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The Vintage Collection / Re: 4Ē Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: April 14, 2024, 01:46 PM »
They are pretty bulky and missing some black paint, especially the visible white neck. And they have hexagonal weapon ports on their arms. These all detract from really displaying with other more "realistic" modern figures.

That said, I bought 2 to pose ironically squaring off with some POTF2 Rebel Fleet Troopers. They are much better in that setup than other modern Stormtroopers or POTF2 ones, which have aged very poorly.
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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: April 12, 2024, 03:40 PM »
So whatís the deal with Chopper from this wave?? Heís sold out everywhere and I havenít seen any restocks in months. Is that it? Why is this not a character to carry forward in future waves?

If I had to hazard a guess, I would say they can't make any more for now because they are using the mold to make the Mural 2-pack version right now, and/or they figured 2 runs of the figure already would be enough.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 4Ē Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: April 10, 2024, 10:42 PM »
The N-1 Mando pack in comes with his jetpack... >:D

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All the time! They will even tell me why they need to pay less than the listed price!

Of course, I am basically making bespoke product, so that's different.

I have best offer turned off, but they still send messages trying to get things for less than I have listed them. My pat answer is that I am making these on demand and typically sell through the quantities I list, so it's not something that I am looking to unload.

And then, when I have a slow weekend, I very often send offers of $5-$10 off to people watching the listing.

All of that said, pretty much anytime I buy something at a vintage toy store or a toy show, I will always offer them like $10 less since I am paying in cash. It usually goes pretty well.

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I saw one of these out on the shelves at Target here in Denver tonight.

Anybody know if these are going to be available online?

If anyone is still looking for these (my area has yet to receive any...) they are now available online.

https://www.target.com/p/star-wars-the-retro-collection-the-phantom-menace-action-figure-set---6pk/-/A-89892406

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 March Madness Poll
« on: March 27, 2024, 12:08 PM »
I voted out both of these characters in the first round, so for the final I put it down to who I would pick up at the store if I could only take one.

I haven't seen the episodes of Clone Wars with Pong Krell. Baylon was one of the only characters in the Ahsoka series I liked. So I went with Baylon. If I was putting money on the outcome, though, I would probably go the other way.

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Last summer during interviews, the Hasbro team was very happy with how the N-1 had sold, and said it was going to have the effect of more fighter-sized vehicles being offered. I think the E-Wing was an obvious result.

I saw the N-1 on shelf at Target, Go! Calendars and Toys, and a local toy store called Sir Troy's Toy Kingdom ( that is an all-out toy store my boys and I absolutely love that is trying and mostly succeeding at filling the hole TRU left.)

The N-1 is still available on Amazon as well, and hovers around regular price. If it dips far enough it might finally push me over the edge to actually buying it, but I am not much of a vehicle collector ( no Haslab purchases yet, the BMF is enough of a space hog for me.)

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I have seen that elsewhere Jayson confirmed it is NOT the Havoc Marauder, and also said that whatever it is, it is not "a representation" of the vehicle/location like the playsets have been, which would seemingly nix the Cantina unless they are doing a full interior/exterior for it.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 4 (New TVC Wave 36)
« on: March 20, 2024, 09:35 PM »
The R2 has got to be strictly for carded collectors. I have 6 or so "clean" BAD Artoos from when they sold him in the TLJ ForceLink line ( that I got for 3 bucks each I think at an outlet store) and those came with leg rocket accessories. I have no need for this rerelease.

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Nicklab and Jayson have been playing a game of cat-and-mouse about what it will be somewhere else. Not a lot of compelling options on the list to my eye ( as a mostly OT fan)

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The word "grunts" was used in the stream, I think to specifically address the complaints about the Tusken Chief and Enoch in recent sets.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: Imperial March
« on: March 14, 2024, 01:33 PM »
I've seen some talk that the Stormtroper is the former Walmart exclusive (TVC 231).  Not sure if the Vader is newish.

The Stormtrooper is indeed still numbered 231, but the card art was slightly updated on the front to move the warnings away from the Hildebrandt art. No word on what the back of the card looks like, I'd imagine it's the new "no cross sell" style.

Vader is another retool of the Dark Times sculpt, now with the torso piece redone so that the tabbards go over the shoulder armor as they did in ANH and Rogue One. About as significant a costume variation as Vader gets.

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The canopy slides forward to open as opposed to lifting up like the X-Wing, so it's not that impractical...just have to mind your noggin.

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It's interesting that Chris made a point of highlighting the cargo space in the aft section of the E-Wing's fuselage.  And he seems to be aware that we need some storage for accessories.  It's nice to see it here, but I think that concept would be better explored with crates and containers in the deluxe figure / worldbuilding part of The Vintage Collection.

I took him explaining the storage space more as a function of him having explain the big hole he had to expose as a step in plugging the astromech into the socket. He also explained the front landing gear didnít work as intended on the model while showing us how the rear gear retract. For once using the designers as video presenters made sense and allowed for some insight.

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The Vintage Collection / Re: 4” Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: February 5, 2024, 10:16 PM »
Jayson said that, and Adam Pawlus kind of seconded it in his QnA column this week, saying the figures were all open to order for all, which makes sense seeing as his workplace Entertainment Earth also sells them.

Mr. Pawlus also said there is already a Wave 2 that hasn't been officially revealed, and went on to say "it might be a while before Hasbro feels like actually playing up what could be a pretty interesting development," though it is not clear exactly what he is referring to at this time.

Either way, he concedes it is possible that WalMart might be the defacto exclusive retailer if Target passed up on ordering any, but time will tell on that. For the record, the new carded Marvel Epic line is at Target already, but not the carded Star Wars Epic line yet.

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