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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - Large Vehicle Assortment
« on: July 26, 2005, 04:17 PM »
I saw the Gunship at three chains and that was about it:  KayBee, Suncoast and WalMart.  When Suncoast had their sale in May or June I took advantage of it and picked up the ROTS Gunship for $25.  It's strange how it was scarce, but I think the orders just weren't there.

5702
The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: July 23, 2005, 12:50 AM »
Nice list, definitely.  Kingpin is a glaring omission from that list, though.  I also hope they don't cheap out and try to repaint Sasquatch white in order to pass that figure off as the Wendigo.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Lightspeed tunnels?!
« on: July 23, 2005, 12:47 AM »
I thought I remembered reading somewhere that Lucas wanted to leave the lightspeed tunnels as an "OT only" type of thing.  I might have just imagined that, but I thought I read something awhile back that Lucas said you wouldn't see them in the prequels because of that.

Right you are!  I remember that blurb quite distinctly.  Lucas said at some point around the release of ATTACK OF THE CLONES that he didn't want to reveal the lightspeed look until the Original Trilogy.  Hence, we didn't see it in Episodes I - III.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:14 AM »
My personal eight:

-Luke Skywalker - Endor gear w/ removable helmet, SG poncho, SA
-Princess Leia - Endor gear w/ removable helmet, SG poncho, SA
-Biker Scout - SA
-Chief Chirpa
-Arvel Crynyd - the real one who rammed the Executor Bridge
-Moff Jerjerrod
-Imperial Dignitary - Sate Pestage
-Imperial Gantry Droid

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Tatooine Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:10 AM »
Here's my seven:

Sandtrooper - naturally  :D
Hem Dazon - Arcona
Owen Lars - resculpt
Biggs Darklighter - Anchorhead deleted scene
Rebel Trooper - Tantive IV resculpt
Bom Vimdim - Cantina
CZ-3

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:04 AM »
Battle Of Hoth, hmmm?  I'll go with 4 figures since that tended to be the average wave size during SAGA Gold.

-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster/holster, grappling line & mine
-AT-AT Driver resculpt (along the lines of the SAGA TIE Pilot)
-R5-M2 - Echo Base astromech
-Hoth Rebel Officer - Gotta fill that hole in the vintage line!

If it's 8, then here are my choices:

-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster/holster, grappling line & mine
-AT-AT Driver resculpt (along the lines of the SAGA TIE Pilot)
-R5-M2 - Echo Base astromech
-Hoth Rebel Officer - Gotta fill that hole in the vintage line!
-Hoth Rebel Soldier - SA
-Captain Needa
-Major Derlin
-Imperial Naval Trooper

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Naboo Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 12:00 AM »
Here's my 8:

Daultay Dofine - Trade Federation Captain
Tey How - Trade Federation Controller
Qui-Gon Jinn - SA w/ SG
Obi-Wan Kenobi - SA w/ SG
Darth Maul - SA w/ SG
Queen Amidala - Theed Battle, SA, SG
Gungan Warrior - from Fambaa beastpack
Naboo Royal Guard - New version

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Battle of Death Star Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:57 PM »
Here's what I'm hoping for:

-Grand Moff Tarkin resculpt
-General Tagge
-Garven Dreis - Red Leader w/ removable helmet
-Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper armor
-Han Solo in Stormtrooper armor
-Chewbacca w/ binders

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Coruscant Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:54 PM »
Here's my 6:

-General Grievous - SA w/ SG cloak
-Grievous's Bodyguard w/ SA & SG
-Battle Droid Pilot
-Commander Cody
-V-Wing Pilot
-Commander Oddball w/ removable helmet

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Geonosis Wave
« on: July 21, 2005, 11:52 PM »
Seven figures?  How about:

-Anakin Skywalker - Arena Battle with green lightsaber, SA
-Padme Amidala - Arena Battle with blaster, SA
-Jango Fett - SA w/ removable helmet
-Clone Trooper Pilot - SA w/ removable helmet
-Sora Bulq - Weequay Jedi Master
-Rotha Del Masona - Jedi Knight
-Bultar Swan

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Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: July 18, 2005, 11:17 PM »
Did you notice all the EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER bust-ups in that display at the con?  I saw a Blue, a Yellow, a Green and I think an all white.  I know the Blue was an old exclusive, but have they ever announced a set of these?  I don't remember hearing anything about them...

They gave out blue and yellow Clone Trooper Bust Ups at Toy Fair in 2004.  I believe the blue went to press and the yellow went to dealers.  They had a fairly decent sized display of E2 Clone Trooper bust ups at that event.

I imagine they'll be doing an AOTC Clone Trooper wave or something to that affect at some point soon.  Give it a little time.  As things stand now, the ROTS wave 4 is due out in the next month or so.  Wave 5 will probably ship sometime around the Holidays.  Gentle Giant has been pretty restrained in releasing these pieces.  I think they want to give the retailers time to sell them out.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 09:47 PM »
Battle Of Hoth, hmmm?  I'll go with 4 figures since that tended to be the average wave size during SAGA Gold.

-Luke Skywalker - Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster/holster, grappling line & mine
-AT-AT Driver resculpt (along the lines of the SAGA TIE Pilot)
-R5-M2 - Echo Base astromech
-Hoth Rebel Officer - Gotta fill that hole in the vintage line!

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Cool!  What's the source for the illustration?  Is that a scan from The Art Of Revenge Of The Sith?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 16, 2005, 07:59 PM »
There already is.  The first set is yellow Clones and a Sandtrooper with an orange pauldron.  The second set is a white AOTC Clone, a grey ARC Trooper and a Sandtrooper with a grey pauldron.

In fact, I'd like to see one more set added:  a blue AOTC Clone Trooper, blue ARC Trooper (Alpha anyone?) and a Sandtrooper with a black pauldron.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: July 16, 2005, 07:14 PM »
The news from Comic Con about Unleashed is definitely discouraging.  I've thought of a couple of ways that Hasbro can try to keep the line going, but it might be tough to achieve.

EXCLUSIVITY
The Unleashed line was inspired in part by a desire for Hasbro to compete stylistically with boutique toy companies like McFarlane, NECA and the like.  This is a new breed of toy company that is focusing more on collectors and collectability rather than on play features.

Bring this line back to the places it was intended to cater to:  COMIC AND COLLECTIBLE SHOPS!  Hasbro should actively court Diamond Comics and Online Retailers to be the EXCLUSIVE market for the Unleashed line.

While these outlets are smaller and are not representative of Hasbro's biggest accounts, they're the prime territory for a line like Unleashed.  They manage their inventories much more efficiently than the big box stores like Toys R Us and WalMart.  They work with pre-orders which helps tailor their business much more in their favor from a stock standpoint.

This kind of scheme can work well for both Hasbro AND their retail partners.  Hasbro can manufacture a more appropriate production run.  This would also have the effect of sending more customers to Hasbro's smaller accounts, whether they have Diamond Comics handling their distribution or if they're a small Hasbro account.


PRICE POINT
This is always a touchy subject.  However, I like this line.  I would be willing to pay $20 per figure IF the character selection is good.


As things stand now, I'm not going to be buying the Unleashed Battle Packs.  They're just not appealing.  I collect Lord Of The Rings, and when the LOTR license made Armies Of Middle Earth, I wasn't there.  The same thing would happen in this instance for me.

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