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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 1, 2012, 09:42 AM »
I think I've decided that I just don't enjoy The River. The characters are mostly unlikeable, except for the Doctor and the mechanic and his Lolita-esque daughter. I hate that they felt the need to create yet another TV love triangle, seriously, is anyone NOT sick of this plot device by now?

I think it's funny that ABC keeps trying to market this as some kind of scare-fest. There's been nothing even remotely frightening in that show to this point. It's all so contrived.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 1, 2012, 09:37 AM »
Don't know if anyone saw this:


This is the best news that has come out since Darabont got the boot...this arc will finally get the show back on track! The sooner they get away from the Kingdom of Boredom (AKA: The Farm) the better - if I have to listen to any more of these women talk about their feelings I am going to throw up.

AND, best of all - you can't cast the GOVERNOR without MICHONNE!  ;D

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: March 1, 2012, 09:21 AM »
It really is so interesting how things vary from store to store. I found $4 vintage figures at one Walmart last night, but they did not have any Blu-Ray figs. They did have a fresh case of TPM though, so I figured I would buy a few of those on the cheap. Not so fast, my friend.

The TPM figures all had new stickers over their UPC which came up as $8.96 on the price scanner. So I didn't think I was going to have any luck sweet talking those for $4, and I bagged it.

This morning, I stopped at a different Walmart on the way in to work and found a fresh case of the Blu-Ray figures out on the pegs. (This same store had nothing last night) These did not scan at all at the self price-checker, but I was able to confirm the Black Endor Rebel variant came up as 4$. BINGO!

So I grabbed the Endor Rebel and all 5 new Blu-Ray figures and trucked them up to the register, explained how the new ones would not scan so could you please just scan the Endor rebel five times and I'll be on my way?

Well, it wasn't quite that easy - the guy working the register had to huddle with his manager and a stockboy, but eventually came back and said he would give them to me at the $4 price. DAMN RIGHT! He also had to key each one individually under some kind of generic SW listing, which was tedious and time consuming but well worth the wait.

So I scored all the new figures for $4, and will be returning the endor trooper at a later date. Glad I am finally in the crazy savings club...I was really concerned about missing out on this redonkulous deal. = WINNING!

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Universe
« on: February 29, 2012, 08:59 AM »
I always see people refer to this as the "Storm/Psylocke" wave - are those the only 2 figures shipping or something? Is there no one else in that wave worth mentioning?

What wave are Grey Hulk and Ronin in? I saw those guys at TRU this week and had never seen either on the pegs before.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 28, 2012, 08:47 AM »
I want to know what is up with the "these cop zombies don't have bites stuff".

Yeah, good point, I think that may be significant too. Scratches? Seems like a stretch.

We have a few Walmarts doing the $4 Vintage deal here, which is cool, but our problem is that the Deleted Scene figures have not hit here yet. Maryland is the closest sighting so far, I think. How many $4 Boms do I really need?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: February 27, 2012, 10:56 PM »
Lots more clearance harvesting recently, pretty much buying something every day. Now up to:

2x AV-7 Mobile Cannons
1x Vulture Droid
2x AAT (Geo deco)
3x Cad Bane's Escape BP
1x Hunt for Grievous BP
2x Assault on Geonosis BP
1x Kit Fisto's JSF
1x Naboo Skiff Dlx
1x Pirate Speeder Bike Dlx

That sounds like a lot but considering it was less than $100 total it's not all that bad. Some I am actually opening, some I just plan to flip/trade, but it's a good feeling to be hauling in stuff so far under MSRP.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy Fair 2012
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:58 PM »
Full slide-show up here now, if anyone is interested:

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:16 AM »
Yeah, solid, if forgettable. It felt pretty satisying until they showed the scenes from next week where Shane is right back to his old tricks. So really, they just wasted a whole hour and accomplished nothing.

Where were Herschel, Glenn, Jimmy, etc?

It was funny to hear Lori and Andrea get after each other, because they were both sort of right and wrong at the same time. I still do not understand why Andrea is even sticking around anymore. She doesn't like any of them, doesn't need them, and finally seems to understand she is not going to win Shane away from Lori. What's keeping her there? Everyone pretty much hates her now, and rightfully so.

The dopey kid storyline has already gone on too long, they should have killed him last episode and been done with it. I worry the longer they keep him alive the more likely it is we are going to see those other low-lifes back again and I really want them to drop that crap and get the hell off the farm again.

What was the significance of the lone walker in the field Shane kept staring at out the window? Obtuse symbolism like this gets lost on me.

TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:49 PM »
Just...HOLY ****!

I think that my have been my all-time favorite episode. Seriously.

 No Anakin, no Obi-Wan, no Ahsoka, no Padme, no Clones, Senators, no need. Just pure freaking awesomeness from start to finish. I swear to God, that was better than like 95% of the entire PT stuff.

It just worked on so many levels, to actually be able to produce such a compelling, emotionally intense experience through an animated medium is simply awesome. I mean, for the first time ever, I actually felt a real sense of dread and danger from a droid assault. 99% of the time those guys just come off like such clowns it's hard to really imagine them as a credible enemy. But the whole element of overwhelming force and technology and sheer brute force was really on display, which I guess is their real strength.

They actually got you to feel something for a previously loathsome character like Ventress, they've really added depth to her in a way I never could have predicted.

The whole atmosphere was just great, I love the Dathomiri landscape, the undead army was freaking cool as hell, even if a little Return of the Kingy, Asajj whooping Greivous' ass, Dooku getting worked over like a rented mule...everything just seemed more intense in this episode.

Five stars, baby. Can't wait for the last three episodes.

And I officially will never be completely happy again until we have Nightsisters in animated figure form.  :)

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Walmart Exclusive Clone Wars 2-Packs
« on: February 24, 2012, 08:35 PM »
Could these be hitting eventually in the Maul-type packaging? While I would have preferred they show up on the SOTDS packaging, but I'd be okay with them on the 2012 packaging just to have them...

I think it's possible, but depends a lot on whether any of these were actually produced for Walmart in the SOTDS packaging or not. I think that is still a big unanswered question at this point.

The other problem is that the DVD's themselves are sort of redundant because those episodes are so old now and have long been available in the season set.

I'm thinking these would probably make for a good potential battlepack down the road though, just leave out either Ahsoka or Obi-Wan. I'd buy 'em again, no doubt.

The Bullpen / Re: The Avengers: The Toys
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:12 AM »
Saw a bunch of boxes of Avengers toys on a pallet at Walmart last night, but I had no inclination to even try opening them. Wake me when the Skrulls start to ship...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Archer on fX
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:10 AM »
FX has a good business model for their shows, modest ratings + short seasons = frequent renewals.

How many years has Always Sunny been running? Sometimes I literally feel like I am the only person still watching that show.

Archer has been solid this year, still want to see them ice Cyborg Barry though.


Regular aisle for me.

Thanks, I saw some tonight, same deal. They had a Bom, Keyan, couple of Black Endor Rebels, etc. Decided to pass, but may hit them again at a later date.

I also saw an old TCW Deluxe set of Count Dooku and Speeder Bike in the red/white packaging, still on the shelf at full price for $16.97. WTF?

The $4 Vintage figs at Walmart - are they in the clearance section or the regular SW aisle?

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