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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 11 (aka 2010 Wave 1)
« on: December 5, 2009, 07:27 PM »
Oops my are 100% correct. That is odd, Stone is definitely part of the next wave. (CW44)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 5, 2009, 09:22 AM »
I got my CostCo exclusive AT-TE in the mail yesterday...this thing is monstrous and totally worth the $$$, IMO. It was a long time coming but well worth the wait. My Clone Wars collection is officially complete!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 4, 2009, 04:34 PM »
Snagged the variant silver microphone for Sy Snootles this morning...a most welcome addition. Now I need to hunt down the corresponding variant pieces for Droopy. List is getting nice and small now, I love it.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 11 (aka 2010 Wave 1)
« on: December 4, 2009, 10:48 AM »
I thought Commander Stone was part of the wave after this one with Cold Weather Gear Anakin, Darth Sidious, Thi-Sen and TX-20.

He is, that is Jek in the new photos.

I agree, the figures look great, although the Aayla hip-to-chest ration looks a little whacked. (She's very "hippy")

Can we assume that the arrival of these photos bodes well for the possibility of seeing these before the end of the year? :)

As an independent, unbiased observer of this discussion, and having worked for an online mailorder distributuon company, I have to say that it cetainly does sound like a valid complaint to me.

"Overwhelmed with orders" and an extra 5-7 days for processing is a pretty weak excuse, IMO. How can you NOT anticipate increased traffic at this time of year? If you don't have the resources to fulfill the basic customer service promises displayed on the website, that is a real problem.

The problem as I see it, as that a lot of these places simply aren't reputable businesses. Any dork with Java skills living in his parents' basement can throw together a professional looking webpage. But knowing how to actually run an e-commerce site and provide customer service is something else entirely. I suspect most of these places are doing it on the cheap, cutting corners wherever they can, and it shows. And who knows what kind of business acumen these people have anyway?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 11 (aka 2010 Wave 1)
« on: December 1, 2009, 10:10 AM »
Bump for December. EE has this wave listed as available this month, so we'll see.

I would love to find out if anyone has heard of these hitting in stores or online at all this month.

Thanks in advance!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:40 PM »
Heck, I can't even tell the difference between the 2 figs in the source photo. Would be curious to know also, since I assume this implies some sort of variant.

I picked up a really nice Dulok figure from the Droids series over the holidays when I was on vacation in Delaware. I just happened to stumble upon a vintage toy shop and that was about the coolest thing they had to offer.

I also picked up the Hoth Ice Planet Playset on eBay for only $15. (Just need the backdrop but that seems like a good price regardless)

Anyway you look at it she violates the Sith Rule of 2, so she has got to be short-lived no matter what. There's just no room for her in the line of succession: Palps/Maul>Palps/Dooku>Palps/Anakin.

She's the odd girl out.

Vintage Trading and Classifieds / Re: CorranHorn's Vintage Trade List
« on: November 24, 2009, 04:28 PM »
How's the condition on that B-wing?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Walmart CW Octuptarra Droid
« on: November 24, 2009, 04:23 PM »
I scoped this out earlier today at my local Wally and it still had the $35 price tag.

I definitely want another, but I think they are bound to drop even lower than $28 if I hold out.

The Northeast is a weird universe when it comes to retail outlets.

For example, there are no Targets anywhere in the state of Vermont. How crazy is that?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: November 23, 2009, 04:20 PM »
Weird episode...  I liked the explanation for the zombies though.  It deviates somewhat from established EU (again) on the birthing process of Geonosians though...  at least it seemed to.

Definitely weird though.  Better than last week's episode by a mile though and it makes one wonder just how Poggle escapes eventually.

Hmm, personal bias speaking here, but IMHO Clone Wars trumps all other EU in terms of canonical reference priority. I'm willing to go with anything in the series over something that has yet to be realized in a visual medium. (Not saying one is better than the other, but if I had to pick which is probably more "accurate"...)

How do we know Poggle escapes again? My mind is blanking. I was thinking we never saw him again in the prequels after AOTC. Was he one of the Separatists cut down at Mustafar? (bad brain)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 23, 2009, 03:38 PM »
Finally got my Grey hair Obi-Wan variant in the mail today, another one off the list. Pretty decent shape, lightsaber w/tip intact, good cape. All in all, I am satisfied.

Have already started some initial forays into playsets and vehicles...prices are generally much better than I'd expected. I definitely see myself moving into these areas sooner rather than later given the escalating price brackets of the remaining figures I still need. (Yakface, Blue Snags, etc)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: First Look at 2010 Clone Wars Packaging
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:40 AM »
I don't know if I like the new look or not. It's hard to visualize a carded figure from a generic packaging sample like looks more like the package for a DVD boxset than an action figure. I guess it feels too reminiscent of the old white/blue packaging. I have been digging the red motif as a nice change of pace.

My problem with them changing the packaging design is that Hasbro feels this is an invitation to cram their waves with multiple repacks. We got a ton of those in the TCW line after they moved to the red. Ugh.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:31 AM »
Awesome Pete, it's a great feeling isn't it?

I did a quick sweep last night and couldn't find the Aayla wave available yet from any of the usual e-tailers, or on eBay, nor have I heard of these being spotted in the UK yet, which are usually good indicators of an impending launch here. So I am skeptical whether we will see these before the end of the year.

On the other hand, if that TLC ESB line is hitting now out West as rumored, I don't see any reason why they cannot push out the TCW Wave 7 before X-Mas. Not sure what the advantage would be in waiting...

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