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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Holiday Special
« on: December 12, 2003, 12:48 PM »
Not to be unoriginal, but I'd have to wholeheartedly agree with the Charlie Brown Christmas special...I try to never miss it.  Watched it this year once already, and I think it is on again tomorrow night too.  A true classic, and I've always been a Snoopy fan, ever since I was a kid (we even have a beagle now too :P).  We actually always catch "the Great Pumpkin", as well as the Thanksgiving special.  Rudolph is another good one, but I did miss that one this year.  Also, although this isn't "technically" a special, we watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation each and every year :).

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: December 12, 2003, 12:13 PM »
I agree LandotheScoundrel, I really think going towards this Clone-style of figure is a step towards the "ultimate" versions of characters we've always talked about wanting Hasbro to put out.  I guess we probably said the same thing during vintage times, then during POTF2 times, but I really don't see a whole heck of a lot further they can come in the sculpting area in this scale...at least in the next 5 years or so.  But, maybe I'm wrong and it can get much better.  Heck, I think these newer figures (as well as the POTJ line) were worlds better than most of POTF2, and those were better than vintage in many regards.  Let's hope this is the first step to making the "ultimate", articulated, sculpted, neutral, no action-featured versions of our favorite characters :).  If they did that, they could re-release and repackage without as much of an outcry I would think....if they were figures like this clone, that basically made everyone happy :).

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: December 12, 2003, 11:21 AM »
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It would work on Vader though...oh yes...it would...

That is a really good idea LtS....I hope this type of figure (SA Clone) is explored more in the future.  The articulation could obviously be used on Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, etc.  I think a super articulated Vader is a version none of us would turn down.  It would be nice to see if it could be used on "human" figures like Luke and Han....it probably depends on the "outfit" they are in.  Good call with the Vader though.:)

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Kubricks / Series 2
« on: December 12, 2003, 11:05 AM »
Thanks for the advice Morgbug, and I wasn't necessarily hinting that anyone needs to help me out.  I know that all of you have paid your price trying to obtain these figures for yourselves and your friends.  I was mainly just curious how much it would cost to pick up a few figures here and there.  I wanted to start with Han, because he's my favorite along with Chewie, and I figured Chewie might be kind of unreasonable since he was in the early bird set.  I was just wondering about prices on some of the figures, I really can't afford to drop a lot of money on a single figure (and my wife wouldn't be too happy with me either).  Thanks again for the tips!

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Kubricks / Series 2
« on: December 12, 2003, 09:57 AM »
I haven't bought a single one of these figures yet, but after sitting here reading all of your comments about the line, and checking out Scott's article up on the front page now...I'm really getting tempted.  I think the overall cost is too high for me to be a completist, but I'm thinking about picking up a Han and going from there.  It would be nice to get a Chewie too, but I'm guessing that early-bird set runs a pretty penny.  For someone (like me) with a little smaller collecting fund....what is the best way to pick up some of the individual figures in this line?  Is ebay the way to go, or do online stores like Brian's Toys have decent prices (they usually seem high, but I see they have a Han - Opened Box for like $7.99.  I guess I am totally clueless about this line, and its prices really, so I thought I'd ask the experts :).  I probably shouldn't even start, or I'll want them all!  I'm with you guys though, it would be kind of nice if they just stuck to the OT on these...at least for now.  Great job on the feature too Scott, I really enjoyed it.

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Saga '02-'04 / Favorite Figure(s) In Your Collection
« on: December 11, 2003, 04:39 PM »
I was sure what forum this went best in, since it covers different lines...but if this is wrong, I'm sorry, and feel free to move this :).  I was just curious what your favorite figure, or figures, are in your collection.  You can answer this however you want...favorite figure of all time, pick one or a few from each "line", anything.  I guess I am thinking Star Wars figures mostly, but if anyone wants to include a different line...that's fine too!  Whether it is because of nostalgia, a great search, your favorite character, or just an amazing figure....list your favorites here :).

Vintage: Han Solo - Trenchcoat, Luke Skywalker - Jedi (these were my two favorite figures as a kid, and the two most wanted for me personally.  I can still remember exactly where I found them and when I bought them :P)

POTF2:  Commtech Han Solo, Commtech R2, Commtech Stormie, Gold "Shiny" C-3PO (The Han was the first figure I bought when I got "back" into collecting around the time of Episode I.  The R2 and 3PO, CTC Stormie, I just like, and 3PO is probably the best one I own still at this point.

POTJ: Bespin Capture Han Solo (not only because Han and Chewie are my favorites, but because my wife went looking for this figure and gave it to me for Christmas the year it was out...has a special place to me.....a LOT of great figures from this line though....300th Fett, Scout Trooper, Dagobah Vader, Mechanic Chewie, Plo Koon, Bacta Luke, etc.)

Episode I: First Release Obi-Wan Kenobi (this was in the first "batch" of figures I bought when I first got back into collecting....just to see what figures were like at this stage....I missed the "buff" stage of POTF2, and started off with Obi, Qui Gon, Maul, 3PO, Yoda, and Anakin...as well as CTC Han and Luke)

Saga:  Not sure if there is a clear-cut favorite, several great figures...and it looks like my favorites from this "line" are yet to come in 2004.  Several that I really like: Bespin Luke, Hoth Han, Cloud City Chewie, Jedi Master Yoda, Yoda w/Chian, Ephant Mon, Coleman Trebor, Jango KE, Jedi Council Screen Scenes, and many others I am forgetting.  Like I said, best is yet to come I think in 2004.

Clone Wars: Don't have much of this, but will definitely pick up a couple (or more) of those SA Clones if I find them.  From the pictures I have seen this might be one of, if not the, best Star Wars figure made.  I also quite enjoy the ARC Trooper from this line.

Non 3 3/4" Favorites:  I really enjoy both the Unleashed and Playskool lines.  I have only the OT sets from Playskool, and hope these get revisited in the future.  The Unleashed line is amazing IMO, and I so far own Han, Luke, Yoda, and the Fetts.  Those are my favorites, in that order I think.

Non-Star Wars (if any):  I don't collect much else, just a few here and there (favorite characters)...so from what I have, I would have to say my Rohan Armor Legolas, and my Marvel Legends Beast.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Your Best of 2003
« on: December 11, 2003, 10:29 AM »
Thanks for the post Spuffy...I edited the original title, since we're pretty much at the end of 2003, and we've at least seen the rest of the figures online that are coming until the end of this month.  If anyone else has new opinions on what they thought was the best this year...feel free to post them.  It seems to me that the figures get better and better with each wave...heading into 2004.  We're back to neutral stances, more articulation, better sculpts, and lots of OT figures....should be a great year!

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 10, 2003, 12:11 PM »
Last time I checked, the pics were still available at the Lordoftheringsguide.com forums, if anyone is still interested in seeing them.  I'm sure they won't be there for too long.

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 10, 2003, 09:27 AM »
If you visit the The Green Dragon, there are now scanned pictures up of some new LOTR figures (courtesy of Toyfare Magazine).  Included are Armored Merry, Gondorian Armored Faramir, and the King of the Dead!

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: December 9, 2003, 04:43 PM »
Hasbro now has their own images put up of Clone Wars - Animated (Wave 2).  Check them out here:

Clone Wars Animated Figures - Wave 2

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Hoops 2003/2004
« on: December 8, 2003, 05:25 PM »
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I think we got some transfer player from your team there Brian - North Carolina.  I forget his name, but he transferred out in 2001 I think, and has been kicking some booty for us so far.  Dropped five 3's the other night I believe.  With UCLA's hoops history, expectations are usually very high, which is why Steve Lavin got canned despite going to like six Sweet 16's during his tenure.  Championship or bust in Westwood.  Just probably not this year though...

Yeah, I think that guy's name is Brian Morrison.  Not too bad a player, I hope he does well even though he left Tarheel land.  He can shoot the rock pretty well...and if I remember right from last year, he has some ups too for a shorter player.  Good luck to him, as well as the Bruins :).

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JD Sports Forum! / College Hoops 2003/2004
« on: December 8, 2003, 05:04 PM »
I'm not sure how many college hoops fans we have here, but I thought I'd start a place to discuss the season, your team, and eventually March Madness.  In Nebraska, we've never been much known for our hoops, which is probably why I have been a North Carolina fan since I was in junior high.  It has been rough the last couple of years, but hopefully they are turning it around a little this year.  So far so good (5-0).  I'm not expecting a National Title, but it would be nice to just be back in the Tourney :).  Good luck to all of your teams out there!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 8, 2003, 04:48 PM »
I really doubt I would have been able to avoid as much of the LOTR figures as I have if they were in the 3 3/4" scale...I would have been all over those I'm guessing :).

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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at JD.com!
« on: December 8, 2003, 03:30 PM »
Looking at the various pictures of this super articulated clone online, and today reading the review posted over at GH, this figure really looks amazing.  The combination of likeness and articulation has to make this one of the best Star Wars figures ever made.  It can be a neutral figure, but at the same time is capable of a number of poses.  Plus, it sounds like it has all the articulation necessary (let's face it, we're probably not getting articulated fingers, toes, etc. like the Marvel Legends figures...at this scale).  It would be nice if all Star Wars figures could be made in this fashion, particularly the main characters and army builders.  It might be a little more difficult to hide the articulation as well on figures like Han, Luke, Vader, etc....but it would be nice.  Hopefully we can at least get a Stormtrooper done in this fashion...and while they're at it, they might as well use that body to make a new Stormtrooper Han and Luke :).

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Other Toy Lines / What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 8, 2003, 03:27 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, so if its not, feel free to move it :).  I was just curious, which "scale" of action figures do you feel is the best, or your favorite?  Do you prefer the 3 3/4" scale of our beloved Star Wars, or the 6" scale that is more common in many other figure lines?  There seems to be advantages of both scales, such as the space/vehicle/playset advantages of 3 3/4", and the added articulation (and in some cases, detail) of the 6" scale.  Personally, I really like the 3 3/4" scale, because that is basically what I grew up with between Star Wars and GI Joe, and it allows more vehicle, playset releases, and is easier to display overall I think.  I do have some 6 inch-ish scale things, a handful of ML, LOTR, and MOTU figures....as well as some of the Unleashed line...and in the case of Unleashed, it seems that the likenesses are often done a little better, although I think hasbro does a pretty good job overall with the 3 3/4" scale liknesses.  Anyways....what scale do you like the best?

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