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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Commander Blackout
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:01 PM »
So the TRU Exclusive Stealth Ops Clone Trooper is apparently hitting shelves now up in Canada. Hopefully he will start to make an appearance stateside soon. I definitely want at least 2 of these, although it irks me that they don't actually refer to him by name on the package.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: July 12, 2011, 01:55 PM »
The Target where I picked up Wave 7 remnants last week restocked over the past day or so - they had another full case out today at lunch. They must have been unpunched too...most were still attached. Dang.

I picked up another RFT and a Fordo for openers, officially done with this wave now. WHEW!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars RC Republic Tank
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:06 PM »
I see this is in stock now over at HTS...weird how they are early with some stuff and so late with other stuff.

Think I can wait til I see it in a store. The K-Mart across the street still has 3 Hailfire Droids gathering dust.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: July 11, 2011, 03:04 PM »
In stock now over at Hasbrotoyshop

DISC10 for 10% off

I just saw that...they actually have a listing up for the mini Y-Wing too, but it says Out of Stock. I wonder if it was ever really in stock? Did I somehow miss that? I feel like I just checked HTS over the weekend and saw nothing new.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: July 11, 2011, 12:12 PM »
Ugh, I dropped more on a single action figure over the weekend than I've ever spent before. Not really a great feeling, pangs of buyer's remorse are already setting in.

It's hard for me to set a distinct value on some of the premium DROIDS carded figures because they pop up so infrequently. In the past 3 months alone I've seen a carded A-Wing Pilot go for over $400 and a carded C-3PO go for a little over $200.

I guess generally I feel like a good condition carded 3PO, R2, A-Wing Pilot, Sise Fromm and of course Boba are all worth upwards of $200 or so, obviously with some fluctuations in there from figure to figure. Is that crazy?

Anyway, I actually picked up R2-D2 on a very clean card with minimal yellowing, creasing, etc. More than I wanted to spend certainly but not necessarily more than it is worth. At least I hope not.

Arrgh hasbro, just when I had convinced myself not to buy that whole set for the bane figure they up the ante by adding the arm panel...I am guessing I will have a while to decide though.

Yeah, that was an unexpected but really cool feature they added with the breakaway armor and wound. I wonder if this was partly the reason for the delay/fail on the single carded version originally intended.

You might be able to score a loose one off eBay for less than the price of the whole pack.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 'The Hobbit' movie
« on: July 8, 2011, 02:57 PM »
Looks more like Flargin, Dingle and Merle.  :D

JK, awesome pic! Can't wait to see more...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Office
« on: July 7, 2011, 11:38 AM »
I'm actually on board with this. Outside of that dreadful Boston Legal show, I've enjoyed Spader's body of work to this point. And he was definitely the most interesting of the characters they rotated through for the finale.

Although Will Arnett would have been great too if he could have channeled a little more of his Todd Margaret character. That **** was brilliant.

I am just as surprised at collectors who were not blown away by the chance to get their own rocket firing Vintage Boba Fett last year. To each his own, I guess.

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: July 7, 2011, 11:30 AM »
Thanks for the feedback on this thing, Jack, you make some good points.

I appreciate the photos as well, the scale of this thing was somewhat deceptive.

Has this hit any of the online sellers yet do we know?

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Recent Clone Wars Finds/Purchases
« on: July 6, 2011, 11:49 AM »
Wow, I actually purchased some new Clone Wars toys today, seems like forever. TRU had a fresh case of the 4 new Deluxe Figure and Vehicle Sets, or whatever they are calling them now. ($17.99 apiece)

I actually had to hit up 2 different TRU's to snag all 4 though, another collector beat me to the Grievous and Castas sets at the first store. And I got to the store 3 minutes after it opened. Crazy, this was the most competition I had seen for SW toys in quite awhile. There were actually a few guys milling around, which is highly unusual.

I had my pick of everything at the other store though. So $85 later I got all 4 new deluxe sets plus my highly desired Captain Fordo to boot.

Game, set, match!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: July 6, 2011, 11:43 AM »
I scored all 4 of the new Deluxe sets this morning at TRU.  :o

Castas and the ARF Trooper set are easily the coolest of the lot, although that Grievous wheelbike looks pretty sweet too. The Battle Droid set does not do much for me, but it's ok.

They rang up at $17.99 each, which isn't horrible considering it's only a buck more than Target will be charging. (I agree not the value it used to be, but whateves)

They were also located apart from the other Deluxe sets in their own little niche, in case anyone goes out hunting today.

I guess the Obi-Wan and Boba sets will show up as Wave 2, maybe with that mini-Y wing.

SO happy to be able to post in this thread again...I gots my Minty Carded Fordo!  :D

Both of the local TRU's got a fresh case in, but the first one I visited only had Logray and Vom left. (I got there literally 3 minutes after they opened) So I had to hot foot it across town to the other TRU and had my pick of the case. So I got my Fordo, although I am still seeking a 2nd for opening.

There were like 3-4 other SW collectors at the first store, utterly shocking. We rarely cross paths around here, so it seems like the Hasbro drought is bringing more of us animals to the local watering holes.

Good hunting!

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Mandalorian Gunship?
« on: July 5, 2011, 12:55 PM »
It just better not be another repaint of the Republic Gunship, with a Bantha skull on the nose or something weak like that. Ugh.

Just as long as it's a brand new sculpt, I welcome it.

Because the SW line is completely stillborn right now, I am getting more interested in vintage toys from my youth.

A couple of standouts I had forgotten about include Pulsar, the transparent man and most of the Fighting Furies line, particularly Peg-Leg and Hook.

There's a healthy selection of Shogun Warrior stuff too, though I really only want the 3 megasized ones based on the comic.

Nostalgia is powerfully addictive.

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