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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.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Recent Legacy Purchases
« on: November 9, 2009, 05:40 PM »
Found a mixture of the new ANH and ROTJ waves at one Wal Mart, including the Imperial Scanning Crew figure.  I'll need another one of those for the technician figure.  They also had the new delux figure packs...  The Freeco speeder is quite nice!

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. 

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