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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Sales/Discounts thread
« on: November 21, 2013, 01:31 PM »
35 Star Wars Items $5 or less at BBTS. 

I put it here since it includes the Black Series Wave 1 commons (Bigss, Anakin, Vader, Scout).  Also has some older Vintage Collection, Clone Wars, and some other nice fodder figures for army builders or customizers...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: November 21, 2013, 12:55 PM »
With the holidays approaching, I guess it's time for another round of 'Is this the end for Toys R Us?' articles...

Not to pick on you personally, Jeff (I know you're a Green Lantern fan), but the movie figure line for Green Lantern?  OMG, what a bomb! 

Hey, I don't work for Mattel or I could have told them they were headed for trouble.   ;D

The GL line was a perfect example of way over-producing.  They had the 7" BAF stuff for their core 7" collectors, the gimmicky 3.75" stuff for the kids, and a "trying to please kids and collectors" 3.75" basic figure line, which featured tons of GLC figures that kids didn't care about and no real bad guy to fight.  Also, those tons of GLC figures were based on movie re-interpretations/versions that comic-readers didn't really like and they had crappy 5-POA that the average 3.75" adult collectors thought was lame. 

Excellent example of trying to serve too many masters (aka throw a bunch of stuff at the wall and see what sticks).  It's kind of that way with Bridge Directs' Hobbit stuff.  Some 3.75", some 7".  Trying to hit all three markets (kids, 3.75" collectors, 7" collectors), but never satisfying any because it's too spread out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's The End of the World As We Know It
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:00 AM »
Next year they go on the house in October.  At least anything that requires a ladder or me climbing on the roof.

We're about a month behind you weather wise, but yeah.  Early is better.  This past weekend about half of the new neighborhood was out either measuring their new house for lights or putting them up.  I'm still in the pre-planning stage, but hope they go up this week.

And FWIW I got a membership to Costco in early October and they had Christmas stuff out then.

FWIW, I have a membership to Costco and I bought some of their Christmas stuff in late October.   :-[ 

We recycled our 12-year old outdoor lights when we moved (they were on their last legs anyway), so I picked up brand new LED outdoor lights for the new house...  :P

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:37 AM »
Had blast last night thanks to 1200 rowdy (drunk?) Jets fans (first time I've ever heard the home goalie taunted in his own building).  Yeah you guys 'invaded' our building, but it really only made the hometown crowd louder.  Was nice that both teams put on a pretty good show too.  And of course, it helps that we won. ;)

I'm loving my squad right now (13-4-4), with full understanding that Josh Harding's ridiculous 1.25/.946/10-0-0 home record won't hold up forever.  Still, it's a nice run for the moment and so nice to keep pace in the ridiclous West. 

Seriously, a 13-4-4 record (30pts) gets you the 5th in the West?  The 8th ranked Colorado (28pts), who were leading the Central just a day ago(!), would still be #1 in the East.   :o

what the hell is a 'beer snake'?  We had one break out in our section last night...  Is this a thing you guys seriously do up there?   ???

I had to look it up on wikipedia and saw...

As a result of several minor injuries that occurred when a beer snake collapsed during a regular season Canadian Football League game, the Winnipeg Football Club banned the creation of beer snakes during Winnipeg Blue Bombers football games.[3]

Yeah... that sounds about right.   :-X

So maybe its a historical truth that big movies/TV shows have toy lines that bomb, and we are just blinded by the solitary exception.

Well all the stuff me or my brother loved as kids was either A) Star Wars or b) based on a popular after-school cartoons we watched - GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, Superfriends, MASK - way more than any movies we saw.  They all, just like Star Wars flicks, had repeat exposure for me.

All the other "blockbusters" of the era that I saw never really captured much of a toy line.  Indiana Jones was probably my second biggest movie toy line as a kid, but even that never really took off.  Maybe you're right and it's just the fact that Star Wars is/was a really special thing and everyone has been chasing it ever since...

2008 = the launch of Clone Wars, both TV show and the CW theatrical movie push.

It also kicked off the mega-vehicle craze with the AT-TE and BMF/Falcon.

Other Collectibles / Re: Hasbro Force FX Lightsabers
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:45 AM »
Just a note that EE has a one day sale today on the Darth Maul Force FX lightsabers - regular edition is $80 and the removable blade edition is $90.  Both come with free shipping.  Nice deals if you've been toying with the idea of picking up Maul sabers. ;)

I think if they use it for army builders (Sand/stormtroopers) or variants (alt pauldron sandies, etc) or uber-popular guys like Fett/Vader, it may not be so bad.  But yeah, if they repack R2 or  Slave Leia or ROTS Obi-Wan or something it'll suck fast.

Since it sounds like Anakin has been jettisoned from Wave 3 (or is that 2014 Wave 1), I've spun off his NYCC debut posts into this thread since we assume he'll be the first figure in Wave 4 (or 2014 Wave 2, whatever you want to call it). ;)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2013-14
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:18 PM »
Everytime I see one of these videos, it reminds me how lucky I am I wasn't a good enough player to make it very far in my hockey career...

Pascal Dupuis Pulls out two teeth on Pens Bench.   :-X

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2013 Wave 3
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:30 AM »
Hasbro sent out some new press shots calling this 2014 Wave 1, so yeah not until next year most likely...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Cancelled The Clone Wars Toys :(
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:19 AM »
A lot of that stuff did get released though...  just with a slightly different name, like:

= TCW 2010 Clone Commander Colt (Item#28529)

He went from 'RED LEADER' to 'Red Leader ARC Trooper' to 'Clone Commander Colt'.  And we even talked about this switch in the forums... ;)

Thanks, I guess they are calling him Red Leader ARC Trooper now?

And a few more, just for examples:

= TCW 2009 Target Ambush at Abregado Battle Pack (Item#94237)

= 2009 Clone Wars Captain Argyus (Item#91273)

I think in the rush to get scoops out, sites may not have thouroughly vetted out some stuff that we did indeed get, just with a slightly different name.   :-\

In some ways, the list is a neat insight into how much things really changed on the fly.  There are assortment numbers in there for Vintage stuff that got cancelled, Droid Factory stuff that got cancelled, Clone Wars that got cancelled, etc.

Wish I had time to sit and sift through all the data and try to match up all the item numbers, but it's just too much.  I'll let someone with more time/energy go through that exercise. [Murtaugh]I'm too old for this ****[/Murtaugh].

Really makes me wonder what the line would have looked like if TPM3D and Disney hadn't ****** it all up.  :-\

Yeah, that was straight from the mouth of Derryl himself...

In the most recent Rebelscum Force Cast Collector Edition (Sept 2011), DePriest mentioned that they have a Nightsister called Mighella sculpted, and she could be released in the vintage line.

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