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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 2
« on: February 24, 2019, 11:11 PM »
Yeah... the AT-ACT drivers had white Scarif helmets...

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 21, 2019, 01:18 PM »
What's with the sheep dog on the right?


It's a Jerba head...






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1 - Probe Droid
2 - Hoth Rebel Trooper
3 - FX-7
4 - 2-1B
5 - C-3PO (removable limbs w/ cargo net)
6 - Leia (Bespin gown)
7 - Ugnaught (w/ extra head for variation)
8 - Bespin Guard
9 - Dagobah Luke
10 - Lobot

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 18, 2019, 12:55 PM »
If it's articulation and assembly that really drives up Hasbro's costs, it might be in their interests to start producing more "display wall" playsets like this that are largely a hunk of detailed plastic without all that much production assembly.

Imagine how quickly they could put the Space Walls guys out of business with a cheaper product of the same quality, you mean?

They really could... I can't remember what year it was (2010 maybe), I posted a "mockup Toyfair presentation" of what I'd like to see Hasbro make at Yakface, and the space wall concept was one of them and each set would come with 1-2 figures.  Not long after, Galactic Merchants started showing designs for their 3D printed sets of them... we know how that faired though as they couldn't keep up with demand and the quality was just not there with 3D printing... then GTP toys started their thing and yeah they are expensive... love the quality though.

Here we are now with Hasbro finally dipping into this... their whole stance on playsets for a long time that "they don't sell" just seemed like it was coming from people who just didn't want to change any of their business model to try it out.  I think a lot of it comes down to someone with pull at Hasbro actually wanting to do it, then it can happen.  I hope these sets go over well and we see a whole lot more! Don't want to get ahead of ourselves because they might not really dive into these after this, but there are so many possibilities and the production costing for Hasbro wouldn't seem to be that high.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 18, 2019, 01:34 AM »
If it's articulation and assembly that really drives up Hasbro's costs, it might be in their interests to start producing more "display wall" playsets like this that are largely a hunk of detailed plastic without all that much production assembly.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:36 PM »
Cantina alcoves would be a nice thing in this style.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2019 Walmart Jabba's Palace Adventure Set
« on: February 16, 2019, 10:11 PM »
After all my years of playset grief and complaining,  something special finally is happening.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Walmart Vintage Collection TIE Fighter
« on: October 26, 2018, 12:14 AM »
I bought one for $80, mainly out of the thrill of seeing it for the first time along with TVC Range Troopers and Tank Drivers right as two Hasbro reps were stocking them.

For $40, I'd buy 1-2 more...

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While these cardboard playsets aren't what I have in mind, I'm not going to get all bent out of shape over not liking them.  I have hopes Haslab will come through, but even if they don't, I have amassed enough custom playsets and Space Walls now over time that I'm content (well, mostly content).

There are a lot of things that Hasbro has been doing that I don't really care for recently like these cardboard playsets, so I mostly just don't get them or wait until they hit a price I feel like I am comfortable spending the money on. If it's something I feel is worth it, I definitely go all in though (like the Sail Barge).

I kind wish for the Conveyex, they had just made a vehicle - with the front main area sold with one cargo cart, and then you could buy another set if you wanted to add more carts.  You'd get stuck with more front areas that way, but I am not sure they'd break them up as separate sets.  I also am not sure if Hasbro would feel it's "aggressive" enough or "action" enough for a vehicle, hence this playset approach.

I also an interested in an AT-Hauler.  Doubt that will ever happen, but I really like the design.

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Yeah, it splits apart.  JTA had some pics recently too, but those pics made it look like the TIE had a pretty bad gap where the plastic separates... meaning when it's assembled, it might not look so great for display.  The pic at RS though doesn't show this gap.

I may or may not get a couple - I think it looks awesome other than the potential gap. 

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Class A Creature/Droid Assortment
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:53 PM »
It does beg the question, just how many Wampas can you display?

I always go with the newest version (or the version I like the most) for display.

Older ones either get used for customs, thrown into one of my kids' toy boxes, stored for later, or sold off cheap.

My wife and I have started some discussions about moving sometime in the next 2 years... eek.  That means all my stuff will have to go into storage for a while. 

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Solo: A Star Wars Story / Re: Solo 3.75" Basic Figures
« on: June 12, 2018, 11:04 PM »
I agree with feeling worn down... I'm not worn down by collectors and fans who want to purchase awesome product though; I'm worn down by how Disney and Hasbro manage the brand these days.  It's pretty obvious the line is really falling flat.  All one has to do is compare how things are to where they used to be.  Yeah, there were some bad times before but it's gotten pretty ridiculous.  Why would anyone new to the hobby even want to collect this stuff now?  It's too damn difficult. 

And really, kids don't care that much any more. Why should they given the awful selection of figures and general downgrade in quality as compared to what kids 10 years ago were getting as Star Wars toys?  And I know now more and more kids by age 10 are not even asking for toys.  It's all about Fortnite or whatever the flavor of the month video game is.  Well, unless you look at Jurassic World toys... which is another topic I guess.  It's nice to see Mattel didn't cheap out like Hasbro did on their Jurassic line - and retail thanks Mattel for their good stewardship of the license.

Hopefully, the return of TVC straightens a lot of this out.  Let them always be behind some on figures from new media - that's fine.  Just get back to a steady flow of 25-30 new TVC figures per year and I think people will be satisified.  And I don't think Hasbro would have brought the TVC line back if they weren't aware of just how bad it was these days.  Retailers need a line of Star Wars that isn't such a high risk of going on clearance... something they actually want to order and stock on their pegs.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 8, 2018, 09:51 PM »
Kids aren't into it at all like they were from 2005-2012... so much momentum was lost in 2012 by a number of bad calls by Hasbro/Lucasfilm that damaged retail's ability to move product. 

In 2013, the decline really set in once the 5poa stuff became the norm and the toys became boring. 

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2018 Vintage Collection Wave 1
« on: May 7, 2018, 08:56 PM »
The only Stormtroopers in my area that are sitting are the ones with the lousy paint jobs on the mask around the eyes.

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