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Saga '02-'04 / Re: RUMORS FOR 2004!!!!!!
« on: December 22, 2003, 03:59 PM »
Although this isn't for sure, and maybe someone else can confirm this (I don't have my Insider yet)...but according to SSG forum member Battle Droid, the latest Insider has confirmation of TRU exclusive Jedi Council sets, as well as Basic Wave 6: Battle of Endor.  Here is the text from his post:

From, Star Wars Insider #73.

The Jedi Council sets will continue at ToysRus so we'll have the entire Council Scene, including the center piece.

The first set will include Yoda, Qui-Gon-Jinn, and Ki-Adi Mundi.

Basic Wave 6: The Battle of Endor Wave

Han Solo as AT-ST Driver.
General Madine.
General Lando Calrissian.

Hopefully this is true, I've really been wanting a new Endor Han since 2002's poor offering.  Hopefully they make it the "ultimate"-ish Han, and not specific with only the AT-ST Helmet and gloves.  It would be nice if it was a good Endor Han with his removable trench, the helmet, etc.  Also good to see Madine and a new General Lando if this is true.  The council sets also sound great, it would be nice to "complete the circle".  I don't have my Insider yet (I think it gets to subscribers on Dec. 26 according to the official site?).  Anyways, until then, take it with a grain of salt, but hopefully it turns out to be true.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 6.5 Earthquake... Damn that was scary!!!
« on: December 22, 2003, 03:03 PM »
I just saw this now as well, I hope all of you in the area (and your loved ones), are safe and sound.  I've never been through anything like that (don't get much of that in Nebraska), but I can't imagine how scary it probably is.  God bless you all.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 22, 2003, 02:22 PM »
Brian, though I'm not entirely at the "collect only OT" point since I'm still a 4" completist with everything, I have scaled back most of my other Star Wars collecting subsets to only OT - like Legos, Action Fleet/Micro Machines, and several others.  Still sticking with the Prequel 4"ers though, despite a few times when I considered giving them the axe too.

I haven't quite "jumped ship" yet either on the prequel 4" figures, and I doubt that I will when it actually comes down to it.  Actually with what we have seen coming for 2004, it probably won't be much of an issue as it looks to be a strong OT year anyways (which is fine with me).

I have really enjoyed reading everyone's opinions on this LOTR vs. SW (PT or OT) debate.  Although, when it comes down to it, they are different movies...they are still the same in many ways too.  I think the comparisons are obviously drawn because LOTR is the kind of magical trilogy that we had in our youth with the OT.  The Star Wars OT will always be first with me, but LOTR has gained ground, and will probably always be right behind it in my favorite movies.  I kind of agree with the thought that the PT is good for providing backstory, etc.  To be honest, I don't know if I would have noticed some of the shortcomings of the PT so far if it wasn't for Lord of the Rings.  I'm not the biggest Phantom of the Menace fan, but I was all about Attack of the Clones when it first came out.  I thought it was one of the best Star Wars movies at first, and continued to go back to see it in the theatre.  Then the year went on, and eventually I got to the Two Towers.  That made me realize how much AOTC was really lacking, after seeing a movie like TT.  I still enjoy AOTC, but to be honest, I don't watch the DVD all that much.  If anything, I'm sticking in OT VHS tapes, or obviously, the LOTR movies as well.

I am glad to see others feel the same way as I do.  At first, when I saw the Two Towers, I almost felt "bad" as a Star Wars fan thinking or saying that I have been enjoying the Lord of the Rings movies better than the Prequel Trilogy.  I know that might sound silly, but for some reason I felt like I should like Star Wars more...because I'm a Star Wars fan.  I realize now that the magic, for me, truly lies in the Original Trilogy, and in the present day, with the LOTR trilogy.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still really looking forward to Episode III, and I'll be there opening day, but no matter how good it is, I still don't think it will help the whole Prequel Trilogy live up to what we were looking for.  Sometimes I think that the media influences people's thoughts that "Star Wars sucks" as it seems we have heard more often with the PT, but the fact that they don't compare to the OT, or to their competition of today (LOTR).  Sometimes you can almost see that people are longing for the OT-style, as it seems more people like the prequels as more OT characters are glimpsed or introduced.  Obi-Wan, Yoda, the droids, and soon to be Chewbacca....I think remind us of the "good ole days".

Anyways...I'm rambling now...but it has been nice reading some of your thoughts on this, and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way.  I guess we probably shouldn't compare the movies, but it is hard not to sometimes.  I'm still glad we've got another Star Wars film on the way, but almost equally I'm said that the LOTR trilogy is over.  But, I guess we're lucky to have lived in the time to catch both classics....Star Wars and Lord of the Rings :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: December 22, 2003, 11:14 AM »
I was able to pick up a few figures this weekend after seeing Return of the King.  I found the remains of the Hoth wave (R-3PO, Klen Blista Vanee) at Target, and the one and only Ultra figure at TRU (General Rieekan).  I was happy to find something new, although I was hoping I would have gotten there soon enough to find a Hoth Luke and/or Wampa.  I guess I'll take what I can get though, since we live 40 miles away from these stores :P.  Boy, are those ultra cards ever BIG!!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: December 22, 2003, 10:30 AM »
Its funny to me that many of you are posting this about the PT, because I have been feeling the same way lately...especially after seeing ROTK on Saturday.  That movie was, once again, amazing.  Personally, I thought all three films were perfect...and would definitely rank them behind only the OT as my favorite movies of all time.  Although I am most definitely still looking forward to Episode III, I think it is kind of obvious anymore that the LOTR trilogy really puts the PT to shame.  For me, at least, it evokes the same type of "magic" that the Star Wars OT had.  I am still a Star Wars fan, first and foremost, but dedication to that aside, I think most would admit that the LOTR movies are much better than what we have seen with the PT.  It has even made me question my collecting (which is off-topic a bit here, sorry), and consider collecting OT-only (for the most part), and picking up a few more LOTR items.  I probably wouldn't be able to do that, and most likely will be there at midnight for Episode III toys, but it does make me consider it at times.  I don't think I've ever been "taken away" by movies as much as the Star Wars OT, and the LOTR trilogy. sum it up...great movie, and a great ending to the trilogy.  I agree with those that posted above, it was kind of sad to see it end.

Other Toy Lines / Re: What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 22, 2003, 10:20 AM »
I agree, even more so after seeing ROTK this past weekend...I think I would be all over a 3 3/4" scale LOTR line.  Toy Biz's stuff can be great, but I personally just don't have enough space for a lot of the 6" figures (I only have 2 actually).  If they did it Star Wars-style (size, beasts, etc.), I think you'd see even more hard-core LOTR collectors than there are now.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hoth Wave
« on: December 22, 2003, 10:12 AM »
I was able to pick up an R-3PO, the 2nd Dignitary, and also an Ultra Rieekan this past weekend.  I was happy to find them, but was really hoping to pick up the Hoth Luke and the Ultra Wampa.  These figures seem to be pretty hot right now, but at least they are shipping to a lot of places...and many people aren't in the 2003 rut as badly anymore.  I also saw the Ack Mehd Beck figure (or whatever it is named) alongside the R-3PO and Dignitary, I think they all ship together, although I'm not 100% sure.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SA Boba
« on: December 19, 2003, 09:21 AM »
Put me down too....after seeing what they did with the super-art. clone trooper, I don't see why that couldn't be passed on to a number of different characters...the Fett-man included.  I would really like to see a SA Fett, and I agree with OCB...the Sarlacc version we got this year could have been much better than it was, and it wasn't too bad of a figure.  Hopefully Hasbro will see how successful and well-liked the SA Clone is, and explore figures like this, or a SA Stormtrooper or Vader :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 2004 Figures Release List
« on: December 18, 2003, 10:46 AM »
Thanks for posting this list Scott, its always nice to keep up with what is out, and what we should be looking for.  The more waves that say "out now" that I don't have, the more behind I start to feel  ;).  It is great to have this list too, and it looks like 2004 is just going to be a great year to be a SW collector, specifically if you like the OT figures (which I think most of us do).  There are a lot of figures I personally am excited about, and I hope that everyone is getting at least some of the characters they have been wanting/asking for.

Feedback / Re: OCB's feedback
« on: December 17, 2003, 11:02 AM »
I just completed my first transaction with Scott, and it went great.  He was kind enough to help me attain the Santa Yoda, that I was unable to get.  The fan club doesn't accept the credit card that my wife and I have (they accept Visa/Mastercard only), and he was willing to order one and have it shipped directly to me.  I just received it this morning, in time to have it on display for Christmas :).  Don't hesitate to do any business or trading with Scott.  Thanks so much Scott for all of your help.  Have a great holiday season!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Buying a new computer soon... Suggestions?
« on: December 17, 2003, 09:48 AM »
Looks like a nice 'puter there, congrats on your decision.  My wife and I have been hoping to get a new computer pretty soon as well.  We currently have a P3 Dell that we got about 4 years ago, and once we have the money, it will be time to upgrade.  My place of work also has Dells (P4s), and I have been very happy with we will probably go that route again.  We are kind of thinking about getting a laptop this time though, we have always liked those, and it would be nice to have the extra space too.  Hopefully someday....

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to jokabofe!
« on: December 17, 2003, 09:41 AM »
Happy Birthday....hope you have a great day, and God bless.

Saga '02-'04 / Re:
« on: December 16, 2003, 03:17 PM »
It seems like it has really been hit and miss with this store so far, from what I have read.  I'll admit, I was about ready to jump all over the $6 figures once the Hoth and Ultra waves came up (I really want a Hoth Luke and a Wampa), but decided to hold out since they were just starting to hit stores, and I wanted to try my luck there first.  It seems like those who have ordered...some are having great experiences, while others are still waiting...and waiting...  From what I understand it is only 2-3 guys trying to do all the orders, which might be part of the problem.  Also, apparently they ran out of stock, and maybe didn't update their "out of stock" stuff on their site soon enough.  Now they have too many orders for what they have.  Anyways, hopefully they will get things cleared up.  That is the best single figure prices I have seen on the net for awhile, and it would be great for those who aren't having the best luck in the stores.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: December 15, 2003, 08:00 PM »
Well, looks like we have another big NBA trade on the books today...according to  Ainge is at it again, with a trade with Cleveland for Ricky Davis.  Here's how it is breaking down:

Celtics Get:

Ricky Davis
Chris Mihm
Michael Stewart
draft pick (2nd round)

Cavs Get:

Eric Williams
Tony Battie
Kedrick Brown

This should significantly change both teams.  To me, it looks like Boston gets the better end of the deal....with Davis' scoring, and Mihm's strong play this year.  However, Ricky Davis does seem to be a bit selfish, and it will be curious to see how he meshes with Paul Pierce and Co.  I have been watching a few of the Cavs games on TV this year (curious about LeBron), and I'd be happy to see them improve their team at all.  I'm one of those who believes that LBJ is going to be a special player, and I wouldn't mind seeing them at least win a few more games this year.  Eric Williams is solid, and should help take a leadership roles.  Battie can be good, and Kedrick Brown is said to have potential.  We'll have to see how it all shakes out.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: December 15, 2003, 12:10 PM »
Yeah, the gap between the East and West is really terrible anymore.  Its really no contest.  I wish that things were a little more "even", it makes for a more interesting season and playoffs.  It looks like it will be a little while before they start evening out though.  And to think, really much of the Western Conference could be getting even better...many are still working through the kinks of new players/lineups (Dallas), and others are battling injuries or just starting to recover from them (Minnesota, San Antonio, Sacramento).  Things could be getting even rougher for the East in a month or two :).  I see the first all-star voting results are starting to come in now, no big surprises really so far...although I am a little surprised Lebron isn't one of the starters...yet.  Figured the fans would vote him in for sure.  Also a little surprised that Kobe's vote total continues to be so high....not that he isn't deserving or a great player, because he is....but if nothing else, he is still an admitted adulterer...I guess fans don't care about that.  Plus, I guess to be honest, how many of the NBA players aren't that least from what we hear?

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