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Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2011 TRU Force Unleashed Box Set
« on: August 30, 2011, 01:06 PM »
I saw a swapped out TRU set yesterday at TRU here in Atlanta. Darth Phobos was replaced by the TCW Senate Guard, and Starkiller was replaced by the Vader from the Birth BP. Unbelievable. I have never seen anything like that back in VA thank God.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:03 AM »
Underwhelming MY ASS.

I guess if you only factor in the state of New York, which apparently is the only state that matters in media coverage.  ::)

The thing was DEVASTATING here in VA. We got the worst of it by far, whether you are talking about flooding, stomr surge, rainfall totals, wind gusts, fatalities, power outages, etc.

75% of central VA was without power, most of us still are. Let me, tell you, it is no picnic living with no electricity for 3 days+ with 2 kids aged 4 and 6. If you're not ready to eat a bullet by the third day it's only because you've become completely numb to the unrelenting mental anguish.

Along with Isabel, that is the worst storm I have ever been through, there are trees down all around our neighborhood, many through people's houses.

I am thankful that more people up and down the coast were not affected, but for those of us that were it remains a very stressful situation.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:53 AM »
I went out late last night to enjoy some electric lights and air conditioning, since is appears unlikely those things will ever be at my house again because of THIS FING HURRICANE!  >:(

I too am seeing more BP's on the shelves than I have EVER seen before, mostly due to the slimmer packaging. I must have found at least 12 out at 2 different Walmarts. And NEVER, EVER the maddeningly elusive Capture of the Droids set.

Still no sign of new figures here. I am headed to Atlanta later today for business for a few days, so I hope I have better luck down there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:56 PM »
So, hope everyone fared ok in the hurricane yesterday. We got slammed where I live in VA, a tree crushed my neighbor's house across the street but we escaped mostly unscathed. That was some crazy ass wind though, we weren't sure how the new house would react, but it did ok.

No power or internet service though. That sux. (I am at the office now)


The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: August 26, 2011, 09:41 PM »
I saw a box of unopened THOR figures on a pallet at Walmart last night that said something related to the word "Helmet" but I didn't suspect it might be new 3 3/4" figures. I may have to go back and check now.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars 2-Packs
« on: August 26, 2011, 09:37 PM »
These are both In Stock now at Toy Palace.

So you could order these Walmart exclusives from an online retailer in a foreign country thousands of miles away and still have them before brick and mortar stores here in the States ever even think about putting them out on the shelves.

That's messed up.

I've been a Rewards member for over 2 years and have NEVER gotten a single email or mail coupon from those stingy bastids. And I spent a lot of dough there too.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:43 AM »
Our local TRU finally stocked the Delta Squad and TFU sets. They looked alright, but not something I need at all. They also re-stocked their vintage Y-Wings. Apparently they couldn't be bothered with ordering any new figures though, or re-stocking that elusive Yavin sled.

I have never seen an action figure that looked LESS like the photo on the box than Darth Phobos. Whoever designed that really failed spectacularly to capture the likeness of the character whatsoever.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:40 AM »
Found Chewbacca, Even Piell, Jar Jar, R7-D4 and the new Captain Rex at Walmart this morning.

Was this a location you had been checking frequently? I went to six more Walmarts yesterday, including 2 so far out of town I had NEVER been there before, and they all had garbage for TCW figs. It's really infuriating.

This is the biggest frustration for me as a collector, new stuff hitting everywhere but around where I live. And I normally have good luck here. Not this time though.

I did find a fresh case of the Stealth Ops Clone at TRU this morning, along with 2 full cases of "Wave 2" battlepacks which were really not Wave 2 at all, because NEITHER had the Capture of the Droids BP which is literally impossible to find, they were Wave 2 REVISION cases. I am already sick of seeing these Wave 1 BP's falling off the shelves, most of the stores around here have at least 8-12 of these things.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:13 AM »
Agreed, eBay is way more appropriately priced than those gougers at Brian's Toys, no matter what figure you are talking about. Their pricing is absurd.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:30 PM »
ohfortheluvva...Anakin kills Shaak-Ti? What, does he dig her up after Grievous impales her in the opening minutes of ROTS?

Even Lucas' freaking cut scenes contradict each other, what an unholy mess.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:22 PM »
Ugh, I just got back from a Walmart that was mid-reset and I saw no less than SEVEN FULL CASES of Saga Legends figures on the pallets waiting to be put out.  ::)

The thought of that garbage clogging the pegs there for the next few months is just sickening. I can see it now, they will jam ALL the pegs full of that stuff choking out any chance whatsoever of any new TCW figures making it out from the back. Spectacular fail, really.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:10 AM »
That's pretty much exactly what I am seeing here as well, Jesse. Even the Walmarts that seem to have completed their resets have not put out anything I cannot walk into any Target around town and buy for the past 3 weeks. Just a ton of RC tanks, attack shuttles, Wave 1 Rapid Strike vehicles, and the usual mish-mash of BP's which NEVER include the Capture the Droids set.

If that's their idea of a big reset they are going to be sorely disappointed with the lack of sales. Their "new" stuff really isn't that new at all. I really don't get why they didn't at least stock THEIR OWN Fall exclusives, namely the BARC with Buzz and the AT-RT. Totally MIA.

I did notice in a couple of stores they had a lot of empty pegs for figures and was told they were expecting more stock in next week.

Still though, it's very odd to have so many new figure sightings in places like PA, NJ, KY and absolutely no trace of anything here in VA. Usually we are all in the same "distro belt".

Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:59 PM »
Saw a bunch of the 3 3/4 and 6" versions of these at K-Mart last night. Looked pretty cool, but I had to resist getting pulled into yet another line.

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