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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:28 PM »
Opened this bad boy up last night and found myself liking it more than I expected. Something about the all-white motif just brings out the sublime brilliance of the sculptural details.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:57 PM »
Picked up Black Pauldron Sandtrooper #2 over lunch today. LOVE this figure. Hope I can stop at 2. I think I can.

Also got my Proto Boba figure from a fellow collector who was holding one for me. Every single one of these I have seen now (4-5 so far) has had the same errant silver spot on the right side of the faceplate. That has to be intentional I guess, but would love to hear if anyone has found one without this apparent "defect".

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 4
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:54 PM »
I saw the "new" Bastila Shan today and was not impressed. The first iteration seemed a lot crisper as far as paint apps. The brown parts were pretty washed out on the newer one.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: TRU Reveal the Rebels: Jedi Battle Pack
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:01 PM »
Nice. I feel like it's been forever that we've been waiting for these things to come out. (Rebels action figures in general)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2014-15
« on: September 8, 2014, 02:05 PM »
And the Redskins just need an offensive line that can block worth a crap.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 8, 2014, 02:02 PM »
I definitely think for the first go-round at least stores are only getting 3 random figures, and Fett is not a given. I've seen fewer stores with him than without. I did ask a manager at a store that had already sold through their allotment if they would be getting more and he seemed sure that they would be.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: September 7, 2014, 05:04 PM »
I picked up the black pauldron Sandtrooper last night at Walgreen's. He and Vader and Luke were actually sitting on top of another shelf away from the toy aisle with the rest of their overstock. Nice figure, definitely will be adding another one of these guys at some point. I need a break from Walgreens for awhile though.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 6, 2014, 10:12 AM »
Are you just going to the checkout and asking if someone will check the stockroom for you?  I typically only see like one person in the store so figured they wouldn't do that.

Usually yeah, unless I see a manager out on the floor somewhere, they are usually the most helpful. If you ask the person up front at the cash register if you can have someone check stock for you on an item, they will generally page someone to come up front to help you.

I've yet to see any actually on a shelf or peg, so I guess they are holding them for some kind of planned reset.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Prototype Boba Fett (Walgreens)
« on: September 5, 2014, 11:12 PM »
I had a fun experience at 3 different Walmarts today trying to track down a Proto Boba and Sandtrooper:

Store #1: Paydirt! They had both figures plus a Chewie. While waiting in line to check out, I notice the Sandtrooper's right arm is completely broken off inside the package. Sheared off right below the shoulder. Unbelievable. A closer inspection of Proto Boba reveals an unsightly silver blob on his visor. Since I have a friend supposedly holding on to an extra Boba for me, I reluctantly leave him and the broken Sandy behind. (I did point out the broken piece to the clerk but fully expect this will show up again)

Store #2: Refuse to send anyone into the back room to even check for me, despite them having two employees just sitting there. Said their Fall reset is a jumble of boxes and they can't be bothered to go digging around for SW toys. Astounding customer service. Didn't even bother to press the issue, although I did note that none of the other stores I had visited had had a problem checking on this for me.

Store #3: Found someone willing to help, they came out with a fresh case - 2 Vaders and a Jedi Luke. Doh. So close!

I'm starting to wonder if Boba will actually be harder to find than I thought. A lot of stores aren't even getting one in their initial allotment of 3 figures. I could see each store getting their 3 and never restocking again after that. (Though that would be crazy the way these things are selling for them)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2014-15
« on: September 5, 2014, 01:10 PM »
Agree 100%, it is very difficult to repeat in this day and age. But they sure look like the real deal.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series - 2014 Wave 3
« on: September 5, 2014, 12:02 AM »
I opened up Jedi Luke, Chewbacca and Darth Vader tonight. Initial thoughts:

Chewbacca is terrific, the sculpt and paint apps really seem to mesh well here and even the elognated neck isn't too annoying. The eyes on mine were pretty on point, but still seemed to be the weak point somehow. Maybe the pupils are too small? Sounds silly but it's the only thing that really bugs me about the figure.

Jedi Luke is growing on me more than I thought he would.  You can get a good range of poses out of him, and the two handed lightsaber grab is no problemo. The face sculpt itself is ok, but again the eyes are the weak point here. He's got a real case of puppy dog eyes, but even worse, no matter how you position his head he always looks like he's just staring brainlessly at nothing. Obi Wan had a similar thing going on. I think a scowl would maybe come across better.

Vader bugs me. I noticed in the package his helmet was slightly ajar and after opening him I found I cant really keep the mask pressed down tight to the bottom piece. It keeps floating up and looks stupid. A separate old Anakin head would have been a much better way to go. On the bright side, the cape sewn through the chestplate isn't as atrocious as I suspected it might be. I was able to drape it over his shoulders in such a way as to hide the strings. I gotta jimmy with those inner robes though, they definitely do not look right around the codpiece. And yeah, he needs a neck. It's an ok figure overall, I just wish they had done a little better job with arguably the central character of the whole franchise.

JD Sports Forum! / NFL 2014-15
« on: September 4, 2014, 11:44 PM »
and here we go...

No Super Bowl hangover for Seattle apparently...they really took the Packers out behind the woodshed.

It really seemed apparent to me, at least in this game, why a mobile QB like Wilson is the way to go now over a guy like Rodgers. It's just a whole other dimension that facilitates so many creative options within the offense.

Welcome back NFL. Hoping for a good rebound year from my Skins and an even better year for my Fantasy Team.  :)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Recent Purchases
« on: September 4, 2014, 05:07 PM »
Stopped by a Walgreens after work that had nothing but did encounter a helpful manager who kindly printed out an inventory summary for all the local stores showing any stock for the SW 6" BS. That led me to another nearby store where I was able to get someone to pull a few from the back for me. Apparently around here they are only getting them in groups of 3. I got Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Jedi Luke.  :)

I have a friend holding on to an extra Proto Boba for me, so now I just need to track down a couple of Black Pauldron Sandtroopers.

Look forward to busting these out tonight!

Star Wars Rebels / Re: TRU Reveal the Rebels: Jedi Battle Pack
« on: September 4, 2014, 09:40 AM »
So it's for sure they're the same?

I don't see the point of the "Blind Packaging" if they all come with the same Holographic Obi-Wan figure. Plus they tell you the name of the figure right there on the front of the box. Does he look that bad?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Simpsons: The TV Show
« on: September 2, 2014, 08:52 AM »
It's a number of different things IMO, viewer fatigue is certainly a factor, but the writing has definitely changed over the years. (Which makes sense as guys come and go, like Conan O'Brien) The early episodes have more of an edge, more biting satire. The newer stuff is shmaltzy by comparison.

The main problem now IMHO is the proliferation of "celebrity" guests. They rarely leaned on that schtick back in the day, but now it has become a staple of almost every episode. Enough already!

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