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From what I've seen:

The OTC Role-Play lightsabers have turned up at RETAIL (Target/TRU).

The OTC Vehicles (X-Wing & TIE Fighter) have turned up at a few retail locations and most on-line shops (EE, Kebco, etc), all little guys who got stuff from Hasbro.  No signs at the big three yet...

The OTC figures have NOT been "confirmed" at retail yet, as far as I know.  None of the big sites is reporting it, and if they were out, someone would have a figure w/receipt pic.  

The order on figure timing usually goes like this:

1 - EBay Auctions from Asia

*2 weeks pass*

2 - Asia Based On-Line shops start selling the figures

*2 weeks pass*

3 - On-Line scalpers er... Price Gouger er... "High Demand Product" On-Line stores get them (Action-HQ, Brian's Toys, Cloud City).  These are the stores who pay a crapload to have the items air-shipped from Asia.

*2 weeks pass*

4 - "Regular" On-Line stores (EE, New Force, Kebco, etc) start to get ship notification and/or the figures start turning up at the Big Retail 3 (Target TRU Wal-Mart).

This pattern has held pretty true for some time, with minor variations for shipping problems, etc.  From the first auctions we see from Asia to Retail stores is usually 4-8 weeks.

Given that we are just hitting about 4 weeks since they turned up on eBay, I'd say that they realistically could start hitting Target/TRU/Wal-Mart any day now really...


JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: June 11, 2004, 04:25 PM »
The interview I heard wasn't a pre-game interview by ABC, but did take place the day of the game in the afternoon on ESPN or Fox sports radio (not sure which).

Granted, the radio guy (Rome?) made it seem much worse than what it was, but he did specifically mention Steph and the Knicks...  this was after he tried to tone down the uproar from a day or two earlier.


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Exclusive Figure
« on: June 11, 2004, 03:37 PM »

Plus This:

= This:

Mark my words...



Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2004 NEW NEWS ON SANDCRAWLER
« on: June 11, 2004, 12:13 PM »
I'm hearing now that will put the Sandcrawler up for pre-order soon... only $49.99 plus shipping.

Not too shabby for those that still need one and are willing to check it out.


Other Toy Lines / Re: You Have Got To See These!
« on: June 11, 2004, 11:15 AM »
Just noticed while browsing EE that they're now selling these:

They've got:
Edgar Allen Poe
Anne Bonny
Blackbeard the Pirate
JP Patches
The Librarian
Rosie the Reveter
Pope Innocent III
Albino Bowler
Fuzz  <------ CREEPY
Ben Franklin (the man, not the store)

Collect all 18!

Too strange.


Other Toy Lines / Re: For the Ralph Malph Fan In Your Life
« on: June 11, 2004, 10:54 AM »

Just like every other toy line, the Happy Days line starts out good, but ends up with an assortment of all Fonzies!

Series 1:
Fonzie (classic)

Series 2:
Mr. C
Mrs. C

Series 3:
Mechanic Fonzie
Bike Gang Fonzie
"Evel Kenevil" "Fearless" Fonzie
and, appropriately the last one
"Jumping the Shark" Fonzie

Who'd they take their marketing strategy from?  Mattel?  Hasbro?  They crank out a few villians in wave 2, then it's all Fonzie!   >:(


JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: June 11, 2004, 09:05 AM »
Well, last night's game deserves a big "Randy Award":

This one goes to "Mr. At-Best Adulterer":

Hero of Game 2, Goat of Game 3.  ONE point in the first half?!?  My favorite part of the whole thing though was the pre-game interview in which this dorkwad was talking about how he'd like to leave the Lakers for the Knicks next year to play with Stephon saying that his heart isn't in it anymore with the LAkers.  

HUH?  Complaining about your current team just hours before a pivotal Game 3 in the Finals?  Way to have your head in the game jackass!

"Asleep at the switch?  I wasn't asleep, I was drunk!" - Homer Simpson

Revenge of the Sith / Re: 500th commemorative figure... Vader?
« on: June 10, 2004, 10:15 PM »
I figured he'd be seated in the Meditation Chamber, so no need for a stand.



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: June 10, 2004, 04:09 PM »

I heard the song "The Future Freaks Me Out" on the radio and thought it was kind of catchy:
The Future Freaks Me Out Free Download

I saw that the CD was $10 at Target so I bought it.  Great little CD.


Watto's Junk Yard / RIP Ray Charles
« on: June 10, 2004, 04:01 PM »

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: June 10, 2004, 02:45 PM »
Trio of NHL All-Star Defensemen named to Hall of Fame:

Bourque, Coffey, Murphy to the Hall of Fame in 2004

Three VERY talented defensemen.  All three won the Stanley Cup at one point and played for the teams that most of here root for (Edmonton, Pitsburgh, Detroit, LA and more).


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: June 10, 2004, 12:06 PM »
Still 1.879 most places up here, have to make a trip south to fill up :-*

Holiday Station just south of NSP Target on McKnight... 1.789 as of this morning.



Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: June 10, 2004, 10:34 AM »

Nothing new and no news on Agen Kolar or sets #3 and #4 other than to say they are coming this fall.

Nice to see Hasbro updating their site more often though... they have such a chance to use the site to generate early buzz, but just sit on pictures and info until everyone already knows about the stuff... wouldn't it be nice for them to post a few surprises every now and again?


Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Millenium Falcon
« on: June 10, 2004, 10:31 AM »
A Special value-pack will be available at Samís Club.

Huh?  What do you suppose they mean by that?  Maybe an OTC Falcon packed with a OTC Han and OTC Chewie?

Maybe an OTC Falcon packed with something else?

Hmmm... regardless, this is a must have for me.  I never picked up the 1995 version because I had the vintage one and was only collecting the figures and "new" vehicles.  I always kinda regretted it.  Now, I can change that by nabbing one of these.

I might even drag this sucker along with my vOTC Han and vOTC Chewie to work with me (since my argument to put it in the living room is going no where).



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: June 10, 2004, 09:38 AM »
Well, Memorial Day has come and gone...

The highest I saw prices here reach was $2.299 per gallon, Wednesday before Memorial Day.

Prices have been slowly trickling back down over the last two weeks.  I filled up the car this morning at $1.789 per gallon!  

I was actually excited to pay less than $1.80 per gallon again... funny how time change so quickly.  Seems like just a year ago I was paying around $1.25 per gallon and thought that was high.



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