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The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: June 27, 2012, 09:21 AM »
Stories like that remind me of this:

and this

Not releasing the new Naboo fighter from the get go was just foolish. Since new  tooling costs money...why aren't new mold items front loaded?

The gap between vintage and movie heroes only made the Legends replacement almost soley aimed at gift givers and kids and thus linger in stores even more. Lots of folks complained about legends, but lots of folks got snowtroopers, battle droids and clones and that spacetrooper never lingered around here.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2012 Discussion
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:45 PM »
Does Joani love Chachi De Maal?  :-*

1. Nute Gunray
2. Rune Haako
3. Imperial/Republic Officer
4. BD-3000
5.  J'oopi Shé (Green Nikto - Jedi Master)
6. Denaria Kee
7. Polis Massan in Asteroid/Space Suit
8. Neimoidian Warrior
9. GH-7 & EW-3 Midwife Droids
10. Palpatine (Declaration of Empire robe)

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2012
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:15 PM »
Proof that Build A Droid is coming back, go to and play the fun Jawa Junkyard: Droids game.

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2012
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:20 AM »
SDCC Star Wars announcements:

The whole action figure line will be placed on hiatus until summer of 2013, so they can focus on some kiddie construction toys. The failure of Episode 1 related merchandise will be blamed. No new AOTC merchandise is planned, as the 3D release of that film will only play in select major cities and not see wide release.

No more large vehicles will be made because of low orders for the MTT, and the starfighter assortment will be cancelled, this will be revealed after the showing of a mock-up of some really awesome ship.

Lucasfilm will pull the Star Wars license from Lego so Hasbro can make Star Wars Kre-o.

Despite its success the BAD feature at Disney will be cancelled abruptly, all remaining parts to be rounded up and destroyed.

The Clone Wars cartoon will end after a 13 episode season 5. Cartoon Network announces that the new episodes will air in the show's new time slot, 4 AM on monday morning. These episodes will not be put up on

New head of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, will reveal that the Star Wars live-action t.v. show plans are official cancelled.


The Vintage Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2012: A New Hope
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:08 AM »
#01 Danz Borin
#02 Mosep
#03 Death Star Gunner (leathery suit look, not the cloth jump suit)
#04 General Willard (the ANH rebel generals get no love)
#05 Solomahal (Or whoever, one of the Lutrillians....make it so you can make both by removing the ascot)
#06 Baniss Keeg
#07 Tzivvzt
#08 Arleil Schous
#09 Reegesk (Ranat)
#10 Del Goren (The Yavin Base Rebel Guy with the headset.)

I'd probably not buy any of those if they made them, because I'll never see them.   :(  :'(  >:(

Of course, you know you'll never find the Ewok set. There will be a ton of pilots however.

They'll do the Yavin Rebel Transporter/Geonosian Speeder  packing ratio. What was that, 1 transporter per 15 Geonosian speeders?

*Slight exagerration*

The Vintage Collection / Re: 1516
« on: June 23, 2012, 09:18 PM »
That's a better number than Adam Pawlus's estimate of "Go to hell!"

Yeah, his Q&A responses have been rather terse lately.  :D

They should've toss in a recolored Wokling.

With the Yavin set...just to confuse us.  :P

I wonder how much arm twisting was required to prevent a Vader from being included in the Yavin pilots set?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Re: Target 3-Packs
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:48 PM »
Which is why they'll make Tusken Raider, Boba Fett, Snaggletooth.

Wal-Mart Tusken, repaint of Snags (I forgot his EU name) and the current battle pack Fett.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Re: Target 3-Packs
« on: June 19, 2012, 08:30 AM »
Reissue city. Slight repaint on the power droid, different colored  front lights/buttons and less paint ops than the Battlefront 2 version. Could've been an actual vintage repaint.

Why not a bronze Death Star Droid?

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: Speederbike
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:02 PM »
A tripod cannon on Endor? Wha?

If they had to toss in something else, toss in the Ewok catapult, and not that teeny one from POTF2/Dragonheart.

But maybe it's a new sculpt, not a big spring loaded reissue?

In the past have they announced actual production numbers before? I almost get the idea that's a marketing ploy to get people to buy them ASAP, so they won't linger around shelves too much.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: June 16, 2012, 05:19 PM »

The tools exist.  Hasbro is going to want to recoup some of that investment.  That means selling units.

The Droid Gunship showed up in trailers, too.  The tools for that exist as well. 

Hasbro made the bulk of their investment in tooling for both vehicles, and the only way to see the rewards of those investments is to sell the toys. 

Yeah, and how many other scarce/low distribution items were 100% new tooling that have never seen reissue? A few actually. Probably not just from Star Wars, too.

And Hasbro's willingness to make new tooling for convention exclusives (not just for Star Wars) put their past "cost of tooling" comments to doubt. 

We might see the Droid gunship next year or it might be for 2014 for Revenge of the Sith. Or never if they don't think it's a viable seller. I mean, it's a pretty safe bet that the Falumpa set, Queen's Starship and Fambaa will never be reissued. (With those, we can assume those molds paid for themselves a decade ago or were written off.)

You say that there's a lack of confidence in Clone Wars toys.

Me? Hasbro has all but said that. They said Clone Wars is becoming a sub-line...with limited numbers of new items released...that started this year.  Focus is down to leading character and clones and recognizable baddies, articulation has dwindled to worse than when the whole CW line began. Will that change next year? Who knows, since Episode 1 product seems to be a big dud for the most part (maybe they should've made half the figures in the episode 1 vintage cases Darth Maul...seriously....okay, a quarter of the case.)

Because I see plenty of OT & PT vehicles from the SOTDS line still lingering on shelves, too.  I can still get an AT-AT pretty easily at retail.  The same goes for the Trench Run pack with the X-Wing & Darth Vader TIE at TRU.  Sales across the whole boys toys sector are DOWN. Attempts to pin this just on the Clone Wars line are misdirected, and you're simply not looking at the bigger picture.

I agree.  That's why I'm surprised by rumors of more Vintage boxed exclusive vehicles. But again, last year, Hasbro  said their focus on Clone Wars would be reduced, and it is true.  This has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with their brand strategy and whatever sales figures they were looking at.

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