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The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Comic Packs
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:46 AM »
I saw these at Target last night while searching for the new battlepacks (unsuccessfully). Very underwhelming.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 22, 2010, 11:06 AM »
I haven't been following this conversation all that much - but are you saying that the realistic Clone Wars figures bombed?  I seem to recall most of them doing pretty good, but the animated ones having more problems.  A lot of those hit clearance in quantity.

Just my impression really, not based on any hard data. I've looked through those 2003 offerings though and they are pretty limited, IE: not a huge # of figures, vehicles, etc. I assume if they had strong sales Hasbro would have had a more robust assortment of swag.

By contrast, I could never find the first incarnation of animated figures at retail, although admittedly I was pretty clueless about tracking stuff down back then. I had to get nearly all of them on eBay.

Really I was just sort of making the point that it seemed like they tried going down the realistic/animated route before, and for whatever reason decided to go in a different direction. (Thankfully, IMHO)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:50 AM »
Thanks guys, I am working on cataloguing my vintage stuff now and clean-up and pics are next on the agenda. (Then finding a suitable long term storage option - no room to display, unfortunately)

I kinda dig the bargain's a bit tedious, but there are some good scores to be had out there if you know how to look.

BTW, I got my B-Wing in the mail Friday and this thing blew me away. Never had it as a kid, but the design is marvelous, and it has some serious heft. One of my favorite pieces so far, for sure. Also convinces me more than ever that the Twilight could be rendered just as awesomely if Hasbro would give it a shot.

My original goal for completing my vintage collection was August-September, now I'm thinking June/July, if all goes well. Some of the remaining items are pretty hard to come by, not to mention pricey as hell. Imperial Sniper will be a tough get, methinks.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Drop in Collector Interest/Figures?
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:47 PM »
Didn't Hasbro sort of attempt that back in 2003 with the Clone Wars line? The ships were cool but I thought the character renditions were horrible. Durge in particular was a trainwreck compared to the Tartakovsky inspired version. I don't think they sold all that well either as my recollection is that this line was pretty short-lived.

It's a novel concept, but also my worst nightmare, frankly. I would definitely lose all interest in the TCW offerings if they went "realistic". I just don't think you can render animated characters well in a realistic style. It's true kids might buy them no matter what, but I think the animated style is sort of unique and holds its own offbeat appeal.

I do think you'll see the positive impact you are looking for when the live action show arrives. Those will likely inspire a whole new line in the realistic style, and likely help boost the associated realistic lines as well.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:52 PM »
Holocron Heist and Jedi Showdown are literally the last 2 pieces of TCW swag I need until August. I'm hoping these will be hitting here locally just as hard...I was away all weekend and did 0 runs.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 21, 2010, 09:50 PM »
Finally snagged a nice A-Wing Pilot on Saturday night for a better than average price. The auction listing did not include the hyphen, so I think that helped. (If you search eBay on "A-Wing" it won't display listings for "A Wing" apparently)

The last few remaining figures on my want list are going to be pricey, so I'm looking at knocking out a few more of the remaining playsets first. Only 15 items total to go and I'm done. :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 05:59 PM »
Great success today...I scored all of TCW Wave 3 at only my fourth stop this morning. Walmart had a single case freshly stocked on the pegs, so I got all 4.  ;D

Thanks again to all for the head's up these were hitting, I wouldn't have thought to start checking so early otherwise.

Still no sign of the new BP waves, but I'm not about to complain.

I REALLY like the MagnaGuard, an exceptional upgrade IMO. Snow Rex is a little less cool than I had expected, mine looks a little goofy because one of the ear flaps is a bit splayed out. The Droid and Snowbi are solid if unspectacular.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:51 AM »
In the latest round of Q&A, Hasbro alluded to making less of the Sport Skiff compared to the other selections in this wave, or something to that effect. Anyone else catch that?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 19, 2010, 12:26 AM »
You magnificent bastards...I salute you all!

Taking a half day tomorrow just in the hopes of tracking these down...

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 18, 2010, 03:19 PM »
Thanks, that makes sense...I figured it had to be something like that. For some reason I guess I imagined that the lettering and date was not part of the mold, but some kind of imprint applied after the casting process. Not the case, I see.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:58 PM »
Thanks Jayson!

Wish we had some JD peeps in Florida to update on this...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: March 18, 2010, 12:56 PM »
Interestingly, I have seen TONS of TCW Wave 3 here recently, mostly in Targets, but Wave 2 has completely disappeared. I really wanted another Hondo and Aayla for openers, but you can't find any of that wave anywhere around here anymore. I never even saw this wave hit at Walmart. I saw them first at TRU and snagged them, but they never restocked after that first case. I saw a few more at Target but they didn't last long and were definitely never in the numbers that I have seen for Wave 3.

I'm starting to wonder if those will ever trickle out again.

Oh, and like others, I have seen a recent glut of older TCW waves hit the shelves, mostly that horrid Padme assortment. I think something must have gone down at the warehouse and they had to dump those in a hurry.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:27 AM »
Should I be alarmed that my vintage TIE Interceptor is stamped 1978, but the box says 1983? I assume this is just some kind of generic licensing date and not an actual release date stamp?

I got this in the mail yesterday and it is super awesome, great condition, but I found the date thing a little odd. My Vader TIE has the same thing though, so maybe it's just a generic stamp.

I caught that too...very interesting. One would have to assume the Aurra Sing/Pre Viszla batch is Wave 1, so what happened to Wave 2? Why would they skip over that entirely to show a few random selections from a later wave? I'm not complaining or anything, it's always great to get sneak peeks, I just found that curious.

That camo clone just got released in the new GH wave, BTW...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 13 (aka 2010 Wave 3)
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:21 AM »
Read over in the 'scum forum that this wave has hit retail in FL.

I got Web-Sensed, can you tell a brother which store? :)


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