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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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Feedback / Re: Jeff's (pka Nataku) feedback
« on: January 7, 2011, 06:52 PM »
Yet another in a long line of wonderful transactions with Jeff.  As always, it was a pleasure. Thanks! :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Tron Legacy Toys
« on: January 2, 2011, 12:45 PM »
If anyone out there is actually collecting the smaller figures, there is apparently a Series 2 coming soon.  Target had a one-man attack glider thing this morning, and there were three figures pictured on the back (one being Quorra who, unfortunately, was wearing a helmet) that I hadn't seen before.  The box for the glider also said "Series 2" on it, so if the current glut of figures clears out a little, there might be some new stuff on the horizon.


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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: January 2, 2011, 12:43 PM »
With 15 bucks in coupons and absolutely nothing new showing up at TRU, I picked up the ROTF Voyager Bludgeon yesterday (for just over 5 bucks), and it's okay for that price.  I try to stay away from Bayformer toys that weren't actually in the films, but given his resemblance to both the G1 character and the IDW-era post-Pretender-fusion version of the character, I bit the bullet.  Like I said, it's worth 5 bucks.

I also picked up Straxus at Wal-Mart and am much more impressed with him.  I barely remember him in the old Marvel comics (wasn't it just a background appearance?), and my only real knowledge is from the new IDW stuff with the first Ark crew, but he's a cool toy.  I also like the head, which looks silly and is, thus, very entertaining to me.  And, hey, big ass ax thing!

Target didn't do their reset this morning, so no luck on Voyager RTS Lugnut or Scout Windcharger.  I'm also still coming up completely empty handed on the ROTF Human Alliance Mudflap front, so if anyone is reading this who can help me out for a decent price, please PM me.


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Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: TRU "Battle of Endor" Pilot 4-packs
« on: December 31, 2010, 05:43 PM »
Doc, I won't need the extra TIE pilot, so you can have one of mine when I find them.

Cool, thank you very much.  It is appreciated. :)


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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:53 AM »

Punch/Counterpunch 

There were also minibot toy "spys" packed in with the small guys like Seaspray/Powerglide, but they weren't in the show.

Yeah, I knew about those; I had a little yellow one that was, IIRC, a motorized pullback car.  Very simple transformation (the flip legs and pull out arms with the head just a detail on the undercarriage), but it was nice to have a pack-in item that was functional and fun rather than just taking up space (see "Galactic Battle Card Game and Die Included!"). 

What I was referring to were regular, normally-identified as Autobot/Decepticon characters who came with a rubsign for the other side (i.e. getting a Soundwave whose rubsign revealed an Autobot logo, or a Prowl whose rubsign revealed a Decepticon logo).  I always thought it would be pretty neat to get one like that, and I'm halfway hoping that one of the newer RTS toys will work out that way.

And hoo-*******-rah thank you Jebus on the upcoming Thundercracker in the Generations line.  I just hope that it actually hits retail, given that it's coming out so close to the new movie toys which, based on the UNIDENTIFIED DECEPTICON TANKER TRUCK and Ironhide toys, aren't looking so hot this time around.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars General Battle Pack Thread
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:22 AM »
So, with the price of Battle Packs up to 28 bucks at my TRU, it is time to go over this again, merely for the sake of posterity:

2008:  Hasbro states that, due to the economy and the need to keep Battle Packs at their affordable 20 dollar price point, packs will now include 4 figures rather than the 5 figures that we've been used to since the packs were first introduced in 2005.  The first pack to show this overtly is the "Shield Generator Assault" figure which dropped a second Imperial Officer figure.

2009:  Battle Pack prices increase at most retailers to between 23-25 dollars despite the dropping of the fifth figure.  Strangely enough, those same packs seem to be including less value despite the price increases, most notably in packs with "larger" items included (i.e. 1 Gunship turret with 2 figures; the unarticulated and arguably uninteresting Gelagrub with Felucia Clone).  Hasbro blames the economy.

2010:  Hasbro announces that the majority of Battle Packs will now feature 100% repacks, although some will still include newer figures.  Again, strangely enough, the majority of these repacks are figures that are already on the pegs in other assortments in different/better versions or, in some cases the exact same figure.  And, once again, retailers jack up the price to 25 bucks even (WM and Target), even going up to 28 bucks at TRU.  Cue Hasbro's "It's the economy, stupid" excuse any minute now.

As a collector, I'd rather see the BPs just go away completely or become unique retailer exclusives (ala the Target CW 4 packs this past fall) with new or redecoed figures instead of endless repacks.  But, the point remains that, as part of what Hasbro has repeatedly claimed is a "kid-focused" item at an "affordable price point", right now the BPs are failing miserably.  You can literally buy 4 figures at WM, better versions of the same characters, even, for the same price or less than you can buy the BPs at TRU.  Sure, some of the Battle Packs with "new" figures are great (I've gotten more of the Mandalorian Warrior packs than I care to admit in public, and the Anti-Hailfire Droid set is a really nice set), but paying 28 bucks for Anakin/Obi-Wan/Dooku/Ventress in one box is quite simply a rip-off.

Oh well, at least they're not putting one figure that people really want to get in with three figures that people already have in abundance anymore.  Huh?  "Orto Plutonia"?  I stand corrected.   :-\

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Pegwarmers
« on: December 27, 2010, 10:11 AM »
Wal-Marts here are mostly full of Sandtroopers and yellow helmet Clone Troopers, along with a smattering of Anakin, 4-LOM, and Dengar.  Target has an even larger number of Sandtroopers and both yellow and corrected helmet Clones, with smaller numbers of ROTS Obi-Wan, Anakin, 4-LOM, and Dengar.  TRU has about 2 cases worth of the ROTS wave, none of which are moving due to the ridiculous price that is now 3-4 dollars higher than Target and WM.

Seeing that case assortment for the "repaint" wave has me a little worried, considering that the holidays are over and now there is less of a chance for impulse buyers to get all the Vaders and Grievouses off the pegs.  Not to mention the fact that there are MORE Sandtroopers in the case, along with the uninspiring "new" figures that we'll be seeing for months after the case is released.  Crappy inaccurate Ceremonial Han, I am looking in your direction.   ::)

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One of my local Wal-Marts was amazingly almost cleared out of basic figures across all three assortments, and had actually put "Clearance" stickers on the pegs for Saga Legends (which were, as always, the most prevalent of the assortments on the pegs), marking those down to 5 dollars each.  I only saw this at this one WM, so it may be another of those "manager's choice" type things.  I guess post-holiday is a good time for Hasbro to start doing some different figures in the assortment instead of releasing the exact same figures, ad nauseum, in every case.  I know I could go for some TPM/ROTS deco Battle Droids using the currently-shipping-and-immediately-disappearing-leaving-nothing-but-old-Grievouses-in-their-wake Geonosis sculpts.

TRU continues to astound with their random price increases.  As I mentioned in another thread, they've raised the prices on everything in the SW aisle over the last few weeks, with vehicles now at 30 bucks, Battle Packs at 28 bucks, basic figures (CW and SL) at 8.50, Vintage at 11, and Deluxe Vehicle/Figure sets at 22 dollars.  Even the abundant Rise of Boba Fett set is back at 110 bucks.  The bad side of this is that TRU is the only retailer near me that has gotten any of the Zombie Geonosian wave (always after those 2 for 9.99 sales have finished), and that's a figure that I would love to army build at a cheaper price.

Vintage 9 pack is down to 35 dollars at my Target, but I still don't know if I could justify biting on 9 figures I already have at a lower price, especially given the size of the thing.

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Shadows of the Dark Side / Re: TRU "Battle of Endor" Pilot 4-packs
« on: December 27, 2010, 09:58 AM »
Given the way TRU has been arbitrarily jacking up the prices on stuff recently, I wouldn't be surprised if these are closer to 30 bucks once they actually show up in stores.  My local store has raised the prices on practically every Hasbro SW item over the last couple of weeks, and while I'm hoping that it's just a temporary holiday cash grab, my overwhelming cynicism doesn't fill me with any hope that they'll actually drop said prices once the holidays are over.

Oh, and in the "pipe dream" department, if anyone has an extra TIE Pilot from either of these sets once they hit, keep me in mind.  I need one to pilot the WM TIE Bomber, and since Hasbro steadfastly refuses to put out a carded version in either the Vintage or Saga Legends line, I figure it wouldn't hurt to ask here. :)

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Bumping this with a couple of extra Clone Wars figures, Corran Horn, and Vintage Tuskens.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: November 28, 2010, 04:40 PM »
And speaking of K-Mart...I wandered into our local KM for the first time in at least 2 months today and found both Tracks and Jazz.  They were, strangely enough, located in a cardboard TF display apart from the action figure aisle (similar to how a lot of new DVDs/Blu Rays are put out); this was the first time I'd seen K-Mart have anything like this in a long time, if ever.  They also had the Hailstorm and Brawn repaints (I can't remember their names), along with the Voyager class Highbrow and "Tear My Face Off" Fallen repaint.

Both Jazz and Tracks are pretty cool.  I never had the latter when I was a kid, so it's nice to have him after some 25 years of waiting.  The weird part is that the "rub signs" are a bit different than the classic style, as the logo is actually cut out (as opposed to being on a square decal with silver surrounding the actual rub sign), and it doesn't seem to work nearly as well as the old ones, either.  Even the ones that were on the 2006 Classics line worked better than these.  Either that or my body temperature is way too low.

It got me thinking, though: did anybody ever have a toy back in the G1 days that was actually a "spy" (i.e. an Autobot character with a Decepticon rubsign, or vice versa)?  I vaguely remember a TV commercial where it implied that some toys did, indeed, have the "wrong" faction logo, but I never had one that fell into this category, nor did I know anyone else who did.  Autobots were always Autobots and Decepticons were always Decepticons.

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