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LEGO / Re: Legos
« on: August 6, 2011, 02:01 PM »
Has anyone seen the Series 5 minifigures show up at retail yet in the US? 

I've been going on an Alien Conquest binge lately, what with my disgust with Hasbro's distribution and all.  The Alien Striker (5 bucks for an Alien Defense Unit Human, Alien, and tiny alien skimmer) set is particularly addictive, and I've been buying multiples of them when I go into TRU, and ordering extra minifigure heads from Lego's website to do headswaps.  Very cool stuff, and the UFO noise that the Alien Mothership makes never fails to bring a grin to my face. :)

I'd be more than happy if Hasbro did another run of these in a regular, "Battle Pack" style box with all the accessories included.  The packaging, while neat, I guess, is pretty inconsequential to me, as they'd all get opened anyway. 

Two weeks gone, though, and that whole HTS fiasco is still pissing me off.   :-\

LEGO / Re: Lego 2011
« on: August 6, 2011, 01:57 PM »
The new LEGO sets look great and the LEGO bug is starting to bite me again since Hasbro distribution is so bad... only bad thing is that I have other versions of most of these sets and only want the updated minifigs. Decisions, decisions...

Same here.  I started out buying the Lego Star Wars stuff when it was first released, but because of Hasbro cranking out 50 million things a year, I stopped buying them between Episodes I and II, aside from grabbing the Boba Fett-related stuff.  In my then-completist mind, I thought it would be best if I sold all of the old sets so I wouldn't be tempted to buy more.  Needless to say, I regret that decision.  Even though the majority of those sets have been redone in far superior versions, I find myself kind of wishing that I'd gone the other direction and dropped the Hasbro stuff in favor of the Lego stuff.

I'm still not going full-bore into the Lego SW stuff, but I've kind of made amends with my completist mentality (in that it doesn't exist anymore, and I can pick and choose what to get).  I've grabbed a few of the newer sets (namely the Bounty Hunter Gunship, the Sith Nightspeeder, General Grievous' Starfighter, and the Geonosian Starfighter) and they really are a lot of fun.  There's also that sense of accomplishment you get from completing a Lego model that, in all honesty, isn't there when you're done assembling a Hasbro vehicle (no matter how cool it might be).

The new Republic Frigate and the Anakin/Sebulba Pod sets are what is tempting me at this very moment.  I'm hoping that, despite the slight TRU markup, they have another BOGO50%off sale soon so I can grab both of them at a slightly reduced price.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 7
« on: August 6, 2011, 01:30 PM »
Still no sign of this wave at any of the big 3 in my area.  I was expecting Target to put them out along with their reset, but all we have are the same Sandtroopers, ROTS Clones, 2 Dengars, and a CCP that we've had since at least January.  Literally the only thing that has disappeared in that time were the yellow helmet ROTS Clones that the Hasbro rep pulled.  Ugh.

I'm probably going to wind up buying two of the Fordo figure (to display in both configurations) when I eventually find him, but was curious as to how easily removable the kama/skirt piece was.  I didn't know if taking it off required ripping the material itself.

So much for's "Email me when this item is available" button.  Oh well, I'm sure it will show up in stores soon enough (along with the "TRU Tax" applied to it after about a week of being on the shelf). 

For those of you who have this set, are the shoulders ball-jointed this time around?  I know the knees and ankles are supposedly ball-jointed, but hadn't heard anybody comment on the shoulders yet. 

If it wasn't for this board and the very kind and helpful people who inhabit it, I'd have major holes in all aspects of my collection, and I've tried to do the same for others when I can.  JD really has made collecting fun instead of (which, as today has shown, thanks to Hasbro, as usual) the increasingly headache inducing chore it can be at times.  Thanks JD!

And count me in on the contest, whenever it starts later this week. 

The whole situation with this set is just ridiculous and I can't wait to hear them try to defend their actions.

Knowing Hasbro, they will either blame the collectors for "not being enthusiastic enough to fly to SDCC and get the exclusive(s) there", or they will ignore it completely, acting like nothing whatsoever went wrong.  Then, if they finally do have to address it (say, through the various Q&A websites asking the same question, similar to what was done earlier this year when all the sites sent the same distribution question regarding the SW line), they'll say that "consumer support for Indy in 2008 was very low" and that due to that, they will not be making more sets of the "lost" wave.  Ironic that the wave has technically been "lost" twice now.   :-\

After sitting on the Payment Information screen for at least 25 minutes, it finally kicked me to the "This page cannot be opened" message.  All I wanted was the Indy set, and I couldn't even get that.  At this point, I don't even care anymore.  Thanks a lot, Hasbro!  >:(

The Vintage Collection / Re: TRU Vintage Collection Y-Wing
« on: July 23, 2011, 02:09 PM »
I picked this up at my local TRU the other day and since I saw a lot of people on the fence, I figured I'd give a bullet-points review of the toy that will hopefully help some people make a decision one way or another on it. 

First of all, the paintjob is much more subdued than I thought it would be, but that's actually a good thing.  It doesn't have the gaudy look of the 2004 OTC version, and the reddish-orange markings on the new version are done sparingly yet well.  It truly looks like a "just off screen" version of the ship, but for all I know, it was actually present in the Battle of Endor. 

The plastic is also much more "cream" colored when compared to the heavily distressed white/gray of the 2007 TRU exclusive version (the one which included the R5 droid and pilot, and the one I'm going to be comparing the new version to the most in this "review").  The new version has a lot more tan paint on the "cables" along the back sections of the ship (as opposed to the 2007 version, which just had a lot of gray brushing for wear, which I liked).  There's not much, if any, brushing on the body of the new Y-Wing, which I think kind of hurts it a bit in the detail department.  Still, the new version doesn't look bad, per se, it's just kind of unremarkable when put alongside the 2007 version.

The engines themselves are once again painted orange with "burn" details around the nacelles, although the orange is a bit brighter on the new version next to the 2007 version.  Hasbro actually painted two gold lines on the Y-Wing's ion cannon turret atop the cockpit, which gives it a bit of character.  The red/orange markings are in identical locations to the yellow on the 2007 version, but there is an added "distressed" panel of gray on the front right of the cockpit area which, again, gives it a little extra character in your fleet.

Mold wise, on the top of the ship, the most obvious difference in this modern version is the astromech droid slot.  Right now I have a BAD R4 unit in the socket and he fits just fine.  The slot is just big enough to secure him nicely, but not so tight that it feels like you're pushing him in to the point of breaking.  For those fellow "flight testers" out there, I turned the ship upside down and the R4 BAD did not fall out, so there you go.  Hasbro also filled in the two screw holes just to the back of the astromech droid section, so you not longer have visible screws on the top of the ship.

The new cockpit is very well done, with painted on displays and individual flight control sticks for each hand.  The coolest thing (which I hadn't heard about prior to getting the ship) is the pull-out targeting computer to the right of the pilot's head (just like in the movie!).  It's pretty secure when you don't have it pulled out, and fairly sturdy when extended.  It can also be rotated 45% when you have it extended so your chosen pilot can make his ill fated trench run.  Very nice detail to say the least, and very appreciated.

My main gripe with the Y-Wing continues to be the horribly designed landing gear.  I was hoping that Hasbro would go the route of the CW Y-Wing and totally redo the design of the landing gear, but I was disappointed.  They did make the front landing gear a separate piece not dependent upon the "tracked" system of the previous versions, but the rear gear still buckle and go back into the ship, unable to support its own weight.  I thought at first that this had been fixed, as the rear gear kind of "clicked" (similar to the landing gear on General Grievous' Starfighter), but after a few seconds, even the click couldn't handle it, and my Y-Wing went to its belly on the coffee table.  :-\  The bomb dropping mechanism, by the way, still works the same as all the other versions, but the bomb is a single piece. 

All in all, I'm not sorry I bought the new Y-Wing, but cockpit and astromech droid slot aside, it's not really an improvement on the 2007 TRU exclusive version, which cost the same and included two figures.  If you're looking for something to fill out your Alliance fleet and give it a little variety, plus get the really cool box, I'd say go for it.  If you're perfectly happy with your 2007 (or 2004, or 2000, or 1983) version, you can probably pass and not feel badly about doing so.  Oh, and it was 39.99 plus tax at my TRU, so there you go.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 9, 2011, 01:07 PM »
Picked up the four new Deluxe Figure/Vehicle (or whatever they're calling them now) sets at TRU over the last three days.  The brand new price of nearly 20 bucks each stings a lot, especially on Castas, as his bike is even smaller than the Dooku Speeder Bike we paid 10 bucks for almost 10 years ago.  The size and coolness of the Grievous Attack Cycle makes it sting even more.  Oddly, that's the winner of the four in my opinion, and it was the one I was looking forward to the least.

On a seperate note, has anyone found the season 3 Ahsoka figure nearly impossible to find?!?!

I've found everything that has been done in the CW line, post-Hevy in Training Armor wave (and in vintage, post-repaint/retool wave) is pretty much impossible to find.  Retail is an absolute nightmare in all regards related to SW toys these days everywhere I've looked.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Go see Super 8 right now
« on: June 11, 2011, 06:29 PM »
Non-spoiler brief review that echoes Rob's sentiment completely:  Abrams has done a "classic" Spielberg movie.  It really is a love letter to films like "Close Encounters" and "ET" to say the least. 

And, again, go NOW.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: June 11, 2011, 06:23 PM »
Lucked out in a major way yesterday, and found RTS Voyager Lugnut and Grapple at a TJ Maxx for 10 bucks apiece.  Lugnut might be my new favorite Transformer ever (this week).  Even though the Animated one was undersized, I loved that mold, and this one actually outdoes it in terms of coolness.  I'd have been more than happy to pay full original retail price for this one. 

I do find it strange that I have now seen more RTS toys at secondary stores (TJ Maxx and Ross) in one day than I saw at major retail (Target, WM, and TRU) in the entire six months the line was supposedly shipping to stores.

Oh, and DOTM Laserbeak is cool, too. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: May 21, 2011, 06:58 PM »
Not to incur the wrath of many, but I actually had an unexpected benefit of the DotM toy launch:  Wal-Mart actually restocked the Generations pegs for the first time in almost 5 months and I was able to get Wheeljack and Warpath!  (A friend of mine had picked up Thundercracker and sent him to me shortly beforehand).  So, until I can actually find a RTS Lugnut and Windcharger at some closeout store, I'm done with Classics/Generations stuff for the time being.

In case anyone's looking for something cool to get from the movie line, the Cyberverse Commanders are actually really nice, especially Blackout.  I've never been a fan of the Legends scale toys (they've always felt like those little 25 cent plastic egg toys to me), but these are well-designed and well-built.  Blackout might be a better toy than the 2007 movie Voyager version.  And Megatron, surprisingly, is great and more articulated than either of the previous movie's Leader versions.  I liked them so much I picked up the 15 buck "playset" version of Optimus Prime and his "battle station" which turns into his trailer.  First time I've had a Prime with a trailer since I got the G1 version for Christmas in 1984, so I'm still giddy. :)

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: May 21, 2011, 06:49 PM »
Two of my three local Wal-Marts (the "A level" stores with a full toy section) completed their resets for the new summer movie toys this week, and right in the middle of it were six pegs for "GI JOE SINGLE FIGURE."  So, at the very least, it seems that WM is back in the Joe-selling business (for the time being).  Nothing had been stocked in those sections as of this morning, but at least there's space for them.

Of course, a road trip out of town saw me visit 4 other WMs, all of which had the same situation, but with pegs freshly stocked with at least 3 cases of 2011 wave 1 (the wave with the Shock Trooper).  Great.   :-\

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 5
« on: May 21, 2011, 06:32 PM »
In all the TF madness earlier this week, all the area WMs actually restocked the vintage figures with wave 6, and it appears that (at least in some cases) another welcomed variation/running change/correction of a wave 5 figure is shipping alongside them.  This being the 212th Clone Trooper who, at least on the one I grabbed, has a WHITE HELMET.  Of course, the orange legion markings are present, and the helmet is still way too damned big for the body, but the plastic is white instead of the yellow or green of the initial shipments.

I don't have a camera or I'd snap a picture of it, but it's pretty noticeable in the package, especially when the rest of the clones on the pegs are compared to it side by side.

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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