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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Who's First?
« on: March 27, 2005, 02:05 AM »
The way my monetary situation looks right now, on 4/2 I won't buy more than a half-dozen figures and maybe one or two deluxe. So "not knowing where to begin" won't be a huge issue.

In a way it's too bad I can't start off with a spectacular blaze of sound and fury like I'd hoped -- but on the other hand it prolongs the fun to acquire them in bits and pieces through the spring and summer ... and fall ... and winter ... and following spring ... and summer ... and then on 75% off clearance ... and so on.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: March 27, 2005, 01:30 AM »
Unless I'm mistaken, these aren't a Target exclusive. ???

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Other Collectibles / Re: M-pire figure 2-pack assortment?
« on: March 27, 2005, 12:33 AM »
You know those talking M&Ms in the commercials? I'm guessing these are like that, only with sabers, blasters, helmets, etc.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: March 26, 2005, 03:06 AM »
Due on May 8th:

087-06-1489 - Collector Edition Stormtrooper/SW Articulated Super Clone Trooper
087-06-1490 - 5-pack Collector Cases

In light of recent developments ... how exactly does this fit with the 5-figure Battlepacks and the 3-pack Evolutions sets? Or are they all completely separate? ???

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart Exclusive
« on: March 26, 2005, 01:30 AM »
I'm adopting a "wait-and-see" attitude--like until I see pictures and details.

Normally I disdain gimmicky exclusive bull like this, but for $29.96 it's still cheaper than the EE sets.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: March 26, 2005, 01:17 AM »
Looking forward to this vehicle.

Lots and lots o' Wookiees. I've already got a start on my army with Yarua, 2 Sneak Preview Warriors, 1 leaked Tarfful, and a few different Chewies.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: March 26, 2005, 01:08 AM »
Either way, I want to get my hands on it bad.

But since there aren't supposed to be hordes of commanders or ARCs, logically it should be the plain E3 clone -- otherwise the proportions are wrong if you buy several sets.

I'll probably bring the wrath of the collecting gurus upon myself by saying this ;), but I hope the Sandtrooper is a repack from the POTJ/POTC version. IMHO that's an all-around great figure. Plus I already have two, so this way the new ones would match. At any rate, I hope he comes with white, black, or orange pauldron instead of a repeat of gray.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 25, 2005, 03:34 PM »
Now that I think about it, it will probably be in the ROTS line even though half the figures aren't even from the film (Jango, Maul, Yavin 4 Ani, Ventress, Armored Obi).

And I'll be opening 'em right up, so it doesn't matter much to me either.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 25, 2005, 03:20 PM »
Does anyone know what these will be packaged as--Clone Wars, Post-OTC silver-on-black, or simply ROTS?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 25, 2005, 03:18 PM »
Certainly these gimmicks are ridiculous and manipulative--I don't disagree there--but that doesn't mean collectors have to bite. The retailers think up this stuff because they know diehards will buy anything and everything. It's a self-perpetuating cycle I think.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 25, 2005, 02:45 PM »
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but I think I'll get the first one at least.

Yavin 4 Anakin looks promising, and I don't have the movie-style Asajj Ventress so I want this one, repack or not.  I don't feel strongly about General Gravy one way or the other, and it's hard to tell what kind of Yoda that is.

And clone-armor Obi-Wan honestly sounds too good to be true. What's the catch? Probably the armor won't come with the cape, the pieces won't snap on properly and he'll look like the Stay-Puft marshmallow man when wearing it. ::)

The second set looks like new or modified sculpts of Obi-Wan and Anakin, so we'll see how that turns out. And I don't have any Jango, believe it or not.

I think the Clone Wars movie style figures were crap on a EU plate.  Jedi Armor and Mexican Bandito outfits and the like don't show up in the movies do they?  Mace Windu wears the same outfit in AOTC and ROTS, why would he change for the Clone Wars?  It smacks of doing something for coolness sake.

True, but I don't have a problem with that. What's wrong with a change of pace from the moldy old bathrobes now and again? ;)

The one figure that stood out really badly to me (in terms of a "WTF?" moment) was the Mace Windu.  Great idea, Hasbro: take the single most overproduced and underselling figure of the Saga era, which also has a garish action feature that makes it nearly impossible for it to look good holding a lightsaber, slap a new head on it (presumably; as has been said, the lighting isn't that good), and put it in a five pack as a "new figure."   ::)

No kidding. He's still a pegwarmer at my TRU. *forces a laugh but cries a little inside*

At least they swapped the head.

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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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