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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:51 AM »
Saw another of these in the Vintage packaging this morning - damn it looked sweet. Hope they stick around til X-Mas.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "ARC Troopers" Battle Pack
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:49 AM »
Bump - snagged this badboy earlier today. It's sweet. The helmet paint apps on the commander are a little sloppy, but Rex and the 2 Troopers came out very well. Other than Rex, the other 3 are no names - might have been cool to see Fives and the other dude from Friday's episode as the troopers, and whatsisname as the Comm, but no biggie.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Mandalorian Warriors" Battle Pack
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:47 AM »
This is a great set...just picked it up today. There's sort of a metallic eggshell finish to silver Mando paint apps that is awesome.

Even the diorama is one of the coolest ones I have seen, kind of a 3D relief effect, ala Nahdar Vebb.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:45 AM »
Ended up exchanging my spare Mando w/Speeder Bike set, kept the mintier one.

This was helpful, as I needed the cash for new toys!  ;D

TRU had both new TCW BP's - Mandos and ARC Troopers - Yeehaw! Hot off the truck too, got there 1 minute after they opened. (Only 1 of each out, whew)

No sign of the Nikto Guard or TCW Wave 3. Will have to check the other 2 stores for those this week.

BTW, it seems really dead around these parts lately. What's up?

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:44 PM »
Some other thoughts after percolating over the weekend:

Yeah, the scene referencing the Clone DNA was highly significant, IMO. I'll admit that it appears I was wrong on this one - I always automatically assumed all the clones became Stormtroopers, but this may not in fact be the case. Or at the very least, there could be a Generation 1 and Generation 2, with separate donor material. I'm curious to see where they go with this.

Why are they hiring bounty hunters to train cadets in military strategy and operations anyway? Would you hire Duane "Dog" Chapman to train a squad of Navy SEALS? They're cosmic riff-raff, for God's sake. Why not send Tera Sinumbe out there for a few weeks? There have to be retired Jedi who could handle that sort of thing.

I continue to dig the ongoing "darksidenization" of Anakin. I'm not sure he was even half-joking about letting the Clones execute Asajj. Shoot faster next time, boys.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 18, 2010, 11:08 PM »
Last night after the episodes I went online onto CartoonNetwork.com to watch a short snippet/summary of them. I noticed in the "ARC Troopers" clip that they actually show a shot of Asajj running the ARC through and then kissing him while he's in mid-air, dying. I thought this was odd cause maybe I missed it while it was on TV.

While watching it this morning this part was, indeed, cut out. Probably to keep it kid-friendly. Hopefully the shot will be included in the DVD release (whenever that is).

Dude, thanks A LOT for posting this. I just checked out the clip on their site and you are 100% correct - that was pure badassery and totally cut from the episode that aired. I loved that scene already but this just makes it a million times better. It BETTER be on the DVD!

I did not care as much for Episode 1 as Episode 2. I find the clones a little boring sometimes, although it was more than worth it for the glimpses of Shaak-Ti, Bric, and El-Les.

I really disliked whoever did the voiceover work for Bric though, I though he was horribly miscast and the role really fell flat for me as a result.

The second episode was the best of TCW for me though - epic battle scenes and close quarters combat. Kamino was rendered beautifully I thought.

New stuff we saw:
Aqua Droids! Hell yes, Hasbro - start working on the sculpt NOW!
Grievous' escape pod...meh, ok not that cool, but kinda sorta
Clone Communication Specialists! (Or whoever those clones in the soft-goods were with Yularen)
Kaminoans - Ok, not really new but I want one badly for the animated line - purty please?
El-Les! Great that we're getting Bric and Shaak-Ti, but how about Mr Cantina dude too?
Clone Number 99! I don't see them making this either, but it was a cool appearance

And last but nowhere near least:

The Sentinel, er...Squid Droid. I'm conflicted on this because on the one hand they were so freaking cool, but come on, that is derivative as hell. Don't be ripping off The Matrix - you're better than that! Screw it, I want one anyway... ;D

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: Jabba's Throne w/Oola
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:44 PM »
Saw this tonight again, for the first time in a few weeks. Only one on the shelf and the box was slightly crushed in so I passed.

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I saw the Magnaguard for the first time tonight on the pegs at Walmart. Not really as cool as I had been led to believe, maybe this was just an off-version though. Just seemed kind of cheap and rubbery.

The Obi-Wan from this wave is one hell of a peg-warmer so far around here.

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I'm actually less excited after seeing him in the show last night. What a d*ck!

I also absolutely hated the voice they gave him, completely missed the mark IMO.

But it'll still be a cool figure.

I kind of want the other drill sergeant dude now too.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 17 (aka Fall 2010 Wave 3)
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:35 PM »
I never saw any Clone Cash either, but I open very few figures, so who knows.

I came up empty looking for this wave, but I am hopeful they will show up next week to coincide with the big TRU reset.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:29 PM »
Picked up another Mando with Speeder Bike set tonight while searching for new figs at TRU. First time I have actually seen it on the pegs. (The one I got already was courtesy of a helpful employee who brought one out from the back)

Not sure if I will open this or exchange one of them, the first one I got had a wonky Mando, looked like he had 2 left legs.

Also saw the vintage AT-AT packaging for the first time there - sweet.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 17 (aka Fall 2010 Wave 3)
« on: September 17, 2010, 04:57 PM »
Anyone have a guess as to when we'll see this wave on shelves? At SDCC they indicated September, so I am hoping that is accurate. I am thinking October is probably more likely, but that would be a bummer, becasue I would hate to see them try and squish waves 4 and 5 into Nov/Dec. Too much of a glut during the holiday season, which is the worst time to be on the Hunt.

I guess I can answer my own question. According to the YAK, this wave has officially been spotted at TRU.  ;D

Nothing up on their website yet, but I'll be checking my local stores tonight before the Season 3 Premiere.

Great timing!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Nikto Guard?
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:54 AM »
Stopped by my local TRU this morning and they had a peg and sticker designated for this dude, but none in stock yet. $10.99!  :o

Figure he will be arriving next week for the new planogram reset, but since my TRU gets their truck on Tuesdays, I am hoping to see him before the 9/23 changeover.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Target Bounty Hunter Pack - "Hidden Enemy"
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:52 AM »
I assumed the DVD would be the actual episode that the figures were from.  Y'know, because that would make sense. As it is, it's an odd product.

Agreed, but the sticker just says "Bounty Hunters DVD" so it leaves me wondering. Both packs also appear to have the same non-diorama backdrop with the "Bounty Hunters" tagline.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The death or disappearance of Ahsoka?
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:58 AM »
I'm also pushing for her knighthood by the end of the series, and possible unseen extermination in Order 66. I also I wouldn't be surprised if we see some novel or comic book miniseries as to her survival of Order 66. It depends on how LucasFilm is feeling. In the "Star Wars" universe, there's a tendency for some characters to just completely disappear, leaving their fates unknown (i.e. Asajj Ventress, Master Tholme, Quinlan Vos, Shaak Ti for awhile before she was finally included in TFU).

As far as I'm concerned, Anakin killed Asajj when he threw her off that cliff in the Tartakovsky series.

And General Grievous killed Shaak Ti in the opening scenes of ROTS.

At this point, you just have to find a continuity that works for you, since there is no quality control on the part of the franchise.

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