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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...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Do You Display Your Vintage Figures?
« on: March 8, 2011, 02:46 PM »
I had all mine out for a few months then had to pack them away to stage our house for sale. Once we dump that place and move into a new house, they are definitely going back out, along with all the vehicles, playsets, etc.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 8, 2011, 02:44 PM »
No luck on the new TCW figs at lunch, but I did score another Special Ops/Geonosian 2-pack at one of the far-flung Targets. Only 2 Targets around here got these and one is completely sold out of the Special Ops pack already, so I figured I had better snag one while I had the chance. Definitely a good opener candidate to round out my Geo diorama.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: March 8, 2011, 11:42 AM »
I didn't have much of a reaction either way to this EP. It didn't strike me as particularly good or bad, just sort of filler.

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.

They'd be better off just nuking the planet from orbit to insure that the Republic never got that information either.

Lots of good toy fodder from this arc though, would love some animated probe droids and those commando battle droids with the shields.

The Citdel would make for a hella cool playset too.

they are starting to give SW figures that MU style neck joint?  I am guessing that is what you mean by the "Thor" syndrome - unpainted neck joints

Yep, exactly. Apparently there are some "variants" floating around out there that have white, unpainted necks. (was it Loki that had this too? I seem to recall as much)

That sounds ugly as hell to me, I'll definitely be checking this carefully before I make any purchases.

They're out!!!

JTA reports these have been spotted at Walmart in PA.  :o

That's close enough geographically that I might actually have a shot at finding these today.

Hello, lunch hour and after work runs!

FWIW, it also sounds like there are some sketchy paint apps on Anakin's neck, so you might want to keep an eye out for that. Sounds like the "Thor" syndrome.

Got my shipping notice from HTS last night for the Army of the Republic is officially on the way.  ;D

I have seen reports that this has been spotted in stores as well, but no signs around here yet.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: March 4, 2011, 03:00 PM »
I bought another one of these today after seeing it on the shelves for the first time at Walmart. Haven't decided if I will keep it or not, but maybe.

I would really love to know how they managed to screw the pooch so badly on getting the Tri-Fighter and HMP out. That is really perplexing. I'm glad to have these at all, but I would have preferred swapping out my sub-par packages for mintier boxes.

Wow, price bump on the pilots sucks...  $29.99 isn't atrocious, but sucks nonetheless.

Those Endor sets are now priced at $31.99 around here I noticed.

BBTS has them up for pre-order now, and both this and Wave 2 are estimated as March 2011. That's about as exact as we are likely to get.

I am hoping both waves hit at once, as with TVC Waves 4 and 5. They are really falling behind on this line right now.

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