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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:47 AM »
Of course I'm also getting a fair amount of the new Fleetwood Mac, and Norah Jones since that's what Patty's been listening to for the past 3 weeks...   :-\

Especially in the eyes of all the hard modern rockers that seem to be most Star Wars collectors these days...   :P

Ah, don't worry about this collector being too trendy as far as music goes.  The Norah Jones record is awesome.  And I've got plenty of other gems that people might not expect.  Warren Zevon's "The Wind"  has also seen plenty of spin time in my car's CD player.  What a way to say goodbye, and have all your cool friends like Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Billy Bob Thornton and your son help see you off at the end of your musical journey.

There's also the perennial Miles Davis hanging around my CD player.  Usually one of my all-time favorite albums, "Kind Of Blue" (IMO, the greatest jazz album ever), or some Charles Mingus.  I usually lose a lot of people there.  But how can you deny that a title like "The shoes of the fisherman's wife are some jive-ass slippers" isn't the greatest song title ever?!

Power of the Jedi / Re: Darth Vader, Emperor's Wrath
« on: November 9, 2003, 06:40 AM »
The hand is removable.  But, yeah, it should be a stump with some wires protruding.  But then, we couldn't have gotten that nifty  ;) repaint of this figure in the Imperial Forces 4-Pack.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: November 8, 2003, 10:35 PM »
It's varying between Radiohead's "Kid A", "Amnesiac", and The Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots"

TV-9D9 / Re: CLONE WARS Cartoon... Reactions
« on: November 7, 2003, 08:12 PM »
It re-airs at midnight, EDT.  Also, it'll be available to Hyperspace subscribers on the official site within a half hour or so.

I think the episode was decent.  However, the intro sequence ate up a lot of the showtime.

The voice actors seemed decent.  Yoda sounded good, and so did Obi-Wan.  I didn't think Palpatine was quite so good though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Matrix Revolutions - who's seen it?!
« on: November 6, 2003, 05:24 PM »
It's playing at the local IMAX theater, so when I get a free moment I'm gonna see it there.  That'll probably be next week at the earliest.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: November 6, 2003, 09:47 AM »
I've been in on Unleashed since it began.  It's a great line.  Especially if you like some other toy companies, like McFarlane, Art Asylum, Mezco, etc.  It's a cool, modern take on the characters.

There have definitely been some misteps in the process, especially with distribution, and maybe the Darth Maul and Padme figures.  If Hasbro can find a way to get a proportionate ammount of Unleashed to market, I think they can do really well.  As things stand now, I think some are collecting Unleashed merely because it's been tough to get.

Star Wars Universe / Re: Trivia: Episode I
« on: November 5, 2003, 07:25 AM »
What is the name of the Gran pod racer?

I'll be getting the Obi-Wan to go along with my Jedi-Sith-Bounty Hunters-Droids theme for my 12" collection.  I'll be passing on the rest.

« on: November 5, 2003, 05:22 AM »
Here are some that I cooked up....

-Luke in training gear (non-mondo beefcake version)
-Yoda (much needed ESB resculpt)
-new version Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi

PLAYSET- Yoda's hut & cave

-Hem Dazon
-Feltipern Trevagg

ULTRA FIGURE:  Han Solo with cantina booth

-Boussh resculpt
-Hermi Odle
-Serdeant Doallyn
-Klaatu (vintage Palace version resculpt)

ULTRA FIGURE- Protocol Droid in torture device

-Luke Skywalker with Stormtrooper utility belt & blaster
-General Tagge
-Imperial Security Bureau Officer

ULTRA FIGURE:  Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ tractor beam controls

SCREEN SCENE- Imperial Conference Table with Col. Wulf Vularen, Admiral Motti, Choking motion Vader, Tarkin resculpt with Chair

-Qui-Gon Jinn-Arrival on Naboo with sg robes
-Naboo Security Officer
-Rep Teers
-Battle Droid Pilot (blue markings)

ULTRA FIGURE:  Nute Gunray with mechno chair

VEHICLE:  Gungan Bongo

-Senatoe Aks Moe (Gran Senator)
-Senator Po Nudo (Aqualish Senator)
-Senator Tikkes (Quarren Senator)


-Dud Bolt with Pit Droid
-Ben Quadrinaros with Pit Droid
-Elan Mak with Pit Droid
-Anakin Skywalker in Pod Racing gear

VEHICLE:  Gasgano's Pod Racer

-Senator Padme Amidala - Apartment
-Captain Typho - Naboo Security Uniform
-Corde - Senator Amidala's Decoy

-Joclad Danva - Jedi Knight
-Bultar Swan - Jedi Knight
-Agen Kolar - Jedi Knight

ULTRA FIGURE:  Geonosian with Sonic Cannon

-Treva Horme

ULTRA FIGURE:  Han Solo with Carbonite block (Han in pre-freeze outfit) that stands with clear plastic pedastal

PLAYSET:  Gantry for Vader's revelation to Luke

-Biggs Darklighter with removable helmet
-Red 10
-Gold 5 "Gramps"
-R2 unit

-Hermione Bagwa - Waitress
-Dug Patron
-Rodian Patron

ULTRA FIGURE:  softgoods Obi-Wan with booth

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: November 3, 2003, 06:19 PM »
It was in the mid 70's and sunny today in NY.  Kinda different.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: November 3, 2003, 01:28 PM »
Well, let's wait for the UPS man to get here first  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 2, 2003, 06:03 PM »

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth Rebel... :(
« on: November 2, 2003, 01:29 PM »
Yeah, but wouldn't you like to have all 5 AT-AT's?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth Rebel... :(
« on: November 2, 2003, 10:07 AM »
I'll reserve my judgements of this figure until I have a hardcopy in hand.  It seems premature, in my opinion, to critique a figure that nobody has in hand at this time.  Photos can only tell you so much.

I've seen the figure in Chicago first hand, and the sculpt looks pretty good.  It looks like a decent step forward from the POTF2 version.  I wasn't able to see what points of articulation there were, but Hasbro has done a fairly decent job of camoflaging those points in recent years.  

One interesting sidenote:  the face of this Hoth Rebel Trooper appears to be slightly similar to that of a Hasbro design team member.  This seems to be something of a trend/inside joke that's been going on.  The first time was with both of the SAGA Endor Rebel Soldiers.  Both of them resemble two members of the Hasbro-Star Wars team.  A more recent instance is the human Jedi in the Clone Wars 3-pack who resembles a long time designer at Hasbro.  Now, this one resembles one of the panelists who gave part of the Star Wars roundtable discussion at Wizard World in Chicago.  It's kind of funny, because if you've ever met these guys you'd see the resemblance pretty quickly.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Retail 2004: How Do You Think It Will Be?
« on: November 2, 2003, 08:58 AM »
A lot of how 2004 will be depends on how this Christmas season goes.  If retailers are able to move a lot of Star Wars during the holidays, then we might be in a decent position for distribution in 2004.

I expect that there might be some big sales.  Very likely at Toys R Us, where they might hold another "Black Friday" sale the day after Thanksgiving.  I'd expect figures to be priced as low as $1.99 each for that event.  Unfortunately, the same tactic hasn't been working all that well for KayBee.

After the holidays and the ensuing inventories, I'd expect the first couple of months of '04 to be a little dry at retail.  That's just an annual occurrence as retail chains assess their post-holiday inventory situation, and process any new orders.  Things will usually pick up in March and the second quarter.

My assessment?  If you're a GOTTA HAVE IT! type, then you might want to pre-order the first few waves of 2004.  After that, you should be able to get everything easily enough at retail.

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