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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars AT-TE
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:50 PM »
I wouldn't count on Cost Co or bulk retail "clubs" like that to get anything that is newly tooled...  First I think Hasbro knows it would annoy some, but second they generally do get and sell their items on somewhat of a lower price scale/discount.  "New tooling" usually doesn't jive with that.  The big club stores tend to also get less product in it seems, though that's the case with many exclusives in general.  But still that's also a third strike against "new tooling".

Maybe a repaint...  But new tooling usually comes at a fair cost too.

VEry good points, you are almost certainly right about this. I am just hoping against hope. CostCo's AT-TE re-packaged release last year is still the only CW toy I have never been able to find. I'm not really sure I even want it, but it sort of bugs me knowing it's out there, even if all the xtra figs were straight repacks.

I'm definitely going to be combing the aisles for their exclusive this year though. Just to decide with it in my hands...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: September 30, 2009, 05:45 PM »

Or you could, y'know, order it from us now what with our low price guarantee and everything... just sayin'.

Don't think I'm not tempted, but my darling wife (She Who Must be Obeyed) might have an apoplexy if she finds out I am wasting money on magic beans toys. When I am about to be unemployed in 6 weeks.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: September 30, 2009, 04:26 PM »
Dang, EE has Dooku w/Speeder Bike in stock NOW! Hot off the truck as of 9/29...can we expect this to show up at brick and mortar stores any day?

Who will snag it first? TRU? Target? Walmart? Kmart?

Release the hounds!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars AT-TE
« on: September 30, 2009, 04:11 PM »
From the video game right?

This is what CostCo should have released as their exclusive last year, a slightly re-tooled version worth the attention of collectors.

Let's hope they get it right with the Turbo Tank this year...NO RE-PACK!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 9 (aka 2009 Wave 6)
« on: September 30, 2009, 02:51 PM »
Sorry to be the moron, but is Captain Argyus the dude in the blue Royal Guard outfit?


And here's the skinny on Wave 11 (aka Wave 8):
Clone Trooper Jek   CW38
Commander Bly   CW39
Aayla Secura   CW40
Hondo Ohnaka   CW41

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2009...Worst Year Ever?
« on: September 30, 2009, 02:11 PM »
Have to agree, Mike. I've pretty much switched over to only collecting off the internet. Hasbrotoyshop has been pretty damn good so far...but the Walmart exclusives are killers, especially for people in NYC (which has no Walmarts near it).

Really? What's up with Walmart and NYC? That shocks me...almost as much as the fact that there are no Targets in Vermont.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 9 (aka 2009 Wave 6)
« on: September 30, 2009, 01:50 PM »
To clarify my earlier post - the pics aren't actually showing the figures on the shelves at a Walmart, but that is where the captioning indicates they were found. I don't see any reason to doubt that, I have heard talk of this wave being spotted in MO too, but it's always important to be accurate.

It hit up 3 Wally's and a Target at lunch and they had zilch.

Will try a few more tonight and report back later~

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 9 (aka 2009 Wave 6)
« on: September 30, 2009, 10:45 AM »


JTA has pics up on their site this morning of this Wave ON THE SHELF at a Walmart in Philly! Praise Lucas!

I'm back on the Hunt!

Hitting multiple Wally's today in search of the new swag, will report back with findings.

New toyz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Heroes on NBC
« on: September 29, 2009, 01:35 PM »
What a forgettable snoozefest last night was...ugh. Did ANYTHING happen?

Can't you guys do a little more with Darth Maul than a frigging Sprint commercial?

Since when  is synthesia a super power? (The lamest one ever I might add)

Well, on the plus side, it was great to see  Louise Fletcher again. She adds instead acting cred, even in a bit part.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2009...Worst Year Ever?
« on: September 29, 2009, 01:20 PM »
Oh, let me count the ways to rant on this topic!

For me this is without question the worst year ever but I don't have the historical context that some of you do. This is the first year I really got SERIOUS about this hobby and Distribution of Product is easily my #1 problem.

It's just horrible, arbitrary, inconsistent, baffling, etc.

It all starts with Hasbro and their complete lack of information. I find it INCONCEIVABLE that a toy company wouldn't have comprehensive listings for all their toys on their website, each individually catalogued with pictures and details. If you woke up today and said "Hey, I want to buy everything from the Clone Wars line" there is absolutely no place to go for that information other than fan sites, which are almost always sloppy or incomplete.


Next - release dates. Why does Hasbro even bother publicizing these when they are so grossly inaccurate?!?! The Clone Wars Wave 10 had placards at SDCC saying "Available 7/31" and they STILL have yet to show up at retail!!! None of their toys ever show up even remotely close to when they are supposed to come out. I know a lot of this is store driven, but I continue to insist that if they can do it with DVD's, they can do it with toys. Pick a release date, ship it out and display it on that date.

Case assortments/repacks/etc - just crazy. You know, more than one person might actually like to buy a new SW figure when they are released! All I see now is new stuff flying off the shelves and old junk languishing there. How did it get so bad? Obviously they have begun trimming the new content back, resulting in a disproportionate amount of old swag impeding the flow.

They need a faster, tighter, more robust business model.


"My hats off to anyone who enjoys the hunt and does not order online. If I was 18 again I might enjoy it like I did in 1995 but being and old man & father at 32 I am not going to compete to spend my money with some other boob waiting in the morning when the doors open."

This made me laugh. I am an old man and father at 38 and still love the thrill of the hunt. Since I am also a husband, online ordering is out of the question. The next big box that arrives at my house will spark an argument of epic proportions. (Wives appreciate SW toys about as much as they do the 3 Stooges)

I don't feel as if I have to compete with anyone here in VA. I've never run across anyone from my area in any of the other SW forums, and I have my Hunt Vector structured for maximum efficiency so it is no problem hitting 15-20 stores every week. And i've never seen any poor shlub waiting when the doors opened, except myself (once). I definitely feel lucky that it's mostly kid interest around these parts.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU "Crumb Bomber" Republic Gunship
« on: September 29, 2009, 10:44 AM »
consider it seen.
TRU in Bell Gardens, Ca. 2 of them
TRU in Cerritos, Ca. 1 box crushed to hell.

passed for now, as I had Ponds stashed in Cerritos waiting for this sale hoping to get him free by buying the Lars homestead.  but now I'll just get the gunship but didn't want the crushed box.  And Bell Gardens had no Ponds.

from the back of the box art the crumb does look painted.  Also from the back of the box the big canons on the back are new.  the back part "folds" out and there are missle tubes.

Awesome update! This is the first confirmed retail sighting I have seen reported anywhere on the Interwebz. Great to know these are finally hitting...I am really hoping to pick one up this week along with another free Ponds.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: September 29, 2009, 10:07 AM »
When are we going to finally see the Freeco and Dooku's speeder packs on the shelves? Original release date was listed as 8/7...anyone have any idea when these are shipping to the brick and mortars?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU "Crumb Bomber" Republic Gunship
« on: September 28, 2009, 11:37 AM »
They really need a "Ship to Store" option like Walmart offers on their site. The TRU's around here suck so badly it will probably be weeks before these show up...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Clone Commander Ponds
« on: September 28, 2009, 11:36 AM »
And good luck finding $30 of new merchandise to purchase at your local TRU...I am willing to bet the house they hold back releasing the Crumb Bomber until this promotion is over. (Even though the release date is 10/1)

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Wave 8 - The Phantom Menace
« on: September 26, 2009, 10:35 PM »
Thank the sweet Gods, I finally nabbed my Rumsleg today. Target just stocked the pegs this morning with the TPM Wave. What a huge ******* relief.

No sign of ROTJ Wave...

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