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Title: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on February 16, 2008, 03:11 PM
Jeff reports in Jedi/Astromechs

Plo Koon/Astromech
Vader/Astromech

And more!
Title: Re: Order 66 Wal Mart
Post by: Jesse James on February 16, 2008, 04:13 PM
Whoops, I missed Scott's post down here on this one...

These sound real promising.  It makes me wonder though, I thought we already got a Vader astromech, so I'm a snivvit disappointed at his listing.  Plo Koon's a good choice, and I hope it's his ROTS figure we get as it's pretty top notch itself.  Add in a nice droid repaint and that's cool...

If there's an Obi-Wan, that's just nuts.  They already did his astro's and figure, so I'd rather they go with either EU Jedi or Sae Sae Tinn and crew...
Title: Re: Order 66 Wal Mart
Post by: Rune Haako on February 16, 2008, 04:21 PM
Maybe the Vader one is actually an R4-G9 mold R2-D2.

Since he used R2 in his fighter that he went to Mustafar in.
Title: Re: Order 66 Wal Mart
Post by: MetalJedi on February 16, 2008, 05:30 PM
This sounds cool. Hopefully they'll have these on the Walmart web site.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on February 16, 2008, 05:49 PM
I'm guessing the sets Jayson posted in the Droid thread are these sets...Jeff was in a hurry and said Order 66 Sets...

(http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2008/hasbro/tease/03.jpg)
(http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2008/hasbro/tease/02.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darby on February 16, 2008, 06:06 PM
There's the hood up Hoth Han.  Sweet.  I love these.   :)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2008, 06:11 PM
Cool sets but talk about Han Hoth overload 2 years in a row. how about a good Han Bespin?  We get the Blue hooded one here and the brown one in the battle pack. How many Han Hoth does one need, the worst part is not of them can sit on a Taun -Taun........
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth Broem on February 16, 2008, 06:23 PM
Well I can't really complain.  I want that hood up version.  I wonder if they will do a blue/brown coat version (you knew it would be asked sooner or later)?  These could be fun to collect. 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on February 16, 2008, 06:33 PM
The paint on Plo Koon looks a little weird, but it's probably just a prototype. I don't need either of these sets, although I do like the red protocol droid (R-3PO?). I'll be getting my hood-up Han Solo in the battle pack that's coming out.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ben on February 16, 2008, 06:36 PM
Hell yeah, I'm liking these. I want that C-3PX dude.  :)

Hasbro's really going nuts with the BAF concept.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on February 16, 2008, 06:37 PM
Sorry for confusing Scotty earlier...

What I was trying to tell him is that these are the Wal-Mart equilvent of the Order 66 packs.  Exclusive, 2 figures, collector packaging, etc.  Basicaly Wal-Mart saw reaction to the Order 66 sets and wanted something, this is what they got.

Line-up for the Wal-Mart sets =

Vader and K-3PX (black C-3PX essentially)
Plo Koon and R4-F5
X-Wing Luke and Battle Damaged R2 (easily the best one)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5
Watto and R2-T0
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new R-3P0

Like others have said, buy all 6 sets and you get the parts for C-3PX hunter protocol droid...
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on February 16, 2008, 06:42 PM
Kit Fisto, okay, I might need that one.

Is Watto new?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on February 16, 2008, 06:43 PM
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new K-3P0

The red protocol droid is R-3PO
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on February 16, 2008, 06:43 PM
Line-up for the Wal-Mart sets =

Vader and K-3PX (black C-3PX essentially)
Plo Koon and R4-F5
X-Wing Luke and Battle Damaged R2 (easily the best one)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5
Watto and R2-T0
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new K-3P0

Like others have said, buy all 6 sets and you get the parts for C-3PX hunter protocol droid...

All of the sets sounds awesome and i love that we are getting C-3PX. Great set of exclusives. Sucks that they are walmart exclusives but they sound very cool.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on February 16, 2008, 06:45 PM
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new K-3P0

The red protocol droid is R-3PO

Forgive me, I'm a little busy at the moment...  ::)   ;)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on February 16, 2008, 06:55 PM
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new K-3P0

The red protocol droid is R-3PO

Forgive me, I'm a little busy at the moment...  ::)   ;)

 :-*

Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on February 16, 2008, 08:51 PM
Sorry for confusing Scotty earlier...

What I was trying to tell him is that these are the Wal-Mart equilvent of the Order 66 packs.  Exclusive, 2 figures, collector packaging, etc.  Basicaly Wal-Mart saw reaction to the Order 66 sets and wanted something, this is what they got.

Line-up for the Wal-Mart sets =

Vader and K-3PX (black C-3PX essentially)
Plo Koon and R4-F5
X-Wing Luke and Battle Damaged R2 (easily the best one)
Kit Fisto and R4-H5
Watto and R2-T0
Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new R-3P0

Like others have said, buy all 6 sets and you get the parts for C-3PX hunter protocol droid...

K-3PX
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/K-3PX
R4-F5-seems to be made up. I can't find anything on the net about this droid
R4-H5-maybe... This one would be cool to if it's like the one in the link!
http://www.elstreeprops.com/Star_Wars_/R4-H5/r4-h5.html
R2-T0-also seems to be made up. I can't find anything on the net about this droid either

Still I'm SO down for these. I WANT that C-3PX!

Hell yeah, I'm liking these. I want that C-3PX dude.  :)

Hasbro's really going nuts with the BAF concept.

Agreed about the C-3PX.
Not crazy in the SW line thoguh for B-a-D (Build a Droid). I still wish they would have done a BAF for the Gorax from the Ewok movies.

-Sal
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2008, 09:18 PM

Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new R-3P0


Blue or brown coat?   :-X
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on February 16, 2008, 09:23 PM

Hoth Han (Hood-Up) and new R-3P0


Blue or brown coat?   :-X

This won't matter as we are getting the OTHER version in the Battle Pack set. (Unless you don't plan on buying that set.)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2008, 09:25 PM
Actually it does matter, doesn't it?  Don't we have a hood down version at the moment, not hood up?  It's brown in the battle pack, making the single card figure blue would address it perfectly, wouldn't it?

As for the battle pack, they are so completely hit and miss where I am, there is no guarantee I will get it and if I get it from someone else, I'm adding $5-10 to the cost for shipping, so maybe no. 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on February 16, 2008, 09:32 PM
Actually it does matter, doesn't it?  Don't we have a hood down version at the moment, not hood up? 

We got the 2 "hood down" versions  (brown & blue) in 2007, we'll get the two "hood up" versions (brown & blue) in 2008.  Like they said, one in the new Hoth BP (with Chew/Probe Droid/astro droid/K-3PO) and the other in the WM Droid FActory Pack.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on February 16, 2008, 09:34 PM
Thanks for the clarification Jeff.  As you're readily aware, I don't pay close enough attention to Hasbro stuff anymore.  Appreciate all your good work thus far.  I shall have a beer in your honor. :-*
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on February 16, 2008, 09:39 PM
To further clarify this...
The Hood down versions were the brown coat as the VTSC fig and Ultra battle pack contained the blue coat version.

-Sal
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on February 16, 2008, 09:46 PM
I'm guessing Watto is coming with this guy:

(http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/a/a1/Wattosastro.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rune Haako on February 16, 2008, 09:47 PM
I hope so, he looks neat. ;D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 16, 2008, 10:25 PM
Actually it does matter, doesn't it?  Don't we have a hood down version at the moment, not hood up? 

We got the 2 "hood down" versions  (brown & blue) in 2007, we'll get the two "hood up" versions (brown & blue) in 2008.  Like they said, one in the new Hoth BP (with Chew/Probe Droid/astro droid/K-3PO) and the other in the WM Droid FActory Pack.

So the Battle pack figure will be different from the Droid Factory figure? (i.e. blue coat vs. brown coat) - that's good to hear. I'm glad we're finally getting a VOTC quality version of Han Solo in Hoth Gear w/the Hood Up and the icing on the cake is that we're going to get both coat colors too. Cool!
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on February 16, 2008, 11:02 PM
Now these are some sets I can sink my teeth in to. Droids are always cool, and the character list is great. The only stinker is Vader, since the rest are either new-ish figures or ones we haven't seen in a while. The C-3PX looks fantastic as well. Thumbs up, Hasbro!
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rune Haako on February 16, 2008, 11:35 PM
From, www.rebelscum.com

(http://www.rebelscum.com/TF2008/Hasbro/presentation/Slide38.JPG)

(http://www.rebelscum.com/TF2008/Hasbro/presentation/Slide39.JPG)

(http://www.rebelscum.com/TF2008/Hasbro/presentation/Slide40.JPG)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on February 17, 2008, 12:41 AM
K-3PX looks SWEET! I don't need another Vader, but I'll get the set for that droid.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on February 17, 2008, 12:55 AM
I really like all of these. Great work!
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 17, 2008, 09:35 AM
I really like (and appreciate) the R2-D2. That is one incarnation of our favorite little astromech that has never appeared as a toy. Granted it only appears in Star Wars for a few seconds, it's still nice to have. Now all we need is the "swiss army knife" version from ROTJ and every possible R2 variation will have been covered.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 17, 2008, 11:26 AM
Yeah, that R2 is great, and appears to have a matte finish dome too!  (Of course, with blast damage, it shouldn't be shiny anyway).
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on February 17, 2008, 11:30 AM
Actually it does matter, doesn't it?  Don't we have a hood down version at the moment, not hood up?  It's brown in the battle pack, making the single card figure blue would address it perfectly, wouldn't it?

As for the battle pack, they are so completely hit and miss where I am, there is no guarantee I will get it and if I get it from someone else, I'm adding $5-10 to the cost for shipping, so maybe no. 

Well, Hasbro stepped right up and had 2 hood-up version of Hoth Han in the showroom.  The WalMart 2-packs have the blue version, and the Battle Pack has the brown version.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: DoctorPadawan on February 17, 2008, 12:13 PM
Well, I'll be getting at least four of the six (no interest in the Vader set, and I'm on the fence about Han and R-3P0), but as I don't really care for the C-3PX character, I'll have some spare droid parts for anyone who might want to trade for them.  Still, this is a very interesting idea, and I'm very much looking forward to getting more random astromechs and protocol droids down the line. :)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on February 17, 2008, 12:52 PM
I think the Vader protocol droid is actually one of the best of the bunch.  That and the battle damaged R2 are easily the best of the droid offerings.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Artoo on February 17, 2008, 02:44 PM
I wish C-3PX had more articulation. I might pick up the Vader set & Watto set.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on February 17, 2008, 03:11 PM
As an astro-droid addict, I'm gonna probably need all of these.  :-\
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 17, 2008, 04:27 PM
I wish C-3PX had more articulation. I might pick up the Vader set & Watto set.

Unless I'm mis-counting, I think C-3PX has 14 points of articulation.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on February 17, 2008, 06:20 PM
You seem spot on with that Pete, it appears to share 4-LOM parts with a new forearm or shin sculpting here and there.  Tough to argue with that, though his range of motion was a little limited as I recall, but still, pretty poseable.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on February 18, 2008, 09:29 AM
I have to say, this was one of the reveals I was most excited about this weekend.  I always hoped we'd get a sort of "pilots w/astromech" type of Order 66 packs, and these are very similar.  Plus, the fact that we're getting the "hood up" Han Solo is great too.  I'm a little nervous that these (and apparently, that Hoth BP) are Wal-Mart exclusives, as I really would like to get them all and the WM exclusives have been a bit hit and miss around here.  It seems like WM must have gotten tired of Target getting all the "cool" exclusive Star Wars stuff :).
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 18, 2008, 09:46 AM
I have to say, this was one of the reveals I was most excited about this weekend.  I always hoped we'd get a sort of "pilots w/astromech" type of Order 66 packs, and these are very similar.  Plus, the fact that we're getting the "hood up" Han Solo is great too.  I'm a little nervous that these (and apparently, that Hoth BP) are Wal-Mart exclusives, as I really would like to get them all and the WM exclusives have been a bit hit and miss around here.  It seems like WM must have gotten tired of Target getting all the "cool" exclusive Star Wars stuff :).

I agree with the hit or miss. WM exclusives are very tough to track down. I never even saw the Rebo Band packs. Not that I needed them but I never saw them. I cam across the comic pack once and took full advantage when I did.
When these are released I will be on summer hours so I will be hitting WM right as the doors open everyday. I will try and buy as many as I can and sell at cost to other members.

I am glad WM is getting in on the action, they have the best exclusives this year. Where did you read the Hoth BP is exclusive to them?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on February 18, 2008, 10:13 AM
Quote
I am glad WM is getting in on the action, they have the best exclusives this year. Where did you read the Hoth BP is exclusive to them?

HERE (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7036&zoneid=2), although I hope that's not correct.  I'd feel better if it was a wide release, and thus, easier to find.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 18, 2008, 12:28 PM
HERE (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7036&zoneid=2), although I hope that's not correct.  I'd feel better if it was a wide release, and thus, easier to find.

Thanks for the link. That's the first I heard about Battle at B'Omarr Monastery BP. That should be interesting. I hope they do get their exclusives in heavier shipments, the CW statement may help that after all.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on February 18, 2008, 01:27 PM
HERE (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7036&zoneid=2), although I hope that's not correct.  I'd feel better if it was a wide release, and thus, easier to find.

Thanks for the link. That's the first I heard about Battle at B'Omarr Monastery BP. That should be interesting. I hope they do get their exclusives in heavier shipments, the CW statement may help that after all.

I totally missed that announcement too. That sounds pretty interesting. It woul dbe really nice to get a pre-droid monk version.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 18, 2008, 01:31 PM
  I always hoped we'd get a sort of "pilots w/astromech" type of Order 66 packs

Me too- I remember somebody even customized packaging for an ANH pilot and his astromech set, and they looked great!  Checking out the pics again, I figured that I'm going to pass on the Han and R-3PO; I would rather the battlepack Han color anyway, and although the articulation on R-3PO looks great, I don't like the "candy-apple" red finish on him (much prefer the darker version we already have).  Also, it seems like Luke has a new headsculpt and possibly arms too (and a weathered helmet!), compared to his VTSC sculpt.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 18, 2008, 02:09 PM
There was an R-3PO released before? What line was that part of?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Reid on February 18, 2008, 02:28 PM
There was an R-3PO released before? What line was that part of?

SAGA 2004.

(http://www.rebelscum.com/swsaga/sw0402r-3polooseX.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 18, 2008, 02:43 PM
I have to say, I like the muted red on the 2004 one rather than the bright color red of the new one. The 2008 one is great but the muted red, to me, is more appealing. The 2004 mold has never been used elsewhere, not even on a C3P0. It was an interesting tool that always made me wonder it's development story. Not that we will ever know......
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on February 18, 2008, 02:55 PM
There was an R-3PO released before? What line was that part of?

SAGA 2004.

Thanks - I completely forgot about that figure. I really need to get my carded collection out and displayed instead of in boxes.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 19, 2008, 09:47 AM
The bummer about both R-3PO's is that they are missing the silverish highlights.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: MetalJedi on February 19, 2008, 02:22 PM
The bummer about both R-3PO's is that they are missing the silverish highlights.

That can easily be touched up.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt R. on February 20, 2008, 08:01 AM
I like this Droid Factory sets, I will buy all for C-3PX, I prefer if they did Pilots and Astromech Droids. The best set of all is Pilot Luke/R2 (the perfect combo), and close second is Hood Up Han because I waited for this figure forever. Least favorite is Vader (the droid is cool but they re-pack that piece of junk ROTS Vader again). Least favorite droid is Kit Fisto's Droid (I hate that paint color). 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 22, 2008, 04:05 PM
The bummer about both R-3PO's is that they are missing the silverish highlights.

Anton, I watched the entire Echo Base scene for evidence of R-3PO's silver trimmings, and there are only 2 scenes with him in the shot: as Han walks by him at the very beginning, and in the distance when Leia is briefing the Snowspeeder pilots.  Both instances he appears to be dark red like the original Saga version, and neither seem to have the silver trim.  What does, though, is the red 3PO from the Trade Federation scenes in TPM (and there are a few refernce pics of him somewhere).
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 23, 2008, 09:57 AM
I was going by the photo in the encyclopedia. However, I will admit that the filmic evidence doesn't make me as bummed. Now I can move onto griping about the non-new K-3PO treatment.  :D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 23, 2008, 11:45 AM
Oh, that's one book I don't have!  (That's the Sansweet encyclopedia, isn't it?)  I have the visual dictionaries and other books, but yeah, I need to get that book for the photos (like this one) that aren't in any of my other sources.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on February 23, 2008, 10:25 PM
I was going by the photo in the encyclopedia. However, I will admit that the filmic evidence doesn't make me as bummed. Now I can move onto griping about the non-new K-3PO treatment.  :D

I think you're referring to TC-4 (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TC-4) from THE PHANTOM MENACE.  There's a small inset photo of that protocol droid on pg 18 of EPISODE I - THE VISUAL DICTIONARY from DK books.  It was a red protocol droid with silver highlights that was supposed to be seen in Senator Palpatine's apartment.  Apparently the scene featuring this droid was cut.


Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 24, 2008, 10:11 AM
I was going by the photo in the encyclopedia. However, I will admit that the filmic evidence doesn't make me as bummed. Now I can move onto griping about the non-new K-3PO treatment.  :D

I think you're referring to TC-4 (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TC-4) from THE PHANTOM MENACE.  There's a small inset photo of that protocol droid on pg 17 of EPISODE I - THE VISUAL DICTIONARY from DK books.  It was a red protocol droid with silver highlights that was supposed to be seen in Senator Palpatine's apartment.  Apparently the scene featuring this droid was cut.




No, definitely wasn't that. I don't have much PT literature.  :P That said, I looked at my Encyclopedia and Sansweet AFG, and apparently, I must have been on something because none of those pictures have silver highlights.

My Bad.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on February 24, 2008, 10:45 AM
Well there is an image of TC-4 in that book, regardless.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 24, 2008, 11:30 AM
I just found the image. It's the inset picture on the Saga card (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/swsaga/sw0402r-3pocardfr.jpg) from '04.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on February 24, 2008, 11:45 AM
Looks like they used the image for TC-4 from the Visual Dictionary for R-3PO's card.  I just checked the book and it's that exact same image minus the Hoth background.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on February 24, 2008, 05:15 PM
Oh, that's right!  I forgot about the Saga card image.  Well, let's just be glad that the toy is accurate if the card art is not   8)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 25, 2008, 09:13 AM
Once I found the image, I was afraid that photoshopping was involved. I'm glad he turned out to be ESB accurate as well.

Now to make the PT one. :D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt R. on March 4, 2008, 08:38 AM
for r-3po I still think the Saga 04 version is the best sculpt of any protocol droid. because he was the first protocol droid to have the pistons on the arms and hasbro never used his mold on any protocol. I am stunned.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on March 6, 2008, 03:42 PM
I like that sculpt too, just give him articulated knees and you have a very nice protocol droid sculpt.
Title: what one do you think is the best ?
Post by: master windu on March 26, 2008, 08:46 PM
what one do you think is the best ?

(http://www.rebelscum.com/TF2008/Hasbro/presentation/Slide39.JPG)

(http://www.rebelscum.com/TF2008/Hasbro/presentation/Slide40.JPG)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on March 27, 2008, 09:19 AM
I donno. None of those really grab me.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on March 27, 2008, 05:31 PM
I don't know. I like the K-3PX. Too bad each of these guys come with a crappy reissue. So when are we going to see Kligson from Droid World?

(http://www.ffurg.com/casting_call/droids/kligson-e.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: MetalJedi on March 27, 2008, 08:19 PM
I really like the astromechs. I'll be definately getting those.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on March 27, 2008, 08:48 PM
Finally we get Battle of Yavin R2 with blast damage!  :o
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on March 27, 2008, 11:32 PM
My favorites are whichever ones actually appeared in the movies.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on March 28, 2008, 09:34 AM
Looking more closely at the pictures, I noticed again that K-3PO looks to have articulated knees. That puts him as my front runner.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on March 28, 2008, 07:38 PM
Hmmm, shouldn't that be R-3PO?  K-3PO is the white protocol droid from the Echo base command center, isn't he?  I guess they labeled it improperly?  Can I keep asking questions?  :P
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on March 28, 2008, 09:57 PM
Though I've pretty much all but stopped PT collecting at this point I'm actually farily excited for these sets. I love astromechs and all of these seme to have some nifty paint jobs. Even the non-droid figures all look like they have an updated paint job, except for that crappy Vader. He is probably the only figure in the set I'll get rid of. The Jury is still out on C-3PX too, I could care less about it really. I'm happy to get the battle damaged R2 and the updated R-3PO.

I wonder if we will see another wave of these in the future (ala the Order 66 sets)?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on March 29, 2008, 04:45 AM
I'm actually looking forward to each and every one of these.

Plo Koon - I like this odd looking droid, plus that's the best version of Plo Koon, which is good custom fodder.

Luke - Looks like a new head maybe on the great vintage sculpt here, and R2 looks good.

Vader - Bad Vader, good droid.

Kit Fisto - Too bad that's the Clone Wars Kit.  But, he's somewhat decent custom fodder at least.

Han - Looks great to me.

Watto - Looks good too.  Will probably be the worst seller of the bunch.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on March 29, 2008, 01:25 PM
I like the Luke/R2 set.  It would be a nice updated Luke for the X-wing I'm displaying and a cool version of a damaged R2.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on March 29, 2008, 11:45 PM
I'm looking forward to these, I'm hoping that I'll be easily able to score 3 of each so I can end up with two of the C-3PX build-a-droids.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on May 8, 2008, 12:38 AM
I'm still fairly excited to pick up these sets. The $10 pricepoint is going to hurt a little because all I really want from the sets is the astromechs. I have to admit that the updated paint job on Watto looks pretty good still. It looks like Hasbro went through at least a little effort to make the non-droid figures somewhat interesting. I think I'll still end up trying to get rid of most of them though, especially the ROTS Vader. I've gotta say, what is up with Luke's new **** eating grin? :-X

(http://hasbro.com/common/images/news/starwars//Luke_and_Droid.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on May 8, 2008, 01:08 AM
Post-Death Star Smile.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on May 8, 2008, 01:44 AM
He looks like high high.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on May 8, 2008, 02:08 AM
He looks like high high.

Were you high when you typed that? :P
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ben on May 8, 2008, 02:23 AM
"Carrie!"
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on May 8, 2008, 03:28 AM
It was a lame reference to a movie...  It didn't work.  :-\

End of Platoon the one dude who survives from Charlie Sheen's Platoon sees him getting ready to be med-evac'd from the battle and says, "we gonna get high, high!", cause their squad in the platoon that sided with Sgt. Elias (Willam Defoe) were into weed whereas the other group that sided with Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger) were pricks, cowards, and war criminals for the most part.

Typing **** online never translates intent.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on May 8, 2008, 04:50 AM
 :-[

My bad, I should have gotten that.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on May 8, 2008, 06:28 AM
That maybe the WORST Luke head EVER. Plus it looks like we're treated to the wrong lightsabers for him again.  ::)

R2 is cool though, I've wanted that version for a long time... a long time.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dan on May 8, 2008, 07:10 AM
If these hit the same time as that Falcon, and near the explosion of product for the movie, they are going to be a tougher sell. Right now would be a good window to try to sell everyone what is essentially a $60 battle pack with 13 figures.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2008, 07:33 AM
Seriously...is the person responsible for Luke head sculpting on crack?  What the hell?  To me, he'll make a perfect Holiday Special Luke

(http://www.lucasfan.com/autographs/MARKHAMILL.JPG)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 8, 2008, 09:13 AM
I am truly stunned, that Luke head sculpt is awful. You're only half right Jayson, not just the worst Luke head sculpt ever, it might be the worst head sculpt ever.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on May 8, 2008, 09:28 AM
Luke is HORRIBLE. Good thing R2 is so great. Looks like I'm only going to pick up Han/R-3PO and Luke/R2, simply for the R2.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on May 8, 2008, 09:54 AM
I cant wait for these sets but sadly its probably ebay for me. I dont like the new Luke head sculpt but thats nothing new.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on May 8, 2008, 10:51 AM
Quote
I've gotta say, what is up with Luke's new **** eating grin?

For some reason, that phrase always makes me laugh outloud.  Yeah, the headsculpt on that Luke really is a bit strange - they really have a tough time with Mark Hamill over at Hasbro it seems.  That said, I'm just happy we're getting that damaged R2 - and it looks pretty spiffy.  Personally, I'm really looking forward to these sets, and I hope they aren't too tough to get a hold of.  Our Wal-mart is pretty hit and miss with past SW exclusives, so we'll see.  Also, I hope they hit that 7/1 date shown on the presentation slide - or even sooner - because I don't want to be running around trying to find these during the 7/26 spending madness.  Heck, Hasbro's text says "go get your packs now", so I'm hoping maybe they'll be out in the next month or so.  They don't exactly have the white/blue Legacy packaging, so I guess its possible they'll be out sooner.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on May 8, 2008, 11:41 AM
They don't exactly have the white/blue Legacy packaging, so I guess its possible they'll be out sooner.

That would be nice. With the current lack of product, not saying I've got money to burn, but I can easily spring for these before the deluge of July with the Legacy and CW stuff.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on May 8, 2008, 12:18 PM
These are supposed to be the last offerings of the 30AC line.  So expect them to be in stores around the end of this month, or in early June.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on May 8, 2008, 01:11 PM
These are supposed to be the last offerings of the 30AC line.  So expect them to be in stores around the end of this month, or in early June.

Ooo!  Opportunity to use my Hasbro Rewards certificate then!
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on May 8, 2008, 01:26 PM
(http://hasbro.com/common/images/news/starwars//Luke_and_Droid.jpg)

Is this a joke?   ::)   I seriously got some good laughs out of that pic though.   ;D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ruiner on May 8, 2008, 01:31 PM
These droids are neat but I can't justify $10 for one figure. 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Muftak on May 8, 2008, 01:43 PM
(http://hasbro.com/common/images/news/starwars//Luke_and_Droid.jpg)

Is this a joke?   ::)   I seriously got some good laughs out of that pic though.   ;D

The first thing I thought when I saw that was...it's Holiday Special Luke Skywalker!

"Oh, hi Malla! Where's Chewie? You mean he hasn't got there yet..?"
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2008, 02:07 PM
Seriously...is the person responsible for Luke head sculpting on crack?  What the hell?  To me, he'll make a perfect Holiday Special Luke

(http://www.lucasfan.com/autographs/MARKHAMILL.JPG)
Hey!  Stop stealing my material, Muftak :P
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on May 8, 2008, 03:32 PM
It looks like it was taken from a cover of Mad Magazine!


(http://images.google.com/url?q=http://www.sandcrawler.com/SWB/Images/StarWars/Magazines/mag-mad-196-197801.jpg&usg=AFQjCNHdU8MvbCCzUiwp70wuDvt9qzHQlQ)(http://www.evan.org/sw/mad-esb.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on May 8, 2008, 03:55 PM
I don't mind a happy expression (and he was certainly that coming out of the X-Wing on Yavin), but can they just get a photo or 2 of Hamill from 1977 and sculpt from that?  I swear this could be any kid's face!  The R2 is sweet and I'm sure I can find a use for him.  I'm still undecided on the Han/R3PO combo though; I think Han's head and hood look worse than initial pics, plus the correct brown version will be in the battlepack.  The R-3PO is nicely articulated, but I still think the first R-3PO has a better color choice.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Muftak on May 8, 2008, 04:01 PM
 :-[ Sorry Scott...next time I guess I'll read the whole !$@%&#ing thread before I reply.

Oh well, off to create my new Ice Cream Maker Guy petition...
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on May 8, 2008, 04:40 PM
These droids are neat but I can't justify $10 for one figure. 

You will.  You..... will. 

Just pretend you're Canadian.  I've never figured out why, but it makes it easier when you bend over and take it, um, yeah. 

Or what I'm saying, in an age-old and no doubt tiresome lament, is that if these come to Canada, they'll retail for $20, not $10, just like the Order 66 packs are.  At best they'll be the $17 pricepoint of the comic two packs.  Stupid hobby, stupid collector. 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Muftak on May 8, 2008, 04:45 PM
Not to mention the fact that very soon one figure will cost eight dollars USD anyways. What's two more dollars at that point?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on May 8, 2008, 04:51 PM
I think I have an extra X-Wing Luke to swap heads with that monstrosity.  Tokin' Luke head will go into the parts bin.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ruiner on May 8, 2008, 05:48 PM

You will.  You..... will. 


Oh, I wouldn't be so sure.

I'm doing really well this year - only one 3 3/4" related purchase (Evo Fett set).

 :P



Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Scott on May 8, 2008, 07:55 PM
(http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/starwars/Plo_Kloon_and_Droid.jpg)

Is that a droid piece in your package or are you just happy to see me?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on May 8, 2008, 08:02 PM
C-3P3N15
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on May 8, 2008, 09:18 PM
 :D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on May 8, 2008, 10:44 PM
(http://hasbro.com/common/images/news/starwars//Luke_and_Droid.jpg)

This just CAN'T be the head the figure will have when it's released. Sorry if this is tasteless, but that looks like Luke's "special" twin brother, Doof Skywalker, the oxygen supply to his umbilical cord was cut off when Vader force choked Padme. *UGH*

Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on May 9, 2008, 08:55 AM
This just CAN'T be the head the figure will have when it's released. Sorry if this is tasteless, but that looks like Luke's "special" twin brother, Doof Skywalker, the oxygen supply to his umbilical cord was cut off when Vader force choked Padme. *UGH*

Are you saying he rode the short X-wing to school?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on May 9, 2008, 09:04 AM
C-3P3N15

I think my brain is fried from end of semester grading at work, because I can't figure this one out!  Please explain  ???
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on May 9, 2008, 09:29 AM
It must be painted by the same employee that painted all of the ROTLA Indys.

"It look goood to me."
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 9, 2008, 09:30 AM
I think I have an extra X-Wing Luke to swap heads with that monstrosity.  Tokin' Luke head will go into the parts bin.

Yeah, but then you'd just end up with another X-Wing Luke. :P
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on May 9, 2008, 09:31 AM
C-3P3N15

I think my brain is fried from end of semester grading at work, because I can't figure this one out!  Please explain  ???

3=E
1=I
5=S
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on May 9, 2008, 02:13 PM
l think he is about to say "Look I didn't get any Brown on my sabre"
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 10, 2008, 10:11 AM
I know I'm a little slow, but I'm just now noticing for the first time just how super articulated C-3PX is going to be.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on May 10, 2008, 10:29 AM
Oh!!  Thanks, Jayson!  ;D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CloneF13Y35 on May 10, 2008, 11:06 AM
I like these sets though for only about half the figs, only complete set I'd like is x-wing luke and damaged r2, the others, I could go for one or the other fig but not both. what's a collector to do.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on May 10, 2008, 08:55 PM
(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg91/tonra56/Plo_Kloon_and_Droid.jpg)

(http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg91/tonra56/c-3p0-l.jpg)

YES,  hasbro  finally made a figure of this card
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on May 29, 2008, 06:45 PM
Looking at the pics of these on www.walmart.com -

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932984_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932979_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932980_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932981_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932982_500X500.jpg)

(http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/65/35/69/32/0065356932983_500X500.jpg)

I'm definitely getting two of each... they are really starting to grow on me.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on May 29, 2008, 08:38 PM
Looking at the pics of these on www.walmart.com -

I'm definitely getting two of each... they are really starting to grow on me.

Did you order these?  I'm only seeing the Han set online.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on May 29, 2008, 08:41 PM
Pretty cool.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on May 29, 2008, 09:06 PM
Looking at the pics of these on www.walmart.com -

I'm definitely getting two of each... they are really starting to grow on me.

Did you order these?  I'm only seeing the Han set online.

No - the others aren't available for order... not sure why the Han is.  All off them are shown at www.rebelscum.com right now...
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on May 29, 2008, 11:15 PM
All off them are shown at www.rebelscum.com right now...
Aren't these just the same pictures that were posted by Hasbro (http://hasbro.com/starwars/default.cfm?page=news&newsid=C4F0DFCD-D56F-E112-4582FA9A35781D67) a few weeks ago? ???
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on May 30, 2008, 12:37 AM
Looks like 'em to me...

I recall the C-P3N15 joke, from yours truly, quite well.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on May 30, 2008, 01:37 AM
Jeff - I was answering a question from JediJman.  If you click on the individual pics at RS, it takes you to the actual web page on Walmart for each one.  Sorry for not being more clear.

Example - click on the Plo Koon thumbnail, and it takes you to this (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9203270).
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on May 30, 2008, 09:16 AM
Looking at the pics of these on www.walmart.com -

I'm definitely getting two of each... they are really starting to grow on me.

Did you order these?  I'm only seeing the Han set online.

No - the others aren't available for order... not sure why the Han is.  All off them are shown at www.rebelscum.com right now...

I wonder why they're reporting that the others wont be sold on-line? They don't sight any source other than an observation.  ???
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on May 30, 2008, 09:37 AM
I think the pages at Wal-Mart are just place holders at this point as they say Not Sold Online and Not Sold In Stores. That'd make them tough to buy then wouldn't it?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on May 30, 2008, 10:57 AM
Agree on the placeholder theory, I am sure that will change, once they are actually in stock. I took a shot and ordered two of the Han sets for local store pick up. I highly doubt they will come in but you never know. I actually want the smiley head victory Luke, I did not think it look that bad. The narrow VOTC head is not that great either so I am puzzled why some are rejoicing that it may be the old head on there.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on May 30, 2008, 11:22 AM
^ I wanted happy face Luke too.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on May 30, 2008, 11:26 AM
A bit off topic, and I know its been discussed somewhere here before (but I can't remember where), but has anyone tried the "site to store" before?  If so, how does it work for you.  I usually try to avoid our local WM if at all possible (its usually a disaster area), but if it saves on shipping I might have to try this out.  How does it all work, you just pick it up at customer service?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on May 30, 2008, 11:31 AM
From Walmart:

1.  Wait for an email telling you your order is ready for pickup (7-10 business days).
2.  Print the email. You will need it at the store. (Only one copy is needed per order.)
3.  Go to the Site to Store area at your store (usually located at the back of the store) and present your printed email and a valid photo ID.
4.  Your items will be held at the store for 21 days. If not picked up within 21 days, the items will be returned to the distributor.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on May 30, 2008, 11:48 AM
Ya, well I've actually used it before on an exclusive they decided to put up on their site and I have to say that it's pretty seemless.  You can even pick which store you want it delivered to.

I still hate them though.   >:(
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on May 30, 2008, 09:32 PM
A bit off topic, and I know its been discussed somewhere here before (but I can't remember where), but has anyone tried the "site to store" before?  If so, how does it work for you.  I usually try to avoid our local WM if at all possible (its usually a disaster area), but if it saves on shipping I might have to try this out.  How does it all work, you just pick it up at customer service?

I used it to get a MP Starscream and it worked okay.  Tokk FOREVER for them to get the package in, but I jsut had to bring my code to Jewelry (not sure why there instead of CS desk, but whatever) and they brought out the box.  Nice way to save some cash on shipping.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on June 3, 2008, 02:44 PM
I received the Han/R-3PO Droid Factory set from WM.com today, so it did indeed ship for anyone who ordered them.  I didn't use the "site to store" since I wasn't familiar with it previously, but if the rest show up online, I'll have to give it a try.  Also, for anyone interested, I see the Han pack is once again in stock at WM.com - strange how just one pack is available right now.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on June 3, 2008, 02:54 PM
I just placed an order using the site to store option. Perhaps this will inspire my hell of a walmart to stock the rest of them in the store.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 3, 2008, 03:47 PM
I sure hope they don't have all but the Han set at retail and you have to get that one online.
How much a pain in the arss would that be.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on June 3, 2008, 05:17 PM
Curto has added the Han/R-3PO set to the photo archives at RS.  I guess I'm glad I decided to skip it.  The R-3PO is as candy apple red and shiny as he appeared in early photos, and the hood-up Han head is not sculpted as well as I thought (in fact, I think the alternate head shown from the fair/convention before VTAC came out was a different and better one).  I'll still get the battlepack with the brown coat version, but I'm a tad disappointed in the look.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on June 4, 2008, 12:42 AM
I sure hope they don't have all but the Han set at retail and you have to get that one online.
How much a pain in the arss would that be.

I think things are a bit wonky with these on the WalMart website - the Han set reads "Not Sold in Stores" but you can buy it online.

The rest of the sets say that they won't be sold online, yet they also say they won't be sold in stores. Huh? In order to sell it, it either has to be online or in stores, it can't be neither. Unless they're going to mass-drop them from a plane or something.  :P

Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 4, 2008, 01:35 AM
I sure hope they don't have all but the Han set at retail and you have to get that one online.
How much a pain in the arss would that be.

I think things are a bit wonky with these on the WalMart website - the Han set reads "Not Sold in Stores" but you can buy it online.

The rest of the sets say that they won't be sold online, yet they also say they won't be sold in stores. Huh? In order to sell it, it either has to be online or in stores, it can't be neither. Unless they're going to mass-drop them from a plane or something.  :P



They won't be sold in stores...must mean they are doing a massive free giveaway then!   ;D
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on June 4, 2008, 01:36 AM
Finally a price rollback from that smiling yellow prick that only ever knocks $.50 off the vintage figures and calls it "clearance".  ::)  I hate that smiley face.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 4, 2008, 09:10 AM
Finally a price rollback from that smiling yellow prick that only ever knocks $.50 off the vintage figures and calls it "clearance".  ::)  I hate that smiley face.

Better than stuff on clearance for full price which happens all the time at my stores.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 4, 2008, 03:19 PM
FYI - WM has placed my order on backorder for the 2 Han sets I ordered. As expected it was a fluke, these cases are going to ship in packs of 12 x2 of each not a case pack of Hans.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on June 7, 2008, 11:12 AM
I got my Han set today. Not the vac-metal version :( which is the version i wanted.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on June 7, 2008, 11:30 AM
I picked up mine today as well from my Wal-Mart (used the Site to Store) as it was also the non-vac version. I like the Saga version better I think, but that Han is purty!
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on June 7, 2008, 10:48 PM
Has it been proven that the vac-metal red protocol droid in the pic that is floating around is indeed an R-3PO variant?  Like, have any packaged pics shown up to support that rumor?

I ask because I've heard two versions of the "vac-metal red protocol droid" rumor...

#1 - The vac-metal red protocol droid is a variant for the R-3PO in the Wal-Mart 2-Pack
or
#2 - The vac-metal red protocol droid is actually TC-4, the "Build a Droid" figure from TLC Wave 3.

So... which is it?  Anyone?   ???
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on June 7, 2008, 10:55 PM
I dunno... guess we'll find out what it is... I'd guess it's more likely to be a build-a-droid pack in, but that's just speculation on my part.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on June 8, 2008, 12:27 AM
I can't decide if he looks more or less film-accurate compared to my custom version.  What do you think?
(http://www.rebelscum.com/TLC/tlcDF3hansoloA1.jpg)

(http://threads.rebelscum.com/photogallery/data/1451/medium/hanhoth21.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 8, 2008, 09:26 AM
I donno about film accurate, but yours looks much better. It's less poofy.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 8, 2008, 09:13 PM
I donno about film accurate, but yours looks much better. It's less poofy.

Which is which?
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on June 9, 2008, 01:07 AM
LOL, the first one is the production figure and the second one is mine.  You can see the watermark on the first one.  Looking at the production one more and more, I'm starting to appreciate it.  Mine is just the Saga Han head on the VTAC body.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on June 9, 2008, 01:36 AM
How much of Han's nose is visible in the movie?  That's the tell-tale sign...  Regardless, none of them are blue in the movie anyway.    ;D  Clearly yours is more accurate then Greg.

I'm not sure on the vac-metal one debate either.  I'm with Jeff that I don't want to jump to the notion there are two as there's been no packaged shots to prove it.  I've also seen vac-metalized customs...  It's possible if you know someone in that industry, so even that makes me question the validity of it.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on June 9, 2008, 09:10 AM
The pack I received via Wm.com was non-vac as well, although I do like how the vac metal one looks.  I hope we get that at some point, but as a B-A-D would be fine with me.  WM Exclusives can be tricky enough without having to track down a "variant".

Also, I saw at Yakface's Q and A this week that it sound like we won't be getting the extra smiley Luke X-Wing figure in that two pack, instead getting the regular X-Wing Luke - which is fine with me.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on June 9, 2008, 08:30 PM
Has anyone seen this set go back up as "In Stock"?

I didn't order one 'cause I want three complete sets of six, so it would be pointless for me to order 3 of the Han set only to still have to track down the remaining 15 sets I need.

I was kinda hoping that WalMart would offer a "Complete Set of Six" option from their website. But they didn't do that with their Comic 2-pack exclusives, so I don't know why I would expect that with these.
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 9, 2008, 08:34 PM
I've been watching but haven't seen it.  I was going to be patient, but am a little worried that initial shipments might have a variation to them, so now I'm kicking myself for not ordering them when I had the chance.  Hopefully they show up at retail soon and we see the exact same Han pack that others are currently nabbing. 
Title: Re: Wal Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 10, 2008, 10:09 AM
I am still waiting for my order to arrive. I ordered two sets but one got back ordered so we shall see. I ordered on 7/29. I will keep you guys posted if I get it and what variation it will be.....
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 16, 2008, 02:25 PM
Well, I picked up both sets today. Both were non chrome R-3Po's. The Han looks great! Now I can ditch the crappy Target BP version. I have to say I am surprised I was able to get these at all, looking forward to the next set.

FYI - I am keeping the extra set for trade for when the others come out. Depending on the variation of chrome we will see what set is more rare. I just want a chrome version.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on June 16, 2008, 03:10 PM
Well, I picked up both sets today. Both were non chrome R-3Po's. The Han looks great! Now I can ditch the crappy Target BP version. I have to say I am surprised I was able to get these at all, looking forward to the next set.

FYI - I am keeping the extra set for trade for when the others come out. Depending on the variation of chrome we will see what set is more rare. I just want a chrome version.

I hope to get an answer from Hasbro this week regarding the vac-metalized version and whether or not it is an intended running change.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on June 16, 2008, 03:17 PM
Ooh... I almost asked them that Q this week... I guess I'm glad I didn't!

I am looking forward to their answer... I still think that chrome droid is a B-a-D figure and not a variant, hopefully we'll know on Friday!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 16, 2008, 03:51 PM
I hope it's not a variant. WM exclusives are hard enough to get as it is.

I have to say, these are quality repaints/exclusives, they even painted Han's blaster handle. The blue is dead on to the way it appeared....to the blue enthusiasts that is. I am very happy with Order 66 and so far these DF sets this year. I am kind of bummed about not getting the smiley Luke, the head sculpt did not look to me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth Broem on June 16, 2008, 04:00 PM
Well I managed to find these today.  Of course they did not have the Han Solo set.  The set I actually wanted.  So, I did get Luke.  Thank God they switched out that goofy laughing headsculpt for a neutral version. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 16, 2008, 04:12 PM
I am happy to trade my extra for any other besides Han. LMK.

(Luke and Vader sets are higher on my want list.) Hell, if you can buy me the other 5 I will pay you and give you this set for free.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on June 16, 2008, 05:17 PM
Well I managed to find these today.  Of course they did not have the Han Solo set.  The set I actually wanted.  So, I did get Luke.  Thank God they switched out that goofy laughing headsculpt for a neutral version. 
 

They did? Got any pics??
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 17, 2008, 09:07 AM
Got a call from a friend who found these here in SoCal.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on June 17, 2008, 11:16 AM
Got a call from a friend who found these here in SoCal.
Time to shop.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Morgbug on June 17, 2008, 12:35 PM
Standard retail price on these or bumped up?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 17, 2008, 12:39 PM
And a way we go.............
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 18, 2008, 09:10 AM
Standard retail price on these or bumped up?

$9.96.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 18, 2008, 09:24 AM
Oh goody. More crap to buy.  :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 18, 2008, 10:27 AM
I broke down and bought a set on ebay for $25 more including that shipping, not too horrendous. With gas prices as high as they are I just do not have the desire to hunt for these and come up empty handed burning fuel. The WM in Chicago suck, you literally have to go everyday at opening to beat the scalpers. This is a first for me but in the words of Obi-Wan "I am getting too old for this sort of thing".

I still need the WM Wookie Comic pack so if anyone finds a spare LMK. I will also have another Han/R-3P0 set if anyone needs that one. More than happy to trade or hold for anyone. Just PM me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on June 19, 2008, 01:30 AM
I've seen some local reports of these showing up.  Looking forward to scoring them quickly so that I can gear up for July.

BTW, these are technically 30AC.  They're supposed to be among the last offerings of that line, acting as something of a bridge to the Legacy Collection with the Droid Factory concept.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on June 20, 2008, 07:24 PM
BTW, these are technically 30AC.  They're supposed to be among the last offerings of that line, acting as something of a bridge to the Legacy Collection with the Droid Factory concept.

Nick is 100% correct, the packaging is more akin to the Order-66 sets which closely match the colors and decoration of stuff in the TAC line. Even though these sets feature the "Droid Factory" concept, they do not sport the blue/white packaging that will be on all Legacy Collection items.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 20, 2008, 11:12 PM
found them all at Walmart today.   They were on a end cap display.  found all the comic packs too but only picked up the wookie/clone trooper set.   open them all up and checking them out.  so far not happy with the Han Hoth, and the Vader.   Kit fisto has the new wire jedi robes.  and so glad they swapped the luke head.  But I was so looking forward to have him riding the short X-wing
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 20, 2008, 11:27 PM
So the Pilot Luke looks ok?  I really want that figure for my X-wing display and the R2 looks awesome.

I really want to stop using the POTJ Pilot Luke.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on June 20, 2008, 11:34 PM
The Pilot Luke is basically the same as the VTSC figure.  Hasbro stated in the Q&A's that the "celebratory looking Luke" had been vetoed by Lucas Licensing.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ben on June 21, 2008, 02:38 AM
Picked up a full set of these at my local WM for $5 each. Yes. Already on clearance.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 21, 2008, 10:28 AM
The Pilot Luke is basically the same as the VTSC figure. 

Is the only difference the color of the leg straps?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on June 21, 2008, 11:42 AM
Pretty much.  These are silver.  The original VTSC figure had grey leg straps.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 21, 2008, 11:51 AM
Picked up a full set of these at my local WM for $5 each. Yes. Already on clearance.

How is that possible? That's faster than Target.

I bought them on ebay and got them in the mail yesterday and these sets rock. I was extra pleasantly surprised by Kit Fisto's new deco he really looks good.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CloneF13Y35 on June 22, 2008, 01:00 AM
found these all at walmart today; thing is, I only want the x-wing luke/r2, vaders' imperial protocal droid and maybe the r2 with watto, that's it.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 22, 2008, 02:47 PM
found these all at walmart today; thing is, I only want the x-wing luke/r2, vaders' imperial protocal droid and maybe the r2 with watto, that's it.

You should pick up the others and trade your spares to those of us who have no chance of finding anything at their own craptastic Wal-Marts.   ;)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 22, 2008, 02:51 PM
My wally world has a whole endcap of them still
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 22, 2008, 02:53 PM
My wally world has a whole endcap of them still
Interested in trading/selling them?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CloneF13Y35 on June 22, 2008, 08:41 PM
found these all at walmart today; thing is, I only want the x-wing luke/r2, vaders' imperial protocal droid and maybe the r2 with watto, that's it.

You should pick up the others and trade your spares to those of us who have no chance of finding anything at their own craptastic Wal-Marts.   ;)

yes that is also an option, I know my son wants the x-wing luke/r2 and i like the imperial protocal droid who comes with the lame-o vader with 'swinging arm action feature'.  I might get a few and save for christmas, he already has a bunch of stuff hidden for his birthday next month; plus I have a couple things from LAST year on hold for him.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on June 23, 2008, 10:02 AM
I found a whole endcap of these at our local store this weekend as well.  A funny thing that appears to just be at our store, but they seemed to have several of every single set except the Hoth Han one (which I didn't see any of).  I thought at first that maybe that one was online only, but it sounds like everyone else has found them locally.  I didn't dig through each and every set (I was in a bit of a hurry), but I saw each of the other ones sitting in various places several times, but never saw that one once.  I got one when it was up online, but I just thought that was funny.  I do like these sets though, just kind of a spiffy packaging set up with two figures and a droid part for $9.96.  When I picked these up (on Saturday), they seemed to have a lot of them in stock, we'll see how they sell.  I'll have to go back and see if I missed the Han/R-3PO sets or not, I have a hard time believing that one sold that much better than the others.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 23, 2008, 10:09 AM
FYI - I have x2 Han sets for trade if anyone is interested. LMK
I bought a set on ebay and ordered the two Han sets online awhile ago. PM me if interested.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on June 23, 2008, 11:55 AM
I bought a set on ebay. With a free shipping coupon it was pretty much store price. Not bad.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on June 23, 2008, 11:57 AM
I havne't seen these and I'm not likely to. My 2 closest Wal*Marts are not good about getting in exclusives.

If anyone can help me out with these, I'd be greatly appreciated. I can paypal immediately.

I need just one of each. (Oh and one of the  Kashyyyk clone/ Wookiee comic sets too if you see it.)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 23, 2008, 01:15 PM
I bought a set on ebay. With a free shipping coupon it was pretty much store price. Not bad.

How do you get a free shipping coupon for Ebay?  ???
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on June 23, 2008, 03:19 PM
I stopped back at WM during lunch today and dug around a little bit, and they did have the Hoth Han/R-3PO sets - although only a couple of them.  I figured they were all packed evenly (and probably are), but there sure seemed to be a better supply of the others.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on June 23, 2008, 06:18 PM
I bought a set on ebay. With a free shipping coupon it was pretty much store price. Not bad.

How do you get a free shipping coupon for Ebay?  ???

They sent me an e-mail with a coupon in it with free shipping up to 10.00. They also sent me a 10% off code.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on June 23, 2008, 06:35 PM
No sign at all of these for me so far.  I'm just getting the Luke/R2, so if anyone needs the droid piece, let me know.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on June 23, 2008, 09:54 PM
I'm not finding these either.  3 WM's today and not one exclusive.  Sucks hard...  Only one WM in the entire Pitt area seems to have these, actually.

All I want is one whole set...  And on the comic packs I don't even want that.  All I want is the NeyoClone/Wookiee out of those...  But I gotta have a C-3PX BAD set.  Love the idea, and can stomach the crummy figure repacks and sell some of them off I figure.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on June 24, 2008, 11:50 PM
I got these tonight and I'm impressed for sure.

I love all the droids...  Not wild about Vintage R2 being used for a couple of the astro's, but the figure isn't too bad.  It's "good enough".  Much prefer the preview astromech body though.

BOth protocol droids rock, and C-3PX is bitchin'.

As far as the main character packk-ins...

The Jedi are decent fodder, Luke's eh, Han's really eh because blue isn't the right color, and Watto's a nice repaint.  I'm gonna probably just hang onto all of them but may sell Han off. 

Vader though, he sucks.  ****** figure.  I'd much preferred a "Vintage" Vader as his knees are at least useful for something.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Greedo The Green Menace on June 25, 2008, 12:00 AM
I picked up the Luke and Watto sets tonight and am really quite impressed by these sets so far. The droids are fun, Watto is a nice repaint and I hadn't gotten the original pilot Luke before this, so he's pretty nice to have. Thank god they changed him from the stupid looking grinning prototype. I may have to go back and get some more, the whole BAD thing is pretty tempting.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on June 25, 2008, 12:03 AM
No sign at all of these for me so far. 

Ditto.  :(

I've hit a few Wal-Marts around town since the weekend and there's been no sign of them yet...  :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 25, 2008, 02:01 PM
They must have sent them all to Jersey because I was at three Walmarts this weekend and they all had them. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evenflow on June 25, 2008, 03:34 PM
They must have sent them all to Jersey because I was at three Walmarts this weekend and they all had them. 

Well my walmart in jersey doesnt have them. They never get exclusives. Consider yourself lucky.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ctonra on June 25, 2008, 08:52 PM
where in NJ?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on June 26, 2008, 01:49 AM
Saw an entire endcap of these tonight, tons of each. I passed for now because even though I only want 2 sets I know I'll eventually want the rest to get C-3PX. :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth Broem on June 26, 2008, 10:35 AM
Okay, what is the story with the Han Solo set?  Is he only available online?  All of the other sets are here in plenty of numbers, but no Han.  He can't be that much more popular than the others. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on June 26, 2008, 11:23 AM
Okay, what is the story with the Han Solo set?  Is he only available online?  All of the other sets are here in plenty of numbers, but no Han.  He can't be that much more popular than the others. 

I posted earlier that I noticed that here as well.  The first time I picked up the other sets (I had gotten the Han online), I didn't think they had any - but I've since dug a little deeper through the endcap and saw two sets on the whole thing (there were several of every other).  Like you, I didn't think that the Han/R-3PO set could be that much more popular.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on June 26, 2008, 02:24 PM
Around here we are actually swimming in han. The popular one seems to be Watto.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on June 26, 2008, 04:52 PM
It's funny...

Vader has the new droid, so really he should be popular along with Luke I'd think...

Around here, I've seen them at one WM and they had tons of every set, except Kit Fisto was a little less common it seemed (no real reason why).

I counted at least a dozen full sets when I left, and I'm sure there were probably 5 to 10 more at least.  Not counting incomplete sets.

Only 3 WM's around Pittsburgh have had them reported though...  Luckily one was nearby to me, so that was nice.  They're really good sets so pick them up if you see them.  They're worth it.  C-3PX kicks ass too.

Vader's K-3PX is a really nice figure though...  As figures go.  Love repaints of him at some point.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on June 26, 2008, 06:26 PM
Wow, I don't know if I missed the endcap last time I was at WM, but today there were tons.  Got my Luke and R2 and am officially done!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 26, 2008, 08:59 PM
Around here we are actually swimming in han. The popular one seems to be Watto.

I would have not guessed that could ever ever happen.  That is the one I want the very least. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on June 26, 2008, 11:24 PM
*sigh* Picked up Luke/R2 and Han/R-3PO tonight. I think if I get rid of the C-3PX parts I'll have less desire to buy all 6 sets. I'm not even sure why I want to build him, I have no idea who he is!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on June 27, 2008, 08:57 AM
I got the Plo Koon set last night.  I never got a Plo Koon fig on a single card before, so I'm pretty excited about that and the droid looks pretty slick.  The packaging shows the droid having a lighter green paint job which looks a little cooler to me, but oh well.  I think I'm only also going to get Watto and Kit.  I'm not as into the Protocol droids and the Pilot Luke and R2 don't do anything for me.  None of these sets seemed to be in greater numbers at the WM I went to.  The only thing was that between the display they were in and the height of the shelves, you basically only could take the ones in the front row, otherwise you had to slide the display out part way.  This makes the ones further back harder to see, so this might be part of why some of the sets seem less common on the shelf.  I know once I slide one out I saw where all the Kit sets were, since I didn't see any in the front row of the display.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on June 27, 2008, 12:04 PM
I got the Plo Koon set last night.  I never got a Plo Koon fig on a single card before, so I'm pretty excited about that and the droid looks pretty slick.  The packaging shows the droid having a lighter green paint job which looks a little cooler to me, but oh well.  I think I'm only also going to get Watto and Kit.  I'm not as into the Protocol droids and the Pilot Luke and R2 don't do anything for me.  None of these sets seemed to be in greater numbers at the WM I went to.  The only thing was that between the display they were in and the height of the shelves, you basically only could take the ones in the front row, otherwise you had to slide the display out part way.  This makes the ones further back harder to see, so this might be part of why some of the sets seem less common on the shelf.  I know once I slide one out I saw where all the Kit sets were, since I didn't see any in the front row of the display.

Well if you're skipping some of the sets I'm assuming you're not trying to build a c-3px, so then what will you do with the parts for him?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on June 27, 2008, 01:34 PM
I don't know.  Probably put ehm out there for whoever wants them.  Two figures for 10 bucks is a good deal, so I'm not too torn up about not making use of all the parts.  Not sure home many Legacy figures I'll buy, but maybe I'l build a Franken-PO.  We're you thinking I should keep you in mind if I don't want those parts, JediPurge?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on June 27, 2008, 05:14 PM
I don't know.  Probably put ehm out there for whoever wants them.  Two figures for 10 bucks is a good deal, so I'm not too torn up about not making use of all the parts.  Not sure home many Legacy figures I'll buy, but maybe I'l build a Franken-PO.  We're you thinking I should keep you in mind if I don't want those parts, JediPurge?

 ;D Absolutely
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on June 27, 2008, 05:32 PM
The Wal-Mart near my house had an endcap full of these...I think the only one I did not see was the Kit Fisto set.  I only picked up the Luke/R2 set and do not plan on getting the rest.  If anyone wants the C-3PX part shoot me a pm.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on June 27, 2008, 09:14 PM
Obviously Minnesota is the only place these have yet to show up at. 

 ::)  :P  >:(  >:(  >:(  ::)  >:(  :P  >:(  :'(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on June 29, 2008, 10:55 PM
I found these over the weekend and bought 1 of each set.  I love astromechs (even goofy orange/green ones) plus enough of the repack figures were improved (new gear or new paint aps) that I didn't feel too ripped off buying them for less than $10 each. 

C-3PX turned out pretty good and if his quality/articulation translates to the rest of the B-a-D droids, they should be a great value pack-in.  :)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 1, 2008, 12:55 AM
That was exactly my take on the C-3PX...  It's outstanding as a stand-alone figure, so it makes the set really outstanding as a value.  The astromechs are nice, R2's new and IMO needed, and the pack-in figures were alright.  Personally I'll be unloading mine, but they're ok.  The droids are outstanding though.  Love Watto's droid and Kit Fisto's.  R-3PO is so different from the Saga figure that the new droid and old droid fit into a hoth set-up well together.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on July 1, 2008, 01:04 AM
I still think I'm going to hold out for the brown coat Han from the upcoming battlepack.  Not that I don't think there's reason to have a blue one too, but I only have one scene requiring a hooded Han figure.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 1, 2008, 01:18 AM
Bah, blue Han's?  Why buy EU? :)

hehe

Han's set is worth it for the R-3PO, nto the Han...  He's a ncie unique droid and doesn't make the original R-3PO outdated really, as the original is so different that they blend in well together.  All the sets are worth every penny IMO.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on July 1, 2008, 09:52 AM
I quite prefer the Han actually. I wanted this hooded up version rather than the hood down version. Now that we have both and will have them in both Blue or Brown, we've got that outfit covered. I didn't like the droid so much (though I'm not going to give it up). On the whole these sets were good deals for the price.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on July 3, 2008, 05:30 PM
Bah, blue Han's?  Why buy EU? :)


Lol, exactly!  Actually, I wouldn't mind a blue-coated version, partially for the Kenner nostalgia and partly for the somewhat blue lighting in Echo Base if he were displayed in that sort of diorama or scene.

One thing I keep forgetting to mention is how great Luke's flight helmet is.  There is a considerable improvement to the paint scheme compared to the VTAC version.  It looks great on him!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 3, 2008, 05:31 PM
If you want my blue Han, just let me know DB.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on July 4, 2008, 03:41 PM
Finally got these earlier in the week.  A friend found a WM with no less than 8 stacks of cardboard trays of DF figures.  Purchased four sets along several of the new comic packs (10 total) and walked away about $400 poorer.  OUCH.  Haven't spent that much at a retail store since I bought my TV.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on July 4, 2008, 03:47 PM
I still have yet to see these guys anywhere. Where are you guys finding them, are they near the regular toy aisles or are they at the front of the store somewhere like Target's Order 66 packs?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on July 4, 2008, 06:09 PM
Ryan,

I found these on an endcap near the SW section, but they did have some with the regular figures at first.

I was going to suggest checking out the newer Wal-Mart South towards Loveland, but you aren't up in Ft Collins this time of year.   :D
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth Broem on July 6, 2008, 04:22 PM
I still have yet to see these guys anywhere. Where are you guys finding them, are they near the regular toy aisles or are they at the front of the store somewhere like Target's Order 66 packs?

I don't know if every Wal-Mart is doing what I saw today.  I did see these sets in the normal toy section on an endcap.  What was odd was there was a different toy aisle near the pet stuff (far away from the main toy section) that had all of their exclusive comic packs there and oddly enough a lot of Indiana Jones deluxe packs.  So, maybe your Wal-Mart does have them in some odd area of the store or not at all?  I am used to there being a clearance aisle of toys far away from the normal toy section but this was not a clearance aisle. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on July 6, 2008, 09:33 PM
In WM's around here, they just put them wherever they can fit 'em and it seems to differ from store to store.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on July 7, 2008, 09:46 AM
At our store they are all on an endcap (in the toy section, near the action figures), and are in the little cardboard "displays" that we've sometimes seen at WM with the basic figures.  Last time I was at our store, they had a whole endcap dedicated to just these.  The comic packs were just with the "regular" comic packs in the aisle.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Muftak on July 7, 2008, 09:32 PM
Another question for those of you that have purchased these sets already...

Do the R3PO and K3PX figures come apart as build-a-droid figures, or are the joints fixed? If they do break down, do the parts swap with C3PX parts?

I have a suspicion they don't come apart since it hasn't been mentioned, but this would go a long way towards getting me to buy these buggers.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on July 7, 2008, 09:34 PM
Another question for those of you that have purchased these sets already...

Do the R3PO and K3PX figures come apart as build-a-droid figures, or are the joints fixed? If they do break down, do the parts swap with C3PX parts?

I have a suspicion they don't come apart since it hasn't been mentioned, but this would go a long way towards getting me to buy these buggers.

I don't think they come apart.  I pulled the limbs on mine and it didn't come out easily, so I'm guessing its not supposed to. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on July 7, 2008, 10:16 PM
I know the arms and head (http://www.yakface.com/TGuide2004/ActionFigures/TLC/droidfactory/han_r3po/lf21.html) come off the R-3PO. I have the other sets but have yet crack them open to see their abiliites.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 7, 2008, 10:52 PM
I'm gonna say mine won't come apart without effort, so no they don't come apart...  Sorry.  R-3PO pops apart just like Endor 3PO did of course, like Jayson pointed out, which is pretty nice, if not pointless.  You can have damaged R-3PO I guess.

Be neat if these were "clearance" finds like the O66 sets were...  I'd like a couple of the droids but at full price I gotta cut back.  Good deal regardless but $8 basic figures is gonna hurt.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Daigo-Bah on July 9, 2008, 09:46 PM
If you want my blue Han, just let me know DB.

Thanks for the offer!  Sorry I missed this the first time  :-\.  I actually bought the set today!  Han just had a great paintjob on the one I saw...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 15, 2008, 10:44 PM
It's funny I still have not seen these in the wild yet. I wonder if the WM's out here are waiting until 7/26........
Glad I bought these online. I cannot stress that enough. I think 7/26 is going to be a mixed bag of issues.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: AndyG on September 15, 2008, 02:55 PM
Are these still at retail in the US?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on September 15, 2008, 03:00 PM
Yeah, I saw that at a Walmart over the weekend in Scotia, New York (that's upstate, since you aren't from the "colonies").
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on September 15, 2008, 03:10 PM
My one WM has a ton of them in the clearance area.  Only WM with them however.  And it was the only WM I ever saw them at out of 5 or 6 WM's I visited at the time.  That goes to show the truly ****** up nature of WM Exclusives...  One out of six stores in a fairly wide area has them.  That's lame.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on September 15, 2008, 04:53 PM
Out of the 6-7 Wal-Marts in my area, only one hasn't put many of these out.  The others all have nice displays with more than enough to go around. 

Haven't hit clearance yet either... and they're almost gone.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on September 16, 2008, 12:21 AM
I found a bunch of these on clearance for $3.50 the other day.  So I picked up one of each and promptly returned them on my original receipt.  I'm much happier having paid $4 each for them than $10 each.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on September 16, 2008, 12:24 AM
Lame, these were still full price at my local WM as of last week. I wouldn't mind grabbing the rest of them for under $5 each.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on September 16, 2008, 09:07 AM
Yeah, these were still on the same endcap the last time I was at our local store - and the price had actually gone up to over $11.  I think they were $9.96 when I picked up my set back in July.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on September 16, 2008, 09:19 AM
Yeah, they are $9.96 at 3 of the WM locally.  I only got three of the sets, but if I saw them at clearance prices I'd pick up the others.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on September 16, 2008, 10:43 AM
wow you guys still have them out!  I only saw them once and never again after that.  I did get the Vader, for the droid, that I'd wanted but missed out on that R2. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CaptainYoda on September 16, 2008, 12:12 PM
One of my local Wallys still has a handful of these in the Clearance section for $5. I was able to pick up a couple that I held off on initially. But now all I need is the Luke set so I can finish that C-3PX.  He is the only set they dont have.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on September 16, 2008, 12:57 PM
I found a lone Plo Koon set at WM last night in the Clearance section.  No price tag on it, but the price checker indicated it was $9.96.   >:(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on September 17, 2008, 09:03 AM
I missed the sets since I haven't been to a Wal Mart in a long time. However, I was able to acquire most of the droids and a complete C-3PX for a couple of bucks a piece from a local dealer.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on September 17, 2008, 11:23 AM
One of my local Wallys still has a handful of these in the Clearance section for $5. I was able to pick up a couple that I held off on initially. But now all I need is the Luke set so I can finish that C-3PX.  He is the only set they dont have.

which Walmart was that? I might have to swing by and see whats left.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on October 3, 2008, 11:54 AM
The WM I was at last night had taken the display of these from the end of the isle where its been for about two months now, and put it on the top shelf where only the 6 footers could reach, the thing is they were still at the regular price  >:(  I had been wanting to get a couple more of these, but didn't want to pay full price on them.  Oh well, keep waiting I guess, or if I never see them on sale, that'll be ok too.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Darth_Anton on October 4, 2008, 10:12 AM
One of the Q&A's from a week or two ago strongly hints at second wave of these coming out next year. Reaction?
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Jeff on October 4, 2008, 10:40 AM
I'll wait to see who is in the Wave 2 sets before I form an opinion one way or the other.  Another round of these sounds like a good idea for the most part, but there are plenty of ways they could screw it up.  ;)
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: David on October 4, 2008, 10:52 AM
Cool, maybe this time I'll make it to my local Wal-Mart (the nearest one is half an hour away ::)).
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Jesse James on October 4, 2008, 01:53 PM
New Pilot bodies + their droids = good friggin' idea.  Some new heads on the pilots...  It could yield many pilot + droid combos.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Ryan on October 4, 2008, 10:53 PM
New Pilot bodies + their droids = good friggin' idea.  Some new heads on the pilots...  It could yield many pilot + droid combos.

For sure. I'd absolutely love to see a nice SA X-Winger (a repack of the new Red Leader) and a droid, an A-Wing pilot set with all three helmet types, a Red B-Wing pilot set, the new Evolutions TIE pilot with some sort of Imperial droid, perhaps a newish Grey Y-Wing pilot and droid. I would be all over sets like that. I also wouldn't mind some seeing some Jawa/Droid and Ugnaught/Droid sets.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: JediJman on October 5, 2008, 09:19 AM
I like both the Order 66 and Droid Factory sets a lot lately.  Great choices on figures and can't complain about two figs for $10!
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Daigo-Bah on October 5, 2008, 11:55 AM
The only thing I wish Hasbro would do is separate the droid factory and BAD lines into OT and PT with relevant droids.  I got both the Luke/R2 and Han/R-3PO and had two parts I had no need for.  Further, some BAD choices do not fit with the trilogy wave itself.  Lucas already tries to ram all 6 movies together; does Hasbro have to do it also?
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Jesse James on October 6, 2008, 01:34 AM
In short, I'd have to say yes...

To LFL and Hasbro, there is no differentiation between the Prequals the the OT...  To them, it's all one property.

I think of it as the way Hasbro treats collectors in general, and what we expect.  To the majority, I'd have to think that the quality of the figure is what's important for the most part, and so Hasbro focuses on that.  There are a minority who want this or that done with the packaging though so it displays better as a "collectible" maybe, but Hasbro generally doesn't focus their efforts there, and thus you get cards that will have bent corners easily or scuffed bubbles easily and whatnot.

Using that analogy...  Sure there's OT and PT fans, and I'd say the majority of the die-hard collectors out there are mostly OT fans, but I'd also say that the fanbase that ONLY like the OT (No PT, no EU), are in the vast minority...  There just arne't many "purists" compared to guys who accept and enjoy it all.  And so Hasbro isn't going to give a minority anything "special" I suppose. 

That'd be my guess...  Same as they won't make packaging extra special/damage resistant for most of their stuff just to appease the minority (or what seem like a minority to me anyway) who like packaged toys instead of opening stuff.

That's what I figure they're thinking anyway...  I could be wrong but their tendencies seem to indicate I'm in the ballpark.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Darth_Anton on October 6, 2008, 09:01 AM
The only thing I wish Hasbro would do is separate the droid factory and BAD lines into OT and PT with relevant droids. 

Excellent idea.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Daigo-Bah on October 6, 2008, 01:59 PM
Yeah, JJ, your explanation is right on, I'm sure.  I guess the way I look at it is, if they aren't going to mix up films within a wave (for example, the upcoming ANH wave is ONLY made up of ANH characters) then perhaps the BAD should be ANH also.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Nicklab on October 6, 2008, 02:25 PM
I think it's definitely possible to do a Droid Factory 2-pack lineup hitting on all of the films.  A pilot & astromech theme is cool, but to do that for the entire series might be a little monotonous.  I think a lineup like this might be pretty cool:

EPISODE I - Senator Yarua (repaint, new sash) & Interpretor Droid
(http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/4/48/YaruaDroid.jpg)


EPISODE II - Zam Wessel (new) & ASN-21 assassin droid


EPISODE III - Clone Commander Cody (w/ Gree articulation) & R4-P44
(http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/b4/R4-P44.jpg)


EPISODE IV - Red 4 - John D. & astromech


EPISODE V - Chewbacca (VOTC) & C-3PO (dismantled & cargo net - new version)


EPISODE VI - Admiral Piett & AV-6R7
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: David on October 6, 2008, 07:52 PM
EPISODE II - Zam Wessel (new) & ASN-21 assassin droid

I love you for putting that on your list! :-*
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Nicklab on October 6, 2008, 08:33 PM
Well, it's the only place where I want to see a Zam Wessel.  Personally I don't want to see a Zam resculpt in the basic figure line until more of the Arena battle Jedi get addressed first.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Darth_Anton on October 7, 2008, 09:11 AM
Nicklab, you rock. I can't even begin to assemble a list for wave 2.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Nicklab on October 7, 2008, 12:09 PM
Well, according to the Q&A's there's a sequel to the Droid Factory sets on the way.  So it got the wheels spinning in my head.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Keonobi on October 7, 2008, 12:13 PM
What type of build a droid would be in this set?  Would it be another protocol-style droid?
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Nicklab on October 7, 2008, 12:15 PM
Considering the fact that Hasbro had C-3PX as the first BAF droid?  I'd like to see them go EU again, but this time make the BAF droid HK-47 from the KOTOR games.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Jayson on October 7, 2008, 12:17 PM
Maybe Proxy from TFU?
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Nicklab on October 7, 2008, 12:22 PM
I'm not so sure about Proxy.  A number of sites asked about Proxy in the last Q&A session, and Hasbro seemed completely non-commital on that front. 

However, HK-47 was mentioned in the context of a question about all of the Fan's Choice Figure poll candidates.  And Hasbro confirmed that as many as 9 of the characters that were left over from the polls were on the way in 2009 and 2010.  HK-47 was on that list of characters.  I don't call that a confirmation by any stretch of the imagination, but I think it ups the odds for that particular droid.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: evenflow on October 7, 2008, 01:05 PM
Hk-47 was my guess for the BAF droid for the new sets. I think its a good choice to get people to buy all 6.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: David on October 7, 2008, 06:50 PM
I can totally see them doing HK-47.
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Keonobi on November 14, 2008, 10:50 AM
Revising a bit of an older thread, but I picked up the Luke and Fried2-D2 set this morning.  The WM I frequent has probably 20-30 of these left, but most of them are the Plo, Watto and Kit sets.  Odd, those are the ones I wanted most (and those are the three that I have already).  They only have one Luke, probably half a dozen of the Han and that's it, no Vader  >:(  So I think I'll have to check some of the other WM that had this set, I can think of a couple others in the area, that I don't get to too often that had these.

Oh, and of course they were still full price.... :(
Title: Walmart Droid Factory Sets -
Post by: Keonobi on November 17, 2008, 02:34 PM
My Wife got me the Han set, all I need is the Vader one...
Title: Droid Factory Wave 2 (Wal-Mart Exclusives)
Post by: Greg on February 14, 2009, 03:48 PM
Not too sure what's in this wave, but I'm sure it will be revealed in good time. Corran Horn and Whistler 2-pack has been confirmed, so perhaps that is in this series?

Credit Goes to Bantha Skull for the first scoop (http://www.banthaskull.com/)

And the Build-a-Droid figure is said to be... Dark Trooper Phase 2! Only five packs this time around, which seems wierd. Six packs seems like an ideal format.
Title: Re: Droid Factory Wave 2 (Wal-Mart Exclusives)
Post by: Rune Haako on February 14, 2009, 08:50 PM
From, http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7823&zoneid=2

Anakin Skywalker with Cortosis Battle Droid
General Grievous with CB-3D
Darth Maul with I5-YQ
Boba Fett with BL-17
Corran Horn with Whistler Droid
Title: Re: Droid Factory Wave 2 (Wal-Mart Exclusives)
Post by: Ryan on February 14, 2009, 09:09 PM
Corran Horn with Whistler Droid

Awesome. :)

I can't wait for that set. I REALLY hope they put him in his X-Wing duds and not Jedi Robes...

EDIT: It looks like the Boba Fett and BL-17 (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/BL-17) set is a Droids throwback. That's pretty cool.
Title: Re: Droid Factory Wave 2 (Wal-Mart Exclusives)
Post by: Darby on February 14, 2009, 09:41 PM
I don't know who any of these droids are...  :(
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: evenflow on February 15, 2009, 08:38 AM
Boba Fett and BL-17 has me most pumped for this wave of figures. Anything to get more Droids and Ewoks characters.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 15, 2009, 10:04 AM
I'll get the whole set, but the only figures I'm looking forward to is the rebel pilot and the Darktrooper.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: David on February 15, 2009, 10:54 AM
The Boba set is the most exciting, but I'll still get the whole wave to build the Darktrooper and then sell the figures that don't interest me.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Rob on February 15, 2009, 12:11 PM
Looking at the pictures, this round looks a lot more interesting to me than the last round... only 5 to buy and a few new figures in there too.  The only really boring one to me is the Anakin / Super Battle Droid.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Diddly on February 15, 2009, 01:05 PM
I'm really only interested in the Corran Horn set. I wish we would get better pics of the Grievous, if it's the new Legacy one with a cape I'm all over it.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: David on February 15, 2009, 01:10 PM
I'm really only interested in the Corran Horn set. I wish we would get better pics of the Grievous, if it's the new Legacy one with a cape I'm all over it.

I was hoping the same thing, but it looks like the crappy ROTS version. I like the cape though. :)
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Diddly on February 15, 2009, 01:13 PM
The sad thing is I'll probably end up getting it anyway for the Astromech. I'll also wait until I see the Maul and Boba sets in person.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Ben on February 15, 2009, 02:10 PM
I'm glad there's only five sets, since I want that Darktrooper but don't really want to buy that many sets. I wonder if these will be $13 like the comic packs, and I doubt I'll get lucky and find them on clearance as soon as they arrive like I did with last year's sets.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Brian on February 16, 2009, 09:36 AM
I kind of enjoyed last year's round of these, so its nice to see more on the way.  Plus, like mentioned, there's only five to buy this time so that's better too.  The last sets sat around here for quite awhile (although long gone now), so hopefully they won't be too tough to find either.  I was hoping the Grievous would be the Legacy version with the soft goods cape, but it doesn't look like it to me either.  We'll probably all end up buying it and just re-using the cape, if possible, and then Hasbro will re-release the good Grievous later on with the cape as an individually carded figure :).
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jesse James on February 16, 2009, 12:36 PM
I've not had a moment to find the pictures for these yet but I'm excited for a Phase 2 Darktrooper (YAY!  Goes well with the new Kyle I guess), and really any of these sets sound pretty good to me.  I loved last years, even at full price.  I got a second set at $7 a pop and they were a pretty good bargain overall to me.

Will these new ones still chime in at a good price?  Eh, tough to say.  Everything seems like Hasbro's jacking it up, regardless of whether they have the toolings available already or not.  It sucks pretty bad, especially since some of their old excuses aren't there and they're just drumming up new ones for price hikes.   ::)
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: knashdx on February 16, 2009, 12:45 PM
I am just happy to get more droids.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jesse James on February 16, 2009, 01:24 PM
Looking at the pictures, this round looks a lot more interesting to me than the last round... only 5 to buy and a few new figures in there too.  The only really boring one to me is the Anakin / Super Battle Droid.

So to spare me the search, who has the pictures?  I'm not seeing the Droid Factory packs on anyone's site but I'd like to see what they look like since I too am unsure who any of the droids are.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jayson on February 16, 2009, 01:40 PM
Anakin/Cortosis Battle Droid (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/23.html)
Grievous/CB-3D (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/28.html)
Maul/I-5YQ (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/27.html)
Boba/BL-17 (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/24.html)
Corran Horn/Whistler (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/25.html)

Darktrooper (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/26.html)


Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: knashdx on February 16, 2009, 01:50 PM
I am just happy to get more droids.


Not any more. I am going to want to put together a set of 10 of the Dark Trooper!!!!
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: ruiner on February 16, 2009, 01:51 PM
Great value if they are $9.96 - something tells me that won't be the case.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 16, 2009, 01:55 PM
The best part is that the Darktrooper looks to have knee and elbow articulation!

I'll have to get one of each set just to build it.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2009, 02:08 PM
So is the Darktrooper all alone then?  I was outta the loop this weekend for the most part - trying to play catch up.  Were there any packaged shots, and who's the BAD - or is there one?
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: knashdx on February 16, 2009, 02:16 PM
So is the Darktrooper all alone then?  I was outta the loop this weekend for the most part - trying to play catch up.  Were there any packaged shots, and who's the BAD - or is there one?


The Darktrooper is the BAD.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: iFett on February 16, 2009, 02:37 PM
My bad....
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: jedi_master_sal on February 16, 2009, 03:46 PM
Some nice sets in this wave. Looking forward to the Darktrooper. Of course I'll have to buy one of each of them now. So long as Wal*Mart sticks to the $10-11 price range, it's all good.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on February 16, 2009, 03:57 PM
Some nice sets in this wave. Looking forward to the Darktrooper. Of course I'll have to buy one of each of them now. So long as Wal*Mart sticks to the $10-11 price range, it's all good.

I can see these at $12-$13. The odds are in favor of a price increase over last year. I hope I am wrong.

I am very excited about these sets. The only real stinker figure is the Grevious. At least he has a new soft goods cape and extra sabers which nullifies his sheer crappiness.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jesse James on February 16, 2009, 04:50 PM
Anakin/Cortosis Battle Droid (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/23.html)
Grievous/CB-3D (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/28.html)
Maul/I-5YQ (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/27.html)
Boba/BL-17 (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/24.html)
Corran Horn/Whistler (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/25.html)

Darktrooper (http://www.yakface.com/Features/toyfair2009/hasbrokit/images2/26.html)

Thanks Jayson, much appreciated links.

Man I want that Darktrooper x 10.  This sorta sucks, but is cool at the same time.

I like all the figures but Grievous.  If he were big GG, I'd be happy with him too, but he's definitely the stinker, especially considering his droid is uninteresting too. 

I'm wondering where all these droids come from in EU now...  Like what exactly a Cortosis SBD is.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Ben on February 17, 2009, 12:02 AM
I'm thinking I'll take that cape off this Grievous and put it on the new Grievous from wave 4.  :) Then put the DF one in the Ziploc-bag-of-figures I've been meaning to take to Goodwill for some time.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 17, 2009, 12:07 AM
So is the Darktrooper all alone then?  I was outta the loop this weekend for the most part - trying to play catch up.  Were there any packaged shots, and who's the BAD - or is there one?


The Darktrooper is the BAD.

So it's a BADT.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Darth_Anton on February 17, 2009, 09:33 AM
I'm thinking I'll take that cape off this Grievous and put it on the new Grievous from wave 4.  :) Then put the DF one in the Ziploc-bag-of-figures I've been meaning to take to Goodwill for some time.

I was thinking the same thing.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Rob on February 17, 2009, 10:44 AM
I'm thinking that cape is going to look too short.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jesse James on February 17, 2009, 02:44 PM
That's what I was thinking...  Looked kind of short on a figure who is already short...  I was pondering how to sew up my own cape for the new GG, so I'm probably sticking with that plan for now.

The BAD with this set is both awesome and depressing.  I'd love to army build this figure.  Hasbro could sucker me into buying this thing in droves if it were a single-carded figure.  :(
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jayson on February 17, 2009, 02:55 PM
The BAD with this set is both awesome and depressing.  I'd love to army build this figure.  Hasbro could sucker me into buying this thing in droves if it were a single-carded figure.  :(

I agree. Hasbro must have learned a lessen from the BAD selected for the previous sets. I don't think C-3PX really drove sales  considering the overstock/clearance Walmarts had/have. I think the Darktrooper was chosen, in part, to remedy that.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Keonobi on February 17, 2009, 03:09 PM
Is it me, or does the I-5YQ figure look like he has some sort of action/play feature in his chest?  IIRC there isn't a storage compartment in his chest mentioned in Shadow Hunter, or the two Coruscant Nights books I've read, I think he's also in the med-star duology, but I haven't gotten to read those yet...  Anyone able to confirm the trapdoor in the droid and if that's mentioned anywhere in the books?

A very eclectic mix of figures, but like Jayson said, the Darktrooper will ensure these are bought in sets of five, and I do mean sets.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jayson on February 17, 2009, 03:29 PM
Is it me, or does the I-5YQ figure look like he has some sort of action/play feature in his chest?  IIRC there isn't a storage compartment in his chest mentioned in Shadow Hunter, or the two Coruscant Nights books I've read, I think he's also in the med-star duology, but I haven't gotten to read those yet...  Anyone able to confirm the trapdoor in the droid and if that's mentioned anywhere in the books?

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/I-5YQ

It doesn't mention that particular mod specifically but the illustration shows the secret compartment.

Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Diddly on February 17, 2009, 05:43 PM
That Grievous cape is made out of some weird material too, it almost looks like a sponge. Sadly I might buy it for the R2. I'm a sucker for Astromechs and unlike Jesse I actually prefer the "plain, dull" ones to the "vomit paint job" droids we got in these sets last year.

Also on closer inspection the Fett is a repaint of the Animated Debut version, not the Evolutions version I thought it was. Can't say the same for Maul, if it's the same as the topless Maul from 08 I might pick it up since I never wanted the other two Sith in that Evolutions set.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Jesse James on February 17, 2009, 05:53 PM
Don't get me wrong, I like the plain colors on a white base droids too...  I just prefer some of the finer paintjobs for what you get.  Fett's droid is really cool for instance.  :)
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Matt_Fury on February 18, 2009, 12:37 AM
That Grievous cape is made out of some weird material too, it almost looks like a sponge.

The cape reminds me of the POTJ Lando cape.
Title: Re: Walmart Droid Factory 2-Packs - Wave 2
Post by: Keonobi on February 18, 2009, 09:17 AM
That Grievous cape is made out of some weird material too, it almost looks like a sponge.

The cape reminds me of the POTJ Lando cape.

Looks like a pot holder to me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on March 25, 2009, 03:50 PM
These are showing up at TJ Maxx around here if anyone missed out on them the first time around. I saw a few in person last night. They're priced at $6.99 each.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on March 25, 2009, 03:58 PM
I think part of the problem that Wal-Mart had with these is there were no real army builders.  With each of the Target two pack sets, I have a couple multiples, because the clone was cool.  I liked all the Walmart sets, but I really don't need two of any of the droids.... :(

Its too bad really, cause I might have bought a couple extra too.  I know I'll get booed down by the OT-purists, but if they'd stuck a couple repainted Stormies in there, they'd go like hot-cakes (plus Hasbro would get to repack Vader again!!!)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on March 28, 2009, 09:10 PM
From an army-builder perspective the 2009 WalMart 2-packs aren't any better. To make matters worse, the B-A-D is an army builder itself. So figuring that the sets are going to be $12.99 this year, unless people are willing to shell out $65 for the chance to army-build the new Dark Trooper sculpt, I think that some of these are going to sit around even WORSE than last year's.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on March 28, 2009, 09:21 PM
From an army-builder perspective the 2009 WalMart 2-packs aren't any better. To make matters worse, the B-A-D is an army builder itself. So figuring that the sets are going to be $12.99 this year, unless people are willing to shell out $65 for the chance to army-build the new Dark Trooper sculpt, I think that some of these are going to sit around even WORSE than last year's.

I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on March 28, 2009, 09:27 PM
I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.

At a total cost of $650, I wouldn't envy him either. And when Hasbro DOES put the completely built Dark Trooper out as a stand-alone figure in two years, you'll pity him.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on March 29, 2009, 12:51 AM

I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.

That's just crazy talk.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on March 29, 2009, 12:06 PM
I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.

At a total cost of $650, I wouldn't envy him either. And when Hasbro DOES put the completely built Dark Trooper out as a stand-alone figure in two years, you'll pity him.

Unless he's rich. I know a rich collector who wouldn't bat an eye at dropping $650 for 10 Darktroopers.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on March 29, 2009, 01:31 PM
I can only imagine how much a loose Darktrooper will be going for on eBay.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on March 29, 2009, 01:52 PM
You could probably get 2 or 3 bucks each for the pack in figures that you don't need... so, being generous and saying $3.00 each, you're now down to half of that $650.

He might also be able to buy them completed from people who want the figures but don't care about the droid.  I'd guess those will sell for around $30 each.

There are ways to do this for a lot less than $650 even though I'd still wait for the regular release which (as mentioned) we all know is coming eventually.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on March 29, 2009, 02:11 PM
Unless he's rich. I know a rich collector who wouldn't bat an eye at dropping $650 for 10 Darktroopers.

And at this point, considering that there are fewer and fewer things that Hasbro doesn't re-release OR improve on at a later date, my statement still stands. I'm not bragging, but I could swing dropping $650 for 10 DarkTroopers my self, but in two years when the figure comes out a different way, I'd feel like a supreme IDIOT for dropping so much money on something that two or more years later would have only cost me $100 (say if the figure is released individually carded). It all comes down to what you're willing to spend and live with, I guess.

I have had a couple of instances over the past 15 years of collecting this line just like this...

I once dropped $400 for a graded set of MOMC WalMart Saga Cantina Wave 2. I have all of the EP1 foreign releases with Battledroids and Pit Droids - I even bought some so I could open up the pit droids. At the time I made both purchases, they seemed like a good idea. In hindsight, after the K-Mart Cantina 3-pack Sets AND the 2007 Saga Legends line, both of those purchases became downright silly and for me the only sollace I found in making them was that a majority of the purchases left me with hard-to-get items in my MOC/MIB collection.

Granted it was almost 10 years, but even the Darktrooper from the first EU wave in the late 90's found it's way out again - and I know a couple of guys who dropped a lot of money on eBay to army build that trooper.

So anyway, my point is that if the history of this line has taught us ANYTHING, it's that a figure that may be hard-to-get (or expensive-to-get) one year, ends up being easy to get the next (or a couple of years later).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on March 29, 2009, 02:49 PM
I'd still wait for the regular release which (as mentioned) we all know is coming eventually.

Just an FYI that in JD's Q&A (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1237789779,6000,) last week the topic of re-issuing the BaD figures was asked.  Hasbro said "As for the Dark Trooper - it will be far too big to ever put on a Saga Legends card!"

It could still show up in a box set at some point I suppose, but from the answer and what was said about it at Toy Fair, it sure sounds like a "Ephant Mon" ("he's too big for a carded re-release") type of thing.  Never say never and all that jazz, but don't hold your breath waiting for the BaD Dark Trooper to be re-released anytime soon.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on March 29, 2009, 05:25 PM
Hasbro would be stupid to say that it will be available later because it would hurt sales for these upcoming BAD sets.

My money is on a change of heart a year or three from now.  Maybe it's a deluxe pack, maybe it's a mail-away, maybe like you said it's in a box set.  Whatever it is, if people want to buy it, it'll be available.

Lucky for me I only want one.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on March 30, 2009, 02:35 AM
I was more curious to fish for the answer we got, which is that it's not fit for a basic card, like Ephant Mon...  It's not likely to happen then, but re-released as part of something?  That's a cool thought, and leaves hope of army building Dark Troopers to some extent, at some point. 

Looks like such a kick butt figure, I'm sad not to get the chance to buy multiples on a card...  That's one figure I can't wait for this year, and it's all just pack-in parts.  :)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: knashdx on April 2, 2009, 04:11 PM
I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.

At a total cost of $650, I wouldn't envy him either. And when Hasbro DOES put the completely built Dark Trooper out as a stand-alone figure in two years, you'll pity him.

Unless he's rich. I know a rich collector who wouldn't bat an eye at dropping $650 for 10 Darktroopers.


Jayson - You could just say my name!!!


Pete Fett - It is true that I want 10 of them for my army. Am I willing to pay $650 to get them all? Kinda depends on the ability to get completed versions cheap, or if I can sell off 9 sets of 5 and make most if not all my money back.


Ant - Not rich, not by a long shot.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on April 2, 2009, 05:18 PM
Well, if the picture they put up of this guy at TF is not just a total distortion, it looks like he could be almost twice as tall as a regular figure.   :o
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on April 2, 2009, 10:09 PM
I know at least one person that is looking to build 10 of the Dark Troopers. I don't envy him one bit.

At a total cost of $650, I wouldn't envy him either. And when Hasbro DOES put the completely built Dark Trooper out as a stand-alone figure in two years, you'll pity him.

Unless he's rich. I know a rich collector who wouldn't bat an eye at dropping $650 for 10 Darktroopers.


Jayson - You could just say my name!!!


Pete Fett - It is true that I want 10 of them for my army. Am I willing to pay $650 to get them all? Kinda depends on the ability to get completed versions cheap, or if I can sell off 9 sets of 5 and make most if not all my money back.


Ant - Not rich, not by a long shot.


WOW. Good luck with that! :D
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on April 3, 2009, 08:22 AM
I just don't see a lot of people out there that are going to want the two basic figs and NOT the piece of the Darktrooper.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on April 3, 2009, 11:30 AM
I'm getting at least 3 of the 2 packs as I want the droids, but don't know what a darktrooper is and have no interest in getting one, so will be trading away the parts, preferably for astromech BAD parts.  If someone wants to cut a deal, let me know!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on April 4, 2009, 01:40 AM
Hobbie, I'd maybe be interested.  Lots of astro parts around my place these days.  I'm currently looking for the dome of the red/black/white/blue astro that's in Wave 5 since I have an almost complete one.  Figures I'd need that one stupid part.  I'm hoping it's what Wioslea comes with as I could use another of her for custom fodder.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: knashdx on April 8, 2009, 01:03 PM
I'm getting at least 3 of the 2 packs as I want the droids, but don't know what a darktrooper is and have no interest in getting one, so will be trading away the parts, preferably for astromech BAD parts.  If someone wants to cut a deal, let me know!


Yo - I have some extra domes from the Spacetrooper that I don't need. if you are willing to trade for the Spacetrooper parts I am all for that.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on April 8, 2009, 03:06 PM
I've had a lot of people ask me about these so far, (I guess the Darktrooper is pretty popular!) but I don't want to make any promises until I actually get these.  I'm not sure what parts I'll need by then, or even how many parts I'll have.  I may just pick up some of the droids loose if as many people are going to be getting the sets for the DT parts as I'm starting to believe.
Title: Wal-Mart Exclusive Wave? (Fall 2009)
Post by: David on May 3, 2009, 01:58 PM
An interesting answer from the Q&A this week at TheJawa:

The shirtless Evolutions Darth Maul looks great but if Hasbro ever re-releases this sculpt again, say... as part of a 2pack with a Sith training droid from the Darth Maul comic, could you use a brighter shade of red paint?  It was disappointing that the Evo Maul had such a muddy red look whereas in previous action figure incarnations, Hasbro used a much more intense red that really made him stand out.  And any chance of including a softgoods outfit with a re-release?

Thanks for the feedback.  We will look at this for any future releases. This Fall's Wal-Mart exclusive Droid Factory wave - which uses this figure and a soft goods robe, might satisfy your needs (although the figure is a little darker than the Evo figure version).  Beyond that, we don't have any plans for the figure but if we did re-release we will take your comments into account. Thanks!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Exclusive Wave? (Fall 2009)
Post by: Greg on May 3, 2009, 02:03 PM
Droid Factory wave 2 sets. One figure, one droid, and a BAD piece per set. Buy all 5 sets and build the Dark Trooper. Similar to the Order 66 series and there was a line-up of 6 released last year. Ring any bells? I'm too lazy to get you some pics.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Exclusive Wave? (Fall 2009)
Post by: Nicklab on May 3, 2009, 02:35 PM
See HERE (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/swexperience/toyfair2009/hasbro/presentation/pages/hasbro33.html) and HERE (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/swexperience/toyfair2009/hasbro/presentation/pages/hasbro34.html)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Exclusive Wave? (Fall 2009)
Post by: David on May 3, 2009, 03:48 PM
Oh. Wow, sorry about that. I only brought this up because I didn't remember Darth Maul being in any of the sets and because we've seen Wal-Mart exclusive waves before and I thought they could've meant the Droid Factory basic figure line. My bad. :-[
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on June 8, 2009, 01:54 PM
An interesting answer from the Q&A this week at TheJawa:

The shirtless Evolutions Darth Maul looks great but if Hasbro ever re-releases this sculpt again, say... as part of a 2pack with a Sith training droid from the Darth Maul comic, could you use a brighter shade of red paint?  It was disappointing that the Evo Maul had such a muddy red look whereas in previous action figure incarnations, Hasbro used a much more intense red that really made him stand out.  And any chance of including a softgoods outfit with a re-release?

Thanks for the feedback.  We will look at this for any future releases. This Fall's Wal-Mart exclusive Droid Factory wave - which uses this figure and a soft goods robe, might satisfy your needs (although the figure is a little darker than the Evo figure version).  Beyond that, we don't have any plans for the figure but if we did re-release we will take your comments into account. Thanks!


(http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/qq2/gentlegiantcollectors/Hasbro%20June%202009/leg15.jpg)

Looks like they're putting shirtless Maul in the Droid Factory line as well!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on June 8, 2009, 03:04 PM
I think we'd be better served with the regular Evolutions Maul with some new arms, but that's just me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 8, 2009, 03:18 PM
I think we'd be better served with the regular Evolutions Maul with some new arms, but that's just me.

I agree, I would buy several for suctoms. It would be nice to get a new lightsaber as well, the 10 year saber has to go.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on June 8, 2009, 03:30 PM
It would be nice to get a new lightsaber as well, the 10 year saber has to go.

Agreed. Technology has advanced.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on June 8, 2009, 05:17 PM
It would be nice to get a new lightsaber as well, the 10 year saber has to go.

Agreed. Technology has advanced.

Make it split apart with the energy burst blade. While they are at it, it would be nice to have an updated split apart Maul too. The face sculpt look of the EP1 Split apart Maul was dead on, the POTJ release not so much.
http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/episodeI/e12pakmaulben-maulhead.jpg

I use the Order 66 Series 2 Obi-Wan Saber on the new AOTC Obi-Wan as they packed him with the 10 year old EP1 version. These kind of little details boggle my mind, they got the tool and just used it why use the ancient version?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 14, 2009, 03:55 PM
(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/1-08/09Legacy_SBDVariant1_Full.jpg)

A new droid showed up today.  This is the Cortosis Super Battledroid from the EU, and will be packed with Anakin Skywalker.

Interesting figure.  Different enough to warrant a purchase, and some interest.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 15, 2009, 11:05 AM
I appreciate the part variant parts. Certainly stings a lot less in the wallet.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 15, 2009, 11:46 AM
Pretty stupid in my opinion but I agree it's easier on a mental level to handle buying for the "newness". I would have preferred a plain SBD, that's a figure most people would not having to buy again to build the ranks. I will be ditching the two of these that I will be buying. I want x2 Darktroopers.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on July 16, 2009, 12:08 AM
Compared to the figure it comes with...  eh, I am actually more interested in the droid.  He's at least "new", though I can't say I recall or  ???even read what the hell his goofy arms do.  *shrugs*
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on July 27, 2009, 03:23 PM
be prepared boys these mothers are $17 a pop.  Bought 2 last night, Corran/Fett.  Leaving unopened and keeping reciepts just in case I see these clearanced.  But with my luck with Wally exclu. it's doubtful. 

RS reporting seeing them as well.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 27, 2009, 03:26 PM
be prepared boys these mothers are $17 a pop.  Bought 2 last night, Corran/Fett.  Leaving unopened and keeping reciepts just in case I see these clearanced.  But with my luck with Wally exclu. it's doubtful.  

RS reporting seeing them as well.

Ouch!
Nothing like a 70% increase from last time.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on July 27, 2009, 03:27 PM
be prepared boys these mothers are $17 a pop.  Bought 2 last night, Corran/Fett.  Leaving unopened and keeping reciepts just in case I see these clearanced.  But with my luck with Wally exclu. it's doubtful. 

RS reporting seeing them as well.

Ouch!  Indeedy!  Guess that "explains" how Hasbro was able to tool up the new Dark Trooper.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 27, 2009, 04:19 PM
Man, I thought the tags at SDCC said $15.99?  Not that's its a significant difference, but I was hoping that it was a typo and they'd meant $12.99.  I like these sets, but I'm not sure I can handle that price tag...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on July 27, 2009, 04:38 PM
I was just looking through some of the SDCC pics again and noticed something I missed the first time through...

The Hasbro Slides (both at Toy Fair and SDCC) have Fett looking all ESB-ish:
(http://www.jedidefender.com/gallery/files/gallery/Conventions/San_Diego_Comic_Con_2009/Hasbro/2009_Presentation/48.jpg)

Which matches the loose figure shown at SDCC...
(http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery/events/comic-con_international_2009/hasbro/SDCC_6.jpg)

But after the Panel on Friday, a boxed version showed up that looked like this:
(http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery/events/comic-con_international_2009/hasbro/SDCC3_67.jpg)


Makes me wonder which Fett is the final production deco one that we'll get?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 27, 2009, 04:47 PM
I also wonder if the Boba will have the running change emblem or not. I would not mind having another to pilot the Slave 1 full time.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 27, 2009, 05:14 PM
I was just looking through some of the SDCC pics again and noticed something I missed the first time through...

Makes me wonder which Fett is the final production deco one that we'll get?

The droid in the Fett set also seems to have two distinct paint jobs.  In the loose one the lower half of his face is light bluish gray (kind of a full beard), in the other (packaged) shot the bluish gray only covers around the "mouth" (like a goatee), maybe its just the lighting though.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 27, 2009, 10:12 PM
I picked up all five sets for a complete dark trooper. It is true. These puppies are $17 EACH! That's terrible. We'll I guess I will have to pretend they are $7.72 each. Four crappy repack figures and six semi-new figures.

I'm afraid to open these things to find out of the Dark Trooper is actuated.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on July 27, 2009, 10:54 PM
As crappy as it is to pay $85 (plus tax I'm assuming), that only works out to $7.72 (plus tax) per basic figure.  Pretty much the average as of late...  It's still at least $2 per set too much.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 28, 2009, 04:22 AM
I picked up all five sets for a complete dark trooper. It is true. These puppies are $17 EACH! That's terrible. We'll I guess I will have to pretend they are $7.72 each. Four crappy repack figures and six semi-new figures.

I'm afraid to open these things to find out of the Dark Trooper is actuated.

Basically SA-- wrists, ankles, hips, knees, the works.  It's just as good as any post-ROTS Clone Trooper, easily, plus the shoulder pads can move and the backpack is removable.   If this was a $15 exclusive figure by itself, in this era of $8 basic figures, you *might* be pleasantly surprised.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 28, 2009, 11:22 AM
Yeah, WM's gone too far this time. Realistically, we're paying per figure, but still, I thought the point was to give us a deal. I'm going to sit on these and ask myself if I really want them.

Another annoying thing, the Corran uses the Luke X-wing body, complete with lightsaber.  >:(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 28, 2009, 11:24 AM
Is the Grevious in these sets the same Grevious that came out a few months ago with a droid part?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 28, 2009, 11:30 AM
No.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 28, 2009, 11:50 AM
Another annoying thing, the Corran uses the Luke X-wing body, complete with lightsaber.  >:(
Isn't that appropriate?  Corran was a Jedi, sure he may have had a different hilt on his saber, but its not inappropriate to the character, like say Wedge, for him to have one on his belt.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on July 28, 2009, 11:53 AM
Anton, what did the Fett look like?  SDCC had two versions (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=16882.msg437420#msg437420) shown, just wondering what is actually shipping....
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on July 28, 2009, 12:00 PM
AP at GH said he it was a repack of the Animated Fett in the sets he found.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 28, 2009, 12:07 PM
Yeah, looks more like the animated one to me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on July 28, 2009, 12:22 PM
AP at GH said he it was a repack of the Animated Fett in the sets he found.

Yeah, looks more like the animated one to me.

Well, that is just weird.  I would have preferred to get the ESB paintjob on that Animated Fett sculpt.  Oh well... :(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 28, 2009, 01:37 PM
How disappointing on all fronts price Fett and figure selection. No comparison to last year when you break it down:

2008
Luke - Helmet Deco was nice and used solid pilot body with deco changes that can be used as other pilots.
R2 - Amazing new sculpt never before done
Kit Fisto - Vast improvement in paint over the first release
Kit's Droid - A very sweet deco of an R2 unit
Plo - More accurate coloring over the first release depending on the reference used
Plo's Droid - A very sweet deco of an R2 unit
Watto - a vast improvement to an otherwise dated but still acceptable figure. Nice upgrade.
Watto's Droid, yet again another great R2 Unit deco in a beat up look
Han Hoth - Great homage to vintage with the hood up
Red Protocol droid - Nice upgrade tusing current mold
Vader - Great for customs - that all
Vaders droid - Dumb but interesting and it's a new figure so good enough
C-3PX - Sweet BAD!
$10 a set

2009
Anakin - Nothing different. Decent for parts for customs.
CSBD - Stupid. Really Stupid. And a waste of tooling $$$.
Grevious - Outside of the cloth cape and sabers he is useless
Grevious R2 unit - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ but at least it's a new deco.
Corran Horn - A new head and helmet. Cool enough. (That's crappy he has Luke's saber.)
Whistler - Same as above, good enough to warrant the purchase.
Boba Fett- Holiday Boba Fett,  how lousy is that. Most people did not mind getting another EvoFett because he was such a quality figure. It would have been great to do the Evo Fett in ROTJ colors, everyone would have loved that.
Boba Protocol droid - Coo,l he is new. At this point I am grateful.
Darth Maul - forced to buy this figure again (We have to get this **** in the TPM wave again to complete the droid). Why not the regular one, he would have been better for custom parts, a extra pilot for the Speeder Bike or Infiltrator.
DM Droid - Cool enough it's different.
Darktrooper - I am sure it's a sweet figure but it's not worth spend $200 to have 2.
$17 a set

I was planning on buying 2 of each set to have two of these but I am on the fence now seeing all the disappointing news regarding the new sets.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 28, 2009, 02:07 PM
Why is it an issue for Corran to have the same hilt as Luke?  The Luke saber is from ANH & ESB, right?  The one that was Anakin's, right?  Corran was also a Jedi, in one of the books he found what was his grandfather's (IIRC) saber in a jedi museum, or was it some sort of trophy room that Palpatine had...  In any case, Corran's saber could have been a similar vintage to Luke's so its no inconceivable that they would have similar designs, is it?  Now that's an long justification, for sure, but I can't recall too many visuals of Corran and his saber, so I'm willing to give Hasbro a pass on that.

Other than that, I'm right with you on the rest of the figures.  Some are nice, but none are individually, or even collectively, worth the pricing.  I think Hasbro and Walmart really messed up.  Walmart should focus on high volume exclusives as they are going to be primarily bought by people who happen to be in Walmart, as opposed to Diamond Exclusives (for example), which are more likely to be bought by someone specifically looking for that item, in which case a higher margin is more appropriate.  Raising the price on an item isn't going to encourage it to sell through faster, if anything it'll slow sales further (at a time when the economy is down, so sales would have likely been slower ceterus parabus).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on July 28, 2009, 02:20 PM
Another annoying thing, the Corran uses the Luke X-wing body, complete with lightsaber.  >:(

The use of the Luke X-Wing body is actually pretty accurate - Luke and Corran are described to be roughly the same height, so using the shorter body for Corran is not an issue to me. My biggest problem with the figure is that Hasbro chose not to color the uniform green as depicted in the comics and described in the novels.

Why is it an issue for Corran to have the same hilt as Luke?  The Luke saber is from ANH & ESB, right?  The one that was Anakin's, right?  Corran was also a Jedi, in one of the books he found what was his grandfather's (IIRC) saber in a jedi museum, or was it some sort of trophy room that Palpatine had...  In any case, Corran's saber could have been a similar vintage to Luke's so its no inconceivable that they would have similar designs, is it?  Now that's an long justification, for sure, but I can't recall too many visuals of Corran and his saber, so I'm willing to give Hasbro a pass on that.

The cover of I, Jedi (http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-sci-fi-fantasy-2006/1909-1.jpg) does show that Corran (in disguise as Keiran Halcyon) does have a different lightsaber hilt compared to Luke/Anakin. However, I don't think it's a big deal here that he got the wrong saber since we can always give him another saber from our many spares (assuming you're like me and have a ton of extra sabers). Most likely the factory is the cause of the wrong saber as they probably just threw it in when they put together the order to produce the figure since the saber hilt comes with Luke X-Wing body - this could have been done regardless if Hasbro designed a new saber or perhaps had not even indicated a saber should be included. That would be interesting to hear on Hasbro's part...

Oh yeah almost forgot to mention, the price for these sets sucks! Like everyone else has stated the inflation on the costs of these 2 packs is absurd compared to previous years regardless if the per/figure cost breaks down to current retail. When compared to other existing 2-packs, namely the comic packs, we're still being asked to pay $4-5 more than we should be. I'll still be buying 2 Corran Horn sets, though the rest of the sets aren't happening even though I'd love to build the Darktrooper.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on July 28, 2009, 02:27 PM
In the packaging shot (http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery/events/comic-con_international_2009/hasbro/SDCC3_61.jpg), the lightsaber that is included has the black activation band and black emitter shroud so technically this isn't any canonical version of Anakin's lightsaber (and definitely not Luke's as the EIV/EV saber didn't have a shroud). So, considering this is an EU character, this particular lightsaber design is fine by me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on July 28, 2009, 03:07 PM
Glad to hear these are starting to hit, although the price is really disappointing.  Like it was mentioned, this year's batch seems a little less stellar than last year's as well - even just looking at the pics online.  They seemed to make the non-droid figures really "worth it" last year - and provide some sort of "ultimate" version of a character or at least a new deco on a nice figure.  They could have gone a long way to improving these sets by including Evolutions Maul, TLC Grievous, and the Evolutions Fett.  Even so, $17 is a bit steep for these.  That being said, I'll likely get one of each if/when I can find them.  I like the droids, and the Dark Trooper looks really spiffy.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 28, 2009, 03:48 PM
While a lot of them aren't *perfect,* they're pretty good if you can get past the Grievous set.  (The Astromech is basically the same deco as the exclusive R2-M5, but on the VOTC R2-D2 body.)   The Boba Fett was a little disappointing because I was at the very least expecting a redeco rather than Figure A with Figure B's gun.

Since I'm not particularly picky about lightsaber accuracy, I dug Corran Horn as a new pilot, Whistler is a nice looking robot, BL-17 was pretty cool, the Darktrooper is freaking huge, Darth Maul is nothing special but his droid is pretty fun to mess with, Anakin is completely disposable (seemingly the same as the comic pack release), and his Super Battle Droid variant, while new and different, really isn't all that fantastic.  But it is distinct and new enough.

But that Grievous set?  Oy.  That's a stretch.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on July 28, 2009, 04:40 PM
I'm going to buy these and hope they go on clearance, but a set on clearance them take them right back with my earlier receipt. I just don't want to take the chance that I won't see them once they hit clearance if they even do.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on July 29, 2009, 02:53 AM
Think I'm just gonna pass on all of these now. I was interested in the Corran Horn but I'll just wait for a rerelease. I MIGHT break down and buy him when I finally see him in person, I don't know. But I'm not too enthusiastic about these.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 29, 2009, 03:17 AM
Too over priced... with the cost of these sets, you could cover TRU's $79.99 price tag on the "new" ARC-170... oh wait.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on July 29, 2009, 06:16 AM
I think I'm going to have to cut back from three sets of these (1 to keep MIB and two to open) to just two sets (1 to keep MIB and 1 to open). If each set had been $50 plus tax as opposed to $85 plux tax, picking up three sets to me would have been no big deal, but since the price is almost double that, it's just not worth it since Hasbro has shown us time and again that items do indeed get re-released.

So I'm going to be happy with my lone Dark Trooper and one day, I'm sure this sculpt will see the light of day when Hasbro re-releases it in a B-A-D box set or a Comic 2-pack or whatever...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ruiner on July 29, 2009, 09:45 AM
Don't buy them if you don't want them - supporting **** like this only guarantees more overpriced exclusives in the future.

A 70% price increase is completely absurd and insulting.

At the very least TRY and save some cost and put these guys on a blister card or something.  At least SHOOT for $12.99 or $14.99.

Increase the price gradually if you have to but not all at once.

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on July 29, 2009, 09:47 AM
$17?  Ouch.  That is a big price increase.  I guess you're getting two figs for $8.50 each, but they're generally two crappy figs.  Lets face it, most people want this for the DT.   :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 29, 2009, 11:14 AM
Don't buy them if you don't want them - supporting **** like this only guarantees more overpriced exclusives in the future.

A 70% price increase is completely absurd and insulting.

At the very least TRY and save some cost and put these guys on a blister card or something.  At least SHOOT for $12.99 or $14.99.

Increase the price gradually if you have to but not all at once.



Sadly, cost of production has little to do with MSRP. The production cost might have increased a penny per unit over the last year, even with the DT tooling and certainly doesn't justify a $70 increase. It's all about knowing that WM can get away with charging an arm and a leg.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 29, 2009, 11:52 AM
I think it's more to do with the price Hasbro is charging Wal-Mart, I'd assume their markup is similar to what their markup was with the sets from last year.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 29, 2009, 11:59 AM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 29, 2009, 12:00 PM
So it sounds like a lot of people are disappointed with the pricing on these Walmart sets.  To the point that they'll either be skipping these all together, cutting down on the number of complete set they'll buy, or only picking up certain ones from the set.  Of those in the last group, only buying some, which sets are a must?

If I only get the Corran and Whistler set I think I'll be ok.  So I'll buy that one when I see it, and then keep my eyes peeled for the others on clearance or Rollback ( :P), at which point I'll get the price corrected.  What sets are the only ones you are going to get, or which sets do you think will be hardest to find.

(I'm think the Corran set will be the most popular given that its a pilot and an astromech, both fairly popular figure types)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darby on July 29, 2009, 12:06 PM
I wasn't up for these to begin with, but the price is just outrageous.  Across the board there is a serious disconnect with pricing and these toys - these exclusives, the deluxe range, the ARC-170/Y-Wing - it just don't make sense, no matter what reasoning you use, that repacked toys have gone up in price upwards of 70%.  It's a surefire way to move people out of the hobby.  I pretty much only collect figures, which is a good thing, I guess.  If I wanted anything else, I'd be eating the cardboard they come in.  At least there would be a lot of that.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ruiner on July 29, 2009, 12:08 PM
Yeah, it feels good not having to track down **** like this.

Glad I got out when I did...I really don't miss it.

I'm actually enjoying my new line of interest - one figure a month, shipped to my door.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on July 29, 2009, 12:10 PM
For $17 + tax each, I'm not buying any of these.  The figures are not that good, and for that price I don't care if the build-a-droid can walk, talk, and draw me a bath.

Pass.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 29, 2009, 12:12 PM
Is it just me who gets the impression that there are a lot of people collecting SW toys who don't actually enjoy it? And I do recognize the difference between being pissed about price increases and not enjoying collecting.

I love it, which is why I do it.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 29, 2009, 12:39 PM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year.  I think you're saying the same thing though.

So, let's look at last year as an example.  Let's assume that the sets Wal-Mart sold for $9.96 were being purchased from Hasbro for $6.00 each, roughly a markup of 66%, which gives them a decent GP of 39.76%.

Now, let's assume that Wal-Mart needs to make that SAME GP (or better) this year.  Let's assume they want it to be a flat 40% GP.  If they are selling the sets for $17.00 each, then they are paying $10.20 for each one they order.

That comes to a MARKUP from Hasbro of 66.67% they are passing to Wal-Mart.  Does Hasbro really need to raise the price up that much?  I think that's insane.

Granted, these numbers are based on assumptions, but if the price increases to the retailer, they have to pass it along to the consumer.  Wal-Mart had to agree to the price of course, but I don't blame the retailer for marking something up to keep up with what the supplier is doing.


*DISCLAIMER - My math is correct, I think.  But I could be making a mistake... multi-tasking while at work.    :P
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on July 29, 2009, 12:40 PM
Nick, I think most people love it, it's just that Hasbro has ruined it for some. I just collect the carded figures for the most part, and some Battlepacks (which used to be a good deal). But if the prices for repacked vehicles were $20-35 are now $70 is a few years time, it's like becoming one of the sisterhood in Shawshank Redemption. SW figures are now at the $8-9 range, where similar GI Joes, which come with more accessories are cheaper. Plus, we get 'accidental' variants or running changes to make carded collectors have to buy another Breha Organa.  ::) I just think that it weighs heavy on people after awhile.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 29, 2009, 12:46 PM
Maybe I should have made my observation in a different thread, but it's not so much the people mad about pricing, because I'm on board there. I just hear a lot of "why are they making this stupid thing?", "I can't believe I HAVE to buy this", and I'm sure I've done it too. Not sure what my point is to be honest.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 29, 2009, 12:51 PM
Is it just me who gets the impression that there are a lot of people collecting SW toys who don't actually enjoy it? And I do recognize the difference between being pissed about price increases and not enjoying collecting.

I love it, which is why I do it.

I do love SW Collecting and have always supported the mainline 100%, I never left and been with it since 95'! I have never balked at price but recently I have been finding myself questioning what's really going to compliment my collection or what would just sit in my vehicle/figure bins. My collection is so large & robust I finally hit a point that vehicle redocs do not do it for me as much. The ARC is pure insanity. I passed on the Wampa Arc because of price, underwhelming deco and so sick of the prequel crap. I really dug the Imperial ARC, I was planning on buying it but there is no way in hell that I am forking over $80. Even the CW Y-Wing, which I was planning on getting, I am really doubting I will buy now due to the price/value.

When it comes to figures, I have always phased out older sculpts either liquidating them, trading them or used them for custom fodder to sell, so it was never a big deal to me having to buy the occasional unwanted figure to get something new. These new DF sets I will still get but I will be cutting down on how much I was planning on buying due to price/figures included. If the figure choices were great I would not have balked at the price as I would have been able to justify it to myself. The figure selections are so bad overall it makes the price a big issue for me now.

Compared to last years the figures/price made these an amazing value and a wonderful compliment to my collection. This kind of offering (The new DF sets/ARC) takes away from the joy of collecting because they are making it harder to justify and not giving a good enough incentive to collect these particular SKU's. I think that's what everyone's trying to express.

If they did not enjoy it I do not think they would take the time to gripe.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 29, 2009, 01:53 PM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year.  I think you're saying the same thing though.

So, let's look at last year as an example.  Let's assume that the sets Wal-Mart sold for $9.96 were being purchased from Hasbro for $6.00 each, roughly a markup of 66%, which gives them a decent GP of 39.76%.

Now, let's assume that Wal-Mart needs to make that SAME GP (or better) this year.  Let's assume they want it to be a flat 40% GP.  If they are selling the sets for $17.00 each, then they are paying $10.20 for each one they order.

That comes to a MARKUP from Hasbro of 66.67% they are passing to Wal-Mart.  Does Hasbro really need to raise the price up that much?  I think that's insane.

Granted, these numbers are based on assumptions, but if the price increases to the retailer, they have to pass it along to the consumer.  Wal-Mart had to agree to the price of course, but I don't blame the retailer for marking something up to keep up with what the supplier is doing.


*DISCLAIMER - My math is correct, I think.  But I could be making a mistake... multi-tasking while at work.    :P

No. We're no saying the same thing. What I'm saying is that Wal-Mart goes to Hasbro and says - we'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll loose half of your profit because we're the top retailer. Assuming inflation, it only cost Hasbro about a penny more per unit to make these over last year and I guarantee that Hasbro is not charging 70% more for these. This is WM price gouging, not Hasbro.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ben on July 29, 2009, 01:55 PM
$17? Pass. I wanted the Darktrooper, but I will not buy that many substandard figures for it, especially at that price.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: ruiner on July 29, 2009, 01:59 PM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year.  I think you're saying the same thing though.

So, let's look at last year as an example.  Let's assume that the sets Wal-Mart sold for $9.96 were being purchased from Hasbro for $6.00 each, roughly a markup of 66%, which gives them a decent GP of 39.76%.

Now, let's assume that Wal-Mart needs to make that SAME GP (or better) this year.  Let's assume they want it to be a flat 40% GP.  If they are selling the sets for $17.00 each, then they are paying $10.20 for each one they order.

That comes to a MARKUP from Hasbro of 66.67% they are passing to Wal-Mart.  Does Hasbro really need to raise the price up that much?  I think that's insane.

Granted, these numbers are based on assumptions, but if the price increases to the retailer, they have to pass it along to the consumer.  Wal-Mart had to agree to the price of course, but I don't blame the retailer for marking something up to keep up with what the supplier is doing.


*DISCLAIMER - My math is correct, I think.  But I could be making a mistake... multi-tasking while at work.    :P

No. We're no saying the same thing. What I'm saying is that Wal-Mart goes to Hasbro and says - we'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll loose half of your profit because we're the top retailer. Assuming inflation, it only cost Hasbro about a penny more per unit to make these over last year and I guarantee that Hasbro is not charging 70% more for these. This is WM price gouging, not Hasbro.

No offense, but you have no idea what you're talking about.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on July 29, 2009, 02:01 PM
Is it just me who gets the impression that there are a lot of people collecting SW toys who don't actually enjoy it? And I do recognize the difference between being pissed about price increases and not enjoying collecting.

I love it, which is why I do it.

we hear this sort of thing mostly from completists and carded collectors. it's an OCD thing I think, I used to have a desire to have every single figure made but I've gotten away from that as it's grown absurd over the past 5 years or so. but a desire is a bit different from a need, where we often hear carded collectors (sorry guys, not intending to pick on you but many of you are the best example out there) saying that they need to get such and such figure even though they hate it. it amazes me to hear this nowadays, with so much crap out there does anyone really NEED more crap?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on July 29, 2009, 02:06 PM
This might not mean anything to anyone, but I found that as soon as I was able to look at my collection as "What SW toys I have" as opposed to "What SW toys I don't have", it made it a lot easier to say I don't want this toy and I'm going to leave it.

P.S. I'd like to apologize for how often I get threads off track.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: David on July 29, 2009, 02:09 PM
WOW. $17 (plus CA tax, which is crazy). That's just disgusting. I think I'll wait for these to show up at TJ Maxx in 2011.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 29, 2009, 05:08 PM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year.  I think you're saying the same thing though.

So, let's look at last year as an example.  Let's assume that the sets Wal-Mart sold for $9.96 were being purchased from Hasbro for $6.00 each, roughly a markup of 66%, which gives them a decent GP of 39.76%.

Now, let's assume that Wal-Mart needs to make that SAME GP (or better) this year.  Let's assume they want it to be a flat 40% GP.  If they are selling the sets for $17.00 each, then they are paying $10.20 for each one they order.

That comes to a MARKUP from Hasbro of 66.67% they are passing to Wal-Mart.  Does Hasbro really need to raise the price up that much?  I think that's insane.

Granted, these numbers are based on assumptions, but if the price increases to the retailer, they have to pass it along to the consumer.  Wal-Mart had to agree to the price of course, but I don't blame the retailer for marking something up to keep up with what the supplier is doing.


*DISCLAIMER - My math is correct, I think.  But I could be making a mistake... multi-tasking while at work.    :P

No. We're no saying the same thing. What I'm saying is that Wal-Mart goes to Hasbro and says - we'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll loose half of your profit because we're the top retailer. Assuming inflation, it only cost Hasbro about a penny more per unit to make these over last year and I guarantee that Hasbro is not charging 70% more for these. This is WM price gouging, not Hasbro.

No offense, but you have no idea what you're talking about.

Agreed 100%.

Anton, I think your logic is very flawed my friend.  If it were true, then Wal-Mart would say "We're only going to pay $2.00 for each one, so we can sell them for $2.97 each."

Look at it this way... Hasbro is doing essentially the same thing with the Target 2-pks - the price is a few bucks cheaper, but that's most likely because there isn't a big Dark Trooper part included with each one... unless of course you're saying that Target goes to Hasbro and says "We'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll lose half of your profit because we're the SECOND top retailer."
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 29, 2009, 06:19 PM
Guys, I hate to burst a few bubbles but Darth Anton is somewhat correct. I have direct experience with Wal-Mart and have 9 years direct experience in the Toy industry. Despite my distaste for the price of these sets (as I voiced earlier) my true disappointment is more so in the figure selection that does not justify the price. Figure selection is 100% on Hasbro. I can sympathize with them to an extent on the pricing issue. Quick summary to hopefully shed some light on the the reality of how they panned out on the price that we are bitching about:

The design team will get an exact factory costing of the proposed product that they want to make once the design is finalized to be sure they can actually deliver it. They will work with marketing to set it to a target price they think they can sell it for with many other factors taken into consideration. Some factors include basing the concept price on comparable offerings & the production run to make it profitable for the company to manufacture. Otherwise it's not worth doing if they cannot sell enough to make money on the investment of R&D. Hasbro Sales/Marketing will then work with retailers directly to get product placement on the stuff the company agreed to proceed with. Once they meet with the retailer and present the product the retailer does have a lot of say in the matter. For this particular instance, Hasbro stated that this WILL be produced less than last year. That has a profound affect on the price and I am 99.9% positive that is exactly what screwed the price for this SKU. Hasbro most likely went in there with the intention to retail these for $14.99. I say that because it's comparable to the current comic pack price but comes with a droid part and is exclusive.

With that said, WM most likely did not want to sign up for the quantity that Hasbro was proposing (due to the fact that they got stuck a bit last year). WM wanted to sign up for "X" amount but that number did not make the tooling/development investment time worth doing for Hasbro at a $14.99 price. WM would say they would not take it otherwise. In order to salvage the SKU, both companies agreed to the current higher retail price to make it profitable for both of them and get the product out there, both believing they will still sell at $17 a pop.

Was it better not to do these at all? Maybe, but Hasbro wanted the money & release some figures that we may never get otherwise. If these do not sell they will know that the market will not bear the price. afterwards they will reevaluate it to see what went wrong to avoid making the mistake again. That's up to you the consumer to decide. You have the power to say no.

Does that make sense to everyone? So it's a little of both that's responsible for the price, the retailer and manufacturer. The ARC fighter on the other hand is another story and deserves to die a dusty death on the shelf.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 29, 2009, 06:26 PM
I was just trying to do some quick math, anyone have any concept of how many complete sets the typical Walmart store would have of these?  I'd guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 sets * 5 packs per set * 3700 stores * $17 per = about $9.4 mil gross sales.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 29, 2009, 06:53 PM
I was just trying to do some quick math, anyone have any concept of how many complete sets the typical Walmart store would have of these?  I'd guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 sets * 5 packs per set * 3700 stores * $17 per = about $9.4 mil gross sales.

Kenobi,
To further detail/illustrate your evaluation WL would expect around a 45%-55% profit margin on a non TV promoted item like this. Hasbro is probably selling these to WM in the ballpark of $8.50-$9.00 but to keep it clean and easy just say 50%. So WM would make around $4.7 Gross profit if your numbers were correct.
(Keep in mind guys this is all ball park estimation)

To figure out what Hasbro made start out by dividing the retail price by 4. That will give you a ballpark idea what it cost to manufacture. That pans out to be $4.25 give or take. Once again for simplicity if we stick with the 50% rule above Hasbro made half of what WM did $2.35 million on this one SKU.

WM is probably getting at least 10-15 per set per store on average but no of us will ever know the exact number but this should illustrate how some things work.

Good job on the math/production run Kenobi!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 29, 2009, 08:33 PM
Wow, I figured the first reply would be "my store doesn't get any exlusives, so your numbers are #$%#@%$^".   ;)

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CorranHorn on July 29, 2009, 11:48 PM
Wow, I figured the first reply would be "my store doesn't get any exlusives, so your numbers are #$%#@%$^".   ;)



No that will be the second reply  ;D

As a backup to what JOT has said, Wal-Mart as the biggest retailer in the nation (the world actually) has tremendous buying power, they often make or break many products solely on the determination of selling the product or not. Hasbro has indicated this in the past and it has been referenced in business news many times over the year. So it's certainly likely that this price point is set by Wal-Mart as at best the explanation JOT provided or at worst a perversion of tremendous proportions. If this set is anything like the last set which was reported as clearancing out all over the country, WM and Hasbro will be disappointed in the overall results.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 30, 2009, 01:47 AM
Does that make sense to everyone? So it's a little of both that's responsible for the price, the retailer and manufacturer.

Yeah, it makes sense.  I actually worked with some of the wholesale purchasing with Walgreens for a while, so while I'm not an expert on the subject, I do have an idea of how it works: 

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year. 

Anways, my whole point was that it's not soley Wal-Mart that dictates the price.  They HAVE to include a markup that makes it worth their while, otherwise there is no reason for them to carry the product.

Back to the sets... I hope I pass on them.  I really do.  Other than the two protocol droids, and the Darktrooper, these suck. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 30, 2009, 02:39 AM
I was just trying to do some quick math, anyone have any concept of how many complete sets the typical Walmart store would have of these?  I'd guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 sets * 5 packs per set * 3700 stores * $17 per = about $9.4 mil gross sales.

I can pretty much guarantee Hasbro isn't making 111,000 of each 2-pack, as your numbers would estimate.  Since we don't know the markups-- margins on Hasbro Star Wars toys tend to be pretty thin, history shows-- they may not be making quite what you think.  I think Kenner 1990s items did some items in the 100k range based on leaked data, but verrrrry few exclusives were that high.   (As in, I've only heard of one in particular with those kind of numbers, and I haven't been able to get a second confirmation on it.  A lot of the 12-inch exclusives were supposedly closer to 20k.)

Based on last year's various exclusive numbers as printed on some areas, I would guesstimate the run is 30k-45k sets (150k-225k individual 2-packs), tops.  With the higher prices, it might mean that Wal-Mart insisted on a smaller run and passed the anti-savings associated with a reduced quantity along to us.

My Wal-Mart got 4 of this year's sets.  Last year, most of my local stores got 0 (that I saw on visits every 2-3 days), but one got about a dozen which languished for a few weeks.   I may be wrong, but didn't Hasbro also say this run was going to be lower than last year's while at Comic-Con?  If accurate, that explains the higher prices and probably means my numbers are <i>way</i> too high.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 30, 2009, 10:22 AM
Thanks Adam, I meant to imply that I had no good handle on exactly how many sets were received by the stores (I haven't seen the new ones yet).  Maybe the three closest Walmarts, to me, "lucked out" last year, as the way I recalled it, they had a whole endcap filled with these.  IIRC each tray had two complete sets, and they easily had 15-20 trays (30-40 sets +).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on July 30, 2009, 12:37 PM
Wal-Mart tells Hasbro what they'll pay, not the other way around. My wife's father knows this for fact.

Sure, a retailer has to agree to a price - that's the way a vendor relationship works.  What I am saying, is I doubt that Hasbro is passing these off to Wal-Mart at basically the same price as last year.  I think you're saying the same thing though.

So, let's look at last year as an example.  Let's assume that the sets Wal-Mart sold for $9.96 were being purchased from Hasbro for $6.00 each, roughly a markup of 66%, which gives them a decent GP of 39.76%.

Now, let's assume that Wal-Mart needs to make that SAME GP (or better) this year.  Let's assume they want it to be a flat 40% GP.  If they are selling the sets for $17.00 each, then they are paying $10.20 for each one they order.

That comes to a MARKUP from Hasbro of 66.67% they are passing to Wal-Mart.  Does Hasbro really need to raise the price up that much?  I think that's insane.

Granted, these numbers are based on assumptions, but if the price increases to the retailer, they have to pass it along to the consumer.  Wal-Mart had to agree to the price of course, but I don't blame the retailer for marking something up to keep up with what the supplier is doing.


*DISCLAIMER - My math is correct, I think.  But I could be making a mistake... multi-tasking while at work.   :P

No. We're no saying the same thing. What I'm saying is that Wal-Mart goes to Hasbro and says - we'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll loose half of your profit because we're the top retailer. Assuming inflation, it only cost Hasbro about a penny more per unit to make these over last year and I guarantee that Hasbro is not charging 70% more for these. This is WM price gouging, not Hasbro.

No offense, but you have no idea what you're talking about.

Agreed 100%.

Anton, I think your logic is very flawed my friend.  If it were true, then Wal-Mart would say "We're only going to pay $2.00 for each one, so we can sell them for $2.97 each."

Look at it this way... Hasbro is doing essentially the same thing with the Target 2-pks - the price is a few bucks cheaper, but that's most likely because there isn't a big Dark Trooper part included with each one... unless of course you're saying that Target goes to Hasbro and says "We'll buy your product for $X and if you don't like it, we won't buy it and you'll lose half of your profit because we're the SECOND top retailer."

I'm only going by my Father-in-Law's experience dealing with Wal-Mart for Rubbermaid in the years surrounding Sam Walton's death. He had been in charge of selling Rubbermaid's new line of products for 15 years. After his 1994 presentation with WM (two years after Walton's death,) the buyers sat him down and said, "great presentation, but here's how it's going to work from now on, we'll buy for $X." Granted, it was less than a dollar below Rubbermaid's wholesale price per unit, but the end result would have production jobs moving from the USA to China. WalMart didn't care. Rubbermaid had meetings, did cost analysis and determined that without WM, they were done for. They had no choice but to capitulate and lay more than 2000 US workers off. Apparently many of the other sellers for other companies had the same experience in the following years (this was learned at wholesaler conventions.)

Since my In-Law also sold to Target, Sears, K-Mart etc... he ran the numbers. Leveling the purchase versus sales versus profit playing field (taking into account WM's larger bulk discount over K-Marts etc...) WM's exclusive "deal" was earning them an additional 15% on top of standard profit despite the fact that the products were being sold for a fraction of a percent less (at least in Target's case.) In other words, WM forced Rubbermaid to sell to them for less, but didn't pass the saving onto consumers. I don't know how else to take that story.

Edit: mistakenly used MSPR in stead of wholesale.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on July 30, 2009, 01:50 PM
So are you guys seeing these things selling or are they collecting dust? I walmart I checked down here had them only for two days.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on July 30, 2009, 03:58 PM
I say we make WM eat these things and force them to clearance them for us. $17 is way to much for these especially when much of it is reused stuff. At most they should be $12. I'm sure their argument would be that the packaging is what cost so much.

SOOOOO, don't make idiotic packaging that drives up costs so much that your core consumers for said product bitch about it before it even comes to retail.

Hasbro is partially to blame for this, but WM certainly takes a share in the blame here to.

I'm going to do exactly what I said I would. That is to buy a set at retail, then hope it sells on clearance, buying another set, then taking it right back to get my money back from the full price set.

One way or another, they are going to lose that full price amount on me. This is not something I normally justify doing, but WM and Hasbro are getting out of hand. Have either looked at the economy lately? Shouldn't they be thinking about making things more AFFORDABLE than the other way around?

Take action with your dollars folks. It's the only way we're going to really see Hasbro and WM change.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 30, 2009, 04:18 PM
Actually, the packaging is probably some of the most efficient Hasbro has done-- it's tiny and generic, they seem to be reusing the same background in every single one.  They didn't seem to spend a lot of money here.   If anything, I prefer the smaller form, it takes up less space in my trash can.

Is $17 too much?  That's subjective, but looking at other Wal-Mart exclusive sets (particularly Hasbro Marvel) it's about par for the course.  2 figures at $8 a pop is $16, plus a bonus part... it's not outlandish so much as it is unfortunate.  Last year's sets just provided a much better value, $60 got you 13 figures rather than $85 getting you 11, plus the 2008 ones had more changes if you're a nut for such things like me.

If Hasbro was being up-front about the run being lower, clearance won't be an issue.  And these are affordable-- $17 isn't exactly a lot of money, particularly when you look at the 3 3/4-exclusive tally for the rest of the year ($630 and counting, assuming the tags at Comic-Con had the right prices).  I'm not saying it's "nothing," $85 is a lot of scratch, but if you're already buying everything anyway it's really no different than if these had been put out as Battle Packs or basic figures or what have you.

It's just unfortunate that they're that much compared to previous 2-packs, particularly that this is not a "deal."  (But if you want pain, look at the 7" Marvel Legends 2-packs at Wal-Mart.  Those things are like $26 a pop!)  I gotta wonder how much is Hasbro, how much is WM, and how much if any is a smaller MOQ.

...for the record, I'm happy with my full price set although I really do wish Boba was the "movie" deco on the "animated" mold.  Which I probably won't shut up about.  Oh well.   BL-17 made the collection, Droids cartoon-y things make me happy.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 30, 2009, 04:23 PM
I just don't get why Walmart's reaction to last year was "Oh, they didn't all sell, lets order less".  From what others have described, Hasbro developed the idea, and I presume they hoped the Dark Trooper was meant to drive sales, but it really feels like they made an interesting figure, but then priced themselves out of the market.

Instead of improving the margin on a small run of figures, they should have done what Walmart does best, VOLUME.  Here's my idea.  Make 5 packs that people will buy mulitples of, price them to move ($10-$12) and watch the money roll in.  But, how do you make packs that people would buy multiples of?

Pack 1  Stormtrooper and New Rebel Fleet Trooper (make him with a brown shirt, so you can repack on a single card the blue shirt version)
Pack 2  Snowtrooper and Hoth Ground Crew  (I'm thinking that once the Imperial troops entered the base someone was trying to fight them off...)
Pack 3  Scout Trooper and Rebel Endor Trooper
Pack 4  Tie Pilot and Generic Rebel Pilot
Pack 5  Death Star Trooper and Yavin Honor Guard

5 packs that people would buy multiples of.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 30, 2009, 04:28 PM
Great call Keonobi - I think what really bites on these even more than the price is the figure selection.  I was thinking that some trooper vs. trooper pack-ins would have been a lot better. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 30, 2009, 04:58 PM
The problem/question is this:

Will more collector Army Builders buy more Troopers...
OR...
Will more general people buy Vaders/Lukes/Bobas/etc.?

I'm not saying I know-- or any of us do, really-- because we're never going to buy those goofy Saga Legends Vaders that Hasbro keeps making and selling by the bushel.   Exclusives are not sold exclusively to collectors, and it seems that their goal with 2-packs is to put one "general fan figure" in there so someone buying for a kid or a gift or whatever will go "I don't know what this guy is, but I want to spend $10/$15/$20 and this has a Darth Vader in it so at least I know they'll like that.  I am a wonderful aunt/uncle/creepy dude on the subway."  (Examples: Vader/Palpatine in the Squall sets, the Order 66 packs, most comic packs.)

And the days of the $10 2-pack are *over*.  The $13 one is probably limited.  I'm sure they'd be a huge hit if sold at cost or a loss, but unfortunately those kinds of loss-leaders are uncommon.  Until Christmas rolls around, anyway, things go crazy in Nov-Dec.

Troop collectors do eat up a lot of figures, sure, but the appeal of generic figures is pretty much exclusively focused on that audience, whereas a someone with an actual specific name tends to have appeal to a more general audience.  I'd personally prefer to get something new OR troopers over Vader #57, but that's me.  That, and you never know how "full" a trooper collector may be.  I've got PLENTY of Death Star Troopers to the tune of my not wanting any more, ditto Rebel Pilots due to the various specific ones being made over the past 12 months-- but again, that's me.  (How many did we since 1/1/08?  Like 15-20?)

You generally want a figure in each set to appeal to a group outside the likes of us, and while I personally would love to have a couple of those, DS Trooper and Yavin Honor Guard?  Really?  Wow, I dunno but that sounds like retail poison to me. :)  On the other hand, hopefully Hasbro is listening and says "Hey, you know what'd be awesome?  Clean shaven Legacy Hoth Rebel vs. Snowtrooper."
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 30, 2009, 05:25 PM
I'll admit #5 on that list was simply to fill a fifth spot, and probably would sit. 

I think the point that Walmart and Hasbro have a larger (much) audience in mind than simply the couple dozen collectors that have posted negative comments on this, and other, sites is valid.  However it may be just my impression, but exclusive items are generally geared more towards collectors.  My specific character selections might not be the right mix (there's a reason I buy toys, not sell them), but my impression is that exclusives are meant to get people who know about them into that store, as opposed to a competitor, to buy items.  I think there is a major market for interesting collections of figures in the $15-$25 range.  They work for great presents.  But the casual buyer of those sets isn't going to care if they get it at Walmart vs. Target.  So they won't know the set they buy is or isn't an exclusive.  Maybe I'm missing the advertisements, but with the exception of the Target Imperial Shuttles, I can't recall seeing an significant advertising for any big box exclusives.  Meaning those exclusives are aimed at people who are actively looking for information on new releases; adult collectors and the most avid of children.
Maybe I'm undermining my own point by saying that the market for these sets is small, thereby justifying a smaller run...  And clearly there isn't the untapped market for trooper/generic sets that I imagine, else Hasbro would be going after it harder.  Just seems to me that Walmart and Hasbro didn't accomplish what they should have done; convince people to buy toys (the margin on a toy not sold is a lot lower than on a toy that does sell).

Adam, we'll get this straightened out just as soon as the Waltons hand the keys over, ok?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on July 30, 2009, 05:41 PM
Maybe I'm missing the advertisements, but with the exception of the Target Imperial Shuttles, I can't recall seeing an significant advertising for any big box exclusives. 

Really?  Target usually (almost always) puts their exclusives in the weekly ad at some point.  Plus they ran a whole promotion around the original '07 UBPs, with a figure contest and everything.  TRU often advertises them as well... especially if they are tied to a new DVD or movie or something.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on July 30, 2009, 05:54 PM
Jeff, forgot about some of that advertising (skipped the UBPs and a lot of the TRU exclusives...), but I think the people who buy a set simply because it has a character they've heard of (Darth Vader, Luke, Han or Chewie) aren't going to be pulled in by that.  I know that many of the members of the collector community have at one time or another helped out a gift buyer in the toy isle, and they weren't there because of advertising.  (In particular I remember the mom and grandmom who wondered why the Concept Vader from the 30AC looked so different than they remembered, and they were buying a character they'd heard of!!).  I still think most sales at Target, Walmart and TRU are by people who are either already in that store (grocery shopping or whatever) or if they made a trip special its because that's where they always go when Jimmy has been good and he can pick out a toy.  Exclusives, even if they are advertised to a greater extent, still are aimed at the (very vocal) minority of Star Wars toy buyers.

My lawyer has advised me to note these are only my opinions  ;D
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 30, 2009, 06:06 PM
Here's the way I see it... when they pack in a crappy Grievous and a crappy Maul, I think they could do a lot better.  The newer sculpt of Grievous would have been preferred by most people, and the first Evolutions Maul would have been much more ideal than the shirtless version.  And Corran Horn?  Ok, fun to get the character but not in this format... plus the Animated Fett?  And the Comic Pack Anakin?  Really? 

Good, well-rounded army builders would have been better than what's in these sets, I think.  Or even some sort of unified theme for the actual figures packed in... what we see with these sets is all over the place.  And I didn't think I would say it, but all of a sudden the Target Geonosis Arena sets seem interesting to me, mostly because these ones are so terrible.

Hell, they could have just made them all SA Clone 2-pks and I really don't think we'd see as many people complaining... each one with an AOTC trooper with unique battle damage along with a ROTS version.  >:D
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on July 30, 2009, 06:30 PM
I assume Target's Geo sets are going to be $9.99-$12.99?  Wouldn't that be a real kick in the nuts for some of you if Target followed WM's lead and jacked their price up to $17.99?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on July 30, 2009, 09:23 PM
I assume Target's Geo sets are going to be $9.99-$12.99?  Wouldn't that be a real kick in the nuts for some of you if Target followed WM's lead and jacked their price up to $17.99?

After the Rancor, it's more likely that they will.  I should probably start getting the DPCI and checking it...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on July 30, 2009, 10:41 PM
I assume Target's Geo sets are going to be $9.99-$12.99?  Wouldn't that be a real kick in the nuts for some of you if Target followed WM's lead and jacked their price up to $17.99?

That's hardly an issue for those of us with patience.  I think I got pretty much all of the last two O66 sets for about $5 each on average.   ;)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on July 30, 2009, 11:44 PM
I assume Target's Geo sets are going to be $9.99-$12.99?  Wouldn't that be a real kick in the nuts for some of you if Target followed WM's lead and jacked their price up to $17.99?

After the Rancor, it's more likely that they will. 

Good point.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on July 31, 2009, 12:47 AM
I checked the DPCI for the Target Geonosis Arena sets tonight (087-06-0634) and they were still listed at $12.99 here in MN...  no guarantees of course, but for now it still looks OK.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Ryan on July 31, 2009, 06:37 PM
I found these at a Wal-Mart near me last night and with th $17 I just couldn't bring myself to buy them all. I picked up the  Corran Horn set and that was it. It is ridiculous how these are basically just a rehashed 2-Pack with a big accessory and yet they are $17. The packaging is also the same size as a basic figure.

The Anakin and Grievous packs looked terrible in person. Maul wasn't worth $17 to me, and they didn't have the Boba set. At this point I don't know if a Dark Trooper is worth $85 to me. So I may try and wait for clearance. Except none of the Wal-Marts around here ever put Star Wars figures on clearance. ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on July 31, 2009, 10:01 PM
I missed out on the Boba set. It seems stores are only getting 3 sets each I ask the toy reps and the story was the same. It seems to be the case with guys on ebay too.  So these will never see clearance, you will be lucky to find them. I hit two Wal-Marts today and the story was the same. Seems the Boba set is the most popular.

If anyone can help me get the 2 Boba sets and 1 Corran set I will pay $22 each plus shipping as well as throw in any two figures from my trade list. Please help me complete the Darktrooper and get raped by the outrageous price. I am a sucker but I really want these.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Greg on August 1, 2009, 11:15 AM
I missed out on the Boba set. It seems stores are only getting 3 sets each I ask the toy reps and the story was the same. It seems to be the case with guys on ebay too.  So these will never see clearance, you will be lucky to find them. I hit two Wal-Marts today and the story was the same. Seems the Boba set is the most popular.

If anyone can help me get the 2 Boba sets and 1 Corran set I will pay $22 each plus shipping as well as throw in any two figures from my trade list. Please help me complete the Darktrooper and get raped by the outrageous price. I am a sucker but I really want these.

Hey man, that's some offer but if I find any I'll get them for you at retail. My local Wal-Mart and one in Greeneville had nothing, but I'm checking a better Wal-Mart out tomorrow. I'll PM you if I can help you out.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 1, 2009, 12:20 PM
I missed out on the Boba set. It seems stores are only getting 3 sets each I ask the toy reps and the story was the same. It seems to be the case with guys on ebay too.  So these will never see clearance, you will be lucky to find them. I hit two Wal-Marts today and the story was the same. Seems the Boba set is the most popular.

If anyone can help me get the 2 Boba sets and 1 Corran set I will pay $22 each plus shipping as well as throw in any two figures from my trade list. Please help me complete the Darktrooper and get raped by the outrageous price. I am a sucker but I really want these.

Hey man, that's some offer but if I find any I'll get them for you at retail. My local Wal-Mart and one in Greeneville had nothing, but I'm checking a better Wal-Mart out tomorrow. I'll PM you if I can help you out.

Hi Greg,

Someone is currently helping me out so I should be good to go. I really appreciate the offer to help. For anyone who is on the fence my friends in NJ & CA are reporting the same thing, 1 case with 15 pieces(x3 sets) per store. So Hasbro was not kidding when they said buy them when you see them.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Greg on August 1, 2009, 12:32 PM
Are these being found near the regular action figures? I'm betting Wal-Mart has an endcap or two planned for the exclusives later this year, so perhaps these will ship again? One case per store seems very, very low. I'm hoping the Target Geonosis Arena sets are stocked in quantities similar to Order 66 rather than this assortment.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 1, 2009, 01:00 PM
Still no sign of these in my neck of the woods, and the rumors of a lower production run have me a bit concerned that I won't be able to find these at all.   Last year's Droid Factory assortment only showed up at one of the two local Wal-Marts, and they only got one case of those (the aisle endcap cases), so if this year is 30% of last year, that means one Wal-Mart will get less than nothing (which is fairly typical for that store), and the other will get nothing. 

I'm just waiting for the day that Hasbro starts making figures exclusive to a particular store in a particular state.  "Now you can get the eagerly anticipated and much demanded action figures of the Tonnika Sisters in an exclusive two-pack!  Only available at Jethro's Gas and Gulp, Route 227, Bum****, Tennessee!  If you see Farmer Bill's barn, you've gone too damned far!  Free Rancor Keeper with a fill-up!  Free Yarna with a Sloppy Joe meal!  Kids eat free!  Ask about our Mon Calamari fishing bait!"   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 1, 2009, 09:32 PM
Still no sign of these in my neck of the woods, and the rumors of a lower production run have me a bit concerned that I won't be able to find these at all.   Last year's Droid Factory assortment only showed up at one of the two local Wal-Marts, and they only got one case of those (the aisle endcap cases), so if this year is 30% of last year, that means one Wal-Mart will get less than nothing (which is fairly typical for that store), and the other will get nothing. 

I'm just waiting for the day that Hasbro starts making figures exclusive to a particular store in a particular state.  "Now you can get the eagerly anticipated and much demanded action figures of the Tonnika Sisters in an exclusive two-pack!  Only available at Jethro's Gas and Gulp, Route 227, Bum****, Tennessee!  If you see Farmer Bill's barn, you've gone too damned far!  Free Rancor Keeper with a fill-up!  Free Yarna with a Sloppy Joe meal!  Kids eat free!  Ask about our Mon Calamari fishing bait!"   ::)

I went checking for these today as well, with no luck.  Like you, I'm a little bit concerned if there is indeed a lower production run.  Plus the fact that our closest Wal-Mart (and one of the other ones in town) is one of the new "small toy section" ones, and I just don't see where they are going to put all of these upcoming exclusivses.  Heck, there really isn't even "endcaps" on the toy aisles there anymore, just smaller, waist high shelving (currently filled with Transformers and Joes).  We've been very spotty the past year or so with WM exclusives here anyways too.  I hope most to all of this is available online, as WM seems to be getting some spiffy stuff this year (Dewback and AT-ST in particular are must haves for me, as well as at least some of these sets).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on August 2, 2009, 01:20 AM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on August 2, 2009, 11:09 AM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

You look happy about it.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on August 2, 2009, 12:42 PM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

You look happy about it.

Looks like someone is becoming more aware of their Collecting OCD.

;)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on August 2, 2009, 11:47 PM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

Bring them back dude.  Bad quality, overpriced to the max.  You'll feel better when customer service puts that cash back in your hand.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on August 3, 2009, 12:35 AM
Too late, I opened the damn things.  Love the two protocol droids and the Dark Trooper, but geeze.  I'm not buying many of CW figures, and have been cutting back on army building this year so I guess I can live with this purchase. 

Still, I'm a bit ashamed.   :-X
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 3, 2009, 11:56 AM
Too late, I opened the damn things.  Love the two protocol droids and the Dark Trooper, but geeze.  I'm not buying many of CW figures, and have been cutting back on army building this year so I guess I can live with this purchase. 

Still, I'm a bit ashamed.   :-X

I bought 2 sets so I should be even more ashamed but I did trade/sell my extras so actually did not get too hosed. I also used some for custom commissions. These were so limited I had to react and did not want to regret not buying them later. The Darktrooper is cool but very 90's looking, they almost should have taken some creative liberties to make him look a little more modern.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedipurge on August 3, 2009, 02:59 PM
Lucked out and was able to get 2 more, Maul & Anakin, besides the Corran & Fett I'd gotten earlier in the week.  Just missing the General to complete the trooper.  The only I've been able to justify this is cuz I haven't found anything in the store for thelast 2 waves, otherwise I'd had to have passed.  Besides the DT is too cool I loved that game and can't wait till Kyle comes out to pair him up with this. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on August 3, 2009, 06:55 PM
Couldn't resist... I caved today and bought the Corran Horn set. I stood there for an hour debating if I should buy it or not, and now I'm debating if I should take it back and keep the cash or not. ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 3, 2009, 06:58 PM
I checked for these again today, but no go here locally.  The WM closest to us has narrowed their toy section down considerably, so I'm wondering how many of these exclusives we'll see here this year.  Hopefully they'll make them available online, or I'll have to look for help elsewhere or something.  With the news of the $17 price, I'm debating if I want all five or not.  I really want the Dark Trooper though, so I may just bite on them anyways.  I know for sure I want the Corran Horn and Fett sets, and I'd likely want the Grievous one too since it has an astrodroid.  The Maul set looks cool enough (droid wise), and I'd just as soon pass on the Anakin set.  Damn build-a-droid gets me again ;).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: P-Siddy on August 3, 2009, 09:04 PM
Couldn't resist... I caved today and bought the Corran Horn set. I stood there for an hour debating if I should buy it or not, and now I'm debating if I should take it back and keep the cash or not. ::)

I hope you literally didn't stand there one hour looking at them.  ;) I don't think they are worth that much time to glance at.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on August 3, 2009, 09:43 PM
Well it was more like 20 minutes, and I went to a few different sections of the store, but it felt like an hour. :P
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on August 3, 2009, 11:00 PM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

I wish I'd had the opportunity to buy these by now.  >:(

Just remember, it could always be worse, you could actually want a set (like me) and live in an area with so many other collectors and eBay scalpers that the chances of me actually scoring a set, let alone a second one so I can open them, are slim to none.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Captain Piet on August 4, 2009, 03:35 PM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

I wish I'd had the opportunity to buy these by now.  >:(

Just remember, it could always be worse, you could actually want a set (like me) and live in an area with so many other collectors and eBay scalpers that the chances of me actually scoring a set, let alone a second one so I can open them, are slim to none.

You think we have that much competition?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 4, 2009, 03:43 PM
Bought a set of these damn things today.   >:(

I wish I'd had the opportunity to buy these by now.  >:(

Just remember, it could always be worse, you could actually want a set (like me) and live in an area with so many other collectors and eBay scalpers that the chances of me actually scoring a set, let alone a second one so I can open them, are slim to none.

You think we have that much competition?


I'm from South Jersey/Philly as Pete_Fett.
Yes, there is that much competition.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on August 5, 2009, 12:00 AM
I found these today and picked them up.  I would've only gotten the Corran Horn set, but I wanted the Dark Trooper.

I do like the droid that comes with Maul and the one that comes with Fett (from the Droids cartoon) are not bad.  I also used the Grievous cape on my Wave 6 Grievous and it looks ok on it.

Tha Dark Trooper is baddass though, and HUGE compared to my POTF2 versions!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 5, 2009, 10:23 AM
I found these today and picked them up.  I would've only gotten the Corran Horn set, but I wanted the Dark Trooper.

I do like the droid that comes with Maul and the one that comes with Fett (from the Droids cartoon) are not bad.  I also used the Grievous cape on my Wave 6 Grievous and it looks ok on it.

Tha Dark Trooper is baddass though, and HUGE compared to my POTF2 versions!

I could not agree more, I ditched my old Darktroopers a long time ago, glad I did. I used the two cloth Grievous cloaks on my two Legacy Grievous and it looks pretty good. A little bit longer and they would be even better, add the emblem and they would be perfect. I had been using the plastic cloak from the Saga2 one so this was a welcome upgrade. It definitely made buying that set a little easier to swallow. I also am using all of the extra sabers for customs.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on August 5, 2009, 05:14 PM
Finalyl tracked a complete set of these down today.  Have yet to open one, but the parts for the Darky look huge!  Kudos to Hasbro on the nice compact packaging, though at $17 it sure felt over priced.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jayson on August 5, 2009, 06:18 PM
Have yet to open one, but the parts for the Darky look huge!

He's huge alright. (http://www.yakface.com/TGuide2004/ActionFigures/TLC/droidfactory2/darktrooper/lf13.html)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Greg on August 5, 2009, 06:45 PM
That Dark Trooper looks wierd. I don't think it's the size, but rather just the torso. The lower torso looks tiny and the upper torso looks super steroid buff. It kinda ruins the whole look of the figure for me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on August 5, 2009, 08:36 PM
Ya I'm a little under impressed by him - thought it'd be much larger(er) compared to the original, but at least it's not a brick.  Hopefully he's "well worth" the money all of us are bending over for on these sets.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 6, 2009, 02:12 AM
Finalyl tracked a complete set of these down today. 

Finally?  :)  They just came out!

Glad they're working their way East.  I'm stickin' to my set of one and done.  Hope for clearance then, to do some shifting.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 6, 2009, 10:54 AM
I'm still looking at these in their packages. I picked up two set #5's, if others continue this trend, there's going to be a lot of Dark Troopers without a body.

Is there one particular pack more popular over the others?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 6, 2009, 12:14 PM
Ya I'm a little under impressed by him - thought it'd be much larger(er) compared to the original, but at least it's not a brick.  Hopefully he's "well worth" the money all of us are bending over for on these sets.   ::)

He is not bad but as I pointed out a few posts earlier his look is very 90's. I actually would not have minded a little creative liberty in upgrading some details.

I just completed my second Darktrooper. Two really look good together and very menacing. The articulation of this figure is 100% SA which is good. It's a shame these sets ar so limited and the packs in so-so because this would have been very popular otherwise.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on August 6, 2009, 02:36 PM
I think the Darktrooper itself rocks.  Would have been a fun 2-pk in the Battlepack line actually...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Greg on August 6, 2009, 03:04 PM
I finally saw these today and happily passed. Waaayyy overpriced. I'd gladly get one set if the price was lower. The figures don't look all that bad nor does the Dark Trooper, but $85 kills it. No value/bargain whatsoever.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on August 6, 2009, 09:12 PM
Is there one particular pack more popular over the others?

I've seen these at 2 of my 3 local Wal-Marts. One WM got in 3 of each set and had 1 left of everything except Corran Horn, which was gone. The second Wal-Mart had maybe 6 of each set except Corran again, and there were only 4 left.

So at least around here Corran is the biggest seller, with the Boba Fett set in close second. The Anakin set is the one I've seen the most of.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on August 8, 2009, 08:13 PM
I finally got out to the burbs and was lucky enough to score all 5 in one trip.  I agree that the price is too high, but like I mentioned before, it's 11 figures and they come out to $7.72 each plus tax.  It sucks, but it's really par for the course. 

If you figure that the Dark Trooper would have cost more than a basic figure at that size, it's really even less than $7.72 per.

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 10, 2009, 02:22 AM
Par... from a certain POV.  Par for new, basic figures, yes...  Or if you were picking up Legends stuff, sure...  Par for the past 2-pack precedents though?  No.  So I'm still saying it's a hose-job regardless. :)

And I've still not found said hose-job in Pittsburgh yet.  Not at all.  No reports I'm aware of (haven't checked the weekends reports yet though) these surfacing in the Steel City anywhere as of yet.  I would like my one set, so I can build my droid and get my overpriced EU characters I'd like to have.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 10, 2009, 12:11 PM
I saw these over the weekend, and I'll admit the $17 price does sting a bit.  I only picked up a couple for now, as I just couldn't get all of them in one swoop.  Hopefully they'll still be there after the next pay day, but if they aren't, oh well.  The 2 packs (like the battle packs) used to seem like a "value", but not anymore.  I was surprised how tiny the packaging was this time around, although I don't mind that really.  I'm glad that the Geonosis sets are still supposed to be closer to $12, that's a little less stinging (and with better figures I think).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on August 10, 2009, 01:52 PM
I bet Hasbro would remark that the higher price reflects the BaD parts. But there is no way that new Darktrooper is worth $3-4 more per 6 sets. That would mean the Darktrooper is costing us an additional $18-24.

Shame Hasbro. This really is greed. And in a time of economic recession/damn near close to depression. Most sets having one old mold...

These sets should have been no more than $14, but I'd have preferred $12. I want a set to be sure, but as stated will look to return these once they hit clearance and get them for the cheaper price.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Diddly on August 10, 2009, 02:04 PM
Stopped by a Wal-Mart yesterday that had at least 6 of each set the other day and they were all sold out. Never thought I'd see that
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 10, 2009, 04:04 PM
Stopped by a Wal-Mart yesterday that had at least 6 of each set the other day and they were all sold out. Never thought I'd see that

These are no where to be found in the Chicago area. They hit and sold out before you could blink.
Glad I got them and sold/traded my extras. I have 2 complete Darktroopers, they look pretty mean together despite the 90's design and MOTU builds.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on August 10, 2009, 04:24 PM
These are no where to be found in the Chicago area.

The sets are very small.  I actually walked by them at first before it sunk in - at least in my case.  Was shocked to even find them.  They had about 5-6 full sets out.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 10, 2009, 04:27 PM
These are no where to be found in the Chicago area.

The sets are very small.  I actually walked by them at first before it sunk in - at least in my case.  Was shocked to even find them.  They had about 5-6 full sets out.

That's the deal, it's either 3-6 sets that stores received and that's it. Buy them when you see them.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on August 10, 2009, 08:03 PM
I hit a couple of WalMarts looking for these today.  And I haven't seen a sign of these sets at some half dozen stores that are near me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 11, 2009, 10:54 AM
Around here, you have to pick them up on sight since WM Exclusives are so hit and miss. Last time, these hit once and that was it.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on August 11, 2009, 11:13 AM
I was hoping to pick up multiples of a few of these, but haven't seen even one set!  I don't know if just some stores are not carrying them, that would actually explain at least part of the price jump this year - the fewer sets ordered by WM the higher the price.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on August 11, 2009, 06:49 PM
I had to hit 3 different stores to get my sets and that was with help from others on the boards. At 2 of the three locations, I had a sales guy look up item count at their store and other stores (just look for a guy with the hand held scanner and give him any one of the UPC codes - they can tell you how many are in stock at neighboring stores).  Both of the guys that looked them up said they were flagged "Do Not Replenish" which means that's all they are getting.  These are expensive, but if you want them I would try to grab them ASAP.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Matt_Fury on August 11, 2009, 08:39 PM
I hit a couple of WalMarts looking for these today.  And I haven't seen a sign of these sets at some half dozen stores that are near me.

That's odd since I thought you always find stuff before me.  Or do you always have trouble with WM exclusives?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 11, 2009, 10:24 PM
I got my set tonight.

That's, as far as I'm aware, the first sighting of these remotely in the East Coast area and I'm right on the fringe of said area.  I found one full set, one set missing Fett/Droid, and an extra Corran Horn (go figure), which says to me I got there in the nick of time to get my full set.   :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on August 12, 2009, 06:33 PM
I just saw these today at Walmart.

At $10 each, I'd briefly entertain buying the full set of 5.  (Clone cash coupons, thank you)

At $17 each, I left them all.

Who the hell made the figure selections for these sets?  Anakin looks terrible, the SBD looks terrible, the Grievous was corrected by Legacy's version last year yet they used the old 2005 version, I didn't need another EU Boba Fett, I really didn't care for any of the droids.

The 1 figure I wanted: Corran Horn.  Why?  Well, gee whiz, because it's new and I don't have it yet.

If I'm going to pay $17 each for a 2 pack, it sure as hell better be army builders I want or new figures.

But instead Hasbro just regurgitated a lot of junk into these and sold them for top dollar.  It makes no sense.

Now, I want the Darktrooper.  It's a new mold, and we'll see it again.  Probably more than once.  So I'll pick it up at that point.  I'm not spending $85 on junk to get it, and if it turns out the Darktrooper is never released, I'll  attach $85 in cash to a REAL stand and put it next to the previous version of the Darktrooper on my shelf.

Because this is insanity.

$85 can get you this:

(http://www.entertainmentearth.com/images//AUTOIMAGES/HS87535Jlg.jpg)

Or this:

(http://www.entertainmentearth.com/images//AUTOIMAGES/HS87535Elg.jpg)

Or this:

click me (http://www.yakface.com/TGuide2004/ActionFigures/TLC/droidfactory2/05/group.html)

I don't think many of us need help in determining which doesn't belong.

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 12, 2009, 10:13 PM
Knowing Dressel Rebel, I'm afraid to click the 'click me'. :o
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on August 12, 2009, 10:16 PM
Knowing Dressel Rebel, I'm afraid to click the 'click me'. :o

Don't worry, it's rated "G".

No, not for "graphic".  For "general audience".

 :)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 13, 2009, 03:33 AM
I just saw these today at Walmart.

At $10 each, I'd briefly entertain buying the full set of 5.  (Clone cash coupons, thank you)

At $17 each, I left them all.

Who the hell made the figure selections for these sets?  Anakin looks terrible, the SBD looks terrible, the Grievous was corrected by Legacy's version last year yet they used the old 2005 version, I didn't need another EU Boba Fett, I really didn't care for any of the droids.

The 1 figure I wanted: Corran Horn.  Why?  Well, gee whiz, because it's new and I don't have it yet.

If I'm going to pay $17 each for a 2 pack, it sure as hell better be army builders I want or new figures.

But instead Hasbro just regurgitated a lot of junk into these and sold them for top dollar.  It makes no sense.

Now, I want the Darktrooper.  It's a new mold, and we'll see it again.  Probably more than once.  So I'll pick it up at that point.  I'm not spending $85 on junk to get it, and if it turns out the Darktrooper is never released, I'll  attach $85 in cash to a REAL stand and put it next to the previous version of the Darktrooper on my shelf.

Because this is insanity.

Please send this in an email directly to Hasbro.  You have basically NAILED IT with this - and yes, I signed up here right now so I could request this!  You would be doing us all a HUGE favor!  This price with desirable figures - OK, with rehashes (and bad paint - did you see Anakin???) - bleh!  Since it's 5 droids, one Corran and one DT new, it's really $12.14 per figure.  Look Hasbro, we don't like being played for suckers.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on August 13, 2009, 11:58 AM
Since it's 5 droids, one Corran and one DT new, it's really $12.14 per figure.  Look Hasbro, we don't like being played for suckers.

Not to be sticking up for Hasbro, because I do agree that these should have cost a little less, but that's a pretty dishonest thing to suggest.

You can't sit around saying that "we're being played for suckers" when you have the very simple option to not buy these.  Additionally, Wal-Mart probably has something to do with the price being what it is.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on August 13, 2009, 12:10 PM
I think the debate on these has swung back and forth.  First the comments seemed largely positive, as generally these figures would be fairly well received (astromechs, new painted droids, Rebel pilot and a huge packin).  Then once the price became apparent the comments were largely negative.  However this was mostly from people who expected prices to be comparable to last year, and were limited to that price (didn't have the flexibility in their Star Wars budget to buy it regardless).  The people who have bought one seem to think they are largely what they expected, and are ok with spending that money, the people who can't stomach the price, aren't buying.  Walmart and Hasbro anticipated this and did a production run and price that will come close to clearing these out.  That being said, I'm sure these will be readily available on ebay, as I'm sure a lot are being bought up for sale there given the low production run.  I'm not happy that the price is what it is, as it means I'm not buying these, but that just means that Hasbro and Walmart did a poor job with this market of one, I think they still have a pretty good handle on the rest of the star wars market.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 13, 2009, 12:13 PM
Like others have said, the character selection just doesn't seem real strong.  Sure, I expect repacks (maybe with tweaks), but they just seem sort of blah.  I saw these at our local WM, and only picked up a couple (for now), and I'm still debating on whether or not to get the rest.  I'd like the Darktrooper (and wouldn't mind some of the other droids, although the Anakin set can rot) - but at $17 each, it is a bit pricey to buy figures that will maybe just get tossed in a box.  I'm always up for more astromech droids, but aside from the Corran Horn set, I'm essentially paying $17 for an astrodroid now :).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
To me the only worthless figure is Grevious. I have no idea what to do with him beyond make a custom janator droid that I once saw someone make years ago.  I never picked up the evo pack with this Darth Maul so it would be nice to have him. I have plans for the holiday special Fett. Someone said they would have liked to see this figure in TESB coloring. That's what I'm planning on doing with him. It's good to have Corran and Whistler. For Anakin, I'm planning on making a battle scared Bothan Jedi out of him. (head swap really). So it really comes down to $25 for the ultimate Dark Trooper figure. Sure he costs the same as a ship but at least I can cast him to make more.

Expensive customizing fodder.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Theta 288 on August 13, 2009, 03:42 PM
Since we are getting two new Dark Troopers...

can we make a wish list request for a Clone blaze Trooper (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Clone_blaze_trooper) ? :P
I would like this variant, hopefully for a Bad or 2 comic pack & include a new sculpt-clone assasing.

these recently invented clones but Cody has nothing to do with comics & games

sorry for the OT  
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on August 13, 2009, 04:48 PM
Since we are getting two new Dark Troopers...

can we make a wish list request for a Clone blaze Trooper (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Clone_blaze_trooper) ? :P
I would like this variant, hopefully for a Bad or 2 comic pack & include a new sculpt-clone assasing.

these recently invented clones but Cody has nothing to do with comics & games

sorry for the OT  

Wow, the Clone Blaze Trooper would be TEH SH er wait, can't post cuss words... lol

I'd definitely buy that though!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on August 13, 2009, 05:05 PM
Finally found these yesterday morning.

Bought two sets.

Opened my opener set last night.

Like the Dark Trooper A LOT.

Like Corran Horn just fine.

Like the two Astromechs and protocol droids just fine too.

Can't stand the fact that I had to buy the rest just to get get those six figures.

Oh well.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 13, 2009, 05:44 PM
That Clone Blaze trooper is almost as bad as the upcoming EU Star Wars Vong-Terminator coming out.

Finally found these yesterday morning.

Bought two sets.

Opened my opener set last night.

Like the Dark Trooper A LOT.

Like Corran Horn just fine.

Like the two Astromechs and protocol droids just fine too.

Can't stand the fact that I had to buy the rest just to get get those six figures.

Oh well.

Well said, I agree but I would put the cloth Grievous Cloak as an honorable mention. I thought it helped made this a better purchase a smidge. The Cortis SBD is definitely one of the stupidest designs. I would have preferred a regular one to add to the ranks. O at least a cool repaint like the Mygeeto one.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 13, 2009, 07:00 PM
Since it's 5 droids, one Corran and one DT new, it's really $12.14 per figure.  Look Hasbro, we don't like being played for suckers.

Not to be sticking up for Hasbro, because I do agree that these should have cost a little less, but that's a pretty dishonest thing to suggest.

You can't sit around saying that "we're being played for suckers" when you have the very simple option to not buy these.  Additionally, Wal-Mart probably has something to do with the price being what it is.

Dishonest would be stealing the droid parts out the pack.

I was suggesting a direct email to Hasbro since this was a good analysis, from a certain point of view.  Hasbro does listen and does care, even though they can't always deliver.  The "sucker" comment was a deliberate attempt to use an evocative phrase to elicit a response.  Tacky maybe, but not dishonest.  Look I'm betting everyone posting here is a fan and supporter of  Hasbro by buyiing product.  Lots of it.  Why else bother to post?   Believe me, I support the big H big-time.  When I tried counting my 'lot' I believe it was around 2000 figures, and way beyond that by now.  Plus vehicles, which are my favorites actually.   The point is I already have purchased MANY Grevious's, Fett's, Obi-wan's and Anakin's and am reaching saturation point.  I only have so many vehicles that need a pilot.  It feels a little cynical of Hasbro to place such a desirable BAD in such company.   It would have been nice with such a collector-oriented set to have more inspired choices.  That and the economy meaning everyone is watching their pennies explains a lot. 

In the end, this set is what it is, of course, but part of the fun of this "hobby" is the discussion.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on August 13, 2009, 07:29 PM
Dishonest would be stealing the droid parts out the pack.

What is dishonest, is saying that these sets come out to $12.xx per figure when it is quite literally, mathematically, $7.xx per figure. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on August 13, 2009, 07:45 PM
Dishonest would be stealing the droid parts out the pack.

What is dishonest, is saying that these sets come out to $12.xx per figure when it is quite literally, mathematically, $7.xx per figure. 

Unless you don't count the junk you don't want or already have, but have to buy anyhow.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on August 13, 2009, 07:57 PM
Sell them and recoup some of the money?  Not everyone has everything already - for plenty of people out there it'll be the first time they've bought the repack.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 13, 2009, 08:23 PM
Dishonest would be stealing the droid parts out the pack.

What is dishonest, is saying that these sets come out to $12.xx per figure when it is quite literally, mathematically, $7.xx per figure. 

It's called "opinion".  I thought that's what forums were for?

I'm sure everyone is capable of doing their own math. 

The point was the email, not the $.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: DoctorPadawan on August 13, 2009, 08:35 PM
A friend of mine picked up a set for me last weekend and they arrived the day before yesterday.  I definitely don't think that these are worth the cost, especially since (depending on your own preferences) anywhere from 2-4 of the figures are practically useless.  The Darktrooper kind of makes up for the poor "name" character selection, although I think that these should have been, at most 15 bucks, if inflation is that much of an issue from last year to this year. 

Here's a very quick review for those who are still on the fence:

SET ONE:  Grievous himself is worthless.  Use the cape on the CW Animated Grievous (it looks better on him than on the TLC version from last year, IMO), and the lightsabers with whoever else.  The astromech is nice.

SET TWO:  Anakin is a decent figure, if you don't have him already.  The Cortosis Droid is okay, too, although the design is a bit iffy.  I agree with JOT in that I would have preferred a regular SBD with this paint scheme instead of the Droideka arm version.

SET THREE:  Boba Fett is kind of my character focus, so I'm fine with having another animated version of him.  The protocol droid is cool, and makes for some character diversity.  This is probably the second best of the five sets, behind Horn and Whistler.

SET FOUR:  Maul's cloak can be used elsewhere, although I really have no need for the figure itself.  The droid is okay, although the whole Holocron in the chest thing is lost on me.  Nice accessory, though.

SET FIVE:  I'm not an EU fan (at least the post-ROTJ stuff) at all, so the lightsaber and hilt are pretty much worthless.  Still, he makes a good background X-Wing pilot, and the paint scheme on the R2 is nice.  I really wish that if they did these packs in the future, this would be the kind of thing we'd get (a pilot and their accompanying droid, instead of "Fortieth Repack of 2005 Obi-Wan with Obscure Comic Battle Droid").

So yeah, if you're not a fan of the EU, I'd pass on all of these sets aside from Horn/Whistler, because at least both of those figures aren't complete rehashes that fit in with movie displays.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 13, 2009, 08:40 PM
I think what Rob is saying though, is it's "dishonest" to claim it's so and so per figure because there's figures you don't want...  Speaking from a fairly extensive background in accounting, he's right obviously.  There's maybe stuff you/I don't want (I agree wholeheartedly on pretty much all the things cited), but still the sets DO break down to $7 whatever per figure.

It's kind of like the rationalizing of the basic line, with its droids...  When you look at a wave breakdown at $7.99 per figure + the BAD, it comes out to less per-figure obviously due to that droid.  Now, many people don't want every figure of a wave so they don't look at it that way, but the accounting reality to it is broken up and has to include the BAD too.

I don't think it is an attack on your opinion though, but more a point that opinion doesn't "count" as much as what the actual cost compared to what you actually buy is factored out...  10 figurse + BAD broken down by the $85 total comes to $7+ per figure.  Much like the repaint wave though, certain figures weren't ones I wanted despite wanting to build the droid (the Mandalorian int hat wave, for instance, sucked...  Others felt the Imp Engineer was lame).  You want the droid though, and it'll cost ya.   :-\

The packs are what they are though...  $17 for generally one figure you want, one you don't want (most likely), and a part to a droid you want.  Do the wants outweight the don't wants, is the ultimate opinion-piece on the topic I think.  For the majority, it seems, the wants won that overall choice.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Rob on August 13, 2009, 09:02 PM
It's called "opinion".  I thought that's what forums were for?

I'm sure everyone is capable of doing their own math. 

The point was the email, not the $.

Don't get hung up on the word 'dishonest'... rephrase to 'intellectually dishonest.'  It just was.  You're certainly entitled to your opinion.  I'm free to respond.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 13, 2009, 09:16 PM
It's called "opinion".  I thought that's what forums were for?

I'm sure everyone is capable of doing their own math. 

The point was the email, not the $.

Don't get hung up on the word 'dishonest'... rephrase to 'intellectually dishonest.'  It just was.  You're certainly entitled to your opinion.  I'm free to respond.

OK 'nuff said.  Don't want to start a war here!

I will say this though, that IS one BADass of a BAD droid - and really that's the item driving this whole set.  I mean I do want it, just balking a bit at the cost....
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 13, 2009, 10:27 PM
You're pretty much in tune with everyone...  It just boils down to whether you can justify the ultimate cost then.  For me, I could, but barely.  I went from wanting probably 3 sets to wanting 1 and begrudgingly.  These do seem fairly limited as well, at least compared to 08.  I've yet to see multiple full sets, nor have I heard anyone else locally finding multiple full sets.  Last year I probably saw multiple full sets at 3 different stores, and I'm talking 5 or 6 full sets at least.

This year, I've seen one and bought it.  :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JesseVader08 on August 14, 2009, 01:39 AM
I think I may be one of the only people NOT interested in the Darktrooper.  I would like to get my hands on Corran Horn and the astromechs, but that's about all.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on August 14, 2009, 02:30 AM
I wasn't overly enthused about the Dark Trooper either.  But then I think this may have be the only format that Hasbro may have been able to shoehorn the Dark Trooper into.  I think it's probably too big for a basic figure card.

It's the completist in me that's after these sets.  But WalMart exclusives are always an infernal pain in the ass to get around here.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 14, 2009, 03:29 AM
Well, since I (inadvertently) stirred up the pot again on these figures, I thought it only fair to re-evaluate based on a closer inspection, and not a quick store assessment.  I swung by my 2 local Wally's tonight and luckily was (just) able to get a complete set.  I haven't opened them up yet but I examined them closely in the package. 

Grievous - I agree this is the complete dud.  Even my ship pilot Grievous duplicate looks better.  At least it does come with 4 lightsabers and a blaster.  Score 0.  Cloak looks nice though so I'll give it 1/4.

Maul - very nice figure, but got it.  Score 1/2, plus 1/4 for the cloak.

Fett - nice figure, slightly less helmet paint than previously, adds the blaster.  But got it, so score 1/2.

Anakin - nice figure, slightly less head paint than before - but got it, so score 1/2.

Corran - new figure, pilot (me like) lit lightsaber and hilt alone, and a blaster.  Score 1.

Battle droid, unique variant, score 1.

BL-17 is unique and a cool looking figure.  Score 1.

Maul's 1-5YQ is also pretty cool.  Score 1.

The 2 R2 units are straight repaints, so OK, techically new figures and I'm OK with that so score 2.

Darktrooper - Awesome.  Easily counts as 2 figures, so score 2.  (Ok, so I loved Dark Forces.)

So, with this revised scoring system (isn't accounting wonderful?) the $85 spent (pre-tax) works out to ....  $8.5 per figure.   So with this I would rate the value as quite reasonable, at least considering it is an 'exclusive'.  Of course, todays' exclusives have a habit of becoming tomorrow's battle pack fodder, so plan accordingly!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on August 15, 2009, 11:10 AM
It's the completist in me that's after these sets.  But WalMart exclusives are always an infernal pain in the ass to get around here.

Ain't that the truth!!!

If it weren't for the fact that (a) I had been hitting 3 - 4 WMs every morning for two weeks and (b) I went pallet diving - I know for a fact that I wouldn't have these yet.

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 15, 2009, 01:53 PM
Apparently the price isn't deterring everyone.  I went back to the WM I found these at a week ago, and the entire stock was wiped out.  I had considered maybe picking up the last two (mainly to get the Darktrooper), but the decision was made for me.  Oh well, saved $35 :P.  Kind of surprised at how quick these went, unless stock really was that much lower this time around.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Salokin on August 15, 2009, 08:36 PM
Of course, todays' exclusives have a habit of becoming tomorrow's battle pack fodder, so plan accordingly!


A case in point: StarwarsShop Exclusive (http://shop.starwars.com/catalog/product.xml?topcatID=1300264;product_id=1314618)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Theta 288 on August 15, 2009, 10:54 PM
Got it  :-[

(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y199/Comerus/Comerus/Picture001-a-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jim on August 16, 2009, 12:32 AM
If anyone needs these lmk.  I picked up another set for someone who passed and will return if no interest on the board.  Cost plus tax and I can ship them loose to save on shipping or ship as is.  Just an offer.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 20, 2009, 11:01 AM
These have dried up around here. I'll be surprised if they ever show up again.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth Broem on August 21, 2009, 01:36 AM
I finally spotted these today and they just did not look that great to me in person.  Then the $17 pricetag just buried it for me.  I would not mind having the protocol droids and the astromechs but it the end it was just not enough to get me excited to buy them.  I would have bought Coran if he were in his Jedi garb.  I might get that set eventually but if I never do that's ok. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on August 23, 2009, 01:56 AM
Was back at the WM where I found my two sets two weeks ago.

The pallets of toys were STILL in the Garden Center - now getting ruined by the rain. The third set of the Droid Factory 2-packs was there EXCEPT for the Corran Horn set. All of the other four sets were still there sitting on top of the pallet.

Sad.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on August 23, 2009, 06:15 PM
Sad.

That's Wal-Mart for ya.   ::)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on August 24, 2009, 07:03 PM
Has anyone scanned these lately?  I've had a few reasonable-but-unconfirmed reports of a couple of Wal-Marts marking them down to an even $10.00.  No receipts yet but certainly interesting if there's any truth to it.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on August 24, 2009, 08:40 PM
I've heard the same from a local ($11 though).  So I'd say some stores are discounting them.  Usually WM's discounts come when a plan-o-gram is full and there's not space for something, and our stores just reset, so that could have something to do with it.

Most stores that got these in here went through them and only got 2 or 3 sets total though, so it wasn't a glut sitting around waiting for clearance.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 25, 2009, 10:25 AM
Has anyone scanned these lately?  I've had a few reasonable-but-unconfirmed reports of a couple of Wal-Marts marking them down to an even $10.00.  No receipts yet but certainly interesting if there's any truth to it.

No that I've seen, but I've see these off the plan-o-gram and without shelf space already.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on August 25, 2009, 10:32 AM
The Super Wally near me is in the middle of reseting the whole store and they never had a good spot for these.  They had already redone most of the toy section, but had another toy isle about 50 feet away that was half (lightly) clearanced toys and half items that were overstocked and they needed a place to put.  Buried at the end of the row, not the endcap, were the BAD sets.  I'll have to go back and take a look to see if they are discounted (though the store has been pretty bad about clearancing items that reached that status at other locations).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on August 25, 2009, 01:13 PM
It should be shocking that people actually bought these, but sadly it's not.

Maybe next time when it's $20.99 each they'll finally sit and collect dust.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 25, 2009, 01:26 PM
It should be shocking that people actually bought these, but sadly it's not.

Maybe next time when it's $20.99 each they'll finally sit and collect dust.

Yeah, I wonder what the true "breaking point" will really be.  I can't really talk much, as I picked up three of the sets myself, but for all the talk of how much prices stink and everything, it seems like a lot of us continue to pay them.  I wonder how high things truly have to get before people say "enough".  It seems like it is getting closer to that point, as we've seen some of our own members here stop collecting Hasbro (or drastically reduce), but there is still quite a few of us still hanging in there in various areas.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JediJman on August 25, 2009, 06:32 PM
Has anyone scanned these lately?  I've had a few reasonable-but-unconfirmed reports of a couple of Wal-Marts marking them down to an even $10.00.  No receipts yet but certainly interesting if there's any truth to it.

No that I've seen, but I've see these off the plan-o-gram and without shelf space already.

Was there ever a POG that actually included these?  They were in different locations at every store I saw them at.  Looked like they were just flexed into the set versus getting an official location.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on August 25, 2009, 06:35 PM
I've been seeing some planograms posted at some of my local stores.  And none of them showed space for the Droid Factory 2-packs.  When I saw the sets in a store, they were placed on an endcap.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on August 26, 2009, 10:41 AM
Has anyone scanned these lately?  I've had a few reasonable-but-unconfirmed reports of a couple of Wal-Marts marking them down to an even $10.00.  No receipts yet but certainly interesting if there's any truth to it.

No that I've seen, but I've see these off the plan-o-gram and without shelf space already.

Was there ever a POG that actually included these?  They were in different locations at every store I saw them at.  Looked like they were just flexed into the set versus getting an official location.

You're probably right. Flexed is more accurate.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on August 26, 2009, 10:46 AM
Found these again in the Miscellaneous area last night.  Most were labelled with a red tag saying $17.00, but none of the price checkers were working, so I brought it to the register (also had to get diapers...).  I only brought the Corran and Whistler set, rang up at $9.00!   8)

They probably had two or three complete sets still on the shelf, I might go back tonight to get some of the others.  At $9.00 I can stomach these.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 26, 2009, 12:00 PM
I would pick up a third set for $9.00 a pop, that's a killer deal! I do not expect to see these again but I will be looking for sure! I am surprised to hear that these are already clearanced when they were so scarce to begin with.

I sold, traded and customized the extras so I did not feel raped on these as much as I thought. In fact I was able to get the ones I wanted less that basic figure cost when i was finished. I have two complete Darktroopers to show for it too!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Master_Phruby on August 26, 2009, 12:52 PM
These things are totally gone within a few days of them being put out at my area walmarts. I guess I will have to keep ahold of them.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 26, 2009, 01:20 PM
These things are totally gone within a few days of them being put out at my area walmarts. I guess I will have to keep ahold of them.

Same story here, I am shocked they were put on clearance. It must be store specific as a lot of WM's are remodeling so those specific stores my be clearing inventory because of that. Who knows, but I will be keeping an eye out just in case.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on August 31, 2009, 01:20 PM
I checked our local WM this weekend again (they have now done a toy aisle reset), and these are nowhere to be found.  Unless there are more shipments coming or something, this round of sets did seem to be much more limited in release than last year.  I didn't end up getting all five, although I considered it, but the $17 price was just a little too steep for the figures included.  I sort of wanted the Dark Trooper, but it isn't the end of the world if I don't complete it I guess.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on August 31, 2009, 01:26 PM
Brian, there is a very trustworthy seller on Rebelscum that is selling these sets for $13 each, he only accepts MO's but I have dealt with him before, he has a ton of FB. Here is a link (http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=45&Number=3882473&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=93&fpart=1#Post3898234#3882473) if anyone regrets not picking these up or missed a few and did not want to pay $17 a pop.

(Staff, if I broke any rules by posting that link my apologies, please remove, I just want to help other members with a great deal. :))
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on August 31, 2009, 03:04 PM
So I found the Corran, Maul and Anakin sets all at $9 over the last week, but was having a hard time finding the other two.  I did find them, but this Walmart didn't have them on clearance (even though its the only one to consistently clear things out once they've started to sit....).  So I bought those two at full price.  I'm out really early (paper route) and near the Walmart where I bought the first sets, so I think I'll try and get a price adjustment while I'm there.  At 2 am they do all that right at the register, so I think the cashier might be a bit more lenient with their policies.  At the very minimum you'd think they'd be ok with it because otherwise I could just return them with the higher priced receipts and then repurchase them at the price that store has in the computers (clearance).
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on August 31, 2009, 03:12 PM
so I think I'll try and get a price adjustment while I'm there.  At 2 am they do all that right at the register, so I think the cashier might be a bit more lenient with their policies.  At the very minimum you'd think they'd be ok with it because otherwise I could just return them with the higher priced receipts and then repurchase them at the price that store has in the computers (clearance).

I'm not sure how relaxed WMs policies are on clearances, but Target will not adjust to what may be sold at a lower clearanced price from a different store so I usually just do the rebuy/return thing myself.  Nice find on the $9 sets though! 

Good luck.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on October 5, 2009, 12:56 PM
Anyone still looking for the Corran, Whistler and BAD part set?  I remembered comments posted here from people who were only interested in this set so I picked up the one I'd seen.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on October 6, 2009, 12:53 PM
I'll take the Whistler if he's still available.  Never did find these sets in the wild.  :( >:(
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on October 6, 2009, 01:16 PM
Unless there is another shipment coming, they really must have reeled back the numbers on these sets this time around.  It seems like almost everyone saw them once or twice (if even that), and they sold through quickly even at the higher prices.  I know I saw them at one of our three WMs, and they were gone within a few days never to be seen again.  I'm more glad now that I didn't end up buying them all.  I wanted the Darktrooper, but that $17 price just stung to much for me.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on November 9, 2009, 09:46 AM
Don't know if I'm the only one to see this, maybe a case or two were lost in the stockroom, but when I was at Walmart this AM they what appeared to be two full sets of the BAD packs on the shelf.  This store has an endcap display with Blasters, Rex styled helmets, Evolutions packs, etc.  They scanned at $17, so that might point to a second coming of these, but if anyone missed out last time and now regrets it, you might want to check you local stores.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: McMetal on November 9, 2009, 10:57 AM
Don't know if I'm the only one to see this, maybe a case or two were lost in the stockroom, but when I was at Walmart this AM they what appeared to be two full sets of the BAD packs on the shelf.  This store has an endcap display with Blasters, Rex styled helmets, Evolutions packs, etc.  They scanned at $17, so that might point to a second coming of these, but if anyone missed out last time and now regrets it, you might want to check you local stores.

You're not alone - I have observed the same thing here in VA. They have made an odd resurgence at 1 or 2 stores - complete sets, so they can't be returns. (doubtful anyway)

I have seen other reports of this online around the country, so for whatever reason they seem to be enjoying a second life. I got the one I wanted with Boba Fett and the Droids figure, so I am set.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JES on November 9, 2009, 05:00 PM
It's happened here lately too. I think it may be a second round (final round) of these. They were definitely not returns.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: chap on November 9, 2009, 10:01 PM
I found these today on my break from class at the Wal Mart up at school.  I bought the coran hornn and fett.  I didn't even look at the price tag and was in shock when they rang up $17 a piece.  It's okay though, they are awesome.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on November 10, 2009, 09:23 AM
There seems to be too many popping up to be old stock.  I bet WM did order some more sets for the holiday season.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: iFett on November 10, 2009, 11:13 AM
There seems to be too many popping up to be old stock.  I bet WM did order some more sets for the holiday season.

Or the interweb rumors got us all scared that these were going to be extremely limited.  I've found a few restocks myself.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: efranks on November 10, 2009, 12:15 PM
The thing about the limited quantity of these is that Hasbro put that forward in the Q&A sessions.  They tried to make it well known that the 2009 Droid Factory figures weren't going to be around as much as last year's were.

I saw a bunch at at least one Walmart within the last month or so.  I think I saw this in PA when I was on the way back from Philly a couple weeks ago but I know for sure that one of the closer WM stores to me had them on an end cap along with the Evo sets like was already mentioned.

I was never a fan of the price on these but did buy a set, partly because of the (supposed) limited availability but mostly for the Dark Trooper.  But if I'd known that they'd be around for a while I would have either spread out my purchase or waited to see if I could stumble on a sale somewhere.  If we find out that WM either was able to order more due to sales or they weren't really as "limited" as Hasbro wanted us to believe, I'm not going to be happy about it.  Kind of already not happy with them now.

   E...
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 10, 2009, 02:33 PM
One WM locally still has a full set + some of these from the first shipment, and my nearest Wally has 2 Corran sets in the clearance aisle (full price though) yet.  I can't say these were hard to find locally but they came and went for the most part.  Out of the way WM's still have them in full supply thouh, mostly.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jeff on November 17, 2009, 10:42 AM
Sounds like the poor sales of this round of Droid Factory 2-Packs (yes, probably the fault of the $17 price tag) have killed this line (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5448/#details).

I guess I'm OK with that.  At $10-12, they were fun.  At $17... not quite as much fun.  :-\
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: tmanthegreat on November 17, 2009, 11:44 AM
Sounds like the poor sales of this round of Droid Factory 2-Packs (yes, probably the fault of the $17 price tag) have killed this line (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5448/#details).

I guess I'm OK with that.  At $10-12, they were fun.  At $17... not quite as much fun.  :-\

Agreed.  A couple Wal Marts in my area have had them for a couple months now and most are still there.  I did pick up the Corran Horn pack, but only because I liked getting an action figure one of the main characters from the X-Wing series of books that I was into back in the '90s.  Most of the other figures were repacks and not the best figures at that.  The Grevious and Boba Fett packs, for example, should have used the updated versions of those figures.  I would have at least been more inclined to buy them.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on November 17, 2009, 01:37 PM
I'm fine with this sub-line dying. It became way too overpriced. $120 would have been great but honestly too cheap since they do come with two figures AND a build a droid part. $12-14 would have been an acceptable price range since many of the figures are either repaints, reissues or reuse old parts. In essence Hasbro and Wal*Mart were asking us to pay $3 more for the build a droid part. Even though the collective parts made a large figure, that figure is NOT worth $18, once you take into account the 5 sets at the extra $3 a piece.

So either the BaD part should be dropped (something I'm sure many of us do not want to see), or lower the price to something reasonable, or as they have said, kill the subline.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Brian on November 17, 2009, 02:07 PM
Yeah, I guess this isn't real surprising.  Although, these sets disappeared quickly around here, and haven't shown up again (yet).  The higher price was killer though, and I only picked up a couple because of that.  Actually, the Geonosis sets really seem to be sitting at Target right now too, but maybe the upcoming price cut will help that.  I remember with the past Order 66 sets, there were just tons of them piled up on the shelves - but they still sold reasonably well, with certain sets hitting clearance in mass quantities.  This time, there is maybe 6 or so of these on the floor at a time, and they don't seem to change much from day to day.  It is too bad really, as I think the two packs are a neat idea (I guess maybe we'll only see "Under the Helmet"/Clone Wars styled ones from now on) - and they used to be a good value - but maybe it is just more of collector burn out and higher prices.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on November 17, 2009, 02:19 PM
A couple Wal-Marts in my area just restocked to the max with these.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 17, 2009, 04:20 PM
I agree with Jeff...  $10 to $12 = fine, $17 = not fine. 

Can't blame the fans on that one really IMO.  That's purely the price.

I wanted 3 or 4 Dark troopers.  I likely would've bought 2 complete sets at least, at full price, possibly 3 to build the DT, and hoped for a sale to get the last.  I really would've plunked down a lot had the sets been reasonably priced, but they weren't.

They were good sets.  Good character selection, all the figures were nice figures, and the BAD was nice...  But at some point the pricehikes have to cease, and that one was pretty insane for 50% repacks and 50% retools or repaints.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Pete_Fett on November 17, 2009, 11:46 PM
If these had been $60 a set instead of $85 a set, I would have been more inclined to pick up a third set of these to open. $180 for three sets is a much better pill to swallow then $170 for two sets.

The other contributing factor for me was that even though they have yet to re-release a BAD figure, I feel that one day, they will either start making the BAD figures easier to obtain either via gift sets, or as a fully-assembled carded figures or perhaps even as a mail-away figure offers and out of all of the BADs so far, the most prime candidate for that kind of "second chance" is the Dark Trooper - even if it's a Dark Trooper silver repaint like the original POTF2 EU release version.

I never thought they would have re-released the McQuarrie figures back in 2007, and even though the sets are missing accessories, they are easily available in 2009.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 18, 2009, 09:13 AM
Yep, it's all about price. Keep it around $10 for 2 figures and an extra piece, I'll buy 'em until the cows come home.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 18, 2009, 09:40 AM
Like many other have reported I came across two full sets worth sitting on the shelf this morning. No comic packs, Dewbacks or AT-St's just these. While the price was too much and the overall figure selection really weak I liked the fact that they came and went. I actually thought they were successful given the nature of the scarcity of them. No wonder why WM is not going forward with more, they were stuck in limbo!

I already have two complete Darktroopers so I am more then content. For those that missed out I am sure they will clearance them shortly.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Hobbie on November 18, 2009, 10:04 AM
Even $12.99 would have been pretty attractive, but as it is, it sounds like it killed off the DF 2-packs.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on November 18, 2009, 10:24 AM
The character selection did not help the second Droid Factory series.  The Darth Maul was a Meh offering for collectors.  The Corran Horn should've been in the green flightsuit to appease the fanboys.  The Grievous was inferior to the basic carded Grievous.  Anakin?  Uck.

And some of the droids were underwhelming.  The pack-in with Grievous (CB-3D)?  Not good.  The Cortosis Super Battle Droid?  A great way to kill a good figure.

If Hasbro just worked a little harder to get these sets to be a bit better, I think people would've have bought these.  Even at the higher price.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Keonobi on November 18, 2009, 10:28 AM
I know its been argued before but if they made sets with army builder type figures they likely would have sold multiple sets to a lot of people, and therefore would have had a higher volume and could have sold these at a lower price.

I think the Droid Factory line was dead when Hasbro and Walmart agreed that they should sell a smaller number of sets this year and therefore needed a higher price point.  After that it was just waiting for the body to hit the floor.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on November 18, 2009, 11:59 AM
The character selection did not help the second Droid Factory series.  The Darth Maul was a Meh offering for collectors.  The Corran Horn should've been in the green flightsuit to appease the fanboys.  The Grievous was inferior to the basic carded Grievous.  Anakin?  Uck.

And some of the droids were underwhelming.  The pack-in with Grievous (CB-3D)?  Not good.  The Cortosis Super Battle Droid?  A great way to kill a good figure.

If Hasbro just worked a little harder to get these sets to be a bit better, I think people would've have bought these.  Even at the higher price.

I'd have to say that I agree with that sentiment.  Price was a factor some, but the figures that Hasbro selected were the main problem... I think if they had put some more research into some more sought after figures or had not been available in a while, these sets would have been much more popular.  That Grievous was a terrible choice like you said (though the tall, Legacy version would have been okay I think), the Anakin sucks, the Super Battle Droid is at best a decent figure, two astromechs was a bad call, and the Corran Horn should have been like you said rather than the orange flight suit - Hasbro has almost made me sick of orange flight suits with all the ones they put out since 2008.  YUCK.

I think the two protocol droids were cool and new enough to stay in there, but they could have put more effort into the Maul, which should have been the first Evolutions Maul, with new arms.  And the Fett would have been more appealing had he come with a removable helmet.  Everything else should have been something different.
  
For example, I think something like this would have been a bit more appealing -

- SAGA2 Pablo Jill w/ ROTS Shaak Ti
- TAC Darth Revan w/ TAC Darth Malak
- GREEN Corran Horn w/ Whistler
- FIRST Evolutions Darth Maul (new arms) w/ I5-YQ
- Animated Boba Fett (removable helmet) w/ BL-17

Maybe some sort of spin off of that sort of figure selection... I can't imagine those would not have been more popular than what was actually offered.  

So, basically what I am saying is that I blame Hasbro for the failure of these sets.  They set themselves up for failure with the figure selection, and certainly did not do Wal-Mart any favors.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: jedi_master_sal on November 19, 2009, 10:30 AM
...So, basically what I am saying is that I blame Hasbro for the failure of these sets.  They set themselves up for failure with the figure selection, and certainly did not do Wal-Mart any favors.

And the high price point. Don't forget that!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on November 19, 2009, 03:39 PM
The price point does hurt too... if these were $10, it woudn't have stung so bad to buy some crap figures to get those Darktrooper parts.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 19, 2009, 03:54 PM
For $10 I don't think the figure selection would've bothered me really.   Maybe Grievous but there's always one set in these assortments that sucks (Yoda/Droideka is sort of the stinker in that series).

But still I wasn't disappointed in the sets so much as the price.  $10's fair for what they were, if $12+ is fair for the Geo sets I think.  I thought all the droids were pretty well great save for maybe Grievous'.  Lots of new tooling smattered in those.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 19, 2009, 04:05 PM
For $10 I don't think the figure selection would've bothered me really.   Maybe Grievous but there's always one set in these assortments that sucks (Yoda/Droideka is sort of the stinker in that series).

The Grievous set's only salvation was the cloth cape and the extra sabers not to mention another astromech. It would have been sweet to get the pockt on the inside for sabers kind of like the Pruneface cape. But yes that figure was a real turd, the ROTS Deluxe Grievous was a nicer early version of him, at least it looked more movie accurate. Not that it would have helped much but would have been a better choice of old tools. The two Protocol droids and the Darktrooper really were the only good figures to come out of these sets. Corran Horn looks nothing like all of the source material out there he is just a Generic pilot on Luke body to me nothing more. Whistler is a cool repaint but it was a repaint. More than half of this series sucked with a hefty price tag.

The worst figure of the whole series to me was the Cortis Destroyer even more so than Grievous. Grievous had good accessories the CSBD has nothing going for it not even hands!

Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Adam_Pawlus on November 19, 2009, 06:49 PM
The figure selection was probably the main fumble.  The 2009 sets had figures that were indistinguishable from previous release, save for a single accessory while the 2008 packs had, for the most part, at least repaints.  (Darth Vader being a notable exception.)

As a collector, $17 per pack is a bit more than $10 was and as such, isn't as welcome.  However, $10 was a freaking bargain for a pair of $7 figures and a build-a-droid piece. $17 isn't awful and as far as I can tell between my haunts in LA and in Phoenix over the weekend, for the most part, this stuff sold through.  Two figures and 1/5 of a large figure for $17 isn't being violated-- it's not as awesome as a Battle Pack, but it's basically what it would cost you as individual figures.   Sometimes the per-figure price on an exclusive is higher, as we've seen with individually carded figures many times over at conventions, StarWarsShop.com, etc.

The least Hasbro could do is slightly different deco.  Grievous could've been repainted in movie colors, or the cape could have been given to the new 2008 figure which is still somewhat in demand.  Maul could have been one that wasn't also available in Evolutions packs or on an individual card.  Anakin could have been cleaned up or made dirtier.  Boba Fett could have been the figure Hasbro showed at Toy Fair and Comic-Con-- the animated sculpt in movie colors.  (And seemingly, Boba sold the best from what I've seen so far.)

I agree with Jack, the Super Battle Droid from the GBA game nobody remembers was a totally weak choice.   I admit not everybody was thrilled to see a droid from the Droids cartoon series, I was, but hey, that's me.  I can't recall anyone asking for any figures from any non-Battlefront portable-only SW games.

Compared to the Clone Wars 2-packs Wal-Mart got (which will likely ultimately all see regular carded release with slightly different deco), these were disappointing.   But I'm still curious how Wal-Mart and Hasbro define a non-success, or if the non-success remains cluttering up a large building somewhere on the west coast.

No matter how it shakes out, it seems a product that fans decided as a group was overpriced has failed.  In other words, we may have successfully, as the kids say, voted with our dollars.   Hooray?  (If the third series was like the second, I'm fine not getting whatever it would have been.  The first batch was just too good.)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: darth_sidious on November 19, 2009, 07:25 PM
I 'voted with my dollars' as you put it and didnt buy any of these, I wont purchase overpriced exclusives, especially when half of the figures are repacks that many had zero interest in.  The greedy price and lame figure choices killed this line, and I'm frankly glad to see it go.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: CHEWIE on November 19, 2009, 11:37 PM
And who is to blame that these didn't sell in spite of the obvious flaws in this line? 

Hasbro's Response: Collectors.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jabba the Slug on November 20, 2009, 01:15 AM
I'm surprised Hasbro had planned another sequel to this line - especially considering that the 2nd wave didn't do well. I think Hasbro failed because of their distribution problems - STOP BLAMING THE COLLECTORS, HASBRO! 

Thanks. :-*
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: GrandMoffNick on November 20, 2009, 07:01 AM
And who is to blame that these didn't sell in spite of the obvious flaws in this line? 

Hasbro's Response: Collectors.

Has anyone ever asked in the Q & A what kind of special high quality crack the people who answer these questions at Hasbro are on?
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: JACKOFTRADZE on November 20, 2009, 09:31 AM
 I admit not everybody was thrilled to see a droid from the Droids cartoon series, I was, but hey, that's me. 

I am with you here, I love this figure and hope to see more droids figures trickle in the line in the future.
The other protocol droid from the EU books was really cool too. sad to see this series go too many SKU's got hammered this year in the mainline. If the figures were better there really would have been less balking.

I am a bit baffled by Hasbro's statement that these underperformed, they sold out in one weekend. Only n the last week did they pop up. As I said in another post Hasbro really gave some cryptic and contradicting answers this week.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jabba the Slug on November 29, 2009, 12:25 AM
Walmart dropped the price on these bad boys! Not by $2, not by $4, not by $5...

Looky looky! (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=8591&zoneid=2)

If I had a Walmart even remotely near me, I would get up from the computer right now and GET THEM!  ;)
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Darth_Anton on November 29, 2009, 09:46 AM
I'm sure the price is on a "by store" basis.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on November 29, 2009, 11:29 PM
Walmart dropped the price on these bad boys! Not by $2, not by $4, not by $5...

Looky looky! (http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=8591&zoneid=2)

If I had a Walmart even remotely near me, I would get up from the computer right now and GET THEM!  ;)

Now all they have to do is drop them $8 more and they'll be down to what they're worth.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: EpicGon on November 29, 2009, 11:58 PM
Now if they dropped the price to $ 8

What would be the price for a solo Darktrooper in an utopical SL or EU wave (between $ 12 and $ 15)?

Another problem: perhaps packing the darktrooper in the new Lc blisters will be very hard due to their small size; and a new special pack should be needed for this wanted action figure.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Jesse James on November 30, 2009, 01:47 AM
I'm sure the price is on a "by store" basis.

Seconded...

I have a WM with $7 basic figures...  WM's price cuts and clearances are anything but predictable. 
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: evilanimation on November 30, 2009, 04:01 PM
$10, In California on one side of my town. They rich side of town they are still 17. I only got General for his cape. Just wanted the cloth cape.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 2, 2009, 09:32 PM
Found some more of these near me.  But upon closer inspection I found they were returns.  And they were returned by a local scalper who pulled the BAD parts out, resealed the packages so that he could sell the Dark Trooper online.  What a piece of s***!
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on December 2, 2009, 10:29 PM
Found some more of these near me.  But upon closer inspection I found they were returns.  And they were returned by a local scalper who pulled the BAD parts out, resealed the packages so that he could sell the Dark Trooper online.  What a piece of s***!

It's hard to believe that's even worth the effort to go to Walmart, buy them, open each one, pull the BAD part, go back to Walmart and customer service, risk being caught returning tampered goods, and all to sell 1 lousy figure online for what, $15?  I mean, you really have to be one hell of a loser to do that.

It's amazing.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Nicklab on December 3, 2009, 01:54 AM
Found some more of these near me.  But upon closer inspection I found they were returns.  And they were returned by a local scalper who pulled the BAD parts out, resealed the packages so that he could sell the Dark Trooper online.  What a piece of s***!

It's hard to believe that's even worth the effort to go to Walmart, buy them, open each one, pull the BAD part, go back to Walmart and customer service, risk being caught returning tampered goods, and all to sell 1 lousy figure online for what, $15?  I mean, you really have to be one hell of a loser to do that.

It's amazing.

It's very funny that you would respond to this.  Especially since you're acquainted with the individual who has developed a rep for doing this in my area.  It seems to be common knowledge around here that this guy is doing this with not only the Droid Factory 2-packs, but also the Droid Factory basic figures.  But his bread and butter still seems to be the Marvel Legends build-a-figures.
Title: Re: Wal-Mart Droid Factory Sets
Post by: Dressel Rebel on December 3, 2009, 08:54 AM
Found some more of these near me.  But upon closer inspection I found they were returns.  And they were returned by a local scalper who pulled the BAD parts out, resealed the packages so that he could sell the Dark Trooper online.  What a piece of s***!

It's hard to believe that's even worth the effort to go to Walmart, buy them, open each one, pull the BAD part, go back to Walmart and customer service, risk being caught returning tampered goods, and all to sell 1 lousy figure online for what, $15?  I mean, you really have to be one hell of a loser to do that.

It's amazing.

It's very funny that you would respond to this.  Especially since you're acquainted with the individual who has developed a rep for doing this in my area.  It seems to be common knowledge around here that this guy is doing this with not only the Droid Factory 2-packs, but also the Droid Factory basic figures.  But his bread and butter still seems to be the Marvel Legends build-a-figures.

Not my acquaintance, that's for sure.

I literally have no idea what you're talking about and I moved out of "your area" 5 years ago and never went back.  I've also never met any member of a Star Wars forum in person, at least not to my knowledge - I wouldn't know anyone if I fell over them and vice versa.

In any event, whether I knew him or not, he's a complete loser obviously if he pilfers pieces of action figures from stores, and that should be obvious from what I wrote 2 posts up.  And that goes for whether I've ever crossed paths with the jackass or not.