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As I told a friend in a text earlier this afternoon (yes, I'm *that* big a nerd that I text friends about toys), can they really call a pack with 3 figures in it a "Battle Pack?"  Isn't that more of a "Slight Disagreement Pack" or a "Misunderstanding Pack?" 

I also love the fact that, apparently looking to save money on the packs, Hasbro chooses to drop yet another figure but keeps the trading card game.  Nice.

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Yup, saw the same thing, and just like the at my store the pegs are overflowing and not really looking like they'll move now.

I saw this yesterday as well.  I hate to admit it, but the Legends figures moved far quicker at the "reduced" 6.50 than the CW stuff did.  This may, of course, be due to the fact that all three WMs in my area got at least 3 cases worth of the CW 2010 assortment with all the 2008-2009 repacks (Super Battle Droids and even more Obi-Wans aplenty!) and none of the newest wave (Aqua Droid, Wolffe, etc).  At 7.88, I see them sitting there even longer.

Hasbro needs to do something about distribution, and FAST.  I can already see the "collectors just aren't supporting the vintage line" bull**** coming, but it's nobody's fault but their own.  Truly awful case assortments, defective figures (yellow helmeted clones and stormtroopers in multiple waves), and what might easily be the worst repack wave in the history of the SW line being shipped more than any other new wave is what is causing the backup, NOT "lack of collector support."  They've been shipping the same 20 odd Legends figures for almost a year now with NO cycling "new" repacks into it, and even CW is starting to back up to a ridiculous amount.  And they're doing it with a new, higher price point?  BRILLIANT.   ::)

Also on a "let's raise the prices just because" note, I noticed that TRU has raised their prices BACK to the previous 10.99 for Vintage and 8.99 for CW/Legends this morning.  Because that's how you compete in a ****** economy. 

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Put me in the list of people that thinks the Geonosian Fighter could stand to be reissued.  I have one, and it does indeed suffer from a very slight drooping of the noses (as scockery mentioned), but it's not as bad as it could be and doesn't detract from the overall look on the shelf.  I think that Hasbro could easily release it in the mid-size "starfighter" assortment and still include the original pilot figure, since the ship is quite a bit smaller in profile than any of the other mid-sized vehicles, and since vehicles it was released alongside back in 2003 (such as the Hailfire Droid, Jedi Starfighter, and AAT) have all been rereleased in the mid-sized vehicle line since with the same features and at the same price.

Other small modifications I'd like to see:

-Rebel Alliance Snowspeeder with red markings (heck, put Wedge and Janson figures in it and make it an exclusive, as was debated last fall, and I'd be all over it)

-TX-130 Interceptor Tank (Imperial Colors, or lack thereof).  I'm surprised we didn't get this before the blue 501st-themed deco, since the Imperial version was in both Battlefront games (IIRC; it's been a while since I've played the first one).

-Vulture Droid (TPM redeco).  I'd be highly surprised if Hasbro didn't release this next year with the 3D release of TPM.  It's a great toy, and it would enable me to finally get rid of the 1999 three pack version. 

-Anakin AND Zam's Airspeeders from AOTC.  I don't know if these could even be done well using the 2002 molds, as my main problems with both are the inability to seat figures comfortably (I have Anakin and Obi-Wan in mine, and they both have their door-side arms hanging out) or at all (Hasbro's claims back then that "Zam does fit, you just have to fiddle with her a little" still makes me retch). 

Also, to blatantly steal from Jesse's list further, a blue McQuarrie A-Wing goes without saying.  :)

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12" Figures / Sideshow 12" Commander Cody
« on: April 30, 2011, 08:09 PM »
I don't usually wander by this part of the boards, but I was somewhat surprised to see no thread existed for the 12" Cody.  Oh well, guess I'll be the first in line (until someone points out that I overlooked a preexisting thread).

Cody was my first foray into Sideshow 12" figures, and I'm beyond impressed, despite my initial trepidation with the high (for me) price tag.  Although my experience with 12"/Sixth Scale toys and collectibles is minimal, I can't recall ever seeing a "toy" with this much attention to detail.  Maybe it's just because I'm comparing it to the Kenner/Hasbro 12" SW and Joe stuff, but the amount of accessories and overall quality of this figure is just incredible. 

I did, of course, have an accident with Cody right out of the box when I tried to assemble the Phase II/ROTS helmet's antennae.  I pushed the right antenna into the slot just a bit too hard and it broke off clean at the tab.  While I was able to fix this with Super Glue, I'll never be able to return the helmet to the box (although given how cool he looks, I think this one will be displayed from here on out and won't need to go back in there until I have to move apartments/homes), so just a warning to everyone out there that the antennae are pretty fragile and can break easily.

The "horrible" part about this is that I can see myself buying more of these in the future.  I'd already ordered Bly, and with the rumored Grievous, I can see my discretionary spending going toward more stuff like this and less toward the endless Hasbro Clone repaints and minor sculpt revisions.

So yeah, long story (and seeming Sideshow sales pitch) short, this was my first 12" Sideshow purchase, and it probably won't be my last.  And, like I said, Cody is awesome. :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:53 PM »
Thread necromancy...Target has started the clearance on most of the current TF stuff (oddly, the Generations deluxes are NOT being clearanced in my store, which gives me some hope of actually being able to get Wheeljack, Thundercracker, and Warpath SOMEWHERE), although I'm not sure of anyone who is looking to build an army of Sea Attack Ravages and Electrostatic Jolts. 

The past few months have been an absolute nightmare in terms of finding new toys in ANY Hasbro line for me.  Transformers have been relatively nonexistent, Joes are even harder to find than TFs (with WM dropping them completely in my area), and even new SW stuff has been a struggle.  I'm afraid that with the Plague of Thor and Captain America (and, admittedly, DOTM toys) in the action figure aisle this summer, things aren't going to get that much better.   :-\

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:48 PM »
Finally found a Shadow Tracker at Target earlier this week, but I actually found him to be a little bit disappointing.  For all the cool gear he comes with, I can't get any of it to work properly, mainly due to his dreadlocks blocking the backpack hole for his arrow/quiver setup.  I guess I was spoiled with how Low Light could pack every last piece of his gear along with him.  All I need now is Money Case Destro and I'll be...oh wait, the next wave just started showing up.  ****.   :-\

Also picked up the Fury w/ Alley Viper Officer at Ross for 12 bucks.  I normally don't buy Joe vehicles due to the room they take up, but it was too good a deal to pass up. 

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:38 PM »
Found Jesse and BARC Speeder at Target earlier this week.  This was the first new, mass retail CW item I had seen in a store in at least three months. 

All 3 Wal-Marts in my area did their little endcap reset and are now fully stocked with at least 3 cases each of wave 1 from last fall, and one case of the Season III Obi-Wan/Cad Bane w/ Todo/etc wave in one store.  Way to go Hasbro and Wal-Mart!  :P

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All of these would be in the current, 3D animated style:

01.  Duchess Satine
02.  Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
03.  Nute Gunray
04.  A-4D
05.  Lok Durd
06.  Sugi
07.  Demolition Droid
08.  Mandalorian Royal Guard (the one based on the Episode I concept art)
09.  Kit Fisto's Astromech Droid
10.  Plo Koon's Astromech Droid

(Obviously I want the last two since those respective character's starfighters are incomplete without them.)

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: March 13, 2011, 04:48 PM »
Noticed that the Wal-Marts around here no longer have GI JOE figures in their toy aisle...  :-\
Quite a few of my WMs never even carried the POC line from the beginning, but I've noticed the few that did have recently pulled out.

Ditto here.  Back in January during the post-holiday reset, one of the three local WMs dropped the Joes (along with about 75% of the rest of their boys action figure aisle lines).  When I went into the two that had not dropped them today, those two stores had dumped the Joe stuff into the clearance aisle (and had marked them down, oddly enough), and there was no space for them on the plan-o-grams.  It seems that the Summer Marvel Movie Toy Menace has taken its first casualty, and it's one of Hasbro's own properties.  Ironic, I think.   :-[


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I had an extra Vintage ROTS Clone Trooper laying around (it was the first release with the missing paint aps) so I figured now would be a good time to experiment with the methods outlined in this thread.  I also picked up an extra 212th Clone at WM this morning, so I could use the eraser method on one and the hot water method on the other.  My apologies that I don't have a camera for documentation purposes, but I'm hoping I can verbally describe the quality of the improvement/outcome in a satisfactory manner.

ERASER VS 212th CLONE TROOPER:  I went this route first, as the 212th helmet was much greener than the white ROTS clone, and I figured if the eraser didn't work, I wouldn't cause a significant amount of damage to the helmet.  I used (simply enough) the eraser on the end of a Number 2 Paper Mate pencil, since it was small enough to get into the cracks of the helmet itself, and I could grasp it easier than I could the old block-style eraser.  I was a little disappointed with the results, though, as there was only a small amount of discoloration on the eraser once I gave the helmet its first pass and the helmet was still pretty discolored.  This may have had something to do with the eraser itself, though, so your mileage may vary.  That said, I was disheartened enough with this method to jump straight into the semi-boiling water method and abandon the eraser method completely.

RESULT:  Yellow Helmet beats Eraser, unfortunately.

BOILING WATER VS 212th CLONE TROOPER:  So, since I'd already started on (what I assumed would be) my quest to destroy the 212th Clone Trooper helmet, I went ahead and tried the warm water trick.  I put about 1/3 cup of water in a microwaveable Campbell's soup cup, microwaved it for 1 minute at full power, and then dropped the helmet into the water once it was out of the microwave.  I then used a glove on my left hand to hold the helmet while I extracted the helmet from the water using tweezers, dipped a dry cloth into the cup, and then rubbed the 212th helmet briskly.  This worked far better for me than the first method, as the vast majority of the discoloration came off (or at the very least lessened considerably), and the helmet was notably whiter. 

Being a pessimist, though, I wanted to try it on the plain white Clone helmet (since I felt the orange markings may have been playing tricks on my rods and cones and simply making me THINK it was still a yellowish tint when it wasn't).  I followed the same procedures that I did with the 212th helmet and the boiling water, and this time it was REALLY noticeable.  Then I proceeded to drop the vintage Stormtrooper helmet, my "correctly painted" ROTS Clone helmet, and my first 212th Vintage Clone helmets into the water, with similar results.  Again, though, being a pessimist, I can still detect some slight discoloration, but all of the helmets I tried are now considerably whiter than they were before they hit the boiling water.

RESULT:  Hot water beats yellow helmet.

I'm glad that the ones I have already are now "fixed", but this should definitely NOT be something I have to do with every Clone from here on out.  Hasbro needs to address this and correct things now, so we don't have to take the time and fix their errors on our own time.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: March 6, 2011, 02:59 PM »
Picked up Kup and Scourge at TRU earlier this week, and I'm pretty happy with both of them.  Kup in particular is a really nice toy.  I really like the way that today's TFs can carry their weaponry with them instead of having to keep them separate.  A small touch that some take for granted, but I really like it when every part of a toy integrates well with one another.

Still no sign of ANY Reveal the Shield toys at WM, Target, or TRU around here, so I'm still S.O.L. on both Wreck-Gar and Perceptor (I found Tracks and Jazz at K-Mart a while back, but they've never restocked with the same case, much less a new one).  I assume that the RTS line will be disappearing once the movie stuff hits?  Is the same thing going to happen to Generations, too?  Will my ability to finally have all six seekers be thwarted yet again, this time by the "End of the Line" curse?

The only third party item that I ever wanted to get was the Ultra Magnus Classics armor from a few years ago; I kind of regret not getting it when I had the chance.  The Devastator would be sorely tempting, too, but I've been approaching TFs from a "pick and choose" perspective lately, and the cost of them would be prohibitive to my already measley bank account.

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The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: March 6, 2011, 02:53 PM »
I'm not collecting this line, but a friend of mine is, and every Loki we've seen thus far has that unpainted neck joint.  She's far more picky about what she buys, so she marked Loki off her list entirely until they do an updated version (if they do, which I doubt). 

One question, though:  why did Hasbro feel the need to include a firing missile in the role play Thor Hammer toy?  When I saw that feature mentioned on the package, I laughed out loud in the aisle.  Are kids today that devoid of imagination that Hasbro has to include a FIRING MISSILE in Thor's hammer for play value?  Did they have to include something like that to distract people when some kid inevitably calls down the power of Asgard on another kid's head on the playground? 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Movie
« on: March 6, 2011, 02:42 PM »
Hearing that Christopher Eccleston and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would likely not be reprising their roles as Destro and Cobra Commander, respectively, disappoints me, since they were pretty much the only good actors in the first film, IMHO.  That might be a bit too dismissive, though, as I thought Rachel Nichols was okay as Scarlett and Ray Park did a good job physically acting as Snake Eyes.  Everyone else in that film I could have done without totally.  Sienna Miller did nothing for me as the Baroness (I actually thought she did a good job as Anna during the flashback portions of the film), and the less said about Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans, the better. 

All that being said, I have two thoughts on the new film, particularly as it relates to Jon Chu:

1-If people think this means LESS Channing Tatum, I have a feeling you're in for a nightmare, since C-Tate got his (relative) start in the film "Step Up" which, as we all know, Jon Chu directed both sequels to.  Duke is taking it to the streets, yo.   ::)

2-Given Chu's directoral resume of late, something tells me we might be in for a straight adaptation of that old (awful) Sunbow cartoon episode where Snake Eyes breakdances.  IN 3-D!  The crap flying off the screen will put Jackass 3D's ass volcano to shame.


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Walked into one of my local Wal-Marts this morning to find them doing a minor reset (for the Pirates of the Carribean and Thor figures), which was sending some stuff to the clearance aisle.  Wal-Mart usually takes forever to clear stuff out here (or they just move it two aisles over, put a "red" tag on it at the original price, and claim it's on clearance), but imagine my shock when I saw an AT-AT on the bottom shelf, with a red "29.00" clearance sticker!  :o

I didn't need another one, but a friend of mine had said she'd like one, so I picked it up for her.  When the cashier ran it across the scanner, it rang up at 24.00 even.   :o :o

Probably the best clearance find I've ever had, at least from the price perspective.  WINNING!  ;D

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: March 3, 2011, 09:29 PM »
I'm going to throw this one out in there in case the Q&As continue, as I think it's something that really needs to be addressed, and soon, especially with the price increases:

Dear Hasbro:

Since wave 2 of the Vintage Collection was released during the fall of 2010, collectors across the United States have noted that the helmet of the ROTS Clone Trooper is severely discolored.  The helmet is, at best, very much off-white, and at worst, is either already tinted green or brown.  This could have (and, really, should have) been an isolated incident only seen in one area of the country or could have been attributed to a "bad batch" of materials, the figures could have been pulled as defective and returned to Hasbro, and future shipments could have been corrected so that this did not continue.

Sadly, however, not only was this incident not isolated, this particular figure continued to ship in at least 2 waves after its initial release (and is, at the time of this writing, scheduled to ship in another wave or 2 this spring) and the helmet problem remains.  Even worse is that the recently released 212th repaint of this Clone Trooper ALSO has the same discolored helmet issue, and even the Vintage Stormtrooper that it ships alongside has a helmet which is already in the process of deteriorating.

With the rising costs across the board, and Hasbro's statements that with Vintage, things were to be "done right" the first time, why is this issue continuing to occur?  The vast majority of Vintage figures across the country on pegs at this moment are ROTS Clone Troopers, the majority of whom have this very issue.  It is clearly a subpar product using subpar materials, and it is disappointing for a "premium line" (premium in both pricing and detailing) to have such an obvious and damaging flaw.

So, all that aside, my questions are these:  Is Hasbro planning on taking steps to correct these issues for future runs of these figures?  Will currently available Clone figures (both ROTS and 212th versions) be treated as defective and recalled from retail? 

Mods, if you choose to submit this question, feel free to modify it as necessary.  The more I see the yellow helmeted Clones at retail, the more irritated I get.  I'd be willing to bet that part of the reason they are pegwarming is because of the horribly discolored helmets.

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