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Iím happy as I managed to find this X-Wing at a local Target this morning 8) I donít usually do too well finding these type of limited exclusives, but according to, the particular store was the only one in my area that had the item and there turned out to be two left. While I was tempted to get both, I only needed one so the other can be taken by another collectorÖ

Stopped by a local Walgreens that still has a Finn action figure on the shelf, presumably from around 2015! Arguably one of the worst-selling action figures ever ::)

This figure needs Dave Filoniís trademark cowboy hat among the accessories ;)

Just seeing this about Blue Leaderís X-Wing... I like it! Now if only I can find one come this fall.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian (Disney+)
« on: December 20, 2020, 07:38 PM »
Definitely some of the best Star Wars action and storytelling Iíve seen in a long time... Awesome ending as well! Itís too bad Dave Filoni and John Farveau werenít considered to develop/direct the Sequel Trilogy, since, as The Mandalorian proves, it would have been far better than what we got.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Mandalorian - Disney+
« on: December 5, 2020, 01:01 PM »
Are we past the 24-hour mark? I think we need to petition Hasbro to reopen the Razorcrest Kickstarter and include a new accessory consisting of a display base of a smoking crater in the ground  ;)

Awesome episode though for many, many reasons!

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Project
« on: October 26, 2020, 06:05 PM »
Those photos of the Razorcrest look really awesome! Definitely a beautiful ship. I may have to put in for a second one  ;)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Do You Collect/Display Vehicles?
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:35 AM »
Since I was a 4-year old way back in the early 1980s and received an original vintage X-Wing for my birthday, Iíve always been a vehicle collector first and a figure collector second. When the new items are released for a new movie, I almost always get the vehicles first. Granted over the past 15 years or so Iíve branched out into collecting more figures (particularly army-building figures like Imperial Stormtroopers or Clone Troopers) however the vehicles have always been my go-to, whether itís Star Wars, GI Joe, 1/18th scale military, or smaller scales.

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Project
« on: October 21, 2020, 11:29 AM »
Iím waiting to the last minute to decide if I want to order an extra or not.  It just depends on how rich Iím feeling in a couple weeks.

Thatís kind of my thought as well. I almost ordered two at the outset, but held off. Thereís a part of me that wants to get one to keep MIB since this will no doubt be a popular item.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: October 8, 2020, 01:14 PM »
I got a chance to do some Target runs during the day yesterday (was out of the office for some appointments) and while I was primarily looking for the new Jazwares Halo 3.75Ē figures, I got lucky at one store and also found the TVC Fives, Hondo, and Chirrut figures. Yesterday was a good day  8)

The Vintage Collection / Re: 2020 TVC Haslab Project
« on: September 25, 2020, 08:00 PM »
The Razorcrest is an awesome subject Haslab kickstarter project! Quite frankly, I like this a lot better than the sail barge. What kept me from that, besides the size, was that it was really too scene-specific. Not at all the case with the Razorcrest. I put in for mine  8)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Walmart Vintage Collection TIE Fighter
« on: August 26, 2020, 10:53 PM »
I removed the springs from my TIE by simply unscrewing they upper and lower halves of the cockpit ball. Then I wrapped some duct tape around the wing pegs so they stay in their sockets securely, but can still be removed if desired. My TIE has probably sat on its wings for over a year And a half now without any issues.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Terrible Shipping Experiences?
« on: August 13, 2020, 01:46 PM »
Iíve personally not had a terrible experience with shipping from EE, but then again, I live about 150 miles north of them, so shipping is all within the same state and my latest orders took anywhere between 3-7 days to arrive.

That said, I had an extremely annoying shipping experience with Hasbro Pulse. I ordered the Black Series 6Ē Snowspeeder from them on June 26, 2020, because it was in stock there and my existing order for the same item with EE was showing an estimated arrival date in August. Always cooler to get something early, right? I donít remember if I had the option to select the shipping service/speed when placing the order, but ultimately the item was shipped via FedEx Smart Post.

The shipping notice from Hasbro Pulse came on June 28 and it took about 3 days for the package to show up in the FedEx system on July 1. The package was initially slated to arrive July 8. Tracking showed the package made it out to Industry, CA, where it proceeded to sit for about 5 days, missing the initial delivery date estimate. The package showed status pending for a couple days before updating to show  it had been transferred to the USPS in my hometown for a July 11 delivery date. July 11 came and went with the package yet again showing status pending. This lasted for a week and I had no idea where my package was. I filed a ďwhereís my packageĒ claim with USPS and eventually the shipping status was updated. The item arrived on July 20, about 25 days after I had placed the order!

Iíve not had an in-country order ever take that long... It was funny as while I was waiting for the Hasbro Pulse package, the Black Series Snowspeeder showed up on Amazon and I got it in 2 days, a week before the package from Hasbro came. The Hasbro package was thankfully well packed and the itemís box is perfect. Iíve decided to keep that Snowspeeder as a boxed vehicle.

Point in short: never use FedEx Smart Post as a shipping option!

I hear you on that...  Itís frustrating that it came out under the radar, so to speak, and sold out in minutes. That said, Iím not sure how excited I was about it in the first place. While itís definitely cool Hasbro has updated the toy for the Disney ride and Sequel Trilogy era, itís not something really exciting me... Iíve still got the original BMF from 2008 (which I paid around $60 for on clearance at Walmart) and itís still in perfect working order. No real need on my part to seek out a new one for $400 thatís not significantly different. Still, if I come across one in a Target store eventually, I may reconsider  ;)

Very nice set! Iím down for this one as well...

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