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Power of the Jedi / 25th Anniversary Sets - Opened or Boxed?
« on: October 6, 2003, 12:52 PM »
I was curious how many of you have your 25th Anniversary sets displayed.  Personally, I open everything I buy...figures, ships, beasts, etc....but for some reason I have left these boxed so far.  I guess I just like how they look in the packaging.  But, I have been thinking about opening them up for space reasons as well.  How do you have yours displayed....and if you do have them opened up, are they able to be opened in a way that you could put them back in the box if you wanted to?  Thanks!

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Saga '02-'04 / Any Purchases You Regret?
« on: October 6, 2003, 11:18 AM »
After recently reorganizing my collection a week or so ago, I got to looking at some of my figures, and kind of wondering why I bought a few things.  Do any of you have any purchasing regrets....whether it be that you overpaid for a certain item in retrospect, or you maybe purchased a figure because it was the ONLY new thing you have seen in months, or maybe a certain figure was an "impulse buy"?  I noticed a few figures that I had purchased that ended up being either packed away, or tucked in the back of the display it seems.  Here's a few that caught my eye, personally:

"Total Control" Mace Windu - Ok, it is kind of fun to play with, and honestly, I never would have gotten this figure but for the fact that I hadn't seen anything for awhile, and I had read quite a few reviews from people saying it wasn't that bad, and was pretty fun to play with.  I only paid retail for it, but looking back now, and with the space issues I have, it probably wasn't necessary.

Anakin vs. Geonosian Deluxe - This was one of those periods where I hadn't seen much new for awhile, and I was still all hyped up from Episode II.  I really don't know why I bought this...the Anakin is horrible, and I don't even have either of these figures displayed now.

Jedi Council Yoda - I buy every Yoda figure pretty much, since he's one of my favorites...so I guess in some ways I don't regret it...but looking at the figure now, it just doesn't seem like that great of a figure...and a rehash to boot anyways.

Tusken w/ Massiff - Ok, not a horrible figure, but it is tucked back behind the Republic Gunship right now due to lack of room.  Also, another rehash...and the newer Saga version of the Tusken (removable head one), is so much better IMO.

C-3PO with Removable Panels - Again, not terrible I guess...has some fun "play value" to some extent.  I am always a sucker for characters that were in the OT as well too...but this is another figure that gets "tucked to the back"

For a non-Saga example: I once paid $20 for an Episode I Obi-Wan (soft goods skirt), only to see this figure at K-B about two weeks later for $1.99.  Ouch :).

Since this is getting long, a few others that get "tucked away":

4/23 Padme Arena
OPD Anakin
Geo Rescue Mace

Anyways, have any of you ever experienced any situations like this?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to Anthony (amarsella)!!
« on: October 6, 2003, 09:25 AM »
Happy Birthday!  Hope you have a great day, God bless!

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: 3 Toughest SAGA Items to Find
« on: October 6, 2003, 09:20 AM »
Yeah, there have been quite a few of 2003 figs that I have never seen, although things have been getting better lately.  Here's some that I have never seen though:

1. Holiday Droids, I never saw any sign of these whatsoever
2. Ephant Mon, ditto
3. Aayla Secura/Barriss Ofee (Thanks to some preorders shipping from Kebco lately, these are actually almost the only two figures I need to get "caught up"...I didn't get in on Kebco soon enough to get these preordered at the time)
4. Wedding Padme (My brother found the rest of this wave for me, but not this fig)
5.  Acklay (saw once, trashed box and trashed figure inside as well...but it was the only time I ever saw it)
6.  Trash Compactor (Saw the Leia and Chewie one twice, never saw Han and Luke, but received it from Karma...thanks!!)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: I'm here to help
« on: October 3, 2003, 02:26 PM »
I know pretty much everyone is looking for it, but if anyone happens to see a 2003 MOTU Roboto, I'd be happy to take it off of their hands.  Card condition or anything doesn't really matter, I mainly just want to get the figure.  Thanks!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: October 3, 2003, 02:18 PM »
I sure hope that Roboto won't be impossible to find.  He was by far my favorite character as a kid, and I really like the design of the new figure/character as well.  I haven't bought any MOTU figures for awhile now, due to actually finding Star Wars in the stores and having a few preorders ship (as well as buying my first two LOTR figures)...so money has been tight, but I really hope the line continues.  I'd like to be able to pick up the figs from my childhood eventually, specifically Mr. Roboto :).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to Snively Bandar !!
« on: October 3, 2003, 09:55 AM »
Happy Birthday and God bless!  Have a great day.

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TV-9D9 / Clone Wars Cartoon Still Pics
« on: October 2, 2003, 05:11 PM »
Hope this is the right place for this....sorry if not.  There are a few still shots from the new Clone Wars cartoon posted over at ToonZone...I'm kind of getting excited to see this, I hope it lives up to expectations.  Check out the pics here:

Clone War Pics

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: FINALLY got a job!
« on: October 2, 2003, 04:43 PM »
Big congratulations on the new job, sounds like it is a great one.  I hope you are happy there, and have a wonderful future.  God bless.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: October 2, 2003, 03:02 PM »
I just saw that lineup too, and I was also a little surprised by the amount of Blade figures.  I guess I didn't see that figure being the most sought after out of that lineup.  Colossus, I can of course understand...and he's the one I'm looking forward to the most as well...but I think it would be better suited to have some more of Mr. Fantastic, etc.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Thundercats, Hoooo!!
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:25 PM »
I vaguely remember Battlesharks too, but I don't think I watched it.  I kind of remember that Snorks cartoon, much like Smurfs, like was said.  Actually my wife's younger sister used to be nicknamed Snorks, don't ask me why :).

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: October 1, 2003, 03:23 PM »
I was looking for any opinions from those of you who have purchased the super-poseable Gollum/Smeagol from the ROTK line.  I happened to see this figure last weekend, but I ended up picking up the "bendy" version.  I thought about picking up the SP version if I see it again, but was wondering if you were very impressed with it or not.  I know all those joints are great on some figures, but sometimes they tend to get a little loose too in some cases.  Anyways, I was just wondering if any of you have it (and have opened it), and if you were happy with it.

Also...to add to this discussion, even though I am a new collector...I kind of hope they avoid repacking too many figs in that trilogy assortment too, that could really hurt the line obviously, and I want all of you to be able to find the new characters/figures you are looking for. :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Random Thoughts
« on: October 1, 2003, 02:14 PM »
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Saga is a great line, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.  Action features should be banned forever.  Metal lightsabers with removable blades should be a standard, and the lightsaber handle should be attachable to the fig's belt.  Jedi figs should have the ability to hold a lightsaber with both hands.  Dynamic poses should only be used when necessary.  Using gummy plastic/cheap materials for making accessories/figures should be a big no-no.  I guess sometimes simpler is better.  Maybe that's why vintage figs have so much appeal.    

You hit the nail on the head!  

I agree totally, this is exactly what I was thinking too when I was rambling that off :).  Sometimes simpler is better!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Something Fun For Fans of LOTR and Middle Earth
« on: October 1, 2003, 10:05 AM »
I originally saw someone post this on the RS forums, but thought I'd bring it over here.  Its a site that generates your "hobbit" or "elven" names.  I thought it might be fun to see what everyone's names turned out to be.  For me its:

Hobbit: Todo Burrows of Tuckborough

Elven: Maeglin Eledhwen



Here's the links, by the way:

Create Your Hobbit Name

 Create Your Elven Name

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Saga '02-'04 / Random Thoughts
« on: September 30, 2003, 02:45 PM »
This past weekend I picked up some new display shelving for my collection (thanks to some advice from dustrho..thanks!), and had the chance to look over my collection as I took the figures down, and then put the display back up when I was finished.  I actually have enough room now for all of my collection, ships, figs, etc.  A few things that I noticed while I was looking at the different characters and how to set them up...and this just my opinion.  In many cases, most of the figures prior to POTJ don't seem to look "quite" right with the newer offerings (POTJ, Saga, etc.).  That is, with the exception of the commtech wave.  There are certain other exceptions as well, and I'm not saying all of the POTF2 figures are bad...because they aren't....but they just look...different in some way.  I think sculpting has advanced a little since that time, particular with POTJ, some of Saga, and what we have to look forward to next year.

Also...there are times I wish that things were like the vintage days from the standpoint that each character had only one version in a particular outfit.  Although it is totally my fault because I bought them, the display seems to look strange when you try to set up the Geonosian battle, and have three Jangos to use, in essentially the same outfit.  Same with some of the Anakins (HD, Tatooine, Secret Ceremony), and the Maces (yikes...lollipop, screaming, and deluxe...the deluxe is actually my favorite).  I do realize at the same time that we need to have main characters in the line, and when sculpting has advanced quite a ways...and I get excited when we see new versions coming out (such as 2004 Hoth Luke, Jedi Luke, 2003 Hoth Han, etc.)  That is a little different to me because I usually replace the older, POTF2 versions with the better versions.

Finally, there are still a few that need to be re-done.  I really think that an OT-era Yoda could be remade now, with the sculpting/technology that is available.  The POTF2 ones just don't look overly great to me, although they were nice at the time.  And also, I have to say looking at what is coming in 2004, I am very excited.  Like many of you, I prefer figures this way...similar to what POTJ offered us.  I am very happy to not see any buttons on my figures, and to see them very well sculpted, painted, in some cases a nice base, and articulated well for who the character is.

Anyways, sorry this is so long...I had a break at work here to type something up, so I took the opportunity.  Some of this stuff has been discussed before I know, but these were just some thoughts that crossed my mind when I had some time to spend looking at my collection this weekend, and I felt like posting to see if any of you felt the same way, or differently.  I needed to see what some people's opinions are, other than my wife...who is abundantly supportive, but isn't quite as in to these types of discussions :).  Thanks for letting me rant....looking forward to collecting in 2004!  Feel free to post any of your thoughts on this, or anything else!

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