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Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 25, 2005, 09:53 AM »
The following should shipped out to me by this weekend:

Early Bird Set
Speeder Bike Set
2004 TRU 5-pack

Picked these up at the Post Office this morning before work! 

Sweet figures, I am loving the Speeder Bike set and the Early Bird set totally rocks.  I haven't had a chance to do much with them besides a quick once-over in the parking lot a few minutes before heading into work, but when I get home from the MN SW Club meeting tonight, I'll try to crack them open and get some new pictures of my Kubrick shelf/display.

Glad to finally have these in my collection!  Now on to Logray and the carded 'bricks!  :)

Jeff

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Other Collectibles / Re: Hallmark Star Wars
« on: January 24, 2005, 01:58 PM »


Very nice, I'll have to add this to my list to grab...

Jeff

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For Episode 1, I was driving home from Denver after C1 so I had to settle for a lunch time stop at Target in Nebraska...

For Episode 2, I skipped the TRU Midnight Madness, but did end up hitting Wal-Mart at 12:30am because I couldn't sleep knowing there were Ep2 toys out there.  Quick trip to 24hr Wally fixed that.  Grabbed the rest of what I needed at Target the next day.

This year, I'll probably just hit Target on April 2nd because I hear that they are really cooking up something cool for those that buy their stuff there on April 2nd...  8)

Jeff

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: January 24, 2005, 11:43 AM »


Not that great, but updated none-the-less...

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fun With Google
« on: January 22, 2005, 10:04 PM »


That's a lotta hands, how many people does she have down there?  :-X

Next Up:
wiggle

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 22, 2005, 10:00 PM »
Speaking as an American, I like 1-0 or 0-0 scores.  Of course, I also like 1-0 Maddux/Johnson-esque pitchers duels in baseball too, so I may not be the average fan.  On the other hand, I do HATE 3-0 football games. 

It probably has something to do with the fact that I watch football to see TDs, not defense.  Baseball/Hockey though, those I appreciate enough to know the sublities of taking a no-hitter into the 8th or taking a shut-out into the third.  I guess that I find (in my experiences) that the games I REALLY love and REALLY enjoy and REALLY know, in and out, are the games where I can tolerate a lack of scoring. 

That's why I love 1-0 scores in hockey and baseball, but hate them in NBA/MLS/NFL.  I don't know those games as well.  I kow the ins and outs of working a count with a man on in baseball, but I don't appreciate the finer points of a 4-5/nickel defense.  Since I don't know that much, I don't care - I just wanna see the flashy touchdowns.

I think (like Brent kinda said) that is why most Americans don't like low scoring hockey games or call it soccer on ice, because they DON'T get it.  They don't have a fine appreciate for the finer point of the game.  They just don't.  It must be incredible frustrating for Canucks to see that.  Living as close as I do to Canada, I can understand as well.

I do think that there are some things that need to be done that will end up opening up offense (goalie pads, wider ice, and yes obstruction/the trap - even though our coach basically invented the current version of the trap  :P).

With changes to the game, I think it will open it up a bit so that we can get back to some Gretzky/Hull era 60/70/80 goal scores (maybe 4-2 type games instead of 7-6 games).  I remember the scoring of the 80s... when was the last time we had a 60-goal scorer in the NHL?

I agree with HE in that more scoring = more interest from the non-hard core NHL fan.  I am in total agreement that more scoring = more popularity, but I understand the frustration of the longtime fan.  The trick is to get just enough "more scoring" to catch new fans, but not too much "more scoring" to turn off the Canucks.   ;)


So, not to derail your "fun" Salaray Cap debate, what do you guys think about the Shootout?  How does that fit into the "more scoring" debate?

Would seeing your teams 5 best snipers duke it out be more exciting than a tie?  Or, would a shoot-out pander even more towards Americans for you Canucks?   :-\

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:47 PM »
Anyone seen the #09 Dagobah Luke and #10 Darth Vader 2005 Post-OTC repacks around town?

I had this case pre-ordered to fill in my Post-OTC repacks for my carded collection, but friggin' EE and Hasbro just cancelled all outstanding orders for the Post-OTC figures!

So, now I gotta worry about tracking down a minty-mint Post-OTC Luke and Vader for my carded colection...  ::)

Thanks a lot EE/Hasbro!   >:(

Jeff

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Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:19 PM »
Wow!

Figures that I just get my hands on the other box sets and they go ahead and get something new to tempt me!

As for Series 4 guesses...


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)


Wave 5: A New Hope
7.  Snaggletooth (3:12) w/Blue Snag Chase (1:96)
8.  Luke X-Wing Pilot (3:12) w/Wedge Antilles Chase (1:96)
9.  TIE Pilot (3:12) w/DS Trooper Chase (3:48)
10.  Walrusman (1:12)
11.  Hammerhead (1:12)
12.  Grand Moff Tarkin (1:12)

Here are my guesses on Series 4 (and 5) from a while back... This is still the line-up I'd love to see in Series 4!  :)

Jeff

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Celebration 3 Figure: Talking Darth Vader
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:10 PM »
No worries Brent, Ice Ice here will be more than happy to help you pass the time in line there, bub.   :-*

I'll be standing in line right there with you fellas, don't forget!

Uh, can we sneak in beer? Seriously.

Should be plenty of room in Alice's sweater for us to sneak in a few brews to pass the time...  :P

Jeff

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: The Sad State of Padme Episode III Figures
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:17 PM »
What about Jar-Jar?  He isn't getting ANY Episode 3 figure yet...  :'(

 :P

Seriously, there isn't any reason they can't do a new Padme every year from here on out.  They should really have done at least TWO out of the first 56 figures, the fact that it is just one is kinda sad.

Maybe they should look into doing 1-2 Padme figures every year, even if they have to go the exclusive route.  Maybe a new Padme from SWShop.com every spring and another from someone else?

Jeff

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III - Preview Figures (SPOILERS)
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:12 PM »
One thing I noticed now, that I didn't notice last night - no stands.   :(

I thought I remembered seeing pictures of these guys with stands (from Hasbro or SW.com).

Kinda disappointed that they don't have them...  :-\

Jeff

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Modern Classifieds / Re: Need Cheap VOTC Han
« on: January 21, 2005, 03:04 PM »
Anyone have a local Wal Mart/Target that has these on Clearance?

I do...  $5.33 plus elaborate shipping fees.   ;)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: January 21, 2005, 09:59 AM »
I 'd like to propose a new idea for the "season" this year - A March Madness-esque Tournament of Champions. 

That's right, none of this regular season mumbo-jumbo since it's too late.  Let's take the 15 teams from each division and have them play tournament style, throwing in the 2 top college teams to get to a nice even 16 teams.  Everyone makes the playoffs!

16 matchups at best of 7
8 matchups at best of 7
4 matchups at best of 7
2 match-ups at best of 7
and then the Cup finals at best of 7

At the most a team could end up playing 35 games, at the least 4 games.  I'd use the rankings from last years standings/playoff finals as the seeding for this year's tourney.


Just think, you'd have Tampa Bay as the #1 Seed in the East facing off against #16 seed Boston College.

Eastern Conference Bracket:

#1 Tampa Bay vs. #16 Boston College
#8 NY. Islanders vs. #9 Buffalo

#4 Toronto vs. #13 NY Rangers
#5 Ottawa v.s #12 Florida

#3 Philly vs. #14 Washington
#6 New Jersey vs. #11 Carolina

#7 Montreal vs. #10 Atlanta
#2 Boston vs. #15 Pittsburgh
 

Then, over in the west you'd have #1 Seed Calgary facing off against #16 Colorado College!

Western Conference Bracket:

#1 Calgary vs. #16 Colorado College
#8 Nashville vs. #9 Edmonton

#4 Vancouver vs. #13 Phoenix
#5 Colorado vs. #12 Anaheim

#3 San Jose vs. #14 Columbus
#6 Dallas vs. #11 Los Angeles

#7 Saint Louis vs. #10 Minnesota
#2 Detroit vs. #15 Chicago


Just look at some of those brackets!  Like the bottom braket in the West - Detroit v Chicago, the winner to face the winner of St. Louis v. Minnesota!   

In fact, if the NHL does not want to do this, I think this is what I'll do this weekend with the Nintendo Game Cube.  I'll set up the "simulate game" feature and see what happens...  ;)

Jeff

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 20, 2005, 11:06 PM »
The telling sign on well these sell, is to see how long down the road EE is still selling them. If in 6 months they still have them for sale, you can say that collectors/army builders weren't ready to drop down some good cash for these in sight of the upcoming ROTS onslaught. If in a year from now they still have these for sale, then you can say that it was definitely a bust, because at the price of the old army builder sets these should sell out within a month.


A quick update on these Clone 4-packs:

This is what EE is saying about the Clone 4-pack in their latest e-mail newsletter:

Quote
Also, I want to thank you for the overwhelming positive response we've received since announcing our exclusive Hasbro Star Wars Clone Trooper Troop Builder 4-Packs. I strongly urge anyone who wants these to order them now. This limited edition exclusive may be pre-sold out sooner than expected.


Now, take it with a grain of salt because it is in their best interest to make people think that they are almost gone, but if they are telling the truth it would seem like they are doing very well with this by pre-selling out.  Most people thought they'd sell out in like a month at the old price point, but it look like they may sell out sooner than a month even at the higher price point...  :o

It makes me wonder, would EE try to commision a second manufacturing run from Hasbro if they do pre-sell out the 4-packs from the first run?

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Fun With Google
« on: January 20, 2005, 10:41 PM »


How about:
beaver dam

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