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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:29 AM »
In retrospect, I think it would have been a little more shocking if they hadn't spoiled it showing Rick running through the field with his wounded son in a promo for the new season that was airing WHILE THE SHOW WAS STILL ON.  ::) I hate it when shows do stuff like that.

But yeah, that was a great season opener, everything I enjoy about that series on display. Good action, quality splatter, strong writing. The blond chick's suicide rant was perfection, really well done. And we finally got The Herd! Hell yes!

Couple of thoughts:

1) Seems the dude on the RV would have noticed the zombies before they got quite THAT close. I mean, they were RIGHT up on them. I have to assume they didn't pass them on the road so I guess they just walked out of the woods.

2) Why weren't any zombies attracted to the sound of the recorded church bells? If that thing was on a timer it must have been going off for weeks. (Why did the church still have power even?)

3) I kinda missed the point of that scene with the older dude and the black guy talking about the "needs of the few" and the "magic radiator hose" or whatever. What was that? What exactly was the older dude implying?

Guess it would have been too easy for Rick to reveal what the doctor told him in the first 5 minutes. But if it's what we all think, why hasn't he told his wife yet?  ???

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:15 AM »
Capped off a perfect 24 hours, hitting for the complete toy cycle, a true rarity.  ;D

Picked up TVC Wave 9 yesterday afternoon at Walmart thanks to a local tip.

Picked up a nice carded Sise Fromm on eBay for the vintage collection last night.

And this morning I found a complete set of TCW Wave 11 at Target! Left all but Seripas who is simply incredible. I might need 3 of this guy, next to the Aqua Droid I think this is my all time favorite Clone Wars figure.

Hoping to round up another Seripas for openers today, but really, really psyched just to have seen these outside of TRU finally. Actually gives me hope I may one day see Wave 12 around here.

The Vintage Collection / Re: New York Comic Con 2011
« on: October 17, 2011, 08:30 AM »
So are they abandoning the whole idea of having line-specific vehicles? I don't see that the new packaging actually identifies these things as Vintage or Clone Wars related. If so, I think this is a HORRIBLE idea. The lines are already blurred too much as it is. I think a lot of collectors like the differentiation.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: October 17, 2011, 12:11 AM »
Big weekend for DROIDS on eBay...I just missed on 2 separate 3PO auctions, but I struck gold the third time around by snagging a carded Sise Fromm. Not the best card condition, but I am pretty lenient as far as that stuff goes. Pretty psyched to have this guy off the list.

Now it's just down to C-3PO, Boba Fett, and that elusive A-Wing pilot. I swear the A-Wing guy seems even more scarce than Boba Fett, at least judging by how often they come around on eBay. Not easy to find that dude carded for the DROIDS line.

The Vintage Collection / Re: New York Comic Con 2011
« on: October 16, 2011, 08:51 PM »
So why does the vintage cardback show CW Obi-Wan starfighter, but the vintage boxed vehicle is Kenobi's ROTS Starfighter. (I'd point out the irony that they are reissuing that vehicle now that they are discontinuing the ROTS "pilot" Kenobi figure from Legends/Vintage, but Hasbro does things like this all the time...)

co-sign. And why was the Clone Wars V-19 Torrent pictured in a Vintage style box either?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: October 16, 2011, 08:47 PM »
I think these past 2 episodes have been a little high on the whimsy factor, but compared to some of the previous seasons' low points they're still not all that bad. Seems pretty clear there is little to no toy fodder to be mined from these DROIDS esque adventures though.

Why is everything off next Friday? No Clone Wars, no Fringe, etc.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 16, 2011, 04:23 PM »
Was in the presentation last night at NYCC. Looking forward to rest of season 2, although uncertain since they gave Darabont the boot.

Please tell me they at least had the figures for sale! Those things were supposed to be out by now...I really want to check those out.

Looking forward to the premier, hoping since it's the first episode back and they want to hook in some new viewers they will have a little more action and a little less yakkity-yak.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: October 16, 2011, 04:17 PM »
Found more or less all of Wave 9 at 2 different Walmarts, picked up Bastila Shan, Ponda Baba, and the Hoth Trooper. Both stores had warped cards, boo.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: October 16, 2011, 01:07 PM »
Heard from a fellow local collector that he was able to snag this wave at Walmart this morning, great news.

Hope we see a good saturation, not just 1-2 stores.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 27 (2012 Wave 2)
« on: October 16, 2011, 12:58 PM »
I have to agree with you Jesse, I just don't see how they could skate by with only 5 more figures between April-December. That's beyond absurd...too much money left on the table there.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: October 15, 2011, 10:49 PM »
For some reason the folks at JTA seem convinced that this means 19 figures total for the whole year. That cannot be right. They showed nearly that many in the first 2 waves alone. I think that leaves something like 5 unrevealed figures for the rest of 2012? It just seems too incredible to believe. That's a LOT of money they are leaving on the table for their most successful line.

If you have a good thing going, milk it, don't starve it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: New York Comic Con 2011
« on: October 15, 2011, 09:11 AM »
All anyone ever does around here is bitch and complain about how ****** Legends sell - "the pegs are overflowing with this crap!"  If Legends are so ****** and don't sell, then why not try something different?  Why not swing the pendulum back to "action features" and light-up sabers and see if that brings in the kiddos?

Yeah, but why not just do away with that garbage altogether? This line is an anachronism. I don't know anyone who likes it. They make poor figure choices, use poor sculpts, and command entirely too much real estate on the toy aisles. In the past 3 years I have NEVER seen anyone buy one of these figures. I can't tell you how sick I am of having to clear this dreck off the Clone Wars pegs every time I go into a store.

I know it's a pure cash grab that Hasbro always claims helps to finance their other lines but that's not compelling to me as a consumer. I really wish Walmart or Target or even TRU would start cutting back on their orders for this line and the amount of peg space dedicated to it. TVC and TCW should have at least 3 rows each and no more than 1 for MH.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: October 15, 2011, 08:55 AM »
Thanks, was that confirmed in the slide-show presentation? I know the placard in the display case said Clone Wars but I figure that could easily be wrong. Good, 1 less thing to worry about.

Where did they throw out the 19 figures for 2012 tidbit? Was that during the presentation also? That is really atrocious if true. They are just hurting themselves with this strategy, new TCW figures really fly off the shelves around here, aside from those stinking repacks.

I'm confused about what they're doing with the mid-size vehicles. I saw the Fighter Tank but that struck me as a realistic deco for some reason. Then they showed the v-19 Torrent, the Clone Wars one, in Vintage style packaging. WTF? Confusing to say the least.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: October 14, 2011, 11:29 PM »
So here's my final tally of all the big Clone Wars reveals from NYCC:

1 Deluxe set, the STAP with Battle Droid, which they have already released twice before in this line.

1 Battlepack, Republic Troopers, with CutUp, Hardcase, and Bomb Squad Clone. Looks pretty sweet.

The aforementioned 3 new figures, Anakin, Clone Trooper, and Cody w/Jetpack, plus Captain Rex (Phase II?) and Clone Commando Boss were shown in the Hasbro slideshow.

Oh, and Wave 1 hits in January promptly followed by Wave 2 in APRIL.  ::)

No new midsize vehicles shown.

I'm ok with next year being light on TCW product, it'll save me money and space, but I do wish the stuff they were offering was more compelling than more clones and that lame STAP.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: October 13, 2011, 11:05 PM »
Also, my eyes might be deceiving me, but the Anakin looks new. So there are possibly three new figures. (Oh joy)

Good eye, after looking back over the pics I think you are right. The likeness is a great improvement, IMO.

Apparently there may be a new TCW BP pictured on the back of the Geonosis set called Republic Troopers, with an actual Bomb Squad Clone in it. That would be cool. Kinda like what the Army of the Republic BP SHOULD have been.

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