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The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 4, 2015, 03:16 AM »
I was able to get the following at the TRU I went to: (all Hasbro)
1x of the 5POA Wave 1 12 figures
1x 7 out of 8 Armor figures (somehow I missed the Finn one)
2x 3.75" TIE
2x Rey's Speeder
1x First Order Speeder Bike
2x First Order Scout Walker
1x Kanan's Scout Bomber
1x Finn's Desert Speeder
1x First Order Snow Speeder

Then I went to a 24-hour WalMart and got:
2x Captain Phasma 3.75"
1x Resistance Fighter
2x Poe 3.75"
1x First Order Stormtrooper
2x Constable ??
2x Finn 3.75"
1x Rey 3.75"
1x Bespin Luke
1x Darth Vader
2x Flametrooper 3.75"
2x Flametrooper Armor Up figure
1x Stormtrooper Armor Up Figure
1x Chewie Armor Up Figure
1x Poe Armor Up figure
1x Kanan's Scout Bomber
1x First Order Speeder Bike

No Millennium Falcon at all anywhere, no Poe X-Wings anywhere.

Toys R Us was going to restrict me to 3 figures TOTAL - when they put up the sign, I asked the person what it meant - 3 figures or 3 of each figure - I was told the later, I had to argue with the manager that if I had been told 3 figures total, I would have gone elsewhere - and I probably would have been better for it if I had just gone to the 24hr WalMart. Eventually after 5 minutes of arguing back and forth, I put my 2nd set of 5POA figures back and said, meet me half way, allow me to purchase a complete set of 12 and he did - I then proceeded to dole out those other 12 figures to whoever wanted them in line behind me at the register.

What a total cluster **** this was, clearly they did not get enough product to go around. Gonna go back out for openings of WalMarts and Targets that did not have stuff at midnight - hoping my luck will be better there...

The Force Awakens / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: September 3, 2015, 05:35 PM »
Picked up the 6" Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers this morning at a Kmart near where I work. I also snagged a 2nd 6" Kylo Ren for a friend at work.

I don't collect 6" but these two figures are pretty cool - I'll probably just display them on my desk at work. If they ever release a Captain Phasma I'll probably grab her and then call it quits there, the last thing I want to do at this point is try to play catch-up with the 6" line...  :P

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: August 30, 2015, 09:08 PM »
Also, a rumored SA line list at another site included a few characters that would likely mostly reuse existing tooling.

Just out of curiosity what characters were on the list and what store is supposed to have the exclusive line?

The Force Awakens / Re: Force Friday: What are You Buying?
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:02 AM »
I have been pondering the same question as you McMetal.

I'm leaning towards starting at Toys R Us, getting in-and-out as quickly as possible and then heading over to Target after that.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fear the Walking Dead
« on: August 24, 2015, 06:51 PM »
I agree with the general sentiments here as well.

The only take-away that I thought was interesting was the fact that the Boyfriend/Step-dad character (sorry, I don't remember anyone's names) showed some serious balls by going into that church by himself. Yeah, part of it was probably just "blind courage" but minimally, it could have been a drug addict on a really bad trip, violently lashing out - either way (walker or dude high on bath salts) - he still was willing to put himself into harms way for the sake of his family.

Kind of gives insight that he's a resourceful, survivor type, so that way when it comes to the end of the six weeks and he's still alive we're not left thinking "how the hell did the high school teacher survive?!?!"

And for anyone not liking the drug-addict son of the female lead - I'm pretty sure I caught a shot of him with a bite on his foot in the coming attractions, so his days are probably numbered. Would make sense, even if they wanted the show to be about a "family unit" and how they survive a zombie apocalypse, that unit could simply be the two leads, the female lead's daughter and the male lead's son from his previous marriage.

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Scale Millennium Falcon
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:53 AM »
I guess I'm easy to please, but I like it.  I'll be buying one for sure.

I will as well - but mainly for the unique Finn and Chewie figures...

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:52 AM »
I'm a little surprised at how many repacks we're seeing here as well, but I guess resources were devoted more to the other segments of the line.  That being said, at least this is an assortment where we're seeing a nice mix of the entire saga, and that could mean we'll see more newness here in the future.  I'm in for the new ones (Vader/Ahsoka, Thug/Scavenger/BB-8, and R2/3PO).

Agreed - I'll gladly pick up those three, but shuffling around ANH Leia and Han, Cody & Obi-wan, Anakin & Yoda and Zeb & Chopper just to make a new 2-pack combinations is pretty lousy. Would it have killed them to release Chopper with a helmet-less Sabine instead?

I gotta say - I really like these - it's kinda making me excited for Force Friday...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: August 8, 2015, 09:53 AM »
Saw the Fantastic Four reboot last night. Was not the worst movie I have ever seen, but it wasn't good either. Definitely left me at the end thinking "that's it?!?"

If you were even thinking about giving this movie a chance, don't, save your money, watch it when it comes to cable and had such a cheap cable deal that one of the HBO channels is practically running it on repeat.

The Bullpen / Re: LEGO Makes Theirs Marvel
« on: July 19, 2015, 01:39 AM »
Got my Throne of Ultron and Sam Wilson as Captain America SDCC Exclusives today. The Throne of Ultron set is pretty cool glad to have it in my collection. The Sam Wilson Captain America Mini-figure is really nice too. I'm looking forward to him being copied by the Chinese companies so I can have one to display w/o the clamshell packaging...

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: July 19, 2015, 01:37 AM »
Got the Mini-build Dagobah set from 2015 SDCC in the mail and put it together today - cute little set. Goes nicely with the Mini-build Tatooine set. Curious to see when the next set comes out, maybe for NYCC? and what location from ROTJ it will be, maybe Ewok Village?

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2015
« on: July 13, 2015, 02:48 PM »
Agreed, great summary Jeff.

I had pretty much forgotten about what Midnight Madness was like - especially since the last major one was 10+ years ago.

Back in 2005, I did the midnight madness at Toys R Us, then after getting "done" there, I immediately went across the street to sit outside of the Target. Right before they opened, my wife joined me so I'd have a 2nd person to help me get an opener of Lava Reflection Vader, and then once "done" there, I went over to WalMart so I could get the Modern Early Bird Kit.

The funny thing is that SO MUCH of this stuff was produced, none of it ended up being hard to get in the days that followed. Toys R Us ran out of Dagger Squad B-Wings but got PLENTY in eventually, in fact I even scored a 2nd opener eventually on deep clearance, Target eventually had pegs of Lava Reflection Vader, and WalMart had stacks and stacks of that Early Bird Kit.

So in addition to the "where should I go" and "what can I expect" questions, the "how much has been produced" question is also important.

From what I have seen NOTHING has been produced in any great quantity anymore, production runs are a fraction of what they were 10 years ago and we are definitely back to a post-EP1 "buy it when you see it or else you may never see it again" environment with many cases the situation being that you don't see certain products EVER.

So IMHO, what we saw (or didn't see) at SDCC should be an indicator of just that - buy what you see, if you see it, cause the way things were back in 2005 is LONG gone.

My hope is that we'll get a better idea of what exclusives are going to be where closer to Force Friday and then beyond that all other purchases can be handled via online retailers. I might still do the Midnight Madness, but not if all it'll get me is a wave of 12 5POA figures, that will be easier to buy by the case.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: July 7, 2015, 11:22 AM »
Reel?  What's a reel?

With most movies being digital, I don't know that a worker even needs to go in and push play.  I think their system can tell if someone bought a ticket to a screening, and starts the film automatically.

Very good point. Showing my age I guess...  :-[

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: July 7, 2015, 10:43 AM »
I'm sure you could cleary see what was going on from where the film was being played from.  I would have at least thought they would have questioned him after the show but no dice.

You probably could. Unfortunately, that's assuming someone is up there.

I've been at movies where the sound/focus are totally messed up and you're sitting there thinking "someone is gonna notice and fix it" and then had to run out into the lobby looking for ANYONE who could go up to the booth and fix it. I think these days, the projectors are so automatic, they literally make sure the reel is spooled up, flip a switch and leave the booth...

LEGO / Re: Recent Acquisitions
« on: July 7, 2015, 10:36 AM »
Picked up the new 2015 sets this week:
Naboo Starfighter
Flash Speeder
Imperial Shuttle Tydirium
Death Star Final Duel
Imperial Assault Carrier

Great collection of sets, the only one I haven't put together yet is the Naboo Fighter. I'm not sure when it comes out but the new Sith Infiltrator looks interesting, not quite sure how it differs from the one we got just a few years ago though.

I'm really looking forward to the Force Awakens sets... I guess they're only 2 months away at this point...

I still need convincing that the first four offer enough "newness" to them over the previous issues of these sets.  Has anyone seen, or done a comparison of old vs. new.  I'd be interested in your thoughts Pete if you have them both handy.

For the Flash Speeder and Naboo Starfighter, the only versions of those that I had were the ones from 1999/2000 - I wasn't collecting Lego Star Wars from 2001 through 2011, so I did not get the Naboo fighter that came with the SOTDS branding.

As far as I'm concerned there are HUGE differences (obviously) between the original releases of these vehicles and these 2015 versions.

For the Shuttle - I didn't have this vehicle at all, so it was a great opportunity to pick it up. I *WISH* I had grabbed the UCS Shuttle back when I saw it at Toys R Us four years ago when I was getting back into Lego.

The Final Duel set is like a bigger version of the section of the Death Star from the Death Star Playset, it's a nice display piece, but kinda dull IMHO, so if you're already on the fence about it, I would pass. The new Darth Vader helmet is kinda cool tho.

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