A New POA Hope?

Our friends at Jeditemplearchives.com have posted an article hinting that Hasbro might finally be upgrading the basic 3.75″ movie figure line with The Last Jedi with more than 5POA .

We can only hope this holds true considering the overall letdown the mainline 3.75″  toy line has been (and lack of retail success)  over the past few years.

Head on over and check out what they had to say after the jump!

  • 80sRobot

    You know, maybe if Hasbro figured out that holding back most sought-after characters as figures isn’t the way to go. It’s not about POA, actually.

    For example, there was a strong demand for several Rogue One characters. (And there still is.) But for Wave 1 Hasbro only released four on single cards, and paired other more popular characters with less popular characters in two-packs. Both collectors and parents I think are sick of this tactic.

    The result is that retailers have moved on to the next toy product lines, or need to clear their shelves of current SW merchandise. Waves 3 and 4 of the Rogue One line are now relegated to the up-charged collectors market, and maybe in 2018, we’ll find them dumped in abundance at dollar stores for $5 (if we’re lucky).

    if this Hasbro strategy continues, you won’t be able to buy the latter waves for TLJ in retail until late 2018 or early 2019.

    • 80sRobot

      My guesses which TLJ characters will be the first four single card Wave 1:

      1. Rey in Jedi training outfit
      2. Kylo Ren
      3. One of Snoke’s crimson guards
      4. Generic Resistance pilot


    • Rykrof_Enloe

      That’s part of it, sure. It’s really a combination of several layers of mismanagement.

  • Dave

    Too little too late. They lost me years ago. Quality has been declining, distribution has gotten worse, and the exclusive scalper market they cater to has made collecting anything from Hasbro not fun.

  • JasonH

    What difference does it make? With the crappy distribution, most of us probably won’t see half the figures in stores anyway.

  • This is the real POA future ONE single POA in the new Disney Droid Factory BB-8 LOL https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5310cfbd37735cf86ed086622ec68c4f67fe4d678e68d48165a3581cd80cde8.jpg

  • Mother_Talzin

    I don’t mind 5 POA, so if they want to add more articulation and maintain the same 7.99 pricepoint, that’ll work. If added articulation bumps it up to 9.99, they’ll have a problem with sales in my opinion.

    • Paulskywalker

      They’re already 10.99 in most places here in the UK. And now they’re starting to show up in bulk in discount store for 3.99 and I still won’t but 5 poa.

    • I sort of think that $9.99 for a figure with DECENT articulation is an okay price. Most stores are charging $7.99 for 5 POA, and Walmart was charging $13 for the super articulated line. IF Hasbro were to eliminate BOTH lines, and give us one standard line, available everywhere, I would be okay with that. But of course we all know The Vintage Collection is coming back and will be available mass retail. If we do get improved articulation in the basic figure line, I think we will see an increase to $9.99 for those and probably $13 for the TVC figures.

  • LaurenceQuint

    Let’s hope so! It’s been profoundly frustrating that their sculpting has gotten SO good over the last two movie waves while trapping it with that awful 5POA construction.

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      After 22 years of collecting, I can’t​ recall a stretch as bad as the past 3-4 years has been. Hasbro is driving their product into the ground with arrogance, greed, and a disregard for the end consumers and their retail partners. Hopefully they are getting back on track, which if actually is happening, is an overdue reaction due to sluggish retail sales…

      Well, Hasbro… we told you so. But what do we know? We’re just the consumers who have been supporting the line for years on end… So tired of this stretch of terrible management…

      • Littlegreenwiseguy

        Very well said. Their course correction should have been much sooner, but we will see what happens in the next 6 – 9 months. I’m trying to keep a little optimism here.

        • Wandawgreen

          my best friend’s step-mother makes $85 hourly on the computer . She has been fired from work for nine months but last month her pay check was $17089 just working on the computer for a few hours. see it here ++++++++++

      • LaurenceQuint


      • austinlaw

        I just think back to my childhood, when there were pegs upon pegs of all the Star Wars figures, vehicles, etc. you could possibly want. You never had to run from store to store day after day looking for that elusive figure. I remember the same for GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, you name it. Everything these days is subject to forced scarcity, which does nothing but frustrate collectors and enrich scalpers. We are truly in dark times with regards to product availability – I hope it changes soon.

        • Part of the problem is retail won’t dedicate that much space to any product line anymore. If they can’t cram it into a 4 ft area and make the pegs to close together you can’t shop them, then they want nothing to do with it. Hasbro doesn’t want to invest the money into keeping more than a handful of figures available. I would love to go into a store and see a constant flow of new and slightly older figures, but it’s just not going to happen in these times.It also really doesn’t help with a new movie coming out every year. Hasbro just can’t develop a full product line when it takes 12-18 months from concept to shelves. I’m not defending them, by any means. But that is reality.

          As far as how the brand has been run lately, I could not agree more. The two guys who took over for DDP have done NOTHING but run the Star Wars line into the ground.