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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: December 2, 2003, 05:40 AM »
No sweat.  Although I've missed the initial shipments and haven't seen a single variant at retail for NHL6 or NFL7 yet.

However, my misery at retail is counterbalanced with the announcement of the Messier/Brodeur 2-pack.  WOW!  Nice to see Marty finally get re-done as he deserves, in the Devils red sweater.  That, and getting Messier in his white Rangers sweater is cool, too.  But there still aren't enough Devils in Sports Picks for me.  There's more guys on the team than just Marty Brodeur and Scott Stevens.  What about Elias or John Madden?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 08:13 PM »
Buy Jet's "Get Born" disc.  

If you're a Pearl Jam fan, I think you might like that, Scott.  Gots to diversify!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 07:54 PM »
Now following Tom Waits....

The Donnas "Spend The Night"

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: December 1, 2003, 07:28 PM »
NHL6 only recently hit around here.  Got my regulars of Roy and Anson Carter.  I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Selanne for you Brent.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 07:22 PM »
Tom Waits "Mule Variations"

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 1, 2003, 08:10 AM »
This morning, it was Margaret Cho's "The Notorious C.H.O. - Live At Carnegie Hall".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 27, 2003, 07:59 PM »
On second thought, I'm not feeling too well.  It might Be sometHing I Caught at work.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:55 PM »
Picked up the "There And Back Again" set during the week.  Nice, new versions of our favorite tricksy Hobbitses!  Can't wait to open it when I get home!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:55 PM »
I'm excited to finally see Series 5 at retail.  While I've passed on the X-Men set, and Urban Legends so far, I can't wait to buy Colossus and Sabretooth.  Those two are coming home with me as soon as I see them.  I'm gonna space out buying all the rest.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Matrix Series 2 Figs
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:52 PM »
The Sentinel is definitely a sweet piece.  Pretty big and impressive looking.  Definitely worlds beyond what N2 toys released.  The figures look nice, but I can't say that I'm as excited about this series as I was about Series 1.  Perhaps it's because I'm still a little bummed by Revolutions, even though I was expecting it to be a downer.

The A.P.U. is definitely on my list of things to get.  That thing is downright heroic!  And Mifune became one of my favorite characters of the series in the Dock Battle.  In the words of Keanu Reeves, "Whoa".

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:49 PM »
Definitely bummed about Alonzo Mourning having to call it quits.  I thought having a real big man like him would put the Nets over the top.  But, in the same regard, I had someone close to me die from kidney disease, so I fully understand him calling it a day to pay attention to his health.

The most weird thing about the whole situation is that people are coming out of the woodwork to offer a kidney to him.  I'm sure he appreciates the sentiment, but there are so many other people who need a kidney more desperately and are still waiting.  In many cases their family members can't donate to people who need kidneys for whatever reason.  And perfect strangers are offering their kidneys to Alonzo Mourning?  It's just very strange, especially coming from my perspective.  I was willing to be a donor, but the tissue match just wasn't there.  Having a bevy of strangers offering kidneys to him because he's a superstar athlete they don't even know is just a couple of steps beyong bizarre.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:42 PM »
"Come Find Yourself" by the Fun Lovin' Criminals!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The World's Last Great Mystery...Solved!!!
« on: November 27, 2003, 02:39 PM »
Hmmm, did I just find that somewhere else?  Who could've put that there, of all places....

Other Toy Lines / Re: Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 22, 2003, 11:26 AM »
In my area, these lines sell well:

Star Wars:  Lot's of collectors around here.  The only stuff that ever hangs around are leftovers from last year.

Marvel Legends:  There are a lot of fans of this line here.  Word is that wave 5 showed up, and you woulnd't know is since the collectors around here have been choming at the bit for it.

Muppets:  Sure, they don't have a presence at TRU anymore, but they don't hang around Target or various other chains for very long.

Lord Of The Rings:  With the exception of some items that shipped late in the TTT run, and the first assortment of ROTK, this line sells VERY well.  It's tough to find some things even when they're current.

Simpsons:  There's a diminished interest in the Simpsons lately, but just try getting some of their exclusives, or a basic figure assortment when it's fresh out of the cases.  They're gone before you know it.

MOTU:  These were REALLY hot when they initially came out.  They've cooled off some, I imagine because of the case assortment, but they still move.

Beyblades:  I had no idea there was such an interest in these!  It's crazy to see people after them in the toy aisles!

Transformers:  According to some of my industry sources, Transformers are probably THE hottest toy line going!  The sales numbers are incredible!

Sports Picks:  Can you say hot?  Or perhaps HOT?!?!  The NFL line is SCORCHING HOT, and the other lines trail behind.  NHL is hot in Canada beyond belief, to the point where I've heard numerous anecdotes of fistfights in toy aisles.  McFarlane has a goldmine here.

McFarlane Matrix:  Sure, their case assortments stink.  They've packed too many Neo's into the first assortments cases.  Now, they're just as hot.  When I hear word that the new assortment has shown up, all I find are empty cases.  And the hunt for the Virus Twins in series one was an unenviable one.

These are the lines that just sell unbelievably well in the NY area.  And let me tell you, we've got a PLETHORA of collectors and dealers in this area.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Bail Organa wave is OUT!
« on: November 20, 2003, 02:14 PM »
Got these earlier this week.  Very nice stuff!  I opened everything, and I'm pretty happy with it all.

The bar is a great piece.  I've got Obi-Wan and Elan talking, Lt. Faytonni chatting up Ayy Vida, Anakin walking around aimlessly, and Zam sneaking up on Obi-Wan.  A cool little scene right there.

Padme's nice, although her hood is a little snug.  I got it on a little to well, and when I tried to take it off, her head came off, too.  Thank goodness for balljoints.

Bail makes a great addition to my Palpatine's office scene.  It's nice to get him in there.

The dignitary is paying his respects to the Emporer while keeping a couple of steps back from both Palpatine and the re-issue Vader.  I think they really got a grasp on the scale issue here finally.

Last but not least, my 2 McQuarrie Stormtroopers are ready for battle, with shields and weapons at the ready.  The glowing lightsabers are a novel touch.  You just have to expose them to some light for a little while, and then let them sit in the dark.

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