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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #315 on: September 23, 2005, 09:15 AM »
I see that these are now in stock at a lot of the asian e-tailers:



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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #316 on: September 23, 2005, 09:32 AM »
I cannot wait for these sets to finally ship. It seems so long ago.
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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #317 on: September 23, 2005, 09:35 AM »
I know what you mean.  I got excited the other day because there was a box sitting at our front door.  I was like "Oh please let that be the EB set."  It was not of course :( 

I guess November is not that far away. 

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #318 on: September 23, 2005, 11:59 AM »
I just have a question regarding Asian etailers having these.  If this is a mailaway item that required the purchase of the original Early Bird kit from Wal-Mart, how is it that any etailer can have these for actual sale, without their means of obtaining them being illegal/questionable?

Does Hasbro give the Asian retailers some kind of backdoor deal on stuff like this, or is it more of those "they fell off the back of the truck" deals that people always point to?

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #319 on: September 24, 2005, 04:36 PM »
My dad called me today and told me there is a package for me at his house that says "Early Bird" on it.  I won't be able to get it until Monday, but I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #320 on: September 24, 2005, 05:41 PM »
Holy crap!  I didn't think they were already showing up...  I thought a few more weeks still, but hopefully that's what it is.

John, I assume you just bought a set at WM and sent in your receipt like the rest of us?  As opposed to ordering one online or on eBay, or through some other method?

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #321 on: September 24, 2005, 07:58 PM »
I picked up the certifcate at Wal-Mart during the tent event.  I sent it in right away.  My parents came over for a visit and brought the set over.  It comes in a white box that says "Early Bird Figures" in the lower left corner along with what I'm guessing is a part number, 85868.  The figures range from great to so-so.  Chewie is by far the best.  He looks to be the VOTC version with a different head.  R2 has three legs and they all have little rollers on the bottom.  He has a sensor scope that comes out when you turn his head.  He is my second favorite.  Luke comes with his telescoping saber.  He has standard neck articulation, waist articulation and standard leg articulation.  He also has ball jointed shoulders, which was a nice touch.  I would have liked him more if his left arm and knees were articulated.  Leia is the least impressive IMO.  Her face sculpt is the best part of the figure.  The rest of her could use some work.  She is far too preposed for my taste.  Her neck has no articulation.  Her arms are stuck in the gun holding pose.  Her dress is rigid and you really can't move her legs.  She would have been perfect with VOTC articulation.  I don't understand why Hasbro didn't give Luke, Leia and Chewie the same articulation.  I understand Luke's right arm can't have any, and I would accept that, but the rest of him and Leia should have been given as much attention as Chewie.  I am indifferent to this set at this point.  I'll take pictures later when my camera's batteries recharge.
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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #322 on: September 25, 2005, 12:19 AM »








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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #323 on: September 25, 2005, 12:58 AM »
Interesting, they just ship it out in the mailer box and not in another box or wrap.

Oy, that Leia has no articulation. Not sure what to think when I get mine.  :-\

Thanks for the pic's John.  :)

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #324 on: September 25, 2005, 01:36 AM »
So the only figure in the set worth getting is the Chewie.

Is R2 exactly the same as the VOTC version? Or can you not remove the third leg?

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #325 on: September 25, 2005, 09:21 AM »
The third leg is not removable.  The figures came in taped plastic bags inside a white tray.  There is an instruction sheet for the bowcaster and there are white pegs for the Early Bird display.


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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #326 on: September 25, 2005, 09:36 AM »
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad I did not waste $30 bucks on this crap.  This was one of those gambles where it actually paid to pass.

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #327 on: September 25, 2005, 05:29 PM »
$40 for 3 sets didn't end up so bad. I'm not thrilled with the Luke or Leia but The Chewie and R2 are great. I don't have a loose VOTC Chewie or R2 so this is well worth it for me.
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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #328 on: September 25, 2005, 06:45 PM »
Congrats of the arrival, John. Hope mine make it to me after my move.

Question -- do the figures look as shiny in person? They look like they're made from some very lustrous plastic... kind of concerning...

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Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« Reply #329 on: September 25, 2005, 08:11 PM »
THOSE SUCK ARSE. >:(