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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: The Street Date Debate
« on: August 3, 2010, 02:44 PM »
Funny that most people on here have at least some Vintage already, but a few Target stores are holding out until the 6th. 

Does anyone have a good explanation for the street dates on toys?  I get doing this with media where you have big events around the launch and potential for leaking tracks/copying etc. But I would seriously like to hear a sound arguement on Hasbro's behalf of using street dates on their figures.  Seems to just cause confusion and make people mad in my opinion.

The only rational idea I've been able to think of is if they somehow "sold" an earlier release date to Toys R Us.  Maybe it was part of the package deal with the exclusives, but if they use it as a bargaining chip with a lone retailer, then I can see where it would make sense.  If other retailers don't honor that date, then the benefit to TRU would go away.  Outside of that, is there any real reason to do this other than trying to control that which you don't need to control?

Hasbro claims the street date was to create an "event" feel around the Season 3 Premiere of The Clone Wars.  ::)

There are so many problems with that idea I don't even know where to begin. Like the fact that the actual show won't air until September or October. Or the fact that Legends and the Vintage Collection have virtually no connection to the animated program. Or the fact that foreign territories were exempted. (The show airs roughly the same schedule abroad as it does here)

It's almost like they wanted to create some kind of massive clusterf**k on August 6th.  Luckily stuff started leaking out early or people would have had a had time finding everything on that day. (IMHO)

That's awesome! Did he apologize for the inconvenience?

I love happy endings.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: The Street Date Debate
« on: August 3, 2010, 01:34 PM »
If anyone tries to take any toys out of my hand, they better be very strong and very fast.  ;D

Not sure what they're calling this wave anymore, 2 or 3, not sure which. (Some are dubbing the recent repack Wave as 1.5)

Anyway, GH is reporting that this Wave has already been spotted at Walmart!

My wallet is screaming for mercy at this point.  ;)

Yeah, I'm confused too. Is the Sandtrooper the only figure from this wave that is being released on 2 cards? Wasn't Anakin supposed to be too? The UGH are the ones with just the Star Wars logo right?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 2, 2010, 10:56 PM »
Finally broke down and picked up the Vintage Cloud City playset, not very cheaply I'm afraid, but it's a good one. The prices on these have started to jump lately and I have a feeling there may be a resurgence of interest in true vintage stuff due to the recent relaunch of the modern lines.

Flirted with a vinyl cape jawa earlier in the week, but I just couldn't bite without seeing the clear crosshatching on the cape. It just looked too smooth.

Not much left now...Ewok Wagon and Yakface POTF coin are sure to be the hardest. Death Star and At-At should be the easiest. Then I'm 100% complete. :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: August 2, 2010, 10:49 PM »
Man, thanks a lot for the reviews...I really enjoy reading those. Well done and comprehensive. I love both of these BP's if only for the fact that we are getting at least SOME new stuff in each. That straight repack stuff was a drag.

Can't wait to see the next wave~

Confirms what I already assumed...this will be the hottest wave of the year IMO. Great sculpts, all!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: July 31, 2010, 07:24 PM »
I'm pretty sure, based on previous Q&A responses, that Hasbro is planning a Geonosian-deco Gunship from the Point Rain arc. I'm guessing this would be on tap for 2011 though...

There is but when he made Hoth BP's plural I had to inquire. I want to get clarification. October is going to be and expensive month between these packs and the Geo ones.

Sorry, about that...I didn't look closely. Yeah, it was probably just the one. NOT the "Big-Daddies" that are Target exclusives. Kind of confusing with all this Hoth stuff coming out...

One of our Targets fully stocked yesterday for the reset too, I almost fainted from sheer excitement. They had the AT-AT, plus the new Hoth BP's, and two rows of pegs full of TVC figures. I FINALLY got my MOC Boba Fett.  ;D

Also, at TRU, in case anyone cares, they appeared to have a newer wave of Legends out. The Han in Snow Gear was the giveaway.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: July 31, 2010, 10:33 AM »
I picked up both of these last night and think they are really great. Love the Retail Droid, and the Squad clones are sharp too. I much prefer these to the repack sets we were seeing a few months back.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 31, 2010, 10:30 AM »
BIG scores last of the local Targets had gone ahead and fully stocked for the reset. They had TVC figures, TCW figures, Legends, all the new vehicles, deluxe sets (Wave 1 only), PLUS the 4 new Battlepacks AND the new AT-AT!!!  ;D

I drooled over the AT-AT for a few minutes, but I had already made the decision to hold out for the Vintage packaged version. Hard to walk away from that bad boy though.

I did go ahead and pick up the Droids & Clones BP as well as the Anti-Hailfire Squad - they are both marvelous. I also picked up a very minty Boba Fett from the TVC line to replace the 2 slightly dinged ones I had already procured from TRU.

They also had the Rex and Ani Force Battlers or whatever. Still can't decide if I want these or not. They look pretty cool though, and are definitely in the animated style, so it's a maybe.

I have a feeling the proverbial flood gates are about to open. Yee-haw!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Kul Teska
« on: July 30, 2010, 12:43 PM »
None of the TRU's within 100 miles of here have gotten any of these yet.  ???

And the local stores are down to getting only 1 truck a week now on Tuesdays.

I want at least 2 of these MoFo's...BADLY.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Empty Target Pegs
« on: July 30, 2010, 12:39 PM »
I made a few Target runs last night with varying levels of success.

About half of them had started the section reset - 2 rows of pegs for TVC, 1 each for Legends and TCW. (Sorry, this is just not enough space for TCW, it is hard enough to find those waves as it is)

One location had the new vehicles on the shelves - Cloud Car, Interceptor Tank, etc. All were badly beat up boxes.

Another location had the new GH 2-packs, I sort of hate these things but I had to buy the Aurra Sing one for my focus.

None of them had new figures at all.

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