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I wasn't sure where to put this since it's affected Clones/Troopers from Waves 2, 3, 4, 5, and apparantly 6. Thought it'd be easier to start a new thread...

On the topic of yellow/green helmets - I've read a few anecdotal stories around the 'net that the greening/yellowing is being caused by something introduced during the molding process on the helmets - I don't know if it's a mold release agent or a plastic residue, but apparently, it's 100% reversible/removable!

I had a guy (toydoctordude - thanks, man!) send me an e-mail over at with some simple instructions on how to de-color the recent Vintage Collection 'supposed to be white' trooper helmets -

[disclaimer - hot water is hot.  Don't burn yourself!]
1. heat up some water to near boiling
2. soak the helmet in the HOT water for 3 minutes
3. dip a dry cloth in the HOT water
4. remove helmet from water (carefully, it's hot!)
5. rub/polish/buff the helmet with the wet cloth

Simple, right?  I tried it with one of my worst greenish helmet Ep3 Clones and I'll be damned if it didn't work.  After a few minutes, it didn't look perfect but it looked a whole lot better.  A few more minutes of buffing with the cloth (it helps to rub hard, but obviously not hard enough to remove the paint) and the previous green color was almost unnoticible.

A caviat - it only seems to help with the helmets, not sure if it will do anything if you've got yellow-thigh Sandtroopers or whatever...  I'm also not sure how long it will last as I only just tried it myself tonight (for all I know the green will come back in a few weeks).  And, obviously, it doesn't help the carded collectors out there.

If I had known it was going to work so well, I would have taken some before pics - here's the after pic anyway.

Anyone out there have a yellow/green trooper helmet to try it out to see if you can duplicate my success?

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / New Packaging for 3D Re-Releases
« on: February 25, 2011, 01:17 PM »
We all know that the Vintage look will continue into early Spring 2012, but how about Summer 2012 for the TPM 3D release?  Why, it's a brand new look!  Nothing like getting a sneak peek at the packaging we'll be seeing 12+ months from now. :P 

Check it out from

"2012 ushers in a return to the beginning of the Star Wars saga with Episode I in theaters. It seems only fitting, then, that the iconic Phantom Menace Sith Lord should land himself on product packaging spanning the entire Star Wars saga."

Shadows of the Dark Side / 2011 Disney Star Tours Box Sets
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:40 AM »
Not one, but two new box sets to celebrate the opening of the updated Star Tours ride at Disney. 

I love the box of droids (Hasbro said the suitcases do in fact open up to hold weapons, accessories, whatever), but I'm not sure if I'll pick up the top set.  I'd like to get one of those Stormtroopers (I think they called them Skytroopers) and Vader's little platform, but I'm not sure if it will be worth the price just for those two things.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Star Wars on Blu-ray Commemorative 4-Packs
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:14 AM »
Star Wars on Blu-ray Commemorative Figure 4-Packs with mini movie poster.

Yes, they are all repacks.  Yes, continuing the theme of duplication that Hasbro has going on, many of them are figures that are either currently shipping or were available in the last year. :P

Anyway, if you buy all six you can line them up and get what you see in te top right of this first pic...

Anyone out there looking forward to these for some reason?

Other Collectibles / Playskool Jedi Force
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:57 PM »
Galactic Heroes are dead, long live (this version of) Jedi Force.  :P

(more pics here)

No, these are not like the 6" Jedi Force figures (later called Force Battlers) from 2004-2005, they are a new style of figure.  Sort of a mash-up of Fisher Price's Imaginext and the Galactic Heroes.  Way better articulation and different price-points. 

I can certainly see my boys picking up some of these sets - Han and Chewie to help Imaginext Batman; Darth Vader and Stormtrooper to help the Imaginext Joker. ;)  Same with some of the Marvel sets too - they will love to have Spiderman, Batman, and Vader all in essentially the same scale/style.

Hall of Justice / DC Direct Green Lantern Comic Figures
« on: February 15, 2011, 01:49 PM »
Now, where I was a little disappointed in the Mattel movie GL figures, I LOVED the two waves and box set that DCD showed off at Toy Fair -

Wave 4 (or 5 depending on how you coult):  [also includes a new GL Sinestro]

Wave 5 (or 6 depending on how you coult):  [Arkis Chummuck!]

BN Box Set:  [BL Blue Beetle, SS Fatality, Blue/Green Hal]

Very nice.  8)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Clone Wars RC Republic Tank
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:35 PM »
Apparently, despite what some store clearances would indicate, the Hailfire Droid sold well enough for them to do a second RC vehicle.

3 3/4" scale Republic Tank with IR remote control.  Includes one (repack) Clone Trooper figure.  Should have the same features as the hailfire (directional control, remote shooting missiles, etc).

Hopefully we should have some pics up soon...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Clone Wave Wave 21 (Spring 2011 Wave 2)
« on: February 12, 2011, 06:32 PM »
Confirmed at Toy Fair, this is the plan for Wave 2... but it may not ship until after Wave 3 due to a minor snafu.

'11 CW44 Ahsoka (Season 3)
'11 CW45 Anakin Skywalker (Season 3)
'11 CW46 Aqua Droid
'11 CW47 El-Les
'11 CW48 Clone Commander Wolffe

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / K-Mart Exclusive Captain Lock
« on: December 6, 2010, 10:45 AM »
This list supposedly from Wal Mart's computers was posted over at SSG:

Eeth Koth

I'm guessing Eeth Koth's likelyhood as a figure has gone up if they are going to the trouble of making his officer, Captain Lock:

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Target Clone Wars Geonosis 2-Packs
« on: November 18, 2010, 10:43 AM »
Similar to the "Hostage Crisis" inspired 2-Packs that are out now, it looks like Target will have another wave, this time based on the Clone Wars Geonosis episodes...  pics at

- ARF Trooper Waxer and Geonosis Battle Droid
- Special Ops Clone Trooper and Geonosian Drone

While Waxer/BD are just repaints, the Spec Ops Clone looks to have an all-new tripod machine gun and new Geonosian - both are great!

Hasbro has been cranking out a lot of stuff from this story arc - Ki-Adi, Flamethrowers, Jet, Spec Ops Clone, Waxer, Boil, Geonosians - nice to see them help me fill out a shelf like that!  :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: October 28, 2010, 10:55 PM »
Sounds like TRU will be getting an exclusive Geonosian Warrior (non-zombie version) DLX set this Spring... from HH:

1) Have you decided yet what set will accompany the Yavin IV Technician and Sled in the TRU exclusive deluxe assortment next Spring? At Celebration all you could offer was that it would most likely be Clone Wars themed - any chance you can let us know what the other set in assortment will be?

** Yes, we will reveal... it will be a Clone Wars Geonosian Warrior (non-zombified) on a speeder. Right now we're looking at a March '11 on-shelf date.

Gentle Giant / Gentle Giant Jumbo Vintage Chewbacca
« on: September 18, 2010, 10:46 PM »
Chewbacca and 'Big Head' Han Solo have been officially announced by GG and are now up for pre-order at a bunch of etailers.  There will be a 'small head' variant Han, which will be available as a chase figure in the Jumbo Han case plus a small quantity that will be available via the GG Premiere Guild.

If I were going to buy any of these, it would be these two.  Very tempting...  :-\

Shadows of the Dark Side / TRU Deluxe Yavin IV Tech and Sled
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:45 PM »
Hooray for Hasbro listening to us and getting this thing back out there.  I'm defintely picking up another 1-2 of these. :)

Sounds like it will be a TRU exclusive DLX set this Winter (like the Speeder Bike and STAP set were last year).

On one hand, it'll sort of suck if these have the $19 price like the STAP and Speeder Bike sets did, but on the other hand, that's cheaper than the current eBay price for the Tech and Sled.

The Vintage Collection / Target Vintage Collection 9-Figure Box Set
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:42 PM »
Target seems to be on board with the Vintage theme - this Winter they will have an exclusive 9-pack of figures - one big box that contains three vintage Kenner style figure 3-packs. 

Pic/video was blurry, so I couldn't make out all nine of the figures (I think Hoth Han was in there), but hopefully we'll get some pics and/or the presentation posted and then we can figure out all the figures included.

Shadows of the Dark Side / TRU "Battle of Endor" Pilot 4-packs
« on: August 13, 2010, 02:39 PM »
The Hasbro panel revealed two new TRU exclusive Endor Pilot 4-packs planned for January 2011.  Each set should include 1x Imperial Pilot, 2x Rebel Pilots, and 1x Astromech/droid.

No links/pics to share yet, but they were shown in the panel and should be in the booth later today so pics will be plentiful by night I'd think.

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