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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Saddam's Two Sons Killed in U.S. Raid
« on: July 23, 2003, 02:29 PM »
PLEASE!  Make this thread stop before it gets ugly, like over at that other place!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Ships at TRU
« on: July 22, 2003, 11:24 PM »
I've only seen the blue Jedi Starfighter and AAT so far.  They ship in the same case, 3 of each per case.

I think Anakin's starfighter is in a later case assortment, along with the Geonosian fighter and Hailfire droid.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: KB Tie Fighter is Shipping
« on: July 22, 2003, 11:21 PM »
I was thinking about ordering one, but I'll just wait for it to show up in the store.  I'll save on the shipping for one, and no annoying stickers on the boxes window panels, either.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 22, 2003, 11:18 PM »
Drat on that, eh Morg?

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 22, 2003, 02:18 PM »
Okay, Sports Picks fans...

I'm gonna be heading to the National Show in Atlantic City on Thursday.  I'm gonna be picking up the maximum number of Sports Picks Exclusive sets allowed, 4.  I'm keeping two for myself.  I'm happy to trade off the other to sets for items on my Sports Picks wants list.  Here's that list:

McFarlane's Sports Picks
MLB6 Alex Rodriguez in Mariner's uniform
Super Bowl Junior Seau
Super Bowl LaDainian Tomlinson
Michael Vick-black jersey
Brian Urlacher-NFL 2
Roger Clemens-Red Sox Uniform
Jason Giambi-A's Uniform
Curt Schilling-Phillie's uniform
Barry Bonds-Pirate's Uniform
Gregg Maddux-Cub's uniform

IM me if you guys are interested.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Scale Figures: How Important is it to You?
« on: July 22, 2003, 11:07 AM »
I think Hasbro is capable of the kind of quality work that 21st Century does.  BUT, I think their motivations are trying to keep the pricepoint low, as well as their costs.  Remember, the Star Wars license did not come cheap for Hasbro.  Lucas got 10% of the company as part of the agreement.

As for the Gunship going on clearance, it's not happening everywhere.  Plus, it had much higher production runs than most 21st Century vehicles.  In that regard, I think that kind of comparison is wrong.  Especially when I still see plenty of Corsairs, Lightnings and Stukas still sitting on shelves.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: July 22, 2003, 10:27 AM »
I saw Frodo, Sam and Eomer this morning.  I passed.  I needed to keep the cash in reserve for some Sports Picks at the Atlantic City show this week.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Another Jedi Youngling 2-pk
« on: July 21, 2003, 11:29 PM »
I'll third the Jocosta/Youngling pack, wasn't the Padawan with Jocasta in the library George's son???

No, it wasn't.  That young human is the son of one of the other "big wigs."  I can't remember exactly which one, but if you watch the documentary throughout the movie it's specified as to who's son he belongs to.  It's definitely not George's son though.

Liam, the human Jedi padawan in the lightsaber training scene is NOT Jet Lucas.  The padawan who Jocasta Nu walks toward in the Jedi Archives IS Jet Lucas.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: July 21, 2003, 05:28 PM »
Yay!  At least we get a maskless Wolverine out of the box set!

The whole lineup rings very similarly to all of the candidates we saw in Fan's Choice Poll #4.  The only figure from that ballot we haven't seen is the Rebel in Scout Trooper dsiguise.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Scoop JediMAC at Comic Con...Hasbro Q&A
« on: July 20, 2003, 06:30 PM »
Actually, I think WalMart's case with exclusives was a mixed bag.  Just think about what they got in the past year or so...

-POTJ TIE Bomber & Snowspeeder
-SAGA TIE Bomber
-SAGA 12" Luke w/ Yoda
-SAGA Cantina Scenes
-C-3PO & R2-D2 Holiday 2-Pack
-2 x Trash Compactor Screen Scenes

The only ones I saw sit at all for any ammount of time were the Cantina Sets.  The SAGA TIE Bombers only stuck around for a little while in some places.  Same with the 12" Luke.  I didn't see clearance prices on much of any of this stuff.

I think WalMart's new position is more attributable to the SAGA line not selling as well as they would've liked during the movie year.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Scale Figures: How Important is it to You?
« on: July 20, 2003, 05:52 PM »
This image shows that Toy Biz is starting to take scale more seriously:

I think scale is definitely an important issue.  However, it also has the potential to be taken to the extreme.  In the case of Hasbro and it's various vehicles, I understand why they've made compromises on the issue of scale.  The Republic Gunship would've been quite a bit larger, and had a reasonably higher price-point had it been exactly in scale with the 3-3/4" action figure line.  The same goes for the Millenium Falcon (which would probably need a pool table as a landing platform), the AT-AT, and the Imperial Shuttle.  As long as there's demand for these large vehicles, I understand that Hasbro is going to have to compromise between movie accurate scale, and making something that's sellable.  In the case of 21st Century, I've seen several of the Bradley Fighting vehicles, and Sherman Tanks they made for their 12" line.  They sat.  So, if there's a choice between the vehicles not being exactly to scale, and making them scale but not consumer friendly ( and hence, not collector friendly in terms of the longevity of the line), I've got to go with the compromise.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: July 20, 2003, 03:36 PM »
Word is that the first NFL Box Set is starting to show up.  This one has Favre & Urlacher.  Keep your eyes peeled.

It does sound sketchy.  In a lot of cases near me, people cut the cellophane covering the red R2 unit, and took him out.  I'd be surprised if someone actually went to the trouble of buying the Starship, and then switching the R2 units.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: July 20, 2003, 03:32 PM »
The Japanese document that surface the other day had an image of Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and a Clone Trooper in a Clone Wars color scheme.  That's probably one of our single carded Clone Troopers.

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