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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Q & A Session with Hasbro?
« on: February 19, 2004, 12:19 AM »
You're able to write snailmail as well, or there are phone #'s, but unless you know the # of someone with clout (IE: you're buds with the old decision makers), calling's not adviseable.

Writing never has hurt though, and replies aren't out of the question.  Just make sure you're eloquent and polite.  Professionalism is key in business.  Whether you get a reply back or not's of no relevance.  

And Hasbro does read the message boards.  They always have, as it's a resource to them, so make sure you are vocal about what you like and dislike, and why you like o dislike things.  You have a voice that can be heard.  Just not a say in any final decisions, haha.

Too bad sometimes, given some of the really innovative ideas I hear around the various forums I visit like here at,, and Scum's forums.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 19, 2004, 12:14 AM »
Yeah, Nick definitely makes a good point about the vast # of rehashes in 2004 freeing up the developmental teams to work on E3 dilligently.

A good thing to think of too is that it's the last film as far as anyone knows.  Could theoretically be the line's last big push and it's likely the company's not overlooking this fact, so it may have extra umph to it.  Plus whatever alterations and adjustments needed to be made after the lessons learned from the E2 line and things...  It seems every film's been a "learning experience" for Hasbro as they've come and gone.

Pricepoint and availability, I agree...  These figures just aren't meant to be in a "limited" line.

Now, in the main line, they're a must.

I want some damn "Versus" 2-packs of SA army builders!  Fleet Troopers and Stormtrooper 2-packs would just rock all to me.  Build both your armies at the same time.  Sounds like a plan to me.

The SA STormie should see release otherwise though too.

I still plan to keep my CT Stormies going strong though too.  A hand & blaster set will make them much more poseable, and they'll fit in well as standing/firing troops while a SA version would work well for ANY situation, and if it's as good as the SA Clonetrooper then a SA stormie would work great with any of the other Imperial weapons Hasbro's cranked out.

I say bring them on for early 2005!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Tornado...
« on: February 18, 2004, 06:35 AM »
Too hilly here for Tornadoes to hit often.  Sometimes, and usually in a large flat area (IE: a trailer park), but not often otherwise.

One touched down on Mt. Washington one year though in the city, which freaked everyone out.  

Mt. Washington is the cliff that overlooks the city of Pittsburgh.  Very scenic, very pretty, very wealthy area (on the front half at least).  The thing just plopped down and took off again.  Freaked the whole area out when it happened because there wasn't any warning, and it's RIGHT on top of a huge hill (the term "mount" is deceiving, it's not a mountain).

Weird...  Couple hit out near me in the past...  They tend to travel up the rivers here, if they hit at all though.  I did see one years ago when I was 14 or so on a camping trip on the Allegheny River.  Watched it go right down the river after it formed.  Scary as hell.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 18, 2004, 06:31 AM »
And I've been through New Jersey and it's not a far cry from the 5th level of hell.  It all gels when you think about it.

I can't take credit for the test though.  I actually just posted a topic about self-reflection.  Something I had to do a **** load of tonight.   ::)  I came to few conclusions.

Aww crap, I used a roll-eyes smiley.  I have caught something from going to Scum too often.  GNT and his devout following of mimicing maroons have somehow infected me!


Other Collectibles / Re: Code 3: Millenium Falcon, X-Wing... Slave 1!
« on: February 18, 2004, 06:26 AM »
THe MR AT-AT does indeed rock all.  $1200, for something that painfully meticulous, is actually warranted IMO.

I mean, they just made an incredible model there.  It is, without a doubt, the most accurate piece I've ever seen.  I'd love to own one, but I've had CARS that cost less than that.

I cannot possibly justify it.  Though if I find someone who does get it, I'm gonna beg him to snap clear high-res shots of every inch of it up close for me.  :)  And if they live nearby I'm gonna beg them to allow me to take measurements of it too, haha.  Must have that data!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Q & A Session with Hasbro?
« on: February 18, 2004, 01:26 AM »
There weren't really any official Q&A's at Hasbro...  Just whatever the people attending could get out of the reps on hand, however the reps on hand aren't always the most knowledgeable sources either generally.  Sometimes they are, sometimes not, and it usually just depends on who the companies send.

I'm half expecting Adam Pawlus and to come up with SOMETHING extra to their coverage this, or the following week.

That may not pan out though, as Hasbro seemed to show what was what for the year.  I'm hoping for some surprises, and an answer on whether the VOTC figures see some kind of reshipping schedule on the standard line's cards at some point.

Hasbro will be flat out silly not to do so.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 10:25 PM »
Is it bad when, after taking the test, you're told that you aren't desired within hell due to the fear of your taking over the joint?

If that is bad, ignore what I just said and don't bother me for a while.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Vintage Assortment of 12
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:58 PM »
MisterPL made a good point though.  If these ARE only shipping in minimal #'s, then I'd just as soon they DIDN'T tease us with a Stormtrooper.  To me, that would be the ultimate kick in the ding ding.

I'll be plenty pissed off enough if they make these truly limited figures.  It will be one of the single most craptacular things Hasbro ever did, seriously.  With the already heightened demand it would do nothing but take a big nasty dump on the hobby overall as far as I'm concerned.

These MUST reship on OTC cards, and reship a-plenty.
To do otherwise is to show you honestly DO NOT care about the life of this line I think, nor about your consumer base.

it would be the type of thing where I'd say "if I could only buy one more set of figures, these would be it".

I agree Mosnab.  These are, without a doubt, the best figures Hasbro's ever done judging by these early shots.  They're simply great looking figures that everyone's gonna clamor for.  Let's just hope for the best.

I too was worried after reading that statement of "miss em and you're out" at  Very disconcerting.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:52 PM »
Figure production generally starts a year (+/- couple months) in advance.  A line like the E3 line I'd say, is without a doubt, in some preliminary stages of production right now, as Hasbro's probably just developing the core ideas they want to run with...  Possibly character selection's going on, and gathering what may be necessary from LFL as far as references as well.  

The production of the films is moving deep into the process now where they're working almost exclusively on visual effects with ILM.  That means costuming's done, and a lot of the CGI work is on its way to being done, so character design is almost complete at this time.  Hasbro should have the fuel they need for the choices they need to make (who is good in the initial assortment(s), and who's out, and who's good for later assortments, etc.)...

I'd expect figures the same time in 2005 as they shipped in 2002.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Recarded rehashes up the ying yang!
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:47 PM »
The only thing about the rehashes is that I just am simply hoping that Hasbro repacks these awesome figures that are shipping now, so they're not scarce.

I mean, I know I want lots of Antilles, TIE Pilot, and "Dutch".  I'll take Dodonna's too, as well as lots of the other figures from the other waves even, but that Antilles wave is just the pinnacle of army builders in a single case.

I hope Hasbro's not gonna saturate the market with POTJ figures nobody really wants and short us on the new stuff EVERYONE's clamoring for.

Watto's Junk Yard / Are you a "bad" person?
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:43 PM »
I don't usually get into deep thought, but with one class I'm taking I am somewhat forced into self-reflection and evaluation of who I am and how I behave with and to my fellow man.

I go to a private Catholic College Northeast of Pittsburgh, but relatively close to the city (like 15 minutes).  As it's a Catholic school, I'm forced to take a religious studies/philosophy course as part of my curriculum.  That, at first, seemed AOK by me, as I'm always open to broadening my mind to new things.  No biggie, right?

Well, last semester I took "Introduction to World Religions" because I thought it'd be pretty basic, and give me some grassroots knowledge about religions that (at the time) I thought I already had at least a loose understanding of.

I found out that my instructor, a Catholic priest and a nice guy (don't let my following negative opinion sour you on the kinda guy he is), had different things in mind.  The class encompassed everything from North and South American Indian religious beliefs to religions of the ancient world...  And it ran right up through current religions as well.

A very difficult course ultimately, so I wound up withdrawing because my GPA has to be relatively high for some of my grants and financial aid to be approved.  Better a W than an F.

So this semester I replaced the previous Rel/Phil class with "Contemporary Moral Problems in Modern Society".

Quite a mouthful.

I've found it a bit more easy to comprehend, as there's much less terminology that has words that are completely foreign to me.  Literally.  World Religions of course has tons of terms that are simply not easily translated to the English language so it almost felt like learning some other language necessary for theology classes last semester.

Anyway, my Morality class I'm taking this semester is still difficult because I find my instructor (same priest as last semester) is simply a tough instructor in both his pace and the material he covers.

The class though, discusses various ethical theories and ideas...  Thing's like Kantian Deontologism, Ross's "Prima Facie" Deontologism, Egoism (What I've determined I practice), various forms of Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, etc...

Lots of stuff, simpler to understand though because the basic root of these terms aren't foreign to me so I can cope with this class more.

Anyway, the class makes you reflect on yourself somewhat, because we discuss various ethical situations, and how we personally would react to them.

I find that, when it comes to business (which both my majors are central to) I tend to focus on performing efficiently...  As I should.  To acheive the maximum benefit for the most people.  This sometimes includes difficult choices though, like say cutting benefits to employees when a company is failing (a fairly simplistic example, but you get the point).

On the issue of personal ethical choices though, I find I'm much more the egoist.  To those who dislike me, it's probably no surprise.  To myself, I was slightly surprised to the extent it was, but overall I expected it since I like to think I know myself fairly well, and I know that I like to make myself happy foremost.  

In personal decisions, few outside individuals actually ever influenced me.  

So, do you ever do self-reflection and realize you're a jagoff too?

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Hey
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:59 PM »
Generally the cheaper the tape, the more likely to leave residue there is.  There's masking tape made specifically for hobby enthusiasts, and you may wanna look for it at your local hobby shop.  

I've had the same residue problems in the past.  It happens to us all at some point I think. :)

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New Vintage Assortment of 12
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:53 PM »
The possible "limited edition" status of this line is utter BS.

I just complained about this in the TF thread too, and this one little issue has me royally pissed off, to tell you the truth.  If these ARE Limited (In that they don't release these figures again on the standard line's cards), then Hasbro's done nothing but to make one big advancement to the modern line take about 2 HUGE steps backward.

Like I said at Galactic Hunter, can anyone say "Playmates Star Trek:TNG" with me?

MisterPL was giving me some hope that these super articulated sculpts will be reused, and I truly hope he's correct, but Hasbro's limiting things is a BAD sign overall.  Let us all hope for the best of course.

I was hoping the SA treatment wouldn't even end with these 12, and that we may see it become more widespread across the line as a whole.  I still hope for this.  For a Star Wars toy line that really "wows" you with every new figure.

I'm very curious to see/hear more news from Hasbro about all of this, nonetheless.  They've definitely got my attention right now.

I just hope I'm able to get plenty of these figures as I want them not only for my collection but customizing too.  They're just so great looking.  The Han is, as far as I can tell, perfect.

As for a 2nd Han, I almost wouldn't mind an apology Endor Han over an Emperor.  I see your point about an Emperor though too Matt, and would love both honestly.

Han though, that's a figure that really could stand the soft goods treatment I think, and super articulation given his role at Endor.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: New York - Toy Fair 2004
« on: February 15, 2004, 11:46 PM »
Some reports from say the "Vintage" 12 figures are goiong to only ship once, be $10 each, and never ship after the first allotment is gone.

WTF is up with that?  :(  I'm hoping those figures are mixed into the regular OTC line then at a later point, as they are truly "ultimate" versions of main characters.  The best ever.

If Hasbro drops the ball here, they're making one step forward in Star Wars figures, but taking 2 steps backwards by making them "Chase" figures and expensive chase figures to boot.  This news has me bumming today in what should otherwise be a glorious moment for collectors, especially openers.

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