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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:20 AM »
Ok, this doesn't really count, but I'll post it anyway: another local collector here found Commander Fox at TRU today and was able to score me two for my collection, plus the re-painted/slightly tweaked Rex I keep reading about over at RS. (For the record, I see NO difference between Wave 3 Rex and Wave 4 Rex but some people swear that Hasbro tweaked the helmet apps/weathering so I am going to have to inspect up close to confirm)

He mentioned they also got in the speeder bikes (FINALLY) but no other new Clone Wars stuff.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:51 AM »
It seems there is some sort of ref screw up in about every game.  They blew a pass interference call in the Skins game and they also didn't seem to have any idea about when to run off time on offensive penalties.  It will get real nasty if this continues on late in the season when the playoffs are on the line.

They also said the Skins game was over when it wasn't, and threw the flag on Lil Shanny for disputing the blown call, and then they reversed the call, put time on the clock, but still enforced the penalty.

Really, the last two Skins games have been heavily impacted by poor officiating. It's not as glaring as the single play in the Seashawks game, but that stuff adds up quickly over time. Especially the lack of holding calls.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:47 AM »
None of the Lost Line wave has showed up at any stores anywhere near here. Our stores collectively seemed to have decided to stop re-stocking SW toys.

I can't say I really care because this a horribly lackluster wave, IMO, but I know some other local collectors that are getting pretty angsty about this one.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars Wave 29 (2012 Wave 4)
« on: September 22, 2012, 05:38 PM »
Starting to get irritated over the utter lack of the Fox wave here, especially because he is only showing up at stores that are impervious to inventory manipulation. (TRU, Kmart, Walmart) Why couldn't he be showing up at Target, who is actually on top of that stuff?

If any of those other stores would actually order more toys when # of clone wars figures = 0, I would have had this guy already. I cleaned out my local Walmart of any TCW figures weeks ago and they haven't added a damn thing.

Also frustrating because when the Scuba Ahsoka wave started to hit more in force, the eBay prices for that figure plummeted almost instantly, but you STILL cannot find a decently priced Fox on there anyplace.

Still out of stock on HTS too.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:48 PM »
Let's hope it is the actual toy this time and not the Scuba Set they bait-and-switched with a few months back.

I'm happy to see this up there too, it's never appeared here and I check our 2 remaining K-Marts weekly.

You do have to wonder about the whole logic of marketing this stuff online that is supposedly aimed at kids though. If one were to surmise that they're throwing a bone to collectors with these moves, that would imply that they're at least tacitly acknowledging there are actual collectors still into this line.

See the light, Hasbro!

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:41 PM »
I FINALLY saw Nick Fury and the single carded Chitauri on the pegs at K-Mart today. Man, I thought I would never see those things.

I wouldn't have thought it would have been too much to ask for an unhelmeted Chitauri warrior in this line, but I guess so.

Hall of Justice / Re: Mattel Green Lantern Movie Figures
« on: September 21, 2012, 02:39 PM »
I honestly think most of these things are just going to end up getting destroyed. Our Walmarts can't give them away, even for $3 or less in some cases.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Three Discussion Thread
« on: September 21, 2012, 09:02 AM »
So...I only just got around to buying Season 3 on Blu-Ray last week and have been watching several episodes per night to get those out of the way prior to the Season 5 premier/Season 4 Blu-Ray release.

In retrospect, this season got sort of a bad rap, top to bottom it was really not all that terrible, IMHO. It seems like they were experimenting with a number of different things that ultimately did not blend well. The non-sequential continuity jumping stories were confusing. And the political stuff was just brutally tedious.

But after you get through those last 2 banking de-regulation episodes, the rest of the season is all solid arcs - Savage Oppress, Mortiis, Citadel, Wookies & Trandoshans. Good stuff. (Ok, you either loved or hated the Mortiis stuff - I personally loved it, right up until the part where they lost their memory at the end)

I had forgotten about some of the really cool toys that could have been made from this Season: The Selkath bounty hunter, Aurra Sing in Assassin Gear, the transforming janitor/suicide bomb droids, etc etc. Damn shame they can't even repaint a Bossk to put out single carded Trandoshan now.

Looking forward to new stuff, although not as much as previous years, given the sad state of the toy line now.

I got both of my Maul BP's price adjusted today...$4.18 back in my pocket. WINNING

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Wolf Pack Ultimate Gift Set
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:22 PM »
So much for getting one of these mint for my carded collection. Now I just have to hope whatever warehouse drone pulls my item from the shelf happens to select a decent one. Ugh.

They got it backwards - the last one last year that was all repacks should have been the online exclusive. This is one I would have gladly gone into the store for, even Walmart.

At least they had the sense to put it up on HTS this time, unlike the Mando Shuttle which they could have easily sold off rather than shipping them to Mexico. But then again HTS doesn't seem to know how to pack and ship things without stuff getting all dinged up in transit. Or even before transit. So there's that.

Also mean no chance to nab a bunch of these in February at sweet clearance prices.

The Vintage Collection / Re: K-Mart Vintage Ewok/AT-ST Driver 2-Packs
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:26 PM »
I drove 30 minutes across town at lunch to the nicest K-Mart around here and they didn't have any of these out anywhere. Nor did they have any Commander Foxes or Republic Dropships. So compared to all of the other K-Marts I have been reading store reports from this weekend, this one apparently just blows.  >:(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: WiiU
« on: September 14, 2012, 03:10 PM »
I have a Wii but don't know what you are talking version? Upgrade?

Other Toy Lines / Re: Latest vintage acqusition
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:29 AM »
I'm getting more into the vintage toy thing again lately too. Haven't seen Toy Hunter yet but the meager offerings for the Clone Wars line this year was all the motivation I needed.

I sold off all my vintage MOTU stuff a few months back, and luckily never got into the 3&3/4 inch JOE line, so most of the stuff I am interested in is part of a very finite line, which is great.

I'm very keen on the Ideal STAR Team stuff, plus random weird stuff like the Manglors and Knickerbocker LOTR figures. (cha-ching!)

The best thing is, for the most part the 70's stuff is pretty affordable. It's just harder to find stuff packaged.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:07 PM »
FINALLY saw the Deluxe set with Chitauri and Cosmic Chariot today at Target over lunch. Kind of underwhelming after all the anticipation.

Is there any kind of non-helmeted version coming out?

The Bullpen / Re: Thor: The Toys!
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:05 PM »
Saw King Loki, Hogun, and Fandral/Volstagg today at TJ MAXX. No sign of Sif.  :(

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