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Anyone want to take a guess on the announcement next week?
It was meant to be this weekend but the folks at Hasbro have pushed it back a week.

The money seems to be on some sort of Death Star - which if true would have to be in the £800 mark which might be a bit to much - but if we are getting a Death Star that could be hard to turn down....
 

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I don't think Hasbro have said that it's pushed back by one week. On the Rebelscum report I read it simply said it had been pushed back, but didn't specify when it would be revealed, only that it was still coming.

As for what it is, I'm struggling to guess. An £800 item of any sort would be a very difficult sell in the present economic climate, I fear. I'm hoping it's more around the Razor Crest's £300 - £350 mark, and is something we collectors can really get behind. What I'd really like to see is a set of truly exclusive, never-before-made figures of lots of obscure Cantina and Jabba's Palace and Skiff denizens we might not otherwise ever see in plastic. 15 figures for £300 would sell well with collectors, I reckon.
 

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EPI would be cool - I would love to see a VTC style Royal Star Ship or a Droid Control ship - but that would be a surprise.

Here's the Haslab post on it:
 

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The smart money is on a "modular Death Star" that will tie collectors into buying other buts to add on.
That implies a large object to me, so if it is i'll be surprised.
As my leaned friend above has mentioned, I wondered if it indeed might be Ep1 related….a Gungun Bongo Sub?🤔
If so count me in.😀
 

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As per Yakface.com and thestarwars_toycollector instagram, there appears to be a partial leak of the upcoming Haslab. It looks like it's going to be a TVC Mos Eisley Cantina, and (if this is correct) there will be two options for order: Base ($399) or Deluxe ($499). No other details are publicly known at this time in terms of tiers or possible included figures.

Here are the links, complete with images:



OK, so here are my thoughts... If this is correct, having 2 options seems very odd! Given that Hasbro incentivises people to buy their Haslab projects by announcing tiers with stretch goals, it seems very strange to have 2 different options right from the start! That said, what we can be confident of is that this project will include some figures of some kind, either as standard and or as stretch goals. My guess is it will come with one or two figures, just like the Ghost, but with others added on as stretch goals. And given which playset this is, and given how much Hasbro knows we want them, if they're ever going to offer collectors the Tonnika Sisters, this is surely the time.
 

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As per Yakface.com and thestarwars_toycollector instagram, there appears to be a partial leak of the upcoming Haslab. It looks like it's going to be a TVC Mos Eisley Cantina, and (if this is correct) there will be two options for order: Base ($399) or Deluxe ($499). No other details are publicly known at this time in terms of tiers or possible included figures.

Here are the links, complete with images:



OK, so here are my thoughts... If this is correct, having 2 options seems very odd! Given that Hasbro incentivises people to buy their Haslab projects by announcing tiers with stretch goals, it seems very strange to have 2 different options right from the start! That said, what we can be confident of is that this project will include some figures of some kind, either as standard and or as stretch goals. My guess is it will come with one or two figures, just like the Ghost, but with others added on as stretch goals. And given which playset this is, and given how much Hasbro knows we want them, if they're ever going to offer collectors the Tonnika Sisters, this is surely the time.


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If this is the case at least you will be happy and first in line for it, Cantina aliens have been on your wish list for ever.😀
My one question and this is to all prospective buyers…where would you put the set? Especially in UK homes!
It will be an easy way to sell more TVC figures, which is a good thing for Hasbro.

If this is the case, and I would suspect that it is, it's an easy pass from me.
 

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I might just not be the target audience but are people really going to shell out 4/500 quid on this?
 

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If this is the case at least you will be happy and first in line for it, Cantina aliens have been on your wish list for ever.😀
My one question and this is to all prospective buyers…where would you put the set? Especially in UK homes!
It will be an easy way to sell more TVC figures, which is a good thing for Hasbro.

If this is the case, and I would suspect that it is, it's an easy pass from me.
Sadly, at present I have no room for it. I bought the Ghost with the intention of expanding one of my current display cabinets to accommodate the monstrous thing, but I've since changed my mind because if I do that, it will compromise one of my main modern figure cabinets, which I don't want to do as I like the figure cabinet more than the one the Ghost would go in. In the end, I mainly bought the Ghost for the figures, although ideally I would like to display the ship as well, so the fact that I won't be displaying it this side of some very creative space utilisation in my home / an extension being built(!) isn't the end of the world for me. Therefore, if Hasbro pulls the same trick with the Haslab Cantina, then providing the packed in figures are to my liking, I will probably buy that too and display the figures, but not the playset.

The whole Haslab concept for me is a little flawed / restricted, since Hasbro seems to always plump for massive / very large items. Sure, they're cool to look at, but it really isn't every collector that can display them, and I'm sure that must put off a lot of potential buyers (well, that plus the exorbitant price tag). Unless you're making something truly iconic / special, I suspect most collectors want the figures more than the items they come with anyway, so as previously stated, I wish Hasbro would just make exclusive multi-packs of figures for their next Haslab project that we simply cannot get elsewhere. I'm sure they'd sell well with collectors, who let's face it make up the vast majority of Haslab customers.

Just my thoughts...
 

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God I hope it is a cantina - that will be an easy pass for me - If the Death Star rumour turned out to be true that would be so hard to pass on, but $400 on a bar? That feels like a big miss. given it is 25yrs of Phantom I am still surprised they don't go there for something.

Still if leaks are about the official announcement can't be far off.
 

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And there you have it - the least surprising announcement ever, we are getting a Haslab Cantina: https://uk.hasbropulse.com/products/star-wars-the-vintage-collection-mos-eisley-cantina

It looks nice and is exactly what it says it is and I think will play well to those who like diorama's, but somehow it isn't really that inspiring, there is no emotional connection (unlike the Ghost for example) likewise the figures are nice, but maybe not as desirable or those with much connection - there could be more tiers to come.

For me this one is a pass thankfully.
 

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I've just watched the release on youtube. I think its a bit bland. The bar area looks nice but the furniture looks a bit basic. It looks like its 3d printed which for £499.00 for the premium version you'd expect something more. I think it could have done with a floor to pull it all together.

The carded figures look cool but wheres the band!? They could have packaged them like the max rebo band as the last tier unlock.
 

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Well, Seems like I was spot on regarding the Tonnika Sisters :) . And sadly, that also means I now have to buy the bloody thing, as like many collectors, I've been waiting for those two forever. It doesn't make the price tag any easier to swallow though, as even at the non-deluxe level of £399 (£499 for the deluxe), it's extremely expensive for what it is. And even if it hits all of its stretch goals (which I'm guessing it will), you still only get 6 figures (Wuher, Brea Tonnika, Senni Tonnika, Greedo, Nabrun Leids and Arleil Schous).

It's going to be a painful purchase :(
 

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Decent figures and they may save it, but 400 quid for something most collectors can't display effectively makes me suspect it will struggle
 

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Boring, boring, boring as Vivian from The Young Ones would say (you've got be a certain age)🙄

The furniture looks so cheap and plasticky, what on earth are you going to do with 100 cups.
I wouldn't mind the figures, so I'll wait until they are released later on, as they are bond to be.
It's a easy pass from me.
 

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Boring, boring, boring as Vivian from The Young Ones would say (you've got be a certain age)🙄

The furniture looks so cheap and plasticky, what on earth are you going to do with 100 cups.
I wouldn't mind the figures, so I'll wait until they are released later on, as they are bond to be.
It's a easy pass from me.
The Greedo, Nabrun Leids and Arleil Schous will be released on different cardbacks at a later date (the Haslab YouTube video practically admits as much), however the Wuher and the Tonnika sisters are less certain. Hasbro said they 'have no current plans' to release them any other way, which obviously doesn't guarantee anything, however we know that the Tonnika sisters have been mired in legal / rights issues for years, so it may well be that this is the only way Hasbro can afford to release them.

As I understand it (and I could be misinformed), the actresses (especially the now deceased one) that played the Tonnikas felt Hasbro / Lucasfilm weren't generous enough with the amount of cash / royalties on offer when previously approached to have figures made of them (many of the bit part players in the original Star Wars film did not sign away their likenesses at the time, like the main actors did, since no-one in their right minds thought there would ever be any money to be made from those minor characters at the time :)... How things change!). Other actors like the one who played Wuher were happy to make a deal years ago, but not the Tonnika actresses.

Now things change, not least the fact that one of the actresses has sadly passed away, but it may well be that since the fans have been clamouring for the Tonnikas for decades, Hasbro / Lucasfilm finally feels they can absorb a higher royalty payment per figure by releasing them in a very expensive playset as opposed to a regular release? Or maybe I'm talking nonsense and Hasbro will put them out on the same cards next year! Who knows? What I do know is that for now, the only way to get them is via the HasLab Cantina....
 
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The Greedo, Nabrun Leids and Arleil Schous will be released on different cardbacks at a later date (the Haslab YouTube video practically admits as much), however the Wuher and the Tonnika sisters are less certain. Hasbro said they 'have no current plans' to release them any other way, which obviously doesn't guarantee anything, however we know that the Tonnika sisters have been mired in legal / rights issues for years, so it may well be that this is the only way Hasbro can afford to release them.

As I understand it (and I could be misinformed), the actresses (especially the now deceased one) that played the Tonnikas felt Hasbro / Lucasfilm weren't generous enough with the amount of cash / royalties on offer when previously approached to have figures made of them (many of the bit part players in the original Star Wars film did not sign away their likenesses at the time, like the main actors did, since no-one in their right minds thought there would ever be any money to be made from those minor characters at the time :)... How thing's change!). Other actors like the one who played Wuher were happy to make a deal years ago, but not the Tonnika actresses.

Now things change, not least the fact that one of the actresses has sadly passed away, but it may well be that since the fans have been clamouring for the Tonnikas for decades, Hasbro / Lucasfilm finally feels they can absorb a higher royalty payment per figure by releasing them in a very expensive playset as opposed to a regular release? Or maybe I'm talking nonsense and Hasbro will put them out of the same cards next year! Who knows? What I do know is that for now, the only way to get them is via the HasLab Cantina....


I think I will take my chances…😉
 

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