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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: June 17, 2012, 06:28 PM »
Holy crap, I found a new Clone Wars figure at actual retail for the first time since January!  Of course, it was the new Obi-Wan Kenobi, and it was 2 hours away from where I live, but hey!  New figure!  Maybe at this rate I'll find Boss and Rex by this time next year!

On another note, despite this being the first new Star Wars action figure I've found at retail AT ALL since the Vintage Deleted Scenes wave in February (which, by the way, is the last time ANY stores near me got ANY new SW figures), I almost put Obi-Wan back.  Even now I feel like I bought him out of obligation more than actual desire to have him, if that makes any sense (it probably doesn't).  Kind of sad, really, but hey, the Lego Monster Fighters "Crazy Scientist and his Monster" set I bought at the same time was well worth the money I paid.

Count me amongst the many who are passing on this until clearance.  I've gotten every "big" vehicle since they pretty much relaunched them with the AT-TE and Falcon at normal price upon release, but the MTT is just a case of asking too much for far too little.  I'd just assume they drop all the figures they currently have planned to include, include two repainted Vintage Battle Droids in the blue Pilot scheme, and drop the price by about 50 bucks, at least.  Sadly, I think that if this thing actually does make it to retail, it's going to be DOA in a way that Star Wars toys haven't been in a long time, if ever. 

Of course, since pretty much everything past the TPM wave of vintage this year has been an online exclusive, the MTT being online-only wouldn't be much of a shock at all.  Even if it does get technically released at mass retail, there's no guarantee that it'll actually even show up anywhere. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Star Wars: 1313 - The Figures
« on: June 2, 2012, 02:29 PM »
While this does, indeed, seem like a really cool concept for a game/tv show/whatever, I've pretty much lost any and all hope that Hasbro can and will pull off a quality toy line to support it.  We'll either get figures two years after the game is released or (more likely) game inaccurate figures with decreased articulation and action features.  Sorry to be so negative, but Hasbro hasn't really given me much reason to be positive toward any of their lines lately, not the least of which is Star Wars.

I was just at Target and they had GI Joe figures for like $7 on clearance.  I was a little surprised at the cost - I thought they were only $7-8 to begin with.

I noticed that too... Spider-Man figures were "marked down" to $7, "originally $10". I'm pretty sure they were pricing that Spidey line at like $8.50 a figure, so not much of a deal. But then again I've found that outside of the odd exclusive, Target doesn't really like getting money from collectors anyway, so no big deal.

I've noticed that, in recent months, Target will mark up things to a ridiculous amount a few weeks before they put it on clearance.  Saw this most recently back in January when they jacked the prices of the Mattel DC Batman Legacy two packs (you know, the one with Gordon and Wayne that every store had tons of?) up to 40 bucks before marking it down to 20 2 weeks later.  I don't know if they've got someone else in charge of things these days on the corporate level, but between that, the 17 dollar TF:DOTM deluxes, and the 10 dollar Joes, it seems to be standard policy now.  I guess that way, when the first clearance is back to original retail price, they can pretend like you're getting a deal by saying "WAS 10 DOLLARS, NOW 7!"

Was hoping someone here would be willing or able to help me out.  I am in need of one each of the following 2012 Vintage SW figures to fill some holes before the rest of the figures for the year don't show up and I have to beg for them too. :)

-Starkiller (TFU II)
-Shae Viszla (TOR)

I can pay cost plus shipping (plus a little extra on top for your trouble, since this whole line has become a big bowl of trouble overall these last few years).  If you can help me out with one or all of the above, please PM me.  Thank you for looking! :)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2012 "Vintage" Collection Wave 13
« on: April 25, 2012, 09:56 AM »
Given how only one Wal-Mart near me has gotten anything past the Episode I wave, I broke down and ordered the case with Wedge in it from BBTS a few minutes ago.  I'm going to wind up with a few figures I don't need (Maul, Qui-Gon, and Nom Anor), but I'd rather pay for 9 figures I do want/need now than have to worry about searching later.  I guess (unless the case never actually ships and I don't wind up with the figures at all; what a pessimist I have become) that only leaves me needing Bespin Han and Barriss Offee (from wave 7) and Darth Malgus and the Imperial Navy Commander (from wave 3) to be (technically) "caught up."

Only the second case I've ever bought online, btw (the first was the AOTC wave last year which, Hasbro should take note, I only ordered because I needed 10 of the 12 figures from it; this is why even halfway acceptable case packs are better).

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2012 "Vintage" Collection Wave 13
« on: April 21, 2012, 12:39 PM »
I can't wait until September when I finally find one or two figures from this wave.  It's gonna be awesome.

I can't wait until November when I finally find the repacks of Barriss and Bespin Han from this case over a year after they were first released.  Oh wait, I won't find them in November either.  Never mind.

Seriously, I'm about to throw my hands up and quit completely.  It's all well and good that online retailers are getting new cases, but actual retail stores have not gotten them (or much of anything in the last year); I guess Hasbro's claims that brick-and-mortar retail was their bread and butter were overstated somewhat, unless it's moldy bread with fetid apple butter.

I've never met DePriest (or anyone from Hasbro, for that matter) personally, but the 30th Anniversary (2007) line was probably the high point of the last 10 years of Star Wars for me, at least in terms of character selection and the ability to actually find figures at retail.  Aside from the huge drought mid-year (which seems to have become a staple of the line since 2007 unfortunately) and the large number of waves hitting all at once, that was probably the last time I recall every figure that we were promised actually being released in decent numbers.  Everything since then has been horrible, both due to the inability to find new figures and for certain waves being almost impossible to locate.  So, for whatever else he may have done poorly, I can't fault the guy for 2007.

That being said, I thought Hasbro said that they had "learned" from the 2011 Vintage case assortment situation and were going to presumably remedy it for 2012.  I guess that didn't happen, because we're heading right back down that same path with the 2012 assortments.  I've said it before, but I never actually saw wave 7 at retail (only got the other four figures through the revision cases later in the year that Wal-Mart did get), and I still don't have Bespin Han or Barris Offee, so I'm glad to see them (and the Gammy and Wedge) make a comeback.  I do agree that Bastilla/Echo Base Rebel/Walrus Man could do with another few cases, and why Hasbro isn't doing that confuses me to no end.  The very idea that a "Fan's Choice" winner is about as common as a villain in a Hasbro Marvel movie line is, frankly, asinine.

At this point, outside of maybe Maul, there is no reason whatsoever for any of the vintage TPM figures to be repacked in ANY future case assortment.  There is an abundance of every figure at retail, and it's blocking anything from getting stocked.  Hasbro could stop shipping those figures, put new figures in cases at 2 per case, with repacks of older, truly HTF figures (Bastilla, Echo Base Rebel, Wedge) to fill out the case and things wouldn't be nearly as bad as they are now.  Of course, the TPM stuff would still be sitting on the pegs, so maybe not.

Given several factors (the new brand manager, whoever he/she is, that seems to have a fondness for 1995-level articulation, 2002-level action features, and 1923-level distribution; continually abysmal case assortments; dropping of the Q&A with websites; price hikes; essentially dumping Clone Wars figures altogether; Movie Heroes as a whole; and the admitted bombing of TPM 3D in theaters), it honestly feels like Hasbro is trying to deliberately kill the SW line as an ongoing thing.  And to be honest, if they are doing it purposely, I wish they'd just go ahead and pull the plug at the end of the year completely and stop jerking us around with false promises of things getting better.

I ran across something interesting this morning at three different Wal-Marts in my area (which leads me to believe that, unlike single store clearances, this might be store-wide) while out and about.  It seems like WM is already clearing out some of the "new" TPM stuff; either that, or they realized they aren't going to sell at the massively inflated prices Hasbro "suggests" they charge for them.  From what I could see, these were the markdowns:

-Class II Attack Vehicles (Sith Infiltrator, AAT, Anakin and Sebulba Pods) were down to 21 bucks (originally 30)
-Battle Packs (the 3 pack ones) were down to 15 bucks (originally 22)
-Exclusive Vulture Droid and Dewback were also down to 21 bucks (originally 30)
-Pre-TPM vintage figures were down to 4.00 (as has been brought up before numerous times; originally 9 bucks)
-Deluxe Class TF Crossovers (I don't know what they're called in the SW line) were down to 11 bucks (originally 15)

The only stuff I saw that was still original price were the DTF (ha) figures, Movie Heroes, Clone Wars, and TPM vintage, all of which were still 8.96, and the Class I (Deluxe) Vehicles with Figures.  Two of the WMs got the ROTJ Deleted Scenes vintage figures, but oddly enough all the Leia's had disappeared from 4 cases before they hit the pegs.  How odd.   ::)

Discover the Force / Movie Heroes / Re: Movie Heroes Battle Packs
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:01 PM »
Everything happening with the entire SW line seems like a colossal cluster**** right now.  Do they REALLY need to be rereleasing all of those Wave 3 and 7 figures this spring?  I mean I get Wedge and Gammy but the rest?  The carry forwards, the lack of any new vehicles, this crap, the lack of exclusives, the demise of the Clone Wars line, the quintuple releasing of figures (Mau, Obi and Qui) at the same time...ugh.  It is like they are trying to kill the line

I can honestly say that I never saw a single case of Wave 7 at any store I went to last year, and I'm still without Bespin Han and Barriss because of that.  The only reason I have the other four from that wave is due to them reshipping in random "Revenge of the Jedi" cases two waves later.  I'm actually happy they're reshipping that wave, and that Wedge and Gammy are getting another go around (especially since the former was nonexistent seemingly everywhere).

But yeah, all the other decisions Hasbro's been making lately seem like deliberate attempts to kill the line.  It's like 1995 and 2002 got together and had a baby who looked like ****.

I can't even remember who I picked in last year's list, but given the rash of TPM toys that came out last month, and the movie being back in theaters, I'm just going to start from scratch this year:

01.  Anakin Skywalker (SA Tatooine Pod Race version with removable helmet)
02.  Padme Naberrie (Orange Handmaiden Gown)
03.  Nute Gunray (SA Resculpt)
04.  Rune Haako (SA Resculpt)
05.  Senator Palpatine (SA Resculpt)
06.  Captain Panaka (SA Resculpt)
07.  Naboo Royal Security (SA Resculpt; the yellow/brown suited guys)
08.  Kitster and Wald
09.  Ratts Tyerell's Family (from the TPM DVD Deleted Scenes)
10.  Padme Naberrie Amidala (SA Resculpt; Purple Naboo Battle Outfit)

Honorary mention that will never get made:  Senator Grebleips :)

I'm not sure if you meant it that way Diddly but the Droideka in DTF is the 2007 figure, not the 1999 figure...

You're both right on this one.  The DTF figure is the 2007 figure with a slightly different paint job, but the 2007 figure was the 1999 figure with a new "head" piece that had the extended sensors instead of a complete curve (I think they may have just used the same head from the 2005 ROTS version with the launching missiles, but I'm not too sure about that, as I don't have the action-feature impaired version).  That said, the Droideka (1999, 2007, or 2012) continues to be one of the better figures of all time, IMHO.  Back in the day of 5 dollar figures and TRU's B2GO sales, I army built the crap out of the the 2007 Droidekas.  That said, I have WAY too many blue shield balls hanging around (har har). :)

Feedback / Re: Darth_Anton's feedback
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:34 PM »
Yet another wonderful deal with Anthony, who was a pleasure to deal with, as always.  Helped me fill a huge hole in the collection with a carded VC Wedge! :)

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. :)

The Vintage Collection / 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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