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The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:08 PM »
Jack, thanks for that report!

Now I have a reason to start hitting up the Walmarts again...starting tonight!

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:17 PM »
The Geonosis Assault battle pack is reshipping with the new Battle Packs.  I saw it in the red packaging along with the Battle for Endor and Gelagrub Patrol packs.  I think the CW Rishi Moon Outpost pack may be shipping with these, too.

Has ANYONE spotted these at any retail outlets other than a TRU?

We have had 0 market penetration here so far...

The Legacy Collection / Re: 2009: Worst Distribution Year Ever?
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:09 PM »
I think we're feeling the crunch from several directions. Stores are ordering less, Hasbro is producing less, there's more competition with holiday shoppers, etc.

I think it's very much a function of your local area and your focus as to what your perception is. I bitch and moan as much as anyone, but I've never had any trouble finding the new comic packs, for example. The Targets around here are littered with Geonosis arena sets, and I've even seen a strong showing of AT-ST's in the past week.

But no sign of the new wave of Battle Packs, and very few Dewbacks so far.

I do think we're at the point where they just need to go ahead and release anything due for the rest of the year. We're down to 6 weeks of shopping before Christmas, for god's sake. (Target - why are you sitting on the Ryloth and Abregado battle packs - THIS IS ASININE! Don't you see the benefit of stocking these for holiday shoppers?!?!)

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:13 AM »
I got my replacement "farm boy" Luke yesterday in the mail and am very pleased with the overall condition, down to the minty lightsaber with tip intact. VERY happy about this one. (My original was in sad shape, no saber and slathered in green paint) Now I just have to debate whether I need to replace my Obi-Wan and Vader due to saber-wear over the years.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:48 PM »
All I know is I can't wait for the dirty Red Y-Wing from Landing at Point Rain...they gotta roll that out next year.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Dewback w/Sandtrooper
« on: November 9, 2009, 04:27 PM »
added cost for shipping, so you're basically just deciding which store will get the stuff you want and having them hold it for you as soon as it arrives.  I normally save my props for Target with their ultra simple system for checking inventory, but Wal-Mart's STS system is pretty slick.

Oh, if they could only do that for new figure waves, I would use it religiously.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 9, 2009, 03:14 PM »
I found Wave 10 at Walmart today! Padme, Matchstick, Ziro's Assassin Droid AND the Tank Gunner...all mine.  ;D

They only had 1 each on some less than pristine cards, but no way I was passing those up. FREAKING SWEET!

I just wonder if we're liable to see Wave 11 before the end of the year or if this is it for 2009. I had seen a December street date for these but who knows.

Either way, it's been a good run this year!

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:57 AM »
Don't know if I'm the only one to see this, maybe a case or two were lost in the stockroom, but when I was at Walmart this AM they what appeared to be two full sets of the BAD packs on the shelf.  This store has an endcap display with Blasters, Rex styled helmets, Evolutions packs, etc.  They scanned at $17, so that might point to a second coming of these, but if anyone missed out last time and now regrets it, you might want to check you local stores.

You're not alone - I have observed the same thing here in VA. They have made an odd resurgence at 1 or 2 stores - complete sets, so they can't be returns. (doubtful anyway)

I have seen other reports of this online around the country, so for whatever reason they seem to be enjoying a second life. I got the one I wanted with Boba Fett and the Droids figure, so I am set.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:54 AM »
Well, just based on what I saw this weekend on the hunt, I'd be worried more about finding the Dewback than the AT-ST. The 2 stores around here with the AT-ST on display had A LOT. They completely filled their own endcap. Like the Octuptarra Droid, the stores that have them have lots of stock, it appears.

I've only seen 1 Wally with Dewbacks, and they just had 3. Those will go quick.

Other Collectibles / Re: Clone Wars Remote Control Vehicles
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:37 AM »
I'll be honest, I kind of don't like these because they take up valuable space on the action figure aisle and it's kind of a visual tease because at first glance it appears to be some kind of cool mini-rig or action figure accessory and it's not.

I wish they would stick these on separate aisle with all those new educational SW toys.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 9, 2009, 10:34 AM »
Yeah, I wish I could post a pic before I send it back. I'm pretty hopeless with that stuff though.

All I know is that I examined both repeatedly and stared REALLY hard trying to convince myself the two were different and I could not. Whereas I look at the pic you posted and the difference is quite obvious.

I went ahead and snagged that All-Tan-Limb Klaatu I had my eye on...even without the weapon this was too good to pass up for the price. I looked closely and definitely have the grey version already, so this should complete my Klaatu run. (Not worried about the mix and match color variants, and I don't buy that "blue face" variant people are trying to pass off on eBay)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 8, 2009, 09:54 PM »
TRU.  I was surprised, too.

They've only hit at TRU so far apparently. Nice score! I go multiple times a week stalking them for a Rishi Moon BP but they consistently disappoint.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Wave 8 - The Phantom Menace
« on: November 8, 2009, 09:52 PM »
I had a hard time tracking my rum down as well.  Kohl's has come in pretty handy these past few holiday years on toys - at least for me.  It's the only retailer out there that I was able to find the ROTF ice cream truck at.
I stopped at Kohl's this weekend after reading your comment but they only had Yarna, Stass, and the Organas.  ::)

Did we really need MORE stores carrying those? Ugh.

Anybody who hasn't been to toyrocket recently should go check them out.  I was looking last night and figures are down to just $5 for recent waves!  :o

I de-bookmarked them over the summer since their influx of new SW merch seemed to slow to a complete standstill. Good to know they are getting back in the flow~

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: November 8, 2009, 09:45 PM »
Well, really it's not so much a question of finding one, as finding one that is ACTUALLY, obviously Blue. The last one I bought off eBay, which I have to ship back tomorrow, looked blue in the photo but when I got it it was the same shade of purple as the one I had. (Seller SWEARS it is really the blue one)

I don't know what to think, honestly. I mean, I can tell purple from blue, the pics from JediJman look obvious enough to me. Compounding my uncertainty is some speculation I have read online that this is not a true variant, but a simple color degradation of the soft goods over time. I'm not sure I buy that, but it does make me wonder.

I'm likely going to try picking up another one this week or next; maybe I will have better luck.

RE: Klaatu: yeah, the mix and match limbs seem to be the more common of the variants for this fig. I actually want one with ALL tan limbs, which I have a line on but haven't pulled the trigger yet. (soon)

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