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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 6, 2004, 10:43 AM »
I haven't heard anything specifically about a Jordan figure.  However, the party line from McFarlane about a lot of retired superstar players has been something like this:  It's a licensing issue, and each license needs to be individually negotiated on a player by player basis.  Some players will want more money than others, and some will want so much money that it would make the licensing prohibitively expensive.

I believe this to be the case with Jordan, and it may be a problem with other superstar athletes down the line.  So, if you don't wind up getting a Joe Montana or John Elway or Cal Ripken Jr, it could be all about the individual player or their representation being too greedy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 5, 2004, 08:14 PM »
It's certainly likely that McFarlane would pursue a Legends line for the NFL portion of the Sports Picks line.  The NFL line is by far the most successful of the SP lines.  I think a Legends series would be equally successful.  I would expect them to launch something like that at an event like the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Right now, the only things that we've seen in terms of committments to retired players from McFarlane is the following:

-The Cooperstown Series for MLB
-Wayne Gretzky for the NHL line
-A poll at the Spawn forums for NBA legends players

I can't recall seeing anything to this effect for the NFL, but I think it's a given that McFarlane would try to follow up the success of the NFL line with a Legends line.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 5, 2004, 05:35 PM »
I've known about the Gretzky figure for some time.  And I've got to say I'm pleasantly surprised to see that they're going to make him in the uniforms of all 4 of the NHL team's he's played for.  This is definitely good news for the hockey line.

As for the speculation about a Hockey Legends line, I think the speculation might be right on the money.  Launching a Legends line during the lockout seems like the most logical thing McFarlane can do from a business standpoint.  While the NHLPA is out on the picket lines, McFarlane can still churn out a hockey line composed entirely of NHL Legends and skirt the collective bargaining agreement.  And the consensus seems to be among many in the hockey community that there won't be a 2004-2005 NHL season.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Modern Vintage - Waves 4,5,6?
« on: April 4, 2004, 11:42 PM »
If there were more waves of the "Vintage" OTC line, they would almost certainly be figures that were made the first time around.  I'll limit my choices to them.

-Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot
-Tusken Raider
-Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead from vintage line)

-Han Solo - Bespin
-R2-D2 - Sensorscope
-AT-AT Driver

-Princess Leia Organa - Combat Poncho
-Han Solo - Carbonite Chamber (POTF, technically)
-Emporer's Royal Guard
-The Emporer

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
« on: March 28, 2004, 10:47 PM »
This is the best film I've seen in a while.  It was fascinating to see Jim Carrey in a whole new light.  Kate Winslet had me transfixed, and Charlie Kaufman brought me there into Joel Barish's mind perfectly.  It was tremendous.

I've been calling for this figure for a couple of years now.  It's certainly overdue.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: March 24, 2004, 11:06 AM »
Brent's definitely right about baseball.  The retro pieces have been the only ones that have really held their value.  Most notably Red Sox Clemens.  I had to shell out a pretty penny to get him.  And sure enough, they're doing Astros Clemens now, too.  Maybe we'll get a pinstripe Clemens eventually!

Football is the king of Sports Picks by far.  The football pieces, especially the Super Bowl exclusives and the Series 1 & 2 no helmet pieces fetch the most money.

But by far some of the most expensive hockey pieces?  Try Bruins Ray Bourque, and Mighty Ducks Paul Kariya.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 24, 2004, 10:58 AM »
Surprisingly, I like the second wave of Hulk figures.  I think I'm going to buy them all except for the War Hulk.  I was opposed to the Mecha Hulk until I saw it in person.  Cool figure!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Shark almost attacks boy in Lake (Photo)
« on: March 21, 2004, 12:45 PM »
That's definitely a dolphin.  I've seen dolphins do that near the beach in Florida.  The first time I saw that happen, it scared the bejeesus out of me.  However, sharks do come into the surf, too.  There was video of a South African surfer who got himself bit on the hand a couple of years ago.  He got away, but he got bit while he was going over a swell, and there were a couple more sharks making their way in.  This guy was lucky to get away with his hand and his life!

JediMAC speaks the truth about the New Jersey case.  It was in 1916 in the area of Matawan, NJ.  The waterway where it happened it now known as the Shark River.  The shark(s) in question made their way pretty far from shore.  Check out the story on those attacks here.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Animated Wave 3 (and beyond)?
« on: March 17, 2004, 11:55 AM »
I saw an animated Padme maquette is some site's Toy Fair coverage. I'd love to have a figure of it.

That was Gentle Giant offering that.  They also had an armored Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: March 15, 2004, 04:06 PM »
I bought one.  I think the light-up Evenstar is cool, and she's got her sword.  On a similar subject, has anyone noticed just how tall this figure is?  I had her next to my King Aragorn figure, and she towers over him!

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 10, 2004, 05:54 PM »
Regarding series 6, does anyone think they'll throw in a maskless Wolverine in brown costume?  I would hope that maybe ToyBiz would throw us a bone after how bad the situation was with the yellow costume in series 3.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 10, 2004, 05:52 PM »
Wave II[/i]
Doctor Doom
Sub Mariner
The Thing
Human Torch
Doctor Doom Doombot CHASE VARIANT[/i]
Hulk with Shirt Variant

I thought that the Hulk with work shirt was part of "The Best of Marvel Legends" asst?

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: March 10, 2004, 05:49 PM »
I have to ask this!  In light of recent events, if you had bought the Bertuzzi figure, will you "dispose" of your Sports Pick of this Canuck?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Take Any Pills?
« on: March 2, 2004, 01:03 AM »
I jsut wish that the Excedrine Migraine would help with the nausea that comes with some migraines.

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