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Round Two Voting Open at StarWars.com

- Ben Kenobi (ANH)
- Lando Calrissian (ESB)
- Darth Revan
- Sabine Wren
- Gamorrean Guard
- Snowtrooper
- General Grievous

Looks like our unofficial results were pretty close.  Those outstanding polls (Rebelscum, Action Figure Fury, ComicBook.com, Fwoosh, and possibly others) must have had some good support for Sabine, Ben, and Lando to get them to leapfrog Asajj, Starkiller, and Mara Jade.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« on: July 1, 2015, 10:11 PM »
Jesse - Kessel: Geno or Sid winger?


As for the Wild... we locked up a bunch of guys from last year (Granlund, Carter, Prosser), some post-college entry-level guys (Reilly, Michalek), and some depth for Iowa (Hagel, Dalpe, Fedotenko, Knight). 

Looks like we'll be heading into 2015-16 with a team that's pretty much the same - just missing last year's rentals (Leopold, Stewart, Bergenheim) and Brodziak.  Not sure how I feel about that.  Brodziak could be frustrating, but really good on face-offs and PK.   :-\

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Up to 19 sites now - JediDefender, Yakface, Flyguy, Sir Steve's Guide, Jedi Temple Archives, Galactic Hunter, Wolfpack Podcast, Black Series Facebook Fans, Jedi News UK, Yoda's News, 4lomkuss.com, JediBusiness, Star Wars Collector, Making Star Wars, Topless Robot, Collectors Cantina, Imperial Ship Yards, Jedi Insider, SW Action News.

Current totals (1st place vote = 6 points, 2nd = 5, etc):

72   Darth Revan
44   Gamorrean Guard
25   Snowtrooper
24   Starkiller
23   General Grievous
22.5   Asajj Ventress
21   Ben Kenobi (ANH)
17.5   Mara Jade
15.5   Lando Calrissian (ESB)
14   Emperor's Royal Guard
11   Zuckuss
10   Ahsoka Tano (CW)
8   4-LOM
8   Sabine Wren
7.5   Hammerhead
7   C-3PO
6   Anamaman
5.5   Bib Fortuna
5   Admiral Ackbar
5   Darth Talon
5   Grand Admiral Thrawn
4   Count Dooku
4   Dengar
4   Luke Skywalker (ANH)
4   Wedge Antilles
3   AT-AT Driver
3   Darth Maul (CW)
2.5   Gand Moff Tarkin
2   Cad Bane
2   Captain Rex
2   Jango Fett
2   Jawas
2   Padme Amidala (ROTS)
2   Princess Leia (ANH)
1   ARC Trooper Fives
1   Bo Katan
1   Dash Rendar
1   Jaxxon
1   Max Rebo
1   Qui-Gon Jinn

** Still need results from at least 5 more sites that seemed to be running polls too (thanks google search!) - Rebelscum, Creature Cantina, Fwoosh, ComicBook.com, Action Figure Fury. 

If you know of other sites/results, please share so we can update the totals. Thanks!

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If that were the case, then it would have been a pretty dick move for Hasbro to include this in the original release:

"PLEASE NOTE: All STAR WARS characters are eligible for the poll, EXCEPT characters from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS."

Anyway, that "not Disney EU" may not apply to Revan anyway.  He is a big part of the current Star Wars: The Old Republic video game expansion, so you could make the argument that he  is Disney SW canon since the expansion came out after Disney. ;)

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Hasbro isn't bound to make the top vote getter, are they?

According to the original press release, yeah - the winner of this 6" Fan Choice Poll gets a 6" figure in 2016.

The weighted top 6 from this fan site round will be posted on StarWars.com for voting round 2 starting tomorrow, July 2nd.  Round 2 voting lasts a week.  Then the winner of the StarWars.com round of voting will be announced at the Hasbro SDCC Panel and made into a 6" figure.

All of this subject to whatever Hasbro wants to do, of course.  Once the voting is back in Hasbro/SW.com hands, plenty of room for shenanigans to occur.  :-X

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Was chatting with someone last night and then Adam Pawlus on twitter - this fan choice poll is a pretty good look at the demographics of the sites.

A place like this, with a lot of collectors who have been around forever = 4 ESB, 2 ANH in our top six.  GH is another example - 3 ROTJ, 2 ANH, 1 EU.

Many newer sites (including some that I've never heard of until today) = lots of CW, EU, prequels.  Podcasting based sites also seem to skew towards EU/CW.

Grumble Grumble...Revan?  Seriously?

Someone pointed me to the JediBusiness 6" poll results - they have Revan (Reborn) at #3 and Revan (NOT Reborn) at #6.  I don't even know what that means... ???

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C-3PO is a repaint.  Best paint update they made is coloring his knee the correct silver color.  TVC version had an incorrectly colored gold knee.

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What is the throne that he has pictured with the Jabba's?

That is the Walmart Jabba throne/dais.

The new one is the top picture right? I like the bottom one better.

In that pic, yes the top one is the new TRU Jabba.

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Doing some unofficial vote tallying this morning. 

Sites reporting so far (19) - JediDefender, Yakface, Flyguy, Sir Steve's Guide, Jedi Temple Archives, Galactic Hunter, Wolfpack Podcast, Black Series Facebook Fans, Jedi News UK, Yoda's News, 4lomkuss.com, JediBusiness, Star Wars Collector, Making Star Wars, Topless Robot, Collectors Cantina, Imperial Ship Yards, Jedi Insider, SW Action News.

Current totals (1st place vote = 6 points, 2nd = 5, etc):

72   Darth Revan
44   Gamorrean Guard
25   Snowtrooper
24   Starkiller
23   General Grievous
22.5   Asajj Ventress
21   Ben Kenobi (ANH)
17.5   Mara Jade
15.5   Lando Calrissian (ESB)
14   Emperor's Royal Guard
11   Zuckuss
10   Ahsoka Tano (CW)
8   4-LOM
8   Sabine Wren
7.5   Hammerhead
7   C-3PO
6   Anamaman
5.5   Bib Fortuna
5   Admiral Ackbar
5   Darth Talon
5   Grand Admiral Thrawn
4   Count Dooku
4   Dengar
4   Luke Skywalker (ANH)
4   Wedge Antilles
3   AT-AT Driver
3   Darth Maul (CW)
2.5   Gand Moff Tarkin
2   Cad Bane
2   Captain Rex
2   Jango Fett
2   Jawas
2   Padme Amidala (ROTS)
2   Princess Leia (ANH)
1   ARC Trooper Fives
1   Bo Katan
1   Dash Rendar
1   Jaxxon
1   Max Rebo
1   Qui-Gon Jinn

If you know of other sites/results, please share so we can update the totals. Thanks!

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Lists are due to Hasbro at Midnight on July 1...so get cracking!  The Top 6 vote getters move on

Here is the JD top six list that was sent to Hasbro last night:

1 - Zuckuss
2 - 4-LOM
3 - Lando (ESB)
4 - Snowtrooper
5 - Ben Kenobi (ANH)
6 - Hammerhead

Thanks again to all who voted!

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« on: July 1, 2015, 10:16 AM »
But since we're poking fun, the Forbes report most people refer to indicated only one U.S. based franchise hemorrhaging more than $10 million per season - the Minnesota Wild.   :-X  :P  (and yeah, I don't really believe the Wild are losing more than the Panthers or Yotes either, I think that's some darn fine accounting)

Those $10mil loss numbers are skewed because of the $10mil (2012), $10mil (2013), and $5mil (2015) signing bonus payments to Parise and Suter. 

Having to write out $20mil in bonus checks just before the lockout and then another $20mil after a half-season really hurt the team (at least on paper) for sure.  That's the price they had to pay though to get those guys.

Recent estimates put them at about a $4-5mil loss, closer to breaking even with the deep playoff runs the last few years.

Its funny how a state that is so hockey mad can have a team that barely makes money.  Part of it is just competition.  Football seems to come first, then when winter rolls around, there is so much hockey (high school, college, Wild, etc) people don't really eat-sleep-breathe Wild hockey unless the team is great...  and let's face it, the last few years have been good, but we're certainly not much of a regular season club yet.

Each of the last two years we had to struggle to make the playoffs as a 7-8 seed range because we always seem to have a nice December slump or goalie melt-down. :(

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GH has a closer look at the all-new Jabba.

So, confirmed to be 100% new...  still not worth $130.  :-X

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2015
« on: July 1, 2015, 12:07 AM »
I for one considered Saad as part of the 'Future of the Franchise' players to go along with Towes and Kane, so it's really hard for me to understand this move.  Please someone help me make sense of this.

On one hand, I feel bad for you guys.  On the other, I can stop worrying about a Toews-Kane-Saad 3-on-3 OT against us.  :P  (who am I kidding, Toews-Kane-Keith is bad enough  :-\)


(revenue in the NHL is largely driven by Canadian franchises folks, that's why it matters even though pay is in greenbacks)

I think you mean revenue is largely driven by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Rogers/Sportsnet TV contract.   :P

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Does the pamphlet give specific details on the evolution from the stormtrooper armor from Ep 6-Ep 7?

Unfortunately, that information is still classified. :P

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