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Luke Skywalker (Splinter of the Mind's Eye miner's gear)
Princess Leia (SotME miner's gear also)
Hin & Kee (running change, or just call it "Yuzzem" and I'll buy two.)
Joruus C'Baoth
Borsk Fey'lya
Khabarakh/Rukh 2-pack (c'mon, Noghri are supposed to be small)
Corran Horn (pilot gear)
Kyp Durron (jedi gear)
Jacen Solo (teenage)
Jaina Solo (teenage)

Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: June 24, 2008, 06:55 PM »
Never thought they'd do Cobra La in the new line. I guess Crystal Ball and Ice Cream Soldier can't be far behind? That pack's a definite buy for me.

Not only is Crystal Ball coming, but his head is being p/rehashed for the Star Wars EU Talon Karrde figure:

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Legacy Wave 4 - A New Hope
« on: June 22, 2008, 09:38 PM »
So, unless my math is wrong, we get three Cantina figures plus a pack-in fourth, plus three other guys for this wave? And we have already been told Stormie Luke, Stormie Han, and Old Ben are on the way correct? Guess that seals the wave.

The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: June 22, 2008, 09:18 PM »
My thoughts on this run a little from a b and c.

"a" in so much as I remember reading an interview with Mark Bourdeaux (sp?) back in '98 where he said he was working out ideas for an FX-scaled Falcon to go along with the FX X-Wing that had just come out, and that the team's long-term goals included updating all classic vehicles that way. If the Falcon has been in the process for ten years, and if Hasbro has been denying it for the past year while cranking up the factories, then I don't see how we can put any faith in QnA denials at this point. A Death Star concept (or at least one) has been worked out, so the fact is we are past the planning stages.

'b' because the model exists and if the line shows that it can support a big hundred-dollar-plus non-tie-in item this year, they will try it again. Until it fails.

"c" because they haven't slotted a spot or geared up any tooling for a Death Star playset yet.

I expect the Death Star to be much more die-cut cardboard with printed on details than full-blown molded plastic wall and floor pieces. A few accessories that can be rehashed as figure pack-ins, a couple of interesting figures, and you've got your hundred dollar set.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: TLC Millenium Falcon
« on: June 17, 2008, 09:48 PM »
Respectfully disagree.  Shipping rates in the US have gone up too much to make this a palatable item to sell on ebay.  What're you looking at to ship it in the US now?  Well over $20 I'd guess, if not $40 based on other stuff I'm seeing on ebay.  That's got to factor in. 

All right, I'll keep up the debate in all due respect.

If it is hard enough to find, what parent (and fan of Star Wars back in the day themselves) is going to skimp out on little Johnny's "it" toy of 2008? All they have to do is be willing to dump $250 on it (not out of the question if it gets a little buzz going) and even including shipping the scalpers will make fifty bucks per unit. It beats selling Hot Wheels.

I'd like to think Hasbro will make enough to meet demand, but I have to also believe they are a little scared of the investment involved and may under-produce. Agreed upon future reuses of the mold being the great equalizer in all this, but I believe there is every possibility of this thing being the gotta-have item of the year.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Playsets: Thoughts?
« on: June 17, 2008, 07:32 PM »
Thanks. I don't mean to highjack the thread, but that Death Star really is a love-letter to the POTF2 Playsets, so I had to share.
That's awesome!  What did you use for the base structure?  Looks very Death-Star-ish.

Everything except the detention block, compactor base, and the bridge platforms (from the 25th anniversary Luke and Leia set) is hand made (by me) out of foamcore, foamies, and odds-and-ends. The thread detailing the creation of each level (with many more pics) can be found right here. The bottom level will be five years old next month, holy crap!

Power of the Force 2 / Re: POTF2 Playsets: Thoughts?
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:52 PM »
I enjoyed the Death Star Escape set enough to build an entire Death Star playset around it...

I was a big fan of all the playsets back when I got them, but they haven't come back out of storage since I moved.

Actually, I think I much preferred the Cantina and Jabba's Palace pop-up displays to any of the plastic playsets. If they were looking to go back to a line of environments, I'd prefer them to explore them more to the playsets.

I believe they were basically decoys meant to anger the Imperials, but I digress...

Big pass for me. I still haven't picked up a big-wing TIE, but at 55 bucks I don't think this is in my price range at all for what it is. Hobbie is interesting and a great use of existing parts to get a good exclusive figure out there, but I only plan on having one TIE and this one obviously ain't gonna be it.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: TLC Millenium Falcon
« on: June 16, 2008, 04:05 PM »
I was talking about the reality of this purchase with my wife yesterday (JangoTat's pics got me thinking and I had to make sure my display spot for it would will), and I told her it's the only thing I'm really looking for Star Wars-wise this summer, but at the same time I don't really expect to see it right away. I'm not going to be combing the stores for it like I did years past for other must haves (POTF2 Rancor and Bantha come to mind as such hard targets), and if stores are getting 2 or 4 in per shipment, these will be gobbled up quickly in the beginning.

I don't want to imagine it being that scarce all the way through the holiday season, but the dice could roll the right way and this could be the next Elmo or Wii...or just an item scalpers realize they can buy all of knowing they can profit on eBay.

If I completely miss out on this version, (I am not going to pay above retail or shipping costs!) I know I can wait for the redecoed/new voice chip-ed  ESB's 30th anniversary version circa 2010. You heard it here first...

Either way I am not going to sweat getting it...but when I see it, it will be mine.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: June 13, 2008, 02:24 PM »
     If Muftak passes on Bigg, I would be willing to trade/buy him from you,

Okay cool. For now I'm only looking for Kashyyyk troopers. Though when wave 2 Legacy hits I'll be looking for a few multiples there.

Consider the Biggs on hold for you, if Muftak passes. If I don't hear from Muftak by the end of the day, then the trade will default to you.

I'll let you know.

He's all yours, ctrona. Thanks for the offer, Sal. I appreciate the gesture.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: 2008 Evolutions Sets
« on: June 12, 2008, 09:12 PM »
Well I wasn't gonna believe the red B-Wing pilot until I saw him, but YAY! close enough I guess.

Wonder if Biggs's body isn't just a Death Star aren't clear enough to tell. I don't need the clone pilots (though that is certainly an upgrade from the POTF2-styled ROTS pilot...just wish they would have tagged him as "Oddball") so I probably won't be picking this set up, but Biggs as an all-new sculpt would be enticing.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Build-A-Droid vs Running Changes
« on: June 12, 2008, 08:06 AM »
Looking over the latest rumor list for the ANH wave brought an interesting wrinkle to mind. I was thinking it would've been nice to see Han and Luke stormtroopers be a running change since the tooling difference and deco change are pretty negligible, and it would free up a spot in the wave for one more all-new character.

Then I realized any running change during Legacy/Build-A-Droid is going to result in an extra droid piece. (As will, in the larger context, army building as a whole.) Would you want Hasbro to hold off on running changes for the length of the BAD experiment (slotting two endor troopers, for instance, as individually numbered figures in the same wave or breaking them up over two waves to work out the change itself,) or would you still prefer running changes to get more variety out of the army builders and background characters of future waves, even if it means one more protocol droid arm?

The wing and landing gear features were definitely on the vintage was one of my favorite toys as a kid.

The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Re: Entertainment Earth 6-Pack
« on: May 29, 2008, 02:22 PM »
Shadows of the Empire, then.

Not to mention the fact that very soon one figure will cost eight dollars USD anyways. What's two more dollars at that point?

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