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In Target I found the DS Gunner. In KB found (and bought) 2 Naboo soldiers and Rep Been, as well as a black and white Endor trooper.

KB had the DV Unleashed in the new packaging (might've been the former Best Buy Excl). Package was HUGE.

They also had some of the electronic lightsabers in the new 30th packaging. The ends say 77 - 07, or something.
 

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Today I purchased the Obi Jedi Fighter w/ Hyperspace Ring at TRU. Saw it there for the past couple of weeks but haven't had the cash. After looking at SSG's photo's from ToyFair, it looks like I'll need to start savibg a ton of money.
 

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Last weekend I found 4 new Evo packs - TFU Secret Apprentice, Fett Legacy, Jedi Legacy, and the new Sith Legacy; I didn't get the TFU tho, figured I'd moer likely see that one again. Also got 3PO with Salacious Crumb. And at some point received my Sideshow Ilum Padme.
 

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AT Wm today, found and purchased: Grevious Starfighter, AT-AP, and Comic Pack 16 (Clone Commando and SBD from SW: Tales). Also saw the exclusive Jabba's band sets, but already have the original fig's. WM had new planograms up, w/ SW much more prominently displayed towards "front" on the aisle. They still have about 6 RotS Pregnant Padme's.

Also stopped at TRU... They have a nice set up, with about 30 pegs for figs, but about 95% of them are SL fig's.
 

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Stopped at WM this morning... Found BD DV and EVO Trooper from TFU. I might be confused (that'd be a first:cross-eye), but weren't these suppsed to be held until 7/26. Also found, from SL, Ewoks Romba and Graak, Shadow Stormie, Zev Senesca, and Covert Ops Trooper.

Opened up the 2 TFU figs. Haven't really played with them, but first impressions...

DV - Looks cool without armor; the pieces they give to 'complete' him don't seem to fit too well.

EVO - Looks great. Ball jointed neck, with flexible air hoses that allow him to turn / tilt his head. Would like to see that on some of the pilot figs. One general gripe I have is the inability of figs to really hold the 2 handed weapons with 2 hands. Bastardo's!:upset:
 

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Well, remembered the answer to my own question tonight... Clone Wars figs on 7/26.

While up to see my mom in PA today I was able to stop in both a KB and a Target. Found Maris Brood (who seems to have about the oddest waist on any SW fig), Juno Eclipse, and the Jump Trooper. Jump Trooper's description on the back says they have a jet pack, for short 'jumps', but there is none on the fig. ????
 

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Found General Tso and his chickens at TRU this morning (Gen Kota). It looks like the only TFU fig I still need is the black Royal Guard.

Was at Target over the weekend. They changed the endcap that had the Order 66 on it to Speedracer, and couldn't find any Order 66 left anywhere. Still haven't seen the Ex Battle Rancor.

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Was looking over the different state forums listed, and 25 of the 50 states haven't had a singal post in 2 years (since '06), and 5 of those states haven't had any posts (not counting posts that say there are no posts :) ).
 

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I almost didn't go to my TRU's midnight madness on Fri night because I was tired and wanted to got o bed, but I was glad I did go. I felt I had to go to help ensure that there could possibly be future madness'.

Funds were / are a little tight, so I only bought 5 fig's (Quarren, Mon Cal, quad cannon clone, IG lancer droid, and CW clone with rocket launcher) + the free holo Grevious, as well as the Homing Spider Droid and the Padme Evolutions.

As i mentioned earlier, I was tired, and didn't feel like arriving early. I got there a couple min's after midnight and the line was still advancing into the store. I would guess there might've been about 100 people total. What was really cool about it was the number of kids there with their parents, about half the group. The collectors were putting out some serious cash. I saw a couple get what looked like at least 1 of everything: each LEGO, BMF, AT-TE, fig's, you name it. I didn't see any of them cash out, but it must've been at least a thousand bucks.

There were 2 sad parts to it. The first was that said collectors, while looking thru the figs, pretty much made it so no one else could look thru them (reminded me of TPM MM in Denver at C1). So it was sad that it seemed the collector mentality hasn't changed (gotta have those 1st day of issue stickers!). The 2nd sad thing was that TRU had not planned for this business. All they had set up for it was the same thing I would see if I go in tomorrow morning at 10. This particular TRU has done a MM before. They could have put extra product on the floor to accomodate a specialized consumer. After 20 minutes they had to restock the figs and the LEGO's, and I think the AT-TE's as well.

Well, that's my MM report from Newark, Delaware. I'll need to get myself over to the Borders sometime this week to check out any books that came out.
 

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So, in the last post in July I said that money's been tight, and it has been for the most part, but now I can afford to get the AT-TE and can't find it in stores after Black Friday!

A couple weeks ago I saw the BMF in Costco for $125, but this week it was totally gone. Hoping the AT-TE shows up there with the extra figs (and that it doesn't sell out before I get there).

Found the Sarlacc Pit BP at Target this morning for 62.99. NICE looking set! The one downpoint would be that the paint app on the 3 on shelf was not the best. I'm am specifically referring to Luke, Han and the Skiff Guard. The skiff and sarlacc looked great; sarlacc tentacle is bendy, so you can wrap it around figs legs to draw them in. Not a single BAD fig, they were all SL and CW. No other BP's here (same at Wm and TRU) since Black Fri. Sry - they did have 1 or 2 of the exclusives, didn't look to see if Yoda or Obi.
 

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This morning on RS's homepage they have an announcement that DeepDiscount.com has the Deluxe Sculpting A Galaxy for ... I think it was $143 with free shipping. After clicking thru and seeing the pics of the product I couldn't resist. It was 62% off and came with free shipping.

Been out shopping this weekend and there are almost no figs out there. A bunch of Yarna, Breha, and another pegwarmer. Got the Heir to the Empire comic pack with Tallon Karrde (WM).

At Target yesterday they had a SW miniatures CW BP. IIRC it had a Swamp Speeder for the clones and the Hailfire for the droids, as well as a bunch of mini figs. Might have gotten it if I didn't already have the Hailfire. I like the larger mini's - like the beasts, vehicles and such (not crazy about the figs even though they have a better EU representation), but the blind packing sucks. It was alright when I was a kid, or for trading cards, but not something like that. The blind packing really limits its appeal to collectors, well, to consumers in general because its just too much money to be throwing away on dup's. Same with the TOMY mini helmets.

Finally got my AT-TE! Asked for it for Christmas and the 'rental units came thru for me. I probably won't open it for a while though. I've been downsizing my displays in anticipation of moving sometime this year, and would prefer to not have to repack that and possibly damage it.

In Nov I found a nice display case on sale at a thrift shop for $200. Its been at the 'rental units house since. Need to work on getting that down here and set up. The only downside to it is that entry is thru a smaller side door (the front is about 24", each end has 2 angled sides about 9", 15-18" deep, light in top, all sides glass, about 6' tall). It would be great if I could alter it so I could use the front (or rear) for entry, so I could maybe put my Salacious Crumb inside.

Lastly, not SW related, but a gift I bought for myself was / is a Kitchen Aid stand mixer that I've wanted for years. So far I've made cinnamon buns and French bread (which was for Xmas dinner, and has also lasted for sandwiches and french toast - yum!). Today I plan on making soft pretzels, and will make sour dough bread for New Years. Bought supplies for making choc chip cookies yest too.
 

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Back around the end of Jan I pre-ordered 3 cases of figs. First was the ANH wave (asst included only 1 of each fig, including a couple sandstorm fig's which I had not planned on buying, but it was better than getting dup's of fig's I didn't need dup's of); second, which I just got this week, was the latest CW wave; next up is the next saga wave, again with just 1 of each fig (some will be dup's, but they're troopers so I figure that's cool).

The cost was / is $95 per case, which breaks down to about $8 / fig, which I thought was great considering most retail is still $7-8. And it saves me SO much time hunting for figs (time I don't really have anymore).

In other collecting news...
-Was able to order SS 12" ANH Leia from TFAW for $35 today.

-I've been thinking of "thinning the herd" of some of my collection. Right now I'm mainly thinking of my Hasbro 12". Up until the end of their line I tried to buy 2 of each, 1 open 1 boxed, but wasn't able to do this with all of them. 2 I know I have and am willing to trade or sell are: Luke on Speeder Bike and Leia on Speeder Bike. Both are MIB, box in good or better condition. I never had room to display them; I already have the Scout with Speeder open and love it. Things I'm looking for: Hasbro 12" Scout (single fig, was in the last, or 2nd to last wave); Shaak Ti (ROTS wave). PM if interested.
 

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Went looking for the new AT ST at WM today. Didn't find it. But, I did find new Bp's and Evo's. Bought 2 Geo BP's for the gunship pods, 1 each of the Imp and Reb pilots, and the Opturra(sp?) droid. I gotta say that bantha poodoo was expensive - $136! Thankfully there's no sales tax here. Was really on the fence about the Opturra droid as I've really scaled back purchases. The had a decent amount of CW and greatest hits red card figs, but still haven't seen any red card saga figs yet anywhere.
 

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Yesterday I was at Costco and Target. Costco had the AT AT for $84 and change, the Uncle Milton lightsaber room light, I think it was around $15, and they had LEGO CW Shuttle for $48 and change.

Target had a handful of E3 vintage; I picked up the Grevious and a Magna Guard, but passed on Sidious and Obi. This time I found the Defense of Hoth set and felt I really had to get it to help defend against my AT AT.