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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 4, 2010, 11:21 AM »
Busy night last on eBay...a few good scores:

Picked up Admiral Ackbar's Probe-Wand and Ugnaught's briefcase because I needed these for my variants. Same seller, combined shipping made for an attractive opportunity.

Snagged the blue Jabba's Dungeon really cheap, although it is missing the branding iron so that will have to be a separate purchase. The overall condition and stickers were really good though, and I am increasingly drawn to the bargain auctions like this to piece my remaining missing items together.

Best of all though, I was finally able to score the vintage POTF Anakin Collector's Coin via a Best Offer. I wouldn't say it came cheap, but certainly a lot cheaper than any of the individual auctions I have seen over the past few months. I've never even bothered to buy the figure because I knew the coin was such a b*tch to track down and I needed them both. This is a HUGE relief.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 4, 2010, 11:05 AM »
I scored my STAP exclusive set this morning as well, and I really relieved to have it. I'm officially back OFF the Hunt now. (whew)

I will be curious to see how long it is before that next wave of BP's start showing up. At Toyfair Hasbro had them pegged for March.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: March 4, 2010, 11:02 AM »
Well, my obsessive compulsive tenacity paid off again...I took a little road trip this morning and I was finally able to snag this as well at one of the outlying TRU's. They must have been fresh off the truck, they had 3 of the STAP as well as the Speeder Bike. (Not digging the "dirty" deco on the Biker Scout) They also rang up at $17.99 as others have noted. Not sure why these are $2 cheaper than the regular sets, but I'm not complaining.

I agree with Pete, I actually like this more than I thought I would. The STAP deco is cool, convincingly distressed, and the battle droid looks a little more bad-ass than the standard issue clowns.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: March 3, 2010, 08:41 PM »
Well, after exhaustive research and several hours on the phones with TRU locations across VA...

How many TRU's do you have in your area  ???

There are 3 within the general metro area here and about 15-20 total within 100 miles driving distance. The really exhausting part is trying to explain to them what this item is and where to look for it on their own aisles. The first call I made took about 20 minutes (literally) and the subsequent efforts were not much better. That's really the root of my frustration I think, that I have to drive around looking for the thing instead of leveraging technology.

Jayson, thanks for your help...I really do appreciate it. I think you're probably right about how their computer reads the codes, it may be "short-cutting" the process and just looking at the generic assignment.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: March 3, 2010, 11:32 AM »
It's not a generic UPC. It is dedicated to the STAP only.

Well, after exhaustive research and several hours on the phones with TRU locations across VA, I can pretty much confirm that this is not the case.  >:(

When they look that # up in the computer, it shows counts for the whole deluxe vehicle/fig line, not the STAP specifically.

I had several stores say "yes, we have that" only to show up and there are none on the shelf. I've had several others scour the aisles and backroom for the specific item but they are never able to find it, despite showing multiples under that code.

It's really the Item # I am going to need, not the UPC. And since it is STILL not on their website, I guess I am SOL on ever finding this stupid POS.

If anyone stumbles acros this in NC, WVA, DC or Maryland please let me know and I will make the road trip. Thanks!

As a result my Nahdar Vebb forms are going in this week.

As are mine...this was a real wake-up call. Yikes!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Nikto Guard?
« on: March 3, 2010, 09:23 AM »
Yeah, I was glad to hear he will finally see the light of day. Looks like a good sculpt.

Little bummed that he is a TRU exclusive because I strongly suspect the TRU's in VA do not order these things anymore for some inexplicable reason. We have never gotten the STAP or Speeder Bike Deluxe Vehicle Fig sets and those have been out for WEEKS.

I'm planning several trips in the coming weeks to WVA, NC, and PA to try and hunt these bastards down, since we obviously won't be getting them here.

I'm actually pleased that a new Cad Bane was actually slotted into the Deluxe Line. Now we get a vehicle, too! I honestly wouldn't have cared to buy a Bane that included a Jedi cloak or a clone-disguised Bane.

Call me greedy, but I would rather have had BOTH. A "regular" Bane with enhanced articulation for the Deluxe pack, plus a disguised version single carded.

All I feel like now is that we're getting one less figure. And rumors are swirling that his repainted Magnaguard fighter is being pushed back to 2011 for some inexplicable reason.

Maybe their tagline for this season should have been "Rise of the Mandos"...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 25, 2010, 09:41 AM »
Snagged the Land Of Jawas playset cardboard backdrop yesterday. I already had the base and Pod, so this should complete the deal. Although I may still need to pick up the vertical cardboard inserts and possibly the figure pegs, auction was a little vague if these were included. Still, for $16 I can't complain too much. Condition looks pretty good.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:10 PM »

I don't think your comparison between the RC Hailfire and the AT-AT is fair. The Hailfire cannot be classified as a "large" vehicle just as the AT-AT cannot be seen as a "medium" vehicle. They are at very different price points and it can be argued that they are targeted to different audiences.

As a diehard Clone Wars fan, you shouldn't feel pressured to purchase this because of the Clone Trooper. If you are indeed a "diehard loyalist" you already have the figure. And if you really like the Clone Wars, you should be ecstatic that Hasbro has finally made a vehicle in the animated style.

As for TCW fans getting screwed, I think that's far from the truth. If anything, this year is better that the last two. Not only will kids (and adult fans) have the nifty Hailfire Droid, but the new AT-AT will work great with some Clones and Jedi. Hasbro even had CW items surrounding the AT-AT at one of the European shows, and an ARF trooper could be seen in the NYTF pics.

The Twilight is a vehicle that should not be made, or at least in the large vehicle assortment. First, the design is boring. It looks like a flying box. Second, the ship is barely in the TV show. When it is, it is not very memorable. The Twilight's only appearances in Season 2 were during the three episodes slotted for the first season.  If the Lego model could be used as any indication, the ship did not make a popular toy.

Well, this was my point exactly - that the two do not compare at all. If you read the previous posts to mine, I was responding to the assertion that they were essentially equitable offerings. I agree it's an apples and oranges type of deal. My take is : why didn't the TCW line get its own "orange" this year?

As far as the trooper pack in, I have yet to see anyone verify 100% that this is a straight re-pack. I suspect it will be some slight variation, such as the reduced articulation ala Stone. I don't feel any pressure at all, I actually hope it is different. I want as many differentiated variants as possible.

I don't agree with the logic of the TCW having a banner year because of the AT-AT. I have ZERO interest in this thing. Maybe there's a cross appeal for kids, but if you're dedicated to this line exclusively, there's a big glaring gap of large sized offerings this year. (That we know of so far)

I'm not trying to bash the HF at all; it's a cool ship and I'm sure I'll buy it. I just think that as robust as this line has proven to be, that it merits something bigger than the mid-sized starfighter range that isn't a repaint of a gunship or Y-Wing.

As far as the Twilight, suffice to say we agree to disagree. I think the ship has a very strong presence in Season 1, and regardless of that there is very little actual correlation between screen time/show prominence and probability of being released as a toy. Hasbro has shown this time and again. This is why we get some no-name Mandalorian Guard before Suchess Satine. This is why we get the Shadow Arc over the Solar Sailer.

Boring is in the eye of the beholder. The Turbo Tank could is essentially a big box on wheels. At least the Twilight has a transformative functionality, like the B-Wing.

I'll never let that dream die, fully realizing it is a very long shot.  :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:15 PM »
Well, as a diehard TCW loyalist, I think the RC Hailfire does not compare very favorably with the AT-AT. The AT-AT is a marvelous vehicle with tons of cool features and add-ins that fans have been clamoring for. The Hailfire? Not so much.

I do give the marketing weasels credit for finding a way to wring $$ out of the non-RC enthusiasts by scaling it for the 3/4 line and throwing in a clone trooper. I'd never whiff this otherwise.

But if that's the best we (TCW fans) are getting this year, that is a big fat screw IMO.

It's too bad the Mandos didn't have a giant sized vehicle in their arc otherwise Hasbro would be falling all over themselves to get that on the shelves.  ::)


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:27 PM »
Really lucked out today at lunch and scored the remaining 2 figs I needed from TCW Wave 2: Stone and Sidious. I was freaking ecstatic...Target had 2 cases freshly stocked on the pegs.

Once I snag the TRU Exclusive STAP I am back off the Hunt...hooray!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:20 AM »
Thanks Jayson, I will use that tomorrow so I don't have to drive all over town again.

Hopefully that is a unique code and not just a generic UPC for the whole Deluxe Vehicle/Fig line.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:03 PM »
I saw remnants of the TCW Wave 2 at a Target Friday, but they only had Snow Anakin and the repacks left. Stone and Sidious eluded me yet AGAIN.  >:(

I hate the spotty arrival of this Wave. I can't swing a dead cat without hitting Wave 1, but Wave 2 is proving to be as hard to nail down as the Legacy TPM Wave when it first hit. Sucks!

The Deluxe Vehicle Fig sets are EVERYWHERE down here now.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:00 PM »
I'm still beyond bitter this has yet to show up here. Six trucks have come and gone now since this was spotted nationally and not a 1 has arrived.  >:(

The worst part is that those slack bastages have yet to even add it to their website, so I can't even find a product code I can use to call over the phone and check if they've gotten it in stock yet.

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