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I did not mean to imply anything sinister in EE's actions re the Darth Vader fighter.  On the contrary, I think it's the collecting community as a whole reacting to the lack of good information coming from Hasbro on a regular basis.

I think that some collectors have grown rather savvy about how Hasbro disseminates information and that lead to my methodology in this case.  Let's just look at some of the factors:

-Hasbro has issued the yellow Anakin starfighter in 3 different packages to date (ROTS Sneak preview, ROTS and TSC).  Why re-release it in 30AC packaging as well?
-Hasbro has released 6 repaints of the Aectis-2 Jedi Starfighters to date.  Why not get another paintjob in rotation?
-Hasbro stated in a recent Q&A that one of the TRU exclusive ROTS Jedi Starfighters is likely to be reissued in 2007
-The only Jedi Starfighter that seems to be listed in a 2007 case assortment at this time is an Anakin Skywalker fighter
-Collectors are probably much more likely to but the green fighter in new packaging than another reissue of the yellow fighter.

With all of those factors, you can probably understand why people would come to these kinds of conclusions.  Now here are a couple of questions for you though Adam.
-Have there been any Hasbro images for the remainder of the Assault vehicle line in the 30AC?
-At any point did the Anakin fighter share the same item number as the Obi-Wan fighter or Mace Windu fighter?

I think that either of these things might shed a little light on the situation.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Acquisitions
« on: December 7, 2006, 06:39 PM »
Scored the following today:

___  SAGA # 056  Holographic Clone Commander Cody
___  SAGA # 057  Clone Trooper - 442nd Siege Battalion
___  SAGA # 058  R5-J2 - Imperial Astromech
___  SAGA # 059  Clone Trooper - 5th Fleet Security
___  SAGA # 061  Super Battle Droid 
___  SAGA # 062  Battle Droid 2-pack 

Passed on the repacks and couldn't find the AOTC Clone Sergeant.

Also scored a Titanium Ultra Millenium Falcon.

Oh, and I scored the Republic Commando 7-Pack at a local retailer that somehow winds up getting almost all of the online exclusives.

That's the one they have images for.  But seeing how the yellow version was reissued this year in TSC packaging, it's a fair bet that the version in the 30AC line is going to be the green one.

As for the image on EE's site, I'm thinking that it might just be a case of them trying to offer up an image even though it's inaccurate.  After all they did show a photoshopped version of a black Jedi Starfighter and offer that up as the Darth Vader Sith starfighter well before Hasbro offered up an image of the real thing.  This could be a similar case.

* Green Anakin Starfighter (great repaint for their beloved $19.99 asst)

This might actually be on the way.  If you check some of EE's case assortments for the assault vehicle line, there is in fact an Anakin starfighter due out in 2007.  And there was a hint in the Hasbro Q&A that one of the two Toys R Us exclusive ROTS Jedi starfighters might be reissued for the 30AC.

I think both of the TRU exclusive fighters are cool, but I would have preferred more movie accurate paint jobs.  Both of those were a bit off in the paint apps.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Darth Revan
« on: December 6, 2006, 12:47 PM »
The likeness seems pretty dead-on.  I definitely like the sculpt.  But obviously the molded plastic robes are going to limit the poseability of this figure.  Still it looks like Hasbro is trying to make up for that by putting in ball jointed elbows and shoulders.

Now that this figure is on the way, it's really going to need some kind of a KOTOR companion piece.  Perhaps Darth Malak or Bastila?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: December 5, 2006, 12:37 PM »
Which, like I said in my previous post, Snape will become the new Headmaster of Hogwarts!! It won't be Minerva, she's getting on in years. There's no other professor that can handle the position. Snape was trusted completely by Dumbledore, and I bet he left something behind for Snape to carry out his last wish and take over as Headmaster!

After the way book 6 ended?  I find that highly unlikely.  I thought that Snape took off after he killed Dumbeldore.  I think that it's likely that if he's playing the double agent, then he'll see things through that he might get close to Voldemort for book 7.  And I can see Professor McGonagall taking over Hogwart's for that book.

The one thing that keeps coming back to me is Sirius Black.  Somehow I don't think he died in the Department of Mysteries.  I think he's going to be back in book 7.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Battle of Yavin (Death Star) Wave
« on: December 4, 2006, 11:02 PM »
I hear ya.  You might want to try doing what I've done with my own Moff Jerjerrod.  I used some of those small, clear rubberbands that Hasbro has been using and brought Jerjerrod's ankles a little closer together.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Battle of Yavin (Death Star) Wave
« on: December 4, 2006, 10:26 PM »
Why in the hell are they sculpting figures with their legs spread apart so far?  The Guard and DST both suffer from Jerjerrod disease

Somewhat, but they do have articulated knees.  The Death Star Trooper and Biggs are tremendous improvements over the previous versions.  

The Han is okay, too.  It's basically a VOTC Han Solo with some minor changes.  But I like the change in the little details like the gloves and headset.  I had thought that we were going to be getting a medal ceremony Han Solo, which is truthfully kind of boring.  This is at least a little more interesting.

The Rebel guard is cool, IMO.  The detail looks nice, and the accessories are pretty good.  I'll agree that the stance is a little wide, but it might make the figure a little more stable.

The concept Fett is kind of a mystery.  It looks like there might be some kind of a cape.  But the real thing that I'm wondering is whether or not there are there interchangeable heads?  And what's the deal with that chest plate?

I think I would've preferred the Coruscant wave versions of Anakin and Obi-Wan in the reissues, but in the grand scheme of things those aren't that big a deal.  The lineup for Saga Legends is an army builder's dream come true.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Target Exclusive Imperial Shuttle
« on: December 4, 2006, 04:15 PM »
The buying patterns have indeed been kind of weird on this Imperial Shuttle.  It sat for the first week or so, but after word got out it's started to sell pretty well.  But then I wonder if the package variant collectors might be buying them all up in order to get the figures in the different positions in the window.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: December 2, 2006, 03:43 PM »
Cool kick-save pose on CuJo.  But how many CuJo's is this now?  And for that matter, how many Red Wings?  Make some other teams, please Todd!!!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: December 2, 2006, 03:41 PM »
Is it me, or are there some good variants in the Modok wave and Face Off 2?  I'd really like to get a Destroyer and that Captain Marvel variant.  And I'm liking almost everything in the Face Off 2 variant series.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: December 2, 2006, 12:32 PM »
Scored the Cantina tin set yesterday and a Vader Sith Starfighter today.  Very nice pieces!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Still Use (Or Have) a VCR?
« on: November 30, 2006, 11:16 PM »
As long as the two that I have continue to work, I'll have them.  With as many tapes as I have of movies, music videos, shows and other recordings that are only on VHS tape, it'll be a while until I finally retire my VHS machines.


I thought this would be the final straw with me for this line until I went into Target today to see the same Bossks and Sandtrooper that have been there for at least the last 4 months, covered in dust, along with a new shelf tag that said "NCF" on it for them.  Which means, "NOT CARRYING FORWARD."  Meaning Target isn't getting anymore, and given Wal-Mart's glut of the same on a much larger level, I doubt WM will be getting anymore either.

I had read this post before going to a Target store today, and I was mindful of this when I was in the action figure aisle.  I saw a NCF on the shelf tag for the Transformers Titanium figures.  As for the Star Wars titanium figures?  No sign of that NCF.  At least at that particular store.

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