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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 25, 2005, 12:40 AM »
Man, Chewbacca had a whole other hairstyle when he was all dolled up with cains in JP, so I'm hping he at least sports the ROTJ headsculpt.  Why not just slap a dog collar accessory on the VOTC Chewie, ya know?

Oh well, if the accessory is, at least, removable itself...  That'd be cool.  I will just give it ot my VOTC Chewbacca.

I hope Barada's sorta new...   :-\

You make great detailed points Brent, so I agree wholeheartedly for the most part.  You take Hasbro's comments into detail...  I think the variable that's missing is the unknown case-ration factor, but that's up in the air totally.

I agree though, when you see a Clone (any clone) packed evenly with a Padme Pregnant figure, it becomes odd....   Or a Mon MOthma, or Bail Organa....  It does throw off their credibility for any argument they have legitimately made to this date.

I popped out tonight to catch a Wrestling PPV with my buds and stopped off at retail stores on the way.  So far, my area is no better off than it was about a half a month ago.  :(  I'm bummed...  Part of me is happy they at least didn't over-estimate demand this time, but it's really dismal out there.  It definitely isn't fun to be wasting gas for nothing right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 24, 2005, 02:50 AM »

I'm sorry, but I had to get some sweet bulbous bodacious booty back to the bottom.

I want to wear that like a hat.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 24, 2005, 02:39 AM »
Anton, I think the TE Tank Gunner's what we're getting at this point...  So late in the game, the items displayed looked like production stuff to me, but they could surprise us.

I too am a bit disappointed at the TE Gunner being included, should that be the case, as he's not the best sculpt overall.  The legs are his only benefit while the rest of the figure's a bit unposeable.  I look at the sets more for the Sandtrooper at this point, and the Clones are just gravy.  I'd have rather gotten a SA Clone with a removable helmet than the TE Gunner, I agree...  I think we're getting TE Gunners though unfortunately.

Power of the Jedi / Re: Rare? Medium Rare? Medium?
« on: July 24, 2005, 02:28 AM »
Good older topic...

POTJ was weird for me.  It was one of the only collections of SW figures in the modern line that I can attest that I saw each wave at least twice.  The irony of all ironies was that K-Mart of all places was THE place to go (besides price varying from basic retail to $2 more). 

I'd say most found the latter waves the harder to find...  The waves that included the Imperial astromech (R2-Q5 I believe) onward were hit & miss with retailers.  I know TRU got tons of late-wave POTJ in, but depending on the wave they would sell out really fast too.  Also the regional distribution was all over the place once more.  In PIttsburgh the Imp. Officer/Fleet Trooper/FX-7 wave was shipping in droves.  Good for me since I wanted Imperial Officers in droves too.

Just a state over though, they got the wave with Eeth Koth in droves.  Weird, as while he shipped here, we didn't really have Eeth Koth become a pegwarmer like he was across the border.

POTJ's deathnail was the over-ordering retail did at the start of the X-Mas season.  Around September the Ketwol/Duros wave hit and boy did it linger.  Still see remnant Duros and Ketwols at many TRU's, KB's, KM's, etc...  I've even heard of them at WM stores.  Crazy.

Han Solo (Bespin Capture)
Sabe' (Queen's Decoy)
Ketwol (Card Damage)
Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy/Black Travel Gown)
Rebel Fleet Troop (Tantive IV Defender) x3
Imperial Biker Scout (Clean Variation)

(Scout I'm only trading for a "biggie" I need however)

I can help with any of the others though if you're interested.

Modern Trading / Re: Wanted: Elusive CW kneeling clone trooper
« on: July 24, 2005, 02:20 AM »
Darth Slothus, I moved ya over here to the trades area.  You should find some better luck looking for the kneeling Clone (I assume you are looking for the 3-pack guy).  I may have an extra one laying around somewhere so if I do I'll post back.

ROTS popularity...  I attribute it to that anyway.  Couple that with kids being tech savvy, finding out about these items they missed prior to their "interest", and I think they're more in-demand.

My gf's kids were just looking up stuff the other day on Ebay...  I didn't even realize they knew about Ebay.  They were looking up Legos and all kinds of random things and were looking for SW stuff.  I was impressed.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: July 23, 2005, 06:32 AM »
Yay us, we got the #1 draft...  Uh, yay.

No huge word on picks in the city yet other than that Crosby kid.  Pittsburgh's still reeling from no hockey for a year.  It hurt here, but the buzz is coming back around.

Doesn't hurt that the Pirates are back to licking fermunda cheese either...  It gives every PIttsburgher that, "When are the REAL sports coming back?" feeling...

It's hysterical when the countdown to spring training overtakes the importance of baseball news.  I mean, they flash that Steelers graphic every few seconds.  ;D  Gotta love this town.

Other Collectibles / Re: Lava Lamps
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:34 AM »
That MIGHT be it Dale, however I thought there were other colors with other motif's...  Like a green Yoda one maybe.  I dunno.

Where would one buy that?   ??? doesn't seem to have it...

Other Collectibles / SW Lamps of All Kinds
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:23 AM »
I did a search, didn't find it, so I'm asking...  Does anyone know where to get the ROTS lava lamps?  Are they even still for sale, or have they even been released?

One of the few oddball things I"m wanting to own are these.  Loves me some Lava Lamps.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:20 AM »
I leave you guys for a night and all hell breaks loose.  I'm the glue baby!

Anyway, I think Gatillo's post was partly mis-understanding...  Obviously this isn't anything Jared had any control over, nor is it even remotely his responsibility anyway.  The guy snuck it away right out from under everyone's nose at the show...  The Hasbro guy I feel bad for because I can tell you that I've been in a similar place to him where something I was responsible for was stolen right from under my nose in a hectic/busy climate/situation.  I sorta have sympathy on the dude.

I think Jared's beef on the "conspiracy theories" was just venting the fact that this story has been covered...  Hasbro's said "this was our only painted sample", so there's not a whole lotta reason to disbelieve that...  Whether that's good thinking on their part remains to be seen. 

Like I said, 21st Century Toys had their only 100% hand-made  prototype of the Japanese Zero on hand to display it.  Comic-Con's a big show, so showing off your stuff is important...  It's become almost bigger than Toy Fair really.  And I guarantee that Zero is a lot more complex to replace than Hasbro's figure, so I wholely believe Hasbro brought their only copy...  I'd suggest making a back-up before you head to your show next time though, since it's just a paint sample.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 23, 2005, 04:11 AM »
Ya know, I noticed that too DSM, and I just picked up the Vis. Dictionary tonight for E3 and man that gun Hasbro has been using isn't too swift.  I'm ok with it, it's miles superior to POTF2 styled sculpts, but that Evolutions DC-15 looks to be a 100% resculpt of that gun and a HELL of a lot better/accurate than what we've had.

I almost wish I didn't know that, haha.  It'll bug me now.


Yeah, that's what I was saying, but I agree it's partly not a good idea...  And (hah, who'd have thought this would happen) to Hasbro's defense somewhat, they ARE adamantly saying they're trying to meet the HUGE outcry for Clone figures...

TE Gunners mixing into new cases (3 per case I think?), the 501st battlepack, 501st SA figure, etc., etc...  Plus the Hasbro chap made a point in Mike's interview to say "plus we're also trying to put out White Clones since people want white ones too" (or whatever he said)...

I can see it.  Like you said, it does make sense, but I agree that they're maybe over-compensating perhaps.  I dunno if new molds is the answer or not.  If production abilities are that low, maybe that's what the situation warrants.  I mean, once you get to a certain point with any item you create and put into production, if you sell enough of it you eventually weed its costs down to the minimal costs of production and the margin of profit on your product only grows to your advantage... 

I'm 100% certain the Clone figures are items like this.  The same happens for other toy lines.  For instance, 21st Century Toys produces its 1:18 airplanes based on popularity of the plane in our culture, overall size, and how much it can be repainted and put back out.  The plane has to be able to be repainted to "pay for itself" basically...  You can only sell so many of a D-Day Spitfire, but you can repaint it and sell it again as a Czech Spitfire, a lend-loan spitfire, a Battle of Britain spitfire, a Pacific Spitfire, etc., etc., etc...

Eventually, the start-up costs are widdled down to nothing, or where you wanted them anyway, and you only have small costs to manufacture the item being a factor...

Clones (and many figures in the line) work similarly.  Clones are the best example though, because you release them as white only and I bet they pay for themselves several times over...  You release repaints and you're looking at an almost pure profit item.

The question I thought had the biggest bull**** answer to it in the Q&A, and the one that irked me, was "we're afraid of solid cases of Clones".  Solid cases of figures are a gamble, but for them to not "get" that solid Clone cases would sell is just stupid... 

To Hasbro's defense on that issue, don't put out a solid case, but pack it pretty damn close...  Or how about 3 TE Gunners, 3 501st, 3 Shocktroopers, and a mix of Commanders (1 bacara, 1 green, 1 red).

It's not a solid case of any one figure, but it'd fill a void, it'd make people happy about this "Solid Clone Case" issue they're so reluctant to do, and everyone would win.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Happy for the "Slow Down"?
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:52 AM »
I was at WM just last night to get some junk for the house, and they had a dozen pegs for SW figures with only 3 Red robed Palpatine figures.


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Eopie - ROTS style
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:49 AM »
That would've made a great TRU set, actually, Dr. Padawan...  I'd have been happy to buy that, even with the Maul and Anakin.

The droids, tools, the Eopie...  That'd have made for a nice set for collectors and kids I think, for the first encounter with Maul.  It at least would've sold a little while for the people sans Eopie set and Bonus pit droids... 

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