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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 4, 2005, 12:27 PM »
That sounds like a good deal, Brent.  But have you ever considered moving out of the wilderness?   ;)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Neimodian Army
« on: May 4, 2005, 12:22 PM »
"I like that Lucas ran with an EU design on these that was established, rather than establishing his own idea on them."

These guys were from the EU?  The only image that I had seen of them prior to the film were from comics that had been drawn after the movie was shot in 2003.

Would love to know more.

I'm pretty sure that Joe Corroney showed the Neimoidian Warriors in his HoloNet News series of illustrations.  Those appeared in the Star Wars Insider.  I'm pretty sure his look for them corresponded with the way they appear in the movie, although I can't find those images on his web site.

This is a pretty cool figure even though it's a rehash (is that true)?  I can't put my finger on where this version of Vader came from...

I'm pretty sure it's a rehash of the 25th Anniversary 2-pack Darth Vader.  Despite the 2005 stamp on the bottom of the foot, I'm pretty sure I'm correct on this.

There isn't one book.  A decent reference is DK's series of Visual Dictionaries.  There's a Classic Trilogy edition, and one for each prequel movie.  But if you want to wait there will be an ultimate edition of the Visual Dictionary coming out in the fall.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 3, 2005, 05:52 PM »
Save some money and get them through a local comic shop.  They'll usually cut you a break on the price.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Dooku saber will be included on future assortments with him.


Already is.  I picked up a couple of the new Dooku saber versions today.

Dave,  I saw numerous samples of the new Dooku saber version today while doing a toy run in North Jersey.  They're out there.

I too am surprised the Blue Jedi Starfighter bronze dome R4 isn't coming down the pike either.

It might very well happen.  Hasbro traditionally reveals their 3rd & 4th quarter exclusives at the big summer conventions.  Wait for Comic Con.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: April 29, 2005, 08:28 PM »
Obi-Wan Kenobi is the perfect character for the Evolution assortment.  I would love to see this kind of lineup for him:

The Phantom Menace w/ softgoods cloak, Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon's lightsabers, commlink & rebreather

Revenge Of The Sith w/ softgoods cloak, Obi-Wan & Anakin's lightsabers

The Empire Strikes Back vision from Hoth.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:14 PM »
That's not terrible.  I saw an Unleashed Stormtrooper for $20 at a comic shop, and it didn't seem out of line.  It retailed for about $16, so the markup wasn't that painful.

Other Collectibles / Re: Gentle Giant Statues
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:13 PM »
Order it through a comic shop.  My local comic shop lets me pre-order Gentle Giant merchandise through Diamond Previews.  As a rule, I get 20% off the retail price that Diamond lists these items for in Previews.  If the suggested retail price is $200, you should be able to get this for about $160 without paying shipping.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Best RotS Vehicle
« on: April 29, 2005, 05:10 PM »
The ARC-170, hands down.  Good sculpt, decent scale, good moving parts.  Great play value.

I'm hoping to have this one eclipsed by one item that I think/hope may be on tap for Christmas:  the Clone Turbo Tank.  I think this could be THE big vehicle for the ROTS line, and I think it might get unveiled at Comic Con in San Diego.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 29, 2005, 04:08 PM »
Quick searches yield:

On another note, unless you started working for Hasbro Star Wars marketing, have the ear of Randy Shoemaker and Darryl DePriest, or have a direct line to their PR flack, I think you can stop with the definitive statements. 

There's something strange about the price point on this.  I saw the Amazon listing for $29.99, but Hasbro had a pricetag of $19.99 for it at Celebration 3.  They have been wrong on their pricing though, since they listed the Target Clone Trooper for $9.99 at C3 and I got mine at Target for $12.99.

I can see the Obi-Wan version of this piece coming down the pipe at some point.  The blue Jedi Starfighter Obi-Wan takes to Utapau has to be coming, too.  I can't see Hasbro NOT taking advantage of completists like that.  Maybe KayBee will be picking that one up since they had the AOTC Obi-Wan with Starfighter.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 29, 2005, 09:35 AM »
Sorry, but I think the whole hookers angle is rather silly too.  Hasbro's said for years it's just a licensing issue with the actresses.  I'm sure if there was a problem with the characters they portray in the films, they would've mentioned that at some point, since it wouldn't be all that big of a deal to address a topic of that nature to a lot of adult collectors to appease them.

Hmm, let's do the math...

Major toy company makes figures of prostitutes
Figures of prostitutes have bio on cardback
Character bio finds it's way into the media
Public Relations Disaster

It's entirely possible that Hasbro and/or Lucasfilm have been dodging the issue over the years using the licensing issue to mask the fact that they don't want to make figures of two Mos Eisly prostitutes.  Seriously, this could be a big PR issue for the two companies that they might be all too happy to avoid.  That may be why we've been getting the licensing excuse all these years.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 28, 2005, 07:36 PM »
Perhaps the holdup has not been with Hasbro, but rather with Lucasfilm.  Has anyone ever considered that LFL might have held this up for the self-same reason?  Nothing gets made without LFL's golden stamp of approval.

There are so many steps in the process where things can get held up.  We may think we know all of the reasons, but will we ever REALLY know?  I could see both LFL and Hasbro having concerns about these characters, and for a number of reasons.

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