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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: April 7, 2004, 09:54 AM »
Hi Guys,

Just thought I'd make sure all you Unleashed fans saw this news item from GH.com:

First Unleashed Variant - RED Clone Trooper (Captain)

Luckily, I'm happy with my one Clone Unleashed statue and don't need the Red one...

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Pics to Names!
« on: April 6, 2004, 06:30 PM »
I was told after surgery that they had to cut me instead of scoping it due to the unknowns behind the pain...

That happened to my younger brother too.  His scar is very similar to yours, but it is slightly raised (like a permanent welt).

It has gone down over time, but it is still raised slightly after 10 yrs...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: April 6, 2004, 03:41 PM »
I think the GH samples are exactly that... early sales samples.  

You can tell because of the Hasbro logo stickers applied to back of the cards (upper right hand corner).

I think that's why paint is mis-applied on Lando's eyes and Han's head looks strange.  Hopefully the final production head paint jobs will be finished up/finalized and look a little better.

Jeff

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: April 5, 2004, 02:11 PM »
Sorry man.

The Wild did thier best by whooping St. Louis for ya, but it was too little too late I guess...

And as Scott pointed out earlier, if the Wild had managed to win half of their league leading 20 Ties, they would have had 10 more points, which would have translated to 93 points, the Seventh Seed and a showdown with the Sharks, but ALAS.  

It was not meant to be this year.

Here's to hoping there is a next year... and congrats to Zholtok and Bomber who get to keep playing with Nashville.

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: 25th Anniversary Clonetrooper
« on: April 5, 2004, 12:41 PM »
I had a disgruntling experience at TRU too.  

I went to the TRU in Woodbury MN on Sunday.  You know, SUNDAY APRIL 4th.  The day the Promo started!  The day the Ad came out!  I got there around 11:30am, plenty of time for them to figure out what was going on.  I picked one of the Clone Trooper Unleashed for $14.99 and went to the front to get my FREE Clone.

The cashier gave me the blank stare.   And it went something like this...

Cashier: "The what?"
Me: "The FREE Clone Trooper".
Cahsier: "This rings up at $14.99, sir."
Me: "Not THIS Clone, the one in the AD.  Silver Figure only at TRU"
Cashier: [digs out AD]
Me: [pointing] "This AD right here.  Buy $14.99, get FREE Clone."
Lady Behind me in Line: *sigh* "is this going to take long?"
Me: [shrug]
Cashier: "Uh... let me call someone."
Me: "Fine"

[five minute wait]

Manager: "What's the problem?"
Cashier: "This guy wants a FREE SW Clone Trooper."
Manager: "This isn't FREE, it's $14.99." [referring to the Unleashed Clone I was buying]
Me: "Not this one, the FREE one in your AD."
Manager: "Oh."
Me: "It says if you buy $14.99 worth of SW, you get a FREE clone."
Manager: "Oh, that.  We don't have those unpacked yet."
Me: "What?"
Manager: "Our truck came in on Friday and we haven't unpacked them yet."
Me: "Didn't you know you'd have customers coming in Today because of the Ad?"
Manager: "Corporate puts out the Ad, not us."
Me: "That's not my point.  You knew about the ad, right?"
Manager: "Oh yeah."
Me: "Then why aren't the clones available as stated?"
Manager: "Just didn't get unpacking them yet.  We'll have them out by the end of the week though."
Me: "So, can I get a raincheck for one then."
Manager: "No, I can't.  It's a limited time offer."
Me: "But the offer started TODAY."
Manager: "I guess."
Me: "So, you can't do anything to help me?
Lady behind me in line: "This is ridiculous!"

[The Lady Behind me in Line then set down her stuff on the next register over and left because you see, they STILL haven't opened a second check-out despite the 5 other people in line and taking over 15minutes with me]

Manager: "Nope, check back later in the week."
Cashier: "That'll be $15.96"
Me: "I don't want the SW item if I don't get the freebie, or at least my receipt endorsed so I can come back later in the week and get one once you have enough time to get them unpacked."
Manager: "Sorry, I can't guarantee they will last for you to come back and get one."
Me: "But I'm here TODAY, the first day of the promo."
Manager: "Sorry."
Me: [scowl]  >:(
Cashier: "So, you don't even want this thing?"
Me: *sigh* "Bye."

And then I left.  And I won't be going back to that hellhole in quite some time.  It's not the first time that the employees there have had NO idea about something in the Ad, nor is it the first time that something in the ad was unavailable because they "hadn't unpacked the truck yet".   Funny, they always seem to have time to sit around and BS with one and other though.

 >:(

The moral of the story?  I should've just ordered the dang things from TRU.com, and that's exactly what I did when I got home, along with the Red Leader X-Wing so I don't have to go back there for a while...

Jeff

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And Cory...if it weren't for the adult collector would these new 2 packs even be coming out?  I seriously doubt it...face it Star Wars is collectible more than any other movie franchise in history.  All things Star Wars sell even if they are absolute Crap, people still buy them.  I could sell a turd in a package if it had Star Wars on the outside.  The fact that a lot of 1st Generation OT people have or are just starting to have kids means this line has legs and I for one am glad that the Collectors have made these new two packs a reality, because if it weren't for them, there wouldn't even be new Playskool for the babies to even think of playing with

That's exactly it.  No company in it's right mind makes toys based off 25yr old movies for toddlers alone.  Hasbro is BANKING on the fact that the OT generation will pick this up for their kids!  That's the whole point of the line!

It's so kids can play with Star Wars just like their Daddies (or Mommies for you ladies out there ;) )  

EVERY collector friend I know who has kids bought these for their kids, and almost every non-SW collecting friend I know who has kids did NOT buy these (nor did most even know they existed).  In those cases where a non-SW collecting friend with kids did happen to buy the figures for their kids, the kids hated them (or at least never really played with them).

That point just reinforces my belief that little kids without a Star Wars influence don't like OT SW toys (and realistically, why would they like toys from a 25yr old movie?).  Case in point, my nephews:

Neither my brother-in-law nor sister-in-law really like SW.  Sure, they've seen it a few times and can recognize most of the main Characters, but they don't like SW the way I do.  For Christmas 2002, I picked up some of the PlaySkool for my then 4 and 6 yrs old nephews.  The PlaySkool stuff pretty much went untouched while the Yu-Gi-YO stuff was a HUGE hit.

Meanwhile, the 4-yr old of a good friend who collects SW stuff goes NO WHERE without his PlaySkool Hoth Luke and Wampa.  He loves it because his dad loves it and he wants to be like his dad.

I find it hard to believe that ANY Pre-Schooler is sitting at home upset because all the adult collectors bought all the SW PlaySkool toys.  It doesn't work like that.  Chances are ANY 3-5yr old who could recognize ANY of the characters has a Mom/Dad who is into SW too.

That brings us back to the "adult" collectors buying up "baby toys".  

IMHO, so what if a few people with no kids pick up the PlaySkool line too?  I can't see how selling MORE product is bad for a toy line, especially in today's "Here with the summer movie, out by the fall" toy attitude.  

Realistically, without those collectors demanding for this line to return, I doubt it would have "for the sake of the kiddies".  That's why the Jurrasic Park PlaySkool line TANKED.  There was NO collector support.  The kids didn't want it, there was no parent support, so it died.

I guess my point is that to believe that "adult" collectors buying up SW PlaySkool items is somehow morally wrong or somehow depriving little kids is something I find silly.

Jeff

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Its really ludicrous to me to draw a line that Action Figures are OK but Playskool isn't...they are both toys "intended" for a younger audience

I don't thing the man once known as Jango Fettish had a problem scooping up pencils, notebooks and folders that were intended for elementary school children (but since he's sold all of that its OK for him to take this stance)

So, wait.  I haven't been keeping up with that thread, but Cory (aka Jango Fettish), the same dude who was excited to buy a freakin' Jango Fett LUNCH BOX is ripping people for buying the PlaySkool stuff?!?

LOL.

Too funny.  Apparently, it's all right to buy School supplies and lunch boxes away from the elementry school kids, but not the Pre-Schoolers as Scott posted above.

Some people are so full of themselves at times, it downright hilarious.

Jeff


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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: April 2, 2004, 11:08 AM »
Love that list!

But I was a little confused on which waves were which?

It is all of the first 4 waves smushed together... in other words, my compiled list doesn't state which figures are in which wave, which is why you are confused.

EE has a good list of the individual wave assortments...

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: April 2, 2004, 10:14 AM »
OK, so I made a list of the waves so far (4 waves/case assortments announced).  Here's the blend of figures so far:


4x OTC-01 Luke Skywalker (The Empire Strikes Back) [DAGOBAH]
4x OTC-02 Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-03 Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Empire Strikes Back)
4x OTC-04 R2-D2 (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-05 Luke Skywalker (A New Hope)
3x OTC-06 Luke Skywalker (Return of the Jedi)
2x OTC-07 Han Solo (A New Hope)
2x OTC-08 Chewbacca (The Empire Strikes Back)
1x OTC-09 Princess Leia (A New Hope)
2x OTC-10 Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi)
2x OTC-11 Biker Scout (Return of the Jedi)
2x OTC-12 R2-D2 (A New Hope)
1x OTC-13 C-3PO (A New Hope)
1x OTC-14 Boba Fett (Return of the Jedi)
1x OTC-15 Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope)
1x OTC-16 Stormtrooper (A New Hope)
2x OTC-17 Wicket (Return of the Jedi)
2x OTC-18 Princess Leia (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-19 Cloud Car Pilot (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-20 Lobot (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-21 TIE Fighter Pilot (A New Hope)
2x OTC-xx Greedo (A New Hope)
2x OTC-xx Luke Skywalker (The Empire Strikes Back) [BESPIN]

The emphasis so far is on the Dagobah wave and the core characters.  I think that if the next wave contains more Bespin figures, we'd do pretty well at keeping enough "NEW" figures shipping and keeping the potential pegwarmers to a minimum.

In fact, I'm so bold as to predict the NEXT wave...

THIS IS ALL SPECULATION

OTC Wave 5 (2004 wave 11):
2x OTC-18 Princess Leia (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-19 Cloud Car Pilot (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-20 Lobot (The Empire Strikes Back)
2x OTC-16 Stormtrooper (A New Hope)
1x OTC-13 C-3PO (A New Hope)
1x OTC-xx Imperial Scanning Trooper (A New Hope)
1x OTC-10 Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi)
1x OTC-xx Han Solo (The Empire Strikes Back) [BESPIN]

Now, that'd be a nice assortment.  It puts more Bespin figures out there, along with more Stormies and the Scanning Trooper.  Plus it gets a few new OTC re-packs out there...

Then again, what do I know about packing cases?

Jeff


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Saga '02-'04 / Re: What's Missing? Episode II Padme Amidala
« on: April 2, 2004, 10:06 AM »
Stay Tuned for Part 3 of this report where we look at the remaning 5 Padme figures yet to be made for Attack of the Clones.

Mucho thanks to the Padawans Guide for the reference pictures!


I can't wait...

Mmmm... Padme.

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: April 2, 2004, 09:44 AM »
EE has new Case ASsortments with...some new repacks ::)

Wave 9
1x Princess  Leia (NEW), 2x Biker Scout (NEW),  1x Luke Skywalker - Dagobah, 1x Yoda  - Dagobah, 1x Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi, 1x R2-D2 - Dagobah Swamp, 1x  Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot, 1x Luke Skywalker  - Jedi, 1x Han Solo,  1x Chewbacca, 1x Darth Vader

Wave 10
2x Greedo  (NEW), 1x R2-D2 (NEW), 2x TIE Fighter Pilot (NEW), 2x Luke Skywalker -  Bespin Outfit (NEW), 1x Luke Skywalker - Dagobah, 1x Luke Skywalker-Jedi, 1x Yoda - Dagobah, 1x R2-D2 - Dagobah Swamp, 1x Wicket

So, let's see.  Greedo wasn't listed yet, or was Bespin Luke.  So, we're up to 24 OTC figures then?  The previous 21 plus Greedo, Luke, and Scanning Trooper.  That's 7 new figures, 17 re-packs for those keep ing track at home.

Hmmm... wait.  I don't see Scanning Trooper in either of those waves.  That must mean that there is at least one more of these re-pack waves to come...

Jeff

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I think Brandon Webb is an extremely formidable number 2 guy behind the Unit, he blew people away last year.

The way I see it Luis Gonzalez-Richie Sexson-Shea Hillenbrand is a nice 3-4-5.

It all depends if Shawn Green can return to his old form.

It's hard to bring up the fact that Curt Schilling live the 'backs and not state that Kevin Brown left the Dodgers.  Brown was 2nd in the NL in ERA last year and K'd a ton of people.

I've got a LONG list of rookie pitchers who "blew people away" only to have a sucky Sophomore season, so until he shows me something, he's unproven IMHO.

As for Brown leaving, well.  That sucks for the Dodgers.  

I don't know, I've just got a gut feeling that the Dodgers will stick around a bit, but that's the great part of a new season.  I'll probably turn out to be totally wrong and you can all laugh at me in September!

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: April 1, 2004, 02:04 PM »
Woo-Hoo!

Not an April Fool's joke for me either, as I was also able to score the Star Destroyer wave today (MAJOR thanks for an assist from OCB).

Target had put out a few new Yavin wave cases AND a case or two of Star Destroyer wave from the looks of it.

Unfortunately for the rest of the Minesotans, I think Scott and I cleaned them out!

Jeff

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Someone's got to explain to me how the Los Angeles Dodgers are being considered better than the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants.  

Here's how I see it...

Barry + BALCO = Season long distractions...
Randy is unprotected thanks to Curt trip to the Red Sox... too much rebuilding
San Diego = They're the NL West's Royals.  Up and coming, but not quite there yet

All the Dodgers have to do is improve Run production.  If they would have scored just 17 more runs last year, the ESPN magic statistics (run differential) show they could have stayed in the race.  Plus, with Gagne, they DON'T lose close games.

So, that's why I picked them to win.  Plus, I'm tired of the same old teams and like a bit of fresh blood mixed into the playoffs (which is also why I picked Houston and Toronto as the Wild Cards)  

And besides, if I pick the same thing as everyone else, who will I brag to if I turn out to be right :)

Jeff

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Feedback / Re: jokabofe's feedback
« on: March 30, 2004, 11:50 PM »
Just finished part of a deal with Dave...

Very quick to send payment and responded quickly to PMs!

Now I just gotta get his stuff to him lol

Jeff

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