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Saga '02-'04 / Re: ...More than they can chew?
« on: June 15, 2003, 09:10 AM »
Nope, no solid cases in the US, and what really burns us is the fact that most new "waves" have only one or two new figures in them, with the rest being previous releases.

POTJ's biggest figure year (2001) saw about 35 new figures released. Things were slightly bumpy then availability-wise (as it has to be in non-movie years), but what really helped out was the fact that each wave featured four brand-new figures. The classic POTJ pegwarmers (Bespin Guard, Duros, Ketwol) were the result of them being carried over for a second wave.

In all honesty, I look to really see 2003 product start hitting in fall 2004, much the same way the tail end of Episode I/POTF2 hit at clearance prices at the end of 2000. There is just too much '02 backlog in the warehouses.

Saga '02-'04 / ...More than they can chew?
« on: June 14, 2003, 11:30 PM »
Do you think Hasbro made a grave error in slating nearly fifty "new" figures (counting reissues) for release in this non-movie year?

Last year, a movie year, we had about sixty figures (including the POTJ that kicked off the year,) and we were swimming in summer figures by the time Christmas rolled around. Why in the world would Hasbro repeat the same mistake?--compounded this year by the fact that nothing much has hit the shelves yet due to last year's leftovers.

These numbers still blow my mind. Fifty figures this year? What were they thinking? Most folks have barely seen the first twelve or so '03 figs show up in stores near them. Contrast that to last year at this time, when the first 35 Saga figures were pretty readily available across the US. (And remember, that was the second month of Saga's life.)

Do you think Hasbro has bitten off more than they (or us, or retailers) can chew?

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.

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).

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.

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....)

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.

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).

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.)

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...

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!>

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...

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.)

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.

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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