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Normally I'm pretty open to new Star Wars lines, but I'm completely uninterested in nearly all of these, so I'm at a loss as to who these are targeted towards and if they'll be successful.

I mostly love the Hasbro 6" stuff, and I understand the 5POA from Hasbro and to some degree the Disney stuff, even though I'm mostly uninterested in the last two.

Not interested in the Hot Toys stuff.

The Jakks Pacific stuff completely confuses me.  It seems super lame.

Japan is Japan.  They've got their own licenses and can do some weird stuff sometimes.

Maybe they feel 3 3/4" is completely tapped out (without new cartoons/movies) and were just trying new things.  I would be surprised if even half of these lines still existed in 18 months.

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Great news everyone, it's up for order at TRU.com now!

Looking forward to picking one of these up when they blow them out for $10 in a few years.

This would have been a cool set to pick up instead of the individually carded ones, but at this point, WTF?  I like that you can actually buy the same two figures individually for $18 each on TRU.com (even less on Amazon), for a total of $36 compared to the $40 they're charging for the two pack.

I don't think I would even pay $10 for this on clearance.  A couple of cardboard chairs and a cardboard table doesn't really do it for me.

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Nice!  Glad to see some new ships finally coming out.  I think this has been a huge whole in the product line for the past couple of years.

I can't imagine being a kid and being all that excited about a toy line that didn't offer interesting vehicles.

I can still remember my first vehicle as a kid - the landspeeder.  It was all kinds of awesome just to zoom that thing around the living room with Luke and the droids, or maybe even Darth Vader and a Tusken Raider riding shotgun.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO 2015
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:51 PM »
Cool. 

I hope they find a way to re-release the Wookiee Catamaran someday.  This is an old set I've never been able to track down for a reasonable price.

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These look super cool.  Too bad Hasbro isn't still employing these guys to make SW figures.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends Figures
« on: July 18, 2014, 01:18 PM »
Technically all of these figures are "Saga Legends". I think the carded samples for Vader and Snowtrooper are errors as they should only have the Star Wars logo at the top and not the SWR.

So do Rebels and Legends all have the same SKU/DPCI number, and are they coming in mixed cases?  I haven't seen case assortments listed for these yet.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: July 9, 2014, 07:29 PM »
My son (me) just hit level 79.  Lots if wasted hours I could have spent browsing eBay for vintage figures...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: July 5, 2014, 02:38 PM »
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.

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California - Build a Droid at Disneyland is inside the park at Star Traders only.

Florida - Build a Droid at WDW is outside the park at Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney.
              It is also inside Disney Hollywood Studios park in Tatooine Traders.

Is this still true in California?  I'm heading to Anaheim in August and was hoping to make a run to pick up some droids, but not if I've got to cough up $100 just to get in to the park.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Space" Issue
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:43 PM »
Nick -

I've struggled with maintaining carded/boxed versions of my stuff for the art/coolness of it.  Ultimately I realized the art/coolness of it didn't overcome the fact they were toys meant to be opened or played with (or displayed) and I just didn't want boxes upon boxes of stuff.

I did find a personal compromise where I am saving a carded version of a figure (usually a Stormtrooper or Clone Trooper) from each line of figures to have come out since 1977.  I hope to create a cool wall of all of these at some point to display the art/coolness of it.  Although I don't intend to do this with anything other than the 3 3/4" figures.

Recently, the one that hurt the most was selling my entire carded/boxed MicroMachine collection.  The couple I opened I just didn't find that cool to play with / display, so I figured I could live without them, plus they were selling for good money on eBay.  It did hurt to sell them though because I thought the art on the boxes was fantastic.  Maybe some of the best (in my opinion) of any major line out there -  Galoob did a great job.  It felt like each box was a super detailed Topps Galaxies card or something.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The "Space" Issue
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:59 AM »
I'm downsizing / focusing my collection.

I recently sold my complete packaged 12" collection, which probably accounted to close to an 1/8th of my collection by volume - some of those boxes were huge.

I'm also going to dump my (nearly complete) Galactic Heroes collection.  I had hopes that my toddlers would enjoy playing with those, but they never latched on to them and immediately preferred the 3 3/4" stuff I had lying around.  Most of it is still packaged and I expect that this will clear out another large chunk of stuff.

I also continue to slowly sell off my extra 3 3/4" stuff as well, but that effort has been weak lately.

I'm debating whether to turn the open space in to a nice display area, or just leave it for now knowing it might get filled with Rebels and Episode VII stuff. 

I've got aspirations of displaying a carded figure (Stormtrooper or Clone Trooper) from each of the product lines since 1977.  I might use most of the space for that.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 10, 2014, 03:21 PM »
Good episode.

Although every time I watch a "medieval sword battle" I always ask myself the same question - did people really fight this way?  Sort of one on one random skirmishes before you move on to the next random opponent? 

Is this just a function of how Hollywood wants to script sequences to make them more interesting, or easier to shoot?

I would have imagined a well trained fighting force would try and fight in a more coordinated manner - like the Spartans in 300.  Or maybe a couple of guys would always fight together and double team opponents, etc.

Anyhow, I digress.

Good episode, but I missed not having some Hound / Arya, and Tyrion scenes.  I think those have been my favorite story lines of the season.

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Sounds like he is a punk.  If you sent him the $0.50 you probably wouldn't even get your cards.

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And honestly, the ridiculous BIN auctions are not as annoying to me as the people who write to me asking me to sell stuff below my asking price when it is not a Best Offer auction. Don't waste my time.

Really?  Not to poke fun, but I would love to have the annoyance of people offering me money on a regular basis!  Isn't this is a win-win scenario?  If your item is not selling for the price listed, you have someone making an alternative offer that might still be agreeable to you...especially if you're able to subtract out the added Ebay and Paypal fees you endure from a completed auction.  Heck, in some cases you might take home more than a completed auction sale.  I would love to get offers like that on my Ebay sales, provided their not all outrageous low-ball offers and even then it just takes a few seconds to read and delete.

Agreed.  Probably half of my auctions are completed outside of eBay because I get an acceptable offer and it allows me to avoid the ridiculous eBay fees and only pay the PayPal fees.

I just ignore or politely refuse any unreasonably low offers.

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I read through the details last week when I got the email and found it confusing.

I think we actually get a handful of free BIN listings per month in select categories that include toys (50?).  Other categories seem to have less restrictive free BIN listings. 

There are also a number of free auction style listings provided (150?), but I don't think this was restricted by category.

Although this might all depend on your sales volumes, or ratings or something.

The way I basically read these changes and other changes they've made over the past several years is that they're focusing their offering around "eBay marketplace" vendors, where you need to have a certain sales volume or pay a monthly/yearly fee.  Basically the days of random people like us selling stuff on eBay being a big part of their business have gone.

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