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Other Collectibles / Exclusive Republic Commando Maquette
« on: March 3, 2005, 04:15 PM »

NOTE: Image shown is a 3-D rendered model of the maquette. The final product is subject to change.

Now available for pre-order at is an exclusive Republic Commando Maquette!  Previously planned as an exclusive to LucasArts employees, this limited maquette by Gentle Giant features a detailed sculpt based on the new Republic Commando video game and will be limited to 400 pieces worldwide. 

Head on over to to grab yours before they are gone!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Mustafar Playset...
« on: March 3, 2005, 09:55 AM »
Another Hasbro update today...

Mustafar Final Duel Playset at Hasbro

Vader, who was once the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, has turned to the dark side and now fights on the side of evil against his former master. Vader and Obi-Wan meet in a climactic confrontation and fight to the finish while dodging blasts from a volcano and overcoming dangerous obstacles.

The Mustafar Final Duel Playset brings the dramatic action of Episode III to life with multiple play features and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader action figures. Battle discs allow you to recreate the Jedi dueling action or launch figures at each other for incredible mid-air battle. Breakaway platforms, a pool of “lava”, and a blasting volcano add to the thrill of this climactic confrontation.

The more I look at it, the more I like it.  I didn't like the Geonosis Arena at first, but the more I longer I own it, the more I like it.  I think this will be much the same for me...


JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2004/05
« on: March 3, 2005, 09:25 AM »
Kobe is definitely not "leading the way" like he should be...   >:(

This is no surprise to me.... Both Scott and I fully expected Kobe to crap out on ya.  Sorry, man.   :(

Of course, up here in the land of Wolves there are plently of surprises to keep me humble in taunting your LAkers.   :'(

Losing to 17-40 Golden-fricken-State last night?  AT HOME?  Yet ANOTHER crappy-ass 4th quarter killed us...  at this point I don't even know why I bother anymore.  ::)

Maybe I'll take a break from sports for a bit and just pick up the Twins in March... I can always jump back on the wolves bandwagon when/if they make the playoffs I guess.

In fact, hey look it's March now!  And the first Twins grapefruit league game is today!

[prompty removes himself from the Wolves bandwagon... goodbye NBA season 04-05]


Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: March 2, 2005, 10:38 PM »
Anyone interested in having breakfast with Wicket? 

Eh.... not sure if I need to go to this.

I guess, what with it being a catered breakfast, the $50 probably breaks down like this:

$10 - Autograph charge
$10 - Goodie Bag
$15 - C3 Vader
$15 - Catered Hot Breakfast

Or something... So you are probably getting $50 worth of "stuff" if you go.  I think I'd rather have the $50 instead.  I can buy my own breakfast for $5 and Vader for $15.


The new one has a little opening on the lower right hand side, looks like a try me feature was added changing the bubble slightly...


Looks like the packaging is changing a bit on this one...

Here's what it looked like originally:

And here's what it looks like now:

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - Large Vehicle Assortment
« on: March 2, 2005, 10:16 AM »
Yeah, that's what worries me about the screwhole talk...

EVERY promo picture I've seen uses the "left" hand side of the ship (from the pilots POV).

If they aren't taking ANY pictures for promo use on the other side, there has to be a reason, and the number of ugly screwholes is probably the reason...  :-\


LEGO / Re: TRU Exclusive "Imperial Inspection" LEGO Set
« on: March 1, 2005, 07:57 PM »
I don't think this is necessarily a TRU exclusive.  I saw it at a LEGO store today.

From the official site:

"On the subject of updated sets, Bruns offered a tantalizing glimpse of a surprise Toys R Us exclusive coming in March."

Meaning TRU gets it as the retail exclusive, BUT LEGO can sell it via their stores (retail and on-line) like they do every set.  The same way that Hasbro can get away with selling store exclusives at their "Once Upon a Toy" store at Disney.

What they mean by "exclusive" is that it is not going to be available at Wal-Mart, Target, etc.   I guess, technically, it should be a called a "shared" exclusive. 


Here I'll help out...


I was on MTV.

I'll take anyone from the NY Giants... is Eli Manning still available?


Just give him someone from the Yankees and move on...  :P

LEGO / TRU Exclusive "Imperial Inspection" LEGO Set
« on: March 1, 2005, 01:24 PM »

When the Official Site said "coming in March", they meant it!

The Toys R Us exclusive Imperial Inspection LEGO Set was spotted by yours truly in Minnesota today!

For $49.99 plus tax you get: 
the Imperial Shuttle, four all-new stormtroopers, two Imperial Guards, two Imperial Officers, the Emperor, and Darth Vader.

I like the new-look for the Stormies, very nice!  Too bad the rest of the set is re-hashed stuff...  :(


The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Trailer
« on: March 1, 2005, 10:14 AM »
Well, my wife actually likes to watch "The O.C." so hopefully she'll watch for me and let me know when the commercials are coming on so I can just watch those to try to catch it...


Kubricks / Series 4
« on: March 1, 2005, 10:11 AM »
Looks great, Mikey! 

Glad you like the Johnny cases - they work great IMHO.   ;)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - Battle Arena Assortment.
« on: March 1, 2005, 10:09 AM »
Gah  >:(

I will probably buy these, just like I bought the lame Ep1 Deluxe with lightsaber figures and the stupid force flipping figures from Ep2 (thanks to my "I need 1 of every different figure" OCD  ::)), BUT I'll wait until they are on clearance for only $9.99 at TRU before I buy them though. 

That makes me feel a bit better... kind of... I guess.   :-\


Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: March 1, 2005, 09:33 AM »
BTW, as we discussed a while back, there were TWO different Bobe Fett Bust-ups shown at Comic Con last year. Anyone have a picture of the one that's apparently not going to be available now, which lost out in favor of this Silver crap? I can't recall now what that one looked like...

Here was the picture of the 2nd Fett from SDCC:

Fett #2

Nick said that it was only a scaled down version of the Boba Mini-Bust...

From speaking to the Gentle Giant people in Chicago, they said that the Boba Fett that is just a sized down version of the original mini-bust may not be part of the line.  It might have only been a display piece, and nothing more.


JD Sports Forum! / Re: JediDefender Fantasy Basketball
« on: February 28, 2005, 09:10 PM »
Absolutely, JAWS gains 8 categories, rebounds, blocks, 3's in a HUGE way, and loses only in assists slightly.  Because of that lopsided deal, all 9 of us may as well quit right now.  At least I'm trying to salvage my season.


Nothing like being a bit dramatic, eh?

The Jaws trade (which ISN'T finalized yet and can still be vetoed):

Jaws (Players to Trade)
K. Garnett (Min - F)   season rank 2
A. Jamison (Was - F)  season rank 41
E. Curry (Chi - C)  season rank 185

Dunking Wookiees (Players to Trade)
R. Allen (Sea - SG)  season rank 15
J. O'Neal (Ind - PF) season rank 78
E. Okafor (Cha - FC) season rank 85

Average of Jaws 3 players traded: 76
Average of Wookiees 3 players traded: 59

Brian is getting KG, season rank #2 (and the best player included in the trade), so I'd expect a bit of lopside towards jaws for that reason...

Now let's look at your trade...

Dressel's Rebels (Players to Trade)
A. Miller (Den - PG)  season rank 71
C. Atkins (LAL - PG)  season rank 59
W. Szczerbiak (Min - SF)  season rank 102

The Famine (Players to Trade)
A. Iverson (Phi - G,PG,SG)  season rank 18
A. Walker (Bos - F)   season rank 37

Average of Dressel 3 players traded: 83
Average of Famine 2 players traded: 28
With numbers as lop-sided as this, I'd expect Famine to be getting the #1 rated player at LEAST.  Since I don't see Famine getting any kind of KG quality player, I have to assume it's a crappy trade.

Let's be real here... Give me a break ::)


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