1. I have been pleading with Derryl since 2010 to release the Imperial Scanning Crew member and now he is coming out in an exclusive. This is some of the happiest news of the day for me. Derryl mentioned to me today that he couldn't believe it's been almost half a decade since it was intended to be released. This only leaves the running change Utai to not see release yet. He rolled his eyes at me about that one.So good news about the BAD droids, and I'm happy for those people who wanted the Scanning Crew running change (though I understand there will be two 2-packs, each with a different crew member, half an accessory and a second repack(?) figure)..... but why the negativity towards the Utai?? I was gutted to read that response.
2. The Build A Droid figures from the now cancelled Legacy Collection line are very close to seeing release in an exclusive multipack. Derryl couldn't give speecifics but did comfort me in the fact that Hasbro is "close" to securing a retailer for it. Stay tuned!
I didn't read it as negativity, but more a "holy crap, we got one of them out, give me a break and quit yer b****in' about the other for a bit!" An Utai set would be a much tougher sell to a retailer than a Scanning Crew set.
Tommy, close your eyes.
Were photos not allowed at the presentation? There aren't any on this site and I can't find any others that put them up. The official Hasbro photos are nice and all, but I like to see the actual slides with the information written on them (and the Kmart exclusives aren't shown anywhere else).
I haven't really looked, but I know some sites posted pics of the Joe and TF slideshows.
Tommy, close your eyes.
The only thing I'm really interested in is the ESB Slave 1 plus the other vintage vehicles. Other than that, theres nothing much for me to look forward to.
The 3 ships one from each movie Star Wars: X-Wing, ESB: Slave One and ROTJ: TIE Enterceptor what stores will these be exclusive for? They look great. Somewhat suprised that not much from Return of the Jedi given this is the 30th anniversary of the movie. Was hoping the funeral pyre Vader they talked about a few years back would be an exclusive to some retailer. I would buy it. Heck we need a new Ewok Village Playset .
No big vehicle this year? Very Disappointing.
Two of the three vintage packaged ships will be mine; I already have enough X-Wings.
All the other announcements are underwhelming.
LEGO says "yes" to Pong Krell! Actually, there's not much from Clone Wars they're not saying "yes" to at this point, if you're a fan of TCW then LEGO seems to be a far more rewarding line than Hasbro.
LEGO also backdoored an E-wing into the line. Oh, and there's Max Rebo and his red-ball organ.
Koto is doing an ARTfx+ Grievous, looks quite good, hopefully it'll be as nice as the ARTfx version (which I keep missing out on getting). The big ice cube trays look great, gimme gimme.
DST is doing mints? How did that happen?
Peg space being cut back, not sure that's right, we're losing Movie Zeroes and Clone Trooper Wars so peg space is opening up from those.
Hopefully the unreleased figures you mentioned will get released somehow in the US - exclusive wave, multipack, whatever. Seems like they just held back too much from that sort of stuff last year, fell back to a conservative position of reusing the Clone tooling too hard.
Amazon has come into its own as a genuine retailer thanks to the etailer boom, and Amazon is very good at metrics predicting how much they should charge and order.Otherwise, there was some cool stuff in there. Bigg's X-wing is a logical choice since the figure is coming and we already have Red Leader and Red Two's ships. The repainted Slave I and TIE Interceptor look good, and it'll be nice to finally have the gunship packed with its turrets (though it will probably be crazy expensive). It's odd that Amazon is getting a few items, and I can foresee that there will be many issues getting these things in mint packaging.
B-I-N-G-O.Those two Vader four-packs are snoozeville, unless maybe you missed out on the TVC Darth Sidious figure (which is inaccurate to the scene).
Poses suck for low-articulation figures, they turn toys into statues - shelf-queens.The Saga Legends are very odd. We knew there was going to be a low-price, low-articulation line, presumably in the vein of the 2012 battle packs, but they could have at least put them in moderately interesting poses. They could be good for sitting in vehicles, and maybe some good sculpts will work their way into the line. The bubble design with the lava-looking bumps is actually kinda cool - but the bubble probably shouldn't be the most interesting thing about the figure.
That Jango looks really good IMO, but I don't like these sets in general, they're limiting.Mission Series, as a concept, is pretty cool. The Jango figure looks pretty good for what it is. I'm surprised they're going back to that battle droid sculpt again what with the superior version they just made for the Class I line. The R2/3PO and Rex/droid pairings are odd, especially since some of them are animated style. The Vader with seeker droid set - despite the droid having weirdly large appendages - ain't bad. What's a little sad is that the seeker droid is the absolutely only never-before-made 3 3/4" item in the entire Toy Fair presentation.
Interesting point about the seeker droid being the only new item, that is kinda sad.
Lucky for me, I don't care at all about Class 2 anymore, they've ruined that. Sadly, the format actually looks pretty good for the ROTS Jedi Starfighters, but seriously, who needs these?!? They've spent the last 8 years cramming paint variation after paint variation of these down our necks.We didn't really need another version of Anakin and Obi-Wan's ROTS starfighters, but there they are.
As for what Bandai does, Bandai is such a vastly different business that they shouldn't be used as a benchmark. If nothing else, their overreliance on buck body parts for MMPR is what makes it possible for them to flood multiple markets at once.
I agree on cherry-picking, that's my plan as well, and I'm sure Hasbro is hoping that they'll be able to keep collector interests by making figures we'll all want to cherry-pick.
No word on the Amazon vehicles pricing yet, that I know of.
I don't understand this thing of selling off your 3.75" figures because your collection is done. Don't you want to enjoy what you feel is a complete collection?
Ugh, now I can't unsee that thing about the top eye on 6" R2.
An exclusive BAD pack? I'm in! Amazon or TRU would be best, Target never seems happy with their multipacks these days and WM just sucks in general.
I agree with you on the lack of ROTJ product for the 30th anniversary, so weird.
If the price is right on the X-wing, I'll buy it. It looks like the heavily revamped version that was originally released in that Death Star Trench Run Battle Pack with Vader's TIE, which means updated cockpit detailing, all new nose with landing leg and hatch, and the rotate-to-hide firing proton torpedo launcher. If they include alternate Red 5 markings I'll definitely buy it.
Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.
"We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.