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The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:43 AM »
Our local TRU finally stocked the Delta Squad and TFU sets. They looked alright, but not something I need at all. They also re-stocked their vintage Y-Wings. Apparently they couldn't be bothered with ordering any new figures though, or re-stocking that elusive Yavin sled.

I have never seen an action figure that looked LESS like the photo on the box than Darth Phobos. Whoever designed that really failed spectacularly to capture the likeness of the character whatsoever.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:40 AM »
Found Chewbacca, Even Piell, Jar Jar, R7-D4 and the new Captain Rex at Walmart this morning.

Was this a location you had been checking frequently? I went to six more Walmarts yesterday, including 2 so far out of town I had NEVER been there before, and they all had garbage for TCW figs. It's really infuriating.

This is the biggest frustration for me as a collector, new stuff hitting everywhere but around where I live. And I normally have good luck here. Not this time though.

I did find a fresh case of the Stealth Ops Clone at TRU this morning, along with 2 full cases of "Wave 2" battlepacks which were really not Wave 2 at all, because NEITHER had the Capture of the Droids BP which is literally impossible to find, they were Wave 2 REVISION cases. I am already sick of seeing these Wave 1 BP's falling off the shelves, most of the stores around here have at least 8-12 of these things.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:13 AM »
Agreed, eBay is way more appropriately priced than those gougers at Brian's Toys, no matter what figure you are talking about. Their pricing is absurd.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:30 PM »
ohfortheluvva...Anakin kills Shaak-Ti? What, does he dig her up after Grievous impales her in the opening minutes of ROTS?

Even Lucas' freaking cut scenes contradict each other, what an unholy mess.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:22 PM »
Ugh, I just got back from a Walmart that was mid-reset and I saw no less than SEVEN FULL CASES of Saga Legends figures on the pallets waiting to be put out.  ::)

The thought of that garbage clogging the pegs there for the next few months is just sickening. I can see it now, they will jam ALL the pegs full of that stuff choking out any chance whatsoever of any new TCW figures making it out from the back. Spectacular fail, really.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 21, 2011, 10:10 AM »
That's pretty much exactly what I am seeing here as well, Jesse. Even the Walmarts that seem to have completed their resets have not put out anything I cannot walk into any Target around town and buy for the past 3 weeks. Just a ton of RC tanks, attack shuttles, Wave 1 Rapid Strike vehicles, and the usual mish-mash of BP's which NEVER include the Capture the Droids set.

If that's their idea of a big reset they are going to be sorely disappointed with the lack of sales. Their "new" stuff really isn't that new at all. I really don't get why they didn't at least stock THEIR OWN Fall exclusives, namely the BARC with Buzz and the AT-RT. Totally MIA.

I did notice in a couple of stores they had a lot of empty pegs for figures and was told they were expecting more stock in next week.

Still though, it's very odd to have so many new figure sightings in places like PA, NJ, KY and absolutely no trace of anything here in VA. Usually we are all in the same "distro belt".

Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:59 PM »
Saw a bunch of the 3 3/4 and 6" versions of these at K-Mart last night. Looked pretty cool, but I had to resist getting pulled into yet another line.

Newbies / Re: Hello Everyone! New Here.
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:38 AM »
Whoops! How silly of me. From North Carolina, USA. Ask thanks for welcoming me!

Awesome to have another mid-Atlantic poster, welcome! I live in Richmond VA and will be looking forward to hearing about what stuff you are seeing hitting to the south.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: August 20, 2011, 07:36 AM »
Wow, thanks Jeff, that was super-enlightening. I never knew the backstory on that detail but your explanation makes sense.

I have only seen the re-cut once - I did not care for the lack of narration, that adds so much IMO.

And yeah, definitely agree Rachel is and Deckard isn't.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 19, 2011, 07:01 PM »
Returned home in time today to do a nice little toy blitzkrieg through 3 Walmarts, 3 Targets, and a TRU. I was 1-for-7, eesh.

I did pick up the last 2 Blackout figures from TRU, at least one of which was minty-carded enough to keep, so I am set on this guy.

Thinking I may just go ahead and pick up the Attack Shuttle this weekend if I can't track down any of the Wave 12 figs.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:05 PM »
Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner film

Blasphemy, just watched the original a few nights ago and it is utterly perfect as is. You simply cannot improve upon that movie.

One thing has always bugged me though - the math in that movie does not add up. Decker is told that 6 replicants escaped, one got fried offscreen. That leaves 5: take away Rutger Hauer, Brion James, Daryl Hannah and that chick with the snake and that still leaves one replicant completely unaccounted for. WTF?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:52 PM »
To some folks the Tartakovsky series was the greatest thing since light-saber sliced white bread.

Yes, that would be me. I hold a reverence for that series that is unrivalled by any other EU.

You really cannot compare that to the current series, IMHO. It's like trying to compare Citizen Kane to the Matrix. Both are great, but coming from very different points of origin.

Tarts is all about creating art, using animation as a visual medium for sublime expression. His take is restrained, full of atmosphere and shaded by nuance. It's not a blow you away thrill ride like we got in the Point Rain arc of the new show. There's a stylized, abstract element, not only in the art but in the plotting and execution of the action. It's more methodical, all about pacing.

As for the art and animation styling, I guess "dated" is just a matter of opinion. I suspect many people consider the early Warner Bros animation to be dated as well, because no computers were involved, but that stuff beats the living **** out of anything being trawled out today, if you ask me. Give me hand rendered cells over CGI every day of the week.

Tarts was never aiming to be "hyper-realistic" in his interpretation of the SW universe, it's just his unique vision, very much an outgrowth of the Samurai Jack motif.

And yeah, I can definitely see how that would not appeal to everyone. It's a unique perspective to be sure, and if it's not personally appealing it would be tough to get engaged with the stories.

Final note: Best thing about the micro-series is that they f-ing killed off Asajj Ventress without dragging that weak ass storyline way past its due. Filoni seems completely unable or unwilling to kill any villains in his series, just good guys. So as a result you have a whole universe of major league scumbags walking around that have somehow scattered into the woodwork prior to ROTS.

#01 Nute Gunray
#02 Duchess Satine
#03 Admiral Trench
#04 Chancellor Palpatine
#05 A-4D
#06 Mother Talzin
#07 Sugi
#08 Tera Sinube
#09 Tarr Seirr
#10 Captain Keeli
#11 Mosep
#12 Tzivvzt
#13 Baniss Keeg
#14 Sergeant Doallyn
#15 Yakface

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:17 PM »
Does this one correspond to anythjng shown at SDCC:

087-06-1736 CW Figure Collection - $19.99

I can't recall but am thinking not. Seems like maybe another exclusive BP?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 18, 2011, 08:15 PM »
Killing me...KILLING me, I hate being in a non-toy corridor for vacation! Thank God it's all over tomorrow and I can resume my maniacal search for new swag. I did steal out to the one local K-Mart here in DE last night but all they had newish were the 2 new role playing masks. No new figures, vehicles, etc. Not even a B-Wing, which I have still yet to ever come across.

I did get word from a friend back home that out local TRU finally got their allotment of Comm. Blackout in, so at least I have that to look forward to upon my return.  ;D

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