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Gentle Giant / WonderCon Yoda
« on: February 27, 2012, 01:51 PM »
I'm potentially looking to pick up this new Yoda sculpt (not sure what the cost is), but am not a 2012 Premier Guild member.  Any Guild Members that would be interested in grabbing this for me?

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:27 PM »
Like Jesse said...almost every single one of them has been clearanced and the amount and severity of clearance keeps growing.

Anybody ever talk to Hasbro about the Attack Gunship?  I wonder what happened to a lot of these that were at retail. 

I know Amazon really clearanced them out, but it seems like all of Target's stock was pulled back (by Hasbro?).  I don't recall these even hitting 30% off before being removed from the shelves.

And it's not always about the 30-40 somethings anyway, remember kids love this stuff.  If you could only see how much my son loves the Turbo Tank... and they aren't cheap on ebay either.

While the Turbo Tank may be out of scale, I would agree that is by far the best *TOY* ever made in the modern Star Wars line.  The lights, the missiles, the ruggedness, the launching speeder.  My kids love playing with it and have quickly set many of the other toys aside and always go back to the Turbo Tank.

Wow, it sounds like a amazing item. I can't see getting it myself, unless it goes crazy clearance like the shuttle did. While it will have a lot of buzz going for it with the movie out, it is still a big rounded brown terd that carries nameless battle droids...

As a star wars geek, I can see wanting one, but as a parent looking for something cool for $100 or more, I'm not sure this thing has much curb appeal. the turbo tank looked like a monster truck, the AT-AT is a mechanized dino, and the Falcon is the Falcon. This one needs spinning rims, air shocks, and a subwoofer to be cool.

You nailed it Dan.  Neat, but would my kids play with it?  No way.

I'll probably pick it up if it gets sub $60, but likely not drop $100 on it.

Seems kind of odd that we would get this ship before a Rebel Troop Transport - I know it is a TPM year and not ANH year.

I still think an Ewok playset or something else would be a helluva lot cooler than a battle droid troop carrier *yawn*.

Other Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Premium Format Figures
« on: January 4, 2012, 03:11 PM »
Finally pulled the trigger on my first Sideshow figure and got the Holiday Yoda.

Does anyone know if there are known edition sizes for these and if the figures/statues are individually numbered like Gentle Giant busts?  I couldn't seem to find either on my Holiday Yoda.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: November 30, 2011, 04:07 PM »
Everybody has this marked down now to around $65.  Hasbro and all the retailers must be stuck with this one.  I picked it up for $65 and free shipping at HTS.

I wouldn't be surprised to see this hit 50% off at Target after Jan 1.

Thanks Jeff.  I hadn't seen the back of the prototype box before. 

Looks pretty decent for a $55 exclusive.

Has anyone seen this in action at a show to understand the features?  Do the doors open?  Does it have lights/sounds?

As I recall the original smaller version they sold years ago didn't have operable doors, etc. and I ended up selling it because it was kind of lame.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:50 PM »
The jury is still out for me.  I was paying $10/month and almost exclusively just using the DVD service.  When they separated the costs, we went with DVD only, which only costs me $8/month.  I've noticed no difference in my service, so if the name change goes smoothly, I'm still happy with the $8.  We get about 5-6 movies per month for less than what a single movie ticket out would can you not be happy with that?

I think the name change is retarded, but I too will stick with "Qwikster".  Awesome service.  Awesome selection.  Awesome price.

I know they're trying to get ahead of the curve on this, but I think they're way too far out on the curve.  Its hard for me to believe that there are going to be that many more people that prefer streaming over DVD by mail in the next five years.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 2, 2011, 04:19 PM »
Screaming deal at my local Costco.  $26 for a bundled battle pack two pack.  Awesome deal if you want some older figures. Random assortment of bundled Battle of Orto Plutonia, Rishi Outpost Attack, Holocron Heist, Clone Troopers and Droids, Jedi Showdown.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: August 14, 2011, 09:27 PM »
Not a specific season question, but does anyone know if there is a guide to what is G rated within the Clone Wars episodes and what is PG?  My 4-year old has been bugging me to watch "Star Wars" (Clone Wars cartoons) and we've watched a few from season 1 & 2 DVDs, but I can only clearly remember a few of these being both entertaining and G rated.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: July 10, 2011, 01:53 PM »
I was looking at the paper the other day with photos of the last space shuttle launch when my 3 year old asked me if we could go ride "the rocket ship".

Without getting in the politics of the space program, funding, etc - I think its a shame we wont have another significant manned space flight for at least another ten years, and likely longer.

Growing up in the '70s I loved everything space.  They still had moon landings in the early 70s and were quickly transitioning to the space shuttle.  It was an awesome thing to think about and see.  I can remember my first trip to FL included a stop at Cape Canaveral, right after Disney.  I remember being so excited to see all the stuff and remember a presentation on the ceramic tiles they were going to put on the space shuttle to dissipate the heat or re-entry.

Its sad to think my oldest son isn't going to see a significant launch until in to his teenage years at the earliest.  I'm also cynical that after a few more administrations and changes at NASA its going to be 20+ years before we do anything other than ride a Russian rocket to the *yawn* international space station.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How Many States Have You Been To?
« on: July 5, 2011, 10:12 PM »
I've been to 44 - all but:
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • New Mexico
  • Alaska

One of my goals is to at least drive past all the state capitols as well.  I think I've hit about 35 capitols of the 44 states that I've been to.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:12 PM »
After one day of kid play I've officially lost one of the small railings on the top of the AT-ST.  Maybe it will come out in a diaper load tomorrow.

The other two came off, but I found them.  I'll super glue them on later if I can locate (and sanitize) the missing third one.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 22, 2011, 12:19 AM »
Just got around opening my AT-ST for my 3-year old.  I had been super excited to get this and "complete" my Galactic Heroes collection.

However, after two minutes out of the box the little railings on the top of the hatch all came off.  Really crappy design there.  I have no idea why those aren't molded / glued on, or just not even on the toy.  Not a good design for little kids much less older kids.

With some futzing I did manage to get the AT-ST to stand, but its not super kid friendly.  However my son loves opening and closing the hatches on the front and top. 

Overall I'm a bit *meh* on this one.  Not a great value, although not terrible either.

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