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The Legacy Collection / Re: Whatcha doin' till Vintage?
« on: March 25, 2010, 04:45 PM »
Completing my "Vintage" Vintage Collection...14 items to go!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: March 25, 2010, 04:42 PM »
Oh, I'll watch it, believe me, I just shudder at the thought of some bitter little kid making the Jedi look like a bunch of stooges. It's bad enough they keep getting punked by Cad Bane. TCW has really done a lot to chip away at their mystique of awesomeness, it seems to me.

I guess it's not any more implausible than baby Anakin blowing up the Trade Federation ship, but I can't help but long for the days when the SW heroes could actually shave and converse like adults. (Cranky old man rant over)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:50 AM »
Wasn't planning on making any more additions to the vintage collection this week, but $50 for StormTrooper Luke was too good to pass up. I bid early and figured I would get boatraced by other bidders at the last minute, but no other bids even came in...weird.

He's not pristine, but 100% complete with original helmet and blaster. Looks pretty good to me, aside from some faint discoloration on the shoulder (apparently from the cardback).

I can only speculate that the seller's omission of the word "vintage" from the auction listing reduced visibility. He did have "POTF" in there, but not everyone focuses on that when searching eBay.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Figure Rumors/Speculation
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:46 AM »
Ugh...spare me. The coolest thing about that character is the mystery. Once you start pulling back the veil, that quality is forever lost.

I don't see how that would make for an even remotely exciting figure either. There is NO WAY that iconic armor is going to fit that little tween punk at his age, so he can't possibly wear it on the show. And what's exciting about a figure of a young human boy?  ::)

What kind of self respecting bounty hunter would take orders from a little kid anyway?

Nope, not on board with this idea...I get it's a shrewd marketing ploy, but it just seems like a cheap, easy grab for some pub at the expense of the original canon.

If they want to flesh out a character with a good backstory, please have a go at Aurra Sing instead.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:46 AM »
I saw these at Target last night while searching for the new battlepacks (unsuccessfully). Very underwhelming.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 22, 2010, 11:06 AM »
I haven't been following this conversation all that much - but are you saying that the realistic Clone Wars figures bombed?  I seem to recall most of them doing pretty good, but the animated ones having more problems.  A lot of those hit clearance in quantity.

Just my impression really, not based on any hard data. I've looked through those 2003 offerings though and they are pretty limited, IE: not a huge # of figures, vehicles, etc. I assume if they had strong sales Hasbro would have had a more robust assortment of swag.

By contrast, I could never find the first incarnation of animated figures at retail, although admittedly I was pretty clueless about tracking stuff down back then. I had to get nearly all of them on eBay.

Really I was just sort of making the point that it seemed like they tried going down the realistic/animated route before, and for whatever reason decided to go in a different direction. (Thankfully, IMHO)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:50 AM »
Thanks guys, I am working on cataloguing my vintage stuff now and clean-up and pics are next on the agenda. (Then finding a suitable long term storage option - no room to display, unfortunately)

I kinda dig the bargain's a bit tedious, but there are some good scores to be had out there if you know how to look.

BTW, I got my B-Wing in the mail Friday and this thing blew me away. Never had it as a kid, but the design is marvelous, and it has some serious heft. One of my favorite pieces so far, for sure. Also convinces me more than ever that the Twilight could be rendered just as awesomely if Hasbro would give it a shot.

My original goal for completing my vintage collection was August-September, now I'm thinking June/July, if all goes well. Some of the remaining items are pretty hard to come by, not to mention pricey as hell. Imperial Sniper will be a tough get, methinks.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:47 PM »
Didn't Hasbro sort of attempt that back in 2003 with the Clone Wars line? The ships were cool but I thought the character renditions were horrible. Durge in particular was a trainwreck compared to the Tartakovsky inspired version. I don't think they sold all that well either as my recollection is that this line was pretty short-lived.

It's a novel concept, but also my worst nightmare, frankly. I would definitely lose all interest in the TCW offerings if they went "realistic". I just don't think you can render animated characters well in a realistic style. It's true kids might buy them no matter what, but I think the animated style is sort of unique and holds its own offbeat appeal.

I do think you'll see the positive impact you are looking for when the live action show arrives. Those will likely inspire a whole new line in the realistic style, and likely help boost the associated realistic lines as well.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:52 PM »
Holocron Heist and Jedi Showdown are literally the last 2 pieces of TCW swag I need until August. I'm hoping these will be hitting here locally just as hard...I was away all weekend and did 0 runs.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:50 PM »
Finally snagged a nice A-Wing Pilot on Saturday night for a better than average price. The auction listing did not include the hyphen, so I think that helped. (If you search eBay on "A-Wing" it won't display listings for "A Wing" apparently)

The last few remaining figures on my want list are going to be pricey, so I'm looking at knocking out a few more of the remaining playsets first. Only 15 items total to go and I'm done. :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:59 PM »
Great success today...I scored all of TCW Wave 3 at only my fourth stop this morning. Walmart had a single case freshly stocked on the pegs, so I got all 4.  ;D

Thanks again to all for the head's up these were hitting, I wouldn't have thought to start checking so early otherwise.

Still no sign of the new BP waves, but I'm not about to complain.

I REALLY like the MagnaGuard, an exceptional upgrade IMO. Snow Rex is a little less cool than I had expected, mine looks a little goofy because one of the ear flaps is a bit splayed out. The Droid and Snowbi are solid if unspectacular.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:51 AM »
In the latest round of Q&A, Hasbro alluded to making less of the Sport Skiff compared to the other selections in this wave, or something to that effect. Anyone else catch that?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:26 AM »
You magnificent bastards...I salute you all!

Taking a half day tomorrow just in the hopes of tracking these down...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 18, 2010, 03:19 PM »
Thanks, that makes sense...I figured it had to be something like that. For some reason I guess I imagined that the lettering and date was not part of the mold, but some kind of imprint applied after the casting process. Not the case, I see.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:58 PM »
Thanks Jayson!

Wish we had some JD peeps in Florida to update on this...

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