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Vintage Kenner / Re: Cloud Car Landing Gear
« on: November 15, 2009, 08:49 PM »
Do a search on eBay...they have tons of vintage pieces/parts out there relatively cheap. That's where I have replaced all my missing or damaged pieces from my original vintage collection.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 14, 2009, 08:58 PM »
I saw the CW Padme/Matchstick wave, the CW deluxe wave with Obi-wan and Dooku on speeders today, and also picked up a Cad Bane for my nephew - I really hope this is the last CW wave that shows up this year - with all the various products to hunt for, heres hoping the Aayla wave doesnt show up until January.

I'd be happy either way at this point. It'd be nice to have one more wave to close out the year, but I hate the thought of hunting for these in December with all that holiday madness. I got a taste of it this week and am over it already. For what it's worth, EE has this listed as "Coming in December" but who knows what that means for actual stores.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 14, 2009, 08:54 PM »
Picked up some loose (bagged) figures today from a local shop today.

Short mouth Biker Scout (complete with blaster)
Rancor Keeper (my orig. vintage one was ****)
Nien Numb (mint with blaster)
Walrus Man (minty with blaster)
Klaatu (grayish face, fuzzier skirt)

all for $36.

Dude, that's outrageous. Splendid work there. I think my short mouth biker ran me close to $20 and didn't come with the original gun either. If I could find stuff like that around here I would be in heaven.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Other Half
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:44 AM »
I don't want to derail this thread either because I love this forum and want to stay on the good side of the Mods, but I'll make 2 quick points and get back on topic.

I don't display any of the "new" stuff I buy, or even open it. Only the vintage stuff is on display, and that is all in the Man-Cave where the wife rarely makes an appearance. So anything I buy out in a store gets sneaked into the house surreptitiously and immediately stashed away. Only bigger packages showing up at the front door attract attention. THAT's what I am trying to avoid.

As for the other stuff, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I would just say that we should probably be careful about applying our own wisdom and experience to other people's situations though. There are a lot of complex relationship dynamics between men and women and it's really impossible to make snap judgements without being in those shoes. 'Nuff Said.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:23 AM »
I got my refund for the Faux-Blue Apron Ugnaught and promptly re-invested it in a nice Bespin Luke Brown Hair variant.

Making some good head way on the variant list...should be wrapping up the non-premium variants in the next couple of weeks. Then back to the 10 remaining POTF figs, and finally playsets and vehicles.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Other Half
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:25 PM »
I get so many recommendations from people to order online, I really need to add a disclaimer as my sig:

"Thanks for your concern, but online ordering is NEVER going to be an option for me as long as I am married to my current wife. You fine people simply do not grasp the atomic level intensity of my wife's temper when it comes to boxes of worthless junk toys showing up at our house. I do not need that kind of stress in my life. I would rather have my nuts splattered with a ballpeen hammer than to endure that kind of unrelentingly painful punishment."

Trust me, it's much more appealing to go through the angst and frustration of driving store to store than to put up with any more of that nonsense.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Rishi Moon Battle Pack
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:28 PM »
Nice kick in the nuts...I drove 30 minutes in a blinding rain storm to a TRU I have never visited before, only to find only HALF the new BP wave. Yep, all they had left was the Endor and Gelagrub BP's. I searched everywhere on the aisle for that Rishi Moon BP and walked away empty handed. BEYOND frustrating...so many wasted hours ahead of me now searching in vain for 1 single, solitary BP.

Why that one store would get them and neither of the 2 that are actually in city limits would have any is beyond my comprehension. 

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Apparently TRU employs the same brilliant logic as Target, assigning one generic Item # to every Battle Pack. So good luck calling them over the phone to try and find out if they got any of the new Wave.

They're all #21218. You can try asking someone to go check the shelf, but it's such a zoo in there nowadays they probably won't agree to do this. (I got shut down twice yesterday, left my name and # and of course never got a call back)

I'm sick of looking for this stupid thing already. I might actually have to break down and order this online just to avoid the frustration.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Rishi Moon Battle Pack
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:52 AM »
I've checked every local Walmart and TRU for these new BP's and have gotten stonewalled every time. All I need is that Rishi Moon set and I am DONE. Fingers crossed it will happen today, TRU opens in 7 minutes and should have new stock today.

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Meh...Grievous fodder.

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Because every year they hold a few new items so that they have something new to draw you in for the big post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend.  If they put them out now, you'd buy them and you might not come back.  By doling out things slowly, it keeps you coming back to the store again and again.  This is the way it's been at Target the past few years, it shouldn't be a surprise at this point they are holding the CW BPs and the SotE-inspired TIE Fighter for that weekend.

Ok, that sounds plausible enough. Seems like it would put a lot of pressure on on timely distribution of product though. Considering new stock arrivals vary weeks from store to store, they are cutting it pretty close, IMO.

Also, if the post-holiday weekend is such a draw, why are we getting the dewbacks and AT-ST's now? Doesn't that mean Walmart has pretty much blown their wad already? (so to speak) And TRU has all their exclusives out already as well.

I suspect there is probably some compelling marketing research to support NOT waiting as well.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:08 PM »
Jack, thanks for that report!

Now I have a reason to start hitting up the Walmarts again...starting tonight!

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:17 PM »
The Geonosis Assault battle pack is reshipping with the new Battle Packs.  I saw it in the red packaging along with the Battle for Endor and Gelagrub Patrol packs.  I think the CW Rishi Moon Outpost pack may be shipping with these, too.

Has ANYONE spotted these at any retail outlets other than a TRU?

We have had 0 market penetration here so far...

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I think we're feeling the crunch from several directions. Stores are ordering less, Hasbro is producing less, there's more competition with holiday shoppers, etc.

I think it's very much a function of your local area and your focus as to what your perception is. I bitch and moan as much as anyone, but I've never had any trouble finding the new comic packs, for example. The Targets around here are littered with Geonosis arena sets, and I've even seen a strong showing of AT-ST's in the past week.

But no sign of the new wave of Battle Packs, and very few Dewbacks so far.

I do think we're at the point where they just need to go ahead and release anything due for the rest of the year. We're down to 6 weeks of shopping before Christmas, for god's sake. (Target - why are you sitting on the Ryloth and Abregado battle packs - THIS IS ASININE! Don't you see the benefit of stocking these for holiday shoppers?!?!)

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:13 AM »
I got my replacement "farm boy" Luke yesterday in the mail and am very pleased with the overall condition, down to the minty lightsaber with tip intact. VERY happy about this one. (My original was in sad shape, no saber and slathered in green paint) Now I just have to debate whether I need to replace my Obi-Wan and Vader due to saber-wear over the years.

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