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  1. Just noticed this line in returing to thread. Sigma Six is actually mostly a rebranding and upscaling of Robot Rebellion. Notice how heavy Overkill is scene in the tank and robots are used. Bats that we did get in 3 3/4" scale btw. So the sigma six stuff is actually based on Robot Rebellion! not the other way around. I still think we missed out on some excellent toys and wonder about it sometimes. I knew some guys who had inside sources at the time, and you have NO idea what we missed out on.... New RAM with Lt. Falcon New DDP comic packs (with new figures, like the Covergirl set, I heard there were plans for Serpentor, Roadblock, Raptor Vipers, etc) New Crimson Guard and Cobra Trooper figures And pretty much everyone who appeared in a non-Sigma Suit in that cartoon? All had a figure on tap (like Buzzer and Zartan, Hasbro showed the Destro at the Hasbro tour) And there were plans to continue the "sub line" theme like Ninja Battles, next one would have featured the Stall family and featured Sgt. Barrage, Muskrat and Voltar. So yeah, we missed out on a LOT of kick ass stuff Hasbro had in the pipeline.
  2. Amazon never advertised the Dreadnok cycle (oddly, despite having the tools, Hasbro never did do any Alphas for DTC), it DID however appear in a leaked retail list for the first wave of Robot Rebellion product (along with stuff like the CLAW Mech and repainted Defense mech). Amazon DID, however, advertise a "Joe Mech Walker" (presumably the Iron Hammer prior to being modified for 2.5") and the Cobra "BAT Tracker". The only image I know of the BAT (BET?) Tracker was an animation image from the 05 Joecon, it was a Cobra vehicle which never ended up appearing in the Sigma Six cartoon series http://www.mastercollector.com/neat/gijoe/minneapolis/images/hasbrobooth/PICT0456.jpg Though my memory is a bit fuzzy, I don't think the Doomcycle and the Sigma Six Dreadnok cycles were the same (though, Hasbro could have still used tooling from that old vehicle in making the current one)
  3. 1. Mattel's in that classic "damned if you do/damned if you don't" situation there. My guess is there might be a SLIGHT discount when buying by the case, but it'll amount to at best a buck off retail for each figure (not factoring in the tax variation) 2. Hasbro has been selling ALL of their retail items through Hasbro Toy shop for almost 4 years now without any ill effects I can see. If Walmart or Target dump the line, it will be because it wasn't selling to their expectations. And given Matty Collector's pour reputation, most who buy online already have preferred sources. Realistically, Matty offering cases will not have a meaningful impact on the line through other retailers. Sorry, but Marvel Legends never "wiped the floor" at the retail level to begin with. Yes it was popular with collectors, but it was never a heavy player. In case you hadn't noticed, but Hasbro pretty much owns the action figure aisle, and are making a profit on top of that. If you took the average retail space for all of Mattel's action figure lines (DCUC, DCIH, Batman, Avatar), you MIGHT fill up half the space the Marvel brand gets at retail. And that's not counting GI Joe, Transformers, and Star Wars (the latter two basically able to take an entire aisle to themselves) Hasbro may not be catering to collectors with their brands like Mattel is doing with DCUC and Masters of the Universe, but Hasbro is actually making money on their house brands and as a company. Despite being the "number one" toy maker in the world, Mattel hasn't turned a meaningful profit since last Christmas (if that)
  4. And it isn't helped by the fact Jakks has lost the WWE license, so they may very well have underproduced some assortments so they don't get stuck with leftovers when Mattel's stuff hits. And CS SE is only rare for now because the fans have hyped him up. It's 25th Flint all over again. Give the stores holidays to clear out the backstock they have and he'll be out in number. As far as I know, Hasbro doesn't have another wave set for release before March at the earliest.
  5. For what it was, it was a great popcorn summer action flick. Which is all I expected it to be, and in many respects, is probably a better film on its own than even Transformers 1. I think what ultimately dissappointed me was how comparitively little support it got compared to Transformers or even STar Trek. I really think this film could have completely rejuvenated the brand from a mass market standpoint just as the 07 film did for Transformers. But it seemed a bit lost in the shuffle between Star Trek and Transformers 2. In effect, it was competing against more viable competition (especially with Transformers). I think had the film waited a mere one year, or simply NOT been hitting the same summer as TF, it would have done SO MUCH better (not that its current success is anything to sneeze at but you get my point).
  6. Actually, I think if the Flagg is a prominant feature of the next feature film, we may get A Flagg playset. But it won't be a reissue of the original, nor would it even come close to replicating any of the "size elements" of that toy. Most likely scenario to me is the central control tower, a bit of the lower decks, and a cardboard runway for a retail in the neighborhood of $130 (assuming retailers will invest in such an item after the rather mediocre performance of the current line at retail.)
  7. www.mattycollector.com does not carry retail product.
  8. And what is the corporate perception when all these toylines get dumped at the discount outlets? That there is no market for them at a profitable level. Which means stores reduce (if not completely cease) ordering said lines because they don't sell. And when the stores stop ordering...lines end. I'm not going to defend Mattel here (and seriously, considering as far as my area is concerned DCUC doesn't even EXIST), for being "the largest toy company in the world" toylines should NOT have the quality control issues fans have been complaining about for years now. At this point, Mattel should NOT be making the same pig headed mistakes with distribution, character selection and case ratios they've been doing for over a damn decade. HOWEVER, I think a LOT of you need to remember that prices DO go up. Inflation and cost DO rise over time. I remember when Transformers Basics/Scounts retailed for $5. Now, they run $8. Deluxes finally went up to $13 this year. You don't want to pay the price at retail for these, fine, that is your choice. But do remember that if the retail stores don't feel like they are making enough profit with these toylines, they will NOT hesitate to dump the line.
  9. Pfft, that doesn't mean anything. I recall more than a few snickers and mocking of the first TF film after a group saw the initial teaser (the Mars Rover one). It was mocked because a LOT of people think mocking is funny or cool. But I'll bet real money just about all of the ones that said that will see the movie within the first week. When I saw I saw RotF for the second time (yes, I actually sat through it twice, dang sister wanted someone to go with her...), we were near a young child who responded quite well to the GI Joe trailer (loved the TF film as well, he liked them robots!). My feeling is the Joe film will basically be a "Transformers in miniature", ie, critics and fans will tear it apart, but the kids and mass market will respond well to it and more than a few toys will be sold.
  10. Hate to burst your bubble, but GI Joe (in so far as the 80s line) has ALWAYS had a hefty futuristic/sci-fi slant. The 25th line succeeded heavily on nostalgia and retro designs, not because the figures were expressely "war heroes". In fact one of the single most popular 25th figures (the BAT) is a ROBOT! Keep in mind that the 25 line (not to mention the original line itself) is loaded with such "contemporary" items like a weapons dealer with a metal mask, ninjas, bikers, jet packs and robots. You're free to enjoy GI Joe however you like, but GI Joe: RAH has NEVER been a source for a super realistic toyline.
  11. A better question might be...which "comics"? The original 60s comics (which have ALL been retconned/refashioned to some degree over the years)? The Ultimate comics? The "Marvel Adventures" Comics? And that's just Marvel DC is an even bigger mess with Golden Age, Silver Age, Modern Age pre and post Crisis, and god knows what else in the past few years I don't know about. And to be honest, it seems a vast majority of complaints about the superhero films has less to do with the quality of the adaption, and more the visual representation of the material. Clam, for example, completely ignores how accurate the first Spider-Man was to the mythos in favor of the visual look of the Green Goblin. Most of the complaints about the X-Men films has less to do with the story or characterizations and more to do with the fact the costumes weren't yellow spandex. Ultimately, it is moot whether fans think the changes are good or bad. Changes will be done regardless because no group of fans will ever come to any sort of consensus.
  12. The Battleship game I believe is from Hasbro and will be available at retail. But the "classic" Joe monopoly set is being done by the same crew that did other niche monopoly editions like The Simpsons and Transformers G1. So if you found those at retail, you should be able to find the Joe set, but I've only seen them at specialty stores.
  13. Not only that, but check out that gear! Just from what I can see, we got 3 or 4 different helmets (depending on what it is in the top left of the blister), some 4 guns, 3 vests, AND a tactical shield. AND NO spring loaded weapons! This is probably the closest we get to an accessory pack for a LONG time.
  14. That's largely it. The studios were expecting/hoping for a $50-$60 million opening though, so it performed noticeably above expectations. That's good. It probably hasn't fully opened "worldwide" yet, either. Good word of mouth should keep it performing reasonably well, even if Angels and Demons will likely boot it out of the top spot next weekend. I think Star Trek could end up like Batman Begins. That film didn't have a huge opening weekend (by comparison/expectations), but the word of mouth and positive reception caused it to pull solid numbers for several weeks. So I wouldn't be surprised if the film broke the 250 Million mark by the end of its theatre run, it will just take longer.
  15. Comic packs are a different animal than the regular carded assortment. To a very large extent, comic packs are largely composed of "one off" molds, figures who will not likely see another use outside of the comic pack release. A good example being Darth Krayt, he is basically an all new figure. But outside of comic packs, he will never be seen again. So it's either cut the articulation and get all new molds, or see a LOT more rehash than the line already sees. Compare a single card Star wars figure, and they pretty much DO have the same set of articulation outside of the hips.
  16. Keep in mind that unless associated with a big media push (be it new cartoon or feature film), a vast majority of toylines go into a relatively "dormant" state after Christmas. At least your stores carry DCUC, my LONE Walmart hasn't 6" DC figures since after Christmas in 2006. As far as my area is concerned, the only DC product Mattel makes is Batman stuff.
  17. Sometimes instead of using an "assortment tag" for the shelf tags for toys (particularly toys that ship in multifigure assortments, like DCUC), the toy people will scan a specific figure for a price tag. In this case, they scanned a Superman figure (which was probably the black suited figure in their system as "Superman regenerated" or something like that)
  18. To clarify: Zartan- basically the same one out in the "wave 11" release. This release dumps the swamp skier and adds his accessories from the 2007 figure (so a total of 3 masks, two guns, etc) Flint is the 5 pack figure with the original head, possible Tiger Force arms (the 5 pack has different arms from the Tiger Force release), and accessories from both his single and multipack figures. A more practical solution is to simply take the 5 pack Flint, and swap heads from the Flint in Disguise figure (which would net you an extra Cobra trooper at that!) Beachhead is likely the same mold as the comic pack, but they also threw in his 07 accessories as well. There MAY be some color changes from the comic pack Storm shadow has new new arms and few extra accessories (like the grappling hook from the 5 pack)
  19. MSRP is $7.99, not counting retailer discrepencies and sales. In regards to Sgt. STone....I still think he was concieved as REsolute Flint or a rework of Falcon, maybe a "movie Flint", but given the venue, Hasbro just did some name grabbing. Save the "bigger names" for the sequel(s). Still a VERY nice figure though, and hopefully the base body will be reused in a more colorful look later, as I think the line IS getting a bit stale with so many figures using the same camo patterns.
  20. If that were the case, then you have a film with even less to do with the 80s property than the one we have now. And I'd bet the fans would complain even more AND you would loose the visually iconic characters like Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. There are numerous problem with your "experiment". If two different styles of film were released at once, you end up cannibalizing returns from one or both as people decide which one to go to. You release them at different times of the year, then if one is considered "bad" (which for all you know could end up the "classic" version), the performance of the brand as a whole is effected by word of mouth about the "bad GI Joe movie". Why would someone see ANOTHER GI Joe movie if the one they saw earlier was a piece of crap? Then there's toys. I feel the toy sales will have a big impact on the overall success of the property (both movie and after), but with multiple movies (and if fans had their way, the classic figures as well), you'd have two or three CONFLICTING toylines on sale at the same time. So now, when little Timmy says "I want GI Joe" the parents have to pick up one of three conflicting figures. And if they don't care what it is, then your data becomes flawed because there is no clear way to determine if the sale was determined by the success of one of the films. Same reason Hasbro only marketed movie-style Transformers toys following summer 2007. Besides, to compete, the films either have drastically reduced budgets, or the studio would spend DOUBLE on an unproven property, there are the conflicting marketing costs, So basically, the entire idea of your "experiment" is dramatically flawed.
  21. Walmart is the only store I know of that has Comic packs at $13. Hasbro's MSRP on them is still 9.99, so if you don't like the price, buy them elsewhere.
  22. On a budget of almost $270 million, even then, the film STRUGGLED to break that milestone. And from what I heard, the toy sales were fairly mediocre as well, compared to other superhero films like Batman or Mattel's other push that year, Cars. For all intents and purposes, Superman Returns was a flop, and I have a hard time believing Warner would opt to let him do a sequel to a sequel of a film 20 years old. Unless he intends to start over and put his own spin on the mythos (as was done with Batman and Hulk), I don't have much faith. Superman Returns, like Watchmen, was a perfect example of a director letting their love of a source material (in this case, the original feature film) override their personal vision and what is best for the film. If he doesn't intend to REALLY reboot, I don't see a big point in a sequel.
  23. Actually, Hasbro's MSRP on 3.75 action figures has been $7.99 since last September. All said, Walmart has had SW at $7.44 here since the end of January, and is the only store to still have GI Joe at less than $7 a figure (before taxes). The new price doesn't surprise me a bit.
  24. http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBra...=23312&PG=1 Just sayin...
  25. If you are talking about the figures themselves, NONE of the line is really rare. Over 75% of the 2007 figures were reissued last fall on non-foil cards, and pretty much everything released since wave 8 (with the exception of the BAT and a few other select items) is readily available on Hasbro Toy Shop. If you are talking expressely the foil carded figures from 2007 and early 2008, then yes, Flint is among the harder ones to get, more due to percieved rarity than anything else.
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