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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 27, 2004, 02:18 AM »
What are you guys thinking about Ricky Williams in NFL 10?  I'm really crious about whether or not it's going to come out, or if he's going to get dropped from the line.

Conventions / Re: Wizard World in Chicago
« on: July 26, 2004, 11:14 PM »
Actually, I've known Hasbro wouldn't be attending for a while.  This thread is OLD!  It's about the show from last year.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: July 26, 2004, 11:13 PM »
Might be cool to have a JD hangout night.  There's a Hooters a couple of blocks from the convention center.  There's also a Hard Rock Cafe.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 26, 2004, 10:11 PM »
I'm over there a bit, but not as much recently.  I have the same username here and there.

Cooperstown is looking pretty sharp.  NFL 8 is growing on me too, but I think it's one of the weaker assortments since they didn't use a defensive player AND we're getting another Peyton Manning.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode 3 Packaging Revealed!!!
« on: July 26, 2004, 10:09 PM »
There is something about the packaging that throws me off, I really can't put my finger on it but I think it's the cartoon character picture.  

I think that image will probably change.  I think they used that image for the mockup, but there will almost certainly be a graphic pulled from a frame of the movie or some other rendered CG image for the production version of Grievous.

yeah, well the way that the toys r us exclusives run around here, i'll be lucky to find any of these at all. i didn't see a single potf2 version at retail, and i don't expect to find any of these at retail. but if i do, i'll be picking up a few. the y-wing has always been my favorite ship.

Say what?!  Those are the easiest exclusives for me to find.  PM me.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Silver Sandtrooper!
« on: July 26, 2004, 07:38 PM »
My order went through with no problems.  Hmmm.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Coruscant Wave
« on: July 26, 2004, 03:25 PM »
And here I thought it was a comb and some kleenex!

I bought it.  I'm probably never going to open it, but I really liked the packaging and the paintjob is a little bit different.  I think they should have put the CommTech Vader in if they were going to use an old figure, but not everything is going to be perfect.

As for the Y-Wing, I'll definitely be buying 2 - 3 of those.  It's always been one of my favorite ships.  I think I have 3 POTF2 Y-Wings plus one vintage one.  Gotta fill out Gold Squadron with at least 2 more.  But the pilot definitely looks lame.  At least we got a real Gold Leader figure in the SAGA line.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Animated Wave 3 (and beyond)?
« on: July 26, 2004, 02:54 PM »
Obi-Wan in armor is one that they've got to do!  I'd also like to see an IG Lancer Droid and Padme in her Ilum outfit.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 26, 2004, 01:28 AM »
In a way, I think Hasbro is catering to the collector market, but not quite in the way that many collectors would like.  You see, there's a saying that goes back some ways, "Beware what you wish for, you may get it".

Well, I can recall seeing cries throughout the collecting community for YEARS to go back to a vintage style look for the Star Wars line.  And in some circles, I have seen more outcry for a packaging look that would inspire the nostalgia of the vintage period.  Well, here we are now in the OTC era, with packaging that looks much like that of the vintage line.  And you know what?  Hasbro is selling us packaging, and not new figures.  The new figures are relatively scarce in this period, and I have to wonder if Hasbro thinks that they can satisfy the market in one respect (vintage style packaging) and not give a rat's patoot about the product in that package.

This reallly makes me think that Hasbro might just be taking advantage of the everpresent carded collector.  They are collecting the packaged product and not necessarily the product inside that package.  This turn of events does not bode well for the loose collector.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: "Borat" punks Oklahoma City politicians
« on: July 25, 2004, 08:37 PM »
Borat is just one of Ali G's characters.  I think the Borat segments are usually the best part of every Alig Show episode.

Collector's Tips / Re: Storing Loose Figs
« on: July 25, 2004, 08:19 PM »
Some of the cases I use can be seen here.  The compartments are big enought to hold most 3-3/4" figures.  In some cases, I can get 2 - 3 figures in each compartment.

They're a little pricey at $9.99 each, but I like them a lot.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 25, 2004, 08:05 PM »
The stats I've seen cited time and again are something like this:

Non-movie years:  Collectors make up 75 % of the market

Movie Years:  Collectors make up less than half of the market

Obviously, the lightsabers have been a big hit with kids.   They sell consistantly, and even the big-box retailers who aren't ordering much if any Star Wars always seem to have these in stock.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 25, 2004, 07:37 PM »
well, that just goes to show you why the whole line is so f**ked up. why don't they hire people who actually know these movies to work on these toy lines... wouldn't that at least make a little bit of sense? personally, i don't know any 5 year olds that hold down there own jobs (outside of the ones that appartently paint these figures for hasbro) so i can't understand the emphasis on "kids" keeping the line alive. even when the kids are buying these toys - which is not often, as has already been pointed out - it's still the adults who are paying the bills. hearing things like this almost make me wanna quit collecting.

I've seen a decent degree of turnover at Hasbro since I've been covering the Hasbro Star Wars lines.  People have moved from one project to another, and some are bigger fans than others.  Some of the designers are old-timers, going as far back as the '70's with Kenner, while others are pretty new to the line.  

The tough thing that we have to deal with as passionate collectors is that Hasbro deals with the line somewhat dispassionately from a business standpoint.  While some things might make perfect sense to us, it may not be the best thing for Hasbro to do financially.  I hope that they get it right more often than they're going to get it wrong.  Unfortunately, a lot of the OTC line is getting it wrong.  In fact, a lot of it seems mailed in, as if the budget for Star Wars in 2004 got cut by Hasbro.  So here's hoping for a better 2005.

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