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Picked up Wave 7 Revision 1 this weekend;

Twilight [NEW]
Virago [NEW]
Republic Attack Gunship [NEW]
Neimodian Shuttle [NEW]
Anakins Jedi Interceptor w/Hyperspace Ring [NEW]
Obi-Wans CW Jedi Starfighter [REPAINT]
Wampa ARC-170 [REPAINT}
X-wing Red Leader [REPAINT]
Y-Wing Gold Leader [REPAINT]

Keep your eyes peeled for Revision 2

BARC Speeder [NEW]
Hounds Tooth [NEW]

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Questions for Hasbro?
« on: February 20, 2009, 05:52 PM »
I'm impressed with the Build-a-Droid figures. Do you consider the quality of the fully assembled figures to be on par with figures released on basic cards, battlepack sets, or vehicle pack-ins? Have you considered releasing repaints of these sculpts in those other formats? D. G.

I picked up alot at the $3 price too a few weeks ago. Then the stores restocked at the original price. I was really surprised to see them dropped so much so fast. They weren't even in the clearance aisle. It might be a good idea to check out your store to see if the restocked suddenly.

21st C 1:18 figures dropped to $1 at the Wal-Marts here in the AV So Cal). Picked up about 2 dozen last night.

Last night I picked up Wave 6 at Wal-Mart;

V-19 Torrent
Republic Tank
Shadow Speeder (repaint)
Lambda Class Shuttle (repaint)
V-Wing (repaint)
AT-TE (repaint)
Mark II Viper (repaint)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Obi-Wan's Delta-2 Jedi Starfighter
« on: December 2, 2008, 10:33 AM »
I picked up the tank the Saturday before last in Valencia. The stockboy in Wal-Mart was kind enough to open the case for me. There were no Obi-Wan CW Jedi Starfighters in there.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Obi-Wan's Delta-2 Jedi Starfighter
« on: December 1, 2008, 06:23 PM »
I picked this up at Target this morning (it was the first time I'd actually seen it), and for the most part, I think it's a nice toy.  It definitely has a very animated look to it, which is odd considering that Hasbro said they would be taking a realistic approach with the vehicles.  That said, it is pretty much identical to the animation model, so in terms of accuracy, it gets an A.  I haven't seen anyone do a really detailed review of this toy yet, so I'll run down some of the highlights and lowlights for those who are wondering what's in the box.

First of all, in comparison to the Delta-7A JSF mold that Hasbro has been using since 2002, this is a bit smaller, but not by much.  Most of the size difference is in the wingspan, as the 7B is a bit more slender than the 7A.  The 7A is just slightly (maybe half an inch) longer than the 7B, but the 7B is a bit thicker, especially near the engines/cockpit area.  (Paging "Quote Your Fellow Posters Out of Context" thread!)

The action feature of separating into two ships works pretty well, with the rear section looking like a prototype of the ETA Interceptor JSFs.  I should note, though, that the TIE Fighter cockpit window in front of the cockpit in this mode is NOT a transparent piece, and there are no opening solar panels on the wings either.  It truly does look like a rough prototype for the ETA and, as a toy, it looks nice.  The cockpit itself is rather huge and, while it fits the animated Obi-Wan figure well, a soft goods skirt piece would really help that, but that has nothing to do with this ship.

The front half (or as it is referred to on the packaging, the "drone ship") has spring out wings and a drop-down missle launcher (think the BMF hidden cannon on the bottom, but non-rotating).  The interesting thing is that not only can the droid socket hold an astromech, it is also made so that a regular action figure can sit in the drone cockpit (the character's head will stick through the astromech slot, meaning it would have to be an atmospheric ship) if you wish.  I tried several astromech droids (notably the R4-G9 mold and the R5 droid from the Y-Wing) in the slot and all worked really well, although the animated R2-D2 mold works best due to the shoulders not sticking up so far.

There are a couple of sore points, however.  The first is that there is no R4-P17 figure at retail to put in the astromech socket.  One of my key arguments with Hasbro is making ships with no corresponding pilots to go in them (or vice versa), and the fact that the packaging artwork features R4-P17 on it even though there is no figure available is kind of irritating to say the least.  Also on this line of thinking, the instructions note that the fighter works with the Hyperdrive Ring (sold separately!) even though you can't get a Hyperspace ring separately, unless you live near a TRU and want to spring for the whole JSF assembly all over again.  It's nice that Hasbro made it so that it would work with existing toys (and, for the record, it does work perfectly with the Hyperdrive ring from the Obi-Wan JSF), but to say something is sold separately when it is clearly not is disturbing.

I'd also like to note that the ship has no landing gear, which is kind of bothersome.  The pull-down missle launcher on the front of the ship functions as the front landing gear and I realize that to include the type of landing gear from the 2002 JSF mold would have necessitated dropping the pull-down launcher from the toy completely, but the ship already has two launchers on the top, so the one on the underside is totally unnecessary and I would have rather had landing gear instead.  Maybe that's just me, though.

All in all, ancillary griping aside, the toy works really well as a toy, looks like the animation model, and holds the associated figures well (even if said figures don't actually exist as yet).  While I still like the 2002 mold better (excluding the stupid action feature on that mold), this one looks nice, is sturdy, and is worth picking up if you're a fan of the series.  I just hope that Hasbro gets on the ball and puts out an R4-P17 and maybe offers individual Hyperdrive rings on their website or as a mailaway to go with it. 

If not having an an R4-P17 bothers you it should be noted that in the Clone Wars movie R2-D2 did inhabit the droid socket (apparently this is how he made it to the surface). Also the Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring is available and in stock at Toys R Us .com, for $24.45 with free shipping, about the price of a regular midsize vehicle in the store. I think the lower forward missle launcher was great idea, because it gives the forward section some firepower. This adds play value if your a kid and has to share his toy.

Saturday I picked up;

Z-95 Headhunter
P-38 Magnafighter
Anakins CW Jedi Starfighter
Rogue Tie Fighter
Ayla Securas Jedi Starfighter

At Target

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: SUPER VULTURE DROID
« on: December 1, 2008, 03:39 PM »
That looks cool.

Is this something we're actually going to see on the TV show?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / CW Super Vulture Droid
« on: December 1, 2008, 03:27 PM »
Entertainment Earth and BBTS have these up for preorder.

What are these?

My guess is we'll get a Droid Starfighter the size of Greivous starfighter that can fire more missles and perhaps have a cockpit for more play value.

« on: November 21, 2008, 11:30 AM »
I've never reviewed anything before but I thought this was so cool I'd try.

The Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter is an entirely new sculpt based on the vehicle used by Obi-Wan Kenobi (and for a moment Anakin Skywalker) in the Clone Wars movie. Visibly it differs little to the Episode II Jedi Starfighter, but this toy is an entirely different animal.

At first glance it appears that the only difference is the location of the astromech navigator, this is not true, for instead of a fixed offset "dome" the CW Starfighter has a full working droid socket, where you can place any astromech you wish (I believe we are close to 40 different R2s, R3s, R4s, R5s, and R7s).

I love this feature and wish they would apply this to all vehicles with astromechs. The X-wing, ARC 170, and Episode III Jedi Starfighter have applied droid sockets with mixed results, but here they got it perfect. The droid socket is actually an open cockpit with a hinged access panel. Snap open the panel, drop in your R2, swivel the dome a little (to avoid it's holoprojectors), and snap it shut. The droid fits in snugly and at just about the right height. I tried it with the R4-G9 and clear domed R-3 figures and they both look great.

But that's not all! The droid socket is also a full sized cockpit sculpted and detailed for a standard 3 3/4" action figure. Say you want to take Cody into battle, you can. Say after landing you want to take a short trip; ditch the droid, eject the front section, and you can. Lots of play possibilities.

That's right I forgot, the forward section is removable, creating 2 vehicles. The forward section with the droid cockpit slides out and 2 small wings spring out. It is armed with a retractable missile launcher underneath. The back section by itself resembles the Episode III Jedi Starfighter, even so far as having a (fake) forward viewport. The back section is armed with 2 missile launchers.

For added play value those guys at Hasbro designed this vehicle to fit nicely with the hyperspace ring, made available last year at Toys R Us. Simply remove the side mounted missles and it snaps in place. One interesting feature that I think adds play value is that the forward section fits in nicely ALONE. Those hyperspace rings always seemed so vulnerable, now your R2 can pilot it to a safe distance 'til the battle is over.

I think this a great toy with a lot of play value. If I had one as a kid I can imagine playing with it for hours.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Republic Gunships (WM, TRU, & Target?)
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:23 PM »
I can't find anymore Gunships......Scalpers? You think, or was this a popular re-re-release? 

They probably just moved them. I saw a ton of BMFs, Gunships and A-wings in the Hardware Dept over here.

Looks like a Ka 60

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Target "The Battle of Christophsis" UBP
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:12 PM »
AT Only Target?

The Legacy Collection / Re: The Big Vehicles - Did You Buy Them?
« on: September 5, 2008, 02:34 PM »
I bought the Falcon last night at the urging of my wife, who was tired of hearing me talk about getting it. Now she's gonna get tired of hearing it, instead. :D

Do you have kids?

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