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What's this now?

Don't know if this is the place to post this, but the rumors of the "Legends" assortment being discontinued in Walmart's planogram definitely seems to be referring to the DTF wave of figures and not Movie Heroes.  I hit two different Walmarts this morning that had just "completed" their resets, and there were pegs for CW (2-4), Vintage (2-4), and MH (2-4) in each store.  And, in proving what we have been saying for years, Walmart, instead of actually clearancing the DTF figures off the pegs, had stocked each of the 6-12 pegs full of DTF figures.  I guess it's a good thing that the last vintage wave are official internet exclusives (as opposed to the rest of the year, which has been internet exclusive for all intents and purposes), because there's no way that Walmart is getting anything new now.  All three assortments (theoretically) were at 9.96 in the new reset here, as well (Vintage had, oddly enough, been lagging behind at 8.96 for a few months).

In order, by film/source:

01.  Senator Palpatine (The Phantom Menace)
02.  Nute Gunray (The Phantom Menace)
03.  Cliegg Lars (Attack of the Clones)
04.  Boba Fett (Attack of the Clones)
05.  Duchess Satine (The Clone Wars)
06.  Office Duel Palpatine (Revenge of the Sith)
07.  Uncle Owen Lars (Star Wars)
08.  Aunt Beru Lars (Star Wars)
09.  Admiral/Captain Piett (The Empire Strikes Back)
10.  Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
11.  Han Solo in Carbonite (The Empire Strikes Back)
12.  Sim Aloo (Return of the Jedi)
13.  Yak Face (Return of the Jedi)
14.  Ishi Tib-Jabba's Palace (Return of the Jedi)
15.  Ree Yees (Return of the Jedi)

It seems waves 2 and 3 went up between last night and this morning with a lot selling out already.  :(

I was able to get an order in for the listed-as-"in-stock" Imperial Navy Commander I needed, as well as a second Luke Hoth, early this morning (around 7:45 AM), so hopefully it will actually be shipped to me.  First time I've placed an order with HTS since before last year's SDCC fiasco, so I don't know if completing an order for items listed as being in-stock guarantees you will actually get said items.

One would hope that part of Hasbro trying to correct the horrid situation at retail would be to keep individual figures in stock and available on HTS until Droid Factory hits.  Again, here's to hoping that is the case. 

I had gone to BBTS earlier this morning to check on the status of a previous order and noticed these were up, so I jumped on a case.  If anyone needs those four TPM recards (Naboo Pilot, Gungan Warrior, Aurra Sing, and Mawhonic) let me know, as I have no need for them. 

I'm kind of sad that Vintage is going out with such a whimper (I refer, of course, to the distribution as opposed to the quality of the figures, which look great), but Hasbro has nobody to blame for that but themselves.  I'd like to think that, with the launch of the new Droid Factory stuff in 2013 they'll change things to correct these last two years' issues, but something tells me that they haven't learned anything.  You kind of have to admit there's something wrong before you can learn anything too.

Checked my Target on the way into work this morning and the Star Wars section was pretty much identical to how it has been for the last 7 months, with the only thing missing being the SW TFs.  There was one empty peg for the 3 packs, but nothing had been put out (or it had been put out and had already been cleaned out).  The figures on the pegs were the same old, same old from the last few months (tons of Movie Heroes covered in dust, 4 each of animated Anakin and Mace, also covered in dust, and vintage Dofine, NRG, Vos, and Quadinaros, also, again, covered in dust). 

Given that my Target only restocks when they do a reset, period, I'm not expecting anything new to show up in any assortment. 

Bumped with updated wants.

01.  Princess Leia in Boussh Disguise (SA resculpt)
02.  Bib Fortuna (SA resculpt)
03.  Yak Face (SA resculpt)
04.  Ishi Tib (Jabba's Palace)
05.  Sim Aloo
06.  Admiral Piett
07.  Ree Yees (SA resculpt)
08.  Emperor Palpatine (SA resculpt with Throne)
09.  Mon Mothma (SA resculpt)
10.  Wortt (the outdoor Jabba's Palace "watchdog")

01.  Ackmena
02.  Satele Shan (The Old Republic)
03.  T3-M4
04.  Darth Plagueis (he counts as non-CW EU, right?)
05.  Sith Empire Trooper (The Old Republic)
06.  Kazdan Paratus (The Force Unleashed)
07.  Admiral Pellaeon (Thrawn Trilogy)
08.  Sith Trooper (Knights of the Old Republic)
09.  Darth Revan (rerelease)
10.  Darth Malak (rerelease with new articulated arms)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2012 "Vintage" Collection Wave 16
« on: July 25, 2012, 09:26 AM »
Aren't ALL their waves de facto online exclusives now anyway? Who can find anything in actual stores?

Quoted for truth.  I haven't seen a single new vintage figure at retail since February of this year, and haven't even seen evidence of a restock of any kind to make me believe that stores have gotten anything near me since then.  Walmart, Target, and TRU seem content to just let their mountain of Qui-Gons, Daultay Dofines, Quadinaros, and NRGs collect dust (which they have, and in copious amounts) and not reorder (or they're reordering and Hasbro isn't shipping them to stores).  I can definitely forget ever finding Starkiller and Shae Viszla at this point, either online or at retail, without having to sell a kidney to get them.

That said, just because I'm a loose collector and already have the DTF (ha ha) figures from Walmart, I wouldn't mind terribly if there was a case assortment that replaced those four figures with a second Republic Trooper, ERG, and 2 Imperial Navy Commanders along with the other 8 new figures.  Even so, since it looks like a case is the only way I'm ever going to get any of these 8 figures, I guess I'll eat the four extra TPM recards. 

I'm sure Hasbro has learned from their mistakes over the last few years, and have definitely replaced Bootsy, their veteran wheel-powered internet hamster, with a newer, faster model of quadroped in order to handle the increased traffic on the HTS site for the SDCC exclusives.

Oh, the site is down completely?

It must be retail's fault, because Hasbro is surely doing everything they can to get those items into the right hands.



I got my Bacara a couple of weeks ago, and was kind of disappointed that one of his chest pauldron straps was attached to his belt far too low, leaving the pad itself aligned just above his navel.  The right side was adjustable, but the left strap was just way too short, and I was worried I would damage it if I tried to "operate."  Sideshow, showing outstanding customer service and standing behind the products they produce, offered to exchange a new one for my incorrectly pauldroned version, at their shipping expense.  That's the kind of thing that makes me want to support a company and their products.  So thank you, Sideshow, for being a great bunch of folks. :)

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sidshow 12" Boba Fett
« on: July 15, 2012, 02:38 PM »
My Fett arrived Friday and I'm absolutely thrilled.  Gorgeous piece, with tons of accessories.  I'm really digging the light-up base, too.  Now, if I could just get a nice curio cabinet for these things, I could actually display them. :)

Feedback / Re: Jesse James' feedback
« on: July 15, 2012, 02:31 PM »
Thanks for another wonderful transaction, Jesse, as always! :)

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2012
« on: July 13, 2012, 02:50 PM »
So, I was following GH's live tweeting of the Hasbro presentation/Q&A and, from the way it sounded, this year's dismal distribution issues weren't addressed at all.  Seriously?  People ask about the possibility of vintage-style prequel figures for the millionth time, but NOBODY addresses the elephant bantha in the room?

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