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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: March 28, 2008, 12:53 PM »
Just finishing up Book I of the Dark Nest Trilogy.  can't decide if I like it yet or not.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: March 28, 2008, 12:52 PM »
Here's a stupid question, where do you buy comic books? Do you subscribe to them?  I've done searches for comic book stores in my area and they are either out of business or just don't exist. It not like I'm in a rural area or anything. You would think they would be more plentiful in southern california.

I think subscription has taken away a lot of the retail business.  In the Midwest, there are a handful of toy/comic type stores in bigger cities.  If you're not an avid reader, Ebay is actually not a bad place to find deals on older stuff.

I personally used to shop at a local store until December when they took away their discount.  I now use a subscription service called SciFi Genre - they offer great discounts, cover selection, super cheap shipping, AND you get a free bag and board with each book.  Pretty awesome deal.  I buy at least ten regular titles, which gives me a 20% discount on everything I buy.  They have carry a limited assortment of toys, which are also discount priced if you're a subscriber.   ;)

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 28, 2008, 12:36 PM »
I think between TB and Hasbro, we've gotten most of big name characters in fairly good versions.  However, if you follow Hasbro logic for Star Wars, they should be releasing versions of the big guns every year or at least every other year.  We see a Vader, Luke, Leia, Chewie, Yoda, etc. pretty much every year and to my shock and awe, these seem to sell every single year.  Kids coming into the franchise want the big name players, so regardless of what has been available in the past, I think there's room for remakes or even rereleases of some of the bigger name characters, especially if that helps gets more waves out per year and brings news/excitement to the line.

As a collector, I only grab the Avengers and am pretty happy with these releases to date:

Giant Man BAF - Awesome
Wasp - two solid versions plus a mini from the Goliath pack
Hulk - decent enough
S1 or Face off Cap - Good enough
Iron Man - Between FA, Series 1, 90's, and current versions, there are more than enough Iron Man figs.  I'd love to an upgraded 80's version (remake of S1), but otherwise he's good
Thor - could of good versions between the TB and Hasbro lines

Other figs that are good enough as they are:

Quicksilver - good, but wish I could find the green suit variant
Scarlet Witch - okay, but not my favorite sculpt
Black Panther
Ant-Man (full size and mini)
Vision (Phasing and regular)
Ms Marvel
Captain Marvel
Modern Wonder Man (see below)
Spiderwoman (Both versions)
Moon Knight
Young Avengers Box Set Figs

Figs that I think they either need to make or redo:

Black Widow - both of these versions are horrible. Body is okay, but redo the head
Wonder Man First Appearance and/or Red overcoat - can't believe they haven't made one or the other yet.
Black Knight - Sorry, but the latest Hasbro version is awful.  Would love to see a better 80's version and or his grunge look when he work the avengers bomber and held a laser sword
Quasar (Male Version)
Tigra - coming out in wave 4, but not sure if she's any good
Remaining Young Avengers - I have customs of Stature and Kate (Hawkeye), but would be great to release these for others.  Can't believe they made Iron Lad instead of Stature!  And what about Speed?
Avengers chicks in general seem to get the shaft. Where are all of these figures?
Moon Dragon

Again, I've got customs of 3 of the 5, but would be nice to see these in wide release.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Thread
« on: March 28, 2008, 12:17 AM »
Here's what I'm reading:

 X  Avengers Classic
 X  Avengers: The Initiative (dropping this with issue #12 I think - kind of bored with it)
 X  Captain America (just started, not very impressed yet)
 X  Invincible Iron Man (New series, looks good)
 X  Iron Man: Director of SHIELD (Getting a little bored with this one - move the plot along already)
 X  Marvel Previews
 X  Mighty Avengers
 X  Ms. Marvel (Awesome book.  Funny, lots of action, great stories)
 X  New Avengers
 X  Secret Invasion (Can't wait to see who's actually a skrull!)
 X  Star Wars: Dark Times
 X  Star Wars: KOTOR
 X  Star Wars: Legacy
 X  Star Wars: Rebellion
 X  Thor (one of the best books I've read in a long time - highly recommend it)
 X  Transformers Spotlights & Ongoing Series (Think Mirage and Grimlock are the next ones to hit)
 X  X-Factor: Quick and the Dead (I have a soft spot for Quicksilver, so I'm giving this a shot)
 X  Young Avengers Presents (Really missed this team - happy to have them back even on a limited basis)


The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: The Return of Saga Legends
« on: March 27, 2008, 11:33 PM »
Please please please just make all of the new Legends figs versions of Darth Vader throughout the years. 

I'd buy.  :P

But seriously, Vader is the most identifiable character from Star Wars.  Don't you think it makes sense to have him on the pegs frequently?  (I'm not aiming this specifically at you Jman, just JD'ers in general).

LOL - I know you would!  I do think there's something to be said for re-releases of the main characters despite collectors already having 20+ versions.  These are the most popular characters for kids, so makes sense to have them available in some form most of the time.  I didn't buy any of the common characters in the Legends line this last year (Vader, R2, Chewie, etc.), but they all seem to sell, since none of those are on the pegs at the store I'm shopping now.  That means somebody's buying them, so kudos to Hasbro for trying to satisfy everyone.

All that being said, I would be totally fine with them never releasing another Darth Vader ever again.   ;)

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Recent 30AC Purchases
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:42 PM »
Are youguys finding your wave 2 at Target or Wal-Mart?  Hopefully Target... ;D

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 2008 Target Order 66 2-Packs
« on: March 26, 2008, 11:23 PM »
Pittsburgh,PA actually.

That's unusual.  Have any of you West Coasters been checking DPCIs?  I know a few of us in Minnesota have been checking regularly, but no sign of them in the stockrooms around here yet.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Your Battle Pack Ideas?
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:45 PM »
My Ultimate Battle Pack Idea is no more Ultimate Battle Packs.  They're too big.

I agree, but I think you'd find more room if you opened your sets.  I also think it's probably the only way we might get small playset type settings from Hasbro.

Well, the other way to get a small playset would be for Hasbro to cancel the battle packs and start up a new assortment of small playsets.   ;)

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Your Dream Wave?
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:34 PM »
You are becomming more of a gang banger every day my friend...  :o

PMed you a death threat.  ;)

....and at the same time, whiter than ever.   ;)

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Your Most Wanted Jedi Figure?
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:32 PM »
That's to make ice cream, I don't think it requires Force Powers for that.

Egg-zactly.  ;)  You're reading too much into it Steve

And I don't think all of the non-jedi picks were jokes, but I don't want to name names.  You know who you are.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Your Battle Pack Ideas?
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:42 PM »
My Ultimate Battle Pack Idea is no more Ultimate Battle Packs.  They're too big.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 2008 Target Order 66 2-Packs
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:41 PM »
Someone at 'Scum claims they got someone at Target to pull them out case.

That's very possible - is he also on the West Coast?  Should be hitting your stores first, as usual.   :P

Changed mine.  He went from a redeemable baddie in the OT to more of a tragically misguided figure in the prequels. You also get a feel for how set up he was by the Emperor - he didn't just decide to be a bad guy, he was heavily pushed in that direction by Palpy.  When I see the OT now, I feel more pity for him than anything else.

The Original Trilogy / Re: TIE FIGHTERS
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:37 PM »
Since Tie's don't have hyperspace capability are there perhaps hyperspace rings for them?, or would they be hyperspace squares  :P 

Just thinking that maybe in a circumstance instead of some sort of capital ship carrying a load of TIE's would it be possible for maybe a 1/2 sqaud to fly in some how for whatever reason, maybe just to relieve another group of TIE's/ replacements.

Your thoughts?

I think that by the OT and beyond, there were enough carrier ships to carry squadrons of TIEs wherever they needed to go.  With no sheilds as well, it makes more sense to send a larger vessel on a mission carrying several ties than sending multiple ties via external hyperdrive fittings.  Plus you have the added fire support of a larger ship, it can refuel the TIEs, etc.  The Empire is also largely based on intimidation, so their strategy was likely to send an enormous force somewhere to overwhelm the enemy and get them to surrender, rather than sending out one or two fighters on various missions. 

I guess they must have gotten better at fitting smaller ships with hyper-drives as well, so for missions involving individual fighters, you'd probably use something slightly larger and far more durable Post ROTS.  The Xwings and Ywings have them and they're not that much bigger than Xwings.  Plus the Empire has added resources, so you'd think they could develop new tech at least as fast as the rebels.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: The Return of Saga Legends
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:24 PM »
I'd give my left nut if they'd just do more Darth Vader figures.  Please please please just make all of the new Legends figs versions of Darth Vader throughout the years.  That way I don't have to buy any of them.

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