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Dang peer pressure...  I opened up Vader tonight.  A very impressive specimen... with a head that falls off easy.  :-[

Super easy to pose.  Great head sculpt.  The chain is less annoying than my initial impression.  Definitely not perfect.  Definitely not the greatest Vader of all time.  But really, really close.  I'd agree with the 95% awesome, 5% annoying reviews.

I tried the boil-and-freeze trick on Vader.  Dropped his head in a cup of boiling water and let it warm up.  Pulled it out with a tongs, slapped it on the ball joint (with the cape tucked properly under the ball), and squished it together.  Set it in the freezer for a bit.  After the boil-and-freeze, his head is much less loose on the peg. Still comes off if you pull on it, but it takes effort to pull it off and doesn't just fall off with the slightest touch.

Seems like it is some sort of mold issue, where Vader's neck is widening out as it cools and affecting the fit.  If the neck were a bit narrower or the ball head penetrated a bit deeper (#thatswhatshesaid), it'd be much more effective I think.

So, pre boil-and-freeze, 95% awesome.  Post boil-and-freeze, 98% awesome - but still annoying that I had to monkey with it in the first place (especially for $10).

Yes, at some point in the near future, Hasbro is supposedly making straight figure cases for select figures - a box of 12x Ree-Yees, a box of 12x Skiff Dude, etc - in addition to the standard "mix of 12" retail cases for each wave. 

I haven't really kept up on the solid-case stuff, so I'm not sure if it's been confirmed which cardback they will have.  Also, I believe I heard that while pretty much all of the 6" figures will get solid-figure case, that isn't true for the 3.75" stuff - only select figures will get cases.  Not sure if that means only the "new" figures or what.

What is this "Case of 18" that I've read about - I know it's cancelled, but are the Wave 6 and 7s that have been mentioned are what's coming instead?

That's the rumor.  What was once a "mega-case of 18" seems to have been broken up into Waves 6, 7, and 8 according to the rumor.  Or it may be completely different by the time it all shakes out with all the changes going on at Hasbro these days and those 18 will be scattered across even more waves.

A quick video on the frailty of the figure. Again, great figure but a bad toy.

Went to bed last night ready to pass on Vader due to the head issue, but for some reason I woke up this morning, read some more reviews on how awesome/posable he is and I'm waffling back to wanting one again.   ::)

Read a few reports from folks saying there's an easy fix by tinkering with the cape/neck area, but others say they've tried it and their Vader still sucks. 

I have one sitting here from my Wave 5 case, just can't decide if I should open it up or not.  What to do, what to do...

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:11 PM »
shouldn't we wait to see the movie before we declare that the Empire's been gone for 30 years?

What, and be reasonable?  Pfft. 

I heard the NEW EMPIRE is made up of all of Palpatine's illegitimate kids who've teamed up to get revenge on Luke for killing their dad...  Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith's Kids.

Probably later than October actually...  the little signs at SDCC said March 2015 for Wave 7.  :-X

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:57 AM »
I love how Disney doesn't mess around - looks like Rebels is following the path of a lot of other Disney Jr./Disney XD shows - early on-line preview followed by on-air premiere followed by DVD release in a two week span.

· “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” one-hour movie will be available to verified users on and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones and tablets. It will also be available on Disney Channel SVOD.

· Premiere telecast of the one-hour movie “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

· “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will be available on Disney XD VOD and for purchase through Apple iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play.

· “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) premieres on Disney XD.

· “Star Wars Rebels” (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) series premieres on Disney XD.

· “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” will be available to own on DVD in retailers nationwide. The DVD includes the movie, a free Ghost 3D model ship, four “Star Wars Rebels” shorts, plus a never-before-seen piece that takes you deeper into the world of “Star Wars Rebels” and the upcoming season.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: August 18, 2014, 11:02 PM »
I'm rocking Summit Horizon Red IPA tonight...

Newbies / Re: Hi from RyanMan12
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:44 PM »

Back to the topic of price hikes, I'm seeing lots of Twitter/Facebook reports of Target stores raising prices on the 3.75" stuff...

Saga Legends = $7.19-$7.59 (up from $5.99-$6.49)
Black Series = $10.49-$11.49 (up from $9.99)

No signs yet if this is Target being Target (historically they always jack up the price when a new line is hitting, going back to 1999) or if it's a Hasbro thing.  Kinda surprised if it's a Hasbro thing as all the SDCC info indicated $5.99/$9.99 for the basic figure lines.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:36 AM »
you DC guys still have it better than Marvel fans.  Thor's new look is with boobs and lipstick is still a bigger change.

At least they didn't erase him from existence. 

Just thinking about the complete overhaul of the Flash-family history/timeline/origins/villians makes me want to  :'(.  RIP Wally West, Professor Zoom, etc.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:28 PM »
Was excited to see Acid Rain pre-orders at EE until I saw that most prices are a bit more than BBTS. :(

Seems like that is because EE is bring them in via Toynami and maybe not direct like BBTS?  Nice to see Acid Rain somewhere else, maybe competition between EE and BBTS will get us lower prices eventually?  Nah, probably a pipe dream.

Case of 12 is up for pre-order at EE, with free shipping too!  September expected date.

2x #01 R5-G19
2x #02 Luke (Wampa'd Face)
2x #03 Darth Vader
2x #04 Darth Malgus
2x #05 Starkiller
2x #06 Yoda

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 14, 2014, 04:12 PM »
I think it's cool they finally found something besides Kenner and McQuarrie designs to rip off inspire them. 

Now I'll have to amend my gripe to: "Is everything in this show ripped off from Kenner, McQuarrie, or Star Tours?"   :P

Wow, almost an hour later and he's still there...   either they have a larger allotment this time or it makes a difference not having a horde of collectors F5ing constantly after a week of waiting. :P

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Mission Series
« on: August 13, 2014, 09:53 AM »
Wave 4 Pre-Order at EE - $119.99 plus free shipping, coming in October 2014.

3x Rebels Zeb & Stormtrooper
3x Rebels C-3PO & R2-D2
2x EpV Bespin Vader & Luke
2x EpIII Yoda & Sidious
2x EpV Boba Fett & Stormtrooper

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