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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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My list is going to be 9/10 identical to last year's list, since none of them have been confirmed.  :P

01.  Jar Jar Binks (SA Resculpt)
02.  Battle Droid Commander OOM-9 (SA resculpt; I guess they could repaint the Geonosis version)
03.  Tey How
04.  Edcel Bar Gane
05.  C-3P0 (SA resculpt)
06.  Queen Amidala (Post-Senate Gown)
07.  Naboo Royal Guard (SA Resculpt)
08.  Anakin Skywalker (SA Resculpt; the Pod Race helmet wouldn't hurt)
09.  R5-A7 (the last one left from the Royal Starship, correct?)
10.  Darth Maul (ultimate SA version)

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So, let me get this straight...Wedge was delayed so they could do an updated head sculpt, but they chose to use an arguably inferior body?

Am I missing something here?

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Didn't know which thread to put this in, but it should fit here well enough...

The minor upgrade I'd like to see is for all current and future Clone helmets to be molded in plastic that isn't immediately yellow or green when it's not supposed to be.  The plain ROTS white Clone helmets being yellow could have been chalked up to a "bad batch" or something, but for this to be continuing on both the 212th Clone and the "new" Stormtrooper is ridiculous, especially with the price increases and the supposed "highest quality" tag that the Vintage Collection carries. 

The 212th Clone is my favorite color scheme/design from ROTS, and I'd have happily bought several of the figure instead of just one had the helmet not looked so bad.  I wonder if Hasbro will have this fixed on the (apparently now shipping) AOTC-era Clone or the upcoming 501st Legion Clone, or if we'll continue to have the "Accidental Green" Clone squadron in the coming months.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Target Clone Wars Geonosis 2-Packs
« on: February 27, 2011, 12:56 PM »
Picked these up yesterday morning at the local Target, and overall, they're pretty cool sets.  The clones are both very well done; the Battle Droid is what it is (I will need to get two more to pilot and gun in the recent AAT, so if anyone just wanted a Waxer and had no interest in the BD, let me know and I could probably hook you up with one).

My only issue with the sets is the Geonosian.  It's a really well done figure (I love the Zombie version), but the omission of the chest/shoulder piece bugs me (no pun intended).  Not so much that it isn't included, but that the hole said piece plugs into is left empty.  Still, that cool tripod cannon makes up for that small issue, so everything kind of evens out.

What really surprised me is that my local Target actually had them on the pegs, considering I sometimes wonder if this particular store even remembers they have a toy department.

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:54 AM »
I picked up Low Light this weekend at a local Wal-Mart, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed at the level of detail that went into his accessories.  I think it's a great aspect of most of the POC figures that they can carry all their gear either in their packs or on their bodies.  Little things like the ability to have LL either carry his gun satchel, wear it on his back with the backpack, or wear the backpack with the satchel attached to the side make this line the best value, IMO, in the action figure aisle today. 

Is there some weird revision case that doesn't include Shadow Tracker and/or the new Destro?  All this WM had was LL and Skydive (also a neat figure, btw), along with several Cobra Shock Troopers, Duke, and Commando SE from the previous wave that hadn't been there a day earlier.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 21, 2011, 11:50 AM »
As much as I like this line, I think I'm going to end up selling what I have.  With all the new SW stuff coming out, and Hasbro raising the prices on just about everything, I can't even justify buying the random characters from this line anymore.  Even though I've stuck to my initial mandate of only buying X-Men related stuff, the rabbit hole is just far too deep.   :-\


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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Top Ten Most Hated Figures Ever
« on: February 18, 2011, 09:25 PM »
I really can't include much of anything from the 1995-1998 era on my list, and it's because no matter how dated those figures are, and how horribly roided out some of those sculpts can be, they made me very happy at the time.  Even now when I look at them, I don't have any "hatred" for those toys, as they were a chance to finally get new SW toys again, after years of going without due to that dreaded enemy of childhood collecting: the unannounced yard sale.

That said, I had a hard time narrowing my list down to 10 from the post 1998 era...  :)

1.  Moff Jerjerrod (Saga, 2006):  Granted, this isn't because the figure is particularly bad, but more due to a history I have with it that has not ended to this very day.  The Wal-Mart closest to where I live has had a very slowly dwindling stock of Moff Jerjerrods for the last 4.5 years which have NEVER been marked down, have NEVER moved, and will NEVER sell.  There are at least 8 Jerjerrods, covered in dust, with cards that have been scuffed, kicked, beaten, and stepped on, still hanging on the pegs in the SW section, STILL at 6.88, and still unwanted.  It definitely proves the adage that familiarity breeds contempt, because I have seen that figure so much in this single WM that it has filled me with a totally irrational hatred for a figure which, compared to others on my list, really doesn't suck that badly.

2.  Mace Windu (Saga, 2003):  This was the first figure I didn't buy at retail, which again, holds a distinction as, up until that point, I had gotten one of EVERY single carded figure to open.  One of my friends gave me one as a gag gift because of my disdain for it, and only when I opened it did I realize just how truly horrible it was.  Let's stick a huge joystick in the back of a figure, make his arms out of gummi worms, and give him an awful "rectal probe" facial expression.  As offensive as some of Hasbro's action features during the 2002-2005 era got, this was probably the pinnacle (or, more accurately, nadir) of that marketing gimmick.

3.  Anakin Skywalker (from Swoop Bike, Saga, 2003):  I have exactly the same problems with this figure as Jesse so eloquently explained in his post, but the fact that I still have to display his sorry ass on that bike on my shelf due to the lack of an AOTC-era Anakin with ball-jointed hips to replace him with disturbs me even more than any of his flaws.  Of which, there are MANY.

4.  Explodo-Grievous (ROTS, 2005):  I have no idea how this figure even made it out of Hasbro's design team, as most of the ROTS stuff (even the action feature laden toys) was top notch in most respects.  It looked, felt, and behaved as if it were a knock-off Happy Meal toy.  Its inability to hold together made me momentarily long for the days of the Saga 2002 magnets.  The fact that, once the film came out and we saw just how big Grievous actually was, he was horribly underscaled to a degree that hadn't been seen since the POTF2 Chewbacca and Leia, just made things worse.

5.  Luminara Unduli (Saga, 2002):  As much as Eeth Koth seems to be getting knocked in this thread for his status as a harbinger of action pose doom, I think Luminara beats him in every respect.  Lack of articulation?  CHECK.  Ridiculous pose?  DOUBLE CHECK.  Saggy lightsaber?  TRIPLE CHECK.  When the ROTS version hit in 2005, I tossed this one in the "sell" pile and never looked back.

6.  Rabe (Post-OTC, 2005):  This is probably the one figure that I only keep because Hasbro will probably never do another one ever again.  This came out at a time when Hasbro had shown they clearly knew better, and only one wave prior to the start of incredibly detailed Cantina Aliens (Myo, Feltipern, and Jerriko).  I know that this figure was part of a wave delayed due to the OT DVD release and the Original Trilogy Collection hustle, but even if compared to the Saga 2004 series it was delayed from, it is subpar in sculpting, detail, and design.  

7.  C-3P0 (Vintage OTC, 2004):  The VOTC figures were pretty much as good as it could get back in 2004, so even when Threepio first hit, it was clear he stunk.  He sported less articulation and detail than many mainline, non-premium figures at that point, and at a higher price tag.  He was the stinker of the VOTC assortment, and he remains one of the worst figures to this very day, as far as I'm concerned.

8.   Clone Trooper (Deluxe with Speeder Bike, Saga 2002 and Clone Wars 2003):  Even though 2003's Anakin (from the Swoop Bike) outdoes this one in terms of ridiculous pre-posed sculpt, the Clone carries it to a new level with awkward removable armor, a completely non-functional action feature that resembles the Masturbating Bear from Conan O'Brien's show, and a near-total inability to even interact with the vehicle he comes with.  As soon as the 2003 SA CW Clone Trooper hit, he got to ride the bike in my display and this bowlegged aberrant Clone went into the bottom of the "dregs" box.

9.  Luke Skywalker (Death Star Duel; Saga, 2003):  For all the reasons that everyone else has already gone into at length, this figure offended me on multiple levels.  Not the least of which was that I "had to" buy it twice  because the first one I got had the "swapped hand" issue.  Of course, that's more my problem than the figure's, but hey, it does suck pretty bad.

10.  The Emperor (Saga, 2003):  I really don't know what Hasbro was trying to accomplish with old Palpy here.  That huge hood was silly enough, but the awkward pose that looked like he was trying to do the Wal-Mart "Squiggley Dance" and what I can only describe as "impotent" Force Lightning accessories made this one of the worst non-action feature related figures from the Saga years (2002-2004).  The fact that Hasbro reissued him a year after they'd done the superior-in-all-ways Evolutions sculpt in 2006 was yet another strange decision that I can't figure out.

I'd also like to say that saying the figures from 2002-2003's Saga line, for the most part, were horrible is like shooting fish in a barrel; it's far easier to go through and pick out which figures from that era were actually GOOD.  I find the majority of those figures far more offensive than ANYTHING that came out of the POTF2 era.

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Shadows of the Dark Side '10-'11 / Re: 2011 Saga Legends Figures
« on: February 5, 2011, 02:26 PM »
I agree with you to a point, Jesse, but I'm of the opinion that the SL line just needs to go away, period.  It really serves no purpose other than to confuse casual shoppers at this point, and the statements Hasbro has made about "getting main characters out there for kids" really holds no water, since the vast majority of SL figures this year had currently-shipping counterparts in either the Vintage or CW line.  That seems to be continuing with this "new" assortment of SL, where we will be getting an older Mace Windu (since outdone, I'm assuming, by the vintage version) and an older Boba Fett (whose vintage counterpart should be one of the figures that is carried forward in vintage cases as a repack).  The only figures in the "new" SL assortments that are worth it are the original VOTC Stormie and the EU Spacetrooper.

Not to mention the fact that there will soon be FIVE different Anakin Skywalker figures on the pegs across three assortments (CW Fishbowl Helmet, CW Season III Model, Saga Legends, ROTS Vintage, and AOTC Vintage), along with FIVE different Obi-Wan Kenobis (CW, CW Season III Model, Vintage ROTS, Vintage AOTC, Saga Legends).  That's simply ridiculous in this economy, from the retail end and Hasbro's end. 

Put simply, this is how I would do it:

-Saga Legends is DONE.  FINISHED.  KAPUT.

-Vintage is ALL new figures, with "case fillers" of older, still good figures on vintage cards (Battle Droids, VOTC Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Biker Scouts, etc). 

-Clone Wars has repacks that make sense, along the same lines as the "case fillers" motif in vintage (older, still good figures like deluxe version of Dooku, Pre Viszla, MagnaGuards, etc).

Two assortments is enough: one for the kids from the cartoon, one for the collectors in vintage.  Saga Legends is confusing and unnecessary at this point.  But then again, that's just my opinion.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Star Wars Toys Strong in 2010
« on: February 5, 2011, 02:13 PM »
Prediction:

-Vintage sales are slower than expected, despite higher prices, lower quality (i.e. yellow Clone helmets, crappy repaint waves for no reason), and poor case packs (more Clones, less anything else that is actually selling well). 

-Clone Wars continues to sell like crazy, because kids are the only SW fans left.

-Saga Legends is the greatest thing since sliced bread and penicillin.  Never mind the deluge of them and nothing else anywhere you go.  Those millions of AOTC and ROTS Clones are simply an illusion caused by the barren desert that is the Vintage pegs at most retailers.

-Due to outstanding sales at Big Lots, they'll be reintroducing Star Wars Choppers, which will take the place of Vintage, because kids hate quality figures and love motorcycles!

Okay, so maybe not the last one. :)

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Vintage Rumors
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:17 PM »
And I seem to recall that Hasbro MAY have stated in a Q&A session that they might have located the Saga/Clone Wars speeder bike tool which has been favored by a number of collectors. 

They definitely found it, as they've used the mold twice in the last year:  once on the Clone Wars Plo Koon deluxe set (which used the modified version with the removable firing cannon from the 2003 Clone Wars line) and with the AT-AT's speeder bike, which uses the original 2002 mold.

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I was at Target this morning and noticed that they have raised the prices on all three figure assortments again: Legends and Clone Wars figures are now 7.99, and Vintage is now 8.99.  I guess they saw TRU raising their prices across the board and, instead of trying to compete by keeping prices low, they simply decided to jack up their prices as well so nobody will be able to stomach buying figures there either.   :P

Oddly, none of the other action figure lines Hasbro makes (Joe, Marvel, Iron Man, etc) had any changes made to their prices; I figure it's only a matter of time before Wal-Mart decides to raise their prices and enter this ass-backward competition for collector dollars. 


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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra (POC)
« on: January 8, 2011, 04:54 PM »
Picked up w3 Snake Eyes, Duke, and the Cobra Shock Trooper at Target earlier today.  They were part (along with the crappy action-feature laden Storm Shadow) of one of those "endcap longboxes" with 3 of each figure. 

Snake Eyes is pretty much the best version of that character they've ever done, dating all the way back to the old non-swivel arm version I got back in 1982.  I'd go so far as to say it's one of the 5 best Joe figures in the 3.75" scale ever, if not the best. 

I was surprised how much I liked Duke (I hadn't even planned on getting him).  Pretty simple figure (once you take the Rock'nRoll v2-style gear off him), and works well as an updated version of the character far better than the first POC version, which I thought was a bit too busy, design-wise.

The Shock Trooper is damned near perfect, although my problem with him is the same one I had with the POC Beachhead (the fact that most of his weaponry can't be attached or stored on his person).  Lots of cool gear, and lots of built-in customizability, so I'm sure he'll do very well at retail.

I'm actually liking the POC stuff (basic figure-wise) more than the 25th anniversary stuff, which I thought was just about perfect.  Is Hasbro still planning on doing something stupid and abandoning this style of stuff for the animated Renegades figures?

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: January 8, 2011, 04:48 PM »
I had what is, at least to me, a major find earlier today at a Ross store.  I had gone in to check on those Joe deluxe sets for a friend of mine (no luck), but I did see and purchase that elusive red Rampage from the ROTF movie line.  I'd never even seen the remnants of that case assortment in stores, so to find the one character I wanted to begin with was a huge deal to me.  So, once I finally get the Human Alliance Mudflap, I can close the door on old TF collection holes. :)


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Feedback / Re: CorranHorn's feedback
« on: January 8, 2011, 04:40 PM »
Received fast payment from Jason for a loose figure.  Smooth transaction and great communication as always.  Thanks Jason! :)

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