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Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Product Leaks: Already?
« on: March 7, 2005, 05:24 PM »
Nice to see that the red Royal Guard is for real.  I figured it would be.  I'm just curious why they're putting them out the way they are.  It just seems strange.

Got another story of vehicles leaking out.  Once again, from Target.  My buddy up in Sacto, CA scored me the Tri-Droid fighter, Grievous's Wheelbike & Obi-Wan's fighter.  I hope I wind up having enough product left to buy to be eligible for the exclusives on April 2nd.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: March 3, 2005, 11:19 AM »
This is just a general appeal to the board.  Some of you might know that I'm an autograph collector.  Part of what I do as an auto collector is to get figures signed by the actors. 

With that said, there's an autograph appearance being made by Amy Allen and Mary Oyaya.  I'd like to get MOMC samples of their ROTS figures if at all possible.  The catch?  I need them for April 1st.  That's the appearance date.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: March 2, 2005, 07:58 PM »
Okay, a couple of questions for the Unleashed collectors out there about some things that I'm confused on right now:

1-What are the differences between the first and current Darth Vader UL and the Removable Helmet version?  Is it just the head and the base that has changed, or are there any other differences in the figures?

The current Unleashed Darth Vader that is in stores is a reissue of the first Unleashed Darth Vader, not the removable helmet version.  This one just has a redesigned cardback.

2-Has Hasbro said if they will be rereleasing some of the other more difficult to find (and ridiculously priced on Ebay) UL figures in the future?  I'd really like to get a Yoda, and I'm sure a lot of other people would love to have a Boba Fett or one of the other more difficult figures, but it would be nice to not have to sell my kidney to get one.
Send me a PM regarding the Yoda.

3-Have the rumored UL for this year (Ventress, Palpatine vs. Yoda, Chewbacca, Clone Trooper, Han Stormtrooper) been confirmed or photographed anywhere?  I know they were not on display at Toy Fair, but I didn't know if Hasbro had said anything in any of the Q and A's about them.

Still on the lookout for that Stormtrooper...and still feeling like a huge hypocrite for my interest in this line.   ;D

No confirmations or photos.  Hasbro would not even confirm General Grievous at Toy Fair, despite the fact that images had been leaked and he's currently listed on the Cargo Bay at the official site.  The remaining pieces probably won't be confirmed until June or July.

I feel your pain on the Stormtrooper.  It's been "evasive".

LEGO / Re: TRU Exclusive "Imperial Inspection" LEGO Set
« on: March 1, 2005, 05:42 PM »
I don't think this is necessarily a TRU exclusive.  I saw it at a LEGO store today.

I think Dave should get an Acrylic case from Oscar just to protect his little baby.  ;)

I think Dave should sell his and he's nuts if he doesn't.  I'm sorry, but $3K for nada?  Who the hell cares?

So I guess I'm nuts, huh?  Sorry, not parting with mine.  Don't want to be that guy, and lose friends over it.

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: March 1, 2005, 02:18 PM »
BTW, as we discussed a while back, there were TWO different Bobe Fett Bust-ups shown at Comic Con last year. Anyone have a picture of the one that's apparently not going to be available now, which lost out in favor of this Silver crap? I can't recall now what that one looked like...

Here was the picture of the 2nd Fett from SDCC:

Fett #2

Nick said that it was only a scaled down version of the Boba Mini-Bust...

From speaking to the Gentle Giant people in Chicago, they said that the Boba Fett that is just a sized down version of the original mini-bust may not be part of the line.  It might have only been a display piece, and nothing more.


Talked to Gentle Giant about this again at Toy Fair.  Once again, they reconfirmed that it was only a display piece based on the Boba Fett mini-bust, not part of the line.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: This...This is Stupid
« on: February 26, 2005, 11:55 PM »
I think the situation is kind of ridiculous.  Why the hell are they offering to buy product from people who find it early?  I can understand wanting to get things early in order to offer the images to their readers.  Perhaps they're trying to make up for their half-assed Q&A efforts at Toy Fair?

Fact is that GH has pretty well scooped every other collecting site when it comes to new figure images.  I can say this with some degree of objectivity AND perspective since I've worked as a Star Wars collecting site reporter for the past 4 years or so.  This just looks like RS is trying to play catchup now.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:14 PM »
Saw some cool LOTR at Toy Fair.  The carded figures I saw were:

Mount Doom Frodo
Mount Doom Sam
Electronic Eye of Sauron
Dagger throwing Legolas

And the boxed sets I saw were:

Shelob with Frodo and Sam

Elves of Middle Earth mockup box with:
Prologue Elven Warrior
Coronation Arwen
Council Elrond
Gil Galad
Haldir (looks like the Helm's Deep one)

Also, got some awesome news from NECA.  They're 20 or so inch tall Balrog is due out later this year.  AND, it'll be in scale with the Toy Biz line of figures.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:13 AM »
I believe Jeff said that Vader was going to be a promo like buy so much stuff on April 2nd and get a free Red Metal vader

A POTF2 one at that ::)

Hmmm.  This is the same sculpt that they used for the 2002 Toy Fair Darth Vader, isn't it?

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Q&A at Toyfair
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:34 PM »
Mid March?  And we haven't seen anything yet?  That's really odd.  I'm hoping it pans out, I really like the anmated figure line.

Expect an announcement next week.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Q&A at Toyfair
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:04 PM »
The Photo Center promotion might have something to do with the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper statues that were shown in that Yakface article about WalMart's plans for E3.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Q&A at Toyfair
« on: February 23, 2005, 09:37 PM »
Expect 24-32 figures on April 2, which will include a more family event over the entire release weekend.

Walmart Photo Center?


Funny.  Keep reading.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Q&A at Toyfair
« on: February 23, 2005, 08:27 PM »
Actually, the news team from The Jawa conducted some Q&A with Hasbro.  Read it here.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Kill Bill Figures
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:24 AM »
Too bad they won't do a Darryl Hannah figure.

Oh ye of little faith.  It's on the way.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:08 AM »
Man I should get a fake ID for c3. :P

Think they serve 7&7 there?


Move to Canada, drinking age is 18 or 19, depending on the province. :-*

I used to make beer runs into Quebec when I went to school in northern NY.  We would literally cross the border, make a U-turn to go to the Canadian Duty Free store, buy a case of Molson Brador, and go back to campus.  It took all of half an hour.  A thing of beauty!

Tonight, I'm indulging in Starbucks, and a little later on it'll be a can of Full Throttle.  #*$&ing overnights suck!

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