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I don't know how many of you read Star Wars Insider anymore, but the last issue (107) had a feature about the process of making a Star Wars figure.  Within the article, Hasbro discusses how it makes up its waves, and mentions that a typical wave of eight figures might include up to three "A-rated" characters (which are produced in greater numbers).  They go on to say that there are only 12 A-rated characters in the entire Saga (from Hasbro's viewpoint), and mention some that are or are not included on that list.  It also appears to depend on which version of the character it is.  For example, both Jedi Luke Skywalker and X-Wing Pilot Luke Skywalker are considered "As", while farmboy Luke is not.  Others they mentioned as A's are Jango and Boba Fett, and R2-D2.  Some figures that are not considered A's are Han Solo (surprising, but apparently due to lack of kid interest), C-3PO, and Princess Leia.  Anyways, I just thought it was interesting, and was wondering which other characters you think make up the list of 12.  I would think figures like Anakin and Obi-Wan are certainly included (at least their ROTS versions), as well as Vader and probably some sort of clonetrooper.  Which characters do you think make their cut?

1. Jedi Luke Skywalker
2. X-Wing Luke Skywalker
3. Jango Fett
4. Boba Fett
5. R2-D2
6. ?
7. ?
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?
11. ?
12. ?

Hasbro's A-list seems to really be made up of figures that have kid appeal, and that they can sell year round (they specifically mention the upcoming Jedi Luke being one that can be continually packed in throughout the year).  Others that could maybe make the cut, going by this criteria, could possibly be Darth Maul, General Grievous, Yoda, Chewie?, and as mentioned Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Vader.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / How Much is Too Much?
« on: February 20, 2009, 12:19 PM »
It seems like, for the most part, everyone was pretty happy with what Hasbro had to show at Toy Fair.  Whether it was in the display room, or in their presentation for the year, it does look like the basic figure line (and everything that accompanies it) has a lot of neat stuff on the way.  I'm sure there are still more surprises to come along, and we'll see even more at SDCC.  That said, the other big topic really seems to be the pricing.

We've all seen it coming, or even starting at retail already, but it seems like lines all around are getting more and more expensive.  Eight dollar basic figures seems to be the norm for now, and even Galactic Heroes 2 packs are hitting that price now.  Battle packs seem to be getting less figures for a higher price, and now it seems like any vehicle larger than the "starfighter $20/$25" assortment is going to cost at least $60.  I'm afraid to see what exclusive vehicles will run now.  That seems to be the only avenue for OT vehicles right now, and I wonder what something like Wedge's X-Wing will run.  We've also seen increases in the comic packs and pretty much everything else SW-related (although I think its happening in most other lines as well).

Anyways, my point is, how much is too much?  With the economy what it is, people seem to have a lot less to spend on this type of thing (non-necessity, hobby-type stuff).  Hasbro's release pace certainly hasn't slowed down any since the ROTS days, although we continue to see the back half of the year being quite heavy once again.  I'll admit that I'm someone that usually buys most of the basic figure related stuff, but I'm also not a completist (although I have been since Build a Droid started I guess).  We now have three lines running (TLC, CW, Legends), and that's just the figures.  I couldn't imagine trying to keep up with everything as completists do.  Anyways, have any of you reached your breaking point?  Are you dropping lines, or just becoming more selective?  Its tough for me to collect anything but SW anymore, since it is such an expensive hobby on its own (not even getting into anything considered "high end") just grabbing Hasbro's offerings.  It sort of reminds me of when I used to collect sports cards.  We kept getting less cards per pack, prices were going up, there were more and more "lines" of cards out there - and pretty soon I just quit.  I didn't follow that market after that, but I think it sort of changed/crashed a short time later - at least for awhile.  Do you think collecting is headed that way too?  Do we need to have a breaking point to streamline the products again?

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12" Figures / Sideshow 12" Lando Calrissian
« on: February 17, 2009, 08:47 AM »
It looks like Lando is on the way.  I haven't bought one of these in a looong time, but this one is awfully tempting.  The headsculpt looks pretty well done to me.  Looks like only 750 made, so I could see this one being tough.  I don't know if I even remember how to order these things anymore ;).

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Other Collectibles / Sideshow "Dual Display" Dioramas
« on: February 12, 2009, 05:51 PM »
Just saw this announcement from Sideshow advertising a line of "dual display" dioramas.  They can be either set on a desk/shelf, or mounted on the wall.  The first in the lineup is Obi-Wan - Sabotage!  It is kind of a neat idea, and would probably look kind of neat mounted on the wall.

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Joe Defender / G.I. Joe Combat Heroes
« on: February 2, 2009, 09:22 AM »
I don't know if anyone buys them here or not, but I noticed the first wave of the Combat Heroes were being clearanced out at our Wal-Mart.  It seems to vary by pack (Snake Eyes/Zartan scanned at $3, Bazooka/Firefly at $1), but not bad deals if anyone's looking to grab some cheap or for kiddos.

I'm not sure about this movie stuff either.  I'll probably pass on most to all of it as well, although knowing me, I'll probably pick up a Snake Eyes at least (and maybe Storm Shadow).  Unless something changes from the trailers/preview pics, I don't see how the rest of the line is going to be very interesting on the pegs.  Aside from head differences, almost all of the figures could just use the same body with the all-black gear.  Again, maybe there are costume differences in the movie, but we haven't seen them so far.

Also, HissTank has a look at what the packaging will look like for the upcoming "Hall of Heroes" line for the Joes.  I wonder what the pricepoint on these, which look to be essentially repacks in new packaging, will be.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / CW Clone Turbo Tank
« on: January 16, 2009, 08:19 AM »
Surprised this article hasn't been mentioned yet, first posted at Yakface I believe.  It looks like the Clone TurboTank is pretty much confirmed for 2009, coming out closer to the holiday season.

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The Original Trilogy / Meet Boba Fett
« on: December 30, 2008, 10:14 AM »
A New Video at the Official Site, showing some of the first footage of the working Boba Fett costume, as well as some comments on the creation of the character.  Kind of a neat look back, for those interested.

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Modern Classifieds / Brian's Star Wars For Sale List
« on: December 23, 2008, 03:42 PM »
Update - all SW figures are $3, all vehicles $6.  I'll sell the entire lot of loose Star Wars figures (the realistic ones, not CW/etc.) for $50 plus shipping (28 figures).  Most everything here is loose (unless listed otherwise), and should be complete to the best of my knowledge.  Payment via Paypal is preferred (as long as it's not a debit or credit card) and Money orders accepted.  Please PM me if you're interested in anything (you can find my feedback here).:

Star Wars Figures (Loose Unless Noted) - $3
TAC Galactic Marine
AOTC Sneak Preview Clonetrooper
ROTS AT-TE Gunner
TSC Commander Gree
Clone Wars (Original) ARC Trooper (Blue)
ROTS Shocktrooper (Quick Draw #6 repaint) x2
AOTC Super Battle Droid x2
Various Battle Droids x3
TAC Comic Pack Obi-Wan Kenobi
SAGA Anakin Skywalker - Tatooine Attack
TSC Padme Amidala (Ilum - from Battle Pack)
TSC Darth Vader (Bespin Confession)
ROTS Bail Organa
ROTS "Ripcord" BARC Speeder with BARC Trooper
AOTC Count Dooku
ROTS Palpatine (Office)
ROTS Darth Vader
AOTC Geonosian x2
AOTC Deluxe Geonosian (Deluxe Sliced Up)

Clone Wars Animated
Senate Guards (From Target Yoda BP) x3 - $4 each

Carded Figures - Lot for $20 Shipped
POTJ Plo Koon MOC - $4
SAGA Plo Koon MOC - $4
Saga Legends Plo Koon MOC - $4
CW Plo Koon MOC - $4

Star Wars Vehicles - $6 each
TAC White TIE Fighter (Boxed)

ROTS/SAGA "Environment" Stands - $10 Shipped for All
"Bridge" Stands x24
"Mustafar" Stands x4
"Geonosis" Stands x3
"Felucia/Kashyyyk/etc" Stands x5
"Mustafar Repainted" Stands x2
"Tusken Camp" Stand
Droid Factory Base (Deluxe and Add On)
Coruscant Nightclub Stand (From Dannl Faytonni Figure)
Geonosis Display Stand (From Wat Tambor Figure)

Gentle Giant Mini Bust
Plo Koon (4029/4500) - only opened to inspect, then packed up again - $20

Acme Archives Boba Fett (regular) Character Key (219/1000) - $25

Gentle Giant Bust Ups- opened, $3 each or all for $10 shipped
Wampa
Snowtrooper
Darth Vader
AT-AT Driver
C-3PO
Yoda
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)

7" Unleashed (loose/complete) - $5 each, all three for $20 shipped
General Grievous
Mace Windu
Shocktrooper (WM Exc)

Comic Books
Star Wars Legacy - Individual Issues #0 through #18 - $15 for the Lot
Devil's Due G.I. Joe: America's Elite World War III Storyline - Individual Issues 25-36 (with Double Sized Finale) - 12 Part Event - $15 for the Lot

Wii Game - Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels (only played twice, complete with case, book, and everything else) - $25
Gamecube Games (Playable on Wii as well) Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Original), LEGO Star Wars (Prequels) - $10 for both

Miscellaneous Star Wars
POTF2 12" Dewback (Loose) - $10
POTF2 12" Sandtrooper (Loose) - $5
Torture Rack from TAC Han Solo Figure x2 - $2 each
Obi-Wan's Table from TLC Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi x2 - $1 each

Mighty Muggs - $5 each (Loose)
Marvel Wolverine
Marvel Iron Man (Classic)
Marvel Captain America (Classic)
Marvel Thing
GI Joe Snake Eyes

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Figure Releases per Year
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:59 AM »
I think we've discussed this in other threads before, but with the confirmations coming out of Hasbro in the last couple Q and A's, it sounds like we're in for another big (huge?) year of figures for Star Wars.  I know we've sort of gotten used to "big years" pretty much ever since the ROTS line (maybe slightly before).  I've said it before, but although its nice to get all the new figures, I sometimes miss the days of keeping up with maybe 40-50 total figures in a year, instead of 60-100+.  Anyways, it sounds that if you are a collector of both the Legacy and Clone Wars line (which seems to be a minority of people here right now), we're looking at over 100 figures again.  Its been confirmed that the Legacy Collection will see at least 54 figures, and I've read (and heard via the ForceCast from DePriest himself) that the Clone Wars line will see 40+.  This isn't even counting comic packs, battle packs, exclusives, etc.  I guess my question here again is, how much is too much?  What would be a good number of figures per year?  I guess if you just grabbed one line over the other (and also skipped the various multipacks), maybe it wouldn't be as bad, but it does seem like a lot to keep up on these days - just for the "regular" line.

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Opinions on "Splinter of the Mind's Eye"?
« on: December 22, 2008, 04:29 PM »
Another book question, sorry.  Anyways, I know the "Splinter" is pretty well known because it was basically some of the first EU, and - at the time - was somewhat of a "sequel" of sorts to the original movie.  I have been aware of it since I was a kid I think, but have never read it, and thought about picking up the paperback.  It seems like reviews on Amazon vary pretty wildly, with some really liking it, and some thinking it really doesn't hold up now.  Anyways, just wondering if it was worth a read.

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The Prequel Trilogy / ROTS: Starting to Get an Unfair/Negative Rep?
« on: December 16, 2008, 10:09 AM »
I wasn't sure exactly how to title this, but recently it seems like I've been reading more and more negative comments about either Revenge of the Sith - or just lumping the entire prequel trilogy together as bad overall.  Granted, most to all of these are usually by different media, but still, it seems unfair.  Although I can definitely see the criticisms of both TPM and AOTC, I felt - and it seems like the majority did as well - that ROTS was a pretty strong film.  Heck, I think it even got pretty favorable reviews for the most part when it came out.  I've noticed recently, whether it is when people are reviewing new episodes of Clone Wars (or the movie) or just general lists (like the "most wanted" blu-ray discussion I read at IGN today, which reminded me of this), it seems like people are lumping in ROTS with the others in being undeniably awful.  Anyways, just something I was thinking about, but it seems like ROTS is getting an unfair reputation/bad rap - even more so lately.  Heck, we've even seen the OT (and Star Wars in general) get this treatment since the release of TPM it seems.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Goodbye KB Toys
« on: December 11, 2008, 03:14 PM »
Sounds like they are closing up shop...Linky.

They are filing for bankruptcy and closing all 277 stores that remain.  Our local store closed a year ago, but it is kind of sad to see toy stores go the way of the dodo.  I hope that TRU still does ok, because I think that's kind of a neat thing to a kid (although probably younger now than when we grew up) to see - and I'd like it to be around for our daughter to remember.  I grew up in a small town, and when we went to the "city" and got to visit TRU, it was almost like a vacation.  Anyways, not really surprising to me either.  All the KB Toy stores in our local area were a horrible place to visit usually.  Really crammed, old stuff, usually higher prices, and often a distinct odor.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Memories of Christmas Past...
« on: December 5, 2008, 01:24 PM »
I was listening to an older SModcast (Kevin Smith podcast) and they happened to be discussing Christmas presents as they grew up.  This, in combination with talking about various Christmas gifts as we've been shopping for our daughter, nephews/nieces, etc. just got me to thinking about Christmas when I was a kid.  I was wondering if anyone had any memorable Christmas gift stories to share.  Was there a year when you got something like the Falcon, or the U.S.S. Flagg, or something else that was a "large present" or just a memorable present.

Another side of this topic is how Christmas has changed, at least to me, for kids these days.  I never felt like I got the shaft at Christmas by any means, but I never got near the presents (amount or dollar wise) that kids these days get.  It seems like my brother and I (and my friends as a kid) usually got one "big gift", and some other little stuff.  The "big items" I can remember getting as a kid was something like Castle Grayskull, the GI Joe Killer WHALE, or the Jabba w/dais playset.  I also remember getting what I believe were my first Star Wars figures, Obi-Wan and Chewbacca.  Also, after asking for a couple years, I finally got a Nintendo - which was a huge gift at that point (and what a lot of my friends got around that time as well).  These days, it seems like kids are getting something like a new gaming system ($250-$400), in addition to all the other presents.  Its kind of sad to me too, we were shopping for our nephews (6 and 8 years old), and all they want this year is video games.  In the past three years they've gotten Gameboys, a PS2, and this year a Wii.  Maybe I was just a weird kid, but my friends and I were still asking for/playing with action figures at that age - but that's just a sign of the times I guess.  Anyways, just wondering if anyone had any Christmas memories they might want to share.  Its always interesting hearing when people got their AT-AT, or Falcon, or whatever else it might have been at the time.

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Star Wars Universe / Newsarama's Cast Off Retro: Star Wars
« on: December 4, 2008, 07:05 PM »
I don't know how much traffic this topic will get here, but Newsarama is continuing its recent casting polls (so far, they've focused on comic book movies), and currently has a poll up starting off a new series of "modern casting" of the Star Wars OT.  Its just for fun, but I thought I'd pass it along here - they are starting off with Obi-Wan Kenobi.  They provide five choices (and name their favorite), and then you can vote if you'd like.  Anyways, just thought I'd pass it along, as it might be interesting to see the various choices.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Do You "Collect 'Em All"?
« on: December 3, 2008, 04:15 PM »
I remember the phrase from a number of toylines as a kid (and still today), urging us to "collect them all" - which was much easier in the days of a SW toyline having 85-ish figures total (instead of in one year, as these days).  Anyways, do you find yourself buying more and more and being closer to "completist".  I'm someone that didn't care at all about that, and rarely had a complete line in previous years.  When I started with POTF2 (and also Episode I), I picked up the "main characters" and branched out from there.  Then, collecting got a little more serious and I started buying a bit more - having most of the POTJ line (still skipping a few in there though).  I skipped some of the action feature/duplicate figures from the SAGA line(s), and even skipped some in the ROTS line.  I still bought more than I skipped, but not all of them.  Now, with this advent of the coin and especially build-a-droid pack ins, I find myself buying figures that I would have skipped in the past.  Have the pack-ins, or just your collecting habits, caused you to become a "completist"?  Again, if it was the days of having 25 to 40 figures in a year, it wouldn't be a big deal - but these days it does make for a lot to keep up with (especially now, with multiple lines).

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