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Star Wars Farce Friday

A2Z Photography
A2Z Photography

I had been looking forward to this event for a long time, even despite all the hiccups along the way. I may criticize Hasbro a lot, but there’s something awesome about going to a midnight madness event. One aspect is that I have always done these events with my family, and they also feel super fulfilling. I’ve always been able to find everything I want, without any difficulty what-so-ever. This Midnight Madness definitely leaned in the other direction.

The evening before MM, my friend Matt and I’s game plan went south. After re-grouping and Jack in the Box tacos, we ended up going to Glen Carbon, IL Walmart. They had the 18 ft train and the aisle ready to go at almost exactly midnight. The staff there was absolutely awesome. I showed the girl guarding the aisle my phone at 12:01, and was allowed to go in. I grabbed Rey’s Speeder and was ready to go because that’s all they had from my “buy list”. There was a lot of stuff stocked, just not enough Hasbro items. My friend and his wife Sierra ended up picking up about $40 worth of stuff, and the only other person there was a bald guy who was super rude, who absolutely wouldn’t talk to us. “How are you doing tonight man, excited?” was met with total silence, as were all other communications.

We then jetted over to Woodriver, IL Walmart, but the staff there was a bunch of “good ol’ boys”, and they didn’t have anything out. When I asked the guy about the time line for getting stuff on the shelves, he told me it could take a while. It was already like 1:00 by that point, so we left and I took my friend’s home. We decided to hit up Target that next day because of the coupons, $10 off a $50 purchase, or $25 of $100. I mean, it’s was probably a better deal anyway, and their displays would be freaking awesome.

A2Z Photography
A2Z Photography

When I got home I stayed up for another 3 hours or so reading reports and stuff from the forums, and chatting with other local collectors. After seeing a lot of Toysrus stores not receiving hardly anything, or hearing about kids crying because Target didn’t have what they wanted, I ended up ordering the bulk of my stuff from Amazon. They were offering the same coupons at Target, so I definitely wanted to make sure I got the stuff I wanted: a desert speeder, and some Snowspeeders for my photonovel. I wanted three; however Amazon had a limit of two per customer. I also had to add Rey’s Speeder to the order because there wasn’t anything else I wanted, and couldn’t make up the $100 coupon minimum, so I have to return one of them to Walmart sometime.

My friend and I then met up again at around 9:30 Friday morning, and went to Edwardsville, IL Target. They pretty much had everything but the 2-packs, Falcon, and big TIE. We talked to a guy named Austin for about an hour, which also gave me time to think about buying the Poe’s X-Wing or not. I went back and forth a hundred times, but decided to pass on it because of how poor the reviews were.

A2Z Photography
A2Z Photography

I was able to purchase my third Snowspeeder for the photonovel while we were there, so I was pretty much done. Matt bought 5 Funkos Pop!’s for $2.68 a piece, which made us wonder if that was a pricing error in the system, or just a great deal. He also got the 12 inch Kylo Ren, which had a great head sculpt, but looked as if it was wearing goucho pants.

A2Z Photography
A2Z Photography

Overall, I’m happy that I got everything I wanted (that made it to retail); however the lack of product was really apparent as I read others’ reports. Some people took their kids to the event, and even being one of the first 10 people in line didn’t ensure they were able to buy any figures. Likewise, Walmarts didn’t receive any ships bigger than class 1 deluxe, so they missed out on a portion of their buying publics. At the same time, I have to mention that reviews of some items, like the X-Wing were so bad they influenced me not to purchase them, so maybe not stocking them was a good move afterall. I really did want one; however I just can’t justify something that doesn’t scale well with past items, has flimsy rubber parts, or see through plastic in area that shouldn’t be see through. I also didn’t buy one figure because of the lack of articulation. Walmart did announce they’d continue the Black Series articulated line as a store exclusive, but the first three figures are repacks, so that’s great.

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Journey to Force Friday (Spoilers Apply)

T Bone’s Star Wars Universe
T Bone’s Star Wars Universe

As expected, there have been several product leaks over the past week or so for The Force Awakens, Disney and Hasbro’s top-secret love child. Also as expected, nothing has been officially revealed, and save for these leaks, we’d have no idea what was coming out at Midnight Madness on the 4th. As reports started coming in of items hitting eBay and then subsequently Twitter, I was super excited to check out what was being offered this year. Of course I was really pulling for a super (or decently) articulated product line; however there have been no reports of anything outside of a 5 (or 6) POA basic line.

I am excited to say many of the sculpts look top-notch this time around. Phasma, Kylo, and several other figures look like they’ve been sculpted wonderfully. They’re full of detail, and have decent neutral stances. On the other hand, some other figures look like they are straight out the vintage era / a McDonald’s kids meal, like the Constable guy.

Rebelscum
Rebelscum

The packaging is definitely my favorite part of these figures so far because the card backs are really nice. I think the images are really crisp, and the design is definitely appealing. I think the character names should be a lot more noticeable, but that’s really none of my concern. For non-collectors I could definitely see it being an issue, or parents during the holidays. I can just see them now, looking for “the one guy that can only move his arms and legs”.

JackKnight - Ebay
JackKnight80 – Ebay

One issue I do have is that they all come with a build-a-weapon, which sounded really cool on paper (okay, my computer screen) a few weeks ago. After seeing them all, I wonder what in-universe corporation in Star Wars makes all these heavy power tools and industrial lawn mowers.

It is good to see a deluxe line, as well as mini-rigs return, but these designs just do not interest me. The deluxe line is a basic (5POA) figure with an added armor piece, which might be good for a few custom figures, but just does not interest me enough off-hand to warrant picking one up. The mini-rigs are nice; especially the speeder, which includes (so far) the only figure with articulated legs. I do wonder how much of these designs were changed for the toys. I see the handle bars on the speeder are oriented “up” so the figure can hold them. I wonder if that’s a liberty taken for the toy, or an actual design? The same goes for the walker; do the troopers actually stand, or is this a design specifically made for the 5POA figures?

blacksmiths_collectibles - Ebay
blacksmiths_collectibles – Ebay

Overall and so far, I haven’t seen one item leak that I’ll be buying. I actually can’t even decide if I still want to even go to Midnight Madness because I simply don’t collect what is being offered. Had these first 12 figures been articulated I would have dropped around $200 on them at the $13 price point, but as it stands I will be saving my money for other endeavors. I know it is pretty early in the game, and more products will probably leak in the coming weeks; however I honestly doubt there will be an articulated line of figures concurrent with these 5 POA figures.

Moreover, I have seen a pretty decent amount of backlash from collectors on forums saying Hasbro “Hasblows”, they should rename the event “Farce Friday”, and that they can keep their 5 POS figures. Needless to say, I’m pretty sure once a company spends 4 years stuck in the mud, then they finally get on the road with a set of figures like the Black Series wave 8, only to back off into the ditch with a trailer full of kid’s meal figures, you lose a lot of support in the process.