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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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:10 PM »
Here's what I've heard:
Jedi vs Separatists
Anakin - AotC Deluxe (Geonosian Chopping)
Obi-Wan - SAGA 03-01 Acklay Battle - not sure, but it doesn't look like the Acklay version  :-\
Jango - SAGA 02-31 Final Battle
Mace - SAGA 02-28 Geonosian Rescue
Maul - SAGA 03-25 Theed Hangar Duel

I THINK the Obi-Wan in this set might be a modified version of the Obi-Wan Kenobi - Outlander Nightclub Encounter figure.  The key difference being that the lightsaber hilt isn't attached to the lower part of the tunic.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:05 PM »
21.99 for 3 figures.. bleh, the price goes UP with volume?

Well, these figures are more along the lines of the VOTC figure line than the Basic Figure line.  The VOTC line sold for ~$9.99 per figure, so I'm okay with getting 3 X figures like this for $21.99.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor
« on: July 16, 2005, 06:01 PM »
I'd LOVE a holo-Emperor as a pack-in with a Commander Cody figure... but a 3.75" Holo-Emperor after just getting one last fall is kinda -meh- for me.


I think this one is meant to represent Palpatine as he addresses the Seperatists on Mustafar and Grievous on Utapau.  The inclusion of the accessories is kind of weird, but since they're probably part of the tooling for the original figure I can KIND OF understand why they included the force lightning and lightsaber.

The bases look cool and so do the paint jobs.  I hope the production paintjobs look better than the Lava Reflection Vader's did.

Is the price high?  Yes.  Will I buy them?  Yeah.  The line is only going to have legs for so long, so I'm going to get them while the getting is good.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Obi-Wan's Blue Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 12, 2005, 10:54 PM »

And a nice Orange version for Saesee Tiin too!

Keep 'em coming, Hasbro!   ::)

Only if we get him in that cool armor, too!  ;D

Good news in the form of an email I got today:

Dear Friend:

This is a big thank you to all 1.5 million of you who joined together as ONE to do something extraordinary.

From the 500,000 letters you sent to President Bush to Live 8 in Philadelphia to the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, you called on eight men to do more to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, and they heard your call. In Scotland this past Friday, overcoming the shadow of a tragic day in London, President Bush joined G8 leaders in an unprecedented deal to cancel debts and double aid to Africa.

For African nations fighting poverty and corruption, this means a $25 billion increase in aid and wiping out 100% of their debts. With this funding, Africa can halve deaths from malaria, put millions of children into school, and 10 million people across the world will have access to lifesaving AIDS drugs. Behind each of these numbers is one person, one life that will be changed forever.

For the first time ever, everyday Americans like you joined together to take a seat at the negotiating table, asking the world's most powerful leaders to do more to help the world's poorest people. Because you signed the ONE Declaration, wore the white band and forwarded emails to friends about ONE, you made a huge step toward making poverty history.  We've come so far and still have far to go. 

Keep the momentum going, email 3 friends about ONE today.

This agreement is a real victory for Africa - but promises made of words will only become promises for a generation if we keep watching, asking and acting. Much more needs to be done in Washington DC to turn these commitments into lifesaving programs, and the world must take new steps to make trade fair. More meetings will take place this year in New York and Hong Kong where a comprehensive debt-aid-trade deal can be reached and end global AIDS and extreme poverty in our time.   

We can be that great generation. As ONE, let's keep up the positive pressure and make 2005 the year we joined together to make history.

Thank you,

The ONE Team

P.S. You can learn more about the details of the G8 deal by checking out the ONE.ORG G8 page.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: July 11, 2005, 07:02 PM »
I'm gonna wait to say anything about these.  I figure they'll most likely be shown at Comic Con and THEN I'll have something to say.

And Nick covers a lot of toy shows and stuff so we'll wait to see what he's got to say about these.

I'm not going to respond to this other than to say please read my signature line.  Have a nice day!  ;D


Sweet, I'll just wait for your next toy show review so I can finally form a valid opinion about whatever they're showing there, because I don't have the credentials to do it myself.

So did you happen to see my byline on this article?  Oh wait, I saw you repeat some of the text almost verbatim in another thread.   ;D

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 11, 2005, 11:49 AM »
That is a cool idea.  I think many of us thought how cool that would be for the longest time.   It's just to bad that they are all rehashes.  I think many would have liked to have seen a new Zuckuss and 4-LOM. 

Rebelscum (through another site) had just recently mentioned rumors of other battle packs as well. 

1) Hoth Themed - Veers, Probot, and 3 snowtroopers.

2) Jedi Tempe Raid - Anakin (#2), Clone Pilot, and 3 of the blue Clonetroopers.  Why they would put a Clone Pilot in that set is beyond me? 

They did say it was just a rumor though.  So, who knows?  Find out at the SDCC I suppose.

Real deal.  I was holding back on this story, but it got out through a friend of mine at JTA.  Curto glommed off of that.  I reported the whole thing here.  Images to follow.  SOON.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Explosions rock London.
« on: July 9, 2005, 08:11 PM »
I have to agree that turning this into a political discussion is a disservice to the victims of this attrocity.  I used to work with people who used the King's Cross train station every day and I'm genuinely concerned for their wellbeing.

Turning this discussion into what the roots of terrorism are that led to this attack would be a very circular and short discussion.  It might be wiser and more beneficial to ask people to do what they can for the victims and in the same breath ask that they take their own time to look into the topic.  Message boards are not always the best sources of history and information.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: July 9, 2005, 02:50 PM »
Check out Suncoast and Toys R Us.  I've seen them quite a bit at those two chains over the past week.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: July 9, 2005, 11:18 AM »
I also found a preorder on for a set of TTT wave 5 for $39.99, so I ordered myself a set, just in case I don't find that Uruk-Hai and Wal-Mart decides they don't want to carry the mix cases that pull my ass out of the fire anymore.

Save yourself (and indirectly me) some grief and don't do business with  They ARE in fact scalpers.  They operate in the next town over from me, and they constantly have guys running around to the local TRU's, WalMart's and Target's to buy product there for resale to you on the internet at astronomical prices.  I've seen them out too many times hoarding new products and exclusives.  They even did that at Midnight Madness.

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