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Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! New OTC forum section!
« on: March 10, 2004, 05:25 PM »
Let's just call them BiB Cards (Back in Black)!

Then, you can have:

BiB - OTC = Back in Black, Original Trilogy Collection
BiB - PTC = Back in Black, Prequel Trilogy Collection
BiB - VSB = Back in Black, Vintage Stikes Back

Three sub-lines, similar to having Collection 1, 2, and 3 during the Episode 1 days, but all united as BiB cards.

Am I crazy?

Jeff

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Fantasy Baseball 2004
« on: March 10, 2004, 04:59 PM »
Well, we can't make a new section for the draft...how about we just use this thread as long as everyone is registered here?

That works for me...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ultra Kamino Obi-Wan and Jango (Recarded)
« on: March 10, 2004, 04:13 PM »
Hi All,

I saw some reports on AFtimes.com Store reports that these have started turning up at Wal-Mart (Chigaco and Las Vegas), but no mention of the Ewok though.

Hmmm...

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 9, 2004, 02:25 PM »
Hopefully they will offer some retail stuff.

The Q&As with GH and Scum indicated that the store was gonna carry Hasbro Action Figures, but it would be case-purchases only, no individual figure sales unless they were exclusive figures or sold in sets...


From Scum:
Will the store sell individual Star Wars figures like Jawa Trader did?

[Paul Ens] Exclusive figures will naturally be sold individually. Basic figures will be sold initially only in case-packs, which has become common online. We're working with Hasbro to evaluate other strategies going forward.


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL '03-'04
« on: March 9, 2004, 10:20 AM »
So, lets see...

Hendrickson - Colorado
Marshall - San Jose
Dowd - Montreal
Zoltok - Nashville
Bombardir - Nashville
Brown - Buffalo

I think we've only got 2 players left who will be Free Agents next year, so they'll probably be traded today!

I guess it's a good move though... we're not gonna make the playoffs, so it's better to stock up on cheap draft picks and then try to re-sign some of these guys after the lock-out is over...

Jeff

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Offseason '04
« on: March 8, 2004, 03:42 PM »
Yeah he signed on Friday, the Jets had him all but locked up on Thursday night, he came to MN anyway and signed by Friday afternoon

I read on espn.com that his wife didn't want to move to Long Island and that they liked MN better because all the snow on Friday reminded them of Buffalo.  Maybe that was his "make-nice" with the press though...

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: March 8, 2004, 03:34 PM »
What a strange day.

I don't remember hearing we were gonna get snow, but we got a bit of Freezing rain, then lunchtime snow and chaos ensued.

There were more than 100+ accidents, over 50+ cars in the ditch, and pretty major accidents all the Twin Cities including a major 20+ car pile up in I-94 in St. Paul:

http://kstp.com/article/view/131072/

Crazy.  People don't usually crack-up som much here in MN.  Especially since we got like 8" just on last Friday.

Did you make it through lunch-time, Scott?

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Silver Sandtrooper coming?!?
« on: March 8, 2004, 03:18 PM »
I was really into the TF Vader. As a unique limited figure, it was truly collectable. Each new "silver" promo release diminishes that appeal.

I agree...  I LOVED ToyFair Vader when I got it from the Fan Club.

It was a special Chase Piece that Limited people got at Toy Fair and then a few thousand lucky fans got one too.  It was special.

Then came Silver R2.  OK, I thought, it's like Vader for those that didn't get one.  Even if you didn't get a Silver Vader, you could still get a special Silver Figure to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ANH.  Still Cool.  I've got mine displayed next to TC-14 (aka Silver C-3PO :) ).

Then, Silver Fett.  Eh.  Not for the 25th anniv of ESB, just for "fun".  I thought Silver Fett also kind of took a little shine off the uniqueness of 300th Fett too.  I figured this was the end for "silver" figures, right?

Then, Clone Trooper.  Uh... OK.  STOP ALREADY!  This HAS to be the last one I thought...

Now, Silver Sandtrooper?  WTF?  Why a Sandtrooper?  TO celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the time he joined the PotF2 Figures?  Huh?  Why not Silver STORMTROOPER first?  Is anyone else wanting Silver Biker Scout, Silver Snowtrooper, etc?  

Ugh.  Silver Figures are played out...  IMHO.  Move on to the next figure gimmick, perhaps a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Spirit of Obi-Wan or Anakin figure?  Use the nifty Holo figures with some Glow paint or plastic?

Or what about Exclusive Cards for some of the figures?  Like a RH Darth Vader on a "Splinter of the Mind's Eye Card"?  Or maybe a GA Thrawn on an "Heir to the Empire" Style Card?  Bring back some of those great EU figures people still need with cool Novel-esque Cards!

Or maybe a Cloak-of-Invisibility Yoda... OR Neon-Camo Armor Stromtrooper.  Uh, wait.  I think I'm straying into other toy line now.

Jeff


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: March 5, 2004, 04:10 PM »
We just got around 8" of heavy wet snow today...that was a fun shoveling experience this morning >:(

So heavy, in fact, that the weight of the heavy wet snow overnight last night took out two big branches off our White Pine in the backyard!

I was getting ready to head out and shovel this morning when I heard a loud CRACK and then the subsequent crashing noise.  An upper branch broke off under the weight and took out another branch on it's way down, ripping off bark in the process... so much damage it might even kill the poor tree.

One more thing to add to the spring clean-up duties I guess...

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comic Book Rant
« on: March 5, 2004, 01:54 PM »
I have a few things I'd like to rant about if people will entertain my thoughts...

1. Who is buying/reading/collecting comics besides me? What titles do you like right now?

2. The Slow Death and Immense Decay of Comics as we have come to know them...

3. I love comics as a creator and a reader and a collector. I hope something is done to promote the industry better and to make comics more accessible to the average Joe.

Hi,

Great post.  I agree with your take on the comic industry: peaked in the late 80s, early 90s and has been decreasing ever since...

1) - I'd recommend ANYTHING by Geoff Johns.  IMHO, the guy is one of the best writers out there.  He currently writes JSA, HAwkman, and The Flash for DC and his Avengers run at Marvel was great!  

The guy knows and loves the Silver age feel and tries to bring the Silver Age story-telling into the books (not always the characters, but the sense of story first, hype second).

2) Marvel did mess things up.  Thanks again McFarlane Spidey (the beginning of the end!)  ::)


3) - I think that DC tries harder thatn Marvel to recruit new readers.  They have a whole line of Cartoon Network comics as well as the "Animated" style books for the Teen Titans, JLA, Superman, and Batman.

A few years back, I wouldn't have wanted my 6-yr old and 8-yr old nephews reading comics because the content was a bit too mature, but DC's line of JL Universe and Animated Batman adventures are great for kids (which are tomorrows comics generation).  My wife and I bought my nephews subscriptions to those "animated" style books and they love them!  There is hope out there.

Also, DC does a much better marketing tie-in with comics because of the cross breeding with the WB/AOL/Time-Warner.  They can use the WB cartoons and cartoon network to advertise their comics.  I have noticed that in WB stores, there are DC comics as well as mentions of big DC Comic stories in Time/Warner magazines like Entertainment Weekly.

I think they are improving in getting comics back out there into stores like B&N, Target, and other places.


Marvel, however, yeesh.  Ugh.  Marvel needs to focus more on hyping comics when movies are hot.  I can't believe that Spiderman the Movie made $400 million, but sales on the books only went up 2%?  Huh?  Why aren't the kids buying the books?

I really think Marvel needs to stop with the "Marvel Max" and "Marvel Knights" crap and start producing books that are appropriate for kids.  Kids need a book where Spider-man fights Electro and not discusses his marraige with MJ or other "adult" junk.  I wish Marvel would introduce a more "cartoony" line for kids.

Ultimates was a way to re-boot the Marvel universe for new readers, but eventually lead to the same crappy places: love-triangle with Cyke/Jean/Logan, etc.  They focus too much on character relationships for kids I think.

Back in my day, (uh oh, here it comes) Barry liked Iris, Hal liked Carol, Clark liked Lois, etc. Buth the girl always like the alter-ego.  That way you didn't have to deal with the whole Superman and Lois might get divorced crap.

Anyway, Just my $0.02,
Jeff
 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Movies You Want To See Happen
« on: March 4, 2004, 04:49 PM »
Movies I'd like to see:

The Hobbit - ONLY if done by Peter Jackson, in the style of the current movies (similar locations, Ian = Gandalf, Andy = Gollum, etc.)  Anyone else would just wreck it.

Green Lantern - Dangit!  If Marvel can get movies made for Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, FF, DareDevil, The Hulk, Electra, Ghost Rider, Namor, Spidey, etc then DC should make more than jsut Supes and Bats!  One thing, Test Pilot Hal is the basis for a better action movie than "free-style artist" Kyle.  Hal veers off course after almost being hit by Abin Sur's falling ship.  He goes to the crash site gets the ring and BAM!  Instant Movie.  Imagin the cg effect for his ring-constructs and a battle Vs. Sinestro!

The Flash - see above!  Barry or Wally, I don't care.  We can use all the fancy Matrix stop-motion effects to show us Wally in super-speed mode, slipping past bullets and manipulating objects!

Star Wars Episode 7,8,9 - :)  Let's see Hamill and his Jedi Next generation.  Use the EU as a building block for the final Battle between the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic.

Serenity/Firefly the Movie - My wife and I were big fans of the show, and now that Angel is cancelled, Joss is gonna throw himseflf into this movie.  I hope it happens!

That just about covers my current "that'd make a cool movie" thoughts for now...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: March 3, 2004, 07:37 PM »
First, let me say I LOVE the Targets that have the new type of scanners lol

I scored the Figure w/Cup wave 1 Obi-Wan and Maul at the Stillwater / Oak Park Target here in MN today.  There were none on the shelves, but a quick check of the DPCI # 087-06-0937 on the handy new scanners and I saw they were in stock in the backroom!  

I found a helpful shelf-stocker gal and she had a case pulled from the back for me.  The case pack was 2x Obi-Wan and 2x Darth Maul (4 total per case).

Some thoughts:

- $10 is a little steep for what you get, but I love the packaging and the concept.  I love the look of the glasses, the little bio of the characters on them.  Once I saw them in person, I decided I had to have them.

- Obi-Wan has the PotJ Obi-Wan with an Ep1 Obi Saber.  Still has the little hole in his belt, but nothing to stick in it.

- Maul = pretty much the same figure as the Episode 1 version.  Slight coloration change on the face tatoo, but that may just be my sample.

- The back of the packaging still shows the "removable helmet" Hoth Pilot Luke figure.  I guess this is one time where the "Product and Colors may vary" disclaimer actually applies :(

-Overall:
A- for the cups.  Woulda been an A if they were glass, not plastic.
C+ for the figures.  While re-hashes, at least they are good versions of the characters.  PotF2 Obi-Wan woulda sucked (like Luke probably will).

Jeff

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Check the front page for a new image of Playskool R2 (for real this time :P)

Yeah, that R2 is new.

Crazy that these protos keep turning up, but there is no mention of the line at Toy Fair.  Maybe that means the Playskool line will be exclusive to KB or something?

I'd hate to think these protos are just escaping to the market because the whole line was tossed into the trash bins.  :(

Jeff

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Hi Guys,

I just got an e-mail from New Force that said they are expecting both the Jabba's Palace wave AND the Yavin 4 wave cases in this week.

If you've got a pre-order in for these cases keep an eye out for your ship notice later this week...

Jeff

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Burger King Glasses Figures!!!!!!
« on: March 2, 2004, 01:44 PM »
Yeah we got a report in from a guy in WI (didn't say where though) I also read at GH that someone in the Twin Cities found them too...Happy Hunting...er :-X

Uh... so are they in the Toy Aisle then?

I hit the Suburban St. Paul Target at lunch and didn't find anything, nor any luck when I asked about the DPCI number (087-06-0937).

I checked the kiddie dinnerware aisle just to be sure that I didn't miss them though...

Jeff

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