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Most reports I saw for Wave 4 were Walmart or TRU.  Started hitting in late December and continued into early January.  Sightings have dropped off a little since then with more and more Wave 5 sightings.

A lot of online shops didn't seem to get much of this wave.  Not sure BBTS or EE got much of it at all yet...  Target got a lot of Wave 3, not sure how much Wave 4 they got.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Star Wars Spin-Off #2 - Han Solo!
« on: March 8, 2016, 10:27 AM »
At first, I was in the "only Harrison Ford = Han Solo" camp.  Then I remembered that Harrison Ford = Han Solo is dead.  The only way for me to get new Han Solo in Star Wars movies is with a new Han Solo.  So... it is what it is.

If they cast the right guy, it'll probably all work out fine.  I'm going to put some faith into Kathleen Kennedy and the LFL people.  They found a batch of awesome people for Episode 7.  Hopefully they can do that here too.  Yes, I realize that recasting an icon like Han Solo is very different from finding a newbie like Daisy Ridley.  I just think they can do it.  I like the people involved in this movie - LFL, the directors, etc.  I have faith it's going to work out.

I'm sure recasting James Bond the first time freaked out all the folks at back in the day.  They were all like, "Sean Connery = James Bond"!  But they recast him and life moved on.  I guess at the end of the day, I'm fine with recasting Han Solo because no matter what happens, we'll always have Harrison Ford Han Solo.  If you go see the new movie and it sucks, you can go home watch 4/5/6/7 and spend your time on message boards telling everyone why 4/5/6/7 is the "REAL" Han Solo (taking the occasional breaks to chase kids off your front lawn, of course).

Whether we like it or not, it's going to happen.  What will be really interesting to see is what happens next....  if the "young Han Solo" movie(s) do well enough...  do they take it a step further?  Does it eventually evolve into "Young Han Solo" anchoring the cast of an Episode 4 reboot?   :-X

I mean, just think about it:  Young Han Solo #1 = 2018.  YHS#2 = 2021.  YHS#3 = 2024.   Then...  ANH 2.0 = 2027 (50th anniversary?!?)  :-X  ;D

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: March 3, 2016, 12:16 PM »
Official Announcement from  Follow the link for all the cover/case pics.

All releases =
Packaged with the film is a galaxy of bonus content that will take fans inside the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including an in-depth documentary, featurettes, and more. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

- Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary
- The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script
- Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars
- Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life
- Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren
- John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens
- ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
- Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others
- Plus Deleted Scenes
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Note: The 3D version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available later this year.

The Target Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive packaging and an added 20 minutes of bonus content, including never-before-seen interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and a deeper look at the movie’s costumes and weaponry

The Walmart Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive BB-8 packaging and an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc

The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive SteelBook Packaging

Up for pre-order right now, grab it while you can! 

Site says: Coming Soon! Release date: 05/04/2016

Other Toy Lines / Re: Bif Bang Pow's Peg Pals
« on: March 3, 2016, 09:59 AM »
Apparently someone figured out that calling your line of of cylindrical figures "peg pals" wasn't such a good idea.  Real "Peg Pals" are probably sold at a different kind of toy store... :-X

Anyway, the new name appears to be "pin mates".  Dumb name, but still fun retro nostalgia toys! ;)  Here's a look at the Trek OS pins, up for order now at Entertainment Earth

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: March 2, 2016, 10:07 AM »
Latest HasbroToyShop Promo Code - SPRING16 gets you 15% off qualifying orders

Legal stuff:
15% off most products currently for sale on through March 14th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. with promo code SPRING16. Discount applies to pre-tax and pre-shipping amount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Excludes exclusives and gift cards. Valid while supplies last. No rain checks. Not valid on previous orders. Subject to terms and conditions of use and policies. © 2016 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

I am trying to figure out where I can order these things other than through US importers.  The markup is pretty high.  I have followed HobbyLink and HobbySearch.  But I always seem to miss the preorder. 

My two favorite options are HLJ (good prices) or BBTS (convenience).

Third option is to check eBay.  Yes, there are scalpers there but there are also some good deals if you are patient.  For example, BBTS has SHF Maul for $95, but eBay has some sellers offering him for $66 shipped from Japan.

Final option is dealing with Japan shops direct. AmiAmi,, Mandarake and Amazon Japan are all good options for Tamashii stuff, but you need a Japan address to place an order at most of them.

To get a Japan address you can use to order, get yourself set up with a re-shipper like (or similar).  They offer you a Japan address to receive your orders and then they forward the packages to you in the USA.   

This is where I bring up the convenience angle to BBTS or eBay. You may not want to pay the high markup, but it may be worth it to avoid the hassle or because you have no other option. 

For myself, there have been times (usually on Tamashii Web Exclusive Gundam figures) where I've tried to avoid the high price at BBTS and bought somewhere else only to end up spending just as much once you figure in the original shipping + the forwarding company service fees + the final shipping to me in the USA.  :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: February 25, 2016, 09:57 AM »
Citing “sequences of violence,” the Motion Picture Association of America’s Classification and Ratings Administration has awarded the “Ultimate Edition” home video version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a R rating.

Yep, because when I think "Superman", I automatically think R-rating level of violence.

Ugh.  I really, really wish there was a way for Hollywood to give us a "World's Greatest Detective" Batman and not another new iterations of "beat the living **** out of bad guys" Angry Batman.   :-\

Zero chance I take my kids to this movie now...  better to just show them 60s Adam West Batman and 70s Christopher Reeves Superman instead.  :P

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: February 23, 2016, 08:50 AM »
Nice to see "epic continuity rants" are no longer just for comic book nerds anymore.  :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:36 PM »
And since when do zombies love fire more than brains?  I could see the sound and light distracting them momentarily - enough to save the group - but zombies just walk into fires?

This is part of what I was talking about at our mtg last night.  I really don't understand the zombie rules on this show anymore.  The zombies will either hear the tiniest noise and come, or you can whisper right next to them and they don't notice as long as you are wearing a dead meat poncho.

And the fire stuff?  I know they are attracted to light and heat, but is that enough to distract them when they are 5 feet from food?  I didn't get that part at all...  food, food, oh wait, I'll just walking into this fire now.   ???

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2016 - 6" Black Series
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:40 AM »
I could totally see them doing a 6" X-wing for Episode 8.  I'm sure it won't be true to scale; it'll be more like the mini-X-wing, but in the 6" scale.  But it makes sense that would be next... assuming there is a "next" for the 6" mega-vehicles.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:15 AM »
In-stock at EE this AM:

Jungle/Space Wave 4 = case of 12 or set of 6
forest = Resistance Rey, Han Solo, Hassk Thug
space = X-Wing Poe, TIE Pilot, Resistance Trooper (re-issues **)

Jungle/Space Wave 5 = case of 12 or set of 6
forest = Kylo Ren, Phasma, Luke (re-issues **)
space = Admiral Ackbar, Tassu Leech, Fifth Brother [Rebels]

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: February 19, 2016, 09:21 AM »
Post-Yeo: 3 games, 15 goals, 3 wins.  :D

Yeah, I know, it was a 3-game streak against terrible western Canada so I can't get too excited.  Still, it's nice to see actual Ws again.  Makes this weekend a little bit better.  Would have sucked balls to enter our big stadium series appearance with a 9 game losing streak or whatever.   

Pretty excited for the weekend.  We've got tickets to the alumni game tomorrow and the big outdoor game on Sunday.  Should be fun! :)

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