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Revenge of the Sith / Re: April/2005 - Your Plan of Action
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:02 PM »
TRU Midnight Madness. I'm only budgeting $30 for the event. One or two deluxe or small vehicles, and a couple of basic figures.

I'm a college student; I need to save some for the books to buy at the Matt Stover signing, for stuff to buy at Celebration III, and so on. But rest assured I'll be diligently plugging away all year in $10 - 20 increments. :)

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.

So keep in mind that this list is my long-term plan.

Basic, Deluxe, and Small and Medium Vehicles.
About 75% of these items. Picking the best version of "multiple release" characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, Grievous. One opener per, and multiples of army builders.

Holo Yoda: yes.
Lava Vader: screw that!
Wal-Mart Early Bird BS: see above.

Battle Arenas.
Probably pass. Clearance maybe.

A few. Waiting til I see them in person.

Force Battlers.
Probably Anakin and Obi, depending how they look in person. Later on, Chewbacca and Clone.

I don't collect those, so pass except for the Clone Trooper.


repaint Gunship
I don't have either previous version, so yep.

Pass unless I see an extremely good deal on clearance.

Anakin, Obi, Asajj Ventress (later wave), Clone (later wave). Pass on Grievous unless it looks really spectacular in person. I'm not a fan of the GG concept and up to now I haven't collected Unleashed.

Galactic Heroes
I've only gotten one GH set so far (Tusken and Jawa), and here I'll just get 1 or 2, like Chewie & Clone and maybe Yoda & Palps. Not a priority though.

Jedi Force
Haven't been paying attention to this line, so I'll take a look in person, but pass unless there's something really spiffy like a clone (noticing a theme here? ;)).

Darth Tater
Pass unless $1.50 clearance.

Pass unless clearance. Maybe the Chewie watergun or bowcaster, or Yoda's saber.

Die Cast & Micro Things
Sounds promising; waiting till I see them in person so I can figure out exactly what they are.

Fast Food Happy Meal Gimmicks
Wait and see.

Books & Comics
One of pretty much everything (Visual Dictionary, Incredible X-Sections, Essential Guides, adaptations, whatever else), however I'm not touching any of these until after I see the flick. The one exception is the novelization, which I'll get at the Matt Stover signing event.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: March 31, 2005, 12:34 PM »
Gah! The bitches! >:( ::)

Fortunately for me, I'm going to TRU for MM anyway.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 12:12 PM »
Awesome! Too bad these don't come out for a while yet. :(

The "multiple flavors" situation could be hairy because the new clones come in more colors than just the four ranks and white--there's the blue SpecOps trooper, the one with the small burgundy insignia as seen on the 12-inch doll,† the red-checkered Shocktrooper, the gold ARC-style troopers with Aayla Secura on Felucia, and even more than one helmet variation (Cmdr Baccarra).

It'll be interesting to see how the color variants all shake out.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: I have a in-genius plan for MM
« on: March 30, 2005, 08:55 PM »
I got that ad in last sunday's paper here in MN... you might want to stop into the local WM and see if they still have them laying around.

Very nice! I'll have to see if ours has been recycled yet or not; hopefully it's still around somewhere. If not, I'll take a trip to pick one up.

<March 31 Edit: Yep, I found it. :)>

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 30, 2005, 06:47 PM »
Can you post a link to this article?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:47 PM »
If they are "rebooting" the line and starting over symbolically with the Luke, Leia, R2 and Chewie - I hope (for sanity's sake), when they do this, it means that they're going to handle the line a bit more like it was handled during the vintage days.

There was only ONE Tatooine Luke from ANH - sure he got re-released under the ESB and ROTJ banners, but there was never a second, third, fourth, etc... sculpt of the figure.

I would be happy if they use this line to put stakes in the ground and say "This is the ultimate Tatooine Luke and we'll never make another version of Luke in this outfit." If done with the right amount of accessories (long rifle, floppy hat, tan poncho, swappable belts (black vs. Stormtrooper) , binoculars, imperial blaster and lightsaber (lit and unlit)) and a high-level of articulation (at least 15 points) -- then I'd be okay with that.

If you think about it this would help the line survive the longest. Constantly re-issue the exact same figure in the exact same packaging and your profit margin goes up....................

My thoughts exactly, Pete. Get one or two definitive sculpts of core characters and recard them endlessly in a perpetual Hall of Fame assortment. This would free up a lot of production space and shelf space for bit players and background aliens--as well as repacks of some harder-to-find figures--red ARC, Holo Sidious, etc. (I just keep banging away on my Holo Sidious drum don't I? ;))

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:36 PM »
I know this is the wrong answer ;), but I actually like it.

Of course story-wise it doesn't make much sense for Plo to copy Ani's paintjob....

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Would you like that "wookie-sized"?
« on: March 29, 2005, 08:47 PM »
I was looking at Rorrworr earlier though and he's pretty darn small, smaller than the POTF2 Chewie I think.† Gonna look like a little baby compared to the Warrior.

Well Rorworr is a young Wookiee after all. Whilst the warrior is an adult in his physical prime.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 29, 2005, 08:35 PM »
Allright, thanks. That's what I thought. Good to know I'm not going crazy. ;)

But my "Too many damn multipacks" comment stands.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 29, 2005, 08:07 PM »
"Eeth Koth was killed on Geonosis according to the Power of the Jedi Sourcebook, but he nor his death are shown onscreen during the the battle. It was further confirmed in Inside the Worlds of Attack of the Clones that both Koth and Tarados Gon, a Klatooinian Jedi, died aboard a gunship that was shot down during the Battle of Geonosis. He has been replaced on the Jedi Council by fellow Zabrak, Agen Kolar."

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:40 PM »
Came with a $1 off EVERY figure you buy on 4/2 coupon. Probably old news, but I think I'll go to Target on 4/2.

Fella over at RS is saying the ROTS figures are going on sale for $4.99 the very next day, for the rest of the week.† Kinda renders the coupon pointless, other than the obvious issue of timing for the "impatient" folks that need to have everything on 4/2 (like me† :P)

It will help me to not feel like I'm in such a rush to get everything at Target on that first day now though, so that's somewhat relieving to know at least...

Then what's the [bleep]ing point of the coupons??? *sigh*

At least now I feel better about not getting a coupon--well, I haven't gotten one yet and my chances are rapidly dwindling.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Possible Animated Wave 4?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:36 PM »
I hope that witht he annoucnement of 30 min installments that we will get more animated style figures

What what what? :o 30 min installments?

<Never mind. I figured it out now.>

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:27 PM »
Deluxe Wave 3:

Clone Troopers
Crab Droid (w/Walking Action, like the CW Spider Droid)
Stass Allie w/Speederbike (not sure if it's a BARC or regular bike)
NEW Spider Droid

Sounds good thus far.

I know it's heresy, but personally I'm hoping it is just the CW set with new heads. Most of mine will just be standing around in diorama fashion, so SA isn't necessary. Plus these are way cheaper.

Rebelscum's latest Q&A tries to answer the issue, and only manages to confuse me further.

Are the ROTS Clone Trooper multi packs a for sure thing or still only a rumor? If they going to be made will they be more like the Clone Wars multi packs or the current articulated ones?

Yes, they are a ďfor sureĒ thing and will be the Super Articulated version. At this point itís a shame they wonít be the new Episode III Clones, but at least itís something.

I don't even understand what they're talking about here. So they're SA with AOTC helmets rather than ROTS but .... 3-packs or 4? Exclusive or non?† ???

Too many damn multipacks.

I have no idea what Eeth Koth was up to.

I believe he was present (offscreen) at Geonosis and was killed there.

The interesting thing is that you can tell when Saesee Tiin is being played by different people too - which is a disappointment. I'm glad that George has at least been consistent with Ki Adi Mundi and having Silas Carson play him throughout.

Same here. Probably it's because Ki is the only Councilor extra who has any lines. Plus, Carson was already on hand playing Nute Gunray.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:19 PM »
Whoops--I missed the part of your post indicating these were actually coming. I thought it was just spec.

I already have at least two Mauls, and soon the ROTS Dooku. Not worth getting the 3-pack just for Sid, unless he's something special like the aforementioned Holo version.

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