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    Hastings is listing Doctor Who Monopoly as being available at the end of the month.

    Doctor Who Monopoly features all your favorite heroes, villains, monsters, planets and places. Travel through Time and Space with the Doctor and his companions Rory and Amy, visit (and buy) the planets and places that he has visited or saved, and get some help from allies along the way. Featuring a very special TARDIS playing piece, this is a trip you’ll never forget. Product Dimensions: Weight: 40.00 oz

    …with a list price of $100. 😮

    Ummm… let me know how that works out for you, Hastings. (It’s worth noting that Hastings’ web site has a tendency to start high and, by the time the stuff hits stores, land at an almost reasonable price: the Junk TARDIS playset started out ridiculous – nearly $60 – and is now under $40, as it bloody well should be.)

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    Well, Futurama Monopoly is coming out soon, and it’s a reasonable $40, even the pre-order limited edition version. I would have ordered that one, but the publisher’s website wasn’t secure. I guess I’ll have to wait until the regular version comes to Amazon and pick it up without the golden Bender or Leela’s boot playing pieces as exclusives.

    #2763

    Fortunately, as predicted, Hastings has dropped the price. That’s the good news.

    The bad news is that they’ve only dropped it to $97.94.

    Now don’t everyone rush out to get it all at once. 😆

    #2764

    Just spotted on gohastings.com – they’ll probably have fixed it by the time you look. [LINK]

    Now… what are we saying here? 😆

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    So, I went to Hastings in Waxahachie, TX a few days ago… they have the 11 Doctors mini Lego figurines set, along with plushie TARDISes and red/blue Daleks. Cute!

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    Not going to start collecting the Character Building stuff…

    Not going to start collecting the Character Building stuff…

    Not going to start collecting the Character Building stuff…

    Can’t afford the regular 5″ stuff as often as I’d like…

    Crap.

    #2768

    Hastings finally fixed the River Song / Pandorica pic today! 😆

    They’re also stocking a ton of new stuff: wave 2 of the individually packed Character Building (Lego-style) figures (why is it that I can get a Lego Rory and not a proper Rory?), Leela (overpriced a bit at $24), River without the chair ($17 as opposed to $54 for the same figure with the Comic Con-exclusive chair), the astronaut (open up the visor and it’s little Melody Pond!), Ganger Doctor, and a beaten-up Cyberman from Closing Time. They also have plush Daleks. Squeeze ’em and they say “Exterminate!” Which is what happens if you squeeze the “real” ones too.

    You’ll also be relieved to hear that Doctor Who Monopoly has finally dropped below the $75 mark! 😛

    I’m holding out for: City Of Death set, Caves Of Androzani, Enemies of the Third Doctor. I’ll probably be waiting until early 2012. Maybe by then I can afford ’em. My Hastings card is about empty and I’m outta DVDs to sell. 😯

    #2769

    So Hastings got on Facebook to brag about being open on Thanksgiving day.

    What those marketing turkeys didn’t see coming: backlash!

    Oops.

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    Yeah, there’s a lot of losers out there who don’t have anything better to do than hang around in stores on a major holiday, sadly. People will go places like Wal-Mart just because it’s open when everything else isn’t. They might not even buy much of anything, they just can’t bear to be indoors for a day.

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    I checked out the Hastings Records and Tapes (I can’t seem to let go of their former title) up in Denton, TX yesterday… I couldn’t find any Doctor Who stuff in the action figure area, other than a Pertwee sonic screwdriver. This store used to have a six foot tall shipper display near the entrance, so I looked around for it and finally found a new one, hidden behind stacks of Christmas junk. They’ve got the Flesh version of the Doctor, the Impossible Astronaut, and… Professor Bracewell. Several of them. They’ve sold off all their schoolbus-yellow Daleks left over from last year, but not poor ol’ Bracewell. The action figure nobody wants. How sad.

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    He’s the new Granny Connolly. (Don’t remember that figure? She’s the grandma who had her face stolen by the Wire in “The Idiot’s Lantern.” I picked up my Granny Connolly for about two bucks, embarrassingly soon after it was released.)

    Granny Connolly comes with two heads – a faceless head and a regular head. I keep meaning to see if I could put one of the swappable Tom Baker heads on her body instead. 😯

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    I never even saw Granny in a store. Probably due to the fact that I really wasn’t looking for DW figures at the time anyway. Only much later did I start noticing them in stores.

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    I hit a couple Hastings today, one in Nacogdoches, TX and one up in Longview, TX. Both have the “assemble and customize your own Sonic Screwdriver” kits, which were actually tempting. That store didn’t have a whole lot of stuff, although they did have a couple Bracewells (naturally). I did see some ‘exclusive Comicon’ toys there, like a Tron teddy bear figure, that sort of thing. I think there was a Tom Baker body with a Peter Davison head that might have been a Comicon exclusive. The Longview store had heaps of figures (three Bracewells!) and sets. The Tom Baker figure with the real cloth outfit looks hideous, the General Styre is okay, they had the Caves of Androzani two-pack, a Sontaran set with the sphere, and even the elusive TARDIS cookiejar. And bizarrely, a TARDIS bobblehead. Really, think about that. A bobblehead… of a blue police box. I no longer think there’s any reason whatsoever for any company to keep making bobbleheads, the trend is officially dead and buried now.

    I was a short walk away from the Tyler location of Hastings, but at this point in the drive I was so frazzled I just wanted to go home, so I didn’t check them out.

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    I simply don’t “get” the Big Bang Pow figures. When they were doing figures that were throwbacks to the old Mego Star Trek figures of the ’70s, that was one thing – the crappiness of those was adorable and nostalgic. Now they’re applying the same crappiness and barely-looks-like-who-it’s-supposed-to design mentality to licensed properties that never had figures like that. I just don’t see the appeal. I’d rather buy every South Park figure in the store than pick up any of the Big Bang Pow stuff. But they keep coming out with new stuff, so someone somewhere is buying it.

    Hastings’ web site is listing the Keeper of Traken figure set and the Image Of The Fendahl set for the end of January, each with a price tag of – hang on to your socks – $54.99! WTF!? I’ve still got Hastings gift cards to burn, but that’s just exorbitant. This is why I keep talking about taking my business to that other place.

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    I stopped at the Hastings in Greenville, TX today. They at least have the good sense to mark down their Professor Bracewells since they are dead weight on the shelves. They only knocked them down to $12 or so, so it’s still not a temptation. The store does have an Amy Pond (her bangs look like they aren’t connected to her head, like they slide open and a laser cannon should pop out) and an Amelia Pond, a couple of Flesh Doctors, a River Song, and a couple Astronauts. They did have a sonic screwdriver with both Tennant’s and Smith’s faces on it, which was odd considering it was Tennant’s version, and it had a removable end piece you can replace with a pen or a marker tip. Those plastic Tennant screwdrivers just look so cheap.

    I was thinking about how many freakin’ Hastings stores I tend to go into and not buy anything. If they’ve got some kind of facial recognition software working with their security cameras (like casinos use) tracking people, they’ll really be curious why I go into so many locations and never buy a damn thing (or almost never buy anything).

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