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I hit a few rural Walmarts on a business trip this week and found all five of the wave 1 figures on the pegs.  If you're trying to find these might be worth a little road trip to the country.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Disney Infinity
« on: October 2, 2015, 05:11 PM »
My son got it for his birthday.  So far we have Ahsoka, Ben, Anakin, and Sabine.  All the characters are fun with new moves and loads of new playset options.  Our favorite is a random dispenser that gives out an enemy, new vehicle, landscape change, etc.  Also fun to see captain America battle Obi-Wan. Totally worth getting if you're a fan of the 2.0 stuff. 

Vintage Kenner / Re: Toy Tony carded figures.
« on: September 25, 2015, 03:30 PM »
For my Fett, I took it to SDCC and they told me it was legit. Now on RS the "expert" is now saying he needs another picture to tell.I have a TT Snowtrooper and a friend offered me $300.00 for it as a TT. Now he's looking for TT's online, he really wants one. I told him I'm keeping mine. I asked AFA if they would grade a TT and make a sub category for them and they said no, They really didn't want to talk about it.

SDCC told you it was legit or someone at SDCC told you it was legit?  Hope it's the real deal for you.  Isn't there some way to tell for sure?  I tend to look for some kind of package wear, price tags, etc. that help distinguish true vintage from not-so-vintage.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 25, 2015, 03:28 PM »
Hay Dale do you read in Spanish?

No, but he collects in Spanish.   ;)

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The new TIE Fighters
« on: September 24, 2015, 04:59 PM »
Just from pictures/toys, it seems there are two types of TIE Fighters: regular ones similar to the OT, and the Special Forces TIES that have rear/mounted cannons and hold two pilots. So I'm assuming there have been SOME sort of modifications made to the technology.

That doesn't seem a lot different to me than TIE Interceptors, TIE Bombers, etc.  The wings are a pretty big part of the ship design, which makes sense if they are solar collectors of some kind.  If they redesigned the ship to no longer need solar collectors, then why keep all that mass from the wings?  The whole point of the TIEs is that they are very economical and can overwhelm with numbers, so if they don't use the wings anymore, why keep then in a revised design?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: The new TIE Fighters
« on: September 24, 2015, 03:34 PM »
I'm pretty sure in all tech junk on TIes they're not solar panels...  Iirc they're more like radiators.  I don't have any books handy to look tho.

They are described as solar panels in pretty much all the detailed TIE Fighter descriptions and overviews, like this one on wookiepedia.

All TIE series starfighters had two or more ion engine outlets, linked to a solar ionization reactor and solar array wings.

It's a good question.  Would be cool if they came up with some rationale, but I think it was an aesthetic change without realizing or thinking about their functionality.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: September 24, 2015, 12:05 PM »
Benicio del Toro sounds like he is confirmed to be in Episode VIII.  And principal photography commences in March of 2016.

Crossover with the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie?  :-X

8 has the 6" Black Series figs on rollback for $18.  Looks like just Chewie and Finn though right now.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 21, 2015, 09:32 PM »

Well, I figured I was done with vintage outside of a few loose weapons I need, but I recently came across the yellow version of the Palitoy Droid Factory and couldn't resist.  I haven't had a chance to really check it out yet, but this one has the droid crank and rope.  I'll post pictures when I get a chance if anyone wants to see it. 

Oh!  That one.  Isn't there another Soundwave out now that's orange and actually plays music?  I guess that's the one I meant.  Too many names to keep track of for every toy lines now.  I did see that MP Soundwave once and that was it.

Never heard of it, but it's not their Soundwave exclusive.  Regardless, there are clearly examples of exclusives that are tough to find at retail, even at TRU.

As Jeff posted above, they did put the preorder up when they said, so you can't be mad at TRU that you assumed by meant on on.  You do know what assume means, right?  ;)  Relax, Justin, you'll find them in stores in a month (hopefully.  Hard to have hope with the lack of product since the 4th).  But in the end, it's only a toy to be bitter about this.

Actually, I can be mad whoever I want because America is still a free country.  ;) Not really that upset about it, but I do think it was handled really poorly on several fronts. 

I guess my thinking is not everyone would be able to get a pre-order or don't buy online because they don't want to pay shipping, want MOC, want to see the paint apps first before getting one, etc, that they are waiting for the to see it in person at the store.  So if TRU has only 20 cases available and pre-sell 10 cases, have 15 stores and give remaining 10 cases to random 10 stores (maybe 8 if an extra case went to each of the two big market stores), means there isn't enough for every store or the market in general... meaning someone would miss out due to shortage and distribution.

If TRU is planning to only have a case per store, then I don't think that qualifies as "making a lot of them."  As a business model, I would much rather get payment in advance with guaranteed purchases via preorder than ship cases out to stores hoping to sell through them.  Per your example, if they randomly ship out to a group of stores and the product doesn't sell then it's taking up valuable shelf space while a customer elsewhere isn't able to make a purchase.  Just not seeing the logic there.  Hopefully they will be available eveturally to everyone that wants one. 

This isn't rocket science, so it is frustrating to see retailers get this so wrong.  The majority of stories I heard from Force Friday were that people even as close as 5th or 6th in line didn't get anything despite waiting for hours in line.  There were numerous questions about an exclusive when I was there, so why not have pre-orders set to go for those visiting the store?  "Well, I didn't get any figures to take home, but at least I got the excluisve TRU figure on preorder" sounds a lot better than "Everything was sold out and I went home with nothing."  Isn't the point of an exclusive to drive people to the retailer in the hopes that they will buy more stuff?  They drove people to the store, then gave them nothing at all to buy until a later date.  Huge missed opportunity there.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: September 17, 2015, 03:30 PM »
Hmmn...interesting that it says Alien, not Aliens.  I thought they might go the Aliens route.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Exclusive 6" Imperial Shock Trooper?
« on: September 17, 2015, 03:29 PM »
I like this one.  Any idea if it is going to be made available in the states?  Seems like a good fit for Target stores.  Anyone interested in a group order?  I'm guessing that would be cheaper than ordering individual figures from overseas.

I see that MP Soundwave all the time.  It's Devastator who's missing here.

You sure it's Soundwave with his 5 cassettes?  He hasn't been in distribution for a while and was fairly hard to find nationally based on the TF boards.  You should buy up whatever you see and sell them on Ebay for profit - one just sold today for $249.

If they plan on making a lot of these they should just go ahead and allow more pre-orders then.

They could, but I feel the sense would be "damned if they do, damned if they don't."  They'd get more online purchases, yes, but then we'd get fans that are waiting to find them in stores complaining that they can't.

If more collector's were able to preorder online why would there be more complaints about not finding them in stores?   ???  Its not like the number of people who want one or the number being produced is going to change.  If 20 people in my area want one and they get 12 at the store, that's 8 people complaining they can't find one.  If instead 6 of us get it online and the store only gets 6, that's still 8 people complaining they can't find one. The only difference is that 6 people don't have to waste time looking, TRU get's their money in advance, and they don't have to waste time stocking six of the items.  Sounds like a win to me. 

Or maybe just put up your preorder when you say you're going to put up your preorder $%*#! TRU.
-Still Bitter

The Masterpiece Soundwave figure was nearly impossible to find in stores.  Not sure how the production numbers look, but I'd bet they over produce this stuff with a movie to support it.  Still, the lack of any figures on pretty much every store shelf right now doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: September 16, 2015, 04:00 PM »
I liked this last episode and agree that some of the scenes are really cool.  The hospital patient in the parking lot was awesome.  Wish we were getting a little more of that.  I really like the concept, but also not really vested in any of the characters.  Maybe the mom and the barber, and obviously the hot daughter.  I'm getting really tired of the druggie and the boy scout dad though.  It would be hard to toss in a Daryl or a Michonne at the onset of the plague - I think that would feel forced or corny. But there is nothing really likable about any of the characters.  The two boys are selfish punks, the dad is irritatingly predictable and naive, the mom just seems numb, the daughter is still lovestruck about her boyfriend...they're all just stereotypes playing out roles without any real depth. 

My biggest issue with the show is that the reactions to everything don't seem real.  The dead have come back to life and no one's really expressing any emotion - fear, loss, sadness, anxious, helpless, anger?  They had to blow the neighbors head off, but no one is scared or crying or yelling?  And speaking of neighbors, how about going to help the lady across the street before she gets killed or telling the guy wheeling out his garbage what is going on?  I'd be trying to band together with my neighbors and sharing information versus just glaring at them and sneaking off.  I'll watch to find out what happens, but I'm not jonesing for the next episode like I am with TWD.  Hopefully the military thing falls apart quickly and they had some new, more likable characters to the mix. 

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