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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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..

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*

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

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...

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....

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...


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...  :-\


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.

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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