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Hey Hasbro! / New TSC Darth Vader Issues
« on: April 11, 2006, 11:05 AM »
Dear Hasbro,

I applaud your effort in regards to keeping main characters on the retails shelves for our younger collectors. 

They appear to be selling well.

In fact, I bought one for my younger son.  He loves Darth Vader but quickly became frustrated with this toy...

My biggest complaint is the fact that the figure cannot hold the included lightsaber in either hand!  How did this get past QC?  Kids love to role play with their figures and this is a very big issue!  Who is Darth Vader without his lightsaber?

As well, the removable top helmet piece is useless.  It will not attach to the top of the figure's head - it is lacking "tabs" to keep it in place.  Again, what is Darth Vader without a helmet? 

My son constantly asks me to fix the above problems which, obviously, I cannot do.  The subject figure is fine for collectors (maybe) but is subpar for children - your target market based on the present and future assortment mixes.

Please implement a running change to this figure as it will cause many frustrated kids/parents.

Regards



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Subject says asks it all.


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Collections / My Poster and Vintage Collection!
« on: March 30, 2006, 01:43 PM »
Here's a quick look at my framed Struzan movie posters:










And my vintage carded:




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12" Figures / Sideshow 12" Darth Vader/Anakin (SDCC'06 Exclusive)
« on: February 20, 2006, 02:46 PM »
Whew! barely got my order in with minutes to spare.  It took me 27 minutes of trying to get in.

I was kinda of worried about pre-ordering today due to alot of people having the day off, and it falling on a Monday, but it all worked out. 

I'm hoping/looking forward to a slight slow down, with just one more Jedi or Hero, and the SDCC exclusive.

What's the SDCC exclusive?


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Toy Reviews / New TSC Review - AT-AT Driver
« on: January 17, 2006, 02:44 PM »
Well, here it is, my first review on JD.  I hope you enjoy and not take it too seriously as I am not a hard core fan that can spot inconsistencies as well as some of the veterans!

Let's get started!

The AT-AT driver is my first (and only) purchase so far of the TSC line.  I loved this figure when it first came out in 1980 ( I was four at the time) and I also loved him when he came out in 1998 as an exclusive pack-in with the almighty POTF2 AT-AT vehicle.

He was then later released in the POTF2 line as a Star Wars fan club exclusive (with a freeze frame)!  Name the other three POTF2 exclusive figures that the fan club offered for 5 bonus points.







ARTICULATION:  4/5

This guy is pretty much standard in regards to articulation.  He features a ball mounted head (for great poseability) as well as ball jointed knees.  Standard hip joints along with swivel jointed wrists and angle cut elbows are also featured.  As well, this figure features swivel jointed calves for extra poseability.

I'm not a big fan of swivel jointed elbows because they are easy to detach and often look funny.  I guess cost was an issue here as I am spoiled with the SA Clone Trooper. 

Overall, the articulation is great for a figure that doesn't have much action in the movie(s).




PAINT:  5/5

I am very impressed with the secondary paint ops that this figure has.  If you look at the head shot, you'll notice a lot of small details were caught.  I haven't compared the figure to the movie/publicity shots, but I'd guess it's fairly accurate.  It's simply amazing how technology/improvements in production has come in 25 years!

On the figure I obtained, there were no noticeable flaws which is a big accomplishment considering how many figures Hasbro crams out.  Employee morale in China must have been high the day this figure made its way down the line!

You can see the improvement in paint in the following photos:







DESIGN:  4/5

Aside from articulation and scale, I do have one minor complaint which can be taken as a compliment too.  As added detail, Hasbro decided to tool the AT-AT drivers leg straps as a separate piece (the first two versions vintage and POTF2 featured the straps as molded detail). 

I love the way it looks but it does pose problems if one decides to pose his/her figure in a crouching/sitting position.  But like I said before, there's really no reason for your AT-AT driver to be crouched but he does need to sit if he's going to man your AT-AT!  I suppose you could mess around with the straps (move them up) to allow him to sit which in the end, is no biggie. 

You can't have your cake and eat it too!

PACKAGING:  5/5

I must admit, I'm a marketing guy, so I'm a sucker for packaging.  And for the most part, I'm an opener (aside from the OTC line) so I'm pretty much sucked into to collecting this entire TSC line. 

I know how much it works to create a custom package for each release, and let me tell you, it's not easy and it's VERY time consuming.  So kudos to the SW Hasbro team for executing this piece of art!

As you know, this new line is reminiscent of the OTC line (black cardback with the Star Wars logo in a silver gradient).  The bubble has changed (more wrap around) and there is a new spot for the randomly packed holograph figure.  As with the OTC line, the backdrop behind the figure relates to the actual figure and is a very cool touch considering they could have went the cheap route and used a generic backdrop.

The cardback features cross-sell for the wave, along with an overview of the included figure.  As well, you must look at the back of the package if you want to see which holographic figure is included. 

No brochures this time :-(

GIMMICKS/ACCESSORIES 4.5/5

Gone are the days of useless pack-ins:  freeze frames (who has a slide projector these days?), Force Files, Commtechs, etc. 

Now we get a cool pack-in - a holographic figure!  I believe there are 12 total for this line 6 baddies, 6 good guys and they are only packed as such, meaning you can only get a baddie holograph with a villain figure and vice versa.

It's a neat idea that I believe came to fruition because of the collectors requests for holographic figures (see countless exclusives and the last wave of ROTS).  My figure came with a stormtrooper holographic figure - your mileage will vary.

Another neat pack-in that is included with the TSC figures is a film specific (not to mention character specific) figure stand.  This is a neat idea as a lot of us really do open our figures!  The film logo is engraved while the character's name is tampo printed (to save $$).

Nice job!




PRICE 2.5/5

It sure is tough to go from $4.79 all the way up to $6.99.  Two dollars is a lot of extra cash when you buy 100+ figures a year!  I look at it like this, are we gaining $2 worth of articulation/pack-ins?  No, not really - the ROTS figures were darn near perfect and they, for the most part, featured the same level of articulation, pack-ins, and paint ops. 

Sure, I know the reason why the price increased - demand and supply, but it's difficult to justify collecting after such a banter year with ROTS.

In the end, it's up to the individual collector whether or not these figures are worth the extra money.  For me, it's a simple yes.  I enjoy collecting with my three year old and it's worth the money spent to hear him say "Darth Vader" or  "Stormtrooper"  (even though it's an AT-AT driver)!

I'd rather spend $25 on toys versus $25 on beer, drugs or gambling - but that's just me!  A five year old stuck in a thirty year old shell.


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Watto's Junk Yard / 2006 DVD Releases Thread
« on: January 4, 2006, 11:08 AM »
Picked up Seinfeld Season 1 & 2 for $10.

Bad news is now I have to complete the set....

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Modern Trading / WTT: Internet Wedge for Target Trooper
« on: December 19, 2005, 10:59 AM »
Title says it all - I'd like to trade my Internet Wedge for the second Target Clone Trooper (Utupau version).

Thanks!


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Revenge of the Sith / (Not a) New $50 Multi-Pack at Wal-Mart
« on: November 28, 2005, 10:21 AM »
According to "inside" sources  :P, there's something waiting for us in the Wal-Mart stock rooms across the country.

Sounds like a 12 pack of figures slated to retail at $50.

Any guesses on what this might be?  Repacks similar to the TRU mega buys?  I'm hoping for an exclusive 12 pack of newly colored clones.   :-*

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Saga Collection '06 / Rumors and Predictions
« on: October 28, 2005, 01:55 PM »
Did everyone see this article from GH?

http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=5033&zoneid=2

Some very exciting news in regards to new clones and the possible re-release of the AT-AT.


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Modern Classifieds / Easy WTB List
« on: September 6, 2005, 02:11 PM »
I just can't find the time to toy hunt anymore, so if you happen to come across some extras of the following, I'd be forever in your debt (or whatever you charge me)!

I could care less about the condition of the package.

*  3 or 4 red shock troopers (#6 repaint)

* 1 Obi Wan Pilot

* 1 or 2 green clone commanders (#33 repaint)

* 1 or 2 AT-RT Drivers

* 1 Clone Evolution Set (2nd 'dirty' version)

* 1 or 2 Commander Bly

* 1 or 2 Commander Gree

* ROTS Republic Gunship


I can paypal within a couple hours (if I'm at work)....

I have feedback here and that other place.   :-*

Regards
Travis

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Modern Classifieds / Darth Vader Koto and Cinemacast FS
« on: August 9, 2005, 11:00 AM »
I am trying to trim the fat out of the collection - these two guys really don't fit in!

Loose Darth Vader Kotobukiya - $75 shipped within U.S.

Loose Cinemacast Darth Vader - $130 shipped within U.S.


Both for $185 shipped.

Both are complete and in near mint condition.

Paypal preferred - I have feedback here and at RS.

PM me if you're interested!   8)

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Hey Hasbro! / Informal petition to keep 7" Unleashed Alive!
« on: August 3, 2005, 01:56 PM »
I just want to throw this out there and gauge the interest in keeping the Unleashed line alive (as it currently exists) vs. replacing it with the 2" "replacement" figures.




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Modern Trading / New Yoda/Sidious Unleashed FT
« on: July 21, 2005, 02:53 PM »
Well, half of my Amazon order shipped so I have an extra Yoda/Sidious Unleashed for trade:

Looking for:

Loose Unleashed Han Solo, Luke Jedi, Padme or AOTC Anakin for straight up trade.

Also need:

-Clone Deluxe Packs - all colors except blue.
-Anakin Evo Set
-Saga A-Wing (loose is fine)


PM me if you want to trade.   8)

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Quick idea/suggestion:

One feature I enjoyed from RS was the "new reply" indicator next to each topic.  It makes it a lot easier to see which topics have been responded too since my last visit.

It'd be awesome if we could incorporate this feature on the boards.

Thanks
Travis

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Hi all,

If you happen to see any of these figures sitting on your local stores' pegs, I'd greatly appreciate it if you could pick them up for me:

TSC Heroes and Villains line (Wave 3):

*TSC Red Clone Commander
*TSC Green Clone Commander
*TSC R2-D2 (electronic)
*TSC Emperor Palpatine
*TSC Obi Wan Kenobi (Pilot)
*TSC Shocktrooper

TSC Basic Figure Line:

*TSC Commander Appo (only need one)
*TSC Kashyyk Elite Troopers (camo) (would like two more)


I need the Heroes and Villains figures MOC with no major defects.   Appo and the Kashyyk troopers can be shipped loose. 

Please contact me via PM with your asking prices - I'd prefer to buy multiple figures from one person to save on shipping.

Thanks
Travis








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