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The Original Trilogy / Most Iconic from the OT
« on: September 19, 2008, 03:27 PM »
I mentioned this while posting in the OT vs PT thread in the prequels section, that the Original Trilogy seems to really have a lot of iconic characters, vehicles, locations, etc. that are recognizable by non-fans and the public in general.  What are the most iconic items to you from the OT, or the things that you think almost anyone in the general public would know?  Off the top of my head:

Darth Vader
The Droids (R2/3PO)
The Soundtrack/Music
Stormtroopers
Lightsaber
Chewbacca
Yoda
Death Star
Millennium Falcon
Han/Luke/Leia
X-Wing/TIE Fighter
AT-AT
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Jabba the Hutt
Boba Fett
Tatooine
the Cantina
Hoth
Endor
Dagobah
Lando Calrissian
Speeder Bikes
Ewoks

I've listed those in a loose order of what is most recognizable, but there are certain things that I think that almost anyone might know.  Vader and the droids are obvious, and I think the main characters in general from the OT are pretty memorable.  The secondary ones like Yoda, Lando, and Boba Fett are also fairly well known.  I know those that don't even know the movies that well will reference some things, for example - not necessarily nice or appropriate, but I would hear people reference someone/something fat or big as "Jabba".  Winter weather sometimes brings about Hoth references, things like that.  Or there are memorable scenes people might remember from each movie like the Hoth battle, speeder bike chase, the trench run.  Anyways, what are your most iconic images from the Original Trilogy?

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Star Wars Tales
« on: September 19, 2008, 12:06 PM »
I've been on a bit of a TPB buying kick lately, and one of the SW ones I've been looking at are the SW Tales books.  I've never read any of them, but they seem to get fairly favorable reviews on Amazon (if you can go by that at all).  I was just wondering if anyone here had read them, and if you would recommend them as good/fun reads.

Here's the page for them at Amazon:

Star Wars Tales

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Legacy Collection Battle Packs
« on: September 11, 2008, 03:32 PM »
It looks like RS has a report up showing that some previous Battle Packs are making a return in the Legacy Collection (not that they need to):

Clone Attack on Coruscant
Jedi vs Darth Sidious
Jedi Training on Dagobah

I guess these are good sets for kiddos or new collectors, but they've all been out fairly recently so I'm not sure if it is necessary or not.  I won't be picking any of them up personally, but I always kind of thought the Dagobah set was kind of neat.  I would have liked it as a kid (or if I didn't have the figures included).  A nice Obi-Wan and Yoda, a decent Luke, a Vader, and an R2 repaint.  Now if they'd just put out a Dagobah playset to go along with it :P.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Green Lantern
« on: September 5, 2008, 03:36 PM »
WIZARD has art (and a link to more) up for some concept art for the possible upcoming Green Lantern movie.  Apparently this art (by Brian Murray) was used as part of a presentation package for the film.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Vehicles: Do You Buy Them?
« on: September 2, 2008, 04:24 PM »
I know we had a thread going like this in one of the other "line" threads, but I thought with the recent push of the vehicles - plus the introduction/testing out of larger vehicles like the Falcon and AT-TE - it might be a good time to discuss the vehicle subset overall.  It seems like (myself included) when we discuss running out room (or budget) lately, its the vehicles that really eat up the space in collections (whether its on display or in storage).  Has that changed anyone's vehicle collecting habits?  Do you buy them all (at least all new ones, repaints aside)?  Do you stick to one trilogy over the other?  Do you pass them altogether?

Personally, I sort of pick and choose right now - although I will say I've considered dropping the prequel vehicles strictly because of the space (and budget) issues.  I haven't done that yet (nor have I picked up an AT-TE yet), but I will say they definitely take up a lot of room and it makes it difficult for someone like me to display them all (I have a relatively small office to display anything I collect).  Anyways, I think I'd always like to collect the best version of each OT vehicle (if we start getting more "new sculpt" treatments similar to the Falcon), and right now I'm only missing the Sandcrawler and Cloud Car from vehicles that have been made.  I might be facing a bit more of a budget crunch in 2009, so the prequel vehicles - as cool as some of them are - might be something that has to go unfortunately.  I guess you can lump in the new "playset/environment" pieces into this as well, since it is a similar situation of higher prices and larger space takers.

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Now that we've seen the Clone Wars animated movie released (which was a bit of a surprise when it was first announced), do you think we've seen the last of the "new" Star Wars movies on the big screen?  Of course, we'll likely see 3D versions of the Saga at some point - or maybe even just regular re-releases for some anniversary or an other - but do you think we'll see any other new movies on the big screen?

Will we see another animated movie (even though this one didn't do great box office numbers) eventually?  Will we see some sort of live action movie to kick off that series if/when it happens?  Will Lucas (or someone) go back and continue the Saga with even earlier prequels - or something that happens later on in the timeline?  Obviously, its impossible to know for sure, but I was curious what some peoples opinions were on the future of Star Wars at the theater.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Legacy/Clone Wars Rarities?
« on: July 28, 2008, 09:58 AM »
Of what was "supposed" to be out, was there anything you didn't see this weekend?  For me personally, there was a few things I either missed or we didn't get at all in our area yet:

TLC Wave 2 SaeSee Tiin, Padme, and Tessek/Quarren Soldier
TLC Battle Pack - Hoth Speeder Bike Pack
TLC Evolutions - Rebel Pilots 2, Imperial Pilots
TCW TRU Exclusive Holo Grievous

There are some other things we weren't sure about (WM A-Wing, etc.) that I didn't see either, but those might be on the way later.  I will say, I don't think Target got the later Evolution sets because they had a ton on an endcap at our store, and all there was were Fett and Padme sets.  They also didn't have any TLC Wave 2.  I only saw the Battle Packs at Wal-Mart, but they had the Clone Wars bike set and the Hoth Recon set.  Wal-Mart didn't have any Evolution sets out.  TRU didn't seem to have a ton of basic figures stocked, especially for making such a big deal of being the "exclusive" location for MM.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Your 7/26 Experience/Haul
« on: July 28, 2008, 09:53 AM »
So how did the big release day go for everyone?  Did you find/spend more, or less than you thought.  Personally, I hit TRU first, and got there about five after 12.  I wasn't in a big hurry, but when I got there things were mostly picked over already.  The big ships were all gone, and most of the figures were as well.  Personally, unless they restocked, I don't know that TRU got a ton of stuff in for their "big event".  There was probably 20 or so people there, and I think one guy might have bought all the big vehicles they had, judging by his cart.  I ended up picking up 2 Evolution Packs, 2 basic figures (Legacy Wave 2), and 3 of the new GH packs.  I never saw the Holo Grievous exclusive, so I didn't get one.

Next, I hit WM.  Surprisingly, for the first time in a long time, our store was really nicely organized with this stuff.  They weren't busy at all.  I saw a few other collectors there, but we were all able to take our time and look through everything they had.  I picked up Legacy Wave 1, More of Legacy Wave 2 (they didn't have a few), a Battle Pack, and...the Falcon.

The next morning, I hit Target to check out what they had.  I was hoping to find the other two Evolutions packs, but although they had a ton on an endcap, they were all pretty much Padme and the Fett repack set.  I grabbed the exclusive Commander Fox figure (I like the deco), and a "1st Day of Issue" Han Solo for my carded Han collection, and that was it.

Overall, here's what I picked up over the weekend:

TLC Wave 1 (all 8 figures)
TLC Wave 2 (5 figures - never saw Padme, SaeSee, or the Tessek)
TLC Battle Pack - Hoth Recon (Han/Chewie/etc.)
TLC Evolutions - Rebel Pilots 1, Padme (Didn't see the other two)
TLC Millennium Falcon
Galactic Heroes (3 out of 4 packs, passed on Jar Jar for now)
TCW Wave 1 Anakin Skywalker (picked up Obi-Wan on an early find a week or so ago)
Target Exclusive TCW Commander Fox

There was a lot more I wanted to grab (AT-TE, V-19, etc.), but I had to draw the line somewhere as the spending was high enough the way it was.

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We know that Hasbro is paying fairly close attention to how the Falcon and AT-TE sell, so I was curious how many in our community picked one or both of them up.  Did you buy one, both, or multiples?  Do you intend to get either later on?  It will be interesting to see how these big vehicles do.

Personally, I picked up the Falcon at Wal-Mart this weekend.  I would have liked to get the AT-TE, but just can't afford both right now.  I may try to get an AT-TE later on if possible, although I have to figure out the display/space issue before I do that.  I noticed at the stores though, that the AT-TE is packaged smaller than I would have thought, and should be able to stay on the shelves in the regular action figure aisle regularly the way things are set up.  Anyways, did you pick up either of the big vehicles?

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / CW Obi-Wan's Delta-2 Jedi Starfighter
« on: July 25, 2008, 07:48 PM »
Hasbro's Presentation showed a new version of the Jedi Starfighter (from the CW series) is on the way in December (according to the date).  It's Obi-Wan's version, but I'm sure we'll be seeing LOTS more of these over the next few years.  I do like it though, and it looks like maybe it will hold a full astromech in there.  I'm always down for any Kenobi ships, so I'm looking forward to it.

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Linky.

Looks like it is on the way after all.  I'm glad I held off on the Force Unleashed one, and that this one is indeed confirmed for next year.  Looks nice.

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Hall of Justice / MattyCollector
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:56 PM »
Just as a heads up, but Mattel's Online Site/Store is up now...sort of.  Its just a countdown page right now (with some graphics/etc.), but it might be a place to bookmark as the store is supposed to go live on Monday from what I understand.  You can also sign up for their newsletter.

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I couldn't think of the right way to title this, but I'm sure there is a better way.  I was curious what some of your initial thoughts and discussions were like when you first saw the Original Trilogy, whether it was in the theatre - on video - on cable, etc.  What types of discussions did you have on the playground, with your friends, etc. about the characters and universe prior to the days of the internet and the majority of the EU stuff?

I can remember prior to Jedi, even as a young kid, a group of friends discussing what Vader was like under the helmet (especially after the "back of head" shot in Empire).  I can remember the speculation on what Boba Fett looked like under the helmet as well, and his backstory.  I can remember talking about how Luke made his new green lightsaber for ROTJ.  Were the Stormtroopers robots or people?  All of the speculation was part of the fun in those days it seemed.  Did any of you have similar discussions with your friends, family, etc?  What types of things were you wondering about when you first saw Star Wars, then Empire, and finally Jedi?

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Hall of Justice / DC Universe Classics Wave 7
« on: July 21, 2008, 11:07 AM »
The Fwoosh has a sneak preview up of an upcoming DCUC Blue Beetle figure.  Looks pretty nice.

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The Legacy Collection '08-'10 / Most Anticipated Item for 7/26?
« on: July 21, 2008, 10:20 AM »
Either line - Legacy or Clone Wars - what is the item (or items) you are looking forward to the most for this weekend (or for the lucky ones earlier)?  Although I'm looking forward to a lot of it, I'll be entirely unoriginal and say the new Millennium Falcon is the one thing I hope to pick up the most.  There is a lot of great products coming out (AT-TE, starfighter vehicle assortment, Legacy figures, Evolutions), but if I could only grab one item, that would be the one.

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