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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: September 5, 2011, 11:09 AM »
Wait, there's a wave 7?  I thought the vintage stuff stopped after the repaint/retool wave?  :P

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 5, 2011, 11:07 AM »
My local TRU reset last week, but essentially moved everything from the regular spot in the action figure aisle into the front of the store.  This means that there are still only about 8 vintage figures (3 of them ROTS Clones and 1 Sandtrooper), at least 8 each of both CW Obi-Wans, and about 12 total Saga Legends figures.  A lot of empty space to say the least, and given how infrequently they've been stocking over the last year, I can see the display coming and going with nothing new even being trotted out for the reset.

They did, however, check their computer to see if/when they would be getting the TFU/RC five packs, only to find that they weren't scheduled for their next truck and they still didn't know if/when they would be getting them in.  It turns out that another TRU about an hour away (which I was going to be driving by on a trip later in the week) had them on the shelves, so the manager at that TRU was kind enough to pull and hold one of each for me.  When I showed up at that TRU, they had the same abysmal basic figure selection, but they did have the Commander Blackout figure, so I grabbed him along with the two five packs.

On a final note, along this road trip, I stopped at:

-4 Wal-Marts
-2 Targets
-2 Toys R Uses
-2 K-Marts

The thing that I found fascinating was that ALL of these stores had essentially the same figures as the ones before it, and all of them were there in abundance.  Tons of SL Anakins, Obi-Wans, 501st Clones, ROTS Clones, AOTC Clones, and Hoth Hans; tons of CW Obi-Wans (both styles), ARF Troopers (white), Cody, and Rex; tons of vintage ROTS Clones, AOTC Obi-Wans, Sandtroopers, and the random yellow-helmeted Utapau Clone and DSE Luke.  All the pegs were jammed full of these figures to the point that the stores couldn't stock new waves if they wanted to, and many of those figures are STILL shipping in newer case assortments, thus adding to the glut. 

After that long trip, I walked into a local WM yesterday and found the first Savage Opress wave of CW on the pegs.  Proving once again that you can go a thousand miles and find what you're looking for right on your front door.

At least you guys get coupons at all from TRU.  I never get any email coupons from them, and the ones that I used to get through the mail (the RewardsRUs program) are not showing up at all anymore, even though the site says they've been sent out.  Then when they finally do send me coupons, it's always for Beyblade or Barbies.  :-\

LEGO / Re: Lego 2012
« on: August 21, 2011, 01:38 PM »
I'm kind of underwhelmed at this list, especially given how interesting this year's crop of SW stuff was.  Maybe they're holding back the really neat stuff for the mid-year release in 2012.  There doesn't seem to be any truly new ship/vehicle among this list (with maybe Anakin's green JSF being the exception), and that Geonosian Cannon looks like it might be the "isn't this way overpriced for the number of parts?" culprit of the wave.

I have to say, though, that depending on execution, the mini-vehicle/minifigure/mini-planet idea could be a really good way to get more cost-prohibitive minifigures into more people's hands.  I'm figuring the "new" TIE Fighter will be at least 50 bucks, and with Sebulba currently only available in a 90 dollar set and the Naboo Pilot only currently available in a "special edition" exclusive set for 50 bucks, this does seem like a good idea, if only for the economics of it.

I am curious as to where the Queen Amidala minifigure shown at SDCC is going to show up, since she's not included in any of the sets on this list.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: August 21, 2011, 01:29 PM »
Picked up the K-Mart B-Wing yesterday myself, but haven't had a chance to open it.  My store had gotten two of them in, but the boxes were dented to the point where even had I wanted to discard the box, I was afraid that the toy inside would be damaged.  Luckily, another K-Mart along my road trip route had two in more-or-less perfect boxes, so there you go.

2 of the 3 Wal-Marts near me have now "completed" their reset which, as Diddly noted, mostly consisted of moving the existing stock from one side of the aisle to the other.  The only things that got stocked were the new 35 dollar lightsabers (naturally), the Battle Packs, and the Shuttle. 

My Target actually did their little "end of aisle cap" thing for SW when they completed their reset, but most of the pegs for deluxes, vintage, and basic figures are either empty or were filled up with the Dengars, Sandtroopers, Cloud Car Pilots, and ROTS Clones that have been gathering dust since around this time last year.  I'm really at a loss to figure out what it is going to take for stores to actually get new stock at this point.  I've been with the modern line since it started in 1995 and I have NEVER seen the distribution problem be this bad.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: August 6, 2011, 02:06 PM »
A similar thing happened at my local WMs, E.  We got several cases (over a period of about 3 weeks) of the wave 5 figures (Cobra Trooper, Blowtorch, Hawk, etc), and they sold out quickly (with the exception of Blowtorch).  When the WMs restocked, it was with cases of either w1 (Beachhead, Snow Job, etc) or w2 (Recondo, Jungle Viper).  Which, sadly, meant there were even more Arctic Destros than before. 

I did, however, luck out at Target earlier this week, just prior to their reset, and got the 4 figures from w6 I wanted (first time I'd seen those at all).  When I got to the register, they didn't ring up, so they sold them to me for 3.99 apiece, which thrilled me to no end.  Kind of disappointed in the Rock Viper, but the others were pretty cool.  Now, if I could just find that Money Bag Destro figure, I'd be done with the POC stuff completely.

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.

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