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The Legacy Collection / Re: 2009: Worst Distribution Year Ever?
« on: November 30, 2009, 06:06 PM »
And please don't get me started on the Imperial Scanning trooper (and for that matter Ugnaught 2). Can't even find these guys in ANY wave, new or refresh.

Really?  There must have been at least six of the Scanning trooper at one of my local Wal Marts in Central California - and that was just one store.  I've seen more at other Wal Marts and Targets in my area.  They're not moving all the quickly and I already got my fill. 

That said, I certainly agree with much of what has been said above to an extent.  I still have not seen that new wave of CW figures (the one with Matchstick) or the ROTS wave.  I was used to regional distribution back with the 21st Century Toys Ultimate Soldier line, but I would have thought mighty Hasbro could do better...

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 25, 2009, 05:49 PM »
I've recently been finding the Gelagrub and Rishi Moon battlepacks at Wal Mart and I recently found the Endor pack at TRU.  Wish I could keep track of what comes in what wave so that when I see something new besides the hordes of Jabba's Palace packs at any retailer, I either know what to look for or what I just missed ;)

I'd like to find the Resurgence of the Jedi pack since Entertainment Earth ran out of them before I could place my order...

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:41 AM »
I enjoyed this episode as well.  While I've never been into the zombie thing much in any genera, I thought the way it was explained in this episode with the hive-mentality and worms was well done.  The episode also moved at a decent pace that did not seem too rushed...  Also, very classic interaction between Obi Wan and Anakin - and I had to almost chuckle about Obi Wan's insistence to "see what happens" when the Geonosians threatened to put the worm in Luminara.  The upcoming episode also looks like it will be another creep-out one.   

The Legacy Collection / Re: Target SotE TIE Fighter (new cockpit)
« on: November 22, 2009, 10:40 PM »
I found these over the weekend at one of my local Targets, could not resist the fact that it has the new cockpit, and so caved in and got it. The red tinted windows are not my favorite, but actually do not look so bad in person and are hardly noticable at a distance.  Thankfully, Hasbro did not use too bright of a red on the windows.  Overall, however, the redesigned cockpit pod really brings together the look of the TIE Fighter to the point of near film accuracy 8) 

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 22, 2009, 10:36 PM »
I caved in and got the SOTE TIE Fighter at Target today and will probably have to go back and get the CW figure packs.  From the posts above, it sounds like I should start checking my local Khols stores 8)

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 22, 2009, 10:32 PM »
So far, these are not really moving in my area.  One of my local Wal Marts has at least 10 of them still sitting on the shelf.  I'm content with my one, but if they are discounted after the holidays, I'll grab another ;)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: 2010 Clone Wars Mail-Away - Nahdar Vebb
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:32 PM »
I rather like the Freeco speeder, enough that I picked up two.  To me, its an interesting variation on the bike concept with the enclosed cockpit and all.  From what I've seen, the ammount of "frost" on the windscreen varies.  Some are pretty much clear and others are near solid white. 

The Legacy Collection / Re: 2009: Worst Distribution Year Ever?
« on: November 19, 2009, 12:35 PM »
Although our local WMs and TRU have continued to pretty much be barren of SW figures (unless that has changed this week), Target has been stocked to the gills it seems.  Although I already have what I need via online sources, I've seen quite a bit of the ROTJ wave - and this morning the ANH wave was on the pegs as well.  It is the most Legacy I've seen out in some time, and the Legends/CW pegs are full of figs as well.  Nice to (finally) see some stock making it out.

Yes, my targets have done the same with the ANH and ROTJ waves.  They've also been putting out last year's wave of CW figures, but on the new cards.  I've not seen the new waves of CW figures or the ROTS wave yet.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:44 AM »
Sounds like the poor sales of this round of Droid Factory 2-Packs (yes, probably the fault of the $17 price tag) have killed this line.

I guess I'm OK with that.  At $10-12, they were fun.  At $17... not quite as much fun.  :-\

Agreed.  A couple Wal Marts in my area have had them for a couple months now and most are still there.  I did pick up the Corran Horn pack, but only because I liked getting an action figure one of the main characters from the X-Wing series of books that I was into back in the '90s.  Most of the other figures were repacks and not the best figures at that.  The Grevious and Boba Fett packs, for example, should have used the updated versions of those figures.  I would have at least been more inclined to buy them.

Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: 2010 Disney Star Tours Box Set
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:39 AM »
There was a smaller model of the Star Speeder 3000 made several years ago and sold at Disney parks.  Depending on how one fudges their scales, it could either be between 1:48 and 1:64 scale.  It had the droid pilot figure, R2D2, a full cabin with seats, opening doors, and well-integrated lights and sound.  I never got one myself, but my younger brother did.  I do have some of the Star Tours droids on the POTF2 cards, however.    

As for the ride, if you have not been on it, fork over the cash and go to Disneyland (or Disneyworld).  The ride is totally worth it.  While the time has come for a makeover, I still really love the "Original Trilogy" feel of the existing ride at the Disneyland Park in California.  It does an excellent job of making you feel like you've entered the Star Wars Universe, even if the events are a little non-cannon.  Having grown up with the original films, Star Tours was such an awesome experience when I firs rode it as a kid in the late 1980s.  I got to do all the Star Wars things I wanted to do: go to lightspeed, fly through an asteroid field, shoot TIE fighters in a space battle, and fly the Death Star trench run.  Too bad all kids know these days are the prequals and the Clone Wars cartoons... They're just not the same.  

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Two Discussion Thread
« on: November 16, 2009, 03:52 PM »
So how soon does anyone want to guess we'll see a toy of one of those super tanks for sale? :P

I liked some aspects of the episode and then disliked others.  As Jesse noted, the tensions between Ashoka and Bariss Offee were interesting and I was glad to see the "possessive" attitude in Anakin brought out.  (I really want Ashoka to get killed off at some point in the series, driving a despairing Anakin closer to the dark side >:D )  There was still a lot of carnage and in my sick mind, I'm always a fan of that in this series. 

As for my personal drawbacks, the super tanks were sort of bland, but did seem to evoke something of the AT-ATs in ESB in terms of a massive, near-impervious weapon that could destroy just about anything on the good guys side.  A more tank-like appearance with a turret or something would have been cool, though I thought the mortars were interesting.  I'm sure we'll be seeing more of them in future episodes.  I still think the episode moved too quickly to really develop the story or the characters as effectively as they could.      

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:29 PM »
I've seen the complete ANH wave by now over 2-3 Wal Marts in my area, but have yet to see the ROTS one.  It will likely be around in time...

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:24 PM »
I picked up the new Freeco Speeder recently.  The Obi Wan figure is a nice improvement over the initial one with the articulated legs and cloth tunic.  The speeder itself is nice in my opinion, with a detailed cockpit, retractable skids, and some attempt at weathering with the "frost" on the canopy - a rarity for vehicles packaged under the CW line ;) 

The Legacy Collection / Re: Walmart Legacy Collection AT-ST
« on: November 11, 2009, 02:44 PM »
Great review.  I agree that this is now one of my favorite SW vehicles and Hasbro did a fantastic job with it.  Really, it is one of the recent Star Wars vehicles that I'm the most pleased with.  I've long collected the realistic military vehicle collectables which usually feature stellar amounts of detail and function compared to the standard Star Wars item.  In my opinion, the new AT-ST is one of the few Hasbro Star Wars vehicles that approaches those in terms of detail, accuracy, scale, and playability.  The new TIE Interceptor also does the same, along with a few of the existing vehicles, but not many overall.  Now if Hasbro can just keep this trend up ;) 

The Legacy Collection / Re: Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: November 10, 2009, 02:06 PM »
I've seen the Geonosis Assault packs (with the gun bubble) at one of the Wal Mart stores in my area.  There was only one and it was in the blue & white packaging.  I purchased two of the same pack over a month ago at TRU.  I have not seen the other battle packs in my area yet, but have not been looking too hard.  Lots of Jabba ones and some others from earlier this year.

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