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Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-RT - the walker army-builder
« on: March 22, 2005, 11:35 AM »
I kinda wish they were white... the main reason being that now the ROTJ Imperials on Endor seem like they should have been in camo.

 :P

Actually, the lack of camo deco on the Biker Scouts CAN be explained (albeit with a pretty thin explanation)....

During the time of the Clone Wars, the Republic is fighting for its existence they will be employing any tactic necessary to give their troops the edge in combat and if giving camo-deco to troopers helps them sneak up on droids in dense forest worlds, then give them camoflaged armor.

However, by the time the OT comes around, the Republic has turned into the Empire and the Empire has been going strong for close to twenty years. There's no need to have your troops worry about fighting another army on the scale of the CIS -- your ONLY problem are those pesky rebels, a movement which you are sure will eventually be squashed and "Fear will keep the systems in line".

At least that's how I rationalize the difference. The Grand Army of the Republic = fighting for their lives and Soliders of the Empire = strike fear into the hearts of the masses and NO ONE will challenge you.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Who's First?
« on: March 22, 2005, 10:22 AM »
I think I'll be opening the Deluxe Anakin when I get home first. However, since I will be going directly from MM at TRU to waiting in line at Target, I will want to open SOMETHING to occupy my time while waiting for the Target to open - since I'll be worried about losing accessories, it will probably be something with very few - so to that end, I'll probably either open up a couple of the new Jedi like Aalya Secura and Ki-Adi Mundi.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-RT - the walker army-builder
« on: March 22, 2005, 10:18 AM »
It will be a shame if the pilot has no articulation. Even at least knee joints would make the figure better, so he could stand up straight when he's not sitting on the walker.

You know what though - it looks like between AOTC and ROTS - there has been a split in armor/uniform for the Clone Pilots. The flying vehicle pilots look like the new "Clone Pilot" vehicle we're getting and the ground vehicle pilots look like the "Turbo Tank Driver" figure we're getting - so I wouldn't be worried just yet - granted I took only a quick look just now, but the AT-RT driver figure and the Turbo Tank Driver figure look like the same armor and coloring and if that's the case, based on the gate-fold in the latest insider, there looks to be plenty of articulation in the Turbo Tank Driver figure.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: DVD 3-packs. Ugh.
« on: March 22, 2005, 10:09 AM »
I hit three WalMarts this morning - NONE of them had the DVD three-packs for the Animated Clone Wars figures.  >:(

This is exactly like I figured would happen - the WalMarts are so god-damn gun-shy about putting ANYTHING out that is Star Wars they are holding them back for April 2nd!

Now, how the hell am I going to be at Target and WalMart at the same time?!?!?!

*VERY* angry....

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Possible Animated Wave 4?
« on: March 21, 2005, 10:42 AM »
Well, it's mid March and we have yet to hear of, and see, anything new.

Who knows, maybe Hasbro will wait until next week to roll out the new stuff while season 3 is on.

Well the next five episodes start tonight and we have yet to hear anything from Hasbro about a Wave 4. I'd be willing to bet that the only thing that's coming is those two three-packs. It would be nice of the ARC in the "good guys" pack was Blue and the Obi-Wan was armored, but the fact that these two sets have all of the same figures, it makes them VERY unappealing.

The only thing I'm finding is E3 stuff that won't ring up at the register!

You know - this reminds me of what happened with the E2 stuff...

Three years ago, WalMart had the POTJ exclusive TIE Bomber and crash-landing Snowspeeder. All of the WalMarts in my area got them in and held them until the Saga stuff hit the shelves since they didn't distinguish between what Star Wars stuff could hit the shelves immediately vs. the stuff they were holding for MidnightMadness.

My guess is that either (a) any new Clone Wars product was scrapped or (b) if it exists and is coming and has shipped, you won't see it until April 2nd.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 21, 2005, 09:47 AM »
Well - this morning I was at my local walmart and I SHOULD have been able to get: both Anakins (#2 & #28), both Obi-Wans (#1 and #27), Tarfful (#25), Spinning Yoda (#26), Vader (#11), Super Battledroid (#4), Chewie (#5) and R2-D2 (#7).

But unfortunately it rang up NO SALE. The clerk wouldn't just enter the price, brought a manager over and told me they couldn't sell them.

I argued that they shouldn't have been on the pegs then - to which they said "I'm sorry, we can't sell them to you" - I just replied "No you're not, if you're 'sorry' you'd let me buy them and train your people better that they shouldn't be stocking this stuff on your shelves."


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 21, 2005, 09:42 AM »
I think the operating table looks GREAT. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these! I'm surprised that they are showing something like this so soon.

Does anyone think that this means they are trying to get this product to the shelves by the 2nd as well? It strikes me as odd that such a spoiler-iffic figure like the operating table Vader would be out so far in advance of the movie. It kinda gives it away that Obi-Wan slices and dices Anakin before he bursts into flame!

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Does anyone have any evidence that the RS list is legit? To me that looks like it's as thorough as the list for TPM. You can't tell me that the hype of EPIII has made TRU forget the past history of TPM?

Perhaps they are expanding the number of stores opening compared to those that did for AOTC because they know that w/o a midnight opening they are going to get killed and left holding A LOT of stuff in stock!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 18, 2005, 11:49 AM »
Wait wait wait... this gets even better!

So even though I (a) am a member of Hyperspace, (b) already get regular Target coupons in the mail, and (c) have a Target charge card, I STILL may not get this $1 off coupon?

And people refer to Walmart as the "Evil Empire"!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 18, 2005, 11:47 AM »
Still nothing in my area except for that case of Force Battlers (*bleck*) that I spotted on Monday.

It doesn't help that there are two Hasbro employees who cover the Targets, WalMarts and TRUs in my area and are watching them like hawks to make sure the stuff doesn't go out early.

I saw that story over on RS about the Force Battler waves planned until 2006 - all I can say is - More power to Hasbro if they can get retailers to buy into this line. If I was a toy buyer for a chain, I would recall how "well" lines like Epic Force & POTJ 7" Figures and be EXTREMELY skeptical about this line and Attacktix.

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Feedback / Re: Tydirium's (pka SilverZed3) feedback
« on: March 18, 2005, 09:05 AM »
Got into a three-way transaction with Matt and Jared - very pleased! Prompt payment from them both!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - Battle Arena Assortment.
« on: March 16, 2005, 04:55 PM »
I'm starting to think that these may be something that I'll get ONE each of in MIB condition and then wait for the clearance to get my openers.

The only set that appeals to me really is the Mace Windu vs. Palpatine. The Anakin vs. Dooku and Obi-Wan vs. MagnaGuard are both so-so.

Since you can put four of these together to form a circle, I think they should have sold them simply as single figures with bases. Then you can mix-and-match as you wish.

The one "nice" thing about these sets is the disks that the figures stand on - it looks to me like there is a static peg with a clip to hold the figure in place and then the second peg is on a small wheel that turns allowing you to set the distance between the pegs to match the stance of the figure you want to use - that way the bases truly are compatible with most figures.

It would be neat, if after these go on clearance to get a second Mace/Palpatine set and form the circle and put in the basic figures of Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar and Saesee Tinn to recreate Palpatine mowing them down.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holy Mother of ROTS!
« on: March 16, 2005, 04:45 PM »
It's this one:

Cancell w/Yoda


Most reports all agree that the BARC Speeder and Boga w/Obi-Wan will be available April 2nd (wave 1). 

Then, it gets more complicated.  Some reports say the Cancell w/Yoda is in the cases with the AT-RT, others say it will come later by itself in wave 3.  I don't know if anyone is too sure yet when it is coming out...

Jeff

Wow - thanks for clarifying, for some reason I thought the Yoda w/Cancell was a deluxe figure! The CargoBay site over at Starwars.com has this listed as a Deluxe Figure too - I guess that's where I got that idea from - but we all know that sometimes they have bad info...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 16, 2005, 04:44 PM »
I think that's gonna be my plan.  Actually, if they do strictly limit it to 1 per person, then I'm gonna have to head straight to another Target to get my damned opener Vader too.   >:(

Thankfully for me - I have a step-son who will be with me, so that gets me my second ticket for the opener.

And it's suggested I stand in line for an hour and a half prior to opening?  After I was likely up 'til 3am that same night racing around for Midnight Madness?  Bastards.

This is another thing that really pisses me off.

WalMarts here in NJ are open 7AM to 11PM - they are not open 24 hours.

The TRU nearest to me that will probably doing MM is all the way up in Elizabeth, NJ - although I haven't been able to confirm that. At least none of the employees in Eatontown, NJ or Toms River, NJ know anything about opening at midnight on the 2nd.

So basically, Target's b.s. with this exclusive is completely dictating where I have to be and when on the 2nd.

Originally I was going to wait until Saturday to go to all stores because of the exclusives - thinking they were all free-gift-with-purchase items.

I had a two-man team plan for Saturday morning - since the Target and TRU are right across the street from each other, I was going to let my step-son stay in line while I went over and stood in line for Target. But since Target is doing the whole 1-per-person thing, I can't do that, which means my stepson has to be with me. Now I need a third person. My wife sure as **** ain't going to wake up early, so now I am forced because of Target to hit TRU the night before at midnight!

Like I said in my previous post, the fact that you can wait in line, get a ticket and IMMEDIATELY buy a Vader is complete CRAP. For this reason alone every toy collector/scalper/dealer you have ever run into on a toy run WILL BE IN LINE WITH YOU waiting to get one (or possibly even more) of this figure so they can sell it on eBay for a 200+% profit.

My current job has me as part of my company's Marketing Communications team and while my education is in engineering and computer programming, I have still been able to pick up enough Marketing knowledge to know that this Target promotion is STUPID. Whomever came up with this being the method of distribution of the figures is just retarded and they should be fired.

When you have an exclusive like this you have to leverage it to get you the best possible return.

So they decided that instead of giving away this turd of a figure for free with the purchase of let's say $50 of stuff, they instead decided that they were going to sell the figure to the first 36 (or more depending on the store) at the door. How does this help them move more product? Simple answer: IT DOESN'T! For this simple fact alone Target deserves to be left "holding the bag" when it comes to the majority of this stuff.

Walmart has them beat on price and at some stores the fact they're open 24 hours. TRU has them beat (at some stores at least) with the "Midnight Madness" event.

I better shut up now, 'cause I'm getting a serious headache just thinking about it.  I'm always up for a good collecting challenge, but be careful how far you want to push me...   :-X

I better do the same - I too like a collecting challenge, but not the kind of challenge that requires me to have at least ONE clone of myself in order to get EVERYTHING.

 >:(

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holy Mother of ROTS!
« on: March 16, 2005, 11:18 AM »
Hey Jeff - I had a question about your post...

at LEAST 4 deluxe figures, as many as 7 ($10 each)
at LEAST 2 small small vehicles, as many as 4 ($10 each)

Now I'm pretty sure I got a good idea of what the three additional Deluxe figures are, but what is the fourth small vehicle you're referring to?

I thought the Small Vehicles were just:
Barc Speeder
Boga
AT-RT

What's the fourth? Have we seen any pics of it or is it just on a list?

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