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Saga '02-'04 / How Goes the Hunt?
« on: September 15, 2003, 04:08 PM »
Just curious how everyone's Star Wars hunts have been going lately.  It seems like there have been a few more reports here and there of people finding newer (or at least 2003) stuff in stores lately, as well as some things being offered online (specifically Amazon.com).  What have you been able to find lately (if anything)?  Personally, this is what has been showing up around here as of late:

I saw my first 2003 figures near me the other day, seeing the research droids, DF Padme, and a repackaged KE Jango.  I didn't get any of them, already had the Padme from Kebco.  Also, found the Clone Wars 3-packs at a Target, picked up the blue clone one.  My brother (who lives about an hour away) found WA-7, repacked Vader, Emperor, Dannl Faytonni, Coleman Trebor, and Wat Tambor for me, which I was pretty happy about.  I also got notification that my Battle of Hoth has shipped from Amazon.com.  Otherwise, I personally haven't seen a whole lot of new product, but a few things are trickling here and there...or at least within a couple of hours I guess.  I have also seen many of the Clone Wars ships (Gunship, Jedi Starfighter, AAT).  Still waiting on preorders through Kebco for Hoth Han (the figure I probably want the most from this year), Mynock Chewie, Yoda/Chian, Ashla/Jempa, TR Luke and Vader, and the Snowtrooper.  Hopefully they will get their shipment in soon.  I've also considered preordering Aayla and Barriss, since they have them up again, although I'm currently holding out hope that I can get them for retail (yeah right).  Anyways...how are things going for you?  I hope you are all finding what you are looking for.

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Other Toy Lines / Taking a Look at the Toy Aisle...
« on: September 15, 2003, 10:46 AM »
Over the past week or so, I had the chance to visit a few different retail/toy stores and take a look at the toy aisle.  I thought it might be nice to have a thread to discuss current setups and/or trends in the toy aisles in your respective areas.  As far as what I saw around here (I visited 2 Wal-Marts, 2 Targets, a TRU, and K-B), here are a few observations:

Star Wars:  Wal-Marts were set up as we heard, basic figures only, six pegs..as well as lightsabers.  Unfortunately, most was old product, although one store did have the research droids and DF Padme.  Targets didn't have much for basic figures (actually a new Greatland Target that opened about a month ago has been pretty good about toys, found the Scenes there a couple weeks ago, but now they have Clone Wars ships, red clonetroopers, and some empty space.  TRU pegs have been packed with Pilot Jangos for months, although they do have the Officer/Han/Lando 12" wave there, as well as Luke/Sidious/Obi Unleashed.  KB doesn't have any new product, just the four packs, $1.99 2002 figures, etc.

Other Observations...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is really getting a lot of space in the stores around here.  Is it because they are being pushed hard, selling well, or both?  I had a few of these back in the day, but I'm not collecting the current line.  Too bad though, looks like you could find about all of them right now, wouldn't that be nice with other lines? :)

MOTU has been the same for the most part around here, 1 Target and 1 Wal-Mart have completely dropped the line for now, the other two still have it...with mostly older figures.  I'm hoping Roboto will show up in the stores.  Overall though, the line doesn't have a whole lot of space, probably average.

Surprisingly, it doesn't seem like LOTR has a whole lot of room, but this will probably increase as ROTK gets closer.  TRU had mostly ROTK Smeagol/Gollum repacks, and one of the new Treebeards (as well as several figures from the other movies).  Target has the first wave of ROTK figures, as well as some AOME stuff.  Wal-Marts around me didn't really have much representing this line, just a few figures here and there.  K-B about the same.

Marvel Legends...I was so happy when my wife found me Gambit and Beast right when they were released (around my b-day), but this weekend I saw almost every wave of ML so far in mass.  I didn't see a whole lot of Gambits, but everything else was pretty plentiful (I didn't dig for chase figures or anything like that though).  Hopefully it will be as easy to find Colossus, etc. in Dec/Jan whenever these come out.

Well, there are other lines to discuss as well, but this is getting long enough.   I just think it is interesting sometimes to see how much space is taken up by certain toy lines, what "seems" to be selling, etc.  I guess I was most surprised by the big space TMNT has at these stores...not that I have any problem with that line, I was just a little surprised.  They seemed to have the most space of any individual line by far around here.  Any other observations?

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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 12, 2003, 10:15 AM »
Just thought I'd post that Galactic Hunter has a preview of this unleashed wave (Yoda, Han, Boba), with some great loose (as well as boxed) shots.  I can't wait until these start showing up, all three look great to me.  The amount of detail that goes into these, even with the "human" faces is simply amazing IMO.  Anyways, here's the link:

Unleashed Preview

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: September 10, 2003, 11:01 PM »
Sorry to hear that you are giving up collecting as well HMI...but I did drop you an e-mail about your figs.  Although I don't have the funds right now, I'd like to talk to you in the future about hopefully taking a few off of your hands.  Anyways...I hope some people are sticking with this line....but it does seem to be fairly frustrating.  I did see over at the He-Man.org forums that Roboto has shown up (ebay only I think), and someone over there has received one and has some loose pics.  This is the figure I have been looking forward to the most, hopefully people will be able to find them in stores.  I see there are a few on ebay now as well going for anywhere from $40 to $80 I think.  I can't believe how high these figures go for initially...worse than Star Wars new releases, especially considering these are not "exclusives"...although with the case packs, it seems like some of them pretty much are ;).

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Saga '02-'04 / Retail 2004: How Do You Think It Will Be?
« on: September 10, 2003, 05:52 PM »
With all of the problems many (or most) of us have had finding figures at retail in 2003, do you think things will change for next year?  Personally, there are a lot of figures being shown and/or rumored that I really don't want to miss out on...but its always nicer to find them in the store for retail price.  I have finally seen 2003 figures at retail in the past two weeks, spotting a DF Padme, Flying R2, Research Droids, and a repacked Jango Fett KE so far.  I also found the first two Screen Scene sets, but only had enough $ to pick up the Jedi Council one, and all were gone a week later when I came back.  Also, my brother was nice enough to pick up WA-7, Emperor, Wat Tambor, repacked Vader, Coleman Trebor, and Dannl Faytonni (he lives about an hour away from me)...so I was thinking maybe retail might be starting to improve...even here in Nebraska.  But, things still aren't great, and I know others have had problems still.  I'm still trying to catch up on everything from 2003 (waiting on preorders from Kebco).  I have noticed however that even if stores don't have the latest figures, the old ones have at least been cleared out (there's usually almost nothing there period, at least for basic figures).  Anyways, long story short, do you think things will clear up towards the end of this year and early next year?  I don't know about everyone else, but really the basic figures have been the biggest problems around here.  I have seen the Luke/Sidious/Obi Wan Unleashed wave a few times, the Council Scenes once, the 12" Han/Lando/Officer wave once, and all of the Clone Wars ships (just saw the multipacks this week too).  Do you think retail will shape up in time for us to find great upcoming figures like Hoth Luke, Wampa, C-3PO, Rieekan, etc.?  Good luck to all of you on your searches.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Best AOTC Anakin EVER!
« on: September 5, 2003, 03:57 PM »
I agree, once I got my SC Anakin from Kebco, and had it opened up, I think this is the best overall Anakin figure we have.  I'm not crazy about the cloak, and it got tossed in a tupperware with other extra accessories.  I liked the Hangar Duel Anakin as well, but the magnet on mine is really weak, so his arm falls off if the lightest breeze touches it, and that knocks it down some.  Well that, and the wheel on his back :).

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: September 5, 2003, 10:53 AM »
I thought the same thing OCB, quite a few X-Menish figures with that new line coming out....although I am glad to see them too.  We'll have to see I guess.  This, combined with the XMC series 2 rumors of Nightcrawler, Iceman, Pyro, as well as ML Colossus, XMC 1 Cyclops and Archangel, it could be a great year for X-fans.

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: September 5, 2003, 09:48 AM »
Take this with multiple grains of salt of course, but I noticed over at the ADC forums (or Toy News International now I guess), they had a "rumored" lineup for ML6.  It might be totally off base, but I thought I would post it here to discuss either way:

1.juggernaut
2.hawkeye
3.cable
4.wolverine(weapon x)
5.pheonix
6.deadpool

If true, I'd be pretty psyched to get a Juggernaut, as well as Phoenix.  Anyways, sorry if this turns out to be untrue, but I thought it might be fun to discuss.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Modern Masters of the Universe
« on: September 4, 2003, 11:49 AM »
Sorry to hear that OCB...but I can see where you are coming from.  It seems a lot of lines are getting difficult to collect, and unfortunately, I don't see MOTU lasting a whole lot longer either.  I am barely into this line (just He-man and Sy-Klone so far), but I am hoping to stay with it for a little while.  I am only collecting them slowly, and the figures I want have a limit to them.  Its not like Star Wars, where I end up wanting most if not all of the basic figures released....with MOTU, I basically want to work at going back and getting the characters that have been released so far, then add in a few of the upcoming figures (especially Roboto..as well as Zodac and Fisto), and wait and see if they release figures like new-style Mossman, Clawful and Stinkor.  Much further than that, I think I'd be pretty much done with what I wanted anyways.  Hopefully the line can last another year, but it does seem like it is limited.  Thanks for your past insights on the line though OCB...it was many of your comments on this line from forums that got me interested in the first place :).  Best of luck to you in whatever you decide to collect/not to collect.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 3, 2003, 04:09 PM »
Thanks for the pics OCB...I have had all of these on preorder with Kebco since they were put up on their site.  I really enjoy the Unleashed line and these are three of my favorite characters...plus, I think they all look great.  Looks like they did a great job on Harrison Ford's likeness as well on this figure.  Can't wait until these start showing up, and I hope this line continues for awhile too.

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Other Toy Lines / Has This Ever Happened to You?
« on: September 3, 2003, 04:06 PM »
Do you ever find that you end up taking certain figure lines further than you originally intended?  For example, when I first got back into Star Wars collecting, it was around the time of Episode I...at the time I thought I'd just pick up a few figures (Obi Wan, Maul, 3PO, R2, Yoda, Qui-Gon), but I ended up diving in and getting not all...but well over 30 from that line.  Around that same time I also picked up the Commtech Han and Luke, thinking they were pretty cool, and I just thought I'd pick up the main characters...now a few years later my collection is littered with Amanaman, Duro, BoShek, etc., and anyone else I can find :).  With my vintage Star Wars collecting it was just going to be the ones I had as a kid (around 20 or so probably), but now I find myself trying to get a complete loose collection.  Also, with other toy lines (why I originally posted this here), I find myself wanting at first to just pick up a figure or two...but then changing my mind and thinking I need more.  First it was Marvel Legends...just Wolverine I thought...then I saw Beast, and also got Gambit and Magneto...and now want all the X-men releases in the future.  Next it was MOTU, first it was just He-Man (and maybe Skeletor), then it was all the ones I had as a kid only, now I'm thinking I'd like to get all of the regular figures (without exclusives, variants).  I've also been on the fence with LOTR for some time.  First I thought, just a Smeagol and maybe a Legolas...now I'm thinking about picking up the 9-pack, a Smeagol, and a few of the ROTK figures if I see them.  Sometimes I'm scared to start a line because I know I'll end up wanting lots of it :).  Has anyone else had experiences like this?

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: September 2, 2003, 02:18 PM »
I have asked several questions of you guys regarding these figures, and I have seen the Fellowship 9-pack recommended by many of you (for me being a just-starting collector).  Anyways, from what I have read, it looks like it is a great deal...9 figures (pretty much all characters that I would like), for anywhere from $30ish to $40ish.  I was curious which versions of the characters are included in this pack, and if they are good versions of the characters?  I have been looking over some of the pictures at TheGd.com, as well as OfftheCard.com, to take a look at the figures that have been released, so I was curious which were included, and how they compared.  It would save me money in the long run to get this 9-pack, pick up a Smeagol, etc., and be pretty much done with it (I don't plan to be a completist, just a few)...but after seeing a few of the ROTK figures (the new Aragorn pictures look great, and with a new Legolas on the way as well)...maybe I should wait.  Anyways, my main question is, which versions of the characters are included in this pack?  Are the Merry and Pippen offered here and in other two packs, etc., the same?  Sorry for another lengthy question, if you have any advice for me, please let me know.  Thanks again!

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The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: August 29, 2003, 03:36 PM »
If this is true, this is pretty good news...thanks for posting it.  Although I don't collect Spidey figs, that sure seems like a heck of a lot of Spiderman versions for the next movie...but if people like them, sounds good to me!  I'm most excited about the X-men Classics news...Iceman and Nightcrawler are two that I was really hoping we would see soon.  It would be pretty nice to have a Legends/Classics X-Men lineup of Cyclops, Beast, Wolvie, Gambit, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Rogue, and Archangel if this news all holds up.  Thanks again for posting this :).

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Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: August 29, 2003, 02:21 PM »
I know many people haven't found the ROTK version yet, but I was thinking about picking up a Gollum figures, and I was curious which one you collectors thought was better...the bendy version or the new articulated "wall-crawling" version?  I have seen the bendy version several times, but just haven't picked it up yet...I was just curious what your opinions are...thanks!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Last Time You Threw Up
« on: August 28, 2003, 04:02 PM »
I'm not entirely sure either, but I think the last time was when I was a sophomore in high school, and I got the flu hard core on the day of one of our basketball games.  I kept trying to go back to school (we had to be in school a half day the day of a game to be eligible to play), and I kept throwing up each time I tried to stay up and around for very long.  Ended up being the only game I missed all through high school, but I wasn't too happy about it :)  So I guess I would say its been about 10 years or so.

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