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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:29 PM »
Sounds like their buyer cares and was putting forth the effort to get more product.  That's pretty cool.

Once my local bud got his I quit looking.  I kinda like the idea of Walgreen's being involved since any competition is good, but man I hate exclusives for the most part.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:17 AM »
At another "local" (hour away, but what isn't for me?) Ollies I was able to find more sets...  Actually they had a ton still, this was on Saturday evening.  They have so many I doubt they're selling out.

I think some of the hype's overdone on these sets, personally.  Unless you lucked into the really good ones, or you didn't have half this stuff (as I didn't), most of it was all stuff that was WIDELY available in 2011.  I saw all these Jedi Fighters, the Droid ships (including the Gunship), the V19, the Snowspeeder, the Cloud Car...  Those things even went on sale and I recall the Vintage boxed snowspeeder on clearance at Target.  I saw Swamp Speeders, AT-AP's, Hovertanks, and most all of this stuff surfacing at Ollies and/or K-Mart, people just weren't buying much of it at the time.  I didn't see many Republic Artillery sets back when they were new but I recall quite a few reports of people who did, sooooooo...

So unless you're finding Mando Transports or the Jedi Speeder, which I don't think many saw those in any quanitity, these are just nice ships at great prices. 

Don't get me wrong, that's awesome, but I've seen some harping that this is once again a sign of Hasbro not getting people what they want, but I'd gladly point out my above statement that I don't think anything but two of these ships are really "rare" at all, and I'd say the Jedi Speeder is the ONLY one that I can attest is still short-packed.  I saw 3 sets with Mando Transports at the Ollies I hit and it's been that way in most reports I've personally heard.  The Jedi Speeder, it seems to be a one-off at any given place getting these.  It may be the only one that's legitimately "rare".  Though I will say I saw a 501st Hover Tank, and only one of it, and I honestly don't recall many of those on retailer shelves.  Go figure.

Anyway, my point with that long statement is this: The Snowspeeder/CC set is among the most quick to sell out, out of all of these (before even the Mando ship).  That, to me anyway, says this is less about "scalpers" or other phantoms people fear, and less about some made up Hasbro issue on the topic, and much more about good ships at a good price...  It's a novel idea, I know, but it just harkens to me that the only real gripe out there is that things are pricing themselves out of what the MAJORITY (IE: not us) are willing to pay on a whim.  I feel it's creating most of the other issues.  And thus Hasbro is trying to remedy this pricing issue, but they can't just create a new economic situation where they can deliver greatness for cheap, and what they can deliver for cheap the vocal minority (IE: us) simply complain about because it's not the ideal thing we want for half the price it costs to make it.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: September 20, 2014, 02:30 PM »
 :-X I like 'em!  :-X

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:46 PM »
Awesome.  :)

My Target actually sold 2 and my WM sold 1.  It is accomplishing its ultimate non-collector goal.  It's just gravy it's useful to collectors on any level.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:17 PM »
They don't have a spot on the floor, so they're going wherever, or back to the back of the store I'd assume.  I'm going to hit up a couple more KM's this weekend if I manage the time.  I've actually got a slightly more free Saturday to myself so I may get time to do this.

Ollies is much more on with finding them,w hich it turns out Ollies is far more numerous than I thought...  All the way to Indiana, Michigan, NY, NJ, and as far south as Georgia.  I'm shocked.  Used to only be a PA thing.  Believe they originated out this way.

Still, very east coast for the most part aside from OH, IN, and MI.  Most of the country doesn't have them to check even.  They are getting in a ton and dumping them all at once.  I have a feeling K-Mart's allotment wasn't to be out yet.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Sales/Discounts thread
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:10 AM »
Sweet lil dealio plus they're still doing $50 + free shipping.  20% has not been available for a while it seems.  :-\

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:46 PM »
I wouldn't say he's more numerous only because he isn't as heavily (heh) packed as the Scout, but he's usually who you do see if you don't see the Scout.  I have a Target that he's all there is from TBS, either scale.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:39 PM »
My Targets, 3 of them, have had at least one for a while, and Jabba forever.  Every K-Mart has the initial two they put out I believe, and TRU has some as well. 

You know you flew there just to shop.  You know it.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:38 PM »
I hate to post it in the SotDS area, since these are new scores, but I found more of the Value-Pack Vehicle sets at my more local K-Mart tonight.  Two cases worth to be exact.  I also got to see the cases fresh to see how these are coming, and it's really random.  One case had two of the same set, while another case had 3 completely different sets.

All sets share the same UPC too, so individual searching for specific ships is pretty much not gonna happen.

I'd also point out that last night's K-Mart had two sets that tonight's K-Mart didn't have at all, and both cases from last night's find were packed with 3 unique sets.  It's a crap shoot is the point.

Likewise I just got a report from a friend at an Ollie's outlet...  I hate to even mention Ollies because they're such a local thing, it's pointless to say much about it.  HOwever they have these stacked higher than an average man stands, so yeah...  They're getting a ****load more at the slightly higher $19.99 pricepoint to K-Mart's $14.99.  They've also got the AT-AP/Swamp Speeder set, and Mando Transport/Ani Fighter set which I've yet to see at a K-Mart.

Yet again given the randomness of the cases, I imagine it's quite likely you'd find those two sets at a K-Mart on any given trip just because.

IF (and it's a huge if, because you probably don't) you have an Ollie's, I'd go now.  K-Mart too, but Ollie's has stuff just in huge piles.  K-Mart I assume is only shipping a couple cases at a time to any given store.  Ollie's is a disaster (think Big Lots, but far worse) so they can dump 'em all out and it would only improve the aisle.

Speaking of Ollie's, don't be too jealous of me for reporting this.  I have 3, and they're all an hour away and I've yet to go to one because they're an hour away.  They're great if you have one near by and you KNOW something's hitting there (like this), but at an hour from me and all out in the middle of nowhere (further than I already am) 3 different directions, I can't really get to them easily at this point.

It's a cool dealio, but K-Mart is my jam on this one.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:13 PM »
Wow that's one hell of a toy run!

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Deluxe Line
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:28 PM »
You can't find that?  They're everywhere here.  Target, K-Mart, TRU...  Not hard to find at all locally.   :-\

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Recent purchases
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:16 PM »
Loaded up on K-Mart Value 2-Packs tonight.  Cleared the store out.  It won't be my only one to do so either.  ;D  They did have the Jedi Speeder thingiemahickey too.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:16 PM »
BTW, almost forgot, Ree Yees has a ball jointed torso...  Mine fell apart out of the package, but plugged back in and is pretty sturdy.  His sculpted skirt piece though inhibits the articulation at the hips just slightly and I think he could pop apart again relatively easy if I tried to make him sit, but it doesn't seem like any major issue.  It did pop apart out of the tray though, but it seems sturdy now.  Probably more a factory issue than anything.

I did NOT open my extra Ree Yees yet to see if this is more common though.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 5
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:13 PM »
So, my Wave 5 thoughts...

First though, I didn't buy Vader.  The head popping off wasn't the only reason, but it played a factor.  The head popping off + a sculpted-on chain was why.  I like the string everyone else hates because it means I can cut it off, and sew on a tiny chain from the craft store...  I'll take that all day over the sculpted-on chain for a floating cloth cape.

So I can't say Vader sucks or not.  I appreciate extra articulation and if they made those updates to the multi-piece removable helmet Vader, I'd be down for it.  As it stands though, the extra articulation wasn't even enough to motivate me.   :-\  It used to be all that would motivate me so how's that for time marching on?


-Snowspeeder Wedge...  In a way, the snoozer of the lot, he's actually really quite good.  He's basically Luke, but it shows Hasbro is acknowledging that Wedge was as short as Luke and so I appreciate that, and it also shows that they like that sculpt.  You should too.  It's a brighter Orange than Dak is and so he stands out a little?  Then again the sculpt helped him stand out so it's not necessary to be brighter than Dak. 

If I have a gripe, it's simply that Wedge lacks normal hands.  He has the goofy Luke ones.  I would've liked to have seen new hands, to match the new "skirt" piece.  I don't have Luke to compare to, but besides the new head and skirt, I don't think much is different on this figure from Luke.  I've been wrong on that before though without a comparison to look at handy to me.

The gear is great.  Helmet with an exquisitely detailed deco, and the rifle is always a nice extra as is a blaster pistol.  The pistol they picked is a Rebel one + they put the thought in to include one that when Wedge holds it out the goofy hand pose can hold the pistol straight.  There is no trigger finger sculpted separate of the hand though, so he can't grip it totally right.  No huge deal, but something of note.

The helmet could've used some wear, and the costume could use a wash...  And technically the coat should be a different shade than the pants and the jumpsuit collar poking out.  Minor details, but things we used to be able to count on to a degree from the "premium" figures. 

-Ree Yees...  Or "ole dickeyes" as I like to call him now.  The face is really nice.  Eye penises aside, he's rockin' the classic Ree Yees grin.  This guy looks like the original online troll with that smile.  The fleshy bits of him also have a nice wash (Wow, Hasbro still does those?) which highlight what tremendous depth the sculpt overall received.  The black for the eyes is a little glossy and that makes them pop too.  Likewise his teeth are very nicely individually sculpted, which may be the nicest teeth sculpt in this scale that I've ever seen.  A detail I really liked seeing done well.

Ree Yees rocks his classically bland brown padded suit with shoulder pads.  Right out of the 80's he's basically running around in a woman's business suit.  For the most part the coloring makes it unremarkable but if you look closely it's some of the best bunching and folding scuplt I've seen in a while.  Nice detail, right to the turned up cuffs on the sleeve.  Again, a paint wash would've helped highlight that stuff.

Articulation is pretty much standard save for two points.  First, he's lacking ankle joints which suits me fine on this line in general.  I appreciate it when it exists, but don't miss it terribly when it's gone.  Plus the way he has spats on of sorts, they may interfere with that articulation point.  That said though, $10-$11 for a figure without hyper articulation is irksome.  You kind of owe it IMO.  You charge a premium price and you're backed into the premium corner.  I'd much prefer $7.99-$8.99 and some articulation cutbacks (mixed in angle-cut elbow joints, rare to see ankle joints, sometimes no waist joint).

The wrists, shoulders, elbows, knees, neck...  They're the main points, and I'm flexible on the type of joint on the elbows.  Angle-cuts work, and look good at the elbows (NOT the knees).

I really liked Hasbro delivering both POTF2 blaster pistols in new iterations with this Ree Yees updates.  Smaller, more detailed...  It's pretty neat. I just WISH they'd included his original vintage goofy weapon he had.  That thing is so absurd looking I wish he had a modern update, just for no real reason.

Oh, and look at the fingertips!  Weird suction cuppy looking.  I love it!  Never noticed it before, but I imagine the POTF2 guy has them too.  That figure was pretty nicely detailed for the time and even now.

-Doallyn/Whoever...  Now the nitty gritty of the wave, a brand spanking new, never done figure.  That's a rarity unto itself and helps him win figure of the wave, however Hasbro did do pretty sharp with him.

The jumpsuit features everything you've come to expect with the wrinkles and detail.  Otherwise it's fairly bland.  The boots got a little "scuffing" detail painted onto them, and I found that refreshing since Ree Yees has bland one-color shoes (which look good, just colorless).  The paint detals on Doallyn are actually numerous.  The belt has buttons and a buckle painted which often Hasbro skips at this point.

The stripe on the side of the suit and up the chest is where they can goof up I imagine, but my samples (4 of them) are all crisp and clean.  I'm impressed since paint apps are iffy these days.  There is a LITTLE skin showing from the character, and it's his neck.  Now, depending on your POV, this may be good or bad.  Hasbro painted it a light green color...  It's ALMOST fleshy looking, but it's really more green and the issue is, this guy's neck is visibile IN the movie, and it's clearly a white guy's skin color under there.  Is that bad?  Is that inaccurate?  Do you give a **** (no you don't)?  It was odd to me they acknowledged that his neck is slightly visible but didn't go with the proper color then.  Is that good or bad?  I dunno.  I think some Aliens could be human fleshy colors sure.  I kinda like the green, but whatever.  Pickin' nits.

The hose is a separate sculpted piece plugged into (and glued?) the figure's torso and his pockets.  It runs up around the neck and down into each pocket, and is weird and gives it the sci-fi look it needs.  It's also a brighter color, so it pops a little.  It appears to be white, which I never really noticed.  I love seeing it stand out on the light grey of the jumpsuit though!  Well done Hasbro, catching a quite little detail there.

The head sculpt is simply new, different, detailed...  There is little way to highlight any of it because in the film the helmet doesn't seem to be anything but clean black, all one color, and simple.  Detailed, but no deco to show any of it.  So Hasbro replicated that perfectly, and that's what you should hope for.

Accessories are the crummy area...  The figure sports a pike (appropriate) and a pistol (nice to get).  Unfortunately no holster for said blaster, and both weapons cast in a bronze color with no paint.  No silver blade, no detail on the blaster at all.  The basic bronze colors are kind of blah, and disappointing.  Again, $11 figures deserve $11 detail.  Likewise though, would an ankle holster have been a bad idea?  Doallyn's feet don't appear to be visible from all angles in the film, and a place to stash his sidearm would be great.  I miss that little extra Hasbro USED to include.  Ree Yees doesn't seem to have a holster so I'm ok there, but Doallyn I think they could've snuck one on and nobody would've minded (correct or not).

All 3 are easy buys.  Most "new" I've had in a while really.  Even Wedge, it's been since POTF2 since a Snowspeeder Wedge, so a very new figure.

Love all these, and wish we got more of this in TBS waves...  At least always a single never-before-made OT figure, per wave.  Even if it re-uses a part that fits the character well enough.

Now I want the ACTUAL Doallyn figure from the Palace.  Pair him up with the Snaggletooth from the Palace Hasbro, please. :)  Fill out the wave as you see fit then!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2014-15
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:00 PM »
Hockey players make it hard to hate them. :)

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