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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 14, 2004, 11:16 AM »
I've been pretty lucky in Series 4 & 5.  I managed to get 2 of Goliath with the Wasp & Ant Man, and I got 2 of the Red Skull.  

But I definitely agree, these shouldn't have been chase figures.  If they're going to make a new sculpt, make it for general release.  I think the chase figures should be some sort of costume variant for a character, not an entirely new character.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Figures You Have Passed On, Or Will Pass On
« on: April 13, 2004, 10:00 PM »
Since I stopped being a carded completist, I won't be buying any of the reissues aside from army builders.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: April 13, 2004, 09:57 PM »
General Grievous as a Preview Figure?

Not to sure about having core charcters as sneak peek!

Well, Jango Fett was a preview figure.  It's not unprecedented.  I think Grievous will wind up filling a similar role to that of Jango Fett.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bush vs Kerry
« on: April 13, 2004, 09:52 PM »
Well, you won't have to worry about me in this thread.  It was inane, circular political arguments that made me quit patronizing another forum.  And I want no part of this thread either.

Does any one actually give a sh!t that Bonds hit his 660th home run yesterday?  ESPN actually interupted PTI yesterday to show the at bat in which he hit it.   ::)

Some one wake me up when the ass hole passes Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron.  Then I might care.  Might being the key word.

Not really.  I was just out at lunch, and they were talking about this on ESPN Radio.  Dan Patrick was going on and on about how this is such a big deal, and asking why isn't Barry Bonds getting the recognition.  Nobody has hit this many since Hank Aaron passed Willie Mays in 1972.  He was also complaining about the Balco, saying that people should be fair to Bonds until he has been found guilty of something.

For me, it boils down to these points:  

First, it's third place.  Not as big a deal to begin with right there.  If or when he catches Babe Ruth, then I'll take notice.

Second, I think that Willie Mays' overall numbers were more impressive.  He played all of his home games at some of the worst hitters parks in the history of baseball.  The Polo Grounds, Candlestick Park, and even Shea Stadium were all among the worst hitters parks in baseball, and Willie Mays put up impressive numbers in all of them.  He was also a far superior overall player to Barry Bonds.  Has Bonds ever made a play in the field that compares with Mays' over the head basket catch?

Third, there's the whole steroids suspicion.  Has Barry Bonds been found guilty of using steroids?  No.  Do most major league baseball fans think he has?  Yes.  Does the public's opinion of players matter in the grand scheme of things?  Yes.  Barry Bonds on the Pittsburgh Pirates of the early 90's is a very different looking guy to Barry Bonds of 2004.  Anyone with eyes can see that.  Add in the leak of Bonds' name in association with the Balco case, and you just have to play connect the dots.  

On top of all of these things, Bonds' poor relationship with the media has not helped his case.  The writers can be your friend or they can be your enemy.  Anyone who has seen the movie 61* will understand just sports writers are very influential people.  Bonds is completely responsible for his public image by the way he has conducted himself with the press and the public, and this is going to follow him well after his career.  Most people remember just how great a ballplayer Ty Cobb was, but just as many people knew he was possibly a cheater, a dirty player, a racist and an overall rotten human being.  I think the same kind of thing will follow Barry Bonds to the end of his days.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Prequel figures ARE coming!
« on: April 13, 2004, 11:27 AM »
These are just some of the Prequel figures I want...

Basic Figures
-Tey How - Trade Fed. Battleship Pilot
-Daultay Dofine - Trade Fed. Battleship Commander
-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Trade Federation Battleship
-Destroyer Droid - Super Articulate & Transforming
Ultra Figure
-Qui-Gon Jinn cutting through Trade Fed. Battleship Blast door

-Queen Amidala - Celebration
-Qui-Gon Jinn - Theed Generator Duel
-Battle Droid Pilot
-Naboo Security Captain

Basic Figures
-Senator Amidala - Chancellor Palpatine's Office
-Sly Moore
-Dorme - Senator Amidala's Handmaiden
Ultra Figures
-Chancellor Palpatine with chair, desk & holographic Onacanda Farr

-Obi-Wan Kenobi - Jedi Robes
-Anakin Skywalker - Jedi Robes
-Madame Jocasta Nu
-Pablo Jil - Jedi Knight

Basic Figures
-Jango Fett - Tipoca City Apartment
-Clone Trooper - Tipoca City Mess Hall (red tunic)
-Kaminoan Cloner
-Super Articulate Clone Trooper Sergeant (green markings)
Ultra Figure
-2 Clone Youths with learning stations

Basic Figures
-Agen Kolar - Jedi Master
-Padme Amidala - Battle of Geonosis (super articulate)
-Anakin Skywalker - Battle of Geonosis (super articulate)
-Bultar Swan - Jedi Knight
-Joclad Danva - Jedi Knight
Ultra Figures
-Geonosian with Sonic Cannon

Other Toy Lines / Re: 2004: What Are You Collecting?
« on: April 13, 2004, 11:13 AM »

STAR WARS:  I'm a completist on the 3.75" line, as well as an army builder.  I also buy the complete Unleashed line, and the 12" line selectively.

LORD OF THE RINGS:  I'm almost a completist on this line.  I've been selective about some pieces

McFARLANE'S SPORTS PICKS:  I'm a completist on the NFL line, and I buy the MLB and NHL lines selectively.

MARVEL LEGENDS:  I'm a loose completist on this line.  I don't buy the comic variations.

HULK: Series 2 has definitely caught my eye, while Series 1 was kind of blech.

ROBOTECH:  I've mainly been buying Toynami's superposable series of Veritechs and the Masterpiece Editions.  The Masterpiece Edition Veritechs are great, but at at least $60 a pop, they're pretty pricey.

I actually collect bass guitars.  I play all of the ones I own, and I have about 10 basses right now.  I'm looking into another couple of pieces this year.  I'm very much interested in buying a '60's vintage instrument, however the one's I'm looking for are in the $3K region.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 6, 2004, 10:43 AM »
I haven't heard anything specifically about a Jordan figure.  However, the party line from McFarlane about a lot of retired superstar players has been something like this:  It's a licensing issue, and each license needs to be individually negotiated on a player by player basis.  Some players will want more money than others, and some will want so much money that it would make the licensing prohibitively expensive.

I believe this to be the case with Jordan, and it may be a problem with other superstar athletes down the line.  So, if you don't wind up getting a Joe Montana or John Elway or Cal Ripken Jr, it could be all about the individual player or their representation being too greedy.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 5, 2004, 08:14 PM »
It's certainly likely that McFarlane would pursue a Legends line for the NFL portion of the Sports Picks line.  The NFL line is by far the most successful of the SP lines.  I think a Legends series would be equally successful.  I would expect them to launch something like that at an event like the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Right now, the only things that we've seen in terms of committments to retired players from McFarlane is the following:

-The Cooperstown Series for MLB
-Wayne Gretzky for the NHL line
-A poll at the Spawn forums for NBA legends players

I can't recall seeing anything to this effect for the NFL, but I think it's a given that McFarlane would try to follow up the success of the NFL line with a Legends line.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: April 5, 2004, 05:35 PM »
I've known about the Gretzky figure for some time.  And I've got to say I'm pleasantly surprised to see that they're going to make him in the uniforms of all 4 of the NHL team's he's played for.  This is definitely good news for the hockey line.

As for the speculation about a Hockey Legends line, I think the speculation might be right on the money.  Launching a Legends line during the lockout seems like the most logical thing McFarlane can do from a business standpoint.  While the NHLPA is out on the picket lines, McFarlane can still churn out a hockey line composed entirely of NHL Legends and skirt the collective bargaining agreement.  And the consensus seems to be among many in the hockey community that there won't be a 2004-2005 NHL season.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Modern Vintage - Waves 4,5,6?
« on: April 4, 2004, 11:42 PM »
If there were more waves of the "Vintage" OTC line, they would almost certainly be figures that were made the first time around.  I'll limit my choices to them.

-Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot
-Tusken Raider
-Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead from vintage line)

-Han Solo - Bespin
-R2-D2 - Sensorscope
-AT-AT Driver

-Princess Leia Organa - Combat Poncho
-Han Solo - Carbonite Chamber (POTF, technically)
-Emporer's Royal Guard
-The Emporer

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
« on: March 28, 2004, 10:47 PM »
This is the best film I've seen in a while.  It was fascinating to see Jim Carrey in a whole new light.  Kate Winslet had me transfixed, and Charlie Kaufman brought me there into Joel Barish's mind perfectly.  It was tremendous.

I've been calling for this figure for a couple of years now.  It's certainly overdue.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: March 24, 2004, 11:06 AM »
Brent's definitely right about baseball.  The retro pieces have been the only ones that have really held their value.  Most notably Red Sox Clemens.  I had to shell out a pretty penny to get him.  And sure enough, they're doing Astros Clemens now, too.  Maybe we'll get a pinstripe Clemens eventually!

Football is the king of Sports Picks by far.  The football pieces, especially the Super Bowl exclusives and the Series 1 & 2 no helmet pieces fetch the most money.

But by far some of the most expensive hockey pieces?  Try Bruins Ray Bourque, and Mighty Ducks Paul Kariya.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 24, 2004, 10:58 AM »
Surprisingly, I like the second wave of Hulk figures.  I think I'm going to buy them all except for the War Hulk.  I was opposed to the Mecha Hulk until I saw it in person.  Cool figure!

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