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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: October 15, 2003, 05:53 AM »
I really thought with Prior on the mound that the Cubs were gonna clinch tonight.  I'm cutting some of the highlights at work right now, and it's almost surreal how they blew game 6.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: October 14, 2003, 07:45 PM »
Yankees Win!  Thu-uh-uh YANKEES WIN!

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My core sentiment on the Clone Wars line is this:  Don't Batman-ize Star Wars.  Hasbro made so much garbage in their Batman line, and it's going to be warming pegs for years to come.  Thankfully, I think the licensing people at Lucasfilm will play an integral role in what does and does not get produced.  So, we may be safe from the line turning into pure dreck.

As for the line expanding?  I would expect other members of the Jedi Council and other high profile Jedi to get some recognition.  Count Dooku is another key character that you would expect as well.

As for some of the Republic and Seperatist forces?  I could see some of the following as possibilities as army builder sets:

-Battle Droids
-Various Seperatist Troops (Geonosians possibly)
-Clone Troopers (new poses, variations on the ranks)
-ARC Troopers
-More Jedi

In the vehicle department, I'd be interested in seeing more.  The AT-TE would be a dream come true.  There's also a Seperatist Droid Tank that didn't make it into Attack Of The Clones that's pretty cool.  It is in some of the animatics that are part of the EPISODE II DVD, though.

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Saga '02-'04 / MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 13, 2003, 06:18 PM »
   Mike,

My comments were mainly focused on the aforementioned Sir Steve.  Based on his actions following Toy Fair 2002 and other accounts of some dubious incidents that have made their way around the collecting community, I think I have a right to form my own opinion regarding Sir Steve.  I've made no accusations.  There are plenty of those going around, and there's no need to retread that.

Are you free to associate with whomever you want?  Certainly.  That is your choice and your right.  Just as I am free to make my own choices.  Do I have a right to make some character judgements based on the company people keep?  I think so.  Is it the wisest thing to do?  Sometimes.  Sometimes not.  I'll continue to exercise my own personal judgement.

I'll do that just as I'll continue to pursue good Star Wars toy reporting for http://www.thejawa.com for the collecting community.  In that same regard I'll continue to cite all of my sources whenever possible, and followup for the fine details.  Like getting release dates, exclusive retailer information and other details accurate as often as possible.

I'm not interested in getting into the various minutiae and disputes that go on in the collecting community.  Are you free to draw inferences from my post?  Sure.  Just as I'm free to say that yes, you operate a good site, or form any other opinion.  I'm not interested in getting into this.  That's why I declined to further comment on page one of this post.  I get the feeling you aren't interested in getting into it either.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 13, 2003, 03:59 PM »
I can update this with info from Jimmy soon....


BASIC FIGURES
HOTH WAVE
___  #04/tbd  Hoth Rebel Trooper
___  #04/tbd  Luke Skywalker - Wampa Cave with ice ceiling
___  #04/tbd  R-3PO - Echo base counterintelligence droid
TATOOINE WAVE
___  #04/tbd  R1-G4
___  #04/tbd  Luke Skywalker - Jabba's Palace
___  #04/tbd  R2-D2 with drink tray
JABBA'S PALACE
___  #04/tbd  Shawdda Ubb - Rappertunie
___  #04/tbd  Lando Calrissian - Skiff Guard
___  #04/tbd  J'Quille
___  #04/tbd  Elom
___  #04/tbd  Luke Skywalker-Hologram
YAVIN WAVE
___  #04/tbd  Captain Antilles
___  #04/tbd  General Dodonna
STAR DESTROYER WAVE
___  #04/tbd  Dengar with backpack
OTHER/TO BE CONFIRMED
___  #04/tbd  Cantina figure TBA
***TO BE CONFIRMED***
___  #04/tbd  Jawa/rig4
___  #04/tbd  Admiral Ozzel
___  #04/tbd  TIE Fighter Pilot
___  #04/tbd  Cloud Car Pilot
___  #04/tbd  Leia Organa - Bespin Gown
___  #04/tbd  Lobot
___  #04/tbd  R2-D2 - Dagobah
___  #04/tbd  Dutch Vander - Gold Leader
___  #04/tbd  Han Solo - Endor
___  #04/tbd  Sly Moore - Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's aide
___  #04/tbd  Yarua - Wookiee Senator
___  #04/tbd  Pablo Jill - Jedi Knight
___  #04/tbd  Luke Skywalker - Reissue
___  #04/tbd  Darth Vader - Reissue
___  #04/tbd  Princess Leia Organa - Reissue



CLONE WARS ANIMATED FIGURES-TARGET EXCLUSIVE
___  Anakin Skywalker
___  Obi-Wan Kenobi
___  Mace Windu
___  Assaj Ventress


ULTRA FIGURES 7items, available Spring 2004
HOTH WAVE
___  General Rieekan with tactical plot
___  Wampa with tauntaun bone & base
TATOOINE WAVE
___  C-3PO with escape pod
JABBA'S PALACE WAVE
___  Jabba the Hutt
___  B'ommar Monk, Bubo & Wol Cabbashite 3-Pack
___  tba
***TO BE CONFIRMED***
___  Ewok 2-pack with catapult


SCREEN SCENES


VEHICLES
***TO BE CONFIRMED***
___  Jawa Sandcrawler - TARGET EXCLUSIVE
___  TIE Fighter with rescaled solar panels
___  Y-Wing - Gold Leader
___  X-Wing

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 13, 2003, 03:43 PM »
Jimmy, you the man!

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12" Figures / Re: 12" Clone Wars
« on: October 13, 2003, 02:13 PM »
While I'd like to see movie versions of some of the Jedi you mentioned, I don't know that I can say the same about all the others in "Clone Wars" garb.  The 12" line seems like it might not be doing to well, and it might be best not to tax it.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: The Emperor
« on: October 13, 2003, 02:09 PM »
The Emporer is shipping in cases other than the one you mentioned, Boba Binks.  I know I've found it in multiples froma single case.  And truth be told, it is a decent figure.  I like the way the force lightning attaches to his wrists.  But the cane is a different story.  Hang on to the rubber bands so that you can keep the cane secure in his hand.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 13, 2003, 09:47 AM »
Doh!  Here I was hoping you might have a white Alstott, black McAllister or blue pants Alexander.  Drat!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Led Zeppelin & Jimi Hendrix
« on: October 13, 2003, 09:41 AM »
Yeah, I think you're right.  I'm pretty sure Mitch Mitchell played with Jimi at Woodstock, but I think Noel Redding had left the band by then.  I think Billy Cox played bass with Jimi at Woodstock.  Still it would be sweet to have the entire Experience band as a set.

I'm also wondering when we're going to see the Led Zeppelin figures.  I hope they do the whole band, and don't just do Page and Plant.  That would just suck.

I've got most of Hendrix's catalog.  But don't be advocating downloading, Brad.  It is stealing after all.  And as a musician, I'm acutely aware of just how much money downloading costs artists who are just scraping by.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: 3 new Screen Scenes?! Your guesses...
« on: October 13, 2003, 06:55 AM »
I'm just quoting myself from another thread here:


I'm certainly hoping that the multi-packs listed are Screen Scenes.  I think these have been reasonably successful items.  The Trash Compactor is nowhere to be found, and the Jedi Council and Geonosian War Chamber don't tend to hang around on shelves for too long.

A third Jedi Council set would be most welcome in my collection.  Having a Shaak Ti you can seat would be a nice bonus.  And since she's in the AOTC version of the Council, a seated Coleman Trebor would be cool, too.  A third member?  Perhaps a softgoods Plo Koon.

The Naboo Final Battle screams the Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan kenobi duel to me.  I could see these released as two sets.  One with Qui-Gon dueling Darth Maul.  The second as Obi-Wan trapped behind the energy barrier, watching helplessly.

A Pit of Carkoon Screen Scene is a little puzzling to me.  It seems that it could be any of a number of things.  I'd be genuinely surprised if it's our heroes from the Skiff.  The only other settings I could see as likely candidates are the Sail Barge deck, with gunners, guards & Luke.  The other would be in Jabba's chamber on the Sail Barge, with his various alien hangers-on and C-3PO watching through the blinds.  Not terribly exciting stuff, though.  My money would be on the Sail Barge deck, as it might integrate with the POTJ Deluxe Leia's Sail Barge Cannon.

Just my two cents worth

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 13, 2003, 06:53 AM »
Jimmy, I can see how you might be right regarding the TIE Fighter listing.  I'd be very surprised if Hasbro released two distinctly different TIE Fighters in the course of two years.  I'm just curious how long you've had the info floating around.

I'm certainly hoping that the multi-packs listed are Screen Scenes.  I think these have been reasonably successful items.  The Trash Compactor is nowhere to be found, and the Jedi Council and Geonosian War Chamber don't tend to hang around on shelves for too long.

A third Jedi Council set would be most welcome in my collection.  Having a Shaak Ti you can set would be a nice bonus.

The Naboo Final Battle screams the Darth Maul/Qui-Gon Jinn/Obi-Wan kenobi duel to me.  I could see these released as two sets.  One with Qui-Gon dueling Darth Maul.  The second as Obi-Wan trapped behind the energy barrier, watching helplessly.

A Pit of Carkoon Screen Scene is a little puzzling to me.  It seems that it could be any of a number of things.  I'd be genuinely surprised if it's our heroes from the Skiff.  The only other settings I could see as likely candidates are the Sail Barge deck, with gunners, guards & Luke.  The other would be in Jabba's chamber on the Sail Barge, with his various alien hangers-on and C-3PO watching through the blinds.  Not terribly exciting stuff, though.  My money would be on the Sail Barge deck, as it might integrate with the POTJ Deluxe Leia's Sail Barge Cannon.

Just my two cents worth.

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Saga '02-'04 / MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 12, 2003, 08:42 PM »
Naahh.  There's no need to stir that pot.

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Saga '02-'04 / MORE NEW FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: October 12, 2003, 08:34 PM »
Jimmy, you're one of the good guys out there.  I know enough about Mike after seeing him hang around with SirSteve in Chicago.  He's certainly not high on my list of individuals with tremendous ammounts of integrity.

The one thing that's interesting about this list is that it fills out some of the waves.

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: hey hasbro how about some imperial commanders
« on: October 12, 2003, 10:05 AM »
Yeah, we definitely need some of the high profile Imperial Officers.  Namely...

-General Tagge
-Colonel Wulf Vularen
-Admiral Ozzel
-Captain Needa
-Moff Jerjerrod

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