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The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: June 28, 2011, 12:01 PM »
Picked up the:
Attack Shuttle (It's here, an eBayer seller who I dealt with several times in IN had 7 in hand. I got the last one!)
Han Bespin x2
Sandtrooper x16 (Upgrading my Stormtrooper army retiring the Tantive version)

Any more details on the Attack Shuttle? Does "It's here" mean that it is actually available now in for-real stores?  :D

How did he happen to score 7 of them? Did you pay cost?

Nice score!

You know, it looks to me like they did not reduce the packaging on this line despite shrinking it by one figure. That's an obscene waste of space for a couple of battlecards and figure stands.

Way to stick it to the environment, Hasbro!

These 2 new BP's seem like a real disappointment, but not surprising.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2011 Saga Legends Figures
« on: June 24, 2011, 01:16 PM »
Saw the newest wave of Legends at Target today while out hunting TVC Wave 7. Meh.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 7
« on: June 24, 2011, 10:56 AM »
In my best Professor Farnsworth imitation: "Good news, everybody!"

A fellow SW collector here in Richmond VA just called me to tell me he found all of TVC Wave 7 at a TARGET!!!

Yes, a TARGET store actually got in new figures!

To me, this is incredibly momentous news, because to my knowledge this is the FIRST confirmed non-TRU brick and mortar sighting anywhere in the US!

It's especially great because there are a lot more Targets around town than TRU's, and they get new stock in nearly EVERY day. LOTS of opportunity (and peg space) to find these over the next few days I am thinking.

We haven't had Wave 7 hit around here at all yet either. Shoot, enough talking, I'm going out to look for toys!

Good hunting!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: June 24, 2011, 12:47 AM »
Yeah Mike, good point...I have to admit, I'd buy any OT stuff done in an animated style in a heartbeat! I love some of those maquettes they have done like this, they translate awesome I think.

I'm not sure why LFL might oppose that, but I guess it wouldn't surprise me.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: June 23, 2011, 09:40 PM »
And right now there's no cancellation of animated...  Though I could see them folding the lines together.  I think Hasbro's partially seen the "competition" between the realistic and animated at this point, and that forcing kids in one direction may be healthier for the line overall.

Healthier for which line though? Sounds to me like that only help boost the lagging realistic sales. The animated stuff sells fine already, I don't think that line needs to be folded into anything. If it ain't broke don't fix it, kind of a thought here.

If they fold anything it should be TVC and Legends. If there is competition on the pegs it is worse between those two, what with all their overlap of Clone Troopers, Obis, Anis, etc. 

And they sure as hell better not make Admiral Trench in a realistic style before they do his proper animated figure first!  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: June 23, 2011, 11:43 AM »
Wow...e-books. How underwhelming.

Ya couldn't even have written a new short story?  :P

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: June 21, 2011, 03:07 PM »
Who asked for it?  That's the last thing I want them to do.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Archer on fX
« on: June 21, 2011, 03:07 PM »
Dang, Judy Greer just got engaged.  :(

Don't leave the show Cheryl/Carol!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:06 PM »
Again, much like Legolas, there are absolutely no elves named in the book so why can't Jackson take some liberties with them?  I really don't get all of this angst about is a movie not a book, I want things to look at and if it is Evangeline Lilly so much the better :)

Because she's not being cast as "Nameless Elf #23" - the article states he specifically created a new role for her that was not in the book. Maybe that is not true, but if so it would seem worrisome at best. If he wants to throw her in as background filler or non-speaking eye candy, that's fine. Just don't make her a love interest for Legolas or whatever.

Just my two cents, I'm not all that fiercely protective of the Tolkien legacy like some freaks out there. I'm just worried this thing is going to end up looking more like King King than LOTR...shudder.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: June 20, 2011, 04:06 PM »
Evangeline Lilly as an elf? That's actually some pretty shrewd casting, she looks the part already.

But seriously, if they keep adding more and more characters that aren't in the book, you have to wonder what they are going to leave out. Even for two movies, eesh.

Seems like Jackson is taking a lot more creative liberty with this project.

I had to look up a picture because I had no clue who they were talking about. I actually recognize that dude. Sounds like DUI is the initial thinking.

At least he didn't kill anyone else.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Green Lantern
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:14 PM »
I'd have to agree with GL being a B list superhero. The character never intrigued me as a comic reader and even less so as a movie goer.

Though I have to admit it's hard to shake that DC bias from my days as a comic collector. I can't think of anything from DC that I would have any interest in going to see in theatres honestly.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:37 AM »
Anyone watch Falling Skies last night on TNT? I was really looking forward to this as there is literally nothing else for me to watch on TV over the summer outside of Adult Swim.

Seemed like kind of a letdown somehow. It's just so obviously trying to be "Walking Dead" with aliens, but that didn't really translate so well. You don't really need much backstory with zombies. Aliens though? You need more backstory than a few random kid's pictures in the first 5 minutes. I'm sure there will be more forthcoming, but I didn't feel like there was really enough there up front to get you invested in the story.

It also borrowed a little heavily from "Skyline", "Battleground :LA" (or whatever it was called) and BSG> I mean, could the mechs looked any MORE like Cylons? I hated that CGI too... the actual "skitters" were rendered a lot better IMO.

I did like the whole "harness" thing although even that is borrowed heavily from other source material. Curious to see where they go with that. I also kind of liked the dude who played the leader of the post apocalyptic band of outlaws, because he is a dead ringer for the lead singer of Malevolent Creation.  >:D

Thoughts? Too derivative? Refreshing? 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Re: Wedge Antilles
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:23 AM »
I'm very tempted to start a whole new "The Wedge Fiasco" thread here in this forum because it is such an interesting topic of conversation right now. Does not seem to generate much discussion around here but it really gets ranted about ad nauseam at some otheR Sites.

I mean, people are really irate about this stuff, and the blame is being spewed everywhere. They're mad at Hasbro, they're mad at the brick and mortar stores, they're mad at the onlines sellers, they're mad at the eBay scalpers, they're even mad at the people paying the crazy prices for these things.

I don't have the historical perspective that some of you do, having been out of the hobby for a long while in the 90's, but I don't ever recall this level of hysteria about an action figure before. It's actually pretty amusing, and sort of fascinating from a sociological perspective.

I honestly think if they had just released Wedge as part of a regular wave with proper distribution that it would have killed about 90% of the hype. But by doing it as part of a revision wave, for a wave that was already flying off shelves, seems at best clueless and at worse cruel. I really think this is a great example of demand being fed purely by lack of availability. Like the South Park episode where Cartman bought his own amusement park and then closed it to the public, thereby instantly making it the most popular amusement park in the world.

That whole card revision thing did not help either. It's like a perfect storm of of insanity.

Oh, and I love that one online seller that cancelled all their pre-orders so they could sell Wedge on Amazon for twice as much.   ::) That's just brutal!

Sorry no actual purchases to detail with this post...I drove 40 minutes to a TRU in Fredericksburg yesterday but no sigh of Wave 7 yet.  :-[

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