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Other Collectibles / Re: Autographes
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:25 AM »
Next up on my list of figures to get autographed:  Lama Su with Clone Youth, to be signed by Daniel Logan this coming weekend.  Woohoo!

Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:22 AM »
The POTF2 series that came out just before the release of EPISODE I was the Flashback series.  This consisted of Luke Skywalker with floppy hat, R2-D2 with launching saber, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbaca-Hoth, Princess Leia-Ceremonial Gown, C-3PO from the Jundland Wastes, Aunt Beru, and Anakin Skywalker.  You'll recall that these had the flashback cards that showed the characters as they would appear in the prequels, or it would picture a predecessor.

The POTF2 CommTech series was the next POTF2 line, and it coincided with the release of the EPISODE I line.  If my memory serves me right, the first CommTech wave, with Han, Luke, Greedo and the Jawa with Power Droid came out a few months after EPISODE I launched.  I think all in all there were about 3 waves of POTF2 CommTech figures.

I guess it can be kind of confusing since the EPISODE I line was so big, and the POTF2 Commtech line seemed almost like an afterthought.  Anyhow, the chips made for good stands, and some of them sounded decent, but most didn't.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Cory!
« on: October 23, 2003, 02:54 PM »
Happy Birthday!  Maybe the Bucs will win one for you on Sunday!

Other Toy Lines / Re: "Bigfoot" captured in PA!
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:24 AM »
A source of mine at TRU corporate informs me that prices have increased on some items in the boys toys section because of losses on some lines, and overstock situations on others.  They're just trying to make some of their money back by increasing prices on some of the items that sell well.

I saw these at the TRU in Times Square, and was also taken aback by the price.  Especially considering the scale.  I've also seen this line at Tower Records.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:21 AM »

The basic rule of thumb with Sports Picks is this:  If the figure does not match the image on the packaging, most likely it is a variant.  However, there's usually one figure out of a series that will be pictured in the wrong uniform on the package.

There have been several figures to have this happen.  The most recent is Gannon.  He's pictured in the white Raiders jersey on the package, however the standard version ships in Raider black.  The variant is actually a "Retro" version Gannon in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform.  A white jerseyed Raiders Gannon is now showing up in stores in an NFL 2-pack with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks.

Other notable figures that have not matched their packaged image include Joe Thornton of the Boston Bruins, and Dominic Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings.

So, the next rule of thumb is this:  if you see multiples of a given  figure and they don't match the package, most likely it's a case of "scalper baiting", as many have come to call it.

The new figures that are termed as "Retro's", and don't have an image of the figure on the package are the ones to keep your eyes out for as well.  These will have the player's name and the team logo, and no image of the figure.

It's tough to keep up with everything that's going on with Sports Picks.  If you're really interested in collecting them, be sure to frequent the boards at

Other Toy Lines / Re: Bullet Dodging Neo
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:08 AM »
Are you talking about the one from N2 toys?  I believe this might have been an Action Figure Express exclusive.  I believe they may still have them.

Other Collectibles / Re: Screamin' Star Wars Models
« on: October 21, 2003, 04:16 PM »
NICE!  Is that the Code 3 Falcon sitting next to Yoda?

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: October 21, 2003, 04:11 PM »
An R5.  Namely, R5-X2

Add on top of that you'd need a business license and all that goes along with it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Too quiet, where are you people?
« on: October 20, 2003, 09:56 PM »
Sleeping.  You would be too if you had to be at work at 3AM.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 20, 2003, 02:32 PM »
Hey Morg, think of me, please!

The cash ammounts may have changed, but yes, they require a large initial order and subsequent orders have to be sizable.  They may be as high as $1,500 or more.  Don't quote me on the exact numbers.

Well, it's a matter of getting in touch with one of their regional reps.  I'd suggest calling information to get the number for Hasbro corporate.  They're located in Pawtucket, RI if you need to know.

They can help you establish an account.  However, you have to make, at least as of the last time I'd heard, an initial order of $5,000 or more.  All subsequent orders have to be substantial, at least over $1,000 in value.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 20, 2003, 05:48 AM »
Some minor things...

I'd tend to think that the Imperial TIE Pilot will be in the Battle Of Yavin wave.  Also, remember there are also the Ultra figures that will be released in waves as well.

I'm kind of curious where you came up with some of those names, as I haven't seen a few of them on the various rumor lists that have been surfacing recently.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Xbox
« on: October 20, 2003, 05:43 AM »
I was at a local EB Games, and they have a trade in special:  trade in an old console plus 7 games, and get the X-Box for $129.99.  So, I'm going to trade in my PS-1 and some games to get an X-Box.  Not a terrible deal, IMO.  Then I can get some of the SW titles for this system!  Muhahahahahaha!

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