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      1. SirSteve's Avatar
        SirSteve -
        What are you wanting to see more of from SDCC?
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Thanks for the great, comprehensive photos!

        As a note - the Saga Legends and Mission Series album names are mismatched.

        As for what else to see? Perhaps more angles of the Vintage packaging, if possible. I'm really itching for Hasbro to show some items that haven't already been revealed, so I hope their panel brings a good amount of newness tomorrow.

        The Slave I is cheaper now at $70, but the TRU X-wing is $60. The Death Star Trench Run, where this version of the X-wing debuted (as a retool of a retool), was $100 and came with Vader's TIE and three repacked figures . . . I think $50 would move more of these. They probably should have put Biggs' astro droid on the box art as well. The Gunship looks great, and the nose art looks to be optional - I would think about getting two of these but the $120 pricetag - three times what it cost in 2002 and a $50 jump from 2009, albeit without the figures and gunner pods - is a little ridiculous.

        The "Droid Factory" set is a head scratcher. Assuming the Sandtrooper and Battle Droid will be the correct versions when released, this set accounts for the entire first wave of cancelled Legacy Collection figures. So now there are only a few figures we knew about that haven't been announced for release - Mace, Rex, A-wing Pilot, and build-a-droids R5-X2 and R8-B7. The theme for the set is "these figures were supposed to come out in a wave together several months ago," and that ain't a great theme. What's really odd is that these were all army builders (aside, maybe, from Backstabber), and I would have liked several of the maroon droid, 212th Clone Trooper, and Geonosian Warrior. Some of these figures have shown up in Walmart's computers, so either they've been cancelled as basic releases or they'll still be coming in both avenues. I'd really like more information on this, which I'm sure they'll provide at tomorrow's panel.

        While I don't collect them, I like the designs on the new Angry Birds II characters. Though I do find it odd that Lando and Mace have to be the same color as their actors while every other human character doesn't . . . I know that's Rovio and not Hasbro, but it's odd.
      1. SirSteve's Avatar
        SirSteve -
        We will see more things after their panel presentation.
      1. Neuroleptic's Avatar
        Neuroleptic -
        ... I hope the presentation and whatever you see after their panel is just absolutely spectacular.

        Because so far . . . I'm rather underwhelmed by what I've seen so far.

        The only standard scale figure I'm interested in is the biker scout, and that's because I want one to correct the screwed up one that came with my speeder bike. Nothing else interests me that's coming out in at least this first wave.

        Out of the new six inch line, R2 is a must buy. I'll have to think long and hard about sand troopers . . . because I'll want two of those if they release Darth Vader and he looks good. Otherwise, the only other six inch figure I really want to get my hands on is a C-3PO. Anything else outside of those . . . is going to have to be absolutely mind blowing for me to want to pick it up. So out of those, there's 2 figures currently announced that I want (one I might buy twice) and two figures that I don't even know for sure are coming out or not.

        The vehicles while awesome . . . are also far too expensive for me anymore so I won't be picking up any of them.

        Last year was a slow year for me. So far this year I've bought almost nothing due to no stock or re-stocked figures no one wants. Now we're getting a whole new line of stuff that just doesn't interest me.

        ...Here's hoping they show us something spectacular for the future . . . If we ever see it if this first wave doesn't wind up just sitting on shelves . . .

        I don't know. Maybe I'm losing interest in this hobby at this point.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        Yeah, wake me when they actually show something new.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        JabbaJohn, I'll try to get more pics of the Vintage packaging, but the display layout is really tight for most of that stuff, either right on top of the next pieces, or right up against the shelf above it, so that's why there's some angles of stuff from overhead and such.

        Good catch on the SL and MS stuff, I had a rough start with numbering and finally gave up on that system, it wasn't remotely as helpful as I had expected it'd be, after that it started to get easier.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
        JabbaJohn, I'll try to get more pics of the Vintage packaging, but the display layout is really tight for most of that stuff, either right on top of the next pieces, or right up against the shelf above it, so that's why there's some angles of stuff from overhead and such.
        Thanks - that's what I figured, so don't worry if it's not possible. I was just thinking about what other things might be cool to see.
      1. Snowtrooper's Avatar
        Snowtrooper -
        I'm not impressed at all by their display. Maybe the slide show will generate some excitement but I wouldn't hold my breath. efx has generated alot of excitement. They have the new hero ST lid along with armor recast from an original and complete set of ANH armor. They are making an ESB Boba Fett helmet cast off of the original and are in the process of making a studio scale 4' star destroyer. Lots to look forward to.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        ...and by "something new" I was NOT referring to the Angry Birds garbage.

        Ah well, as long as we get to see photos of wave 2 of the 6" line, then this SDCC won't be a total loss.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Thanks for the panel images!

        Thankfully CEII is only a week away, since this showing was pretty bare-bones.

        Good lord, why did they show so much of the Angry Birds game? Shouldn't Rovio have done that?

        Black Series wave 2 is pretty great, even if we've already seen Boba and Greedo. Han looks incredible.

        The 41st Elite Corps Clone STILL has the incredibly incorrect paint apps on the slideshow photo . . . it ain't lookin' good for this guy.

        The new Saga Legends and Mission Series are some good choices. Boba looks like a repack of the figure from last year's battle pack. The stormtrooper could be good diorama fodder. Threepio and Han actually look very good. It's bittersweet to be getting realistic phase II Rex, season 3 Obi-Wan, and cybernetic Maul v2 when they're just the low-articulation versions.

        The Class I Boba Slave I is a no-brainer, but still a reveal. They probably should have held back on re-releasing the Jango version in the new box to just go with this one already. Oh, and a blue ROTS starfighter and Anakin's TCW starfighter as if it were an AOTC starfighter . . . uh, okay.

        Those Ewoks are different from the ones that are actually coming with the set - the black one with the green hood looks to be an upgrade to Tokkat. Hopefully those two eventually make it out, but that's pretty sloppy on Hasbro's part. The Republic Gunship also still shows the Saga Legends figures.

        I like the Droid Factory set, actually. I still hope the maroon droid will make it out another way . . .

        Also, the only two people on the panel I recognize are Jeff and Derryl. Are the other guys from Rovio, or are they just a bunch of new blood?
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        I think that Saga Legends Boba Fett is more neutrally posed that the Battlepack version from last year. I wish we could see some better photos, that SL Stormtrooper looks promising as do C-3PO, R2-D2, Han Solo and Chewbacca. The Jedi Luke is pretty awesome as well.

        Also, looking at the wave 2 6" figures, I'm really liking what I see so far. However, I think I'm actually more excited for the 5-POA Saga Legends line.

        So are we definitely going to see wave 3 of the 6" line at Celebration Europe? I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with the Stormtrooper.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
        So are we definitely going to see wave 3 of the 6" line at Celebration Europe? I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do with the Stormtrooper.
        Word on the street is that they'll be at least showing wave 3 of the 3 3/4" Black Series at CEII.

        Amazon has their Droid Factory 6-pack up for pre-order. I quite like the idea of this set and the price isn't bad. Still, it brings up many questions, and we still have no idea about when the astromechs are coming. It's also interesting that the pilot droid will be on its own card and not a build-a-droid.

        And you appear to be correct about Boba - the new one has a swivel head, the other had a ball joint.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        Galactic Hunter has some really nice photos up of the Saga Legends figures. That SL Stormtrooper looks AMAZING! I am not going to be able to control myself when I see those in the store.

        Now I have even higher hopes for the 6" Stormtrooper.
      1. DarkJedi5's Avatar
        DarkJedi5 -
        So, was there anything revealed today in the 3 3/4" line with more than five points of articulation that we hadn't seen before? With such a long hiatus in my figure acquisitions I was really hoping that there would be some great new reveals to rekindle my excitement in the line. Today just didn't do it. Maybe they saved the best for CE but right now... I'm just not feeling a lot of interest.
      1. SirSteve's Avatar
        SirSteve -
        We added the Panel Hi-Res photos to the Photo Gallery!
      1. happy's Avatar
        happy -
        Yawn, my days of collecting modern Star Wars figures is done until Episode VII.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        You guys didn't get any more photos of the Saga Legends 5-POA figures? I think I might be more excited for those than I am for the 6" line.
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
        You guys didn't get any more photos of the Saga Legends 5-POA figures? I think I might be more excited for those than I am for the 6" line.
        I only shot what I saw, the Wednesday and then the Friday after-panel stuff. I tried to get full-body and portrait shots the way Steve does, but you don't get to really see the nuance between them unless you view the large-sized images over the medium ones.

        I agree, these Saga figures seem to have more personality than their 6" cousins and have draw from that.
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