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As per title - EB is apparently getting these 3.75" statues of the main ANH characters. I didn't get the price, but it comes in a cubic box, already on the base, good I suppose for those of you who don't open. The box is one size smaller than a Funko pop box.

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Feedback H-N / jmac's feedback thread
« on: April 22, 2017, 08:13:05 AM »
I just received a very quick payment from jmac out on PEI for a few figures. He has been very patient in dealing with my (typical, sadly) delays in getting him a shipping quote. The item is on its way, I hope you enjoy the figures!

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Reputable E-Tailers Feedback Area / Starbase Collectibles
« on: February 04, 2017, 11:44:18 AM »
From Eradicator:

Excellent resource, thanks for posting this.
I have ordered some Hot Toys and Sideshow figures from Starbase Collectibles. They have a Facebook page. Good to deal with and when coming from Alberta no tax! Shipping runs around $20 are so for a standard 12" figure. At least last time I ordered. Plopping down $300 for a Hot Toys figure these days is getting expensive. If only I could win the lottery.

https://www.facebook.com/StarbaseCollectibles/

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Reputable E-Tailers Feedback Area / Sponsor - Bounty Hunter Toys
« on: February 02, 2017, 05:35:31 PM »
I've met Mike & can speak to his willingness to help out the site in a variety of ways including web support when the place crashed beyond repair. Check out his store when you have time, both in person & online:

http://www.bountyhuntertoys.com/store/

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Reputable E-Tailers Feedback Area / Cosmictoys.ca
« on: February 02, 2017, 05:34:02 PM »
From BM549:

I can't really comment on selection, but I really like https://cosmictoys.ca/

I've bought lots of stuff them them and it's fairly priced, reasonable shipping and in Canada.

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Reputable E-Tailers Feedback Area / CMDStore.ca
« on: February 02, 2017, 05:32:45 PM »
From Rotaxxx, a long time site member.

This site is pretty good  :)`

http://www.cmdstore.ca/starwars.html

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Amazon.ca Updates
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:38:53 AM »
Post links to hard to find items here, in hopes the Troopers can get them before the scalpers!  :luke:

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / ToysRUs.ca Updates
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:38:39 AM »
Post links to hard to find items here, in hopes the Troopers can get them before the scalpers!  :luke:

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Online Shopping - Who's Got the Hot Items??? / Wal-Mart.ca Updates
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:38:21 AM »
Post links to hard to find items here, in hopes the Troopers can get them before the scalpers!  :luke:

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Rogue One - Visual Guide
« on: January 10, 2017, 11:54:48 PM »
Purchased this for the full $37 price at WalMart last night, against my own better judgement. That being said, I really enjoy these books - I've just always managed to get them for a much lower price leading up to this one.

Now for my opinion - buy this book. At the risk of sounding crazy, choose this over 2 Black Series figures or the novelization - this is the best thing from Rogue One I've seen besides the movie. Flipping through this thing will create an intense desire in any fan to go back & watch the movie with the pause button handy so you find all the cool characters shown in whichever small corners of the screen they must inhabit. I suddenly want about 100 figures from this movie, and it's sad to believe they'll only produce a few of them.

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Expanded Universe - Legacy & the New EU / Rogue One - Novelization
« on: January 09, 2017, 01:41:52 PM »
Just finished this today. I would say this is likely the least amount of new/additional material I've ever experienced in a SW novelization, however what they DID include made the book a worthwhile read.

It was essentially a director's cut, if I can be so bold. You can tell, watching the movie, that there HAD to be more dialogue on spots that was left on the cutting room floor. I know there always is, but in certain R1 instances it was overly apparent they needed to trim time & the words suffered more than the explosions.

The book takes the time to include the extra lines & they really help in a good few spots - particularly in the second half of the book. The first half felt almost exactly like I was watching the movie again (not a bad thing, but there was very little - almost nothing - new).

And I will finish with a bit of a teaser - something pretty cool from the trailers that didn't make it into the film DID find its way into the book.  :D

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Wampa Cave / OT ships - Which versions are your favourites????
« on: December 31, 2016, 06:12:49 AM »
So I moved last summer, and only recently have I managed to get my collection of ships home from the storage locker. I'm faced with going through & in some sad cases having to choose one version of a ship to keep. There have been some pretty good versions, but I honestly really haven't had to struggle too much, other than making the choice to let a few go to other homes. I know for a fact I've missed various versions of the ships as well - don't hesitate to holler about your favourite if it didn't make my list (I likely never owned it). Here's what I came up with - and I'd love to hear your opinions!

Millenium Falcon

Vintage
POTF2
OTC
BMF

My choice? OTC - and it's all a matter of size. The BMF is an alarming piece. The quality is incredible. There is literally NO comparison between any version of the vintage Falcon & the BMF. All that being said, to me the OTC Falcon is the "best vintage" Falcon money can buy. It's very sturdy & looks great.

Slave I

Vintage
POTF2/Shadows of the Empire
Saga/OTC (repaint of Jango's from AOTC)
Newest smaller version

My choice to keep is the POTF2/Shadows version. It's basically a vintage Slave I with the nicer paint deco - playing with it even briefly brings me all the way back to my vintage version which is no longer with me. This will suffice, I love how it looks on display.

AT-AT

Vintage
POTF2
Endor-repaint
BAT-AT

Once again, the Big ATAT is a marvel. If you have the means & the space, it is incomparable. For the vintage sized versions however, my choice to keep is the POTF2 version with the improved electronics. Hoth always wins for me, and the voice/sound clips included in this version are well done enough to add to the value of the item for me.

Y-Wing Fighter

Vintage
POTF2 (yellow markings, red R2 unit)
OTC (grey/silver with red markings, red/grey R2 unit)
30th Anniversary (yellow markings, grey/yellow R5 unit)
Vintage Collection (red markings, droid actually fits into socket)

I had 2 to choose from - POTF2 & 30th Anniversary. My POTF2 version is missing one motor strut, so I chose the other one to keep. I don't see that they've done much to change the ship from its original iteration - so I guess this comes down to your preference of colour scheme or droid counterpart.

Twin Pod Cloud Car

Vintage
Saga Legends

Well honestly I don't have a vintage Cloud Car, so this was an easy choice as well. Luckily the updated one from a few years ago is fantastic.

Rebel Armored Snowspeeder

Vintage
POTF2 (larger, missile firing rear gun, does have electronics)
Rogue II's Snowspeeder (has working airbrake flaps, white with red details)
Luke's Battle Damaged Snowspeeder (broken window deco & extra carbon scoring, white with grey details)
Saga Legends (slightly reduced size, working flaps)

I'm keeping the Saga Legends version, simply because the very minor reduction in size seems to help enormously when comparing it to the vintage sized ATAT. Much like the newer Cloud Car, this slightly slimmed down version is solid.

Imperial TIE Fighter

Vintage
Vintage with Battle Damage
POTF2 (grey, small wings)
Large Wing TIE (white)
Large Wing TIE (grey)

The only one I have left is a grey POTF2 version, so this was an easy choice. The large wing TIEs look fantastic, but very out of scale.

X-Wing Fighter

Vintage
Vintage with Battle Damage
POTF2 (remake with electronics but no light)
POTF2 "Power FX" Luke's X-Wing (Larger scale, voice clips, figure molded into cockpit)
Saga Collection Larger Scale Luke's X-Wing with Dagobah swamp sludge
OTC (vintage size, no electronics)
Saga Collection (2002) Luke's X-Wing (Large scale, carbon scoring, survival gear behind seat)
Saga Collection (2002) Red Leader's X-Wing (Large scale, cardboard R5 unit, cleaner version)
Recent Large Scale TFA X-Wing with fewer moving parts
TFA Black X-Wing
TFA Poe's X-Wing

The X-Wing has almost been done to death. The last 2 in my collection were the larger scale versions (Dagobah & Red Leader). These found a new home some time ago. I think I might start looking for a nice vintage sized replacement - maybe even a vintage one if I can find a clean one with working electronics.

Luke's Landspeeder

Vintage
POTF2 (vintage remake)
Saga Collection 2002 (new mold, longer & much improved deco)
Vintage Collection (US Target - new mold, but the deco has reverted to look like the vintage Landspeeder)

I have 2 left and I'm keeping both - the elongated versions. Both are fantastic. There is something about the (flimsy, fragile, insert your own word here) vintage version, but I think these are a significant improvement in terms of movie-accurate looks & function.

** MORE TO FOLLOW!!!**

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The Toys - Snowtrooper Reviews! / 5POA Rogue One Stormtrooper
« on: December 22, 2016, 05:03:38 PM »
Well folks, like I posted elsewhere I finally caved & purchased a number of the 5POA offerings from Hasbro. This figure, as well as the Imperial Ground Crew were the 2 that caused it.

Simply put, this is the nicest modernization of a vintage figure I think I've seen. Now let me put some constraints on that....

When you put the vintage Stormtrooper by this guy, there are so many similarities. The neutral pose, proportions (slimness?).... usefulness of the figure. It's like someone took it upon themselves to make the best vintage stormtrooper they could make, using today's methods & materials.

Sure there are a few things in the package to distract you (a removable pauldron for one, as well as a battle damaged snap on armor piece), but really have a good look at the helmet especially, and then the figure... I'd be surprised to hear anyone gripe about anything OTHER THAN the lack of articulation.

Grab one on sale just to open & check out - very satisfying figure. 

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Wampa Cave / Snowtroopers.ca Facebook Group - Trying Store Reports
« on: December 12, 2016, 07:26:40 AM »
Just a thought - if you're part of the Snowtroopers.ca group on Facebook, would you like to see store reports come through on your phone? I was thinking they might help for those occasions where you just happen to be near someplace & wondering if it's worth it to drive the extra 15min.... when your phone dings & advises a new shipment was just found at that location. Decision made, right? A couple of the members have advised turning notifications for the group messages on would allow for such functionality.

If you're NOT part of the group but would like to be (and we'd like you to be!), do a search on FB for Snowtroopers.ca & click join. I see all the applications as soon as they come in - any mention of who you are from this site will speed things along (but I don't decline anyone who appears to be Canadian).

Questions, suggestions, comments please.... let me know what you think might make this work.  :party0007:

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Rogue One (2016-2017) / Rogue One area now open!
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:43:58 AM »
Not sure how long this line will be with us - my guess is not much longer than the 2 waves of figures we've seen already & the upcoming SA Black Series wave - but we might as well partition off a place to discuss.  :u:

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