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LEGO / Re: LEGO
« on: December 12, 2012, 01:56 PM »
I wanted the Robot and Pirate Captain but never found them...and that was about it.  Wasn't interested in any of the others.  My Target just put out a small display of Series 7 and I pulled an Aztec and another Galaxy Patrol figure, though.

I have a spare Pirate Captain, would you be interested in trading for the Galaxy Patrol?

I guess I read over this earlier.  Thanks for the offer but I'm hanging on to the GP figures to go with my classic Space sets.

Noticed last night that Target sold through all the Series 7 minifigs they put out, they went fast.  But they put some S8 in the bin, added some of the bagged Batmobile sets from the holiday section and filled it back up.

I also saw that Target has bagged TIE Fighter sets in the checkout aisles.  I think it's still set 8028 which has been out a few times.  It is in the Movie Heroes style Maul packaging, which is how WM sold it back around Easter time.

Adam over at Galactic Hunter posted to Twitter a few days ago that he spotted some bagged sets at WM.  He mentioned an MTT and something else.  I figured they probably had another shelf bin with sets like the did in March when they had the TIE, Republic Attack cruiser, SD and STAP.  I haven't seen them locally, anyone else finding them?

My Walmart's stock of Star Wars Lego got decimated sometime in the last 2 or 3 days.  Nearly all of the sets across all price ranges were cleaned out.  Just a handful of the most expenisve sets, like Jabba's palace and the Malevolence, and the cheaper sets that they had a lot of stock of, like the Planet sets, left.  A few here and there of the other sizes but Battle Packs, the red TOR fighter, Jedi Starfighters...gone.

City got pretty wiped out at Target this week too, with the BOGOHO sale.  Still a lot left but if history is any indication, two weeks from today they should have bare shelves as well.  Target almost completely sells out of Lego this time of year, every year.

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I could see Hasbro basically punt in 2014 but I hope not.  If they do let the VC figures ride until the middle of 2013 and then roll out the new BaD figures we've seen, they could use late 2013 and 2014 to do a couple of waves of OT and PT characters from their parking lot to sort of clear them out to concentrate on Sequel Trilogy figures from there on out. 

The easier approach, of course, would be just to re-pack a lot of crap in 2014 and basically not do any new tooling.  If they put out the right characters it could work, but I don't trust them to do that, they'll keep Maul, Vader, Luke, Obi-Wan and Anakin in the mix, and we really don't need any more of them, basically, ever.  Or at least until they've had a good break.

Jeff might be onto something though, about the figures that have recently started showing up at WM and TRU again.  This plan may already be in motion and that's why we're seeing them.  I guess it's always possible that Hasbro worked with the retailers, said they'd hold onto the new stuff and maybe gave them a deal on the VC stuff so they'd take them.  Might be better for Hasbro to cut a deal with the big 3 retailers rather than cutting a deal with the Five Below, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, Ross type stores.

"Fan favorite" is definitely marketing spin but really, there are some good characters in those cases.  Some good army builders, Vizla, Tarkin, Anakin, Luke...they're good figures and from reading the forums, it seems like there is still room in the market for more.  Lot of people haven't seen some of these and even though they've been online, you have to think that there are still collectors out there not on the forums and that don't order online and they've probably not haid their fill of these yet.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:28 PM »
I wish they'd do a straight western theme rather than the Lone Ranger movie theme, though.

I was hoping for more from the Galaxy Squad also.  Something more classic Space than what we're getting.  I don't care for some of the sets in that series so far.

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You can maybe say that Hasbro is doing us a favor by getting these cases to market but they have actually hit, and are hitting more now with the holidays approaching; I've actually found these cases at retail now.

I think the reason that Hasbro is getting retail to take them is probably because, in that news that's coming, we're going to find out that the BaD line is getting pushed until fall to tie in with the 3D releases better.  Then they carry it over through 2014 which leads them into the 2015 new movie line without having to do any packaging change in 2014.

If they get to plan the 2014 line now, push the 2013 stuff until end of the year, that also frees them up about mid-way through 2013 to start working on the 2015 movie lines.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: December 6, 2012, 09:43 AM »
I don't buy a lot of MU figures but, as I mentioned the other day, bought a Kraven figure because he looked really cool.  And he is, for the most part, but he's very rubbery and kind of floppy in the joints (other than the knees), the spear accessory was so warped in the package it nearly formed an "S" and his ankles have some sort of odd articulation that really only allows them to rotate.

The MU figures, historically, had been pretty solid and the articulation worked pretty well (even w/ the odd hips early in the line) so I'm wondering is this a new trend in the line or did I just get a goofy pull?

He still looks excellent, the detail on his jacket is incredible, the sculpt is solid, nearly perfect paint and the accessories are nice even if there's no sheath for the knife and I had to boil the spear to sort it out.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: December 5, 2012, 09:20 AM »
I usually look at who wrote the article before deciding if I give it any serious thought.  Tip; I usually skip that author's posts...

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Christmas Songs that Suck
« on: December 4, 2012, 09:48 AM »
If I never heard Christmas music again I'd be happy.  I don't hate the holiday, but no other music is as insidious.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO
« on: December 3, 2012, 06:21 PM »
I stopped in Walmart and they have a new display of Series 8 minifigures out.  First bag I picked up had the Evil Robot in it.  Figured with that luck I might find the Pirate but checked a couple others and don't think I found him so I left.  Still, not bad for randomly grabbing one on a whim.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 3, 2012, 04:11 PM »

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Superman - Man of Steel
« on: December 3, 2012, 03:48 PM »
Is today Unofficial ****** Movie Poster Day?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 3, 2012, 03:26 PM »
Just a little comparison...



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LEGO / Re: LEGO
« on: December 3, 2012, 01:25 PM »
Hah. My daughter wants a fairy and I can't find her. Sigh.

Send me your address.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 3, 2012, 01:23 PM »
That is a terrible, terrible poster.

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LEGO / Re: LEGO
« on: December 3, 2012, 01:19 PM »
I randomly picked out 3 bags of Series 8 a couple weeks ago and pulled two freakin' Fairies!  Those cases must have been lousy with her.  I didn't care for S8 that much.  I pulled the Diver and Alien and then randomly picked the Conquistador.  I wanted the Robot and Pirate Captain but never found them...and that was about it.  Wasn't interested in any of the others.  My Target just put out a small display of Series 7 and I pulled an Aztec and another Galaxy Patrol figure, though.

I'm looking forward to Series 9.  Definitely in for the Alien Avenger, Battle Mech and Forrest Maiden and would also pick up the Cyclops, Mermaid, Heroic Knight and maybe Roman Emperor.

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The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: December 1, 2012, 01:51 AM »
Spotted the Kraven, Beast, Scarlet Witch wave at the TRU Express that's in the local Mall.  Picked up Kraven, really excellent looking figure.  Haven't opened him up yet but plan on it.

I didn't think the whole wave was there but couldn't remember all that was supposed to be in it...think I missed She Hulk and Beta-Ray Bill.  Still, was surprised to see them because I wasn't sure that the store would actually rotate in much new stock since it's only there for the holidays, but these weren't in the store when I was there last week.

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