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Maybe I'm just Hasbro-weary (as opposed to world-weary) but I keep flashing back on the sudden death of POTF2 as it tried to coexist with the Episode I glut. Both lines died because of that mess. Splitting Clone Wars and Saga by assortment might very well kill the both of them.

If there's going to be any kind of Star Wars push this year by the retailers, I have to believe it will be focused on Clone Wars,  which will set Saga even further along the wayside than it already is. I can't see both lines getting equal attention, unless the attention is so low that nobody cares either way and CW is forced into the same space Saga has at the stores now.

Either way, I sense harrowing times ahead for Saga in '04.


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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Kamino Airwhale!!!
« on: June 9, 2003, 07:31 AM »
If Hasbro did give us one, it would be in a "refresh" assortment number with the big-butted Shakk from Naboo. The Shakks would fill up the shelves before an Airwhale could ever make it out.

If they're going to release more beasts, I'd prefer to see OT stuff (a nice Sarlacc Pit puppet, for example).

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The Original Trilogy / Re: How does Vader know who "Luke" is?
« on: June 6, 2003, 11:26 AM »
Whose to say the name Skywalker isn't any more common than, say, Williams or Smith or Chin?

Hmmmmm...what about Yoda's dying words: "There is another Sky...walk...errrrrrrrrr**"?

If it was the most common name in the galaxy, wouldn't Luke's response have been, "Of course there is. There's old Greedo Skywalker, and Boba Skywalker, and Deak Skywalker, and that's just from Kindergarden!" instead of, "Gosh, that must mean I have a relative!"

And as far as Luke's application, even giving you the possibility that Skywalker is a common name, definitely the return address "Luke Skywalker, Lars Farm, Tatooine" would raise a few red flags Vader would notice.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Coca Cola Classic - Caffeine Free?
« on: June 5, 2003, 05:22 PM »
Funny this topic should come up...last Saturday (my birthday) I made the conscious decision to stop drinking soda. Your story especially gave me courage, Nicklab!

My favorite was Mountain Dew--a leader in caffeine content--so you can imagine the headaches I've been fighting through. The way I look at it, I spent my whole life staying off of drugs, nicotine, and alcohol, only to wind up addicted to soda? I prefer to go as addiction-free as possible, thank you (now where're my new Star Wars toys? ahhhhh....)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Imperial 4-Pack is fan-freakin-tastic!!!
« on: June 5, 2003, 05:08 PM »
The stormtrooper, who many of you know has knee articulation, can be posed perfectly with the E-WEB tripod cannon. I can't believe this wasn't brought up in any of the reviews on the collecting sites.

I completely agree with you, Lando--it was one of the many positives I pointed out in my own review. Some people look for movie authenticity above everything else, I guess...

I can't get over how much I enjoy this set, nor can I get over how clear Hasbro's thinking was on this one. I look at it like this--the ATST Driver and R4-I9 are both strong enough figures they could've been released on their own cards and I would've eaten them up. This is the way Hasbro needs to handle all rehashes--with creativity and style--using the best molds they have to conjure up new figures. If they could do it here, why not with the (very similar) upcoming Rebel Technician?

As for appropriate accessories, I can see both sides. Would I have loved, say, an old POTF2 Probot instead of the POTF2 Cannon? Sure, but twenty bucks for four different figures is as good a deal as your going to find, so accessories are just gravy to me.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Will you get the KBToys Imperial Shuttle?
« on: June 5, 2003, 04:48 PM »
I'm thinking about it, for sure...

I never liked the thought of buying a ship that huge to be shipped to me in the mail, but if one shows up at my local toy store, I don't know if I can resist the urge to take it home with me (it'll depend what my wallet says at the time, I'm sure).

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The Original Trilogy / Re: How does Vader know who "Luke" is?
« on: June 5, 2003, 04:18 PM »
Well, just imagine if Owen had let Luke "transmit his application to the Academy." I wonder if Vader would review the names of the new applicants?

Once again, I think the idea to not hide Luke's identity could have blown up in Obi-Wan's face. (Say, right about the time the Imperial Fleet showed up to collect Vader Jr.)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Okay I ordered cases whats gives??
« on: June 2, 2003, 04:02 PM »
At first I was going to argue he point with you, CHEWIE, after all, it was Wal*Mart's warehouses MetalJedi would really have fault with.

But after thinking about it a little bit longer, I have to back you up: it is Hasbro's fault.

Hasbro way overproduced the figures from last year. These are clogging up the distribution system to the point that new product can't even make it to the warehouse. I wouldn't be surprised to find out the new figures we've gotten this year have been drop-shipments straight from Hasbro to the stores.

Hasbro introduced the Collection 1 and 2 idea. If every wave did have it's own SKU, then knowledgable stores could get the product they want.

This is just depressing...

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: OK, what the.... (Nexu!?)
« on: June 2, 2003, 03:03 PM »
I just checked, and my Nexu is fine, though to be truthful my nephew did get a lot of play out of him before he went on permanent display; that "toy gods" theory might be right! ;)

Your story was awfully familiar to me though, Jesse. A few years ago in the process of moving I was packing up all my POTF2 that had been on display since I'd gotten 'em. Lo and behold, when I picked up Monkey-Face Leia, her back had shattered and the figure fell apart through the torso. No playing with it, no touching for nearly 3 years, then <pffffffft!>

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Muftak!
« on: June 2, 2003, 02:52 PM »
Thanks, everyone!

I just got back from a weekend away (part of my present from my wonderful girlfriend!)I also scored the Back to the Future DVDs, Transformers: season 2.2, X-Men 1.5, a gift card for TRU, a trip to "Finding Nemo" at a DLP theater, and a few other odds-and-ends!

No "Star Wars" stuff per se, but that's because I spoil myself somethin' fierce the rest of the time.

<<sigh>> only 364 days left of my 20s...

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The Original Trilogy / Re: How does Vader know who "Luke" is?
« on: May 30, 2003, 07:18 PM »
Yeah, Snively, I think you're right about Luke's "date with destiny:" I think Obi-Wan decided Luke was the only weapon left to undo Vader, (whether by turning him back or out-and-out killing him) and that's why the Skywalker name remained intact.

Otherwise, it would have been too easy to change it to "Luke Lars" or whatever. Luke remained a Skywalker as a goad and challenge to Vader.

(And I don't think Yoda was in on Ben's plan, myself--he seems far too reluctant to train Luke.)

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The Original Trilogy / Re: How does Vader know who "Luke" is?
« on: May 30, 2003, 06:51 PM »
I remember there was a comic called "Vader's Quest" wherein the quest was to find out who blew up the Death Star: in the end he hears Luke's name for the first time. That's the EU answer for that.

As to recognizing him on Bespin, I think he could "feel" him in the Force.

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Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars and Earth
« on: May 30, 2003, 05:40 PM »
Well, sure, many galaxies distant, in some sort of primordial form, the Earth exists.

I don't know how comfortable I'd be with an Earth-Star Wars link beyond that. Maybe something off-the-wall like the same aliens that settled Mars (and then later moved here, of course ;)) turn out to be some distant descendants of the New Republic or something...

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One of the real disappoinitng things about the toy line is the lack of stuff to go along with the figures. I mean, didn't they originally make these figures so small to accomodate affordable vehicles and environments?

I can't say I'd've been any more excited about the Compactor Sets if they'd had wall-crushing sounds or dianoga wails--the sculpting was what made these sets great. The future Screen Scenes haven't really caught my eye, either, possibly because they are such small chunks of bigger scenes rather than a total environment (like the Compactor, which only needed walls to be complete.)

All that said, I could go for some rooms if they stayed in scale (Death Star Control Room, Lars Kitchen, Luke's Medical Suite on Hoth) and laid on the detail (which means no more crummy cardboard cut-out walls!) An ever-connecting Tantive IV corridor would be great, though.

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Up until last year I never really paid much attention. When I first saw Eeth Koth on the shelf (about 20 or so of 'em) I noticed off the bat that a coupkle had really lousy face tattoos, and picked out the best one I could find.

When the Saga figures first started coming, I was grabbing without really looking, and paid for it--my Preview Jango has an unpainted right leg. Saga Palpatine also hurt--I searched through for the best liver spots I could find--only to not notice the inner-sleeve details on his left arm were missing.

Now I compare when I have the opportunity.

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