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1.  Willrow Hood
2.  Hoth Rebel Soldier
3.  Lobot
4.  Han Solo in Carbonite
5.  Princess Leia in Bespin Gown
6.  2-1B
7.  FX-7
8.  Luke Skywalker in Snowspeeder Pilot Gear
9.  Ugnaught
10.  Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Training)

The Black Series 3.75" / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 4
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:48 PM »
Still haven't seen any sign of w4 in or around my area (3 Walmarts within a 6 mile radius). One never got them at all; the second dumped them after w2; and the third hasn't stocked since a case of w2 two months ago. We also haven't gotten any TFA figure shipments since March, so it's not just TBS that isn't getting restocked.

I'm not upset over it, though. Between the higher prices, shoddy distribution, and the questionable quality (based on what everyone's photos and reviews of Han & Leia, especially), I'm not even all that excited about getting them. If I see them, I'll get them, provided they aren't cross-eyed and their limbs are in the proper locations.  ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: 10 Figures You Wish They Had Made
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:40 PM »
Hmm. This is tough.

01. Cliegg Lars (AOTC)
02. Padme Amidala (Picnic Gown; AOTC)
03. Palpatine (Office Duel; ROTS)
04. Owen Lars (ANH)
05. Tzizvivt (ANH)
06. Tonnika Sister (ANH; I don't care which one)  :D
07. Admiral Piett (ESB)
08. Sim Aloo (ROTJ)
09. EV-9D9 (ROTJ)
10. Yak Face (ROTJ)

After those 10 (and maybe a new spirit Anakin with Sebastian Shaw likeness and spirit Yoda, both done like the 2004 OTC spirit Obi-Wan), I think I'd be happy with things ending.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:25 PM »
What's a Fenn Rau? Is that a 6" figure?

3.75" Rebels animated figure. He's the Mandalorian pilot that shoots down Hera (and also shows up in the aerial battle on Mygeeto (?) during the Kanan comic book series).

Rogue One / Re: Taking Back Our Hobby
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:22 PM »
I know I've been negative about Hasbro from time to time on this very forum over the years, but holy crap, I'm like a ray of sunshine compared to this PH guy. I don't really pay as much attention to things as I used to, so most of my awareness comes from seeing allusions the YF or JD Twitter accounts make, but the stuff mentioned in the first post is just way over the line in terms of human decency.

If the hobby bothers you that much, just quit. Go plant a tree or pick some flowers or something. Above all else, calm down, man. They're just toys.

Well, I guess I'm the first one to get my list in.  Here goes nothing, in order of appearance...

01.  Qui-Gon Jinn (The Phantom Menace)
02.  Jar Jar Binks (The Phantom Menace)
03.  Padme Amidala (Naboo Picnic Gown; Attack of the Clones)
04.  Count Dooku (Attack of the Clones/Revenge of the Sith)
05.  Asajj Ventress (The Clone Wars)
06.  Bo-Katan Kryze (The Clone Wars)
07.  Hera Syndulla (Rebels)
08.  Tusken Raider (Star Wars: A New Hope)
09.  Admiral Ackbar (Return of the Jedi)
10.  Nien Nunb (Return of the Jedi)

The Force Awakens / Re: TFA 3.75" Action Figure 2-Packs
« on: December 5, 2015, 01:54 PM »
What JJ Abrams projects has Grunberg ever been in? I don't recall him from Lost, Alcatraz, Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Trek etc. in fact I don't think I've ever seen him outside of Heroes. Just curious. I had no idea he had been cast in SW either, although that could be ok.

I know he was on Felicity, which was Abrams' first big television project (and a good show, too, at least early on; YES I SAID IT).  He may have been on Alias, but I can't remember.  Anyone?

Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars Posters
« on: December 5, 2015, 01:50 PM »
Count me among the disappointed that there's no way (at least yet) to purchase a theatrical poster.  I was able to get 27x40 theatrical one-sheets (double-sided, no less) for all three prequels (as well as teaser posters), plus The Clone Wars theatrical film, from back in the day with zero hassle and no hoops to jump through.  I was really looking forward to framing the TFA poster alongside the first six films, but it looks like Disney has to treat this as a "high end collectible" that only certain people are entitled to.   ::)

I've gotten a few of them (Vader, the astromechs, Threepio) through Amazon and, although they wind up being a tad more expensive than going directly through other sellers, if you have Prime shipping it does kind of offset that end of things since many are fulfilled by/ship from Amazon warehouses.  I have zero skills as a model builder and even less as a painter (my nerves are shot all to hell, so my hand shakes when trying to paint, making detailing impossible), so a friend's brother does that for me, but the building is incredibly fun and rewarding.  I managed to slice my finger open with an Exacto knife while building Threepio, but no stitches so it was all worth it.   :)

I mainly got into these because I was so disappointed in the Black Series Vader and R2-D2 (Vader looking so "off" and R2 being small).  Even though they didn't have the "heft" of the BS figures, they look the part and fit right in.  When I heard there was a crackdown coming, my first thought was that Hasbro was somehow involved because of them being seen as a competing product line.  Whether or not that's true, I don't know, but I can say for me personally, it is definitely why I did it.  I'm still buying the Black Series figures, but the Bandai kits are to supplement the BS figures, not replace them.  I still plan on getting Boba Fett (just because he's been my favorite since I was a kid and he's my character focus), and I may get Phasma, but it's not a line I'm all in on.  But, boy, it is rewarding to look at them when you're finished putting them together. 

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Force Awakens 12"
« on: December 5, 2015, 01:37 PM »
Has anyone noticed the TRU exclusive 12" Captain Phasma in store during their toy runs? I see them showing up on eBay now.

A whole slew of them showed up at my local TRU this week (at least 10 of them), and they seem to be hanging around okay (in that there doesn't seem to be a rush on them, not that they don't seem to be selling at all).  They're priced at 19.99, and she actually looks pretty good.  The silver paint Hasbro used is probably the shiniest I've seen on a Phasma from any US licensee so far and, short of vac metal  or the Bandai model kit coming in 2016 or the Funko Pop in the Smuggler's Bounty box, might be the best representation of the costume's actual color scheme on the market, collectible-wise.

I don't know about the durability of the paint (whether or not it would flake or chip), but it certainly looked nice in the package.  I'm not a fan of the "shampoo bottle" figures, but I have to admit, the sculpt (what I could see of it through the window) and the detail was very well done.

Our long national nightmare is over, and thanks to Amazon and some nice timing on Thanksgiving evening, Captain Phasma has finally taken her place in my collection.   ;)

I also picked up Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) at the local (still inexplicably open) Kmart earlier this week, at which point I, of course, saw my first Phasma hanging on the pegs.  I left her there for someone else to hopefully add to their collection, go under a tree for a kid on Christmas morning, and not, I dread, wind up on Ebay or Amazon as a VHTF HOT RECALLED VARIANT CAPITAN PLASMA STAR WAR 6 FIGUR.  ::)

The Black Series 3.75" / Re: Walmart Black Series 3.75" Wave 2
« on: December 5, 2015, 01:17 PM »
Still no sign of these in my neck of the woods.  One of the three Walmarts got in another two cases of wave 1, and another simply got tired of waiting for new figures to arrive from any assortment period and allocated the two months of empty space to (and I'm not making this up) 16 pegs of glow sticks, four pegs of flying discs, and one peg of TPM 3D Ric Olies that look like they've been through an actual war and have been marked up to 12.83.  So yeah, not anticipating I'll be seeing wave 2 anytime soon around here.

On the off chance I do happen across them on a trip out of this miserable hellhole, does the 5 POA Stormtrooper head swap easily onto the SA Stormtrooper body?  I'm not skilled with painting or customizing at all, and it would almost be worth it to me to just buy the cheaper version to swap out the heads. 

My local Kmart, which is amazingly still open, looks like a Big Lots and an Ollie's had a head-on collision and threw up a flea market, so I'm doubtful this will actually show up here. This particular store is also notable for having a high rate of Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure part thefts (replaced with kid's sticker sheets) and wrestling figure swaps that are both fascinating and upsetting, so even if it does show up, some ******* will undoubtedly swap it for a Hero Masher Ghost Rider with a swizzle stick on a piece of white felt. And Kmart, sadly, won't notice, even after I point it out.

Yeah, I saw 2 Phasmas at Target today over lunch. I think she has officially been bumped as most In-Demand 6" figure by the Imperial Shocktrooper. That dude is crazy hard to find right now. (All 4 of the stores that got solid cases of 6 here were sold out within a day)

Maybe in your part of the state, but over here in Jesusland, she's still EBay scalper fodder. At least nine cases have hit between three Walmarts, a Target, and a TRU and although every other figure from those cases has been hanging from the pegs when I've shown up, Phasma has been magically missing. Granted, some of those may be making their way into actual collector hands, but when she's the only figure that is missing?  I kind of doubt that's the case overall. How I had not missed this bull****... ::)

I suppose it would be good if Hasbro did a full case of Phasma in time for the holidays (along with cases of Kylo Ren and FO Stormtroopers) to meet demand and drive down the secondary market prices and/or eBay idiocy, but then they'd have to divert resources from Finn repack production and that would just be crazy.

On-topic: I found the Battlefront Shock Trooper at one of those Walmarts on Tuesday this week. Nice figure, although it once again makes me miss the double-jointed elbows on some of the TFA figures.

Curious to know if anyone other tmanthegreat, myself and I believe one other person who posted they bought one on jd, have picked this up? Wondering what the likelihood we get #2 in the series is.

I picked this up on Monday at my local TRU (I had 20 dollars in Rewards dollars and a 10 dollar gift card, so it took some of the sticker shock away), and I'm pretty happy with it.  It's definitely large and impressive, to say the least, and I don't regret buying it at all.  I really can't add more to the reviews that tmanthegreat's, well, great photographs have already shown other than to say the cockpit is really the highlight of the ship.  Hasbro went above and beyond with the details inside the cockpit and didn't cut any corners there. 

The wings themselves are sturdy, although I'm a little concerned about the fact that the "tires" don't sit flush against the wings themselves (there's a tiny gap on mine; is it like this on everyone's?).  The wings are also "permanently" attached, but only do so with two clips inside the "tires" on the pylons from the cockpit/ball assembly, so it still makes the wings a bit wobbly, although when it's standing up (especially on carpet), this doesn't really affect the stability much.  As for taking up space, I have Queen Amidala's Royal Starship sitting in the (carpeted) floor of my collection room and the TIE straddles it perfectly with just enough clearance to not hit the RS's roof, so it took up less floor space than I feared. :)

The trickiest part of the whole assembly is getting the TIE Pilot into the cockpit.  You have to basically bend his knees completely backward (at both double joints like this < ) with his feet still pointing forward so he will fit well.  It also helps if you raise his arms while doing so and adjust them last.  Make sure you clip the waist clip above the belt since his pouches get in the way otherwise.  I also can't find a space to store his blaster pistol inside the ship, so you'll probably want to keep that somewhere else separately.

Overall, despite some minor quibbles, it's an impressive piece, and well worth picking up.  I hope the wave with the single packed TIE Pilot shows up in decent numbers at retail so I can find an extra gunner to stick in the co-pilot seat.

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