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Revenge of the Sith / Re: New stuff
« on: April 12, 2005, 10:12 AM »
Wow!  A place that finally charges more money than Brian's Toys.

I think those prices are in Aussie dollars.  The Australian dollar is considerably weaker than the US dollar.

Original Trilogy Collection / Official Holographic
« on: April 12, 2005, 09:40 AM »
I think both EPISODE II Obi-Wan holo transmissions might be covered.  We got the one with Bail Organa, and then there's a small and somewhat indistinguishable Jedi in one of the SAGA Jedi Council Screen Scenes.

Any way to pop off his head and put it on a taller, earlier figure?  The head/face sculpt is fairly neutral and inoffensive, relative to some earlier incarnations. 
The head is on a ball, the first of its kind for Mace I believe.  I have not checked the other male Jedi but I don't think it will work too hot

I think the Clone Wars Mace Windu has a ball jointed head.  You might want to check that out, but then you have to live with the strange expression on his face.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: AT-RT - the walker army-builder
« on: April 11, 2005, 05:54 PM »
The TRU I went to on MM only had one case of the AT-RT.  They're actually shipping 6 x per case.  I think Hasbro anticipated a high level of demand for these.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: April 11, 2005, 11:49 AM »
I'm officially gone from the RS forums.  I was in contact with Philip, and he said that the emails were a term that had to be agreed upon to use their forums.  So, I opted for voluntary banning so that I won't get their spam.  Hell, I don't need them.

No.  At least not yet.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 10, 2005, 10:40 PM »
I didn't even notice.  I was too busy putting Galactus together.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 10, 2005, 09:38 PM »
From everything I've seen, it appears that the Legendary Riders series does NOT go together to build a larger character.  I'm actually kind of happy about that.  Had I been given the choice in Series 9, I wouldn't have bought Dr. Strange or Deathlok.  I only got them to build Galactus.  I suppose maybe Marvel realized that these characters wouldn't sell without some kind of incentive like this.

Okay.  I searched through all of my CD singles as well as looking at every single that was listed on Amazon.  No dice with regard to "I got a feeling".  Oh, the dread of buying an import for one song.

So far I've only found it on a Japanese version of Ten, and it's not even properly credited.  It's called "Master/slave".  I hope I can find it on a single instead.  $45 is kind of steep for an album I already own.

My own midnight madness and the ensuing weekend's  experiences do go against the grain of what's been discussed here.  I actually ran across a number of parents with their kids in the stores picking out not only lightsabers, but new figures.  And a lot of the kids knew exactly what they were looking for.  Additionally, I've seen a semi-new class of collector:  parents who are collectors who have gotten their kids into it as well.  I saw at least half a dozen or more of these parent-child teams at Toys R Us that night.  Things like that are definitely a welcome sight.

I've seen the 80% number thrown around in this thread as well.  That number is soft, being more around 70-75%, and there's a big mitigating factor with it as well that has been overlooked.  That statistic is the market  share of collectors for NON-MOVIE YEARS.  That number skews much more in favor of kids during movie years.  I haven't seen hard sales figures on it, but that is indeed the case.

Hasbro does seem to be making some inroads with kids.  The Galactic Heroes line has been gaining some momentum, and  I've seen parents picking these up for kids.  However, one of the biggest sellers for kids is in the roleplay market.  Lightsabers and to a lesser extent blasters are the biggest sellers for Hasbro in the children's demo.

As for the decline in sales from EPISODE I to EPISODE II, there's a big factor that wasn't discussed by anyone in this thread or in the Wall Street Journal for that matter.  The economy.  Shame on WSJ for not even touching on that, because the 1999 economy was a lot stronger than that of 2002.  As a result, individual discretionary spending was lower in that time of economic recession.  People were spending less across the board , and that cut in personal spending has a more drastic affect on non-essential goods like toys and collectibles.  It's not always about the toys, folks.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 10, 2005, 05:44 PM »
Somewhat updated


Philip Wise
Ben Stevens
Dan Curto

Mike Sullenger
Adam May

Darth Spice
Emporer Crypt
Boba Binks
General J

The Jawa:

Artoosnews/JediTemple Archives:
Pete Windu


Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: April 10, 2005, 04:47 PM »
I got another tidbit of info from a source today saying that the Second pack will be:

Ep2 Clone Trooper
Ep3 ARC Trooper
Ep4 Sandtrooper

That Ep3 ARC Trooper makes me think that it's the Clone Commander.  The appearance of that figure is so much like the ARC Trooper that I made that connection almost instantly.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: To PG or not PG
« on: April 10, 2005, 04:32 PM »
I googled it first and didn't come up with anything.  You would think that if anything like that came out, it would be with the AP, and that would hit all sorts of news sites.  I'm curious to see what the writer's response will be.  I'd be more interested in seeing what the writer's editor would say about this.  The article wasn't written by Stephen Glass, was it?  ;)

I'll be adding the Ultimate Villain Darth Vader, Emporer Palpatine and General Grievous at some point.  My focus has been on the 3.75 inch line for the time being.

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