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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 04:06 PM »
Well, I respectfully disagree Spuffy.  A new Bossk is not good news, IMO.  This is one of the few POTF2 figures that was pretty good.  And that self-same POTF2 figure was just re-issued in the Ultimate Bounty 4-pack.  Not good planning, IMO.

If we were to get another Bounty Hunter in the Star Destroyer wave, I would have hoped for 4-LOM.  That's one figure that was in need of resculpting, with it's wasp-like waist.  The protocol droid sculpts have gotten much better in recent years (TC-14, K-3PO, Deluxe C-3PO, R-3PO), and 4-LOM's body is based on a protocol droid.  Just hold your POTF2 4-LOM next to the SAGA Deluxe C-3PO and you'll understand where I'm coming from.

The other choices in the Star Destroyer wave are good by me.  And with only 3 basic figures in the set, I think we might be in store for an Ultra figure for this wave.  My guess is Darth Vader with meditation chamber.

The Battle of Yavin wave is definitely a hit with me.  I like the sculpts and the character choices.  Dodonna, IMO, should've been done as a vintage figure, but that's me.  Antilles is my favorite of the bunch.  I like the work they did, and with the custom I made of Antilles as well as casting my vote for him in the Fan's Choice poll, I'm a happy guy.  Gold Leader is a good addition to this wave as well.  He's got signifigant lines, and plays a small but important role in the attack on the Death Star.  Plus, he was played by Rosie LaRose of Strange Brew!  That makes him cool in my book just by virtue of that fact.

It looks like they may indeed have sculpted a new Rebel blaster for the three Rebels.  A nice touch, since the one that came with the POTJ/SAGA Trooper was a little small.

The Imperial TIE Pilot seems a little odd, but to be expected from this wave.  Who else would Hasbro use to represent the Imperials in this battle? Pilot Vader?  Please, the POTF2 CommTech Vader serves that purpose perfectly.  As for our TIE Pilot, It looks like it might be a different sculpt than the one that's been issued with the three recent TIE exclusives.  The helmet looks slightly larger.  It definitely bears further examination.  The blaster looks like the smaller Imperial blaster that's been shipping since POTJ.

All in all, I like what I see, with the exception of the Bossk news.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: November 15, 2003, 05:40 PM »

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 10, 2003, 08:16 PM »
Nice action filled episode tonight.  And a cool cliffhanger, too!  I'm only guessing here, but I think it might have been Durge with that ARC Trooper in his cross-hairs.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 10, 2003, 11:05 AM »
Portishead's cool.  Glorybox is one of the coolest things I've ever heard recorded.

As for Aussie band's, I think I'm going to pick up Jet's album.  I've been hearing the single for some time, and caught the video too.  Pretty cool concept there, and I don't care for most videos.  What cinched it for me about Jet is this:  the Strokes don't like them, so Jet might be cool by me.  Sorry, but I just find the Strokes to be a little too pretentious, musically lazy, and far too wrapped up in their own press clippings.

Feedback / Re: Morgbug's feedback
« on: November 9, 2003, 07:33 PM »
Thanks to Morgbug for coming through with some Sports Picks for me.  I'm gathering stuff for you from your list.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: November 9, 2003, 07:02 AM »
Oh my goodness :o

I want as many of these as is humanly possible.

So, what did all you Winnipeggers start doing when the Jets left?  Become Oilers fans?

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: November 9, 2003, 07:01 AM »
Who's your best buddy in the whole world Nick?


YOU ARE!  YOU ARE!  Thanks, the package arrived in good condition.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:55 AM »
That's possibly the weirdest Magneto I've ever seen.  Gotta be a factory mixup, because all of the Maggie's I've seen in the X-Men sets have faces pretty much like the Marvel Legends version.

On another note, has anyone here seen Marvel Legends 5 at retail yet?  I'm jonesing to get Collosus and Sabretooth.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:53 AM »
Nice new versions of our favorite tricksy little hobbitses!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:47 AM »
Of course I'm also getting a fair amount of the new Fleetwood Mac, and Norah Jones since that's what Patty's been listening to for the past 3 weeks...   :-\

Especially in the eyes of all the hard modern rockers that seem to be most Star Wars collectors these days...   :P

Ah, don't worry about this collector being too trendy as far as music goes.  The Norah Jones record is awesome.  And I've got plenty of other gems that people might not expect.  Warren Zevon's "The Wind"  has also seen plenty of spin time in my car's CD player.  What a way to say goodbye, and have all your cool friends like Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Billy Bob Thornton and your son help see you off at the end of your musical journey.

There's also the perennial Miles Davis hanging around my CD player.  Usually one of my all-time favorite albums, "Kind Of Blue" (IMO, the greatest jazz album ever), or some Charles Mingus.  I usually lose a lot of people there.  But how can you deny that a title like "The shoes of the fisherman's wife are some jive-ass slippers" isn't the greatest song title ever?!

Power of the Jedi / Re: Darth Vader, Emperor's Wrath
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:40 AM »
The hand is removable.  But, yeah, it should be a stump with some wires protruding.  But then, we couldn't have gotten that nifty  ;) repaint of this figure in the Imperial Forces 4-Pack.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 8, 2003, 10:35 PM »
It's varying between Radiohead's "Kid A", "Amnesiac", and The Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 7, 2003, 08:12 PM »
It re-airs at midnight, EDT.  Also, it'll be available to Hyperspace subscribers on the official site within a half hour or so.

I think the episode was decent.  However, the intro sequence ate up a lot of the showtime.

The voice actors seemed decent.  Yoda sounded good, and so did Obi-Wan.  I didn't think Palpatine was quite so good though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Matrix Revolutions - who's seen it?!
« on: November 6, 2003, 05:24 PM »
It's playing at the local IMAX theater, so when I get a free moment I'm gonna see it there.  That'll probably be next week at the earliest.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: November 6, 2003, 09:47 AM »
I've been in on Unleashed since it began.  It's a great line.  Especially if you like some other toy companies, like McFarlane, Art Asylum, Mezco, etc.  It's a cool, modern take on the characters.

There have definitely been some misteps in the process, especially with distribution, and maybe the Darth Maul and Padme figures.  If Hasbro can find a way to get a proportionate ammount of Unleashed to market, I think they can do really well.  As things stand now, I think some are collecting Unleashed merely because it's been tough to get.

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