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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: RED ARC Trooper?
« on: November 1, 2003, 10:08 AM »
I heard from Hasbro's media relations department that it is in fact the real deal.  I posted a story about it last night on

Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: October 31, 2003, 01:03 PM »
Stan, just wondering how certain you are about this.  After all, there is the  game for Nintendo's Game Cube called Rogue Leader.  Just wondering if there might've been a mix-up.  I've been checking on this and my sources haven't delivered yet.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Batter up! The JD Baseball Thread...
« on: October 30, 2003, 11:01 AM »
No way would the Yankees pick up Manny Ramirez.  His numbers don't equal that kind of money.  Especially after the incidents of game 3.  And the "sickness" issue.  I only see the Dodgers or Mets being interested in him.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: COULD THIS BE 2004 LINE UP!!!!!
« on: October 29, 2003, 09:39 AM »
Bespin Gown Leia
Cloud Car Pilot
CD Rom Bespin Vader

I think these are the most likely of the bunch for a Bespin wave.  Hasbro has stated that the themed waves would include approximately 4 figures, and that's 4 right there.

A Bespin wave certainly wouldn't seem out of place.  Most of the themed waves for 2004 are slated to be from the original trilogy.  Thus far with only five waves officially announced, I think a Bespin wave is very likely.

As for the Star Destroyer wave, it's entirely possible that Dengar isn't the only Bounty Hunter in the wave.  4-LOM has been silently calling for a resculpt.  That POTF2 figure dates back to aroun1997, I believe.  I also recall seeing a rumor of a resculpted Imperial Naval Trooper.

All I can say beyond this is wait.  We'll probably find out more beyond wave 5 from Toy Fair in February.

Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: October 29, 2003, 07:14 AM »
Well, it's really ancient history, but they were $1.97 each.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 05:59 PM »
Not only that, but the Han Solo is considered one of the best.  A lot of people love that Vader.  The R2-D2 with holo Leia was one of the hottest figures ever AND was one of the first really good astromech sculpts.  Admiral Motti is still a great find anywhere, as is the hooded Leia.  Add in one of the best Stormtroopers ever, and this is indeed one of the best SW basic figure lines ever.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 02:03 PM »
One more thing, the CommTech series of figures, in my opinion, are where Hasbro really turned a corner in their sculpting, painting, articulation and deco for the SW line.  I almost consider this as the grandfather of Power Of The Jedi, since they were good, realistic sculpts that were designed to appeal to the collectors.  This part of POTF2 was one of my favorite series made by Hasbro.

Episode 1 / Re: Queen Amidala Battle with Ascension Gun
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:34 AM »
They had a EP1 baragin bin?  When?

Towards the end of the EPISODE I line, there were a series of clearances.  Most notably with Toys R Us.  I managed to get several Naboo Royal Guards, Holo Darth Sidious, and corrected Yoda's all in the clearance bins.

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Value packs
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:31 AM »
Drat and double drat!  I was working on my Clone Army diorama, and was articulating the Clone Commander from the value pack.  I'm trying to pose him so that he can hold the binoculars that come with the 4th pose Clone Trooper from the green Clone Trooper army builder set.

Anyway, as I'm posing this yellow Clone, his left arm comes off!  Just totally breaks right at the joint.

Well, since then, I've contacted Hasbro customer service, and I've got to say that they've been very responsive.  They responded to my inquiry with 12 - 16 hours.  And, they're prepared to replace the item for me.  They're even sending me the mailing materials so that I can return the item, and they'll send me a new one or an item of equal or greater value.  Not bad service, IMO.

But, back to the joints of the value pack Clone Troopers...has anyone else noticed that they're somewhat stiff?  These Clone Troopers don't seem nearly as flexible or articulate as the sculpt they were patterned on, the red Clone Trooper from the SAGA line.

Other Collectibles / Re: Autographes
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:25 AM »
Next up on my list of figures to get autographed:  Lama Su with Clone Youth, to be signed by Daniel Logan this coming weekend.  Woohoo!

Power of the Force 2 / Re: COMMTech Question
« on: October 28, 2003, 06:22 AM »
The POTF2 series that came out just before the release of EPISODE I was the Flashback series.  This consisted of Luke Skywalker with floppy hat, R2-D2 with launching saber, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbaca-Hoth, Princess Leia-Ceremonial Gown, C-3PO from the Jundland Wastes, Aunt Beru, and Anakin Skywalker.  You'll recall that these had the flashback cards that showed the characters as they would appear in the prequels, or it would picture a predecessor.

The POTF2 CommTech series was the next POTF2 line, and it coincided with the release of the EPISODE I line.  If my memory serves me right, the first CommTech wave, with Han, Luke, Greedo and the Jawa with Power Droid came out a few months after EPISODE I launched.  I think all in all there were about 3 waves of POTF2 CommTech figures.

I guess it can be kind of confusing since the EPISODE I line was so big, and the POTF2 Commtech line seemed almost like an afterthought.  Anyhow, the chips made for good stands, and some of them sounded decent, but most didn't.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Cory!
« on: October 23, 2003, 02:54 PM »
Happy Birthday!  Maybe the Bucs will win one for you on Sunday!

Other Toy Lines / Re: "Bigfoot" captured in PA!
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:24 AM »
A source of mine at TRU corporate informs me that prices have increased on some items in the boys toys section because of losses on some lines, and overstock situations on others.  They're just trying to make some of their money back by increasing prices on some of the items that sell well.

I saw these at the TRU in Times Square, and was also taken aback by the price.  Especially considering the scale.  I've also seen this line at Tower Records.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:21 AM »

The basic rule of thumb with Sports Picks is this:  If the figure does not match the image on the packaging, most likely it is a variant.  However, there's usually one figure out of a series that will be pictured in the wrong uniform on the package.

There have been several figures to have this happen.  The most recent is Gannon.  He's pictured in the white Raiders jersey on the package, however the standard version ships in Raider black.  The variant is actually a "Retro" version Gannon in a Kansas City Chiefs uniform.  A white jerseyed Raiders Gannon is now showing up in stores in an NFL 2-pack with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks.

Other notable figures that have not matched their packaged image include Joe Thornton of the Boston Bruins, and Dominic Hasek of the Detroit Red Wings.

So, the next rule of thumb is this:  if you see multiples of a given  figure and they don't match the package, most likely it's a case of "scalper baiting", as many have come to call it.

The new figures that are termed as "Retro's", and don't have an image of the figure on the package are the ones to keep your eyes out for as well.  These will have the player's name and the team logo, and no image of the figure.

It's tough to keep up with everything that's going on with Sports Picks.  If you're really interested in collecting them, be sure to frequent the boards at

Other Toy Lines / Re: Bullet Dodging Neo
« on: October 23, 2003, 07:08 AM »
Are you talking about the one from N2 toys?  I believe this might have been an Action Figure Express exclusive.  I believe they may still have them.

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