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Saga '02-'04 / Re: What's up with availability
« on: May 12, 2003, 04:23 PM »
I've already gone the way of online.  Being in Canada, it sucks even worse.  Prior to about a month ago, the last new figures we saw were Palpatine and Djas Puhr, shortly after Christmas.  Then, out of six walmarts in our fair city, two cases of the pilot wave showed up.  In April, one case showed up that contained the newer Maul (1st saga version) and anakin tatooine attack.  Wow.  But that's it.  

I have no idea how distribution works in the US, but I can tell you Canadian retailers are pretty much hooped by the system.  In spite of different waves/assortments being available, when a Canadian retailer orders a new shipment of Star Wars action figures, they are sent, by Hasbro Canada, whatever is next in the warehouse to go.  If that happens to be the same wave over and over again, that's what they get.  

During POTJ we repeatedly received case after case that contained Leia, Chewie mechanic and Aurra Sing.  Aurra's cool and all, but not when there are 30 on the pegs beside 60 Leia and 20 chewie's.  During Saga, stores continually restocked with the wave containing Mace Windu, Bespin Luke, Bespin Vader and Orn Taa Free.  That was better than the POTJ stuff because it at least sold, but sheesh.  5 months of the same stuff showing up.  Collectors weren't happy.  Kids probably weren't happy and retailers really weren't happy.  The worst part is it gives retailers the impression the stuff doesn't sell.  And they are right.  I myself must have bought about 8 of the Bespin Vader.  A couple for trades.  One carded, one loose.  A couple more to put away for future trades.  Oy.  

In Canada at least Hasbro must bear the brunt of the responsibility.  I have no idea if it works the same way in the US.  It may well, but given what Newforce seems able to do, maybe not.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs
« on: May 12, 2003, 03:53 PM »
Yeah, I misinterpreted what Chris said.  Ooops, my bad.  

I just think the league in general sucks for how it has moved away from the rules.  Sometime between now and the last Laker dynasty it went from basketball to entertainment.  

I agree Shaq takes a pounding.  He shouldn't.  He also gives a pounding, both on D and when going for an offensive rebound.  But that's the whole point, the league let's it go (encourages it?) so this is where you end up.  Entertainment, not basketball and the subsequent crappy fights that so detract from the game.  Let them play and play by the rules.  Shaq will adapt, they all will.  I think the game would be faster, cleaner and certainly more enjoyable.  Remember the Lakers-Celtics of the 80's?  Of course you do.  More entertaining than it has been in the last 10 years and I'd be willing to bet ratings were higher too, relative to the number of TV's available.  

Shaq is a good player and it was a treat to see him hit free throws.  Funny how games are won like that, ain't it?  Pity he never did it prior to coming to the Lakers, else he would have had two  more rings.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: What's up with availability
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:46 PM »
I like Scott's point regarding competition.  Spidey, LOTR, Marvel Legends have probably all captured their share of the attention, notably LOTR.  Too few dollars for too many lines.  Of course, this really shouldn't bother retailers.  

Non-movie year?  Well sure, but isn't it a non movie year for Spidey too?  Sure, he has universal appeal, but that much more than a Darth Vader?  I suppose, but I cannot get over the sheer amount of spiderman stuff out there.  And where I am, lots of it is just sitting on the pegs.  I think the spidey folks are suffering from Hasbro-itis - crappy case assortments.  Never find a Hobgoblin, but about 8 billion spideys with that guy webbed to the lamp post (looks like crap, IMO).  

A theory from a guy on another board (Canuckian) is that this is comparable to the slowdown post Episode I.  Product will be hard to find because production has been ramped down considerably owing largely to a change in cardbacks to the Clone Wars line.  Think R2-B1, holo Sidious, TC-14.  Sales poor, glut of older, undesirable product (Tusken with child, Jar Jar).  Almost makes sense.  There may even be hope as POTJ (outside of the hideous continuous shipping of Leia, Chewie and Aurra that Canadians saw) had good case mixes and distribution.  Maybe the same will happen for Clone Wars (quality wise as well).  

I don't think the war had squat to do with it.  China could care less (where product was made) and shipping goes nowhere near the middle east.  The war was of short duration so there is no reason for a slow down.  Besides, the drought started before the war began for many of us.  

Same goes for SARS.  I really don't expect much of an impact.  Maybe someone from Toronto would like to comment but relative to what the media told you, for most places the impact was rather minor.  Toronto being the example.  Certainly China had a much larger number of cases, but I have never seen a reputable report that it ever impacted Hasbro's operations.  People still go to work regardless.  

I never thought of Easter as a hot toy season at all.  Up North (eh?) once March rolls around, swimsuits and swimming toys dominate and the remainder of the toy section is largely ignored, as well as downsized.  The local Zellers cuts its toy aisle space in half.  Most is taken up by "girls toys" and infant toys - non-seasonal type stuff.  "Boys toys" tend to get downsized in favor of sporting equipment.  Please excuse the gender stereotyping.  But I believe stores still do it.  

End of card + slow season + increased demand = poor distribution?  

Just my WAG.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs
« on: May 12, 2003, 12:28 PM »
I'm not sure I would call yesterday's game dominating.  I'm marginally inclined to call it influence peddling by the NBA though.  

Matt's comments regarding the first game's officiating could be more than easily duplicated and reversed here.  Just how many fouls is Shaq allowed without being called on?  Pushing off to get a board used to be a foul, but apparently no more.  But I guess the NBA is about entertainment now more so than about the sport.  How else do you explain allowing Nicholson onto the floor to berate the ref (after a Shaq foul no less) and then let him stay in the Arena?  Sorry, but if that had been in a hockey game his a$$ would have been out.  

See Matt, I told you the refs would reverse it

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I'm going to try real hard here to bite my tongue and not point out the 35-12 free throw disparity between the two teams (you can figure out who it favors, I'm sure  ).  Duncan shot more free throws than the entire Laker team.  Say what?!  Shaq only got fouled 3 times the whole game?  Yeah, right.  Kobe got fouled ONE TIME, in 39 freaking shot attempts?!?  Are you kidding me?  If this was a blowout, the disgustingly lopsided (and totally bogus) foul calls (or lack thereof) wouldn't be such a big factor.  Just total BS if you ask me.  Looked like the 4th quarter of that Sacto game last year where the Lakers got every call.  Whatever...

This is what Matt said, to which I replied:

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Do you think the NBA really actually calls all the fouls?  Ever?  In any game?  Remember, I'm old enough to recall when basketball was a non-contact sport.  It looks more and more like a rugby scrum all the time.  

By the same token, 3 in the key; travel ball?  This is why I prefer college, they actually play by the rules of a game called basketball, rather than an entertainment program known as the NBA.  

Don't worry though, the calls will be reversed when the series shifts out west.

I rest my case.  Even if this was the Celtics, I'd be appalled.  It's just a wee tad to blatant, IMNSHO.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's Up For A Chat?
« on: May 11, 2003, 10:12 PM »
I apologize Chris.  Normally, I either go with my usual username or the replacement name from the space where "I'm a llama" used to be.  Just being goofy last night since everyone else in there was too.

Sincerely,
Peg

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Other Collectibles / Re: Petition for an Unleashed Ewok (or 2)
« on: May 11, 2003, 10:09 PM »
Oh, have them, I do.  I just don't like them and think they were a down side to ROTJ.  Unlikely, unwanted, un-Star Wars.  Definitely not Unleashed though ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's Up For A Chat?
« on: May 11, 2003, 12:05 AM »
still there, may be a temporary hiatus

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: So, who plays an instrument here?
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:45 PM »
I have a tin ear, I just haven't learned how to play it yet ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:42 PM »
Damn, nice collection Chris.  

Not too sure about that cow Fettish your wife has going there though.  If she ever signs on, I fear her username ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Best CD's of the 90's
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:38 PM »
 :o

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The frustrations of home buying...
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:37 PM »
I've got some old Tyco stuff I'd be willing to trade.  Not sure of the gauge or any details, but drop me a line, I'm not at all attached to it anymore.  Good memories but not about to start up again.

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Feedback / Re: OCB's Trading Feedback
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:34 PM »
One classy guy.  Very helpful to me and very patient as well.  The other half of the MInnesota connection.  Thanks Scott.

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Feedback / Re: chuckles' Trading Feedback
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:33 PM »
I trade with Jim so darn often, I can't even remember leaving feedback.  I might well owe him more, so this is a good place for it.  

First class trader, great packer and the other half of my Minnesota connection that keeps me sane (I know, debatable).

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Welcome to the New Clone Wars Forums!
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:29 PM »
I just cannot wait for these figures to come out.  Too bad they'll never make it into any stores around where I live.

Jeez, that makes you sound like a Canuck.  Where else is distribution that bad?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Boba Fett Unleashed, Confirmed!
« on: May 10, 2003, 10:26 PM »
Heh.  Heh heh.  

I like Fett and all but geez, hard luck character.  Cool in ESB but loser in ROTJ.  

He's goin' down baby! ;D

Nice job though, a great addition to a great line.

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