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The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" First Order Legion 7-Pack Box Set
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:53 AM »
I canceled my preorder... I think this one has $29.99 written all over it.

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Petition to have Lucas direct Episode IX
« on: January 8, 2016, 10:05 PM »
This is the absolute last thing I want for episode 9.  If anything I want it given back to Abrams.

And that's the crossroads of collecting...  It's either worth it or it isn't ultimately.

Yep, and the main thing is the promise of online availability that never materialized.  So from that my main thing was a simple wish that Hasbro would give these to someone else, where I'd be able to get them without tons of driving, or begging for favors.

I think Walmart was always far more interested in getting that collector foot traffic into the stores, rather than making this exclusive subline easy to acquire online.  I know that I made plenty of trips to Walmart without being successful getting any Black Series 3.75" figures of the 6" Battlefront Shocktrooper.  Those trips numbered at least 10 to 1 in terms of number of trips to the number of times that I was able to get the figures.  WalMart is playing those odds that in those trips where you don't find the exclusive you may buy something else.  And it does happen.

Well that's great for some, but ten trips to Walmart for me is like fifteen hours in the car.   Not happening... The fact that they don't put them online after saying that they will makes me less likely to favorably consider Walmart for other things at times when I'm maybe in an area that has a store.

I hear people on wanting to order these online, but that's not why Walmart signed up for an exclusive.  They want you go into the store to buy these and hopefully buy something else.  That's one of the big draws of having an exclusive.

That's all fine and dandy, but I live in the middle of Chicago and it takes me 30-40 minutes on a good day to get to the nearest Walmart.  Then it's another 30-40 minutes to get back home.  So it's not happening for me or any of my neighbors unless they're gluttons for sitting in nightmarish traffic.

I'm not making that trip for hit or miss product availability and like Jeff said, they initially advertised it as being available online.  It's 2016, nearly everything is available online, and as much as the goal could be to get people into the store, getting them to the website works in much the same way.

I'd love it if they could find a way to send this line somewhere other than Wal-Mart... hell, give it to Entertainment Earth, or make them HTS exclusives.

Something I can order online is all I ask for...

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: December 31, 2015, 03:42 PM »
They had the Rocky Horror figures the other day too, but I passed.  I was never that into that one.  Other than the T-1000 Patrolman and the Silver Painted Frozen T-1000, I'm all caught up at the moment too, but there are plenty of exclusives I'd pick up if I ever found a decent deal.

All the Crypt Universal Monster figures...
The He-Man Prototyles
The He-Man Black and Whites
The Battle Damaged T-800

I'm also thinking I might pick up the Flash Gordon figures at some point soon.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 30, 2015, 10:33 PM »
I somehow missed the A-Wing Polybag, so I grabbed one on eBay this week.  I also managed to score a Tumbler at a massive discount that I couldn't say no to.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: December 30, 2015, 10:31 PM »
Just when I'd moved on and decided not to worry about these, I wandered into a TRU last night and found all three of them.  They had a few of each.  I'm perfectly happy picking up exclusives at normal retail prices.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 30, 2015, 10:10 PM »
I think we're also not going to get a lot in the way of vehicles.  There are really only a few other vehicles in the mix that are feasible, and most are fairly big.
-Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle
-First Order Stormtrooper Transport
-First Order Standard TIE Fighter
-Resistance Transport

I was surprised by the actual lack of variation in the vehicles... there's TIE's and X-Wings, and they're on a mission that's heavy on bombing, but no Y-Wings?  I was hoping for an A-Wing too...

Against my better judgement I just ordered one... I figure I'll keep the Jabba and Gammorean Guard (which I only ever managed to find 3 of in stores) and then I'll try to sell the Rancor and the rest to recoup some of the money. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Jungle/Space/Snow/Desert Line
« on: December 30, 2015, 12:20 PM »
Sounds like new figures are hitting now?!? 

SWAN Facebook page is reporting on a new figure found at Walmart - Resistance Rey! 

Not posting the pic because the figure has potential SPOILERS, so click link at your own risk!!!

Does she even wear that outfit in the movie?

As for new toys... do we have any idea what to expect?  EIII had like 35 basic release figures on launch day - up to this point we have what, 18 or 20? - and some of those were from the OT. 

Are we already to the point where we're just getting a wave at a time or is there going to be a whole ton of new product? 

If there's really more than just a small number of new figures coming in two weeks, I can't believe we haven't seen them yet.  I'm also surprised we haven't seen any creature toys.  Between the giant thing drinking from the well, the beast that the guy who tries to put BB-8 in the net (I know they did a figure....) is riding... the beasts Han is hauling...

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:58 AM »
I'm sure they are following the Marvel formula.  Kathleen Kennedy and the executive producers have an idea on where the story will ultimately go, and they give direction to the writers and directors on how to get there.

I hope they don't follow it too closely, that Marvel stuff has gotten so stale it's nearly unwatchable.  Every movie is the exact same thing at this point. 

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: December 23, 2015, 11:58 AM »
I'm looking forward to picking up that giant TIE for $50 sometime in the next few months.

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