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Family Circus creator Bill Keane.

Really? Wow...had not heard that.

One of my friends used to put out an incredible zine called "So What" and one of the funniest recurring features was his "Bill Keane Must Die" column, which essentially was a scathing yet hilarious critique of recent Family Circus strips.

There used to be another fantastic zine out of Canada called Doomhauled which sometimes replaced the Family Circus captions with various filthy, demented things that were insanely funny.

If only that insipid comic strip would die with him, sadly they go on forever.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:19 PM »
I like that the packaging depicts Luke dreaming about children's undergarments.

Well-played, sir...that made me LOL.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:55 AM »
I'm sorry if this was covered, but did any of the sites ask about the whereabouts of all of the Fall 2011 WalMart exclusives? (deluxe sets, DVD 2-packs, "ultimate" Clone Wars gift set)?

And if so, what was the answer?

No one asked about them this round I don't think, but JTA ran a pretty cool investigative report a week or two back that explored this very question.

Essentially, no one has any idea where these things are hiding, but they are not cancelled. Hasbro says they should be on the shelves already, based on some kind of "available by" date. Walmart does not have the UPC #'s for any of them in their computers yet though.

Obviously the things have been produced, packaged and shipped, but they're probably in that warehouse next to the Lost Ark of the Covenant.  ::)

Most speculation seems to be that these things were possibly held back by Walmart to be released closer to the holidays, but being that next week is Thanksgiving, it would be stupid of them to wait much longer, IMO.

I'm still wondering where the hell that Mando Attack Shuttle is.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:18 PM »
Picked the rest of these up recently around my birthday as I had some money to spend and the lure was just too strong.

Just snagged the NYCC Bloody Rick Grimes variant off for $19.99 (free shipping). It's rare to find a con exclusive like that at an online retailer cheaper than it is going for on eBay.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: November 16, 2011, 06:31 PM »
That makes sense Jeff, but isn't the whole idea of movie heroes/legends to simply trawl out old junk and make free money off stuff they've already done? Can the minor tweaks and revisions they are making to those figures really add up to the equivalent of 15-20 all new sculpts in the CW line?

If they are looking for ways to save money on tooling, shoot, just give us repaints that are new. Would it really be that expensive to slap some purple paint on Jabba and call him Ziro? Or use the Yularen body and clone head for a generic deck officer? Or how about a kit-bashed Ima-Gun-Di?

I just feel like they're gotten lazy with the line and aren't even trying to find new ways to keep it invigorated.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:51 AM »
There are two revisions of Wave 8, one with the black commando and the other without. The revision without the commando has figures like ARC Trooper, Logray, and Slave Leia on the Return of the Jedi card. I have only seen the revision without the commando at Target, and I wouldn't be surprised if most Targets are getting the same revision.

Well, that explains what I saw yesterday...I had no idea there were 2 separate assortments of Wave 8 shipping. Thanks for the info!

(It would drive me nuts if I collected this line having to keep up with all this wave craziness)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 15, 2011, 08:42 PM »
I found 3 different Targets today that had stocked Wave 8, and none of them had the Black Endor Rebel. At the first 2 stores, they literally had EVERY other figure from the case on the pegs. Even desirable stuff like Fordo and Endor Han. If that's the work of scalpers, they are getting VERY selective.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:36 AM »
On another note, does anyone ever run across the mini Y-Wing at stores anymore? If so, where?

This thing has literally NEVER shown up at any stores around here, despite numerous sightings sround other parts of the country. This is weirdly reminiscent of the situation with the BARC Speeder and Clone Trooper Jesse when that originally came out. A few sightings at first, then nothing for months, and eventually the floodgates opened.

I really hope there are more of these in the pipeline somewhere...the one I ordered from HTS waaaay back really needs to be replaced with a mintier packaged version.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:29 AM »
I stumbled across a fresh case of TVC Wave 8 this morning at target while out stalking another armored Savage oppress figure. I forgot the Boba fett was new and I didn't see the black dude, but I did pick up Leia, Endor Han, and the TIE Pilot for a fellow collector. (Same guy who helped me out with TCW Wave 12 on Sunday)

I also snagged a Fordo due its sheer awesomeness, even though I already have two.

I sent for mine just this week...hope I get one before Christmas.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 14, 2011, 09:14 PM »
Picked up another Evan Piell, Chewbacca, and R7-D4 tonight at the Target my friend recommended to me earlier. Left Colt, Wolffe, and the Aqua Droid for the next lucky shopper.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:09 PM »
Got a report from another fellow collector today that 2 cases of Wave 11 AND Wave 12 hit at the busiest metro Target here. He snagged the last armored Savage of course, but I still might try to make it out and pick up another Chewie or Evan Piell.

I always pick the wrong stores in my daily rotation!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:07 PM »
So the images on the slides they showed for these - were they purely artists' conceptions? I was under the impression all the groundwork had already been done - tooling, sculpting, etc.

It seems like they would have had to have been  pretty far along in the production process to have offered sneak peeks at these mini-rigs.

I just figured these had been delayed or pushed back indefinitely, not axed altogether.

That would be a really cruel tease to have shown those things, especially Obi-Wan's ride, and then not follow through on them EVER.

The news just gets better and better for Clone Wars fans.  :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 14, 2011, 10:13 AM »
Really good episode last night...the whole scene in the creek bad was freaking awesome from start to finish. Ripping the arrow out of your own abdomen, cocking the crossbow, and then firing that thing point blank right into the zombie's brain just before it eats you...does it get any better than that?

I was disappointed we got gypped with a "hallucination Merle" rather than the real thing but whatever. Writers love stupid mis-direction crap like that. I guess he was Darryl's "chupacabra du jour".

I like that Darryl is sort of wrestling internally with his own identity, kind of an opposing parallel to Shane. Darryl's a good guy who was probably told his whole life he was a bad guy and is struggling to emerge from that shadow. Shane is clearly heading in the opposite direction.

It's cool to see Andrea sort of morphing more into her comic book character, the sharpshooter of the bunch. Great line by Dale too..."we've all wanted to shoot Darryl".  :D

Cool twist with the barn, you know that isn't going to end well. P-whipped or not, I can't see Glyn agreeing to keep this a secret for long. I suspect the walkers in there are probably friends or kin of the old man, and he is keeping them around in the hopes that they can be "cured" at some point. Good luck with that. 

Sucks about the "fall hiatus" - that seems completely unnecessary. The show has been off the air for over a year already!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 12, 2011, 11:15 AM »
Sweet victory!!

I got a call this morning from a fellow local collector who scored all of Wave 12 on a happenstance stop at TRU this AM, so I hightailed it over to my local store and sure enough, they had gotten a truck overnight too. (!)

I check every Thursday religiously because that's their schedule, but with the holidays they seem to start getting these "rogue trucks" that show up with only a few hours notice.

Anyway, I immediately spied Colt on the pegs which I knew was a good sign since he is the carry-forward with this wave, so I grabbed that and then saw Jar-Jar and snagged him as well. Chewbacca and Evan Piell were right up front but I had to dig around about for armored Savage and the astromech. At first I thought I had missed them but luckily there was one of each left. Holla!  ;D

They must have gotten 2 cases because I saw doubles of Shirtless Savage and Jar-Jar, but luckily I was able to score all 4 of the new guys plus extras of Jar-Jar and Colt just for kicks.

Best part of all was the $7.99 price tag, which beats the heck out of HTS, eBay, etc. SO glad I held out for these. Something about buying the figure off the actual peg just makes it feel more legit to me.

My buddy is actually giving me dibs on his set as well since he is not as much of a Clone Wars enthusiast, so I actually have 2 full sets of this wave, meaning I am technically done.  :)

But armored Savage is like the Aqua Droid, so fiendishly awesome that it will be almost impossible to resist buying every one I see.

Really, really happy to have finally found these after all the fruitless searching. I feel like I can now kick back to just the occasional store runs and wait for that Mando Attack Shuttle and the Walmart exclusives to arrive, and the inevitable Republic Attack Shuttle deep discount.

Yay toys~

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