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Getting this piece was certainly easier than getting the blue Clone Trooper in Chicago in 2003.  Even though it meant lining up at 4:45 in the morning, those of us on line at that time were pretty well assured of getting the piece. 

Compare this with Wizard World in Chicago, 2003.  That was insane.  Because Gentle Giant let just about anyone at Comic Con in San Diego get one, in Chicago you got a raffle ticket and had to check back at the booth every day in the hopes that you might get lucky and win a mini-bust.  The last day of that was like some kind of bloodsport.  There were only about 40 pieces left, and the numbers were called out with an angry mob around the Gentle Giant booth.  If you didn't claim your mini-bust inside of ten seconds it was gone!  And then you had to line up to get the piece after all of the commotion, while people were offering you money for your winning ticket.

After having been through that, yeah, I think Celebration 3 went a bit more smoothly.

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 28, 2005, 01:54 PM »
Nope, the Toy Fair Boba Fett is the same piece as the one that shipped in Bust Ups Series 3.  The Bust Ups version of the Boba Fett mini-bust was just a test/display piece that Gentle Giant was showing off at conventions and trade shows.  Gentle Giant did the same thing with Darth Vader, making a Bust Ups version of the Vader mini-bust.  That piece was never offered, either.

As for my Toy Fair Boba deal.  I already opened it, and the plastic with "Toy Fair 2005" is long gone.

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 28, 2005, 12:47 PM »
Do you guys know if they're going to come out with a blue Clonetrooper like the one from ToyFare 2 years ago?  Also do you know if there will be any arm variations like the stormtroopers?

Gentle Giant has been mum about ANY AOTC era Clone Troopers.  They showed off those Clone Troopers when they introduced the Bust Ups line at Toy Fair in 2004, but they still have yet to make them part of the line.  Based on the fact that they have been produced at some level though, I think it's a safe bet that they could be part of the lineup for Bust Ups series 5 or 6.  However, that's pure speculation on my part.

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 28, 2005, 12:44 PM »
I honestly don't see what the big deal is about the Toy Fair Boba Fett.  It's the same one that came out of the box in Bust Ups Series 3.  It just came in a little plastic baggie that said Toy Fair 2005.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 27, 2005, 08:55 PM »
I've yet to open any of the ones I picked up.  Is this the same figure as Clone Trooper #6?  Or is this a different sculpt?

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:46 PM »
It was also pointed out during the Q&A that the initial Cantina wave should absolutely not be used as a gauge for sales, given the crappy rehash figures included in those sets.  I can't remember who stated that, the same obnoxious guy that commented on nearly everything and was subsequently ignored by Hasbro for the entire Q&A session until the last  :P

Uh...   :D

Yeah, never stick me in the first row in front of a Q & A in front of a bunch of Hasbro reps, or they'll never hear the end of it!  ;)

Really?  I hadn't noticed.  ;)

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: April 27, 2005, 07:39 PM »
Need sleep, but thought I'd get pics of series 4 up for you folks as I imagine I'll be a wee bit busy at work tomorrow.  As always, photobucket is giving me grief with orientation and apologies for the quality at times:

So the series is:
Yoda (OT)
Clone Trooper - 3 versions: green, red, yellow - presumably a couple of chase??

I forgot to upload the Anakin and Yoda figures. The Yoda is indeed OT.  I'll get it in soon.

Brent, the AOTC Clone Troopers are NOT part of series 4.  Here's the lineup as it stands now:

Yoda - Dagobah
Clone Trooper - ROTS version, white

The chase piece in series 4 may be a paint variant of the Clone Trooper, but nothing has been announced yet.  Don't expect an answer on that until July.

Gentle Giant has shown the AOTC Clone Troopers since Toy Fair of 2004, and they have not included them in a series thus far.  I inquired with Gentle Giant as to when they might be available, but they have yet to make any sort of announcement about the AOTC Clone Troopers.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Evolution: Silver now Holo
« on: April 27, 2005, 06:24 PM »
Jeff actually presented that idea as an exclusive (more VOTC figures) to the guys at Target last fall.  I think Hasbro and retailers know how well those things did, perhaps we will see them in future.  One can hope at least.

Here's a list of possible Holo Figures I made last week:

Darth Maul Episode I Talking to Nute and Rune

This one actually got made, Scott.  It's the WalMart exclusive holographic Darth Maul that was offered along with the holo Qui-Gon Jinn.  It may not have been part of the basic figure line, but it is Darth Maul exactly as he appeared as a hologram in TPM.

Holo versions of Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon would be welcome in my book.  Especially versions that can sit in the Jedi Council chairs.  As things stand now, the holo Yoda that was offered cannot sit in his Council seat, so I'd like to see that, too.

Bumping this item up.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:04 PM »
Finally, an LT figure.  The Barry Sanders looks sweet, too.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 27, 2005, 03:02 PM »
Yeah.  I balked on one at C3. Guy initially wanted $30, and dropped his price to $20 REAL FAST.  A friend of mine told me that green Hulk is packed one per case, so I shouldn't pay more than $15 for it.  I may just wait to get it at retail.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Met any other SW forum members?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:40 AM »
Updates from Celebration 3:

Jokabofe (we've traded previously and ran into one another at Toy Fair)
Chuck from JediTempleArchives
Mr Jawa
Boba Fence

Once again, it was cool to meet people.  The Q&A session was interesting at the very least.  Some people were much the way I thought they might be.  Others were very different in person.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 26, 2005, 12:28 AM »
I'd much rather get bent over at Retail than on the Ebay Scale. 

LOL!  It really is an exercise in getting bent over.  I found about 20 of them today and bought 8.  At least a couple for me, and the rest for some friends.  The $100 + that it cost hurt a little bit, especially since I can get 8 basic Clone Troopers for under $50.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:19 PM »
My bad, Jeff.  Given the topic of the thread, and how most of the news that has been circulating has been about the Hasbro Q&A, I was hoping to quell any kind of speculation based on what was said at that event.  It's misunderstandings about things like that which can snowball out of control.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: What Hasbro really wants to do...
« on: April 25, 2005, 03:08 PM »
Hmmm.... if they did an AT-TE with AT-AT quality, I don't know how someone wouldn't be willing to buy one.


Customers?  Yes.  Retailers?  Unclear.  It's chains like WalMart that you should all really be focusing your furor on.  They're the ones who are cutting the legs out from under all of us on these items.  They have THAT MUCH sway with Hasbro.

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