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Believe me, if they get to the point where they're considering a vintage line Rancor Keeper, then they're gonna lose me!

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 2007 Rumors... Oh my!
« on: December 12, 2006, 05:24 PM »
That seems to be referring to the coins.  Hasbro said that they're going to do some chase coins in this series.  This is the first list that we've seen mention of that.

But the original source isn't 4-inches.  It's a post from the RS forums, and the poster there cites UK e-tailer R2-DToys as the source.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: December 11, 2006, 05:39 PM »
I'll buy the Shadow Stormtrooper but I really couldn't care about the reissues.

There was a really good Q & A from The Jawa this week, that gives some insight into what's left for the retro-vintage assortment:

In regards to the Vintage line, do you cater more to the collectors versus kids? I ask because in the last Q&A you mentioned your hopes to complete the classic vintage line, including the more obscure characters. I would guess that this was a more collector-oriented line due to the pricepoint and presentation, which would lead me to believe that even the obscure characters would still sell very well. And as there are still a few vintage figures that have not yet been remade in the modern line, such as the palace version of Klaatu, this would be a great way to see these unmade characters. In addition, it would be great to see updates of some earlier figures in the Vintage line such as Admiral Ackbar, Wicket, and the Ugnaughts for example. (TJ, 12/08/06)

The vintage line is definitely a collector-oriented product because of the price point and in a way, the aesthetics of the package and figures as well (kids don't care as much about articulation, for example).  However, there are also varying degrees of collector affinity for figures as well. The more obscure the figures get, some collectors will drop out and not get the whole assortment.  This is the difference between completist collectors, and collectors who cherry-pick their favorites.  The proof of this is in the rate of sales in the vintage line.  Troop builders aside, which of course have greater depth of purchase, vintage figures sell at a rate proportionate with their overall appeal as iconic Star Wars figures and also, with the excellence of the execution of the figure and degree of "must have"-ness.  So either some kids are skewing vintage (which is possible) or there are subtypes of collectors who are causing this effect.  We think the latter is the major factor.  So naturally, this paints a backdrop of uncertainty for the "last half" say of vintage.  Will waves made up of third-tier figures be as appealing as the first and more iconic 25 or so figures we will have done by next spring?  No, they won't be to the overall collecting audience.  So that's why we can't say, with certainty, that we will ever complete an entire vintage recreation line because of this.  Hopefully we will some day, but there are a lot of figures to go and we'll probably be doing mainline versions of them before we do vintage.


In other words, when they run out of main characters, army builders, and the "more iconic" secondary characters to do, that's probably gonna be it for the vintage line.

It could be taken another way.  Obviously they're going to need some kind of a core character in the lineup to keep driving things forward.  So I think that could mean that we may get a minimum of core characters per vintage lineup so that the lineups might get more troopers and other vintage figure resculpts.

But we might also wind up with something that we got in the vintage line.  We might wind up getting different cards for the same character, IE the vintage Chewbacca being issued on Star Wars, TESB and ROTJ cards.  I think that would probably be pretty bad for the line.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guitar Hero I or II
« on: December 11, 2006, 01:16 PM »
Oh, don't worry about me.  There's moreAnd more.  AND MORE!  ;D

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: The 11 Fan Choice Figures?
« on: December 11, 2006, 01:03 PM »
Commander Neyo is rumored to be part of the Order 66 sets, but in his case that figure is supposed to be packaged with a speederbike.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Target DPCI #s
« on: December 11, 2006, 11:04 AM »
I've been somewhat surprised that there has been no discussion of this, but here goes.  It appears that the wave 8 figures may have a different DPCI/UPC number at Target as well as at other chains.  Because in both instances when I have checked out with wave 8 figures the barcodes have not been scanning at the register at both Target and Toys R Us.  Has anyone else experienced this issue?

Additionally, when I scanned a wave 8 Chewbacca at a Target store with the improved scanner (the one that gives aisle location and stock status), that figure did NOT register in the system.  So it seems there may be a new UPC barcode and that may also mean a different DPCI for the figures themselves.  HOWEVER, to make matters even more confusing, when I bought a case at Target there was a sticker on the case with the DPCI number of 087-06-0576 that is associated with TSC Basic Figures.  Very strange.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Internet Exclusive Republic Commando 7-Pack
« on: December 11, 2006, 10:53 AM »

You may actually be able to score this at local retail. 

Absolutely, especially if it's available through Diamond Direct.

I believe that the Republic Commando set MAY be available through Diamond, but there are also some scattered independent stores that have direct accounts with Hasbro.  That was the case with the store where I got my Republic Commando set.  And in contrast to that I have yet to see the Republic Commando set at any Diamond distributed comic shops to date.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guitar Hero I or II
« on: December 10, 2006, 01:22 PM »
Damn, there's barely any love in here for real guitars.  So I'll show ya mine!  ;D

And here's the real money maker!!!

It might be as old as Brent.  On second thought, I think he's older, but this is probably older than a lot of people on the forum.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: The "Final 22"
« on: December 10, 2006, 01:26 AM »
The Battle Droids in wave 8 are definitely an example of Hasbro making trade-offs.  They're made from a decent grade of plastic, so they seem to stand by well for now.  Only time is going to tell on that. 

But these figures seriously lack articulation.  No head joint to speak of.  The elbows are locked in place.  The EPISODE I Battle Droid was much better articulated than these Kashyyyk Battle Droids.

As for the sculpt, meh.  I really prefer the POTJ Security Battle Droid sculpt to this, but this is what we got.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: army building question
« on: December 10, 2006, 01:07 AM »
My focus in the past few years has definitely been on Clone Troopers.  They just seem to be the coolest army builders on the market.  But I definitely have done some army building with other army units like:

-Gungan Warriors
-Battle Droids
-Destroyer Droids
-Super Battle Droids (can't wait for the 30AC version!)
-Naboo Guards & Soldiers
-Rebels (Fleet Troopers, Hoth Troopers & Endor Troopers)
-Imperials (Stormtroopers, DS Gunners, DS Troopers & Imperial Officers)

Most of these probably haven't been done to the degree that my Clone Army has been built up, but some of them are pretty respectable.  Mainly the Gungans, Battle Droids & Stormtroopers.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: December 9, 2006, 11:38 PM »
I wound up doing really well on Modok series variants in the past day.  Last night as a TRU was closing near my job, I managed to score the red Wasp variant, Moon Knight variant and b&w Spiderwoman.  And then today I scored a Captain Marvell variant in a trade.  NICE!  Now I just have to track down a Destroyer and MAYBE a blue Wasp.  Oh, and enough regulars in the series to put together Modok.  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone been to Hawaii?
« on: December 9, 2006, 11:25 PM »
Awesome snorkling spot on Oahu is almost always going to be Hanauma Bay.  I can remember snorkling there like it was yesterday.  Too bad that was 1986!  But I definitely preferred the beach there to Waikiki.

So where are you staying on Maui, Brent?  Anywhere near the Lahaina area?  That area is just amazing.  I'm still amazed about what it was like to swim there.  I think I swam about a hundred yards off shore and dove down to the bottom.  Probably about 20 - 30 feet down, and the ocean floor was nothing but volcanic basalt.  Very cool to see if you're used to swimming where it's all sandy.  But I imagine that you might be there around a decent time of year to see some whales in the waters between Maui and Lanai.  And get some shaved ice while you're there!

Maui was amazing, but I still really want to see the Big Island.  I really need to get back there!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« on: December 9, 2006, 09:10 PM »
That was a beautiful launch!  The video from the main fuel tank after the SRB jettison was amazing, too.  I think that's the first time we've seen that camera angle during a night launch.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 9, 2006, 06:41 PM »
I scored more of wave 8 today.  Bought the following:

1 x Chewbacca
1 x Kit Fisto
1 x R5-J2
1 x Holo Commander Cody
1 x 5th Fleet Clone
1 x 442nd Clone

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