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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Lord of the Rings
« on: September 29, 2003, 02:39 PM »
I've watched the trailer a few times today now, and this just looks incredible.  I have been very impressed with all of the LOTR movies so far, and unfortunately they are leading me into collecting the toy line as well :).  I can't wait until this hits theatres.  Behind Star Wars, I really think this is my favorite movie saga of all time (Indy Jones is up there too).  The story these movies tell is just amazing, a great credit to Tolkien.  I've never read the books, but I really want to now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday to Nicklab !!
« on: September 29, 2003, 02:36 PM »
Happy birthday, have a great one!  God bless!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Anyone Use Entertainment Earth for Preorders?
« on: September 29, 2003, 02:19 PM »
I am skeptical now about pre-ordering anything, because I don't want to have to wait and wait for stuff after putting money down on things.

That is exactly what I have been thinking.  I had preordered a lot of stuff this year, and I am just now starting to receive it.  I would sooner find it in stores, but I really don't want to miss out on the figures coming in late 2003/early 2004.  Its tough to know what to do, and how well we will be able to find things next year.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Screen Scenes: first wave vs. the second wave
« on: September 29, 2003, 12:25 PM »
I found the second Jedi Council set this weekend (along with the 2nd War Room, but I haven't gotten either of these yet, since these are all $20 a pop).  I have a question for those of you who have found any of these sets, is there a way to open them without trashing the boxes?  I am a 100 percent opener, but for some reason I haven't opened these sets yet, because I just think they display really well in the boxes.  However, because of space and the fact I want to open them, I'd like to crack them open and put them together to display them better.  Also, on the subject of seeing the second sets.  Do you think we will ever see the first sets again?  I was thinking about picking up the second war room the next time I see it, but I'd want to have the first one to go with it :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: How Goes the Hunt?
« on: September 29, 2003, 10:21 AM »
Went shopping this weekend, had a little bit of luck:

Saw both sets of screen scenes (#2s), picked up the Jedi Council one.  Being $20 a piece, couldn't talk the Mrs. into getting both this time.  Also picked up a Hoth Han (the figure I wanted most this year).  These were both at Target.  This Target also had CW Anakin (just about picked it up, haven't decided yet if I want these), Research Droids, Flying R2, Lama Su, and some Red Clones (original 4/23 ones)

Also: I guess I had a pretty good week...also received my Unleashed (Yoda, Han, Boba) from Kebco (I think these are amazing), a Rohan Armor Legolas from KBToys, picked up a Smeagol at TRU, and should receive my 12" scale Yoda and Saga POC Boba Fett today from Kebco.  I guess that's how it goes, you don't find anything for months and months, and then everything hits all at once!  Too much money spent this week, although much of it has been spread out since I preordered these awhile ago.  Good luck to everyone on their searches!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Retail 2004: How Do You Think It Will Be?
« on: September 29, 2003, 10:18 AM »
I'm still trying to decide whether or not to go ahead and preorder upcoming waves of figures, or hope to find them at retail.  Although retail has gotten a little better around here lately, I don't live in a town with any Wal-Marts, Targets, TRU, etc., and have to drive 30 to 40 miles to find them.  My wife and I usually go on the weekends, and I have had decent luck lately (found screen scenes 2 this weekend, and finally a Hoth Han!), but I can't be there when they open at 8 to find the latest figures.  I would prefer to shop at retail, but I definitely don't want to miss out on these 2004 offerings, they look like some of the best figures yet.  Are any of you taking your chances with retail from now on?

Well, I just thought I'd post that I got my first two Lord of the Rings figures this past weekend...Rohan Armor Legolas, and "bendy" Smeagol.  I know I will never have large collections like many of you, since I don't have the $$ or space after Star Wars collecting, but I was really happy to get these figures.  However, I now find myself wanting more and more of them, I could see how this line could become addicting.  I got my Legolas via (the shrine of LOTR lately it seems), and I picked up the Smeagol at a TRU.  I had a choice between the bendy version and the new ROTK "super articulated" version, and at the time, I just decided to get the bendy version.  I hope I didn't make a mistake, but I'm sure there will be other chances to pick the other one up if I regret it.  Next I'd like to find a Gandalf, Aragorn, and Frodo.  My wife isn't too crazy about me collecting these, but I figured I'd just sneak them in little by little :)  Anyways, just thought I'd post to say I have actually joined the LOTR collectors now  :P

The Prequel Trilogy / New Spoilers at TF.N
« on: September 26, 2003, 12:47 PM » posted some new spoilers from their "insider" Darth Friday.  Some of these are pretty interesting, and pretty big....including talk of a death of a major character.  Even though this is the spoiler thread, I figured I'd post the link by itself just to be safe.  As always, we should probably take these with several grains of salt, but its interesting discussion none the less.  Also, if this should be merged with the other spoiler thread, I'm sorry... I wasn't sure if that was the "definitive" one or not.

Welcome to the Planet

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad^2
« on: September 26, 2003, 11:33 AM »
Congratulations OCB!  God bless you and your wife as you go through the coming months :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 10:39 AM »
This figure is my most wanted figure of '04 I think...the best Luke ever!

I totally agree with this.  I have been wanting a really good Luke for a long time, specifically in his Jedi garb.  That version has always been my favorite.  I personally think the face sculpt on this Luke figure looks fantastic, and easily the best we've seen.  Lots of great figures next year...and lots of Lukes by the looks of things...Hoth Luke, Jedi Luke, Hologram Luke :).

I just saw (courtesy of, that the ROTK series 2 figures are in stock at Aragorn, SP Gollum, Gandalf, and Eowyn in Armor.  I'm not sure if they are all still there, but they were earlier.  If I hadn't had preorders and other things ship this month already on our credit card, I think I'd take advantage.  Just thought I'd give the heads up for anyone that needs these figures, or hadn't heard they were over there.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 26, 2003, 09:48 AM »
I just received my Unleashed from Kebco yesterday, and got them opened up last night.  I really think these figures are amazing.  All three have tremendous sculpts, and I just think this whole line looks really nice on display.  It makes me want to go back and pick up some of the ones I missed (specifically Vader).  If you haven't gotten these, you might want to look into it...they are very well done.  I really hope this line continues...

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hasbro Jabba Palace Announcement!!!
« on: September 26, 2003, 09:44 AM »
Thanks for the link Nakatu!  This is great news, all the figures shown look great I think, and the announcements are a nice surprise as well!  Personally, I've always hoped they would make a new Lando in Skiff Disguise, and all of the other Jabba's aliens announced sound great.  2004 is shaping up to be a great year, don't you think? :)

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Discussion Thread
« on: September 25, 2003, 09:48 AM »
Great pics, dustrho!  According to my tracking, mine are out for delivery today.  I can't wait to get them.  Its probably going to be the best wave for me yet, since it has 3 of my favorite characters together.  I kind of have the feeling these will be tough to find in stores, that's why I went ahead and preordered them.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: First Look at Jabba at GH
« on: September 25, 2003, 09:40 AM »
I see this morning that GH has a picture from the "Pre-Toy Fair" catalog, which shows the Jabba in its entirety.  It also offers some info on the line for next year, but nothing really new.  You can check it out here:

New Jabba Pic

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