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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 09:15 AM »
For me, since this is going to be the dawn of a new 3-3/4" line, that intrigues me on a bunch of different levels - so now I'm going to need to pick up three of these things!

#1 - keep exactly as it is when I buy it

#2 - open, send in certificate, do not open the box, keep the figures MIB

#3 - open, send in certificate, open the box to have the figures loose

So there's $90 more to spend on Sat. right there.

If the line was going to be re-born as a 6" line or under those lame "Force Battlers" banner, then I would be saying "Well, time for me to stop" - but since they are remaining true to the scale, I have to at least give these four figures a look-see.

I'm still more curious than ever about these things - are they going to be improved VOTC versions of these characters, the exact same VOTC figures signaling that the line will be in the same vein as VOTC?

Personally, I think that would be an excellent way to renew the line - continue with the figures just like VOTC - same carding style, same level of detail and articulation, encased in clamshells - the entire six movie saga under one action figure line banner.

It will most likely bring the line into a scope that it needs to be in order to survive - smaller and fewer assortments per year - more $$$ per figure so the profit margin is higher, geared more towards collectors.

Something like this would also allow for other previously developed sub-lines to continue - like the Animated Clone Wars figures - if they do make a 30 minute show about the Clone Wars, then I could easily see Hasbro continuing to make the animated line, keep it at the $5 price point and continue to aim the line at kids.

For a live-action TV show that's on at night and the unified Saga line, a more collector-oriented line makes a lot more sense.

The only problem with a line like that (if you look at past lines from other toy makers) is the number of re-paint exclusives will surely increase.

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I think Scott's comment was directed at this guy...  ::)

What about the early leaks a few of us were lucky enough to score?  Does that technically count, since they're supposed to be April 2nd releases?

I know - I just thought that I would chime in with a comment that this "rule" seemed fair to me. Sorry if I offended anyone.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 29, 2005, 04:51 PM »
I cant believe that there are 55 of them on ebay.

Yeah - neither can I - I am going to be FURIOUS if the Target in Toms River, NJ doesn't have them - they are going to need the security they supposedly are going to have there to keep me from going ape-**** on them all...

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Nothing bought before this weekend counts for this weekends totals :-*

That's fine with me - I didn't include the Mid-Size vehicles in my tally - I found all three of the new ones at Target awhile back. I grabbed the first wave of Deluxe Figures last night (Anakin, Obi-Wan & Grevious) so that's roughly $65 that will come off my estimate. I'm still coming in at over $1200..

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 29, 2005, 01:20 PM »
Sorry, that was sarcasm aimed at the TRU sets.  Where's the damn sarcasm icon?

Sorry - I should have picked up on that - of course you are correct - who the heck can tell the difference between the two characters, which <edit>

Alright, I already went off on the subject once, I'm not going to do it again... *grr*

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 29, 2005, 01:19 PM »
One thing I am pleased with is that the Deluxe Anakin is also a great figure to use for piloting his Starfighter. All you have to do is remove the skirt (which comes off for the "transformation" anyway) which will allow him to sit perfectly in the cockpit - the position of his arms are also ideal for placing directly over the controls.

I'm tempted to eventually get another one of these deluxe Anakin figures on clearance down the road, trim the plastic skirt off from the belt and then get some brown/black cloth to replace the skirt... that is unless the pack-in Anakin that's coming soon will have a cloth skirt... fat chance right?  ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 29, 2005, 01:09 PM »
Stass Allie or Adi Gallia?  And how do you tell the difference based on past performance?

Adi Gallia is no longer on the council and I would be willing to bet that there is an EU source out there that explains that she has since passed on in between AOTC and ROTS - Stass Allie is now on the council even though Adi Gallia was on the council in EP2 (appeared via stock footage shot during the filming of TPM)

To be honest, George's insistance that he can make the rest of the council inter-changeable is actually kinda annoying. Agen Kolar and Stass Allie exist because UK extras were used for the filming of TPM and instead of flying them in for AOTC he brought in new people to stand-in for them in the arena sequences. However, since they looked so incredibly different these two new Jedi were created. Adi Gallia at least was given the EU role she played during the Jedi Starfighter video game. I have no idea what Eeth Koth was up to.

The interesting thing is that you can tell when Saesee Tiin is being played by different people too - which is a disappointment. I'm glad that George has at least been consistent with Ki Adi Mundi and having Silas Carson play him throughout.

Sorry for the tangent...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 29, 2005, 11:12 AM »
Yikes...this could be a good idea, if executed properly, but it of course doesn't look to be the case.  It is nice to see some OT product coming this year, but they really chose poorly for the figures included in this set.  That Luke figure is terrible, the Vader isn't anything great, and that Han is one of the worst we've seen for awhile too.  I'd still really like to see a new, neutral, articulated Han Endor with Trenchcoat...but that is besides the point :).  Either way, the figure choices don't look real inspired for this set.  If they have to use rehashes, at least use good ones.

I would definitely be all for this concept if say for example each set re-packaged one or two VOTC figure and then the rest were new figures of the same calibur of VOTC. For example - you could have the OT set be:
VOTC Chewie
VOTC Stormtrooper w/Battle Damage
VOTC Darth Vader
NEW SA Jedi Luke
Retooled VOTC Han w/brown pants and cloth trenchcoat.

For the Jedi vs. Sith set you could simply include
SA Maul
SA Ventress
SA Qui-Gon
SA Obi-Wan
SA Anakin

For the Jedi vs. Separatists set you could have
SA Dooku
SA Mace Windu
Repack of ROTS Yoda
Repack of Durge on Speederbike
VOTC Boba Fett repainted to be Jango Fett

I wouldn't care if they charged $45 - $50 for these if that's how they were going to do them....

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Can You Break the Emperor's Code?
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:39 AM »
I wonder if you can submit what you think the "cracked code" says. That way, we should spam the **** out of hasbro using fake names and e-mail addressed and submit that the encoded message reads...

"HASBRO IS COMPLETELY CLUELESS AND SHOULD GO SCREW THEMSELVES"

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic figures $7.99 at Target?
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:34 AM »
I believe that the "SW Figure" listed under DPCI "087-06-1283" is for the Jedi Force figures.

The Ep3 basic figures should be under:
Collection 1 = 087-06-1263
Collection 2 = 087-06-1328

I'll send a note to my inside guy and see if he can confirm that, but for right now I've heard nothing about a $7.99 for basic figures at Target...  :-\

Jeff

Ok - cool - thanks for checking into it...

Unfortunately I was at a Target where the price scanners don't let you type in numbers - otherwise I would have done some more investigating while I was there.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:33 AM »
Actually - it is that stupid quick-draw Han Solo figure. The Vader is definitely the light-saber throwing piece of garbage and the Luke is the over-head swing Luke that just like the other two - the action feature NEVER worked right.

*ugh* I almost wish they weren't even releasing this set. In fact, I almost wish they weren't releasing ANY of these sets.

The TRU sets when they first started USED to be GOOD. Imperial Forces, Bounty Hunters (for Aurra's bike), Hoth (split belly Tauntaun) -- heck for the accessory alone and some extra Jedi for dioramas the Jedi 4-pack with the detention device was pretty good and the two OTC sets Endor Ambush and Naboo Conflict were both making up for the turd of the Jabba Skiff Guard set.

I know these aren't exclusives to TRU (at least I don't think they are), but I'm getting the feeling that these battle packs are just the old TRU four-pack w/huge accessory concept except they removed the huge accessory and replaced it with a fifth figure. Unless they kit-bash a couple of the figures in each set to make them "new" - I'm going to be very tempted to pass on getting these - minimally, I'll only get one to have the packaging variant - and I normally get two of EVERYTHING

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Revenge of the Sith / Basic figures $7.99 at Target?
« on: March 29, 2005, 10:21 AM »
Ok - so I went into a Target this morning on the way into work to see if I could repeat my success last night and use my "Jedi Mind Trick" to get an employee to bring stuff out when they shouldn't.

It worked last night with the Deluxe figures so why not this morning in a different store for the Collection 2 stuff?

Well - while I was waiting for the person to return from the stock-room (albeit empty handed) - I noticed that they had new pegs up that were labelled simply: "SW Figure" - the price was $7.99 and the DPCI was 087-06-1283....

Jeff - does your contact at Target know anything about this? Is this a special DPCI number for the new figures for April 2nd only and then they'll return to the $5.99 price?

I just got my $1 off coupon in the mail yesterday and I would prefer that it help me bring the figures down from $5.99 to $4.99, but I'm NOT going to buy them at Target if it means brining the price down from $7.99 to $6.99 - screw that **** - I'll go get them over at TRU for $5.99!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:41 AM »
Well - last night I finally got some leaked figures on my way home from work. I used the price scanner to punch in the code for the Deluxe Figures and for the first time they showed up as "In Stock" - so I naively asked the young girl working in toys to check the exact same DPCI number, and when it came up on her gun she happily went into the back and came out with a case of them. I was able to get Anakin/Vader Quick Change, General Grevious and Obi-Wan/SuperBattleDroid.

The only GOOD one of the three is the Anakin - but I had been looking forward to it the most. The General Grevious has a great paint job but the action feature doesn't work for ****.

Obi-Wan's jumping feature is just downright laughable.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anakin Starfighter Exclusive?
« on: March 29, 2005, 07:36 AM »
Like Matt and Jared, I'll be down for two of these as well....

God-damn my OCD!

Anyway, as far as them doing this goes, I'm actually PLEASED that the ship has a completely different paint job. If they had given us the EXACT SAME Jedi Starfighter that we already have, I'd be pretty upset with having to buy it again - much like I was with the Obi-Wan fighter for AOTC.

For my MIB/MOC collection it will just be another packaging/paint-op variant. For my open collection, I can always give the Starfighter to Saesee Tiin since his in the animated Series was green.

Now they really do need to give us that hot-pink one KBZ is joking about - actually it will really supposed to be purple for Mace Windu, but they'll screw up the paint-op and the final product will look pink!  ::)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart Exclusive
« on: March 28, 2005, 05:12 PM »
I'll be passing on this one... and, now, the only way I go to Wal-Mart on 4-2 is if Target doesn't send me a $1 off coupon.  If I do get the coupon from Target, then that will be the ONLY stop I make on April 2nd.   ;)

Jeff and I are working on the same wavelength - Target sure as heck will hopefully send me a coupon card. They would be foolish not to - since TRU is a no-go except for perhaps a few minutes at MidnightMadness to grab a couple of clones or other army builders that might be hard to get - all of my other business will happily go to Target if they send me a $1 off coupon.

If they don't, I'll get all my ships and playsets at TRU at MM, wait in line at Target for the Lava Vader and then head to WalMart to get what I can for $5.24 a figure.

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