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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 7, 2015, 09:26 AM »
I'm starting to think Hasbro's onto something with the mystery around this event.  If they had just shown us what's out there I'm sure there would be some praise and excitement, but there would definitely be a wave of people complaining about the products, their strategy, pricing, crummy distribution, etc.  I think a fair amount of people would just wait to get the products at a later date like usual.  With the whole Force Friday mystery, it has people talking daily and thinking about the possibilities.  I think more people will end up going to the midnight madness because of the unknowns.  I know it really bothers some of you not knowing, but from a marketing standpoint, they have fans and collectors right where they want us - anxious and excited about what's coming versus bitterly complaining and talking others out of a potential purchase. 

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Hit TRU over lunch and all the 6" Deluxe sets were $19.99.  Only Jabba and Scouts, but that was enough to get me to buy another Scout.  They also offer another 10% off on Thursdays if you use your TRU Credit Card. 

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Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Newbies - Questions and Advice
« on: August 6, 2015, 10:36 AM »
I made a few customs back in the day.  Depends on what you want to do, but for mine I just boiled and popped out the heads and limbs as needed.  I've since turned to just using a hot hair drier over boiling to soften the plastic, but haven't tried that with any Kubes.  Here are a few of my favorites.  I made a custom Clone Wars Armor Obi-Wan too, but can't find the picture of him.






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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 6, 2015, 12:08 AM »
Ah - I don't think that's how they explained it in the movie.  But I'll roll with it.
 

I don't recall how it was phrased in the movie, but I'm pretty sure they didn't talk about another dimension.  Still, it's as plausible as anything in the realm of superheroes I guess.

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Kubricks / Re: Kubrick Newbies - Questions and Advice
« on: August 6, 2015, 12:02 AM »
Wow. Yes!  Both my spirit Obi and spirit Anakin have sticky capes.  I heated them up with a hairdryer to soften the plastic then slid the capes off.  Then I scrubbed them both down with dish detergent water and rinsed them off.  Dried and heated again with the hairdryer.   They were better but still sticky so I washed, rinsed, and dried them a second time.  I really scrubbed the surface inside and out, then rinsed in hot water for about a minute.  Cloth dried and now they look like new.  I had to heat them up one last time to make sure all the water dried and loosen the neck hole to slip them back on the figure.  We'll see if that lasts, but they look new again.  Thanks for the tip - I didn't have them on display so had no idea that was happening.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 5, 2015, 01:09 PM »
But it's kind of a big plot hole - if Pym Particles reduce the distance between atoms, the weight of the object should be unchanged.  You wouldn't be carrying around 10-ton tank in your pocket.

Pym particles don't just alter the space between atoms.  From the Marvel Wiki:

"Originally, Pym Particles were only used to decrease the size and mass of organic and inorganic materials. With some alterations, Pym was able to increase the size and mass of subjects as well. The Pym Particles work by stunting matter into the Kosmos Dimension when shrinking a subject or accruing extra matter from that dimension when enlarging."

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 5, 2015, 01:05 PM »
Why are there 5 bad guy covers and one good guy?  They should have put Dooku in for E2 or mixed it up better.  Now I'm not going to buy it. 

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Not sure if this is new news, but was news to me.  Per the PR Newswire ALL TRU STORES will open at midnight on the 4th for Force Friday.  That's good news for those of us in MN now that Bloomington is shut down.

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HTS has bothered to ship my Stormtrooper yet. They were suppose to ship on 7/29. It is still sitting at not shipped status. I think they need more trained monkeys.

Got my shipping notice today (supposed to ship 7/29 as well). I assume they are still trying to sort through the valid or declined CC orders.

+1 on my Ant Man and Kreo sets.  Any word on when the second wave of stormtroopers might go up for sale?  Is it typically about a week?  Not holding my breath as I'm sure it will just be for a minute until they've sold out again.

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How hard would it be to just put the UPC on the back or the bottom?  You know, where almost all UPCs are found?   ???  That's just lazy and inconsiderate. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 3, 2015, 10:37 AM »
Can't wait.  It's been way too long since I've head some zombie goodness.  Of course, I'm sure we'll have to sit through a few episodes of set up before we get to the good stuff.   :-\

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 31, 2015, 10:49 AM »
Quite possibly.  It is definitely a different material.  The plastic doesn't "push in" like an aluminum can might, but doesn't feel as hard as my US version.  They came with a cardboard base glued to the bottom, so I can't really tell the thickness or check from underneath.  The droid parts feel like a slightly softer plastic as well.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures
« on: July 31, 2015, 10:16 AM »
I got mine two weeks ago

Thanks - that's good to know when I call this afternoon to beach them out.  ;)

So, I love the GG Retro Jumbo figures, but their customer service is pretty awful.  In the last 90 days, I've sent four emails about my missing 2-1B figure.  I received responses for two of them, both times simply asking me to call their customer service line to straighten things out.  I tried calling CS six different times, but can never get through to anyone.  Yesterday I called around 3:00 and finally got through to an operator.  She directed me to customer service (odd in itself since that's the number I supposedly called).  After waiting 2-3 minutes I got a voicemail.  So I called again and it just rang.  So I called again and got the same operator and just directly asked for customer service.  I must have been on hold at least five minutes because the song changed twice.  Finally someone answered (Jewell I think?)  She searched through old records and found a receipt for my membership purchase, but not the exclusive figure.  She was able to send me out a 2-1B after some checking, but needed a credit card to pay the $15 shipping fee.  That whole process took another 15-20 minutes.

At this point I'm just glad I'm getting my figure, but what a lousy experience all the way around.  I have spent hours hounding them just to get the figure I paid for almost a year and half ago.  You'd think they would discount the shipping or offer up a coupon or a discounted 2015 membership maybe, but I didn't even get an apology...just a sorry for the call taking so long.  Much as I love these, part of me is glad things seem to be wrapping up so I can send my money elsewhere.

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WalgreensBLOW!!!!111!!! or something or other... 

Seriously though, 9/4 is going to be weird if these places manage not to pee out everything first.  That'll be the big if.  But Walgreens, if they'd never said anything, who'd think to even go there on 9/4?   ::)

Well, we're all getting old enough now that the prescription crowd and SW collectors might be blending into one.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow!
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:02 PM »
Yeah, all of those things are customs and not protos.  The sand Speeder has a cool custom canon on the back as well.  I picked up that and a few other custom ships along with a huge Tatooine diorama years ago from a customizer that had passed away.  Don't know anything about him, but his wife had enlisted some of his SW friends to sell off his stuff.  She threw in a handful of custom figures and droids since I bought so much.  He had some amazing stuff.

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