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Keep in mind parents/kids aren't gonna reshape anything in boiling water.

Definitely agree that for the $50 this costs, you shouldn't have to tweak anything.  It's nice I was able to "fix" mine, but I never should have had to do that in the first place. :(

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: October 1, 2015, 09:58 AM »
Promo Code Welcome gets you 15% off plus free shipping on most items at HasbroToyShop.

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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Class I "Small" Vehicle Sets
« on: October 1, 2015, 12:52 AM »
Opened the bike and walker up tonight.  Really nice knee joints on the Speeder Bike Trooper..  too bad all the 5POA didn't get them. :P

Think I like the Walker a bit better than the bike.  Looking forward to the EE Desert version.  I'd probably buy more of these if they repainted them into different colors.

Finally getting around to opening some of the vehicles that I've bought over the past month...

First impression of this vehicle was not good.  I had read the on-line reviews and I bought one anyway because I'm a sucker, I guess.  Anyway, I opened it up and there they were - four ridiculously bent cannons.

I have no idea what they did during the manufacturing run, but that ****** black plastic is really soft and easy to heat and bend.  The good news of course is because the plastic was so soft and pliable, it only took about 3 seconds in boiling water to soften them and bend them back into place.  In fact, I dipped the X-Wings' wings and even Poe in the boiling pot too and shaped them.  Wings look a lot less saggy under the weight and Poe fit in the cockpit a lot easier with his slightly reshaped/bent arms.

The end result of all my work is a really nice looking (albeit small) Stealth X-Wing from TFA.  While I agree that for the $50 price we shouldn't get a ****** toy, it only took a pot of boiling water and 10-15 minutes of work and I ended up with a really nice looking X-Wing.

I'll give it a solid C.  Good toy with a terrible plastic choice.  Let's hope those early reports on the White X-Wing are correct and the white plastic they used behaves a lot better than this black plastic did because, despite being pretty disappointed in this X-Wing, I know I'm going to buy the white one too. :P  #sucker

Other Collectibles / Re: Medicom 6" MAFEX Star Wars figures
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:16 AM »
News from Medicom Toy - MAFEX Darth Vader finally launching September 29th.

Vader yesterday, Stormtrooper tomorrow - NEW ITEM INFORMATION/launching October 1st!

LEGO / Re: LEGO Sales and Deals
« on: September 29, 2015, 10:46 AM »
Today's daily deal at EE is 20% off select LEGO Star Wars sets.  Free shipping if you order $79 or more...

Other Collectibles / Re: Bandai 1/12 Scale Star Wars Figure Model Kits
« on: September 29, 2015, 09:46 AM »
There have been so many new announcements since Force Friday, it's hard to keep up with everything - Jesse, have you seen the new TFA kits yet?

GunJap has a ton of pics from the recent hobby show:
- 1/12 TFA Captain Phasma Figure Model Kit
- 1/12 TFA C-3PO Figure Model Kit (based on the OT version, now with red arm)
- 1/12 TFA R2-D2 & BB-8 2-pack
- 1/12 First Order Stormtrooper Figure Model Kit

Does anyone have any advice on 3rd party buying services in Japan?  Anyone do that stuff ever?

I buy a lot of my Gundam kits on eBay, US (from Japan sellers), or Amazon Japan. 

Another good place to check is Rakuten Global Market.  It has links to a ton of places that ship to US - AmiAmi, Hobbyzone, denethhobby.

Good news for those tho missed him - Jedi Luke is being re-issued!  * Re-issue Date:February, 2016

Yes, the Bespin Duel flashback happens right after the Rebel Season 1 flashback with Ezra, Kanan and Inquisitor and right before the ROTJ flashback with Armor Up Fett and Jedi Luke. 

Saw an interesting article on Steve Evans, Hasbroís Star Wars design director (since 2014) "and the man responsible for every The Force Awakens toy" (for better or worse, depending on the circles in which you travel :P).

Thought this was pretty interesting on the figures...

Matter of fact, if you thought you had seen all The Force Awakens merchandise previewed on Force Friday, think again. While dozens of new action figures were shown off, those were carefully selected to be only from the first third of the film so as to not give away anything which hasnít been already seen in the trailers.

"As we lead up to December 18, there's a certain amount that gets released," says Evans. "There are certain surprises from our product line that no one knows about, that we'll release leading up to the movie, at the movie, and beyond the movie."

Made me wonder if those "surprises" are still surprises or if they've all been spoiled at this point....  also left me wondering just how many figures they are planning from TFA.  50-60?  More?

Other Collectibles / Re: Medicom 6" MAFEX Star Wars figures
« on: September 28, 2015, 09:44 AM »
Yeah, I think Vader was originally supposed to come out in December of 2014 and there's still no sign of him.

News from Medicom Toy - MAFEX Darth Vader finally launching September 29th.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: September 27, 2015, 11:54 PM »
For Dale -
SuperBloodMoonMagic from my deck - taken with my Nikon D5000, tripod, and 55-200mm lens.

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