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I was going through boxes, cardbacks, etc. (or, as my wife calls it, "trash") this week, and found a number of these packaging inserts (from vehicles) with the "diorama" backgrounds.  Although I do think it is a nice idea, just due to my display space and everything I haven't really used them (aside from the interior from the Dagobah X-Wing from a couple years ago, I still have that displayed in there).  I was just wondering if anyone here uses the backgrounds, or do you just toss them?

Other Collectibles / Star Wars Mighty Beanz
« on: July 30, 2010, 06:38 PM »
Looks like Star Wars had joined the ranks of the Mighty Beanz.  I remember the Marvel ones from a few years back (or maybe they're still going?) and they were kind of nifty.

Watto's Junk Yard / Tron: Legacy
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:16 PM »
Not sure if this had its own thread already or not, but the first full trailer was shown at SDCC, and is on Yahoo Movies.

Shadows of the Dark Side / TRU "Legacy of the Dark Side" 2 Packs
« on: July 21, 2010, 09:09 PM »
Just noticed these in the coverage at TNI, and didn't see them mentioned yet (unless I missed it).  Nothing too exciting, as it appears to be all repacks - but there appears to be a Fett pack ("orphan to Bounty Hunter"), a Grievous pack (the pre cyborg one and the regular version), and an Anakin to Vader pack.  Apparently exclusive somewhere (I think we saw these rumored before), priced at $12.99.

Watto's Junk Yard / 100 Best Places to Live - 2010 Edition
« on: July 12, 2010, 09:04 PM »
Just checking out this year's list over at Yahoo/CNN Money.  I guess you MN guys must know something, with 5 cities in the top 100 - and the number one overall this year (Eden Prairie, MN).

Modern Classifieds / New For Sale List - EU, Vehicles, etc.
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:17 PM »
Although I'm going to miss a number of them, I've decided to put many of my prequel vehicles up for sale.  I'd like to hang onto them, but the bottom line is I don't have the space to display all of this anymore - and I'd rather they went to someone who could get more use out of them.  Plus, we could use the extra money right now, and that is more important.  Prices do not include shipping, and all items are loose and complete unless otherwise noted.  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).:

EE Mandalorian Pack Mandalorians - $6 each
-Dred Priest
-Isabet Reau
-Mij Gilamar
-Rav Bralor

Plo Koon Mini Bust MIB - $10

POTF2 Large Scale Dewback - $10

Star Wars 8" Unleashed - $5 each
Mace Windu
General Grievous

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends 2010
« on: June 7, 2010, 12:32 PM »
I've been in the process of condensing down and re-arranging the collection room, and recently worked on the Marvel/DC stuff, so I had to bump this thread up again.  I know we don't really see much in the way of Legends stuff anymore, aside from the occasional wave of 2 packs at TRU, but as I looked at each of these up close again when I was setting things really was/is a nice line.  I've been one (of the few?) that's been collecting the Marvel Universe stuff, and although it has taken a big step up in quality in the last few waves (and Iron Man movie stuff), I have to say it still sort of pales in comparison to the nice run of Legends that we got.  I had to pack some of the "lesser" characters away due to space issues, but even the big guns and other team members look great.  There are still some I'd like to get to fill in spots (I wish Hawkeye wasn't so expensive on ebay most of the time), and I sort of hope we continue to see more of these two packs put out every so often.  After a rocky start, the Hasbro stuff has been fairly good recently too - at least from the ones I've seen and/or picked up.  Anyways, just had to bump this up in appreciation.  The 3 3/4" stuff sure is easier to display as far as space goes, but many of the Legends feel more like "collectibles" than toys - maybe a little bit better quality, at least in some cases.

Star Wars Universe / Rating the Star Wars Saga
« on: June 2, 2010, 10:42 AM »
I know we have a thread on here ranking the movies in order from favorite to least favorite, but I didn't see one for actually rating each movie individually.  I was wondering - on a scale of 1 to 10 - how you would rate each of the Star Wars movies?  Off the top of my head, I think I'd rate them like this:

Star Wars (A New Hope) - 10/10 (I often look at this as "what if it was a stand alone movie", just a fun movie to watch from start to finish)

The Empire Strikes Back - 10/10 (To me...and many...the best movie of the Saga.  No weak spots here to me, and a lot of really memorable characters and scenes.  The Battle of Hoth is still my favorite of the entire Saga.  The asteroid chase, Yoda/Lando/Boba, so much great)

Return of the Jedi - 9/10 (Probably higher than most, but it holds a special place for me as it is the first movie I saw in the theater, with my Dad, and was my favorite for a long time as a kid because of that)

The Phantom Menace - 6/10 (Problems are well documented, but I'll still watch at least part of it when it is on.  Still love the lightsaber battle, and the stuff with Obi-Wan and Qui Gon is all good too I think)

Attack of the Clones - 7/10 (This one has faded for me a bit since release.  When I first saw it, I absolute loved it.  Since then, there are parts of it - mainly the Anakin/Padme stuff in the middle - that I almost have to fast forward through.  I can't say I do that with any other part of the Saga really.  I do think the last half hour plus from when Anakin/Padme enter the arena to the end is good stuff.  I also like Obi-Wan's entire arc of this movie, the sort of "solving the mystery" stuff and the face offs with Jango.

Revenge of the Sith - 8.5/10 (Definitely my favorite of the prequels, and almost on par with the OT for me.  No many weak spots to speak of, aside from maybe Anakin's relatively "quick change" to the dark side.  Pretty strong movie otherwise for me.  I really only lower it another half point because I don't like it quite as much as ROTJ, which I gave a 9...but no real faults with this movie for me.

The Prequel Trilogy / Revenge of the Sith - 5th Anniversary
« on: May 21, 2010, 02:05 PM »
It has sort of been lost in all the publicity of Empire's 30th b-day this year, but it has also been five years this month since the release of the "final" movie in the Saga, Revenge of the Sith.  Although I'll always take the OT over the prequels, there is always something for me to like in each of the prequel movies - and this one is by far the strongest I think.  Not really much to complain about here for me personally (maybe Anakin's quick "change" to the dark side a bit), and this is a movie I never really tire of watching either.  Good stuff.

Hall of Justice / Mattel Green Lantern Classics
« on: May 12, 2010, 11:20 AM »
To tempt Jeff with another line.....I was over at BBTS last night, and noticed that they had "Green Lantern Classics Wave 1" listed for preorder (shipping Fall 2010).  They have since changed the listing to "To Be Announced Classics"...sounds to me like a GL line is on the way.  Kind of surprised they would start it so far prior to the movie (coming next June), but it might be a good idea to build momentum - plus, get lots of comic styled stuff out there before it shifts to more (or all?) movie stuff.

The Bullpen / Marvel Minimates
« on: May 8, 2010, 08:50 PM »
I didn't see a category here for the minimates yet, so hopefully the new thread was ok.  I'm not really actively collecting these things, but I was over at and noticed that they have a poll up to vote for your favorite version(s) of Captain America to be made in Minimate form.  It is called the "Through the Ages" poll, and I just thought I'd pass it along (thought of our resident Cap fan Scott, and for any minimate collectors that might be interested).

Watto's Junk Yard / The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: April 13, 2010, 09:30 PM »
Rumors are heating up that Joss Whedon may be directing the Avengers movie.

Hall of Justice / DC Universe Classics Wave 15
« on: April 13, 2010, 11:27 AM »
Plastic Man is the SDCC exclusive.

I saw that on "Attack of the Show" last night, looks pretty good.  It wasn't clear, but it sort of sounded like the "suitcase" version of Plastic Man was the exclusive, not necessarily the Plastic Man figure itself.  I was wondering if he'll see a regular release as well or not.  If that is indeed the only way to get Plastic Man, count me in (if I'm able to get one via Matty or something).

I see a Wave 15 lineup has leaked via (if it is correct):

Martian Manhunter
Batman (Sinestro Corps)
Golden Pharoah

Not a bad lineup if it holds up.  Martian Manhunter is one of my most wanted figures for this line, so I hope he is indeed on the way.  The rest of the wave doesn't look too bad either.

Modern Classifieds / WTB: Loose CW Ahsoka Tano
« on: April 11, 2010, 05:28 PM »
Just thought I'd post this here if anyone happened to have an extra or they were available in their area.  Our daughter has recently been asking for an Ahsoka, and after searching all our area stores (and online) we've come up dry.  I've checked ebay, but they seem to be going for $10+ loose, and we didn't want to get too crazy with prices.  Just curious if anyone happened to see one wouldn't necessarily even have to be complete (the accessories are too small for her anyways), just looking for a nice Ahsoka figure.  Thanks for any help!

Hall of Justice / DC Universe Classics
« on: February 13, 2010, 11:19 AM »
I'm hoping we see a few new things at Toy Fair this weekend for the DCUC line.  I'm sure we'll see this wave, and probably the two previous, but hopefully we'll get a glimpse at a little something more as well.  I know they sometimes like to save stuff for NYCC as well though, so we'll see if that happens this year or not.

As a side note, I broke down an ordered the rest of the figures to complete Kilowog.  Like Mikey mentioned earlier in this thread, they (at least the ones I needed) were all Green Lantern related anyways - and I hoped to get to them eventually - so I went ahead and ordered them.  They should be here Monday, excited to see Kilowog when completed.

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