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Turbowars
10-25-2006, 12:38 AM
I took the tins out of the boxes and they look pretty cool, better than in the window box with the cheap cardboard. I wont open the cards, but it is nice to see the back on the cards and it's a neat throw back to the vintage 2-3 packed bonus cards.

Jayspawn
10-25-2006, 06:13 PM
I finally saw the tins at Wal-Mart today. Totally unimpressed. There's only 1 good figure per tin and the rest are useless repacks of older figures. Sorry Hasbro, not falling for it.

Darth Cruel
10-25-2006, 08:58 PM
Jayspawn - is Hasbro trying to fool us with these?

I Saw them a couple of days ago at TRU...I like them. I don't have any of the figures that are in them opened (yes I do have them carded), and the price point is not out of step with the cerded figures. Roughly 7.50 per figure with a free tin thrown in. I think I will be troop-building the troops even if I have to by 100 of each tin

Turbowars
10-25-2006, 09:06 PM
You must have more money than most. :thumbsup:

Jayspawn
10-25-2006, 09:12 PM
Yes they ARE trying to fool you. Hasbro will be laughing at buyers all the way to the bank. But they're not laughing at me cause I'm not falling for it.

If you want to open these sets up -it'll be cheaper just to track down the individual figures and open them up.

Turbowars
10-25-2006, 09:18 PM
I'm not taking these out of the bubbles, I'm just taking the tins out of the big outer package. I would like to take a few out, but I can't justify buying doubles of these.

Darth Cruel
10-25-2006, 10:06 PM
I forgot to add the "J/K". I am only going to get 2 of each...one to open. But only because I don't want a bunch of extra Vaders, Leias, et al. I will likely do as Jayspawn mentioned and get a few extra of the EII sergeants from eBay or someplace to lead my clone formations. And realistically (at least to me) I like the tins and they are worth about 10.00 (max) to me. So I can consider the figures that I don't want to be 5.00 kid fodder.

I still don't see how Hasbro is trying to fool us. They are not hiding anything. If I had the figures that are in these tins from getting them carded...I would feel ripped off. but it is not like Hasbro is covering them up so you can't see what figures you are buying. And if the kids are buying them (and based solely on what i have seen locally, they are...rabidly) then Hasbro CAN argue that they are supplying figures that are in demand. I don't like re-packs at all...but when the figure continues to be in demand...Hasbro is only keeping their promise make sure every person that wants one, gets one. And lets be realistic...other than Lushros Dofine...I haven't seen too much as far as peg-warming goes (and even Lushros is selling...just slowly).

In my head...I want to see hasbro do WHATEVER it takes to ensure the longevity of the Star Wars 3 3/4" figures. Including the re-packing ad nauseum. I want them to be around until I die at 103 ('cause I play safe for you and me, 'cause I'm no fool!) and that means 62 more years (and don't everyone start dogging me on the thought of the line lasting 62 years...I know it won't).

Hasbro's new battle cry "RE-PACK 'EM ALL! LET THE COLLECTORS SORT THEM OUT!"

Luuuuuuke
10-25-2006, 11:14 PM
I finally saw the tins at Wal-Mart today. Totally unimpressed. There's only 1 good figure per tin and the rest are useless repacks of older figures. Sorry Hasbro, not falling for it.

You pretty much speak the truth here. But I did buy the 3 OT ones. Simply put I really, really like the three troopers. It's kind of a waste of money, and I've actually been pretty good about being really picky about what i bought, but I got suckered here.

Having said that, I'm not opening for the moment. I'm a loose collector but I kind of like the way they look in the package so for now, I'mleaving them as is. But chances are excellent I'll open them because there is no way in hell I'm buying more than one of any of these.

mtriv73
10-25-2006, 11:40 PM
I've bought the episode I, V, and, VI and I :eek: opened the bubbles on all of them. There are some really good repaints and new figures in the V and VI sets. I bought the episode I set for the R2 unit, but the rest are great figures. I'm definitely not buying doubles, but I don't regret buying these. If I see an episode IV with a good paint job I'll buy it too. I'm not completely sold on II and III though.

Mad Slanted Powers
10-26-2006, 01:18 AM
I unexpectedly found the Episode II and III packs at Wal-Mart. They were in with the Legos. I didn't see a place where they were supposed to be. I went ahead and got them. I can always use the troopers, and most of the other repacks were decent - VOTC, Evolutions and ROTS figures. I already have them, but maybe an extra will come in handy some day. I've not opened them yet. I probably won't for a while.

decadentdave
10-26-2006, 03:14 AM
The only sets I've ever seen have been Episode V at TRU and twice I have passed on this. I'm not falling for it. I already have these figures and some "minor" paint variation on one figure is hardly enough to justify buying a $30 set just for some lousy tin that's a knock-off of the Topps card tins. Even if I had the money to blow on these I wouldn't open them up just for some lousy repacks. You guys that have lots of disposeable income knock yourselves out but I have better things to save my money for. Hasblome.

dindae
10-26-2006, 11:10 AM
Bought them. Opened them. Not overly thrilled because of the repacks but the repacks are better than the repacks I get from the battle packs. I will use them to swap for crappy version of figures in my dioramas. But it is what I expected.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-26-2006, 04:27 PM
I haven't seen or purchased any of these, but actually plan on getting all of them. Every set has something that's new and I actually like, and I can use the main characters in dioramas (particularly the robed Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon).

The clone trooper, neutral Jango, AT-RT Driver, Hayden-head/ANH-cape Vader, crying Chewie, new Endor trooper, and removable helmet troopers are all more than enough reason to get these sets, IMO.

abell748
10-27-2006, 07:02 AM
I haven't made up my mind yet on the I-VI sets. If I get any of the 6 it would be the ROTJ one because of the Biker Scout and the new Endor Rebel Trooper. I know for sure I'll get the Cantina band set from Walmart. I have 1loose band member so the 5 in it will be good for my cantina diorama.

Luuuuuuke
10-27-2006, 10:50 PM
I've bought the 3 Original Trilogy ones and am fairly happy with all of them. I'm only going to buy one more, the AOTC one, which is the only one I have never seen. (Actually, Ive only seen the Jedi and New Hope tins once--when I got them).

tagmac
10-31-2006, 06:59 PM
Are the Cantina sets even out yet? I've only seen the six movie tins at TRU, and I've left every one of them.

Mad Slanted Powers
10-31-2006, 08:14 PM
Starwars.com says Cantina sets available exclusively at Wal-Mart in December. http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/hasbro/news20060911.html

tagmac
10-31-2006, 09:24 PM
Thanks for the info. And just like the 12" versions 10 years ago, I don't expect to ever see these at WM either.

Luuuuuuke
11-03-2006, 12:04 AM
Pfft. I'm not holding my breath at finding any cool Star Wars exclusive at Wal-Mart either. I never found the Separation of the Twins. Some WMs didn't even get them, according to some employees.

For my part, I'm glad Target and TRU generally get better exclusives. At least I can hope there.

Maybe it's because Walmart opens earlier, so a lot of hardcore scalpers get there at 7 a.m. or whenever. Plus, as much as a lot of people complain about Target's "anti-collector" policy(which I don't really buy is the case), I think it does help to spread the wealth so to speak. At WM, I've seen people literally pile their carts with dozens of the same product, like SW exclusives, and no one gives a damn.

Plus, if you ask a WM employee to check the stockroom, I just have a feeling you're more likely to get a flat "no", a lecture, or an attitude. I'm not a big WM fan, whether it involves collecting or not.

Jaff
11-03-2006, 07:33 AM
I saw the Episode IV, V, and VI versions. I passed on the IV and V, but bought the VI because of the Leia and Endor Trooper. The Leia looks better than the POTF 98 slide figure and the Leia collection figure.

I cracked them completely open. The Endor trooper rocks. Under his helmet he's got a bald head with some thinning hair. The Biker Scout is a nice bonus because he is the VOTC AT-AT version with some paint variation. I didn't want to buy the $100 AT-AT so I never thought I would get this fig. I feel the set was worth the cash because I got the figs I paid for, except the darth, which I think is something to throw in my double pile. The tin is also a convieniance which will be used to store all my hologram bonus figures.

I plan on getting the episode II for another Anakin and the Jango (which has a more neutral stance than any other helmeted Jango) and use that to store whatever coins I get next year.

As for the Cantina set, I'll get that tin too. But what will I use the tin for?

Kidhuman
11-03-2006, 08:20 AM
I saw most of these sets and I dont like them at all.

Luuuuuuke
11-03-2006, 10:18 AM
I saw most of these sets and I dont like them at all.

That's understandable. When you look at the figures in most of them, they're not a very good value. Plus not everybody cares about a tin.

dindae
11-03-2006, 10:48 AM
I got the OT tins yesterday and looking at the clones heads apparently these are sons of the original clones as they are all very pale. I assume this is due to interacial breeding. I like the figures that are new or new twists but I was less thrilled with the repacks in the OT tins versus the prequel tins. I really don't understand the choice of the VOTC C-3PO. I would rather have the POTF2 repack than that piece of crap. I don't like the fact the fact that they put two Vaders in these packs although I like the Hayden removeable helmet Vader. I would still say that these are better value for me than most battle packs.

Jargo
11-03-2006, 02:04 PM
I'm actually jonesing for the cantina pack. the silly soft goods stuff will have to go naturally but that's not a hardship. £31 for the five with painted accessories versus £20 per single mail-away CBM. hmmmm good math there. Yup, bring on the cantina band tin.

Oh and r2dtoys.com had it up as being available this month when I pre-ordered. but if it's late this month then by the time i get it it may be december after all.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-03-2006, 07:02 PM
I saw the Episode IV, V, and VI versions. I passed on the IV and V, but bought the VI because of the Leia and Endor Trooper. The Leia looks better than the POTF 98 slide figure and the Leia collection figure.
Are you sure it's not the same one from the Leia collection? They look similar to me (though I have neither).


The Biker Scout is a nice bonus because he is the VOTC AT-AT version with some paint variation. I didn't want to buy the $100 AT-AT so I never thought I would get this fig.
The one with the AT-AT is different; it's the POTJ body with (I think) the same head as the tin version.


As for the Cantina set, I'll get that tin too. But what will I use the tin for?
Why, cookies, of course. :D

Jargo
11-04-2006, 09:15 AM
think my cantina tin set has arrived. well it would have done if they employed postal workers with brains. "too big to fit through letterbox" was the reason they gave for not delivering it this morning. left a card but not the parcel. didn't ring the doorbell or knock on the door or wait around long enough for me to get out of bed and get to the door. so have to wait til monday now.

but R2DTOYS is now showing the cantina band as an in stock item. what makes it even more laughable is that now WAL*MART has a stake in ASDA stores over here that we still don't get WM exclusives there but have to go to specialist stores to find the stuff. There again if it means getting stuff through earlier like this instance with the cantina set then who needs WM?

Do the tins make good lunchboxes is what I want to know.

dindae
11-04-2006, 09:23 AM
Do the tins make good lunchboxes is what I want to know.

All they need is a handle and you're good to go.:thumbsup:

Jargo
11-04-2006, 10:21 AM
no handle! pfft that's cheap. lol think I'll stick to using the Palisades collectors club tin lunchboxes emblazoned with 'play with it' instead.

Luuuuuuke
11-04-2006, 03:39 PM
I just opened the tins.

I tried to see what the sandtrooper would look like as a stormtrooper, but not very good. His face sticks out a little bit too much, which gives him a goofy look. I guess the pauldron helps hide this issue.

Other than that, he's alright. The snowtrooper looks like he's got MC Hammer pants on without the helmet. The Scout Trooper rocks though. Was also happy with Anakin face Vader, Chewbacca(I only have an unopened VOTC one so this was cool) and LOVE the Hoth Han Solo, because of the pose, but mostly because of the mask thingie. I also liked Hoth Luke.

Jargo
11-06-2006, 07:39 AM
okay just opened the cantina set.

first thing I noticed is that the soft goods jacket body they added is really bad I've taken them off my band members.
If you look at the old mail away CBM body under the plastic tunic, it has a sort of open neck shirt on and undershirt, they've painted the undershirt part a sort of greyish cream colour.
the belt buckle is painted silver.
Instead of the soft airbrushed paint app on the head and hands it's a wash this time which isn't quite as effective. and the skintone is a much brighter orangey fleshtone.
three of the five have a leg problem, same as the original had, the left leg is molded at a strange angle at the hip and so the leg sticks out and you have to rest him on his heel while the right leg is normally placed. it kinda gives them a foot tapping look.

the accessories look good painted up. none of the figures can hold the instruments to their mouths but they never could with the articulation they have.

the cardbacks are funky and simple. It lists sixth band member Doikk Na'ts as missing from the set due to 'sitting out sick' which amused me.
The bio on the second cardback states that the Modal Nodes were favourites of the clone troopers and toured the frontiers a fair bit and rode the tide of success to the top. Apparently, Imperial politics and mismanagement lead to the Nodes falling on hard times and having to take gigs wherever they could hence them being in the cantina on that fateful day.

And the cardback has some nice pictures of the Nodes in action.

The tin is ok. I suppose. Not what i bought the set for of course but I'm sure it'll please some people with it's nice shiney look and nicely coloured illustration of the Nodes entertaining patrons of the cantina.

A good set all told if nothing really exciting. it's still cool to get most of the band in one fell swoop. and five is just as good as six though if like me you have a spare CBM mail away figure you'll be getting out the paints and adding that sixth member. And if like me you have a second CBM mail away figure spare you'll be doing Lirin Car'n too.

Hurrah!

The end.

DarkArtist
11-10-2006, 09:55 PM
Saw the ANH, ESB, and ROTJ tins today, picked up the ROTJ and opened it. Love this concept. The Endor Rebel is great for a different trooper for displays, the Biker Scout is great. The Leia I believe is the same as the Leia Collection and the Vader is at least one of the better sculpts. I only wish they included a different figure then Vader, since we already have one in the ANH tin, but by that logic they would also have to discard one of the Leias' as well. I still can't believe they packaged that worthless hunk of plastic that was the VOTC Threepio instead of the highly superior ROTS version.

Jargo
11-11-2006, 05:53 PM
okay just opened the cantina set.

first thing I noticed is that the soft goods jacket body they added is really bad I've taken them off my band members.
If you look at the old mail away CBM body under the plastic tunic, it has a sort of open neck shirt on and undershirt, they've painted the undershirt part a sort of greyish cream colour.
the belt buckle is painted silver.
Instead of the soft airbrushed paint app on the head and hands it's a wash this time which isn't quite as effective. and the skintone is a much brighter orangey fleshtone.
three of the five have a leg problem, same as the original had, the left leg is molded at a strange angle at the hip and so the leg sticks out and you have to rest him on his heel while the right leg is normally placed. it kinda gives them a foot tapping look.

the accessories look good painted up. none of the figures can hold the instruments to their mouths but they never could with the articulation they have.

the cardbacks are funky and simple. It lists sixth band member Doikk Na'ts as missing from the set due to 'sitting out sick' which amused me.
The bio on the second cardback states that the Modal Nodes were favourites of the clone troopers and toured the frontiers a fair bit and rode the tide of success to the top. Apparently, Imperial politics and mismanagement lead to the Nodes falling on hard times and having to take gigs wherever they could hence them being in the cantina on that fateful day.

And the cardback has some nice pictures of the Nodes in action.

The tin is ok. I suppose. Not what i bought the set for of course but I'm sure it'll please some people with it's nice shiney look and nicely coloured illustration of the Nodes entertaining patrons of the cantina.

A good set all told if nothing really exciting. it's still cool to get most of the band in one fell swoop. and five is just as good as six though if like me you have a spare CBM mail away figure you'll be getting out the paints and adding that sixth member. And if like me you have a second CBM mail away figure spare you'll be doing Lirin Car'n too.

Hurrah!

The end.

Any questions? lol

Turbowars
11-11-2006, 09:32 PM
Yeah, can you repeat that?

TheDarthVader
11-12-2006, 03:43 PM
Does the Vader from the ROTJ pack have a removable helmet? Please someone let me know. Thanks!

dindae
11-12-2006, 06:59 PM
No just the ANH one.

JediTricks
11-12-2006, 09:14 PM
What's up with the ANH Tin Vader? Using the ROTS deluxe "rebuild Vader" head was a stupid idea, the head cuts off above the mouth but doesn't fit that way in the head they chose on the figure, so there's a blank ring around his head where his mouth should be: http://www.yakface.com/TGuide2004/html/tac/tins/04.html

Jargo
11-12-2006, 10:46 PM
I'm quite taken with the AT-RT driver out of the III set. but only because I like the AT-RT and a white driver would look better with stormtroopers than a green one. that said i won't be buying a full TAC tin set just to get one figure.

what's the going rate on the ROS carded AT-RT driver? was he a shortpacked figure or readily available?

Kidhuman
11-12-2006, 11:34 PM
It was readily available, shouldnt be that HTF or expensive if you are going on the bay. I might have an extra if ya want me to hunt it down for ya.

TheDarthVader
11-13-2006, 08:11 PM
I am going to buy two cantina sets. I am going to open them and, for one set, I am going to add that sixth member. As for the left over four members, I am going to put them in jabba's palace. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Jargo
11-14-2006, 08:06 PM
ooh. erm thanks for the thought KH, mighty splendid of you sir, but I might just shove a SA biker scout on the AT-RT instead. in among the Tatooine sandtroopers with a couple of speeder bikes and troopers. plus an AT-ST. and a shuttle. just a small military presense on my shelves of tatooine stuff.

I can only dream that one day they'll make the imperial landing craft.... *sigh*

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-22-2006, 07:15 PM
I saw the prequel tins a few days ago at a WM and got the TPM one. Overall I'm happy with it. I like the newly painted commlink that came with Obi-Wan, but why didn't they do it to Qui-Gon's too? It's nice to see these guys with robes, as that's how they were for most of the film. The paint is somewhat sloppy, though, particularly on Obi-Wan's braid (which is partially flesh-colored).

El Chuxter
11-22-2006, 07:19 PM
I saw TPM, AOTC, ROTS, ESB, and ROTJ yesterday. The paint on these is, without question, the worst I've seen on any toy not made by McFarlane. Though it'd be nice to have a few assorted figures from the sets, these were a pretty easy pass at full price.

Jargo
11-22-2006, 07:55 PM
well, plenty of people will buy the sets. and they probably haven't been made in gazillions huge numbers so with any luck they won't be around long and pretty soon people will be breaking apart the sets to sell on ebay so you can get the figures you want only.

I actually wonder about this sometimes. by now hasbro knows what sells the most. yet they insist on producing throwaway figures like the pilot from the Y-wing, or Darth Vaders that really really suck. And in doing so really waste budget. or they try something really dumb like the choppers or transformers. rather than concentrating on what sells well and brings home the bacon.

I just can't fathom the methodology of the company. they can make brilliant toys. yet throw out so much cheap stuff. sub par. I would rather have less product at a higher standard/quality, than a tsunami of product that is poorly executed and badly produced. and at times that's how it feels when I take an objective view of the years collections.

the six movie tin sets in all honesty fall into the poor category for me. If they'd been al new sculpts then maybe I'd have given leeway. the selection of figures chosen are pretty lacklustre.

It's only the fact that the mail away cantina band member has been so expensive to get hold of that i decided to buy the band tin set. otherwise I would have passed the whole lot by. I suspect a lot of people feel the same.

They had a chance here to do something exeptional. I mean the presentation is basically right, but the contents aren't. which is sad for a company so long in the tooth and so experienced. Instead of OH! we all say oh........

very sad.

Luuuuuuke
11-26-2006, 12:50 PM
To be honest, I bought the AOTC and the three OT ones just because of the troopers. I passed on ROTS and Phantom Menace. The selection of figures could have been better and I really don't care about the actual tins, though my daughter could use them to store small toys and knickknacks.

BoShek
11-28-2006, 11:45 AM
I work unloading the trucks at Wal Mart and we got three cases of the Cantina tins in last week but none were put out yet.

I'll get one of those for sure!

pbarnard
11-28-2006, 12:15 PM
I opened the ones I've found (all at Wal-Mart), Episodes IV, V, VI, and Cantina!!! I was mildly suprised by the stormtrooper and snowtrooper both w/removable helmets/jango heads. The Episode IV Vader is pretty decent too, with removable helmet giving you a crispy Anakin head (not pale or faded). The Cantina Band is a slightly retooled head and wrists, but same overall body as the fan club. The insturments are painted and some retooling, but a big step in the right direction. By mixing and matching new and old cantina aliens, got an awesome band going.

Mad Slanted Powers
11-28-2006, 07:47 PM
Found Episode VI yesterday at Fred Meyer. It was only $23.99 and it was the only tin set that they had left. It will be a while before I make it to Wal-Mart again due to the snow that hit us here. My short drive to work is treacherous enough. Fred Meyer is near me so I was able to stop on the way home yesterday, but Wal-Mart is on the other side of town. I'm also missing out on checking Target for Imperial Shuttles which I saw in the Sunday ad.

Luuuuuuke
11-28-2006, 09:54 PM
I found the Cantina tin yesterday. Not going to open it for a while. Right now I'm into clones, so I'm opening and displaying those. The Cantina set looks cool as is and I have no plan to display those yet, so they're staying in the package for now.

Mad Slanted Powers
12-02-2006, 07:14 PM
Found the Episode V pack today at Fred Meyer. No tin packs at Wal-Mart, so the Cantina set is the only one I am still looking for.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-03-2006, 03:55 PM
I got the AOTC set for my birthday a few days ago, and I also like this one. I really like the clone a lot. I'm gonna use Anakin and the upcoming Padmé in an "entering the arena" diorama for the time being, I think. I really like the Jango, and how they finally didn't give him an insanely thick 5 o'clock shadow or stupid pose, even if the hole in his right arm is a little off-putting. While we still need an SA version, this is one of my favorite Jangos so far. The Dooku is okay; I never got the Evolutions Sith set, so it's kinda new to me. The ROTS one is still better, this one seems like a step backward, what with the wonky cape, skinny arms, and bad face sculpt.

TheDarthVader
12-03-2006, 07:32 PM
This is starting to be odd:

0 tin sets at 3 wal marts that I have checked, and, of those, i have only seen ot sets once

0 tin sets at my local target

0 tin sets at k-mart and they seemed to have pt sets only

what is going on here? these must be pretty popular!

El Chuxter
12-03-2006, 08:32 PM
I've seen parents wasting their hard-earned money by putting these in the carts for their kids. I can't fathom why.

jedi-cpa
12-04-2006, 10:16 PM
of what fig is in what tin and whether they are repacks or newish

Mad Slanted Powers
12-04-2006, 11:04 PM
of what fig is in what tin and whether they are repacks or newish

Others feel free to add to or correct this. I just made my best guess while looking at these just now.

Episode I
Darth Maul
Obi-Wan Kenobi - Episode I Jedi Duel now with soft cloak
Qui-Gon Jinn - Episode I Jedi Master now with soft cloak
R2-R9 - Queen's Starship droid done with VOTC R2-D2 sculpt

Episode II
Clone Trooper
Anakin Skywalker - Evolutions
Jango Fett
Count Dooku - Evolutions

Episode III
Mace Windu - ROTS
Yoda - VOTC
Anakin Skywalker - Evolutions
AT-RT Driver

Episode IV
Sandtrooper
Princess Leia - Early Bird
Darth Vader
C-3PO - VOTC

Episode V
Snowtrooper
Luke Skywalker-Hoth
Han Solo-Hoth - Saga, mine is a brown coat version
Chewbacca - VOTC

Episode VI
Scout Trooper - VTSC
Darth Vader - VOTC
Princess Leia (Ewok village outfit)
Rebel Commando - POTF2 repaint

Kidhuman
12-05-2006, 07:07 AM
Modal Nodes - Cantina Band

jedi-cpa
12-05-2006, 11:43 AM
it really is just repacks.

Some soft cloaks and I noticed the flip up visor on the scout trooper and the droid is a same color differnt sculpt...hmmm to purchase or not?

Mad Slanted Powers
12-05-2006, 08:06 PM
it really is just repacks.

Some soft cloaks and I noticed the flip up visor on the scout trooper and the droid is a same color differnt sculpt...hmmm to purchase or not?

Yep, repacks or repaints, though many of them are good ones from the VOTC or Evolutions line, but also some bad ones like VOTC C-3PO.

Dark Marble
12-15-2006, 03:31 PM
The only ones that I am looking for now is the Walmart exclusive and the Episode II version. I am getting most of these for Christmas. Most of the figures are repacks/repaints, but I really like these and hope they never do anything like this again.