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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 24, 2004, 06:18 AM »
You know, thanks for working your tail off for us today/yesterday, Matt. I know I really appreciate the zest you seem to have brought to your one on one with Hasbro. Tellin' em like it is with those crappy cantina sets and all...


They said NO WAY IN HELL will any of the 4" VOTC figures get re-released later on in the standard ($5) carded line.  I expected a negative answer to that, but not such an adamant one.  I told them that was totally unfair to deny collectors the greatest army-building figure of all-time, in the new Stormtrooper (looks GREAT).  They replied "We're not denying anyone.  The collectors can army-build all they want with that one."  Yeah.  Ok.   ::)  I reminded them that it was a $10 figure that was being placed in a line that's supposedly going to see a much more limited release than the standard OTC line.  Their reply:  Shrug.  Hmmm....  Oh well...   >:(


I'd just like to add that there is a little room for manuevring here, if the figures see rerelease in some other form (not the basic line) Jesse's 2-packs, or Ultra figures with large accessories, screen scene fillers, etc. Just like Ephant, they have the molds now, it would be very unlike Hasbro to not use them again.

And to whoever the rep was Matt talked to, let me assure you that there's NO WAY IN HELL you'll get me to buy another ANH Han Solo figure, ever again. The VOTC one serves all my needs just fine. Same looks like it'll go for a couple more of these, but the door swings both ways, you know...

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 22, 2004, 11:01 PM »
Onto Artoo...

I have to say I'm really disappointed in our ROTJ version of Artoo. I was hoping for an ultimate opening swiss-army R2. The "chrome dome" is probably Hasbro's attempt to add perceived value to the figure, but its inacuraccy leaves the Bar2 still a superior figure. The arm is a nice feature, looks like it may connect magnetically from what I can see. I assumed there would have to be a sensorscope, though. I'll have to pass until they rehash it somewhere down the line...

And that's all from an opener's point-of-view. If I were a carded collector, I'd be royally upset with them for changing the card text from the vintage version! If they were going to change something, they might as well have used the much nicer looking "Star Wars" card image with a  ROTJ logo.

<--That's no "extension arm!"

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Ki-Adi had overdone eye shadow. He looked like CC DeVille, so I didn't buy one.

That's funny--that's probably the only way I would buy that set!!

Well, it seems that first batch of OTC figures has blown in and blown out of every Wal*Mart and KMart around here, and all I have to show for it is a Dagobah Luke and Yoda and a VOTC Han.

Not too bad, I guess, but I need those Bespin figures to spur me to finish building Cloud City!!

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Well of the Souls / Re: 12" Indiana Jones!
« on: July 8, 2004, 08:47 AM »
 >:(

First Samuel L Jackson takes over the role of Shaft, now he's bumping Harrison Ford out of Indiana Jones..?

For shame, Sam, for shame...

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Well,  I saw a couple Vader TIEs this past weekend at a local TRU, and it really whetted my appetite for (at least seeing if not buying) some real OTC stuff.

I agree that if the E-tailers aren't able to get there shipmetns of the first cases in, it's because all the Wal*Marts in the land are gearing up to have a 12-foot section of OTC figures in the future. Of course, it'll all be that first casepack, and what I really want are those Bespin figures...

Should be an interesting second half of summer.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:46 PM »
I saw F9/11 today. I don't come from a Republcan background, but I wouldn't say I'm Democrat either (definitely liberal-leaning, though.) That said, he made some very good points that, had they been brought to light back in '00, might've made the GOP reconsider W as their candidate.

MM's very dry wit is in tact. It was a good film, it certainly stirred some things in my heart.

If you don't want to hear his opinion (and you know already what it is anyway), I'd suggest not going. If you have an open mind, this is a top-rate documentary.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Graduation!
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:40 PM »
Congratulations!!!

As for advice: do what you want to do, don't follow money. Oh, and when the robots take over, try to make sure you're on their side.

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sigh...

I'm right there with you, CHEWIE, wishing playsets were a priority for Hasbro.

There are three big strikes against palysets (as already mentioned and pretty much universally accepted):

1) Too expensive for Hasbro to invest in the toolings

2) Too expensive for the consumer to purchase at the store

3) Not enough shelf space at the retailer

I wish the impetus was there to look beyond these limitations and figure out a way to get us some neat stuff. Just look at Kenner's solutions to these problems twenty years ago: the vintage Death Star was mostly space, defintiely home-assembled, and completed with cardboard walls. The only Cloud City Playset was aslo a cardboard pop-up one that fit into a TV-Dinner sized box.


I'd be willing to take a board-based playset, something you assemble at home and fits in a box no bigger than a board game. Key pieces of the set could be molded in plastic that would then "plug in" to the walls and floors, but for the larger surfaces, I'd take cardboard-like parts printed to look movie-accurate.

The Death Star playset I made for myself (as an example) exists really as mostly flat sticker-covered walls with just a few pieces thrown in to bring it to life (computer consoles, doorways, etc).

It could be made without the toolings, it could be cheap enough to buy, it could take up less space on the shelf.

In short, it could work if anyone were willing to think outside of the (plastic) box.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:32 AM »


not


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Watto's Junk Yard / Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse
« on: June 25, 2004, 10:21 AM »
Uncle Jesse vs Uncle Jesse

I ran into this phenomenon first hand over Father's Day weekend.

It appears the younger generation has the wrong idea about who Uncle Jesse really is...

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: mock up prototype 12" stormtrooper?
« on: June 23, 2004, 02:30 PM »
Sneek Preview 12" figures?

If this is a mock-up of packaging, then my guess would be that the 12" figures to come would have figure-specific packagaing a la the Unleashed figures.

(That Grievous fits too perfectly to not be his outline, IMO.)

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Watto's Junk Yard / IT is...
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:14 PM »
The highly-anticipated upgrade for JediDefender? :o :o :o

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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Me too!!
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:10 PM »
I'd like to say "I agree with Virex," but I'm not in the habit of posting just to say "I agree."

I will on this one occassion, however; since to not post would be an almost implicit disagreement. I want no one to mistake my silence for apathy.

Good posting skills: either you got 'em, or you don't. Get rid of nogoodniks...including Virex, if necessary.  :D

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This is the reason I love Chris Berry and want to have his children...










...come over for dinner some time.


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Saga '02-'04 / Pass on Ultra Threepio?
« on: June 14, 2004, 04:38 PM »
Yeah, I think had it been three all new pieces in there, there would have been no question the first time I saw them. But the Monk is the "heavy" of the set, and I already had it.

While I do love Bubo (and he loves me) I loved my ten bucks more.

The question now is, should I pick up an Escape Pod Threepio at clearance price as well?

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