I've seen hide nor hair of Wave 4, so Wave 5's not really appreciated at the moment...
And, as much as I'm an army builder, even I can't afford to help "clear the pegs" of what's hanging around these days. It's been a rough year because there's a LOT of good figures in general, there's a TON of good army builders (better than any year previous), and there's been **** you gotta chase down left and right on top of it all (McQuarrie, UGH, etc.).
Wave 5 surfacing is really a moment I just groaned... And I love every figure in the wave too! That's the sick part.
This is a repost from another thread, just for you Jesse:
Jesse, you could always go in with me on an order for cases. The wave 6 case looks to be pretty good. This case includes:
2X Hans/Torture Racks
2X Lando Smugglers
1X Death Star Trooper
I've already posted in our local forums as well as here that I'll have extras of Han, Lando and 4-Lom. However if you want a case for yourself, the cases are only $75, plus a little for shipping. If I order two cases shipping is usually around $11 total. So that puts the total case cost at only $80.50. That's still well below retail, which is $7 per fig plus another 50 cents for tax. That comes to $90 for the same 12 at retail. Heck a $10 savings with only a couple of extras that should be fairly easy to trade isn't bad at all.
Let me know and I'll put you in on my order for a case for yourself (or if you just want the extras from my case). No need to panic on the lack of product when you'v got a fellow local collector willing to hook you up.
I know you say you like the thrill of the hunt, yet I see you getting frustrated all the time not finding stuff. Why not take some of the frustration out of the equation? Plus the moeny saved on gas alone should make this worth it as well. Then there's the time that you are saving so you can spend it with your lady and her kid.
Collecting has become a lot better for me, since I've decided to buy cases.
Seriously man, just think about it and let me know.
Now while that doesn't help you for Wave 5 (The guy is sold out of that wave already), it can secure you the figs from wv6. Let me know as soon as you can about your decision so I can let him know to hold another case for me or not. I know you like the hunt, but sometimes enough is enough. Let this work for you (buying cases from the net), instead of the other way around. (driving a car around, not finding figs and wasting gas and time and getting frustrated).