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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:17 PM »
Ok - I just watched it again - they posted a hi-res version on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=21&v=IwfUnkBfdZ4

And to answer your question Jeff - no, the lack of clarity/quality of the original version did NOTHING to hurt people's impression of the movie, the trailer itself does a good enough job at it.

Like Qui-Gon Jim said, we get it DC, your universe is "dark" and "brooding" - but guess what, I also want to have a little bit of "fun" when I go see my superhero movies, so you're going to have to do a bit more than just trying to recapture the lightning in the bottle that was The Dark Knight.

And seriously - "Tell me, do you bleed?.... YOU WILL" - just HORRIBLE, is Superman supposed to be scared by that?

Oh and for anyone who was holding out hope that man-child Eisenberg was going to be decent in this film, watch the video again, he's the girly-man voice saying weakly "Devils don't come from Hell beneath us, (whisper) no, they come from the sky" - want some cheese with that wine Lex?

Unless I see something radically different in the trailers we get closer to the movie's release, this is an easy pass for me.

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If anyone is going to Star Wars Weekends. Pick me up this puppy.

I am going to be at the final Star Wars Weekends weekend - so I will try to pick up as many as I can and just have WDW ship 'em home for me...

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Really?  These R6 and R9 droids that are part of the theme park program are tied in to Rebel pilots from TFA?  WTF?!?!

Well - the R6 dome does look A LOT like one of the domes they showed during the Abrams/Kennedy panel when they brought out the droid builders - so if that's the case, that makes them all the more cooler!

Where did you see this info posted Nick?

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Well crap - that just about assures that by mid-June when I'm there, all the "new" parts will be sold out... darn  :-[

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:37 AM »
Wow, I agree, the Star Wars trailer was a home run, I am now more excited than ever to see that movie.

But for this movie? I can't help but think about how hard this movie is going to crash and burn and destroy WB/DC's hopes of even being on the same level as Disney/Marvel.

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Well, okay then... Interesting...

So there are 3 carded droids - Holographic R2 (hopefully it will still be available at the final SW weekend whe I'm there), R2-D60 at DisneyLand and R2-D23 at their media event in the fall.

Then, based on the picture, there are:
5? New R2/3/4/5/6/9 Bodies:
  • White with Yellow & Grey
  • Red with Black & Silver
  • Black with Gold Highlights
  • Gray with Yellow Highlights
  • White with Blue Highlights (not sure if this is new)

2 New R7/8 Bodies:
  • White with more Black Highlights than the white/black wave 1 piece
  • Blue with less White than the blue/white wave 1 piece

11? New Domes:
Silver with Blue R2 (not sure if this is new in some way)
White with Yellow R2
Gold with Black R2
Purple? with Yellow R2
Totally Clear R3 (no highlight colors? hard to tell)
White with Blue R4 (not sure if this is new either)
Red with Black R5
White with Red and Black R6
Gold and White R7
White and Blue R8
Silver with Black R9

6? New Leg Pairs:
White with Blue (again, not sure if these are new)
White with Yellow (hard to tell if these are new)
Black with Gold
Red with Black
Gray (can't tell if there is a 2nd color on those legs)
Black with White

And one new center leg color - gray

I would be inclined to think that the white with blue "R2-D2" parts are a carry forward from Wave 1 simply because they want to keep the ability to build an R2-D2 in the mix, but that is just a theory on my part, I will really have to scrutinize the pic against the pieces I have to be sure.

I am confused about the R4 dome, looks like another carry-forward piece, but again, I'll have to look over it closely.

I am shocked by the specificity of some of the colors. There really doesn't seem to be the flexibility of mixing and matching that the Wave 1 parts offered. I have to wonder if there are more parts coming and this pic is just a sample. From Wave 1, I have 2 droid designs for each dome, it will be a challenge to come up with multiple designs for some of these domes, especially if the Wave 1 parts are getting phased out, which I think they have to be, otherwise it's going to be chaos with multiple designs of red, black, white/yellow and white/black legs in the bins.

Was there any information on when these would be hitting the parks? It would be awesome if it was for the Star Wars Weekends coming up, although, with me getting to the park in the final weekend, even if they do release them for this summer, I bet many pieces will be sold out by the time I get there.  :'(

It would be fantastic if they threw a curve ball at us and released these parts all in a box set, that is definitely wishful thinking on my part...

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)
« on: April 16, 2015, 02:44 PM »
When they brought out BB-8 on stage - that was just amazing. The fact that he can roll around and move his head in such an expressive manner is really amazing.

And the new teaser - WOW. I got misty-eyed when, what was most likely Luke, reached out and put his hand on R2's dome.

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Have you found any difference between the selection at downtown Disney vs. the Jawa Trader or Darth's Mall?  Just wondering if I should plan for my shopping at one vs. the other.

My advice would be to start at Downtown Disney first. There are four building stations and traffic by the display is solely dependent on foot traffic through the store. If you are staying at a Disney resort/hotel with bus service - my advice would be to hop a bus from where you're staying headed to Downtown Disney later at night before the store closes and you'll probably have the display to yourself. I was there at different times of the day and each time there was an employee within earshot willing to help me out by looking in the backroom for any parts that were missing - even when I was there right before closing.

The problem with the Jawa Trader location is that as folks get off the ride, there is an influx of people every few minutes into the store and as such a new group of folks waiting in line to build droids, so I know at times they have limited how much you can build before having to go back to the end of the line, but that depends on foot traffic through the ride/park. Since you'll be going during a Star Wars weekend, I would expect it to be high.

I have never been to a Star Wars Weekend myself, so I'm not sure what presence they have had regarding droid parts in the Darth Mall - my hope is that the R2-D60 will be there in plentiful supply, but I don't know if they'll have the parts there for building individual droids.

So this would be my recommended order of checking:
1) Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney
2) The Jawa Trader
3) Darth Mall


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Sorry, all the BAD parts will be sold out by the time you arrive.   >:D

Haha! Considering that I already have doubles of 57 unique droids, if that is the case, my wife and my wallet thank you. (I won't be so happy, but such is life)  ;)

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The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: April 12, 2015, 03:13 AM »
Found a three pack of 5POA Age of Ultron figures today at Target - it contains:
  • Mark 43 Iron Man which a MUCH BETTER paint job than the single carded figure
  • "Busted Up" Ultron (from the trailer)
  • Ultron 2.0 with clear-red forearms

The Ultron 2.0 figure looks like it's the same mold as the single carded Ultron 2.0 figure that's coming out soon - only difference is the fact that the forearms are clear red.

Hopefully finding the Loki, Iron Legion, War Machine and Scarlet Witch figures from Wave 2 of the 5POA 3.75" line won't be hard to find in stores - I was thinking that the Ultron would be hard to get, but since I have this version from the 3-pack, I really don't care if I get the single carded version or not.

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I briefly saw Scott post in the thread you linked to that he's going with only new domes... how many of those are there?

Since Hasbro has made Build-a-Droids for R2s, R3s, R4s, R5s and R7s - the only "new" domes in the set are really the R6s, R8s and R9s - there are three each of those.

Color-wise, the problem is whether or not you care about the shade of color or mix of colors used. For example, the White w/Red Highlights R5 dome is pretty close to R5-D4, which they released using Build-a-Droid parts in the Vintage line. But the problem is that there's no "trunk"/"body" in the parts set that is comparable to R5-D4 since he has both red AND blue highlights - the White Body w/Red Highlights in the Disney parts set is unique in that way.

If you don't care about the shade of the color, you could probably skip making a droid similar to R2-D2 and also one similar to the White w/Green highlights R2 that came with the Queen Starship pack - those were both made using BAD parts, the only difference between them and what you'd get at Disney is the shade of the Blue and Green and the fact that the domes at Disney have holes at the top for the "hats". Continuing on the shade of color differences, the all-red Disney body parts are a lighter shade of red than the all red R2's body parts that came in that same Queen Starship pack, so again, all depends on whether or not you consider color shade a measure of "new"/"unique"-ness.

If you wanted to get new, unique droids, and keep the overall expense "down", I recommend building the following:

R6s:
White Dome w/Purple Highlights, White w/Purple Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Black Dome w/Silver Highlights, Black R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Black Middle Leg

R8s:
Blue Dome w/Silver Highlights, White w/Blue Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
White Dome w/Yellow Highlights, White w/Yellow Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg

R9s:
Red Dome w/Silver Highlights, Red R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Red Middle Leg
Green Dome w/Silver Highlights, Green R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Green Middle Leg

There are a total of six colors: Blue, Yellow, Red, Green, Purple, Black - you'd get at least one droid with each of those colors either the base color or the highlight color and you'd get 2 each of the three new domes - since you have an even number you could get 2-packs and the total cost would be $65.85 + tax.

Don't forget, if there are any color combinations you'd like to see, just let me know and I'd be happy to put those combinations together and snap some pics. I have my "open" set of 57 droids on a shelf that I can easily access, so it's no trouble to do so.


Pete, are you going to Disneyworld or Disneyland?  We are flying into DW on 6/4...

We're going to Disneyworld - flying in on the 11th.


I've never seen anything new as far as parts are concerned.

Correct, the 25 domes, 10 R2 Trunks, 3 R7 Trunks, 10 Different Left Legs, 10 Different Right Legs and 5 Different Middle Legs are all the droid parts they've ever had (they also have the various "hats" but I'm not counting them). I think a couple of times the Disney merchandising folks have been asked if there are any plans to introduce new parts or the same parts we have now in new colors, the answer has been that they have no plans to do so.

The interesting thing is that the spot where the figure goes in the clamshell is big enough to accommodate a protocol droid, so I don't know if that's intentional or by accident - my thinking was that at some point they had planned on branching out to protocol droids as well, but have since decided against it.

My thinking was that since they had six different colors they could have at some point added purple and yellow base color parts, that way every color was used as the highlight color on white AND as the base color for each body part. The R3 with purple highlights on an all purple body would look pretty neat, same goes with the any of the domes with yellow highlights. I was also surprised, they never added a color like "pink" for girls to get into the action. I also wouldn't have minded an R2 dome with black highlights to put on an all-black & silver body, I think that would have looked pretty cool - it actually would have been neat if they had made it so you could make all-black imperial versions of each droid type available - as it stands now you can only do it with the R5 and R6 models.

The new All-Blue R2 droid that's part of the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland is technically "new" since from the pics I've seen there have been no parts in the BAD set so far that even come close to matching the color scheme they've given R2-D60.

Lastly, there's one more BAD, that even I don't have in my collection and it's the one that came in this set:



He's made using all of the same BAD part molds, but all of his parts have unique coloring. They had mountains of these when I was there back in January 2014, I'm not sure if they still do or not, I kinda wish they had made an option for getting the droid by itself, cause the colors on the fighter are hideous and I could care less about the Jedi Mickey. If I get to WDW and picking up R2-D60 is not possible (which I'm expecting will be the case either because he's not going to be available in WDW OR because he'll have been scarfed up in the previous Star Wars weekends) I'll probably grab one of these and have it shipped home.

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Okay, thanks.  I think I need to start saving my pennies... I'm hoping to put together one droid of each distinct color scheme / pattern - if that's even an easy thing to sort through and figure out.

I'm not 100% sure what you mean by pattern, if by making sure you want to have at least one of each unique dome, then you'll need 25 total.

On this same thread, almost 2 years ago, I posted pics of the droids I had at that time -the pics in that post should give you an idea of the different colors available - http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=22364.msg547182#msg547182

And then in January of 2014, I went to Disney for a week and bought 7 more designs - http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=22364.msg568228#msg568228

Here would be my recommendations if you're looking to do at least one of each droid type & color: (everything listed below is in the pictures of both posts except for the all-black & silver R6, and the R3 with Purple Highlights on the dome)

R2s:
Silver Dome w/Blue Highlights, White w/Blue Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Silver Dome w/Yellow Highlights, White w/Yellow Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Silver Dome w/Red Highlights, White w/Red Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Silver Dome w/Green Highlights, White w/Green Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Red Dome w/Silver Highlights, Blue R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Blue Middle Leg

R3s:
Clear Dome w/Purple Highlights, White w/Black Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Clear Dome w/Red Highlights, Red R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Red Middle Leg

R4s:
Green Dome w/White Highlights, Green R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Green Middle Leg
White Dome w/Blue Highlights, White w/Blue Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
White Dome w/Purple Highlights, White w/Purple Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg

R5s:
White Dome w/Green Highlights, White w/Green Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
White Dome w/Red Highlights, White w/Red Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Black Dome w/Silver Highlights, Black R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Black Middle Leg

R6s:
White Dome w/Purple Highlights, White w/Purple Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
White Dome w/Yellow Highlights, White w/Yellow Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Black Dome w/Silver Highlights, Black R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Black Middle Leg

R7s:
Black Dome w/Silver Highlights, White w/Black Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Silver Dome w/Blue Highlights, White w/Blue Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Yellow Dome w/Silver Highlights, White w/Yellow Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg

R8s:
White Dome w/Black Highlights, White w/Black Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
Blue Dome w/Silver Highlights, White w/Blue Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg
White Dome w/Yellow Highlights, White w/Yellow Highlights R7/8 Body & Legs, White Middle Leg

R9s:
Blue Dome w/Silver Highlights, Blue R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Blue Middle Leg
Red Dome w/Silver Highlights, Red R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Red Middle Leg
Green Dome w/Silver Highlights, Green R2/3/4/5/6/9 Body & Legs, Green Middle Leg

If you get those 25, that will net you a complete set of domes with at least ONE of each part.

The sole reason why I recommended putting the R3 w/Purple Highlights dome on a white w/Black Highlights R2/3/4/5/6/9 body was so that you would have at least ONE of that body/trunk part in your set that is white w/black highlights.

If you want to see what those two would look like OR if you want me to cobble together any color combinations I haven't photographed, just so you could see how it would look, let me know, I would be happy to do so.

Lastly, as I mentioned in my post from back in January 2014, these parts where MIA at the Once Upon a Toy store:
Silver w/Blue R2 Dome
Silver w/Red R2 Dome
Purple R3 Dome
White w/Blue R4 Dome
Silver w/Blue R7 Dome
Blue w/Silver R8 Dome
Blue/White R7/R8 Trunk

Since I will be going during the final Star Wars weekend this year, my expectations for a wide array of parts is minimal, but like I said in my earlier post, I will take a quick inventory of parts while I'm there and post what I found.

If you have any questions, let me know.

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I'm thinking about driving out there this Christmas when I'm back in Tampa for the holidays.  Is it reasonable to expect the build a droid to still be a thing at that point?

I would think so. The space at Tatooine Traders is pretty much smack-dab in the middle of the store, so they'd seriously have to renovate to get rid of it.

Your best/better bet is to head to Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney, they have a four-person build station that's pretty much right in the middle of all the Star Wars merchandise. Also, they have attendants who are more than willing to go into the stockroom and locate any parts that might not be out on the floor for you. That was my experience last year, I will be back there in June for the final Star Wars weekend, I'll update this thread if my experience is any different.



 

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LEGO / Star Wars Celebration 2015 LEGO Exclusive
« on: April 9, 2015, 01:24 AM »
Is anyone going to Star Wars Celebration 2015 who wouldn't mind trying to pick up for me the exclusive Micro Lars Homestead set?

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The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: April 7, 2015, 10:29 AM »
Picked up a parts set for the SDCC Rocket Raccoon Warbird off Amazon. Nice little build - not sure if I'm going to pursue getting the "official" SDCC set or not. The parts set is all Lego pieces, so the only thing I don't have for the set is the official instruction book from Lego and the box. Not sure if those two things are worth $100+

To extend my Marvel Collection, I also started looking into the knock-off stuff out of China. While they do make sets and minifigures that are exact copies of stuff Lego makes, they also make stuff that Lego doesn't make (or at least hasn't made yet).

So far, I've gotten a set of 9 Iron Man minifigures and four "big" minifigures from a company called "Decool" - the big minifigures are great - Rhino, Venom, Juggernaut and Hulk Buster Iron Man. In the Iron Man 9 figure set, there were some pretty cool armor variations, including a really neat Mark I set of the armor.

Here's what the Hulkbuster Looks like:



and here's the Venom big minifig:



and here's a pic of the set of 9 Iron Man figures:



And then from another company called Shang Yuan (their stuff has an "SY" logo on it), I picked up this set of 8 Captain America minifigures:



Lastly, also from SY, I picked up these two Iron Man sets:




Prices are pretty cheap and if you're willing to wait 2 weeks for the stuff to come from China, you can find an eBay seller who will ship for free, which is pretty crazy when you think about it...

The "SY" company also has a pretty cool wave of 8 Spiderman figures that I'm thinking about getting, and their Groot mini-figure is pretty cool too since it's mini-figure sized (not outrageously large like the Lego version). On the Decool side they have a nice set of Fantasic Four minifigures AND Future Foundation variants that I'm keen to pick up, plus their Thing big minifig is pretty spot-on for matching the version of Thing shown in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes video game.

So while I don't necessarily "condone" supporting bootlegs, if Lego were to come out with any of these minifigures or sets, I would gladly throw aside these in favor of having the real-deal.

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