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Is that today or do the exclusives typically show up later or after the convention?  I didn't manage to get the Fett last time and can't remember when it briefly showed up.

The week after

Is it worth checking today or do people think this is still a week out?  I didn't see any sign of the exclusives on HTS this morning.

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Stormtrooper Han Solo just comes across a little odd to me.  In fact, it seems like the line seems to be going pretty heavy on Han right from the get-go.  Already we've seen 5 offerings of Han:
-ANH Han Solo
-ANH Han Solo with Greedo in the Cantina showdown exclusive 2-pack
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise
-Hoth Han Solo with the tauntaun
-Han Solo in Carbonite (SDCC 2013 exclusive)

Yea, but Han's been pretty much ignored for years, and hearing Ford's back for E7 should drive a little more buzz for the character.  I'd also argue that Han Carbonite isn't really a figure, nor was he wide spread, and the Han/Greedo set is just a figure repack.  We really have 3 different Han figures on the way, actually one less than Luke. 

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Less than a year in and they've used the Sandtrooper sculpt FOUR times, The speeder bike twice, the Clone Trooper twice, and Fett twice.  They're clearly looking to squeeze as much margin out of this line as possible.

I think this is just good business sense on Hasbro's part - didn't think I'd ever say that!  Yes, repaints are underwhelming versus new figures, but they are light years better than repacks.  I'll take different paint aps any day of the week over repacked 12" figures that clog the pipeline.  They're ideally using the increased profit on these to offset the creation of brand new sculpts, so I'm glad they're getting a few extra dollars this way, versus going the comic pack route and saying it isn't cost effective to make new stuff.  Beyond all that, I do think the shadow stuff looks cool.  If they had a bright white Sandtrooper release, I'd go all in on that as well.

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I love the shadow stuff. I'm in for a few of these.

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Well crap.

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Seeing as how there's a Walgreen's 5 minutes away from every other Walgreen's, I'm hoping this guy will be super easy to track down.  I wish they were just getting cases full of Fett though.  That other stuff will clog their pegs fast.

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Was the Stormtrooper really out before Christmas last year?  Feels like he wasn't really out until 3-4 months ago.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:12 PM »
Cap's black, and now Thor's a woman.  I honestly haven't enjoyed Marvel comics as much the last few years, so this is looking like a great stepping off point for me.  Utterly ridiculous that Marvel feels the need to pull stunts like this in place of anything remotely resembling character development. 

I actually loved a lot of the 80s stories, so have kept my subs going in the hopes of reconnecting with some of those great memories.  Billionaire Tony Stark defeating so many enemies only to slowly fall victim to the bottle, then rebuild his life and reclaim his armor?  Brilliant.  The original Secret Wars?  The Infinity Gauntlet?  Thor getting wounded and growing a beard?  Symbiote Spiderman/Venom?  These were classic character driven stories.  Marvel's shifted the players and copied some of the circumstances, but without any of the life or meaning behind them.  What a shame.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:01 PM »
Love that new Cap costume.  Very cool.

I liked the last one better - seems a little noisy for Cap.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:28 AM »
How do the clans work?  I've seen clan wars on other people's screens, but no idea how that plays out.  I've also seen guys with secret troops hidden in their castle, which I assume you can only get via clan members. 

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That one for $100. looks like he pulled the auction. A couple others did end on the lower/higher end.

US $24.50

I almost won that one.

$24.50...plus $20 shipping.  Yuck.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: July 9, 2014, 10:28 AM »
I play, my kids got me hooked. I've been in a clan for a while.

Same here.  Any time my son asks me for help in his games I end up getting sucked in.

I just started a few weeks ago, but am pretty hooked.  Same thing - heard about it from my son and got sucked in after helping him with his base.  I haven't tried clans yet, but would be game if anyone wants to set one up.  I have a few neighbors and other players that would likely join up.  A buddy at work is Level 80 and looking for a clan...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: July 9, 2014, 10:26 AM »
Speaking of comics, has anyone here ever unloaded some of theirs - or have suggestions on where to store things?  I've basically at this point filled up my supply of long/short boxes, and have them all stacked up in our office (which is also the collection room).  Although I do like to go through them every so often, as we've been trying to clean the house out a bit I've considered getting rid of some of them.  The vast majority are more recent (within the past 10 years), so I'm not sure there is necessarily a lot of value, but again I don't just want to throw them out either.

Brian - I had some storage issues a while back as well. I had all my comics bagged and boarded, and you'd be surprised at how much space the added protection takes up.  I ended up changing my storage from one comic/board/bag to two comics (front to back) per bag.  So, Issue #1 goes in the bag, issue #2 gets flipped backwards and goes in the same bag on the other side.  If I pick up the bag and rotate it, I can see the covers for both issues.  With the bag thicker and binder reinforcement on both sides, you don't need backing boards anymore, though I still use them every 20-30 issues to protect an anniversary or #1 issue sometimes.  I probably gained about 20% more storage per box with this method.  Might buy you a little more time.   ;)

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: June 27, 2014, 01:17 AM »
There aren't too many cities I can work in and Chicago is worth the price.

Too many arrest warrants in the other big cities?

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:48 AM »
It has ended at a whopping $50,099.00.  Not bad for an auction which had a bin before of 25k! Oy!

WOW.  I just can't even imagine that.

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