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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 25, 2010, 09:41 AM »
Snagged the Land Of Jawas playset cardboard backdrop yesterday. I already had the base and Pod, so this should complete the deal. Although I may still need to pick up the vertical cardboard inserts and possibly the figure pegs, auction was a little vague if these were included. Still, for $16 I can't complain too much. Condition looks pretty good.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:10 PM »

I don't think your comparison between the RC Hailfire and the AT-AT is fair. The Hailfire cannot be classified as a "large" vehicle just as the AT-AT cannot be seen as a "medium" vehicle. They are at very different price points and it can be argued that they are targeted to different audiences.

As a diehard Clone Wars fan, you shouldn't feel pressured to purchase this because of the Clone Trooper. If you are indeed a "diehard loyalist" you already have the figure. And if you really like the Clone Wars, you should be ecstatic that Hasbro has finally made a vehicle in the animated style.

As for TCW fans getting screwed, I think that's far from the truth. If anything, this year is better that the last two. Not only will kids (and adult fans) have the nifty Hailfire Droid, but the new AT-AT will work great with some Clones and Jedi. Hasbro even had CW items surrounding the AT-AT at one of the European shows, and an ARF trooper could be seen in the NYTF pics.

The Twilight is a vehicle that should not be made, or at least in the large vehicle assortment. First, the design is boring. It looks like a flying box. Second, the ship is barely in the TV show. When it is, it is not very memorable. The Twilight's only appearances in Season 2 were during the three episodes slotted for the first season.  If the Lego model could be used as any indication, the ship did not make a popular toy.

Well, this was my point exactly - that the two do not compare at all. If you read the previous posts to mine, I was responding to the assertion that they were essentially equitable offerings. I agree it's an apples and oranges type of deal. My take is : why didn't the TCW line get its own "orange" this year?

As far as the trooper pack in, I have yet to see anyone verify 100% that this is a straight re-pack. I suspect it will be some slight variation, such as the reduced articulation ala Stone. I don't feel any pressure at all, I actually hope it is different. I want as many differentiated variants as possible.

I don't agree with the logic of the TCW having a banner year because of the AT-AT. I have ZERO interest in this thing. Maybe there's a cross appeal for kids, but if you're dedicated to this line exclusively, there's a big glaring gap of large sized offerings this year. (That we know of so far)

I'm not trying to bash the HF at all; it's a cool ship and I'm sure I'll buy it. I just think that as robust as this line has proven to be, that it merits something bigger than the mid-sized starfighter range that isn't a repaint of a gunship or Y-Wing.

As far as the Twilight, suffice to say we agree to disagree. I think the ship has a very strong presence in Season 1, and regardless of that there is very little actual correlation between screen time/show prominence and probability of being released as a toy. Hasbro has shown this time and again. This is why we get some no-name Mandalorian Guard before Suchess Satine. This is why we get the Shadow Arc over the Solar Sailer.

Boring is in the eye of the beholder. The Turbo Tank could is essentially a big box on wheels. At least the Twilight has a transformative functionality, like the B-Wing.

I'll never let that dream die, fully realizing it is a very long shot.  :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: General Vehicle Discussion Thread
« on: February 24, 2010, 12:15 PM »
Well, as a diehard TCW loyalist, I think the RC Hailfire does not compare very favorably with the AT-AT. The AT-AT is a marvelous vehicle with tons of cool features and add-ins that fans have been clamoring for. The Hailfire? Not so much.

I do give the marketing weasels credit for finding a way to wring $$ out of the non-RC enthusiasts by scaling it for the 3/4 line and throwing in a clone trooper. I'd never whiff this otherwise.

But if that's the best we (TCW fans) are getting this year, that is a big fat screw IMO.

It's too bad the Mandos didn't have a giant sized vehicle in their arc otherwise Hasbro would be falling all over themselves to get that on the shelves.  ::)


The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:27 PM »
Really lucked out today at lunch and scored the remaining 2 figs I needed from TCW Wave 2: Stone and Sidious. I was freaking ecstatic...Target had 2 cases freshly stocked on the pegs.

Once I snag the TRU Exclusive STAP I am back off the Hunt...hooray!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 22, 2010, 09:20 AM »
Thanks Jayson, I will use that tomorrow so I don't have to drive all over town again.

Hopefully that is a unique code and not just a generic UPC for the whole Deluxe Vehicle/Fig line.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:03 PM »
I saw remnants of the TCW Wave 2 at a Target Friday, but they only had Snow Anakin and the repacks left. Stone and Sidious eluded me yet AGAIN.  >:(

I hate the spotty arrival of this Wave. I can't swing a dead cat without hitting Wave 1, but Wave 2 is proving to be as hard to nail down as the Legacy TPM Wave when it first hit. Sucks!

The Deluxe Vehicle Fig sets are EVERYWHERE down here now.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 21, 2010, 10:00 PM »
I'm still beyond bitter this has yet to show up here. Six trucks have come and gone now since this was spotted nationally and not a 1 has arrived.  >:(

The worst part is that those slack bastages have yet to even add it to their website, so I can't even find a product code I can use to call over the phone and check if they've gotten it in stock yet.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 21, 2010, 09:54 PM »
Picked up a great bargain on a vintage battle damaged X-Wing...snagged a very minty version with great color and stickers for only $15. It's missing the canopy and 2 of the wing guns but those are easily procurable on the cheap. I really liked the overall condition of this item and the price seemed to good to pass up. It helped a lot that the seller failed to include the words "x-wing" or "battle-damaged" anywhere in the auction title.  ;)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 18, 2010, 10:54 PM »
I saw the new Deluxe sets at Walmart for the first time tonight and picked up the AT-RT and Desert Skiff for $15.97 so I could return the two I got jacked up for at TRU to the tune of $19.99 each.  ::)

I would have bought the BARC Speeder too and done the same thing but I didn't have the spare cash on me. Still, that's found money I can easily get back into my pocket. Screw TRU.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:55 PM »
Rats, I am hunting high and low for this thing to no avail! Our TRU's have not gotten a whiff of them.

I can live with the $20, although it does seem pretty weak.

Anyone know if this has a unique product code/UPC I can check for over the phone?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: RC Hailfire Droid
« on: February 18, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Can anyone who got a close look at this please answer a burning question for me?

Is the Clone Trooper that comes with this going to be a unique sculpt/paintjob/etc? Or is it going to be a pure re-pack of a previously released figure?

I'm not a fan of the R/C stuff, but as a TCW completist I will have to buy this if the clone is something new or even remotely a variant at all.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: February 18, 2010, 10:36 AM »
Meh, this barely even merits a new post, but I picked up the Vintage A-Wing Pilot POTF coin for $3 on eBay. I figure this will help expand my options for picking up the actual figure since I don't have to worry about picking up one with the coin included. (Of course, that same logic got me stuck with 2 Ewok coins, but whatever)

Really hard to pick up any good deals right now because all the vintage prices have spiked since X-Mas seemingly. Hope that is just temporary.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Swamp Speeder
« on: February 17, 2010, 09:09 AM »
I gotta say, I'm shocked so few are talking about this item...

I think that's because so many pre-production images had already been leaked well in advance of ToyFair. It just didn't have the buzz going that the AT-AT did.

Also, a lot of people (such as myself) have no recollection of this from the films and are still waiting for it to show up in the animated series. (other than as a minor background detail). There's just no "wow factor" in terms of anticipation.

I know I'm in a minority of 1 on this, but I think there could have been a lot more hype generated from unveiling a new "BIG" TCW vehicle. You know, like the Twilight.  ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2010!
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:00 AM »
Well, looking back I feel disappointed we didn't see anything larger than the standard vehicles for the TCW line. No gunship, no Y-Wing, no Turbo Tank or At-Te equivalent. I hope they plan to roll something more compelling out for SDCC.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU STAP w/Battledroid Deluxe
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:44 PM »
Well apparently this is out now, Galactic Hunter has confirmed. I had heard of the TLC offering being found so I figured this must be out too.

Both our local TRU's restock tomorrow morning so guess who will be there when doors open at 10am. :)

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