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During Hasbro’s 2017 earnings conference call this morning, CEO Brian Goldner stated that, in the future, product launches (i.e. events like Force Friday) for Star Wars entertainment will be timed closer to the entertainment’s release and not have months of lead in as happened with The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi and more in the vein of how it’s being handled for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Over the weekend, I stopped by a St. Louis based collector shop known as SAGA TOYS (great place, I highly recommend it), and was reminded of just how terrible the state of collecting Hasbro products has generally fallen over the past several years thanks to the awesome display of older TVC figures that SAGA TOYS has on their pegs.
Times are hard for collectors, and also for the retailers due to so many sublines of inferior product these days that appeal to fewer and fewer customers. We are truly hoping that Hasbro rights the ship with a great TVC line that goes on for years, brings back the glory of background aliens and droids, has a nice variety of army builders (with alternate heads), throws in a healthy splash of OT goodness, brings back good case assortments with nice distribution, makes smart use of articulation without over-engineering the figures, and puts an MSRP on the line that doesn’t doom it out of the gate.
But is that really going to happen with Hasbro’s next dive into TVC? Do you all have that much faith in Hasbro to get things back on track? Do they even know how to manage the 3.75″ line anymore with the Disney media barrage? Share your thoughts after the jump!
A new customizing community has launched via a private Facebook group. Star Wars: A Custom 1:12 Galaxy is a community of like-minded customizers as well as an educational resource for 1:12 Star Wars custom figures and dioramas. Their customizer’s archive is a variable “cookbook” chock-full of figure recipes, diorama blueprints, tutorial guides and a databank of materials that will allow you to search out and find the unique custom cast parts you need to complete any project.
To help promote this endeavor, we are proud to debut their recipe and tutorial for an amazing 6″ Yak Face/Saelt Marae figure. Click on through for the detailed images and info.
Hasbro is really banking on the success of the Mighty Muggs line. As we reported last month with the rumor of 8 more on the way, you can now double that as I have found listings for 8 more. Click on through for the list that includes characters from Rogue One, Solo, A New Hope, Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace.