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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.

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. 

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.  :)

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / 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. :)

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.   :-\

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. 

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

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.)

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.   :-[

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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