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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro at San Diego Comic-Con 2005
« on: July 9, 2005, 11:08 AM »
Matt. get loud about Unleashed.  The line deserves the volume you can generate.   ;D

Here are some of the character ideas I came up with in an effort to give Hasbro some Unleashed food for thought.  I even came up with an idea for 2-packs that would probably sell for $24.99 or so.  Anyway, here are the Unleashed figure ideas:

Qui-Gon Jinn
Destroyer Droid
Obi-Wan Kenobi VS Darth Maul 2-Pack
Queen Amidala

Zam Wessel
Kit Fisto
Ki-Adi Mundi
Plo Koon
more Clone Troopers

Mace Windu VS Palpatine 2-Pack
Anakin Skywalker VS Count Dooku 2-Pack
Obi-Wan Kenobi VS General Grievous 2-Pack
Wookiee Warriors
Darth Vader on operating table
and more Clone Troopers

Ben Kenobi VS Darth Vader 2-Pack
Princess Leia 2 (Death Star Escape)
C-3PO and R2-D2 2-Pack

Luke Skywalker - Wampa cave
Yoda on Dagobah
Luke on Bespin
Han Solo in Carbonite
Boba Fett 2
Lando Calrissian

Jabba the Hutt
Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader 2-Pack
Emporer's Royal Guard
Biker Scout on Speeder bike
Lando in Skiff Guard disguise

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Which Clone is Commander Bly?
« on: July 9, 2005, 01:12 AM »
Nicklab, which one is Bly again?   :-*  Just clownin'.   :-X

Whatever dude.  The reason for the back and forth on this was because there were too many bits of conflicting information from Lucasfilm floating around regarding the character.  The Databank is as close to canon as you're going to get and I'm content with that as a reasonable explanation.

The interesting thing that was revealed in the Commander Bly databank entry was the Behind the scenes page.  It finally explained why the Official Site's Cargo Bay has the Clone Commander, figure #33, listed as Commander Bly by posting this image:

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: July 6, 2005, 11:41 AM »
It almost looks like Hasbro took a page out of the McFarlane Sports Picks playbook when they came up with this wave.  Each piece seems to be a modified version of the previous releases.

The Shocktrooper seems like the best one, IMO.  It's got enough differences to be pretty cool.  Han is good, too.  Especially the base, but the clincher for me is that the head sculpt looks excellent.

Chewie seems to be the problem child of Unleashed.  Fur, flying or otherwise,  just doesn't translate well in this medium.  Even Gentle Giant had trouble with Chewbacca, and their sculptors and manufacturing process are signifigantly better.  Oh well.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: July 2, 2005, 05:03 PM »
Managed to score an aged Theoden and Balrog battle Gandalf today.  This line keeps getting better!  Now I just need to find the Battle Cry Uruk Hai.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Much Needed Resculpts
« on: July 2, 2005, 12:01 PM »
Well, I like your ideas.  I would add in a new Sio Bibble to the EPI basic figure mix along with resculpts of the Naboo Guards.

For the VOTC, I don't think a Battle Droid is a good idea.  $10 is just too much for this army-builder.  Not that your ideas are bad, but here's my VPTC list -


Qui Gon Jinn
Obi Wan Kenobi
Darth Maul
Nute Gunray


Jango Fett
Padme Amidala (Arena)
Count Dooku


General Grievous
Anakin Skywalker
Emperor Palpatine
Mace Windu


I really like your lineup, Chewie.  I'd change 2 things.  Replace Nute Gunray with a Destroyer Droid, and C-3PO with a Clone Trooper.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 2, 2005, 11:01 AM »
Before I got into the line, er, knew better, I actually found a Bruins Bourque and gave it to a friend at cost.  Ducks Kariya, too.  I still kick myself over those.

Updated 07.01.05

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite cuss word?
« on: June 30, 2005, 11:59 PM »

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: June 30, 2005, 11:46 PM »
I hear you on the villains, Jim.  I really like these from your list!

Titanium Man
Crimson Dynamo
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (Blob, Pyro, Destiny, Avalanche)
Super Skrull
Baron Zemo 2
The Leader
White Queen

I'd definitely add on...

Master Mold (at least the head)

Alpha Flight
She Hulk - Avengers w/ FF variant
Grey Hulk (from Banners re-merge with Hulk)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 30, 2005, 07:33 PM »
I'm gonna wait to say anything about these.  I figure they'll most likely be shown at Comic Con and THEN I'll have something to say.

And Nick covers a lot of toy shows and stuff so we'll wait to see what he's got to say about these.

I'm not going to respond to this other than to say please read my signature line.  Have a nice day!  ;D


Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Clones!
« on: June 29, 2005, 07:47 PM »
I'm gonna wait to say anything about these.  I figure they'll most likely be shown at Comic Con and THEN I'll have something to say.


Thought I would elaborate on my non-statement.  ;D

First, I've seen a few too many reports of things we'd like to see turn out to be the result of poor reporting.  How many times have we been told the Cloud Car was on the way?  Or more recently, what about the case of one collecting site that reported Hasbro stated at Toy Fair '05 that there would be a prequel equivalent of the VOTC line?  Instances like these can give one cause to be skeptical.  The situation is compounded even more since Hasbro has been playing things so close to the vest since about 2001.

There is an upside.  The Clones described in these sets are the most signifigant in REVENGE OF THE SITH, so from that standpoint these particular Clone Troopers  make sense.

So what if the report is true?  Then we get into the very murky area of how will these Clone Troopers be presented?  The fact is that there have been a number of different 3-packs in the Hasbro Star Wars line over the years.  Just look at some of them:

-Cinema Scenes - These were in the POTF2 and EPISODE I lines.  They depicted a specific scene, and had an accompanying title, much like the titles that rs reported in their article.  The packaging on these is also similar to the more current EE exclusive Clone Trooper 4-packs.
-Screen Scenes - The SAGA equivalent of Cinema Scenes but packaged in a more three-dimensional fashion.
-Clone Wars Army Builder Sets - The first incarnation of the deluxe 3-packs that are now shipping in the ROTS Deluxe assortment.
-ROTS Deluxe Clone Trooper 3-Packs - The same product as the Clone Wars 3-packs, just in new paint schemes with new helmets.
-ROTS Evolutions - 3-Packs of well articulated figures.

The next issue is price point.  All of these products have shipped at a variety of pricepoints.  Once again that's an issue that the rs article was not able to confirm, and as a result we're only left to speculate.

Then figure in the exclusivity factor.  Hasbro has come to see that collectors would spend $13.99 for a single, exclusive Clone Trooper in a protective package.  Exclusives have ranged in price from $9.99 to $30+ for the EE Clone Trooper 4-pack.  Where will these sets fall?  Nobody knows outside of Hasbro and Toys R Us.

Now, rs DID editorialize that they THINK these sets may be repaints of the ROTS Deluxe 3-packs.  Once again, more speculation and no hard facts.

The whole situation is certainly interesting, but it also has the potential for people to get their wheels spinning in anticipation of a product that we may or may not get.  That's one of the reasons why I'm skeptical and I've adopted a wait and see attitude.  There are just far too many variables to make any kind of definitive statement on these 3-packs.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Which Clone is Commander Bly?
« on: June 26, 2005, 12:36 PM »
Spoilers for what?!  What in that frame is a spoiler?  Sheesh!   ;D

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Which Clone is Commander Bly?
« on: June 26, 2005, 01:00 AM »
Yet another element adds to the confusion on this topic...

This is in the new issue of Dark Horse's REPUBLIC title that is due out July 20th.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: New Deluxes
« on: June 25, 2005, 10:39 AM »
As much as I like the idea of Darth Sidious with the Senate Pods, it seems as though it would be a bit too big for the Deluxe line.  If it was made to get in at the $10 price point that the deluxe line sells for, the scale (Word Edited) would start screaming bloody murder, and I think many would find it to be inadequate.

Rather, I think a Senate playset akin to the EPISODE II arena playset (size wise) might fit the bill better.  Have a wall of several senate pods with an action feature where the Senate pods fly out of the wall.  This could have a wide appeal for both play features AND to collectors who like to display.

 Post Edited:

Nick, using the term I edited out as an emphasis about a group of people who prefer to-scale items (myself, MisterPL, and others included in that group) is not acceptable to me.  Next time please be more conscious of what you're actually saying, whether in jest or not, as that phrase isn't one most like having applied to themselves no matter what context it was intended.  Thanks.  JJ

 :P  Abuse of power at it's finest!  :P

Odd.  I didn't see mobs of soup chefs rushing NBC studios in LA when Seinfeld had the whole soup nazi storyline going.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Separatist Leaders
« on: June 25, 2005, 12:59 AM »
I think we're going to get them at some point.  The ROTS line is still only about 3 months old.  Give it a little time.  Hasbro has to space things out somewhat.  :)

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