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Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: September 20, 2008, 03:04 PM »
I don't know if you're interested in going the online route, but HTS routinely has those sets in stock there - if you don't mind paying the shipping.  I've gotten both the Mos Eisley and Vader's TIE sets there, and haven't seen either of them locally.  Actually, I haven't seen any of the new sets at retail, and I don't think our Targets or WMs have any at all right now (or for awhile).  TRU here routinely has the X-Wing and Jabba repackaged sets.

I wouldn't be totally sure your areas have even gotten the Dewback wave yet (well, maybe like two cases at Target).  I miss out on items, too, but I refuse to believe those sets would have come and gone in my own area without me seeing Arena scenes left behind.  Those things are both a prequel item and, well, incredibly lame.  I've known when I've missed Vader's Ties because I've seen JSFs here and there - and it's a way better offering. 

I'm not sure I've heard anybody east of California mention a find at Wal-mart.  Target and TRU sightings, sure, but a ton of Wal-marts don't seem to have carried anything except the Jabba/Biggs wave (i.e. don't seem to have ordered anything since 7/26).   

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: September 13, 2008, 01:44 AM »
This line is really good at realizing the "playability" to its full potential.

*Almost* full potential  ;).  I guess I'm still a tiny bit miffed about buying a Poncho Leia that can't ride a speeder bike.  At best, that one is going to mean a future redo effort that could have gone toward some other figure, instead (like an Ewok Village Leia). 

Also, the newest wave has a couple figures with thin and soft plastic bits that might not stand up so great against pre-school play, and that really shouldn't ever be necessary to achieve the right GH look.  Specifically, I'm not optimistic about those tiny arm joints on the Destroyer Droid, or to a lesser extent the arm on Bar2's dome.

Still, A+++ for playability.  Considering the 3.75" history, I'm a humongous jerk for complaining about the *very* few playability misfires in GH.  Paploo's hand, the Rancor's mouth, and the HUGE cockpit on Vader's Tie are all so insanely awesome  that they manage to go back and make some older Galactic Heroes toys even more awesome than they had a right to be.  That's crazy.  Any bets on whether battle droids can ride the new STAP?

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: September 5, 2008, 03:00 PM »
Personally, for a good while now, I've mostly just been wanting a couple of cute little Vulture Droidfighters for my boys to chase after with their N-1s (and now JSF).  A Droid Trifighter couldn't hurt either, though it's probably even less exciting.  I realize these aren't passenger vehicles, and that's usually most of a vehicle's charm; but for that reason they could be super small and still get the job done.

Meanwhile, did we just miss our best chance for a Malakili?  I realize we shouldn't be expecting Galactic Heroes to blanket the Vintage assortment (especially as 3.75 still hasn't done it)... but, man, it's getting there nicely anyway!  Even if a newly tooled figure would have stretched cost in the Rancor box, it might have been nice in a 2-pack released around the same time. 

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: August 6, 2008, 03:39 PM »
i found vader's tie and the jedi starfighter at target today. the starfighter shows a battle droid on the back, but he's nowhere to be found. is that just mine?

Not just yours (it's on the back, and also on the bottom where they have illustrated cut-outs of each scene from the CS "wave" - in this case JSF/DVT).  Not only is it a battle droid, but it's an un-ranked beige battle droid.  I really hope it shows up someplace else, and frankly hope it shows up either multiple places or someplace more accessible than with a $20 vehicle. 

I have seen no one post that the Obi-Wan/ Clone repack has an Orange Clone now versus a Red one.

The first that I saw about that was actually in pictures that showed up in this thread a page or two back... around the time of C:J... and you're right, nobody wrote a word about it, anywhere at all that I can find.  There has been neither official fanfare (it's marketed like a repack) nor unofficial discussion about it... which raises two points:

1.  Information about this line is getting VERY difficult to keep up with. 
2.  I'm suspecting people have no idea how to react to this line anymore. 

Should I be annoyed that I have to eat like my 9th E3 Obi Wan to get a very midly interesting clone repaint or should I be happy it got painted orange at all?  Should I mention either reaction to other people?  Don't even get me started on the number of posts I've written and deleted regarding 3 X-wing releases this year.  It means something.  I should feel some way about it.  But it could mean any, and any combination, of about 12 different things - broad or narrow in implication.  I think I'd like to start seeing a little more frequent GH discussion in the Hasbro Q&As (any sites), especially as Indy focus winds down. 

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:00 PM »
Wow, I suppose a new clone-armor Obi-Wan shouldn't exactly be thrilling, but the fact that he won't have a cape between his legs to keep him from riding a speeder bike is GREAT news!!

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 25, 2008, 09:50 AM »
Picture of new dewback set:


Are the sandtroopers new (in terms of deco)?

I think they both may be:  One has a black pauldron (new for GH), and the other MIGHT be retooled (holding a regular blaster instead of the rifle,  and holding some sort of dewback-prodding electrostaff in the other hand).

That said, I'm not too sure about the possibly retooled one.  From the angle, I can't be positive that it's a blaster and not the rifle, and I'm pretty sure I'm not seeing the electrostaff thing that was in the Toyfair photo.   The boxed photo has a few other differences from what Hasbro had in their Toyfair presentation, including 2 fewer figures:

Toyfair also showed a third Sandtrooper (dirty with white pauldron, like in the Cantina Encounter)
Toyfair also showed another Garindan repack (for some reason)
Toyfair showed Chewie with the stormtrooper blaster; this one is back to his cool bowcaster

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: June 15, 2008, 07:09 PM »
I just noticed that Obi Wan's Jedi Starfighter, as well as Darth Vader's TIE are up on ebay (in Hong Kong) right now.  It has packaged pictures of each, which I wasn't sure we had seen before.

Nice find!  Hey, I think I'm seeing some kind of bomb packaged with the Jedi Starfighter.  I recall hearing that the tie has either sounds or blast-off wings (iirc, it's one or the other, not both), but I don't remember anything about Obi-Wan's fighter dropping a bomb.  That's pretty cool!

ETA - Hmmm, I'm a dummy, the box has said "Drop bomb from fighter!"  as far back as Toy Fair.  Also, on re-examination, I'm pretty sure that bomb will be deployed by turning or pressing the dedicated  R4 head.  If that's the main reason the ship doesn't have an open astromech slot for use with the 2-leg mold, I guess I'm less enthused.   Oh well, that's like a 99 instead of a 100.

Also, not that I really understand their factory process, but I guess it could have been an early design decision because they knew the 2-leg mold wouldn't be available - like if re-tooling for the BAR2-D2 or pumping out the X-Wing scene would have it tied up somehow. 

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: May 16, 2008, 10:36 AM »
I've seen the new wave near Albany, NY.  I thought we were going to get a Galactic Marine Galactic Hero.  Is that not correct?  I knew about Bacara, but could have sworn I've seen something online about the Marine too.  Maybe that's just wishful thinking.  Anyone else remember that?  Or is it just a great idea?

Maybe you're thinking of next year's Target exclusive "Order 66" Cinema Scene - featuring all the Jedi, Clone Commanders, and Clone pilots we're being sold right now, plus a couple repainted snow troopers and phase-2 clones.  That, or something equally terrible, is so inevitable you must have thought it was official.   ;)

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:08 AM »
Random question:   What do you guys do with the "soft goods" capes on your Darth Vaders?  For no good reason, all 37 (or whatever it is) of ours still have that stitch that keeps the capes folded over on themselves.  I think they look cool enough both ways (I like the way the still-stitched ones can appear to "blow" out behind him), but every now and then I think about the weird decision these present.  Most pictures I see are also still stitched, but my instincts suggest you're probably "supposed" to snip them open at some point. 

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: April 15, 2008, 10:43 AM »
It's a shame you couldn't catch them on clearance.  I saw them briefly for $10 at Wal-mart (after I'd bought them), and that's not real common here.

I really like the Cantina Band set.  It does play a short but surprisingly nice sounding clip of the first Cantina Band song (and lights a blue LED); and all 4 of the band members are given their correct instruments, making a total of 5 unique members when you add in your Figrin D'an.  As standalones,  I like this squat little group even better than their 3.75" counterparts.  Even the rehashed Hammerhead and Duros are both kinda interesting repaints.  I consider the Duros the most interesting of all the Cantina repaints, since he(she?) at least completes a Baniss Keeg/Ellors Madak pair (as seen on screen, more or less). 

Cantina Encounter was much more lame, and keeps getting lamer.  The dirty Sandtroopers are already less compelling with the Dewback set coming later this year.  Dirty R2, silver-leg C3PO, and Blue Snaggletooth are all interesting in their own ways - but this is mostly a tough decision for a really cool Wuher.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: March 25, 2008, 11:13 AM »

Its amazing how quickly these seem to sell out though, particularly the Target sets.  They are gone literally in a couple of days here. 

One day after the reset, and all I found at our Target #2 was a lonely Mustafar.  I'm under the vague impression that Targets always stock their exclusives at least once... but if it weren't for that, I'd be pretty suspicious that Target #1 isn't going to stock these things at all.  Pretty annoying that I have to jump through hoops for the privelege of paying $20 for 2 new GH figures. 

Hasbro gave a Q&A response to one of the other sites about the Cinema Scenes this week.  It was mumbo jumbo, but they suggested they have been doing enough to the other (non-new) figures to, they feel, keep the full sets interesting to collectors.  I maintain there's no way they believe that.  They are deliberately presenting collectors with a stupid choice, and that's that. 

1.  I'm sure doing it that way meets several business aims (some good some bad)
2.  I think Hasbro AND collectors have benefitted in the past when they've opened up about tough marketing decisions
3.  I wish they would be open about this.  I wish it because I believe they are truly handling this wrong (and I think I can say that from a relatively non-naive place).  I think open communication MIGHT present better solutions for 2009/2010 before it's too late.  But whatever.

Also, once again, I am fully convinced the new figures in these sets are getting noticably worse paint applications.  I have no good theory why this is, and I'm actually not even all that put out about it...  but after several releases lately, I'm pretty sure I'm right.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Hayden Christensen hates Star Wars, too
« on: March 18, 2008, 09:48 AM »
To be fair, I think the special effects and storylines in Star Wars are great.  However, the acting is somewhat lacking in the prequels and I would chalk that up to poor directing.  Lucas is a great storyteller and visionary, but he isn't without flaws.  I think the movies would have turned out better if someone else had directed.

All that being said, its poor taste to rip someone or soemthing that helped build your career.  I would argue that even Natalie Portman benefitted from her work on Star Wars.

I have my suspicisions that Lucas is really just a worse boss of actors than he is a director of them - and that's what alot of this is about.  Filming a movie, especially on location, seems like a cross between a job and summer camp.  I get the feeling Lucas could not possibly care any less about how well that job or camp is run from the perspective of the actors. 

When I've had crummy bosses making work miserable, they taint the way I feel about everything related to the job - but my instinct is to blame the work and not the boss, because the boss is a real person with real feelings (who I might even like!).  As a result, I can never strike the right (honest) tone when talking about my crummy job - and I'd much rather just not talk about it at all.   

I seem to remember the worst Portman quotes coming after E1.  She was right at the height of her adolescence, completely without peers, the filming schedule was brutal, and she was miserable.  I'm pretty sure everybody was up front about the fact half her scenes were filmed like 10 seconds after a crying spell.  Imagine suffering through that, and then looking ahead to 2 more movies on your contract.  Especially when, according to Howard Stern anyway, being on most movie sets is like being on a vacation where you are treated like royalty.

All of this unfounded and probably unreasonable, or course.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: March 13, 2008, 04:35 PM »
Quote from:  Hasbro Q&A with JD
3. The Galactic Heroes shown at Toy Fair looked awesome. A dewback, a rancor, new vehicles - everything fans of the line have been asking for and more! However, you're not expecting us to believe 2008 is going to come and go without a GH version of Ahsoka (or any of the other characters from the new Clone Wars cartoon), are you? It may be a long shot, but is there any chance of an Asajj Ventress GH figure?

**Well now, we were hoping to leave some info for Comic Con but ya beat us to it. We can indeed confirm that at least one of these female lightsaber wielders will be out for Galactic Heroes. Exact timing is still TBD, but look for them on shelf by mid-Nov.

Thanks for asking my question, [um, Jeff?  Jesse?  Ryan? ]!  That's awesome news.  Next Christmas is shaping up to be a crazy time for Galactic Heroes releases. 

Kid talk:
My boys love these almost as much as I do.  The importance of them standing so easily on those enormous feet can't be overstated.  My youngest's new play pattern with them lately is bizarre:  Instead of being a god-like observer/orchestrater, he's been putting himself in the action.  He still barely talks, but he'll have himself get blasted by a battle droid and then collapse in a heap on the ground.  Very cute and a tad disturbing.  Never once has it occurred to me (or my oldest) to play like that with figures.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: March 6, 2008, 09:46 AM »
By the way, I can't wait for Arena Scene 2009 - featuring Nexu, Aacklay, and the same 3 heroes.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Galactic Heroes Thread
« on: March 5, 2008, 06:17 PM »
I'm a tool, too, so I'll be buying everything except the totally repacked Falcon (thank the Maker for that, at least).  

The Nexu scene is going to be the most annoying for me, edging out Mustafar.  It kills me that they didn't see fit to squeeze a simple yellow AOTC Clone Commander repaint in there (or even a repack of the plain white one that never sees re-release, let alone repack).

Does anybody see a real difference between the AT-RT Wookie and Tarful?  I'll be stunned if we're totally free to ignore that 2-pack, but that's what it looks like to me.

Design-wise, I'm a little disappointed that they couldn't fit a 2-leg astromech into the Jedi starfighter... but I'm thrilled that regular Vaders and even the Tie Pilot (with his ridiculously designed Tayshaun Prince wingspan) look to somehow fit in that Tie Fighter.  Kudos.

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