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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:50 PM »
Been a while since I've logged on here, but over Christmas, the family got me the Republic Frigate for a gift, which is really cool.  I hadn't seen any pictures of the side pods opened up (aside from the ones on the box) so seeing that you can have Yoda and Eeth Koth sit at a table viewing a hologram was pretty fun.  Also, it has a handle built in, which makes carrying it a whole lot easier.

Before Christmas, I also caved in, spent some VIP dollars, and bought the Death Star.  Alongside my vintage Micro Collection Bespin World, this thing is the crown jewel of my Star Wars collection.  It took me around 26 hours over a 5-day-period to build it from bottom to top, but wow, was it worth it.  Probably the most fun I've had with a Star Wars toy ever, and I highly recommend it if you have the cash and the space.  Or, I suppose you could spend that money on five Hasbro figures at this point. :)

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: How Much is Too Much?
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:44 PM »
As astounded as I was that Hasbro was bringing some old "stinker" figures out of retirement for rerelease, I'm even more astounded at the premium prices they're charging for them.  I mean, come on, you couldn't even give that 2002 Saga Darth Maul away for a dollar back when it came out, and now they're going to try and charge 9 bucks for it, alongside several other Darth Mauls?  Really?

Oh well, outside of Vintage and the, what, five new Clone Wars figures (?) this year, that pretty much means it's all Lego, all the time.  Hasbro, my wallet thanks you, and Lego thanks you. :)

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Modern Classifieds / Items Sold-Delete Me Please
« on: November 12, 2011, 02:31 PM »
Believe it or not, everything is gone.  I guess this can be deleted now, then. :)

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LEGO / Re: Legos
« on: November 11, 2011, 08:02 PM »
Great contest, Jesse and Paul.  I mentioned this in the Lego SW forum, but I've really gotten back into Lego stuff lately, and seeing this contest made me literally jump up in my seat with giddiness. :)

Oh, and just to give you guys a heads-up on the Lego VIP stuff: if you order online from shop.lego.com, make sure you register for the VIP program via the site.  You get 1 point for every dollar (doesn't include shipping costs or taxes) you spend, and with every 100 points, you get 5 dollars in credit to use either online or at Lego b&m stores.  Last month there was a promotion where you got double-points, and the points accumulate fast, and don't expire for quite a while (I want to say it's two years or so).  Plus they send you a cool metallic red and white membership card, which is awesome.  ;D

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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:56 PM »
I'm not going to make an entire list of everything I've gotten recently, but this is just a general post about Lego (SW and otherwise) purchases.  Due to Hasbro's continual botching of the various SW action figure lines (I can't find new figures to save my life, horrible case assortments aren't helping, and I'm just tired of walking out of stores empty-handed), I've been buying a LOT of Lego stuff over the last four months, and I couldn't be happier. 

As cool as the vintage and CW SW lines still are to me, I've found it much more fulfilling to buy a Lego set (even the so-called "subpar" sets like the Ewok Tree and V-Wing) and put it together; it's a sense of accomplishment I don't get with Hasbro's stuff.  And I don't have to worry about cherry-picking employees, "scalpers" or any of the secondary market nonsense when it comes to finding something at retail. 

The weirdest part is that, because of Hasbro and the horrible retail situation, not only am I buying SW Lego, but other Lego lines as well.  I love the Alien Conquest stuff (I've gotten at least 20 of the little 5 dollar sets and have rebuilt a lot of MOC Alien skiffs and weapons platforms), and I've really gotten into the Creator houses (the Hillside House and Lighthouse sets are great on just about every level).  The minifigure series is nothing but fun, and I'm even at the point where I'm eyeing sets based on parts instead of the set itself.  :)

So I guess Lego owes Hasbro some thanks for increasing their bottom line to an extent, as I've seen several people on here comment in recent months about buying more and more Lego stuff. 

Oh, and to make this an official "recent acquisitions" post, I found and bought the Lego Boba Fett alarm clock at Wal-Mart this morning.  First time I'd seen it show up at retail (19.99).  Also bought a City Police Helicopter, just for the heck of it.


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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:47 PM »
Only one of the three local WMs in my area has gotten this wave (three times, actually), and each time, Bastilla has been the only figure gone when I show up.  Given how ****** distribution has been this year, I guess I'm going to have to go on Ebay or something to get one. 

The good news is that, aside from the Endor Capture Luke (Revenge card), all the figures sell pretty quickly.  The bad news is that, with mostly empty pegs, this WM just restocked this morning with 5 cases of wave 5.  So yes, more yellow helmet 212th Clones, yellow helmet Stormtroopers, Hans, DSE Lukes, and R5-D4s, not to mention even more Sandtroopers.  Ugh.

And let's not even talk about my local Target, which, after having its stock of Dengar, Cloud Car Pilots, Sandtroopers, and ROTS Clones cleared out by the Hasbro reps a few weeks back, still only has remnants of the one case of wave 5 they stocked in their place.  Toys R Us isn't much better, as they have a small glut of wave 6, and since it took them 6 months to get those cases in, I'm not holding out much hope for wave 9 at all.

(Not to mention the fact that, outside of Logray and the RFT reshipped in the w9 cases, I haven't seen hide nor hair of Han/ARC/Bom/Barriss from wave 7).


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Movie Heroes / Saga Legends '12-? / Re: 2012 Movie Heroes Line
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:38 PM »
I know I've expressed similar sentiments before, but after seeing this latest batch of photos (the 2005 Quick-Drawn Clone?  The 2002 Deluxe Droid Factory Battle Droid?  REALLY?), I'm convinced that this is all some kind of expensive prank on the part of Hasbro, or the genius who was in charge of the 2002 line has been reappointed to head the SW brand.  It's as if Hasbro just threw up their hands and said "**** it."  I just can't figure out the logic in some of these figure choices. 

Even if we grant Hasbro the "fact" that yes, kids love their action features, I don't think anyone is going to say that kids also like horribly dated and substandard crap.  Combined with the almost total lack of new Clone Wars stuff next year and what will likely be yet another wonderful (sarcasm heavily implied) distribution year for Vintage, I think this is indicative of the worst year in SW action figure history during the modern era. 

Oh well, Lego will be getting even more of my money than previously planned.  :P

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LEGO / Re: Lego 2012
« on: October 14, 2011, 10:01 PM »
Don't have links to the photos (as they tend to disappear quickly after I look at them), but it looks like there will be three more "mini-planet" sets: 

-Bespin with Cloud Car and Lobot
-Endor with AT-ST Driver and AT-ST
-Some Planet with either an X-Wing or ARC-170 (can't tell from the photo)

Oh, and the Anakin's Jedi Interceptor set also includes platforms for the duel on Mustafar! :)


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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: 2011 "Vintage" Collection Wave 9
« on: October 14, 2011, 09:58 PM »
Wait, there's a wave 9?  Was there a wave 8?  What about a wave 7?  Hasbro is still making vintage figures past wave 5?  I did not know this.

(Insert "beating a dead horse" emoticon here)


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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: New York Comic Con 2011
« on: October 14, 2011, 09:56 PM »
So, is it just me, or does it seem like the guy/gal who ran the SW line during 2002-2003's dark days is back in charge?  There is an assortment of crap that was trotted out today that makes me wonder if Hasbro even realizes what their market is anymore.  Sure, the basic vintage figures look great, but if Saga Legends was "The Human Centipede" of action figure line-ups, the Movie Heroes line is easily the sequel to that film: horrible, pointless, and destined to make people vomit after only seeing brief summaries of it, much less seeing the full thing in action.

A lot of redundancy (as Scott pointed out, six Mauls at one time; there weren't even that many when TPM was first released in 1999!), a lot of rehashes (95% of which are completely useless; who among the world actually wanted a version of the 2002 Sith Training Maul in movie colors?), and a whole lot of material to warm those shelves at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us next year, while I trot over to the other side of the store and spend my money on Lego stuff, since Vintage will obviously be the red-headed-stepchild of the Hasbro SW lineup once again, and, as with this year, I won't be able to find anything new hanging around. 




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Above and beyond the call of duty, Ryan.  Above and beyond.  ;D

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Feedback / Re: roron corobb's feedback
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:07 PM »
Just completed a smooth and effortless transaction with Harley for some BAD parts.  Things couldn't have gone better.  Thanks Harley!

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Feedback / Re: Jesse James' feedback
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:06 PM »
Yet another wonderful transaction with Jesse for some Kenner/Hasbro 12" figures.  Everything arrived quickly, was well packed, and as I told him in a PM, I can neither confirm nor deny I immediately shouted "IT'S A TRAP!" when I opened the 12" Ackbar. :)

Thanks Jesse!

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I'm just curious how long it will be before stores get huge shipments of Wave 5 that will clog up the system again.   ::)

Quoting myself here, for truth.  Walked into the Target that had totally empty pegs to find a fresh case of Wave 5 hanging there.  Which included a Sandtrooper, which was one of the figures that was pulled.  Oh, and the green helmeted 212th Clone Trooper and old helmet Stormtrooper.  Guess I won't be seeing anything new at that Target for a while.  AGAIN.   ::)

Where's that picture of Picard doing the facepalm when you need it?

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I saw this personally at a local Target and Wal-Mart yesterday.  Wal-Mart's wasn't as noticeable, since there were still one or two each of ROTS Obi-Wan, ROTS Anakin, R5-D4, DSE Luke, Ceremonial Han, and a single Endor Trooper.  Target, however, had ZERO vintage figures on the pegs, since their entire stock consisted of ROTS Clones, Cloud Car Pilots, Sandtroopers, and Dengars.  TRU wasn't touched, as pretty much everything pre-FOS display disappeared during their last 2 for 11 dollar sale.

So far, from what I've seen, the figures that have been pulled are:

-Dengar
-4-LOM
-Cloud Car Pilot
-Sandtrooper
-Clone Trooper (ROTS)

I'm just curious how long it will be before stores get huge shipments of Wave 5 that will clog up the system again.   ::)

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