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The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: September 2, 2017, 06:32 PM »
Good ship but I was getting those for single digits...  not long ago actually.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 2, 2017, 05:22 PM »
I didn't see a lot of absurdity but I mean it's inevitable you'll see something you're ashamed of haha.

That said I do see more from "peers" in the whole collecting site/news world that makes me feel some collecting shame than the guys out at the stores, haha.

That said I saw some little kids too, including little girls running around with figures and excited.  That was nice.  And contrary to the BS the centerpieces seem to have a solid 50% sell through so far.  Not bad for $50 things.  Basic figures seem to be moving.  Rose not so much so far, and Hux, but heroes for sure and FO Troopers too.  The 2 packs are the only basic 5poa figs I see regularly.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 2, 2017, 02:00 PM »
Fast Times and Platoon customs

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 1, 2017, 10:04 PM »
You find some odd stuff...  I never manage this at garage sales.  I'm usually out for snap on, mac, matco, or older US made craftsman tools, and old c clamps and things.  You find cool Star Wars stuff though.  I'd love another Turbo Tank to custom up into a "troop truck" Imperial vehicle.   :-\

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:56 PM »
I didn't do a ton of damage actually McMetal, but some...

Last night I was out with friends in a larger suburb north of Pittsburgh (Near the Lemieux complex where my Pens practice, go Pens!), and since I only was really jonesing for 3.75" Black Series, I kinda knew my night was short.

None of those were out, nothing new anyway, and so at TRU where most of the crew was, I got a Probot which was one of only a few they had.  More Rathtars, so I'm assuming they're more heavily packed than the probe droid?  Either way I got a probe droid and it's quite neat.  I had 2 $3 off coupons so it was only $15 basically so that was nice too.

They (TRU) were the only ones who had a significant presence of stuff...  Wal-Mart was so-so.  No basic ships, figures, or other similar stuff, only pre-pack displays were put out at midnight.  Dunno what happened there later though, of course.

My WM (which I hit on the way home) had put out some basic stuff, but basic figures were picked to one figure left per peg and all Rose, Pilot lady, & Hux.

Target nearby my area was also the only one on this side of the city open, and it too was picked over when we got there.

Today I went out and got an A-Wing and Rathtar at K-Mart for points.  No basic figures (though they had them at least).  They didn't have the Ren ship and I didn't see the CB Speeder at Kmart either, kinda odd.  I only wanted the Rathtar and A-Wing and Probot first day so I was fairly happy.  No basic figure screamed "buy me now!" and Rose having a TBS 4" figure means I probably won't get her but on clearance maybe.  The female pilot I may get though, she looked quite badass.

Other than that though, yeah, not much.  That's ok though, I'm just anxious for the TBS4" stuff right now. 

Oh and I got 3 of the Jedha Revolt sets for $4 a pop.  Forgot about those but yeah, that was my score of the day!

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" TIE Silencer w/Kylo Ren
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:46 PM »
This one is on my radar...  probably not for full $50 but I'm eying it up for sure.  The light-up engine alone had my attention but the ship overall seems like they went the extra mile with it.  I thought maybe Ren would have some kind of flight gear or at least his bucket.  It's one of the only ships I've seen with any regularity, actually.  So far the A-Wing and CB Speeder I don't see as often.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Figure 2-Packs
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:45 PM »
Didn't buy any 2-packs but the guard looks nice, and so does Boba...  The big dumb guns are definitely and improved thing this year, and they appeared less big, and less dumb.  Still not my cup of tea as pack-ins go, but at least a step in the right direction.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Resistance A-Wing Fighter with Tallie
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:43 PM »
I got the AWing today at K-Mart for a whopping $0.00!  I had points I'd been sitting on the better part of this year, so time to cash in.  Plus like $12 was expiring anyway.  Got that and a Rathtar for freebie free.  Hooray me.

The A-Wing is pretty damn cool.  It's sleeker (IE: Thinner) and a little generally smaller than the old A-Wing sculpt, but miles superior to the A-Wing last year, which I'm customizing into an A-Wing prototype pre-rebellion. 

The new one is pretty much everything I could've wanted in a McQuarrie A-Wing I was going to do myself, but now don't have to.  It has a few flaws, mostly minor, but not much.

The Pilot is even decent despite a non-removable bucket and the of course crummy articulation.  She's got a very nice crisp sculpt and even the leg straps and things are sculpted to have depth to them.  Separate bits would've been better but this is life these days.  The separate visor is a vastly superior effort to last year's crap pilots, and the figure is painted very nicely.  Kind of McQuarrie-ish herself really.

The ship's deco is nice...  not great, and lacks the little dirt/soot and silver dings that the POTF2 ship had, but it has some paint chipping and it's generally decent for this era.

The ship has a forward landing gear but not a rear, and I believe I've seen that the ships have 2 rear struts ala the old A-Wing sculpt, and so that's kind of me, but the overall sculpt of the ship is nice and crisp, and the fact you do get one fold away strut in the front is very nice.  Would 2 more have killed em?  Eh, probably not, and I wish it was there.  It's probably my only real gripe.

The ship is narrow but seems accurately scaled, which is my litmus test for whether I even buy a vehicle now or not.  I've compared some pics and things, and I think it's pretty on the mark.  A-Wings have kind of had a history of "what the hell scale is it!?" over the years too, and I suspect the new one may have similar issues, especially as the new production is using a lot less digital work and more practical stuff.

The end result is, for me, a toy that's not quite as good as the old POTF2 ship was, but in this day and age I think this is a nice ship for $30, and I'll be getting 1-2 more for a nice little flight of them, perhaps a custom different squad...  Love me some good quality A-Wing-ing.

The Last Jedi / Re: TLJ 3.75" Basic Figure Line
« on: September 1, 2017, 09:35 PM »
Barely anything here outside of TRU.  Target, Walmart, Kmart, all pooped the proverbial bed on these.

6" wasn't terribly different but a little better it seemed.

I wasn't buying much of anything so I wasn't impacted personally but yeah, that bites.

Saw a little girl going with a Rose and Hux figure today, and thought that was nice to see.  She seemed happy.  I'm glad because that was all the WM had that I saw.

Yeah I think that is the executioner 3.75" fig there.  Only one knee joint.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 02:30 PM »
Front page has lots of stories from lots of outlets for you to peruse...  Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo, etc.  The usual suspects this time of year. 

Lots of new toys to oogle, and using the Yakface Checklist, plan your trips tonight and into the weekend

Not sure it's a multi-pack.  I know where you're coming from that though Diddly, on the wording in the article, but it's sounding more like just an "assortment" how I read it.

Story's from Hollywood Reporter.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 01:26 AM »
As promised by Jayson over at, we have our FREE Force Friday II checklist!

Thanks to Jayson for putting this together...  Some really ****** people were copy/pasting stuff from it when it was being compiled publicly, so it had to go to a hidden reveal till now.  Sucks, but that's the way some blogs are/were behaving.  *shrugs*

Anyway, it's almost time, and Jayson released the full list, so have a copy handy and enjoy, and thanks again to Jayson for putting it together.

The Last Jedi / Re: Force Friday II - September 1, 2017
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:29 PM »
It's the new age of Disney...  Is what it is.

I've had some ok luck between my friends and myself but they don't seem to be consistent with putting things on it.  I kept hopping for an extra Chopper just because it'd be cool for other configurarions on the shelf.  Alas he is still a Park exclusive.  I think I got a RO and TFA set on it though.

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