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I agree - VC45 was a nice upgrade at the time but those skinny legs? Yuck.

Looks like we are getting a new helmet sculpt on this set already.

Looking closer at the pics, these might not be new helmets, but whole new non-removable helmet-heads?  I don't think Hasbro has shown any pics of them sans helmets.

Yup, I'm seeing that, too. These look like an improvement over the first version, the visor is much better as is the scale, but now it looks like something is off with the mouth area. I really wish they would have just got these right... Maybe third time is the charm?  :-\

Looks like we are getting a new helmet sculpt on this set already.

I'm very mixed on this set. Hasbro at least has moved away from including an officer or single unique figure in the set, upping the army-building potential. However, it is still a bit of a letdown that they combined the different battalions of clones in one set. I'm also still not thrilled that we literally just got all of these single-carded on either the old clone body or the new body w/ the original PII helmet sculpt.

I'll probably start out w/ just two sets.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: November 25, 2023, 10:40 PM »
I might have gone overboard this weekend… Preorders for Wave 33 & the KOTOR two-pack hit, I also did some Black Friday shopping on Pulse and picked up some additional army builder packs, a discounted Boba’s Slave I, & a few other extras. Then went to a new local con in Denver, GalactiCon and they had more TVC in tbe dealers’ room than I had seen in decades at the local cons, and managed to grab a grail piece at a decent price. Here’s the haul from the con:

TBOBF Slave I is on clearance @ Pulse for $125 for anyone who was one the fence.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Deluxe TM Paz Vizsla
« on: November 25, 2023, 04:09 AM »
$13.24 on Amazon now if anyone waited for a sale.

Dang, must have missed it. I would have taken a second at that price.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 25, 2023, 04:08 AM »
Got my Hera's and Choppers from Amazon this holiday weekend (I wish Amazon would have waited so the drivers didn't need to work this weekend, but that's a side point). Both of my Hera's were crammed in a box at least 1/2" too small on each side and they were both SMASHED to ****. All three Choppers were in decent shape.

Glad to finally cross a few off from last year! It was hard to cut it down to 20 again. I ended up cutting a new Scout Trooper off my list, the new head sculpt on the VOTC body is good enough for now. My list in no particular order:

1.    ANH -- Luke Skywalker -- Tatooine (brand-new, Photo-Real, at least 30 POA)
2.    ANH -- Han Solo -- (brand-new, Photo-Real, at least 30 POA)
3.    ANH -- Obi-Wan Kenobi -- (brand-new, Photo-Real, at least 30 POA)
4.    ANH -- Grand Moff Tarkin -- (brand-new, Photo-Real)
5.    ANH -- Garouf Lafoe - Cantina
6.    ANH -- Brea Tonnika
7.    ANH -- Senni Tonnika
8.    ANH -- Damono Deomaley
9.    ANH -- Tzizvvt
10.  ANH -- Imperial Sandtrooper | Tatooine Stormtrooper -- (Utilize the updated Stromtrooper w/ new accessories)
11.  ESB  -- Treva Horme
12.  ROTJ -- Endor Rebel Commando -- Full Jumpsuit Version
13.  ROTJ -- Mon Mothma
14.  ROTJ -- Fozec
15.  ROTJ -- Loje Nella - Jabba's Palace
16.  ROTJ -- Leia - Ewok Prisoner - The POT2 version is looking really dated
17.  ROTJ -- EV-9D9
18.  ROTJ -- Pucumir Thryss - Jabba's Palace
19.  ROTJ -- Rebel Commando - Nik Sant -- (Updated SA Rebel Commando base with modern articulation and short outer coat)
20.  ROTJ -- Sim Aloo

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 16, 2023, 05:35 PM »
And sure enough, my Krennics just got delayed until Tuesday.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 1 (New TVC Wave 33)
« on: November 15, 2023, 04:54 PM »
Seems like this wave is starting to hit Amazon now too - just got a note for Krennic from Amazon and an updated arrival date of 11/15.

And just got the "approve delay" for Krennic.  Guess he won't be here today after all.  ::)

Mine still appear to be coming tomorrow from Amazon.

I also saw a few posts on Reddit stating that EE has shipped cases this week. Hopefully individuals of the rest of the wave aren't far behind.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 4” Epic Hero Series Figure Line
« on: November 9, 2023, 05:35 PM »
I like how they did Luke, in his black ROTJ duds, with a backpack, and no Yoda.  Doesn't make a lot of sense...

I wonder if it is meant to be from TBOBF and the back pack is for the Grogu?

These look like stinkers to me. I don't love 5 POA, but if the line had good sculpts, paint apps, & character selection, I would have been interested. As is they look like an easy pass for now.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: 3D Printers
« on: November 8, 2023, 02:29 AM »
I've really wanted to get one, but we don't have a great place for one right now and it wasn't in the budget for a while. I think I may take the plunge in 2024, and custom figures, vehicles, & dioramas are all definitely at the top of my list of potential projects.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2023 TVC Wave 6 (New TVC Wave 32)
« on: November 7, 2023, 02:11 AM »
Everything hit all at once, and I was able to grab the full wave this week between Target, Pulse, & Amazon. Luckily with the confusion around the assortment numbers, the Target figures (2x Grand Inquisitor, 1x Hk-87, 1x Morgan, 1x Luke) all rang up for $12.99 instead of the $16.97, and I was also able to get one figure free with some Target rewards points, saving me about $32. Now I'll just have to return some of the Amazon orders.

For anyone curious (Rob), I did notice that this Ahsoka is different from the VC222 Ahsoka [Corvus] version. The new VC297 has a noticeable more saturated and deeper orange skin tone.

This is my favorite era, so it is a bit hard to narrow down. But here we go:

  • Baze Malbus
  • Benthic Two Tubes
  • Bodhi Rook
  • Admiral Raddus
  • Saw Gerrera - Rogue One
  • Sgt Melshi - Rogue One
  • Luthen Rael - Ferrix
  • Syril Karn - Pre-Mor Deputy Inspector
  • Bix Caleen
  • Sergeant Linus Mosk - Ferrix Raid
  • Dedra Meero - Ferrix
  • Mon Mothma - (Any outfit)
  • Cinta Kaz - Aldhani
  • Taramyn Barcona - Aldhani Camp
  • Karis Nemik - Aldhani Camp
  • Arvel Skeen - Aldhani Camp
  • Lt. Gorn - Aldhani
  • Imperial Army Troopers - (Aldani)
  • Imperial Riot Troopers -  (Ferrix)
  • Brasso - Grappler

I could have listed 200.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: October 31, 2023, 01:46 AM »
Did anyone else notice that (I think) every figure announcement for TVC and Black Series are listed as either fan channel or Pulse/Shop Disney exclusives? I don’t recall seeing that before, for every release.

They have done "fan channel" waves before so it's not new.  In fact, at this same London MCM panel/show last year was when Hasbro announced the "fan channel only" wave of Jabba Goons repacks - Yakface, Kithaba, Nikto, Wooof. 

It could be a portent of things to come in the basic figure line that these are all "fan channel" or it could just be the result of these being announced at a European convention where the notion of "retail" is markedly different than here in the USA.  Maybe they just picked all fan channel things to reveal based on the audience/location of the show?

If I remember correctly, I think most of these "Fan Channel" waves have been primarily repacks/repaints (which aside from Dooku and the clone is the case here).

Does that sound right?

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2024 TVC Wave 3 (New TVC Wave 35)
« on: October 30, 2023, 04:34 PM »
Thanks for the links! I grabbed 3 Dooku, 8 Clones and 1 Cassian...I've actually been wanting an upgrade to his face apps, so I figured I should put my money where my mouth is. I'll use the extra Cassians I have to make custom rebels.

Do you get referral credit now or when the orders ship?

I was similar and grabbed 13 Clones, 3 Dookus, 2 Cassians, & 2 Finns. I'm happy with the new Dooku, even though I always liked the older Sith Evolutions version, and somehow am not entirely Cloned-out yet.

Finn is the only one in the lot I wasn't particularly thrilled with and may cancel later.

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