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  1. I sorta figured there would be clear and accurate reportage on here. But to boil it down to the essentials. NECA bought Rubies when they went bankrupt, and all the new Rubies stuff since then has been under that umbrella. They got the Star Wars portion of Anovos' licensing when Disney/LFL didn't let them renew, due to all the legal crap and unfulfilled orders. Rather than stick it under the Rubies brand (which has had some pretty good offerings, like their Supreme Edition Royal Guard helmet), NECA created "Rubies II" specifically to create Denuo Novo under. Yes, it sounds like Anovos, because they got the assets LFL had given to Anovos and the production materials Anovos had developed, and are being made States-side at the Macallan, Texas, facility Anovos set up, probably by the same employees. They also got all the outstanding-order info. They said in their initial e-mail that they'd be trying to start fulfilling backorders in September, but people started getting the helmets they'd ordered before the end of August. The stuff that was in interrupted production or already had stock on-hand was the first to go out. Things that required actual manufacture or post-processing were projected to take longer. I reached out to them early to enquire about my FOTK ensemble and, at that time, they said they were hoping for early 2022. I asked for an update somewhere during the holiday season, and they'd refined that to Q1 or Q2. About two days before the pre-order listing went up on their site, I had asked for any new info, as we were well into Q1, and was told as early in Q2 as they could manage. From the way things were phrased, I feel they're hoping to have armor kits shipping by May the Fourth. There are some compromises for speed. While the pieces will be cut apart, there will be flashing still, so it'll be up to the customer to do final cleanup. The arm and leg gaskets are included, but the rep who was answering my pestering wasn't sure of the type and method, but thought it was the same as the earlier Anovos ones, so figure solid rubber ribbing, with all the stiffness that entails. I suggested doing the "hollowcast" rubber style some fan makers have done, and they forwarded that to the property coordinator, but that likely won't be for this initial wave. No neckseal or gloves or boots included in the armor kit. But for those of us who ordered the complete ensemble back in the day, we are still going to be sent the TLJ helmet that will be coming out (they project) this fall. I asked about the TFA version, but they said LFL/Disney had only authorized the TLJ. So far, Royal Guard, Din Djarin, Shore Trooper, Flametrooper, and Luke Skywalker helmets have shipped. The Blue Leader and Rey's scavenged X-Wing helmets are due to follow shortly. We have rough to fine projections for several other items, but no, it's not all clear sailing. They have no projection yet for the apparently-cursed Kylo ensemble. And yes, after our outstanding orders are filled, any new purchases will be at the new, not-made-in-China-and-with-supplies-procured-during-the-pandemic prices. I certainly have noticed the drastic increase in the cost of raw materials over the last couple years. I do not expect them to be somehow magically immune. And before pointing to unlicensed vendors' prices, remember that key word -- license. Anyone who's been paying attention knows just how usurous Disney and Star Wars licenses are. I don't even want to think how steep the combined beast is. Remember what happened to Icons and Master Replicas and the PropShop, all the trouble eFX and Anovos had/are having, and how quickly Museum Replicas shed the license when they had it. I'm going to, hopefully, keep supporting Denuo Novo -- but not until I have my FOTK ensemble in-hand.
  2. Seen several people getting the AT-AT driver helmets they ordered a couple years ago. And I and someone else I know just got our shipping invoices today for the Picard "Darmok" jackets we ordered a couple years ago. The Royal Guard helmets are shipping now, too, from the couple people I've seen receiving them. And the second wave of Din Djarin Mandalorian helmets seem to be in production now, too. They claim they're trying to move all production States-side. The things they are making/finishing/have moved here seem to be the ones that are shipping. They say there are delays getting the steel dies for the FOTKs from China, and, knowing how things are borked coming from there, I'm actually inclined to believe it. I'm pretty sure a large chunk of early production went to Disney to dress Rise of the Resistance before all this happened and they expected to be able to get more made and moving without too much more of a delay. I also know everyone I know who works there (or has ever worked for Disney or LFL) is working under about this many NDA's:
  3. Cool. Not sure where I remembered that from. And, to me, this was a valid experiment because I know several people who ordered "in stock" items, in some cases over a year ago, and are still waiting.
  4. Following up to my previous. Got my package yesterday afternoon. Not bad. On the ordering page for the jumpsuit, they quote a 10-to-14-business-day processing time prior to shipping, and for this it was five. And less than a week in transit via UPS Ground. On an initial once-over, it seems decently accurate. I'm going to be replacing the shoulder velcro, because no. And the left forearm pocket is requiring closer scrutiny. It's sewn to the sleeve all the way around -- no opening to slip the compad in. I need to check the measurement of the window in that pocket -- it seems a skosh small. And I have a recollection of there being a clear plastic pane in that window to cover the compad... Am I remembering old, bad data?
  5. Sidebar: Thought I'd take a chance on something very non-critical. I ordered an "in stock" gray Imperial jumpsuit on Monday. Just got shipping notification this morning. Tracking says it'll be here next week. I do hope this all means maybe things are turning around over there.
  6. Not directly FOTK related, but I wanted to follow up on my mentioning folks were getting shipping notices for their Han TFA jackets with one guy on the RPF's review of his, now in hand (he's in Sweden and paid for the DHL express shipping). Even if you're not interested in it, personally, maybe check it out to see what is going out after all this time. As I said above, the main reason I've had such an interest in these notices going out and seeing what people end up getting is that the FOTK kit is currently still listed in the same shipping window. I'm not saying I'm expecting to get my notification this afternoon -- there are still a lot of orderers of this jacket who haven't gotten their notices yet -- but I'm crossing my fingers again that something will be in my inbox within the next couple weeks... As far as the lawsuit... No one has said anything even hinting at this, but I have a feeling about all the stuff going to Disney... Those who already knew about ANOVOS are a fairly small minority of the general public. While there's some increased exposure from their being at conventions, that's still fairly niche, even if it probably does put them on more people's radar. But a lot of people go to Disneyland and Disney World. A lot of people are likely going to Galaxy's Edge who like Star Wars, but have never been to a con, who have never done a Google search for "cosplay" or "high end Star Wars costuming" or anything like that, who maybe didn't know they absolutely needed a Luke Skywalker helmet or a set of Stormtrooper armor until seeing it was a thing in one of the Galaxy's Edge shops. I have a hunch, an instinct, so much of ANOVOS' recent stuff is going there in part to counterweight all the negative press with a number of people whose first experience with ANOVOS is a positive one. And also generate a new revenue stream to aid ANOVOS in pulling themselves out of the deep pit they dug themselves into without Disney having to potentially front the money themselves. I have more thoughts about the stonewalling and lack of transparency, but not right now...
  7. I got the same thing. Closing-out follow-ups that weren't needed, in my case, as I'd resolved it all over chat months ago. Meanwhile, I've seen two more folks mention they'd gotten the shipping notifications for their TFA Han jackets. The FOTK is in the same shipping window. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but it's hard not to...
  8. Someone I know just got the shipping notice today for his TFA Han Solo jacket.
  9. Yes, well... I was asking the guy above me who does, in fact, have one, so... Maybe not "never"...? There are some in the wild. While I may not ever get mine, I have a feeling I will, eventually. *shrug*
  10. Hmm... My chest is 45". How much do I have to worry?
  11. How much wiggle room in that would you say there is? We're of a height, but I've got a couple more inches round the waist...
  12. I mentioned a couple pages back that the shipping window for the pre-2019 TFA FOTK preorder got quietly shifted to Q4 on their web site. There was apparently a small statement to that effect on their FB page, but I'm hardly ever on FB and didn't see it. So they haven't gone over without comment -- they're actually well within their current window, with a month and a half to go. Given a nonzero number of people have gotten at least partial kits (with the lion's share apparently going to Disney for "Rise of the Resistance" extras), it's no longer complete vaporware. I have faith I'll get something eventually.
  13. Four grand for a TFA cod and untrimmed elbows... *seriously considers* (Not really -- but it does make me a bit lustful...)
  14. @Krisko720, ANOVOS' old business model served them well at the time. They did Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica stuff for a fairly small clientele, those being much more niche properties. They would announce a product to gauge interest before a single erg was exerted on R&D. They would offer deep discounts on the eventual retail price to an early batch, less to a couple successive tiers, and then use that to fund production. Everyone knew they were in for a wait, and the company was fairly transparent about progress and setbacks. Then they got the Star Wars license and everything went to hell. A lot was involved in what happened after, only some of which we know. Disney and LFL don't like their license-holders being as open about internal practices -- especially involving them -- as ANOVOS had tended to be. Some is known, though... A lot of early prototyping was done with known unlicensed vendors. Then, at some point, they cut ties, took most of the prototypes, and transferred all remaining prototyping and R&D to China. They apparently did not do due-diligence in their hurry to stay on schedule and cut costs. Some combination of shady factories, language barriers, and economies of scale started screwing things up horribly. Their orders were small enough, they kept getting bumped down the schedule for bigger customers. Lackadaisical quality standards saw whole shipments reach the States with cheaper materials than contracted for (the factory pocketing the difference). At least one factory was one that has a record of holding clients' orders hostage. Every time they've had to send something back for re-working or trying to get back on the schedule to re-do a substandard order, that's time and money they couldn't afford. And the same bad business decisions that led them to that point seem to have kept compounding things, to the point a class-action suit was filed and Disney appears to have likely stepped in to whip them into shape. ANOVOS have brought a large part of the manufacturing back States-side and product is starting to ship. For those of us waiting for our FOTKs, the bulk of early production seems to be going to Disney. I've seen about half a dozen people receive theirs on here and Facebook, but I don't know how many people ordered who aren't involved with Star Wars costuming groups, so I don't know what percentage of kits shipped to customers that might be. My takeaway is that it's in Disney's and LFL's interest to prop up ANOVOS and get them back on the rails. If they go under or lose the license, as with Icons, Master Replicas, PropShop, and Museum Replicas, anyone who comes along after them (if anyone even dares pick up such an apparently cursed license) would have to start from scratch. I have hung in because I want to see ANOVOS get their crap straightened out and succeed.
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