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The complaints do seem pretty absurd.  Looking purely at the design and articulation of the figure, it's clear that the people at Hasbro learned a lot from the SA trooper heyday of 2005 - 2012, and utilized some of the best techniques into the design and engineering for the First Order Stormtrooper.  This trooper is awesome in terms of the sculpt and articulation. 

As for the helmet paint apps?  That's something that can be dealt with merely by having a discerning eye when you're shopping in the store.  I've seen some troopers with better paintjobs than others.  If anything, this is a QC issue and not a design error.  And it seems like something that could be resolved in a later wave. 

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I picked up a 6" First Order Snowtrooper last night.  I also saw the TIE Pilot, but for some reason I keep passing on that particular figure.  Also glad to see that more Rey's, Finns and Kylo Rens are making their way to stores in refresh assortments. 

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Nothing to see here

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Most of these are in-stock this AM at Walmart.com for $12.83-13.29 each.  Act fast if you want them...

Better deal than the $16-22 they have been charging the past few days. :P


I've seen those higher prices.  It seems that Walmart.com is now trying to operate very much like Amazon, with the Walmart version of the Amazon marketplace dealer.  I noticed that Toynk.com is now one of those vendors who is selling through the Walmart site and was offering some 3.75" Black Series figures at higher prices.

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:08 PM »
Check Amazon if you want the Armor Up Kylo Ren.  I just got one for $12.50 with Prime Shipping, no tax just the other day.  TRU's prices have been a bitter pill to swallow.

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I seem to recall some of these rumors.  Glad this didn't come to fruition.  It just seemed like more shoehorning OT characters into the PT.  I still really dislike how Anakin wound up being C-3PO's builder.  Uggghhhh!!!

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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:20 PM »
I've been seeing those TRU exclusive Armor Up Poe's on a regular basis at stores near me.  If this was the only version of Poe available without his helmet, I would bite.  But there's the Black Series 3.75" version, plus the pack-in figure that comes with the Black Leader X-wing, and both of those figures feature removable helmets.  And with this figure the armor-up accessories really don't do it for me.

And the Captain Phasma, while a tougher figure to find, doesn't really offer up much that's different from the basic carded figure.  The whole notion of additional armor on an already armored figure seems frankly, a little silly.  The one upside to the armor-up Phasma is that the armor looks like it has a little more sparkle to it.  But I'm having a tough time justifying that purchase too, when there are indicators that WalMart is going to offer a 3.75" Black Series version in the next wave.

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Stopped by a Walmart store after work today looking for the Han and Rey 3.75" wave.  Lo and behold I found about 10 of the new 6" Black series First Order Flametroopers. There was a 6" Phasma, but no sign of the rest of the new 6" figures.  It almost looked like this store had received solid cases of the Flametroopers. 

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 29, 2016, 06:21 AM »
My god, Hasbro is leaving $ on the table with that McQuarrie A-Wing and Mando fighter.  I'd love both, neither are "big", both doable in Class II...  I'd be giddy to get either ship really.

Until you open it and realize you paid $30 for a 5POA pack-in figure and an under-scaled ship made with low quality plastic and a severe lack of paint, stickers, and weathering....  #sadtrombone

At least I know a place where you can go to complain about it....  once you're done complaining about how hard it was to find and the fact that the pack-in figure is not female, of course.  :D

Need to add a LIKE button to the forum, Jeff!

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:03 AM »
Nice tease from Daisy Ridley on her Instagram account today.  It looks like an Episode VIII letterhead with a note from Kathleen Kennedy to the cast & crew. 

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: January 28, 2016, 07:26 AM »
Cool episode last night.  I like the way that the animated series have been expanding on the history of the Mandalorians.  And seeing them in the mix here was very cool.  But for the whole episode I was kind of wracking my brain, trying to figure out who was voicing Fenn Rau, the Protector of Concord Dawn.  And the credits are out for the episode, and the IMDB PAGE lists actor Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting, Rome, Grey's Anatomy) playing Fenn Rau.  It's nice to see some real actors taking some guest parts.

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I was able to pick up this Vader at a Walgreens on my way home from work today.  I only saw one, but it was good to knock this off my list. 

But a general note if you are looking for these?  Check the end caps, because that's where I found mine, not in the regular toy aisle.  Most of the Walgreens stores in my area still have a dedicated Star Wars end cap, and I get the sense that Walgreens has a directive to place this exclusive Vader on those end caps. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: January 23, 2016, 01:06 PM »
The anthology movies really make the wait between saga films a lot easier to deal with.  Especially since it seems like things with the new saga are going to be far more secretive than during the prequel era. 

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 05:40 PM »
See, I don't get that.  There are a lot of female collectors/fans that I know that really use social media as their primary means of expressing their fandom.  They don't really engage in the collecting site message board culture.  So I don't fault them at all for taking to social media to express their feelings on this Where's Rey issue.  And you know who the real fans are because they stand out from the agenda driven people who don't have a depth of knowledge of the source material. 

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The Force Awakens / Re: Where is Rey?
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:48 AM »
I think it's possible that the embargo on spoiler generating figures may factor in here.  Disney and LFL went pretty nuts when that Resistance Rey leaked out via SWAN.  At the time that happened, I didn't realize that the movie had yet to be released in China, so that may have been the reasoning behind that embargo.  As for that later release date for TFA in China?  I think that may have been done strategically to prevent piracy of the movie impacting the box office in the US.

I get the Armor Up angle.  But why wouldn't Rey be offered in her own Starkiller Base gear, the way Finn was?  They were both there, obviously.  And the armor that came with that Starkiller Base Finn had ZERO grounding in the film.

As for the outfits?  Rey basically has three different outfits:  the Desert scavenger/headwraps, the basic Rey outfit, and the Resistance outfit.  That's really not all that different from Finn, who also has three outfits, two of which are slight variations.

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