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  1. #11
    I know the one (nicer) set went to TRU, but the majority of Endor-themed stuff is going right to K-Mart.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    You know the 2 new battle packs in 2012 with the 6 points of articulation - Naboo Jedi battle and Bespin Fight? Apparently Hasbro is doing a whole line of that type of simpler figure for their Star Wars and Marvel brands, designing the product for a lower, more kid-friendly pricepoint.
    Oh, wonderful. Have they lost track of what made them so big--licenses and figures that appeal to kids and adults? I'm concerned this will scavenge resources--and, more importantly, peg space--from the regular line. Why should retailers order the figures that cost twice as much (and will presumably move at half the speed) when they can get the junk ones?

    In any case, if kids are going for one line and adults for another, will those sales be counted as one action figure line? Or will the numbers folks be saying a year from now, "I don't understand! Star Wars is no longer the #1 action figure line!"?

    Sadly, given the recent developments in Joe articulation, and overall size and quality of TF's, it looks like they're mostly moving in the cheapo direction. The last couple of years have produced some staggering figures (have you seen things like Pursuit of Cobra Low-Light?), and I really hope they don't throw away all that progress. At the very least, it's likely that Walgreens won't be the go-to place for figures that were undershipped the previous year, because I imagine they'll opt for the junk figures.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  2. #12
    I don't see what's so wrong with making cheaper figures that are targeted chiefly at kids.

    It's not like they're getting rid of the super-articulated figures aimed at the adult collector.
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  3. #13
    Not directly, no.

    However, what mass retailer will order the figures that cost twice as much and take up the same space, particularly if they know they're geared toward collectors (whom they see as a handful of crazy people anyway) and the cheap line is for kids? At the very least, space for the "real" figures is going to get cut significantly.

    This is not going to be a good year for finding actual Star Wars figures from 2013.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  4. #14
    SSG's coverage of The Black Series - 6" figures is now up, linked in the article.

  5. #15
    The Black Series 3.75" figures are now up as well!

    Back to the 6"...
    Wow, they really did it, they got the Sandtrooper right, it's not just a Stormtrooper with a pauldron and backpack!!! They hit a lot of marks too, not just the knee change but the stomach panel and paint details. That's awesome! And R2 looks great too.

  6. #16
    Makes you wonder if the 6" line will always get the Stormtrooper wrong by reusing this body.
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  7. #17
    Saga Legends budget 3.75" figures are up. I hate to say it, but they look pretty decent.


    Don't even jest Beast, I can just imagine that going terribly wrong.

    6" Maul's cloak seems very restrictive for the desert battle, hopefully it can move though.

  8. #18
    I hope Steve grabbed pics of the new Jedi Force stuff. Me likey.
    THE SPY. THE SPACEMAN. THE GODDESS. THE ROBOT. THE GORILLA.

    AGENTS OF ATLAS - Returns in Early 2009.

  9. #19
    Steve doesn't generally miss anything. He's just finsihed with the Vader-carded Fall '13 stuff - role play, vehicles, and 12-inch.

    Now is Angry Birds SW.

  10. #20
    The Angry Birds SW products have the Emperor and Grievous in 'em, does that mean we're getting ROTJ and prequels this year, or is that extrapolation?

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