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The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:05 AM »
Saw a few of the new figures today at Target. Looked to be this case assortment.

That's the one I have been seing too.

So if that's Wave 2 and the SIF Wave is Wave 4, what is Wave 3 supposed to be?

Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:02 AM »
I ended up watching the episode that aired after Clone Wars last week and it was surprisingly not that bad. They're doing a good job with this franchise right now.

The new Voltron, by comparison, SUCKS.  :-\

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:29 PM »
I would love to see them release 99, but it seems like it would make for kind of a creepy toy. Plus they always throw out that whole "we are cutting back on obscure characters who die quickly" stuff whenever they get similar questions in Q&A.

Cut Up looks like a winner though, however he arrives. Really cool to see this because unlike TVC, we literally have NO idea what is in store beyond the waves that are already hitting retail.

Hopefully we get some more sneak peeks at the NY gig.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 24, 2011, 10:50 PM »
Or figures that were stashed somewhere else in the store, found, and put back where they belong.

Yep, could very well be...I went back tonight and saw another Hondo there all of a sudden. Weird-o-rama.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:52 PM »
Liked: Ackbar Wand! It actually does something!
          Awesome Indy nod: "Eels - very dangerous" I was waiting for "you go first"...
          Awesome Jaws nod at the end - Also waiting for "Smile you son of a b..."

And SPOILER ALERT - (SORRY) - They finally freaking killed the bad guy! Hallelujah! I've been waiting for that for like, forever.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:48 PM »
Oddly enough I went back to that same Target I found Hondo at earlier this week, and I found Commander Jet, Snow Koon, and Shirtless Savage suddenly on the pegs.  ???

It didn't look like they had stocked additional cases either, they had the same two El-Les's I saw before. Returns maybe? Someone only bothered to put out half a case or something? Weird, but I'm not looking a gift-horse in the mouth. Those suckers are mine. Savage is freaking awesome.

Best part of all was this joint had the Capture of the Droids BP out on the shelf - finally. Very relieved to cross this off the list.

No sign of the Kamino ARF but I ain't about to complain about that. If this is the lucky store I am going to keep going til the well runs dry.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 22, 2011, 09:20 PM »
That is.  I'd say maybe a rollback is in effect?  Maybe the retailers are seeing that the price hikes have gone too far?

Yeah, a stark contrast to the $9.89 I paid at Target for Hondo this week. I confirmed this is at least a dollar over the vintage line and more than that over Legacy at their stores. Not sure how they justify that move.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Figures Being Pulled Off Shelves
« on: September 22, 2011, 05:26 PM »
Based on what I am seeing, they need to cut a swath through those steaming piles of Legends festering about. Whether it's Walmart or Target, they invariably seem to outnumber the Clone Wars/Vintage offerings combined. I am hoping for some kind of mass clearance before they close that line out...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 22, 2011, 09:17 AM »
You need to give us some pics of all of these acquisitions you've made!  Especially since it would be nearly like looking at a complete vintage collection.  8)

Thanks! You are right, but due to space constraints the vintage collection is all chilling in storage bins right now, so not all that photogenic. I could probably get photos at least of the DROIDS/Ewoks stuff though since it is at least a little more accessible.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:48 PM »
Happy to report I am the proud new owner of a complete, minty boxed ATL Interceptor courtesy of eBay. Super psyched about this one...the vintage vehicle armada is now complete!

One step closer to a complete boxed/carded DROIDS collection as well.

The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:02 AM »
I saw the wave with the Helmeted Thor and Fandral, Destroyer, etc yesterday at the same Target that got in new TCW figures. No one else has gotten them yet.

That destroyer looks pretty cool, but too small, obviously.

Forgot to check for SIF today at TRU...

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: September 21, 2011, 10:57 AM »
TRU restock day here in VA. The southside store got in the new Trench Run set. Looks pretty sweet!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 21, 2011, 10:56 AM »
Yep, totally agree that times like this can and should engender a real sense of community among collectors. I am relieved to have finally met a few guys around town here that can act as remote eyes and ears when I can't get all over town hunting. We text back and forth and try to help each other out whenever possible.

Our TRU's all restocked today, but none of them got any new CW figures. The one location that has never put out a 4 way display with the Wave 11 stuff has still not gotten any new figures in for weeks now.

I did find the Attack on the Coronet BP and snagged that. I love the droid but as other have noted, this would have been the perfect place to pack in Duchess Satine. That would have made it perfect and more worth the $25+ price tag.

Other store across town got the Trench Run set as well, they always seem ahead of the curve.

BTW, I went back and looked at my receipt last night and realized the new Hondo I bought at Target rang up for $9.89!!! Has anyone else seen that? I could have SWORN the shelf tag said $7.99 still. Definitely going to inquire about that one.

Walmart seems to have a lot of their TCW figures on sale for $6.88 now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix
« on: September 20, 2011, 04:11 PM »
That is because your Wii can't do HD. It only does standard def 480p. There is no HDMI port on the sucker. The new WiiU will do HD later on this year.

Thanks! That is awesome to know.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 20, 2011, 09:19 AM »
Ok, so it's my fault.  ::)

There is a well-documented history, both recent and historical, of Clone Wars figures that are extremely hard to find at retail outlets. This dates all the way back to the last red/white wave with Hondo and Aayla. A lot of poeple NEVER saw those figures. Granted that was the last wave before a packaging reset, but the problem has continued. Many people have never seen a Season 3 Ahsoka on the pegs, or a Commander Colt, and that was like 5 waves ago now. Those figures have been in circulation, albeit crapy circulation, for months now and it is not getting any easier to find them.

These newer waves have a short shelf life. They do not hang around long and NEVER seem to ship in quantity. The distribution is extremely spotty at best. Whether it be Hasbro or the retailers themselevs, the new product is just not making it out to the consumer. So if anything it is this reality that creates the exaggerrated sense of urgency on the part of collectors.

If I had any confidence Seripas would be as easy to find as Season 3 Obi-Wan, I would not sweat it, believe me. But anyone who is playing close attention to this line will know this is not the case. There are no guarantees anymore that all the figures will be plentiful going forward. For all we know hasbro is cutting back on the production numbers to create more of a demand.

So I don't think you can blame collectors for wanting the new figures as soon as they start hitting, that's the midset that has been created because of the awful distribution situation. Fans should not have to ever resort to paying "scalper prices" or ordering cases full of old figures they no longer need. Not everyone has the luxury of overspending in this economy.

Is an online collector's forum not an appropriate place to vent about toy distribution? These are the same complaints that have been going on for months, so I don't get why that should come across as abrasive to anyone. I don't come in here to start a bunch of crap, really. My only point is that things seem as bleak as I can remember as far as the distribution situation for this particular line. It makes me wonder if we won't see a similar "carry-forward" strategy for some of the harder to find figures from this line as they are doing with TVC next year.

Dan, thanks for the lone voice of support.  Pete - I know you have my back on this too. :)

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