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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: June 17, 2011, 10:34 PM »
Best thing about it is that it appears to include  Broadside.  Long overdue.

Isn't that Warthog?

I love this thing. Seems like they have moved a lot of focus onto the Deluxe line though, at the expense of the mid-size vehicles.

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Well, the pegs may be jammed with TCW product but it's a glut of crap from 3-4 waves ago, if not older. Good luck finding much of the last 2 waves out there. The new stuff still seems to fly off the shelves, the problem is just that there isn't any new stuff shipping in any quantity. It's hard to gauge the overall health of the line right now because of the ongoing distribution mess.

Jeff, your foresight is admirable, but I don't think this is happening because the TCW line has gone stale or the kids have moved on to something else. If anything, it may be more of a commentary on the state of the TVC line than its animated counterpart.

I wish they would have held off on this until after the show was over and the proper animated line had run its course. Of course the bottom line is always money, and everything else is a distant second. No shock there.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: June 17, 2011, 09:04 AM »
Maybe. it is my recollection that the Mon Calamari were fighting the Quarren, not the Separatists per se.

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Thought this fit here as well as anywhere else, but SSG has a little post-CC Q and A up with Hasbro, and they mention that there won't be "realistic style" versions of the new Clone Wars characters anytime soon - and they seem pretty definite on that (of course, we "definitely" weren't seeing a number of other things at some point or another too).  Anyways, just thought I'd pass it along, this particular question is towards the end.


From Action Figure Insider Q&A:

Yep, you asked for it, you got it.  A handful of core Clone Wars figures are planned for the Vintage Collection line in 2012.  Stay tuned for more information!

  >:(

Ugh, not like we didn't know this was coming, but still. Worst...news...ever. What is even the point? You already have all the core figures in the realistic style! Obi-Wan, Anakin, Rex, Cody, Yoda, etc.

Is anyone REALLY clamoring for a realistic Pre Vizsla?

This is just a crass cash grab on the part of Hasbro..a way to suck more money out of collector's hands who wouldn't touch the animated line otherwise. This is only going to hurt the TCW line IMO, you'll have more clutter on the pegs and even more pegwarmers from having 5 different Obi and Anis sitting there all year.

This only markes sense as a marketing gimmick. There is no philosophical basis for it whatsoever. Animated characters should be done in an animated style, and realistic characters should be done in a realistic style. Keep the chocolate away from the peanut butter!

Rant over.


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2010-2011 Regular Season
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:36 AM »
So was anyone disappointed Vancouver lost?

I have been around enough obnoxious people from Boston to never be able to root for any of their teams again. That is one spoiled-ass sports town. That fan base can really be insufferable.

I really wanted to see the Cup back in Canada for a change. Felt a little sad for them today.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Why is he wearing a blue neck brace in that photo? Did someone rear-end him on the way to the show?  ::)

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How ironic, they got rid of the one actor anyone had ever heard of on that series.

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TV-9D9 / Re: The Clone Wars - Season Four Discussion Thread
« on: June 16, 2011, 11:25 AM »
Unbelievable...this is the best one yet. Although it kind of sickens me that Filoni is treading all over the Tartakovsky rendition of that battle. Sorry Dave, he did it better. He did EVERYTHING better.

That aside though, pure awesomeness. Someone please confirm that those were the sticky Felucian things I saw talking to C-3PO...I love how bizarre and un-Star Warsy those things are.

They gotta make that Matrix-esque tunneling droid ship too. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Go see Super 8 right now
« on: June 14, 2011, 08:58 AM »
Saw it last night, I enjoyed it a lot but ultimately it struck me as less pure Abrams and more of a Spielberg/Abrams mash-up. (Which makes sense given the dual production credits) It was very well done, and a solid summer movie for sure, but it left me wanting somehow.

I think overall I was hoping for something a bit darker, more like Cloverfield, which is my favorite thing he has ever done. (Sequel already!)

The kids were all great for sure. I just wish we could have seen more/better shots of the actual creature. It was even harder to see what it looked like than Clover. I always have that problem with CGI things, they move too fast for the human eye to really process the image. Whereas creatures done with actual physical suits/costumes looks so much more realistic (IE: The Predator). IMHO.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: CW Deluxe Figure & Vehicle Line
« on: June 14, 2011, 08:44 AM »
Lots of new shots of the first wave over at JTA...I guess they have just hit overseas. I have to question their whole "less than 30 days" projected domestic timeline because I don't think distribution is nearly that predictable.

I hate the thought of having to buy all 4 of these at once too...this feast or famine shtick is getting tiresome.

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Announcements / Re: Forum Upgrade In-Progress
« on: June 14, 2011, 08:41 AM »
Thank God...this "temporary" look is HORRIBLE! What a godawful eyesore! Can't wait for the return of the classic JD look.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2010-2011
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:50 PM »
It's Lebron day.  We're all taking the last 12 minutes of the day off.

LOL, I'm taking my talents to the sofa.


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: June 13, 2011, 01:53 PM »
I've never even heard of one of those, and I am all about comics. Classic ones anyway.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2010-2011
« on: June 13, 2011, 01:50 PM »
If that were the case, wouldn't LeBron et al. have gone to Dallas?  Snyder is a complete ass who craps on the fans and runs the Skins like a fantasy football team.

I know it's a popular sentiment nationally but that's not really an accurate view of the guy anymore. I'm a former season ticket holder and I certainly don't agree with everything Danny has done, but he is much like Cuban in his youth and obsession for winning (and tendency to rub some people the wrong way). The Skins just don't have any actual success to show for it.  ::)

I love that Cuban basically just shut up for the whole playoff run and did not allow himself to become a distraction. You know he was itching to have a go at Philip after that sweep.

What did you guys think of Lebron's postgame comments?

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NBA 2010-2011
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:59 AM »
Could not have asked for a more satisfying ending to a great series. This is the most I have enjoyed watching the NBA since Jordan was around. Lots of great drama this year.

Gotta feel great for Kidd, Dirk, Jet, Marion, heck pretty much everyone. I love Tyson Chandler and JJ Berea's games too.

I'm even happy for Cuban, dude is the closest thing to Dan Snyder that the NBA has, so it's good to see him learn and grow. You gotta give those rings out though, come on.

Whither the Heatles? They could have won this thing with a little more determination, so it's not like they need to blow it all up. They really need a top-tier point guard though, someone who can actually control the flow of the game and run the offense. This 1-on-1 thing they try to do is not reliable.

I think they also need a seasoned veteran with at least one ring who can step in and regulate. A Charles Oakley/Ben Wallace type dude who can get in Lebron's and DWade's faces when necessary.

And how stupid was that whole coughing-on-tape schtick those 2 pulled? REAL mature fellas.  ::)

Lebron? I just don't get it. Dude is not even in the same conversation with Jordan anymore, as far as I'm concerned, or even Kobe for that matter. His disappearing act was just baffling.

GO MAVS!

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