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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Post Episode III
« on: June 17, 2003, 11:43 AM »
The license runs through 2018.  So, there's plenty of time for Hasbro to take advantage.  I guess the big question is:  will they?

And with new rumors (I state again RUMORS) of a third trilogy, maybe there's a reason for the extension of that licensing.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: June 17, 2003, 01:02 AM »
Based on the way Roger is still pitching, I'd really like to see him stay in pinstripes for at least a couple more years.  He's still got more tools to work with than most guys in their 20's.

The current flap is this:  Roger is taking his issues with the Hall Of Fame up a notch.  He wants to be inducted as a Yankee, or else.  He says if he doesn't have the classic NY on his hat, he doesn't intend to attend his own induction to the hall.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Army Builder
« on: June 16, 2003, 09:53 PM »
Well, that's the result of Hasbro getting into the act.  Collectors have been army building for years.  They'll get multiples of Stormtroopers, Endor Rebels, etc, to build battle scenes in their dioramas.

Hasbro has started to cater to this type of collector.  The first army builder set consisted of 4 CommTech style Stormtroopers sold through the Fan Club and other online dealers.  It was pretty plain, in a white mailer box, and included the 4 Stormtroopers with weapons.  The same thing is now being done with a modified version of the POTJ Sandtrooper, POTF2 Endor Rebel Soldier, and the POTJ Rebel Trooper-Tantive IV Defender.

With the Clone Wars line, there are a whole new generation of army builder sets that will be available at retail.  They include multiple versions of the Clone Trooper army set (a plain version, and another with ranked Clone Troopers), a Droid Army set, and a Jedi Knight set.  These are relatively inexpensive (about $10/set), and they're relatively unarticulated.  They're also the first army builders to be packaged on a blister card instead of the white mailer box.  These are geared towards the collector who likes to build dioramas, and have a variety of troops to build those scenes.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Varation
« on: June 16, 2003, 01:05 PM »
Hasbro produced 50% of the Endor Rebel as the bearded (Tom Green) figure at first, and these shipped fairly early into the Saga range of figures (I recall spotting them in October I believe it was, but I believe they shipped in September initially?)

The other 50% of the Endor Rebel's production run was this new figure who is clean shaven, and blonde.  I'm not sure when I first saw him off hand now...  I'm thinking prior to X-Mas I saw one maybe.

I'm not quite so sure it was a 50/50 split on these.  Hasbro NEVER releases any kind of production run numbers, so we've got no evidence to go on to make this kind of a determination.  In most KayBee's I've been to, they have the bearded version.  Particularly in the 4-packs.  On other occassions, I see the beardless one.  It's kind of a toss-up.  

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Some Walmarts NOT carrying Star Wars now!
« on: June 16, 2003, 12:59 PM »
The one's outside the city aren't that great.  So, no need to sing the blues, Lando.

the one in Monroe is pretty good, i forget what road its on though.
i want to say 287, but i am unsure.

but hey all wal-marts are about 40-50 minutes away from me... so i know wht its like not having them around.
but as little as i go to them, i'd be pissed if they had no SW items as thats what i'd be going for.

Dimetrodon, I only talk about stuff like that over at the NJSWCC.  You should post there some more.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Favorite Ship
« on: June 15, 2003, 08:25 PM »
For me, I really like the way they packaged the skiff, for one.  It really added to the presentation.  The action levers are pretty good, too.  They actually work.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Count Dooku
« on: June 15, 2003, 08:22 PM »
In some early production photo from AOTC, Count Dooku is pictured with both his red lightsaber, and a green lightsaber.

Episode 1 / Re: What's your favorite vehicle?
« on: June 15, 2003, 12:05 PM »
I kinda like the AAT.  I have the Royal Starship, but I haven't opened it.  I just don't have enough room.

Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: June 15, 2003, 12:04 PM »
I think I paid $12 for this at a show.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: Favorite Ship
« on: June 15, 2003, 11:44 AM »
For me, it's a tie between the Tatooine Skiff and the Y-Wing.  Both are pretty good.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: ...More than they can chew?
« on: June 15, 2003, 09:22 AM »
I think we're only going to see about 40 or so Basic Figures this year.  My list appears to be right around there.  I don't think we're going to break fifty.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: June 14, 2003, 06:51 PM »
DOH!  My kingdom for an A's Giambi!

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: June 14, 2003, 02:40 PM »
Finally made a fairly major score for MLB5.  I've got my Yanks, now.  Only need to find the Soriano without 100th Anniversary patch, and A's Giambi now.

Also, have any of you guys managed to find Jason Kendell yet?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Last CD You Bought
« on: June 14, 2003, 02:38 PM »
I picked up Radiohead's "Hail To The Thief" the other day.  As with the first listen of any Radiohead album, it's a difficult listen.  I think it'll grow on me as I get further into it.

Toy Reviews / Re: Boba Fett The Pit of Carkoon
« on: June 14, 2003, 02:32 PM »
Where this Boba Fett didn't measure up, I think a future single carded release will take up the slack.  This one is one of the last action-feature figures.  I think if we get a new basic Boba Fett in '04 or '05, it's probably going to be a fairly articulate, collector oriented version.

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