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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

People that drive with their left arm hanging outside of their vehicle.  I guess it's better then their leg hanging out, but ya...I've come to accept texting and talking on the phone as the norm so for some reason that's ok...not safe, but ok.

co-sign. I don't know why but this bugs me too, moreso when they are gesturing and not just letting it hang down.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2011 TRU Force Unleashed Box Set
« on: August 8, 2011, 04:54 PM »
I just want the Human guy, so YES very interested in that.   I am going to end up with at least 3 of the guy, so you could have a platoon easily.   Somebody is going to have to call dibs on the Day-Glo Rasberry Icee Female Jedi.

I just might be your huckleberry, lmk if you guys score this. I only am interested in Phobos, so we could possibly do a 3 way split.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: August 7, 2011, 12:08 PM »
I would like to know if anyone is seeing the Wave 2 assortment shipping at all. I know Jeff mentioned spotting it, but outside of that I haven't seen any other reports on other sites, even RS.

I don't know why the revision case would be hitting before the wave itself, but it sure seems to be that way. I've seen a few Zillo Beast sets now, always part of a batch of 6 though, so I know I did not miss anything.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Separatist boarding craft aka Pod Hunter
« on: August 5, 2011, 10:36 PM »
Agreed, I would love this one, could have some cool play features...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
« on: August 5, 2011, 12:45 PM »
Gotta love the cheap, Bedazzler-sequined looking eyewear...not.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: August 5, 2011, 12:42 PM »
This obviously means nothing to those who open these, but I hate that they are just 3 figs next to each other. As someone who keeps everything in the package my favorite thing about BPs was it was like I opened some figs and set up a scene w/o actually opening them up. Makes it harder for me to bite on these.

I can see that. I keep everything packaged as well, but not on display, so the configuration doesn't really matter to me.

I do LOVE the condensed, slimmer BP packaging though, this is a great enhancement IMO. For me, space is at a premium, so anything that is done to help minimize the raw square footage I have to store is a huge win.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: August 5, 2011, 10:08 AM »
This is now up for sale at the tru website.


For anyone who has to stalk this thing around the state like me:

Item # 581187
SKU D4A4700F
UPC 653569604747

Figures it is not eligible for Store Pickup.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: August 5, 2011, 09:56 AM »
I think the Wave 1 of the new BPs is pretty close to perfect... the only straight repack figure seems to be the space suit Anakin, but supposedly that figure is different from the original.

Yep, I cannot prove it, but I swear the headsculpt is different on that thing somehow. It looks oddly out of place with the existing neck.

Thanks for the Ahsoka comparison Jayson, that was a welcome surprise. I didn't catch that at first either.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 4, 2011, 10:10 PM »
Picked up a minty boxed RC Republic Tank at Target tonight to replace the cruddy box Hasbro Toy Shop shipped me. Buying upgrades for stuff you already have is not real exciting.

All the Targets have reset here now - a couple have the mid-aisle signage, but not one has put out any endcap display...odd. They definitely all seem to have gotten the same assortments of BP's and Rapid Strike vehicles though, not a mini Y-Wing or Capture the Droids BP to be had anywhere here.

I see the Capture the Droids BP is not even to be found on eBay though, so it may not be hitting in force yet.

Interesting note: I stopped by a Walmart out of sheer boredom earlier today and saw a couple of the new Rapid Strike vehicles on their pegs - Castas and Grievous sets. This is the first I have heard of Walmart getting anything new in like, forever.

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