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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's your shopping Karma?
« on: September 10, 2003, 06:13 PM »
Today, it really paid off!  I had a great toy run, and I was pleasant as can be with all the store employees I came across.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Death Star Troopers
« on: September 9, 2003, 10:55 AM »

This one is pretty much a slam dunk...looks gray to me.  Cool pic, thanks Jesse ;)

BTW, which Insider was this from?

Looking at this image, I can say one thing definitively:  this guy is just BATHED in light!  There's an overhead light source behind him that's illuminating his shoulders and arms, and there's another light source in front of him with a red tint that's coloring his face.  

All of this light will make any dark garment or fabric appear lighter.  Is it possible that the uniform is darkl grey?  Sure.  But the way this shot is lit, it's hard to tell definitively what the true color is.  The only way to be certain would be if there was an evenly lit photo of this guy from some sort of production archive.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: September 8, 2003, 09:41 PM »
Correct!  You're up.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: September 8, 2003, 07:01 PM »
Aren't the Dodgers barely above the .500 mark?  If so, that doesn't speak too well for the National League Wild Card race.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2003
« on: September 7, 2003, 06:01 PM »
I don't like gloating when I see stuff like this:

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2003
« on: September 7, 2003, 05:47 PM »
You mean the Giants game, don't you?  Kurt Warner had excellent field vision...he was getting a great close-up look at it as the Giants kept on taking him down!

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2003
« on: September 7, 2003, 04:46 PM »
WOOHOO!  MY G-Men start the season with a win over the Rams!  Nice!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Best AOTC Anakin EVER!
« on: September 5, 2003, 09:53 PM »
The Secret Ceremony version is definitely pretty cool.  I wish they'd done him with interchangable hands, though.  One robotic, one flesh.  But hey, that's me.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: September 5, 2003, 09:52 PM »
The Yanks are getting spanked tonight by the BoSox.  I was hoping that the Yanks would sweep the series, and pretty much lock up the AL East this weekend.  Guess I gotta wait a little longer.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 5, 2003, 09:38 PM »
It could be those things, but Gladitor won, and it was made in Malta amongst other places.  The English Patient won, and was made in Tunisia and Italy.  All with Hollywood money, like LOTR has been.   For my part I think it's the same gentryed snobbery that exists in publishing.  If it's popular, they reckon, it can't be good.

I understand what you mean.  Those films were made on location because they could be or had to be done on location.  Still, they were from mainstream Hollywood studios.  Gladiator, in fact, was a kind of throwback to something Charlton Heston or Burt Lancaster might've done in their prime.

The point being, both George Lucas and Peter Jackson have made a concerted effort to divorce themselves from the Hollywood process.  And Lucas started doing that in the '70's with American Zoetrope and Coppolla.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 5, 2003, 01:26 PM »
Looks like the Gannon/Brooks 2 pack was scrapped!?  >:(

In their place, a Eddy Mac vs Zach Thomas 2 pack..and Rich Gannon is in Series 7.

Another note on this...

The Rich Gannon figure (regular version) that is coming out in NFL 6 will be in the Raiders black jersey.  Despite the fact that the image on the card will have Gannon in his white jersey, the black jersey is the standard version, and the white will be the variant.  HOWEVER, the version that comes in the 2-pack will come in Gannon's white jersey, to more closely represent Gannon from the Super Bowl, and Derrick Brooks will be in his red jersey.

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.

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.

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.

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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