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It's almost as if, slowly but surely, all the things that kill a toy line are creeping into SW:

- Rotating/changing case packs
- Running variants (Hoth Han, J'Quille/Tanus, Unleashed Clone)
- uneven distribution (was fixed for PotJ, but now it's back)
- gotta catch em all attitude (numbering system)
- repacks and repaints (a la Batman and Toy Biz)
- short production runs (anyone seen the Endor wave warming the pegs? Nope.)

How much longer before they start adding "Chase" figures to the cases?  Watch for the exclusive Red-Stripe Clone Trooper, packed in every 10th case!   >:(

All of the above items kill collector interest.  Declining interest = lower sales, which in turn causes drop of retailer support, which in turn kills a line.

Sliding downhill fast...  Just more evidence to support the case of us "The Line will die by 2006" crazies I guess.  

Jeff

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Hmmm...

Looks like my wave 10 and wave 8 are in-stock at EE.

Some lucky people who got in early enough got wave 9 headed their way too...

Jeff

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DAngit!

Wave ten is in stock at EE, yet has a different case-mix then when I first ordered it!

I ordered when the case pack said:
1x OTC-02 Yoda
1x OTC-04 R2-D2
1x OTC-06 Luke Skywalker
1x OTC-12 R2-D2
1x OTC-17 Wicket
2x OTC-21 TIE Fighter Pilot
2x OTC-22 Greedo
2x OTC-26 Luke Skywalker
1x OTC-01 Luke Skywalker

NOW, wave 10 has been updated as:
2x IG-88 (OTC #27),
2x Bossk (OTC #28)
1x R2-D2 (OTC #12),
1x TIE Fighter Pilot (OTC #21),
2x Luke Skywalker - Bespin Outfit (OTC #26),
1x Luke Skywalker - Dagobah (OTC #1),
1x Luke Skywalker - Jedi (OTC #6),
1x Yoda - Dagobah (OTC #2),
1x R2-D2 - Dagobah Swamp (OTC #4),

So, now I've got IG-88 and Bossk re-packs, instead of Greedo, Wicket, and a TIE pilot!

Stop messing with the case packs Hasbro!!!

Jeff

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: eToys has Old Crap
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:43 PM »
they are listed as being offered by:
Unitrade Marketing Group, Inc

"UNITRADE MARKETING GROUP INC - Distributor of Brand Name Closeouts --
Toys, Games, Housewares and General Merchandise"

Must have found some leftover stuff in the warehouses I guess...

Jeff

 
 

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 05:06 PM »
Only 5000 of these things, and ONLY being given to kids 13 and under....in freakin Minnesota.

Let's imagine for a moment that this was a R2-droid carded OTC figure with the twins colors.

Tell me that we wouldn't all be crapping our pants right now in anger.

 ;D

ME...I'd be camping out at the Metrodome :-*

I'd be right there with ya Scott, with my new digital camera in tow so that we could take pics and rub it in to the rest of JD! ;)

Jeff

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Jedi in the Cantina
« on: July 1, 2004, 04:49 PM »
I think after seeing him chop someone's arm off, they all decided it was in their best interet to keep out of it.  :)

That. or if they did have a comment to make, they decided to keep it to themselves since the cantina is a "wretched hive of scum and villainy" after all and loose lips sink ships and potential payouts.  

I doubt any of the denizens of the Cantina were really going to get involved, except for that Kubaz spy that eventually ratted them out to the Imps.

Jeff



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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: July 1, 2004, 03:56 PM »
Here's what I've got with me at work today:



Cool.

"And it burns burns burns... that ring of fire."


Jeff

9263
Garcia was shaky at best against the Twins, but the ChiSox got the job done...

At least we play KC soon so maybe the Twins can rebound a bit.

Anyone heard any good trade rumors lately?

I'd hate to think we're done already, but it sounds like Boston, NYC, and Cali are not planning on dealing, while Oakland and Chicago are all done.

Jeff

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 03:44 PM »
...considering Nataku and Mikey D both bashed them (“but all the crazies have come out of the wood…” “crazy ass, ******* whack job ass holes”) before I did, and you singled me out is… puzzling.

I use the term "crazies" lovingly to describe any group of people who are so passionate about an item or an issue/cause that they have become crazed (to make insane or as if insane, cracked) by it.

The liberal crazies (like Kerry or KBZ ;)) are at it again...
The conservative crazies (like Bush or Dressel Rebel ;)) are at it again...
The Star Wars crazies are complaining about Hasbro again :)

Just a term I like to use, and believe me, I use it often referring to just about every group.  No harm meant by the use of "crazies", so I'm sorry if any of you JediDefender crazies are/were offended.   :-*

Jeff

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JD Sports Forum! / GI Joe and Baseball
« on: July 1, 2004, 10:04 AM »
Saw this in the paper this morning and wondered what you guys and gals thought...

Twins' G.I. Joe giveaway criticized

Basically, The Minnesota Twins will be giving away an exclusive GI Joe action figure (Duke) painted up with the Team's colors.  These will be given to the first 5000 kids (13 and under) who attend a game this weekend.



It was supposed to be a patriotic move for the 4th of July, GI Joe, Apple Pie and Baseball, but all the crazies have come out of the wood-work saying that GI Joe has no place at the ballpark.

Are the Minnesota Twins sponsoring a war-drive by giving these away to kids?  Or were the Twins just trynig to give away a cool TOY to kids to celebrate the 4th of July?

I am pretty sure that the Twins had NO intention to recruit for the military OR support any particular War with this give-away.  I think they were just trying to give a cool patriotic toy to kids and it seems to be back-firing in their face.  I don't really think that having a GI Joe as a kid will automatically make you a war monger as some of these people seem to think.

Anyone else have thoughts?  Does GI Joe belong at the ballpark or is it an atrocity?

Jeff

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http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=3016&zoneid=2

Here's the Tusken and Snowtrooper carded if you haven't seen them yet, along with the Jawas card fronts AND backs.

So pretty.   :-*

Tusken doesn't have the Imp insignia either... do you think this means that Hasbro is actually taking on board some early comments from fans?

Jeff

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Sure looks like 300th Fett doesn't it.

Hmmm.

I am not sure what I think of this one.  Ep2 re-paint Slave 1 to look like Ep5 Slave 1, with a figure I already have.  I guess I'll have to see it in person before I write it off.

Nice package though...

Jeff

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. I think I have too many cases ordered now, but still not enough Dagobah Luke. Gah.

Ditto.  It is especially frustrating since we still don't know which Dagobah Luke will be in which cases (backpacking pose or handstanding pose).  I'd like to get one of each to keep carded, and one to open.  

I guess I just wait until my cases get here to see which variant I get...

Jeff

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This reminds me... I've GOT to watch Old School again.  Soon.

:)

Oh, and since I'm too lazy to click through the DVD thread, can someone tell me when "Elf" is due out?   Another great Will movie.  

Jeff

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I can't wait to see if SWS gets those wave7 cases, or gets shafted too. I'd love to see the chaos the cancellation there would cause for those baboons.


Here's the updated pre-order info from NewForceComics.com:

"Scheduled to contain : 2 Dagobah Luke, 2 Dagobah Yoda 1 Dagobah Obi-Wan, 2 Dagobah R2-D2, 1 Luke Skywalker Xwing, 1 Luke Skywalker Jedi, 1 Han Solo, 1 Chewbacca, 1 Darth Vader or, the could contain (we are getting a mix of wave 1 cases) 1 Dagobah Luke, 1 Dagobah Yoda, 1 Dagobah Obi-Wan, 1 Dagobah R2-D2, 1 Luke Skywalker Xwing, 1 Luke Skywalker Jedi, 1 Han Solo, 1 Chewbacca, 1 Darth Vader, 1 Princess Leia, 2 Biker Scout. Manufacturer sealed cases, interior card/bubble condition cannot be guaranteed on preorders due to unknown condition product will arrive in. UPS ground shipping is $7.50. ETA is June 2004.. All info subject to change.  "

Looks like they might still be getting the wave 7 case.  Either that or they were warned by Hasbro that they might get short-shrifted.  Anyway, they are doing the same as EE, sustituting the "wave 9" case for the "wave 7" case.

Jeff

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