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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 22, 2005, 02:22 PM »
I was just kind of noticing that some of the figures seen in Hasbro's official "preview" shot (basic figures), weren't seen in the actual coverage (like they were taken out, some figures rearranged):

Such as...the Clone Commander (Commander Bly), the Tank Gunner Clone, and the cloaked Grievous, to name a few.  I wonder why that is?  Maybe they will show them later in the Fair.  No big deal, since we have seen pics of them anyways, but just curious.

My first instinct was that release dates had something to do with it, but then they left figures like Vader's medical droid (III-37) and the Polis Massan medic (III-39), which are higher in number than the Clone Commander (III-33). They also removed Mas Amedda (III-40) from the display. If they had also taken Vader's Medical Droid and the Polis Massan then the highest numbered figure on display would be Aayla Secura (III-32).

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III Beasts - Boga w/Obi-Wan
« on: February 22, 2005, 02:12 PM »
SW has always had a proud tradition of beasties
SW - Dewback, Ronto, Bantha
ESB - Wampa, Taun-Taun
RotJ - Rancor
TPM - Opee, Kaduu, Eopie
AotC - Acklay, Reek, Nexu

Actually, TPM is the hands-down winner of beastie toys - don't forget:
Fambaa w/Shield Generator
Falumpaset w/Ammo Wagon
Jabba w/Two-headed Announcer

So that's six beasties for TPM!

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Went to both MM so far...

EP1 - Went with my wife and step-son. My wife was really supportive and my step-son had a blast. We weren't anywhere near the front of the line that formed outside the Toms River, NJ - TRU so when we got in, things like the 12" Maul were LONG gone. Was able to get everything else, even the Battledroid variants in duplicate w/o any problem.

EP2 - The TRUs in NJ that opened for MM were scaled back to almost none - my options were Freehold, NJ or Elizabeth, NJ - the second one is the one that can be seen from the NJ Turnpike off exit 13A. This time around, I went really early with my step-son and we started the line - we ended up being there for six hours before they re-opened for MM. We were the first ones in the door, even got a copy of Sansweet's SW Action Figure guide as a bonus. Didn't have any problem finding everything I needed. Even was able to get the figures in the Dooku wave and picked up all of the background variants.

For EP3, I'm skeptical that TRU is even going to do it in NJ this time around. Our WalMarts aren't open 24 hours so I may have no choice but to pick a store and be there on the morning of April 2nd. My current "plan" is to hit Toms River, NJ WalMart at 7 AM when it opens, grab as many figures as I can for $5.88 and then swing over to the Target  around the corner by 8 AM and pick up enough to grab myself a couple of the Red Chromed Vaders. After that if I haven't been able to grab everything that is supposed to be out on the 2nd, I'll grab some breakfast and wait for the Toms River TRU to open at 10AM and pick up what I still need there. Unless I hear that TRU is also going to be charging $5.99, I'm probably not even going to investigate what TRUs will be open at midnight.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 22, 2005, 01:53 PM »
The Anakin and Obi-Wan figures are NOT attached to the discs.  The discs are actually set pieces from the duel, and elaborating any more would have spoiler implications.

Well - I'm glad to hear the figures are permanently attached to those discs. Personally, I wouldn't mind if you elaborated anymore, I think spoilers are okay in this forum....

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 RotS Figures Release List
« on: February 22, 2005, 01:50 PM »
I'm expecting something pretty similar this time through.  That 24 figure number might wind up being conservative as well.  Hopefully not, but I've seen ranges from 24 on up to 37ish.  Yikes.  Spread 'em out a bit, eh.

I agree - I think expecting to pick up 32 figures on April 2nd is closer to what might be the case. So for me, since I get one MOC and the other to open - that's a total of 64 figures and if I get them at Target or Walmart for $6 each that comes to $384 just in basic figures. Then there's the deluxe figures, the battle arenas, the 12" figures, the vehicles! Definitely a painful night/day for my wallet!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 22, 2005, 01:46 PM »
Yeah, "complete" is all in the eye of the beholder.  Obviously this would probably not even fall under the "needs" list of most carded completists.  But if you get into the "packaging completists", including the real sickos like Jared and I, then yeah, it'd unfortunately be a part of the greater whole to us.  It's rather like some other exclusives like the Mexican Convention Encuentras 2-pack, and things like that.  Not a part of the "regular line intended for retail consumers", but there is a figure in a unique type of packaging there, so it warrants hitting our radar.

I totally can relate to what Matt is saying here - it all comes down to how you define "complete" with regards to what you collect. Personally, I'm like Matt as well, where I view things like the Mexican and German convention pieces as unique packaging items that I need regardless of the fact that the figures inside are the same as their individually carded counterparts.

The hard part for me sometimes is having to resign myself to never being able to get a certain item and just "letting go" of any angst associated with not having it in my collection. OCD is such a wonderful combination with action figure collecting!  ;D

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 22, 2005, 01:41 PM »
Since we didn't see this ship in the Walmart Planogram shots we saw last month and since this is the first time we have seen the ship, is it possible that this is a painted hard-copy or prototype?

It strikes me as odd that there would be so many screw holes when they could just have peg-and-socket construction that is glued together to avoid this look.

While I'm still definitely getting this vehicle, I'm hoping this will be corrected by the final release....

Oh - Jesse - I can understand your disappointment in the scaled-down size of this ship, but I think any bigger and it would have put the vehicle in the Queen's Starship, Millenium Falcon, AT-AT price point territory and I'd be willing to bet that Hasbro didn't want that.

For me, I'm just happy that it can accomodate the correct number of crew members (3 pilots and 1 astromech).

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 20, 2005, 08:14 AM »
If you meant Anakin (figure III-28), I apologize, when I saw the #2, I just assumed you meant Anakin (figure III-2) from the first wave of Collection 1.

If you meant figure III-28, if you check out this picture from GH, you'll see that this one comes with a separate lightsaber as an accessory and no hand with lightsaber molded into it... http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/articlefiles/3940-anakinskywalker.jpg

Sorry if I caused any confusion....

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 20, 2005, 07:59 AM »
jokabofe or nicklab, does the anakin skywalker #2 lightsaber attack fig come with a hand accesory that does not have a lightsaber permanently attached? it looks like the sabers in the pics are attached to his hand unlike the anakin included in the toy fair press kit. and i also assume the darth vader #11 obviously has a removable lightsaber. thanks.

I'm not sure where I saw the picture, but Anakin #2 comes with:

1) Right hand
2) Unlit lightsaber hilt
3) Right hand with blue lightsaber sculpted in
4) Right hand with red lightsaber sculpted in

I couldn't find the picture where I saw this first, but here is a link to the RS picture of the figure from Toy Fair: http://toyfair.rebelscum.com/2005/hasbro/IMG_6704.JPG

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Revenge of the Sith / Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:21 PM »
Since it's an actual Press Kit and not just a figure, I would have to say they most likely will not be selling any extras. Although I guess you could always keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Besides, if SWS.com got a bunch of extras and tried to sell them via their site, it would be a disaster.

You're probably right - the Toy Fair Vader turned into a nightmare for all except for those who ordered first thing when it went up on the WOTC Fan Club store.

Since the figures aren't unique, it's really not that big of a deal. In the Star Trek collector community - there is a similar piece that was put out the same year that Star Trek: First Contact came out in theaters - it was a Borg figure mounted to a tri-fold piece of cardboard - it's purpose was to hype the fact that (a) the Borg were coming to the big screen and (b) Playmates was making toys for it. It is probably one of maybe a handfull other Playmates Trek pieces that still have any considerable value.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:16 PM »
It was hard to tell, and they had people watching over us like we were criminals or something, so I was afraid to touch anything  :D

I know that feeling, picked up the same vibe almost ten years ago when I went to the Playmates Toys press even to cover their Star Trek line for my own little home-grown Trek website. I can kinda understand it though - all it would take is one jerk to touch something and screw up their display.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:01 PM »
Mustafar Playset with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader action figures

Dave - did you get any indication what those disks are that Obi-Wan and Anakin are standing on? Are the figures FIXED to those disks or are they just stands that are thrown in with the playset?

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Revenge of the Sith / Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 19, 2005, 11:00 PM »
And in case anyone cares, I put some pics of the Press Kit that was given out today up on the main page.

Great pics Dave - they confirm how the kit works too - pretty neat idea - would love it if they sold the extras (if there are any) via starwarsshop.com, like they did with the Vader a couple of years ago...



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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 19, 2005, 10:28 PM »
The ARC-170 has a droid socket! YEAH!!!!!

I am happy now!  :) :) :) :)


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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 18, 2005, 03:51 PM »
At least the quick change Palpatine comes with a second hand that isn't molded to it.

I think that these other figures have them molded on so when you do the "action feature", the weapon won't go flying across the room.

 :P

The Obi-Wan also comes with an empty hand and an un-lit lightsaber. I'm hoping the Anakin will have the same, but with a second hand with a lit Red lightsaber, I don't have much hope for two more accessories. This is Hasbro after all.

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