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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 25, 2005, 02:26 PM »
Jared - I agree with you 100% - my enthusiasm for this is really dwindling. For me it's becoming more of a CHORE than it is the "Fun of collecting" - thank god this is the final movie year 'cause I don't think I could handle something WORSE than this in three years!

It's only a chore if you make it one.

Sorry, but as I see it, completists don't have a leg to stand on when complaining about how hard it is to find particular items or exclusives--particularly if you want all the card variations and/or both openers and carded items. When you decide to be a completist, you know what you're getting into, and have pre-committed to jumping through whatever hoops are necessary.

If you don't think it's worth the effort for this or any other figure, skip it and move on.

Just my 2 cents.

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: do not need more REHASHES!
« on: March 23, 2005, 12:23 PM »
That was what made POTJ great--it was mostly background aliens and bit players. In future, Hasbro should make one or two definitive sculpts of core characters and recard them endlessly in a perpetual Hall of Fame assortment. How many new versions of Cantina Han and Arena Mace do we need anyway? Just pick one version and recard it forever.

In principle, I'm not against repacks, as long as they're chosen well. In fact I'd be perfectly content if 2006 or 07 was 75% repacks of hard-to-find figures. I'd happily buy into an OTC style line with deeper range and good distribution (I would have bought a lot of OTC but most were very hard to find in my area and I'm not going to pay $10 apiece online).

Suggestions:

Qui-Gon and Eopie
Holo Sidious
Regular Sidious
the astromechs from Amidala's starship
AAT Tank
Spitting Jabba
SA Clone Trooper (let's face it, they could crank these out by the hundreds of thousand and it'd never become a pegwarmer)
Red ARC Trooper
Hailfire droid
Movie-style Asajj Ventress
POTJ Security battledroid
Sebulba
SOTE Xizor
Coleman Trebor
McQuarrie concept stormtrooper
Ephant Mon
CW Animated Yoda and Dooku
POTJ Sandtrooper with four variant shoulder pauldrons
And whatever ROTS figures end up being rare (like the later waves)

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Saga '02-'04 / TRU Cinema Scenes Sale
« on: March 22, 2005, 12:30 PM »
This weekend I picked up one of the Geonosian War-room packs (Nute, Shu, Passel) and one of the good Jedi Council packs (Mace, Even Piell, Oppo) for $7.48 apiece, even though the shelf tag claimed $19.99.

If you still need any of these sets, check your TRU and hope they're on sale there as well!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 16, 2005, 04:01 PM »
I dig Holo Yoda, and I'll spend enough to put me over the $35 threshhold.

I wouldn't bother with Lava Vader even if it was a normal $5.99 purchase. But ultra-limiting the number per store, then making you wait in line before dawn after being up till 2 the previous night, THEN shelling out $13 apiece? Now that's just bull****.

There's only one or two toys I'd do that for (let's say, Super Articulated Silver ARC Trooper With Functioning Blaster Rifle and Exploding Miniature Concussion Grenade) ... and this definitely ain't one of them. ::)

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: March 15, 2005, 02:22 PM »
A long time ago I got one at Suncoast for about $7. But I'm not giving him up.  :P ;)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: March 15, 2005, 02:20 PM »
The Micro Vehicles and Lava Vader don't do much for me. I'm withholding judgment on the Cup sets. But the 5-packs and Stormie/SA Clone packs sound promising. Though something tells me they'll be scarce--particularly if Target does something boneheaded like restricting the number per store (a la Lava Vader). ::)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 14, 2005, 07:06 PM »
At a MN Wal-Mart I saw three Tarffuls, 1 Droid Attack R2, and 1 Spinning Yoda. I only bought Tarfful; the other two aren't high priority so I'll get them later.

Tarfful's sculpt is pretty good, but the paint should be near-black instead of chocolate brown. The articulation, while passable, isn't spectacular.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Full 56
« on: March 11, 2005, 11:28 AM »
That's frikkin' fantastic! I love all the clones and army builders, particularly #49, Commander Baccarra--really medieval, and also McQuarrie-esque for some reason. And I'm glad the Wookiee Warrior isn't just a repack from the SP Wook.

Agreed about the Clonetrooper, seeing that SA one on the way makes the first one avoidable.  I'll probably pick up 1 if I see it, but won't be army building with the "quick draw" version.

I was thinking the same thing, though there will be 3-packs to consider as well.

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Glad to see Tarkin in the lineup too, I actually don't have the POTF2 one, so it would be neat if they did an "old" variant down the line somewhere of this figure ;).

Great idea! I don't have the old one either, and either way it would be great to have a better-articulated version.

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Very nicely done sir!

And I see you have the Action Fleet Gunship. Lucky &*^*&$^. ;)

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Collections / Re: KNASHDX's Collection
« on: March 10, 2005, 06:42 PM »
Great collection, knashdx! Nicely organized as well. :)

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So far I know that one Toys R Us is doing it; I'm on board, but it's a bit of a drive from where I live. If one happens closer to home I'll defect.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 8, 2005, 11:57 AM »
Last Saturday I went to a convention and one dealer had roughly a dozen basic figures for $10 a pop. He said he found them in some store.

I didn't buy any, for two reasons:
--In a month or two they'll be everywhere, and I'd be kicking myself for overpaying.
--That's the textbook definition of scalping, and I'm not going to support such behavior. I did get $40 of POTF2/EpI/POTJ/CW merch, which likely came from stores as well, but I rationalized that somehow it doesn't count because the stuff is so old now. ::)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: March 8, 2005, 11:53 AM »
http://www.rebelscum.com/article.asp?i=90120

Rebelscum reports $19.99 apiece at TRU.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: March 4, 2005, 12:32 PM »
So far I've only found the ROTS lightsabers.

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