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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: April 14, 2010, 03:23 PM »
I saw a full set of the new Comic Packs at Target this morning and had to bite on the Stormtrooper/Blackhole set. I really loved that comic strip as a kid. This fits nicely into my niche collecting of offbeat Star Wars swag. Plus it's just nice to spend some money on a new toy for a change...seems like forever.

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Just noticed my check was cashed Friday...hoping my Vebb for openers is on the way soon.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Will there be a CW Slave I This Year?
« on: April 13, 2010, 05:00 PM »
I do think it's a good bet we could see a TCW Slave I, depending on how prominent it is in the season finale marketable Hasbro thinks it could be.

I'm not sure how they would squeeze this one in this year though, unless it were to hit right before X-Mas. There are at least 6 other TCW vehicles slated for a Fall release we already know about. (Xanadu Blood, HMP, Swamp Speeder, Plo Koon's Starfighter, re-deco Interceptor tank, and the R/C Hailfire Droid)

I guess they'll figure out a way to slot it in if they feel the reward is there. I'm down.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Restoring Playsets and Vehicles
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:08 AM »
Figured this would be the best thread to submit this question for the group:

Anyone have any good suggestions for removing stickers from vintage toys? Specifically, the Star Destroyer playset base?

I bought one a few weeks back but the stickers are atrocious...ripped, faded, taped, many not even in the right location. I've resigned myself to a restoration rather than discarding it and looking for a better version.

I'm just wondering what is the most effective and least potentially damaging method for geting the old stickers off.

I'm very hesitant to use anything sharp or abrasive, or caustic. So razor blades, exacto knives, lighter fluid, etc are proabably out.

Any tips? THANKS A MILLION!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: April 10, 2010, 09:48 AM »
LOL...it's funny cause it's true...

That front section would also pass for a good industrial floor vac, or linoleum polisher.

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Good points by all.

I don't want to get drawn into the Twilight argument again, because I know from previous experience I am alone in my feelings on that one, but I will try to make the same point in a more general way.

Pretty much NONE of the vehicles they have made for the TCW line would qualify as iconic by Hasbro's standards. You could make a case for the Turbo Tank, AT-TE, and the Gunship, but outside of that it's a real stretch. I don't see how one could objectively quantify the Y-Wing or Shadow Arc as more iconic than the Twilight within the context of the show. That's all I meant, wasn't trying to diss Plo. I like Meat Curtains.

Again, fine with them not making it, just don't like the implicit disparaging of the thing as an excuse to pass on it. I'd much prefer just hearing that they don't feel the line (or economy)  can support any big sized ships and they don't feel it would be a viable option to get the price down while still featuring all the options and "playability" they would want to include. No problem.

Likewise, I wish they could just say they don't want to make a figure because they don't think it will sell. "Obscurity" is not really the proper term to use for bypassing certain characters. I think "Marketability" is the real issue.

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Kind of a cop-out if you ask me. If Hasbro doesn't want to make those figures because they don't think they will sell, that's fine, just say that. But to marginalize them as "obscure characters" is insulting and asinine. I could rattle off the names of dozens of figures they have made that had a LOT less screen time than Duchess Satine, and a LOT less speaking lines as well. (Seriously, the Mando guard isn't more obscure than her? Puh-lease)

It's the same tired argument they trot out against making the Twilight too. "It's not an iconic vehicle". AYFKM? How iconic was Plo Koon's starfighter?  ::)

They can make whatever marketing decisions they like, I just want them to admit that they are producing toys solely based on what they think will sell, and there is virtually no correlation to the object/character's actual presence on the show.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: April 6, 2010, 10:30 AM »
Bane's pretty badass though, and as much as Embo's a nod to a guy from a Kurisawa movie, Bane's a nod to Clint Eastwood's silent stranger from Spaghetti Western's...  I consider them similarly rooted, just different styles.  I thought that actually made him even cooler then last week.

Yeah, except the silent stranger was always a GOOD GUY. Bane is just an evil, greedy little weasel.

I get that they're caricatures, I just think they missed the whole point with Bane. Trying to kill those Jedi kids was beyond the pale, IMO.

I actually like Hondo.

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What is meant by the phrase "movie style"? Does that mean realistic, like the live action films? Or does it refer specifically to the Clone Wars feature film release? Is there really any difference between the TV show 3D CGI and the film? It looks identical to me.

I think it's a safe bet we will never see another figure in the Tartakovsky styling, so I don't want to waste any votes on that. (Although I do wish I had gotten my Roron Corobb, dammit)

Here goes (no particular order):

1. Chancellor Palpatine
2. Duchess Satine
3. Nute Gunray
4. Geonosian(s)
5. Barris Offee
6. Sugi
7. Seripas
8. Those 2 lesbo chicks from the Lightsaber Lost episode
9. Kul Teska
10. Embo, Embo, Embo!!!


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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: April 5, 2010, 11:56 PM »
Embo is the coolest frigging character to come out of that show yet, none of the campy cheesiness of Cad or Hondo, and twice the badassery. He has instantly become my favorite new character. Kudos to Dave Filoni for the voice work too.

Aside from the Geonosis arc, that was the best episode of the season, hands down.

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TV-9D9 / Re: New Animated SW Series from the Robot Chicken Guys
« on: April 5, 2010, 11:48 PM »
Make it a solid half hour of "Dr. Ball, M.D." and I'M SO THERE!

"I said Good Day, sir!"




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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: April 5, 2010, 11:43 AM »
Busy night again last night...

Picked up the vintage Ewok Village, long since lost from my original cache. Looks to be a pretty decent set, more or less complete, and the whole thing was only $30 with shipping, so that's not too bad.

Also picked up a replacement vintage Slave 1 (no idea what became of my original) which looks to be pretty decent. The picture was blurry but from what I can tell and based on the description all stickers are intact. It's missing the Carbonite block and rear sliding door, but I already have the block leftover from back in the day, and the sliding door should be easily replaceable. I didn't really need to spend the extra $$$, but I had put in the first bid a few days back and no other bids ever came in, so I won it without even really trying. Good get.

My best score though, mainly due to sheer luck, was snagging a replacement canopy for my battle damaged X-Wing. (I bought one a few weeks back incomplete and needed this to finish it out) I had bid on a few previously, but the prices always got too crazy. Looking back, it's a damn good thing I didn't win those because I was foolishly searching for a CLEAR canopy rather than the TINTED version specific to the Battle Damaged ship.

I just happened to stumble across an auction for one last night, and after some quick research realized what it was and that I had to have it, and luckily was able to stomp the other bidders in the last few seconds. $10 is a bit pricey, but I rarely see canopies at all, much less the tinted versions, and they usually command a pretty steep price. (Saw a clear one go off last night for $28) Luckily this auction did not have the word "canopy" in the title, so I think that helped to my advantage.

Down to 11 items left!

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Slave I?
« on: April 5, 2010, 11:25 AM »
After seeing the previews at the Clone Wars panel at Wondercon yesterday, I think it's really likely that we'll be seeing **SPOILER ALERT**



....a new Slave I soon. It looks like it's gonna be showing up a lot in the last few episodes of the second Clone Wars season in a pretty aggressive role. It also looks like we'll be seeing a lot of the interior explored in the show. Pretty exciting to speculate about. 8)

I'd buy one in the animated style for sure. Weren't there rumors of a TLC version later this year though? Could they possibly do both? Seems unlikely...

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Agreed, this was my favorite episode this year so far.

There was a lot of great toy fodder from that episode. I'd love all the bounty hunters, especially Embo (voiced by Dave Filoni apparently).

What would really be slick though, would be that republic ship they flew in on that looked like the B-Wing prototype. Include a collapsible ejection pod and I'm all over it.

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Oh yeah, whoever the bounty hunter was with the Shaolin hat from Friday night's TCW episode, I want at least 3 of those. COOLEST...NEW...CHARACTER...EVER!

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