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#01 Nute Gunray
#02 Duchess Satine
#03 Admiral Trench
#04 Chancellor Palpatine
#05 A-4D
#06 Mother Talzin
#07 Sugi
#08 Tera Sinube
#09 Tarr Seirr
#10 Captain Keeli
#11 Mosep
#12 Tzivvzt
#13 Baniss Keeg
#14 Sergeant Doallyn
#15 Yakface

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:17 PM »
Does this one correspond to anythjng shown at SDCC:

087-06-1736 CW Figure Collection - $19.99


I can't recall but am thinking not. Seems like maybe another exclusive BP?

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:15 PM »
Killing me...KILLING me, I hate being in a non-toy corridor for vacation! Thank God it's all over tomorrow and I can resume my maniacal search for new swag. I did steal out to the one local K-Mart here in DE last night but all they had newish were the 2 new role playing masks. No new figures, vehicles, etc. Not even a B-Wing, which I have still yet to ever come across.

I did get word from a friend back home that out local TRU finally got their allotment of Comm. Blackout in, so at least I have that to look forward to upon my return.  ;D

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Godzilla
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:36 PM »
I still want the one from my childhood with the launching fist and flaming tongue. That thing freaking ruled.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:44 PM »
Finally was able to hit up a local Walmart in Rehoboth DE. No sign of any new TCW figures, but they did have a few RC Republic Tanks and 2 Assault on Geonosis BP's. Also a couple of the Wave 1 Rapid Strike vehicles.

Guessing there is some kind of more substantive reset coming, but no idea when exactly.

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Wow, I wanted to chime in on that action too but you guys covered all the available puns. Well played!

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Sports 2011-2012
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:39 PM »
Love college football, glad SEC gave thumbs down to Texas A&M for now, at least.  I prefer the traditional conference alignments. Clemson needs to stick with the ACC for sure too. Flroida State I don't care so much about either way.

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I'm on vacation in DE, which sucks because I am seem to be stuck here when new stuff is hitting and this state is a Toy Wasteland. I mean, they have like one TRU within 1000 miles of me, it's ridiculous. There are NO Targets and only a small handful of Walmarts about. I plan to try and check at least one of them this week, but I really won't be able to hunt in earnest until returning back to VA next week.

I am hoping these are just sporadic occurences...would suck to miss the boat entirely on account of vacation.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:17 PM »
Just got back into town from business in STL and made a beeline for TRU, which restocked yesterday. STILL no sign of Comm Blackout, but I was able to pick up the Republic Artillery Cannon and the Flitknot Speeder/Geonosian Deluxe set.

I do miss the dioramas with the midsize line, this was a nice bonus.

They had 6 of the Geo sets and NO sleds, BTW. I really feel for people trying to track that down, that case assortment is a real kick in the groin.

EVERY single one of the 6 sets had some kind of packaging defect too, I really had to go with lesser of 6 evils, think it will do, but I may pick up a spare if I can do so somehow on the cheap. I have extras for everything else they've released from that arc.

I see on JTA that someone found Wave 12 (Chewbacca, etc) on the pegs at a Walmart in PA. I guess they decided to skip over Waves 10 and 11 entirely? WTF?

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 10, 2011, 05:29 PM »
I'm still hunting for the Y-WIng mini-rig.  It's cool looking and I'm going to remove the engines from it to make it a little more believable as a little speeder thing.  I'm really amazed the price errors haven't been found yet.

They will find and correct it exactly one day before I finally stumble across him in a store. Book it!


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The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: August 10, 2011, 02:46 PM »
The most noteworthy thing I have read so far in this round is Hasbro's confirmation that HTS WILL continue to carry single figure offerings and not just case assortments.

I don't know how to plan to manage that, but they need to put them all up at once, and not just the cases first.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 7
« on: August 9, 2011, 05:41 PM »
I think we're thinking of two different scenarios, Jesse. I do see your point, but I think we're not talking about dumping these at the BFE Target in some one horse town 100 miles from noplace. We're talking about dumping them at a Target, for example, that is probably within 20 miles of 5 other Targets.

The collectors in my area all hunt multiple stores, so putting one out of commission would theoretically free up all the other stores to order new inventory, and we all benefit. Hence my "win-win" comment. (But yes, this would require people branching out, which frankly everyone does around me anyway)

The idea being that it is better to have 5 stores with new product and 1 store hopelessly backlogged than to have 6 stores that are completely stagnant altogether.

I agree that in this scenario if some person were to only look for figures at the same store location over and over it would not help them in any way. But in my experience that is not how the SW geeks usually roll. They get around.

I have to say, I am not advocating anything one way or the other - I have never done this mostly due to the hassle and expense. But I don't think I understand how insanely angry some people get about this practice at other sites.

I think it's way worse to see things like that horrific TCW repack case shipping with the Flamethrower clone and a bunch of other garbage that should have been off the pegs months ago. That jams things up just as bad as any shady returns, only without the advantage for a benefit to other stores.

nuff said, I am seeing plenty of Wave 7 now so sort of seems like a moot point anyway, I guess.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: August 9, 2011, 05:17 PM »
Not sure where to put this, but, I found 2-packs of battlepacks at Costco today for $25 tonight.  Mostly Clone Wars packs.  Worth taking a look!

That is a good deal, I'd be happy to pick up 10-20 Mando Warrior/ARC Trooper BP's at that price.

Oh wait, it's just the crappy old ones that nobody wants.  ::)

Thanks Hasbro.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 7
« on: August 9, 2011, 03:49 PM »
I really don't want to succumb to douchebaggery, but I have to tell you how successful a particularly frowned upon technique was.  I call it the "Secondary Distribution System"  :P , and it works wonders at Target.  Reading about others who have had success, I decided to try it out.  One of my local Targets has had the same figures for who knows how long, with no wave 5, 6 or 7 showing up at all.  I went ahead and bought 10 of the oldest figures (primarily Dengars and 4-LOMs), and returned them to a Target well out of the way while on a mini vacation (now I know there's no real way to be sure you're not screwing another collector at that store you're dumping figures to, but I made SURE there was no one posting here or at RS that are anywhere near that particular location- I'm in southeast Louisiana).  Sure enough, 3 or 4 days later, my store gets in a wave 7 case (which is bought up by me and others), followed by a steady stream of wave 7 cases by need.  I got some more figures there again today.  Moral of the story is that two stagnant stores have been reduced to one.  We're talking no SW figure sales for MONTHS at both stores, and now, one of those stores has a steady stream of sales.  It works.  I don't want to resort to that, but distribution has never been worse, and perhaps Hasbro's figure selection and case breakdown is even a greater culprit.  So, I don't want to condone this (and I don't think I'll have to do it again) but it works.

Yeah, I'm not sure I really get all the uproar about this technique. In most cases, it's not like the store getting the relocated figures were stocking anything new anyway. And if the store you took them from is restocking consistently since then, that seems like a win-win for everyone.

I actually did the opposite - I had a Target near me that was not doing anything with TVC, so I returned a couple of Wave 7 extras I had to there, they promptly sold, and this Target has since gotten 2 full cases of Wave 7. It's like I had to trick their computer into hitting that sold units threshold.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: August 8, 2011, 05:12 PM »
So did anyone stick with Falling Skies? Last night was the season finale, and thankfully they announced a second season would be back next summer.

I really came to like this show, it can be a little annoying at times and the writing/plotting is not always very tight, but it ultimately made for an enjoyable hour of TV, IMO.

The introduction of the uber-aliens was a nice touch, opens a lot of doors for them to pursue. Would not mind at all having a toy Skitter either. Get to work TNT!

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