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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: The Future of the Clone Wars Toy Line?
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:44 PM »
I was just reading through one of the reports at JTA, and it sounds like the overall feeling from Hasbro is that the Clone Wars line will continue to see about 20 figures a year through the duration of the 3D releases.  They mentioned it being considered more of a "sub line" now, and they would be very careful about what characters were included.  They did admit to a dip in the ratings of the show (although I think I've enjoyed this season much more than last year).  I'd be curious if the show would even be on the air (new episodes at least) for another 6 years, that's a long time for a cartoon these days.  I think usually once they hit the 52 number, they often wrap things up (or change the name), although there are exceptions.  Anyways, sounds like CW will be run very similar to the way things are this year - barring a disaster with the 3D releases I guess.

I read this as well, but it doesn't quite ring true somehow. If the ratings start to go back up this season and next, does that mean they will re-evaluate things and start making more TCW toys? No, they're going to continue to focus on the movies no matter what. So throwing that line out about the ratings is pretty weak sauce if you ask me.

Also, you can't blame the show, or the movies, for how badly the line is being managed right now. It's not the show's fault you couldn't get that Mando Transport to retail, even with SIX PLUS MONTHS of lead time. Or the fact that you continually under-produced toys for this line and made poor character choices and case assortments.

I'm fine with it being a sub-line, but at least run it with some integrity. I'm fine with them making smarter choices on some of their selections, but that does not mean only give us clones and Obi/Ani retreads. I mean, you've already spent the tooling dollars on Season 3 Ahsoka, but in Wave 1 we get more pegwarming Snow Koons? Who authorized that?!?! And don't even get me started on how they are rolling the clock back on articulation..oy vey!

Less is fine. Worse is not. If you're going to commit to the line for at least the duration of the show, please do it right.

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Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: 2012 Movie Heroes Line
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:29 PM »
I hope those of you that collect CW are ready to look for everything online...

Yes, we have been for awhile now. Like the Mandalorian Assault Transport, the Scout Bomber Deluxe set, and the MIA DVD 2-packs. Hasbro has made collecting this line an utter nightmare.

Well, at least the kids can find all those multiple versions of Qui Gon, Anakin, and Maul loitering on the pegs.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars 2-Packs
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:23 PM »
Well, I finally caved today. Given the recent news about the Mando Transport, and Hasbro's piss-poor management of this line in general now, I finally decided these things are never coming out here so I placed my order for both sets from Toy Palace.

The Euro versions come without the DVD, unfortunately, but I never plan to open these up anyway so it really doesn't matter.

It was not a cheap option, but these things are only going to get harder and harder to find as time goes by, I'll wager. The set with Gearshift has not popped up on eBay for months.

Plus it's not like I have any new toys to buy from this line for the next two months.  :(

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:17 PM »
Well, it does come with a clipped article, so it must be real.  ::)

I've been watching this one for a couple of weeks now, pretty much everyone seems to agree this is a complete sham.

I'd actually buy one as a lark for $10 maybe, but not for what he's asking.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 12, 2012, 11:03 PM »
Good episode, felt sort of like mop-up duty until the last 10 minutes. Then BANG, Rick makes me man-crush on him again...brutal, awesome.

Everything about Lori just makes me shake my head now. It's like all the other writers work on the other characters and make them great and the one stupid, lazy, sloppy writer that always shows up late to work gets stuck writing Lori's character, and it shows.

WHAT THE HELL was she even thinking? Rick and Glenn already went to get Hershel, and they knew the chick was sick, so what exactly was the burning new information that was so urgent to pass along? To tell them to hurry up? Was that really necessary? And she doesn't even think to take the dude from the farm with her? That seems like a lot of stupid risk for pretty much no point whatsoever.

Next week looks tense!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: February 12, 2012, 02:32 PM »
Nice, now we're robbing from other comic franchises?

SKRULLS = FANTASTIC FOUR

C'mon people! Is it really SO hard to find a compelling adversary from the hundreds of Avengers comics they have to draw from?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: February 12, 2012, 01:07 PM »
The Hobbit trailer (in 3D) played in front of Phantom Menace at my theatre. That was a nice bonus for going to see TPM.

Nice, we got the Three Stooges trailer here...not really the same caliber IMO.  ::)

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:11 AM »
I won an eBay auction from Canada for $35. Should be here any day.

I thought about going that route but I don't want the trilingual packaging, just the good old US American English version. Those seem to be priced higher on eBay for some reason.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: 'Star Wars' in 3-D?
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:09 AM »
Saw it last night, with about 3 other people in the theater...uh-oh, Georgie!

Seemed like a waste of $14 to me...I didn't really see any enhancement through the use of 3D.

The one thing that stood out was during the pod race when Anakin sticks that magnet rod out to reel in the Pod cable. It's coming right at you!  ::)

After all this time, the plot still doesn't make any sense either. Who is taxing the trade federation routes? How does this result in a blockade? What is the point of it all anyway?

I literally laughed out loud during the scene where Yoda says "TWO there are always" - yeah, right. By the time of the CW TV Series there are at least 5 Sith running around with no fear of recrimination.  ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:03 AM »
It's back tonight! Team Shane versus Team Rick? Who will you follow?!?!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: February 12, 2012, 02:02 AM »
WOW...courtesy JTA:

Hasbro: The Mandalorian Assault Transport unfortunately did not make it out in time. Retail has discontinued the Shadow Of The Dark Side phase of The Clone Wars line so there isn't a place for it on shelves now. Orders placed through Entertainment Earth should be fulfilled. That may be your best bet for this vehicle because this vehicle has not been considered for release anytime in the near future.

ARE YOU FING KIDDING ME?!?! Is this why we're getting 19 figures this year because you BLEW the tooling budget on a stupid ship no one wanted in the first place which never even made it out to stores?!?

This is so beyond stupid I can't even put it into words...massively epic fail. I mean that's just a terrible blunder. How can you not manage the line better than this?

I'm really glad they answered the question at least, but holy cow.

Anyways, I pre-ordered mine from EE tonight as they commanded...hope I get it.

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Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: February 12, 2012, 01:56 AM »
WOOT!  Pops is on the way at long last!!!!!!

As soon as I saw that, I thought about that guy on JD who has the Pops sig and figured you would be super happy tonight. Rock on.

I'm psyched for Princess Kneesa and more EWOKS animated goodness!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: February 12, 2012, 01:40 AM »
The Super Battle Droid is new, SWEET!

Edit It's a training simulator Super Battle Droid from the Clone Cadets episode, repaint of the same old sculpt..... no new articulation. :(

Cool, just saw the pics over at 'Scum...this is fine by me. At least it's not another stinking repack.

Wonder why they didn't show Fox?

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2012
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:05 PM »
Curious how long the SW presentation lasted in minutes compared to GI JOE and Transformers, which seemed to go on forever.

Not surprisingly, pretty lackluster.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 Hasbro Fans' Choice Poll
« on: February 11, 2012, 02:58 PM »
Mara Jade!?!?!

That Lin dude for the Knicks thinks that was out of nowhere...

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