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Just to play Devil's Advocate here...How many '03 reissue figures are you seeing?  I'm referring to the figures that were listed in the late 2003 line.  Frankly, I don't see many of them at all.  I'm not seeing too much of the Hall of Fame wave sitting around for very long, either.  Is anyone else seeing this stuff warm the pegs?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Van Helsing
« on: May 17, 2004, 04:25 PM »
This was a popcorn movie, pure and simple.  I saw it last night, and it was alright.  Not the best thing I've ever seen, but not the worst either.  I'm begining to like Kate Beckinsale more and more, that's for sure.

I kind of knew what to expect going into the movie.  After all, this is the same director as "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns".  Both were reasonably predictable and slightly campy.  Is that bad?  I'm not sure.  I think that depends on your tastes.  If you want to go to the movies and have some fun with something that's less than cerebral, then check it out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long have you collected SW?
« on: May 15, 2004, 03:22 PM »
My first stint:  1977 or 78 until 1983/4
The current stint:  1998 to present

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: May 15, 2004, 12:46 AM »
WOOHOO!  The Nets pull it out in Triple OT IN DETROIT!  DANG!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: May 14, 2004, 08:18 PM »
Haven't opened them yet, anyone else found them???

I lucked out.  A friend of mine found a couple of sets at a local store and picked the wave up for me.  I like the Lando the most.  Nicely done!  Madine ranks second for me.  The arm articulation is nice, and I like the figure overall.  I'm somewhat indifferent about the Han Solo.  It's good, but the freak collector in me knows it's kind of a kitbash.  But hey, I'll take a new figure over a reissue any day.

Gentle Giant / Re: Luke as Stormtrooper GG MiniBust
« on: May 14, 2004, 08:15 PM »
Did you notice this in their news post?

Distribution of this summer's exclusives will be as follows:

Comic Con International San Diego - July 21-25, 2004
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise - 400 pieces allocated for every full day; 200 pieces allocated for Preview Night
Spirit of the Rebellion 4-pack - 600 pieces allocated for every full day; 300 pieces allocated for Preview Night

Wizard World Chicago - August 13-15, 2004
Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise - 400 pieces allocated for every full day
Spirit of the Rebellion 4-pack - 600 pieces allocated for every full day.

The remaining quantities of each piece will be made available exclusively online to members of Gentle Giant's Collector's Club after the shows.

The following measures will be in effect in an effort to make the exclusives as widely available as possible:

Exclusives will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Exclusives will be limited to one of each per adult.
Badges will be punched with a Gentle Giant logo for purchases of Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise. Attendees with punched badges will not be allowed to purchase additional exclusives.

I hope they learned their lesson last year.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: May 14, 2004, 02:41 PM »
I paid $1.89 a gallon today in New Jersey.  This is the highest I've EVER seen gas prices in NJ.  I can only imagine what the rest of the country is like, because NJ has some of the lowest gas prices nationally.  The lowest price I saw yesterday in NY state was $2.08 a gallon.  It's really getting out of hand.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Greatest Athletes that You Saw Play
« on: May 13, 2004, 06:48 PM »
Today, I add A-Rod & Mariano Rivera to my list.  With as many Yankee games as I've been to over the past few years, this is the first time Mo has come in to save a game I've been to.

Also, forgot to mention Wade Boggs.  I saw him play on the '96 Yanks while on business in Toronto.

Just got back from the Big Ballpark in the Bronx!  The Yanks took it to the Angels in style, knocking three out of the park courtesy of red-hot Ruben Sierra, Bernie Williams and Hideki Matsui.  Jon Lieber had a no-no going into the 4th, but the Yanks came back in the next inning.  And when Mariano trotted in from the bullpen to "Enter Sandman", it was a thing of beauty.  Yankees win!   Thu-uh-uh Yankees win!!!!!!!!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Honda Accord: Anyone drive one?
« on: May 13, 2004, 11:36 AM »
My family has had a number of Accords.  They've all been great, and extremely reliable.  I own a Honda currently, but it's a CR-V.  Still a really reliable car.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Greatest Athletes that You Saw Play
« on: May 13, 2004, 10:18 AM »
Can't believe I forgot about some of these baseball players...

David Cone
Reggie Jackson
Lou Pinella
Ron Guidry
Rich "Goose" Gossage
Don Mattingly
Dave Winfield
Gary Carter
Thurman Munson (I think, I was only 5 or so)
Ricky Henderson

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Greatest Athletes that You Saw Play
« on: May 12, 2004, 11:00 PM »
These are all in person....

Baseball:  Roger Clemens

Football:  Lawrence Taylor, Emmitt Smith

Basketball:  Kareen Abdul Jabar & Magic Johnson

...and to be added to the baseball listings tomorrow:  Alex Rodriguez!

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: May 11, 2004, 03:30 PM »
My personal wants for Unleashed?  Hmmmm

Qui-Gon Jinn deflecting blaster shots
Obi-Wan Kenobi making jumping double kick

Zam Wessel - Sniper or shapeshifting
Plo Koon - Arena Battle
Ki-Adi Mundi - Arena Battle

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame R2 question...
« on: May 11, 2004, 11:38 AM »
While many collectors would find the CommTech R2-D2 more desirable, the real reason why certain figures get rehashed over others is a little more complex than what collectors want.  So, why did we get this R2?  It was most likely because of factory issues.  Different factories produce different figures, and also have different tooling.  

In the case of most of the Hall of Fame wave figures, there was an effort to consolidate production to as few manufacturing plants as possible.  Hence, we've gotten the POTJ R2-D2 instead of the CommTech one.  Likewise, we've also gotten the POTF2 "All New Likeness" Princess Leia instead of the POTf2 CommTech version.

This is WAY too high.  Especially for loose pieces.  Even moreso since I traded a Dengar for an SA Clone Trooper yesterday, retail value for retail value.

One thing to consider is that the seller may actually have friends who are bidding on the auction to drive the price up.  This sort of thing happens on eBay all too often, and it's almost impossible to track.  It's because of things like this that I don't use ePay.

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