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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: January 5, 2011, 04:57 PM »
SPOILERS! (read at your own risk)

Nazis + The Occult = I'm there!

LEGO / Re: Lego 2011
« on: January 4, 2011, 03:29 PM »
Thanks bro, that is awesome!

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2011: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 4, 2011, 12:56 PM »
Looking forward to a shifting focus this year. Toys have dominated the discretionary spending the past 18 months, but I'm ready to jump back into the other collectibles I have been ignoring.

1) STAR WARS: Sticking with the TCW line again strictly this year. I was able to resist the lure of TVC last year, and I was also able to close out 98% of my Vintage needs, so hopefully this means less spending all around this year. Not planning on any forays into GG, Sideshow, etc. so I'm good there. Maybe this will be the year I bite the bullet and go all-out on the Droids/Ewoks lines.

2) OTHER TOYS: At some point, I want to complete my modern and vintage Micronauts collection. The time might be right. Mulling the vintage BSG stuff as well, as I had it all as a kid. And I still need that damn Cloverfield toy!

3) COMICS: Trying to stay away from new stuff, although Metalocalypse is very tempting, but I still have some old titles to fill out...have really been getting busy with the Darkchylde variant covers recently, as the film has finally been green-lit for John Carpenter. Still trying to pick up those last couple of FF's I need to, although this gets harder and harder as time goes by.

4) DVD's: The smallest slice of my discretionary spending pie. Here's hoping it stays that way, although the transition to Blu-Ray has bumped up the prices quite a bit. Maybe OT or PT on Blue ray this year?

5) CD's: Just waaaay too many to count now, well over 200 on my want list. For every new thing I buy, they seem to re-issue something I already have with bonus tracks so I end up having to buy it again. Man, I hate that trend.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2011
« on: January 4, 2011, 12:40 PM »
Thanks, have been looking forward to this topic.

Considering we're somewhat in the doldrums right now, I actually am hoping to see a deeper offering of the Spring and early Summer releases.

I want to see at least 2 full waves beyond the TCW Hevy wave, and not just Commander Lock and the non-zombie Geonosian that have already leaked.

I absolutely want to see/hear about the Big Ship for 2011, and I pray they follow their own directive and choose an "ICONIC" vehicle and not some stupid, boring shuttle. (Ok, I'll take the T-6, but that's it, the rest are just flying taxi cabs - boring)

Twilight or the Bounty Hunter Assault ship from the Lego line uber alles!  ;D

I also want to see at least 1-2 midsize vehicles beyond the Jedi Turbo Speeder, and maybe a new Battlepack or Deluxe Vehicle set or two. (Dathomir Speeder, please!!!)

If I'm really being optimistic, I would love to hear that the comic packs or mail-in promotions for the TCW line have been resurrected for 2011 as well.

LEGO / Re: Lego 2011
« on: January 4, 2011, 10:41 AM »

7957 Dathomir Speeder

I would dearly love to see a photo of this one if anyone can find one...I have searched to no avail on Google.

This is practically a slam dunk for the TCW 3.75" line...

Right on cue, #2:

One of the finest women of her time, and star of one of the Top 5 sci-fi films of All Time!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: January 4, 2011, 09:40 AM »
Think you pretty much nailed it there.

Orto Plutonia was not actually a TRU exclusive, they are just the only ones who seem to stock it for some reason.

Jury is still out on Army of the Republic too, although all signs point to this being another lame repack.
(edit: there is a new packaged photo of this up now at EE, still too small to tell for sure if this is all repack swag:

Only thing I can think of that you could conceivably add to that list would be the Euro-exclusive "Warriors & Droids" set, but that is technically a multi-pack and good luck finding one outside of Toy Palace. (For some reason they want $85 for a repack of 6 figures, still don't get the math on that one)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: January 4, 2011, 09:34 AM »
I'm guessing it's from the 2-pack as other figures from those have turned up.

Really? I've searched for Waxer and the Special Ops Clone every day on eBay since those were announced and I have never seen either up for auction. Tunghori is one of my Favorite Sellers too.

Yah, I've seen the Battle Droid but who the hecks needs another one of those?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: January 3, 2011, 07:52 PM »
So it this the dude pictured on the front page??? Or is that the Geonosian from the 2-pack?


I am seriously considering bidding on this one...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: December 30, 2010, 03:29 PM »
New one out of the blue at BBTS: BARC Speeder with Clone Trooper "Jesse"

This is now listed as "IN STOCK" at BBTS...if anyone's interested. I'm content to wait it out at retail, but hopefully it will start showing up soon.

I finally bought an opener of the AT-RT w/Boil set and I love it...hope we see more offerings from this arc. (Like that upcoming 2-pack)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: December 29, 2010, 12:13 PM »
Oh, for the love of...they're just painted on!  >:(

The wings should be actually tiny wings that protrude from the mask. How hard is that to do?

Everything in the movies should be EXACTLY like it is in the comics, PERIOD. NO exceptions.

Hollywood just sucks. What is it about you people that you can't help yourselves from ruining everything?

*Comic Book Guy rant over*

Yes, it's a complete mess now, and you can thank Lucasfilm for not exercising better continuity and quality control over their properties, particularly the written drek. If I was Lucas, I would have hired the most die hard SW geek I could find and put him in charge of maintaining a unified canon. And I would have instituted a very stict adherance policy regarding the books and comics, which are the worst offenders, IMO. Pain in the ass to maintain? You bet. But worth every penny to keep the whole thing from devolving into an unholy, contradictory mess.

I think they just saw fit to start throwing the license up to the highest bidders and were more interested in market share and squeezing every last dollar out of the franchise than they were about the integrity of the story.

I think every fan has to draw their own boundaries and just try to figure out a vision that works for them. Even then, it's an imperfect tapestry at best.

For me, I go in this order, in terms of what I regard as legit:

TCW Microseries (Tartakovsky)

As far as I'm concerned, everything else is just fan-fiction.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: 2010 "Best Of" the Clone Wars
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:52 PM »
Whew, I can't even remember everything that came out this past year. Here's my Quick-Hit list:

BEST FIGURE(S): Hard to narrow this down as they hit so many home runs in this year, but I'll go with:

ZOMBIE GEONOSIAN (This thing is all kinds of awesome - excellent sculpt, detachable limbs, great articulation. I just wish he stood up better with that huge gun)
SHAAK TI (Eyebrows aside, this crushed ANYTHING from the Realistic side, IMHO, especially that godawful Jedi Arena sculpt)
EMBO (Everything about this guy rules - articulated bowcaster?!?! You betcha! I bought 3)
FLAMETHROWER CLONE (Pretty much anything made from the Geonosis arc ruled)

Honorable mentions: Pre Vizsla, Aurra Sing, Cato Parasitti, Robonino

BEST DELUXE SET - The AT-RT repaint from the Geonosian arc with that deco.

BEST BATTLE PACK - Mandos or ARC Troopers...take yer pick

BEST VEHICLE - Nothing wowed me this year like the Octuptarra Droid, but I'll go with the HMP Droid Gunship. New sculpt, good functionality, good size.

BEST EXCLUSIVE - TRU's Slave I UBP...after the sale prices kicked in, this ended up being a pretty good value. Plus we got Bossk!

HARDEST THINGS TO FIND THIS PAST YEAR: Magnaguard figure - only saw him once at retail and back them I was on the hunt a ridiculous amount of the time. And I never saw the last 2 red/white BP's - Jedi Showdown and Holocron Heist. Only SW toys I have NEVER seen at a store. Absurd, I know...we just did not get ANY around here. I ahd to order mine off HTS.

Overall, it was a great year though...the line is really coming into its own I think. All I would ask for 2011 is more new stuff, fewer repacks, and better spacing of waves without getting crushed or waiting for months.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 28, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Dude, awesome scores and pictures! Sounds like you cleaned up big time on those...much better than eBay prices.

I have not heard of the AT-AT Driver variant - what color is the "normal" logo?

The dude I won the Ewok Wagon from on eBay returned my money and is claiming now that the item was "possibly" damaged in a fire and he didn't want to hold on to my money while he figured out if it was ok or not.  ???

I'm not letting this drop though because I suspect there are some shenanigans going on. Either someone made him a better offer after the auction closed or he was not satified with my winning bid price. Either way, tough luck. I plan to ask him to honor the original bid anf if not, flame him badly with negative feedback. 

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:13 AM »
FYI, nice new packaged shot of this bad boy up at Sandtroopers now. Good stuff.

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