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Wampa Cave / Jeremy Bulloch has passed away
« on: December 17, 2020, 04:43:29 PM »
Sigh.  Just when you thought 2020 was done...  RIP to the original Boba Fett

Wampa Cave / Dave Prowse, the man behind the Darth Vader mask, dies aged 85
« on: November 29, 2020, 07:24:39 AM »
Actor Dave Prowse, the man behind the Darth Vader mask, dies aged 85

Actor Dave Prowse died following a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington told the BBC, adding that his death is "a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world." Prowse was best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, a character that was voiced by James Earl Jones.

However, his fans are also fondly remembering him as the Green Cross Code Man, a character that taught road safety to children across the UK.

Sigh. Because it's 2020 of course.  This year isn't done spreading its misery around enough.

RIP Mr Prowse.

Wampa Cave / There is no calm way to put this...
« on: August 21, 2020, 12:35:53 PM »

 :love0030:  :D :love0030: :love0030:  :artoo: :love0030:  :artoo: :love0030:

It's about frakking time!  This one looks like a must-buy, unlike the Bespin playset.

Now if Hasbro would only give the Rebel Fleet Trooper a holster this time...

Sometimes I don't think Disney understands how extremely precarious their situation with SW fans really is.  If they did, they'd be far more careful in how they word things online, especially when laying claim to people's tweets, even if the intent seems to be to feature those tweets in some later event.

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.

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:

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

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!

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).

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:

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

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

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...

TVC Shadow Trooper looks AMAZING!  Put me down for 5

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.

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...

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

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:

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!

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.

2) Super7 seems to have a barrage of nostalgic properties (uhm, Breakin?  Ghosts n Goblins?  MegaDeth?):

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!"

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

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.

Wampa Cave / Cassian Andor: the TV show
« on: November 08, 2018, 11:28:44 PM »

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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