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TFA Finds at Five Below

If you have a Five Below store in your area, if may be worth your time to swing by and check out their toy section as many stores have been receiviving TFA figures that rarely made their way to big box retailers.

Personal Note:  Even if you despise 5POA, some of these figures have good accessories and heads that work out great for customs.  

Stay on Target…

Target stores are running some good deals this week, including $9.89 price on TBS 6″ figures.  The kicker though is that the only figures that rang up for this price at my  local store were Jyn, Cassian and the Death Trooper.  The tags indicate it’s all figures, so if you try and purchase others, they will likely ring up for $19.99 and you will need to explain the situation to the cashier.

Jedha Revolt sets are also $19.99 – which is a steal.  And on top of that,  you can text STAR10 to save $10 off a $50  Star Wars purchase, and STAR25 to save $25 off a $100 Star Wars purchase (excluding LEGO of course).

The only tough news here is on the new display shippers, they have limited Baze and Chirrut to 1x each in the shipper… which is typical of Hasbro’s poor distribution model.  And the 3.75″ stuff… all stuff that was released last Fall… which is absolutely ridiculous.  Where’s Raddus??

Space Walls Update

The folks at Galactic Trading Post have updated with news for everyone salivating over getting their hands on their highly anticipated Classic 3.75″ walls:

The last samples we received, we found a problem with the LED panel.  It was shrinking in the mold and so the gap lines were not lining up with other walls.  This had further delayed the walls, but we felt it had to be fixed despite additional delays.  These samples we are receiving now with have this and clip tolerance changes.  We again apologize for the delays, we hope that with these final samples all the kinks will be worked out.  We will update you once we receive the samples and have a better timeline from the factory of when we will have these in.

Personal Note:  I’ve been waiting over 20 years now for something like this to be made, so a bit of a delay here isn’t going to be the end of the world.   It’s great that it really sounds like the 3.75″ scale product will be worth the wait; and those that have the 6″ scale wall sets can already attest to just how amazing these things are.   This is factory quality stuff and you can order on their website.

Customizer Spotlight: Evilivo

Customizing perfectionist Evilivo has shared several custom updates over the past few months in our forums, including a group of Phase II Clone Troopers that exemplify exactly how Hasbro needs to approach these army builders should they ever bring clone grunts back into circulations in the 3.75″ scale.  Notice how the helmets are not oversized buckets that detract from the figure.  Check out his update after the jump!

Personal Note:  Nothing Hasbro did from 2010-2012 annoyed me more than the oversized bucket helmets they used on the spectacular VC45 mold Clone Trooper body.   Why put such horrible helmets on such a great body?  Hasbro admitted as much with our friends at Jeditemplearchives a few years ago… hopefully someday we will see some sort of definitive 3.75″ box set like what is currently being offered in the 6″ scale (or single carded figures, but I wouldn’t hold one’s breath).

Beware of Defective AT-ACT NERF Blasters

Today, my son and I eagerly opened the giant package on our front door… I just couldn’t make us wait for Christmas.  We had just seen Rogue One togeher over the weekend and this was just icing on the cake (though rather expensive icing).

While my son frantically set up a group of Rogue One rebel figures, I assembled Hasbro’s latest “big thing.”  I plopped in the batteries, and turned it on.  Watching it walk across the kitchen floor was cooler than I expected.   My son’s eyes gazed in wonder… my daughter clapped her hands… “Make it shoot!” she screamed with joy!

So I pressed the “fire” button… the hatch opened… and a sound was made… but that was all.  So I opened the hatch, expecting a simple NERF dart jam.  But alas, this AT-ACT is dysfunctional.  It will not shoot, and the hatch will not close.

For those that are against Hasbro adding NERF features to the Star Wars line, this risk is another reason to be against this sort of feature.  Who knows how many of these vehicles will begin to have this problem over time… or even when kids get it for Christmas and can’t even enjoy it for a full minute and end up crying like mine did this evening.

Hopefully this is an isolated incident, but I would be surprised if the one family that has this issue happens with is my family.  Please share your thoughts or experiences with this new toy in our forums.

A Better Way to 5POA?

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Like it or not, Hasbro’s probably not going to move away from 5POA for a while in the 3.75″ lineup.  But, maybe there’s a better way for them to entice the market to purchase more of these figures.

Would a set of alternate arms be a good way to do this?  For myself, yes, this would be a very fun way for Hasbro to make this product line much more appealing as it would help aleviate some of the frustrations with the 5POA concept.

What are your thoughts?  Sound off in the comments section here or in the forums!