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I was really happy to see this news this weekend.  Although we don't have any children yet, I have been picking up the OT-based sets (originally for "future" kids, but I have since opened them up and displayed them).  I really think this line is great, and I'm happy to see it continue.  I really like that they are doing Han in Bespin garb, finally a Leia and Ben, and it looks like the other figures that we've already seen (R2, 3PO) are at least modified so they aren't exactly the same (not sure about Chewie though).

I was going to stick to just the OT sets and figures, but seeing pics of the Yoda/Clone and Obi/Jango sets, it will be tempting to pick those up as well.  Overall, I'm pretty excited to see/hear about this...these are kind of my alternative to Kubricks since I can't afford those as easily...I like the "smallness" of them, and just think its a pretty cool line.  Like I have said before, something about them just reminds me of my vintage toys when I was a kid.  They are simple, fun, and you can just throw all your figures in the back of the Falcon and go play :).  I hope these aren't too tough to find, and the packaging really does look great too I think.  Between these, the animated Clone Wars, and the upcoming OTC-style cards, this sure has been a great year for packaging....and I'm an opener! :P

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: March 29, 2004, 09:37 AM »
Wow, I agree, that Han Bespin with Carbonite is awesome.  I saved that pic to my computer just because I thought it looked so cool :P.  I never understood why they didn't re-release that Han anyways (instead of the Commtech version)...the POTJ Bespin Capture one is one of my favorite figures of all time.  Anyways, I agree with Matt, I wish they would have started this cardback at least at the beginning of 2004, with the Hoth and Tatooine waves.  The samples shown over at GH look amazing, and I think the coolness of the cardbacks alone will tempt me to pick up the repacks they release that I already have.  The backdrop just looks so cool behind them.  I think we will end up seeing something else new yet this year too, because I have a hard time believing that the Bespin wave (hits late summer at least doesn't it?) would be the last "new" wave we'd see this year.  I saw now this morning over at Yakface that the Private Universe is reporting that we will see Episode III preview figures around the time of the DVD release.  Wonder if its true...  Anyways, this OTC packaging is superb though....and nice work on these Tydirium :).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Pet/Animal Thread
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:38 PM »
See...I knew it, sorry about that.  Sure, you can go ahead and merge it...or just delete my post, it doesn't matter.  Whatever you think is best.  I tried going through the back pages, but was skimming and must have missed it.  Sorry about that Matt, thanks.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: March 26, 2004, 04:23 PM »
Yakface has a feature up detailing how the arms, etc. on Antilles and Dodonna are interchangeable.  Interesting...you can check it out here:

Antilles - Dodonna Swap

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Watto's Junk Yard / Official Pet/Animal Thread
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:47 PM »
I could have sworn that I have seen a thread like this here before, but for some reason I couldn't find it.  I'm sorry if I am duplicating...

Anyways, how many of you out there are pet owners, or would like to be some day?  Personally, I have always been an animal person.  I grew up on a farm, and aside from the "livestock" we have had a number of dogs and cats over the years as well.  My wife and I are both dog people, and really have a soft spot for them.  We are the proud owners of a now 4-year old Beagle.  We got him when he was six weeks old, which was about 6 months or so before we got married as well.  I have always been really fond of our dogs over the years, but we have never been so attached to an animal before.  I personally have never had a house dog before (parents wouldn't let us growing up), but our beagle pretty much has the run of the house.  The fact that I have been working at home now for a little while has made it even worse, as he is right by my side each minute of the day...and follow me everywhere.  We don't have any children yet, but he is pretty much our kid...we treat him that way it seems, and would never want anything bad to happen to him.

Anyways, any other pet owners out there....or just pet/animal people?  Lets hear about your furry, feathery, or fishy friends (or whatever else you might have). :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your Favorite Star Wars Figure Line?
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:30 PM »
I was digging through some of the back pages here looking for something, and came across this topic (from before I was a member here I think), and thought I'd bring it back up to see some others' (or new) opinions.

For me, vintage always holds a special place because of the nostalgia factor as well.  I am continuing to work towards completing a loose complete set of the vinty figures (I'm quite a ways away), but it is nice to collect something like that that does have a "limit" and I don't have to buy everything when I see it (and not see it again).  Even though sculpting, paint, etc. today is for the most part much better...there's just something about those figures...the way they can interact with ships/playsets, etc.  And some nice normal, non action poses :).

Otherwise, I too was a big fan of the POTJ line.  Lots of great sculpting, figures, and character selection in that line.  I'm also a fan of the Saga line, particularly the recent stuff.  I think pretty much everything that has been released thus far (or that we have seen) aside from re-releases is really well done (outside of the shortish Hoth Trooper maybe).  When this year is said and done, the VOTC will probably be my favorite "modern" line...I can't wait to see more pics of those...and to hopefully add them to my collection.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:06 PM »
Oh, I see....pretty spiffy!  Thanks for posting.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Buying a new computer soon... Suggestions?
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:05 PM »
I always wondered that too Scott.....my wife and I were talking about that a few months back.  When we were in HS, the cheerleaders/class did a cheer along the lines of "95, 95 we're the class of 95...let's go seniors!" or something along those lines.  I always wondered what the class of 2000 said.

Congrats to everyone on their new 'puters too.  We have been wanting to get a new one as well, but are holding off for now.  Our computer now is a little over 4 years old, which isn't terrible at all, and it still works for us I guess.  Hoping to get either a laptop or something with a flat panel monitor....so that it takes up less space.  I've always had Dell computers (at work and home), and have been very happy with them...so I guess we'll look that route if we ever get to that point.  It has been nice reading everyone' suggestions here too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 12 facts about yourself.
« on: March 26, 2004, 03:01 PM »
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5.  I just gave my notice today and am leaving a company that's going nowhere fast and moving on to an extremely profitable one.

Congrats Mikey, I hope that the new job is everything you are looking for...and that you are happy and successful.  Good luck on the house front too, my wife and I are looking to move (hopefully soon) as well...and get our first "real" house.  Right now we live in a modular home (which is nice, and we like), but it doesn't have a basement or garage...so we're hoping to move on to something with a little more room to stretch, etc.  Best of luck!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:57 PM »
So do they have some sort of "display" holder for these things?  Just curious how you have them set up.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vehicle discussion/speculation!
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:55 PM »
Depending on price and availability (and space in our house) at the time, I might pick up all of these.  Personally, I don't have any of these vehicles, so they're all pretty much new to me.  I do have Jango's Slave 1 (which Boba's might be based off of?), but I'd really like to have Boba's in my collection too.  I'm definitely down for the Sandcrawler, and hopefully the Y-Wing and Vader's Tie as well.  I remember seeing the POTF2 Y-Wing one time, and I hid it and thought I could pick it up later as we left the mall (Target was in the mall at that time), but when I came back it was gone.  No big deal, but I should have just picked it up.  Anyways, nice to hear there are some more vehicles coming our way this year....especially with some OT-flavor :)

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: March 26, 2004, 02:35 PM »
 :D....I was thinking the same thing Mikey.  I finally got into the mightbeanz site today (I was having troubles accessing it before), and these things are kind of neat.  I like that they list everything that is available for the line as well, and it looks like they have a pretty good character selection.  I especially like the fact that they have included Beast, although he isn't a "common" one according to the site.  Have you gotten close to completing your set Scott?

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Original Trilogy Collection
« on: March 26, 2004, 01:03 PM »
According to reports I read at both TheJawa.com, as well as the Jedi Temple Archives, the latest Insider (along with confirming those ships), has this tidbit on the Original Trilogy Collection:

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 And, if that was not enough news for you there was the confirmation that the OTC basic line will include only 2 waves of newly sculpted characters. The Dagobah wave will kick the line off, re-carded figures will hit the shelves during the year and the Cloud City wave will round out 2004. The figures on the Retro Cards will "have added articulation and deco - more than Hasbro usually includes on basic figures".
     Pictures of the Sandcrawler and the Retro Carded Leia can be seen on pages 85 and 86 in this month's Insider!
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So I guess that might be some sort of confirmation that there's only two waves of "new" figures for the rest of the year.  I thought we might see some more surprises towards the end of the year, and maybe we still will.  They'll be starting up the Episode 3 hype machine by then, so you never know.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: 2004: What Are You Collecting?
« on: March 26, 2004, 12:30 PM »
Although I might pick up the odd figure here and there from a few various line (picked up Zipline Batman, and hope to get Indy Kermit), I think it will probably end up to be mainly Star Wars for me this year.  My wife doesn't want me to collect anything else beyond that, but I would like to continue on with Marvel Legends stuff.  I'm still interested in lines like LOTR and Muppets, but I'm just too far behind.  Like I said, maybe an odd figure here or there.  The minimates thing is tempting too.  But, most likely for me it will be strictly Star Wars (basic, Unleashed, Playskool if they have it) and possibly more Marvel Legends.  Anyone else have an outlook for the year?

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Pegwarmer of the Year Award
« on: March 26, 2004, 11:11 AM »
Its pretty much the same around here Mainland, the biggest pegwarmers are:

Dignitaries - both of them at Target, Wal-Mart, and TRU
Bail Organa - nice figure, but pegwarming big time at TRU and some Wal-Marts
R-3PO - another nice figure, but I have seen quite a few lately
Achk-Med Beq - I've never bought one, but if I want one I shouldn't have to worry...he's everywhere :).
repacked figures - not terrible, but I've seen quite a few of the younglings, Aayla, and Barriss, as well as a couple SC Anakins.  Nothing too bad though.
Animated Clone Wars - sold really well at first, starting to sit.  Only some of them though (Asaaj, Anakin, Obi, Dooku seem to be the worst around here).

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