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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: NYCC 2014
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:33 AM »
The only thing that I remember having major spoilers was the CD soundtrack with the track names (Qui-Gon's Funeral) that was released early.

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Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:28 AM »
My kids are now 7, 4, and 4 and I'm hoping to get them a little hooked on Star Wars though the new Rebels series.  Clone Wars was way too dark for them so I didn't let them watch it.

I expect to buy all the toys, bust them open, and see if the kids start digging Star Wars. 

I've got hundreds (who are we kidding? thousands) of OT/PT figures and ships in my basement waiting to be opened and played with.  I think my wife will think I'm loony if I I'm playing with toys without the kids...  ::)

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LEGO / Lego becomes world's biggest toymaker
« on: September 9, 2014, 01:38 PM »
According to CNN

Lego sales grew at 11% for the first six months of this year surpassing Mattel and leaving Hasbro in its dust (now 30% larger than Hasbro).

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Back to the topic of price hikes, I'm seeing lots of Twitter/Facebook reports of Target stores raising prices on the 3.75" stuff...

Maybe its to account for the extra labor they have in their distribution system now that they're splitting cases between multiple stores  ::)

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:14 PM »
I've seen a local Target restock these at least once since their reset.

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Anyone else having trouble getting your Jabba delivered?

Fedex is requiring an in-person signature, and won't let me sign the door tag and leave it for tomorrow.

The pick-up location is about an hour away from my house on the south side, and rerouting it to my office is going to delay by 24 to 48 hours.

All because freaking HasBLOW seemingly is requiring me to physically be there to sign for it.

Glad my wife was home today to get my SDCC Jabba. 

Seems completely unnecessary to have to sign for a $60 item.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 2
« on: August 13, 2014, 05:48 PM »
I'll be interested to see if the new figures, Clone Trooper and Anakin, end up being the pegwarmers in this bunch with the Stormtrooper and Boba selling through faster.

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Saw the Battle of Endor set at $99 at TRU. What an insulting joke that is! I don't see how this is worth the price. The presentation sucks. The figures are just lined up in no action display and the ATST has half its parts missing. They should have included the bunker at that price. Between Hasbro's and ebay's prices this hobby has hit rock bottom. Hasbro isn't even trying on this one.

I don't know if I would solely blame Hasbro for the price.  TRU is pretty good at marking things up unnecessarily high on their own.

I know 95% of us wouldn't really be interested at any price, but its hard to see your average soccer mom springing for this unless it gets down towards $65 or lower.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Clash of Clans
« on: August 4, 2014, 01:19 PM »
I heard that your clan isn't visible if it is currently participating in a clan war. 

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Wow.  Still up after 30 minutes.  Didn't Boba Fett last something like 90 seconds last year?

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: August 2, 2014, 02:08 PM »
One of the local targets where I saw them doing a reset required a whole crew of laborers.  They were disassembling and rebuilding end caps with shelves.  Not just placing new things on shelves.

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These are available to order on HTS.com right now as well.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: History of vinyl cape Jawa
« on: July 31, 2014, 03:43 PM »
I never saw one of these outside of a magazine, but remember looking at the pictures and being stoked that I got the much cooler cloth caped Jawa. 

I thought the vinyl cape on the Jawa looked kind of lame in comparison, and the other vinyl capes (Leia, Obi-Wan, Vader) were prone to ripping.

I'd love to have a vinyl caped Jawa for its rareness and cool factor, but still think the cloth cape is a much better from a toy perspective.

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Usually you can find the "out of stock" listing before they make it available, so you can bookmark it and refresh it.  I haven't been able to find that yet this year.

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Bah.  At first I was tentative on the 6" line, then I was all in, now I'm not so sure again. 

We're only seeing a handful of 6" figures trickle out each year - which I'm generally okay with.  Now it appears that half of the "new" figures are purely repaints/kit bashed.

Love the all the "big" 6" stuff like the Tauntaun, speeder bikes, etc.  Just wish they would go a little lighter on the rehashed figs.

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