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Back in stock.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:40 PM »
I've had my Star Wars comics stacking up lately and going unread, and as a result have considered stopping my subscription service for these.  Its not a huge amount of money, and not a huge amount of space, but I'm not sure why I still get them.

I think half the problem is that I've grown frustrated with "how comics work".  Maybe this worked better in the past, maybe I'm just getting old, maybe I've got too much other stuff going on, but I don't think they've changed their model in the 45+ years I've been alive. 

I don't like getting a monthly story snippet that is part of a larger story arc that I last read 30+ days ago and won't read again for 30+ days.  Nobody reads a novel a couple chapters a month taking six months to finish it.  I think I would be much happier about reading comics if they could move from a monthly model to a quarterly larger bound story arc where they would combine four normal monthly issues in to one larger "book".  You could still string these together to have a continuing title, but I grow frustrated with reading the stories in small bites. 

TV and cable doesn't work this way - Game of Thrones doesn't show one episode a month on HBO.  They build them all up and show them back to back for two months.  I feel comics need to move to this model as my attention span can't handle the way they've continue to operate.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Toys R Us (Or: Die, Dinosaur, Die!)
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:23 AM »
And let's not even get into the absurdity of the "TRU Tax" on LEGO sets.

This part just blows my mind.  You gotta be in a huge hurry or just ignorant to pay an extra 10% to buy Legos at TRU.  Even when they do a BOGO 40% off you're still generally better off just buying from Amazon or Target with a red card.

The only time I get Legos at TRU is when they've got an exclusive that is interesting, and even then I often buy "their exclusive" via Lego.com to get double VIP points.

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I saw this all over the place on Force Friday (each store seemed to get a case ?8?), but by Force Saturday they were all sold out.

I ended up passing on it to start with, but assume like all Target exclusives this will be easy to come by as they restock.  Glad to see they're restocking as I've been watching for this and haven't seen it restock.  Although most of the Targets around here are still packed with the Rogue One AT-ACT Driver.  I'm not sure if they're sharing DCPIs or not.

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:17 AM »
Do we think Disney really cares that much about the timing of merchandising?  I know it will make things really difficult for Disney's merchandising partners, but do you think there are penalties or other things in the licensing contract that would put inventory carrying costs on to Disney, or something like that?

I get the feeling that Hasbro is mostly at the mercy at Disney's decisions.

I know this is mostly a toy forum and we're all toy collectors, but I think Disney is in the drivers seat and Hasbro is just along for the ride.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" First Order Playset?
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:33 PM »
Surprisingly, these seem to have sold through at some of my local Targets, or were maybe shoved in back and not given shelf space.

I'm interested in getting this, but I didn't pull the trigger on this so will be watching for future deals. 

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII (SPOILER FREE)
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:28 PM »
Any whispers on when pre-sale tickets are going to take place?

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Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2017 Droid Factory Sandcrawler Playset
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:22 PM »
Have we heard anymore about this and when its supposed to be out?

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I think its a great strategy to focus on the OT, but would like to see them get all new things like Hammerhead, Walrusman, Snaggletooth, Ewoks, Endor Leia, etc. than some weak spirit variation of Obi-Wan.

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Got the Boba and C-3PO exclusives, but passed on the Vader as I'm trying to skip as many variations as I can in the 6" line. 

I couldn't be less interested in this release.

I don't know if Walgreen's has a choice of what they take, or if they're only allowed to take variations on existing figures.  It would be nice to see them get all new exclusives (like GameStop, Target, etc.).

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: TRU 6" Rey with Crait Base
« on: September 8, 2017, 12:17 PM »
Does anyone know if the figure itself is any different between the "With base" releases and the standard versions?  Probably worth getting anyway for the improved accessories, but just curious.

If the new one is very similar but slightly better, I may bring back the basic version I already got and just get this new "with base" version.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Favorite Line(s) of All Time
« on: September 5, 2017, 09:29 PM »
30th Anniversary Collection is by far my favorite line within Star Wars.  The creativity and breadth was awesome - Yoda & Kybuck?!?!?

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The Sequel Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: September 5, 2017, 09:26 PM »
This reminds me of situations at work where someone is a great manager, or great employee, but is terrible at hiring people because they don't understand EQ, or the company culture and how all the pieces fit together. 

I'm not sure who is hiring these directors (Kennedy?), but whoever is doing the hiring may lack the EQ or skills to really understand what it is going to take for a director to succeed.  Its not just about finding "a great director, but finding a good director who can work within the constructs of the Lucasfilm machine.

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Weird. 

Just got off the phone with HTS.com and they were "holding my order due to the high dollar value" ($317 for two Landspeeders and Thrawns).  They didn't send an e-mail or try and reach out to me, so I'm not sure how long they were planning on holding my order.

After verifying my info they promised they would ship it tomorrow.

I guess I've never ordered this much from HTS.com at one time before, but I'm sure I've broken $200 before without a problem.

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The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ Force Link Gauntlet (aka CommTech 2.0?)
« on: September 5, 2017, 11:03 AM »
I was looking for this coupon too and couldn't find it at my local grocery store. 

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