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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC & VPTC
« on: February 23, 2005, 04:05 PM »
Perhaps my biggest fear is that Hasbro'd try and release these on vintage style cardbacks.  Take a black card, slap Attack of the Clones in a classically styled logo and try to market that.  Essentially I'm really worried they're going to end up cheapening the whole vintage concept for the sake of some $$. :-\

This is exactly what they are thinking of doing.

They would take the Vintage style cards and just transpose them into Prequel movies. 

SW Card style = TPM
ESB Card style = AotC
RotJ Card style = RotS

I don't think that they would be dumb enough to try the vPTC on the unique cards from the movies as it would be kinda lame.  I am totally picturing some crass bastardization of the Vintage cards for this line (if and when it does happen).   :-\


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Simple pleasures
« on: February 23, 2005, 03:50 PM »
Here's another one....

When you open up a 20oz. bottle of Coke that you got for FREE and find another "You win a free 20oz Coke" under the cap.

I am currently on a THREE free Coke streak.   ;D

Buy one --> get one free --> get one free --> get one free --> ?

Here's hoping when I pick up my next Coke, that one is a winner too!


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Deanpaul!!
« on: February 23, 2005, 03:46 PM »
Happy B-Day, Deanpaul! 

Hope it is a good one for ya!



Kubricks / Series 4
« on: February 23, 2005, 03:43 PM »
Just for laughs, we were brain-storming the possible Chases over lunch:

Darth Vader (w/lightsaber):
Spirit Anakin
Holo Vader
Scarred Anakin Head
Ep3 Anakin
Imperial Officer

Emperor (w/Energy Bolts and Cane):
Holo Emperor
Royal Guard
Imperial Dignitary

Stormtrooper (w/Rifle):
Biker Scout
TIE Pilot
Snow Trooper

Bespin Luke Skywalker (w/Pistol and Lightsaber):
Dagobah Luke
Jedi Luke
Hoth Luke
Wampa Chow Luke
Bespin Guard

Hoth Han Solo (w/Pistol):
Blue Coat Hoth Han
Hoth Leia
Hoth Chewie

Nien Numb (w/Pistol):
General Lando
Admiral Ackbar
General Madine
Endor Rebel

When it comes to these guys, there are so many dang possibities!



Kubricks / Series 4
« on: February 23, 2005, 03:24 PM »
Well, for Chases,

Series 1 had 2 Fett chases and both were simple color variants on the arm-bands.

For Series 2, there was 1 simple Color Variant (Sandtrooper), 1 accessory variant (Cantina Band Dude), and 1 unique figure (Indy).

For Series 3, there was 1 simple "accessory" variant (vinyl cape Jawa) and TWO unique figures as chases - Carbonite Sickness Han and Logray.

That's the fun part about Kubricks - no one knows how many chases or what they will be until they are released!  There could be 3 unique figures, or maybe only 1 chase - no guarantees!

And yes, by fun I mean "fun" right up until you realize you have to start chasing figures.   :P


Kubricks / Series 4
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:24 AM »

Here's my Kubrick "Most Wanted" list for the next few waves:

Wave 4: Return of the Jedi
1.  Darth Vader (3:12) w/Spirit Anakin Chase (1:96)
2.  Yoda (3:12) w/Spirit Yoda Chase (1:96)
3.  Slave Leia (3:12) w/ Boushh Chase (3:48)
4.  The Emperor (1:12)
5.  Jedi Luke (1:12)
6.  Stormtrooper (1:12)

Cool, I got 3/6 of my Most Wanted in Series 4 and I can handle Bespin Luke instead of Jedi Luke so that's 4/6, very nice!

I'll have to go with the Han for a Variant (based on the fact that the S2 and S3 both had Han variants), but I'll stick with my Spirit Anakin Chase guess for Vader.   :)


Other Collectibles / Re: Master Replicas, mini sabers
« on: February 23, 2005, 08:52 AM »
I was also informed at Toy Fair by one of the MR reps that they have an SDCC and a C3 exclusive mini saber on tap for later this year.

From forum member Gundam aka Rod at the Jawa:

ROTS Obi Wan Kenobi BLACK SMOKE CHROMED .45 Scale Replica Lightsaber

ROTS Anakin Skywalker BLACK SMOKE CHROMED .45 Scale Replica Lightsaber

ROTS Darth Sidious BLACK SMOKE CHROMED .45 Scale Replica Lightsaber"

Looks like you guys/gals will have some hunting to do...


Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: February 22, 2005, 04:56 PM »
Just and after-thought I had. The Rebo figures are first releases, where as the carded ones are variations. That will probably hold the price up.

I think that will play a BIG price in why these stay a bit more expensive, kinda like the Early Bird set (which seems to be creeping up again).

Most (like me) can resist the carded figures since they are variants, but with new figures like this, it's hard to pass on them.


Since we'll likely be lumped together in a group, I'll proably just go where you and J-MAC tell me to go...

For sure I'm going to grab my allotment of 4 C3 Vaders (for me and a couple other local guys) and I'll probably try to buy up the rest of the exclusives as well to bring back here and offer up to my "groupies".

You groupies know who you are... ;)


Here's how I see it shaking out for me and all the Hasbro stuff...

Basic Action Figures - $5.99
2x of each (1 carded, 1 loose) to start
multiples (2-4) of selected Army builders

Deluxe Action Figures - $9.99
1x of each (loose), hopefully on clearance  ;)

Battle Arenas - $19.99
1x each (loose) - sure they may suck, but that dang figure OCD kicks in again...  :-[

12" Figures - $19.99-$49.99
no thank you

Vehicles - Battle Vehicles - $14.99
1x each (loose), perhaps an extra AT-RT if it is cool enough

Vehicles - Assault Vehicles - $19.99
1x each (loose)

Vehicles - Gunship (Large) - $29.99
1x ARC-170
0x Republic Gunship (I've already got the AotC and CW versions, 2 is plenty).

Playsets - $29.99
1x Mustafar Playset (loose), hopefully on clearance  ;)

Unleashed - $14.99
no thank you

Force Battlers - $9.99
no thank you

Galactic Heroes - $4.99
1x each (loose), hopefully all those 3-yr old's don't mind  :P

Jedi Force - $7.99
no thank you

Darth Tater - $7.99
no thank you

Attacktix - $5.99 to $9.99
no thank you

Role Play - Various Prices
no thank you

I think that about covers it...


Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool's Jedi Force Line
« on: February 22, 2005, 12:22 PM »
A Few More Details from Hasbro...


In 2005, the “force” returns with PLAYSKOOL’S new STAR WARS JEDI FORCE toy line that includes figures and role-playing toys from the entire STAR WARS franchise.  Preschoolers will enjoy STAR WARS play as they “become” their favorite characters like LUKE SKYWALKER, HAN SOLO, ANAKIN SKYWALKER, YODA and DARTH VADER.  Experience the STAR WARS adventure in your home and choose the side you want to be on.


($7.99 each; 3 and up; Fall 2005)

YODA & SWAMP STOMPER “Enjoy Yoda, you will!”  As the green, big-eared master of the JEDI, the YODA figure comes complete with his SWAMP STOMPER and GREEN lightsaber ready to travel through the swamps and protect against the Dark Side. 

LUKE SKYWALKER & SPEEDER BOARD Put your LUKE SKYWALKER figure’s JEDI skills to the test!  Equipped with his SPEEDER BOARD and his BLUE lightsaber, take the LUKE SKYWALKER figure on his journey to rescue his friends and his father, DARTH VADER.

DARTH VADER & PROBE DROID Fight as or against the DARK SIDE with the DARTH VADER figure!  Attach the PROBE DROID to the DARTH VADER toy’s arm and press the red button on the top to open up the DROID CLAW.  He also comes with his infamous RED lightsaber.

MACE WINDU & JEDI GRAPPLER The MACE WINDU figure, one of the more experienced JEDI, comes with a JEDI GRAPPLER and PURPLE lightsaber!  Children can launch and reload the hook from the JEDI GRAPPLER by pressing the red button on top and help him fight alongside his fellow JEDI warriors.

($7.99 each; 3 and up; Fall 2005)

C-3PO & R2-D2 The famous gold and silver robot duo from the STAR WARS movies returns!  The C-3PO figure, the gold and shiny robot, and the R2-D2 figure, the white and silver droid, are packaged together to provide preschoolers with the sidekicks needed to help defeat the Dark Side.  Features include: pushing a button to watch C-3PO’s eyes light up and pushing R2-D2’s head to release an arsenal of tools required to repair the X-WING FIGHTERS. 

HAN SOLO & JEDI POD Take off across the galaxy with the HAN SOLO figure and his JEDI POD.  Dressed in blue and carrying a white helmet, place the HAN SOLO figure into the pedal straps and snap his hands onto the handle bars to prepare him for launch.  Press the red button to release the wings and fly the JEDI POD!

ANAKIN & JEDI POD Before becoming the evil DARTH VADER, the most famous JEDI, ANAKIN SKYWALKER, took to fighting against the Dark Side.  Dressed in a blue tunic with a black vest, children can use the BLUE lightsaber and JEDI POD of the ANAKIN SKYWALKER figure to protect against enemies.

CHEWBACCA & WOOKIEE SCOUT FLYER HAN SOLO’s favorite furry sidekick, CHEWBACCA, returns to action!  The CHEWBACCA figure comes with a WOOKIEE SCOUT FLYER, used to fly into combat.  Preschoolers can snap the wings on “CHEWBACCA’S back, press the button and turn the small handle to flap the wings.  Attach other figures onto the hook and press the yellow button under the dial to release them.

(Approximate Retail Price: $14.99 each; Recommended Ages: 3 and up; Available: Fall 2005)

The OBI WAN figure and his large, lizard-like animal, BOGA are featured in the DELUXE ASSORTMENT. OBI WAN sits on top of BOGA and moves around in battle.  The OBI WAN figure also comes with a lightsaber that lights up by pressing the button on the bottom.

No word on how many re-paints there will be, but it looks like we'll see at least Luke, Anakin, Vader, and Chewie repainted a few times in 2005.   :-\


Newbies / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: February 22, 2005, 12:02 PM »

Welcome to JediDefender, Chris!

Hope you enjoy your stay!



Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair exclusive Press Kit with figures
« on: February 22, 2005, 11:56 AM »

There is a LOT of other stuff I'd spend one grand on before I spend it on this press kit.  No way I could ever justify spending that much for something like this, unless I wonder the lottery or something.

This is no longer getting ridiculous, it is officially ridiculous...  ::)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III Beasts - Boga w/Obi-Wan
« on: February 22, 2005, 11:38 AM »
So, Toy Fair has come and there was only the Boga on the beast front, no sign of "offical" pics of Yoda w/Can-Cel (or whatever that bug is called).

SW has always had a proud tradition of beasties

SW - Dewback, Ronto, Bantha
ESB - Wampa, Taun-Taun
RotJ - Rancor
TPM - Opee, Kaduu, Eopie
AotC - Acklay, Reek, Nexu

I am glad to see that RotS is no exception with at least the Boga and Dragonfly to come...  :)


Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 22, 2005, 11:28 AM »
I'm kinda torn on this one...

The holes take away from the look, but the fact that it can carry three troops and an astromech is pretty cool.  I guess it's another thing that I'll just have to see and hold in person to really know how I feel about it.   :-\


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