That's the new sticker-price. I bought my "vintage" collection x-wing at TRU several years ago, and the MSRP was $60 in 2013. The fact that they gave it a different vintage box and now charge $100 is pretty terrible.
I kinda want one, but no way I'm paying that. I'll wait for it to get much cheaper or do without.
For $100 there better be a vibrator in the nose to keep the wife happy. I bought this version way back when they were Target exclusives and ended up taking it back because $40 felt like too much back then.
I don't think so. It's just that Hasbro doesn't do vinyl plushies. Mattel has had other SW items like weird hot wheels and such, as if Chewbacca would drive a streetrod and Darth Vader's gonna cruise in a custom pedo van. It's just more of Mattel being Mattel. AFAIK, Hasbro still has the master action figure license and that's not changing any time soon.
Mattel is down to wrasslin' toys in the action figure space after losing the DC license to McFarlane.
Yes. There is a Mando line. Many more 3.75" planned. Rumors of a 3.75" razorcrest are abound. I've been collecting a ton of the clone wars era stuff (realistic style, but based on the animated series- which surprisingly- was actually good. And done by some of the minds behind The Mandalorian).
What is supposed to be in the Mandalorian line? And from where is that Shadow Trooper from cannon-wise? I seem to recall it being in a comic? I know there were black-clad troopers in Rogue One and an episode of Madalorian, but weren't their helmets different?
I collect OT "vintage card" figures, but that shadow trooper and the Dr Aphra... i.e. characters that didn't appear in the films and are shoehorned in via other media, I just feel like they're cheating. If they weren't in the original movies, I'm not buying their "vintage" figure.
Still, it's nice that they're coming out with anything new. The SW sections around me lately have nothing but those gold two-packs. Who were those aimed at anyway?
Oh, I know the black troopers have been around a while, and they are cool looking, no doubt. I own that comic pack... somewhere. But I would never display a non-movie character with my OT figures on vintage cards. That feels like sacrilege, as the cardbacks have movie stills on them. So I have no issue with attitional fiction taking place in the OT timeframe. I've read and enjoyed a lot of it. But a faked movie-still cardback just irks my collector OCD for some reason.
You say that, but who is making domestic figures better? Jazwares? WTF Mattel? McFarlane? Super7? Jakks?
Just curious, what are you specifically wanting from figures from hasbro that you aren't getting? The most common complaints I hear are price and accessories, but I haven't seen anyone else demonstrate they could do better. Hasbro has perfected articulation, sculpts, and digital face-printing that was only available on big-$$$ imports a short time ago.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a hasbro apologist. They aren't perfect, but I have far less faith in any of the other players. But I admit I'm also biased in that I have no desire to start over with another aesthetic or slightly different scale we'd no doubt get from another company. However, I am curious who you think would be a significant improvement.
Would you still buy them if they made those changes and approached import pricing? Comparing figures that have to compete in retail isles to pricey imports is completely apples and oranges. It's not like disney was going to award the license for walmart figures to Mezco. It's like being disappointed your Impala doesn't have Lamborghini performance.
On some level, I get it. I have nothing but disdain for hasbro's $6-7 5poa figures. Their mere existence irritates me. But quite honestly, I don't see that difference between legends and the imports. I own a single figure from each of Yamaguchi, Mezco, and One:12 because I wanted to see what all the love was about. Their accessories and paint are spectacular. As toys, they're terrible. Nothing but fiddly, fragile, and not very fun. The accessories/hands don't stay on, and the sculpts are mediocre. The One:12 figure looks like nothing more than a grimdark Mego. To say I've been unimpressed by the imports is an understatement. I'll gladly take $20 hasbro figures and supplement with 3P accessories. But clearly YMMV.
I'm going to get only the star wars figures I want. I have preordered the mandalorian and I already have a 3p Cape. This is going to be tough year and so if I want figures it's going to have to be in $20 area. Imports are not in my budget unfortunately