Toy Hunt: Post Christmas Toy Orgy Part 2

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You’ve patiently waited, so now you’re wait is over with the results of the rest of my post Christmas toy hunting orgy. Enjoy!

Vintage Style B-Wing:

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I realize that I’m a fool, but at least I admit it. The vintage style packaging on the Star Wars vehicles beckon me like a Siren’s song to a horny sailor. Since I’ll never be able to own the actual vintage vehicles in the package, it’s a nice substitute. One of my must haves since they started doing this vintage style packaging was the B-Wing. After finally breaking down and deciding to buy a B-wing, that very day my Power of the Jedi version sold on my online dealer booth Dinosaur Toy Vault. Fate? Yes!

I really can’t comment on the ship itself other than that it’s going to probably stay in the package since I still have a second Power of the Jedi B-Wing loose… so unless I sell that one this one is staying firmly taped shut.

The package art is fantastic, just like the other versions. This one is a K-Mart exclusive and it bears the K-Mart logo on it. I’m fine with that, K-Mart should get a little credit for having the good taste as picking this one to be their exclusive. I love the Kenner logos and the pics of the kids hands holding it up really sell it as a vintage style vehicle.

Of course, it doesn’t come with any “free” figures, but the old Kenner versions never did either.

Score: 5 out of 5 R2-D2 whistles (based on packaging and nostalgia rush)

Vintage Style B-Wing Pilot:

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And thus concludes the vintage style figures I’ll get in the forseable future. I picked up the B-Wing pilot here because I love rebel pilots and this guy will go on my rebel pilot “hanger” shelf, plus this gives me 5 UPCs for the mail-away prototype Boba Fett.

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To Hasbro’s credit, this isn’t just some generic B-Wing pilot, this is Keyan Farlander, hero of the X-Wing series of PC games. Man, I miss those games. Why don’t they make more of them? Because the world needs more 3rd person shooters? Regardless, if you’re a fan of the game then this is the second Farlander figure. The first one was in X-Wing gear and since Farlander piloted practically every Rebel vehicle they could make him in every pilot uniform if they wanted.

Farlander comes with a blaster pistol and a tube that I assume attaches to the inside of the B-Wing. He also has a helmet that looks kind of silly on him. I’m not sure what they could do to make it not look silly, other than to have made a head with a non-removable helmet.

Score: 3 out of 5 R2-D2 whistles

Vintage Style Tauntaun:

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I was really unsure on the vintage style Tauntaun that was a 2011 Target exclusive. While the packaging looked amazing, it wasn’t a “must have” vintage style (the TIE Fighter and the Landspeeders were definite passes). The price point of 25 bucks was a real turn off too, especially considering that you could get a Tauntaun battlepack at the same time that came with a couple of figures, where this one comes with zero figures.

Then post Christmas toy hunting orgy comes along and I see this puppy sitting by itself on a shelf with no label. I decided to put it under a price scanner and it rings up $17.40, that’s $7.60 off the original price! So of course, I bought it.

Score: 5 out of 5 R2-D2 whistles (based on packaging, nostalgia rush, and sale price)

Techno Viper

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I’ve had a really hard time not buying new G.I. Joes, simply because they are making some of the best figures they’ve ever made only in the last year or so. Why did I settle for Techno Viper then out of all the amazing figures they are making? A. It was the first time I saw him and B. He comes with a Cobra traffic cone. Yes, reason B. is kind of stupid, but I love when “real life” and mundane accessories find their way into toy lines.

This figure isn’t the best looking figure, but he accurately reflects the original version complete with Darth Vader like mask. And for the price, you get a ton of great stuff… again outshining the Star Wars vintage line by leaps and bounds in the accessory department.

Score: 5 out of 5 Yo Joes

Batman T-Shirt:

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This Batman shirt is simple, but I love it! Why? Because this is the black with yellow logo look that was all over the place during the 1989 Batman film. As true fans of this blog will know that I’m absolutely insane over (examples here, here, here, and here). The best part about this shirt? It was only 7.50 at Wal-Mart. That probably means it will dissolve the first time I wash it, but it looks rad now!