Hasbro, please don’t be fooled by all the barking and clapping seals praising every meager new toy announcement you reveal. There is a huge swelling undercurrent of frustrated longtime Star Wars collectors that are growing increasingly aggravated by your lack of vision for Return Of The Jedi’s glorious 40th anniversary. We will riot if you don’t produce at least two items below. Please produce any two of the following: Jabba The Hutt playset (um, you already have all the parts for this), Sy Snootles And The Rebo Band (sorry – 9 out of 10 man-babies agree you’ve owed us this for years now), Ewok Village playset (we need something to enhance that awful Endor Bunker), an all-new Squid Head (Tessek) figure, or Imperial Dignitary (Sim Aloo). Please don’t make us angry. You wouldn’t like us when we’re angry.
But they could have prevented it. A few additions would have made this a surefire hit, and collectors might not have balked at its price. But wow. That Jabba’s Palace Throne Room playset environment is something else, isn’t it? That said, you know from the comments that its price is staggering, and collectors are saying “no way.” Collectors are being forced into a “direct to market” scenario as it’s a Hasbro Pulse exclusive. And there were so many ample opportunities they could have incorporated to make this The Vintage Collection centerpiece shine above anything else released previously. Well, maybe save for The Khetanna. With just about 15 minutes of talking about this item with my good friend John McCartney, we came up with many ideas to guarantee this release some incredibly enormous success (and enthusiasm). (more….)
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