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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:56 PM »
Honestly, I don't think the Academy necessarily has it in for anyone.  I think it's still the overwhelming mindset that drama's should win.

If there is any kind of open bias, I think it's a bias against movies not made in Hollywood.  In that case, there's definitely reason to wonder if people do have it in for LOTR and Star Wars.  Both saga's were made far away from Hollywood.  LOTR got made entirely in New Zealand, which is like 10,000 miles from LA, and Lucas has always eschewed working in LA, preferring to work out of Marin County, London, and now Australia.

THAT could be a serious consideration as to why these movies get snubbed.  A lot of the Academy is based out of LA, and they want to keep the movie business in LA, along with the jobs.  Get that mindset going with a lot of the voting members, and it can have a big impact.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:51 PM »
I checked with a local EBX, and they're expecting them in 2 weeks.  I've gotta check with TRU to see when they're expecting them.

I'm just kinda bummed that MLB 7 is coming out at exactly the same time as football.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: General Malaise
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:48 PM »
General Malaise...wasn't he in Return Of The Jedi? ;D

I think Scott nailed it on the head.  After the rush of 2002, and the way something new always seemed to be coming out, the 2003 lull is definitely noticeable.  The upside is that the line is moving more towards what collectors want, just like in POTJ.  Patience seems to be the key word to keep in mind.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Oh My God
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:44 PM »
Publicity stunt IMO.  ::)

DING DING DING!  The fact that so many people are talking about it is the proof that is was a BIGTIME publicity stunt, and it worked!  It was kinda hot, too.   ;D

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:39 PM »
I don't think merchandising or promotional tie-ins had anything to do with it.  I think it's more to do with the Academy thinking that only dramas deserve to win.  It's a really stilted mindset.  You almost never see fantasy, comedy, science fiction or action films winning the best picture award.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:34 PM »
1.juggernaut
2.hawkeye
3.cable
4.wolverine(weapon x)
5.pheonix
6.deadpool


An interesting lineup, but yeah, it is rather X-Men stilted.  

On another note, I finally lucked out this morning, and I found a Goliath!  Got it at my local KayBee that finally got Marvel Legends 4.  Now if I could just find that darned maskless Wolverine.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: September 5, 2003, 12:02 AM »
Where is a prop from the film 2001:  A Space Odyssey seen in The Phantom Menace?

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Price Gouging Clonetroopers?
« on: September 4, 2003, 11:42 PM »
I picked up a set of the Green Clone Trooper 3-pack for $14.99 today at KayBee.  Not very cool, but these things are scarce.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Amazon has screen scenes 2
« on: September 3, 2003, 10:19 PM »
Series 1 has been in NY area stores.  I've seen them at least a couple of times now.

But, I'm yet another victim of Amazon cancelling the order for wave 2.  Why did they list them so early, and then go ahead and cancel so many orders?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your commute... How bad does it suck?
« on: September 3, 2003, 10:17 PM »
I've praised the day I stopped working in Manhattan.  That commute was terrible!  Even working off hours (6AM - 2PM), I had at least a 2 hour roundtrip commute.  And that was when it was fast!

Now, it takes me about half an hour.  Thankfully, I tend to work off hours, so it helps.  But working in Jersey as opposed to NYC has really helped my sanity level.  I feel much better now!

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: September 3, 2003, 02:03 PM »
Form 4

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Segway 1, Bush 0
« on: September 3, 2003, 01:11 PM »
The funny thing about Bush's dog is this:  it doesn't walk when he wants it to.  He has to carry it all over the place!

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 2, 2003, 03:00 PM »
The Merry and Pippen that come in this set are the same as the ones that came with the Moria Orc, in the FOTR packaging.  The Merry and Pippen that came out in TTT packaging are actually a different sculpt (just some different parts, I think).

The Frodo and Sam that come in the Fellowship 9-Pack are the ones from the Elven boat set.  I think those are probably the definitive Frodo and Sam.

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Collector's Tips / Re: Collecting Star Wars autographs
« on: September 2, 2003, 10:21 AM »
I know that Christopher Lee has his own site, and sells autographed pics.  They go for 50 pounds each (about $75, I think).  Other actors will sign for free as long as you send the return postage.

I'm currently getting ready to send something out for the first time.  Someone passed along info for Ewan McGregor for me to use, and I'm going to send an 8 x 10" and a figure for him to sign.  I'm hesitant to pass it along, since the info was given to me by a good friend, and he seemed a little cautious about handing out the info.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 1, 2003, 10:26 PM »
I'm gonna update mine.  In no particular order....

Jennifer Garner




Angelina Jolie




Roselyn Sanchez




Rachel Weisz




Jennifer Connelly


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