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The Vintage Collection / Re: Brian's Toy Exclusive - Jocasta Nu
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:33 AM »
Totally agree, it's asinine. "Buy this thing you don't want or we won't make the thing you do want!"

Just make the GOOD thing first, and it will sell, and then use up your crappy ideas on future releases.

And I don't need people on websites telling me what I should support or not.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 20, 2012, 08:49 AM »
Old school comic guy here with no knowledge whatsoever of who the new bad guy is:

Why does he look NOTHING like the character on the cover of the graphic novel? That thing on the cover is so ripped it would have to be CGI in a movie.

Is there some backstory there or could they just not find anyone that huge who could actually act?

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 aquisitions you're proud of
« on: July 19, 2012, 06:57 PM »
Wow, I have that figure upstairs in my attic, just a random part of my collection, the only carded, modern non-TCW figure I have actually...been meaning to list that on eBay. I wonder what the chances are I have the rare version? (not likely...)



Was Jinx up again too?

Collections / Re: Where Does Your Collection Reside?
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:37 PM »
What is considered to be the critical temperature threshold? I have all my stuff in a finished attic space, and we have air vents in there but it cools poorly and on 99 degree+ day it is usually pretty warm, low 80's I would estimate. I am very concerned about this lately, not sure how to mitigate the impact though.

@#$%^&*( Why did I have to go to lunch today!?!?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:35 AM »
That sucks, Jman...sorry to hear about all that. I do a lot of eBaying and stories like that always make me shudder. There are so many dirtbags out there it seems.

Like Pete, I was fine with just getting the one US version for my packaged collection. I have no real desire to get one of these things to open, so if it never comes out again it makes no difference to me. It'd be nice for those that are waiting it out though.

I just hope one day we see more TCW Class II vehicles, like the Trandoshan skiff or Trident Squid Drill.

Droid Factory 2013 / Re: Droid Factory returns for 2013!
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:23 PM »
I'd like to see a realistic Admiral Trench or Riff Tamson, especially since it doesn't look like we're getting animated ones.

Don't give up yet, brother! They've probably got a better shot at coming out in the animated line, and for sure they would look a lot better, so let's keep our collective fingers crossed for 2013! :)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:19 PM »
I believe Hasbro's last reference to the Gunship was in a Q&A where they sounded pretty optimistic about getting another one out, although at the time I think the speculation was that it would be a TCW item with Geonosian deco. No doubt they will have backed off that now, but I can see it coming in the vintage line at some point, sure.

I don't think they've ever really lost money on those things, they all seem to hold value pretty well in the secondary market too.

Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit - Toy Line
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:12 PM »
Think I'm out again...these seemed way cooler when I thought I was looking at awesome 4" sculpts which then turned out to be 6" sculpts. Plus, just stupid human types? I want goblins, orcs, dragons, and crazy stuff like that.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Mandalorian Troop Shuttle
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:07 PM »
I received my English Language Mandalorian Assault Transport in the mail yesterday, had finally pulled the trigger a few weeks back on one online. The box is not in stellar shape but it's good enough, dammit. :)

A lot to pay but seeing as how this is likely the last new Class II ship in the animated line, I can stomach it.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 17, 2012, 03:04 PM »
So, the work Target refreshed today...with another case of Wave 2. Oh well, was worth a shot. I will try again in a couple of weeks I guess. There is always the chance the one near my house will hook something better up, I guess.

I saw (and bought) the complete wave twice when they were ringing up at Walmart for $4 a pop, which was sweet. I saw remnants only two other times, both at Walmarts, one local and one out of town. TRU I know for a fact never got this wave here. I really doubt Target ever did either. Very sad.

I was just able to get on HTS for the first time all day...nothing yet. I am thinking it will be tomorrow for some reason.

eBay is my second job, and I can confirm that there is NO LEGITIMATE WAY for any seller to find out what your highest bid is before the auction ends. It is not possible.

I have had many auctions end with me winning at my exact highest bid. As Bill pointed out, this is because someone bid just below me at the last second and pushed my winning bid to its max based on the increment for that pricepoint.

I think shilling, much like scalping in the toy community, is one of those things that is grossly overhyped. It does happen, I'm sure, but there is always an inherent risk that comes with not knowing how much to bid without going OVER the highest bid. I can't speak to "hacking" and so forth but I suspect eBay, like Google, has an entire team of super-geeks paid to figure out all that stuff.

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