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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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TV-9D9 / Clone Wars Movie Reviews - SPOILER Thread
« on: July 17, 2008, 02:52 PM »
Newsarama has the first review up (from the AP) of the upcoming Clone Wars movie.  It seemed pretty positive overall, and mentioned a few times "returning to the fun of the Original Trilogy".  I hope that is true, and I'm looking forward to checking it out.

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I wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought it might work best here.  I've been thinking about trying to assemble a smaller "high end" (at least high end to me) collection of some of the main characters from the OT.  The two lines I've been looking at are the 12" Sideshow figures and the Gentle Giant mini busts.  I'm not sure how many here collect both (or either one), but I was curious which line you think might be the best way to go.  I know its all a matter of opinion, but I always enjoy reading other people's thoughts.

The characters I was thinking about picking up over the long haul are the following:

ANH Han Solo
ANH Luke Skywalker (Tatooine)
ANH Princess Leia
R2-D2
C-3PO
Chewbacca
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Darth Vader
Stormtrooper

Maybe later on..

Lando Calrissian (Bespin)
Yoda
Boba Fett

Anyways, I realize many of these haven't been touched on in either line in some cases, but I figure they will be eventually.  As for my personal collection, I only have Han/Chewie mini busts, and Han (Bespin) 12" (with the ANH Han on the way in the next week or so).  With Sideshow's price increases, it seems like GG might be the more affordable option for me - but then again, many of the mini busts I would have to backtrack on and that could get pricier (or even cheaper too) in some cases.  Who knows, with all this Hasbro stuff coming up, I might not be able to afford either line - but I was just curious what some of you thought.  I'm not nearly as educated on these lines as many of you, and I appreciate any help you might have to offer.

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Just read about this new game over at Newsarama yesterday, sounds like it is the long awaited "lightsaber game for the Wii".  I think more info (possibly a trailer) should be on the way in the next few days, but from the article itself, it sounds pretty cool.  It would be nice to have Luke and Vader included as well, but who knows, maybe they'll stick them in there as "unlockable" characters.  We don't have a Wii (yet), but definitely want to get one, and this sounds like it would be a fun game.

IGN also has an interview up about this game that provides a little more info.  I'm a little confused if "The Clone Wars" is just the title for the Wii exclusive game, or if these are two different games, but I think they are the same thing.  I've seen it called both names, so I wasn't sure.  Anyways, more info at the linky.  Sounds fun.

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I remember around the time of the first VOTC being announced, many of us were talking about wanting "definitive" (sculpt/articulation/paint) versions of the main characters in their "main" outfits, and we started to get that with the VOTC line.  Since then, we've even seen Hasbro mention wanting to put out the "definitive" figure of a certain character or characters.  Although there can always be advances in the figures (just see the big differences from POTF2 to today), it seems like many of them are starting to get close to perfect.  Which figures do you think are perfect (or close enough) that you'd just like to see them re-released every so often in the basic line, not necessarily needing a "new" version any time soon?  Or do you feel like they could all use improvements?  It seems like we're getting quite a few really nice figures, and some that could maybe just use a minor tweak (ball jointed elbows most often) and we'd be there.

Barring any big changes in sculpt/articulation or overall figure quality - here's a few off the top of my head that I'm pretty happy with:

VOTC Han Solo (ANH)
VOTC/EB Chewbacca
VOTC/Tantive IV Stormtrooper
VTSC Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
VTSC/Droid Factory/TLC Battle Pack Han Solo (Hoth)
VOTC/Evolutions Boba Fett
VTSC Snowtrooper
VTSC Biker Scout
VTSC Han Solo (Endor)
VTSC Bossk
VTSC IG-88
TSC Princess Leia (Boussh)
Evolutions/TAC/TLC Darth Vader
TAC 4-LOM

ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi (Pilot)
Clone Wars/Legends AOTC Clonetrooper
ROTS/Evolutions Count Dooku
Evolutions Jango Fett
Evolutions Qui Gon Jinn
ROTS - Most of the Jedi Figures
Evolutions Anakin Skywalker (AOTC)
ROTS Clonetrooper(s) - SA White and Repaints (Shocktrooper, 501st, etc.)

Better with Minor Tweaks...

VOTC Lando Calrissian (Ball Jointed Elbows)
Evolutions Darth Maul (Ball Jointed Elbows)
VTSC Bespin Luke Skywalker (New Head Sculpt?)
TAC Anakin Skywalker - ROTS (Ball Jointed Elbows)
Evolutions/O66 Palpatine (Neutral Head Sculpt?)
R2-D2 (VOTC version is ok, but repainted R4-G9 would probably be about perfect)
TSC C-3PO (Pretty good, but after the new 4-LOM and build a droid C-3PX, it could probably be improved upon)

There are probably a few others (VTSC Tuskens, VOTC Leia, VOTC/OTC Yoda, etc.) that are pretty good as well, but maybe there are some differences that some people would like to see.  Of course, there are other great background/supporting characters/figures we've gotten, but I was trying to mainly stick with the bigger names and main supporting players from the movies.  I know there are some I'm forgetting too, but I thought it would be neat to see everyone's opinions, and determine which versions of the "big guns" we still need to get.

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Watto's Junk Yard / AFI's 10 Top 10
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:27 AM »
I don't know if anyone caught the latest AFI special the other night, but I saw some of it and Star Wars placed #2 (behind 2001) in the Sci-Fi category.  They had their rankings of the top 10 movies in 10 categories (Animation, Romantic Comedies, Westerns, Sports, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Gangster, and Courtroom Dramas).  Another movie on the lists of note, the Fellowship of the Ring placed #2 in the Fantasy category.  You can see the lists HERE, along with video comments that were shown in the special, and trailers, etc.  It was kind of neat re-watching the Star Wars and FOTR trailers again :).

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LEGO / LEGO Death Star
« on: June 18, 2008, 09:23 AM »
I didn't see a topic thread for this already, so I apologize if there is one.  I was just looking at pics of the upcoming LEGO Death Star at the eurobricks forums, and wow, that is pretty spiffy.  I'm not a Lego collector personally (can't afford to keep up), but this really does look nice.

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Hall of Justice / DC Universe Classics Recall?
« on: June 6, 2008, 11:58 AM »
I was just reading a thread over at the Fwoosh that is saying that many TRU locations (not all...yet) are pulling a number of Mattel lines from the shelves this week.  There isn't a reason yet (although speculation points to safety issues), but some members have already seen lines like The Dark Knight, Speed Racer, DCU Classics, and Kung Fu Panda pulled from the shelves.  I don't know if this will eventually be nationwide or not.  I was at our local store yesterday, and saw both TDK and DCUC stuff on the pegs.  Apparently this hasn't happened at any other stores, so it may just be a TRU thing.

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The Original Trilogy / Star Wars (A New Hope) Thoughts
« on: May 28, 2008, 04:22 PM »
I always like reading everyone's opinions of the individual movies, and since the original Star Wars' birthday was this past weekend - it got me to thinking about Star Wars/ANH.  I was too young to have seen this originally in theatres (I was born a month after release), so my first experience was on VHS (and later, the SE in theatres).  It was amazing then, and still is now to me.  Its kind of nice how it is really the most "self contained" movie of the Saga, since at the time they didn't know how it would do.  I was re-watching "Empire of Dreams" on the History Channel over the weekend, and its really neat seeing the "hoopla" that went on after it hit.  It must have been a fun time to have lived through that.  Anyways, I'll post more about the actual movie later - but I just wanted to see what everyone's opinions (or memories) of Star Wars (or A New Hope, if you prefer) are these days.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Your Opinions of George Lucas
« on: May 28, 2008, 03:57 PM »
I was just wondering what is everyone's opinion of George Lucas?  Sure, we all make the various jokes about George - but I've noticed (again recently with the new Indy) that a lot of people seem to blame him for anything wrong with these movies.  Granted, a lot of this probably started with TPM, and I think that Indy will suffer from that same sort of backlash as the fanbase seems to be really split on this recent movie.  TPM is probably more negative overall, but I can see the same type of situation.  Anyways, back to Lucas, what do you think of him really?  I guess, even though I don't agree with everything he has done/does (which you could say of everyone), I've always had some respect for him as he's been responsible in the creation of two of my favorite franchises (Star Wars and Indy).  With Star Wars in particular, he's really come up with what I think are some great characters/designs (obviously, with the help of many others).  Watching some of the specials (such as Empire of Dreams, or George Lucas' biography) recently again, its kind of nice watching those old days when he was working to first get Star Wars made - and then moving on to the rest of the OT.  As many people in those specials say, it is astonishing how he pushed movie making and special effects (and other areas) into a different realm.

Overall, I guess I am thankful for the ideas that George Lucas has brought to the big screen.  Star Wars (and also Indy) were movies that really had (and continue to, obviously) a big impact on my life and I never get tired of watching them.  Although I don't like the prequels as much as the OT, I still enjoy them for the most part (ROTS in particular is very good) - and I guess I've never been one of those "George Lucas raped my childhood" type of people.  Like I said, I'm not trying to be an apologist for Lucas - he's made decisions that we've all questioned - but I don't quite get the overall hatred some people seem to have for him.  Granted, a lot of it comes from online - where people are more passionate with their opinions and can be anonymous if they so choose - and some of it might be the fact that he does seem to be a stubborn person (he says as much I think) and treats things as "his movies" and does what he wants with them.  Just reading reviews since KOTCS was released last week, I've seen/heard a few instances of "you can tell Lucas got his hands on this part", or "Spielberg should have kept Lucas out of this" when referencing anything they disliked in the movie.  Anyways, I was just curious how people really feel about George Lucas and his contributions.  Is he more likely to deserve "credit" or "blame"?

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Jocasta's Reading Room / Original Trilogy Novelizations?
« on: May 23, 2008, 11:44 AM »
I was just looking for some advice on the novelizations for the Original Trilogy movies.  I've always wanted to pick them up, and just never got around to it, and I was wondering if there is a certain version that is best to grab.  I'm sure the "interior" is pretty much the same, but is there any sort of artwork/hardcover/etc. thing that makes one version better than the other?  I thought I'd try to grab at least one of them off of Amazon next time I order there, and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.  Thanks in advance for any advice.

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I was just checking out what was in stock over at HTS, and found this listing.  It is an 8-pack of the Ceremonial Luke Skywalker (pictured with gold coins), apparently to be given out at b-day parties and such.  There's also one in the Galactic Heroes section (Old Ben/Vader), as well as the TSC section (Vader).  I just thought it was interesting.  I suppose that would be a cool party favor, although a figure other than that Luke might be a better choice :).  How about, SA Clones or Biker Scouts for everyone! :P

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While re-arranging shelf set ups this week, I was looking closer at the beasts (the OT ones in particular I guess).  They pretty much have been the same since the POTF2 releases (aside from the SAGA Ultra Wampa), with some changes in paint.  Now there is a rumor of the "Battle Rancor" getting re-done as a ROTJ Rancor later in the year, which would be cool.  Are there any other beasts (Taun Taun, Dewback) that you think need to be re-sculpted, or maybe just newer paint apps?  I know they aren't maybe the most popular segment of the line, but I've always kind of liked the creatures - and wouldn't mind seeing them come back here and there.  I saw the TRU Hoth pack this week, and that's nice, but I just couldn't spend $25 just to get an extra Taun Taun.  Not a bad pack for new collectors and/or kids though.

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Just saw this new rumor list over at RS, supposedly for Legacy Collection "vintage" figures.  According to this listing, there is 6 waves - yes, waves - for 2009.  The list provided includes OT, PT, and a mention of EU figures.  Let the speculation begin...

Not sure what this means for the line (especially with PT characters listed and EU mentioned as well), but the OT characters listed sound pretty good to me.  I'd like to see some spiffy re-dos of each of them.  Here's the listing:

Walrus Man
Death Squad Commander
Jawa
Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Zuckuss
Emperor's Royal Guard
Wicket
Gammorean Guard
Admiral Ackbar
Luke Skywalker (no specifics provided)
Han Solo (no specifics provided)
Darth Maul
Jar Jar Binks
Queen Amidala (Theed Invasion)
...and some EU characters

Hopefully the Han Solo is the Bespin version, and Luke is either Hoth or the DSII Jedi version we've been waiting for.  This could be interesting.

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