Depends on what you consider getting merchandise of. I feel like the only *important* characters we didn't get figures of were Leia and Luke (there's rumors of him, though). As for the vehicles, they all saw release in one form or another as Titaniums, Hot Wheels, Micro Machines, those Disney Store models, etc. In fact it was seeing the vehicles next to a much larger selection of O.T. and P.T. vehicles that made me first realize the movie was kind of un-toyetic.
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Posted 22 June 2016 - 12:57 PM
Where is this "Force Awakens wasn't very toyetic" coming from? Seriously, I'd argue it provided better fodder for toys than Episode 1, and is probably on par with Episode 4.
There is a larger selection of OT and PT vehicles because merchandisers are pulling from SIX films plus TWO animated series for fodder. And we're seeing a lot of that stuff because everyone was REALLY playing to nostalgia for STar Wars (be it those who grew up on the Original Trilogy, or newer collectors coming in from the prequel and cartoon eras).
I think the biggest thing with TFA's product push was that...it's not 1978. Hell, it's not even 2008, in terms of how retailers and the market are addressing the brand. I do believe that, in another time, we probably could have seen a toy line on par (and be as successful) as what we saw with Episode 3. But that just isn't the market we live in anymore.
But at least this thread isn't full of constant complaints about how Hasbro is screwing over collectors by not making SA figures like certain Star Wars toy sites
Posted 26 June 2016 - 07:46 AM
I think the fault is in the lack of communication between Disney and Hasbro.
In efforts to keep everything as super secret as possible, it seems like Disney just sent character references to Hasbro without telling the toy company who they are and if they were important. So we got things like #WheresRey (Hasbro seemed to think Finn to be the main hero in the film with all the teasers of him holding the lightsaber) and oodles and oodles of aliens that I can't really even identify in the film (Really, why did we need Constable Zuvo in all size classes? Did he even make the final cut?).
Really I think if they had made as many Rey as they did Finn and refrained from making all those aliens that end up looking like a sea of really boring browns and tans on the shelves, the toy line would have been fine as far as "toyetic" goes.
Also, there should have been an R2 and BB-8 set. Or some other way to really push the droids. Only offering BB in the Falcon set and that pretty dull 3-pack is just a really weird choice.
Posted 26 June 2016 - 08:45 AM
I'm pretty sure they actually did make about as many Reys as Finns. The assortments were generally even-packed (with the occasional extra Kylo Ren), and they both got one initial basic figure, one vehicle figure, one later basic figure, one 3.75" Black Series figure, and two 6" Black Series figures, with Finn just having the additional deluxe armored figures. The difference is that everybody snatched up Rey as soon as they found her, and Finn was a pegwarmer. I'll leave it to others to analyze that particular issue (it's probably racism).
And nope, Zuvio didn't make the final cut.
Posted 26 June 2016 - 08:46 PM
Finn DID get a good bit more coverage than Rey, both in spread of figures (being in all major assortments) and saturation (having two marketable outfits, meaning another round of him in every pricepoint) . And once you get to his year's assortments (such as they are), there are even MORE Finn figures (mostly in Stormtrooper outfits). You also forgot that Finn was also packed with the "signature vehicle" release this year. And Rey has yet to see a second Black 6" figure at all (the current version is more a running change, not a whole new release)
I would argue, however, it really wasn't a problem with "racism". Mace Windu never had an issue selling, I'm more inclined to say that the biggest issue with Finn was that he was in almost every damn assortment...in the EXACT same outfit (short the desert speeder version). Even Rey had some variety between the single figure, the vehicle figure, and the 3.75 SA figure.
And Hasbro's doing the same crap this past spring with Finn in Stormtrooper gear being in EVERY figure assortment. The first shot we ever saw of TFA was him in Stormtrooper gear...and we didn't get those figures until AFTER the film's release.
Posted 26 June 2016 - 09:33 PM
You're right, I did forget about the Falcon pack-in Finn. However, Rey did get a second 6" figure, though there isn't a lot of difference to the figure itself -- the Kmart-exclusive Starkiller Base version.
I still think there's a strong case for unfortunate racially-tinged consumer selection, though, given how much of a pegwarmer his basic figure and 6" figure were both prior to and in the months following the movie's release. It was him, the Resistance Trooper, and Zuvio everywhere, in both size classes.
Posted 26 June 2016 - 10:28 PM
There were definitely more Finns than Reys at the outset, and there remain more total releases.
Using Entertainment Earth and their convenient case assortment listings for the 3.75"/6"/12" figures alone (and guessing a bit on the Walmart Exclusive 4" BS figures which I happened to find straight from the case early one morning), I count 14 Finns to 10 Reys, and many of the Reys have come out later in the line.
I don't think Finn pegwarmed because he was black. I think it was because his "two" outfits were the same figure in what looked like black pjs, just one with a jacket, and he came out in slightly greater numbers. It was not the most exciting figure.
Posted 26 June 2016 - 11:07 PM
I would very much like to agree, but I just don't think I can. The entry-level figures are really the ones that make the best measure for sale quantities, and there's very little doubting that Finn -- who was evenly-packed with Rey in those assortments -- pegwarmed in both scales, right along with the similarly dark-skinned trooper and Zuvio. The idea that *that* many kids and parents weren't buying the cheap basic figure of the guy who was being marketed as the movie's main hero, just because Finn was also available as a much more expensive deluxe or the speeder version, seems suspect. Especially when the heavier-packed Kylo Ren sold like hotcakes in both basic and deluxe assortments in the same outfit.
Edited by SwiftEagle, 26 June 2016 - 11:18 PM.
Posted 30 June 2016 - 08:56 PM
Walmart dropped it a couple weeks back. I would say it's a stock clearing move...but my store (at least) hasn't had much of anything since the line launched last year. Did get an Ashoka case, though.
They did the same thing with Marvel Legends right before the summer reset...so I don't know what Walmart is really doing.
Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:12 PM
I might actually pick up a snow trooper now and some other shelf warmers. Might finally got Poe.
Edited by Darth_Prime, 30 June 2016 - 10:13 PM.
Posted 06 July 2016 - 02:56 PM
Seems like Hasbro is starting another poll for Black Series six inch.
Not sure if I have a burning desire for any one character at the moment.
Still a lot I want made, but they're all kind of on the same tier.
Edited by Silent_Magnus, 06 July 2016 - 02:58 PM.
Posted 06 July 2016 - 05:43 PM
-ZacWilliam, $20 is just too expensive for a single action figure, especially in a size class that makes cool vehicles unlikely and rare.
Edited by ZacWilliam1, 06 July 2016 - 06:11 PM.
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