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I think this is a cool mail away.  I'm not a carded collector, but I may be tempted to pick up carded versions of Boba and Jango at retail to keep with a carded Rocket firing Fett and this new mail away.

Other Collectibles / Re: Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:38 AM »
I'm sad to see the line go, but really only because of a handful of missed opportunities.  I'll be interested to see where the AT-ST ends up, if it ever makes it to retail and I guess I'm going to have to search a little harder for a Slave I (I never picked up any of the releases...  :'( ).  As for the new line I don't think I have interest in collecting it, but my sons (2&4) are in the right demongraphic, so they might be interested in a few...

So long Galactic Heroes and thanks for all the fish.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2011
« on: February 11, 2011, 01:15 PM »
I'm wondering if the paint they use on their display examples is atleast drool resistant?

Run Jesse Run!

What six bigger items/possible playset might those be?  (going with the theme of wishful thinking...)

Ep1: ?
Ep2: ? (Could they shoe-horn the Sandcrawler in here?)
Ep3: ? (Tantive IV?)
Ep4: Death Star
Ep5: ?
Ep6: Sail Barge

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2012 - "One EU Figure In Every Wave"
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:06 PM »
I wonder if any of the EU choices will be for characters that are just off screen, therefore aren't technically PT or OT....  Probably not though.

I find that the EU I like is largely stuff that fits into the 'just off screen' category, or atleast that's how I justify it to myself...

Also, what would the Star Wars logo look like on the card?

Star Wars
Expanded Universe


Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:56 AM »
When the Star Wars Mighty Muggs line was put on hiatus I understand Hasbro was going to wait and see if interest picked up in the future.  In the fall/winter of 2010 it appears that Hasbro stuck their toe back in the water with the awesome three packs of Mini Muggs at Target.  How did these sets do and are there any plans to continue the line of Mini Muggs?

It will take 1,800 Proof of Purchases and $75 for shipping.

If they were really going for the collector market it would be 1,800 Jedi Master Points! (Come on, admit it, we all still have some somewhere...).

I think a figure that never made it out during the original release (Tarkin, etc.) would be cool.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Star Wars Toys Strong in 2010
« on: February 7, 2011, 11:44 AM »
A lot of companies had their 4th qrtr and year end earnings announcement these last few weeks which makes me wonder whether this news is really about lines doing objectively better (selling more units) or whether the metrics Hasbro is using have been "right-sized"?

Its just speculation on my part, but I bet that if anyone where to look at the metrics they use to define success, you'd find that the bar has been lowered for Vintage (given the more targetted approach they are taking with this line), not to mention the price hike (and lack of pack-ins) adding additional per unit revenue.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: February 7, 2011, 11:33 AM »
I still think I live in the bizarro land for SW collecting.  I stopped back into the above mentioned KM and even though they had the AT-AT on sale for $75 I counted 10 on the sales floor.  Now they weren't anywhere near the Star Wars toys, they were down around the corner on a "Clearance" rack in the middle of the isle between the tools and dishware.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: February 7, 2011, 09:58 AM »
My Target in upstate NY had the AOTC wave.  Grabbed Anakin.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Collection Wave 3 - ROTJ
« on: February 4, 2011, 05:23 PM »
Regarding Woof, I bought 3 or 4.  I did my part... but is he really pegwarming that badly?  Most of us could probably go on a toy run and find a few, but is that a bad thing?

True.  And I'll be the first to admit that my experience is VERY anecdotal.  I haven't done a lot of shopping lately, so aside from this WM I think I've only been in one or two other stores that carry toys since Christmas.  So it could very well be that the people of Glenville NY that shop at Walmart just don't like skinny green spikey faced guys.  So my comments earlier may have been a bit strong in regards to the case ratios, and Wooof could be fine figure, but I don't think anyone thinks he's the equal of the Gammie in terms of quality or the demand for the figure.

But in my experience the figure is pegwarming and even if Walmart were to accidentaly do one of their localized fat-finger sales (I'm thinking the ones were through a glitch all SW figures get repriced to $4.00 for a week) the Sandies, and probably the clones, would clear out a lot faster than Wooof.

Basically if Hasbro really does have an A, B, C, etc. system for figuring out waves I think the Wooof is further down on that scale and I wish the cases that had come to the Glenville WM had been packed to reflect that.  Also Hasbro should've checked with me first.    ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Collection Wave 3 - ROTJ
« on: February 4, 2011, 10:01 AM »
I was at WM last night and the pegs were packed (with massive helmet clones and Woof).  Of the 60 TVC figures they had on the pegs 20 were Woof, about 15 were the ROTS clone, they had about 15 Sandtroopers, 5 Anakins and then a handful of Ackbar and Endor Rebels.

IIRC wasn't Woof packed at the same ratio as the Gamorrean Guard?  (Who I saw exactly once and didn't buy  :'(  )  I know Hasbro sends stuff out in fixed case ratios, but why, oh why, did they use the same ratio for those two?  I guess Hasbro could claim they didn't know how well the Gammy was going to sell, but Wicket was also at the same ratio and Hasbro knows that Ewoks (in most instances) sell pretty well.  I can't imagine that they thought Woof was going to be as popular.

Still, Woof was just striking to me because of it being a fairly obscure character (compared to the Clone and Sandtrooper) and being very well represented on the pegs, but even if Hasbro had packed that figure more lightly, there would still be white armored troopers just sitting in the store.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disney Star Tours
« on: February 3, 2011, 04:40 PM »
So is this actually the spaceship that Seth Rogen was talking about?

Yeah, she should be taxed on the income only once.  From what I've read it looks like income should be recorded on both state's returns, but credited on the state she is a resident in and taxed in the state which she earned the money.  (You'll recall how Al Franken ran into trouble during his Senate run because he had claimed all his income in the state where he was a resident, NY, so he had to file amended returns in all the states where he had collected income in previous years).

Turbotax's website has links to the Illinois forms for claiming a credit on tax paid in other states here

Rob, on Illinois' tax website they had the actual form.  On page 4 there is kind of a FAQ section that says the following:

What if I earn income in Iowa, Kentucky,
Michigan, or Wisconsin?
If you earned wages, salaries, tips, or other employee
compensation from an employer in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, or
Wisconsin while you were a resident of Illinois, you are covered by
a reciprocal agreement between that state and Illinois and are not
taxed by that state on your compensation. However, you may be
taxed on other income.

If your employer withheld taxes or you paid tax to these states on your
compensation, you must claim a refund from that state. You may not
claim a credit on Schedule CR for that tax. You must fi le the appropriate
forms with that state to receive a refund of taxes withheld in error.
The reciprocal agreements do not prohibit subdivisions of these
states from imposing a tax on your compensation. For example, if you
were subject to tax by a city in Kentucky while you were an Illinois
resident, you may claim a credit for that local tax.
In addition, because of differences in state laws, you may be
considered a resident by one of these states and required to pay their
income taxes, even though you are an Illinois resident under Illinois
law. In that case, you may claim a credit for the taxes paid.

Not sure, but I think that means if the income was shown on a W-2 you only need to claim it in Illinois because of the agreement with Michigan.  Otherwise it looks like you should claim it in both states, but also claim the credit in Illinois for the tax paid in Michigan.

Disclaimer: I'm not an accountant or a lawyer, so please don't sue...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: George Lucas thinks world will end in 2012...
« on: January 19, 2011, 01:33 PM »
Is 2012 when the Death Star will be operational?

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