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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: February 23, 2016, 11:26 AM »
I'm still trying to track one of these things down. 

I can't believe how much time I've spent trying to acquire this poster for a reasonable amount.  I miss the old days of when it was as simple as paying your $30 and getting a poster mailed to you.   Why is so hard to do that these days???

Has anybody figured out a way to get this other than via eBay?

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:55 AM »
Wow.  You guys have read a lot more of the books and comics than I have.  I gave up after about the 25th novel after the Thrawn series, and have only read about 1/2 of the comics. 

Not to poke the bear, but didn't Lucasfilm / Dark Horse ignore most of the story lines from the original Marvel comics at some point?  And weren't some of the original books considered non-canon as well - e.g. Splinter of the Mind's Eye.

I personally like that the new movies will not be forced in to some crazy continuity Twister game. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 20, 2016, 06:41 PM »
This is part of what I was talking about at our mtg last night.  I really don't understand the zombie rules on this show anymore.  The zombies will either hear the tiniest noise and come, or you can whisper right next to them and they don't notice as long as you are wearing a dead meat poncho.

And the fire stuff?  I know they are attracted to light and heat, but is that enough to distract them when they are 5 feet from food?  I didn't get that part at all...  food, food, oh wait, I'll just walking into this fire now.   ???

You have meetings to discuss the plot of this show?  Wow!  I thought I was a fan...but I'm no where near this level!  ;D 

It was just the monthly Minnesota JD meet up.  Along with Star Wars, we discussed zombies, magicians, mechanical bulls, and other pertinent topics.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: February 19, 2016, 08:46 PM »
Great episode.  They actually gave us some back story and a little character development for Hera and Chopper.  I think they've missed on a bunch of the episodes this last half of the season, but this one was great.

I think the thing that cracks me up the most is the nameless Imperial Officer that they have in every one of these shows.  He looks the same each show, and generally has his spacecraft get destroyed.  I guess he is the Star Trek red shirt of the Rebels world.

There is a Target near me that has about eight six-inch Finn's (and another that has eight Zuvios).  But this certainly isn't the norm. 

Locally the 3 3/4" figures on the pegs are all wave 2 "blink and you'll miss them" characters and the Inquisitor repack.  I never see any heroes on the pegs.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: February 16, 2016, 11:08 AM »
$20 at Target.  So only a couple extra bucks to save yourself the headache or driving around town.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:26 PM »
Why such a sharp increase in so little time? I curious as to the economics behind this.

If the paint apps on their WM TBS line are any indication, it shows they can't source enough quality production facilities to make all their product.   They'd probably have to pay workers double the old rate to make sure Han's eyes were painted on the front of his head.  ::)

Using a more cynical view of the current world economy (cheap oil and China's slowdown), I wonder if we'll see more affordable production costs out of China for our little pieces of SW plastic goodness.

The Force Awakens / Re: Toy Fair 2016
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:55 AM »
I haven't been following any of the Toy Fair / Hasbro stuff, but was curious if Hasbro was going to keep doing all the different products like MicroMachines, Hero Mashup/Battlers, etc.

My concern is that Hasbro seems to be doing only a mediocre job managing the 3 3/4" and 6" figures, and I'm wondering if they cut out all that other stuff if they would get better results.  But maybe MicroMachines and all that other stuff sells really well.

I get worried that all that extra stuff is going to clog the pegs and as retailers look to shrink the SW footprint the main 3 3/4" and 6" stuff will get even fewer available pegs and make retail availability even worse than it is now.

It still kills me that two years in to SW Rebels that there is very little Rebels product to be had.  Even all the repacks of Kanan, The Inquisitor, and Ezra seem to sell through.  Why they can't come out with a bunch of new figures/ships in this line is hard for me to understand.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:51 PM »
Reminds me of the POTF2 "monkey faced" Leia.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 13, 2016, 05:35 PM »
That face sculpt on Leia is terrible.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA Takodana Battle Pack
« on: February 11, 2016, 05:08 PM »
When is the last time we got a non-exclusive Battle Pack???  Five years ago? 

Does anyone know if this is verified as a main line toy, or is this going to be a retailer exclusive?

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 (Spoilers)
« on: February 5, 2016, 04:02 PM »
Kind of a weird (and not great) episode this week. 

In the past few months they've been dealing with episodes more focused on people other than Ezra/Kanan, and this week's was Zeb's turn.  I thought we were going to get some good character development, etc. on Zeb's history, motivations, etc. 

Things seemed to be going okay (I usually like the Hondo episodes of CW and Rebels), but then things go weirdly mystical, and then the episode just ended with them finding the long lost home of the Lasats without us even really seeing what went down.  It seems like this could have easily have been a couple of episode story arc where the rebels manage to get some allies against the empire, Zeb's character gets more development, etc. 

Just weird how abruptly everything just came to a conclusion.

LEGO / Re: LEGO 2016 (possible TFA & Rogue One spoilers)
« on: February 2, 2016, 03:54 PM »
Can't wait for the Luggabeast!

Collections / Re: Insurance?
« on: February 1, 2016, 12:11 PM »
I'm no insurance expert, but this is my understanding after doing a bunch of research on it about 10 years ago.  It all depends on what insurance you have, the value of your collection, and how much of it has "collectible" value above and beyond normal retail.

I determined that I do not need extra insurance as your normal household insurance default assigns something like 40% of the home's value to your possessions.   You can always increase this if necessary.  Let's just round numbers.  Assuming your house replacement value is $400k, your possessions are insured for $160k.  I know my couches, chairs, beds, and SW stuff probably wouldn't exceed that value.  However I don't have anything particularly rare in my collection.  I'm fairly convinced I could replace most of my collection for less than what I originally bought it for.

The one challenge is that when you have "rare/collectible" items - like all your vintage stuff  - that was originally $2 in the store and is now worth $125, your insurance won't generally cover that "collectible" value.  I know you've got a ton of nice stuff that falls in to that category.

As I recall you would need to get your collection documented/appraised and generally get a rider on your insurance that would cover these collectible items.  Depending on the coverage, it may or may not be all that much. 

Give your insurance agent a call.  They'll walk you through the whole thing.  As I recall it can vary from company to company and it may be worth your while to change insurance providers based on what collectibles coverage you need.

If you haven't already purchased a backup battery for your sump pump, I would do that first.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: New Star Wars Battlefront
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:48 PM »
Yeah, that's a pretty weak excuse.  There really isn't a story to this game to conflict with any canon.  You just go and shoot stuff in different OT-like environments.

Heck, Disney Infinities 3.0 lets you mash whatever players you want together without fear of "screwing with the canon".  My kids love to play the ToyBox setting and keep swapping in characters Anakin to Kylo Ren to Sabine to Yoda to Tinkerbell to Olaf to Chewie.  Maybe Disney should have made the different trilogy characters incompatible with each other...   ::)

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