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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:16 PM »
The funny thing is, according to the comic, all of Neyo's grunts have helmets like him.  This leaves us wondering what exactly this Target clone is supposed to be.  Final answer will come May 19th....

On one level it is simply a 3-3/4" version of the 12" Clonetrooper - they both share the same markings.

With regards to the Comic Book - the part where Chewie, Tarrful and Yoda fight their way past Gree's clones, it gives the impression that all of Gree's clones look just like the BARC Trooper - so we won't know really for sure until the 19th - which as my wife pointed out to me yesterday will be a week away from tomorrow!!!!  :o ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS variation/error thread
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:19 AM »
And GH also is also confirming reports that the Deluxe Clone 3-Pack will have a version with different paint-ops...

http://www.galactichunter.com/photo.asp?image=absolutenm/articlefiles/4447-001.jpg

I recognize the kneeling Commander Gree grunt - but the other two I have no idea.

Thankfully, neither variation is a Blue or Red Shocktrooper - which could mean those paint-ops could end up being running changes to the SA Clone #41

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:09 AM »
Which one is Commander Thire?

My guess is that he and Bly share the same armor design except Thire has selected "Red" as his coloring of choice and Bly (as is pictured at the start of this thread) selected "Yellow".

The Evolutions 3-Pack also technically has a Commander Bly in it - unless Bly takes his helmet off and has a huge scar or something, the yellow version of the Clone Commander basic figure that is in the Clone/Stormtrooper Evolutions set could easily serve as his figure.

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*sigh* I'll have to check the TRU near where I work tomorrow - I went there today at lunch time and they had lots of boxes everywhere, but I didn't see the starfighter in any of the boxes clearly marked. Perhaps I'll find it tomorrow.

Of course, my OCD will force me to buy two.... *grr*

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 10, 2005, 11:24 PM »
So is that it? Is everyone else still left wanting? I got six total - I'm keeping two un-opened and I was planning on opening the other four to build a mini-squad for Commander Neyo (should he ever get released as a figure) - I haven't opened 2 of those 4 yet - should I feel guilty about opening four of them when so many people have had to go without?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 10, 2005, 07:31 PM »
Who here has been able to score themselves a Target exclusive Clone?

When I got mine at the Target in Brick, NJ - I had an inkling that there was going to be trouble when the case that came from the back came out 1/2 gone.

I hate to say it but I did warn everyone that they shouldn't leave w/o a fight with regards to these things being brought out from the stock room.

I would guarantee that at least 60% of all eBay auctions for this figure are currently being run by sellers who work or have a friend who works at Target.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: To soft good or not to soft good?
« on: May 10, 2005, 06:27 PM »
I love it when the figure has soft goods (as long as the material is quality or of the right type to allow for proper flow - like Jesse mentions above) -- especially for the Jedi - with their belted tunics which result in all of the male Jedis having mini-skirts - that when made of a plastic (no matter how soft or plyable) ALWAYS prevent the figure from sitting.

This is what annoys me to no end with the ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan figures - the first two should of had Soft Goods skirts - like the third releases of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon from the EP1 line.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro Direct Sales Website
« on: May 10, 2005, 02:18 PM »
However, I'd like to hope that HTS.com won't be the only source for Star Wars in the future.  Anytime a company has a monopoly on stuff, prices go up and quality goes down.

I hope that doesn't come to pass either. But if the Star Wars section has good sales, then I could see them start to open up to the possibility of selling exclusive items that they can't get any retail outlet to carry.

In fact, I think they should do something like this:

1) Put out a news post on starwars.hasbro.com alerting people to www.hasbrotoyshop.com and say that exclusives to the shop are coming. This gets people to go and check out the Star Wars selection. If you can manage to sell one or two items and deliver them to the customers in a TIMELY manner then great.

2) After you've got a lot of the bugs worked out post a new message on starwars.hasbro.com and take a gamble - alert SW collectors that the HTS will have exclusive AT-TE and Cloud Car vehicles, but there will be a slight catch - production will not begin until a certain date and all pre-orders for these exclusives have to be in by that same date. The gamble comes in at price - say make the AT-TE $60 and the Cloud Car $25. Give discounts ($5) off a second one (or for each additional multiple of 2) - I'll explain why in a second...

3) Sit back and see how many pre-orders come in take the number of orders you get and then multiply that by 1.25 - that should be how many you make. Design cartons that fit two of each MIB vehicle.

4) Let your product runs come into some warehouse on the west coast via the slow boat from china. As soon as they touch down on US soil, run the Credit Cards for every person who ordered even multiples - print out mailing labels for them and slap the stickers directly on each case of 2. Don't waste your time re-packing stuff, just send them out like you normally would to retail outlets. After that, start opening cases to ship people their vehicles if they only bought one (or any odd number after that). Save the extra for exchanges in case anything got damaged - after a couple of weeks, put it on your website as "In Stock" or offer online retailers like StarWarsShop.com and EntertainmentEarth.com smaller quantities then what they would of had to order if it had been exclusive to their respective sites.

Pros:
1) You only make a little more than what the market seems to need. Any design costs of the AT-TE will be helped/offset by the fact that for the Cloud Car, you used the same mold from the vintage line w/a new paint op.

2) Generate revenue directly for Hasbro w/o any middle-men AND if you quickly get people their vehicles after they've been made, you also make them happy.

3) Chance to instill confidence in ordering from your site.

4) If you don't get enough interest you can always cancell the item due to lack-luster pre-orders.

Cons:
1) The estimated cost of $60 per AT-TE may cut into profits if fewer are ordered than expected.  The fewer you make/made the higher your cost per item becomes.

2) If you have to cancel the vehicle due to lack-luster orders you do two things (1) you're basically broadcasting that the Star Wars franchise collecting fan-base isn't as big as everyone thinks and/or (2) you're alienating SW fans who pre-ordered from you hoping to get these two sought after vehicles.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Figure with Cup Sets
« on: May 10, 2005, 01:42 PM »
Just curious if those of you who have picked these up, do you open them or leave them in the boxes.  I have the 3 ROTS sets, as well as the 3 that have been released from the OT (never saw the Anakin cup, and passed on Maul...probably should have gotten them...maybe later).  Anyways, right now I just have them stacked 2 by 2 on a shelf, in their boxes, for no real reason other than it is convenient right now.  But, looking at my vintage BK sets, I have thought about opening them and displaying all the glasses together somehow in a case/on a shelf (even though they aren't "exactly" the same).  Anyways, just curious if any of you open them up, or do you just leave them in their boxes?

I bought two complete sets of these - so I now have a total of eight Target cups which I've added to the collection of 12 BK glasses from the 70s/80s. Yes, they aren't "exactly" the same - but the ESB glasses were of a different design/shape anyway, so that doesn't bother me, neither does the fact that the BK ones are glass and the Target ones are plastic.

So for my MIB collection I kept a set un-opened and for my Star Wars cup/glass collection I got another set.

I don't mind these as much as other people do. To be honest, there are some really minor changes they could do with them and EASILY make these sets more appealing...

AOTC cup w/Anakin - if they had instead shipped the cup with the Secret Ceremony Anakin w/o the cloak and changed the hand to a flesh one, that would have been a great variation that many people wouldn't mind seeing.

ROTS cup w/Clone - the largest clone graphic on this set is the Clone Commander - change the color of the artwork to match Commander Bly and include a yellow deco Clone Commander instead. Commander Bly isn't an army builder figure to most so all this will do is drive up demand for the set 'cause everyone would want one.

ESB cup w/Snowspeeder Pilot Luke - Use the head from the first Bespin Luke and have a removeable rebel pilot helmet as an accessory. Just like was pictured on the packaging.

cancelled ANH cup w/Han Solo - use the VOTC figure instead and paint gray/black gloves on him like he wears when he's flying the falcon - also pack him with a black/silver version of the headset accessory that came with Pilot Obi-Wan so you can mimic how he looked during the dog fight with the TIEs

cancelled ROTJ cup w/Boba Fett - use  the VOTC Boba Fett figure, but modify it so it is a removeable helmet version with a Jango Fett head. Better yet, scrap making a ROTJ cup w/Boba Fett and instead make an AOTC cup w/Jango Fett and use the SA VOTC Boba Fett figure as the basis for the Jango.

In fact, if you take the entire second wave of OT cups - and instead pack in the VOTC versions (Han, Yoda and Boba) and leave them exactly as they were in the VOTC release, that alone makes the sets more appealing IMHO.

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Well - I know I recently returned some stuff - I had bought three Holo Yodas on the 10th of April and then over the month that followed - thanks mostly to by insane desire to buy as many Attacktix as possible - I acquired another four freebies - so I took the receipt for the three I actually bought and I returned three of them for TRU store credit (which I hope to use towards the TRU exclusive Anakin starfighter).

So I can definitely see how the glut of Clone Commanders and Pilots *might* be caused by returns, but if that were the case, there wouldn't also be the surplus of Exploding Grievous and Palpatine #35 as well... I just think that at WalMart plenty of Wave 4 and 5 collection 1 cases are starting to come in. I also think that it is incredibly smart that there are Clone Pilots a plenty around - especially since between both the Gunship and the ARC-170 you need a total of five of them just to fill all of the cockpits!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: May 10, 2005, 10:55 AM »
Went back to that same WalMart last night on the way home and was able to score myself a second green/brown Vulture Droid to open.

So now unless it's picking up another couple of Wookie Warriors or SA Clone (#41), here's what I have left:

TRU Exclusive Anakin Starfighter w/Pilot
Figures  #45 - #56
Deluxe Wave 3 (Clones, Stass Allie, Crab & Spider Droids)
Evolution Sets
Battle Packs
500th Vader
Wookie Helicopter
Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
ROTS Unleashed Wave 2

So unless there's something else coming that we don't know about it looks like there is more behind me (that I've already gotten) than there is ahead of me (stuff I still need to get as it is released).... and the price point on all of the items doesn't exceed $20 - so that's good too.

Finally starting to see the light at the end of the ROTS product on-slaught tunnel.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: May 10, 2005, 10:20 AM »
I really like the Can-cell (it is a little too large for my shelf though  :-\), but the Yoda is really only good for riding the Can-cell or sitting on a chair.  Luckily, I've got plenty of other Yodas, so I'm probably not going to lose any sleep over it...

Exactly - there are plenty of other Yoda figures of varying quality - so having this Yoda figure that sits perfectly on the saddle of the Can-cell is a-ok with me.

Has anyone tried to sit this Yoda in his council chair? Remove the wind-swept cloak and he's ideal for sitting in his council seat.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: May 10, 2005, 10:06 AM »
I have both the Blue Striped and the Greenish-Brown versions.

I've opened one of each and the greenish-brown one doesn't have any detailing for the "eyes" - they aren't red like someone else posted, they are the same color as the body of the fighter. My MOC one is the same way.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 10, 2005, 09:42 AM »
Personally I hope that Hasbro decides to make the V-Wing with a pilot.  But I doubt that will happen. 

I'm hoping for this as well. They need a vehicle like the V-Wing to refresh the Assault (Mid-size) vehicle assortment - the Plo Koon old-school Jedi Starfighter just doesn't cut it in my book.

I wouldn't mind if they put out a wave that was Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter (the one he takes to Utapau) and the V-Wing - one new vehicle, one re-painted vehicle.

I would also prefer that (based on past pack-in figures) that they NOT pack a V-Wing pilot in with the fighter and release him as a SA individually carded figure.

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Yesterday my local WalMart got in like five or six cases of the Collection 1, Wave 5 figures (#41 - #44) and they didn't even put them all out. So at least up to 44 shouldn't be a problem.

I'm more worried about ANY waves post May 19th or at the latest, the week after.

That's why I think Hasbro is trying to rush as much to the market as they can - get as much out in the pipeline BEFORE the movie hits so if there isn't a post movie rush on the toys then at least they've sold through to retailers as much as possible (leaving the retailers holding the bag).

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