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Modern Trading / Re: Gentle Giant Luke Stormtrooper & TF Vader F/T
« on: August 12, 2005, 06:59 AM »
Updated as of 08.12.2005

Got the Yoda mini-bust so that's off my wants list.

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: August 12, 2005, 02:36 AM »
Yes, it's the life size Yoda.  It's difficult to distinguish whether it's an AOTC or ROTS version.  It's one or the other though.

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: August 12, 2005, 01:58 AM »
I thought those looked familiar. ;)

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: August 12, 2005, 12:40 AM »
It's the side effect of the original issues being so scarce.  The orders must have been there for them to produce so many.

In response to Mosnab's question, I would probably go for the mini-busts.  I think they're more striking than the Bust Ups.  Also, since there are fewer mini-bust releases than Bust Ups it makes a complete set more likely.  While the older pieces are quite pricey (I'm in the market for 3 to complete my set and it will probably cost $700 +), the mini-bust line is finite.  And just generally I think they look better on a shelf.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: August 12, 2005, 12:37 AM »
I thought I remember reading somewhere starting with Thanos, the scale was changing and the Select would be for characters you wouldn't ever see in the Legends line (like Thanos and The Watcher)

I've got a pic that has the new Wolvie and Thanos.  They all look awesome!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: August 11, 2005, 02:35 AM »
I got the chance to see a "Days Of Future Past" Wolverine from Marvel Select out at Wizard World in Chicago, and let me tell you...

It's WAY better than the one that Toy Biz is offering in this Legendary Riders assortment.  Plus it comes with an adult Kate Pryde.  Save your money and don't buy the Marvel Legends version, get the Select.


For Sure
1)Klaatu Palace version
2)Chief Chirpa

1)Blue Gonk
An exact replica of the Lars family Power Droid was not made with the Power Droid provided with the jawa
2)Bespin Guard black
The correct ethnicity has not been released yet, however an Asian and White Guard have been
3)Rebel Commander
A figure similar to this was released however it was not based on the vintage figure
4)Imperial Commander One was done in a different costume
5)Death Squad Commander One was done in a different costume
6) B-Wing Pilot  One was done in a different costume
7) Imperial Dignitary One was done in a different costume
8)Barada #2 (Kithaba) One was done in a different costume
9)Nikto One was done in a different costume

A lot of these are possible with the SAGA 2 wave descriptions that have been reported so far.  The only ones that seem like they could be missed are:

1)Blue Gonk
2)Bespin Guard - African American version

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: August 6, 2005, 10:18 AM »

R1-G4 (Saga) - does he count as an "astromech" droid? :-\  I'll count him for now because I like him...
R2-B1 (Ep1)
R2-D2 (pick one ;))
R2-Q5 (PotJ)
R2-R9 (Ep1 Queen’s Starship)
R3-A2 (TRU Hoth 4-pack)
R3-D3 (Star Tours Wave 1)
R3-T7 (AotC Sneak Preview)
R4-G9 (RotS Sneak Preview)
R4-M9 (Dk Green, PotJ)
R4-M9 (Lt Green, Star Tours Wave 2)
R4-R9 (TRU Imp 4-pack)
R5-D2 (Star Tours Wave 3)
R5-D4 (PotF2)

That's 14 different Astromech paint schemes already!  I guess they came out over time so I never really took the time to count them until now.  So, when you add in the upcoming Astromechs:

R2-A6 (EE Box 2)
R2-C4 (EE Box 1)
R2-M5 (EE Box 2)
R2-Q2 (EE Box 1)
R2-X2 (EE Box 2)
R3-T2 (EE Box 1)
R3-T6 (EE Box 1)
R3-Y2 (EE Box 2)
R4-A22 (EE Box 1)
R4-E1 (EE Box 2)
R4-P17 (RotS #64)

Nice list Jeff!  I think over time you can lose track of how many of these little rascals you have.  I think the R4 unit from the Imperial Forces 4-pack is actually R4-I9 though.  I'm just going by memory on that one.   :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: August 2, 2005, 05:03 AM »
Scored the Carlos Beltran chase today.  I really just stumbled across this one, and finding a chase of a NY player in this area is always a dicey proposition.  It was just dumb luck this morning.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter
« on: August 2, 2005, 01:24 AM »
I'm quoting my comments from elsewhere with this post, but I feel like this summed up my thoughts on this vehicle:

Here's a bit of a surprise.  Having had something of a hard time getting the TRU exclusive green Anakin Skywalker Jedi Starfighter, I decided I would snatch up the blue Obi-Wan Kenobi TRU exclusive Jedi Starfighter as soon as I saw one at retail.  Sure enough this morning I found one.

Thing is, there was something of a surprise.  The first time I saw the green Anakin fighter I took note of one thing in particular.  All of the stickers were applied at the factory and you could see them all on the vehicle because of the window box.  Fast forward to today and I see the Obi-Wan fighter.  Guess what?  No pre-applied stickers!

Frankly, I was very happy and almost relieved when I saw the pre-applied stickers on the Anakin fighter.  It was so difficult to get the stickers on the Assault Vehicle assortment Anakin and Obi-Wan fighters that the ones in the cockpit didn't look so great when I got done.  I was hoping Hasbro would extend the same luxury to us on this ship as well.  I'm wondering now why Hasbro opted not to put them on Obi-Wan's fighter.  It just seems kind of arbitrary.

Another thing:  the price.  I got the Anakin fighter for $29.99 less than a month ago.  today I bought the Obi-Wan fighter and it was $24.99.  Is anyone finding this lack of consistency a little weird, or is it just me?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: August 2, 2005, 01:21 AM »
What a great figure!  This really should be the benchmark by which other core character figures are measured.  I have been nothing but pleased with this figure thus far.  Put this Obi-Wan right next to the Evolutions ROTS Anakin and it's perfect!

The only nitpick I have about it is the cloak, but you know what:  it's removable and you don't have to use it.  It's easy enough to use a SG cloak from VOTC Ben, SAGA Obi-Wan pilot or one of the accessory pack Jedi robes.

Well done, Hasbro!

Other Collectibles / Re: Exclusive Republic Commando Maquette
« on: August 1, 2005, 02:14 PM »
Congrats on the acquisition!  I know from chatting with some fellow GG collectors that this piece was a little difficult to get a hold of.

This was one piece that I was really on the fence about.  First of all, I think the price was kind of prohibitive.  Hopefully Gentle Giant won't venture into this price range too often.  as much as I like their products, the price on this was the main factor in keeping me away from this maquette.  I don't know if it was the scale, the paint apps or the clustering of four characters together as they are, but I don't get the same charge out of this piece as I do from the mini-bust line.  Weird.

Still, this is a sharp piece and very unique to the Gentle Giant line.  Ignore my postulation and enjoy your maquette!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: World Eating Championships (On ESPN)
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:04 PM »
I was watching some of this over the weekend....uggghhhh!  It makes you NOT want to eat.  I think the Japanese guy, Kobayashi, ate like 9 pounds of pasta!  The amazing thing about the guy is that even though he can down that much spaghetti and like 50 hot dogs, he has six-pack abs.  INSANE!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: August 1, 2005, 12:55 PM »
Here's my haul from this morning

Zett Jukassa
Captain Antilles
Utapauan Warrior
2 x red Royal Guards
AT-RT Driver
Mustafar Sentry

Clone Trooper 3-pack (white)

Jedi VS Sith

Obi-Wan Kenobi Starfighter w/ Obi-Wan

General Grievous


Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 31, 2005, 08:26 PM »
Got a Shocktrooper, green Clone Commander, AT-RT Driver and Obi-Wan Pilot this morning.

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