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I found and bought this set today. I placed a store-pickup order for two sets, and the store had two more sets on the shelf. So either these are shipping in cases of four or my store got two cases of two.

EDIT: This was in Raleigh, NC BTW.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Toy R Us Vintage Republic Gunship
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:08 PM »
Greeeed. Not sure why they included the figures except that this was meant to tie into 3D movie releases that didn't happen.

If only they'd updated the ship itself, but vehicle tooling now goes towards kiddie rides.

There is an updated version, this one isn't it though.

Are you referring to the 2009 release? That was just new doors and extra missile launchers on the engines; more of a parts upgrade than an upgrade of the whole ship. On the one hand I would LOVE to see an upgraded upscaled Gunship, but on the other I would hate to see the existing sculpt (still an excellent toy) made obsolete.

I am actually looking forward to getting this TRU release. It's definitely overpriced though, so I will be waiting for some sales or coupons to come around. The paint apps look nice (as shown at SDCC), and it will be cool to get the ship with turrets in one package.

Also, does anyone know for sure what figure sculpts are included? I believe they were current Saga Legends sculpts back at Toy Fair, then Saga 2002 at SDCC. I am personally hoping for the 5POA SL sculpts.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:58 PM »
I am really stoked about the Daryl with Bike. Looks like a great set! I think horses with characters (Rick or Michonne) are the only other realistic options at the moment, but kind of boring. Maybe we'll get the Hyundai next.  :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: September 19, 2013, 02:27 AM »
Did anyone see Elysium and have any comment on it?  Or Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters? 

I was going to skip both but I have a free ticket that expires the end of the month and nothing opening this week or next looks any more interesting to me so figured I'd catch one of these if they're any good.


I caught Elysium several weeks back. It was like a dumbed-down District 9. The special effects and action sequences were great, but the plot and overall experience were not up to par. Provided you enjoyed District 9, I could recommend a free viewing of Elysium.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: September 13, 2013, 03:37 PM »
I was practically begging for an excuse to jump into this line. But like Chewie, these NEVER made it to a reasonably priced Walmart or Target around here. Nor to either of our remaining K-Marts. I would have gone nuts on clearance Hobbit figs. Guess it wasn't meant to be.

Our TRU still has a buttload of these too, and based on their stubborn refusal to lower the price, they will be collecting dust for awhile. They've still got Pirates of the Carribean figures on the pegs for chrissakes!

Hah ha, very late arriving to the party but I broke down and loaded up on this stuff today.  ;D

The combination of TRU's 50% Off all Hobbit merchandise + payday = toy throwdown.

Have been re-reading the thread from start to finish to see what else I may be missing, and there are definitely a few things. Gonna try the other TRU across town to try my luck this evening.

And one thing's for sure: I'm opening the crap out of these things!

I noticed the sale at TRU today. I actually sold off my Hobbit figures a few weeks ago, but was extremely tempted to pick everything up again at the cheaper price point. The pricing is not quite as good as K-Mart, but the "exclusive" items like Goblin King and Bolg/Gandalf more than make up for that.

Do any of us even want more than one clone in a wave, at this point?  WOuld kids care, or be upset, if they weren't getting 2 phase 2 clones every wave?  Or phase 1's?  Or anything else?

I don't think anyone BUT Hasbro would be upset with only one clone per wave.

Another thought I had (and apologies if I missed this earlier) is that the figures could come disassembled. The buyer would have to pop the arms, legs, and head on, which might be a good way to lower costs and perhaps making the figures easier to fit in bags. With only 5POA they should hold up better than those Hot Toys snap kits. The only issue is that they might fall into the "building toy" category, and Lego might seize the opportunity for legal revenge.

The SW figures...  Just a quick feel of the head would basically tell you who you have, 99% of the time.

With clone repaints, I think those odds drop to around 75%.  ;)

While I don't mind the blind packaging for most lines (Lego, Kre-O, etc.) due to the lower prices and relative lack of repetition, I would be annoyed if blind boxed Star Wars (or any) figures became the norm over here. At $6+, I want to know what I am getting, especially since I own so many of the characters already.

If Hasbro wants to try something blind packaged for the action figure line here in the States, I think small characters/droids (Mouse Droid, Salacious Crumb, Nunas) or accessory packages (like the Legends Clone lockers) would be neat. Otherwise I hope the blind packaging will remain an overseas novelty.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: September 2, 2013, 10:22 PM »
It's cool to see that so many properties will be getting four inch figures. I just hope they won't all be $20 per figure like the Alien figures. If it ends up being a premium price for vintage quality, I will be more than happy to pass.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: September 2, 2013, 07:17 PM »
Heads-up McMetal! I read that the Rick Grimes figure, along with the rest of Series 4 in some instances, is now hitting Walgreens. Price is around $13-$14. If you happen to find an extra, please keep me in mind!

Hey man, good timing - I found this today! I can def pick up an extra if you'd like. PM me and we can work out the details.

It's a pretty sweet variant, I think mine was about $13.68 total.

The first store I checked had two on the pegs - did not see any of Series 4 but I can hit a bunch more tomorrow and report back.

Glad you got your figures. I actually found 2 at one store this afternoon, so I'm set. Thanks for offering to help though. They were $13.99 here, and on a shelf vs. the pegs. I didn't see normal Series 4 either.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: September 2, 2013, 12:26 PM »
Heads-up McMetal! I read that the Rick Grimes figure, along with the rest of Series 4 in some instances, is now hitting Walgreens. Price is around $13-$14. If you happen to find an extra, please keep me in mind!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 1
« on: August 30, 2013, 10:19 PM »
If I could find a Sandtrooper or 4 I might stay interested.  If I can't army build (even small numbers) I have no reason to collect.

I actually have a few (six) extras if you want them Paul, cost plus shipping. I was going to troop build, but realized it's a poor use of money and space when I have armies of the same guys in 4 inch scale. Just shoot me a PM if interested.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:40 PM »
I'm glad you were able to "win" Rob. Dealing with eBay's customer service is a HUGE pain, either by phone or thru the "resolution center". Hopefully they ban the idiot who bought the shoe and complained.

Also, did the phone rep ask you to return the shoe to the buyer? Or do you get to keep it as a trophy?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything eBay! Scams, questions, etc...
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:01 AM »
Rob, as ridiculous as it was, I would report "HAVE FEAR ON YOURSELF" to ebay as a threat. Hopefully that would just cause them to ban the guy, and save you the hassle of the case.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:38 PM »
It looks like we will get to enjoy an exclusive Rick Grimes figure this October in addition to the fine TV Series 4 and Dixon Brother 2-pack.

The figure looks to be a pretty simple (possibly boring?) retool: the Series 1 head on the Series 2 body. It doesn't even look like the paint apps have been changed. I can't complain too much because something slightly new is better than a straight repack or repaint, and it's a smart move by McFarlane to get Rick back out on shelves. The crappy part is that the figure is a Hastings and Walgreens (WTF?) exclusive.

These sets?

I'm fairly sure they weren't released in the US... at least I personally never saw them.

That's them! Thanks a lot, Greg! :)

I guess there were only 3 then, and two of them were exactly the same as the previous US versions, aside from the packaging.

I swear I spent at least 30 minutes in the RS photo archive last night trying to dig those up to no avail. Glad you came through!

No problem. I remembered them being shown in late summer of that year along with a boatload of other products, so I just searched a few months of Scum's news archive. Good luck tracking them down!

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