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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: November 9, 2009, 12:39 PM »
That was a fun episode 8)  I caught the replay Sunday night and found it to be really one of the most intense combat scenes that I think has ever been done in Star Wars.  If I have any gripe, I thought the episode moved too quickly, but the combat sequences were great.  They were certainly inspired by many of the invasions in WWII and seemed to greatly resemble the Omaha beach landings, as other members have noted.  I'm glad to see the creators of the CW series do not skimp on depecting the true brutality of warfare and that the show is done in a manner that even older viewers can enjoy. 

The long commercial breaks for silly kids toys get annoying, though :P

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 9, 2009, 12:21 PM »
I too cringe when hearing of Wal Mart exclusives...  Over the past several years, I collected the 1:18 Xtreme Detail military items made by 21st Century Toys, which were sold at Wal Mart until early 2009.  If you cringe at the current level of Hasbro distribution, then trying to find 21st Century items was far worse, even during the line's heyday in the 2004-2007 timeframe.  Judging from reports on the SSHQ forum, people would find new items (mostly in the midwest and upper south) and it would be often 3-4 months if at all before I found the same items in my area in central California - and I live only 150 miles from the 21st Century Toys headquarters.  If the items even arrived, distribution would be sporadic.  It used to drive me nuts and I let off more than my share of rants.  Jesse James (another member of that forum) could probably attest the rants of myself and others who were left high and dry time and again while the same people always got the stuff.  

Star Wars is a bit of a different story, however.  Items usually seem to show up in my area and do so timely.  I was able to get the Clone Wars Y-Wing within a week of the first sighting as well as the AT-STs and Dewbacks.  The TIE Interceptors and Gunships at TRU even showed up early.  There are more collectors that I have to contend with than when I collected the military items, so that makes tracking down some items a little trickier.  Overall, however, I have greater confidence that I will eventually see the new items somewhere and get what I want.

That said, at least two of the Wal Marts in my area now have the AT-STs in large endcap displays with 10 or more vehicles.  Dewback sets are in much smaller numbers.  So far, I've only seen two Dewback sets and got one of them.    

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 4, 2009, 06:08 PM »
I happily found the AT-ST today without having to go to a Wal Mart too far out of my way.  No sign of the dewback at that particular store, but the AT-ST was what I really wanted.  I also found some of the ROTJ wave, getting Major Panno and Nien Numb in the flight gear. 

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 4, 2009, 06:06 PM »
I also found the AT-ST today, which made my week 8)

This is an awesome vehicle and one I would highly recommend.  I collect the really detailed 1:18 scale military vehicles and the AT-ST comes very close to those in terms of its quality and accuracy - that is not something Hasbro does often.

No sign of the Dewbacks yet, but the AT-ST was what I was really after.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 3, 2009, 06:20 PM »
Haven't seen the Dewbacks or AT-STs in my area yet, but good to hear they are starting to show up.  I've checked three Wal Marts in my immediate area and have two more to go.  Best case (and most likely) is that the items simply have not been put out yet.  The worst case is that the scalpers got to them before me.  I sincerely hope the items show up in force ;)

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Big Vehicles - Did You Buy Them?
« on: October 29, 2009, 01:50 PM »
I got the AT-TE last year with a slight discount from Target.  It needs new legs (or at least my own modifications to make them stay on) but is otherwise an excellent vehicle and truly an impressive piece of work by Hasbro.  

The Falcon was very tempting, but I did not get it right off the bat.  $150 was way too much for me at the time, even despite the sentimental fact that I had always wanted the Falcon since I was a kid back in the '80s.  They did not move quickly in my area so then came the discounts after the holidays.  First the Falcons were at $90 and then to $60 at Wal Mart, whence I got one.  Totally worth it at that price and it has to be one of the greatest toys Hasbro has made in 25 years.

I have been less impressed with the Turbo Tank.  To me it seems underscaled and more toyish than the AT-TE, especially for the price point.  For whatever reason, it just has not had the appeal to me, so I have not felt inclined to get it.  

The Legacy Collection / Re: Ralph McQuarrie Concept Figure Box Sets
« on: October 23, 2009, 12:53 PM »
I found these sets yesterday in the Fresno CA TRU.  They're not bad in my opinion, though I can understand the complaints, especially if one already has all carded versions.  I may eventually pick up the set with the rebel trooper and Luke, as those are figures I would like, but it is somewhat tough to bite the $40 price tag...

The Legacy Collection / Re: TRU Legacy Collection TIE Interceptor
« on: October 19, 2009, 06:12 PM »
I've got pictures posted on Page 3 of this thread:  I agree that $50 was a bit high for this, but otherwise I am very pleased with the ship.  It is a stellar improvement over the previous TIE Interceptor releases and Hasbro simply got the ship to look right, inside and out.  It is very much worth the purchase 8)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: October 15, 2009, 07:40 PM »
I came across a very random Star Wars find today, at a local Rite Aid drugstore of all places...  The store had in stock the "Crimson Empire" figure pack and the "Rand Ecliptic" TIE Fighter with Hobby and the Rebel insignia on the wings.  They did not have price tags on them and I did not check the prices, but I would guess they are probably cheaper than on line.  The TIE looked interesting, but not so much that I wanted to pick it up.  Still, these might be showing up at your own local Rite Aids, so keep a lookout!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
« on: October 15, 2009, 01:47 PM »
I've had mine for over a month.  It is a very well done piece with lots of detail, an accurate sculpt, and realistic paint-work.  The "cockpits" are a nice feature, but I really like the rolling tank tread.  This vehicle is an example of what Hasbro designers can do when they put their minds to something... wish they had done more of that with the Y-Wing. 

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: October 15, 2009, 01:39 PM »
That's what I would like to know...  Having collected the 21st Century Toys "Xtreme Detail" military line, which was until recently sold at Wal Mart, I am used to not finding "exclusive" items at my area stores for months after the release date, if at all.  Hasbro, however, has usually performed better.  I've seen all the exclusive SW items released so far on the shelves at my area stores, so I find it odd that the AT-ST has not yet come out.  There aren't even any on eBay from the US yet. 

It was surprising to me that TRU (at least in my area) got the new TIE Interceptor and Gunship exclusives so quickly, so I thought Wal Mart was going to do the same with the AT-ST, but so far nothing.  The arrival of the AT-ST is probably only a short time away, probably in late October or November.  In the mean time, I will continue to wait  and check my Wal Marts weekly around the restock days.  The AT-ST will be out soon enough and hopefully in large enough numbers. 

So I sat down last night and watched a re-run of "Empire" on Spike TV, partly to relax, but also to catch the 2-3 seconds you see Willrow Hood running by with his ice cream maker :P

That has to be one of the most obscure movie characters ever made into an action figure 8)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Y-Wing Starfighter
« on: October 9, 2009, 12:53 PM »
I've had my Y-Wing since mid-August and I share many of the sentiments already echoed.  In short, I like the ship, but feel that more could have been done with it for the price point.  I see it as an example of Hasbro moving in the right direction - making larger vehicles with greater amounts of realistic detail - but the ship fell short from what it could have been in many respects.  For one, the paint job could have used more weathering and coloration.  Other Hasbro ships have that, including contemporary releases like Wedge's X-Wing at Target.  The Y-Wing just screams white and yellow, almost to the point of being garish.  My second beef is sort of funny, but I would have really liked landing gear that completely closed up inside the ship, without the open spaces (same for the missile bays).  I know that is something Hasbro does not do on very many ships, but it would have been a nice touch on the Y-wing.  Thirdly, the turret.  I like its shape and the controls for it, but that piece should have at least had elevating guns and been able to rotate.

All in all, I do like the new Y-Wing and am glad Hasbro made it, but it could have been a real gem.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Exclusives, exclusives, exclusives...
« on: October 8, 2009, 01:12 PM »
A random question, however, have the new AT-ST and Dewback been spotted at retail in US Wal Marts yet?  I've not seen them in my area and ebay seems to be devoid of them for the moment as well.  The TRU exclusives have been out in my area for well over a week now.  Just thought I'd ask ;) 

I like the looks of these too.  The Luke figure is fantastic and much better than the one that came with that large Battle of Hoth set from Target a couple years back.  Willrow Hood is, well, Willrow Hood.  Quite amazing to see you guys got your obscure figure made and great to have a basic civillian figure as well. 

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