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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #645 on: September 2, 2019, 01:18 PM »
Do we have any information on how the Vintage collection basic figure sales are doing overall? Brick and Mortar retail is just awful, we all know. But, have online dealers sales offset this? It seems to me that online retailer wave/case allotments sell out.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #646 on: September 22, 2019, 09:02 AM »
I keep seeing people say that Hasbro isn't doing 3.75 this year, and I'm a bit confused, since I'm looking at a ROTS wave coming, Poe's X-Wing and Luke's X-Wing rumored. Has there been some official confirmation that the 3.75 line is done and it's only 5" from here on out, or are collectors just freaking out again? There's just people stating it like a fact, but I'm not sure where they got the info.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #647 on: September 22, 2019, 09:26 AM »
I think the death of 3 3/4" is just a statement on the lack of the 5POA line and their accompanying vehicles.

It is the equivalent of if, in 2016, Rogue One had only had the WalMart Black Series lineup and the AT ST. There would have been stuff, sure, but the bulk of the line would've been "missing."

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #648 on: September 22, 2019, 09:36 AM »
Ah that makes sense, thanks.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #649 on: September 23, 2019, 04:35 AM »
Yeah the people who pitched a conniption over 5poa are just now pitching another conniption that 5poa is more or less dead and there will only be TVC for fans of the scale.

I guess they look at it as one more nail in the 3.75Ē coffin.  It kinda sucks but Iím fine having less to look for that I might want, in a way.  Itís gonna make TFF fairly simple.  I think Iím 2002 all I got was the TIE Bomber and skipped the rest due to disappointment.  Now I can just nab the TVC and wait for the next wave.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #650 on: September 23, 2019, 12:52 PM »
It's not a popular opinion I know, but I'll miss the 5POA/basic 3.75" line.

The 5POA line offered up a lot of great stuff to my collection - some of the SOLO stuff was really nice.  Off the top of my head, Quay, Moloch, Corellian Hound were all excellent figures.  $8 Moloch was just fine versus $13 for articulation that would have been excess on these salt shaker type figures.

I'm sure some people (and their wallets) will be happy just having a half-dozen TROS figures to track down this Fall, but I'd really like to see the LAST Skywalker saga movie get more support than six 3.75" figures.  For example, here is what is on my TROS buying list so far:

1x 2019 VC155 Knight of Ren
1x 2019 VC156 Rey
1x 2019 VC157 Zorii Bliss
2x 2019 VC159 Sith Jet Trooper
1x 2019 VC160 Poe Dameron
4x 2019 VC1xxx Sith Trooper

Ten figures.  And looking at Yakface's rumor lists, there's not much on the horizon for early 2020 for TROS (it's mostly Mandalorian).  Just bums me out that I'll have twice as many Yoda figures than an entire movie line.   :-\
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #651 on: September 23, 2019, 01:23 PM »
I agree 100% with you Jeff... 5-POA or not, most of them displayed just fine and it really made the collections feel rich and diverse.  I'm less  interested in articulation than I am in having a solid collection that looks like it represents a lot of the film.  I keep saying it, but the biggest bummer of this is going to be having all these figures from all the other movies, and then having an Episode 9 section with a dozen figures in it...

I just hope that they circle back around later and do more.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #652 on: September 23, 2019, 03:18 PM »
🙌🙌🙌 Jeff and Rob.

I always liked the 5 POA and as Jeff said, the Solo stuff was fantastic. Some of it, including Moloch and Quay Tolsite, was outstanding. Hasbro is doing great things this year with TVC to be sure, but they're also deeply confused on what they want the line to be. The rationale of TVC was to provide super articulated, premium collector oriented figures, i.e. the obscure dudes, which the line outside of a few pieces hasn't provided. The 5 POA line somehow managed the breadth and variety we're accustomed to, and now that it's gone, so is the hallmark of the SW line. Maybe it will recover, or as Adam Pawlus has been hinting, there will be some big changes. Either way, this is the end of so many things at once and it's not a fun time to be a SW collector.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #653 on: September 23, 2019, 05:37 PM »
I think the 5-POA line was good for non-action characters, like Quay Toltsite (who I have yet to find). But characters that need more articulation really do kind of stink. For example, I really want pretty much any member of Rogue One to have at least enough articulation to hold a weapon accurately. There's nothing worse than a character holding a rifle at the end of one outstretched arm. I love the sculpt on Moloff, but he really should have a little arm articulation.

Background aliens and scene fillers are fine for 5-POA, especially if that's the only option of having them produced. The other caveat I'll mention is Cantina aliens, since most of them at least need the ability to sit.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #654 on: September 23, 2019, 10:16 PM »
Agreed here as well. I enjoyed the 5 POA line for what it was, and like it was mentioned...the Solo stuff was pretty great. I do prefer a little more articulation, specifically in main characters or troopers, but I think a midway point between the two articulation/price wise would be great.

Personally, what I really miss - and I know those days are gone - is the more "one line for everyone" approach we saw in the vintage, POTF 2, etc days. A more simplistic line. We collectors may share some of the fault for that with detail and articulation demands, as well as the switch to 6" as the go to collector line. I've posted it before on here, but the POTJ line was one of my favorite times to collect. Figures were good for the time, prices were reasonable, it was fairly easy to keep up with a 24-40 figures per year pace, and I don't remember too much being difficult to find. Throw in some deluxe and vehicle stuff here and there.....all good. I wish we still were in a time where we could just have a Star Wars line that was for collectors, kids, parents, whoever....instead of having 4-5 different lines trying to catch each small segment of the market.

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #655 on: September 23, 2019, 10:59 PM »
Yeah Iíll miss the 5poa to some extent too but I also felt like those lines werenít well fleshed out either...  and some of the figures were a B to get too.  I donít think I ever saw a Bodhi Rook Figure in a store.  Someone sold me one but Iím sure I didnít get it at a store myself.  Itís funny how the ones I was kinda anxious to get became impossible to get.  Still donít have a Jedi Temple Guard haha.

Iím happy making some of them better, or at least better to me, and so Iíll miss the 5poa if for no other reason than it was something else to look forward to.

I agree too on a Hasbro and them being confused on what they want this to be.  Iím not a 6Ē hatter but at the same time I canít say it didnít throw a monkey wrench in the works.  And now GOA get nice figures for a main line I. A whole other scale?  Yeah...  Iím far from happy right now with the line overall.  At the same time Iím slightly fatigued with the bull**** though too.  Not even necessarily with Hasbro since theyíre doing what they do, but with fans, fandom in general, having these gaps in the collection that are kind of glaring... all of it.  I like cool figures when I get them but itís not like it once was and I canít fathom it ever could get back there right now.

Then Iíll get a 3.75Ē Mandalrian and completely change my tune messing around with it on my desk haha.  Hell, Iím still fiddling with my Mimban stories on my desk. 🤷‍♂️
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #656 on: September 25, 2019, 03:27 PM »
Only obscure stores got the Bodhi wave but somehow there were cases of wave 2 to ship to every Dollar General in the country. Only figure from that wave 3 case I saw was Jyn in disguise at Tuesday Morning. (Probably the reshipped Leia)

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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #657 on: September 26, 2019, 02:24 AM »
I donít know if I got Bodhi off Jeff but someone sold me one so at least I have him.  Iíd love to articulate one at some point but I can say the same for the others too. 
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #658 on: September 26, 2019, 06:36 AM »
I saw Bodhi Rook one time on the pegs at a WalMart and bought that figure then and there.  It might have been the only time I saw figures from that wave in the wild.
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Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting?
« Reply #659 on: October 3, 2019, 09:27 PM »
Jake Stevens (From 4 LOM to Zuckuss, and Galaxy of Toys podcast) has posted a rumor that after the initial Triple Force Friday wave of TVC, there will be 20-25 more figures and there will then be an assessment of sales to decide whether or not to continue with TVC (and 3 3/4Ē). Big grain of salt and all that, but Iíve listened to his podcasting for awhile and I havenít known him to be an alarmist/liar. It will be an interesting year, lots of neat stuff on the way though.