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Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: March 11, 2004, 10:01 AM »
Definitely not a stellar debut for the store.  I didn't get in quite in time to place an order (was hoping to get a Kermit as well), but I guess it works out ok.  It really stinks that those of you who got orders in got them cancelled, but the $50 gift certificate makes up for it I think.  Hopefully no pertinent credit card information or anything like that leaked out, otherwise, things should be ok.  Plus, it sounds like you are guaranteed to get those patches too.  I hope every still is able to get what they wanted, but I will give the store credit for trying to make things right with the GC.  Some places would just say "tough" and "order again".  Good luck to everyone who did place orders though, hope it all works out and you still end up getting what you wanted.

The Prequel Trilogy / Grievous Insider Cover
« on: March 11, 2004, 09:28 AM »
Yeah, just saw that new Insider pic of Grievous this morning.  Kind of cool that they are featuring him so much and actually letting us see him this early.  You can check the pic out here:

Insider Grievous Cover

Thanks for the info on the Batman releases.  I have actually been looking for the 1989 Batman movie on DVD lately, but haven't been able to find it (except online).  I have heard that the DVD itself isn't that great, so I'll just hold out for the SE next year.  Thanks again!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Great 2004 collectors challenge
« on: March 10, 2004, 03:46 PM »
You scare me too Adam, but more power to you if you can afford it...and you have a collection you enjoy.

I've also haven't posted my totals here yet, but since I'm keeping track of them this year in a spreadsheet anyways, I just as well post them.  My wife wanted me to keep track "so I realize what I actually spend on that stuff".  :)  Jan/Feb were a little higher than she/we liked, but I told her it evens out throughout the year.  I personally haven't found anything new since the last week of Jan/first week of Feb.  Thanks to some much appreciated help from Matt (JediMAC) I have been able to get a few other things though.  Here's my rundown so far this year (without tax added in I guess, can't remember that):

R-3PO - $4.99
Animated Wave 1 - $6.99 each=$27.96

Luke Skywalker - Hoth Attack - $4.99
Luke Skywalker - Jabba's Palace - $4.99
R2-D2 - Jabba's Sail Barge - $4.99
R1-G4 - Tatooine Transaction - $4.99
Animated CW Wave 2 - $6.99 each=$27.96
Ultra Wampa - $9.99
SA Clone - $4.99
ROTJ Burger King Glasses (ebay) - $18.50

 Total= $114.35

Other than that, I haven't found anything for quite some time Star Wars-wise.  I'm really hoping to find a Jabba and Skiff Lando sometime soon, as well as the rest of their waves if possible.  It seems like many of us are going through a dry spell in our areas though, hopefully things will pick up soon.  I did receive the Chewie/Luke Unleashed...but paid for them last year so I didn't count it on the spreadsheet.  I just wanted to start fresh and see what the spending was for 2004.  I'm happy things are coming out/being found quickly this year...but every time another wave is found somewhere, I feel a little more behind :P.  Overall, my wife isn't too crazy about my total, so I'm laying off vintage loose figures and ebay purchases...and just sticking to modern stuff for now.  I guess I did also purchase a Zipline Batman (had to have a Batman) that isn't included on there...I think it was about $7.  Good luck to everyone, hopefully stuff starts showing up soon.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:52 PM »
I've been thinking quite similar to you Morgbug, I really like this line (and want to collect it), but haven't been sure if/how I can justify it (especially to the Mrs.)  She thinks I collect plenty with Star Wars alone.  I should have just bought the FOTR box set earlier too, but now there are current figures I like as well.  And, like you said, at the prices now they are so much more tempting.  I know one thing, if these had been 3 3/4" I think I would have been all over them from the get-go....although they do a great job with these 6" figures too....but space is a premium in our office right now :P. the way, thanks for the offer of the Gimli, Morgbug.  I'll have to wait and see what I'm going to do about this line right now, but I really do appreciate the offer.  Thanks again!

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:49 PM »
If there are any left once StarWarsShop comes back online, I'm down for one too.  I have always liked the Muppet line, and although I have been unable to collect it, I don't want to pass this one up.  Is anyone else around these boards still collecting the rest of the line?  From what I have heard/read Target is not going to carry these anymore?  So is it just TRU (or online/speciality shops) for these now?  I kind of wish there was a way to pick up some of the older figures, for reasonable prices.  But, while I'm wishing, I wish there was a regular Rowlf coming out besides the one exclusive to the playset.  He was my favorite Muppet, but not sure if I want to spend the moolah to get the whole playset just to get him (although it looks great).  A very tempting line though....

Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:46 PM »
Yeah, it seemed to be running great when it was up...and I do like the look and use of it.  I was hoping to order me a Kermit (and maybe something else), but then it went down when I was getting ready to.  Hopefully it will be back up again soon, and Kermit will still be there :P.  I don't collect Muppets, but this is just too cool to pass up.  Problem is, once I get it, I'll probably want more Muppets.  Otherwise, this could be a nice site, another hopefully reputable option to buy figures through as well.  Hopefully they can get all of their problems resolved soon.  I agree though, it seems anything new and Star Wars related really gets hammered once it is up, you'd think they would know this by now.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How's Star Wars Selling in Your Area?
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:40 PM »
I really hope that everyone's luck turns around soon, but I'm glad to hear that this area isn't the only one in a "dry spell".  I haven't seen anything new in quite some time (with the exception of animated Clone Wars stuff, there seems to be plenty of that...other than Clones).  Otherwise, no "regular" basic figures (or Ultra for that matter) to be spoken of.  I have seen a fair amount of the Bail Organa wave at TRU, but otherwise it has been basically nothing since I found the Tatooine and Hoth Waves towards the beginning of February.  But, I guess things started early this year...just anxious to find me a Jabba and Lando Skiff.....and all the rest too I guess :)  Every time I hear of another wave being sighted, I feel a little more behind.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re:
« on: March 10, 2004, 10:12 AM »
Yeah, the site seems to be running great.  I noticed that their prices are the same as EE as well.  Too bad its only by the case for now, but it will be nice to have another (hopefully reliable) place to preorder/order from in the future too.  I'm tempted to get an Adventure Kermit, I don't collect Muppets...but it just looks so cool to me.  Plus, I'm worried if I get that one I will want more Muppets (that line is pretty sweet).  They do have a lot of nice stuff on there though, if I only had more money and space :P.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave
« on: March 10, 2004, 09:36 AM »
That insert pic of Han is really bad.  I'm looking forward to this wave though, should be a good one.  Like said above, looking at the back of that card it looks like the Han's headsculpt might be pretty good.  I've always been looking forward to a Madine too, boring or not, and the Lando looks very well done too.  I hope that these aren't tough to find since they are the last "Saga" wave before the card change.  Of course, I shouldn't complain, I'm still looking for the Jabba's Palace and Yavin waves :P.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council
« on: March 9, 2004, 03:51 PM »
Thanks Scott, sorry...I should have dug a little deeper before I posted that :P.  Thanks again.

Kubricks / Re: Kubricks and Minimates
« on: March 9, 2004, 03:37 PM » has some more new shots up of upcoming LOTR minimates (Gimli, Theoden, Wormtongue, and Uruk Crossbowman).  Boy, this line is awfully tempting to me....

LOTR Minimates Pics

Original Trilogy Collection / Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: March 9, 2004, 03:28 PM »
Galactic Hunter has a sneak peek up of the TRU-exclusive Jedi Council set featuring Obi-Wan, Plo Koon and Eeth Koth.  You can check out a pic of this set here:

Jedi Council Sneak Peek

Other Toy Lines / Re: Toy Companies: Who Does the Best Job?
« on: March 9, 2004, 03:19 PM »
Toy Biz-- If it wasn't for the Lord of the Rings, this company wouldn't have my money. I quit Marvel Legends because I simply hate chases and this whole one-per-case idea, not to mention the joints on the figures aren't tight enough, so it felt like a complete ripoff. I dig the LOTR line though, and wish the action features were never brought into the line. And, they really need to stop making Gollums/Smeagols now. Right now.

Good point HMI, that is something I have noticed as well with the Marvel Legends line.  At least with the figures I have gotten, many of the joints seem quite loose right out of the package.  I'm scared to try to pose/repose different figures, thinking that I will create even more looseness :).

Collector's Tips / Online Retailer Opinions and Experiences
« on: March 9, 2004, 03:12 PM »
Just thought it might be nice to have a thread dedicated to the different online retail options that are out there, so anyone who might be curious about a particular e-store can check out how their business is.  I haven't ordered from a ton a different places, but here's some of my opinions:

Kebco I did some preordering through them starting last year, around May, during a major drought in figures in my area.  I ordered some 2003 basic figures, as well as the Han/Boba/Yoda and the Chewie/Luke Unleashed waves through them.  As of today, I have received each and every item that I ordered from them...although I will say that some took quite awhile.  The Unleashed I all got reasonable quick, and well before I found them in stores...but the basic figures that I preordered in May of last year I didn't receive until November/December-ish.  I am understanding that this was a shipment from Hasbro problem, and not their own though.  Overall, I'll say that I have always gotten what I have ordered...but sometimes a little slow.

Brians ToysI haven't ordered from here in quite some time now, but I did when I first got into collecting Star Wars.  I used them to pick up a bunch of loose POTF2 figs that I missed out on, as well as some loose vintage stuff.  At the times I ordered, I always received things very quickly (within a few days usually), and for loose vintage and POTF2, I think the prices are not too bad.  However, if you want anything new, be prepared to pay a TON for it, from what I can see.  I will say, good service whenever I have dealt with them (even replaced a vintage loose figure that I didn't think was C-9), but I haven't used them in quite some time.  Wouldn't recommend for newer stuff though.

Amazon I have used Amazon from time to time, with some TRU exclusive stuff and/or when they have figs in stock.  I've always had pretty good luck with them, however I am an opener, so I'm not sure how good card condition is with them most of the time.  I haven't ordered figures for awhile now because they charge $7.99 for the newer ones (but I think eventually come down).  Overall though, I'm pretty happy with their service.

KB Toys Another one I haven't used for awhile, although I have had decent luck with them as well.  Again, being a loose collector, card condition might be a concern for others.  They do use big stickers here across the front if I remember correctly (but they come off).  They don't usually have a lot of Star Wars stuff in stock (at least recently), but I have ordered a couple of SW things, as well as some LOTR stuff there.  Delivery is quick, prices are so-so for what I have bought.

I haven't used Entertainment Earth, Newforce, Big Bad Toy Store, etc., but have heard good things about all of them from time to time.  I am sure many others can give more details experiences of them though.  Thanks for any opinions everyone!

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