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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:56 AM »
OK, so the Terminator line by Palisades is great news...  Even if it's not "real" military.

But anyway, BBI's Toy Fair info is leaking early like grannie's depends!

Plenty of pictures of stuff we already saw, though BETTER photos of the WW2 figures.  I must say, they're few but they're great.

Also note, a WORKING PARACHUTE for the WW2 Paratrooper.  Oh hell yeah! [/end will smith]

Great stuff, if not a bit redundant from stuff we've seen.  Be nice to have seen a more accurate U.S. modern infantryman, some kind of "enemy" to come from the company...  Germans for WW2 and Some kind of generic "terrorists" for modern.  :(

Hell go the 21st route with making them allies, JUST MAKE THEM!  My grunts and leathernecks are sick of shooting at the Cobra 6-pack figures like they're nothing but a buncha greenshirts. :(

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:30 AM »
The cooperalls were a great idea.  I think they were restrictive for some in terms of leg movement though.  I never owned a pair since I was pretty much the same size and not changing once they came out.  I hardly ever play hockey, but I still have equipment ::)

I had a hand-me-down pair for pick-up games....  They were even a bit beyond my playing days I believe.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:26 AM »
Hmmm...  No, buttmunch is completely acceptable, even when bolded.  :)

The picture with no shame involved would've lost you the spot though...  I think it may oust Matt from his actually.   :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:23 AM »
Cuz he's the ****, that's why. :)

Uhm, or maybe a stand-in for something?  i dunno.  That's weird.


we should (dammit, we'd better) get something along the lines of the PFX Xwing in scale.

That's what I'm actually worried about Jared.  :(  The FX X-Wing was a good bit smaller than a to-scale one would be so it disappoints me...  It used to not actually, but as time has worn on and I've gotten a P-47 Fighter that IS 1:18, I just looka t the X-Wing with disappointment.  :(

I can't tell by those pics how big the toy is, nor how big the actual ship SHOULD be.  I guess it's something I may not know till I get some diagram book giving the length of it, or something "official" about the ARC-170 comes out.  Something of the pic from Hasbro makes me say it's small, but I dunno...  It's a tough one to eyeball.

The pics are looking nice though...  VOTC Vader's probably there as their tour guide.  Then they get used to being figure greatness and all that. ;)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 18, 2005, 12:44 AM »
It's tough to argue with that...  The players would retort with "We play the game...  That's our risk!", and to that extent I agree they do take risk, but who the hell CAN'T live even on the crunched salary?  Paris ******* Hilton? 

News was talking tonight about the Joint Lemieux/Gretzky (rumored entirely, and denied by Gretzky) attempts to "save the season" (I'm not sure everyone at the old news-office got the memo that the season is done).  I think the city here is really missing hockey more than they anticipated.  We're not an NBA town, Spring Training doesn't do us a ton of good, and the NFL's over.  Pittsburgh's hurting for sports right now short of Pitt basketball and what the kiddies are accomplishing.  It's pretty sad really.

Never seen so many Wheeling Nailers commercials in all my life.   ::)


BTW, a part of that story I enjoyed was pointing out the NHLers who've bumped out minor league players on various levels.  Solidarity my hairy white ass!   >:(

It reminds me of a story about my mother...  Oddly enough.

My mother, for 18 or 20 (or more, I forget) years of my existance worked for the town's local Steel Worker's Union Hall in town.  It's a large hall upstairs and downstairs...  The kind rented for weddings, parties, etc. 

My mother cleaned was their janitor...  Not really contracted or anything, she just did this work under a set list of duties for a set pay...  There was no vacation, there was rarely ever any pay increase (she got two raises throughout her years there). 

The union workers who were her "boss" were the Trustee Committee members of the union.  She always did the job to their satisfaction though, and never once did she get a complaint.  If anything she went above and beyond her job, and the only person to ever gripe was the secretary at the hall who was nothing short of a snotty bitch who thought she was better than anyone who actually had to "work", including the Union members.

Well, a couple years ago...  I forget how long really, it was just a few maybe ago, the Union Trustees started changing my mother's "duty list" without her knowing.  She knew they were doing it though because her job description (usually tacked to her door for the upstairs closet was gone).  Little did THEY know she took it and had made copies so her job description was always there, "just in case".

So they come back with all these new duties for her...  She asks why the revised list, and she also tells them "you give me that much more work and I'm going to be needing a pay increase".  They expected her to do it for free...  She was going to be dealing with "routine rentals" now because the Union was going broke...  The leaders had spent the coffers dry and they were going to actively push rentals, and they wanted her to do clean-up for free now instead of her set salary.  It was going to just be absorbed into her monthly pay's work which she did every night.

She told them no...  Actually, my father told them "no" with some explitives and got into a fistfight with a man who's still afraid to go to the local bars here because he thinks my brothers and I go there...  So he's suddenly disappeared from any local hangouts, haha.  Puss...

Anyway, they fired my mother then...  She wouldn't take on what would've ammounted to 200% more of a workload for absolutely no increase in pay (a pittance anyway), so they up and fired her...

What's my point?

Well, I dunno, just a "bad experience" with how Unions tend to treat OTHER people working FOR them...  It's no better than the company treats them, sadly. 

The irony?  I'm far from anti-union, just disappointed to see that the NHLPA is so uncaring about anything but themselves, just like my father's union was (Though I'm not the slightest bit surprised either).  It supported my dad when he was sick, but it treated my mother who slaved for them and all their BS, like nothing but the dirt she cleaned.  They are, and forever will remain scumbags to me.

Anyway, just a related annecdote there from my point of view anyway.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:39 PM »
At the moment, all signs point to a price drop back to $5.99 for the Ep3 figures...

When you do a DPCI look-up on the Ep3 figures in Target system, they show a $5.99 price as well as that being listed at $5.99 in the early Toy Fair materials being distributed this week.  I think it's safe to say that the $7 thing is temporary... unfortuntaely we won't for sure until the day of most likely.


I was just mentioning this elsewhere too Jeff...  The price spike by TRU and Target's nothing new really when prices fluctuate.  When it dropped to $4.99 I recall bothc ompanies NOT complying immediately, and WM sorta forced it on them.

Same things happened when E1 stuff went up and then down during POTJ...  When POTJ went down I recall not everyone going down to the SRP that Hasbro set, except Wal-Mart who weren't getting a TON of POTJ in yet because of E1 gluts. 

Target and TRU are just spiking price to make an extra $1 leading into a highly competitive time between retailers.  If they're $5.99 at Target that's where I'll likely go, or TRU.  WM will be a madhouse...  Unless I don't feel like driving the distance, I'll probably make for another store.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:34 PM »
Sabers are hitting around here too, but what packaging I'm not sure.

The Snowtroopers report about the guy getting a replacement Clone Commander backs things up pretty good as well though that these are "here" now...  Hasbro doesn't have a big pile of E3 stuff (or much at all generally) unless it's shipping to store's warehouses or the stores themselves I'd wager.  Nothing they'd be handing out so blindly anyway.  Stuff's making its way through the pipelines early again.  That's fun to watch anyway. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:25 PM »
Yeah, the wookie debate continues...  I'm sorta thinking they're blowing the Wookies up in size too, just a tad.

Tarful and Bob shouldn't maybe tower or Yarua and Chewie like this, but who knows...  It's starting to look fishy to me though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Enjoying the quiet?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:23 PM »
With not much to shop for, I agree it's nice...  I only need multiple wookie warriors and a Jedi Fighter at this point, none of whcih I'm in any hurry to grab, so I'm content to put all my efforts into my life outside this hobby.

And that's more than enough to make my head spin as it is, so that urge to run to WM on any given evening not being there is a nice thing to be free of at the moment.  All the E3 figure pictures have my anticipation of this film and collecting in general into overload though.

I'm going ga-ga over those hi-res shots at, and can't wait to have an E3 late Clone Wars army going.  Hell, even the Collection 1 figures look good to me for once.  Incredible!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:20 PM »
The ARC-170's scale is gonna be a huge issue to me.  No excuse not doing it to-scale if they're willing to make the Gunship from last year. 

I'm fearful of any scale cutbacks honestly.

The Mustafar playset I'm intrigued with.  Sets can be something Hasbro could do incredibly well without compromising accuracy/scale.  They need an interlocking (and stackable, in situations) feature but, this could be an area that they excel in.

Vehicles are another story...  While I love when Hasbro does it right (TIE Bomber, Landspeeder), I am so let down when they do it wrong (TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Snowspeeder, Y-Wing, AT-ST)...  The vehicles, in some sense, are like the 12" figures.  They get the shaft as far as the effort put into them and how competitive they are on the shelf next to other toylines.

Most of my top resculpts are classic trilogy vehicles, but the ARC-170's a ship that (if done poorly) I'm sure is gonna make my resculpt list.  To me, it should be to-scale, no pack-ins, and no more than $40 given how many outlets are sure to carry it and its assumed high production #'s.

When you walk into a store and there's a to-scale ME-109, Mustang, or P-38, and then a dinky starfighter next to it, it's a disappointment.  Hasbro needs to "wow!" with this ship in my opinion.  And they can given that not only are they gonna be pushing it through a lot of retailers and making a ton of them, but there's inevitable repaint options for it later.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 17, 2005, 05:31 PM »
Old school man, old school!

Part of me wishes those would've caught on longer...  I was never a fan of the shorts myself but partly because mine rarely fit me right since I couldn't afford them replaced all the time.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 17, 2005, 04:35 PM »
-Baseball...  I can't stand.

-Football...  I don't take the time to idolize players in because they come and go, though as a Steelers fan I can say that in most of my adult life I look at Jerome Bettis with much admiration.  The guy is a workhorse and he's done a tremendous ammount for the Pittsburgh area.

He's an asset to the city.

-Hockey...  There simply is none better, nor has there ever been...

The guy scores a great goal in his first game, and people knew it was gonna just be great from there on out.  He dominated games single-handedly.  He came back from one major injury/surgery after another.  He got cancer and came back to still dominate games.  He's retired and come back and he STILL dominates scoring when he's playing routinely, plus he's getting old by NHL standards now. 

He's done a tremendous ammount of work for Pittsburgh at little recognition from our asinine politicians...  He's one of the nicest people I've had the chance to ever meet.  He's quiet and respectable.  He's humble and cares about the game more than any athlete I've ever seen, and wants it to do nothing but survive and grow in popularity.

He was who I completely idolized as a kid, and today as an adult he's still the name/number I wear on my Pen's Jersey if I'm gonna have a named/numbered jersey. 

The guy's simply a machine that I'll forever be thankful that I got to watch in his best of days.

A close second in my hockey favorites would be (and still is):

Ronnie Francis...  This guy is probably the best well-rounded player in the NHL I believe.  And the Penguin's greatest loss to their financial crunch.  Francis was a guy that I think every kid idolized.  I was lucky enough to attend some practices he ran with kids when I was younger.  It was a blast.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 17, 2005, 04:25 PM »
I think I'd have 6 teams per division instead...  Keep some of the southern teams because Florida's been a pretty big place for hockey it seems.  That's mostly due to the northerner's migrating there I believe, but nonetheless...  Same for Dallas, and Cali's a big enough state that 2 teams wouldn't hurt.  All 3 have made pretty big strides I believe.

I agree with you Brent on dropping the Capitals.  Why they have a team is beyond me, but every year the Pens played them in the playoffs, there were equal numbers of Pens fans in the stands.  Their crowd doesn't give 2 craps.  You don't see that between Cleveland and Pittsburgh in the NFL...  Washington's even further away but we still pack their seats.

The Islanders I agree with as well, partly because I agree that (given the NHL's status) no city needs two teams, not to mention that even Ranger's fans tend to be fair weather fans, much less the Islanders who, when they suck, have one hell of an empty arena it seems.

NJ I think's a solid team, with solid fans.  I'm not wild about admitting that, and maybe it's that I'm just too used to their good years they've had for the past while, but they do tend to be pretty reliable to support their team so I am not sure I agree with dumping them entirely.

Part of me says keeping Carolina too (if it went to a 6 team division like I mentioned), given that they too seem to be supportive of the Hurricanes, even in some bad times they've experienced early.

Beyond that, a multi-station deal for TV would be nice...  A constant season-long deal with ESPN, local deals for local teams, a FOX TV deal like once a month, and then ABC gets rights to the playoffs but SHARES them with local stations carrying local teams (Fox Sports Pittsburgh carries the Pens for instance, and you can choose who to watch if you're living in that city but outside it you have to watch the national channel).

I think that'd be an awesome, and not too over-the-top TV idea as far as what they need for publicity but not over-saturating television with Hockey.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 16, 2005, 04:03 PM »
I think the concession was, at the least, a hopeful sign...  Though now this bitchslap to the NHLPA of getting concessions they asked for then cancelling the season anyway may bite them in the ass in future negotiations.

How this'll effect teams, I don't know, but I think even in the $40 millions was SOMETHING good to think about.  Without knowing the rest of the contract's stipulations, it is tough to say how "good" that would've/could've been for "small market" teams.  I dunno.  It was something though...

I'm not surprised at any of this.  I bitched up a storm to my gf on the phone about it.  It was completely asinine, and even if they'd come to an agreement I think Bettman and Goodenow both need taken to a field and beat about the head severely with hockey sticks by fans.  They're both the incredible jerkoffs they've made themselves out to be throughout this.

Pittsburgh fans (being interviewed on the street) seemed unanymous in that the NHL needs an overhaul beyond a cap...  Most compared it directly to Baseball, and how that can't seem to get its **** together either.  I agree...  Short of the television coverage, but I agree.

I think a completely straightened around NHL could really take off.  That won't happen till Bettman's forced out though, and even then his replacement's gonna have to be someone OTHER than one of his cronies.

Oh well, I sit and wait now for the NFL to come back in season I guess.  I hate Baseball with a passion...  NASCAR's ok, but not something I'm intense about like Hockey or Football.  Minor league games may be on TV more though so I'll watch for those I guess...   :-\  Otherwise I just hope for warmer weather and to survive the year.

Oh yeah, there's always Star Wars to entertain me I suppose....  *sigh*

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 16, 2005, 03:34 PM »
now who ISN'T gonna do a "Spaceballs?  There goes the planet" diorma with POA guys and Star Wars figures!? :)  Thanks MisterPL, time to pick up a toy rag soon it seems.

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