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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: January 4, 2011, 09:40 AM »
Think you pretty much nailed it there.

Orto Plutonia was not actually a TRU exclusive, they are just the only ones who seem to stock it for some reason.

Jury is still out on Army of the Republic too, although all signs point to this being another lame repack.
(edit: there is a new packaged photo of this up now at EE, still too small to tell for sure if this is all repack swag:

Only thing I can think of that you could conceivably add to that list would be the Euro-exclusive "Warriors & Droids" set, but that is technically a multi-pack and good luck finding one outside of Toy Palace. (For some reason they want $85 for a repack of 6 figures, still don't get the math on that one)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: January 4, 2011, 09:34 AM »
I'm guessing it's from the 2-pack as other figures from those have turned up.

Really? I've searched for Waxer and the Special Ops Clone every day on eBay since those were announced and I have never seen either up for auction. Tunghori is one of my Favorite Sellers too.

Yah, I've seen the Battle Droid but who the hecks needs another one of those?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Geonosian Warrior and Speeder
« on: January 3, 2011, 07:52 PM »
So it this the dude pictured on the front page??? Or is that the Geonosian from the 2-pack?


I am seriously considering bidding on this one...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: December 30, 2010, 03:29 PM »
New one out of the blue at BBTS: BARC Speeder with Clone Trooper "Jesse"

This is now listed as "IN STOCK" at BBTS...if anyone's interested. I'm content to wait it out at retail, but hopefully it will start showing up soon.

I finally bought an opener of the AT-RT w/Boil set and I love it...hope we see more offerings from this arc. (Like that upcoming 2-pack)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: December 29, 2010, 12:13 PM »
Oh, for the love of...they're just painted on!  >:(

The wings should be actually tiny wings that protrude from the mask. How hard is that to do?

Everything in the movies should be EXACTLY like it is in the comics, PERIOD. NO exceptions.

Hollywood just sucks. What is it about you people that you can't help yourselves from ruining everything?

*Comic Book Guy rant over*

Yes, it's a complete mess now, and you can thank Lucasfilm for not exercising better continuity and quality control over their properties, particularly the written drek. If I was Lucas, I would have hired the most die hard SW geek I could find and put him in charge of maintaining a unified canon. And I would have instituted a very stict adherance policy regarding the books and comics, which are the worst offenders, IMO. Pain in the ass to maintain? You bet. But worth every penny to keep the whole thing from devolving into an unholy, contradictory mess.

I think they just saw fit to start throwing the license up to the highest bidders and were more interested in market share and squeezing every last dollar out of the franchise than they were about the integrity of the story.

I think every fan has to draw their own boundaries and just try to figure out a vision that works for them. Even then, it's an imperfect tapestry at best.

For me, I go in this order, in terms of what I regard as legit:

TCW Microseries (Tartakovsky)

As far as I'm concerned, everything else is just fan-fiction.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: 2010 "Best Of" the Clone Wars
« on: December 28, 2010, 12:52 PM »
Whew, I can't even remember everything that came out this past year. Here's my Quick-Hit list:

BEST FIGURE(S): Hard to narrow this down as they hit so many home runs in this year, but I'll go with:

ZOMBIE GEONOSIAN (This thing is all kinds of awesome - excellent sculpt, detachable limbs, great articulation. I just wish he stood up better with that huge gun)
SHAAK TI (Eyebrows aside, this crushed ANYTHING from the Realistic side, IMHO, especially that godawful Jedi Arena sculpt)
EMBO (Everything about this guy rules - articulated bowcaster?!?! You betcha! I bought 3)
FLAMETHROWER CLONE (Pretty much anything made from the Geonosis arc ruled)

Honorable mentions: Pre Vizsla, Aurra Sing, Cato Parasitti, Robonino

BEST DELUXE SET - The AT-RT repaint from the Geonosian arc with that deco.

BEST BATTLE PACK - Mandos or ARC Troopers...take yer pick

BEST VEHICLE - Nothing wowed me this year like the Octuptarra Droid, but I'll go with the HMP Droid Gunship. New sculpt, good functionality, good size.

BEST EXCLUSIVE - TRU's Slave I UBP...after the sale prices kicked in, this ended up being a pretty good value. Plus we got Bossk!

HARDEST THINGS TO FIND THIS PAST YEAR: Magnaguard figure - only saw him once at retail and back them I was on the hunt a ridiculous amount of the time. And I never saw the last 2 red/white BP's - Jedi Showdown and Holocron Heist. Only SW toys I have NEVER seen at a store. Absurd, I know...we just did not get ANY around here. I ahd to order mine off HTS.

Overall, it was a great year though...the line is really coming into its own I think. All I would ask for 2011 is more new stuff, fewer repacks, and better spacing of waves without getting crushed or waiting for months.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 28, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Dude, awesome scores and pictures! Sounds like you cleaned up big time on those...much better than eBay prices.

I have not heard of the AT-AT Driver variant - what color is the "normal" logo?

The dude I won the Ewok Wagon from on eBay returned my money and is claiming now that the item was "possibly" damaged in a fire and he didn't want to hold on to my money while he figured out if it was ok or not.  ???

I'm not letting this drop though because I suspect there are some shenanigans going on. Either someone made him a better offer after the auction closed or he was not satified with my winning bid price. Either way, tough luck. I plan to ask him to honor the original bid anf if not, flame him badly with negative feedback. 

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Jedi Turbo Speeder
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:13 AM »
FYI, nice new packaged shot of this bad boy up at Sandtroopers now. Good stuff.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 20 (aka 2011 Wave 1?)
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:12 AM »
Funny, I hadn't even noticed that until you mentioned it. I can't imagine any reason why he would be dropped though. It's a figure they've already mass produced previously so there couldn't be production issues. And they already have 4 "new" figures in this wave, so it seems unlikely they would substitute something else new, like Jet or Cad Bane in disguise. (seriously Hasbro - WHEN?!?!)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:07 AM »
After seeing the new slate of Lego releases, which I find are often a great tip-off for items forthcoming in the 3.75" line, I have concluded that I really, really want next year's "BIG" item to be this:

7930  Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship US $49.99

Sorry, I can't link to a pic at work, but this thing is freaking sweet. And it actually has some personality; it's not just something straight off the Republic assembly line. They could pack in a couple of extra figs or maybe even a custom speeder bike and this thing is good to go.

I would be way more excited about this than any of the various shuttle options.

Well of the Souls / Re: Hot Toys Indiana Jones License
« on: December 28, 2010, 08:59 AM »
For those of us who know nothing about the line, are these actually action figures or just statues? Are they articulated? If so, how many points? If not, how do you swap out the outfits? Are they hard plastic or more of a malleable texture?

I like the SS stuff in terms of realism but I want something poseable.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: December 27, 2010, 11:08 AM »
So I've starting getting back into comics again recently, no new stuff, but attempting to pick up all the numerous variant covers and things I missed over the years from Image, Wildstorm, etc.

I've had to resort to buying off of eBay because none of the titles I need are in any of the comic shops around here and for some reason none can ever be found at any of the conventions that come through town.

Anyway, I got an email over the weekend inviting me to join the "eBay Super Comic Collectors Group" or some such thing and I'm wondering if this is just some kind of phishing scam or actually something legit. I have been an avid eBayer for over fifteen years and have never heard of them having any kind of dedicated user groups or anything like that.

Has anyone else heard of this?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:57 AM »
Yeah, I would definitely prefer that they stop making BP's that are 100% re-packs. I loathe buying these, even at the cheaper prices. I would love to see these revert to store exclusives like the Target ones last Fall. Those were sweet.

At this point, I am happy with less product, and more emphasis on all new stuff.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:03 AM »
Thanks Jesse, I fired them once or twice accidentally, so it figured it must be something stupid like that.

I'll co-sign Greg's comments...this thing is just boring to me. I'm not saying it's not a well done effort, I just think it is completely underwhelming. Even the "distressed" paint apps just seem sloppy to me.

Anyway, it's a good lesson not to buy any more vehicles to open. I'm definitely going to try and return this and get my money back.

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