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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Holo Yoda?
« on: April 4, 2005, 01:09 AM »
I received an e-mail from Amazon today that my Holo Yoda order has "been delayed".  Suddenly, I am very nervous that these are suddenly going to be sold out, leaving a lot of less than happy collectors...   :(

Strange.  My order is due to get to my house on Wednesday.  Well, if there's any kind of a goof, I can rest assured thanks to the one Holo Yoda I got at the Times Square TRU today.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: April 3, 2005, 01:20 AM »
The Unleashed figures were the first thing I picked up last night.  And boy, did they go fast!  The Unleashed line has really caught on in a big way it seems.  I've yet to open them up, but I'm looking forward to it in a big way.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Midnight Madness Experiences! Share!
« on: April 2, 2005, 10:28 AM »
I scored a number of figures ahead of what I did over the past 10+ hours.  So, I focused on some cool stuff!

Yoda - Firing Cannon
Grievous's Bodyguard X 4
General Grievous 4-lightsaber attack
Clone Trooper X 9
Royal Guard (blue) X 4
Royal Guard (red) X 2
Bail Organa
Count Dooku
Chancellor Palpatine
Emporer Palpatine
Mace Windu

Anakin with snap-on Darth Vader armor
Emporer Palpatine/Darth Sidious
Force Jumping Obi-Wan

Boga w/ Obi-Wan
BARC Speeder X 2

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Clone Trooper

WALMART Carrying Case w/ Anakin Skywalker & AOTC SA Clone Trooper

General Grievous

Target Lava Vader X 2

DK Books Incredible Cross Sections of ROTS
DK Books ROTS Visual Dictionary
Art Of Revenge Of The Sith

There were a couple of things I was hoping for, like the Clone Pilot, AT-TE Gunner & Mas Amedda,  but they weren't to be found.  Probably in a week or so, I guess.  Basic Figures seemed limited to around #32 around here.  But I think I spent a fair ammount today regardless, don't you?

6004 has the Early Bird sets.

Good.  Because the two WalMart's I've been to in the last 10 hours didn't.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: April 1, 2005, 05:02 AM »
The Vader is definitely a ROTS rendition.  It's the pose that's remarkably different, not so much the helmet.   Vader is posed with his lightsaber held in front of him.  The chestplate is the ROTS look, and the robes are underneath the shoulder piece, unlike the way the costume was worn in ANH.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Looking Back...
« on: April 1, 2005, 03:20 AM »
I think the progression of Anakin from good to evil is what makes the PT a tragedy of sorts.  That along with the slow decay of the Republic and the political intrigue are what make the PT interesting to me.

It's funny, because I saw or read an interview with Lucas recently.  He said that he got the feeling that a lot of fans wanted the entire PT to be basically what happens in ROTS.  I thought about it a bit, and I can see that doing so, as some fans might want, would seriously compromise the entire saga.  It would almost make the entire PT like some kind of slasher series of movies.  It would be much more one dimensional and ultimately not as interesting.

I think when all is said and done, the PT will stand up much better after ROTS is released and the PT can be viewed as a whole.  ROTS will be the payoff that people have been waiting for.  But it will have happened with Anakin Skywalker taking a complete journey, and not him being a mindless murderer.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 1, 2005, 03:04 AM »
Marvel Legends still needs to touch on the grey Hulk as he appeared before the debut of Mr. Fixit.  While we have a good origin grey Hulk, Mr Fixit, and an Ultimate Universe grey Hulk, I want to see the grey Hulk from when Banner was recombined with the green, savage Hulk.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: March 31, 2005, 07:29 PM »
Here's his signature line at The Jawa, from a PM of mine to him:

Jimmy_'s Jawa Profile (must log in to view it)

"It's been said that I am...

"the most unhappy, angry, ego-maniacal, and pathetic member of the entire online collecting community (and greater society as a whole)"

My parents would be proud..."

Just a couple little nuggets, from the many.  Yep, he's not thinking about me at all...  :P  The admiration is mutual, James Souza!  My soulmate...   :-*


Don't drag the Jawa into your tiff with Jimmy_.  Jimmy_ is his own person and hasn't been active with us for about 6 months or more.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum Spam Mail? WTF???
« on: March 31, 2005, 07:15 PM »
I was a little upset to get that spam myself.  I'm surprised and disappointed to see that it erupted into something like this.  Phillip really needs to learn what customer service is.

Frankly, I think that Phillip abused the trust that people placed in his care by sharing email addresses like this.  There should be an express notification AND choice when registering for an account at the RS forums where you can decided whether or not you want to receive promotional offers from that site's business partners.  A lot of websites a lot bigger than RS do this and to their credit it's a good way of doing business.  They understand that their customers want privacy and don't want to be bogged down in spam.  Unfortunately, it seems that Phillip is more interested in money than in the privacy and spam protection of the membership.  Actions like the email that were sent, and his poor handling of criticism related to it are not a good business practice, but even moreso they're not in the spirit of a collecting community.  Shame on Phillip Wise and shame on Rebelscum.

And FYI, I just subtly bombed a thread there to show my displeasure with how Officialpix just snuck in a $5 charge for every photo at the Celebration 3 autograph pavillion.  I guess I'll start counting down to my own banning there now.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Spanish Magazine Scan: Death Star
« on: March 31, 2005, 02:46 AM »
It should certainly be noted that the image everyone's been eying is from The Art Of Revenge Of The Sith, and not the movie itself.  The Death Star as we see it in the movie could be in a less complete state than the way Ryan Church illustrated this image.

As for it taking some time to's the first time that one is being built.  Building something like that is going to take a considerable ammount of time to engineer.  Building a second one after the first has been completed is going to be a considerably easier task since the actual plan to build the Death Star has been seen through.  Still, I think the second Death Star's construction was well underway when the first was destroyed.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:28 AM »
She-Hulk, must make She-Hulk.  Marvel Select convention exclusive coming, but they can do better than that for the rest of us. 

I'll definitely be picking up the Marvel Select Shulkie at Wizard World in Philly.  They need to put her in the ML lineup too.

But how could I forget the Blob?  Or Pyro and Avalanche for that matter?  Need to fill out the ranks of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: March 31, 2005, 01:24 AM »
I for one can't believe the level of thought that's going into counting everything up.  Are we all that anal-retentive?  I'm just happy to get the Vader in Meditation chamber, and screw the number.  Is it really THAT important?

No, it's not important at all.  And yes, most of us are that anal-retentive too.  It's just amusing to see how close Hasbro's getting with their number, especially if they're specifically naming something "500".  Plus, we're relatively bored, and a lot of us have OCD, so we thought we'd do the math.  No biggie, Nick.  :-*

Maybe I'm just too busy and occupied with the rest of my life to care about the numbers adding up.  I just want the damn figure, not to rain on anyone's OCD parade.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:16 PM »
Exactly.  I mean, do we start including the vintage 3-packs as legit variations?  what about pack-in figures?  It just seems like something of a waste of time unless it's legitimately helpful to people as some way to catalog what they have.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:14 PM »
Marvel does seem to be running low on characters for the Marvel Legends line.  These might be some good choices:

old school gold Iron Man
Scarlet Witch
She Hulk (w/ FF variant)

Storm - original costume
Beast - X-Factor minus blue fur
Cyclops - X-Factor
Jean Grey - X-Factor
"Days Of Future Past" gift pack


Crimson Dynamo
Sebastion Shaw
White Queen

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Digital Version Longer
« on: March 30, 2005, 04:02 PM »
Daaaaaaamn! I've got my choice of 6 different theatres to go to for the digital version, and all of them are within 20 minutes by subway!  :o

I'm happy about that too.  In 2002 it was just the AMC Empire on 42nd that had AOTC digitally.

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