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Revenge of the Sith / Assault Vehicle Assortment
« on: March 7, 2005, 10:26 AM »
I apologize if there is a duplicate thread already dedicated to these vehicles... I didn't see one, but admittedly, I didn't look very hard either...

Anyway - on a whim this morning I hit the Target in Brick, NJ on my way to work. I wanted to see if there was a chance that our Targets were going to see the Mid-size vehicles early just like I read in Matt's report from Friday.

It turns out, I hit the jackpot! I was able to get two of Grevious' Wheel Bike, 2 Obi-Wan Starfighters and one Droid Tri-Fighter.

I don't know why there was multiples of the first two and not of the Droid fighter. I went into the store right when it opened at 8AM so I don't think that there was anyone who could have hit-up the stuff before me.

When I get home tonight I'll open up the wheel bike and snap a couple of pics and post them here.

This same Target also had the EPIII Galactic Heroes asst.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: $35 for Holo Yoda?!?!
« on: March 5, 2005, 03:10 PM »
I think the limit of one-per-person was set in Times Square to ensure the maximum number of people get them on the opening night. While the Times Square store might be getting the most in stock, I'm confident that a good number will show up at each store. If you go in right when they open you should have good success in scoring as many as you need.

If they give me a hard time I'll just have them ring up my stuff in parts. It will be easy to come up with three or four $35 purchases!

Jocasta's Reading Room / Re: Clone Wars Anthology/Timeline
« on: March 5, 2005, 02:56 PM »
I don't normally read any of the novels (not since the days of Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy - good stuff).  Are there any Clone Wars novels that people have read that have impressed them?

I just got done reading "Jedi Trial" and "Labyrinth of Evil" - both take place inside the six months before EPIII. I thought both were fun reads.

I had read "The Approaching Storm" right before seeing EP2 and I bought into the hype of it leading right up to AOTC, but the connection was pretty thin. The nice thing about "Labyrinth of Evil" is that it ends right as EP3 begins. If you're going to read one EU book, I recommend reading that one.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:36 AM »
Wow - those auctions are just absolutely unreal.

I don't know what I would do if I had one... while the temptation to give into the "dark side" and sell it would be there, I think I would resist it and get someone to make me an acryllic case for it so I could have it on display and not worry about it getting damaged.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 26, 2005, 04:44 AM »
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I think.

You are correct OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: February 26, 2005, 04:43 AM »
Hey gang - I took the DCPI numbers for the ROTS figures with me again to Target last night, but this time, I decided I would try something new - since the numbers are:

087-06-1327 - Deluxe Figures
087-06-1328 - Collection 2 Figures

I decided to try 087-06-1329 and up...

It turns out that all the way to 087-06-1334 is Star Wars product.

I wish I had a pen so I could have written what was what down, but the reason I'm posting this here is:

087-06-1334 = Mustafar Playset, price: $29.99

Now this makes sense as to why the playset is so small and sparse, it's only a $30 item!

In the sequence I remember seeing the ROTS Lightsaber Assortment, ROTS Unleashed, Blasters and the Strike Vehicles (I'm guessing at the $14.99 price point that is the Boga, Barc Speeder and AT-RT).

What I didn't find was the Battle Arenas, 12" items, or Attacktix.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:10 PM »
I'd rather see a film accurate Yoda sitting in the chair too, but I think this is still pretty cool. 


Does anyone know what sculpt this Yoda is based on? I'm kinda hoping it will be able to sit and then I can just insert it into my Jedi Council scene to add some variety...

It would be cool if they release some more Hologram versions of the Jedi Generals, then you could re-create a ROTS council with the "set pieces" from the Hasbro sets....

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Walmart pulling Falcons?
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:05 PM »
In my area - it's like dueling Walmarts - one put them on clearance for $35, while another one put them on clearance for $15 - I grabbed one to open at $15 - that store is completely sold out of them. The store with the $35 falcons still has a stack of 'em, I'm guessing eventually they will bring the price down considerably.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Ep3 Sneak Preview Anakin's Starfighter
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:51 PM »
The spring loaded wing launch does require a measure of pressure on the release to get them to open but I'd rather have that than wings that flip open on their own.

I agree - with the AOTC Jedi Starfighter, I never got one where the wings felt like they had securely locked in place, it was like if I breathed on it wrong the wings would pop off! My switch on Anakin's new fighter takes a considerable amount of pressure to get the wings to pop open.

Definitely a nice sturdy toy with a lot of play value, IMHO.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:47 PM »
What's a GWP, Pete?  Is that "Giveaway With Purchase"?

If so, that'd be my guess.  I think that's what Jeff was already told on the Vader, at least, so I'd guess the TRU Yoda might be a similar deal.  Interesting little battle of the exclusives, if that's the case.

Not like everybody's going to pass one store over in favor of the other now, obviously.  I'm guessing most people are just going to go to both stores at some point that day/night, and just nab 'em both.  Definitely a decent attempt to draw the buyers in for their more expensive figures at those places.

So we'll be buying as much as we can at the cheaper WM prices, and then spending an additional $20 on whatever at both TRU and Target to get their GWPs.  Sounds like a plan...   8)

Yeah - sorry GWP = Gift with Purchase, I should have spelled it out...

I totally understand BOTH chains wanting to have a reason for you to come in on the 2nd. The nice thing of course is that you can (a) spread your figure purchases around or (b) pick up vehicles at TRU and figures at Target or (c) like Matt says above, purchase almost everything at WalMart for the cheapest price and then leave a few $20 purchases for both TRU and Target to pick up the exclusives.

I think I'm definitely still going to start off at WalMart and grab as many figures as I can. Luckily in one town near me there is all three stores, so that's where I'll start - WalMart at 7 AM, grab my two-each of every ROTS figure and the Unleashed three. Then I'll head over to Target by 8 AM and buy the vehicles - which will be the same whether you go to TRU or Target. I'll use those to bring my totals up to the point where I can get the Red Vader, then I'll head over to TRU by 10 AM when they open and grab the Smaller Vehicles, Battle Arenas and 12" figures - that should be plenty of product to earn me some free Yodas!

It's going to be a fun morning!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:52 AM »
I'm liking both of these figures A LOT more simply because they went the extra mile and carded them to match the rest of the ROTS toy line.

Now the question remains. Is one a GWP at Target and the other a GWP at TRU and the first (and possibly only) day they will be available is April 2nd? That's going to make April 2nd a VERY wild ride indeed! Now part of me hopes that at least one TRU in my area will have a MM - that way if Yoda is available then, I can grab that at night and then save some items to pick up at Target the next day to get the Vader.

There has NEVER been a shortage of TRU exclusive figures here, but I think this holographic Yoda is WAY more desireable than any Silver/Chrome figure has been in the past - after all Yoda is sitting in the Jedi Council as a hologram at one point in the movie. I dunno, I just think the timing of these two exclusives is going to make them all the more desireable.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:47 AM »
The screwholes just seem so overdone... the big X-Wing didn't have any like that, did it?

I don't see why they would need to make it like this.

While I don't have the bigger X-Wing handy, I did take a look at the ROTS Jedi Starfighter and the underbelly of that toy is loaded with screw holes. You don't mind it as much 'case it's the bottom of the ship.

I think the narrow fuselage (sp?) of the ARC-170 and the numerous cockpits prevent the toy from being assembled top-down, but instead two halves left/right and that's why one side has so many screw holes.

You would think Hasbro would be more inclined to hide them since they are on the side of the ship and I'm still going to hold out hope that the actual product toy looks good from both sides, but I'm not going to be surprised if it doesn't.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:44 AM »
A Gungan, Wookie, Ewok pack would be interesting I think, since people draw parallels to those 3 in the films.

You know - I think this would be neat. I have always thought that Lucas wanted Jar Jar to be the "Chewbacca" of the PT.

I was thinking more about this recently simply because there is an absence of Jar Jar in the ROTS toy line.

Wouldn't it have been better if Lucas had scrapped any need for Jar Jar to be comic relief for TPM and instead have him be an exiled Gungan General who was banished for loosing a battle in the past? He could still have been saved by Qui-Gonn during the invasion, still owed him a life debt, still followed him to Tatooine, but during the final battle they could of had Tarpals die and then Jar Jar take over command of the Grand Gungan Army and defeat the Battledroids. Then in the rest of the PT, he could have still been Gungan rep to the Senate and when Yoda takes the clones to rescue the Jedi, he tags along and fights in the arena. Then during the Clone Wars themselves he serves as a Lieutenant under General Kenobi and in ROTS when Obi-Wan's clones turn on him, Jar Jar dies trying to protect Obi-Wan.

I think if GL had done something like that, I don't think people would MIND Jar Jar as much as a character. Instead GL had to make him a ridiculous clown and use that clown to practically ruin the first movie in the saga.

Yes, I think about Star Wars WAY too much...  ;D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:31 AM »
Galactic Hunter has some more hi-res figure shots up.  You can check out Palpatine (#35) and General Grievous (#36) right HERE, and take a look at some clone-tastic pictures of the Clone Commander, Clone Pilot, and AT-RT with Pilot right HERE.

So I was looking at the pic of Palpatine (#35) and the loose shot shows the aged head and hands, but the carded shot shows the younger face and hands. Does this figure come with a spare head and hands just like the Dagobah Training Luke did in OTC?

If so, then doesn't this figure make the Deluxe figure kinda mute? I recognize the fact that the deluxe one has electronic lights, but putting that extra aside, don't both figures represent the SAME moment from the movie?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS figures you will pass on?
« on: February 22, 2005, 04:38 PM »
Since I'm a completist and I buy everything because of my obsessive-compulsive disorder, I'm going to list figures that I'm not happy about buying. (sick, I know)...

  • Spinning Yoda (this figure just screams "I AM NEVER GOING TO WORK RIGHT!")
  • Super Battledroid (I may be plesantly surprised when I open it up, but the only thing we should be getting for this army-builder is a rigid plastic SA version)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi - Jedi Kick (yeah, and the kicking Anakin figure worked well too!)
  • Deluxe Obi-Wan Kenobi & Superbattle Droid (I'm just not impressed with the Obi-Wan figures this time around)
  • BARC Speederbike with BARC Trooper (I like the speeder, I just don't like that the BARC Trooper is simply a ROTJ Biker Scout in green)

That's about all that come to mind right now - but like I said, I'm still going to get the stuff... I'm just not impressed with it.

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