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Messages - Qui-Gon Jim

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Not really vintage, but...
I went into a local Goodwill this past Saturday morning and I hit the jackpot!  I am not actively collecting, but I still buy interesting toys for my son for when he gets a little older, particularly when there is a deal.

Anyway, there was this box that reams of paper come in, celophaned over the top and it contained what looked to be a pretty complete AT-TE.  I bought it and found that aside from the 7 missles, this toy was complete, and in perfect shape.  Also in the box was a complete AAT, a General Greivous figure, and five different clone wars TV clone trooper action figures.

How much was this haul?

A whopping $4!!!

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TRU.com is still showing these as $50 with B1G150% underneath...

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If only my employer were as forgetful with decimal points.  ;)

The figure I forgot was the Imperial Naval Commander.

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I grabbed a Malgus, DS Luke and Lando, Darth Vader and...  one other that is escaping me at this moment... on the final $499 day at TRU.

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Well, it's been fun guys (and gals....well, mostly guys). It seems that the Clone Wars toy line is dead, and the cartoon along with it. My days of trolling the boards will most likely come to a close. My son will likely be too old to think toys are cool when Ep.7 comes out, and with only a handful of episodes left we will just have to find other ways to enjoy our time together before he becomes a young man that no longer needs his dad. This is a sad moment for me. The Clone Wars gave me a second chance to power-walk to the toy section and cross my fingers that a new and exciting Star Wars figure would be dangling from the pegs. But more importantly, it gave me an excuse to lock myself away on one side of the house with my boy and just have a great time creating battles and adventures. He still asks me to play "Clone Wars" every Saturday morning. Will that last another year, or two? Now that new episodes are gone, I don't know. But I am going to get the most out of it that I can.

It has been great interacting with so many Clone Wars fans, and I will miss the fun. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and stories over the years. New adventures of the Clone Wars will be seen on a live performance basis only for the immediate future at our household, and I guess that is all I could ever ask for.

Thank you Jedidefender. It has been great.

-TheSon
Damn.  I don't even want to think about the day where my son moves on.  Enjoy every minute with that boy, and I think someday he'll realize just how lucky he is to have such a great dad.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 12, 2013, 12:28 PM »
I don't think Rick believe the Guv...  But he is haunted by the ramifications of some of his decisions, so he's questioning himself.  What if he could secure his family's safety by giving up someone he's not very close to?  What if he is wrong about the governor not being sincere?

I read the novel Rise of the Governor, and I think it dovetails into the comic continuity, but there is nothing that would contradict anything on the TV version.  In this novel, the entire backstory of how Phillip became the man who would lead Woodbury is explored, including his wife.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:57 AM »
That is why I never say this show is about the zombies.  The zombies are the reason for the collapse of societal norms, and an ever-present danger.  This story is about the characters, and about what happens when law and order goes away, and they do a good job keeping it fresh, so while the plot on paper is repetitious, the series does not feel that way.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:13 AM »
Yup. Some good action (car chase) and FX (the helicopter) but the plot was crap. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: X-Men/Wolverine Movies
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:47 PM »
Puck!  (An old-school Alpha Flight fanboy can dream, right?)

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Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Jedi Force
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:18 PM »
Logan has a bunch of these manning the ImagiNext pirate ship.  Too bad these figs all have different peg holes on the feet.  Love that new Jabba set.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Five Discussion Thread
« on: February 12, 2013, 09:51 AM »
Nice Raiders-esque nod in the opening.  As I was watching, I felt all they were doing was ripping off RotS, and then they paid it off.  Nice.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: A 6" Exclusive for SDCC 2013?
« on: February 7, 2013, 07:58 AM »
I'm in.  In the event I do end up buying into this line, I don't want to miss anything.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: February 5, 2013, 12:04 PM »
Saw Warm Bodies last night.  Liked it a lot.  Nice warm up for the return of The Walking Dead (though tonally, they couldn't be more different).

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Rumor: No more 3D Prequel Releases?
« on: February 5, 2013, 11:40 AM »
That is very interesting. I initially thought that maybe the profits from the 3D re-releases were supposed to fund the sequel trilogy. At one movie a year, that doesn't seem likely though. The Blu-Ray box sets were wildly successful though.

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Variety is reporting that Star Wars has sold more than one million units in only a week on the markiet, shattering records for the high-definition format, and further cementing Blu-ray's dominance as the home video format of choice.

Despite an average list price of $79.99, the nine disc set generated more than $84 million in worldwide sales. U.S. sales accounted for $38 million of that total, with 515,000 units sold in North America.

That was September of 2011. Expecting families to shell out 3D ticket prices for TPM just four months later is a tough sell. Still, TPM3D opened to 22m and grossed 44m domestically. It earned 102m worldwide. I'm just not sure what a realistic number would have been to be deemed successful.

This is why I cringe when people call TPM 3D a failure.  It was not a failure at the box office.  It made far more than other similar 3D-ified rereleases.  The fact that "people" hate TPM jades objective opinion.  The Phantom Menace was a phenomenal success.  TPM 3D performed quite well for what it was.  Retconning either into "bomb" territory just does not hold water.

The issue is HASBRO overestimated the demand for TPM merch and it torpedoed everything since.  I refuse to believe this was LFL's fault since it isn't like TPM 3D merch hung around forever in other market segments. 

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Toy Fair 2013
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:53 PM »
That Ani to Vader is 12"...  Still, it blows.

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