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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.

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: August 15, 2003, 11:10 AM »
I've seen the first wave at least a couple of times, so far.  And I've passed on them at each opportunity.  Perhaps I'm a little burnt out from the Chicago show?  Anyway, if I see the Warg and Sharku, that will probably be my first ROTK purchase.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: August 15, 2003, 11:09 AM »
Oh and Julius Marx is reporting that Wave 7 of the Spidey Classics is out now (Green Goblin, Peter Parker and more ;))

I've spotted wave 6, but no sign of the new Daredevil or Kraven yet.  Anyone else get these, and if so, what do you think?

Considering that I only collect bounty hunters, Sith, Jedi and droids in the 12" line, I would opt for:

Kit Fisto
Saesee Tiin
Plo Koon (at retail!)
Eeth Koth
Shaak Ti
Assajj Ventress

I THINK I saw it this past weekend at Wizard World.  It looked nice, but the pieces from the assortment that I'm really interested in are the Luke (gone one!) and Yoda.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jabba Throne .....An Excellent Idea HASBRO!!!!!
« on: August 15, 2003, 10:55 AM »
Cool idea.  But it's DAIS, no DIAS.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Who's Left From Hoth?
« on: August 12, 2003, 11:17 PM »
My personal list?

-Major Derlin
-Zev Senesca
-Wedge Antilles-Snowspeeder Pilot
-Wes Janson
-General Veers with removable armor, helmet, hat & mini holographic Vader
-Snowtrooper w/ softgoods skirt, no rank insignia
-Luke Skywalker-Snowspeeder Pilot w/ removable helmet, lightsaber, blaster & holster, grappling line, and mine

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Check Hasbro NOW
« on: August 12, 2003, 07:44 PM »
I did round the numbers, since it was some odd multiple of twelve (12 figures per case).  But the basic numbers were roughly 200K Collection 1, and 100K Collection 2.  I saw it in the computer.  It's the ratio of Collection 1 to Collection 2 that's more relevant.

As for the year end inventory, it was from a high-sales TRU.  In fact, the store was in the top 7 in sales in the northeast.  And with greater sales, it's easier to see trends develop.

I can't cite individual sales numbers for specific figures since TRU's records are based more on a Collection  SKN # than figure by figure.  However, there are still 2002 figures that would be considered army builders that still linger on the pegs.  

The situation regarding army builders is something that's got to be taken on a case by case basis, rather than categorically.  Some army builders sell very well.  Others do not.  Blanket statements as well as blanket concepts don't always apply well in every circumstance.

Hasbro designs the line in part to appeal to collectors, in part to appeal to casual buyers, and it's all to make money.  They're trying to sell toys, bottom line, at the lowest cost that they can, so that they can make as big a profit as possible.  With that very simple axiom in mind, it's easy to understand why certain decisions get made with the line, and why not every single piece is a work of art.

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