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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 19, 2011, 10:10 PM »
Found remnants of TCW Wave 10 at a local Target today. All they had left was a Hondo and a couple of El-Les'. They must have gotten in two cases. I picked up the Hondo, although I really have no use for him so will probably return. I already have an open one and a carded version from the first run.

I just checked this store Friday and they had nothing, so this is really a kick in the nuts in the worst way. You can't even get to this store on a weekend the traffic is such a freaking nightmare.

Naturally I ran around like a maniac and hit four more stores on the way home to no avail. So it looks like I missed my chance on these. God knows how long it will be before I see anything new on the pegs again.

I keep thinking things have gotten as bad as they can get, but then they get worse. It really did not use to be such a losing proposition trying to find new figures. It's crazy, you can hit multiple stores every day for weeks and still completely miss everything you want by taking ONE Saturday or Sunday off. Plus this whole "one Target got the new stuff and the other 13 around here got jack squat" is just baffling to me.

I keep hoping things will get better but we're almost into October now and these last few waves have been out since August, and I've yet to complete a single wave. I've never even seen remnants of Wave 12. It's just not fun anymore.


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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 18, 2011, 07:49 AM »
Has anyone else had trouble getting the Boba Fett animated holiday special to play? I tried repeatedly last night after reading the instructions on GH, but to no avail. It just defaults back to the 360 degree view of the $#%^& armor every time.

Also, I think it is incredibly lame that in a nine-disc set they could not find room to include EVERY deleted scene from every movie. I will never ever watch any of those documentaries or interviews, so that is just wasted space to me.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:18 PM »
At least they clearly and thoroughly explained their entire thought process behind their decision.

Oh wait, they didn't.

I will never cease to marvel at the irony of the biggest site being the worst. (Really, in every possible way)

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: September 16, 2011, 10:51 PM »
Yeah, Filoni has no respect for the Jedi, they are constantly getting their asses handed to them in this series. Tartakovsky really went the other way, emphasizing their almost godlike powers.

I enjoyed the episodes but they should have edited this whole arc down to one hour. I assume there is at least one more episode next week to wrap everything up.

Rik Enson seems like it would be a hard figure to do, but it's a given. No doubt on the Aqua Clone Warriors coming too. Would also like to see animated Ackbar and a Quarren.

The little underwater skiff seems like it should be made by now, we've seen that a few times. Could fit well in the Deluxe line.

Good stuff overall, didn't blow me away, but solid.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:06 AM »
Yeah, I had a smimilar experience, where I proved my local status as King Geek.

Here's the deal: Walmart has a big display for these things that is shaped like an AT-AT. I saw them roll it out from the stockroom last night right after midnight. It was already pre-packed, but only with the OT/PT sets, not the Complete Saga. These things were nowhere to be found out on the floor.

Come to find out, there were only 5 copies of the Complete Set behind the check-out desk. FIVE. I was 4th in line. Luckily no one is front of me bought multiples, so I got one.

Here's the best part: When I got up to pay for my copy, I asked them if that long cardboard box the copies were sitting on behind the counter contained the free poster that was supposed to be given away to the first 50 customers. Blank stare. "Posters?" They opened it and sure enough I got my big-ass lizard riding Fett poster. All 3 dudes in front of me walked away emptyhanded because their Geek-Fu was not as strong.  ;D

So yeah, you may have to ask for the free swag, and maybe even need help actually finding the Complete Saga set.

Now, on to the good stuff:

I was able to watch all 50 minutes of deleted OT scenes last night before passing out. They range from awesome to sucky, but overall worth the price of the set alone, IMHO.

The most interesting scene is the one with Biggs, in that it gives you an different sort of perspective on the Empire and why people are actually rebelling against it. He has a neat line about the Empire "nationalizing commerce in the inner systems" or something like that which I found pretty cool. That dude is not a great actor though, the whole scene plays out rather stiffly. And Carnie and Fixer are a couple of Jag-offs, for real.

I loved the extended Cantina scene, with Han and "Jenny" and the good old bloody flipper hand on the floor.

I also loved the cut Wampa scenes, although I agree that thing looked pretty unrealistic. The whole shtick about 3PO pulling the sign off one of the holding pens and jacking up an oblivious snowtrooper who wanders in after him is priceless.

Loved seeing the fate of Lobot, although that was a bit of a quickie.

Loved the lightsaber building scene, that was way cool. Ditto the sandstorm scene, Lando looks badass with his goggles.

REALLY loved the added interior shots of the Falcon during the Battle of Endor, where they actually show Rebel troopers manning the gunnery stations. This would have been a good one to keep in the final cut, IMO. It never made sense to me how Lando and Nien Nunb could be doing EVERYTHING from the cockpit by themselves in that battle.

Great little snippet of Han's reaction to the classic "You rebel scum" blast: "Scum?!?!"  :D

Awesome scene with the Imperial officer telling Vader he is not allowed in to see the Emperor. That one almost gave me chills.

The pilot 1-on-1 sequences seemed hokey to me. The actors do not seem to have a good grasp of the dialogue. One of the women looks like she is about 75 years old. (The rebellion must have really been hurting for pilots) I did love the "Fried Calamari line" and something about "this is the last time I fly Lucas airlines"...LOL.

The only deleted scene that REALLY disappointed me was the death of General Veers. It's like not even a real filmed scene, sort of a cut-up with storyboards, animatics, etc. I was hoping for some kind of shot of Hobbie's snowspeeder actually hitting the At-At.

Ah well, it was fantastic nostalgia to watch that stuff, can't wait to tear into ANH tonight after the Clone Wars premier!

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:12 PM »
48 minutes and counting!  :D

Hoping to watch all the OT deleted scenes before I pass out and have to wake up for work at 6:30am.

Holla!

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:10 PM »
Sounds like Walmart is the best bet stateside for picking this up tonight at midnight.

I'll be there!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:07 PM »
I haven't forgotten about these, but I can't even find stuff that has been out for weeks (*Wave 10 & 12*) so I can only worry so much about cool stuff on the horizon. I agree it seems like it would have been best to have these on the shelves by now to take advantage of the big media push, but whateves.

There have been no reported sightings of these stateside that I am aware, but I believe Toy Palace has had both available for awhile now.

Still waiting on those new DVD 2-packs too...

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:54 AM »
So where can I pick this up at midnight tonight? Is Walmart my only option?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:53 AM »
Meh, not as good as I'd hoped. Some of these girls really need to take a photography class. This blurry stuff does not cut it. They're absolutely real though.  :D

I am pretty sure there will be more to come though...let's hope.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Background character resculpts
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:48 AM »
I would appreciate it if someone could point out where Vos appears in EP 1. I would like to see that but prefer not to watch that movie ever again if I can help it. TIA~

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:46 AM »
My Vintage AT-AT arrived yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised. The thing is in pretty great shape, complete with no discoloration and only minor sticker fatigue. The original box is somewhat dilapidated, but that was more of a bonus than anything. Haven't tried the electronics yet but look forward to testing it out tonight.

My vintage SW collection is now complete.  ;D

Although I would like to supplement it with a few more crazy variants, vinyl cape Jawa, Orange hair Luke and such. Oh, and some of the Palitoy swag. Dang, this could go on forever.

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Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: 2012 Movie Heroes Line
« on: September 14, 2011, 08:44 AM »
They just need to stop jamming the pegs meant for the Clone Wars and Vintage figures with all that Legends garbage. The 3 closest Walmarts around here are at least 70% Legends swag right now. One case of that junk will hang around for months...it's obscene.

And I've still literally NEVER seen anyone buy one of those figures.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 13, 2011, 10:07 PM »
I think you're being a little Chicken Little-ish when you say you know Savage and Serpias will "never" show up again at your stores.

Yeah, there is definitely a frustration factor, but honestly the TRU's around here are funny with their TCW waves. Some waves show up in plenty, others I have literally only seen once never to be restocked. I've only seen Colt twice at all the TRU's around here, for instance. I just don't feel like I can take it for granted these guys will show up again outside of this latest promotion anytime soon.

That's not to say the figures won't be available elsewhere, I'm sure they will, but that will take awhile and this TRU promotion was really the best chance to score these for the foreseeable future. The scene around here otherwise is really dead. 

I did see an El-Les and Comm, Wolffe at Walmart tonight, but they did not appear to be carry forwards from any of the new waves.

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Well of the Souls / Re: Indy on Blu Ray?
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:01 PM »
Spielberg gets it.

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