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Spoke with Amazon CS again a few minutes ago and they have agreed to ship me a replacement Slave I (due here Thursday), and gave me a return label for the damaged version.  While I was speaking to the representative, I saw the news item on the front page of that otheR Site regarding Amazon making an official statement on the issue and relayed that information to the CS representative; whether or not the replacement will be shipped using that method is unknown, but I'm very happy with Amazon's Customer Service in trying to make things right. 

I'll let everyone know how the replacement looks when it arrives Thursday; hopefully it will be a happy post from me (for a change). :)

So I got home to find the Slave I box sitting on my front porch, shipping labels on it, handwritten UPS numbers written on it, and one end flap hanging completely open. I immediately called Amazon Customer Service and explained how disheartening this situation was, and she said she could either give me an expedited refund or a discount if I wanted to keep the item. As I hadn't inspected the toy itself, given my disgust with the packaging, I asked if I could call back later, and she offered to call me back instead.

Upon inspecting the already damaged and opened box, I found several pieces of the ship (including the passenger seats and boarding ramp) simply laying broken, loose and unsecured in the box. I immediately slid the inner cardboard back into the outer box, and resigned myself to a refund.

This is simply unacceptable, and I made that clear to Amazon. I certainly hope that others do, too. In all my years of ordering from Amazon, this is the first time I've ever had an item arrive without even being packed in any shipping material and, even worse, it has driven yet another nail in my figurative Hasbro coffin. While I'm glad to be getting a refund, I'm still tremendously disappointed. Amazon should know better. Period.

Mine was apparently delivered earlier this morning (I am at work and won't be able to check until I get home) and was left on the front porch.  I'm expecting either:

1-No shipping box, no white mailer box, no box period, as someone will have driven by, seen a Star Wars toy sitting on a porch unattended, and immediately stole it

2-No shipping box, white mailer box, completely crushed and/or waterlogged due to the thunderstorms rolling through my area today

In other words, one way or another, I'm going to be making a call to Amazon Customer Service tonight, unfortunately.  Not a good start to the fall exclusive season.

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6 Inch Figures?
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:55 AM »
I don't think I'll be getting into this line outside of trying to track a Fett down.  As for the price, I think Hasbro's already trying to cheap out on it, given the drastic paint shortcuts on the production version of Artoo, and them saying that the wave 3 Obi-Wan "may or may not" come with a robe depending on how they can "cost it out."  20 bucks for a 6 inch action figure and they can't afford a piece of cloth?  Sure, Hasbro...just as believable as all of your other price excuses...

LEGO / Re: LEGO Sets - Do You Keep the Boxes?
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:39 PM »
I have kept three boxes (Death Star, UCS R2-D2, and UCS B-Wing; the former still "expanded" and the latter two flattened), but have tossed all the rest.  Even flattened, the boxes still take up a lot of room that I really don't have.  I'm at a point now where I have stuff sitting in the floor instead of on shelves (the space behind my computer chair looks like a Lego Creator House shantytown), so real estate is at a premium.  I definitely keep all the instruction books, as well as any other inserts (mini-comics, posters, etc), and let's not even get started on the tackle boxes full of extra pieces. :)

LEGO / Re: Series 10 Minifigures
« on: June 2, 2013, 11:45 AM »
I think I would be more upset about Mr. Gold if he was one of the 16 figures.  Since he's not, once I finished with the 16 regular figures for my collection, I moved on, and haven't even thought about him since.  Even so, I think Lego doing "chase figures" is setting a bad precedent, since Lego's always been about inclusion and fun, and less about collectibility (even though I know they're called "Collectible Minifigures").

The best part about being an identified "feeler" is that people have come up to me in stores before to ask if I can find them a particular figure for their kids.  Heck, a few weeks ago, these two women in TRU were shopping for birthday gifts and one of the employees asked me if I could help them find a couple.  Finally, one of my relatively useless skills pays off!


I think there may be more of these than past SDCC exclusives...  Just a hunch.

Considering that this is officially the only one of this line (that has been currently announced) that I plan on getting, I certainly hope that is the case.  Maybe Hasbro can spring for 4 hamsters to put on the wheel to power the website this year so people can actually order one. :P

As I wrote in another thread (probably very off-topic, but I started out rambling about Vintage, so...), Hasbro's handling of this line has pretty much driven me out of collecting any of their properties, with the exception of Transformers, which you can occasionally find SOMETHING from.  Having to go pretty much online only on a limited collecting budget last year was the major straw that broke the camel's back, but their continual seeming self-sabotage on SW recently has just taken any and all fun out of what used to be an enjoyable part of my life.  I was spending more time and energy trying to find pieces and getting very little emotional return on my "hobby", so I just decided that, unless I see it at retail, I'm not interested. 

It's enabled me to find things that truly do bring me enjoyment (namely Lego, but also gave me time to get back into X-Men comics, and I've been catching up on the stories/books I've missed since graduate school lately), and that don't cause me to develop an ulcer because Hasbro didn't ship them, or the only place I can get them is on Ebay for 40 bucks a pop.  I really feel sorry for completists (if they're still out there), because I know better than most what a need to be complete can do to people on an emotional level, especially when you can't be complete. 

The thing that really strikes me as telling about where I'd rather put my energy has to do with this being Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary.  That is a HUGE deal for a film to still be relevant and loved after that time period, and when asked what they planned to do to celebrate, Hasbro said they were doing nothing special.  Sure, they're rereleasing the TIE Interceptor in a vintage box, but you'd think there would at least be a wave of figures they could release to celebrate.  But no, instead we get yet another prequel wave with a few ANH figures mixed in.

Lego, on the other hand, has (in the last year) released or will release:

-Jabba's Palace with Bib Fortuna, Leia Boussh, Jabba the Hutt, Gammorrean Guard, a B'Omarr Monk, Chewbacca, Salacious Crumb, and Oola
-Desert Skiff with Luke, Boba Fett, Han, and Barada
-A-Wing Fighter with a pilot, Han, and Ackbar
-Rancor Pit with Luke, Gammy, Rancor Keeper, and the Rancor
-Jabba's Sail Barge with Ree Yees and Max Rebo (amongst others)
-UCS B-Wing Fighter
-Two planet sets (Endor and Forest Moon) with minifigures and mini-ships

Even Sideshow is doing that incredible (yet out of my price range) Darth Vader 1/6 scale doll, but Hasbro can't do anything outside of reissue a 4 year old toy in a new box at (what will likely be) a 10 dollar price hike?  I just don't get it.  The only thing that would be more bizarre would be if Hasbro did ANOTHER wave of Episode I figures in the Black Series line.  Then again, we've only seen the first two waves, so maybe they have another Qui-Gon or Daultay Dofine on the drawing board because "kids love random Neimoidians."

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go build a Lego Superman set because, you know, it's fun. :)

I guess we can pretty much all agree that those so-called "greatest hits of Vintage" cases are never going to show up now, at least not through normal retail channels.  Target cleared out vintage back in the fall of 2012 and hasn't gotten anything since then; the three Wal-Marts in my immediate vicinity have not restocked since last fall's "lost line" look (which was the first time they'd restocked since the ROTJ deleted scenes wave in February of last year); and Toys R Us does get an occasional case, but 95% of the time it's yet another case of the Episode I wave, which means nothing else gets restocked ever.  Hasbro really screwed up with Vintage in 2012, and even though I still need Starkiller and Shae Viszla to complete my collection, I've pretty much given up hope of ever actually seeing either of them and/or getting them for a price that doesn't require the relinquishment of one of my organs.

Probably not the best thread to bring it up in, but I've pretty much given up on Hasbro completely across all their lines, with the exception of Transformers.  Star Wars is nonexistent, Marvel Universe is next to impossible to find, Marvel Legends are impossible to find, GI Joe is a disaster, and I now have an armless, headless Iron Monger on my shelf that will likely never be completed thanks to Hasbro's genius idea to split a BAF series up over two waves, pull a typical Hasbro move and overship the first wave, and retailers wind up not ordering enough of the second.  I kind of wish Hasbro would just stop producing SW toys until the new movies because it would save them money, since none of the stuff they develop and (supposedly) release to retail is showing up for people to buy anyway.

Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Retaliation - The Toys!
« on: February 17, 2013, 08:22 PM »
Saw what is, I'm guessing, considered wave 2 at a local Walmart today, and passed on all of them. The one figure I had definitely planned on getting was Colton (because its Bruce Willis after all), but his eyes were crossed worse than any Chewbacca I've ever seen, so I left him. I wasn't too impressed with any of the others' paint apps either, and Lady Jaye was especially sloppy. For 10 bucks a figure, I expect a lot more.

I did, however, grab the Cobra Invasion Team 3 pack, which is pretty great. Firefly is pretty much a POC-style update of the RAH figure, and the Paratrooper uses the POC Shock Trooper as a base, including most of the gear from that figure plus the parachute and harness from the first Retaliation Cobra Trooper but in black (the harness; the chute is still blue with a red Cobra logo). Storm Shadow looks like the single carded release (which I don't have, so I may be wrong) but he includes more accessories including a RAH style backpack. Very cool set, and highly recommended for fans of the POC stuff.

As I said in the "Big Lots Won't Sell 'Em for a Buck" 12 inch thread, I actually bought the Slave I at Target this past Sunday. Had it not been for my Boba Fett/Mandalorian character focus, I would not have gone near this with a ten foot pole. It might be the absolute worst Hasbro toy I have ever intentionally purchased and is an insult to not only collectors, but also the kids and parents at whom it is focused.

Remember the Cruise Missile Trooper?  IT IS WORSE THAN THAT. At least the CMT, with all its flaws, shortcomings, and horrid concept, was made out of quality plastic and had decent deco/paint, and you felt like you were getting your 14 dollars' worth, even if it was a horrible idea. You could see how a kid might enjoy it on some level, even if we were all rolling our eyes at its very existence. Despite its stupidity, it was obvious that someone at Kenner/Hasbro put an effort into the CMT and, fail though it did, Kenner/Hasbro learned a lesson and moved on.

This Slave I, however, is a collection of failure on a level that can't be accurately conveyed in text or pictures. Yes, it is ridiculously out of scale (it's about the size of the first Lego Boba Fett Slave I) and no thought seems to have gone into it. It weighs next to nothing, the paint is horrible, and the plastic is, quite simply, the same level of quality you'd see on a plastic Easter egg. I've compared it to every Slave I I have in my collection from multiple companies, and NOTHING feels as cheap as this. It's flimsy, it's weak, and it is just a disaster. Any kid who is still playing with Star Wars toys would break this within 2 days through no fault of their own, and the quicker these disappear from retail, the better because this is just sad and insulting. Michael Crawford's level of disgust with the 12" Anakin is hitting the nail on the head here, too, and Hasbro should be ashamed for even going this route. No kid is going to like this and if I were a kid, I'd rather get socks for my birthday than get this monstrosity.

Despite my general Hasbro pessimism, I do tend to be a bit forgiving when it comes to the quality of the toys themselves. This...thing, however, is just horrible and there's no excuse for it. It sucks as a collectible, it sucks as a toy, and I would say they deserve to rot in a landfill except that the ground would spit them out because they're that damn bad.

End overreactive hyperbole. In all seriousness, it's an awful toy on every level and a waste of time and resources.

Hopefully some poor soul takes one for the team and reviews the new Class 2 vehicles. I really want to see how silly they look next to the normal versions without, ya know, shelling out any cash.

I actually bought the Slave I, just because Boba Fett (and Mandalorians, in general, I guess) is my character focus. And yeah, it's pretty sad on just about every level (not the least of which is that I bought it to begin with). I'll post more thoughts in that thread, but wow, is it small and undetailed and just crappy.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toy R Us Vintage Republic Gunship
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:56 AM »
I'm going to pass on this one, as I still have my 30 buck 2002 Saga version with the 2009 Battle Pack Pods attached. Nice that Hasbro's getting this back out there for newer collectors, but I wonder how much TRU is going to charge for it. I'd bet it'll be at least 100 bucks, since TRU can't price anything reasonably. Given inflation, being the 7th release of this mold, and the figures not being unique, I'd think a fair price would be 60-70.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Toys R Us Vintage Bigg's X-Wing Fighter
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:52 AM »
If the deco pictured on the box actually reflects what the toy looks like, I may end up getting this one. Curious about the price, though, since the last few big X-Wings have been in the 50 buck range and have included figures.

Speaking of the Trench Run X-Wing, what modifications were made to that mold anyway?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Amazon Vintage Slave I w/Carbonite Block
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:48 AM »
Now this is exciting. Been waiting on this one since the AOTC/CW version came out and was worried it would get lost in the shuffle that's been going on lately. One of my favorite vehicles Hasbro's done in recent years, and I look forward to adding it to the collection.

See, Jeff, I'm not completely pessimistic.  ;)

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