often says. Much of their multi-figure packs over the years, and vehicles, are built around a figure or two you can't get anywhere else. You don't have to buy it, and you can complain (I'm sure I have) but it's the game. So is waiting for this to hit clearance. The only difference is the market no longer pressures any of us to buy anything right now, outside I'd say of the 40th anniversary collection, and that's the exception.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 28, 2017, 11:15 AM »
The lack of a pack in figure is the real disappointment for me, especially as this is the sensible place to do the Tank Commander.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: July 26, 2017, 12:13 PM »
I'd be put out too if they killed one or more of the dragons, and the introduction of the crossbow was the first time in a long while in this series I felt any sense of dread about something. Killing one of the dragons is something I think the show might do to really ramp up the stakes going into the last season, since the dragons are critical to the defeat of the White Walkers. The series has divested itself of a few things from the books that seem significant; if I'm not mistaken (could be), the three riders theme is one of them.

As far as employing this thing against one of the dragons, what they need is for a dragon to get on the ground, which they have a tendency to do. I can imagine a scene now where Dany descends into King's Landing triumphant on Drogo, and BANG.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:10 PM »
Good Q&A. Definitely lines up with some of the other things they've said. Good to know the 5 POA line will continue unabated, a line I enjoy. Also seems to dispel the notion 5 POA will be maturing to 9 or 10 POA as has been floated elsewhere.

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC Rogue One Imperial Assault Tank
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:09 PM »
A little shocked at the price to be honest. I thought $50. This is a small vehicle comparatively. I know they're going all out, but for me personally, it's not something I'd run out and buy. A scale U-Wing, you bet, but apparently that would be $$$. Cost, space, competition for my money from other lines, most of them Hasbro - those are all considerations when it comes to stuff like this.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 05:23 PM »

One thing in another Hasbro property got me thinking:  the GI Joe Cobra Missile Base playset that they just re-offered as an exclusive.  So will the interest in a low-cost item like that change their thinking? 

This is a really good point. And I do think there has been a substantial shift in their approach. A lot of it I think is Steve Evans, who has been very vocal on wanting things that then come to pass in the next cycle - creatures, TVC, and perhaps next playsets. I think he's more a fan with a fondness for the classic play pattern than we've had in the lead spot for a while. Certainly since DePriest.

Evans also cited consumer feedback on the creatures and underlines the need for fan dialogue and conversation on TVC and elsewhere constantly. The marketplace is too scattered and cluttered to ignore the base you're trying to sell to, so this is a good sign.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 23, 2017, 03:47 PM »
Not sure where to put this, but JTA had a pretty good Q&A with Hasbro today. Very unusual for them. Almost like someone else was asking the questions.  ;) Anyways, the highlights for me:

Bistan and Fenn Rau probably in 2018 - at least they're coming.

Possible Greatest Hits type line for older 6 inch figs people missed, probably next year. Gray Hair Han still on tap.

Scarif stormtrooper not in TVC initially, but probably later. They chose Death Trooper over him.

Will probably see a 3.75 version of the 40th Anniversary 6 inch Vader, and a SA version of the 5 POA RO Stormtrooper. Given their reactions, I'd say these two are probably already in the works.

Jabba's Palace, Cantina and finishing the 92 were reasons they went back to vintage. Yakface / Sim Aloo seem to be a lock.

Cardboard playsets seems like it could return given the reaction to the question.

TVC $ - between 10 and 15, which means 12.99. 15 or so figures for the first year. Hopefully grow it. I feel this is super conservative, but interested to see other people's reactions. Given all the interests this line is serving, 15 feels small.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 22, 2017, 02:41 PM »
Darby, you're more optimistic than me.

I try to be. It's hard given the state of things and the general negativity in the hobby, but I figure, it's as fun as I want it to be. I think the early going will be very good for TVC. We're not seeing the whole picture and like Jeff says there are at least 5 figs from TLJ apparently we're not seeing. Old Man Luke and Jedi Rey are almost certainly two of them. So long as there is a healthy dose of new, I'm all for it.

Never got Jango. $9 would be hard to pass up. Not a completist with the six inch, though that gets harder and harder.

$15 is a steal. I'd definitely buy another.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:30 AM »
I understand the concern with some of the repacks but these will all sell. Rey is Rey and she'll be essential for this collection. Kylo and the Trooper never sit. The RO figures never got any serious distribution. I've never seen Cassian or the Shore Trooper and Jyn and the Death Trooper only once or twice, before Christmas. I was surprised at first by the Hoth Rebel, but didn't realize this is the running change. Completely forgot about that. I wonder if that opens the door to the second Utai.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: SDCC 2017
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:51 PM »
 ;D :o

Great stuff. Definitely one of the better panels they've had in quite a while. Can't say there's nothing I didn't like.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Scale Creature Assortment
« on: July 21, 2017, 05:49 PM »
I need a Luggabeast. I'd live with another Teedo and BB-8 to get him.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Scale Creature Assortment
« on: July 20, 2017, 03:22 PM »
Nice.  Put me down for 3 Rathars.

Anyone need only Bala-Tik?

I'd be up for Bala-Tik.

I'll shoot you a PM when the time comes.   :)


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