Hasbro, we are MORE THAN THRILLED that The Vintage Collection is back, but may we offer some constructive criticism for the packaging? (more….)
Here is today’s advertisement for #backthebarge! Graphic courtesy of JTA reader Binary_Sun.
Can everyone who ordered Jabba’s Sail Barge already please order ONE MORE? If you do, we will meet this minimum requirement, get our Sail Barges and get our exclusive Yak Face figures. If you don’t, we’ll never have this opportunity again. NEVER. Also, if you’re in the USA or Canada and this does meet the 5000 minimum threshold, and you didn’t order it before the deadline on April 3rd, you will NEVER have another opportunity to purchase one again. EVER. Let’s do this! #backthebarge (We are 31.7% short as of this post!)
It looks like Steve Evans worked in another Easter egg in The Black Series 6″ line. This time it affects 4-LOM. Instagram user kylocollector has posted proof that 4-LOM’s eyes light up (with glow in the dark technology, not batteries obviously)! How cool is this? Special thanks to JTA reader cybereye for the alert!
Jedi Temple Archives wasn’t the only site given the exclusive invite to Hasbro’s Google Hangout yesterday. We were joined by other colleagues in our community too. Click through to see who did (and didn’t) participate. You can also click each link and be taken to their own Q&A posts. While many questions were repetitious to our own group’s, there are still new details in most of them that may be of interest to you.
Yikes. Our stomachs sank a like a brick after learning and seeing this news. Could Bubblegate be making a return along with The Vintage Collection? We have obtained an exclusive image of the TVC First Order Stormtrooper that has CLEAR EVIDENCE of the bubble separating from the card. There is even tape keeping the bubble onto the card in case the bubble frees itself completely. Hasbro, please deal with this issue as soon as possible! Hopefully, they’re already aware and have already taken measures to resolve future production.
Jedi Temple Archives was invited to an exclusive Google Hangout session with Hasbro earlier today. We partnered with Star Wars Action News and our pals at Bantha Skull to ask a series of burning questions we had about the first HasLab campaign. The Hasbro Team talked about the recently revealed painted Jabba’s Sail Barge prototype and exclusive Yak Face figure. Then we were offered the opportunity to ask the Hasbro Team our questions, one at a time, by each fan site represented until the Q&A time expired. Finally, Hasbro gave us an intimate look at the painted Jabba’s Sail Barge with close-ups and verbally described its many unique features. We’d like to thank Hasbro for taking time out of their day to do this Google Hangout session with us, and we appreciate Litzky PR for coordinating it. They also have provided NEW and EXCLUSIVE images of some of the finer details of this beautiful vessel. Click through for more!
HASBRO! Do you see what including an exclusive figure has done for the #backthebarge campaign? We are even aware of collectors that have come out their slumber hiatus SOLELY FOR THE YAK FACE figure (card back exclusive) and have plopped down $500 to back this project (FOR THE YAK FACE FIGURE!). As a result of your intelligent action, we’ve had close to 200 more backers since the announcement this morning, and we blew right into the 3000+ area now. Collectors want to feel like they’re getting something exclusive here. We’d like to suggest keeping that momentum going.
You have produced some FANTASTIC figures throughout the years that aren’t in need of an update (there will be differing opinions here for sure). However, below are eight examples/ideas of other figures you can also include with Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Again, make the 1985 The Power Of The Force card backs exclusives for HasLab, and if needed, release the original vintage Kenner card back for the general marketplace items. Click through for more!
Hasbro and Litzky PR have passed along official PRESS images of today’s painted Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) reveal and EXCLUSIVE Yak Face figure. See the full gallery on our Facebook page.
Hasbro is evidently proud of their painted sample. They just posted a time-lapse video on Twitter showing how it got its beautiful deco. Check it out!
Well, Hasbro has made this deal sweeter than bringing back The Vintage Collection. Folks on the fence: THIS should be your only reason to #backthebarge now. This exclusive POTF 85 version of Yak Face will only be available with the HasLab campaign. The standard release is coming on a Return Of The Jedi card back. This should be reason enough to support this item. This figure alone will go for $500 and more on the aftermarket. 5000 units (or so) of this exclusively packaged figure is a significant win for all collectors. (Our friends at Bantha Skull made this exact suggestion. I am glad to see it come to fruition.)
Holy! EW.com gets the exclusive story! They provide images of a painted prototype of the Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). They ALSO reveal that a carded The Power Of The Force version of Yak Face will be included (if the campaign is a SUCCESS)! Check it all out here! #backthebarge
FINALLY! Hasbro makes it crystal clear for those unable or unwilling to understand/accept this. We had addressed this question/issue for clarity with Hasbro and were told there was nothing to share at that time. Apparently, it’s because they planned to make an official announcement. So here it is. Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) WILL NOT be made available at any retail location in USA or Canada. It will only be available through HasLab! So if you want this thing, you better back it! #backthebarge Special thanks to our friends at Bantha Skull for the alert to this development.
The awesome Vintage Collection is just around the corner, and with it comes the prospect of new figures, the re-release of some we haven’t seen in quite some time, and a few we’ve seen pretty recently… To go along with Paul’s article, I wanted to offer up some additional thoughts. There is one thing in particular that will be essential in making sure we get through one wave to the next: case assortments.
What makes a good wave? Click through for some examples and be sure to leave your comments.
History should NOT repeat itself as often as it does in the Hasbro line. As the concern for proper case assortments continues to grow, we have provided evidence of what brought the first run of The Vintage Collection to a screeching halt. Within the collecting community, it was hailed the TPM 3D Debacle of 2012; you know a significant period in history like the War of 1812. (Who knew 200 years later collectors would be fighting for the salvaging of The Vintage Collection?) This article is two-fold. Firstly, we want to show what horrid case assortments will do to a thriving line. And secondly, we want to show what figures make great carry-forward options and which ones do not. (more….)
Hasbro, this is a public service announcement from JTA. We want to ensure the health and longevity of the return of The Vintage Collection. As such, we’d like to emphasize how important it is that figures like Rey, First Order Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren and perhaps even Snoke, should probably not be carried forward into any other subsequent waves. Sorry for our premature panic, but we don’t want to write The Vintage Collection’s eulogy a second time as early as this Christmas. As a reminder, if you absolutely MUST repack figures, we have a huge list of generation 1 TVC figures in addition to figures from The Black Series [Phase I and Phase II], The Legacy Collection and Legacy Collection that would love to join the lineup and will be much more successful for the line’s longevity. Please let us know if we and other fan sites can help. Remember, by and large, the people buying The Vintage Collection line are Original Trilogy enthusiasts looking to complete the “Collect All 92!” figures as well as other OT-inspired characters that never received the chance to be placed in glory on Kenner-inspired card backs. Also, getting more of those original TVC figures out again will provide new stock for those jumping on this train for the first time. Thank you!
Longtime JTA reader and 3.75″ super-articulated enthusiast Mike R. sent us some disconcerting news about his #backthebarge order. It was canceled because of a PayPal time window protocol. Could this be the reason we’re starting to see orders fall off? Click through for more.
We all remember the great TARGET exclusive Force Link three-pack that included Emperor Palpatine, Luke Skywalker and an Emperor’s Royal Guard. (See our review of it HERE if you’re not familiar with it.) We also recall Hasbro released Emperor Palpatine as a single-carded basic figure. But many collectors wondered if the other two figures from that three-pack would also be released singly as well. It would make sense that Hasbro would have both Luke Skywalker and Emperor’s Royal Guard on their radar for releases as single basic figures too, wouldn’t it?
Holy moly! Is this the thing that could salvage Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna)? Online UK retailer Dark Side Toys has been working hard behind the scenes to get Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) into the UK. They will be making a “huge” announcement at 6 PM UK time. If you’re in the UK and want this item, you best pay attention to their Facebook page. In the meantime, they write “We have some exciting news about The Jabba Sail Barge for UK customers! We have been working behind the scenes very hard to bring it here come back at 6 pm to find out all the details.”
UPDATE: If you live in these countries, you’re in luck! Click “Full Story” for list of countries!
If you missed out on these figures, Amazon has them in-stock for just about retail price. Make sure to follow the links to pick up these really great figures. Be sure to check out the Research Droid Reviews as well!
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It may be the Ides of March, but Hasbro remains happy and positive about Jabba’s Sail Barge and sends us exclusive information on the item’s shipping box. Since Jabba’s Sail Barge is now more than halfway to reaching its goal, Hasbro would love to say thank you for the amazing support behind this HasLab initiative by moving forward with the reveal of another exciting tidbit! Please see the attached exclusive image of Hasbro’s own Mark Boudreaux holding the Barge’s white box mock-up for scale. You’ve been curious to see how this will come packaged, now the official box size has been revealed.
Last night we received a special delivery from Litzky PR and Hasbro: the Battle On Crait multipack and a free digital download of The Last Jedi. We thank them for this package. Click the image below to see it. You can read our review of it HERE.
After some recent articles I think it is a good idea to get everyone to calm down just a little.
Most here are probably not acquainted with crowdfunding. And this is Hasbro’s first foray into crowdfunding too – and what a project it is. They ask for no more than $2,500,000. Or $500 from each backer.
As of now the Barge has 2,595 backers. Progress has stalled considerably in the past few days, despite opening up the project to Canada. Reason for panic? Is the Barge bound to fail? Let me show you a few graphics to give you hope and confidence.
Advertisement courtesy of Binary_Son. #backthebarge!
Hasbro has passed along the six pages of the HasLab Behind The Workbench booklet on Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). This 64-page booklet will be made available if the Sail Barge meets its minimum backers. Click HERE to download your copy.
Basic math tells us that we can get to $2.5 million dollars in many ways (the magic number required to make this long-awaited vehicle a reality). So it made us wonder if collectors would be more inclined to pick up Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) if it were half the price. That would of course mean we would need double the backers. How many of you would be more inclined to pick up this beast if it were half the price (also knowing that there would be double the units in the marketplace and double the backers needed). Or would there be 7,143 of us who would be willing to back this thing for $350? Is the $500 price point the real killer of this first HasLab offering? Or is it so much more than this?
With special thanks to JTA reader Binary_Sun, here is today’s advertisement for #backthebarge!
It’s OFFICIAL! We’re halfway there. Keep livin’ on a prayer! #backthebarge!
Well, it’s official. Collectors are Jabba The Hutt and Steve Evans and Hasbro are Boushh (in a powerfully descriptive metaphor). As collectors try to suggest to Hasbro that 2500 backers are good enough for Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) instead of the full goal required, Steve Evans from Hasbro makes it painfully clear in our comments that Hasbro needs 5000 backers, no less. As we continue to wish, hope and fantasize that this thing is coming despite this fact, maybe we can eventually both agree that 3500 is the most fair number here. (There we go fantasizing again.) In the meantime #backthebarge people. This is serious now, folks. #backthebarge!
Site comicbook.com has posted a preview of the “Behind The Workbench” book that will accompany Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) if the minimum backing is met. Does anyone else find it odd that these booklets would be published and printed before the backing minimum is met? Anyway, check it out and be sure to come back here to talk about it!
Daniel Logan supports #backthebarge! Young Boba Fett himself pleads with Star Wars collectors to support this unprecedented campaign. If it’s good enough for Boba Fett, it’s good enough for you! #backthebarge!
With special thanks to JTA reader Binary_Son for the artwork, here is your daily reminder to #backthebarge! Snap to it!
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