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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Target = Marked Down Prices
« on: December 24, 2003, 12:51 PM »
Hi All,

I saw this same thing too, but the new figures Hoth Luke, Hoth Droid, Tatooine wave, etc. ring up with the higher $4.99 price point.  AND, the cartoon figures still ring up at the new $6.99 price.

However, the new 2003 and/or recarded 2003 figures which still have the old UPC combo (like Ack-Med Beq or the recarded figures Han/Fett/Ani) however, will USUALLY ring up at the clearance price (there are always exceptions, based on the UPC).

The reason that Targets are putting the "older" figures (anything from 2003 Saga Collection 1 and Collection 2) on clearance is because both the 2004 figure assortments and the Clone Wars cartoon figures both have new assortment numbers.

In other words, in terms of shelf space, the 04 figure assortment is replacing Collection 1 and the Cartoon figures are replacing Collection 2.  This is standard Target procedure when Hasbro starts shipping them items with a new assortment number.

All it means is that Target is NOT expecting anymore 2003 collection 1 and 2 (2003) figures from Hasbro. They do however have product in the DC still to be shipped to stores though...

It is NOT a sign that Target will stop carrying SW figures! (I hate those "clearance = no more SW at store X" rumors that always start up).

I guess it is to our benefit that Target still sorts/stocks by assortment and Hasbro is selling mixed cases at the start of the year. Target will get in a "new" case of 2004 figures, but any 2003 repack figures will ring up at the clearance prices!

So, keep an eye out at Target, you'll probably see "new" figures like Dignitary #2 or Ack-Med Beq dirt cheap after Christmas, however the others (like the new 2004 figures) will stilll be $5!

Jeff


9572
Saga '02-'04 / Re: RED LEADER COMING TO TOY'R Us
« on: December 16, 2003, 04:27 PM »
Ugh.

A Y-Wing Pilot Head on PotJ X-Wing Luke?

Cheap!

At least they could have used the Biggs Body or just given us the Dang Y-Wing Pilot with a new helm deco!  That would still suck, but it's better than this crap.

*sigh*

Always a chance (however slm) that it may change before release...

Jeff

9573
Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage Style Figures from Hasbro???
« on: December 15, 2003, 03:13 PM »
So confused...

Brain hurting.

Uh.  Until I see these I don't know what to think.

They could be cool-retro swag, OR they could be straight vintage re-hash.

Hmmm... interesting.

For now, I'll just wait and see befor eI bash them.

Jeff

ps.
I'd have to agree w/OCB's comments from another site.  Those Classic 4-packs in 95/96 sat around here (MN) for a LONG time.  I remember seeing them in the clearance bin amongst the Xizors and Snoovas...

9574
JD Sports Forum! / Re: Baseball Offseason 2003-2004
« on: December 12, 2003, 04:06 PM »
I'm pretty pissed at the Twins right now...

Perzynski, Guardado, Hawkins and Milton (all former all stars except LaTroy) have all been dealt (for crap) or not signed

They resigned Shannon Stewart but haven't done anything else, I fully expect the White Sox and Royals to pass them this year.  Looks like the dream is over yet again :'(

So far, the Twins re-signed:
Shannon Stewart

[/sarcasm] Woo-pee!  [sarcasm]

I agree we needed him, but we have a TON of OF prospects we refuse to trade (Mohr, Cud, Resto, Ford, etc).  He's the lowest priority of the three FAs we had.

AND, we've lost:
AJ
Milty
Hawk
Eddie

PLUS, the guys we didn't resign:
Gomez
Hocking
Reed
Rogers

That's EIGHT of the 27 main starters from last year.

Don't even get me started on the Jones and Dougie trade rumors
 >:(

Terry Ryan has his hands full to get things right before Feb...

Jeff
disgruntled Twins Fan

ps.
OCB you can join me on the Cubs (Prior) bandwagon.  Mark Prior shoulda been a Twin anyway so I'll just root for him next year... I'm definately not gonna go Brew-Crew though!  Down with Bud!

pps.
My brother lives in CT and saw Mauer on a regular basis with the New Britan Rock Cats (AA).  He said Mauer can be a stud eventually, but needs a LOT of work to get there.  There were times when he gunned down a runner at 2nd base by 4-5 steps and other times where he gunned the ball to the Center Fielder!


 

9575
Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2003
« on: December 12, 2003, 04:02 PM »
Man.

I am SO out of touch.

Out of this list, all I have are:

22.  Metallica  St. Anger
15.  Radiohead  Hail to the Thief

I'm a little disappointed that they left Liz Phair off the list...
I guess I just don't get the kids today.

Or, I spend all my money on SW Action Figures and DVDs and just don't buy CDs anymore.

Jeff


9576
Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: December 11, 2003, 09:24 AM »
A guy at Scum posted tonight that you could only get maybe 3 good poses out of them...

If you have the imagination of a rock maybe.

I have easily posed mine into 25 different poses including many group shots where all 5 of my clones are in a differnt poses (nothing as fancy as SilverZed3 though :) ).

This really is the best figure ever made in this scale.  Anyone who can only get three poses out of it just isn't trying hard enough!

Jeff

ps.
The lack of peg holes doen NOT bother me!  If you can't get this guy to stand, you're just not trying.  Also, the lack of holes looks cooler on those kneeling/laying poses (wher you can see the bottom of the foot).  Also, I'd MUCH rather have the fancy ankle joint (the reason there is no peg hole)  that the peg hole!

9577
Saga '02-'04 / Re: Toys-R-Us Vintage Sets
« on: December 8, 2003, 09:36 AM »
Hey All,

I remembered this from a few months back, so I did a little digging.  These vinty sets were reported on GH.com and then a bunch of "star wars crazies" e-mailed the distributors of the items and got this response (which I lifted from galactichunter.com):

Jeff

[START GH.com]

Vintage @ Amazon Update
9/22/2003 12:40:01 PM | Reported by Mike

A couple of our readers dig further into the Vintage listings we reported about this weekend. The company who is distibuting these, Distributoys, responds:

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Thank you for your interest in the Vintage Star Wars figures available at ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com. We have had many emails regarding these items and we are very excited to be able to bring something special to Star Wars collectors everywhere.

These limited edition sets are made up of Star Wars figures that were released in the late 1970¹s and early 1980¹s. The figures in these sets are "loose", that's is to say, they are out of their original packaging but are still original, ³collectible condition² action figures.

Kenner released many Star Wars action figures and many different action figures of the same characters. The following action figures are contained in each Limited Edition Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Set:

Good Guys Set-
Luke Skywalker in X-Wing Outfit
C3PO
Hoth Soldier

Bounty Hunters Set-
IG-88
Boba Fett
Dengar

Bespin Set-
Han Solo in Bespin Gear
Chewbacca
Lando Calrissian
Lobot
Storm Trooper

All sets come with the correct assortment of weapons and accessories.

We hope that you are as excited about these Limited Edition Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Sets as we are. Please make sure that you check back with ToysRus.com/ Amazon.com often as we will be adding new sets all the time.

Thanks again.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

While these aren't officially "re-issued" figures persay, that's still a darn fair price for loose vintys if they're complete and in decent condition. If any of you ordered them and received yours, please email us with an update!

Thanks to readers Jason and Chad for the follow-up!

------------------------------------------------------------------
[END GH.com]

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Luke,R1-G4,R2-D2 Carded Pic
« on: December 1, 2003, 02:55 PM »
And Virex has a pretty valid concern as well, with that top piece sticking out of R2's head.  Hopefully that's not in a dedicated position, and can be lowered/removed so this R2 can serve other purposes.


Don't know if this has been readdressed yet or not... just saw the pics today.

Anyway, at gh.com's pre-view/pictures of this wave, it looks like the thingy on top or R2's head IS removable:

http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?action=viewimage&categoryid=3218&text=&imageid=8043&box=&shownew=

http://www.galactichunter.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?action=viewimage&categoryid=3218&text=&imageid=8042&box=&shownew=

Just an FYI!

Jeff

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Here's my list:

1 - Capt. Gilad Pellaeon: would have looked great alongside Thrawn and Space Trooper.  Still a great character from the Thrawn Trilogy, but Hasbro has no plans to tap this EU for more figures...

2 - Talon Karrde: See above.  Again, would been great to go with Mara Jade figure, but alas it was not meant to be.

3 - Bothan:  Another EU, but they are at least mentioned in RotJ.  I'd like to see Hasbro's take on what a furry bothan actually looks like.  Make him smarmy Borsk Fey'lya from the New Republic.

4 - Chewie's Family: Malla, Itchy, Lumpy.  Until LF finally acknowledges it exists and puts out a DVD, these will NEVER be made. :(

5 - Yarna d'al' Gargan: Fat, six-breasted prostitute dancer = no chance in h-e-double hockey sticks...


Jeff

9580
Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Figures at SW.com and Hasbro - Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 01:59 PM »
I think they look great!

I love that Y-Wing Pilot.  I've already got plans to put him in my Y-Wing and take Hasro's first Rebel Pilot that came with it and use him for soemthing else...

Gotta have 2 of those new TIE Pilots for Vaders wingman scene...

Although, I can't wait to read what our resident RFT expert has to say about Dodonna and Antilles...

Will those customizers be able to use these for RFT and Officer Amry Building???

Jeff

9581
Toy Reviews / Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Starfighter
« on: November 13, 2003, 12:10 PM »
Hi All,

I picked up Anakin's Starfighter last night at Target.

I wasn't sure I was gonna buy it, but the first few episodes of the cartoon convinced me I needed to have it.

Features:
VTOL Thruster: Positionable rear thruster for verticle take off/landing.  Goofy feature, but at least Anakins's Starfigher is a little unique here.

Positionable lasers:  Four paser cannnons, the two on the underside of the ship have a swing down feature that gives it almost a x-wing quality

Swing Wings:  Another feature stolen from US military aircraft, the wings (wingtips?) are positionable for either "attack" or "flight" mode.

Proton Torpedo:  Neifty little launch feature, you turn his Astromech's head to launch the missile.  Neat play-feature.

Drawbacks:
(big surprise here) - Clone Wars Anakin, you know the PILOT of this vehicle DOESN'T Fit in the cockpit!  No surprise with E2 vehicles having similar "features".   Ani's stance is too wide, his skirt too infexible, his Arms/sleeves too poofy!  I tried to cram him in there and it could be done, but only with potential damage to the figure (loosening/cracked joints)

On the plus side, I was able to get the Secret Ceremony Anakin (minus the cloak) into the pilot seat with much less difficulty (and the headband fits on him too, so there is a viable alternative.

Overall, I din't like the look of the toy at first, but with the cartoon and first hand "play experience" I can honestly say I am glad I bought it.

I give it a B+

Not the greatest vehicle, but a unique interpretation of the Jedi Starfighter...

Jeff




9582
Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: November 10, 2003, 02:09 PM »
There is a case coming probably beginning of December with

3x Saesee Tiin
3x Kit Fisto
3x Clone Trooper
1x
1x
1x

The 1x are either Mace, Asajj, Obi or Durge...they will probably rotate those.

Most pre-orders from on-line stores list the case pack as:
2x Obi-Wan
1x Durge
as the last three slots.

I agree though that they should have done it differently, but I'd like to see:

2x Tiin
2x Fisto
8x Clone Trooper

I gotta have at least a DOZEN of these super-articulated Clones.

Nice, neutral, and GOOD.

Jeff


9583
Saga '02-'04 / Re: WHAT KIND OF WAVE WOULD YOU LIKE HASBRO TO DO!!!!
« on: November 6, 2003, 10:23 AM »
Hmmm...

I'd REALLY like to see a ME Cantina Wave:

Chewbacca (nice new neutral pose)
Hem Dazon (Arcona)
Bom Vimadin
Fetipern Trevagg (Gotal)

w/Ultra = Denizens of Cantina 2-pack
Jawa w/Blaster, Little Rat-guy (forgot his name), and Curved Bar Section


And then, I'd like to see a Bespin wave with:

CD-ROM Vader w/Blaster Bolt Deflection
Ice Cream Maker Guy (Then I could say I knew the guy who got him made)
Lobot (neutral pose)

w/Ultra Han Solo and Bespin Toture Rack

(this is in addition to the Leia, Guard, Cloud Car Pilot wave that is rumored for 2004)

Jeff

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / RED ARC Trooper?
« on: October 29, 2003, 10:36 AM »
What the heck?

From yakface.com:

"I don't remember reading about this one, but I was actually
looking for the second series of clone wars figures from the
cartoon this morning and ran accross a couple of cases of
the series 1 that had all the Arc Troopers repainted in red."

http://home.comcast.net/~jawenig/ToyPics/ArcTrooperVariation.JPG

Check it out...

Will there be more down the road?

Jeff

9585
Saga '02-'04 / Tatooine Wave (Luke, R2 and R1)
« on: September 26, 2003, 09:36 AM »
Hi All,

Hasbro just posted pics of the 2nd 2004 wave, Luke, Drink R2, and R1 Astromech:

http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/pl/page.headlines/id.952/dn/default.cfm

AND they announce the full line up for 2004 Wave 3!!!

"And check back next month to see the next Wave of 2004 3 ¾"; figures from Jabba's Palace including Lando Calrissian in Skiff Guard Disguise, Shawda Ubb, J'Quille, Elom, and Holographic Luke Skywalker, as well as the next release of Ultra figures including Jabba the Hutt and a three pack of B'Ommar Monk, Bubo & Wol Cabbashite."

All those new Jabba Aliens! I think I'm gonna pass out...

Also some news about the new Animated Clone Wars figures being Target Exclusives...

Go check it out!

Jeff






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