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Messages - Pete_Fett

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Hello, my name is Peter, and I am a Disney Build-A-Droid Factory-a-holic...



Just spent the week at Disney - did I really need these droids? Nope, but I couldn't NOT make a stop at the Droid Factory  ;D

A couple of these droids, were just making droids that were alternate designs I considered for my original set of 50 droids but didn't do so that I could get x-number of each part.

Tops on my to-do list were the Blue-dome R9 on the white w/blue body and the Red R3 dome on an all-red body.

The Black/Red R6 and R9 are for my desk at work and the other droids were built just to add one more droid with those parts to the collection - with the exception of domes (of which now my collection has 57; 3x of the seven domes in the pic above and 2x of the remaining 18 domes) - I now have, at a minimum, 4x of every other part in the set.

I was also able to score the Search for the Rebel Spy and Star Tours Sector 2 Security box sets while I was there as well - glad to finally add them to the collection.

I kinda lucked out - the first night we were there, we went over to Downtown Disney and I stopped into the Once Upon a Toy store - grabbed the box sets and droids.

Parts-wise, they were pretty limited, I did not see any of these parts:
Silver w/Blue R2 Dome
Silver w/Red R2 Dome
Purple R3 Dome
White w/Blue R4 Dome
Silver w/Blue R7 Dome
Blue w/Silver R8 Dome
Blue/White R7/R8 Trunk

One of the employees had to help me by going into the back and getting me a 2nd Black R6 dome (I built 2x of each droid), 2x of the White w/Purple R2 Trunks (there were NONE in the display) and the White w/Blue highlights legs I needed.

Plenty of middle legs of all colors, plenty of the hats of all styles. Green droids don't seem to be very popular, while there were plenty of Black, Blue, Red and Green legs, the most prevalent were the Green ones.

If you're heading down, I would strongly recommend trying the Downtown Disney location first since the build station has four sides and the employees are actually grateful to see someone building droids who wants to BUY them. The woman who helped me lamented the fact that over at the Lego store there are these stations where kids can build stuff - for free - and when kids come into the Once Upon a Toy Store - they often think the build-a droid and build-a-lightsaber stations work the same way. In fact even while I was building, several parents asked me "do we have to pay for this?" - meanwhile the station is plastered with the pricing signs so the first two times I was asked I politely responded "yes" and referred them to the pricing information, the third and fourth time, I simply responded "duh?!?" and the last time I said "no - I think you could walk out of here with all the parts you can carry - for free!" - the adult looked at me and knew I was giving him a smart-assed response.

When I went through Star Tours, I noticed that they have the Build Station at Tatooine Traders locked down like prison. They have the rope line and then when you go into the build station, they block it off from anyone else from standing there next to you and the whole time, there is a cast member "helping" (more like hurrying) the kid along with building his/her droids. Glad they weren't doing it like that when I was there back in May 2012.

So definitely go to Downtown Disney FIRST and then if they couldn't help you with a specific part and you're already heading to Hollywood Studios, try the Tatooine Traders location as a rushed "last resort".

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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:48 PM »
Ordered Lake Town Chase and a couple Lake Town Guards from Toys R Us.com - using $10 in Rewards R Us bucks combined with the 15% off coupon.

Also picked up on eBay the Gandalf and Dol Guldur polybag set.

Once I receive those purchases, the only thing I'll still need to get from the Hobbit line is the Mirkwood Elf Guard polybag set. There's the Legolas polybag set too, but that's just starting to trickle out now.

I still haven't decided if I want to spend ~$25 just for that Blue Coat Bilbo minifigure....

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 20, 2014, 12:29 PM »
Picked up over the weekend (via eBay)

The Orc Forge ($64 - including shipping)
2x Uruk-Hai w/ballista in polybag
2nd Age Elrond mini-fig in polybag

Once I receive these AND my pre-order from Entertainment Earth for the Uruk-Hai Army and Gandalf Arrives sets - I'll be down to just needing the Tower of Orthanc & Frodo w/Cooking Corner polybag set.


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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VII
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:56 PM »
Not saying that I would welcome the addition, but Obi-wan siring a child during the years of isolation on Tatooine would be a great way to have a flashback scene with Ewan McGregor reprising his role one last time.

I'd welcome the addition for that scene alone.

While I hope it is heavy on the OT influences, they would be foolish not to bring in ties to the PT, for the kids who grew up with the PT.


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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:52 PM »
Had $7 in Kmart rewards and got another $5 worth that were expiring tomorrow. Hit my local Kmart on the way home and ended up getting the Pirate Ship Ambush set (the only set they had that I already didn't). It was on sale for $76 so factor in the rewards I got it for $64 and change and that included tax. Not as good as some of you were able to do, but still not a bad price.


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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:35 PM »
Entertainment Earth has both the Uruk-hai Army and Gandalf Arrives sets listed as "Coming Soon" - so they must have picked up some close-out or something, I ordered something else for my wife so I threw two of the Uruk-Hai Army set and one of the Gandalf Arrives set into my cart - fingers crossed that they actually get these in.

That leaves me with just the Orc Forge for the 2012 Box Sets. Still trying to decide what to do re: the Poly Bag Mini figs....

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:17 PM »
Just in case anyone is looking for the Pirate Ship Ambush set from LOTR: Return of the King - it's on sale this week at Toys R Us for $90.99 - it's normally $119.99 and sells on Lego Shop@Home for $99.99.

Walmart has it on their site for $90.30 and Target has it on their site for $90.99 - not sure if those are the regular prices or not - or if they've reduced their prices to match Toys R Us.


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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:13 PM »
Hmmmmm...  I may not fight to get one of those then...  Minor enough I can't see me being that bothered.  That Elrond bagged figure is annoying me now though.  :-\

Yeah - it's a minor variation - and VERY low on my list.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:10 PM »
#2 - Han dies.  There were rumors a while back that Ford would join the case only if Solo gets killed off, likely in some dramatic fashion.  No Han means you've got to wipe out a good 90% of the EU stories following ROTJ.  He's not the star of many of those stories, but he's there, his relationship is there, his kids are there.  Hoping they don't go this route, but the whole Canon conversation makes it seem all the more likely to me.   :(

Personally, I feel that this is most likely one of the big motivators.

If you have stories in the EU set at, near or after the time-frame of the new Sequel Trilogy (or any of the one-off stories) AND you have sold-your-soul contractually to get an actor back for "one last time" - well then guess what? The agreement you made with that actor trumps everything, especially if part of that agreement is that Han dies.

Now I'm not going to say that this is what they're gonna do, but I think if they were SMART, and had already considered a Han Solo one-off movie, they should have contracted Ford to be in BOTH EP7 and the Han Solo movie - that way the Han Solo movie can be legitimized  by having the actor who originated the role playing the character one last time. Much like the concept of Leonard Nimoy playing Old/Trek Timeline #1 Spock in the 2009/2013 J.J. Abrams Trek movies.

But that's just my $0.02

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Disney to Purge Select EU
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:31 AM »
I have always enjoyed the EU stories I have read, because up until now, they have offered me the ONLY way to experience the further adventures of the OT heroes I grew up with.

That being said, I can totally understand why they need to do this.

Maybe I'm being too forgiving, but you can't blame them if they throw out all of the NJO stuff. Chewbacca's death, what children the Solo and Skywalker families have, the eventual death of one of the Solo kids, the turn to the dark side of another, the death of Luke's wife, etc....

Those novels start 21 years post ROTJ. If they wanted the ST to be set 20-30 years after ROTJ, you either have to film those novels and embrace that storyline or you have to throw it out. There is no middle ground.

There will be some novels that are included. I would be very surprised if the Zahn Trilogy isn't. Those books were created at a time when there wasn't an EU and have the distinction of having their story, plot, and author scrutinized by George Lucas. (Or so was said at the time) However, the second you say that Luke married someone other than Mara Jade OR that Leia and Han didn't have twin children named Jaina and Jacen, well, guess what that means. And if that is the case, then "oh well".

When it comes to the Star Wars Universe, you really can't make the same analogy to the Marvel/Avengers stuff. The comics themselves all exist in multiple universes, the movies are in their own universe, and if a movie is being produced by someone other than Disney/Marvel Studios, it too is in it's own separate universe. Sure they could take all the post-ROTJ books and comics and say "these exist in Star Wars Galaxy 154825173855271" (sorry, just poking fun at the Marvel Universe numbers) - but why bother?

Going back to the Zahn Trilogy. If it had been the only EU material to come out, then maybe including it would be fine. But what about the Dark a Empire comic books? They have shoe-horned the two of them together, but the reality is that the two of them are supposed to be happening at the same time, and even back in the early 90s many fans who read both were like "huh?" - both have their own merits, but in the end, almost negate each other because conflicts in the two stories.

I think fans of the Star Wars EU need to embrace the change that the a Star Trek EU fans had to face years ago, and that is that if your book/comic/whatever does not fit with a story the television or movie makers want to produce then guess which piece of media loses and becomes a "what if" story. I'll give you a hint, it certainly isn't the one that cost millions of dollars to produce.  ;)

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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:43 AM »
Hey Jesse - did you know about the variant Bilbo mini-fig that came with the Hobbit Blu Ray? I saw it on eBay when I was looking through auctions for the remaining 2012 LOTR sets I need.

One more item to add to the pile... :-\

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:42 AM »
I love the Orc Forge, and it really ultimately goes as a complement to Orthanc, so while it'll be a pain, I think you'll dig it.  It's one of my faves.

Yeah - I've decided that it will be the next set I pick up - most likely off of eBay.


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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:55 PM »
I would totally want to keep the Eagle to add to the Attack of the Wargs set.

I did pick up 2x of the Mirkwood Elves set at Toy R Us today - I got them to price match Lego Shop and I also got the $15 off from the current Lego sale when I combined them with the Mirkwood Spiders set which I also had them price match. So all three sets were $75 plus tax.

For Hobbit boxed sets I'm down to just Unexpected Gathering and Lake-town Chase.

Edit: Just put together the two Mirkwood Elf Army sets and they look great chained together!

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Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: January 9, 2014, 08:18 AM »
Actually the Black Gate of Mordor is expandable too, to have 2 towers at the ends...  Lego gets ya comin' and goin'!

Wow - I built that set and I totally didn't notice it!

The cool thing though about that set is that it has the unique Mouth of Sauron, Gandalf the White and Aragorn mini figures - so selling those off to offset picking up a 2nd Black Gate would help.


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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 9, 2014, 12:59 AM »
Orc Forge is gonna be a bear for you I think, and Uruk Hai Army would be tough too since that set is really the army builder of its year more or less.

Yeah - those two are gonna be the worst I think too - but since I have been able to pick up all of the other sets so far at or less than MSRP and since I'm jumping into a line that started two years ago, paying mark-up on two of the sets isn't that bad. I have thought about calling around to the two Lego stores in town and seeing if either of them have the set still in stock - while it's a long shot, anything is possible.

There seem to be plenty of eBay vendors selling Gandalf Arrives at or just a few dollars more than MSRP - so that one shouldn't be bad at all - mini-fig-wise though, both of the figures in the set were in other sets so that one is probably lowest on my priority list.

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