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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:33 AM »
I was a bit surprised (as I think I said in the Recent Purchases thread) that the Jedi Temple Assault set was packaged equally with the Imperial Throne Room set.

I kinda wish they had just shipped straight packs of all six Jedi Temple Assault and then shipping the Imperial set next month - I hate when Hasbro does stuff like this - don't they realize that they are shooting the concept of these in the foot right off the bat? KMart is going to sell out fast of the Jedi Temple sets and be left holding the bag on A LOT of Imperial sets.

Stupid planning on both KMart AND Hasbro's part.

If they were going to evenly pack these - then they should have made two Battle Packs that were both Clone-themed. The second one could have Utapau and they could have put in: Obi-Wan, 3 #6 Clones painted as Cmdr. Cody grunts and Tion Meddon. That would have been a MUCH BETTER pack IMHO.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 06:46 AM »
Yeah - the Jedi Temple Assault is a for the most part, a great set. The only thing that kills it is the Clone Pilot. My son looked at it last night and was like: "When was a Clone Pilot raiding the Jedi Temple?" - and I didn't know what to say to him other than: "Well Hasbro thinks there was, I don't know what to tell you."

I really wish they had just included a fourth 501st trooper.

Same thing goes with the Imperial Throne Room set. The Stormtrooper is an odd choice. Instead of having one dignitary in the box and another in the picture on the back - just include BOTH of them and forget the Stormtrooper.

I also would have re-organized the Jedi vs. XXXX sets like this:

Jedi vs. Sith:
Anakin from Yavin 4
Asajj Ventress (she wasn't full sith but close enough)
Qui-Gon Jinn
Obi-Wan Kenobi (TPM)
Darth Maul

Jedi vs. Seperatists:
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Snap-on Clone Armor)
Mace Windu
Ki-Adi Mundi (or Shaak Ti)
General Grievous

But that's just me.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 29, 2005, 12:08 AM »
Well - impulsively I hit the local KMart at 9:45 PM tonight before it closed.

When I got there I found that they had the freight pallets waiting for the overnight crew to stock the toy section.

On the last pallet I checked was a case of the KMart exclusive Jedi Temple Assault and Imperial Throne Room Battle Packs.

The Jedi Temple assault set is nice. I would have preferred they pack in a #28 Anakin w/Sith Eyes then the #1? Anakin figure. And of course as we've all discussed already, a Gray/White Pilot? Just like with the Shocktrooper repaint of #6, I don't mind these 501st/Special Ops blue troopers being based on the #6 body either. I'm glad they packed in the extra rifles.

The Imperial Throne Room set makes for a nice packaging piece, not much else. These will be sitting at most stores I would think. I would have preferred they included both Dignitaries instead of only one and then a Stormtrooper. Last I checked, a Stormtrooper never entered the Palpatine's throne room on the Death Star II.

In my area they rang up for $27 each. (ouch) and came in a case of 6 sets (3 of each variety). I wouldn't have packed them equally like that. There are bound to be lots of collectors (like myself) who want to grab more than just one or two to build squads of the 501st. I grabbed all three from this case so I could open up two and have six of them to "march" behind Anakin.

So it's 3 Battle Packs down, 4(?) Battle Packs to go.... (Jedi vs. Separatists, Rebels vs. Empire, Hoth Assault & Coruscant Clones - am I forgetting any?)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS DVD 3-Packs!
« on: August 24, 2005, 06:19 AM »

You're right Matt. The clone set does contain different figures than anything else we've seen so far.

Well crap.

I guess I am going to need to get two of at least the clone set.

Well - if it's any consolation, at our local WalMart stores the day the DVDs have come out, the past two sets were VERY easy to get.

The Clone Set was easier since there were only two, but with OT DVD set was odd 'cause some stores only received two different ones so it meant having to go to two stores to get all three.

Here's hoping the distribution is balanced and if you hit a WalMart at 7AM on November 1st there is a good number of all three (although, if they go heavy on the Clones, that would be smart)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: August 23, 2005, 08:30 PM »
I think I might just order two of each of these cases. The mix is good enough that there's one of each new figure per case. The only stinker/catch to this is that the Darth Vader comes x2 in the Collection 1 case. This is really odd to me, why didn't they put in an Anakin like the #28 Sith Eyes variant or something else similar, afterall, he was only Darth Vader in the suit for the last few minutes of the movie. They should also be re-shipping the Red Shocktrooper in the Collection 1 case as well. So my perfect Collection 1 case would be:

1x #6 Shocktrooper
1x #28 Anakin Skywalker w/Sith Eyes Paint Variant
1x #33 Green Clone Commander
2x Commander Gree (EIII #57) (NEW)
2x Commander Bly (EIII #59) (NEW)
1x Wookiee Commando (EIII #58) (NEW)
1x Grievous' Bodyguard #2 (EIII #60) (NEW)
1x Passel Argente (EIII #61) (NEW)
1x Cat Miin (EIII #62) (NEW)
1x Neimodian Commander (EIII #63) (NEW)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS DVD 3-Packs!
« on: August 23, 2005, 08:22 PM »
For me - just like the DVD and Clone Wars packs - these sets will be one of the VERY few items where I only get one of each different pack (instead of my typical two). The figures are identical, I have no need to have a set of 3-packs opened.

I do like the artwork on the package. Thank goodness there isn't anything really "new" about these, otherwise people would probably be more upset about these coming out.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anyone know the Target DCPI #s?
« on: August 23, 2005, 08:18 PM »
Unfortunately, your mileage may vary when it comes to these DPCI numbers working in your local Target's price scanner. Some of them have blocked the ability to type in a number and have it return valid information.

Other Target stores don't even have the type of scanner you can type a number into or that display the stock-room availability.

I think I'm going to have to really spend some time this weekend trying to get a DPCI barcode generator up and running.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: August 21, 2005, 10:48 PM »
I will definitely buy these at whatever price they charge, plus the 10% mark-up for not being a member (I refuse to join Sams Club when I'm already a BJ's member).

I'm hoping that the Mustafar Playset will just be packaged with #6 Shocktrooper repaints and the ARC-170 will be packaged with R4-G9 and three gray or black pilots. That way, there won't be any need for me to buy openers of either. Although, the fact that figures are now $6 each and both sets come with four, that means you're really only paying $6 for an ARC-170 or the Mustafar playset. Not a bad deal.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Other Retailers... Check them out!
« on: August 21, 2005, 11:26 AM »
KMart recently came through for me - I'd been going crazy trying to get a MOMC set of the Tarkin wave figures.

My local WalMart got them in, but all of the pieces were banged up. So that took care of my loose ones, but not my MOC ones. I tried ordering for Amazon and that didn't work, I tried ordering from a seller on eBay and got screwed, so to find them at KMart for $6.99 each, I was happy to finally get the ordeal of getting these figures over with.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 20, 2005, 02:49 PM »
Picked up 2 Green Clone Commanders, 12 Shocktroopers and a Nemoidian Warror (just to pair up with my other open one)...

At K-Mart I found my MOMC Tarkin, Ask Aak and Meena Tills figures I've been going crazy trying to get.

I think with the exception of the Target Wave 3 Cup w/Figure sets (Vader, Leia, Stormtrooper) and any new BattlePacks that come out (any one except Jedi vs. Sith). I'm all caught up for a change.

Feels good.

This REALLY has been a good week.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: August 19, 2005, 12:59 PM »
With so many other retailer exclusives shown at Comic Con, for these NOT to appear was an indicator to me that the story was RS bull$hit.

I mean, even if they didn't have the physical paint samples, they could have at least shown them in the slide presentation like they did with the Target Stealth Cammo Clone.

With the options that will be available to allow collectors to get both Shocktroopers and 501st Speical Ops Troopers, these sets were really un-necessary, except for the Utapau Clone design.

I'm a firm believer in the fact that the #6 clone will continue to ship, even throughout the assortments of the final 12 so eventually, even that figure will be easy to get. It's harder right now simply 'cause he comes only 1 per case.

The 501st clones are coming BOTH in the Jedi Temple Assault Battle Pack AND as a repaint of #41 - so if you want to build an 501st army you'll be able to do so.

If I had a choice, I would much rather be limited to these options then get these designed painted on the Deluxe Clone 3-pack statues. The body sculpts on them are pretty bad, especially the standing clone. It's bad enough they made four different versions of that pack, we didn't need three more.

That date stamp alone kind of blows a lot of the talk that it "takes x ammount of time to get y figure to retail" ******** too I think...  I guess some fibbing for public relations was needed?

I'd like both the green and white head variants just for diversity's sake, however I've seen neither at retail yet.  I certainly hope one's not a total biznitch to find though, as I'd like a few of both.

How's that guy look on an RT?  I got a #6 Clone on one and he looks as good (or better) than the pack-in figure does.

With regards to how long it takes, don't forget that there is design time, sculpting time, tooling time, etc...

Sure it may take only a month or two to go from pumping out the product from the molds, packaging it and then shipping it to WallyWorld, but the lead-in time before that was much longer.

This is the BIG reason why the final 12 ROTS figures are ALL repaints, sculpting exists, tooling exists, all they need to do is fire up the assembly lines and they're good to go to have those 12 figures on the shelves by October.

I also wouldn't be surprised if these were rush-shipped from the factory as well. If you recall, end of July, beginning of August was VERY dry SW-wise at a good majority of WalMart's across the country. WM may have told Hasbro "Get us your product NOW" and Hasbro jumped.

Oh - one more thing - the AT-RT Driver fits on the AT-RT vehicle PERFECTLY. I have been tempted to get rid of my pack-in drivers and get two more AT-RT Drivers to replace them since the sculpt and paint ops on the regular figure is of course far superior.

Now if Pilot Obi-Wan only had hip joints like VOTC Luke and the AT-TE Gunner - he would be a PERFECT replacement for the Obi-Wan w/Boga figure!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 19, 2005, 12:39 PM »
Grabbed the Sith and Clone sets at WalMart last night.

These two sets are GREAT!

The only complaint I have is that the removeable clone helmets are made from the same soft plastic they've made all removeable clone helmets from. I would prefer that the helmet be more sturdy.

The Darth Maul robe looks ridiculous, but that doesn't matter at all to me, I'm never going to display him with it. The interesting thing about Maul is that they put a plug-hole for a lightsaber on his belt, but didn't make his dual blade lightsaber w/removable blades and a pin to fit that hole.

I looked all around the packaging to make sure I didn't miss the blade-less saber, but it's not in there. Odd.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 19, 2005, 11:45 AM »
This has been a great week for SW toy finds!

Earlier in the week I scored the Mustafar Sentry (x3) and more AT-RT Drivers (x4).

Yesterday morning and last night I scored:
2x Shocktrooper
5x Black Jumpsuit Clone Pilots
3x Clone Evolutions Set  :o
2x Sith Evolutions Set  :o

Very good week for me.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #56 Mustafar Sentry
« on: August 15, 2005, 11:45 PM »
Picked up a couple of these tonight - I really like this figure. Nicely detailed, plus it comes with the cool "on fire" Mustafar base - I think this is the only Collection 1 figure to have a base right? I don't consider the 1st R2 and Spinning Yoda figures to have bases, they have stands that support the action features of the figure.

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