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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III line....April 2nd, 2005
« on: January 7, 2005, 09:09 AM »
which looks to have a removable hood. 

Is it a removable hood?  Or is it maybe one of those "turning heads" action features, a la Man-E-Faces from the He-Man line?

I wouldn't be surprised if one side of the head was Old Palpatine and the other side of the head was wrinkly Sidious with a little turny-wheel in the back to switch the faces...


Kubricks / Re: Kubricks and Minimates
« on: January 7, 2005, 12:42 AM »
Got these in the mail today (boy, Ningyoushi was FAST with shipping :)).

Animated Batman S1 Killer Croc
Animated Batman S1 Man-Bat
Sesame Street S1 Big Bird
Sesame Street S1 The Count
Sesame Street S1 Grover
Sesame Street S1 Ernie

I have to say that Sesame Street Series 1 Ernie is my new favourite Kuby.   :)  I can't wait for SweatyFrog to send me my Bert to go with him!   ;D


Feedback / Re: Darth Paul's feedback
« on: January 6, 2005, 01:57 PM »
Great first transaction with Darth Paul.

He was quick to respond to PMs and quick to pay (which is always a good thing :)).

Glad to help ya out, Paul!  ;)


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 6, 2005, 01:53 PM »
i want to know if the all-white clones w/battle damage are going to have the damage marks all in identical spots or if all four will have differently placed and shaped battle markings?

From the looks of the picture at EE:

It looks like the blast marks on the Red and Blue Clones ARE in different spots, the red has a blast mark on his left, the blue more of a scortch mark on his right, but no one really knows until better pictures with all 4 dirty clones surface or people start receiving them...  :-\


Fan Art / Re: My latest "Cable Original" - Imperial Dignitary
« on: January 6, 2005, 12:36 PM »

Nice Art, Bill.  Not as great as some of your others, but better than I can do for sure. still sucks though...



Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 6, 2005, 11:37 AM »
$158 for Logray = no Logray for me...   :'(

Wish I could have gotten in on the $55 one from Ningyoushi.   :(


Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: January 5, 2005, 03:22 PM »
Everything I hear on these says that they are delayed, but why?   I guess I'm not really sure of why they got delayed.

They haven't really even popped up anywhere in the rumor mill that I have seen... still is still a strong chance that they show up at Target at/around the Ep3 melee though ;)


Other Toy Lines / Re: Star Trek
« on: January 5, 2005, 11:40 AM »
For those interested in the Johnny Lightning ships, it sounds like NewForce Ccomics is doing full sets INCLUDING chase peices as well...

We have received our shipment and will be able to make complete sets of all 6 series 1 ships available for $24.99 (+ shipping). They are not on the site yet, so please email for ordering details, if interested in obtaining a set ( Thanks.

***UPDATE 1/1/05*** We have received an incredible number of requests, far exceeding our existing supply (wow!). We are trying to determine if we can get additional cases in route to us, and will respond to all inquiries asap!

***UPDATE 1/3/05*** I believe we will be able to procure more cases directly from JL, so we should be able to fill all requests, as well as new orders-we will email specific ordering instructions to all that have emailed us requesting. Also, we will be shipping the rare/chase white lightning ships as part of sets at NO additional cost...

May be worth your while to drop them an email and see if you can stil get in on the pre-ordering for complete sets of ships?


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 5, 2005, 11:15 AM »
Dang, it looks like Winnipeg is the coldest place on earth today...  :(


Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: January 5, 2005, 11:12 AM »
Oh and it's a motley crew at that.  There's what, 8 of us in a room :o *shudder*  Think about one bathroom after a night of beer and hot wings ;)

I'm already planning on bringing a new can of Glade/Oust Air Freshner, and maybe a 3M organic vapor respirator to sleep in.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:57 AM »
I want to play too...

TEMP  -17°C (1°F)
Overcast  FEELS LIKE   -26°C (-14°F)
WIND   N 19 km/h
DEWPOINT   -21°C (-5°F)
PRESSURE   103.57 kPa  
CEILING   11000 ft

Oooh... we're colder than Canada!


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:37 AM »
You know, on second thought Brent, maybe Hong Kong would be a better place for collectors to live?

You could nab cheap Kubricks AND pick up the Star Wars stuff that "falls" off the Hasbro trucks AND you'd have it all weeks before everyone else in the USA!   :P

Hmmm... maybe I better ask the wife if she ever wanted to move to Asia?   :-\


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:18 AM »
And we still have a 1/4" of ice pellets on the ground...weird weird weird

No kidding!  That stuff just won't melt!   >:(

I've been out every day whacking away with the ice-breaker trying to clear the driveway and walk.   :(

It is truly strange that we've only had 2.8" of snow so far, while places just 2 hours north of south get that much in a single storm.   :-\

I'm starting to get worried that we are going to just get hammered in March to make up for it...


Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 5, 2005, 10:11 AM »
I agree, $35 plus shipping is too much for this set individually.

However, since Jim, Brent, and I are splitting a case, we are each getting a set of four 4-packs for $112, that's only $28 for each 4-pack or $7 per figure shipped.

Maybe that's $8 more than if I was able to find 4 CW Clones back in 2003, but I guess I understand because:

1 - it's a year later
2 - At least 3 of the 4 sets have "new"/different figures thanks to the colors and battle damage
3 - it's an EE exclusive

In fact, I'd wager that the $35 price is almost ALL Entertainment Earth's doing, NOT Hasbro's.  EE is the same company after all that "let" us buy the Holiday Jawas for $17.99 even though the 2003 Holiday set was $12.99 at Wal-Mart.  Were Jawas more complex than R2/3PO?  No.  EE knew we (the complete-ists) would pay whatever the price they set to get it.

If this set were at Target/TRU/Wal-Mart, I can easily see it falling into the $20-25 price range for 4 ultra-articulated Clones.  The fact of the matter is though that this set is not at Target, it's at EE and they can charge whatever the heck they want (like it or not).

It sounds like this set was proposed by EE and created for EE.  It is an exclusive that EE requested.  I don't think it would have been done if EE had not specifically gone to Hasbro and asked for this type of Army builder set.

EE knows what they've got.  They are run by SW Collectors who keep a close eye on the communities, they are most definately aware of the demand for these.  It's a 4-pack of highly articulated army builders with new decos on 3 of 4 sets.  They know that the completists will buy at least 1 of each for the packaging, the army-builders will want in on them, the loose completeists will end up bying a set or two to get the colored troops, etc.

As such, it's no surprise that EE has set the prices on these the way they did.  They know what they've got here and they know (thanks to vOTC) that collectors will pay a higher price if the product is good enough.  They know that while there may be vocal outcry on fansites, they'll still sell out most likely.  

Is it Hasbro's fault?  I don't think they care what EE does once they ship the product to EE.  After it's gone, I don't think Hasbro really cares much.  I also don't think Hasbro would ever say anythig to EE about the pricing.   :-\

So, do I think the pricing sucks on these?  Yes.  Is it Hasbro's fault?  Probably not, probably EE's fault.  Am I going to end up buying them?  I already put in my order.   :-[

I am not trying to excuse the price away, but simply stating my opinion.  I think it's another Sandcrawler-esque example of "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it".  


Wait...  is this thread for 2005 or 2006?

Oh well, I'll do BOTH.

2005 - NO REPACKS!  It's a prequel movie year, so if we get ANY OT figures, they should be NEW.

2006 - I wouldn't mind a few repacks to keep the line going past RotS's run at the theaters.  But no more than 50% of the line should be repacks though!  And they should be figures we haven't seen 1000000 times (like CT Han).  I'd like to see more of the vOTC figures, CT R2-D2, and a few others...


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