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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2013!
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:34 PM »
I am SO glad I'm not collecting the 6" line - there is no SDCC-related "am I gonna get the exclusive" stress this year...

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Did you find them on the pegs or did you have to Jedi Mind Trick them out of the supply room?

Jedi Mind Tricked them out of the back. The employee who helped me asked if I needed any assistance and I rolled the dice to see if he would help me.

He even made a point to say "well, these aren't out because they're not supposed to be set until August 4th, but let me test scan one and see if I can sell it" and then when he saw that he could, he was like, "okay, which ones do you want"

Quite possibly could have been the BEST interaction with a Target employee I've ever had.

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Got my hands on a wave 1 case yesterday and like I said over in the mission series 2-pack thread - THESE FIGURES ARE ABSOLUTE CRAP.

On top of that, they didn't use enough glue to keep the bubbles on the card back so all you have to do to unpack these figures is to lightly tug on the bubble and it will come right off the card-back. I'm sure stores are going to be THRILLED by this new feature. Or maybe since they're only supposed to be $6, they won't care, who knows?

The Obi-Wan violates one of the tent-pole tenets that this line SUPPOSEDLY has - that the figures can hold their accessories. The cuffs of Obi-Wan's sleeves interfere with him fully gripping his light-saber. Great job Hasbro!

The sculpts of these figures are "great" only if you compare them to your 1977 Kenner figures and even then that's a horrible comparison since if you're like me, you look at those figures with a sense of nostalgia. These things are just new junk.

Since I only found 1 case, I bought a set to keep on card (I hope the figures stay on card) and the four extras to have 1 opener of each. I'll probably get the remaining four figures to open, but I will not be army building anything from the Legends/Mission Series lines.

So congrats Hasbro - you pushed me back to being a 1-on-card and 1-to-open collector like I was back in the beginning of this line - regardless of whether or not the figure is a new sculpt or an army builder.

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Picked these up at my local Target last night.

I'm gonna say the same thing over in the Legends figure thread, but I feel it warrants repeating....

These figures are biggest pieces of crap I have ever seen. I don't understand what the news sites have been reporting that these are "great" sculpts. Great by what standards? Compared to the 1977 ANH figures?

The Battledroids don't stand. You would think that if you're going to design these things with only 5 POA you could at least get the sculpt right so it stands. Nope - the left leg is at an odd angle and since there's no ankle articulation the foot comes down non-level with the left foot and no matter how many times I tried I could not get either the tan or red versions of balance on their own, so I eventually gave up and put them on stands.

I hope this 5POA "experiment" that Hasbro is trying blows up in their face.

This line seriously needs to take a break, maybe go to the Black Series as online only - make the case ratios 2x per case and call it a day until EP7 comes out.

Lastly what is REALLY bizarre is that the ROTS Anakin that is single carded is different from the ROTS Anakin in the mission series 2-pack. Slightly different body sculpt and all - how is wasting money on tooling up crap like this saving Hasbro any money?




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LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:29 PM »
Looks like the Mandalorian Speeder with Darth Maul and the Mando Super Commandos is hitting TRU.

At my TRU they had:
Geonosis Duel
Mandalorian Speeder
Tank Droid
Homing Spider Droid
Republic Gunship
Jek-14's Starfighter
AT-TE

They didn't have Jabba's Sail Barge, Jedi Defender Cruiser or HH-87 Starhopper

I passed on all of them since they will be easy to come by at Target and/or WalMart I'm sure and they'll be a few $$ cheaper there too.

If TRU still had their sale going on though - I would have totally bought two of the more expensive sets...

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The AOTC Obi-Wan JSF was part of the Yoda line, the Vader line has the ROTS Jedi Starfighter re-sculpts.

Turns out the price on the vehicles at Toys R Us was $19.99 - and I had $10 worth of rewards bucks that were expiring, so I pulled the trigger on the two JSFs leaving the Slave-I behind. Eventually I'll grab one for my MIB collection.


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Thanks for the preview of the "new" accessory Jesse!

These sets really do put K-Mart ahead of the pack.  Honestly I felt last year's did as well, as far as exclusives go.  TRU was the only store that came close with the Speederbike.  Maybe a tie for me there, actually, but their 2-packs were the right price, and amazing products.

I agree - the TOP exclusives last year IMHO were the  K-Mart 2-packs and the TRU Speeder Bike - I also loved the ROTJ AT-ST and the Ewok multi-packs - all of those items make for great additions to your Endor-themed displays, in fact, they even prompted me to acquire a Vintage Kenner Ewok Village and Ewok Battle Wagon to augment my Endor displays and out of all the nonsense with Star Wars 3.75" collecting in 2012, re-vamping my Endor display was the most rewarding.

And K-Mart once again shows that they want to bring viable exclusives to the market with their three offerings in 2013. Clearly the buyer for K-Mart "gets it" and wants there to be something that will appeal to both kids and collectors on their shelves. If only the guy in the same role at Target had the same level of understanding....

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2013!
« on: July 8, 2013, 11:37 PM »
I doubt we'll see much more than we already know about.

We might see a third wave of 3.75" Black Series and we'll probably see next waves of the 5POA Legends single figures and mission packs. Maybe a 2nd wave of the Class II vehicles. There are no Class I vehicles anymore and we already know about the three K-Mart exclusives.

I will be seriously surprised if there is anything else on the horizon. Maybe one or two more exclusives, but that's probably about it. I can't imagine that Target won't have at least one or two more - maybe more Vintage 3-packs, and I'm sure TRU will have something this coming fall. But that's about it - we already know what K-Mart's three exclusives are this year and so far, IMHO they lead the pack on best exclusives.

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Saw the new Darth Vader packaged Class II vehicles at my local TRU before going into work today. Left all three - it was the Anakin and Obi-Wan ROTS Jedi Starfighters and Jango Fett's Slave I - which I'm sure is just a repackage from the Yoda line.

I did not grab any of them, hoping that they'll show up at Target and I'll be able to get them cheaper...

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I pre-ordered one of these and one of the Slave I this afternoon - used the Jedi Defender links for both. A little surprised at the prices - oh well - it's the difference between two of each and one of each for me....

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LEGO / Re: LEGO Sets - Do You Keep the Boxes?
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:49 PM »
I keep the flattened boxes as well - when I take a set apart they go into a zip-lock bag.

I don't have that many sets, so keeping the boxes isn't that big of a deal, but I think if it ever got to be a big deal, I might consider tossing them.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Spider-Man Movie Series
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:59 PM »
Good news - Mary Jane's been cut out.

Did anyone pick up on the fact that the article hints that the role of Mary Jane will be recast should the character be introduced in the next Spider-Man movie?

Sounds me like everyone here is just "saving face" and the actress herself was HORRIBLE and they needed her gone.

It could even be a situation where Marc Webb liked her but once a Sony exec saw some footage with her as MJ, the exec was like "get her the hell out of this movie"....

If they were just gonna have her back in two years, then the cover story of not wanting to cloud Peter's love life would be believable.

Since the two baddies are Rhino and Electro, I'm hoping the movie ends with the birth of the Green Goblin and that we don't get the death of Gwen in this movie either.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2013, 05:31 PM »
Except when you're stealing them to hide them inside explosives you're building at a top-secret weapons lab...  ;)

"Hey Khan - wearing the extra-large trench coat again today?  It isn't even raining!  You're one well-prepared weapons engineer!"

Yeah - this one was a tough one to work out - but for me, it came down to the fact that NO ONE in the facility where Khan was working knew him to be Khan. He was John Harrison - vetted by Admiral Marcus and touted as a brilliant Weapons Engineer. In order for the deception to fully work, John Harrison would have to have been given some pretty high clearance. Good enough to probably get items moved w/o anyone really asking, especially since those tubes and what they were would have been on a need-to-know basis too.

It was a double-edged sword that Admiral Marcus was dealing with and he was willing to risk it stabbing him squarely in the chest - his goal of a Federation/Starfleet at war was far too important to him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2013, 04:32 PM »
Khan had no way of knowing the Enterprise was on the edge of Klingon space with the 72 missiles aimed at him, so he'd never have a chance to trigger a fail-safe.  He couldn't even know there'd be a Scotty around to track the destination of the top-secret-prototype hand-held transporter.  He'd have to have built proximity sensors and beacons into the missiles so they'd never explode and alert him when they've been launched - because Marcus could have launched them at anything.  "See if you can take out that womp rat over there!"  Boom - So much for Zed!

If Marcus' primary goal is war with the Klingons instigated by firing long-range sub-space missiles at the Klingon Home World, then he isn't going to test one against a target on the other side of the San Francisco Bay. You're also assuming that missiles that DIDN'T have Khan's crew inside weren't already used as part of a weapon demonstration Khan gave to Marcus at some point in the development process.

So relying on Marcus aiming these particular missiles at Khan would be a crucial strategic flaw.  And in the movie Khan seemed SHOCKED that there were 72 missiles on the Enterprise - at which point he immediately surrendered.  That action alone suggests it wasn't his plan all along to be targeted by the missiles.  What if they only loaded 12?  Then Khan kills Kirk and plan ruined?

Not if they're the only missiles in the Starfleet Arsenal that can be fired from a ship at a significant distance from Kronos. So I don't think it was the number, just that Kirk could fire them from a great distance away.

In the movie Khan also seems to be someone who Kirk can trust, complete with saving him during the space jump from the Enterprise to Marcus' ship. So just because Khan acts surprised doesn't mean he actually was. Knowing that he was Khan, I assumed in EVERY one of his interactions he was being deceptive.

I'm not sure we can assume that Khan always intended on ending up on Kronos either.  What happens if he killed everyone at Starfleet HQ and Kirk doesn't trash his ship?  Does he still transport out or does he try to find the torpedoes that contain his crew?

I think we can, again, ultimately, Khan seemed to be baiting Admiral Marcus completely. Marcus theoretically, could have said "well, he's on Kronos, let him rot there". And guess what, movie ends. This is one of those things where you have to draw the conclusion that if Khan's on Kronos and Marcus wants war with the Klingons because it's "inevitable" then, that's the reason why Khan went there.

Also, stealing a single portable transporter is a lot easier than stealing 72 missiles.


I don't want to start a huge fight, so at the end of the day I think we'll just have to agree to disagree. As the viewer of any movie, you can either fill in the blanks with connections that you come up with on your own or you can consider the movie flawed for not properly connecting all the dots or for making plot points too convenient. I guess it just comes down to how forgiving you are personally willing to be for the sake of enjoying something.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: June 4, 2013, 01:21 PM »
I view the order of events simply as this:

1) Starfleet finds Botany Bay, realizes what it is, thaws Khan, since he has a violent, military mind - he brought something to the table that other Starfleet engineers didn't have - a killer instinct. Yes, his tech knowledge is VERY out-of-date, but if his intellect is enhanced, there's nothing to say he couldn't have been educated on tech. With a digital library at Khan's disposal who knows how much info he could absorb?

2) Khan develops lots of things for Starfleet, not just the missiles. That big ship that Admiral Marcus had was also from the mind of Khan - again - Starfleet had ships for exploration and peace. Sure they have defensive capabilities, but this ship was offensive FIRST. Maximum damage, minimum crew.

3) Marcus wants to start a war with the Klingons, he gets Khan to develop long range missiles that can be fired from outside the neutral zone directly at the Klingon Home World. Khan uses this as a way of smuggling his crew out of the Starfleet facility where they are being held and starts putting them inside of the missiles, shielded so as to avoid them from being scanned.

4) Marcus discovers Khan's plan and moves in to stop him. Khan escapes. Marcus knows that there are Botany Bay crew members in those missiles and he doesn't care. Ultimately he doesn't care if all 72 of them are fired on the Klingon Homeworld and decimate a good portion of it - all he wants is a war, started by the Federation, against the Klingons. He's like Dick Cheney.

5) Khan attacks the tech archive in London so he can grab the experimental transporter based on Scotty's equations so he can attack Starfleet headquarters and then beam himself to the Klingon Home-world, knowing that if he goes to there, Marcus will use the missiles to fire on the Klingon Home world from Federation space starting the war he so desperately wants

So from here there are two possibilities and since they are not mutually exclusive of each other, it's possible both are true:

6a) Khan developed a fail-safe into the missiles where he could deactivate the explosive yield, alter flight trajectory and even stop a missile in flight, so even if the Starship Captain that Marcus sends after him DOES fire the missiles as ordered, Khan can deactivate them, have them stop somewhere in the neutral zone, steal a ship and go claim his crew - Khan wins

6b) Just in case the Starship Captain that Marcus sends after him DOES NOT fire the missiles as ordered, he knows he can simply wait to be collected by that Starship's Crew knowing full well that his entire crew will be on board. Possibly even gaining sympathy from that ship's Captain and then the events pretty much following a similar story of the Space Seed episode where Khan and his crew try to take over a Starfleet ship. If that's successful - Khan wins.

And in the movie we see the result of the 6b option unfold and the only place where Khan's plan goes "wrong" is that Kirk doesn't entirely act in a manner that Khan expected.

So what I'm trying to say is that Khan, hedged his bets - he forced Marcus' hand so that no matter what actions Marcus and the rest of the Starfleet took, he could see a positive outcome for his own goals.

Is it possible that Marcus could have just destroyed all of the weapons. Sure.

Is it possible that Starfleet could have taken all of the Botany Bay crew out of the tubes. Sure. (in this scenario, if Khan has the ability to control the missiles himself, he could easily stop the missiles, steal a ship, gather the missiles and then threaten to fire them at Earth - again Khan wins)

Yes, I understand that no where in the dialogue of the movie do they imply that Khan had built fail-safes into the missiles to protect his crew, but no where does the dialogue say "dismiss Khan's plan as being stupid" either.

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