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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:57 PM »
12 - 16...  For basics anyway.  That's been my experience in case ratios...  The 16 figure cases were in movie years in the past, I never really paid attention to them during the ROTS blitz however.

It's funny how tables can turn, but in my neck of the woods we're starting to see many more Collection 1 figures start to sit from, what I assume, was refresh assortments...  At the same time, Collection 2 Jedi are becoming less and less common here, though I'd say between all the major retailers that all of them can be had (save for Dooku who is just a hot figure still).  Clones, still non-existant on the pegs.  Even the Pilots are dwindling around here...  The Wookiee #2 also.

I'm seeing more Obi's and Ani's though...  No Mace Windu figures however.  He's kinda like Dooku in that he's a hot one since the line's debut.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:53 PM »
There's got to be some who see the irony that I'm somehow now the guy who is arguing FOR Hasbro's articulation.  Took them 10 years to get there with me, but I think they have the best "Super Articulation" in this scale right now.  Figures like VOTC Han are just incredibly close to perfect for my $.02...  And any imperfections that figure does have don't have to do with articulation really (removable vest, non-hovering holster, etc.).

Episode 1 / Re: Wave 2 accessory sets
« on: July 5, 2005, 10:03 PM »
They were avaialbe for retail online at a few places so I nabbed them.

They were vastly superior to their predecessors.  Hasbro proving once again that they can take an idea, completely botch it, then show they can do it right, but then cancel the idea because they simply don't "get it" usually. 

These sets, had they come out first, would've sold well.  The first sets with their lame-ass weapons, lame-ass gear...  They simply sucked.  The only one worth buying was the one that had a figure (the droid) in it.  That was fun to buy up for $.99 on clearance.

Feedback / Re: DoctorPadawan's feedback
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:40 PM »
I've had 2 very helpful transactions with Michael lately.  He's been helping me with some old battledroid wants I had.

Highly recommend dealing with the good doctor.

Thanks man!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:35 PM »
And ROTS Mas Ameda makes for some damn fine "Senator" standard articulation, though I think the odd softgoods guy with longrobes would be nice.  I dunno about you guys but I'd be all for a Red Robed Palpatine w/softgoods robes just so we could have the fightin' Palps in poseable fashion.

Anyway though, I really dislike the waist joints on Hasbro's G.I. Joe line, and I think it's entirely too noticeable for Star Wars...  For Joe's it's cool, it's their "thing", but for Star Wars it would really stick out like a sore thumb, especially against the other nicely sculpted figures.

For instance, the Senators would look a bit awkward when next to them is a figure with the hips and waist of a G.I. Joe figure...  It's something I'm not a huge fan of in customizing even (using select GIJ parts).  To me, SA Clones are damn near perfect.  They're the balance of poseability and aesthetics that the line should be delivering.  GIJ it seems like they don't care much about a balance since thier 3.75" line has had the same articulation, basically, since 1983 when swivel-arms were introduced.  It's more or less uniform for that line.  Star Wars changing to GIJ style articulation would almost be as bad as a scale change to me, as far as the way the line looks all together. (I stress almost)

Right now, I'm cool with the increases in articulation that are well hidden.  There's better balance there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:32 AM »
Radio Shack carries them...  I got mine at an Emergency Services store that supplies uniforms and junk to cops but also has any # of random police/EMT/Firefighter-oriented stuff...  Plus he programmed it for me since finding some codes was a real pain in the ass.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Mozilla Browser
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:28 AM »
*Waits on Jason to arrive*

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Soft Goods Jedi/Sith Cloak packs
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:14 AM »
Ben Franklin's still exist?

Those are LONG gone from my area, though I recall a time when every town had one, even my EBFE town...  They were great places to score G.I. Joes as was G.C. Murphy's $.05 and $.10 stores (also all over the place).

Occupying those old stores are mostly Family Dollars and Big Lots...  Neither of which is worth stopping at 99% of the time.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:29 AM »
I'm riding this one out I figure...  I've had an order in for Evolutions at Amazon now for months.  We'll see how it pans out.  I don't pre-order much at all but I do want to have 3 (at least) guaranteed sets of the Clones/Stormtrooper. 

It's only a pain to keep bumping that outstanding order up every time I have to balance my checkbook.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU 2-pks
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:27 AM »
Hmmm, sounds interesting...  Glad I skipped out on a LOT of stuff yet...  I should be able to pick some stuff up for cheap if this is happening everywhere...  Explains where those big ass bins of random figures went too.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:23 AM »
I'm a huge articulation fan, however I'm a huge G.I. Joe articulation critic...  I think Hasbro's "super articulation" style has proven to be the best overall for a toy line (in this scale at least).  G.I. Joe, as much as I love GIJ's from when I was a kid, are not the most attractive toys...  Hasbro's done really well so I'm not too displeased.

Actually, with ROTS, Hasbro has really done fantastic...  They've only dropped the ball a few random figures as far as I'm concerned...  The latest Wookiee Warrior would be one, and Commander Bacara would be another.  They don't super articulate everyone, and I'd be all for them slapping more articulation on some figures, but they've done a lot of figures justice lately...  Many more "hits" than "misses".  That's a big leap for Hasbro over the last 10 years where misses often outnumbered hits, ESPECIALLY in movie years.  Yikes!

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Whose Side Are You On Anyway?
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:11 AM »
My understanding is pretty much that the Quarren and Mon Calamari are warring with each other: the Mon are on the side of the Rebels/Republic and the Quarren on the side of the Empire/Separatists.

It's incredibly more complex than that I think, especially given what I'm reading in this thread which goes beyond even what I'd originally thought...  Very confusing, but in the end it does make a lot of sense, hashes out some things we see in the film, and ties into the classic trilogy (and the EU around it, should you "believe" that).  Sounds like Mon Calamari was a real cluster-f during the Clone Wars...

Come the time of the Rebellion I like to view the planet as unified, and supportive to the Alliance overall, with maybe just some bad blood between species flaring up now and then.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:01 AM »
Tonight, just fireworks calls here and there...  Meh...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 2, 2005, 05:04 AM »
Well, the cops got the guy's name via the temp tags on the car and traced him to a town near Apollo and on the last road they're pretty sure he was on (this was very fascinating...  The Apollo cop lost the kid but caught some black skidmarks onto a road and it turns out this road goes to the town they've tracked him to...  All very fun to listen to).

So the kid's on the S-List of the police, and it turns out his DOB is *drumroll* today...  hah.

The one cop says, "Well when we catch him we can tell him happy birthday".  Haha...  Yeah!  This is great!

So they're tracking him down, they called some State Troopers in from the county seat to come down and sorta surround him so he can't run again.  Great stuff.

Anyway, a "Neb ****" is a Pittsburgh term...  Means the same as a busy body, or basically someone who sticks their nose into business that isn't theirs....  Thus I'm a "Neb ****" for listening to a police scanner just to hear all the goings on of my area.

Gangs aren't a huge issue in Pittsburgh let alone my area, so stuff out here tends to be more or less minor stuff.  The occassional "big" thing happens though.  This has been a fun night, but I gotta get some sleep here... 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 2, 2005, 03:59 AM »
I highly recommend picking one up...  Mine's always on in the background, and while a lot of nights out here are quiet and mostly just ambulance calls (kinda dull), you get those odd cop calls that just erupt into something you HAVE to listen to.  Definitely need one of these Brad.

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