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Saga '02-'04 / Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 2, 2003, 05:05 PM »
I hope that this doesn't become a heated debate or anything, and I'm sorry if this topic is repetitive.  After looking at the preview over at GH of the new Jedi Luke, it got me to thinking about what some of your opinions are on the plastic or cloth cape, cloak, etc. issue.  I guess I'm staying on both sides, because I don't have problems with either way I guess.  However, I think sometimes I seem to gravitate towards cloth a little (maybe because of nostalgia from the vintage line).  Although I admit that it doesn't always sit or "lay" correctly or realistically on the figure (even the Jedi Luke doesn't, or one that many people like...POTJ doesn't necessarily look "realistic" but still good).  I guess I had the same problem with my vintage Jedi Luke, and it didn't bother me then.  I also like the use of cloth on the screen scenes Mace and Yarael, I think it looks fairly good, and allows them to sit.  I'm also one that is hoping if there is an Endor Han next year, his poncho is cloth like the vintage, as long as it looks decent.  I don't really have a problem with plastic capes, etc. either, until I recently received my Throne Room Duel Vader from Kebco.  I don't know about you guys, but this figure is next to impossible to stand, or put the helmet on the same time as the cape, etc.  I don't know if I have honestly ever been quite as frustrated with displaying a figure.  But, then I also picked up the Death Star Clash Vader (or whatever its called, the one from the MOTDS two pack that was recently re-released), and I think this Vader looks great, the cloth cape hangs nicely, etc.  Anyways, I can see both sides of it...but I was wondering what some of your opinions are.  Are you plastic all the way? cloth all the way? a little bit of both? or don't care? :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Worst Pegwarmers in your area
« on: December 1, 2003, 09:34 AM »
I only get out to the stores about once a week, since they are 30-40 minutes away from where we live...but from what I can tell, these are the pegwarmers around here:

CW Anakin
CW Yoda
Saga Screen Scenes (which is unfortunate, because if this continues we probably won't get many, or any, more.)
And actually, at the TRU closest to us, they always seem to have plenty of the Luke/Obi/Sidious Unleashed wave.

I do like both characters, but I'm a little partial to Wedge as well.  One of the unsung heroes of the OT I think, and he made it through all three movies, and battles...and always contributed in some way.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: November 26, 2003, 03:23 PM »
Thought I'd dig up this thread for the fun of it.  A little NBA news this week (and last), with Doc out in Orlando and Bill in Chicago.  Sounds like Skiles might be the next man in charge of the baby Bulls.  Sad news about Zo as well, I was really hoping this comeback would work out for him.  A great competitor that unfortunately played on some bad teams the last few years he played.  Plus, I thought if he played up to his prime, the Nets could at least resemble some competition to some of the West teams.  On that note, wow is the difference even wider this year?  Basically the first place team in the Atlantic (East) wouldn't even make the playoffs in the West.  Yikes.  Oh, and what's up with this Ronald Murray?  Another good story :).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How many here live far away from family?
« on: November 26, 2003, 10:20 AM »
We actually live within a half an hour of my wife's parents, and about an hour away from my parents, which I guess isn't too bad after hearing many of your experiences.  We see them a fair amount, but we aren't usually able to do a whole lot, or stay a long time if we don't bring our dog along (he's a house dog, and we feel bad leaving him "locked up" for too long :P).  For the most part our closest friends live a minimum of two hours away, so we don't get to see them as often as we would like either.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thanksgiving Plans?
« on: November 26, 2003, 10:16 AM »
We're doing the usual "going to the families" tradition this year.  It kind of gets old driving back and forth everywhere, but it is nice to see the families too.  We are headed to my wife's parents tomorrow, then my side of the family on Friday.  We also had one a week ago at my mom's side, and have another one on Saturday at my wife's mother's side...not sure if we'll go or not yet...we might be traveled out by then.  OCB--my wife and I actually watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles every year too, one of our favorite movies.  Really underrated I think, we still laugh outloud at many of the parts...especially the rental car scene with Steve Martin :).

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: November 26, 2003, 09:21 AM »
I read over at the TNI forums that Toy Biz is supposedly going to showcase waves 6, 7, and possibly 8 at Toy Fair in 2004.  There was also mention of a boxset.  I think you can find the thread in their Marvel forum, towards the top if you are interested in reading.  Congrats on the Series 5 finds OCB, from the pics I've seen online, they look great.  Can't wait to finds me a Colossus :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Luke,R1-G4,R2-D2 Carded Pic
« on: November 25, 2003, 09:51 AM »
Agreed, a great set of figures...I too will buy all three of these.  This is the Jedi Luke figure I have been hoping for since my vintage one from my childhood :P.  It looks like it is very well done, and more than makes up for the action-featured one from this year.  Thanks for the pics boba_jp!

Watto's Junk Yard / 10 Star Wars Questions...
« on: November 25, 2003, 09:27 AM »
After reading the great "12 facts about yourself" thread, I thought it might be nice to see everyone's personal tastes for our favorite movie saga.  Here's just a few questions, pretty general, that I thought of this morning...if you have any to add, feel free :).

1. Favorite Movie of the Saga

2. Favorite Character(s) of the Saga
    2a.  OT-Good Guy?
    2b.  OT-Bad Guy?
    2c.   PT-Good Guy?
    2d.   PT-Bad Guy?

3. Prequels or Originals?

4. Favorite Saga-Related thing to Collect (if any)

5. Favorite Item in Your Collection (if any)

6. Favorite Ship, Vessel, Bike, etc.

7. Favorite Planet

8. First Star Wars movie you saw in the Theatre

9. Favorite Color of Lightsaber

10. Favorite Song from the Saga

Bonus Questions :): Favorite Fett (Jango or Boba)?
                                Favorite New Jedi (from Prequels I guess)

For me, here's my answers:

1. Empire Strikes Back, sometimes Return of the Jedi depending on mood

2. Han Solo and Chewbacca
    2a. Han/Chewie, otherwise Yoda, Luke, Droids
    2b. Darth Vader or Boba Fett
    2c. Yoda, Obi Wan
    2d. Eventually Anakin/Vader :P, Maul and Dooku were both cool though too.

3. Like them All, but Partial to Originals

4. Most 3 3'4" Product (Figures, Vehicles, Beasts) and Unleashed

5. Not Sure, lots of Favorites...I guess I'll say either my vintage Trenchcoat Han (remember looking for/buying this figure when I was a kid), or my POTJ Bespin Capture Han, because it was a gift from my wife that she really looked for for me :)

6. Millenium Falcon

7. Tatooine or Dagobah

8. Return of the Jedi (1983), I was almost 7

9. Green

10. Main Theme, Imperial March (the easy ones I guess)

Bonus: Boba
            Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Mace Windu

Saga '02-'04 / Re: BAIL ORGANA WAVE = A+ rating!
« on: November 24, 2003, 05:12 PM »
I've only found Bail and Janus so far, but both of these figures are very well done.  I really hope to find Obi and the Concept Stormie soon, both of those figures look great as well.  Seems to be a really good wave of figures :).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Which is Your Favorite "Other Toy Line"?
« on: November 24, 2003, 04:40 PM »
Thought I'd bump this up to see if anyone else wanted to comment, or if anyone else's opinions have changed.  For me, Star Wars is easily first and foremost...and I really only have a couple of figures from other lines (my favorites).  I have "tried" other lines slowly, because I simply don't have the money or room...and my Star Wars collection is more important to me than other toy lines.  That being said, other figures in my room that aren't Star Wars are currently: Rohan Armor Legolas and "bendy" Smeagol from LOTR, He-Man, Sy-Klone, and someday hopefully Roboto from MOTU, a Spy Troops Snake-Eyes, and Beast, Gambit, Wolvie, and Magneto from Marvel Legends.  I think the only line I will possibly continue with is the X-Men from ML (and X-Men Classics), maybe a couple more LOTR figs, and sometimes the Muppets line calls to me too....but I think I'm too late in the game to start with that anyways...great figures though!  Wouldn't mind getting a Rowlf and Fozzie if nothing else though.  Anyways, with all the great stuff coming from SW next year, I doubt I'll buy much else.  Just curious what line would be your choice, outside of our wonderful Star Wars world of course :).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: November 24, 2003, 11:28 AM »
Do any of you experts on this line have any advice of where I could pick up a few of the past figures (for decent prices)?  Or do these figures get pretty pricey once they are off the shelves?  I really don't know too much about the line in general, but wouldn't mind trying to pick up a Rowlf (my fave as a kid), or maybe a Fozzie as well.  I probably shouldn't even start, because then I'll want them all...really enjoyed the Muppet show as a kid...but I didn't know if there was somewhere online to find these figures reasonably, if ebay was the best option, or if you had any other thoughts.  Thanks for any advice you might have.  Also, one other question, I read a rumor of that Backstage playset coming with a "naked" there any way to get a figure like that (coming with a playset), without getting the playset?  Anyways, thanks again.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: November 24, 2003, 09:50 AM »
I was able to pick up Bail Organa and Janus Greetjatus this past weekend at Target (the only two left from the wave, other than an Ashla/Jempa pack).  I really wish I could have, or will, find the new Obi Wan and the Concept Trooper...both of those figures look great.  Nice to find something new too.  Also saw a couple of the Target A-Wing, but I passed for now, since we were Christmas shopping for family, and had spent enough already that day :).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: November 20, 2003, 03:59 PM »
Is anyone else still following/collecting this line?  I, like many others, have been admiring this line from afar for awhile now, but it is tempting to start picking a few figures up (although I am sure my wife would not be a big fan of that :P).  I did see over at that there is another playset coming up, the "backstage" playset, which could really be ultra cool.  You can read about it HERE.  It should be under November 14th news I think.  Just out of curiosity, for those of you who collect tough (or expensive) would it be to pick up some of the past figures (for example, Fozzie and/or two favorites).  Anyways, I really enjoy reading everyone's opinions of these figures, they really look great from what I have seen.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Hanna-Barbera Appreciation Society
« on: November 20, 2003, 11:17 AM »
I'll agree, I'm fans of both Looney Tunes and HB.....and I think both are great.  I always have been a big Scooby Doo fan, and still watch the cartoons when they are on from time to time.  I think that its pretty cool that the show is still popular enough to have a new version on television, and toys in the stores, etc.  I'd have to say Scooby is my favorite of the bunch, but I did really enjoy me some Yogi, Captain Caveman, Dyno-Mutt, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Flinstones, etc.  I always remember there being like a "HB" hour or two on weekend mornings...good times.  I've said it before, but I really think for the most part today's cartoons really pale to what many of us had growing up.  I sometimes feel a little embarassed by it, but I still enjoy me a good cartoon today (but I guess I already collect toys, so what's the difference?)  :P

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