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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: December 27, 2010, 11:08 AM »
So I've starting getting back into comics again recently, no new stuff, but attempting to pick up all the numerous variant covers and things I missed over the years from Image, Wildstorm, etc.

I've had to resort to buying off of eBay because none of the titles I need are in any of the comic shops around here and for some reason none can ever be found at any of the conventions that come through town.

Anyway, I got an email over the weekend inviting me to join the "eBay Super Comic Collectors Group" or some such thing and I'm wondering if this is just some kind of phishing scam or actually something legit. I have been an avid eBayer for over fifteen years and have never heard of them having any kind of dedicated user groups or anything like that.

Has anyone else heard of this?

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:57 AM »
Yeah, I would definitely prefer that they stop making BP's that are 100% re-packs. I loathe buying these, even at the cheaper prices. I would love to see these revert to store exclusives like the Target ones last Fall. Those were sweet.

At this point, I am happy with less product, and more emphasis on all new stuff.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:03 AM »
Thanks Jesse, I fired them once or twice accidentally, so it figured it must be something stupid like that.

I'll co-sign Greg's comments...this thing is just boring to me. I'm not saying it's not a well done effort, I just think it is completely underwhelming. Even the "distressed" paint apps just seem sloppy to me.

Anyway, it's a good lesson not to buy any more vehicles to open. I'm definitely going to try and return this and get my money back.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: December 26, 2010, 09:19 PM »
Wow, really?  It's to-scale, it's about the size of most of the vehicles in the $25-ish range...  It's hyper detailed with computer consoles, controls, the seatbelts are on it in the film (I didn't have trouble getting mine to function easily enough though), and the missiles filed ok on mine and stayed ok (enough...  they fire a LITTLE easily, kind of like the original Hailfire droid's). 

So how do you fire the missiles exactly? I honestly cannot figure it out. There does not seem to be any sort of button to activate them...

Yeah, I was surprised at my own disappointment too...I really don't tend to buy vehicles as openers but this one seemed cool at the time. Now I'm just completely non-plussed. I'm actually considering returning it somehow if I can get it all back in the box properly.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: December 25, 2010, 09:45 PM »
I finally opened my spare of this today, and man what a disappointment. The thing is smaller than I envisioned and it doesn't do anything.

I must have spent a half hour trying to figure out how to get the missiles to fire and finally gave up. I can barely get them to stay in place. And it's a serious PITA to re-fasten those seat-belts.

Kinda wished I had opted to open the Gunship instead.

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I was stunned to find this today on clearance for $24.98...I kid you not. They only had 1 left but it was in good shape. I had to walk away because it's not part of my personal focus and the unwieldy box size would make secondary shipping next to impossible.

Still, I thought this was a great deal and hopefully you guys that are interested will find these marked down similarly near you. I didn't stop at any other Targets so no idea if this was a regional thing or just a fluke.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: December 23, 2010, 10:36 AM »
Dang, they really did make a mess of that, didn't they?

I just don't see the point. There are half a dozen ways that could have explained the Nightsister/Zabrak connection without having to rewrite history.

Just let Dathomir be the homeworld of the Rancor and Kwa. What't the point of throwing in the Zabraks too? The planets aren't even close to each other - Dathomir is in the freaking Outer Rim after all.

I just chalk it all up to intellectual laziness. It's really not that hard to manage continuity sensibly, even with as many properties as they have going.


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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:55 PM »
Sweet, thanks for the pic. It is hard to discern for sure from the size of the photo, but it looks like all re-pack swag as we surmised. Still, I'll be obligated to pick this up for completion's sake.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:35 AM »
I need to read that article, because it just sounds all kinds of mixed up. WTF is Leland Chee anyway? Shouldn't Filoni be directly handling any retcon of existing EU?

Asajj is NOT a Zabrak.

Iridonia IS the Zabrak homeworld.

Darth Maul's "skin patterns" were tattoos, not natural colorings.

Female Zabrak absolutely have horns, and this has been established clearly on the show already: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sugi

Ugh, my absolute biggest pet peeve with any entertainment is when they can't keep their own continuity straight. How freaking hard is that? Just hire geeks like us to police the content!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:17 PM »
Picked up my HMP Gunship from the Post Office yesterday. The package was slightly dinged (again) so if I don't end up opening this I will just return it for a better copy when they hit retail next year. Still good to snag one last score before the end of the year though.

And I grabbed a helmeted Cato packaging variant last night at Wally just for kicks.

Now I'm done.  ;D

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Separatist Droid Gunship
« on: December 20, 2010, 01:29 PM »
I had to pick mine up from the Post Office this morning since I was not at home to accept delivery Saturday. It was pretty well packed too, same as the Tri-Fighter, but the box inside was not minty, one corner had some unacceptable wrinkling that will necessitate an echange when this hits retail sometime next year. I'm sure the contents are fine, but I'm more and more attentive to packaging defects nowadays so that's an issue for me.

OR I could simply keep this as an opener.  ;D

It's pretty tempting as this is probably my favorite vehicle behind the Swamp Speeder and Octuptarra Droid.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Robot Chicken Star Wars
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:20 AM »
So did anyone else watch last night? I was really disappointed...i don't think I even laughed one time. A whole hour too...that's pretty weak. Seems like they just completely ran out of gas on this one.

The most interesting thing to me from the whole episode was the scene with Anakin and Palps discussing how he had gotten disfigured. It never even occured to me that this was attributable to Mace Windu reflecting the energy back at him during their fight. I always assumed he just got disfigured from simply channeling all that Dark Side energy through his frail and aging body. I need to go back and watch that scene again I guess.

The Boba Fett stuff just seemed silly.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:13 AM »
I just scored my third Ewok Wagon last night. I really only needed the seat and ladder, but the bidding was so low on this one I felt compared to jump in and take a stab at it. I think I ended up snagging the whole thing for $66 plus $15 shipping. Having watched the eBay prices on these things for over a year, that is pretty damn awesome, especially for a Wagon that is complete with no wear and tear or breakage.

So now I have no use for my other 2 incomplete sets, one of which is in very good shape. Looks like I'll be putting these back on the market....

Vintage AT-AT and I'm more or less done.  ;D

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: December 19, 2010, 07:51 PM »
They're $11.99 at K-Mart this week if you need 'em...

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 19 (aka Fall 2010 Wave 5)
« on: December 19, 2010, 03:53 PM »
Found some of these at a Wal Mart in Minnesota, but the system wasn't recognizing them. Finally got a set, but it was a pain.

This was the case weeks ago when I bought mine too, and now that I have doubles/triples I have started returning a few and run into the same issue. Weird. They all rang up fine at TRU, so I assume it must be some sort of Wally gaffe.

I've seen a healthy supply of this wave recently, which is great - even the Cato "helmeted" variant.  ::)

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