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Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:58:17 PM »
Did  any of you guys read anything in the last few weeks that Hasbro's value has nearly doubled the value of Mattel?  There were some rumblings that Hasbro might try to buy or do a hostel take over of Mattel.

The only thing I read about them was that all their stocks had fallen on the news of TRU liquidation, including Hasbro's, Mattel's, etc. Some more than others.

Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:09:00 PM »
TRU Canada is mentioned in this article:


I can't read that article behind the pay wall, but here's another:

They are looking to spin off the stronger Canadian branch to a new buyer, and possibly some of the best-performing US stores, with the new company to be run out of Canada. Interesting and hopeful, we'll see how this all plays out.

It was good. Not super-great as the hype would have you believe, but pretty solid and enjoyable as most Marvel movies are. I appreciated that it was fairly true to the comics, particularly the Christopher Priest run (which is excellent), and where they made changes they did not bother me. 4/5

Wampa Cave / Re: an update from TRU USA
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:08:45 PM »

The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: TVC - Jabba's sail Barge!!!!!
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:00:52 PM »
Hello.  I will probably be ordering one.  Would anyone know if the Barge is sent to Canadians from Hasbro's Canadian address in Quebec OR do Canadians have to pay an import tax, if shipped directly from Hasbro in the US?  Bye.

Not sure if this has been answered.  I called customer service, lady told me the plan is to ship out the Canadian orders through the warehouse in Canada.  Therefore whatever you pay at checkout (shipping and your provonical tax), should be your final cost.  There shouldn't be any import tax on top.

Edit: Spelling

Phew!  I had ordered already, but that was a nerve-wracking uncertainty in the back of my head.  Glad to hear that we're not going to get dinged.

I had been hoping they would do that - makes the most sense to me. Good to know for a fact!

The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: 2018 TVC Basic Figures (checklist)
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:27:18 PM »
I'm torn on these. I have all previous TVC figures both carded and loose. But I have zero interest in the ST figures. Same for the Solo ones. Rogue One is iffy. The completeist in me wants to get at least a carded set, but I'm not sure that's enough to justify the price for figures I don't care about. I'm used to ordering cases these days, but at least I'll pick up the few I actually want at retail.

The Vintage Collection (TVC) / Re: TVC - Jabba's sail Barge!!!!!
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:07:02 AM »
So... did you guys see this yet?
From Hasbro:
"It has been great to hear the reaction to the HasLab launch and know there is a strong interest from our fans globally. Right now, this initiative is available in the U.S., but we’ve been working for a while on how best to offer Jabba’s Sail Barge to fans globally if the campaign in the U.S. successfully reaches the 5,000 threshold and hope to have an update to share soon."

This is why I'm holding off until closer to the deadline. If they can work something out to open it up to other countries - either now or later - then I may wait for that. It all depends on what they announce, and when.

I'm personally more worried about what the state of Star Wars Collecting going forward will look like if this endeavor dosent succeed.
Because I have a SW collecting itch, and it needs to scratched!  LOL  :P

Hmm... now I'm wondering about the state of collecting if this DOES succeed. I can see Hasbro potentially abusing this business model, using it to put out more and more collector-grade stuff that should actually be sold in stores. All while charging us a premium because we should feel "lucky" to have them at all. I can see it now... including the Nerf projectiles!  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

There's a few shows I'm slowly and sporadically working my way through, in binge spurts every once in a while when my workload isn't too heavy (a rare occasion):

Black Sails
Peaky Blinders
The Wire
Agents of SHIELD
Game of Thrones (waaaaaay behind on this)

There's a whole pile more that I haven't even started, but that I hope (someday) to get into. Maybe when I retire? Lol

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: Young Han Solo: the movie
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:29:54 PM »
We saw the teaser during the Super Bowl, as a family. Both my girls immediately said they wanted to see it, because it's Han Solo - someone they both know well. Their exposure to Star Wars though so far in their young lives is a lot more varied than many of us had as kids. They've grown up on all the Lego Star Wars videos, Clone Wars & Rebels, etc. So they are used to seeing different versions of these characters. To them, Han Solo does not necessarily equal Harrison Ford.

But I'm with Canadian Jedi - everything looked neat & interesting in the trailer, except the actor does not sell me on him being Han Solo. At all. Harrison Ford is one of those actors who is really hard to follow up, and Han Solo is such an iconic character. But then, there's people who say Sean Connery is the only real James Bond, too. So I suppose it could be what you're used to.

I'm not holding my breath.

Wampa Cave / Re: Star wars Toys Sales down
« on: January 20, 2018, 02:36:02 AM »
Kids' interests have changed too much. We (old men) are the only people buying action figures en masse (not to mention comic books) these days.

100% this. ask most 10 year olds what they want for their bday. I bet it will be electronic / video game related.

Or at best...Lego.

Yep, Lego seems to be one of the few go-to toys that has withstood the onslaught of electronics and video games. Heck, it's probably even benefited more from video games, movies etc than most toy brands. The genius of Lego's designers is rivaled only by their marketing department.

Wampa Cave / Re: Netflix-The Toys That Made Us
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:51:32 PM »
I watched them all, and never really had any of the toys as a kid in the 80s (we only ever had Lego growing up).
But they were all very interesting episodes - even the Barbie one - cool to see the history of the toys, companies, etc. and to see interviews with lots of people in the industry, both current and past. If you can take the time, I recommend watching all the episodes, even if you're not a fan of the toyline. Looking forward to the next 4!

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:28:12 PM »
I will go with:

Rogue One

LOL, did you put Battlestar Galactica on your Star Wars list? For shame, you know mixing sci-fi franchises is a serious offence!  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:

The kids and I watched the Holiday Special for the first (and will be ONLY) time the other day.
I have toyed with the idea of listing that higher than TFA/TLJ, but I just can't bring myself to do it.
I do equate them with each other as far as my own "head canon" goes - they never happened.

I think for me, the measure of whether a new SW film is good or not is how it makes me feel about the originals. Does it add something or make me look at the OT films in a different way or with greater appreciation? Then it's a good addition to the franchise. It should build up and compliment the originals, not actively try to tear them down and stomp all over them. While one could argue that parts of the prequels messed with the OT a bit, I think overall they made me look at the OT films a bit differently and read some scenes in a new way - ROTS in particular did that. In a similar way, Rogue One helped to raise ANH to a higher level in my mind - it was easily my least favourite of the OT films but now I'd happily put it against any film in the saga.

Rogue One & ANH
some fan films
a ham sandwich
TLJ & The Holiday Special

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:38:45 AM »
My daughter liked it, my son hated it.  He likes Rogue One but hates the other movies and wishes Disney had not made them.  He would have rather seen Disney just start making new Star Wars movies and not have messed with the original Disney Characters.

Sounds like your son and I are of the same mind on that. I loved Rogue One, but did not like the ST films. I wish Disney had just moved past the OT characters completely for this trilogy - make it take place a few decades further yet.

My feeling is , I am currently watching Revenge of the Sith on TV as I write this.  It is a Star Wars movie.  The Last Jedi is a movie about Star Wars, it is not a Star Wars movie. That is the best way I can describe how I feel about The Last Jedi.

This is what I thought about Ep7 when it came out. The sequels are movies called "Star Wars" but they are not Star Wars movies.
I felt the same about the Star Trek reboot films too. Except those felt even less like what Star Trek should be.
Call me old and crusty.

Star Wars Movies & TV shows / Re: STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII - THE LAST JEDI
« on: December 26, 2017, 03:50:05 PM »
Hopefully Ron Howard will be able to get the haters back on side with Solo.   

Rumours are Solo is a complete trainwreck and Disney is already bracing for it to bomb.
Of course, rumours are just rumours, but it's already known as "Solo: The Star Wars Story No One Ever Asked For"

For the record, like most here, I liked some parts and hated others. Overall, it's fighting for last place with Ep7 for me. More than ever, I want to know what George Lucas' ideas were for the sequels. I liked the prequels. And I loved Rogue One.

« on: November 22, 2017, 11:40:12 PM »
Yeah, I remember that.  It was amazing that it just happened so I was off that day and went to check it out and they were just putting cases of it out. 

I just ordered the EE Order 66 4 pack.  They are $39.99 US right now, but $30 shipping for 2 sets.  I just had it sent to my friend in the US so it'll just cost what it'll cost him to ship it to me.

I got 2 of those too - been watching and waiting for it to hit the inevitable discount. It's an awesome price. Luckily I live next to the border so I got them sent to an address there and I'll pick 'em up sometime.

Dorkside Toys has some pretty good discounts right now too.

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