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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)...

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

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!

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.


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...

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).

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"?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: March 31, 2005, 12:53 PM »
This IS truly frustrating.

Granted, I hadn't planned on NOT going to TRU MM anyway so it makes no difference to me really. Even though there will be Walmarts open at midnight, my step-son and I are still going to TRU 'cause we've gone to TRU both for EP1 and EP2 so we want to do it for the third and final time for EP3 - we're branching out this year with our plans to immediately get in line at Target as soon as we're done at TRU and then jet over to WalMart, after we've grabbed more figures (for $1 off) and picked up the Lava Vaders, to grab a couple of those Early Bird Kits...

Now more than ever, I'm glad I'm sticking to our original plans and checking out TRU to see if we can score a couple (if not more) Holo Yodas....

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 31, 2005, 10:14 AM »
Also, Luke, Leia, R2 and, at some places, 3PO are still readily available. I was sort of hoping that they will be "classic reproductions of the 1977 figures". I already have them all but it would be cool to get them all in mint condition. However, Hasbro's site said that the line would include all 6 movies so I know they won't do vintage styled PT figures.

My problem with vintage figure reproductions is that it will surely put the rest of the nails in the coffin of this line.

No kid out there wants a figure that looks like it was sculpted, made and painted using 1970's technology. They just don't.

I loved my vintage Star Wars figures when I was a kid, but I'll take my 1995-2005 figures ANYDAY over the vintage ones if I had a choice - they just LOOK BETTER. Quality beats out nostalgia anyday in my book.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Wookiee Helicopter with Wookiee
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:44 AM »
Here's a pick from the new Hasbro product catalogue - Wookie looks REALLY pre-posed to fit in the vehicle, but IMHO, I'd rather have that then no figure that fits in it at all...

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:43 AM »
Here are some pics from the new Hasbro toy catalogue that's online...

Vader on the operating table...

Clonetrooper 3-pack...

unfortunately it looks like the clonetrooper packs are going to be just like the Clone Wars ones, except with ROTS clones...  :( -- I would have preferred SA clones of varying paint-ops

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:41 AM »
Hasbro has updated today with an Episode III Toy Catalogue with pictures.

This also requires Adobe Acrobat to view the file.

Great photos in there that we've not seen before!

Wookie helicopter!

Clonetrooper 3-pack

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Possible Animated Wave 4?
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:34 AM »
Is anyone expecting these this weekend (the new ones I mean)?  Or is that just a pipe dream?  I suppose no leaks from the Far East makes it rather unlikely.

Yeah - nothing this weekend is definite. Perhaps you might see stores that still have stock of the Wave 3 figures putting them out, but that's about it.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More OT or E3 figs before years end?
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:21 AM »
I too would prefer that the line remain purely ROTS this year. There can be the odd item here and there like the 500th Vader figure or the 5-pack sets. But I doubt we're going to see any serious effort made at OT figures until the "relaunch" in 2006.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 31, 2005, 09:18 AM »
So Hasbro officially announced the Early Bird set, but they still don't tell us what the figures are going to look like.  My guess is they haven't even got a clue yet.  They threw this together and are going to rely on sales of ROTS figures to determine whether or not the line will keep going.

Unfortunately, this is probably the REAL story right now unfortunately.

I would not be surprised to hear that Hasbro has found great success from retailers with speculative purchasing of the Sigma Six line for GI Joe and as such they are applying the same mentality to the Star Wars toy line.

For me, a scale change would signal my exit - while I absolutely LOVE Star Wars, the exact same thing that happened with the Star Trek line will happen to Star Wars - the "new" line will FAIL - just like Art Asylum's far superior (but out of scale with the Playmates line) Star Trek figures did/has.

I think if ROTS sells well and retailers are pleased they will continue to be willing to support Hasbro making a 3-3/4" line. If the retailers are NOT pleased with the performance of ROTS then Hasbro will NEED to change almost EVERYTHING about the toy line in order to try to get the toy buyers to "bite".

I will still buy as many as three Early Bird kits come Saturday morning and send away for two of these sets (keeping the third EB package mint) -- if the figures I get back are 3-3/4", I'll be happy, I'll be happy even if they are simply VOTC in a white mailer box, at least to me it indicates the direction the line is heading.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 30, 2005, 06:45 PM »
The supplement doesn't necessarily explain why Plo Koon's still flying around in one of the older models though - or why it has a design similar to Anakin's.

Perhaps the rest of the book will....

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