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Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:42 PM »
Very nice score!  Not much activity here recently amongst us vintage fans- we must all be broke! 

It's funny, in my case I am down to the last few items so I'm getting a bit choosier, just filling in some bits and pieces, looking for good deals, etc.

Just tonight I picked up some good miscellaneous swag - the vintage Slave 1 ramp (missing from mine) and the 2 Ewok village spit posts (that set is almost complete now too). Also scored another Star Destoyer playset on the cheap because the first one I got had bad stickers. That was all less than $35 total, so not too bad.

I think all I really have left to pick up is 2 replacement trees for my Ewok village, most of the Death Star playset, the seat and ladder for the Ewok wagon, and the AT-AT.

Oh and a vinyl cape jawa, the various DT figures, and orange hair Luke.  ;D

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: TRU Exclusive Nikto Guard?
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:27 PM »
Both local TRU's had the new front TCW display, but neither had the new Nikto Guard.  >:(

I do see he is In Stock now on the website. I'm kind of debating it, the shipping would not be free unless I ordered something else and they don't even have Wave 3 up yet.

Hoping he shows up next week at least.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 17 (aka Fall 2010 Wave 3)
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:25 PM »
Have to agree, Wave 2 has already disappeared (and I only ever saw that at Walmart) and no signs of restocking since then, I only see wave 1 and 1.5 now.

I keep hoping my TRU will get Wave 3 in but then I remember they've never even gotten Wave 2 yet, so who knows.

I'm all caught up but only out of insane diligence.

They definitely need to carry more of the recent waves forward as transition fodder.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 23, 2010, 11:51 AM »
Whew, thanks - not worthy of adding to The List.

I do love that Palitoy stuff though, definitely aim to pick all that up someday.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: September 23, 2010, 09:43 AM »
Is this any different from the one released originally here in the States?

Looks like the exact same sculpt to me, but maybe I'm missing something?

Saw the blurb about the TRU coupon on the front page, one day too late.

If I take this in, will they do a price adjustment for something purchased the previous day?

I thought I recalled hearing about people doing that, but not sure. Does it work?

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Imperial AT-AT
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:51 AM »
Saw another of these in the Vintage packaging this morning - damn it looked sweet. Hope they stick around til X-Mas.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "ARC Troopers" Battle Pack
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:49 AM »
Bump - snagged this badboy earlier today. It's sweet. The helmet paint apps on the commander are a little sloppy, but Rex and the 2 Troopers came out very well. Other than Rex, the other 3 are no names - might have been cool to see Fives and the other dude from Friday's episode as the troopers, and whatsisname as the Comm, but no biggie.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW "Mandalorian Warriors" Battle Pack
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:47 AM »
This is a great set...just picked it up today. There's sort of a metallic eggshell finish to silver Mando paint apps that is awesome.

Even the diorama is one of the coolest ones I have seen, kind of a 3D relief effect, ala Nahdar Vebb.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 21, 2010, 10:45 AM »
Ended up exchanging my spare Mando w/Speeder Bike set, kept the mintier one.

This was helpful, as I needed the cash for new toys!  ;D

TRU had both new TCW BP's - Mandos and ARC Troopers - Yeehaw! Hot off the truck too, got there 1 minute after they opened. (Only 1 of each out, whew)

No sign of the Nikto Guard or TCW Wave 3. Will have to check the other 2 stores for those this week.

BTW, it seems really dead around these parts lately. What's up?

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:44 PM »
Some other thoughts after percolating over the weekend:

Yeah, the scene referencing the Clone DNA was highly significant, IMO. I'll admit that it appears I was wrong on this one - I always automatically assumed all the clones became Stormtroopers, but this may not in fact be the case. Or at the very least, there could be a Generation 1 and Generation 2, with separate donor material. I'm curious to see where they go with this.

Why are they hiring bounty hunters to train cadets in military strategy and operations anyway? Would you hire Duane "Dog" Chapman to train a squad of Navy SEALS? They're cosmic riff-raff, for God's sake. Why not send Tera Sinumbe out there for a few weeks? There have to be retired Jedi who could handle that sort of thing.

I continue to dig the ongoing "darksidenization" of Anakin. I'm not sure he was even half-joking about letting the Clones execute Asajj. Shoot faster next time, boys.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 18, 2010, 11:08 PM »
Last night after the episodes I went online onto to watch a short snippet/summary of them. I noticed in the "ARC Troopers" clip that they actually show a shot of Asajj running the ARC through and then kissing him while he's in mid-air, dying. I thought this was odd cause maybe I missed it while it was on TV.

While watching it this morning this part was, indeed, cut out. Probably to keep it kid-friendly. Hopefully the shot will be included in the DVD release (whenever that is).

Dude, thanks A LOT for posting this. I just checked out the clip on their site and you are 100% correct - that was pure badassery and totally cut from the episode that aired. I loved that scene already but this just makes it a million times better. It BETTER be on the DVD!

I did not care as much for Episode 1 as Episode 2. I find the clones a little boring sometimes, although it was more than worth it for the glimpses of Shaak-Ti, Bric, and El-Les.

I really disliked whoever did the voiceover work for Bric though, I though he was horribly miscast and the role really fell flat for me as a result.

The second episode was the best of TCW for me though - epic battle scenes and close quarters combat. Kamino was rendered beautifully I thought.

New stuff we saw:
Aqua Droids! Hell yes, Hasbro - start working on the sculpt NOW!
Grievous' escape pod...meh, ok not that cool, but kinda sorta
Clone Communication Specialists! (Or whoever those clones in the soft-goods were with Yularen)
Kaminoans - Ok, not really new but I want one badly for the animated line - purty please?
El-Les! Great that we're getting Bric and Shaak-Ti, but how about Mr Cantina dude too?
Clone Number 99! I don't see them making this either, but it was a cool appearance

And last but nowhere near least:

The Sentinel, er...Squid Droid. I'm conflicted on this because on the one hand they were so freaking cool, but come on, that is derivative as hell. Don't be ripping off The Matrix - you're better than that! Screw it, I want one anyway... ;D

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: Jabba's Throne w/Oola
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:44 PM »
Saw this tonight again, for the first time in a few weeks. Only one on the shelf and the box was slightly crushed in so I passed.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2010 "Vintage" Collection Wave 2 - RotS
« on: September 18, 2010, 09:43 PM »
I saw the Magnaguard for the first time tonight on the pegs at Walmart. Not really as cool as I had been led to believe, maybe this was just an off-version though. Just seemed kind of cheap and rubbery.

The Obi-Wan from this wave is one hell of a peg-warmer so far around here.

I'm actually less excited after seeing him in the show last night. What a d*ck!

I also absolutely hated the voice they gave him, completely missed the mark IMO.

But it'll still be a cool figure.

I kind of want the other drill sergeant dude now too.

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