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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 2, 2010, 08:22 PM »
Scored the vintage Death Star playset today for about $40, mostly complete. I still have a few remnants from the one I owned as a kid, so I should be able to compile a solid set between the two.

Just a few odds and ends for the Ewok village and Ewok wagon to pick up, and the vintage AT-At, and I am all finished.  ;D

Hmmm, could not find this wave anywhere today, and now I read it is not supposed to start shipping until Nov 22 - eesh. Maybe HTS is the way to go.

This Wave is out now, spotted at a West Coast Target as per JTA this morning.

Curious to see how long these will take to show up back East. We're still waiting on the latest waves of vehicles (Xanadu Blood, etc) and Deluxe sets (AT-RT w/Boil, etc) which have already hit the midwest and central zones.

Glad I have the day off tomorrow, lots of hunting to do now.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: October 30, 2010, 09:16 PM »
I'm on record as a BIG proponent of the Twilight, but even I'm not holding my breath for it anymore. As time goes by it seems increasingly unlikely.

If you want clues, it's always helpful to survey the Lego offerings, and they do have a big-ass Separatist shuttle out there. B-o-r-i-n-g but a possibility.

Thing is, there are some really cool ships out there they could create that have actually figured into the series. I love that Republic ship with the rotating section around the canopy, like a B-Wing prototype almost.

Or even one of the heavy attack cruisers!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: October 29, 2010, 09:10 AM »
That is completely awesome, the line has been begging for a regular Geonosian since the Point Rain arc.

I don't recall any Geonosian riding Dooku's speeder though.

Come to think of it, I don't recall Geonosians riding any kind of speeder vehicle. I mean, they can fly - what's the point?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: October 29, 2010, 09:06 AM »
I've heard a couple reports that these new ones surfaced.  No pics though that I've seen.

Cool! Any idea what stores? TRU, Target, Walmart, etc?

Also curious if they are releasing all 4 new ones (AT-RT, Freeco Speeder, Armored Scout Tank, BARC Speeder Bike) or splitting them up into 2 waves of 2 each?

Thanks for any info!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: October 28, 2010, 10:54 PM »
There was a passing reference on Sandtroopers to the new AT-RT with Boil pack being spotted out in California. Anyone confirm that?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: October 28, 2010, 12:06 PM »
I saw Ozzy about 10-15 years ago on the first tour with Zakk Wylde. He was pretty terrible...forgot the words, didn't move around much except to clap, just kind of lame and lifeless show overall.

That was waaaay before the TV show though, so maybe he has improved/cleaned up his act since then...

I just bought tickets for a killer show next week - epic Bay Area Thrashers FORBIDDEN have reformed and are doing a one off show here in VA prior to their Fall tour with Overkill. All-time favorite metal band, hands down.

Should be massive!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Most Wanted (non-carded figures)
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:05 PM »
I want a Gundark. Or whatever that thing was that demolished the Rancor on that Video Game preview.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Couldn't find any relevant individual threads so I figured it would be best to post this here:

Apparently the Xanadu Blood and Plo Koon's Starfighter have been spotted at a brick and mortar TRU out west, as per Yakface.

My local stores did not get these in with this week's trucks, but they have 3 trucks coming in next week so odds are good we'll seen these soon. I hope!

Back on the Hunt!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Question About Ewok Battle Wagon - Pls Help!
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:47 AM »
Thanks a lot, that is what I had pretty much figured too. Weird choice on Kenner's part, but one less piece I need to procure, so that's cool. :)

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: October 26, 2010, 03:36 PM »
Yep, I don't think I can afford NOT to buy one at that price. Rats.

I'm heading across the street to the Big K after work...thanks for the tip!

Vintage Kenner / Question About Ewok Battle Wagon - Pls Help!
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:30 PM »
I hate to clutter up the forum with another thread, but I wasn't sure where else to post this.

I have a burning question about the Ewok Wagon that I have tried to research exhaustively but to no avail. It's really bugging me, so I am hoping someone that has one of these can help answer this:

RE: the side panels -are they exactly the same? I mean, literally.

If you look closely, you can see there is a groove at one end of the panel. It seems to me that both grooves should face inwards, but on the one I bought loose, the groove faces in on one and out on the other. It seems very odd Kenner would have sculpted it this way, unless they were really trying to cut corners and save money. Is there truly a "left" and "right" panel? Or are they identical?

I have looked at the photo archive on JTA and it appears they have one facing in and one facing out on the one pictured. (IE: seems to support the fact that they ARE identical)

Also, I have been scanning eBay auctions for months now, and although I have seen numerous auctions for side panels (there are 2 listed right now), I have never seen the one that I "think" I would need.

It seems to work ok - I can affix both panels in the correct orientation on mine, it just bugs me about that end groove. It's too assymmetrical.

Anyone have a clue on this? TIA!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro & Collectors
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:19 AM »
Great, so given their lack of enthusiasm, can we expect they will not be pushing to renew the license in 2012? Maybe let some other, superior, toy company have a crack at them? (Doubt it)

The SW franchise deserves better than to be some company's red-headed stepchild.

I think 90% of the complaints about the line can be tied back to Hasbro's apparent indifference and inability to coordinate key elements from production to distribution. It's not altogther surprising given how scattered their attention is across all the different properties. I really think the SW line could benefit from moving to a smaller company where they are 100% of the focus, and all the time and energy goes strictly into those offerings.

Obviously there could be possible downsides to that as well, as far as pricing and avilability, but a lot of potential for improvement as well, I think.

I got mine today.  ;D

The shipping package was slightly dinged, but the contents therein were immaculate. Very impressed.

I have to have another of these now, just for "openers".

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