Quick question, is nobody interested anymore in the Star Wars 1313 video game that is a bounty hunter in Coruscant's deep levels version of Uncharted? I notice it has entirely lost its buzz the past few months, nothing major came out of C6 in terms of buzz and that's too bad. Or are we all kinda burned out on SW video games overhyping and then coming up short?
Wolffe and Rex phase 2 are on last year's all-new body which I don't like due to the limited articulation and slight physique - Hasbro overcorrected there.
Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL
Ha! Funny you saw the knee joint as being the crucial missing joint from my comments, while I would have liked a knee it was actually mid-thigh swivel that I felt was crucial since the figure is on a V-crotch design that causes the leg to rotate up and out as it's raised (same problem found on 1990s Star Trek figures, for corn's sake!). So I guess 2 crucial missing leg joints.
Wow, that's nearly $300 of Battle Droids!!! Holding the blaster right really is the main thing that bugs me about the figure, we've ONLY seen BDs holding their rifles 2-handed and yet the only figure to really get that right is the POTJ Security Droid. This new BD uses ball-joints at the shoulders, so an alternate set of arms would have worked great for this.
The Battle Droid is certainly the figure I bought the most this year, or maybe any year - I got 28 of the bugger - and it does a lot of things really well, but I can't help but wish it could hold the blaster as seen in the film. (Having a more secure backpack or the ability to not topple over on a shelf would certainly help, too.)
He'd also have the wrong belt still, and the wrong lit lightsaber, and the hair would have to have blown his part to the opposite side of his head. :p
Take away all of his junky accessories and Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) is an amazing version of the character as seen during the skiff battle (you can say the wind was blowing his hair that way, or something).
Ha! Good one.
- Worst Realistic Figure
You mentioned TVC's Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, so I'll honor Hasbro's intent of having them everywhere all the time by mentioning them here as well.
Well-said, great job.
- The Future of Star Wars
In a year where it seemed like the biggest Star Wars news would be the Angry Birds characters dressing up like Jedi, Uncle George surprised everyone by selling the whole kit and caboodle to Disney, who quickly announced plans to release Episode VII in 2015 and bring out at least an entire trilogy of new films. This one-two punch knocked us all out for a minute, and set off a flurry of anticipation and speculation. For the first time since 1983, we really have no idea how the story will end, and Star Wars can transform from a property reflecting on its past to one looking intrepidly into the future. Thanks to Disney's reach and power, for the first time in a long time, the possibilities are truly endless. With Kathleen Kennedy running Lucasfilm and producing the new films and Michael Arndt writing the script based on George Lucas' story notes, I couldn't be more excited to see what Episode VII brings to the saga.
It took me 3 passes to understand the correlation you're trying to make. "If they had been able to make a Star Destroyer, Star Wars fans would have had something to talk about this year," that's what you're saying? The USS Flagg wasn't during an economic boon, it was during a recession, but Hasbro had much lower manufacturing and materials costs, the Flagg was mostly hollow, and the brand was enjoying big sales due to market exposure from the TV show and commercials, as well as strong market attention from buyers heavily into the brand's numerous affordable figures and vehicles which opened the door to an experiment like the Flagg. The Flagg was not a commercial success however and is better a cautionary tale against making a Star Destroyer rather than one promoting the idea.
Originally Posted by Tycho
I think Vintage has outlived its usefulness. The very concept of Vintage demands the higher MSRP, its price went up originally because it was The Vintage Collection, not in spite of it. Vintage appeals to a smaller demographic than other main lines so they had to raise the price to offset the smaller sales. For me, Vintage has spent too much time looking backwards and that's no way to run a continuing line.
The vintage collection should not end btw, but they should reduce the MSRP, or find a way to offer more on the card. For larger accessories like the bar sections seen in TAC, they should go back to the 2004 OTC scene cards, call those a different collection than the vintage, and run that line simultaneously.
I didn't insult anybody's tastes, at worst I spoke with a small amount of hyperbole by not using "nobody" to represent "a very minor and largely dispassionate portion of the consumer market for the item". My comment had nothing to do with whether or not someone liked it, only that it was something almost nobody was clamoring for, it seems like Hasbro only did it because TPM was getting a re-release and they thought they could ride the casual consumer interest wave off of the movie with a big holiday item themed to that. I was insulting Hasbro for making a bad call putting too many eggs into the TPM re-release basket while damaging the BMF-type vehicle market.
I love the MTT. JediTricks, you're not speaking for everyone when you said "it's the vehicle nobody wanted." That kind of poor attitude makes it harder to get the really obscure stuff at least "some" people want such as a Republic Cruiser or Gungan Bongo Submarine, let alone those class-1 sized Kamino patrol vehicles from the cloning facility. Now I want Jabba's sailbarge more than anything, as is the popular consensus, but I also want everything. Some ships like the Rebel Medical Frigate might never happen. But if enthusiasm for them is encouraged by a positive fan experience by people with strong voices saying, "You like Star Wars? You'd like that obscure vehicle like the Expanded Universe K-wing bomber? Well, that's cool! Instead of this "putting people's tastes down - or assuming 'no one wanted the MTT,' it creates a more positive feeling amongst the group here. Especially if a kid comes along, totally enthusiastic, and wants a Death Star playset with a hanger large enough for the BMF to fit in it. We can think "that's not going to happen," but find a nicer way to express ourselves about it that won't have negative impacts on the hobby - like Hasbro deciding "no one wants us to make the Invisible Hand playset / vehicle (and no - not before a sailbarge - but it might be more exciting than the Rebel Medical Frigate).
While the MTT did alright in our first round polls, coming in at #10 on the "BMF-sized vehicles" poll, in the final results it got just 2 votes. Don't blame the messenger, I am just writing editorial content based on what I see - the hardcore audience not showing great interest in the vehicle from the outset, the vehicle planned for its movie's re-release, then the movie not capturing great attention with the broader consumer base, and now the vehicle isn't selling that strongly during the crucial holiday season - and that they sacrificed the potential for broader appeal (through more play elements and such) by putting more budget into the thing's motorized gimmick.
This is a business for Hasbro and their retail partners, I'm sure if they could Hasbro would be thrilled to deliver every single thing you've ever dreamed about at pennies on the dollar, but that's not how it works. They use complicated metrics like market trend tracking to justify the expense of taking risks on the handful of vehicles they release each year, and they make hard managerial choices based on years of industry experience. Every tooling made is a risk in starting costs, but vehicles are larger and sell less so they are automatically bigger risks, Hasbro can't just take a stab in the dark at an item that could lose them a lot of money just because a very small subset of the already minority portion of their consumer base wants something. Wanting something isn't enough, my comments aren't going to change the K-wing's chances of getting made one bit, and if you're being honest nothing is going to change those chances because those chances are virtually nil - that's not about devaluing tastes, that's about the realities of this business. The facts say the SW buying audience is largely not going to be familiar with the K-wing, that vehicles have become very expensive for Hasbro to undertake so they're not likely to take more risks, and the K-wing has no exposure or even on-screen representation, so it's a big risk which means it's very unlikely to happen. You can stick your head in the sand and pretend that's not true, or you can face it and temper your expectations to reality even while still wanting something, but you certainly can't fool Hasbro and consumers into stuff that has little demand through the pretense that a positive attitude is all it'll take to get it to market.
You got your Gree on Dec 17th, 2011. I wasn't impressed enough with him to warrant a call-out in my previous YIR, he's fine but didn't seem outstanding compared to Bly and Cody.
And what year did we get Commander Gree? For another clone, I really like him even though he's so much more basic than say Cody or Bly.
I'm a little surprised that you feel THAT much more positively about 2012. Granted, you did get several ROTJ figures you were after, but your comments last year about having almost no figures and no vehicles to look forward to, you only have a handful of figures in 2012 that you really sounded excited about.
Originally Posted by bigbarada
I did think - and say - that the converted Ep 1 3D release in February would have virtually no impact at all, even before 3D ticket sales started slumping across the board. If it had gotten a summer or Christmas release, it might have had light impact with kids, but it's a tough sell even then due to the backlash from the overhyping and shock of Jar Jar-type decisions of the '99 release - TPM and Jar Jar are essentially the '99 version of "New Coke".
Sure the Ep1 glut was 100% avoidable on Hasbro's part; but I think even the most pessimistic of fans thought that Ep1 3D would make at least some impact in theaters and generate a little bit of excitement among kids.
Heh, yeah you're predictable, that's ok considering your avatar and sig link. ;) I still haven't found a red-bandana version yet.
Best Realistic Figure:
I'm going to be predictable here and vote for Kithaba. ...
So, I guess since it's my list, my choice for best figure is a purely, subjective, personal choice. Other figures that would have been in the running for best of the year, if Kithaba hadn't been released, would be Dr. Evazan, Aayla Secura (a surprise choice, but the quality of the figure can't really be ignored), Weequay (nearly perfect in every way), the Nikto Skiff Guard, and Lightsaber Construction Luke Skywalker.
Huh, another positive note for Deleted-scene Luke. Kinda weird for a figure with mirror-flopped hair, old arms and legs, and the wrong cloak.
Ouuuuuuuch (said in ET's voice).
Worst Realistic Figure:
I didn't buy a whole lot this year and I'm tempted to give the worst rating to Grand Moff Tarkin, since I was looking forward to that figure for so long, but the use of soft-goods totally ruins the look for me. However, I don't feel that I really can list him as the worst because I still have never actually seen the figure in person. So worst, is going to go to Bespin Princess Leia for having the ugliest, most masculine, face-sculpt since the 1995 monkey-face Leia.
My store had several last time I was there, I could pick you one up if you like. Or you could get 2 right now on the Bogo 50% off, they're still on the website. Honestly, I think unless your chief complaint with the Biker Scout is the deco, your criticisms seem pretty hollow since you've never seen one in person and they don't jive at all with the experiences I've heard from others, not to mention my own. It is an all-new sculpt, and it's way better than the POTJ figure or the tiny-headed, big-shouldered '06 figure.
I didn't actually buy any vehicles this year either, so I can't list a best vehicle. The Speeder Bike looks promising, but the nearest TRU is 50 miles away from my house and there were simply too many question marks (mostly surrounding that crappy looking Biker Scout figure) for me to waste the gas driving up there to look for it. Sure Hasbro claims that the Biker Scout is an all-new sculpt, but it's a step backwards in quality in almost every single way and it addresses none of the problems that plagued the 2006 figure. It's the half-hearted, lazy attempt at a Biker Scout update that has really curbed my enthusiasm for the new Speeder Bike. I would normally just write it off as a typical, crappy pack-in figure; but it seems that Hasbro considers this version to be the new standard going forward since they are releasing the figure single carded in 2013.
Eh... maybe I'll change my mind when/if I see the Speeder Bike in person.