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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 29, 2009, 09:52 AM »
Picked up the Rebel Command Center playset last night for a good price on eBay. This was one of the very few playsets I never got as a kid, so I am excited to get my hands on this finally.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / The Clone Wars: Best of 2009
« on: December 27, 2009, 07:49 PM »
Figured the line deserves its own thread in the appropriate forum.

It's a bit tricky to make a definitive statement because for the most part I am a strict non-opener, but I actually started buying extras this year because some of the swag was so cool.

Best TCW figure: Luminara Unduli

Best TCW vehicle: Octuptarra Droid (finally bought an extra and put it together X-Mas day, what a marvelous design!)

What did you guys really like this past year?

No matter where I go, I can't see that Juno picture at work. (%@^#*& Websense!)

Is it a man or woman? It appears to be some sort of disturbing androgynous blend, with the face of a man and the cleavage of a woman.

Let me guess - EU character.  ::)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 24, 2009, 10:27 AM »
Aw yeah, I got my Blue Apron Ugnaught in the mail yesterday and it was actually the one I needed! (have had mixed success trying to score the right variant in the past)

Looking like a quiet end to the year, not much else out there right now, vintage or otherwise.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Epic Encounter" Ultimate BP
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:35 AM »
Wow, thanks for that link! I had no idea this was even available yet. After the Euro to dollar conversion it looks like this is about $115, not including shipping. Yikes!

Still, it's great to have some confirmation it is out there. I am definitely ordering one...someday.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:29 AM »
Interesting response from the latest round of Q&A:

Another rumor is that the ARC-170 Shadow Fighter has doomed the $69.99 Deluxe Vehicle Assortment. This is true to an extent, since the slow rate of sale of the ARC-170 Shadow Fighter has not given the Y-Wing a lot of daylight to shine. Still, when the Y-Wing has gotten out there, it has not done as well as the Turbo Tank. We don't think it's because the Y-Wing isn't a great vehicle, but more to do with there currently being less discretionary purchases above $50 in '09 than we saw in '08 when both the Millenium Falcon and AT-TE were successful.

Maybe people just don't want to pay $70 for a crappy repaint?

In another question someone asked about new mid sized vehicles for next year, and they alluded to ANOTHER repainted Gunship. (What is that, six or seven now?) This seems senseless to me, as we still need the updated Geonosian Starfighter from the "original" CW non-animated line. They have the perfect excuse to make this now, with that 4 part ARC from earlier this season.

It wouldn't hurt to give us Dooku's Solar Sailer too...

The Legacy Collection / Re: product lull
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:22 AM »
CONFIRMED for the mid-size vehicle line, Fall 2010.  :)

1. Things have been awfully quiet on the mid-sized vehicle line. We got a couple of great new additions this past summer (still loving the Droid Tank), but nothing since then. Any chance that you can spot us a couple of hints on upcoming starfighters/ships we'll see on the shelves this Spring?

** Unfortunately, there won't be any new ones this Spring. The Starfighters are doing well, but the new wave that was planned for Spring won't make it out at this point and has been pushed out to Fall '10. When the new assortment starts up, it will be chock full of newness. We can confirm that both the new Snowspeeder and a new Cloud Car will be in the line. Stay tuned for official looks at this at Toy Fair.

Umm, WTF do all those Hasbro employees plan to do for the first part of 2009? Sit around and play Tetris? Are you guys putting ANYTHING out?

I would love to see the look on their CEO's face when the production team announced they are pretty much taking the first 8 months or so off. "I see...and how exactly do you expect me to pay your salaries? From that My Little Pony slush fund?"

Maybe they could use the down time to find a new factory. They seemed to have a lot of problems with the old place this year.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:14 AM »
So I searched for an existing thread on this topic and found none. Mods - please feel free to merge if I am in error.

The first wave of TCW Battlepacks for 2010 is now In Stock and available to order from all the major e-tailers. (Brian's Toys, BBTS, EE, etc)

"Holocron Heist" and "Jedi Showdown" appear to be straight repacks, as has been speculated elsewhere.

I'd love to hear from anyone who plans on ordering these, or better yet, if anyone finds these in an actual brick and mortar store.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Epic Encounter" Ultimate BP
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:10 AM »
I asked Adam Pawlus over at Galactic Hunter about this item and what it is and when we will ever see it, if at all. Here's what he had to say:

"International exclusive. No release has been specified as Hasbro has never announced it.  For all we know we got a look at an International concept that made it to the packaged stage and did not get picked up-- this has happened before.  Hasbro does not let us know about international exclusives, particularly when they perceive the items to be mere repacks."

So I'm not holding my breath on this one.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Legends of the Clone Wars Multipack
« on: December 22, 2009, 10:04 AM »
Whatever happened with this set? Did it ever actually get released? Was it scrapped entirely?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 21, 2009, 04:52 PM »
I am 99% sure they are straight re-packs, but I don't have any hard evidence to verify that. I just seem to recall Hasbro mentioning this as the BP direction for the future, repacks versus new product. From what I can tell from looking at the pics closely and comparing them to the carded versions, they are identical.

I do hope I am wrong about that though, I hate re-packs.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: December 21, 2009, 10:22 AM »
I was at Wal-mart last night picking up some items and noticed the end-cap that was loaded with the new AT-ST was now full of Turbo Tanks.  I looked around a little and found the AT-ST's in an overflow area and on clearance for $29.

Nice. So they put the AT-ST on clearance, which is already impossible to find, while leaving the Octuptarra Droid gathering dust on the shelves at $35 a pop.


The Legacy Collection / Re: More from TFU - Rumors/Speculation
« on: December 20, 2009, 08:42 PM »
;)I was just kidding. Although they made the dumb ass Cloverfield Monster.....

Apparently a bunch of people (myself included) thought the Cloverfield toy was cool. It sold out without having any markdowns, which is better than the other big toys. (Star Wars and GI Joe)

Yeah, I was thinking the exact same thing. That toy was freaking awesome, and good luck finding one ANYWHERE for less than $100. It's still on my want list.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: December 19, 2009, 11:06 PM »
Brian's Toys now has the Holocron Heist and Jedi Showdown Battle Packs in stock and available to order. Hopefully this is a good sign they will start showing up at retail soon. I wasn't planning to buy either, but with such a dearth of new product lately, I'll take what I can get, even repacks (shudder).

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: December 19, 2009, 11:03 PM »
I won a sweet eBay auction for some vintage Ackbar variants...4 to be exact. This was not a variant on my Master List, but the final price was decent and they seem like worthy additions to the collection.

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