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Palitoy_DS_1971
02-12-2017, 04:45 AM
Was wondering what happened to the 6" proto-teaser of Boba Fett with a suspicious looking Kenner styled Stormtrooper helmet in the background of that video from a year or two ago...

I cannot help but wonder if I'd have bought more Kenner Vintage replicas in a smaller 6" scale. I certainly would have had more space for them... and at 6" they would still have the visual impact of a large figure.

The jump from 3.75" to 6" is 1.6 (160%). The jump from 3.75" to 12" is 3.2 (320%)

As a kid, the original Kenner or Palitoy (if you lived in the UK) figures would fit into your palm.
I think as an adult, the 6" format would fit into your adult palm the same way and have the same feel as those originals...?

rnbuda
02-12-2017, 09:50 AM
Do you have a screen shot?

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-12-2017, 10:36 AM
No - not anymore. Someone on here posted it way back from a youtube video. I think it was a screenshot from a Toyhunter video that was later removed.
It was around the time that Toyhunter was hired by GGLTD to locate a Kenner ALIEN and Kenner Cloud City Playset.

On reflection, if GGLTD were to do a smaller range of these - 8" would be more unique double scale, plus avoiding the similarities to Hasbro's 6" range.

rnbuda
02-13-2017, 01:03 PM
I think 6" would be perfect to be honest. Easy to sell in comic book shops and what not as well as online!

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-13-2017, 01:20 PM
I think 6" would be perfect to be honest. Easy to sell in comic book shops and what not as well as online!

I'd be pleased with that too. I was throwing a number out there when I said 8"... thinking out loud.
Whatever happens this year, I hope GGLTD reinvigorates this line somehow - it's a shame to let it fizzle out, in an incomplete state.

I do honestly think they'd have more interest from the buying community if they made a smaller scaled range - more people would be attracted to a smaller, convenient size and price.
There would probably be fewer damaged clamshells too, downscaled.
As you've already stated - packing and storing them for retailers would be much easier... and less costly for us in terms of shipping too.

I don't know about everyone else, but for me, in any Kenner collection, the first 21 are must haves.
Perhaps GGLTD could limit a small 6 or 8" scale "jumbo vintage" range to just those 21.
With the proviso they are produced in large enough volume, that allows everyone to get them at retail $ value to avoid paying via the secondary market, when supply doesn't meet demand.

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-14-2017, 05:18 AM
Do you have a screen shot?
FOUND IT!
I knew it was here somewhere...
http://forum.rebelscum.com/showthread.php?t=1116229

rnbuda
02-14-2017, 09:52 AM
Yeah, I want.

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-14-2017, 10:57 AM
It gives GGLTD a chance to revisit early oversights or problems, making the necessary corrections and improvements.
CHEWBACCA + DARTH VADER are 4.25" from the 3.75" range, BithBandLeader.
Please make any new versions the right height...
6" range should be 6.8" for those 2 characters.
(12" range should have been 13.6" not 12.5")

Thank you, Dan - if you read this.

Really interested for you to shed any light on this 6" teaser from December 2015.

rnbuda
02-15-2017, 09:14 AM
I approve! This would be a great way to introduce the line again! Come on GG!

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-15-2017, 01:10 PM
Made a size comparison for fun... I'm more drawn to the midscale tbh.
Still a statement piece @ 8".
Darth Vader + Chewy should be almost 9" tall in the 8" range...

After having a good look at the screen shot again, Boba Fett look more like 8", judging by the size of that man's hands.
http://forum.rebelscum.com/showthread.php?t=1116229
6" scale looks good, but diminutive. http://forum.rebelscum.com/photogallery/data/500/thumbs/JUMBO_SCALE_COMPARISON.jpg (http://forum.rebelscum.com/photogallery/data/500/JUMBO_SCALE_COMPARISON.jpg)

Sturm86
02-15-2017, 02:04 PM
An entire line of these 6" figures would be great. And not done by Hasbro, which means we could actually buy the damn things :) I would prefer them to come in scaled-down reproductions of the 12" Kenner doll boxes, just for a change from the vintage cards.

jerry1138
02-15-2017, 03:49 PM
This is awesome, I really hope this line does arrive.

Shabby_Blue
02-15-2017, 06:25 PM
This is awesome, I really hope this line does arrive.


Don't get your hopes up. It was teased in a very subtle way in a video from late 2015, and we never heard a thing about it after that or any official explanation from Gentle Giant reps. I bet we never get a 6" vintage line from GG, even though it would be super easy and cheap for GG to do since they already have the digital 3D scans of all of these figures. Disney and/or Hasbro may have stepped in and told them they can't do it due to some kind of conflict with Disney or Hasbro's own competing 6" lines (even though they aren't in the same style, and it's not a retail line).

That's just my guess though. That was reportedly the answer when Funko approached Disney 3 years ago about continuing a vintage style line of 3.75" Star Wars figures. Disney flat out told them NO because it conflicts with the current 3.75" license that Hasbro holds (which again is not in the same vintage style -- but Disney probably doesn't understand or care about that distinction).

TheGoodDr
02-16-2017, 12:30 AM
It is my understanding that it is the size (height) of the figures that is contracted/licenced to the various toy companies, not necessarily the style or character likeness. It it why Kotobukiya can only sell their Star Wars figures as 'kits' because in this form they are not technically 'action figures' and as such don't conflict with licences held by other toy companies.
I remember Hasbro had a hissy-fit years ago when Lego was granted the SW licence and indicated that they would produce mini-figures. Hasbro were of the belief that they had ALL rights for producing SW figures.....irrespective of the size.
The only way GG could produce 6" figures would be for Hasbro to licence this size toy them (my guess of course).....like they did with the 12" figure licence that allows Sideshow/Hot Toys to produce figures in this scale.

BithBandLeader
02-16-2017, 04:46 PM
There is no 6" Vintage Star Wars toy line from us. There never was. This screen capture was taken from a video out of context. The video was showing off the ability of 3D Systems' Colorjet printer, a printer that prints, well.. in full color. They just printed out the Boba Fett because at the time that data/model was available at the time of the video. The Stormtrooper helmet in that picture was also color printed on the same machine.

It wasn't a hint. It wasn't an announcement. It was never planned, never pitched. It was just a video for our parent company showing off the capabilities and and applications of one of their products.

D.

Shabby_Blue
02-16-2017, 07:28 PM
And there you have it. Official confirmation from GG. Wish Dan was working for them a year ago to dispell wild speculation like this. Thanks Dan! :)

Palitoy_DS_1971
02-16-2017, 08:43 PM
There is no 6" Vintage Star Wars toy line from us. There never was. This screen capture was taken from a video out of context. The video was showing off the ability of 3D Systems' Colorjet printer, a printer that prints, well.. in full color. They just printed out the Boba Fett because at the time that data/model was available at the time of the video. The Stormtrooper helmet in that picture was also color printed on the same machine.

It wasn't a hint. It wasn't an announcement. It was never planned, never pitched. It was just a video for our parent company showing off the capabilities and and applications of one of their products.

D.


Thanks for clearing this up, Dan.

What an amazing printer though... to do all those BF colours without paint. Very impressive.

Sturm86
02-17-2017, 11:54 PM
It wasn't a hint. It wasn't an announcement. It was never planned, never pitched. It was just a video for our parent company showing off the capabilities and and applications of one of their products.

D.

Okay but...

we still want this line of figures to be made!

wookncrook
02-19-2017, 07:16 PM
A 6-inch line that mirrored what Hasbro is doing with their 40th Black series figures would've been pretty cool.

TheGoodDr
02-19-2017, 09:06 PM
A 6-inch line that mirrored what Hasbro is doing with their 40th Black series figures would've been pretty cool.
Couldn't agree more.

rnbuda
02-21-2017, 04:24 PM
It wasn't a hint. It wasn't an announcement. It was never planned, never pitched. It was just a video for our parent company showing off the capabilities and and applications of one of their products.

D.

You should more defiantly pitch this!

BithBandLeader
02-22-2017, 01:51 PM
Hasbro has that scale all locked up.

Shabby_Blue
02-22-2017, 04:24 PM
Hasbro has that scale all locked up.

So then what's the licensing loophole that allows Bandai to do figures in that same scale for their Figuarts line? Is it because it's a Japanese line not officially sold in the United States retail stores (except when imported by e-tailers like BBTS?). Well Gentle Giant products aren't sold at US retail either, so they shouldn't be considered direct retail competition for Hasbro's Black Series line or Disney's Elite line if GG wanted to pursue a 6" scale line of Kenner vintage figures. As I understand it, the Jumbo line is considered an adult collector's line sold specifically online, posing no threat to Hasbro's retail-focused market, so wouldn't the same be said for a 6" scale line if GG wanted to pursue it? I just don't see how Bandai can get away with doing that scale and you guys can't since both would be sold exclusively online.

On a related note, does the same rule apply for the Super Powers license? I'd love to see you guys do 6" scale reproductions of the SP figures. Those might be more economically feasible than the 12" Jumbo line, and much easier to store or display. Would WB and/or Mattel say no to that for the same reasons Hasbro doesn't want you doing a 6" scale vintage Star Wars line? Just like with Bandai's Figuarts line, DCC is able do the same scale of DC characters, some of which are the exact same characters Mattel is currently doing in its own Mutliverse line, and yet DCC's lines aren't sold at retail so that seems to be the licensing loophole that allows them to not be viewed as direct competition for Mattel's Multiverse line. By that logic, it seems like you should be allowed to do a 6" scale Super Powers line under that same loophole if you wanted to.