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Joe Defender / Re: Adventure Team - 3.75"
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:01 PM »
When the Club had their sale at the end of 2012, I finally ordered up the Air and Sea Adventurer sets.  Got around to opening them today and they're pretty good sets.  I like the Helicopter from the AA set, it has some cool features and is a good size.

I was more impressed with the Mini-Sub from the Sea Adventurer set.  I never owned the Mantis vehicle but it's got plenty of action features, it's quite large, and it holds the 25th/30th figures really well.  I'm pretty happy to have them and they complete my set.

I also have an extra Land Adventurer w/ 6 Wheel ATV set but I don't need another so was wondering if anyone here wanted it before I took it to eBay?  PM me if interested.


Joe Defender / Re: GI Joe Convention 2013
« on: January 19, 2013, 06:49 PM »
Looks like I'm going to be going to the Con this year.  Now, have to decide which package I'm going to get.  First thought is that I like the sounds of the 3.75" set the best but the 12" set may be the better deal.

Probably going to have to see if anyone wants to split a boxed/bagged set like last year. 

Still, the set sounds good and I'm really excited to be going again.


« on: January 10, 2013, 11:40 PM »
I stopped in B&N tonight and all they had were three of the Forbidden Forrest sets.  But, I checked Vestal and Elmira, they both list Hagrid's Hut in stock.  I'm probably going to be in Elmira over MLK weekend as long as the weather isn't bad.  If it's still around I could pick it up.


« on: January 10, 2013, 01:29 AM »
Good thought.  I'll check my B&N, I know they had some stuff but I haven't been in there in a couple of weeks. 


« on: January 9, 2013, 06:15 PM »
I don't think I've seen Hagrid's Hut in a while.  It was a really popular set and sold out at most stores around here pretty quickly and wasn't stocked again.  Stores like Target carried the Castle, Bust and two small battle pack sets longer.  WM had it longer but not much.

I'm trying to recall if I saw any Potter sets last weekend when I was out but I think the only set I saw was a Quidditch set somewhere...maybe KMart.

If you have any out of the way Walmart or KMart stores it may be worth a drive to check them out.


Other Toy Lines / Re: 2013: What Are You Collecting?
« on: January 5, 2013, 12:36 AM »
I really feel like bagging it all but I probably won't.  I somehow convinced myself over the last two weeks that buying discount Lego sets was a good idea...  I'm such a sucker.

Star Wars - Yeah.  I'll be buying SW stuff this year, even if I don't know exactly what it'll be.  I'm thinking if there's going to be nothing new until late in the year maybe I'll spend some cash on some AT-AT Driver and Republic Gunship items I've been waiting on.  There are a couple Class I vehicles I'll pick up and maybe a Class II, and there is a new Republic Gunship coming from Lego later in the year.

G.I. Joe - There are a couple movie figures I want, if they get released, but I'm definitely not buying the whole line.  There's maybe 5 or so that I'm really interested in and one vehicle.  But, I may be going to the GI Joe convention this year and if I do I'll be in for one of the packages and probably some souvenirs along with anything else I find at the show.  If they do another SDCC exclusive of the TF/Joe crossover nature I might be in for that also.

Lego - I bought some discount sets over the last couple of weeks but other than that Gunship later this year, the blind bagged minifigs and some SW pollybag sets, I'm probably out of this line now that Harry Potter is done.

Everything Else - I've picked up a few Transformers recently and may grab one or two more, but that's a 1 here, 1 there type deal.  I'll leave room for the odd Hot Wheels TV/Movie vehicle and I'll probably pick up a couple more Glyos figures.  I have a Hot Toys Iron Man figure coming and I won't say no if they bring some other character that I find I can't do without.

Overall, I'm hoping to spend a lot less money on toys this year.  Of course, I say that every year.


Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: January 4, 2013, 11:15 PM »
That's an interesting idea on Shelob, makes sense to me.  Good thing is that it's easy to take off and doesn't hurt the overall design one way or the other.  I think that's cool that they explained the reasoning for it though.


Droid Factory 2013 / Re: 2013 Legacy Collection Rumors
« on: January 4, 2013, 07:53 PM »
I think I posted this over there also, maybe here, but I don't think the Disney purchase is part of it either.  It just doesn't seem to add up.  Hasbro showed off the new line in August at CVI so it had to have already been approved and was in some stage of production. 

The Disney announcement was on October 30th and the FCC approved the sale on December 4th with the purchase not being completed until December 21st.  In order to believe Disney put a stop to Droid Factory, you’d have to assume that Hasbro put on hold their production and waited to see if the Disney purchase actually went through.  Would a company do that?  Put that kind of money on the line when it could be possible the sale didn’t go through for some reason?

It just seems like it has to be more simple than that.  I don’t know when Hasbro knew that AOTC and ROTS 3D releases were both coming in 2013 and not until the Fall, but I’m thinking when they heard that it gave them the chance to carry over all that unsold Vintage Collection stock into 2013 and push off the Droid Factory release, the first wave of which looked like it was solely made to support AOTC in the Spring. 

Whether we get the OT in 3D next year or not, with a new movie slated for 2015, releasing the figures shown, but not the Build-a-Droid pieces, might make more sense also.  They could do more re-packs and re-paints for late 2013 and 2014 in order to spend more time on the new film coming.  I wouldn’t even be totally shocked to see the Movie Heroes/Legends line become the only line for later this year and next, after the 2012 VC cases sell through.  Then they’d just have to worry about that and the tiny Clone Wars line instead of having 3.

I guess we’ll know more next month.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
« on: January 2, 2013, 12:07 AM »
I finally watched this movie again the other day.  I think on second viewing I picked up a lot of things I missed when seeing it at the theater.  It actually helped me enjoy most of it more than I originally did, but I still think the end is completely messed up.  And I'm still baffled about the time spend to build up JGL's part when we'll probably never see him again.

Eh.  As a trilogy, it's a solid outting, much better than a lot of other franchises have managed (eg Spider-Man, X-Men).  So, I take back some of the bashing I handed it, but not all.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: January 2, 2013, 12:01 AM »
Dredging this thread up.  I spent most of yesterday and today watching all 8 Potter films.  I've been reading through the series again, just started Half Blood Prince, but had sort of planned the marathon a while ago. 

When we went to Celebration VI this year, I went to Universal again to see the HP attraction and on th way out picked up a couple bottles of Pumpkin Juice and a chocolate frog and figured a marathon was a good time to for them.  It takes about 20 hours to watch everything so I watched the first 4 movies yesterday and finished the rest off today.  It was a really lazy way to spend the holiday but it was fun. 

With the books fresh in my mind, I've seen the movies more, it surprised me how much GoF, OotP and HBP were changed.  The first time I'd read the novels it had been a while since I'd seen a couple of the films and vice versa next time I saw the movies.  The first three films (w/ some variances in Prisoner) are pretty accurate so I guess I forgot how different the next three are.  I still love the movies, but I think I'm a little less impressed with their interpretations than I have been in the past.

And I'm still not at all happy with the end of Deathly Hallows 2 when Harry doesn't fix his busted wand. 

Still have to finish off reading HBP and then read the DH, though. 


Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: December 30, 2012, 08:03 PM »
When  you build Shelob, she has the large "bulb" on the back end and the string goes inside that on a spool.  The rod that goes through the spool extends through the bottom and there's a Technix gear on the bottom that you use to wind/unwind the string.

But on the bottom of the main body, not part of the bulb, is a light grey 2x2 axle with wheels on each end that doesn't connect to the mechanism for winding/unwinding the string.  It seems like it could be of some use w/ the string, but nothing in the instructions shows this and none of the play pattern shown really addresses it either.  So, it kind of becomes a useless piece and, like I said, kind of random.

I guess you could come up with something to use it for, with the string somehow, but it just seems like an odd addition.

And one other thing, did anyone else end up with a lot of extra pieces on this set?  I had a lot more than usual, I had 3 Rings, 2 Stings, an extra arm for Gollum and some other random pieces.  It was a lot of stuff.


« on: December 30, 2012, 03:08 AM »
As I posed over in the Middle Earth section, I hit up another Walmart Sat afternoon, mostly looking for more sale items.  Found and bought the Shelob and Moria set.  They had the Dino Defense for half off and some misc City sets on discount but I don't think they were all 50%. 

All of the SW sets that have seen markdowns were sold out.


Middle Earth / Re: LOTR LEGO
« on: December 30, 2012, 02:49 AM »
I just picked up the Shelob set at Walmart today and put it together.  I really like Shelob, I think it's a pretty cool build but I have a question; does anyone know what the light grey axle and wheels are for on the bottom?

They seem entirely random.  I thought they might be there for later in the build, something to do with the "web" but there's nothing in the instructions about that so, unless I imagine some usage, I just don't get it.  I took them off.  Anyone have any thoughts on that?

Anyway, I braved the snow today and hit up a WM in the next town over.  Found the Shelob set for $13 and picked up the Mines of Moria set for $54.  They also had Weathertop on sale but I think it was $40 and that didn't seem like as good of a deal.  They didn't have Helm's Deep and I don't think they had the add-on Uruk-hai Army set either.  They did have Gandalf Arrives but I don't think it was on sale.


« on: December 28, 2012, 11:12 AM »
Heard there were some good finds at Walmart and Target on Lego over the last couple of days.  Of course, we were snowed in yesterday so I didn't get out, and Target had already been picked clean, but I stopped at Walmart on the way to work this morning.

I scanned the Jabba's Palace and Millennium Falcon sets, which have been found on markdown, but they were scanning at normal price.  I also checked the Avenger Quinjet set and it wasn't marked down either.

But, I found the Triceratops Trapper and Space Center sets for 50% off and bought them. 

The price scanner at my WM is not that close so I got tired of making trips, but I think I'm going back over after work because some stores have had the Malevolence and Republic Frigate marked down also and I want to check them.  Also sounds as if some LOTR and quite a few of the City sets are marked down so I'm going to check them also.


Middle Earth / Re: The Hobbit -LEGO
« on: December 25, 2012, 01:33 AM »
TRU is notorious for being up to $30 over WM and Target prices on Lego sets.  I was in there Sunday and they still had some Harry Potter Hogwarts (4867) sets which retailed for $49.99...TRU had them for $79.99.  Even when it's not the holiday season, TRU is still way over the odds on sets.

I think they do it because, like Diddly said, they can be the last stop for people that find stuff sold out at WM and Target, plus they carry a lot more inventory than either of the other two.  They have the mindset that since they're really the only toy retailer left, on a large scale, that they're a destination and people will pay more for the experience.


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