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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: May 21, 2012, 09:09 AM »
I have seen this wave at ZERO stores, despite the fact that I am now up to averaging 8-10 runs to different stores every single day.  >:(

Apparently they have hit pretty much everywhere now but around here.

Even "relocating" stock from store to store seems to have no effect. That Grey Sticker at Target has lost all meaning I guess.

Getting to the point where even finding these stupid things isn't going to make me feel any better. It's just too hard now.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:29 PM »
What a trainwreck of a thread. It's always something with those guys.

Makes me wonder though - why doesn't someone start a SW website for adults, where cursing and all that stuff is ok?


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Other Toy Lines / Re: Latest vintage acqusition
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:50 PM »
Finally added another long-sought after piece to my collection, a 100% complete, working ROM Spaceknight figure with original box.

I had one of these as a kid but God only knows what happened to it. This one will hold a hallowed place in my collection. Has been high on my list of non-SW wants forever seemingly...

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Vintage Toy Store Display Pictures
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:43 PM »
That Star Bird was an awesome toy. It was the first I owned that could sense that it was tilted up or down and changed the engine noise it made accordingly. The plastic wings tips also slide off like mini ships. That photo just brought back a rush of memories to me. Most Star wars toys I bought back in the day were from much smaller displays in hardware stores and small chain stores. If I ever saw a display like that I think I would have passed out as a child. Thanks for sharing the pics.

I had this as a kid too and loved it. I actually still have the "head" of the ship but I pulled it out a few months ago and was crushed to discover it no longer made the sound effects. This is definitely on my list of things to "re-buy" as an adult.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:14 PM »
Holy crap, I found an honest to God new toy!

A lunchtime Target run paid off with a brand new Attack Recon Fighter Deluxe Set...no sign of the Scuba Sub set so I must have missed it.

Not sure if Target is a place prone to just throwing things up on the shelves or it is more inventory driven than that, but I guess I will try to clear some space at my closest stores and see what happens.

Felt almost surreal to see something new out there...

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2011-2012
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:22 PM »
Miami doesn't need Bosh to win the East, but they will need him to win the Championship. I think he is supposed to be back by then.

I am rooting HARD for OKC right now. For the past 15 years ago it has become a tradition that I cannot officially start watching the NBA playoffs until the Lakers are eliminated.

Once those sh*tbags are out of the conversation, I can enjoy the games.  :)

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On a tip I visited a couple of Tuesday Mornings and found vintage figs for $5. Seems each store is getting 6 at a time and they seem to be all carry forwards from the Revenge waves - Yoda, ESB Vader, corrected Stormie, Slave Leia, Bar 2, and RFT

Isn't the Yoda on Revenge card that Canadian variant some people are freaking out about?

I recall reading something about this somewhere, but as a non-packaging completist I did not pay close attention.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:12 PM »
Nice work. EWOKS is a pretty easy collecting niche to fill...you've only got 6 figures to get and they are not all that hard to come by. I recall Logray and Wicket being the priciest of the bunch, but even those are easily found under $100 if you are patient. (Talking carded here, sure they would be much cheaper loose)

DROIDS is a little bit more of a headache. Those can get expensive. I'm down to just Boba Fett to complete my collection, but I know that is at least a $600-800 commitment if you can even find a legitimate one. LOTS of fakes out there...ugh.

My dream is to one day own at least one of the unproduced prototypes from either line - not a custom, not a knock-off, an actual prototype from back in the day. I realize this will probably never happen because you need to have networking connections with other collectors in this hobby to get a crack at something like that which I lack. But it would sure be swell.

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So I take it this thing is a complete surprise? No inklings in previous Q&A's or at Toy Fair?

Interesting.

I don't understand why they would give it to K-Mart though, or why they would want it. That company has been bankrupt for like 5 years now. They just announced another huge wave of store closings at the beginning of the year.

The few left around here are still stuck with a bunch of B-Wings that are not moving.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: May 15, 2012, 03:02 PM »
Made the clearance rounds again today. I finally found the Grievous with Wheelbike Deluxe Set for $5.99 at Ross, which I snagged immediately. Also picked up another of each of the DVD sets as they were marked down to $5.99 as well. Seems like they are starting to disappear so I figured what the hell.

No sign of the Y-Wing Scout Bomber someone over at 'Scum claims to have found at a Ross.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:59 AM »
FIND/RANT:

It is a wasteland around here, but I did see yesterday that ROSS got a refresh of Class I vehicles. I saw 2 Republic Scout Speeders, and oddly enough, the BARC with Jesse set in the old, bulkier packaging style. It strikes me as weird these would be shipping together.

Have to take a moment to vent, just out of pure frustration, and nothing new, but MAN, it sucks right now out there in retail. It was bad enough when we were just in that interminable 3 month lull, but now that new stuff is hitting, at least in other parts of the country  ::), it's beyond aggravating.

I'm getting up early every morning to hit at least 2 Walmarts on my way in to work, and although one of them only has 2 TVC figures left, neither has restocked in weeks. I hit up another 3-4 Targets/K-Marts/Walmarts over lunch, and at least 1-2 on the way home. If I go back out that night, I'll hit another 2-3 stores. This is EVERY DAY NOW.

I know a couple of other guys around town doing the same thing in their neck of the woods. Same deal. By my count now, there's something like 3 different Vintage waves shipping, 2 different Clone Wars waves, a new wave of Class I vehicles, and you can't find a damn thing out there. WTF?

I have a little cash saved up now and I think I am finally to the drastic point of A) ordering online and getting stuck with a bunch of figures I don't need and can't get rid of; or B) buying up ALL the figures at a few of my local stores and relocating them to BFE. (Dooshy move but this is what Hasbro has reduced me to)

Ugh.

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I just have to say, I really pray they never do a promotion like this for the Clone Wars line. I know that is a virtual certainty anyway, but God, this would really drive me crazy.

Unlike Pete, I have a wife who would probably as soon divorce me as allow me to travel to FL to buy stuff like this.  :-[

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Saw that about DD. I only ever knew him as the curious pipe-smoking dude from the Blues Brothers. Amazing to learn of his rich musical history, ditto Steve Cropper.

At least Matt "Guitar" Murphy is still going stong!

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:27 PM »
Of the 3, I would recommend eBay.

You are NEVER going to find any kind of deal at Brian's Toys.

'Scum has some good deals from time to time but you really have to know the community over there.

eBay is your classic risk/reward proposition. If you're smart and careful, you can really come out ahead in the long run.

Just my 2 cents~

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It's official, Pete is the undisputed King Of All Star Wars collectors. Your dedication is inspiring, brother.

Completists Uber Alles!

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