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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 23, 2005, 04:18 PM »
Blue Clone Trooper Bust   :o   :o

GG Blue Clone Trooper Bust   :o

I'm surprised to see that second one go for $325.  That's kind of low for the blue Clone Trooper.

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I think all of the theories have credence.  There is one more that has to be considered:  Palpatine is a liar.  The ways of the Sith are betrayal and treachery, and I have no doubt that lying is not beneath the Sith.

I think it's very possible that Palpatine came to know of Anakin's immaculate conception.  Anakin told him about the Tusken Raider massacre, so it's a fair bet that Anakin told him about the mystery of his birth as well.

Palpatine may have used this information to manipulate Anakin.  He referred to him as "son" on one ocassion and has acted as a father figure to Anakin ever since the end of The Phantom Menace.  Add in the story of Darth Plagueis and it's evident that Palpatine is playing Anakin on a number of fronts.  The truth could be that Anakin's conception was in fact the will of the force, but Palpatine may be leading Anakin to believe that the Sith had something to do with his birth.

I just count this as one of a few possibilities.  This is going to be big-time EU story fodder.  Hopefully if this story gets told, Lucas will have one of the more high profile EU authors address this.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Collectibles 1:1 Busts
« on: May 22, 2005, 04:51 PM »
I don't think it takes a brain surgeon to figure out what Sideshow's first piece would be.  Darth Vader.  How could they NOT do that for the launch of this line?

Bearing that in mind, I think these things could easily cost $600+.  I would be very surprised if they cost less than even $500.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: What was LeBron thinking...
« on: May 22, 2005, 01:22 PM »
This story has been developing for a while.  Apparently Russell Simmons and Jay Z are also involved in advising LeBron from a financial standpoint.  This was actually something that was ahot talk radio topic.  And if you think about it, he might actually be trading up.

First look at his NBA contract.  He's gonna get the max contract that the NBA's collective bargaining agreement allows.  All that would have to be negotiated are any perks that get thrown in with his deal.  He can get  a lawyer to do that for him.

The rest of his agreements are with endorsers.  In that respect, I think having someone like Russell Simmons on his side is actually pretty smart.  The guy is a guru for marketing and promotion as is Jay Z.

If you keep LeBron's friends limited in their roles, handling his day to day finances, he probably won't get in trouble.  I can see someone who is in this fantastic position wanting to help his friends.  As long as he has good financial advisors giving him solid investment advice to backstop his friends, he'll probably be fine.

I think the upside might be that he won't be paying 10 or 15% of everything he's making to an agent now.  Sure, people are going to get their cut, but it looks like he's trying to take an almost Michael Jordan approach to marketing himself right off the bat.

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30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: May 22, 2005, 08:34 AM »
The ROTS Army ranks continue to grow...

ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
15 x #6 Clone Troopers
6 x Clone Pilot
4 x Clone Commander
7 x AT-TE Gunners
4 x Target Clone Troopers
2 x Deluxe Clone Troopers
2 x #41 Clone Trooper
1 x BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper
2 x AT-RT with AT-RT Driver

SENATE
4 x Royal Guard (red)
4 x Royal Guard (blue)

SEPERATISTS
4 x General Grievous's Bodyguards
1 x Super Battle Droid
1 x Super Battle Droid from Deluxe Obi-Wan
2 x Battle Droid
2 x Tri-Droid Fighters
1 x Vulture Droid with Buzz Droid
1 x Neimoidian Warrior

WOOKIEE ARMY
10 x Sneak Preview Wookiee Warrior
4 x #43 Wookiee Warrior
4 x Yarua
1 x Rorrworr
1 x Tarfful
1 x Chewbacca

...and there are still a few more Clones and Royal Guards to open.

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Kotor Figures
« on: May 21, 2005, 01:44 PM »
This would definitely be a cool line.  There are some interesting characters, certainly.  The one thing that would make this line a little tough to do is this:  the main character.  Yes, those of us who have played the game know that Darth Revan is the main character.  There is a distinct look to that character.  The tough part is which customizable character do you make of the redeemed/amnesia suffering Revan?  While it's very cool that you get to design your own character in KOTOR, I think that's one of the things that keeps Hasbro from making a redeemed Revan.  Which selectable person  would Revan look like?  I'm somewhat stumped about how Hasbro would do this myself.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 21, 2005, 10:56 AM »
Unbelievable.  I can't believe that someone would be willing to spend that much on this piece.  I know that some auctions had closed at over $1K, but for this thing to break $2K?!  That's just surreal.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 21, 2005, 10:50 AM »
Did the second Clone with Neyo have a different helmet or one similar to Commander Neyo's?  That shot with him, Stass Allie and the other clone on BARC Speeders was REALLY quick.  Also, were they on Saleucami?  That wasn't very clear.

The BARC Troopers were awesome.  Especially when they came over the top of that Wroshyr tree limb on Kasshyyyk and started firing on the Droid Army.  Give those guys their rifles and some decent articulation and I'll be pretty happy.

As for the various legions, it seems that the Utapau legion, the troops on Kasshyyyk, the Spec Ops troopers and Shock Troopers got most of the screen time.  The troops on Mygeeto and Felucia got less, and the ones on Cato Neimoidia (the pilots) and Saleucami got the least.

Does it seem strange to anyone that almost ALL of the troops on Kasshyyyk were BARC Troopers?  At least with the exception of Commander Gree, those are the only Clones on Kasshyyyk that I could pick out.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 19, 2005, 11:16 PM »
That one id'd as Commander Fox looked more like some kind of a Clone Trooper medic.  He was looking over one Clone Trooper, and then advised that "nobody could have survived that fall".  That's the sense I got from watching it.

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Well, let's analyze  the cases.

GLOWING = Army Builders
GREEN = Core heroes & villains (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Dooku, Palpatine, Grievous, Padme & Darth Vader)

BASIC FIGURES

COLLECTION 1

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 1
1 x # III/01  Obi-Wan Kenobi - Slashing Attack
1 x # III/02  Anakin Skywalker - Lightsaber Attack
1 x # III/03  Yoda - Firing Cannon

1 x # III/04  Super Battle Droid - Firing Arm Blaster!
1 x # III/05  Chewbacca - Wookiee Rage
1 x # III/06  Clone Trooper - Quick Draw Attack
1 x # III/07  R2-D2 - Droid Attack
1 x # III/08  Grievous's Bodyguard - Battle Attack!
1 x # III/09  General Grievous - 4 Lightsaber Attack!
1 x # III/10  Mace Windu - Force Combat
1 x # III/11  Darth Vader - Lightsaber Attack
1 x # III/12  Emporer Palpatine - Firing Force Lightning


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 1, Rev. 1
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with slashing attack (EIII #1)
2x Anakin Skywalker with lightsaber attack (EIII #2)
2x Yoda with firing cannon (EIII #3)

2x Clone Trooper with quick-draw attack (EIII #6)
2x General Grievous with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9)
2x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 2
1x Yoda with firing cannon (EIII #3)
1x Clone Trooper with quick-draw attack (EIII #6)
1x Grievous's Bodyguard with battle attack (EIII #8)

1x General Grievous with four lightsaber attack (EIII #9)1x Mace Windu with Force combat (EIII #10)
1x Emperor Palpatine with firing Force lightning (EIII #12)
1x Tarfful with firing bowcaster (EIII #25)
1x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26)
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jedi kick (EIII #27)
2x Anakin Skywalker with slashing attack (EIII #28)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 2, Rev. 1
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with slashing attack (EIII #1),
1x Anakin Skywalker with lightsaber attack (EIII #2),

1x Super Battle Droid with firing arm blaster (EIII #4),
1x Chewbacca with wookie rage (EIII #5),
1x R2-D2 wqith droid attack (EIII #7),
1x Darth Vader with lightsaber attack (EIII #11),
2x Tarfful with firing bowcaster (EIII #25),
2x Yoda with spinning attack (EIII #26),
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi with Jedi kick (EIII #27),
1x Anakin Skywalker with slashing attack (EIII #28)



SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
1x Grievous' Bodyguard (EIII #8)

1x General Grievous (EIII #9)
2x Darth Vader (EIII #11)

2x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 3, Rev. 1
1x Super Battle Droid (EIII #4)
1x Chewbacca (EIII #5)
1x R2-D2 (EIII #7)
1x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #27)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #28)

1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
2x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
2x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 1
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)
1x General Grievous (EIII #9)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimodian Warrior (EIII #42)
1x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)

1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 2
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
1x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Tarfful (EIII #25)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
1x Clone Pilot (EIII #34)

1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
1x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
1x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 4, Rev. 3
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #1)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #2)
1x Yoda (EIII #3)

1x R2-D2 (EIII #7)
1x General Grievous (EIII #9)
2x Clone Trooper (EIII #41)
2x Neimoidian Warrior (EIII #42)
2x Wookie Warrior (EIII #43)
1x Destroyer Droid (EIII #44)


SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 5
1x Tarfful (EIII #25)
1x Yoda (EIII #26)
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi (EIII #27)
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #28)
1x Palpatine (EIII #35)
1x General Grievous (EIII #36)

2x R2-D2 with Mustafar sounds (EIII #48)
2x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)
2x Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar with Vader Hood & Cloak (EIII #50)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 5, Rev. 1
2x Clone Trooper (EIII #6)
3x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Clone Commander (EIII #33)
2x R2-D2 (EIII #48)
2x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50)
2x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)

SW Episode III Collection 1, Wave 6
2x Darth Vader (EIII #11)
1x Clone Trooper (EIII #41),
1x R2-D2 (EIII #48),
1x Anakin Skywalker (EIII #50)
1x Commander Baccarra (EIII #49)
2x Turbo Tank Driver (EIII #54)

2x Obi-Wan Pilot (EIII #56)
2x Mustafar Sentry (EIII #55)


COLLECTION 2

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 1
1x Count Dooku - Sith Lord (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine - Superme Chancellor (EIII #14)

1x Bail Organa - Republic Senator (EIII #15)
1x Plo Koon - Jedi Master (EIII #16)
1x Battle Droid - Separatis Army (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO - Protocol Droid (EIII #18)
1x Padmé (pregnant Padme) - Republic Senator (EIII #19)
1x Agen Kolar - Jedi Master (EIII #20)
1x Shaak Ti - Jedi Master(EIII #21)
1x Kit Fisto - Jedi Master (EIII #22)
1x Royal Guard - Senate Security (EIII #23)
1x Mon Mothma - Republic Senator (EIII #24)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 2
1x Bail Organa - Republic Senator (EIII #15)
1x Battle Droid - Separatist Army (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO - Protocol Droid (EIII #18)
1x Royal Guard - Senate security (EIII #23)
2x Ki-Adi-Mundi - Jedi Master (EIII #29)
2x Saesee Tiin - Jedi Master (EIII #30)
2x Luminara Unduli - Jedi Master (EIII #31)
2x Aayla Secura - Jedi Knight (EIII #32)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 2, Rev. 1
1x Plo Koon - Jedi Master (EIII #16)
1x Agen Kolar - jedi Master (EIII #20)
1x Shaak Ti - Jedi Master (EIII #21)
1x Kit Fisto - Jedi Master (EIII #22)
2x Ki-Adi-Mundi - Jedi Master (EIII #29)
2x Saesee Tiin - Jedi Master (EIII #30)
2x Luminara Unduli - Jedi Master (EIII #31)
2x Aayla Secura - Jedi Knight (EIII #32)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 1
1x Bail Organa (EIII #15)
1x Padmé (EIII #19)
1x Kit Fisto (EIII #22)
1x Royal Guard (EIII #23)
2x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
2x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
2x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 2
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 3, Rev. 3
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Chancellor Palpatine (EIII #14)

1x Battle Droid (EIII #17)
1x C-3PO (EIII #18)
1x Ki-Adi-Mundi (EIII #29)
1x Saesee Tiin (EIII #30)
1x Luminara Unduli (EIII #31)
1x Aayla Secura (EIII #32)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
1x Mas Amedda (EIII #40)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 4
1x Count Dooku (EIII #13)
1x Bail Organa (EIII #15)
1x Padmé (EIII #19)
1x Mon Mothma (EIII #24)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
2x Tarkin (EIII #45)
2x Senator Ask Aak (EIII #46)
2x Mon Calamri Senator (EIII #47)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 4, Rev. 1
1x Padme (EIII #19)
1x Vader's Medical Droid (EIII #37)
1x Polis Maasan (EIII #39)
3x Senator Ask Aak (EIII #46)
3x Tarkin (EIII #45)
3x Mon Calamri Senator (EIII #47)

SW Episode III Collection 2, Wave 5
1x Royal Guard (EIII #23)
2x AT-TE Tank Gunner (EIII #38)
3x Utapaun Warrior (EIII #53)

3x Captain Antilles (EIII #51)
3x Zett Jukassa (Tado) (EIII #52)


To me, these case assortments look pretty well loaded with Army Builders as well as the core characters.  There may be a couple of cases missing there, but this does seem pretty representative of what's at retail and what's on the way.  It seems to show that Collection 2 is kind of dragging things down.  Those are the characters I see that aren't selling as well.  Thankfully they aren't shipping in the quantities ofCollection 1.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 18, 2005, 05:16 PM »
I checked in at my local comic shoip, and the guys there told me that Diamond Previews will have the Darth Vader and Yoda mini-busts available for pre-order in the next issue.  Good news if you get these through your comic shop.

Mosnab, as many in this thread will tell you, I'm a big advocate of ordering these through your local comic shop.  If you can hook up with a good comic shop you can get these for less than they're listed at SWS, BBTS or EE.  And you won't pay shipping either.  That being said, if you don't have the benefit of a good comic shop in your area, I would recommend any of the three e-tailers that I mentioned.

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My point has been completely missed.  Go to EE and check out all of the case assortments.  Almost every case out there has Clone Troopers of one sort or another in it.  And cases continue to ship to stores EVERY DAY.  Add in the fact that sometimes anecdotal evidence just doesn't carry that much weight since things can be regionally skewed by how collectors collect in a certain area.  One city or region does not necessarily reflect the rest of the country.  No Clones on the pegs in one city?  So.  I saw plenty on the pegs in my area last night.  My area just so happens to be one of the biggest metroploitan areas in the world.  The two things don't seem to correlate, do they?

If you look at things with a measure of reason, you can see that there are some important trends that have developed.  Such as the fact that Hasbro has put the bulk of their Clone Troopers in Collection 1 cases which happen to ship in higher quantities than Collection 2 cases.  Does that leave the AT-TE Tank Gunner and the Royal Guards out in the cold?  Yes, but those figures continue ship in over half a dozen different case assortments if you look at what's current and move on from there.

As for which characters SHOULD be on pegs, I would argue that it's Anakin Skywalker.  It's HIS movie.  And despite that, Hasbro has recognized that there is a demand for army builders and told collectors so at their Q&A session in Indianapolis.  They have plans for more army builders.  Some of the sets I mentioned are due out within weeks of the movies release.  THAT, I argue is the prime time for any sort of collectible.  Once the public has had the opportunity to digest the movie I think overall interest and sales will actually continue to rise.  Add in the fact that Star Wars will have a little longevity in the theaters and not be gone from the local multiplex within three weeks.  The movies have traditionally had some legs, and with the reviews being as favorable as these have been, this one could last longer than TPM and AOTC did in theaters.  That combined with the all-out marketing effort that's going on mean that we're going to have plenty of product offered to us by a range of Lucasfilm licensees.

Hasbro being one of those licensees sees the need for longevity and have to provide a continuous attraction to fans and collectors through the course of the summer and into the 2005 Holiday season.  If we were deluged with even more product now it might be more than the market and Hasbro's retail partners could take.  Product needs to be spaced out for the benefit of both collectors and retail.

As for some REAL evidence, I have spoken at length with some people at a major retail chain.  They say that sales are actually up from the 2002 line launch.  This is genuinely encouraging, as the better sales numbers mean that Star Wars will continue to have a good shelfspace presense at retail through at least the holiday season.  More shelfspace means more product.

I think our current society has more to do with the ugliness I've seen here than we all know.  We've become a culture of instant gratification, and if it isn't here now then how the hell is it good for?  I see a buildup of reports of people trying to find figures, outraged that they can't find them at their earliest possible convenience.  Then they find them and the ranting stops.  Until they start to get impatient once more and start wondering "Where's the Tarkin wave, these Wookiee Warriors are pegwarmers now!"  I see far more of this than good discussions of the pros and cons of the figures that we have in hand.  If only people would wait three weeks before running off at the keyboard, I think we would all be much happier.  The negative energy that it all evokes is rather troubling at times.

Now, as for my own credentials which you've seen fit to address, let's see if our creds match up here, okay Jesse?  I have covered the following Hasbro events:  Celebration 2, Celebration 3, Wizard World Chicago in 2003, Hasbro's Collector Media Day in 2003, Toy Fair 2004, and Toy Fair 2005.  I've gotten to know these people somewhat, and they've offered interesting insights into the line.  I also cover a couple of other licensees as well.  Add in some good contacts at one of the country's largest toy chains and I have a little bit of a feel for the toy industry.  Please make an effort to know who you're addressing before you start talking down to them.

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Frankly, I don't see a lot of core characters warming the pegs.  When I was looking for the Anakin with Dooku saber variation, I was very surprised to see the LACK of Anakin and Obi-Wan figures on the pegs.  These figures are continuing to ship so that the more casual fans can buy them.  The truth is that it's not all about collectors, but kids really DO factor in.

As for getting the newer figures, you've basically got two routes to go:  persistance or patience.  Persistance demands that you show up at the store at opening and wait until they put out new stock.  In a movie year that could be as many as three times a week.  Where patience factors in is how long are you willing to wait?  Two or three weeks ago people were talking about Clone Commanders and Clone Pilots and how it was tough to get them.  Now you see them on a fairly regular basis.  The same thing goes for Clone Troopers.  They ARE continuing to ship.  I walked into a TRU store last week and saw at least a dozen or more #6 Clone Troopers.  A few days later they were gone.  There's turnover.

What I notice sticking around a little longer are the Collection 2 figures.  They don't move as quickly as the Collection 1 figures.  And you know what?  They don't ship in the same quantities that the Collection 2 figures do.

I think Hasbro has learned more than people give them credit for.  This is their third toy line launch for Star Wars accompanying a movie release. This is a much better situation in terms of the overall availability of figures than 1999.  Let us keep in mind the natural inclination of the American collector to complain.

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I can appreciate the frustation, but there is one factor that has not been discussed here at all:  TIME.  The toy line for REVENGE OF THE SITH is only about 6 weeks old.  In that time there has been a great deal of buzz and attention on the line.  That makes some things tougher to find (for a little while) and other things seem to be pegwarmers.  Give it time for things to settle out.  I took a good look at some of the case assortments that are current or upcoming.  There are still a good number of the figures that have been mentioned here on the way.  All you have to do is check out some of the case assortments that EE or Newforce Comics have listed.  I think the long term trend is going to work out much more favorably.

You also have a couple of artificial factor that's being applied on stock levels at stores.  Those are the speculators/scalpers and the army builders.  Add in fairly zealous collectors who are at the store every morning and you've got a tougher environment for collecting.  Give it time.  Army builders are going to buy their fill, scalpers will move onto other items, and collectors will find what they're looking for.  Give it time.  Seriously, patience is the most obvious answer to so many of these kinds of posts and you'd think that people would learn it's only a matter of time before you find some things.  There are 40+ basic figures out there along with 8 Deluxe figures.  You're going to find them eventually.

Thus far the distribution seems to be much better than that of 1999 and 2002.  There doesn't a glut of first wave product clogging shelves to the point where orders for future waves are being cut back.  However, Toys R Us stores are still getting a number of first wave cases to keep the core characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin, Vader, Yoda, Grievous, Palpatine & Clone Troopers out there.  I went to a store last week and saw 7 cases worth of just such an assortment going out.  These things are going to wind up being more favorable to both collectors and the casual fan.

As for the comment about a lack of Clone Trooper multi-packs...HELLO.  The Evolutions 3-Pack?  The Deluxe 3-packs that are modeled on the Clone Wars 3-packs?  What are those?  And once again...we're only 6 weeks into the line. GIVE IT TIME.  Do you seriously expect Hasbro to blow their load all at once?  Why don't we at least give Hasbro until Comic Con (otherwise known as the Summer Toy Fair) before passing judgement.

It's this kind of impatience that really makes the collecting community seem like a dog chasing it's tail at times.  Hasbro has the master toy license until 2018.  Let them space it out a little bit in order to keep it interesting and vital for years to come.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookiee Army
« on: May 17, 2005, 07:22 PM »
Oh, and strangely enough, my brown Wookiee doesn't have any problem with his arm falling off, but the tan Wookiee, as Gatillo said, is apparently seeing Dr. Nick Riviera for his surgical reattachments.  :)

Really?  This makes me think that this may not be a running change then.  It's entirely possible that these were manufactured in different factories, or they were seperate manufacturing runs.  The paintjob Anakin #2 with Dooku saber is markedly different from the original issue.

The parts issue is the main issue that makes me think they were seperate production runs.  But only Hasbro knows.  Oh well.

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