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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: September 12, 2005, 08:47 PM »
Like I said earlier in the thread. By me in NJ these have NOT been hard to get at all. My local KMart got in another shipment of these the other day. I saw them, only had cash on me, but not enough so I returned the next day and they were still there, so I grabbed one of the Jedi Temple Assault and one of the Imperial Throne room for a fellow NJ collector to help her out.

Other than that, since I've had my for a couple of weeks now, I really haven't been looking "hard" so when I can randomly walk into a KMart, and they have it in stock, I don't consider it a "hard to find" item.

So I guess that's good - KMart must have ordered over the minimum required quantity on these. I figured that the three blue clones would be a no-brainer and fly off the shelves.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: September 12, 2005, 08:41 PM »
Two plain white clones and only one pilot? That seems rather odd to me.

What astromech is that? the ROTS preview one?

If the figures are 100% repacks as opposed to being some new variation (i.e. the Target SA Clone w/o any emblems) then I'm only going to get one of these for the packaging variation.

The Sams Club by me charges a bit extra to go buy something if you're not a member. I think it's like 10% more or something. Being that I only shop that Sams Club when they have exclusives like this, I'm willing to take the 10% hit.

- Peter

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Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: September 10, 2005, 10:59 PM »
Well - I got the box from Matt and he really went all out - included a bunch of goodies from Comic Con, scored me my holo leia opener and the six Star Tours figures all arrived in excellent shape.

He also got me the Jedi Mickey & Yoda set (x2) which is really nice.

You definitely can't go wrong if you either buy or trade with Matt!

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Feedback / Re: JediMAC's feedback
« on: September 6, 2005, 06:27 AM »
Just got a PM from Matt with a huge list of Star Tours goodies he's hooking me up with. Matt really went above and beyond on this one - he had a hard time getting one of the three Wave 4 Star Tours figures MOMC so he's sending me his with the intention of getting a replacement later-on down the line.

I'm just stunned.

So super Kudos from me to Matt on this one, I don't know how I'm ever going to be able to return the favor.

- Peter

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter
« on: August 31, 2005, 06:55 AM »
Ok - well I had taken the time to post a complaint to the Hasbro website. I first got an e-mail telling me that they would be happy to send the corrected label sheet. Then yesterday in the mail I received a letter stating that the part I was looking for was unavailable and I would not be receiving a new label sheet afterall.

So basically Hasbro purposefully put the WRONG label sheet with these fighters and has NO INTENTION of providing correct ones.

Nice.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 31, 2005, 06:54 AM »
Ok - so last night I finally got a really good look at this thing and all I can say is, it sucks.

The new panels, to me at least, aren't worth this thing being 2x the price of a OTC TIE Fighter that was released a year ago. It's not like they're more detailed or have a great paint op.

And what gives with the pilot figure? A POTF2 TIE Pilot?!?! And of course the back of the box shows the better articulated one that came out in Saga, OTC and with the TIE Inteceptor and KB TIE Fighter exclusives.

So in my opinion, if the TIE Fighter wings meant a $20 increase in price for what Hasbro had to charge for this item, then they never should have done it in the first place and made Target pick a different vehicle if they wanted an OT Vehicle exclusive - like the cloud car.


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 30, 2005, 07:09 PM »
By giving the employees at the customer service desk the DPCI number that was how I was able to score my two TIEs this morning.

Took a while to get 'em brought out, but it was worth the 15 minute wait in the end.

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Yeah - I'm in for three of these for sure, one to keep MIB and the other two to open. Instead of going great guns on any one type of clone, I'm basically building little mini-armies of each type while only getting one or two of each Commander.

So it will be nice to have a squad of 8 gray clones and two Blue Bacarras to go with the two Maroon Bacarras I already have.

Now what we need is for them to repaint the Saga Snowtrooper to match the rest of Bacarra's troops on Mygeeto and throw four of those into a Battle Pack with a Ki-adi Mundi and call it "Ambush at Mygeeto", then they could do the same for Bly's grunts and include them in a pack with Aayla Secura and call it "Ambush at Feluccia" - those would be Battle Packs worth getting.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Runs affected by Gas Prices?
« on: August 29, 2005, 10:19 PM »
It wasn't something I really used to consider, but nowadays, it's becoming more of a thought in my mind.  Why should I bother wasting gas/time to find figures for $6.50 (with tax) at Target, when I can order a case of 12 for $7.50 each (with shipping) from EE.

Sure, it's $12 over retail, but that's only like 4-5 gallons of gas or about 80-100 miles of toy shopping (which is probably about my average in a week).

The only wrinkle to on-line ordering though is you still have to go to the stores to hunt the damn exclusives (exclusives = the bitching target of the day I guess  ;)).

You know - for a majority of the Saga line, I got my stuff directly from EE. It worked out well enough, especially in non-movie years when the stuff wasn't hitting the pegs as much as it should.

I will probably be going back to EE for my figures when the Saga 2 line comes out.

The one thing that stopped me from buying from EE was the fact that I knew in a movie year (and with the OTC) that the product would be readily available PLUS I would be regularly hitting stores looking for the vehicles and exclusives. (I never buy the vehicles from EE, the mark-up on those is just too much)

With the high number of exclusives in the last five months, I'm mostly hitting stores with the goal of finding exclusives and picking up the mass-market/open-stock items along the way.

Like right now the only open-stock item I need is the Jedi vs. Separatists Battle Pack - everything else I need is an exclusive - Wave 3 Target Cups, Target TIE Fighter, Hoth Assault Battle Pack, and TRU Millenium Falcon.

And again, even in the fall, the number of exclusives will greatly out-weigh the open-stock items:
Open-stock:
Figures #57-68
Rebels vs. Empire Battle Pack
Gray Repaint of Clones Evo set

Exclusive:
Target Night-ops Clone
Target Lava Reflection Anakin & Obi-Wan
Target Plo Koon Jedi Starfighter
Target Clones on Coruscant Battle Pack
SWS Remote Control R2-D2
SWS Wedge Antilles
SWS Stealth Ops Clonetrooper
TRU Holo Emperor
EE Astromech pack 1 & 2
Diamond Bounty Hunter 7 pack
KB-Toys Silver Vader 9 pack
anything else?

(I've already ordered the online shope stuff, but it will actually ship in the months of September - December)

So my point is that in the end, when all is send and done, between now and Saga 2, most of my SW money will be spent on exclusives which is just insane. Eventually I will reach a breaking point and at that point, I don't know what I will do cause for me collecting SW goes hand-in-hand with having a complete 3.75" collection. In my f**ked up mind, you can' t have one w/o the other.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 10:04 PM »
Emperor - doesn't include the small lightning snap on accessories that came with the original figure

Let me just correct myself here, I have no idea what I was thinking here. The Emperor figure is the same figure as ROTS #11 - the same one you can find everywhere now as an individually carded figure. So the only accessory you loose out on with this figure is the lightsaber, which kinda sucks, I would have loved to score an extra one of those.

For some reason I was thinking those mini lightning things that came with the Saga Emperor came with this figure as well. Duh to me.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Covert Ops Clone Trooper
« on: August 29, 2005, 07:44 PM »
Well - I'm a retard, but I ordered my two just simply 'cause that's what I do.

I think it's time for me to leave work and slam my head against the wall for an hour or so.

*sigh*

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Enough With The Exclusives Already...
« on: August 29, 2005, 07:40 PM »
What I don't understand on this one is the price point. Stick the f**king figure on a regular ROTS card and ship it that way. Don't give me that stupid *ss "Comemorative of the DVD release packaging" crap - I though the ENTIRE ROTS line was comemorative of the MOVIE - PERIOD.

So that's the latest reason for them to up the price on a $6 figure. Pack it with a collector case and make a one-off package for the item.

F**K that sh*t. Just F**K it.

And even though I'm going to pay $14 per figure before shipping, I'm still probably NEVER going to get a MOMC one 'cause SWS employees play football with all figures before shipping them. And then cram the items into a box that is slightly too small to fit the items. It's policy afterall.

Time for someone to go knock-out George Lucas, put him into a drug-induced coma and let someone else make Episodes 7-9 so the bloodsucker merchandisers can have three more movies to look forward to instead of driving the ROTS line to the lowest level of Hell. At least then perhaps we'll stop getting candy-colored clones.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:48 AM »
Let me just second that. The only difference for ANY of the re-released figures in both of these packs is the LACK of accessories.

Emperor - doesn't include the small lightning snap on accessories that came with the original figure

Stormtrooper - includes the smaller blaster accessory and doesn't also come with the gun-rack and pistol that the figure has been carded with so many times over.

Anakin/Vader - like DP said, doesn't include the spare hand, lightsaber hilt or a second sith lightsaber (either Vader's in an Anakin hand or Count Dooku's) like both variations of the original figure did.

Clone Pilot - again, like DP said, no radar-dish cannon, which to me is no loss since that accessory stinks and since I have seven open Gray/White Pilots and four open Black Jumpsuit Pilots, the last thing I needed was another one of those!

So unless you're a retard like me that has to get 2 of EVERYTHING no matter what, you can definitely pass on a getting a second Imperial Throne Room set - which is what A LOT of people will do, which is why KMart will have a GLUT of the Imperial set and not be able to keep the Jedi Temple Assault set on the shelves.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Runs affected by Gas Prices?
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:42 AM »
My gas consumption is definitely hurting my toy runs.

Before I would try to hit at least three Targets, four WalMarts and two Toys R Us stores at least 1 - 3 times a week.

Now I've boiled my hunting down only to stores that are slightly off the beaten path of where I NEED to go. So the only TRU I go to is the one right around the corner from my job. I also hit a WalMart and Target that is right off the highway on my way to work. So basically it's M-F morning and/or night when hitting these three stores.

The only stores I will go out specifically to go on a toy run to are the KMart and WalMart that are right around the corner from my house - less than 5 minutes away. Thankfully the news just came out that we are getting a Target within a year so I could probably reduce my toy shopping to those three local stores every night before they close and only hitting TRU during my lunchbreak at work.

- Peter

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:38 AM »
Pete, any indication on quantity of pieces? 2345 of 25,000 listed on the case for example?

Good question indeed. I'm sorry I didn't take note of it. I tried to take the box with me, but they wouldn't let me take it (odd) so I can't even see if there is anything on the box tonight when I go home.


Sorry.

- Peter

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