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Modern Classifieds / Items Sold-Delete Me Please
« on: November 12, 2011, 02:31 PM »
Believe it or not, everything is gone.  I guess this can be deleted now, then. :)

LEGO / Re: Legos
« on: November 11, 2011, 08:02 PM »
Great contest, Jesse and Paul.  I mentioned this in the Lego SW forum, but I've really gotten back into Lego stuff lately, and seeing this contest made me literally jump up in my seat with giddiness. :)

Oh, and just to give you guys a heads-up on the Lego VIP stuff: if you order online from, make sure you register for the VIP program via the site.  You get 1 point for every dollar (doesn't include shipping costs or taxes) you spend, and with every 100 points, you get 5 dollars in credit to use either online or at Lego b&m stores.  Last month there was a promotion where you got double-points, and the points accumulate fast, and don't expire for quite a while (I want to say it's two years or so).  Plus they send you a cool metallic red and white membership card, which is awesome.  ;D

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:56 PM »
I'm not going to make an entire list of everything I've gotten recently, but this is just a general post about Lego (SW and otherwise) purchases.  Due to Hasbro's continual botching of the various SW action figure lines (I can't find new figures to save my life, horrible case assortments aren't helping, and I'm just tired of walking out of stores empty-handed), I've been buying a LOT of Lego stuff over the last four months, and I couldn't be happier. 

As cool as the vintage and CW SW lines still are to me, I've found it much more fulfilling to buy a Lego set (even the so-called "subpar" sets like the Ewok Tree and V-Wing) and put it together; it's a sense of accomplishment I don't get with Hasbro's stuff.  And I don't have to worry about cherry-picking employees, "scalpers" or any of the secondary market nonsense when it comes to finding something at retail. 

The weirdest part is that, because of Hasbro and the horrible retail situation, not only am I buying SW Lego, but other Lego lines as well.  I love the Alien Conquest stuff (I've gotten at least 20 of the little 5 dollar sets and have rebuilt a lot of MOC Alien skiffs and weapons platforms), and I've really gotten into the Creator houses (the Hillside House and Lighthouse sets are great on just about every level).  The minifigure series is nothing but fun, and I'm even at the point where I'm eyeing sets based on parts instead of the set itself.  :)

So I guess Lego owes Hasbro some thanks for increasing their bottom line to an extent, as I've seen several people on here comment in recent months about buying more and more Lego stuff. 

Oh, and to make this an official "recent acquisitions" post, I found and bought the Lego Boba Fett alarm clock at Wal-Mart this morning.  First time I'd seen it show up at retail (19.99).  Also bought a City Police Helicopter, just for the heck of it.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:47 PM »
Only one of the three local WMs in my area has gotten this wave (three times, actually), and each time, Bastilla has been the only figure gone when I show up.  Given how ****** distribution has been this year, I guess I'm going to have to go on Ebay or something to get one. 

The good news is that, aside from the Endor Capture Luke (Revenge card), all the figures sell pretty quickly.  The bad news is that, with mostly empty pegs, this WM just restocked this morning with 5 cases of wave 5.  So yes, more yellow helmet 212th Clones, yellow helmet Stormtroopers, Hans, DSE Lukes, and R5-D4s, not to mention even more Sandtroopers.  Ugh.

And let's not even talk about my local Target, which, after having its stock of Dengar, Cloud Car Pilots, Sandtroopers, and ROTS Clones cleared out by the Hasbro reps a few weeks back, still only has remnants of the one case of wave 5 they stocked in their place.  Toys R Us isn't much better, as they have a small glut of wave 6, and since it took them 6 months to get those cases in, I'm not holding out much hope for wave 9 at all.

(Not to mention the fact that, outside of Logray and the RFT reshipped in the w9 cases, I haven't seen hide nor hair of Han/ARC/Bom/Barriss from wave 7).

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: 2012 Movie Heroes Line
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:38 PM »
I know I've expressed similar sentiments before, but after seeing this latest batch of photos (the 2005 Quick-Drawn Clone?  The 2002 Deluxe Droid Factory Battle Droid?  REALLY?), I'm convinced that this is all some kind of expensive prank on the part of Hasbro, or the genius who was in charge of the 2002 line has been reappointed to head the SW brand.  It's as if Hasbro just threw up their hands and said "**** it."  I just can't figure out the logic in some of these figure choices. 

Even if we grant Hasbro the "fact" that yes, kids love their action features, I don't think anyone is going to say that kids also like horribly dated and substandard crap.  Combined with the almost total lack of new Clone Wars stuff next year and what will likely be yet another wonderful (sarcasm heavily implied) distribution year for Vintage, I think this is indicative of the worst year in SW action figure history during the modern era. 

Oh well, Lego will be getting even more of my money than previously planned.  :P

LEGO / Re: Lego 2012
« on: October 14, 2011, 10:01 PM »
Don't have links to the photos (as they tend to disappear quickly after I look at them), but it looks like there will be three more "mini-planet" sets: 

-Bespin with Cloud Car and Lobot
-Endor with AT-ST Driver and AT-ST
-Some Planet with either an X-Wing or ARC-170 (can't tell from the photo)

Oh, and the Anakin's Jedi Interceptor set also includes platforms for the duel on Mustafar! :)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: October 14, 2011, 09:58 PM »
Wait, there's a wave 9?  Was there a wave 8?  What about a wave 7?  Hasbro is still making vintage figures past wave 5?  I did not know this.

(Insert "beating a dead horse" emoticon here)

The Vintage Collection / Re: New York Comic Con 2011
« on: October 14, 2011, 09:56 PM »
So, is it just me, or does it seem like the guy/gal who ran the SW line during 2002-2003's dark days is back in charge?  There is an assortment of crap that was trotted out today that makes me wonder if Hasbro even realizes what their market is anymore.  Sure, the basic vintage figures look great, but if Saga Legends was "The Human Centipede" of action figure line-ups, the Movie Heroes line is easily the sequel to that film: horrible, pointless, and destined to make people vomit after only seeing brief summaries of it, much less seeing the full thing in action.

A lot of redundancy (as Scott pointed out, six Mauls at one time; there weren't even that many when TPM was first released in 1999!), a lot of rehashes (95% of which are completely useless; who among the world actually wanted a version of the 2002 Sith Training Maul in movie colors?), and a whole lot of material to warm those shelves at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us next year, while I trot over to the other side of the store and spend my money on Lego stuff, since Vintage will obviously be the red-headed-stepchild of the Hasbro SW lineup once again, and, as with this year, I won't be able to find anything new hanging around. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Figures Being Pulled Off Shelves
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:07 PM »
Above and beyond the call of duty, Ryan.  Above and beyond.  ;D

Feedback / Re: roron corobb's feedback
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:07 PM »
Just completed a smooth and effortless transaction with Harley for some BAD parts.  Things couldn't have gone better.  Thanks Harley!

Feedback / Re: Jesse James' feedback
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:06 PM »
Yet another wonderful transaction with Jesse for some Kenner/Hasbro 12" figures.  Everything arrived quickly, was well packed, and as I told him in a PM, I can neither confirm nor deny I immediately shouted "IT'S A TRAP!" when I opened the 12" Ackbar. :)

Thanks Jesse!

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Figures Being Pulled Off Shelves
« on: September 27, 2011, 09:19 PM »
I'm just curious how long it will be before stores get huge shipments of Wave 5 that will clog up the system again.   ::)

Quoting myself here, for truth.  Walked into the Target that had totally empty pegs to find a fresh case of Wave 5 hanging there.  Which included a Sandtrooper, which was one of the figures that was pulled.  Oh, and the green helmeted 212th Clone Trooper and old helmet Stormtrooper.  Guess I won't be seeing anything new at that Target for a while.  AGAIN.   ::)

Where's that picture of Picard doing the facepalm when you need it?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Figures Being Pulled Off Shelves
« on: September 22, 2011, 04:09 PM »
I saw this personally at a local Target and Wal-Mart yesterday.  Wal-Mart's wasn't as noticeable, since there were still one or two each of ROTS Obi-Wan, ROTS Anakin, R5-D4, DSE Luke, Ceremonial Han, and a single Endor Trooper.  Target, however, had ZERO vintage figures on the pegs, since their entire stock consisted of ROTS Clones, Cloud Car Pilots, Sandtroopers, and Dengars.  TRU wasn't touched, as pretty much everything pre-FOS display disappeared during their last 2 for 11 dollar sale.

So far, from what I've seen, the figures that have been pulled are:

-Cloud Car Pilot
-Clone Trooper (ROTS)

I'm just curious how long it will be before stores get huge shipments of Wave 5 that will clog up the system again.   ::)

The Vintage Collection / Re: The 2011 Mail-In Prototype Armor Boba Fett
« on: September 20, 2011, 11:11 AM »
My check was cashed last week, so who knows what will actually wind up happening.  I haven't even seen anything from wave 7 show up (and none of that "You're just not looking frequently enough" as I'm in these places every day and there aren't even remnants of the case; stuff is just not shipping to retail PERIOD), so I don't know if the wave with the actual labels/forms will even show up before the offer expires.  Typical Hasbro, though, to change the requirements several times after people have placed their orders.  At this point, I fully expect them to say they will only accept payment in the form of seashells and you have to send 5 hands (one from each action figure) in order to get the Fett.

On a semi-related note, I was able to order a Sideshow exclusive edition 12" Boba Fett on Friday within three minutes of logging on to Sideshow's site.  No issues putting anything in my cart, no issues checking out, and no issues with late email confirmations or confusion.  And especially no issues with a slow site or "underestimated demand."  Not directly related to the mail-away Fett, but it bears repeating that some companies obviously know how to handle online transactions.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: September 18, 2011, 12:01 AM »
Okay, so the two day film marathon is now officially over, after having watched Empire and Jedi back to back earlier this evening.  As promised, here are my thoughts on the final two films as they are presented on BR:

-Empire looks and sounds AMAZING.  The sound during the Battle of Hoth is so full and immersive that it's almost like a totally new film.  And, mercifully, Empire is the one film of the six included in the set that has the absolute least done to it.  As in, "If I didn't know ahead of time that they'd fixed the Wampa puppeteer arm thing, I'd think they didn't do anything at all."  There is nothing noticeable in terms of alterations in Empire (that hasn't been in previous alterations; the new Wampa, Palpatine hologram, and silly "Alert my Star Destroyer" shuttle montage are still included).

-On the other hand, Jedi comes across as the film that LFL totally half-assed in this set.  The picture quality (and this may just be my perspective) is lower than any of the other five films in the set, and vacillates between pristine to cloudy.  It's almost like LFL made it through the restoration and upgrades on SW and ESB only to say, "That ****'ll do" on Jedi.  Disappointing.

-And, again, as the opposite of Empire's BR presentation, Jedi has the most alterations but, again, several of them seem really half-assed.  Everyone knows what most of them are already, but here's a rundown for those who missed them:

1.  Jabba's got a big(ger) ass door now.  The problem is that while it's big on the outside, it's the exact same size as before when the shot is looking out (as it does when Threepio and Artoo enter, and when Luke enters). 

2.  A randomly wandering Dug apparently had to go to the bathroom while everyone else was asleep just before Luke walks down the stairs into the throne room.  I actually would have been okay with this had the Dug actually stuck around in the background, but it's literally him walking across the screen and then you never see him again. 

3.  The famous Ewok blinks.  The photos we've seen are all of Wicket, and for good reason, since (outside of a single shot of a Wokling blinking) he's the only Ewok that blinks.  Yes, tons of close-ups of Teebo, Paploo, even Wompus, and none of them blink at all.  But Wicket does.  Now, when Wicket (and Wokling) blink, it's done so well that you'd think it had been there since 1983; the problem is that (from my viewpoint) if you're going to make an Ewok blink, make ALL the Ewoks blink. 

4.  Darth Vader says "Nooo.  NOOOOOOOOOO!" prior to throwing Palpy down the reactor shaft, true, but in what is either a giant step forward in picture quality or another alteration that hasn't gotten much publicity due to the "DO NOT WANT" utterance, Vader's skull is MUCH more visible and defined during his electrocution than I recall it in earlier versions. 

5.  Little things that I had hoped would be fixed (Fett's flopped rangefinder, Lando's flopped holster) remain as they have always been: obvious and annoying.

6.  In the pinnacle of half-assedness, the much ballyhooed improvements to the lightsaber color corrections are totally random on Jedi, with Vader still having a pink saber with no white core in many shots.  It's like LFL saw people complain about the "crossed sabers" shot and corrected that, plus another few here and there, and said, "**** it, don't we have an episode of Clone Wars about poisoned school soda to work on?"

So yeah, out of all 6 films, here's my rating:

The Phantom Menace:  Video-4.5 (of 5); Audio-5 (of 5)
Attack of the Clones:  Video-5 (of 5); Audio-5 (of 5)
Revenge of the Sith:  Video-6 (of 5; best of the bunch); Audio-5 (of 5)
Star Wars:  Video-4.5 (of 5; mainly due to source material); Audio-5 (of 5)
The Empire Strikes Back:  Video-5 (of 5); Audio-6 (of 5; best of the bunch)
Return of the Jedi:  Video-4 (of 5); Audio-4.5 (of 5)

Will be cracking into the prequel bonus features tomorrow, although I did watch the Grievous/Obi-Wan chase animatic that Spielberg assembled/directed.  Really wish that was how it played in the film, as it was, to be quite blunt, pretty ******* awesome.

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