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Wampa Cave / Toys R Us changing its operating hours
« on: March 16, 2020, 01:26:07 PM »
I learned this the hard way today when I showed up at TRU at 10:30am.  The stores will now operate at reduced hours from 11am to 7pm.

Obviously it is due to the corona virus concerns and likely that they don't expect many people or families will be coming out to buy toys during this period.  The manager told me that this decision was told to him this morning, so the website may not have been updated yet to reflect this.

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Wampa Cave / The next HasLab project
« on: March 02, 2020, 04:09:40 PM »
The next HasLab looks like it will NOT be Star Wars, which is a shame (but not surprising, I'm sure Hasbro wasn't going to do any work on Star Wars in case they didn't renew their licensing deal with Disney at a lower royalty rate).

Instead Haslab will be Marvel Legends of some kind... see here at the hint:

https://hasbropulse.com/blogs/unboxed/marvel-legends-haslab-coming-soon


My guess would be a full 6-inch scale Galactus or Sentinel.

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Wampa Cave / Talking ToyFair 2020
« on: February 21, 2020, 07:28:31 PM »
The big weekend is here... let's get ready to see what Hasbro has to unleash on SW collectors at ToyFair.

This first one is a nice surprise, the continuation of the retro vintage figure line with a nice Snowspeeder Luke!

https://news.toyark.com/2020/02/21/star-wars-retro-collection-hoth-adventure-game-with-luke-figure-379533


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Wampa Cave / Hasbro and Disney - the marriage continues
« on: February 21, 2020, 10:21:07 AM »
Good news... Hasbro and Disney are staying put and sticking with each other.  Hopefully Hasbro forced Disney to lower the licensing fees that they charge them (given the total debacle of the sequel trilogy and the mountains of unsold SW toys, Hasbro sure had a strong case).

https://newsroom.hasbro.com/news-releases/news-release-details/hasbro-and-disney-extend-strategic-merchandising-relationship



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Scout Report / NYCC announcements
« on: October 07, 2019, 09:48:14 AM »
Rebelscum has a nice summary of the various Star Wars products announced for NYCC here:

http://www.rebelscum.com/story/front/Hasbro_Official_New_York_ComicCon_Gallery_185304.asp

Ugh. I love the idea of a Dagobah 3-pack but they didn't even bother to fix those ugly arms on Dagobah Luke:

http://rebelscum.com/2019/2019-new-york-comic-con-hasbro-official/image65.asp

And in a SUPER-lazy move, they repacked an old Jawa figure for the TVC card.  No soft goods!!!!

http://rebelscum.com/2019/2019-new-york-comic-con-hasbro-official/image67.asp


Yavin Ceremony Leia just looks... unusually angry and/or unhappy. This is one that I would not order online because I'd want to make sure I didn't get "mopey Leia" by mistake...

http://rebelscum.com/2019/2019-new-york-comic-con-hasbro-official/image69.asp


TVC Shadow Trooper looks AMAZING!  Put me down for 5

http://rebelscum.com/2019/2019-new-york-comic-con-hasbro-official/image71.asp



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Wampa Cave / Kevin Feige - you're my last hope...
« on: September 26, 2019, 01:18:10 PM »
MCU fans will recognize the name. He's the showrunner who raised the Marvel films to great heights, effectively becoming this generation's "Star Wars" for many, many kids... even as Star Wars itself was being bulldozed into irrelevancy and rehashed plots.

And now Disney finally wised up and are having Feige work on a Star Wars film. Hopefully the first step in him taking it over completely from KK and maybe working closely with Dave Filoni to get us out of this current mess.

https://io9.gizmodo.com/marvels-kevin-feige-will-working-on-a-star-wars-movie-1838467387


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Wampa Cave / Return of the Jedi (Obi-Wan, that is!)
« on: August 15, 2019, 02:00:06 PM »
It's about damn time... no one was really asking for SOLO (although I mostly enjoyed it) but tons of folk have been hoping to see a follow-up on eps3 Obi-Wan and we're now a step closer...

http://www.cinelinx.com/movie-news/movie-reviews-movie-news/exclusive-ewan-mcgregor-signs-on-for-obi-wan-kenobi-return/



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Wampa Cave / RIP Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
« on: May 03, 2019, 09:03:24 AM »

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Wampa Cave / Let's talk ToyFair 2019
« on: February 16, 2019, 03:08:10 PM »
Okay, we need a place to gab about TF2019.... so here we go.

Some great tidbits coming from JI's coverage of the Hasbro SW presentation.  Specifically:

https://jediinsider.com/276-20503

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Kenner line announced. Called the Star Wars retro collection, using modern scans, recreated original kenner detail, coor matched. 6 figures with Chewbacca, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker,Storm Trooper, Leia, Darth Vader. They are doing a brand new Grand Moff Tarkin in the Kenner style. Tarkin is being released in the Escape from the Death Star game reissue.

Tarkin?  Kenner style?  Yay!!!  But you have to buy a game to get him?  Booo!!!

edit: fans will be able to vote for upcoming retro figures. Yay!

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Vedain, Skiff Guard 3-Pack. Jabba's Palace Adventure set with Carbonite block that attaches to Jabba's wall. Will have Taun Taun Head and Gera head on the wall. Ree Yees and Han Solo will be include and it will have Vintage Collection packaging.

Finally some SA love for the 3.75" scale... plus a new Skiff which I presume will come on Kenner packaging. 

Retro seems to be the hot thing for 2019. We've got Hasbro doing Kenner-style figures but also:

1) NECA continuing the Kenner ALIENS (and Predator) toylines, not as their 7" scale figures, but the actual original scale and look of the Kenner era toys - with action features (ughhh) and vintage packaging.

https://news.toyark.com/2019/02/16/toy-fair-2019-neca-aliens-and-predator-333742

2) Super7 seems to have a barrage of nostalgic properties (uhm, Breakin?  Ghosts n Goblins?  MegaDeth?):
https://news.toyark.com/2019/02/16/toy-fair-2019-super-7-reaction-figures-334085

Among that though, wow ALIENS figures of Newt, Bishop, Hicks, etc.  Robocop, They Live, Toxic Avenger...

3) Mezco is doing 5POA retro... the Scooby Doo figures look amazing. The villains are ready to be unmasked and scream out "I'd have gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

https://news.toyark.com/2019/02/16/toy-fair-2019-mezco-5-points-333944

Conclusion: 2019 is a good time to be an old-guy collector who was alive and geeky in the 1980s-early 1990s!


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Wampa Cave / Return of the best EU at last!
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:01:36 PM »
Old fogeys who grew up on the original Marvel run of Star Wars rejoice... welcome back Jaxxon, Valance, Domina, and Amaiza. and I hope Hasbro takes the opportunity to turn them all into TVC action figures (ha!) now that they are in the public eye again.

I haven't bought a SW comic since the Dark Horse days, but this one will be worth a grab when it debuts in a few months.

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/13/marvel-star-wars-rosenberg/


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Wampa Cave / Cassian Andor: the TV show
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:28:44 PM »
http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/2018-11-08-cassian-andor-live-action-tv-show-announced/

Uhmmm.... wow.  This was totally unexpected.  I like the character and the actor and if he's partnered with K2SO then the show will probably be pretty cool, especially if we get cameos from the various rebel alliance commanders and operatives.  Maybe they'll even improve the Carrie Fisher CGI double in time for the TV version of Rogue One :D

But seriously, this bodes well if it means Hasbro will release many of those cool Rebel characters as SA action figures. Hasbro's the one who's always saying that they produce the toys if there's enough media support...  now give me my SA Admiral Raddus!!!!

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Wampa Cave / TRU cancels bankruptcy, will revive its brand
« on: October 02, 2018, 05:41:04 PM »
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-toys-r-us-cancels-bankruptcy-auction-plans-to-revive-brand/

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The top lenders of Toys "R" Us have decided to cancel the bankruptcy auction of its brand name and other intellectual property assets and instead plan to revive the Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us brand names, a court filing on Monday showed.

The bankrupt retailerís debtors aim to open a new Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us branding company that maintains existing global license agreements and can invest and develop new retail shops.

When I read the article, it gave me strong concerns about how this might affect TRU Canada.  We already know that one reason for TRU Canada's inability to do much innovation was because they were being financially drained of their cash by having to contribute to TRU USA's debt.

If this development means that TRU Canada is back to having to make payouts to the US parents, then ugh.

edit: from user wishfulthinking on the TFW forums:
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Like I said in another thread, they're keeping the intellectual property because they think they can milk the international stores for more money. But in the U.S., they sold off all their infrastructure. Let me repeat, they sold off all their infrastructure.

At best, we may see the TRU name branding exclusive toys at Dillard's or Party City or something - but I just can't see the investors who own the brand buying back all the infrastructure at a loss after they sold it off. Not to mention the damage the previous owners caused with vendor relationships...


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Wampa Cave / Carrie Fisher returning for eps9
« on: July 27, 2018, 04:46:18 PM »
I'm glad they found a way to keep Leia in the next Star Wars movie. Hopefully the unseen footage they found will fit into the story in an organic way and won't feel forced.

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/07/27/star-wars-officially-reveals-cast-for-episode-ix/

And note that Mark Hamill is officially confirmed for the movie too... so come on Hasbro, let's get that Force Ghost Luke figure ready in time for the movie release this time, and not a year later. :P



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Wampa Cave / The SDCC 2018 Star Wars thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:18:46 PM »
Well folks, it's here.  And you know Hasbro is going to shower us with wonderful, 3.75" super-articulated Star Wars figures that are brand new sculpts and long-requested characters. And the distribution will be far better this time around, to boot.

I thought we should have a thread to discuss forthcoming SDCC reveals.  Let's gather together what's trickling through Disney's iron gates at the con...

Yakface report on the Hasbro Friday presentation
http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/20/sdcc-2018-hasbro-collecting-panel/

Some great pics of the 3.75" scale figures and the new playsets (display sets) here:
https://www.facebook.com/jeditemplearchives/photos/a.10157157650052437.1073742034.135697147436/10157157650482437/?type=3&theater

The Kessel display set is $30US, Walmart exclusive (so we'll probably never see it here)
The Vandor display set is $40US, Target exclusive (so maybe EB Games in Canada?)

6" figure photogallery:
https://www.facebook.com/jeditemplearchives/photos/a.10157157594057437.1073742032.135697147436/10157157594347437/?type=3&theater

ToyArk's Star Wars preview gallery:
http://news.toyark.com/2018/07/18/sdcc-2018-gallery-hasbro-star-wars-preview-night-display-306841


- TVC Tie Fighter (probably the mystery EB Games exclusive)
- TVC Jedi Luke on Crait (as hinted at by Yakface over here: http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/13/hot-toys-16-scale-luke-skywalker-crait-tease/)
- 3-pack SDCC exclusive (Alphra and the droids)
- SOLO playset of some kind in the $45 price range
- TVC Imperial Assault Tank Driver (http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/14/vintage-collection-wave-2-images/afaba39a-316c-498f-a4f9-f0e4aab6c7a5/)
- TVC young Han Solo (http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/14/vintage-collection-wave-2-images/56ce6cd0-19a1-4a58-b298-7df7e5b029e4/)
- TVC Enys Nest (http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/14/vintage-collection-wave-2-images/bf96d8d9-82ed-4fcc-8573-e6e3fc439ef7/)
- TVC Death Trooper  (http://yakfaceforums.com/main/2018/07/14/vintage-collection-wave-2-images/c9c1f42f-f6e6-43a2-ba4a-24284828b510/)


Hopefully more as we get closer to the date.


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