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Has anyone spotted this Wave at a Target or TRU yet? I am getting severely beaten down hitting multiple Walmarts every day looking for a better carded Vos and Cato for openers. It's been a good 3 weeks or so now that these have been in circulation, that's a pretty good head start for one giant retailer over another. When are the other guys going to catch up?

Around here the wave hit all at once, one case per store, and sold through almost immediately Thanksgiving week. All of the stores that had these here have since restocked 2-3 times but never put out any more Wave 5 cases - just more of Wave 4, revision 1.

Heck, it'd be nice if HTS would restock these already. Any excuse I can find to stop hitting stores this time of year is worth it.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 4, 2010, 08:07 PM »
Somehow a Phase 1 Dark Trooper MOC showed back up at the local TRU...I have seen it the past few days and finally pulled the trigger. I picked up a TCW Ki-Adi to take advantage of the 2 for $9.99 sale, and will be returning that to Target for $6.99 courtesy of another existing receipt. So I end up with the Dark Trooper for about $3 plus tax...not too shabby.

I hit every Walmart in a 40 mile radius yesterday and not a one of them had restocked any TCW Wave 5 figures. I saw at least 3 stores at night with huge pallets stocked with toy boxes, but all the Hasbro TCW ones I saw were W4R1 (Embo, etc). Looks like it may take awhile to score that mintier carded Vos and Cato for openers.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: December 4, 2010, 09:09 AM »
Would have liked Aayla Secura in place of Bariss, but it's also a good sculpt. Her cape looks a tad bulky, probably because of the material, but it's alright, I guess. To answer someone's question above, no, it's not based on her animated appearance, but on her Ep.II appearance.

Sure is confusing based on their picture choice...WTF?

I don't recall that outfit but I probably blinked and missed it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: December 3, 2010, 04:08 PM »

Lando Calrissian arrested for murder?

Dude IS a scoundrel...

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: December 3, 2010, 09:31 AM »
"Senators Padmé Amidala, Bail Organa and Onaconda Farr attempt to rally the senate against a bill that would appropriate funds for millions of new clone troops – with disastrous financial consequences for the Republic."

 ::)  ::)  ::)

Not only boring as dirt, it's boring and repetitive. Haven't we seen this already? Like 2 or 3 times now? This exact debate?

On the plus side, Robonino is back tonight too!

Vintage Kenner / Re: Wow - Vintage eBay Auctions
« on: December 3, 2010, 09:22 AM »
Ridiculous...clearly that guy has not been paying attention to other recent auctions for this figure. If that thing was mint and AFA graded he might get that much, but even then it would be a stretch.

$300 is closer to the right price range for this thing right now.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 2, 2010, 07:33 PM »
Picked up the elusive Death Star rope via eBay this afternoon. Think I'm all squared away on that playset now. I've actually got the thing assembled right now, crawling with TCW figures: Embo and Shaak Ti versus the Undead Geonosian, etc. Looks wicked.

Got my sights set on the Vintage AT-AT now...last piece I need to complete my collection. (Aside from a few miscellaneous parts which will come in time)

Aw yeah!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 2, 2010, 01:23 PM »
Wow, nice end-around on the Writer's Guild...I'm sure they will love that.

I would prefer Darabont just write the whole thing and not even bother with freelancers. Better to have 1 guy that is consistent and knows what he is doing than a rotating cast of hired hands just looking for their next paycheck.

Otherwise it'll just end up like some godawful trainwreck like Heroes.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 2, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Apparently all of the writers for the show have been fired...

Link? This is news to me...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 30, 2010, 05:07 PM »
While we're on the military angle, the more I think about it, the more implausible it seems that the zombies would have just overrun everything and wiped out all the armed forces. They're slow and stupid, and even in vast numbers completely unorganized and ineffective as a serious fighting force. I mean, right off the bat - they can't climb or swim, at least hardly at all, and while not prone to exhaustion they do get weaker and starve, and utterly lack coordination or sophisticated motor skills. (I know they climbed the stairs in the dept store but I mean like scaling a wall or a fence)

I just think it would be relatively easy to defend against a largely immobile enemy like that. Lay down a heavy suppressing fire, fall back with the flamethrowers and aft incinerators, or whatever the current jargon is, and just let 'er rip. Any kind of fortified compound should be easy to defend I would think.

Now if it were Aliens or Predators - different story.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 29, 2010, 03:04 PM »
Hit a flurry of Walmarts (4) over lunch and found more remnants of TCW Wave 5. Picked up a minty carded Draa at one store and a slightly dinged Undead Geonosian who will serve well as an opener at another.

Once again, neither figure rang up at the register and I had to get overrides at both stores. I haven't been stonewalled yet though, so I don't mind the extra hassle.

At this point, if I could find a minty carded Quinlan Vos and an opener of Cato, I'd be completely set.

No sign of BARC Speeder w/Jesse yet either. Thinking this will be the next thing to show up...

Feedback / Re: JACKOFTRADZE's feedback
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:49 AM »
Yep, more big props for JACK - he very kindly hooked me up with some additional UPC's I needed to score another Rocket Firing Fett, and at no charge to boot!

Really appreciate it bro - you are one of the good ones!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:47 AM »
Is there really only one more episode after last night? Eesh, hope not, this is severely addictive.

Five episodes in now, I think we've established that the best formula for the show is equal measures human interest/zombie killin'. They just need to work on the pacing a little to smooth this out on an episode by episode basis. We've now had 2 episodes that were mostly all talking and very little zombie action. That's a little slow and uneven, IMO. I prefer 30 minutes of the drama and 30 minutes of action, blended appropriately.

That said, even the less action packed episodes are pretty dang riveting, and always filled with at least 2-3 very memorable scenes. Loved the abused woman going to town on her dead husband's skull with the pick axe. Loved the last scene with Jim under the tree. Loved the hat-guy (maybe my favorite character in the show) totally busting Shane locking down on Rick in the woods. (Why the sudden heel turn though? I was just starting to like him again)

Liking the new angle with the CDC guy too. (Wish they had done better with the microscope close-up though, that seemed really cheesy somehow) I wonder if his lament over the lack of fresh tissue samples to study will lead them to try and retrieve Jim's body at some point. Figured dude would be at least a little happy to see other survivors though, guess not so much.

So what's Merle up to? Is he gonna find the note on the red car too?

RIP Leslie. Awesome as a dramatic actor (Forbidden Planet is still a Top 10 Sci-Fi film of all time) - even better as a comic actor.

Hope they will run a Police Squad marathon at some point...that was some of his finest work:

"Who are you? How did you get in here?"

"I'm a locksmith...and...I'm a locksmith"


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:36 PM »
While in Delaware for Thanksgiving, I snuck out to Walmart on Black Friday (I know, crazy) and surprisingly managed to score Clone Trooper Draa - no sign of Vos, Cato, etc.

When I got to the check-out, it would not ring up - Item Not Found. Luckily they let me have the thing anyway, for $6, no tax.

When we got back to Virginia today, I manged to steal away again for a few minutes to hit 2 more Walmarts and was stunned to find the exact 3 remaining figures I needed from Wave 5 - Vos, Cato, and the Undead Geonosian. What are the odds of THAT?

Funny thing was, the same thing happened at checkout - none of the figures would scan. They had to do a manual override. So anyway, I managed to knock out the whole wave for less than $25 and a minimum of hassle.  ;D

At least 2 of the cards are sub-optimal though, so I will be keeping an eye out for mintier versions. I think that may be it for 2010, unless we see the HMP/TriFighter vehicle wave hit in the next month, or that Deluxe Vehicle set with Clone Trooper Jesse.

Woo hoo!

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