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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Retail catching up to Online Shops?
« on: October 7, 2003, 01:27 AM »
I agree.   Nothing against Newforce or the online folks but Hasbro has turned it into a crap shoot and honestly, you're better off just looking in the stores.  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Work layoffs...
« on: October 5, 2003, 05:55 PM »
I've been laid off, too, and it sucks, I know.  It's an epidemic nowadays.   :(

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: October 4, 2003, 09:27 PM »
Thanks to HMI for another assist - Eowyn and Bilbo!  At long last, the White Lady is mine.   ;D

I saw the Horse and Rider sets at TRU today and was really disappointed in all of them, except maybe the Warg.  I'll be sticking to AOME for the horse sets from here on in anyhow, since they are covering many Toybiz won't go near.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Angel Season 5 *Spoilers*
« on: October 3, 2003, 11:36 PM »
To clarify: when Lilah was stabbed in the neck with a mystical dagger type thingy by Cordelia and subsequently beheaded by her former lover Wesley since no one could be sure she wasn't bitten by a vampire.

And then she came back.   :-*

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Angel Season 5 *Spoilers*
« on: October 3, 2003, 03:24 PM »
Yeah, Lilah did indeed bite it, but then through the complexities of her contract with W&H, she was back at the end of the season.  Hmm.  Maybe she'll show up again down the line.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Angel Season 5 *Spoilers*
« on: October 3, 2003, 04:47 AM »
I got into Angel big late in season 3, and I really enjoyed this first episode.  At first I was a little worried about all the trappings of W&H overwhelming the show's dynamic (i.e. the swat guys) but Angel felt like I did and they all died.  I dig Gunn the lawyer, and the already present sense that this was the biggest mistake they ever made.

Don't like Eve.  Where's Lilah?  She could act.  And was beautiful.

Spike... it's about time.   ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Kill Bill
« on: October 2, 2003, 12:21 AM »
I'm already in line.   ;D  I think the splitting it into two films is simply gratuitous studio herd following.  LOTR and Harry Potter release films yearly and now we have the Matrix unneccessarily releasing two films in a year (wouldn't you want to save the last one for next summer?).  I have high hopes though.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Master Points Auctions LIVE!
« on: October 2, 2003, 12:19 AM »
This is world class stoopid.  

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:48 PM »
EE posts the rest of the Trilogy breakdowns:


FOTR Series 1:
2x Twilight Ringwraith
1x Galadriel
3x Strider (the Toy Fair one from last year?)
3x Boromir (the Australian version? Nice shiny dagger?)
2x New Frodo (?)
1x Pologue Elf Warrior

FOTR Series 2:
3x Legolas
2x Gimli
2x Gandalf The Grey
2x Witchking
1x Arwen
1x Elrond
1x Bilbo

TTT Series 1:
3x Helm's Deep Aragorn
1x King Theoden in Armor
3x Smeagol
1x Eowyn (repaint?  White dress?)
2x Eomer
1x Crossbow Uruk-Hai
1x Saruman

TTT Series 2:
3x Helm's Deep Legolas
3x Gollum
1x Gandalf The White (the whiter?)
2x Frodo with Sting
1x Berserker Uruk-Hai
2x Treebeard

The Green Dragon also says TB will be making subtle changes to the figs where it makes sense (they mentioned changing the placement of white hands on Uruks but think of the Austrailian Boromir, with the dagger and new cloak).

Well, what does everyone think?

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:39 PM »
I still haven't bought SP Gollum yet either, and I'm not sure if I will.  My cousin has him though (he bought him over armored Eowyn!  For shame!) and he seems okay.  You can pose him in a variety of ways, more so than the bendy versions, but he looks a little goofy.

With the repacks, I see it both ways.  There are some figures that should be revisited - Arwen, Elrond, Bilbo, Boromir, any type army builder.  Others, like Gollum for instance, no.  And the repacks (to this point) actually sell.  This is excluding the ROTK bendy Gollum and Smeagols currently clogging my local TRU.

I expect TB will continue producing original figures for some time, and the repacks are simply a means of catching the many, many people (like myself) who came into this mainly with The Two Towers.  There are even figs from TTT that could be, should be repacked (Easterling, Rohirrim Soldier, Elven Archer).  

I think when the Trilogy line hits in Dec./Jan. and there are lots of people high on ROTK who don't have a Frodo, Arwen, Ringwraith, et al, these will do pretty good.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Random Thoughts
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:28 PM »
I also completely agree.  Simpler is better.   ;D  It's why some of the most 'boring' figures in the POTJ line, Bespin Guard, Duros, BoShek, are some of the best Hasbro has ever done.  When they make figures like that, nobody can touch them.  I look forward to next year and the already great POTJ style goodness we have coming.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to Nicklab !!
« on: October 1, 2003, 02:13 AM »
Happy birthday Nick!   ;D

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 30, 2003, 08:32 PM »
I should also add that the fact we're getting 4 and 5 so soon gives me great hope that we'll see many more series from ROTK.  The original Marz Trilogy list suggested this:

Series 6 - Queen Arwen, Gimli, Ringwraith, Uruk-hai, Gollum with Ring, and Shelob

And I think beyond that we still have plenty of time and opportunity for Denethor, Gondorian Knights, Orcs, Uruks, and all the other figs we want.   ;D

I hope.


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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 30, 2003, 08:26 PM »
Entertainment Earth posts some interesting news:

Return of the King Series 4 - January 2004
To commemorate the release of the final film in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Return of the King, Toy Biz introduces 6 inch action figures! This case of 12 individually packaged action figures includes:


6x King Aragorn
2x Pippin in Armor
2x Harad Archer
2x Legolas.
QUANTITIES AND FIIGURE MIX IS LIKELY TO CHANGE

Return of the King Series 5 - January 2004
To commemorate the release of the final film in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Return of the King, Toy Biz introduces 6 inch action figures! This case of 12 individually packaged action figures includes:

2x King of the Dead
2x Faramir
2x Merry in Armor
2x King of the Dead (Glow in the Dark)
4x Witchking in Armor.
QUANTITIES AND FIIGURE MIX IS LIKELY TO CHANGE.

6 King Aragorns?  Umm... okay.  Otherwise I'm glad we're getting both Series 4 and 5 in Jan.  Hopefully Faramir is the armored version, allowing at the least customizing options for Gondorian Knights and Boromir.  After seeing the rotocast Legolas figure today, I think this will be the so far unseen Series 4 version, shrunk down of course.  New sculpt and likeness, lots of articulation.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Jedi Master Points Auctions LIVE!
« on: September 30, 2003, 03:25 PM »
There are some nice choices to bid on, and I was all excited for Kitik there for a second, but yeah, stoopid.  There's little point in even trying.

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