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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: December 7, 2011, 07:08 PM »
What is the next new wave in this line and when is it supposed to hit?

That Guardian figure isn't new is it?

The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: December 7, 2011, 07:07 PM »
You forgot to mention his role as "Stringer Bell" from the HBO series "The Wire".  If you haven't ever seen that show do yourself a favor and watch all 5 seasons.  Best. Show. Ever.

I loved the Simpsons joke about that show last week, where they basically made fun of the fact that so many people tout it but almost no one actually watched it when it was on.

Quality stuff though, for sure.

That is sad, I grew up with MASH and though I did not care for the later character iterations, he did a fine job and will be remembered fondly.

His best work on that series was not as Col. Potter though, but as the crazy general who guest starred in one of the first 2 seasons.

"But first...a number."

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 7, 2011, 06:58 PM »
I saw a Riot Control Clone Trooper on the pegs today at TRU for the first time in months. They had Barriss, Eeth Koth, etc too. Also had a fresh case of Wave 12, so they are cranking through some product evidently.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 7, 2011, 06:56 PM »
I still want Sugi and Rumi Paramita to finish off the Bounty Hunter team

Word. And I want her ship too...that thing is bad-ass.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: December 7, 2011, 09:40 AM »
"Cela ne veut rien dire."

L'Etranger is one of my all-time favorite books. The Myth of Sisyphus I found a little less compelling, but interesting nonetheless.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: December 6, 2011, 10:43 PM »
Wow, the Attack Shuttle was waiting for me when I got home today. I just ordered it Sunday night, so that is some spectacular shipping speed.

Also very impressed again with my Amazon experience. Item was well-packed, and arrived immaculate. I mean, I couldn't have picked a mintier box if I had scoured the shelves myself.

Just an all-around very positive experience, really happy I waited on this.

Now I'm tempted to get another for opening...

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: December 6, 2011, 10:33 PM »
Yeah, it's weak sauce for sure. When they switched to the Shadows of the Darkside packaging back in 2010, 15 of the first 19 carded Clone Wars figures released were straight repacks. They always seem to frontload the line like this with a reset.

I could see them trawling out 14 figures for the first two waves of the year, and then 5 more figures in a separate wave to keep us all occupied from April-December.  ::)

Three whole waves for this what the Mayans were talking about?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 6, 2011, 03:30 PM »
I'm not feeling the love for Movie Heroes, all of a sudden.  >:(

Meh, you can only blame the idiots that run Hasbro...I almost want to see the movie based swag become an utter failure so they are forced to rethink this dubious marketing strategy.

Those movies are old. 3D is not going to reinvent the wheel. There's just not the "wow" factor that they are going to get from kids into the animated line.

And for like the millionth time, just because you can't afford tooling doesn't mean you can't still give us new figures. Repaint, repaint, repaint.

They could blast out Ziro, another Aurra Sing, more astromechs, and Clone Troopers out the wazoo with practically no new tooling needed at all. I could come up with another 19 "new" figures easily that way.

Sad to think this line's best days are behind it now...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 5, 2011, 05:03 PM »
Hells yeah, picked up both Walmart exclusive Deluxe sets at lunchtime today!

Super-psyched to have these, and I'll never be ungrateful for new product, but they sure seem like kind of a sloppy effort. I picked through 10 of these things to find 2 with half decent paint apps. Buzz in particular seemed a little error prone. Might want to inspect them before choosing.

But this was a great find, and likely the last store purchase for 2011, unless those MIA Walmart DVD sets show up.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: December 4, 2011, 07:23 PM »
Well, I finally bit the bullet and pulled the trigger on this thing. Amazon has it up now for an eye-popping $39.99 with free shipping. That is too good to ignore. Throw in the fact that I had $2 laying around on an Amazon gift card I had to use, and bingo, done deal.

That's less than half price! I would pounce on that price if I saw this in a store. So I figure what the hell. I've waited long enough. I can't see them ever getting much lower than that, but who knows.

I see they also have the Mando Shuttle available to order...for $69.99!  :o

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: December 4, 2011, 04:43 PM »
Wow, I watched Fri night's episode having no idea there was a new one last week. I can't believe I spaced that, I guess I assumed because of the holidays they would take a week off. Luckily I was able to watch both back-to-back via On-Demand in HD, so I am all caught up.

Couple of things stood out to me:

That was probably the coolest sequence ever involving a BARC Speeder in last week's ep, actually made me want Hasbro to release yet another of these, only with rotating sidecar with gun mount. That was really well choreographed.

Yeah, the ROTJ teases were pretty cool, not too over the top. Agreed that there were a lot of great toys from this arc so far we will never see. The Queen, the flying Zillo beastie, Ahsoka in Slave Garb, the Slaver ship, etc. So many missed opportunities!

More and more, I am convinced the Jedi come up with some really half-assed sloppy plans. It's typically the same thing every time, some simplistic feint that goes awry and forces them to rely on their awesome powers to cheat death and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. (After a lot of wasted time and needless suffering by everybody)

Brilliant plotters they aren't.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: December 3, 2011, 04:55 PM »
If you want to see some craaazy prices on eBay, check out some of those Palisades Muppets prototypes. Yikes. I loved that company, sucks that every license they touched pretty much went down the tubes, except for the Aliens/Predator stuff.

Is this a national thing?

I stopped by a store this morning and they had absolutely no signage or any kind of advertising up for this deal. The one employee I asked claimed to have no idea what I was talking about.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 3, 2011, 09:04 AM »
I went to 3 different Walmarts late last night trying to find the new Deluxe sets. I usually find it better to stop by the Walmarts at night because they bring out the pallets of new toys you can pore over.

They each had between 4-6 huge pallets of new toy boxes, mostly Hasbro and Mattel. I saw Power Rangers, Thundercats, new GI Joes, lots of NERF, Beyblade, Transformers. But not a single SW item outside of the electronic helmets and lightsabers.  ::)

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