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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What figures are hard to find now?
« on: June 14, 2005, 12:09 AM »
They tend to do toy resets periodically.  I'd look for another one before X-Mas actually...  Most stores do resets by season.  Spring, Summer, Fall/Christmas...  I think you'll see at least one more before X-Mas rolls around.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: June 14, 2005, 12:07 AM »
The edited footage is still "film" though...  If it's included in a DVD, one could make that argument that it's as much canon then...  It's Lucas made, Lucas controlled...

I lean towards neither side on the issue right now other than none of the edited stuff bugs me (I'd not mind it being reinserted into a future DVD).

As far as if this will bite us in the ass...  I don't know that it will.

I more fear the EE 4-packs being of greater detriment to army building.  I think there was genuine sentiment that this Target figure would be considered "obscure" enough that people wouldn't go ga-ga to army build it as much...  They don't know their audience inside out is what I've learned.

The EE sets were more a straight forward kick to the nuts in my view...  Army building with them was cost prohibitive (as it is with the Target Clone).  I honestly don't know people who've built a nice army of SA Clones using those EE sets...  Most just got a set of all 4 of the 4-packs, or people went in on cases with people to make the cost just around retail.  Nobody went ape **** and built 100+ figure armies (that I'm aware of).

The Target Clone is the same...  I got a handful from a friend...  The Target Clone didn't fly off the pegs here either.  The reshipment actually sat and slowly dwindled.  I think people just picked some up here and there, and Scalpers (I know when I go to the Toy Show next month that I'm gonna see these for like $25 a figure) bought what they could...

It could've been that a reshipment happened that I saw these sorta stagnate at one point though...  I wouldn't say they pegwarmed by any stretch though...  We'll see how this pans out.  Exclusives always have sorta stung in the price department though...  And they don't tend to sit.  Even the figures that seemed to get a pretty hefty production run like Silver R2's didn't exactly shelf warm and it was costly to get that figure (especially if you bought it outright).

I don't mean to justify the Target Clone...  To me it's as bad an idea for an exclusive as they've had, but I don't think it's gonna mean $15/figure army builders are in our future now, and that Hasbro is going to go out of their way (any more than they already have) to make annoying exclusives at high prices.  This really was the status quo since way back.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone #6 vs Clone #41
« on: June 13, 2005, 09:08 PM »
I personally prefer #41, however...

He doesn't have the rifle.  That's his one major drawback to me.

I love the Antenna...  Every squad needs a comm specialist so that's what I use the Antenna for (every like 12th figure wears the apparatus).  The articulation is superior, so I can pull some better poses.  I think the sculpt looks better too.

That said, #6 shines in several ways...  First, he does have the rifle (and the carbine), which makes him a great figure in and of itself.  Second, his sculpt's not bad in the slightest...  The shoulder pads look barely different than #41's if you ask me.  Third, my #6 troops can pull off a kneeling pose better than any SA Trooper I own (VOTC Stormie included).  Gotta have some guys take a knee in combat dioramas.

To me, I'm equally happy with the figures for different reasons...  The battledamage on #41's doesn't bug me in the slightest either.  It resembles light scratches to me.  Clean grunts are nice too.  I'd take 50 more of both I think...  Then 50 of various unit colors/helmet designs as well.

The clone pilot is probably the worst trooper type figure that has come out in a long time.

Hmmm, I don't agree.

The sculpt's great...  It's really dead-on accurate.  The helmet would be nice if it were removable (I'd take that over the laser tower, though the tower's neat itself), but I don't think that was the kind of thing that was making or breaking the Clone Pilot's popularity.

Pilots just don't have the huge appeal that "troops" do I think.  The figure's good, and I think you'll see the Clone Pilots dissipate over time...  He just fell prey to the pilot curse where they're fun figures but sell slightly slower than a basic Clone will.  The TIE Pilot resculpt was the same way, as was Gold Leader, and the AOTC Clone Pilot (which I even think was a rather poor army builder overall).  He'll sell though, just slowly. 

I'm already noticing them slowly trickling away, but still easy to find right now.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: June 13, 2005, 08:58 PM »
Yay for the Target Clone, I hope it finds a good home... 

On  the issue of canon...  The films themselves are the only true canon, but cutscenes offer a sticky situation.  They are "film" afterall.  They are Lucas's vision, but they're edited out...  I don't know what that entails then. 

I've personally looked at cutscene stuff as just being part of the story, however their level of canon's in doubt so I come to the conclusion it's not really canon I guess.  Then again the dialogue Red Leader had with Luke was edited down because it wouldn't jive with the prequals....  That could sorta put a nail in the "Cut-scenes = canon" debate since that's cut from the film, and contradicts the story as well.  I dunno.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Land of the Dead
« on: June 13, 2005, 02:26 AM »
For those interested, in (I think) the original NOTLD, if you listen to the Radio or it's maybe listed on the TV (again I am forgetting specifics here), they list Leechburg and Gilpin VFD's as safe places.

Both are my local fire departments...  Gilpin is on my road.  It's a nice little nod to my area.

The mall where our Toy Show is held (it's in an Expo center that sits in front of the mall actually) is where Dawn was filmed...  The mall's not terribly different from when the film was made (though the ice rink's long gone, as are most of the store names, though Penney's is exactly where it was then), and fun to walk through if you recall the movie.  That's one of my regular toy runs actually.  :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Land of the Dead
« on: June 13, 2005, 01:16 AM »
Romero's idea of Pittsburgh being a fortress city against the zombies is a good one...  Considering Pittsburgh was a fort, and is basically protected on 3 sides, that makes sense...  I like the notion of it being set here, but it sounds like looking for anything but the scene of downtown isn't really worth it.

I can see the Mon Warf is there though... 

Oh well...  if Zombies attack, I'm headin' out to Johnstown where the hicks are!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What happend to the fourms?
« on: June 13, 2005, 01:11 AM »
I don't care what she said...  I'm not infected at all...

Wait, what are you talking about Dale?   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Land of the Dead
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:57 AM »
Just a thread for it...  Not sure I'm even going to go see it, but I actually had a question which is why I kicked the thread off for this.

Is it set in Pittsburgh?  I only ask because I keep seeing the commercials half-way through or just missing bits of them,a nd from what I saw, it looked like downtown is the fortress of the living...

I was just surprised that Romero was going to set the film in his hometown, and wasn't sure if that was even the case.  I know he didn't film it here...  Or I don't think he did.  If he did it went 100% under the radar, and I thought I heard him say he wanted to film here but opted for elsewhere due to costs of filming in our beloved city.

And of course, share thoughts/reviews here if you go see it.  I doubt I do unless my friends wanna go...  This isn't one to trick the better half into going to see I figure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:52 AM »
Our normals for this time of year are like the mid to high 70's, some low 70's...  We've been in the high 80's and ungodly humid with scattered storms for a long time now.  This blows since A) I hate the heat, and B) I hate humidity even more.

I have too much Scottish/Irish blood in my veins because I like cooler weather and rain...  Falling at a nice slant even.

I went to the Pittsburgh Rib & Music Festival tonight (MMmmmmm) and holy HELL was it uncomfortable at times...  Right when we got there it was sorta ok because there was a light rain and a breeze down the rivers, but after the rain passed and all those sweaty mullet-clad guys started to work that funk up...  Look out!

Good ribs though, good booze, and Deep Purple playing was nice too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What happend to the fourms?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:47 AM »
Dale broke it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How long do you see yourself collecting?
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:46 AM »
I started with vintage in the late 80's/early 90's...  I'm in this for the long-haul.  If the line goes till I'm 60 or if I go before, then that's the way it is...  or till I'm 70, or 80, or 90... 

If they changed scale though, I'd likely quit.  I wouldn't support a wholely different toy line I think...  Or if the line was completely "animated" style figures (just throwing out obscure hypotheticals), I'd hang it up.

If another company took over the license just after it reached its maturity with Hasbro, and said company made 3.75" realstic sculpted figures, I'd probably just move over to that company's stuff...  Unless it was utter crap.

I've never really had a problem finding women who can "stand" the hobby at the very least...  So that's not really an issue.  Financially, it'd take something pretty bad for me to make me quit...  I'm in it for a the future as I see it.

Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Wookiee Warrior (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:40 AM »
Wookiee's aren't a HUGE part of ROTS, but they're a popular part of it I think...  So to me, an obvious choice for the Preview Wave would be a Wookiee Warrior to get the masses pumped.  Weird aliens, the token villain...  These make good preview figures to inspire that "hey, that looks neat, maybe I gotta check the movie out" kinda response.

The fuzzball I speak of is of course the Preview Wookiee WarriorClick Right Here to read the whole review on him.  Of course, share your thoughts too.

I mean, seeing something OTHER than Chewbacca in the Wookiee form is a plus in and of itself...  Yarua was a nice figure for what it was, but the Wookiee Warrior has only one superior walking carpet right now (VOTC Chewbacca), and it's a figure that only the craziest articulation would've topped.  This Wookiee Warrior just rocks the party though...

He's sporting lots of articulation, a great sculpt, nice accessories, he's pretty neutral, he's pretty fun to look at and play with...  He should be incredibly popular with collectors and kids alike.

So check that review out and enjoy...  Ultimately I loved this figure.  He's one I've got a nice little army of, and I'd take probably another 15 of him if I could find them.  They're drying up quickly for my area though.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: R4-G9 (Sneak Preview)
« on: June 12, 2005, 03:31 AM »
Thanks Jesse...

I liked the feet cables a lot too.  I'm still think the wheels suck though.  A little dull, they don't roll fantastically well anyway, and they make him sort of tilt...  I could do without them.

I think Hasbro was intending a good thing there...  It's extra work after all.  I just think it's something they could've left off and the figure would've actually been a little better.  Kinda like the probisces on Dannik Jerriko's face...  Something done with good intent, but which turned out to hurt the figure.

I can't think of too many figures I'd want that actually rolled....  Well, a mousedroid that was maybe to-scale woudl be nice, if it rolled, but that's about it.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: June 10, 2005, 05:58 PM »
Penguins have had some big news, though it didn't really say anything concrete.

Just strong rumors that a buy-out of the Pens major ownership share is in the works by a San Jose businessman/friend of Lemieux.  Still claiming to keep the Pens in Pittsburgh if revenues from slots can be used to build a new arena (i wish they'd just do the goddamn thing and be done with it but our state's such a bunch of pansies about the slots issue).  Lemieux is said to be keeping some ownership and control over the team if this deal goes through...

Prospective cities the team could move to if a new arena deal isn't worked out by 2007 include Kansas city and Oklahoma City...   ::)  The KC hog-sloppers and the OC Inbreads...  Those names have a nice ring to them. (no offense to anyone from KC or OC, just a joke made under irritation)

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