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My set arrived via Fed Ex today, an excellent addition to my collection. I love that they used an older Zuckuss sculpt rather than the one that was just issued recently. Much closer to the vintage original.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:42 AM »
Finally got around to watching the new trailer last night. Good stuff. This season looks action packed...can't wait for the Kamino siege. Good to hear they are making a point to move things forward plot-wise and character-wise. I really do hope they have a clear exit strategy and endgame in mind for the show though, and aren't just treading water ala LOST. If the show is planned for 5 seasons, stick to that and sketch out the arcs accordingly.

Now to the obligatory complaining.  ;D

I am troubled by the ongoing infusion of comic/novel/video game EU into the show. I get that it's a shrewd marketing ploy on the part of Hasbro to cross-pollinate the various lines and force suckers like me who love TCW but hate the "other" EU stuff to buy their crap. And it works. I ponied up the dough for my Kul Teska like a good little consumer, all the while wishing they just could have called him Wat Tambor and been done with it.

I just think it blurs all sense of continuity with these ongoing "mash-ups". It used to be I could just watch the show having seen all 6 movies plus the animated 3D TCW film, and I had all the background I needed to grasp the plot to its fullest extent. Now I'm increasingly baffled trying to figure out what the hell is a Quinlan Vos and a "Nightsister".  ::) (Bad Manga rip-off on those chicks BTW)

The other problem I have is that they are just overloading on too many characters now, particularly villains. Do we really need ANOTHER Sith lackey? I've lost count of how many bad guys there are at this point. They don't seem to have a problem killing Jedi on that show, why not spread a little death around on the Separatist side? A little purge now and again helps keep things manageable. (see: Heroes)

And just stop with the ridiculous names already. SAVAGE OPPRESS?!?! AYFKM? Yeah, the French inflection really makes him sound bad-ass. It's not even cute or clever anymore, it's just lazy. That schtick stopped being funny about 8 Bond movies ago.

Inane rants aside, I do really enjoy the show and am very psyched for the upcoming premier. And I'm buying all the toys just like they want me too.  ;D

Everyone is experiencing the same slow shipping. Mine shipped on 8/14 still waiting...

My order shipped 8/12 and I am STILL waiting. Last time it made it here from RI in about 2 days. I think there is some kind of problem going on if everyone is experiencing these delays.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Pegwarmers
« on: August 19, 2010, 09:11 AM »
Vader is everywhere here too. Boba just the opposite. Sounds like a nationwide trend. In general it seems like sales have slowed a bit...I see plenty of vintage figs on the pegs pretty much everywhere I go now.

And for the record, I would buy an animated Vader.  ;D

Boom - found 'em. (Wally)

I think they did a good job re-doing Mace and Kit, especially the face sculpts. The Droid Commander does nothing for me really.

I do dig the Camo ARF though. I think it's especially cool that they are all "individualized" with different camo apps. Some weird glitches on his belt though, I had to bypass 1 or 2 that looked funky there. (Where it connects)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:46 PM »
Looks like a good day all around for Clone Wars enthusiasts...I scored all my Wave 2 figures as well!

One of the local Walmarts put out 4 cases of these!  :o I had them all lined up neatly in stacks so I could go through each figure and pick the best cards and paint apps. Man, that was sweet. Don't think I am buying any openers for this wave, as I really need to cut back and none of these bowl me over really. Still very nice to have all. Good upgrades on Mace and Kit.

Just need that elusive Mando w/Speeder Bike and I am good to go. (And the Fett UBP, whenever it shows up here)

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Jabba's Throne w/Oola
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:04 AM »
The best (and most frustrating) thing about that picture is that if you look closely you can see they actually have the TCW Wave 2 figures on the pegs.

NINE freaking Walmarts here and they can't find a box of these between them to put out.

That's a beautiful picture though.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Beginning of the End?
« on: August 17, 2010, 10:57 AM »
I definitely think that the upcoming live action TV show will help the longevity of these toys.

Yeah, that's been pushed off the schedule indefinitely now. It may never happen.

TCW or Bust!

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: K-Mart Legends Jodo Kast exclusive
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:28 PM »
Took a short road trip to a previously unvisited K-Mart in Chester, VA. Zowie - nicest K-Mart I have ever stepped foot into...clean, well lit, nicely organized. Quite a shock.

Anyway, they were ahead of the curve compared to every other K-Mart around here. I finally picked up my Jodo Kast, along with the Commando Squad exclusive.

It's a pretty sweet figure. Glad to have this off my list.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Jon Stewart Trooper
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:22 PM »
It's a better likeness than anything else I've seen them trawl out recently.

Plus I'm a big fan of the Daily Show.

Imagine what that thing would go for on eBay!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 16, 2010, 07:20 PM »
Still no sign of TCW Wave 2 here, not even remnants.

Saw another Obi-Wan w/side-car at a far away TRU, but once again - no Mandalorian w/Speeder. Do I really just keep missing this or is Obi part of some weird case assortment revision?

Finally hit paydirt at a heretofore unvisited K-Mart about 25 minutes out of town. Snagged both a minty Jodo Kast as well as the Commando Squad exclusive. YESSSSSS!  ;D

I'll have to look closer, but the Clone Pilot and ARF Trooper appear to have slightly different paint apps from what I recall on the carded figures. Either way, I felt good about picking this up.

So I went to every Walmart in a 40 mile radius this past weekend looking for these, and NO ONE had this wave out yet. Which confounds me because so many other people have posted about finding them on here.

Has anyone seen this wave anyplace OTHER than Walmart?

Has anyone spotted this wave on the East Coast yet?

For those who have seen it, did Wally stock them right out of the gate or did they wait for the TCW Wave 1 to sell through completely?

Not a single store around here has re-stocked since the 8/6 reset, so it could be a long wait, I fear.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Jon Stewart Trooper
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:32 AM »
Am I the only one pissed that this isn't for sale?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Celebration V
« on: August 14, 2010, 01:36 PM »
Well, I feel somewhat placated at least...this was a lot more of what I was expecting out of SDCC. Got sneak peeks at Cato, Undead Geonosian, and the HMP, plus a few new surprises like the Jedi Turbo Speeder and that Droid Tri-Ship. (Why is no one talking about thing? It is monstrously I to assume this was already released years ago with some kind of different paint job? It looks all new to my eyes)

I wonder how long it will actually take the Slave 1 to hit here on the East Coast, we seem to be several weeks behind the rest of the country.

F'ing amazing, maybe even topping the Embo wave. Cato is MARVELOUS.

Great, great stuff...the Zombie Geonosian even comes with detachable limbs!

I also think it's funny that they went out of their way to NOT show Quinlan Vos. Yes, Virginia, there IS a CW37 figure...

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