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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.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 22, 2005, 03:46 PM »
Ok, I got to thinking.  Maybe just the one side of it has the screw holes.  Make sense?  If you look at the shots with the screws, from what I see it's always one side of the ship.

The pics that don't show any holes are always the other side of the ship. 

There could be more pics out there that I haven't seen though.  Who knows...

Can anyone shed some more light on this?


CHEWIE is correct - the shots from the Cargo bay and from the packaging both show the Port-side of the ARC-170 and the hanging shot in this thread is the Starboard-side of the ARC-170.

I still think that it is the prototype that is screwed together and the mass-production one will be simply glued pegs.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers toys
« on: February 22, 2005, 02:51 PM »
Couple of quick questions....

1) Has anyone seen the Decepticon repain of Meister - the purple RX-8 Shockblast yet? I've found Battle Ravage and I thought they were to come out in the same case assortment but I must be mistaken.

2) Does anyone know a place online where I could pick up Tracks (#5)? I tried looking at Shoppertron and every place listed there is out of stock. eBay doesn't turn up anything other than the Yellow Japanese version. Any help would be appreciated.


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 22, 2005, 02:40 PM »
Yeah, that is sort of what I was thinking at first too.  It just seems strange to me that the Hasbro reps would even bring those figures along, let alone set them up at first, only to take them down before any outlets photographed them.  I would think they would be more organized than that, to show up and say "oops, we weren't supposed to bring these figures, better hide them".  Then again, you never know :).

The one thing to keep in mind is that there are two audiences for Toy Fair - the press (like our intrepid JediDefender reporters) and major chain toy purchasers. The second group is the group Toy Fair is REALLY all about. This is where Hasbro makes sure that every major retail outlet is going to have PLENTY of this stuff come April 2nd and the display is to show those toy buyers what they're getting and how cool the stuff is and how well kids will respond to it, etc....So stuff shown to the press could be (slightly) different to the stuff shown to the reps from the major retailers.

Another possibility could simply be that the toy buyer for a chain like Walmart came through after the pics were taken but BEFORE the press came through and before the Walmart toy buyer left, they said "Hey - can I have a couple of those?" and the Hasbro rep gave him a couple of figures but didn't let him take any main characters.

I know, I know - sounds a little too much like a conspiracy theory - but the Hasbro reps are salesmen/women and they're going to do whatever it takes to keep the guy/gal from WalMart happy. Anything is possible, you just never know...

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 22, 2005, 02:35 PM »
Also, every figure we've seen previewed has April 02 listed as a release date.

Interesting.  But I think we have to take that with a grain of salt because the Cargo Bay is notorious for having release dates out of wack.  I remember looking through the Micromachines section a while ago and they were out to lunch on a few things.

But if they're right, it's going to be a hell of wild start on April 2!

Yeah - they have been off in the past - I remember that the second wave of WalMart Cantina figures (Kitik, Wuhrer, Evazan) were listed on the site for quite awhile after WalMart had decided to cancel releasing those figures.

Three deluxe figures on April 2nd are plenty for me - eight on the other hand - not that I'm not excited to get this much stuff all at once - it would strike me as overkill.

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).

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!

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.

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....

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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