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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:40 AM »
Updates from Celebration 3:

Jokabofe (we've traded previously and ran into one another at Toy Fair)
Morgbug
JediMAC
Chuck from JediTempleArchives
Nataku
JesseJames
Tydirium
RogueJediPrincess
Mr Jawa
KelSith
Boba Fence

Once again, it was cool to meet people.  The Q&A session was interesting at the very least.  Some people were much the way I thought they might be.  Others were very different in person.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:28 AM »
I'd much rather get bent over at Retail than on the Ebay Scale. 

LOL!  It really is an exercise in getting bent over.  I found about 20 of them today and bought 8.  At least a couple for me, and the rest for some friends.  The $100 + that it cost hurt a little bit, especially since I can get 8 basic Clone Troopers for under $50.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:19 PM »
My bad, Jeff.  Given the topic of the thread, and how most of the news that has been circulating has been about the Hasbro Q&A, I was hoping to quell any kind of speculation based on what was said at that event.  It's misunderstandings about things like that which can snowball out of control.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:08 PM »
Hmmm.... if they did an AT-TE with AT-AT quality, I don't know how someone wouldn't be willing to buy one.

 :P

Customers?  Yes.  Retailers?  Unclear.  It's chains like WalMart that you should all really be focusing your furor on.  They're the ones who are cutting the legs out from under all of us on these items.  They have THAT MUCH sway with Hasbro.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:52 PM »
So for those who went to C3, can you give any feedback on the unproduced toys?  You could not make out squat on any of the pics shown.  And as far as the proto Death Star Playset.  I realize it was only a drawing? but what could be made out on the layout?  

Nothing of the sort was said about the Death Star being in development, and there were no images whatsoever.  Hasbro has said they would LIKE to do the Death Star.  Nothing else was elaborated on, except for the fact that IF they did it, they would like to do something better than the Kenner Death Star.

The most current items that were shown from the 3-3/4" line were the Evolutions assortment, the first set of Battle Packs, the Target Exclusive Clone Trooper and the Toys R Us exclusive Jedi Interceptor with Anakin Skywalker.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 02:48 PM »
You can rest assured that the guys who design the Star Wars line at Hasbro do want to do this stuff.  ALL OF IT.  Guys at Hasbro like Mark Boudreaux have been working on Star Wars since the Kenner days.  They do have a passion for it, and they want to do the best work that they can.

The issues that we're grappling with as they pertain to larger items are these:

-Can Hasbro persuade a retailer to take on a large item?  The issues of price-point and shelfspace are so incredibly important to retailers that perhaps this is where we as collectors should start shifting our attention.  Start writing to customer service rep's at Toys R Us, KayBee, WalMart & Target to let them know that Star Wars fans will in fact support these items.  Let's face facts:  if Hasbro can't get a major retailer to support something like the Death Star playset or the AT-TE, it just won't happen.

-Then comes the issue of marketability.  Can Hasbro produce something that will make them money?  That's where people who are in Hasbro corporate come into play, and are going to decide whether or not to spend the time and money on development, tooling and marketing.

-Then comes the art of being timely.  Making products when they would serve to be done so that they get the best possible exposure to the buying public.  Obviously the Death Star playset doesn't play well in the release year of REVENGE OF THE SITH.  It just doesn't.  It's somewhere between being confusing and losing focus for the line.  Hasbro needs to focus on making the best possible promotional material for the movie that's out.

-There are finer points as well.  One is longevity.  Hasbro can't flood the market with product in an attempt to satisfy every fanboy fantasy.  Then what will they do with the license for the next 13 years?  

-The next issue that we're looking at is legal.  Does Hasbro have the legal rights to make a figure of an actor.  This issue seemed to rear it's head several times over the course of the weekend with regard to the Tonnika sisters.  This is in fact an issue because it could leave Lucasfilm Licensing and Hasbro legally vulnerable.  The lawyers in both companies would cut this sort of thing off well before it would ever happen.

These are the real things that Hasbro has to consider over the long run.  In a way, I think it's far worse than bickering on websites like this can ever be.  Why?  Because these things are reduced to mere numbers, and not what the collecting community wants.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 22, 2005, 02:12 PM »
Met a couple of people today...

Morgbug
JediMAC
Chuck from JediTempleArchives
Nataku
JesseJames
Tydirum

Nice to match up some faces to names finally!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: April 22, 2005, 02:08 PM »
These figures are impressive.  MOST impressive.  Expect some pics from a number of the various sites soon.  The Q&A was also very informative, even if JediMAC could've let some other people ask a question or two. ;)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: A few more Deluxe Ideas
« on: April 20, 2005, 12:19 AM »
These are always my favorite topics.  All of our creating minds coming together to come up with ideas that Hasbro will probably never do.   :)

- Yoda w/ Kashyyyk Escape Pod

- Palpatine w/ Senate Pod

- Preggo Padme w/ Medical Bed and Medical Droid

- Eopie w/ Obi Wan

 :P

Awesome ideas Chewie.  Here are a couple more:

-Palpatine in chair from Invisible Hand (might be better as a screen scene with Anakin just about to kill Dooku)

-Emporer Palpatine with desk and holographic Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

-Clone Commander with BARC Speeder (saw a still of that somewhere)

-Clone Gunner with turbolaser station

-Battle Droid Gunner with capital ship gun station

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Sin City
« on: April 18, 2005, 01:12 AM »
The toy line looks awesome.  Very stylized, just like the movie.  It's just unfortunate that they won't be making Clive Owen or Benecio Del Toro's characters.  Those guys won't sign their likeness rights over.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Clone Commander Bly
« on: April 16, 2005, 06:28 PM »
I'm hoping we don't have to revert to customizing all of these Clone Commanders on our own.  Hopefully Hasbro will cut us off at the pass and offer these guys in the basic figure line.  Thankfully though, it seems easy enough to paint over the red markings of the existing Clone Commander to change the legion markings.

A lot of the young Jedi actresses are very cool and incredibly hot.  I've met Amy Allen on a number of occassions, and she's been nothing but nice.  Great to chat with in general.  Orli Shoshan is fairly new to the autograph circuit, but she's been really hospitable.  I'm looking forward to seeing some of them next week at C3.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Red Shocktrooper
« on: April 16, 2005, 06:21 PM »
Excellent work!  The fine detail and weathering are what really sell your work.  Very nice.

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs!
« on: April 16, 2005, 05:52 PM »
I split a case of these with one friend.  We're both army builders, and that quantity of figures was ideal for us.  We're each getting 1 complete set of all 4 variant packs.  We're also going to divide the third set between us, and we'll actually split the figures out from that.

I'm curious if EE has offered a semi-firm delivery date on these yet.  My friend made the order on these, so I haven't been in the loop on these as much as he has.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: April 16, 2005, 04:13 PM »
Here's what I can recall with a couple of additions:


STADIUMS
-Pink Floyd at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
-Grateful Dead with Sting at Giants Stadium

ARENAS
-Page & Plant (2 times) at MSG and the Continental Airlines Arena
-The Who - Quadrophenia Tour at Madison Square Garden, Joan Osborne opening
-Black Sabbath with Deftones & Pantera at the Continental Airlines Arena

AMPHITHEATERS/OUTDOORS
-Live with PJ Harvey & Veruca Salt at Jones Beach
-Miami Radio Festival with STP, Deftones, Filter, Local H, Veruca Salt, Nickleback-Miami, near the Arena
-Red Hot Chili Peppers with STP & Fishbone at the PNC Bank Arts Center
-Horde Festival with Blues Traveler, Black Crowes, Ziggy Marley, Joan Osborne, and others at Jones Beach


THEATERS
-King Crimson with John Paul Jones opening at the Beacon Theater
-Brian May with Joan Osborne opening at the Beacon Theater
-PJ Harvey (2 times as a headliner) at the Hammerstein Ballroom & a taping of Sessions at West 54th
-Verucas Salt (twice as headliner) at the Academy & The Hammerstein Ballroom
-Oasis (thrice) at the Hammerstein Ballroom, The Paramount at Madison Square Garden  & Roseland Ballroom
-Bon Jovi at Saturday Night Live

CLUBS
-John Entwistle at Tramps (NYC Club)
-Motocaster (three times) Maxwell's, Mercury Lounge & Irving Plaza
-The Fastbacks at Maxwell's
-Noel Redding at the Limelight
-Lee Rocker at the Wetlands
-The Reverend Horton Heatt (2 times) at the Limelight
-The Supersuckers at the Limelight
-Sloan (3 times) at Maxwell's and the Bowery Ballroom
-The Donnas & OkGo at Irving Plaza
-Mr. Bungle at the Birch Hill
-Dread Zeppelin at the Wetlands
-Queen Adreena at Brownies
-The Candy Butchers with Holly McNarland & Tracy Bonham at the Bowery Ballroom
-The Band with Warren Zevon opening at The Stone Pony
-Henry Rollins (spoken word appearance) at an NYC Club (can't remember)
-Jason Falkner at Maxwell's
-Freedy Johnston at Maxwell's
-They Might Be Giants at Irving Plaza
-Les Paul Trio at Fat Tuesdays, NY, NY
-Michael Hedges with Michael Manring at The Bottom Line
-Levon Helm Band - at work
-Blind Boys of Alabama - at work

..plus, countless independent bands that haven't been signed yet.


Coming up next month:  Ben Folds

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Eopie - ROTS style
« on: April 15, 2005, 08:23 PM »
I can't see this piece being released until well after the movie has been out in theaters.  I think if anything it would be part of the 2006 assortment.

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