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Somewhere he sits, smiling silently as he trolls the forums and drinks up the pain and frustration of the 6" collectors refreshing HTS for days now. 

Hasbro On-line Monkey strikes again!   MONKEYYYYYYYYYYYYY!  >:(

I enjoyed this.  No sign of exclusives as of Friday @ 1:57PM.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:30 PM »
Nice pick ups!  That unpunched Yoda looks great and CarboHan is tough to come by.

Vintage Kenner / Re: History of vinyl cape Jawa
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:05 PM »
There is a Star Wars exhibit at the Minnesota History Museum's "Toys of the 70's."  Only one guy's experience, but the guy who donated the original 12 figures and collector stand says a few lines about this.  He was one of the kids that got the Early Bird certificate picturing all the figures.  When the EB set arrived and the others showed up in stores months later, he comments that he and his friends were surprised to find the cloth cloak Jawa instead of the vinyl cape pictured.  He doesn't talk about the value, but that the cloth seemed out of place since so many of the other figures were sporting vinyl. 

That leads me to believe he was pretty rare right out of the gate and even some of the kids knew it.  There wasn't the same level of media or collector mentality, so it's probably very hard to assess how widespread the news was or what people might have paid to get one back then.  I'm not even sure where people whould have gone to buy one second hand in the late 70's, but I thought it was an interesting experience.  I figured VC Jawa was out for a while, not instantly replaced by the cloth version.

I got mine at $39.99

Ditto.  I forgot they were that much, but if you can find another $40 item they have a BOGO 40% on ALL TOYS this week.

I think it's at select stores.  I saw no kind of advertising regarding that... in the paper or in store.

It's definitely widespread in our area.  They had it at Midway, Chan, and Chaska with signs all over the place. 

I got mine at $39.99

Ditto.  I forgot they were that much, but if you can find another $40 item they have a BOGO 40% on ALL TOYS this week.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: July 29, 2014, 09:26 AM »
Anyone else enjoying "The Strain" on FX? Damn, this show is so good!

Totally forgot about it.  I hope it's available on demand...

Is that today or do the exclusives typically show up later or after the convention?  I didn't manage to get the Fett last time and can't remember when it briefly showed up.

The week after

Is it worth checking today or do people think this is still a week out?  I didn't see any sign of the exclusives on HTS this morning.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series 2015 Wave 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 11:32 AM »
Stormtrooper Han Solo just comes across a little odd to me.  In fact, it seems like the line seems to be going pretty heavy on Han right from the get-go.  Already we've seen 5 offerings of Han:
-ANH Han Solo
-ANH Han Solo with Greedo in the Cantina showdown exclusive 2-pack
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper disguise
-Hoth Han Solo with the tauntaun
-Han Solo in Carbonite (SDCC 2013 exclusive)

Yea, but Han's been pretty much ignored for years, and hearing Ford's back for E7 should drive a little more buzz for the character.  I'd also argue that Han Carbonite isn't really a figure, nor was he wide spread, and the Han/Greedo set is just a figure repack.  We really have 3 different Han figures on the way, actually one less than Luke. 

Less than a year in and they've used the Sandtrooper sculpt FOUR times, The speeder bike twice, the Clone Trooper twice, and Fett twice.  They're clearly looking to squeeze as much margin out of this line as possible.

I think this is just good business sense on Hasbro's part - didn't think I'd ever say that!  Yes, repaints are underwhelming versus new figures, but they are light years better than repacks.  I'll take different paint aps any day of the week over repacked 12" figures that clog the pipeline.  They're ideally using the increased profit on these to offset the creation of brand new sculpts, so I'm glad they're getting a few extra dollars this way, versus going the comic pack route and saying it isn't cost effective to make new stuff.  Beyond all that, I do think the shadow stuff looks cool.  If they had a bright white Sandtrooper release, I'd go all in on that as well.

I love the shadow stuff. I'm in for a few of these.

Well crap.

Seeing as how there's a Walgreen's 5 minutes away from every other Walgreen's, I'm hoping this guy will be super easy to track down.  I wish they were just getting cases full of Fett though.  That other stuff will clog their pegs fast.

Was the Stormtrooper really out before Christmas last year?  Feels like he wasn't really out until 3-4 months ago.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:12 PM »
Cap's black, and now Thor's a woman.  I honestly haven't enjoyed Marvel comics as much the last few years, so this is looking like a great stepping off point for me.  Utterly ridiculous that Marvel feels the need to pull stunts like this in place of anything remotely resembling character development. 

I actually loved a lot of the 80s stories, so have kept my subs going in the hopes of reconnecting with some of those great memories.  Billionaire Tony Stark defeating so many enemies only to slowly fall victim to the bottle, then rebuild his life and reclaim his armor?  Brilliant.  The original Secret Wars?  The Infinity Gauntlet?  Thor getting wounded and growing a beard?  Symbiote Spiderman/Venom?  These were classic character driven stories.  Marvel's shifted the players and copied some of the circumstances, but without any of the life or meaning behind them.  What a shame.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: July 17, 2014, 05:01 PM »
Love that new Cap costume.  Very cool.

I liked the last one better - seems a little noisy for Cap.

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