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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: December 8, 2011, 04:34 PM »
Crud, I missed it. I absolutely would have bought another one at that price.

Do those deals ever come back around or are they once-and-done?

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: December 8, 2011, 09:12 AM »
Thanks, is there anyplace to find a complete listing of al the figures released in this line so far? I am thinking about getting my feet wet but would like to be selective.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: December 8, 2011, 09:09 AM »
I think because CW is aimed at kids, that they don't really need to make many more figures.  Sure, I could think of dozens I'd like, but the kids want the clones, and heroes.  At this point, the line should be mostly profit with little development of new product.  It's a cash cow.   

That is certainly a valid viewpoint, and I'm sure Hasbro would concur, but I can't help but disagree.

I think kids enjoy variety just as much as collectors. There's tons of variety in the GI JOE line for example. You can't really simulate exciting play with just good guys, you need villains too.

If kids were only interested in core characters, then I would be picking through a sea of pegwarming Armored Savages and Seripas' while trying to find that elusive Anakin or Obi-Wan figure.

Obviously, that is not the case.

Typically in this line, the weird characters sell through pretty well. (Cato Parasitti notwithstanding) So who's buying them up? Apparently not collectors, according to Hasbro, because this is a line aimed only at kids.  ::)

I understand the need to repack core characters, but the whole argument for that is to increase profit margins in order to allocate increased funding for new tooling, character development, etc.

I think they need to strike a balance between the cash cow mentality and a more forward-thinking "let's reinvest to keep this line strong" mentality.

I hope I didn't offend anyone with my comments, there is a lot of rancor over this topic at otheR Sites I notice.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 8, 2011, 08:52 AM »
They have already claimed there would be figures forthcoming from the Mortis arc in a previous Q&A, so that is the glaring omission in my mind.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 7, 2011, 09:50 PM »
A little pre-holiday present for myself...picked up a carded DROIDS C-3PO tonight to further enhance the vintage collection. It's a nice piece too, unpunched and all. Cost a pretty penny but not at all out of line for this sort of item.

Now it's down to a carded A-Wing Pilot and a carded Boba to round out the DROIDS collection. CHA-CHING!

(Oh, and that VLIX guy ;)

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: December 7, 2011, 07:08 PM »
What is the next new wave in this line and when is it supposed to hit?

That Guardian figure isn't new is it?

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The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: December 7, 2011, 07:07 PM »
You forgot to mention his role as "Stringer Bell" from the HBO series "The Wire".  If you haven't ever seen that show do yourself a favor and watch all 5 seasons.  Best. Show. Ever.

I loved the Simpsons joke about that show last week, where they basically made fun of the fact that so many people tout it but almost no one actually watched it when it was on.

Quality stuff though, for sure.

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That is sad, I grew up with MASH and though I did not care for the later character iterations, he did a fine job and will be remembered fondly.

His best work on that series was not as Col. Potter though, but as the crazy general who guest starred in one of the first 2 seasons.

"But first...a number."

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 7, 2011, 06:58 PM »
I saw a Riot Control Clone Trooper on the pegs today at TRU for the first time in months. They had Barriss, Eeth Koth, etc too. Also had a fresh case of Wave 12, so they are cranking through some product evidently.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 7, 2011, 06:56 PM »
I still want Sugi and Rumi Paramita to finish off the Bounty Hunter team

Word. And I want her ship too...that thing is bad-ass.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: December 7, 2011, 09:40 AM »
"Cela ne veut rien dire."

L'Etranger is one of my all-time favorite books. The Myth of Sisyphus I found a little less compelling, but interesting nonetheless.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: December 6, 2011, 10:43 PM »
Wow, the Attack Shuttle was waiting for me when I got home today. I just ordered it Sunday night, so that is some spectacular shipping speed.

Also very impressed again with my Amazon experience. Item was well-packed, and arrived immaculate. I mean, I couldn't have picked a mintier box if I had scoured the shelves myself.

Just an all-around very positive experience, really happy I waited on this.

Now I'm tempted to get another for opening...

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: December 6, 2011, 10:33 PM »
Yeah, it's weak sauce for sure. When they switched to the Shadows of the Darkside packaging back in 2010, 15 of the first 19 carded Clone Wars figures released were straight repacks. They always seem to frontload the line like this with a reset.

I could see them trawling out 14 figures for the first two waves of the year, and then 5 more figures in a separate wave to keep us all occupied from April-December.  ::)

Three whole waves for 2012...is this what the Mayans were talking about?

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 6, 2011, 03:30 PM »
I'm not feeling the love for Movie Heroes, all of a sudden.  >:(

Meh, you can only blame the idiots that run Hasbro...I almost want to see the movie based swag become an utter failure so they are forced to rethink this dubious marketing strategy.

Those movies are old. 3D is not going to reinvent the wheel. There's just not the "wow" factor that they are going to get from kids into the animated line.

And for like the millionth time, just because you can't afford tooling doesn't mean you can't still give us new figures. Repaint, repaint, repaint.

They could blast out Ziro, another Aurra Sing, more astromechs, and Clone Troopers out the wazoo with practically no new tooling needed at all. I could come up with another 19 "new" figures easily that way.

Sad to think this line's best days are behind it now...

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 5, 2011, 05:03 PM »
Hells yeah, picked up both Walmart exclusive Deluxe sets at lunchtime today!

Super-psyched to have these, and I'll never be ungrateful for new product, but they sure seem like kind of a sloppy effort. I picked through 10 of these things to find 2 with half decent paint apps. Buzz in particular seemed a little error prone. Might want to inspect them before choosing.

But this was a great find, and likely the last store purchase for 2011, unless those MIA Walmart DVD sets show up.

Woot!

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