So to summarize my Pulse Con orders and general Hasbro and virtual con takeaways:
Wednesday: bought one of every Pulse Con exclusive Item minus Power Rangers and the clothing items.
Thursday: had someone else buy on my behalf a second Cobra Commander, Heroes of Endor set, and Hellfire club set so I can have ones to open.
Also Thursday: had someone else buy me a third Hellfire Club set so I can have a Jean body for the Selene head.
Friday: Ordered all the new Marvel 6” Legends and 3.75 figures via Walmart and Pulse. I think I ordered all the Star Wars Black Series and Vintage figures (But not the holiday figures) via Walmart, Target, and Pulse. I say “I think” because honestly it’s getting difficult to keep track and I’m also starting to lose interest in the Black Series between the line becoming simultaneously hard to collect with all the store exclusives and less interesting with all the straight up repacks and repaints.
Today: ordered all the GI Joes available via Walmart. Failed to order the 2 via Target. Also ordered a couple of Transformers via Walmart. Thought about the Ecto one on Target but it was sold out so didn’t have to think about it for too long.
So now I:
a) have to hope none of the preorders get cancelled since Walmart and Target have tendencies of doing that
b) I have to hope any items that I planned to keep carded like one of each of the GI Joe retro figures ship safely.
c) I have to decide rather or not to back the new Star Wars Haslab Project. I’ve backed all the others and would normally back this one but 2020 hasn’t been a great year for my work in the film industry and 2021 isn’t looking to be that much better so I have to decide rather or not to sit this one out.
d) I have to find a way to get Firefly and a couple of Vipers when they come out.
e) I have to see if I have any luck getting these other random store exclusives I’ve recently missed like the Walgreens figures, Galaxy’s Edge figures and Mandelorian figures
As for Pulse Con itself—it was fine. I’m at SDCC in person every year so nothing virtual is really going to compare to that annual experience. That said while I think there were some excellent reveals (Zartan!, some solid Legends, an overdue JarJar). If this had been the summary of what we’d seen in the Hasbro display cases in San Diego it would have been underwhelming compared to most years. As far as panels go—there was a lot of filler. They could have probably trimmed it down to either one day or two shorter days. Outside of the Celebs legit into D&D or there to say something brief about an upcoming Hasbro related movie the celebrities and musical guests were unnecessary (And I’m saying that as someone who knows and has worked with a number of these people in real life—so I enjoyed seeing them again during this long lockdown—but except for the ones that were actually into the things getting promoted and revealed they were just off message and eating time). Also I don’t know if it was just me seeing it this way as I might have a unique perspective as someone who works in the industry, but it felt awkward watching those Power Ranger actors have to applaud and smile over a trailer that basically promotes them getting replaced and now being out of work.