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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 30, 2005, 12:13 PM »
This is a movie question really but...

Is Plo Koon's starfighter the one that Bail Organa uses to track down Yoda and Obi-Wan?

I think I recall that somewhere Bail Organa gets the tracking beacon from a Jedi Starfighter and uses that beacon to hook up with Obi-Wan and Yoda.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 12:09 PM »
Is that a hairy Chewie in there on the back.  Those look like pictures of figures, not people.   :-\

It's neither - it's simply artwork - circa 1977.

- Peter

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 11:38 AM »
Thanks for the info Pete, I was curious about that. Have you heard any information that would lead you to believe that Rebelscum's report on this being the beginning to a "new line" is true? I wish we'd get some sort of confirmation on this while we're contemplating dropping $30 on these empty boxes ;).

Unfortunately no - all he knows is that the empty box has a coupon to send in to get Luke, Leia, R2 and Chewie just like the original EB kit.

We were talking last night about it and hypothesizing about whether or not they will end up being VOTC re-treads or slightly modified VOTC figures or something new altogether. But that was just talk and speculation/wishful thinking.

So yeah - those of us who get these things are definitely taking a gamble on what it is we're going to get for our money - much like parents did back before X-Mas 1977. Ironic huh? Especially for me since my mom got me one of the original EB kits and I played the heck out of those figures!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter
« on: March 30, 2005, 11:34 AM »
To me, this SMACKS of GL throwing Hasbro a "bone" as it were and putting in a couple of the old-school Delta-7 Aethersprite Jedi Starfighters so Hasbro could simply re-release the AOTC toy with different paint ops.

Personally, I'll be okay with it if they continue to balance re-paints/re-releases with new vehicles - looking at the cards - I want a V-Wing even more now!


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 11:28 AM »
I have been able to confirm via my friend who works for Hasbro that the Early Bird kits will only be available at the stores having tent events AND only become available for sale when the tent event starts in the morning. So even though a store is open at midnight AND they're having a tent event they shouldn't be making available the Early Bird Kit until 8 AM in the morning.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: March 30, 2005, 10:32 AM »
Brilliant idea Jeff - Target DOES price adjustments, so anything is possible. Worth going out to Target on Sunday just to try it.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Coupon... Some hope?
« on: March 30, 2005, 10:29 AM »
Well - I got my coupon so that means I will be buying a majority of the figures I need at Target.

I will pick up some Army Builders at TRU during MM, only because I'm worried about getting everything I need - especially if there are limited numbers of the Clone Commander/Pilot/AT-TE Gunner waves. If I also come across three Red Royal Guards and two blue Senate Guards at TRU, I'm grabbing them there too.

I'm debating my strategy on what to do in Target. I already plan on being pretty close to the front of the line, but I'm worried that if I go shopping for figures BEFORE I purchase the Vader, the Red Lava Vaders will be all gone (even though I have a ticket in my hand). So I think what I'll do is take myself, my wife and my son, grab our three tickets and immediately go purchase the Lava Vaders. At that time I'll send my wife on her way with the Vader booty and then I'll head to the back of the store to shop for the rest of the figures I need. It might mean I might miss out on some of the later figures, but that's a small price to pay to ensure getting three MOC/Mint Clamshell Lava Reflection Vaders.

Hey - here's a question though - the coupon simply says "Present this at Target on April 2 to receive $1 off every Star Wars action figure purchased."

Does that include the Vader? Does that include Deluxe Figures? Does that include 12" and Unleashed Figures?

It would be great if it did - does anyone know if this coupon only applies to the basic $5.99 figures?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: March 30, 2005, 10:18 AM »
So has anyone heard any more about whether or not we're going to see figures up to #32 or up to #40?

We know people have found some of the figures that come in the "Wave 3" assortments but from what I've been told, the stock rooms in the back are mostly Waves 1 & 2 of both collections.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 10:14 AM »
I'll be even MORE pissed when next January these "relaunched" figures are everywhere and I'll wonder why the heck it was so important to buy the damn EB kit waaaay back in April.   >:(

To be honest, if you think you're more inclined to get the figures when they are mass released come December/January then I would wait.

These four figures will, just like their 1977/1978 vintage counterparts, be also available as part of the regular toy line - I highly doubt that the Early Bird kit will be the ONLY way to get these four characters.

I think for Hasbro, this is a brilliant idea. They should be hyping the fact that these four figures will be part of the line's re-birth/launch 'cause I think that would only end up enticing more collectors to buy the kits. But that should only be if you're a collector of EVERYTHING. You WANT the Early Bird Kit packaging variants (for example). If you don't care about what the packaging is then I would wait, 'cause come Jan. 2006 you ARE going to be pissed that you drove 40 miles to a WalMart to get a $30 empty box for figures that came four months later which were mass-released right before Christmas.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Not interested?
« on: March 30, 2005, 09:32 AM »
Maybe you are just moody lately?  I don't know.  I am plenty excited about them.  However, I THOUGHT I was not going to be.  When the pics kept rolling in the more excited I got. 

If you are not at least you are saving yourself a lot of money. 

Yeah - me too - the more pics I see the more excited I am - when we got the latest insider, my son got REALLY excited thanks to the back-cover gatefold poster of all 56 figures!

I wish I could say I wasn't interested and save some money, but it would only be a temporary thing and then I'd be stuck playing the "catch-up" game, which ALWAYS sucks.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: March 30, 2005, 09:31 AM »
Pete, there aren't actual figures coming in the box are there?

Nope - just a certificate that you send away to get the four figures.

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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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