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Watto's Junk Yard / Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest List
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:01 PM »
Although I haven't had a chance to read through it yet, this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly is full of their "100 Greatest" lists (Movies, TV Shows, Albums, Books).  I was looking through the movie "rankings" and was a little surprised at how far Star Wars had fallen in the eyes of the media.  Of course, this is just one particular list, and many others could be (and are) completely different.  But the only SW mention is the Empire Strikes Back, ranking in at number 53.  Other movies of note for our crowd:

Toy Story (22)
LOTR: Return of the King (43)
E.T. (62)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (78)
Blade Runner (81)
The Dark Knight (88)

It has been awhile since I looked through it, but I thought the original Star Wars ranked in the top 10 of AFI's Top 100, or at least near there.  Again, there are so many lists like this, so it doesn't necessarily matter in the grand scheme, just a little surprising that SW was so far down the list of all time (considering some that were listed before it too).  Haven't looked at the other lists yet.

LEGO / LEGO Sets - Do You Keep the Boxes?
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:23 AM »
After having our basement flood this spring, it reinforced to the Mrs. that my "crap" takes up too much of our storage areas in our house.  That said, I've been going through everything over the past month and have recently come to the stash of LEGO boxes.  I really only got into LEGO over the past couple of years, as our daughter loves putting them together and it is a fun thing to do with her.  Plus, I've gotten more and more into the sets in general and seeing all that LEGO can (and has) done with not only Star Wars, but other licensees.

Now, we've pretty much gone about the idea that once we've put them together, they stay together and are played with, displayed, etc.  I've always kept the boxes with the booklets and extra pieces, just in case I'd need to take them apart/pack them up or whatever.  That being said, they are taking up a lot of space so I'm considering pitching them and just putting all the booklets and extra stuff in a rubbermaid or something.  I was curious for those of you who have been in the LEGO game longer, do you keep the boxes or condense things down?  Do you keep all of your sets built, or disassemble them and put them back in the boxes?  Just trying to decide which way to go.  Thanks for any advice.

« on: June 18, 2013, 08:46 PM »

LEGO Movie, Feb 2014....Chris Pratt playing the main character (Emmett), Will Ferrell (President Business), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop), Alison Brie (Uni-Kitty), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius), Will Arnett (Batman), etc.

The Original Trilogy / Return of the Jedi - 30th Anniversary
« on: May 23, 2013, 11:18 AM »
Coming up on the 30th anniversary this weekend for Jedi, anyone planning on giving it a view?  I'm hoping I have time to, hopefully on Saturday but at least sometime this weekend.  Anyways, I see has a short film up of some celebrity "geeks" reminiscing about ROTJ:

Personally, although I think the original Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back are stronger movies, Jedi will always hold a special place for me as it was the first movie I remember seeing in the theater - let alone the first SW movie in the theater.  It was also when my fandom/action figure collecting seemed to blossom, as the majority of the vintage figures from my youth were from the ROTJ line.  Still love it, ewoks and all ;).

Watto's Junk Yard / Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:13 PM »
I didn't see this posted anywhere yet, but the television upfronts are going on this week, and one of the series that was announced was Marvel's Agents of SHIELD from ABC.  You can see the 3 minute trailer below, and the series will air on Tuesdays at 8/7c this Fall.  Looking forward to it.  #coulsonlives

Star Wars Universe / Star Wars Changes
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:57 PM »
Figured this belonged here as well as anywhere.  With today's announcement of the Clone Wars ending, Detours being indefinitely postponed, and following the delay/cancellation of the AOTC and ROTS 3D releases, it sure seems like a lot of things are changing in the SW universe.  We've seen changes being tried out in the action figure line (with the 6" series and the 5 POA stuff) as well, and it now seems as if we'll have a lack of almost any new SW stuff until after the new movies get going (at least for the most part).

I read in one of the articles today about the CW news that it seems like since Disney took over there has really been a shift away from the prequel era stuff.  Sure, we'll see some figures this Fall, but that is more because of the late game change in plans than anything else.  We've seen the indefinite delay (and probably/possibly cancellation) of both the 3D releases and Detours.  The new Black Series 6" line is made up of 75% OT, and I have read news about the upcoming movies saying how Disney wanted to get back to the look and feel of the OT with the new movies.  Now, I'm not complaining mind you, because although I love all the SW universe (prequels and CW included), I also prefer the OT and that "feel" as well, it is just interesting to me to see what a big shift has come about in the past few months.

Disney really seems to be clearing the slate as things gear up for the new trilogy.  Aside from (hopeful) DVD or some sort of releases of the resolution of CW, I don't know that anything else will be out prior to the new movie.  They did mention some new animated series, but I doubt it is far enough along to make it out prior to 2015.  Everything else (3D, Detours, 1313) seems to be delayed or cancelled.  It is just an interesting time in the SW universe these days, for better or worse.  I just wonder if we'll see even more changes coming up (possibly even with the action figure line), or if things will settle down a bit now.

Star Wars Universe / EW's "Reunions" Issue
« on: October 5, 2012, 02:34 PM »
I'm not sure if this is worthy of its own topic, but I wasn't sure where else to put it.  We got this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, which is their annual "Reunions" issue....and along with shows/movies like Arrested Development, E.T., Clueless, etc. they also had a feature on the "Men Behind Boba Fett" featuring Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, and Dickey Beer (ROTJ stuntman Fett).  Was just surprised to see this, and thought I'd pass it along to anyone interested.

Modern Classifieds / For Sale: TVC EU Set
« on: August 8, 2012, 10:09 AM »
I have a set of four EU figures from the Vintage Collection for sale.  I got these as parts of waves/cases I ordered this year, and don't really need them, so I thought I'd offer them up for sale.  They are all carded (and unpunched).  I'd like to sell them as a set, if possible, and PayPal is preferred.  Just looking for what I paid for them, so $60 for the set (including shipping):

TVC Nom Anor
TVC Shae Vizla
TVC Starkiller (Vader's Apprentice)
TVC Darth Malgus


Ok, I'm pretty sure "DC Collectibles" is what DC Direct calls itself now, so I'm posting this here.  Looks like they are starting a new line of 3 3/4" scaled action figures, but apparently they will only be available at conventions (if I'm understanding it right).  They kick things off with a Kyle Rayner/Kilowog 2 pack, which looks pretty nice.  More info at DC Comics' blog.

Watto's Junk Yard / Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:14 PM »
Marvel's other 2014 movie: Guardians of the Galaxy, sounds like it is confirmed (and will be announced at SDCC):

They also have Cap coming in March of that year, and the Amazing Spidey 2 (from Sony) also from the Marvel character stable.  I never thought this was a property that would see a summer blockbuster movie :).

I know this is a long shot, since everyone is looking for this, but I thought I'd give it a try.  Our local stores don't carry these (aside from one that is about a half hour from our house, so I don't get there often), and if anyone happens to see these locally and would be willing to help me out, that would be great.  I'm looking for the same three that everyone is I'm sure:

Hulk - pending
Loki - pending

If anyone happens to see extras or aren't interested in these, please let me know.  Thanks so much.

Collector's Tips / Display Cases
« on: April 12, 2012, 02:10 PM »
I heard about this on SW Action News this week, and although I can't afford them (pricey!), they sure do look amazing:

If you scroll down and look through them, you can see some really nice ones.  I like the ones resembling the "yellow background" of the vintage cardback backs, as well as the more intricate one with individual backdrops/names for each of the vintage figures.  If I could afford these, I'd be all over those.

Jocasta's Reading Room / Star Wars: Scoundrels
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:48 PM »
Just saw this on - sounds like it is Timothy Zahn's next SW novel, hitting about Christmas of this year:

I haven't really read any EU for awhile now, but I'm definitely interested in this book.

I know we've had a topic like this here before, but with all the chatter lately (pre and post Toy Fair) regarding some recent decisions with the line, I thought it might be a good topic to bring up again.  We've seen a lot of frustration with things like the slow demise of the CW line, the constant repacks in the Movie Heroes/Vehicles/etc. areas, the rising prices, and of course distribution issues.  I also feel that the newly reveals battle packs (Naboo and Bespin) helps to add more fuel to the fire as to the future of the SW line(s).

Do you feel that the BPs are a "test" for a change in the regular figure lines, or something much less - just a different direction for BPs or maybe even a one wave deal.  I mentioned it in the BPs thread, but maybe this is a different way for them to do the "Movie Heroes" line in the future - as I could see these being good figures for kiddos.  I know when playing SW with our daughter lately, I can appreciate figures that are sturdy, can stand, hold their accessories, and fit in ships (although more recent TVC figures can do all that and more too).

The BPs seem to be just one of the various strange decisions with the Star Wars lines lately.  The TPM 3D "launch" seems to be pretty stale, at least around here.  The new Vintage wave moves fairly steadily, but everything else (Movie Heroes, Clone Wars, Vehicles of all sizes) seem to be collecting a lot of dust at the moment.  Although AOTC 3D hasn't even been officially announced yet, you have to guess that we'll be seeing more of this type of approach next year (and in the years after) unless Hasbro adjusts their strategy.

I also wonder how this year's "big" vehicle (the MTT) will end up doing with the Fall launch.  The price is higher, interest largely seems to be lower, and I wonder if there will be much parent/kid push at all for this.  Even the new Naboo starfighter will be out months after the movie release (if at all, with all the vehicle repacks lingering on shelves).  We haven't seen quite as much in the way of exclusives (which is good in some ways, bad in others), and the ones we have seen have largely been straight repacks as well (after having years of all new beasts and vehicles as exclusives).

All this, plus the rumors that the Vintage Collection may go on hiatus starting in 2013, create a little more of a murky future for SW in the coming years than we've seen in awhile.  We hear about CW ratings declining, the ho-hum box office of TPM 3D, and more things out there grabbing people's attention.  What do you think the future of SW collecting holds?  Is it truly a time where we're starting to see the light at the end in some ways, or another example of the "doom and gloom" we see every few years with the line.  I do feel that the Vintage Collection continues to put out top notch figures, even if the price stings a bit.  I've often been a supporter of a more simplified (and scaled back) approach for Star Wars (one line, 40-50 figures a year) - but with Clone Wars and now movie re-releases out there, I can see why we don't see that.  Prices don't seem to be going down anytime soon, unless these new BP figures are an example of what it would take to bring them down (not guaranteeing there would be a price change there anyways).  Just a lot of questions surrounding the line right now - and I'm curious to see where things are headed.

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