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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Kids and ROTS (SPOILERS)
« on: April 4, 2005, 02:35 PM »
I agree with Chewie - the PT desperately needs a serious, dramatic, action-intense climax so that it carries the franchise (in story-telling succession) to the OT.

I remember reading an article somewhere after AOTC came out and the author basically was asking 'Would Star Wars have been a phenomenon if Lucas had released TPM first and AOTC second?" (in otherwords, no OT to draw on)

The fact of the matter is that both TPM and AOTC were both riding on the coat-tails of the OT and the lack of new SW movies for so long. If TPM had been the world's first taste of Star Wars, it is quite possible that TPM would have been all she wrote.

ROTS needs to be a movie that makes you go back, re-watch the TPM and AOTC and actually see all of the little hints and build-up events that lead to the fall of the Republic and Anakin. The PT needs ROTS to be its anchor so as a whole, people will one day look back on the PT and say - "yeah, they're a pretty good set of movies that explain how a sweet young boy became Darth Vader" - just like people look back on the OT with fondness - a fondness that, to be honest, is firmly anchored in the Empire Strikes Back - the other movie in the Saga that ends with the dark side having the upper hand.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Collection 1 Figures
« on: April 4, 2005, 01:56 PM »
I didn't see this posted anywhere but did anyone notice that Tarrful has an action feature too? You can twist his torso to one side and it will swing back to the center - almost like a club swinging action feature. Since he comes with the club, it makes sense.

Perhaps I'm just dense and didn't read/hear about this before, but I thought this was a nice little surprise to the figure.

All I would have changed on this figure was to make his knee joints bend as opposed to just rotate.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: April 4, 2005, 01:23 PM »
Anyone find this playset yet?  I did not see it anywhere this weekend.

Not out yet - my friend who works for Hasbro had a "later this month" date for both the Battle Arenas and the Mustafar Playset - even he was surprised that some stores got in the Battle Arenas...

I would bet that later this month it will be in. Just like the ARC-170 and Gunship - even those aren't widely available yet.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: April 4, 2005, 11:55 AM »
Same thing is true in my area - the only place I saw the Gunship was at KB Toys - bought one there since KB had it for $29.99 (same price as Target for the ARC-170).

I was able to grab two of the ARC-170s at Target earlier the same morning. Haven't opened it up yet (I like to spread my booty out, I find it much more satisfying than just spending the rest of the day opening EVERYTHING).

I'll probably open it either tonight or tomorrow night. Kinda putting it off since I don't have any Clone Pilots to put in it yet...  :-[

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Midnight Madness Experiences! Share!
« on: April 4, 2005, 11:53 AM »
Personally, I am totally jealous of anyone who found figures #33 - #40. While I did have some mild "victories" - I was able to grab all three cups (x2), 2 AT-RTs, 2 Holo Yodas and 1 Pollis Massan and 1 Chopper Droid - I still wish I had been able to haul in a bunch of Clone Pilots.

Now, not only do I have an Obi-Wan & Anakin Starfighter w/o pilots, I also have an ARC-170 w/o three pilots...  :-[

To me - the Big H better come out with a case pack of nothing but Clone Commanders, Clone Pilots and AT-TE Tank Gunners, 'cause EVERYONE wants LOTS of them!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Diamond Comics Exclusive?
« on: April 4, 2005, 09:56 AM »
Both of the TRUs that I went to (Friday night and then the next morning) had PLENTY cases of the first wave of each collection - they were ALL 12 unique figures per case - in other words if you grabbed one of each collection case, you got figures #1 through #24.

I hardly see how this is an exclusive of ANY kind...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: April 4, 2005, 09:53 AM »
The AT-RT is nice - the walking feature could be better, but it's still neat. I am really pleased with all of the small vehicles - mostly 'cause they come with a "pilot/driver" figure so there's no question about displaying the piece. (for AOTC it annoyed me to no end that there wasn't an Anakin & Obi-wan that would fit in that yellow speeder!)

I had already grabbed the Anakin/Vader, Grevious and Obi-Wan/SuperBattleDroid deluxe figures so all I needed on Friday night was the Deluxe Sidious - that figure is GREAT - a lot of fun to just tinker with. I really think this figure got a really bad rap based on the pictures.

True, it doesn't STAY in the "Evil" mode, but that can be rigged I suppose - you don't want it to stay that way anyway 'cause the batteries will eventually die.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 4, 2005, 09:49 AM »
All-in-all - I would have to say that of all four chains that had exclusives, I am the MOST pleased with Target.

TRU botched their Holo Yoda (granted I got one, but A LOT of people ended up pissed on Friday night)

KB Toys had me buying the EXACT SAME 12" scaled Chewie figure only in different packaging!

WalMart gave us a box of air and the Darth Vader carrying case - AGAIN...

Target on the other hand had the Lava Reflection Vader - which was in plentiful supply (everyone who lined up got one) and they had cup w/figure sets (all three cups are great IMHO) and the micro vehicles (which I passed on, but at least it was something DIFFERENT).

Target also went the extra mile with that $1 coupon that we got in the mail - it brought down figures to $4.99 and I was able to get the cups for $8.99 - not too shabby either.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: April 4, 2005, 09:39 AM »
Our local TRU didn't have a MM event, so haven't seen those here.  Are they still possibly showing up on the 10th?  That was sort of what I was waiting for and avoided ordering one online, so hopefully that is the case.

The Holo Yodas weren't supposed to be out at Midnight Madness - they were really supposed to come out on the 10th as a gift-with a $25 purchase.

If your store didn't have a MM and didn't put them out yet, they are probably following instructions and saving them for the 10th.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: April 4, 2005, 06:37 AM »
Anybody else get lucky?
Yeah I did and so did 4 others in MN :)

The TRU in Toms River, NJ had a single case of 12, they gave them out to the first twelve people in line Friday night. My son and I were #1 and #2 so we were lucky enough to get two.

It was nice to get it so easily, but we had to step aside to get the two figures and since they let everyone in at once, by the time we got to the display it was CHAOS. So we ended up not being able to grab as much as we wanted - it turned out okay though since I found everything I needed by the end of the weekend (for the most part)...

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My guess was $1351.28

Some things I had listed in my guess didn't come out, but I also didn't need the Deluxe figures (found them early) and I was able to get my figures for $4.99 from Target, $5.29 from TRU and $5.24 from WalMart - so the price of $5.99 was off.....Ok so without further pontificating, here are my totals:

TRU: $644.34
WalMart: $163.51
Target: $348.80
KB Toys: $116.56

Total: $1273.21

In case anyone is curious, here is the breakdown of what I bought:
  • 2x Holo Yoda
  • 3x Lava Vader (I actually bought four, but one was for a friend who I got the money from, so I'm not counting it in my total)
  • ~58x Basic Figures (bought 2x of #1 - #32, and one Vader Medic and one Polis Massan, everything else was figures for my son to play with - I don't recall how many for sure, I just let him put whatever he wanted in the basket)
  • 5x Deluxe Figures (2x of the Palpatine/Sidious deluxe, bought 3 more (Anakin/Vader, Grevious & Palpatine/Sidious for my son to play with)
  • 2x ARC-170, 1x Gunship
  • 4x Battle Arenas
  • 2x Early Bird Kits
  • 6x Cup w/Figure Sets
  • 6x Small Vehicles
  • 6x Unleashed
  • 3x 12" Figures
  • 1x Ultimate Villian Vader
  • 1x 12" Chewie Exclusive

I don't think I left anything out, I completed this list from memory, while the total $$$ spent came straight from the bottom of receipts...

Does this mean I'm in the running to be crowned the "winner"?  ;D

- Peter

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Midnight Madness Experiences! Share!
« on: April 2, 2005, 02:38 PM »
Well - my son and I started waiting at the Toms River, NJ TRU at 3:30 PM on Friday. We set up two chairs and everyone thought we were nuts. Turns out it paid off....

This TRU only got in ONE case of the Yoda figures and they gave the 12 Yodas to the first 12 people in line.

Unfortunately things inside the store (besides picking up the Yoda) was ABSOLUTE CHAOS.

This TRU is so small they should let people in, in groups - and they didn't. Everyone was pushing and shoving, typical New Jersey folk.

Anyway, I grabbed:

Collection 1, Wave 1 Case
Collection 2, Wave 1 Case
2x Boga
2x Barc Speeder
2x AT-RT
2x Holo Yoda
12" Ultimate Anakin
12" Clone
12" Palpatine
Palpatine vs. Windu Battle Arena
Dooku vs. Anakin Battle Arena
2x Anakin Unleashed
2x Obi-Wan Unleashed
2x Grevious Unleashed

After that we headed over directly to the Target and we were again the first people in line and we waited all through the night.

There were the #25 - #32 figures at this store and they were in plentiful supply. I was also able to grab...

4x Lava Vader
2x Grevious fig w/Cup
2x Clone fig w/Cup
2x Obi-wan fig w/Cup
2x ARC-170

And my doubles of Col 1, Wave 1 and Col 2, Wave 1.

This store also had only ONE Pollis Massan and ONE Vader Medical Droid - I was able to snag both.

NONE of the stores had any signs of Clone Commander, AT-TE Gunner, Mas Amedda, Clone Pilot, Palpatine #35 or Exploding Grevious. I would have LOVED to get the Clones but alas the only clone to be had ANYWHERE was the quick-draw version. Pilots would have been nice especially since I found the ARC-170!

I ended up screwing up though in my rush 'cause I grabbed some extras and I didn't end up with a second Spinning Attack Yoda or Saesee Tiin.

I then went to WalMart and I picked up two of the Early Bird kits - ended up getting them both on the same receipt which means I can't redeem both, but I was only planning on redeeming both anyway.

I also picked up one of the Darth Vader Carrying Cases w/the two figures.

I then hi-tailed it over to another TRU to grab the last 12" figure I needed, 12" General Grevious.

I then went to a KB-Toys and was able to grab:

1x 12" Chewie exclusive
1x ROTS Gunship Repaint
1x Mace vs Palpatine Battle Arena
1x Anakin vs Dooku Battle Arena.

So all in all, here's all I have left to get:

1x Spinning attack Yoda
1x Saesee Tiin
7x Clone Pilot
3x AT-TE Gunner
4x Clone Commander
2x Palpatine #35
2x Exploding Grevious
1x Pollis Massan
1x Vader Medical Droid
2x Mas Amedda
1x ROTS Gunship Repaint
2x Obi-Wan vs. Magnaguard Battle Arena
2x Mustafar playset.

I don't think those last two items even came out anywhere though...

Not a bad haul really - I'll get a total posted to the contest thread soon. Right now I'm off to take a nap!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:07 PM »
Yeah, this is another one of those case (like TF Vader) where the packaging is what really sells me on this figure.

I love the re-use of the vOTC clamshell idea as well as the backer card that makes the figure less "rounded". 

I plan on keeping this guy carded and put up on the wall, if I don't snag a second for the loose collection, that is fine with me.  I probably wouldn't open it anyway.

Jeff

I feel exactly the same way. With the Toy Fair Vader, I had no idea he was going to end up being as hard to get or expensive as he did - I ordered two from the fanclub and I opened one up!

This time, I'm going to try to get three (if I can convince another family member to come as well, as many as four). The first one is for my MOC collection, the second is actually for my friend who works for Hasbro and will be up at the nearest tent sale holding three EB kits for me. IF I can get a third it will be to open. If I get a fourth, I'll offer it up here.

But if all I end up with is two, I'll give my second one to my friend and never get one to open - or perhaps I'll just wait until they drop down into the $40 range and grab a second one two or three years from now - never know...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:27 PM »
Then since Wave 2 (six figures per case) breaks down as:

Darth Vader on Operating Table x2
Jetpack CloneTrooper x2
Yoda on Can-cell x1
Vulture Droid x1

My bet for how Wave 3 will break down is:
Clonetrooper 3Pack x2
Crabdroid x2
Stass Allie on Bike x1
Spiderdroid x1

I'm guessing here that there will only be minor re-tooling on the Spiderdroid (supposedly the gun is different) and the bike with Stass Allie will be the regular old speeder bike we've gotten a bunch of times over (if it was a Barc Speeder, ole Stassie would be in the Small Vehicle assortments).

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:00 PM »
While I'm excited to get the clone 3 pack, I'm not - these things can NEVER be found at retail.

I never found the CW versions - only the HORRIBLE turd that was the destroyer droid shooter thingy.

Yeah - I can hear that - I frequented a total of 1 TRU, 3 Targets and 4 WalMarts every morning for over a month with the goal of acquiring all of the color-op variants of that Clonetrooper 3-pack. It got annoying, it got my boss a tad bit annoyed since I was coming in EVERY DAY after 9:40....

Here's hoping that it ends up where there are cases of NOTHING BUT this three pack.

Here's an odd thing though - I thought the Operating Table Darth figure was to come out with the Jetpack Trooper, Yoda w/Can-cell and Vulture Droid - I thought those four figures were "Wave 2" - do the three pack Clones fit into a "Wave 3"?

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