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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: October 8, 2015, 05:55 PM »
I love zombie everything, but this series was terrible.  I finally finished it last night and was angry at myself for watching it.  As others have pointed out, so many dumb plot holes and wasted screen time.  Flashing light in the window eluded to what?  Nerd who figures out everything ahead of time ends up where?  So many plot lines unresolved.  Young kids trashing a rich house?  Pointless.  Adding a new character and him conveniently needing a druggie?  Cripes, use him to steal something or classify drugs or whatever, but there was no point in that.  Wounded soldier boy catches up with them?  Really?  The zombie hoard following Salazar in nice neat mob just steps behind?  Yeah, that makes sense.  Could the zombies even walk that far that quickly given they were so short on time?  And don't even get me started on all the wasted lives and resources from that stupid plan at the end.  They didn't feel like warning ANY neighbors or taking ANY of those supplies?  And the nurse wants to be killed immediately?  Didn't characters that were bit in TWD make a point of showing when you're dying you want to hold on to every last second you can?  It feels like the whole show intended to make the point that the druggie kid felt lost in the pre-zombie world, and now everyone is catching up to him.  Awesome message.

I really can't stand any of the characters and have serious doubts about watching another episode let alone another season.  They so badly missed the mark with this show - I think they'd be better off just cancelling the series.  I really didn't enjoy any of the 6 episodes outside of actually seeing the military try to fight zombies and the initial random zombie outbreaks. Even those were irritating at times though, since the soldiers knew to shoot for the heads and probably could have wiped out that whole hoard with the number of rounds they were firing.  Just lame and disappointing.  This will definitely make whatever they put on TWD look like genius material going forward.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: October 8, 2015, 05:34 PM »
February should be ideal for a big movie launch.  People are past the holidays, but it's still too cold to hang outside.  They need some kind of window between Christmas launches and May without landing movies right on top of each other.  That's essentially Valentine's weekend too, so either a good date movie or a place to go if you don't have a date.  Tying into Black History Month for the panther is icing on the cake.

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

10 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

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