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The Vintage Collection / Re: Will your collecting habits change?
« on: September 5, 2012, 11:32 AM »
I never could get into the Clone Wars because to me, it looks like an animated video game sequence.  There's some cool designs and all, but ever since this came into play, collecting hasn't been as fun for me.  I am not dreading the end of the series one bit. 

That being said, most of what I've seen from the 2013 offerings seems like more of the same - heavy on repacks and slight retooling, with a few cool figures here and there.  Cutting corners when they can with the collector line (like not investing in new tooling for Phase 2 clone helmets), and definitely with the kids line in many aspects.

I have bought a little bit less each year anyway, but with life changes (2 kids now), I need to scale back regardless.  Hasbro putting less of an investment to reach collectors like me just makes it easier to spend less on their product.  They really aren't working harder like they used to for our dollars, which doesn't bother me as much as it would have 5-6 years ago.

What do you think happens when there are no more Star Wars figures to collect? Do we try to fill the holes in our collection? Does customizing become popular again? Just looking at the classic gaming sites, they seem to have moved to creating homebrews and finding obscure packaging variations of rare Atari games.

I wonder how much this hobby will change by then.

I plan on continuing to customize no matter what!   :)

2 figs and a mini-rig?  $25-$30 ? 

The price is supposed to be $19.99.

I'm in for the MTT, as soon as the Wal-Marts around here finally stock it.  I've been looking at empty shelf spaces for it for at least a week now.  I assume TRU will get these in later too?

The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:00 PM »
Crud, I haven't found squat for Thor around here.  If anyone finds a spare Sif, can you grab her for me?

If I see another, she's yours.  Do you care about card condition?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:59 PM »
Oh, I'm sure they'll re-card Biggs on a TVC cardback too.  Same goes for that Ceremony Luke, if they think they can get away with it.

The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:24 PM »
Found King Loki yesterday at TJ Maxx, and Sif today at Marshalls.  Both on beat up cards, but they'll be opened anyway when my son gets them.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Vintage Collection Rumors
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:12 PM »
I'd be fine with Lobot getting more articulation and costing around $10 - but that's mostly because I'd like to grab a few and pop them apart for customs.  He'd be great for Coruscant folk and average citizen-esque custom fodder.  I'd still keep one non-butchered though for my Cloud City dio.

As for Yakface, I definitely would buy several... one for the Palace dio, and several for customs. 

A Cindel w/ Teek and Noah exclusive set would be awesome... with a companion set of the bad aliens w/ witch.  Hasbro would have a very cool set on their hands if they did that. 

The Vintage Collection / Re: Celebration VI
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:02 PM »
That was my impression of Derryl when I met him at TF.  Very helpful and courteous.

My impression from what I've read, heard, and seen on web videos is of a completely different DDP than my past perception... I was 100% impressed with the courtesy and humility I saw from him with CVI.  He's earned the benefit of the doubt from me going into 2013.  I just hope that he and their team truly have learned from their mistakes over the past couple years.

I've been buying cheap Asian Ewoks off the eBay sellers for a few years now and my Ewoks army is pretty large. 

Most of my Ewoks are from Endor.

How are these packaged? Four of each in a case or two of each in a case?

There were four of each  at the TRU where I found them this morning, so I either came across 1 case or 2....

Two of each per case, from what I've seen evidence of.

As for the price variance reported on these sets, there's two TRU in my area, just a few miles apart from each other. One store often has prices about 10% higher than the other on about half the SW merchandise.  Both have these sets though, at $39.99 each. 

$14.99 is a steal for the AT-ST drivers.  For the Ewoks, it sounds about right... it's awesome that Kmart apparently hasn't jacked up the prices on these.  It's a pleasant surprise.

Picked up these sets tonight at TRU.

Ewoks rock, as expected.  So does Porkins... astromech droid is okay, I guess... same goes for the TIE pilot.  But those other two pilot are terrible.  Hasbro needs to let go of that awful Luke sculpt.  I'm going to use the heads for generic customs, I guess.

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