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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: March 12, 2004, 12:14 AM »
Yeah, that was good for a chuckle...  The smile under the hood's nice.  Like he's proud of his force choke on the Gammorean Guards or something.  :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ultra Kamino Obi-Wan and Jango (Recarded)
« on: March 12, 2004, 12:12 AM »
I nabbed these tonight...  Had to leave Jabba due to funds, but Target, and TRU had about 4 Jabba's each so I'm wagering he's now a pegwarmer like the Wampa is.

They're decent figures...  Obi's not all he could be, and I'd love a Kamino showdown Super Articulated Obi-Wan someday...  Hell, include a removable "dry" head and he'd be a great vanilla Obi-Wan either way.

I just find the pose a bit much.  Still it's a unique and kind of neat Obi figure for what it is...  His feature sucks horribly.  Jango's works somewhat though, but the figure's nothing to write home about.  The big accessories are more the pride of the set.

When did Obi-Wan chuck a box at Jango though?  I don't get the purpose of his feature I guess.

Anyway, glad to have the set in my collection...  They look decent together at least.  This is almost a "scene" as much as it is a playable set.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ultra Kamino Obi-Wan and Jango (Recarded)
« on: March 11, 2004, 04:20 PM »
These got spotted at a Target nearby to me today...  I'm gonna make a tear out that way to see what I can find since I'm still searching for a Jabba and these sets personally anyway.

Keep your eyes peeled I guess!

PS:

1 to a case of each I'm hearing...  Shazbot!  >:(

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Jedi Luke (Jabba's Palace)
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:30 PM »
Yeah yeah yeah, been a while, I know...   :P

But, finally a new review is up and running, and hopefully we'll have some more right around the corner.  

This week it's Jedi Luke from Jabba's Palace...  Feel free to check him out RIGHT HERE, and as always let us know what you think here in our forums.

My opinion was a real roller-coaster on this figure...  Some great features, and some not-so-great features like bad paint aps, poor accessories, and lacking articulation.

Check out the review linked above or on our front page, and speak your mind though.  Gonna be tough to compete with Brad's Jedi Luke review there, but I think we can try.   :P

PS: Thanks to Brad, Scott, Matt, Chris B., and the gang here for putting this up for me!

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Power of the Jedi / Re: Best POTJ Fig?
« on: March 10, 2004, 09:28 PM »
Adam Pawlus just mentioned how at the time, 300th Fett was top notch, and I tend to agree with that idea, but it still doesn't place him high on my list.  The figure just fell flat and was the start of a nasty pre-posed trend later on...  

We see his style of sculpting, his features like a working holster and such, in todays figures...  Hasbro just wanted to milk a little extra through the packaging I think.

POTJ had a ton of great figures though...  Amanaman, Imp. Officer, R2-Q5, R4-M9, Duros, Bespin Guard, Bo Shek, Zutton, Luke Bacta...  These are some pretty good figures that I'd rate above 300th Fett personally.

Too bad Fett wasn't something special.  I'm really anxious to see this "vintage" OTC one though.  Whew...  Should be amazing.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 10, 2004, 05:52 PM »
Hmmm, I disagree with the authorities getting involved...

Hockey's a violent game...  I've been one who supports the fighting, and I think an incident like this (and the McSorely one) where the authorities take over is going to have an impact on how the NHL handles fighting overall.

I think it's inevitable that fighting will someday be banned...  I'm an old-time purist that will be sad to see it go though.  I think it's a part of the game, no matter how brutal it is.  

And I agree, this wasn't as bad as it was blown up to be (and is still being touted as "horrific"), but it ended in a broken neck...  I could see a year's suspension without pay, or worse...  Not many teams are goiong to want him on their side either.  He'll pay outside what punishment he would've gotten from the league anyway.

Criminal charges are unnecessary I believe...  

I've had cheapshots taken at me, some of them pretty brutal in games, and I wouldn't want "criminal" charges filed.  Just my shot back at him next time I saw him.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: DVD Random Musings
« on: March 10, 2004, 03:01 PM »
I'm not a huge DVD buyer...  I honestly don't know what's cheap and what isn't, but I've had an inkling to start buying some TV shows I love...

ST: TNG colleciton
ST: DS9 collection
Dave Attel's Insomniac show
Southpark
and now Chapelle Show too...

Are any of these things running for relatively cheap?  Do DVD's become impossible to find at any point either?

I'm a bit of a DVD newbie I guess...  Only own LOTR and Star Wars so far...  *sigh*

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Finally Padme!
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:54 PM »
It's true, but it was for strictly personal reasons...  Nothing to do with the films.

 :P

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council
« on: March 10, 2004, 01:33 PM »
My only gripe will be the look on Eeth Sloth's face...  I'm hearing he's got the same screaming face the POTJ figure had.  The rest of the set looks relatively decent to me though.  Good enough anyway...

Better than the 1st two sets I think, as Mace is all but useless from his set, with his goofy hand, and awkwardly sculpted articulation.  He's customizeable if those damned things would ever clearance at TRU though.  

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: March 10, 2004, 01:30 PM »
I'm pretty happy with these 3 so far...  Another nice looking wave in the latter part of Saga here.  Glad to see stuff like this.  

The General Lando and Madine are great fodder, as is the Han...  I'll surely nab multiples of each.  I'm wagering those goggles aren't removable though Scott.  :(  I'm a tad bummed there, but I'll live I guess.  I agree that they should be though.

I'm more curious what's in his left hand though, and exactly how poseable that left arm is...  Hmmm, that could be a bit more of a downer on that figure to me than the goggles.

The picture is enough to make me laugh right at my computer...  Love it.  Hasbro, stickk to making toys because graphics aren't your gig I guess.

I'm already devising a good General Cracken custom from either Madine, or the Lando General.  Hmmmm   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 9, 2004, 06:09 PM »
I am excited only for what they may possibly offer...  The oddball stuff like army builder sets, "rare" figures, etc...  I'm not counting on this though.  

Sadly, I don't think LFL's going to devote a lot of attention to this store, and they'll let it fade into obscurity by simply not acknowledging what "the fans" are interested in.  I'm excited to see what they do, but just not hopeful because of the dismal failures all other stores have been.

What I am curious about is will the Fan Club work in conjunction with this site, or will they be independant and offer their own exclusive product as before?  The official fan club is being kinda weird lately, what with its cryptic front page message, and absolutely no reaction to this site's opening.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Evil Dead Fans, I need your help!
« on: March 9, 2004, 06:04 PM »
Yeah, I had no clue what the movie was even...  Had to do the menu lookup.  I found it interesting...  Not my c up of tea really, but I watched it off and on, and got a chuckle here and there.

I'm actually curious about the figures though, which is a good thing. :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Toy Companies: Who Does the Best Job?
« on: March 9, 2004, 06:03 PM »
I think it depends how you're looking at things...

If you're looking at overall quality/value in product, I'd rank Hasbro as lower on the totem poll for Star Wars, higher for G.I. Joe, etc...

For how they handle their business, I'd say Hasbro's great on G.I. Joe and mediocre on Star Wars.  Star Wars hasn't sold like they wanted, but it's remained steady at least...  Enough to stay alive.  Joe on the other hand seems to do stellar at retail.

For overall quality in product/value, I give the nod to 21st Century Toys...  Not that the company is run well, but they make great toys.  Downright fantastic toys actually...  Hasbro could take some notes from them, and actually they have taken many notes and ideas from them.

BBi's not doing to swift after they started with a bang, so I'd hold off on passing judgement on them right now...

Dragon's got great product at a great value and in good quantities.  They're high on my list...

I tend not to include companies that make things I'm disinterested in here, but I can say from experience with the company's various histories that Mattel's a really strong player, as is Ban Dai...  Playmates handles itself semi-well in the industry as well.

Hasbro's probably the most dominant company overall though as I see it...  They do well overall, they just don't always do as well with our beloved SW line as they should be.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: How's Star Wars Selling in Your Area?
« on: March 9, 2004, 05:51 PM »
Pittsburgh is hitting a slight stall in supply here...

Repacks have clogged the pegs at many Wal-Mart stores, who for a time were the only stores receiving new product.  

Our Target stores are almost all bone dry, or damn close to it...  Usually a repack figure or two hangs around, sometimes as many as a half dozen of them, but not a ton of stuff.  

Toys R Us, who often still have 2002 product, have gotten in some Hoth wave figures...  I'm stocking up on R-3PO's for my Silver Clone anyway...  Maybe a couple Riekean's for the screen.  Beyond that though, TRU is slowly backing up (or already backed up) with Hoth Troopers, Bail Organas, Dignitaries, etc...

The scant clone Wars figure remains at a WM here and there, but those have moved well.  That's surprising, and I hope it leads into more EU figures.  That line moved MUCH better than SOTE ever did...  It moved better than the Saga line even at this point.

Yavin wave is rarely seen, and I'm hoping to catch multiples of every figure in the wave...  Beyond that, there's remnants of the Tatooine Wave, rarely ever see the Jabba's Palace wave (though Bar2 is sitting around some), and the Hoth wave are pegwarmers.

The McQuarrie Trooper's nowhere to be found, nor is the Emperor figure from Saga.  :(  

12" figures are non-existant really...  Unleashed come and go it seems, and are the only steadily moving product.  

It's not terrible yet, but there's a backup of things coming.  Target seems the next likely store to get in product, and TRU next with their Clone Trooper sale...  

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hairy Chewbacca
« on: March 9, 2004, 05:44 PM »
SLightly longer faux fur could possibly work...  Getting the colors right wouldn't be the tough part, but getting the fur to look right would...

A cloth removable bandoleir would just be cool...

Still though, a SA Chewie with removable bandoleir would be the ultimate wookie fodder, so I almost would rather they not experiment with the fur idea on this...  Still, a real fur Chewie has a neat ring to it.  If it's poseable and looked decent, I'm all for it...  I've seen fur in this scale work before...  well enough anyway.  I think it could work on an entire figure.

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