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I had Wave 1 out on Force Friday here, and they sold oddly well, but then another shipment hit and sorta sold steadily but then hit a stagnant point and then blew out on the weekend TFA released ultimately.  They got TONS of both shipments of wave 1 in too.  I don't recall those ever being available online either were they?  Nobody was really looking for them though either so maybe they were and just nobody cared?  I watched the wave 2/3 like a hawk online just incase, but yeah.

Yes, Wave 1 was available for ordering online and when my local WalMarts were completely void of them, I ordered a single set from the website just to cover my MIB/MOC/MIP collection. We didn't get them in stores until late Sept/early Oct in my area - and Wave 1 did hit in much greater quantity than Waves 2 or (so far) Wave 3.

SW 6" stuff is on clearance at Gamestop now...I picked up a Han/Tauntaun and Speeder Bike Deluxe set for $15 each. Hard to resist at that price!

Nice! I know where I'm stopping on the way home tonight!

I would hope that one of them is TFA Han Solo - but like IndySolo said, the Blue code word was the SnowTrooper Commander at TRU, so maybe the "Blue Battler" is a SA regular SnowTrooper - which I wouldn't mind one bit, I think it's a great update to the design.

Another thought I had for the secondary hero could be one of the other pilots or maybe the secondary outfit of one of the main three new heroes - Poe had the Resistance outfit from the beginning, Finn was in his Stormtrooper armor and Rey of course has her outfit from the end of the movie - all three of those are fair game for SA treatment, would seem odd to get another version of a Wave 3 character in Wave 4, but you never know...

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: January 2, 2016, 10:38 AM »
Hit up my local Lego store yesterday morning. Was pretty disappointed that they didn't have more of the new Star Wars sets. No sign of any OT, PT or Rebels sets - all they had were the buildable figures, the Resistance Transport, Battle or Takodana and the First Order Snowspeeder Microfighter.

Was really hoping to pick up the Carbon Freeze Chamber and new Hoth set.

They seemed more interested in promoting the new Nexo Knights line and the Ghostbusters firehouse, which is neat, but not $350 neat.

Fault equally lies with Hasbro and their case pack ratios. I'm still convinced that there is no coincidence between a wave that consisted of an even breakdown of each figure in the case was offered online, yet all subsequent waves which do not feature a similar even breakdowns have not. sells thousands of products - even case pack ratio allows inventory control to say "we're getting 1000 cases and there are 4 Luke Skywalkers in the case therefore put that item on the site up with an available quantity of 4000".

Variations in case pack ratio prevent that sort of simplification.

There was no reason for wave 1 to be all repacks/rereleases, they should have limited these waves to 2 new figures/1 rerelease and evenly packed them at 4x per case. With 1/3 of the case using pre-existing molds that should have kept the cost per wave down.

I can't imagine how difficult it's going to be to get the 4th wave of these things with the 3.75" SA Captain Phasma packed at 2x or 1x per case.

 Finally found this wave this morning - the paint apps were all pretty good so I got lucky from that standpoint.

Rey is a masterpiece. I want to pick up another opener to display her with the helmet/headwrap

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: December 30, 2015, 06:11 PM »
Picked up the Iron Skull Sub set this morning at my local Target. Had to ask for it using the DPCI number. I ran a couple other numbers when I was there and they had a few of the Batman v. Superman sets as well, I don't collect the DC Comics Lego stuff otherwise, I would have tried to grab them too.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 30, 2015, 06:05 PM »
The new 2016 product continues to trickle out at my local Target, today it was the First Order Battle Pack so I grabbed a pair of those. Would have liked one more Stormtrooper instead of Gunner/Officer figure instead, but still a nice battlepack to add to my First Order troopers.

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 30, 2015, 12:30 AM »
Found a couple new 2016 sets at my local Target today - the Resistance Trooper Battle Pack and the Polybag version of Poe's X-Wing. Nice pair of sets to kick off what will probably be quite a bit of Lego acquisition for me over the next couple of days...

Man, I never got all the last round.  ::)  Making it easy not to care at the moment.  >:(

I did get everything in the last round and I'm starting to not care as well. It's one thing when you release a slew of parts and then let them be your stock for 2+ years and it's an entirely different thing if you're going to trickle out new parts here and there (like the Santa Hat that just showed up in the hat bins one day and now these four new domes).

My hope is that these will be the last of the parts for a while. The black/orange R0 is a nice fit with the rest of what's been offered the purple R5 is also a good fit even if it's a bit too much like the red R5 from the TFA 4-pack. The updated White/Yellow R6 is "different enough to make you mad" but does fit nicely with the new white/yellow body released.

The new white/brown R6 dome however, that one is a real mystery to me. There really aren't any body parts that cleanly "go" with this dome. My thinking is that there are some new body parts coming at some point since we now have a second done highlight color that really doesn't correspond to any of the body parts.

Since there are also four new domes, I have to wonder if these were designs from a second (and aborted) TFA-themed 4 pack.

There is one lone TIE at my local Target and it continues to scan at $169.99. No way I'm paying that much, but if I could get it for $50, I'm definitely going to buy it...

Picked up the First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper / Poe Dameron 2-pack at Target - not sure what I'm going to do with the Poe figure. Maybe if I see a Rey, I'll pick her up along with one of the many Finn figures that are hanging around to have the set of the three new heroes....

The Sequel Trilogy / Re: First Order Stormtrooper Transport
« on: December 28, 2015, 10:44 AM »
I definitely think it is an interesting design. I wasn't "sold" on it at first but when I got the Lego version of this vehicle, I quickly warmed up to the vehicle from a military/practicality standpoint. I agree with your assessment that the vehicle was intended to evoke WW2-era landing craft.

We never really got to see Troop deployments from orbiting ship-to-planet in the OT. The Sandtroopers were "just there" on Tatooine in ANH, the AT-ATs were already on approach in ESB and all of the troops and equipment on Endor were already in place. So seeing the First Order deploy a landing party to take out that village on Jakku was something "new" from an Empire/First Order troop deployment standpoint.

I just might have to pick up the cross sections book - looks like there might be some interesting details on each vehicle from TFA...

Scored the 6" General Hux and regular First Order Snowtrooper at my local WalMart this morning - they did have Asty as well, but I left him since I'm limiting my 6" collection to members of the First Order.

I guess I'm down to just needing the Flame Trooper from the next wave and then I'll be done with 6" collecting unless they have more First Order characters coming down the pike that I'm not aware of...

Merry Christmas! Disney is wishing us a merry Christmas with new droids again haha. Black and orange r0 droid, yellow r6 and a purple r5. All the force awakens concept droids

There is also a White/Brown R6 dome as well. Any word on if there are new body parts too?

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