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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:09 AM »
[phil hartman as frank sinatra] Hey, I hear ya!  I say turn her 'round and do your business baby[/end phil hartman as frank sinatra]

There's still that body sneaking around under those sheets.

"I got chunks of guys like you in my stool!"

I have to say, I really love how they have rolled this wave out with multiple cases on the pegs/shippers. I have never understood the point of stocking one measly case of new figures, stick 3-4 cases out at once and they will sell. Way more consumer friendly to snag everything you need at one convenient location.

I hope they do the same with Wave 3.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:41 AM »
Pretty satisfying wrap-up, all in all. I loved Ahsoka impaling Osi...good brutal stuff. Does anyone remember that old animated film from the 80's called Rock and Rule? I swear to God Osi Sobeck had to be modelled after Mok.

Great toy fodder in this episode too. Hello, animated Adi Gallia! We already know Saesee Tin is coming out, but we also got 2 new starfighter repaints to trawl out now too. And I absolutely need a Deluxe set with at least one Anooba.

Whose idea was it to make the rendezvous point a low level island surrounded by lava?  ::) Not the easiest place to defend tactically. And how the hell did those Crab Droids crawl onto there? Are they somehow lava resistant?

Tarkin is a douche.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:26 AM »
Yeah, I opened my spare over the weekend and put it through some rigorous kid-testing. My girls loved it, especially firing the missiles over and over at my poor Aqua Droid. I don't have any astromechs handy, but that slot makes a nice seat for Yoda.

My only complaint is that the pop-up gun panels come off a bit too easily, but that's a minor issue. It's a cool, fun vehicle and very convenient for displaying loose figs.

Wonder if/when we will see something else in this midsize assortment?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 11, 2011, 03:11 PM »
Dooku makes me laugh. You're trying to secure information that could turn the tide of the war, and you entrust the whole operation to a bunch of droids and that goofy ass warden? Damn right that needs your personal attention.

Whether it's intentional or not on the part of the writers, I chalk this up to the fact that Dooku and Sidious are truly just playing both sides for their own gains. They really don't care who "wins" and if you think about - Sidious really doesn't want the CIS to win, he wants to be in the position as chancellor to reform the Republic into an Empire and become Emperor - it would have to work slightly differently if the CIS wins the war....

Yeah, that's a great point, I guess I just wonder how much Dooku was really ever privy to that grand scheme. I always felt like he was more of a pawn in the whole game. Like Sidious had a plan for whichever side came out on top, and he let Dooku do his best to win it for the CIS and may the chips fall wherever.

It does seem like the CIS would have won out eventually.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:10 PM »
Found a second splash of TCW Wave 2 at a different Wally over lunch and was able to score not only an extra El-Les, but also a fairly decent Anakin and 2 more Aqua Droids.  ;D

I still hate the new Anakin, but at least I have one now that doesn't look like he has some severe neck affliction.

I think I'm done now with this wave. I really have to stop hunting because I don't think I can resist buying every Aqua Droid I see.

Other Toy Lines / The Walking Dead
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:03 AM »

 :o :o :o

I'm all in on this one. Would give my left nut to see what Michonne will look like.


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: March 11, 2011, 08:55 AM »
I decided to keep my spare of this thing since I don't expect any new mid-size vehicles until the Fall. I did take it back to Walmart yesterday for a price adjustment though, since I had a $5 Clone Cash coupon to use that expires on 4/1.

No more signs of any other new stuff about.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Do You Display Your Vintage Figures?
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:53 PM »
Here's mine... on a shelf with risers just like everything else:

What's the deal with that Yarna?  ???

Picked these all up last night at Walmart, but I believe the case assortment only had 1 El-Les, so I am still on the hunt for another opener of him. I did get multiples of Wolffe, Ahsoka, and the Aqua Droid.

This is a great wave, I think these offerings are even more appealing than the batch coming up in Wave 3. The execution on most of these figures is just marvelous.

Quick hit thoughts:

Ahsoka - Wasn't planning to buy an opener for her, but it was too hard to pass up. The paint apps are fantastic on this version, very crisp and bright. Great level of detail especially on the head sculpt. I never liked the original likeness of her figure, so this one is a vast improvement to me. She's very frail though.

Aqua Droid - Out of the park grand slam, an absolute masterpiece. This thing is just twenty different kinds of awesome, from the hulking scale to the terrific poseability. If they had 10 on the pegs I might have bought them all. I just have to test if it actually plays well in water. One of my top 10 TCW figures ever, easily.

El-Les - Only 1 of these in this case assortment apparently, so I could not open him for a closer look. I'm definitely looking to pick up another though, he turned out terrific. As others have noted, his rifle is pretty damn sweet too.

Wolffe - I'm not big on clones, so I may end up returning my extra, but he's a work of art, no doubt. Might be the best face sculpt for a clone yet in terms of attention to detail. I want to see more of him on the show now.

Anakin - Ugh, WTF? This thing is just atrocious, every bit as bad as the Aqua Droid is good. First off, it's a horrible likeness, and way too gaunt, like a Jedi Chris Collinsworth. To make matters worse, the paint apps are completely horrible. The neck in particular is a huge problem area. It's not even a question of white vs flesh colored - I looked over at least 6-9 different ones and had a hard time finding one I could live with, even to keep carded. It's hard to describe without seeing it, but it's like they skimped badly on the paint, and then had some kind of smearing, leakage from other parts of the torso or something. This might be my #1 WORST TCW figure ever seen.

Despite the Anakin abomination, 4/5 of the wave are just outstanding, so I recommend it highly for those interested. Good luck on your hunts!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:27 AM »
I picked up the Army of the Republic BP last night at TRU. Figures I would find it the day before the one I ordered from HTS is due to arrive, but whateves. Now at least I have a back-up in case mine arrives damaged in the mail.

I'm not really into the army building thing, so this is sort of a ho-hum set for me, but it is sort of cool that they included a new battle mat, and the 501st clone (the blue one) looks slightly different to me somehow. Like the blue highlights are darker or something, not sure.

Happy to be all caught up with BP's for the foreseeable future though. Wonder if we will see more offerings in the fall?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:23 AM »
Fi-Ek-Sirch and Weequay Skiff dude are now mine, courtesy of TRU amazingly enough. Their stuff is not cheap but now I can forget about this line again until the next wave hits. Super-psyched for Fordo!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 6
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:20 AM »
I scored the Weequay dude and Fi-Ek Sirch last night at TRU, so they are officially hitting here in VA now as well.

I saw General Lando and Gorilla-Luke too, but those were easy passes. I did not see the AT-RT guy.

New toyz in the hizzy!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:13 AM »
Swet jeebus, it was THE BEST NIGHT EVER...

I ran across the river before hitting the gym to scope out the outlying Walmart/TRU/Target Trifecta and I hit the freaking jackpot.

Scored ALL of the new TCW Wave 2 figures, including doubles of Wolffe, Ahsoka, and the insanely awesome Aqua Droid. This particular case asortment apparently only comes with one El-Les though, as JTA noted yesterday, so I was not able to score an openeer for him but I am heading back out to wrap that up today.

I found them all at Walmart, but here is the kicker: they were nowhere near the actual SW section. They were on shippers as part of an endcap display that wasn't even technically part of the toy section, but in an adjacent area. I saw someone posted about this on RS too, so it must not be an isolated incident. Very odd. If I hadn't known to look around, I never would have found them.

They had at least 2 of everyone except El-Les, and there had to have been 6-8 new Anakins, which is sad because that figure is just AWFUL. I will share my thoughts on the wave in the designated thread, but I was incredibly happy to get all my MOC versions right off the bat like that.

So after that I was ready to call it a night, but figured I would go ahead and hit up TRU since I was so close by and I don't get to that store much. Well, what did I find but the NEW Army of the Republic Battlepack! hOLLA! The one I ordered from HTS should be here any day now, but I figured I might as well play it safe and buy one now in case the one I get from HTS arrives in sub-par condition. Returns are easy.

You'd think that would be it, but then I looked over and saw the whole new Vintage Wave 6 on the pegs!  :o

Weequay Skiff dude and Fi-Ek Sirch looked awesome and had to come home with me. I had no idea this wave was hitting at TRU, the ones around here haven't gotten anything since Wave 2. Unspeakably excellent!

So all in all, this was probably one of the most successful (and expensive) nights for me maybe ever.


The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 6
« on: March 9, 2011, 09:03 AM »
This Wave has been spotted in stores now too, according to JTA. (Walmart - NJ I believe)

I saw no signs at the 5 Walmarts I hit up yesterday, but hopefully soon...

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