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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2017
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:08 AM »
I'm kind of catching up as well with all the day's announcements. Some neat stuff, but overall not too much incredibly exciting that we haven't already seen. I think my favorite new item shown is the Black Series Jawa. Always loved those guys. I love the idea of bringing back the vintage packaging for the 40th (although part of me would have liked to see them go the vintage 12" boxes route for the 6" line). That style will always hit home for mr, and having that EB stand with a complete set is awfully appealing.

That said, I don't know if it is smart for me to rebuy a bunch of these and I certainly don't have room for a big carded collection if they continued. I kept up with all the OT figures they did in the TVC line before, and those hit home a bit more. Once again, so little 3 3/4" news, which has become the norm anymore. I know we'll see more, but it really isn't the priority anymore. Star Wars is always my primary focus, but admittedly I'm usually more psyched for what is coming in the Marvel Legends line over the past couple years.

I sort of thought (and was hoping), we would see more of the deluxe type stuff as well. I really like the Taun Taun and Wampa sets, and had hoped we would see more of those types of things. The big TIE sure seemed to be a flop, but mid-sized stuff would be cool. I'd love to see Luke's Landspeeder, possibly a Dewback, Probe Droid, a Falcon cockpit, or even more environmental type stuff.

Not really any interest from me either on these, although I do sort of like the bases/backdrops. I'm always tempted to get the Han and Chewie from each line, but that would be about it.

The press pic looks pretty cool, and I did like the original Unleashed line (when they were $15), but I can't see me picking these up at $50. If it was an actual Black Series figure, and not just a statue I might consider it more. Sort of seems like the same area as their recent foray into the prop area in Black Series and Marvel Legends. Testing the waters of offering a low cost version of typically high end product areas.

When I first glanced over the press release, I thought they were maybe venturing back into 12" figures, since they started that in the Marvel line last year, and those were originally priced at $50. I might be more interested in that case. With these, a likely pass for me as well, unless they get to a Han or Chewie, or a Rey for my daughter. Or if they start dropping in price like those Legends did (I got the Spidey for $20 and Cap for $10 at Christmas time).

It is funny how their press release doesn't mention their "normal" lines, like 3 3/4", Black Series, etc. I know we will likely see more at Toy Fair, but it gets people in more of a tizzy every time they announce more lines that aren't SA 3 3/4".

I've been thinking about this topic again recently as I finally tore into my Rogue One stuff over Christmas. Got all the figures opened up, and really like them, but then I was left with the realization "ok, what do I do with these now?" I don't really have room to display them, without really cluttering things up, but I'd hate to just pack them up too. It makes you realize that with this movie a year schedule, space will run out pretty quick. My focus will always primarily be the "Skywalker Saga" of the main movies, but I know things like the Han Solo movie will have me hyped as well. It just seems like unless you have pretty unlimited space decisions are going to have to be made at some point.

My Force Awakens vehicles (and TIE Striker from RO) already just have to sit on the floor, not to mention the 6" stuff if you collect it (which I do). What are your plans going forward? Do you limit it to certain movies, figures only, or another option?

Recent rumors seem to point at an assortment of Black Series figures of the original 12, which would be neat. Probably repacks aside from the recently announced Tusken, leaving just the Jawa and Death Squad Commander for the last two. I also saw a "Early Bird" set was found in the Target computers, but I think it was listed at $39.99, which seems low for a 6" four pack. Hopefully we will get a better idea at Toy Fair.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Plastic Galaxy
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:37 PM »
I remember hearing about this awhile back and was always interested in seeing it....then found that it was on Hulu so I gave it a watch this week. Lots of fun to watch, and very nostalgic. Sometimes when I see something like this I wonder why I just don't focus on vintage, so much fun stuff and really where this all stems from.

Not sure if is the right board for this, so feel free to move. With the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars coming up in May, plus Hasbro's hints that we will see something, what would you like to see?

The line in general has changed so much in the past few years it is difficult to know what to expect. Could it be mainly repacks of the 5 POA ANH figures they have done over the past few years (possibly on vintage cards)? Does the Wal-Mart grip on the SA 3 3/4" exclude re-releases of past figures (like from the VOTC ERA?

I don't necessarily expect them to do anything to huge (although if I was dreaming the long-requested Death Star would be nice), but I hope we see something that at least honors the original 12 or 21 figures. I do wish sometimes they could return to the VOTC/VTSC concept of having 12-18 "ultimate" type figures per year, on vintage cards. Many of those figures have been done nearly perfectly (Han, Chewie, Obi, Vader, etc), so I would understand repacks of those in some ways.

If you look on the 6" side, it would be neat to see the vintage packaging concept applied there too, even if it is just for a limited number of ANH figures. I'd love to see a 6" Hammerhead, Walrusman, or Jawas here, along with many others. I also think a 6" scale Landspeeder would be kind of neat (or a Millennium Falcon cockpit). Anyways, what would you like to see for the anniversary? Original Trilogy figures have been pretty rare since the new movies started (particularly in the smaller scale), so it would be nice to see at least a small return to that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ye Olde Nintendo
« on: November 11, 2016, 05:32 PM »
Tried much of today to get one of these, but struck out at four different stores. Then I tried Amazon (they were put online at 4 CT), but despite it saying it was in stock I got an error the fifty or so times I tried to add it. And now it is out of stock. Yikes. Feels like Hasbro Toy Shop 😀

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Walgreens Black Series 6" C-3PO
« on: October 1, 2016, 04:57 PM »
Glad to see they're doing him, but I'd have done it the other way around and made the red arm exclusive. Or just thrown in the other arm, because you know. Logic. That figure will suffer for this one.

This is exactly what I was thinking. The OT 3PO is iconic, and one of the main characters and most memorable from the franchise. He was a small supporting character in TFA, so I'd rather see that be the exclusive. That said, I'm glad we are getting him somehow, hopefully he isn't difficult to find. Looks nice.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: October 1, 2016, 04:54 PM »
It still seemed a little hit and miss here, although maybe better than last year in some ways. I didn't do MM, but each store seemed to have different things, with TRU being the only place that carried everything. The 3 3/4" line was but far the toughest find here, with only TRU having any at all (missed out on Sabine and Jyn). One Wal-Mart had a shipper including a good amount of 6", LEGO, Funko, role play, and Hot Wheels. Nothing in the main aisle. A 2nd Wal-Mart had nothing at all, it was like nothing had changed. Although they did have that exclusive R2.

Target had some new stuff, but no basic figures and the only 2 pack left today was the Poe one. TRU had a little of everything, but picked through by the time I was there. Both Target and TRU had the U-wing and TIE Striker. No sign of the Tank driver being there though. Overall a decent day, but still things to hunt for. Basic figs (primarily Jyn/Sabine), and the two packs, as well as exclusives.

I know it's a different beast, but LEGO always seems to have plenty to go around with their new releases.

I know those days are gone, but man I wish these were the main line - or at least a VOTC-like sublime that shipped everywhere. Remember those days?  Anyways, I'm not one that necessarily has a problem with the 5 POA stuff, but these (and the Force Awakens ones) just remind you of what Hasbro and the line is capable of. These look great, really like the designs of the new troopers for Rogue One.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "Jedha Revolt" 4-Pack
« on: September 30, 2016, 02:40 PM »
Cool pack, surprised they revealed it so early though. It really seems like they are going to cookie cutter things each year with the release of toys, amount of time until blu Ray, etc. that being said, this does look pretty spiffy.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One "FORCE FRIDAY" Official Thread...
« on: September 30, 2016, 02:37 PM »
I didn't go out for MM last night either, but made a couple stops today. Wal-Mart had a big cardboard shipper filled with 6", Funko, Hot Wheels, and LEGO. No 3 3/4" stuff there at all. I stopped by TRU and was able to pick up a few there. They seemed to have a case of Wave one on the pegs, minus Sabine and Jyn. They had two of the two-packs, the Poe one and the Pao one (I picked up Pao). They also had all the vehicles, but I'm holding off for now. I'm hoping I can use the Target coupon(s) when I stop there tomorrow, maybe get the TIE striker, I think that is kind of neat.

All in all, most of what I wanted to get. I was most worried about finding the Black Series, Death Trooper in particular, but WM had plenty of those in the shipping deal.  I've only been to those two stores so far, but it seems like the 3 3/4" stuff is in shorter supply (at least here). Can't say yet if it is better this year than last year though.

Stopped at WM this morning, and found this entire wave on the pegs. Took it up to checkout, and they wouldn't scan. They called over a supervisor, same thing. Then a random worker walked past and said "yeah, those are recalled, we can't sell them". So they took them all and said sorry. I understand it's not a big deal, but I didn't like my chances of finding these on Friday since I can't get out super early, so it would have been nice to knock a few things off the list. They also had the new two packs and Hera's A-wing, same story. Our WM consistently proves to be the worst, always so unhelpful. That said, they looked nice in the box.

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