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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Retail 2004: How Do You Think It Will Be?
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:58 AM »
A lot of how 2004 will be depends on how this Christmas season goes.  If retailers are able to move a lot of Star Wars during the holidays, then we might be in a decent position for distribution in 2004.

I expect that there might be some big sales.  Very likely at Toys R Us, where they might hold another "Black Friday" sale the day after Thanksgiving.  I'd expect figures to be priced as low as $1.99 each for that event.  Unfortunately, the same tactic hasn't been working all that well for KayBee.

After the holidays and the ensuing inventories, I'd expect the first couple of months of '04 to be a little dry at retail.  That's just an annual occurrence as retail chains assess their post-holiday inventory situation, and process any new orders.  Things will usually pick up in March and the second quarter.

My assessment?  If you're a GOTTA HAVE IT! type, then you might want to pre-order the first few waves of 2004.  After that, you should be able to get everything easily enough at retail.

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Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:52 AM »
I got a few of those as trade bait.  They definitely helped my plug some holes in my collection, AND build up my Naboo Security force.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:31 AM »
How about a little Resident Evil?  The multi-talented Milla Jovovich, anyone?


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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:15 AM »
I got my new Unleashed during the week.  Boba, Han and Yoda are all aweome!  Yoda was a little bit of a tight fit to get on his "force leap:, and Boba Fett is tangled among Sarlacc tenticles.  Keep the cardback handy when you're putting him together because it's a little tricky.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Cantina Wave 2 Sets a No Go (For now)
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:11 AM »
I wouldn't buy these on ePay.  The only reason they're difficult to get is because WalMart bailed on them.  Seriously, be patient and there's a possibility that they might show up at either Target, KayBee, or even through the Star Wars Fan Club ( those are all strongly rumored, nothing definite).

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:10 AM »
Thanks for the SKU, stan.  I'll check that out.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:08 AM »
I heard from Hasbro's media relations department that it is in fact the real deal.  I posted a story about it last night on http://www.thejawa.com/

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: October 31, 2003, 01:03 PM »
Stan, just wondering how certain you are about this.  After all, there is the  game for Nintendo's Game Cube called Rogue Leader.  Just wondering if there might've been a mix-up.  I've been checking on this and my sources haven't delivered yet.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: October 30, 2003, 11:01 AM »
No way would the Yankees pick up Manny Ramirez.  His numbers don't equal that kind of money.  Especially after the incidents of game 3.  And the "sickness" issue.  I only see the Dodgers or Mets being interested in him.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 29, 2003, 09:39 AM »
Bespin Gown Leia
Cloud Car Pilot
Lobot
CD Rom Bespin Vader

I think these are the most likely of the bunch for a Bespin wave.  Hasbro has stated that the themed waves would include approximately 4 figures, and that's 4 right there.

A Bespin wave certainly wouldn't seem out of place.  Most of the themed waves for 2004 are slated to be from the original trilogy.  Thus far with only five waves officially announced, I think a Bespin wave is very likely.

As for the Star Destroyer wave, it's entirely possible that Dengar isn't the only Bounty Hunter in the wave.  4-LOM has been silently calling for a resculpt.  That POTF2 figure dates back to aroun1997, I believe.  I also recall seeing a rumor of a resculpted Imperial Naval Trooper.

All I can say beyond this is wait.  We'll probably find out more beyond wave 5 from Toy Fair in February.

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Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:14 AM »
Well, it's really ancient history, but they were $1.97 each.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 05:59 PM »
Not only that, but the Han Solo is considered one of the best.  A lot of people love that Vader.  The R2-D2 with holo Leia was one of the hottest figures ever AND was one of the first really good astromech sculpts.  Admiral Motti is still a great find anywhere, as is the hooded Leia.  Add in one of the best Stormtroopers ever, and this is indeed one of the best SW basic figure lines ever.

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 02:03 PM »
One more thing, the CommTech series of figures, in my opinion, are where Hasbro really turned a corner in their sculpting, painting, articulation and deco for the SW line.  I almost consider this as the grandfather of Power Of The Jedi, since they were good, realistic sculpts that were designed to appeal to the collectors.  This part of POTF2 was one of my favorite series made by Hasbro.

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Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:34 AM »
They had a EP1 baragin bin?  When?

Towards the end of the EPISODE I line, there were a series of clearances.  Most notably with Toys R Us.  I managed to get several Naboo Royal Guards, Holo Darth Sidious, and corrected Yoda's all in the clearance bins.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Value packs
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:31 AM »
Drat and double drat!  I was working on my Clone Army diorama, and was articulating the Clone Commander from the value pack.  I'm trying to pose him so that he can hold the binoculars that come with the 4th pose Clone Trooper from the green Clone Trooper army builder set.

Anyway, as I'm posing this yellow Clone, his left arm comes off!  Just totally breaks right at the joint.

Well, since then, I've contacted Hasbro customer service, and I've got to say that they've been very responsive.  They responded to my inquiry with 12 - 16 hours.  And, they're prepared to replace the item for me.  They're even sending me the mailing materials so that I can return the item, and they'll send me a new one or an item of equal or greater value.  Not bad service, IMO.

But, back to the joints of the value pack Clone Troopers...has anyone else noticed that they're somewhat stiff?  These Clone Troopers don't seem nearly as flexible or articulate as the sculpt they were patterned on, the red Clone Trooper from the SAGA line.

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