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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:21 PM »
So...I was thinking about this thing tonight. I always assumed it would show up before the holidays, but here we are on the threshold of Black Friday and not a sign of it anywhere. A lot of the stores I frequent seem to have available space for the mid-size line too, especially TRU.

I recall last year it was hard to find the Tri-Fighter and HMP but HTS had them up for order in plenty of time before X-Mas. It has still not shown up there either yet though.

Weird, this would be a good seller I think.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 19, 2011, 04:48 PM »
I've actually seen at least 2 cases out at the same time at TRU and Target within the past week, but that may be the exception rather than the rule.

They're moving fast, I know that, 2-3 days and even the repacks are gone.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 19, 2011, 10:55 AM »
It was a good morning, glad I made a little effort today. Swung by TRU and found the "variant" Commander Jet actually wearing the antennae, first time I have seen him around here. Then another stop off at Target netted me another Armored Savage Oppress, albeit on a sucky card. This will likely be my opener.

I now have 2 complete sets MOC of the last 3 waves of 2011, plus extra openers of Seripas and Armored Savage. I think I'm officially done with Clone Wars figures for this year!  ;D

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:51 PM »
Found remnants of 2 more Wave 12 cases at one of the crappiest Walmarts in town of all places. Picked up another Chewie, Piell, and astromech for a fellow collector. Of course no sign of armored Savage, but both shirtless versions were chilling on the pegs.

Crazy, that's all 3 major retail outlets around here that have gotten this wave in within the past week. I got lucky at TRU and have just missed fresh cases now at Target and Walmart.

Still, for right now, Armored Savage is the only Clone Wars figure I have seen on actual pegs only once, along with the Magnaguard. Hope that changes, I could almost army build this guy he is just so sweet.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:45 PM »
WAXER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :o

Damn, war IS hell. What will Boil do now?!?!

Was kinda hoping to see Anakin ride in on his white horse and have an epic throwdown with Krell, but I guess it was all about the clones in this arc, really.

I love how like 50 clones were shooting directly at Krell from like 5 feet away and could not even graze him but in ROTS they have no problem shooting down all the Jedi with deadly accuracy using fewer guys from farther away. I guess their aim got better.

Family Circus creator Bill Keane.

Really? Wow...had not heard that.

One of my friends used to put out an incredible zine called "So What" and one of the funniest recurring features was his "Bill Keane Must Die" column, which essentially was a scathing yet hilarious critique of recent Family Circus strips.

There used to be another fantastic zine out of Canada called Doomhauled which sometimes replaced the Family Circus captions with various filthy, demented things that were insanely funny.

If only that insipid comic strip would die with him, sadly they go on forever.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:19 PM »
I like that the packaging depicts Luke dreaming about children's undergarments.

Well-played, sir...that made me LOL.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Q&A Sessions
« on: November 17, 2011, 09:55 AM »
I'm sorry if this was covered, but did any of the sites ask about the whereabouts of all of the Fall 2011 WalMart exclusives? (deluxe sets, DVD 2-packs, "ultimate" Clone Wars gift set)?

And if so, what was the answer?

No one asked about them this round I don't think, but JTA ran a pretty cool investigative report a week or two back that explored this very question.

Essentially, no one has any idea where these things are hiding, but they are not cancelled. Hasbro says they should be on the shelves already, based on some kind of "available by" date. Walmart does not have the UPC #'s for any of them in their computers yet though.

Obviously the things have been produced, packaged and shipped, but they're probably in that warehouse next to the Lost Ark of the Covenant.  ::)

Most speculation seems to be that these things were possibly held back by Walmart to be released closer to the holidays, but being that next week is Thanksgiving, it would be stupid of them to wait much longer, IMO.

I'm still wondering where the hell that Mando Attack Shuttle is.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:18 PM »
Picked the rest of these up recently around my birthday as I had some money to spend and the lure was just too strong.

Just snagged the NYCC Bloody Rick Grimes variant off for $19.99 (free shipping). It's rare to find a con exclusive like that at an online retailer cheaper than it is going for on eBay.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: November 16, 2011, 06:31 PM »
That makes sense Jeff, but isn't the whole idea of movie heroes/legends to simply trawl out old junk and make free money off stuff they've already done? Can the minor tweaks and revisions they are making to those figures really add up to the equivalent of 15-20 all new sculpts in the CW line?

If they are looking for ways to save money on tooling, shoot, just give us repaints that are new. Would it really be that expensive to slap some purple paint on Jabba and call him Ziro? Or use the Yularen body and clone head for a generic deck officer? Or how about a kit-bashed Ima-Gun-Di?

I just feel like they're gotten lazy with the line and aren't even trying to find new ways to keep it invigorated.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 16, 2011, 08:51 AM »
There are two revisions of Wave 8, one with the black commando and the other without. The revision without the commando has figures like ARC Trooper, Logray, and Slave Leia on the Return of the Jedi card. I have only seen the revision without the commando at Target, and I wouldn't be surprised if most Targets are getting the same revision.

Well, that explains what I saw yesterday...I had no idea there were 2 separate assortments of Wave 8 shipping. Thanks for the info!

(It would drive me nuts if I collected this line having to keep up with all this wave craziness)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 15, 2011, 08:42 PM »
I found 3 different Targets today that had stocked Wave 8, and none of them had the Black Endor Rebel. At the first 2 stores, they literally had EVERY other figure from the case on the pegs. Even desirable stuff like Fordo and Endor Han. If that's the work of scalpers, they are getting VERY selective.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:36 AM »
On another note, does anyone ever run across the mini Y-Wing at stores anymore? If so, where?

This thing has literally NEVER shown up at any stores around here, despite numerous sightings sround other parts of the country. This is weirdly reminiscent of the situation with the BARC Speeder and Clone Trooper Jesse when that originally came out. A few sightings at first, then nothing for months, and eventually the floodgates opened.

I really hope there are more of these in the pipeline somewhere...the one I ordered from HTS waaaay back really needs to be replaced with a mintier packaged version.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:29 AM »
I stumbled across a fresh case of TVC Wave 8 this morning at target while out stalking another armored Savage oppress figure. I forgot the Boba fett was new and I didn't see the black dude, but I did pick up Leia, Endor Han, and the TIE Pilot for a fellow collector. (Same guy who helped me out with TCW Wave 12 on Sunday)

I also snagged a Fordo due its sheer awesomeness, even though I already have two.

I sent for mine just this week...hope I get one before Christmas.

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