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Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: August 19, 2003, 10:46 AM »
No need to fear.  NHL5 was the only Canadian exclusive SERIES they've done.  There have been a couple of other Canadian exclusives, like 2 2-packs, and the Team Canada 3-packs.  The stuff that's just been unveiled will be available all across North America.

Hall of Justice / Re: Mattel Batman
« on: August 18, 2003, 09:53 PM »
The Batman I got in Chicago is the same scale as the new versions that Mattel has just put out.  Think of the zipline Batman, but in the classic gray and blue outfit.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: August 18, 2003, 09:52 PM »
WOOHOO!  My boy Shockey looks cool!  And, in an all new pose!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: JABBA THE HUTT
« on: August 18, 2003, 02:36 PM »
I actually have the EPISODE I  Jabba glob on the vintage throne.  It looks pretty cool like that.

Hall of Justice / Re: Mattel Batman
« on: August 17, 2003, 08:58 PM »
I got the Batman exclusive at Wizard World in Chicago.  Got it signed by the 4 Horsemen, too.  Strangely, though, I don't collect Batman.  Impulse buy on my part.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: August 17, 2003, 08:57 PM »
A couple of my friends have found Eowyn, but she was packed one to a case.  I also found a lone Treebeard, as well as some Smeagols and Gollums.  So far, he's what I've seen personally:


...and that's it.  Haven't seen Eowyn, or any of the horse and rider sets yet.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How are you feeling?
« on: August 17, 2003, 05:33 PM »
There's still some ground left to cover in the Original Trilogy, but yes, it does seem more geared towards improvements.  There are very few things that haven't been done that need to be touched on in some form or another.  

The prequel trilogy has a lot of ground that can be covered in the toy lines.  EPISODE I alone has a lot to offer in that area.  Just look at the podrace, and you've got a bunch of vehicles, and a bunch of aliens to pick from.  The same holds true with the Coruscant Nightclub in EPISODE II.

As for how things will carry over following 2005?  I don't know.  We'll have to wait and see.  If Hasbro can continue to put forth some good ideas, then maybe I'll stay interested.  A lot also depends upon what good old GL has in store for fans.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you buy at the Movie Snack Counter?
« on: August 17, 2003, 05:14 PM »
I used to go by the old standby:  popcorn and a coke.

But lately?  A pack of twizzlers, and a bottled water.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Power Outage
« on: August 17, 2003, 05:12 PM »
You might take notice, that the power outage problem led to as many as SEVEN nuclear power plants going offline.  Presumably, their reactors scrammed automatically as a precautionary measure.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: August 17, 2003, 05:10 PM »
One more there any wrist articulation for the Clone Trooper with the binoculars?

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Hailfire Droid
« on: August 17, 2003, 04:37 PM »
I really like this vehicle.  The only bad thing I foresee is missiles...EVERYWHERE!

Hopefully this one will sell well, and maybe they'll decide to make the Tank Droid.  Wish I could find an image of that.  Drat!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: August 17, 2003, 04:34 PM »
Cool pics Chris!  Do the binoculars come out of that Clone Trooper's hand?  I know the weapons are sculpted in place, and I was wondering if they did the same thing with the electrobinoculars.

Other Collectibles / Re: Blue Clone BUST
« on: August 17, 2003, 11:03 AM »
Okay, speaking as someone who managed to get a Blue Clone bust at Chcicago, here's my take.  I'm not going to gloat, because it's just not cool.

Was I happy with the way this was handled?  No.  There should've been an even split between San Diego and Chicago, or a bigger production run.  The lottery in Chicago left a lot of people unhappy, including several friends of mine who were also in attendance at the show.  Add on top of that the people who were unable to attend AND wanted this mini-bust, and you've got plenty of people who were unhappy.

If anything, I hope Gentle Giant learned something from this summer's conventions.  I think they learned that there are people out there who want their products.  Also, I think they learned that they need to consider higher production runs.  Next, I think they learned that they need to distribute their convention exclusives in a fair manner.  And, as a final caveat, this summer was the FIRST time that Gentle Giant has offered show exclusives.  So they were learning the process.

Do I like the fact that Gentle Giant was effectively using the summer convention-goers as guinea pigs?  No.  In fact, I think the way they handled things sucks.  Peronally, I wanted to see everyone who wanted this Blue Clone Trooper min-bust be able to get one.  I was happy to win my bust, but I was also lucky.  One guy went so far as to offer the winners of Sunday's lottery $150 for their Blue Clone Trooper bust.  everybody declined.  And all in all, I was still extremely frustrated with the process.  Hopefully Gentle Giant does better the next time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Power Outage
« on: August 17, 2003, 10:48 AM »
I remember hearing this on the Evil Radio while I was out on whatever day it happened.

The FIRST thing they said was that it wasn't a terrorist act. IMO, they're giving those f***tards way too much credit. They'd sooner kill people than inconvenience them, the bastards.

Well, in this day and age of technology, a power outage can be a SERIOUS inconvenience across the board.  It affects the water supply, all the electrical devices in your own home, as well as ATM's (how many people depend on ATM's for their cash?), stores, phone systems (how many people here don't even own an analog phone anymore?), banks, businesses in general, etc.  So, don't discount the IDEA of attacking the power supply as a terrorist act until you see how far reaching the effects can be.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Power Outage
« on: August 15, 2003, 05:33 PM »
Well, the power outage has been interesting, to say the least, here in the NYC area.  And it seems that people have been handling it in stride.  No reports of any appreciable violence or looting.  More often than not, stories of people helping one another out.

As for all the people on the roadways, they were all just walking home to the outer boroughs.  Some across the Brooklyn Bridge, others across the Manhattan bridge, and so on.  The only people who appeared to be in any peril were those on the upper floors of high-rise buildings (it's a long walk down), those on the subways, or people in elevators.

The more interesting story seems to be the passing of the buck on who was responsible for the power outage.  WHERE DID THIS START?  And why is the system this vulnerable, and in some cases antiquated?

As for the terrorism word being thrown around...who's to say it wasn't, at least initially?  Did anyone really know?  And after September 11th, which was so terribly unthinkable, who wouldn't jump to that conclusion?  Especially in light of recent threats and warnings.

If anything, there was a positive outcome to this.  It showed that the people of New York can rise to the occassion again.  The people  knew what to do in the event of an emergency, and handled themselves brilliantly.  They helped out their fellow New Yorkers, and stood together in the face of adversity.  Even though it stunk to have the lights and air conditioning out for a little while, it's challenges like these that make me proud to be a New Yorker.

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