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Original Trilogy Collection / New OTC Rumor List!
« on: June 8, 2004, 09:39 AM » has posted more rumors/rumblings of things that could be showing up within the next year or so.  Nothing is confirmed, but interesting food for thought: Rumor Report

Out of respect for their news, you can visit the link for the entire list....but some of the things on the list (although many are likely repacks), sound good to me simply because I missed them the first time around and many make it sound as if these were pretty good to begin with (such as 4-LOM, Zuckuss, Rancor, Rebo Band).  These are figures I was going to pick up via ebay, but now I just as well wait and see if these rumors pan out.  Any thoughts on the list?  Hopefully the Luke Skywalker - Endor that is listed would be a new version, but I'm not holding my breath.

Other Toy Lines / Which Toyline Do You Feel is the Best Value?
« on: June 7, 2004, 02:06 PM »
Aside from repacks, case assortments, and other issues that so many of the toylines seem to suffer from nowadays, which toy line do you think combines aspects such as sculpt, articulation, accessories, packaging, and overall price point into the best "bang for your buck" if you will?  I'm not familiar with each and every toyline, mainly paying attention to Star Wars and a little bit of Marvel and Lord of the Rings, but while looking through the toy aisles this past weekend, this question popped into my head.  For example, if you look at the new offerings in the Star Wars line this year, the sculpts have been pretty spiffy I think (especially for the smaller scale), accessories have been hit and miss depending on the character, but not too bad overall, and articulation is definitely hit and miss, although better than it has been.  To me, although I'd always take them cheaper, I think $4-5 isn't too bad for these figures, especially remembering the $7-8ish days of Episode I and POTJ while unpacking some things this past weekend.

On the other hand, since the new Trilogy line of LOTR figures has come out, it has been even tougher to leave these on the pegs.  They are bigger, so you're already getting more plastic (although for me, I like the 3 3/4" scale, and have a tough time displaying the bigger figures), usually pretty good accessories, great articulation (even if it becomes loose after awhile), as well as great sculpts more often than not.  All this for around $5 to 6 from what I have seen (closer to $6).

The same holds true for Marvel Legends.  Although they are somewhat limited, not seeing quite as many releases throughout the year (which is ok sometimes), you have overall good sculpts, articulation above and beyond most other lines, some pretty neat characters, usually a comic book included (depending on your neck of the woods), and a decent sized base in most cases.  Accessories are somewhat limited on many characters outside of the book/base though.  These seem to be in the $6-8 price range, usually on the lower end depending on store.

Otherwise, those are the lines I am most familiar with off-hand, and really they aren't too bad of values on any of them to me.  Like I said, I'll always take them cheaper, but the prices aren't too bad (especially considering most were higher priced before).  There are other action figure lines which approach the $10 range per figure, some that have "packs" where the price is spread out (minimates are $2ish per figure in the 4 to 5 packs, but much smaller figures for $2 a piece as well).  Anyways, I guess I was just curious which line or lines out there right now are a good "value" in your opinion?

While reviewing what has/will come out this year, and figuring out what I need to (or am going to) pick up, I got to thinking there is quite a bit of stuff this year.  Granted, much of the stuff is re-carded, re-hashed, re-released, etc....and I'm not a fan of that either, but just looking at what we have/will have the opportunity to get in the year 2004...and its a pretty big number, and believe me when I say I feel very sorry for you completists:

Saga - 21 Basic Figures
Saga Ultra - 6 New, 2 Re-released
Saga "Hall of Fame" - 12 re-released figures
OTC - 7 "new" figures
OTC - 31 re-released figures
VOTC - 12 all-new "ultimate" figures

I may be forgetting a few things, but that's 91 figures for the year...not counting the following:

Clone Wars Animated Figures - Target Exclusive (8 figures)
Multi-packs - Skirmish at Carkoon, Naboo Final Conflict (?), Endor Ambush
Target Cup/Figure Sets - 5 of them
Jedi Council Screen Scenes - 4 additional sets
DVD Commemorative Packs - 3 sets, 10 figures total (repacks)
Vehicles - Red Leader X-Wing (Saga), Darth Vader's Tie (OTC), X-Wing (OTC), Millennium Falcon (OTC), Tie Fighter (OTC), Sandcrawler (OTC - Diamond Exclusive),  Y-wing, Slave 1.
Unleashed Figures - 10 planned for the year (including Clone variant)
12" - 6 figures that I know of (Obi/Jawa/Garindan, Vintage "3")

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting, and granted much of these items are re-releases or items that I might skip for one reason or another...but that seems like a whole mess of stuff this year.  I'm not saying its good necessarily, as I would rather see it somewhat toned down in favor of more new sculpts...but it is a lot of stuff to pick up for those of you that want one (or more) of each.  I guess outside of the re-releases, we are still getting 40 "new" figures this year, not counting the repaints in the OTC re-releases.  Also, hopefully there are a few more surprises awaiting for the last part of the year.  Anyways, sorry for the long post, just something I was thinking about today.

Edit: Roughly (not including the DVD sets, don't know price) that is around $1300 potential to spend if you buy one of each of everything.

Saga Collection '06 / The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: May 14, 2004, 12:20 PM »
Not sure if this is the right section, since this is broader than just the OTC, so sorry if it isn't.  After reading a number of posts, and particularly Scott's, regarding the OTC rehash lineup for the rest of this year, it got me to thinking about the future of Star Wars...collecting-wise.

Sure, we know Hasbro has the license until 2018, but we don't know exactly what it means.  It might just be "just in case", it might be so other companies don't have it, who knows.  We also know that there might be a TV series (cartoon or live action) coming up after the movies are said and done with.  And, of course, there will be more DVD/DVD set marketing pushes in the future with the Episode III disc as well as the inevitable "super duper spectacular fantabulous ultimate edition six disc set extravaganza" in the future.  My question is, do you think Star Wars figures (or other collectibles) will still be available in retail stores, come down to just specialty shops, just online, or nothing at all?

Personally, I think we'll always have some sort of Star Wars.  We may not have it at the retail level, like Scott mentioned, MOTU and Simpsons both have their die hard collectors as well, but they got dropped this year too.  However, with so many smaller, more specific lines still going through various direct market sources, you would think some sort of Star Wars would be able to last (maybe even through, since they have such a great track record {sarcasm}).  Do you think we will continue to see 3 3/4" figures, ships etc., just more limited in scope (instead of 40-50 a year?).  Do you think it will move to more specialty, collector-driven pieces such as the Unleashed line (which I like), Gentle Giant's statues and busts (which look great as well, although I don't have any), or another avenue?

I was just curious what some of your opinions are on the future of Star Wars collecting.  Of course there are always things to catch up on, vintage or otherwise, via ebay or other sources...but I was thinking more of the "new" product future.  What will we see come, where will we be able to buy it, and what would you like to see happen realistically?

Watto's Junk Yard / How Often Do You Watch the SW Movies?
« on: May 7, 2004, 05:17 PM »
Just curious, how often do you think you actually pop in the tape, DVD, laserdisc, or whatever form of the various movies you might have.  Do you watch one more than the other?  Which one do you watch most...or do you watch them at all?  Personally, I can honestly say I don't really watch Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones all that often....although I watched AOTC a few times right after we got the DVD.  I tend to watch the OT much, much more.  I haven't watched any of them for awhile, but I think I tend to watch Empire Strikes Back the most, followed by Return of the Jedi.  I watch Star Wars (or A New Hope) once in awhile too, but not as much since it is on TV every now and then.  Anyways, how often do you watch the movies...which do you enjoy watching the most?

Watto's Junk Yard / If You Lost Your Collection....
« on: May 7, 2004, 01:33 PM »
I wasn’t sure where to put this, since it doesn’t “specifically” apply to vintage, or Saga, or OTC, but collections in general.  Hopefully this is an ok place to put it, sorry if it isn’t.  I don’t mean for this to be a negative post, just something I was thinking about.  If you ever lost your collection, due to theft, flood, fire, natural disaster, etc…..would you try to get it back?  Would you just go after a certain focus?  Would you try to pick up your favorites from your collection, maybe 10-30 figures, a couple of ships, a couple of beasts and just have one nice little display shelf?  Would you just start collecting from what figures were currently out and in the future?  Or, would you just hang it up and quit?  I guess when I was thinking of this, I was thinking mainly of Star Wars collecting…but it can apply to anything and everything you might collect.  I think honestly, if for some reason I ever lost my collection…I wouldn’t try to replace each and every bit of it.  Not that I don’t enjoy it now, I just don’t know if I would.  I’d probably get a condensed collection using one of a few options….(1) a handful of figures from each movie - favorites (2) focus on Original Trilogy collecting only, or (3) pick up “ultimate” type figures (such as upcoming VOTC figs), and main ships from the OT.  As far as other collecting, I don't have much else...mainly Marvel stuff.  With what little I have, I'd probably try to pick up what I had...or at least a Spidey, and a few X-Men.  I hope no one here ever has to go through anything like this (not just because of collection reasons), this is more just a hypothetical question and I was curious what some of you thought.

Although I know these waves are both relatively new, I just thought I'd post in case anyone has happened upon extras of these figures in their areas.  We, along with many others, have been experiencing a dry spell and don't really have anything past the Tatooine Wave here (Hoth wave really in most places), we're in the middle of packing/moving over the next month so I don't think I'll have a lot of time to go out looking either.  I was hoping to pay retail for these figures, and card condition isn't a big concern to me since I'm an opener.  I'm looking for the following:

Saga Dengar
Saga Bossk
Saga General Madine
Saga General Lando Calrissian
Saga Han Solo in AT-ST Disguise
Saga Ultra Ewok w/Glider

If anyone has extras to spare, please just let me know.  Thanks!

Watto's Junk Yard / Commercials You Hate
« on: May 5, 2004, 02:52 PM »
Are there any commercials out there that due to the people in them, the product it is for, the frequency of its appearance, or something else about it just starts to anger you each time you see it?  For me, there are a couple off the top of my head.  I'm not sure if these are just shown in our area or not but....

 - First of all, a series of Hardees commercials shown around here (not really showing anymore), that was featuring their burger and saying how it was just as good as a sit down restaurant burger, etc.  Anyways, the one that especially bothered me was the one about a guy on a construction crew who had to get lunch (since he was the new guy), and brought back Hardees burgers....and the construction crew told him "Hardees? We don't eat Hardees"...then they proceed to try the burgers and tell him he's getting lunch all week.

 - The other one that is really bothering me now is a new McDonald's commercial showing around here (for a while now I guess), with four or five guys playing cards and "gambling" using McDonald's fries.  The song that accompanies this commercial gets me in the spine :).

How about you, any commercials that annoy you?

Saga '02-'04 / Pleasant Surprises from the Saga Line
« on: May 5, 2004, 02:35 PM »
With the Saga line coming to an end, I was curious if there were any figures, vehicles, beasts, etc. that you weren't especially looking forward to, but once you picked it up you were pleasantly surprised with it?  As we have been preparing for some moving, and packing some things up, I have gotten a chance to get a closer look at things again...and one thing that really stands out to me is the Saga Landspeeder.  I was psyched to pick it up at the time, but just looking at it again, that ship is really well done I think.  One of the favorite pieces in my collection actually.  Maybe not the most "exciting" ship in the OT, but some of Hasbro's best work I think.  A figure example for me would be the Outlander Club Obi-Wan.  I have since packed up the rest of my Episode II Obis, and gave the Cor. Chase lightsaber to this one, and I like it as a somewhat "basic" Episode II Obi.  There are others, but this is long enough so I'll leave it at those examples.  Anything else that stands out to you in the Saga line, that you maybe didn't expect a lot from?

Other Toy Lines / Family Guy Action Figures
« on: April 21, 2004, 03:57 PM »
I'm limiting my collecting this year to only Star Wars and Marvel, but I noticed that Mezco has some good pics up of their first wave of Family Guy figures.  I always enjoy this show, be kind of cool to have a Peter or a Stewie...and the evil monkey that comes with Chris is a must :).  You can check them out here:

Mezco's Family Guy Figures

Jocasta's Reading Room / Current Star Wars Comics
« on: April 20, 2004, 09:48 AM »
For any of you who currently read Star Wars comics, I was looking for opinions on what is out there right now.  I have recently been getting back into comics again (Spider-Man in particular), after 10+ years off, and I was wondering what you might recommend.  I have been looking through DarkHorse's site in their Star Wars section...and from what I am gathering, Republic covers Prequel era stuff, and Empire covers OT-era stuff, is that right?  Also, I see there are Infinities (looks like ROTJ just finished up), and Star Wars Tales (which I think I read here is only a quarterly release?).  I am most interested in OT-era stuff, are there any books in particular that you might recommend?  I have also heard great things about the 80s Marvel re-releases, and I might look into those as well, but I was wondering about current comics too.  Thank you for any advice you might have.

Saga '02-'04 / Figures You Have Passed On, Or Will Pass On
« on: April 7, 2004, 02:07 PM »
Although the recent figures (most of 2004) have been pretty great so far, there are always a few figures that not everyone is fond of.  I was curious which (if any) figures you have passed on this year, or ones that you might leave on the pegs that are coming up.  I guess for completists this isn't an option, but maybe there are some that you don't feel as good purchasing and you're buying just to stay complete.  So far, of the 2004 figs the only figure I have passed on is the Hoth Trooper...but I have considered picking it up because I plan on getting most everything else (outside of re-releases).  I'm not a completist by any means, but if I'm only a figure short of having the whole she-bang, I might consider it.

At the end of last year,  I also passed on (or missed) Tatooine Padme, Ackh Med-Beq, Ayy Vida, Elan Sleazebaggano, Deluxe/Ultra Jango and Obi, re-releases, and most of the regular Clone Wars line (and ships).  I have Anakin, Yoda, the ARC trooper, and one SA Clone from that line.  I also passed on the Geonosian War Room scenes, due to space at the time.  Anyways, anything you have been unhappy with or passed on lately?

Saga '02-'04 / 2004 Saga: Favorites/Least Favorites, Best/Worst
« on: April 6, 2004, 12:02 PM »
Well, now that we have at least all seen the end of the Saga line with the OTC starting up sometime this summer, I thought it might be nice to see what everyone has thought of this year's offerings.  Almost all of the themed waves have made it to stores in some places now, with the exception of the last Saga Wave...The Endor Generals (and Ultra Ewok).  Those should be showing up any time now.  I'm a few figures behind myself, but with the pictures we have seen online and with what you have in your collection...what do you think has been the best and worst of Saga 2004.  Which were your favorites or least favorites?  I think overall 2004 has been a very good year, with very few "stinkers" in the basic line.  Here's a recap (forgive me if I miss anything):

Basic/Ultra Figures - Six "Themed" Waves

Hoth Wave
Hoth Trooper - Hoth Evacuation
R-3PO - Hoth Evacuation
Luke Skywalker - Hoth Attack
Wampa w/Cave - **Ultra**
General Rieekan w/Map - **Ultra**

Tatooine Wave
Luke Skywalker - Jabba's Palace
R2-D2 - Jabba's Sail Barge
R1-G4 - Tatooine Transaction
C-3PO w/Escape Pod **Ultra**

Jabba's Palace Wave
Holographic Luke Skywalker - Jabba's Palace
Lando Calrissian - Jabba's Sail Barge
Rappertunie - Jabba's Palace
Tanus Spijek - Jabba's Sail Barge
J'Quille - Jabba's Sail Barge
Jabba the Hutt w/pipe and bowl **Ultra**
Jabba's Denizens **Ultra**

Battle of Yavin Wave
General Jan Dodonna - Battle of Yavin
Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot - Battle of Yavin
Dutch Vander - Battle of Yavin
Captain Antilles - Tantive IV Invasion (Fan's Choice)

Star Destroyer Wave
Dengar - Executor Meeting
Bossk - Executor Meeting
Admiral Ozzel - Executor Assault

Battle of Endor Wave
Han Solo in AT-ST Disguise - Endor Strike
General Lando Calrissian - Death Star Attack
General Madine - Imperial Shuttle Capture
Ewok w/Glider **Ultra**

Hall of Fame Figures
Anakin Skywalker (Geonosis Hangar Duel)
C-3P0 (Death Star Rescue)
Chewbacca (Escape from Hoth)
Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel)
Darth Vader (Death Star Clash)
Han Solo (Flight To Alderaan)
Luke Skywalker (Tatooine Encounter)
Obi-Wan (Coruscant Chase)
Princess Leia (Death Star Captive)
R2-D2 (Tatooine Mission)
Stormtrooper (Death Star Chase)
Yoda (Battle of Geonosis)

I'll leave off the Target Cup figures and upcoming Jedi Council packs, since not everyone has seen these (or all of these) yet.  Also, not sure which TRU 4-packs would all qualify as "2004 Saga".  If anyone wants to comment on those as well, please feel free.

Watto's Junk Yard / Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: April 5, 2004, 11:28 AM »
With the big craze of Hollywood creating comics-based movies, it has been a good time for comic fans at the movies over the past few years....with more to come from what I have heard.  What are some of your favorites, what would you like to see done, or what should have been done differently in your eyes?  I can't personally speak for all of them (haven't seen Hulk, Hellboy yet....not sure if I will see the Punisher movie either), but here's some of my favorites:

X2: X-Men United - Probably my favorite comics-based movie, pretty well done I think (as was the first).  I hope this franchise is able to continue, as long as they can keep the same actors and keep the stories good.  Looking forward to X3.

Spider-man - Spidey was my favorite comic (and superhero) growing up, so I was pretty excited to see him come to the big screen finally.  I didn't particularly care for the "costume" of the Green Goblin in the first movie, but otherwise I thought the movie was pretty good.  Looking forward to seeing Spidey 2, with Doc Ock this summer (released on my birthday now :P).  Another franchise I hope can keep going, with the same actors.

X-Men - Good comic movie.  I enjoyed the second a little more, but the first was very good as well.  Set up some characters pretty well.  Like I said earlier, hoping for more of these movies (and hopefully appearances by Beast, Gambit, more Colossus, etc.)

Batman (1989) - I was pretty excited to see this movie when it was released.  Bats was always my favorite non-marvel character, and it was great seeing him on the big screen as well.  I think this was the best of the bunch, and Michael Keaton was surprisingly good as Bruce Wayne/Batman I thought.  Nicholson was a good Joker as well....and the whole movie was nice and dark, like Batman should be in my opinion.  I hope the reboot with Batman Begins returns these movies (and character) to the "coolness" they had before.

Batman Returns - Another good Batman movie.  I know some of my friends didn't care for it though, and some really liked it.  Nice seeing Penguin/Catwoman (pretty well cast I think).  I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first one, but still very good.

Batman Forever/Batman and Robin - Yikes.  This is where it all started to go wrong :).

Superman - Still an all-time classic I think.  My wife really likes this movie, as she remembers watching it often growing up.  Christopher Reeve did a great job in this role I think too.  First one was my favorite here as well.  I saw all of the movies, but to be honest don't remember the other ones quite as well as the I can't comment on them much.  There are always on again-off again rumors of bringing this movie franchise back, hopefully they do a good job with it.

Daredevil - Eh, so so for me.  Not terrible, but not the greatest either.  When I first saw it, I liked it...but now the luster has worn off a little bit.  I actually picked up the DVD, but don't know if I should have now.  Maybe it was the fact that I wasn't into the character enough growing up either, but overall it wasn't too bad.  From what I have heard, Affleck doesn't want much to do with this franchise anymore, unless Kevin Smith is involved, so this might be the end of that anyways.

I think that is pretty much what I have seen of the super hero movies (or remember much of at least).  The Spidey, X-Men, and Batman franchises are my favorites, and I hope they continue as long as they are well done.  I think many have learned from the mistakes of Batman Forever/Batman and Robin (at least I hope so), and try their best to stay true to the characters.  There have been other comic movies rumored to be coming in the future as well...some off the top of my head include: Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, Wonder Woman, Elektra, Catwoman, etc.  Any others you would like to see...casting ideas for rumored projects, or anything else comic or superhero film related...I'd be glad to hear it :).

Watto's Junk Yard / The Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman
« on: March 30, 2004, 10:19 AM »
Just saw this this morning, they are doing a series of "web ads" for American Express.  If you like Seinfeld, or Superman, they are kind of funny.  I've always been a fan of both.  They had a little "interview" on the Today Show this morning promoting this, where they talked about when they killed Superman off in the comics (he wasn't too pleased about that :P)  You can check them out here, I think there is only one up so far (as well as a preview of the next one) with more to come:

Adventures of Seinfeld and Superman

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