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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 2, 2003, 06:03 PM »

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth Rebel... :(
« on: November 2, 2003, 01:29 PM »
Yeah, but wouldn't you like to have all 5 AT-AT's?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth Rebel... :(
« on: November 2, 2003, 10:07 AM »
I'll reserve my judgements of this figure until I have a hardcopy in hand.  It seems premature, in my opinion, to critique a figure that nobody has in hand at this time.  Photos can only tell you so much.

I've seen the figure in Chicago first hand, and the sculpt looks pretty good.  It looks like a decent step forward from the POTF2 version.  I wasn't able to see what points of articulation there were, but Hasbro has done a fairly decent job of camoflaging those points in recent years.  

One interesting sidenote:  the face of this Hoth Rebel Trooper appears to be slightly similar to that of a Hasbro design team member.  This seems to be something of a trend/inside joke that's been going on.  The first time was with both of the SAGA Endor Rebel Soldiers.  Both of them resemble two members of the Hasbro-Star Wars team.  A more recent instance is the human Jedi in the Clone Wars 3-pack who resembles a long time designer at Hasbro.  Now, this one resembles one of the panelists who gave part of the Star Wars roundtable discussion at Wizard World in Chicago.  It's kind of funny, because if you've ever met these guys you'd see the resemblance pretty quickly.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Retail 2004: How Do You Think It Will Be?
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:58 AM »
A lot of how 2004 will be depends on how this Christmas season goes.  If retailers are able to move a lot of Star Wars during the holidays, then we might be in a decent position for distribution in 2004.

I expect that there might be some big sales.  Very likely at Toys R Us, where they might hold another "Black Friday" sale the day after Thanksgiving.  I'd expect figures to be priced as low as $1.99 each for that event.  Unfortunately, the same tactic hasn't been working all that well for KayBee.

After the holidays and the ensuing inventories, I'd expect the first couple of months of '04 to be a little dry at retail.  That's just an annual occurrence as retail chains assess their post-holiday inventory situation, and process any new orders.  Things will usually pick up in March and the second quarter.

My assessment?  If you're a GOTTA HAVE IT! type, then you might want to pre-order the first few waves of 2004.  After that, you should be able to get everything easily enough at retail.

Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:52 AM »
I got a few of those as trade bait.  They definitely helped my plug some holes in my collection, AND build up my Naboo Security force.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:31 AM »
How about a little Resident Evil?  The multi-talented Milla Jovovich, anyone?

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:15 AM »
I got my new Unleashed during the week.  Boba, Han and Yoda are all aweome!  Yoda was a little bit of a tight fit to get on his "force leap:, and Boba Fett is tangled among Sarlacc tenticles.  Keep the cardback handy when you're putting him together because it's a little tricky.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Cantina Wave 2 Sets a No Go (For now)
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:11 AM »
I wouldn't buy these on ePay.  The only reason they're difficult to get is because WalMart bailed on them.  Seriously, be patient and there's a possibility that they might show up at either Target, KayBee, or even through the Star Wars Fan Club ( those are all strongly rumored, nothing definite).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:10 AM »
Thanks for the SKU, stan.  I'll check that out.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:08 AM »
I heard from Hasbro's media relations department that it is in fact the real deal.  I posted a story about it last night on

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: October 31, 2003, 01:03 PM »
Stan, just wondering how certain you are about this.  After all, there is the  game for Nintendo's Game Cube called Rogue Leader.  Just wondering if there might've been a mix-up.  I've been checking on this and my sources haven't delivered yet.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: October 30, 2003, 11:01 AM »
No way would the Yankees pick up Manny Ramirez.  His numbers don't equal that kind of money.  Especially after the incidents of game 3.  And the "sickness" issue.  I only see the Dodgers or Mets being interested in him.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 29, 2003, 09:39 AM »
Bespin Gown Leia
Cloud Car Pilot
CD Rom Bespin Vader

I think these are the most likely of the bunch for a Bespin wave.  Hasbro has stated that the themed waves would include approximately 4 figures, and that's 4 right there.

A Bespin wave certainly wouldn't seem out of place.  Most of the themed waves for 2004 are slated to be from the original trilogy.  Thus far with only five waves officially announced, I think a Bespin wave is very likely.

As for the Star Destroyer wave, it's entirely possible that Dengar isn't the only Bounty Hunter in the wave.  4-LOM has been silently calling for a resculpt.  That POTF2 figure dates back to aroun1997, I believe.  I also recall seeing a rumor of a resculpted Imperial Naval Trooper.

All I can say beyond this is wait.  We'll probably find out more beyond wave 5 from Toy Fair in February.

Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:14 AM »
Well, it's really ancient history, but they were $1.97 each.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 05:59 PM »
Not only that, but the Han Solo is considered one of the best.  A lot of people love that Vader.  The R2-D2 with holo Leia was one of the hottest figures ever AND was one of the first really good astromech sculpts.  Admiral Motti is still a great find anywhere, as is the hooded Leia.  Add in one of the best Stormtroopers ever, and this is indeed one of the best SW basic figure lines ever.

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