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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 12, 2004, 06:25 PM »
I know where those first carded samples on eBay came from.  It wasn't a way you would typically see things make their way out to retail.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 12, 2004, 11:25 AM »
Looks okay to me.  I actually passed on the Frodo for paint issues though.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 11, 2004, 06:56 PM »
I actually managed to find Denethor, prologue Smeagol, Citadel Guard, Gorbag & Frodo this evening.  Very cool figures!  I'm going to have to buy at least a couple more Citadel Guards.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 11, 2004, 06:45 PM »
Saw this wave at Toys R Us today so they out at retail now too!  Which means we might see the Preview Wave fairly soon...which then means there will be a good three month lull in figures ::)

Actually, the Preview wave showing before Christmas is kind of unlikely.  I think the last SW to ship is going to be this Cantina wave.  I can't see them sneaking two waves of figures in before Christmas as we're only 2 weeks away.  Besides, there's probably a rough street date on the preview wave.  I wouldn't expect to see them before February.

Traditionally, the lull at toy stores occurrs immediately after Christmas.  There will be a number of year-end sales.  Then, the toy chains go into inventory mode for a week or two.  Then orders go our and things start to trickle in towards the end of January/early February.  I've seen it too many times to not to know what to expect.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 11, 2004, 12:40 PM »
Well, I can certainly understand everyone's frustration.  I just happen to think that the best form of protest in this instance is not giving in to the collecting bug and making a statement monetarily.

I think if you're going to compromise and buy the thing, you do have options.  I would consider buying two.  One I would keep with probosci in place, and on the other one I would remove the offending protrudences.  I would then fill in the holes with sculpey and do a repaint of the head.  Not a very difficult solution.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 10, 2004, 06:48 PM »
I think the guy does have SOMETHING of a point.  I looked at the pictures of Dannik Jerriko.  Was the idea for this figure a good one?  Yes.  There's a little bit of backstory about it, and it's kind of interesting.  Was the execution of that idea good?  No.  Hasbro should have scrutinized the piece more and come to the conclusion that sans-snouts, the piece looked poor.  They didn't come to that conclusion and we have to live with the end result.  It's really that simple.

I can understand people being upset about this figure, but not to any sort of extreme.  Say your piece on the message boards and Hasbro will get the message.  They do read what gets written in forums.  Where matters like this turn absurd is when people complain, complain and complain about the item, and then turn around and buy it anyway since they're "completists".  If you are really upset with it, you should exercise your free will and don't buy the piece in question.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: December 10, 2004, 06:22 PM »
Pretty cool lineup so far.  So, where are the rest of the Wookiees?  Tarfful hasn't been shown yet (the Preview Wookiee is listed as a Wookiee Warrior) in the lineup.  But I get the feeling we'll be seeing quite a few more new characters come Toy Fair time.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier
« on: December 10, 2004, 03:24 PM »
The Nemoidian Solider is on a french list that's been circulating.  I'm sure we'll get it at some point in 2005.  Especially since this character might see some action with one of the main characters in the movie.  Patience, young padawans.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: December 10, 2004, 01:18 AM »
I've seen Frodo from Shelob's cave recently, but not much else.  I'd really like to get Denethor, Gorbag & the Citadel Guard.  No luck yet, though.

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I always take a "wait and see" approach to the offseason.  I think the Yanks letting Leiber go might be a mistake.  He had some great outings where he was nearly unhittable.

Al Leiter being effectively shown the door by the Mets is something of a surprise.  He was one of the clubhouse leaders, but I think Omar Minaya wants the team to go in a different direction.

What's very galling about off-season goings on is this:  Barry Bonds has the last 6+ years of his career being called into question and still has the nerve to hold a $1,000 + ticketed autograph event in NYC.  A-Rod is also a part of the event, but you would think that Bonds would lay low in light of the Balco scandal and the recent revelations.  I can't believe he has the nerve to do something like this now.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: December 8, 2004, 12:07 PM »
There's a KG in the blue uni in the new NBA box set, too.  He comes with a white uni Ben Wallace.

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Yeah, he's gonna paint a dumpster brown and rust colored. 

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A NEW HOPE
#1 Hen Dazon - Arcona
#2 Cz-3
#4 Bom Vimdin (Advose)
#7 General Tagge


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

#5 Zev Senesca


RETURN OF THE JEDI

#1 Chief Chirpa/Lumat
#2 Hermi Odle
#6 Moff Jerjerrod
#7 Sergeant Doallyn
#8 Luke Skywalker (Endor)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: December 7, 2004, 02:03 AM »
Did anyone manage to score the Shannon Sharpe figures?  I had to pass.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone been to Hawaii?
« on: December 3, 2004, 05:32 PM »
Brent, enjoy!  A friend of mine just got back from his honeymoon on Maui, and he said that the Road to Hana is something you shouldn't pass up.  Also, try to take the ride up to the top of Haleakala.

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