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Well, here at JD we love you, unless you're an *******.

And we even accept some of them too.    ;)

(of course, I kid...  Matt's just a jerk, not an *******)

Other Collectibles / Re: Master Replicas Force FX Lightsabers
« on: April 29, 2005, 01:05 PM »
I got one at C3.  The main difference, as the MR guy said, was that the NEW sabers take less batteries, have higher quality sounds, better electronics, and the blade lights up substantially brighter...

It's $20 more ($120) than the older sabers...  I bought an E3 Anakin saber (blue blade), and it is incredibly bright/vibrant, it has great sound, and for $20 more I think it was well worth the price ultimately...  Hell it takes less batteries, there's really no reason to get the older ones now I think.

I dig it...  cats and dog hate it.  :)

Holy ****...

Do I need to room with you guys at C4 to keep him in line or what?

The guy's out of control in every pic.  ::)

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: For $1,125....
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:40 AM »
What's great is that Bob won't get stuck with ANY of those seats.

 I ran by his place tonight to pick my ticket up off him (still owe him $5, I'm such a ******bag for not having change), and I can't wait to hang out with everyone for this.  A buffet, all the local guys I know (and then some), and VIP seats at the Loew's theater here....  That's just great.

Good thing Bob's got a good credit limit because he really did EVERYONE out ehre a favor that he knows (and all the people that he knows who they wanted to get tickets for).  Can't argue with that kinda dedication folks. :)

My E3 ticket's bought, and I'm gonna have no lines to wait in, a buffet, and all my local buds to hang out with.  And all thanks to Bob apparantly not defaulting. :)  Thanks man! 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: does anyone.........
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:36 AM »
I prefer the word "pose", but...  uh...  OK, I don't make the "bee!  bee!"  laser sounds, but I do "pose" my figures some.  I mean, I got these tower things from a toy store the other day (like lookout towers) for cheap, and I had my VOTC Stormies set up in this really cool "checkpoint" scene that wasn't up but for a week... 

Is that playing?  I guess...  in a way.  It sure was fun though!

Oh, and I got these great 4" Predator/Alien figures and I had them in this cool scene briefly where they were either takng skull trophies or the Aliens had cleared out a squad of Stormies.  Looked bitchin' really. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Clone #6 vs Clone #41
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:33 AM »
Yeah Scott, I won't disagree.  Owning a single (****  >:( ) SA Clone from Clone Wars, and comparing it with the #6 Clone, I'm pretty impressed with the #6 Clone overall.

The torso articulation sucks that its missing for a rather silly action feature, but otherwise it's a  highly poseable figure.  I'm all about some "dirt" painted on, given that these guys aren't seemingly fresh recruits.  I know I don't want green grunts in my army anyway...  I'd rather have vets!  :)

The #6 is still a damn fine figure.  It's tough to find now at this point though.  It's the year of the Clone folks.  No doubt about it that they are the hot figure to buy.

I have only ONE WM left wiht Clones (TRU's still have them, but at a higher price), and the WM I have is a hick one with hardly any traffic.  May pick a few of them up though.  That and the Preview Wookiee have disappeared, and that sucks for the army builders out there who were trying to pace themselves.   :-\  God knows I can't buy 30 figures at once! :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: battle droids = terrible
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:29 AM »
I have got to agree...  CHEWIE, I know you like them it seems, but in my area they're pegwarmers bigtime (SBD's and BD's), and they are the same piss-poor quality that the Saga figures were as well.

I liked the Saga SBD, actually (give it wrist articulation and it's perfect, mine all stand fine), however, the basic BD's have sucked since the Saga line and ROTS is no different.  The paintjob's are great but the figures collapse all too easily under their own weight, even on stands.  Hasbro did battledroids some justice in E1, and with the POTJ Security BD, but they've tanked damn near every one of them since the Boomer Damage droid.  :(  If they'd only improve the plastic they'd have a good figure.  I hate to army build with it actually, otherwise I'd nab a droid with every Clone probably.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 29, 2005, 02:25 AM »
I still look at Lucasfilm as a financial juggernaught though.  If they think it'll sell (risque or otherwise), they'll push it).  Again, Ay Vida has, for all intents and purposes, a string bikini-ish thing on...  Even sculpted nipples, or some kind of point to her chesticle region...  She's not hurting for aesthetic appeal as far as sculpt goes.

I think the obscure "star whores" reference was never really a thought then...  If Ay can pass through the cracks of Hasbro and Lucasfilm, then the Tonika sisters could've as well I believe.  That's just my take on it though...  I'm sure someone at Hasbro and LFL Licensing are both aware of the impromptu namesake given those 2, but I agree with Matt that it's a "fanboy" factoid only, not really so much a factor in the figure's decision-making process.  I think that's been just a silly licensing issue, as has always been claimed. 

Hopefully it's hashed out and the figure(s) are finalized.  They, behind Hem Dazon, are among the tops in the Cantina requests at this point.  Be nice if they were made finally.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: April 28, 2005, 07:04 PM »
I don't know...  The "Star Whores" nickname's not widely known outside of the geekiest circles of collectors.  Not that Hasbro doesn't know the nickname, that's anyone's guess, but it's really one of those out there things, so I see JesseVader's point that it likely was a non-issue to the debate.

They made Ay Vida afterall, who is physically more racey than the twins were with their goofy hair-dos and all that...  Ay actually has what appears to be a little butt-floss going on even, yikes! 

I tend to agree then that a nickname given by people on-set to the two characters from a '77 film, and rarely spoken of outside the most anal of circles since then, ever really was a REASON they'd not make the figures.  Who knows though, anything is possible, it just strikes me as more unlikely as well.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: I need your Prayers (Updated)
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:26 PM »
Glad to hear things are well Jim, and hope everything goes smoothly here on out.  Have a good one bud.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:23 PM »
Exactly Josh...

It's just odd, I guess, to see all these people that think they're somehow getting one over on everyone who WENT to C3, yet they're obviously reading C3 threads...  Why read a thread about a con you didn't attend and claim you didn't want to, ya know?

I didn't go to SDCC so I rarely read anything about it unless it's "news" about the line...  Otherwise I have nothing to say.  I'd even go so far as to say I'd like to do that too, but I know that's not in the cards being on the East Coast and all.

I just found this influx of people who seem bitter about C3 to be odd...  I didn't like the lines, I won't lie, who wouldn't like to walk right into everything, ya know?  But I don't feel cheated out of all the dough I spent either.  I mean, for every bad thing, there had to have been 10 great things about C3...  At least.  The whole "I didn't have to wait in line and spend money, so haha" mentality escapes me.  People are so damn weird in this hobby sometimes...  I swear, I'm amazed every week something someone says/does. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: This is kinda funny....
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:17 PM »
I'd break down and buy a lot of the vehicles at that price... 

The Tri-Fighter I'd buy at full price if I could find the damn thing even. :(

Obi/Ani fighters I'd break if they were a few bucks off...  Same with things like Greivous' wheel bike.

I'd even consider some Deluxe at that price that I haven't nabbed yet.  The Deluxe line, like every other movie year, seems sorta lame to me.  Ultra really did the line justice I think.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 28, 2005, 04:14 PM »
If you get denied, don't give up guys.  I got denied TWICE by two separate employees at the one Target, and on the way out stopped at Customer Service who were happy to help...

Try in the back area, then try an employee on the way out, and if you fail twice, try customer service.  You have nothing to lose on this, they're not gonna ban you from the store.  It's their job.

The item's in the computers, it's got a price (save receipts, as price could change May 5), and it's not marked as a "May 5th Only" kind of item (some ******bag I ran into tried that, but I countered him and he backed off that argument).

Make up excuses too, or use one you maybe have legitimately.  I called, and told them I was TOLD they were in stock and was TOLD to come down and get one off an employee as I have a long drive...  That was true 100% at one store, at the other store the employee lazily told me they didn't have any (when I got there, they did).  I did have to drive an hour to get to either store though, so that's partly true even at the 2nd store. 

It implies you're not gonna be happy if you're told to hike on this one, and not gonna be coming back to their store...  I even went so far as to say, "I figured I'd do some shopping while I was here too, but I'll go to the WM close to home if I can't get anything..." kinda line.

This is one of those crappy things that's gonna take legwork if you want it.

BTW, the price blows and it is an incredible kick to collectors.  Fortunately competition keeps Target in line with pricing, but with an exclusive they know they have an upperhand.  Price blows any way you slice it though, no argument there.  It did on the Vader, Holo Yoda, and EB Kits as well if you ask me...  and C3 Vader.

Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: April 28, 2005, 03:00 PM »
I wouldn't have known where Dave was anyway.  I saw him like twice.   :-\  I swear, if there was one thing that bummed me more than not seeing Lucas (my only real regret about the con), it was not seeing people more...  I didn't get to hang with my FFURG bro's because me and my gf were both feeling a nasty headache Saturday evening, and then I only saw the JD guys really that one evening for a short time (Friday) after I was out at dinner...  That and Hooters Wednesday but that was brief too.

I'd have liked to see my friends even more.  Everything was too fast, and if I'm at a C4 I'm vowing to be better organized as far as how I coordinate time with friends and all that.  I'm just hoping I can afford the assumed C4. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: April 28, 2005, 01:41 AM »
I'd say that sounds about right.  Checking locally, those are about the numbers I've been hearing at Targets in the area with a few of the higher-volume stores getting slightly more perhaps.

That'd put it at about Lava Vader quantities...  Not surprising.  Target doesn't consider that demand on this may be higher.  That's not even a factor to them.

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