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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 23, 2004, 10:34 AM »
Let's see, here are some that are on my list.....

-Angel (pre-Apocalypse)
-The Wendigo
-Grey Hulk
-Beast (unfurry version)
-Mr. Sinister

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 22, 2004, 07:28 PM »
That list makes me think that Toy Biz should make at least a couple of Avengers box sets.  There's so many to pick from, after all.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 22, 2004, 02:23 PM »
When is the Kingpin going to get his due in this line?  He's a core villain for Spiderman, Daredevil & the Punisher.  Come on, already!

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: April 20, 2004, 01:21 PM »
Just a quick question for everyone:  has there been any more indication about whether or not the red trimmed Unleashed Clone Trooper is the real deal?

I can't believe the Twinkies let LaTroi Hawkins go.  The guy throws some heat!  But his new club, the Cubbies aren't doing that well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 19, 2004, 12:49 PM »
Yes, Bonds is no longer covered by the CBA with regards to merchandising.  His personal representatives now negotiate his merchandising on a case by case basis.

As for the Cooperstown series, you nailed it right on the head.  McFarlane had to negotiate the player likeness rights with the players themselves.  Then, I believe the existing deal they have with MLB lets them reproduce the uniforms.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 19, 2004, 09:44 AM »
There's been no secret about the Ryan and Canseco figures.  McFarlane showed the Ryan off as one of the first pieces that was sculpted for this line.  The holdup was because of Ryans retirement, and he wasn't covered in McFarlane's agreement with MLBPA.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: April 17, 2004, 07:19 PM »
Found Faramir, Merry and the Morgul Lord Witch King today.  NICE!

That is just insane luck, although kayaking in McCovey cove is a good recipe for getting a Bonds hit ball.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 14, 2004, 11:16 AM »
I've been pretty lucky in Series 4 & 5.  I managed to get 2 of Goliath with the Wasp & Ant Man, and I got 2 of the Red Skull.  

But I definitely agree, these shouldn't have been chase figures.  If they're going to make a new sculpt, make it for general release.  I think the chase figures should be some sort of costume variant for a character, not an entirely new character.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Figures You Have Passed On, Or Will Pass On
« on: April 13, 2004, 10:00 PM »
Since I stopped being a carded completist, I won't be buying any of the reissues aside from army builders.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: April 13, 2004, 09:57 PM »
General Grievous as a Preview Figure?

Not to sure about having core charcters as sneak peek!

Well, Jango Fett was a preview figure.  It's not unprecedented.  I think Grievous will wind up filling a similar role to that of Jango Fett.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bush vs Kerry
« on: April 13, 2004, 09:52 PM »
Well, you won't have to worry about me in this thread.  It was inane, circular political arguments that made me quit patronizing another forum.  And I want no part of this thread either.

Does any one actually give a sh!t that Bonds hit his 660th home run yesterday?  ESPN actually interupted PTI yesterday to show the at bat in which he hit it.   ::)

Some one wake me up when the ass hole passes Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.  Then I might care.  Might being the key word.

Not really.  I was just out at lunch, and they were talking about this on ESPN Radio.  Dan Patrick was going on and on about how this is such a big deal, and asking why isn't Barry Bonds getting the recognition.  Nobody has hit this many since Hank Aaron passed Willie Mays in 1972.  He was also complaining about the Balco, saying that people should be fair to Bonds until he has been found guilty of something.

For me, it boils down to these points:  

First, it's third place.  Not as big a deal to begin with right there.  If or when he catches Babe Ruth, then I'll take notice.

Second, I think that Willie Mays' overall numbers were more impressive.  He played all of his home games at some of the worst hitters parks in the history of baseball.  The Polo Grounds, Candlestick Park, and even Shea Stadium were all among the worst hitters parks in baseball, and Willie Mays put up impressive numbers in all of them.  He was also a far superior overall player to Barry Bonds.  Has Bonds ever made a play in the field that compares with Mays' over the head basket catch?

Third, there's the whole steroids suspicion.  Has Barry Bonds been found guilty of using steroids?  No.  Do most major league baseball fans think he has?  Yes.  Does the public's opinion of players matter in the grand scheme of things?  Yes.  Barry Bonds on the Pittsburgh Pirates of the early 90's is a very different looking guy to Barry Bonds of 2004.  Anyone with eyes can see that.  Add in the leak of Bonds' name in association with the Balco case, and you just have to play connect the dots.  

On top of all of these things, Bonds' poor relationship with the media has not helped his case.  The writers can be your friend or they can be your enemy.  Anyone who has seen the movie 61* will understand just sports writers are very influential people.  Bonds is completely responsible for his public image by the way he has conducted himself with the press and the public, and this is going to follow him well after his career.  Most people remember just how great a ballplayer Ty Cobb was, but just as many people knew he was possibly a cheater, a dirty player, a racist and an overall rotten human being.  I think the same kind of thing will follow Barry Bonds to the end of his days.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Prequel figures ARE coming!
« on: April 13, 2004, 11:27 AM »
These are just some of the Prequel figures I want...

Basic Figures
-Tey How - Trade Fed. Battleship Pilot
-Daultay Dofine - Trade Fed. Battleship Commander
-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Trade Federation Battleship
-Destroyer Droid - Super Articulate & Transforming
Ultra Figure
-Qui-Gon Jinn cutting through Trade Fed. Battleship Blast door

-Queen Amidala - Celebration
-Qui-Gon Jinn - Theed Generator Duel
-Battle Droid Pilot
-Naboo Security Captain

Basic Figures
-Senator Amidala - Chancellor Palpatine's Office
-Sly Moore
-Dorme - Senator Amidala's Handmaiden
Ultra Figures
-Chancellor Palpatine with chair, desk & holographic Onacanda Farr

-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Jedi Robes
-Anakin Skywalker - Jedi Robes
-Madame Jocasta Nu
-Pablo Jil - Jedi Knight

Basic Figures
-Jango Fett - Tipoca City Apartment
-Clone Trooper - Tipoca City Mess Hall (red tunic)
-Kaminoan Cloner
-Super Articulate Clone Trooper Sergeant (green markings)
Ultra Figure
-2 Clone Youths with learning stations

Basic Figures
-Agen Kolar - Jedi Master
-Padme Amidala - Battle of Geonosis (super articulate)
-Anakin Skywalker - Battle of Geonosis (super articulate)
-Bultar Swan - Jedi Knight
-Joclad Danva - Jedi Knight
Ultra Figures
-Geonosian with Sonic Cannon

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