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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: The Future of the Clone Wars Toy Line?
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:27 AM »
With those rumblings from Hasbro out of C6, it sounds like the CW series may not even make it all the way through this upcoming season, which would mean the nearing of the end of this line.  While I'm sure there's plenty of CW and animated figure fans that will be bummed to have that happen, personally, I'm excited at the prospect of one less sub-line of figures to chase down - especially when we've been told their quality will be diminishing, and on top of the obvious fact that they can't even currently be found at retail.  One less headache for me, and hopefully the eventual demise of this line will help Hasbro to re-focus their efforts on the regular movie line(s), as it's obvious they've been spreading their resources and planning a little too thin of late.

Granted, I still wish they'd go back and wrap up the handful of remaining figures from the prior Gendy Tarkovsky (sp?) Clone Wars micro series.  That one just seemed a lot more simple and fun to me.  I already know the answer to that request though.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Celebration VI
« on: August 27, 2012, 03:52 AM »
No offense, and I don't mean to single you out, but this is a big part of the problem.  Why do collectors buy one of every figure, or worse, three?

So let's see if I have this straight:
Force Guy is blaming Pete Fett and completist collectors for our current toy woes
Collectors (completist or otherwise) are blaming Hasbro
Hasbro is blaming Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm is blaming...?  They should be blaming the Maker for that Jar-Jar infested atrocity they just worsened by putting in 3D.

I think the most important question that no one seems to be addressing is who are the kids blaming?  2/3rds of these toys are aimed at them, after all.  Or are they really as completely content and satisfied with their Star Wars goodies as Hasbro's been suggesting.  Personally, I think everyone's full of crap.  DDP and Hasbro know full well that this is hardly Lucasfilm's fault, just as Force Guy knows this obviously has next to nothing to do with completists.  Seeing as how few completists there are anymore these days, that's asinine to suggest they have much, if any, pull on the line's development, character selection, and marketing.  Sure, lots of people buy lots of garbage, and yes, I understand that it's especially confusing to some when others purchase items they don't particularly like, but hey - that's collecting.  To each their own.  I DESPISE soft goods, but I'm still buying multiples of that furball of a red tee-pee Royal Guard in a few months.  I blame all you articulation junkies for that garbage (and the dozens of other soft-good fiascos that came before the ERG).  Now that feels better - I got to blame someone for something too!  As an aside on completists, if the handful of them still out there upsets anyone now, just wait until the B-A-D line hits again next year when completists will multiply ten-fold (or more) as far more "normal" people are forced to buy dozens of figures they don't want just to complete their Build-a-Droids.  There's going to be a LOT more blame to go around when that starts happening!

To be honest, I'm glad there were problems with figures showing up at retail this year.

While I certainly understand your point, and have also greatly enjoyed watching Hasbro attempt to squirm through the bitchslap that retail has recently handed them, I would've probably put that a bit differently, or at least more tactfully, considering your current surroundings and the fact that everyone else here is certainly not quite so pleased.  My wallet and wife are certainly less pleased that I have to pay 2-10x retail on eBay to get most of these silly little plastic 4" treasures that I really don't need.

That said, I've got to agree with some of the sentiments above, that based on Hasbro's early showings for the 2013 MH line, with a 100% overlap on their small test sample, they're clearly not learning from their mistakes.  Even if things were quite far along in the 2013 line's planning, the TPM fiasco should've necesitated some hasty re-arranging of things.  That, on top of the fairly uninteresting character selections in the first two B-A-D waves, gets me even further worried that Hasbro's not going to be able to get this retail disaster turned around.  At least not until the OT hits 3D in 2014, when I'm assuming the core fanbase (old farts) will be briefly reinvigorated.  Of course by then, we'll be looking at $15 figures with 5 POA across the board, so who knows how bad the outlook might be at that point.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:28 AM »
Found my first new CW figures in nearly 8 months last week at Target: Aayla, Obi & Rep. Comm. Boss (no Rex).  Saw the same lame Obi-Wan at a couple more Targets after that, so apparently that wave finally hit pretty well that day.  That Aayla's just a repack of the figure from a couple years ago, right?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Jedi Force
« on: August 24, 2012, 04:04 AM »
For anyone still interested in this line, I spotted the new Vader's TIE a couple weeks ago at Target - I think it's new, anyway.  I didn't notice any new figure 2-packs though, and can't even recall what's still on tap for this line at this point, if anything.  Anyone else remember?  I've been grabbing the OT pieces from this line, much like its GH predecessor.  Makes for good play fodder for the nephews when they come over.  Does anyone recall if this TIE is the same as the prior one in the GH line?  I should probably figure that out before I mistakenly nab a duplicate ship here.

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LEGO / Re: Lego Mini Planet/Ship/Figure Sets
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:49 AM »
I've seen all three new sets for Series 2 at Target and WM over the past couple weeks now.  They had loads of them, so I'm sure they'll be easy enough to find in the coming weeks for most everyone interested.  I like the mini ships, but could honestly do without the planets myself.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Celebration VI
« on: August 24, 2012, 03:45 AM »
I'm not too surprised by the lack of anything new today from Hasbro, but I'm assuming they're holding at least a wave or two and a couple interesting nuggets on the line for their presentation tomorrow, ala SDCC (if not actual figures in the display case, then at least pix or a verbal list).  With them due to skip NYCC this year, I'll be pretty disappointed if they don't mention anything new at CVI and we're forced to wait all the way 'til next February's TF.

Wow - kudos to Jayson for getting a pretty good answer.

DDP admitting that stores like Big Lots, Tuesday Morning, Five Below, etc... are going to be the beneficiaries of these waves is very interesting.

Does that presumably include the usual suspects of TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Ross?  I hope so, since I don't have any of those other stores near me.  I could do without anymore figure dumps at Kohl's however, since they're far from a "bargain" there, and are usually quite a bit more than Target, WM, etc.

I just know him from the inordinate ammount of time he would take photographing everything at a Hasbro display.

Those of us who have been perusing the boards long enough likely remember him better for a particular incident involving a Toyfair Vader and "camera battery".


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  • Sergeant Doallyn
  • Sim Aloo
  • Cliegg Lars
  • Jaxxon
  • Toryn Farr
  • Guri
  • Leebo
  • Treva Horme
  • Tzivvzt
  • Baniss Keeg
  • Mosep
  • Padme Amidala (Lake Retreat)
  • Kitster/Wald
  • Tey How
  • Ishi Tib (Palace)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: July 29, 2012, 03:55 AM »
I was excited with the prospect of them stretching this book out into two films, and while I absolutely love Jackson's film interpretations of these Tolkien classics (especially in their extended forms), a trilogy for The Hobbit is just going way overboard and reeks of nothing more than a cash grab to me.  I certainly wouldn't mind being proven wrong in that respect, but I just can't comprehend how there'd be enough material to warrant such a material adjustment at this late juncture, unless they wind up trimming the runtimes down on all of them to a "paltry" 2 hours or so.  I much prefer the more in-depth and entrenched viewing experience of longer flicks though, as we got with each LOTR movie, and even moreso with each of their EE's.

Harry Potter 7 seems to have set quite the business model precedent that all movie franchises based on book series are now following: Twilight, Hunger Games, and now The Hobbit.  Annoying.  I can't wait for Percy Jackson, Part 9, Vol.'s 1 & 2.

Any Tolkien purists here upset with the added female character?  Amusing rants around the web about that.  Seems fairly trivial to me, to be honest, and probably a pretty wise move by the movie studio/writers since Hobbit lacks any of the various heroines found in LOTR.  Gotta have at least one lady in the movie, right?

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I'm still praying these find their way into next year's supposed B-A-D line (sans silly hats)...

Well, based on SDCC, this obviously isn't happening.  Crap.  Very nervous now, as I loves me some astromechs!  At least it sounds like WDW has finally gotten the rest of their droid parts in, along with a new supply of the old ones.  Does this mean you'll be heading back down there again soon, Pete?  :-X

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: 2012 Summer Olympics
« on: July 29, 2012, 03:24 AM »
If it involves "judges", I don't care...

Well said.  I used to love watching a lot of those judged Olympic sports over the years, but the BS that goes on within and "behind-the-scenes" of each one of them (including the Winter games) has just become too aggravating to invest my time and fandom in anymore.  I usually go into each new Olympics telling myself to take it little easier on the Medal Tracker watching, but somehow I always find myself getting dragged back in.  Then I get thoroughly annoyed with the U.S. team if we're not leading in the gold and total medal counts, as if it's some god-given right for us to do so, which it is obviously not.  It seems the rest of the world is really catching up and/or surpassing the U.S. in many of these sports now (like swimming today).  Maybe they all work harder than we do now, while our athletes (and fans, like me) are getting too arrogant/spoiled/coddled/distracted/entitled/etc.  Or maybe I've just lost the proper understanding of the Olympic Spirit in my old age!

I'm still wondering if McCartney really choked up from emotion at the beginning of Hey Jude last night in the opening ceremonies as the media's suggesting, or if he just temporarily couldn't kick his vocals into high gear at his age.  Hopefully it was just a case of the former, though watching it, it seemed sadly more like the latter.  At least he finished relatively strong.  Pretty good ceremonies, and the James Bond/Queen bit was amusing, but it was definitely lacking the WOW factor of Beijing's performance (as expected).  Hopefully the Brit's weather cooperates over the next couple of weeks though, or we could be in for some less than stellar competitions.

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  • Sargeant Doallyn
  • Sim Aloo
  • Ishi Tab (Palace)
  • Funeral Pyre Vader (Dlx.)
  • Emperor on Throne (Dlx.)
  • Sy Snootles (vintage)
  • Fozec
  • Cane Adiss
  • Nik Sant
  • Geezum

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On topic: I'm perfectly content with the old Muftak, especially since I despise softgoods.  Your miniature sewing machine sure sounds interesting though!

Off topic (now): I originally wanted to vomit at the idea of Brian's getting an exclusive like this, especially at that nasty $25 price point.  But after calming down I decided I'd rather get gouged $25 a pop for the last handful of "never-before-made" figures from the movies than never getting them at all (literally, or figuratively based on Hasbro's crap distribution nowadays).  That said, if Brian's Toys wants to spring for $25 figures of Cliegg Lars, Sim Aloo, Sgt. Doaylnn, a couple more Padmes, Tonnika Sisters, and a few others, I guess I'm game.  Hopefully Hasbro will let the likes of Target and Walmart beat them to the punch though.  As horrid as things went for the TPM release earlier this year (movie and figures), I'm hoping Hasbro and LFL will still use the presumed 5 remaining 3D releases to promote the likes of the aforementioned figures during their respective releases.

As for the Jocasta figure, I think the face could use a better likeness (as usual), but overall it definitely looks pretty well done and accurate.  That Dooku bust is obviously one of the nicer accessories we've ever gotten with a figure (excluding the various deluxe lines), which makes the price point slightly more easy to stomach.  I just think $19.99 would've been a more tolerable price for most everyone, and judging by the quick reversal Brian's did on the "charge now, receive next year" nonsense, I'm guessing early sales were pretty underwhelming at this higher price point.  It'll be interesting to see if they drop the price on Jocasta later on next year, like EE has occasionally done on their SW exclusives in the past.

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It's remarkable that K-Mart is taking on some exclusives now.

Agreed, but even more remarkable that Hasbro would even give K-mart an exclusive at this point since there's so few of their stores around anymore.  I'm not sure if I should be pissed at the prospect of having a horrible time/drive finding these things, or if I should just be thankful that such a cool themed "wave" of exclusives found an outlet to make it to retail in the first place.  Hopefully they'll be as easy/affordable to find as K-mart's recent B-wing was, though I doubt that'll be the case with the two army-building figure sets, which I'm assuming will be far more popular to most people than a rehash of a larger sized vehicle was last year.  With all these freakin' Ewoks coming out, I really wish Hasbro would put some kind of Ewok Village out to display them in, though I know that'll never happen.  I guess the ol' vintage version is just going to have to get a little fuller this year.

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I was very impressed by the cardboard insert that filled up the "negative" space.  Very well done.

I wholeheartedly agree, and am actually glad I got my order for 3 in a little late so I didn't wind up with one of those earlier smashed boxes like others did.  Despite the nice package, and minty boxes mine showed up in, all three of the cards were actually a little dinged in at the top left edge - weird.  No biggie really, since they're probably all getting opened anyway.  Cool figure though, which bums me out even more that we're not getting anymore mailaway offers in the near future.

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Annoying to miss out on yet another of these pain-in-the-ass SDCC SW exclusives, especially since I feel that the Carbonite Jar Jar constitutes a "new figure" for a any completist (carded or loose).  I know Hasbro's just playing it off as a unique accessory and trying to downplay it as an actual figure, but I'd imagine quite a few of us have enough OCD completism in ourselves to think otherwise.  I really wish they'd find another outlet to get that "figure" out to the public, even if it's only in loose form, 'cause I'm really not too excited at the prospect of dropping $60+ on a plastic slab of the most hated character in SW history.

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