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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone 3-pk ...does it suffice?
« on: June 23, 2003, 01:34 PM »
For the price, I don't think you can really complain about the Clone 3-Pack.  I was always kind of hoping for a really articulated white version, or even repaints of the red basic version in the yellow, blue, and green colors.  But, this is a fairly inexpensive way to build up your army, and are especially good for diorama builders.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Target Has New Items
« on: June 23, 2003, 01:32 PM »
My wife and I checked out our closest Target this weekend, and all they had was a few of the Deluxe sets/Accessory sets, and no pegs even out for basic figures anymore.  Their toy aisle was also rearranged since the last time I was there.  However, there was a decent sized bare space in their aisle (no pegs even)...perhaps reserved for this rumored Clone Wars launch?  I'm not sure, but I sure hope they put out some new stuff soon.  Congrats to all of you who have found something new!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: What 2003 SAGA product are you still missing?
« on: June 23, 2003, 01:23 PM »
I wanted to rely on retail, and in the past I have pretty much been able to, but we still don't have any 2003 figures around here, so I have pre-ordered a number of this year's offerings through Kebco (Hoth Han, Mynock Chewie, Jedi Luke, Jedi Vader, Snowtrooper, Yoda, Younglings, Unleashed, etc.)  I think many of us have little choice but to go online right now, but maybe things will improve in the next month or two.  Plus, many online prices have gotten better....especially if you can do it case wise like Newforce.  I personally don't have anyone around here to really split up cases with, so that's why I went with Kebco for now.  Good luck to everyone in their searches...hopefully everyone will be able to get what they are looking for.

Oh yeah, I forgot about the Bartender R2 on my list, I've always wanted to see that figure as well...I'd have to add him on too....the 3PO diety wouldn't be too bad either.

Thanks for the replies everyone.  After reading more about the Kubricks line of figures on this site and this forum, it makes me kind of envious.  Those figures look great, but I don't think I could afford to collect them.  I would really like to see Hasbro explore the idea of releasing more figures for the playskool line, similar to what Kubrick's is doing with their figures.  I know that there was an e-mail sent out at one point exploring the possibility of figure 2-packs, and that would be pretty cool I think.  I'd still like to see vehicles/beasts like the sets so far, but getting a couple of these little figs for like $4-5 wouldn't be too bad either.  I'd like to see a Boba Fett, Yoda, Lando, Leia, etc. in this line eventually...and I think they'd sell pretty well.  Give the kids (and collectors) the main characters at least :).

I like all of the suggestions above, here's a few I would like to see:

1. Jabba the Hutt (2004?)
2. General Madine (rumored?)
3. Han Solo Endor (I know some people probably cringe reading this, but it was always my favorite vintage figure as a kid, and I'd really like to see a really good one made, Endor Raid and the POTF2 versions are alright, but aren't quite perfect)
4. Chief Chirpa/Lumat (Two pack Idea OCB had is fine by me!)
5. Romba/Warok (ditto #4)
6. Hermi Odle w/ Bubo (Jabba's Aliens always cool)
7. Skiff Nikto (ditto)
8. Endor Luke and/or Leia (I'd like to see either one of these, I think the POTF2 ones can be greatly improved upon, but again, I'm all about getting new figures first for those of you who hate resculpts...I'd just like to see what the sculptors and technology can do now a days to improve on some of these main characters too)
9. Lando Skiff Disguise (another redo, but I would like to see it done eventually)
10. Bib Fortuna Redo (I don't have the POTF2 one, but it doesn't look too pretty to me ) :P

Other Collectibles / Re: New Unleashed Packaging
« on: June 20, 2003, 04:49 PM »
I think the new packaging is great as well.  I was planning on pre-ordering this wave anyways, because it is full of my favorite characters, but once I saw this new packaging I ordered them that same day.  I really think it is an improvement over the previous packaging, and maybe some of the best we've seen in awhile.  I really like the art on the cards, and the way they look in package.  I'm an opener, and these figures almost make you want to get one to keep in package :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: KEBco Toys Question
« on: June 20, 2003, 04:46 PM »
After the retail troubles of 2003, I have started pre-ordering my figures through them (although I'm not "technically" in the one of every fig club, I order from their non-member page currently...prices are slightly higher), but I have nothing but good things to say about them as well.  I haven't received my preorders yet, but they are pretty new figures (Hoth Han, Chewie, Yoda, Younglings, Jedi Luke, etc.), but I have ordered in stock figures from them before and had great luck.  They are very good about answering any questions you might have, and like said before, they will hold figures if you want them to ship together to save on shipping costs.  I would recommend them, especially with the problems finding any of these figures this year.  Good luck!

Modern Classifieds / WTB: Trash Compactor Set 1 (Han and Luke)
« on: June 20, 2003, 04:42 PM »
I have only been able to find the Leia/Chewie TC set, and I would really like to pick up the Han/Luke set if anyone has an extra one around them for retail + shipping?  I know these weren't easy to find for anyone, but I just thought I'd check and see if someone out there was lucky and found one.  Box condition doesn't matter too much to me, I'm an opener...however I would like to have the box too :). Thanks!

Saga '02-'04 / Re: What 2003 SAGA product are you still missing?
« on: June 19, 2003, 09:22 AM »
We still haven't seen any 2003 figures actually in the stores around here, but I eventually broke down and ordered SC Anakin, Acklay Obi, Droid Factory Padme, the Tusken Raider, Geonosis Dooku, and the Arena Mace from Kebco awhile back when they were all $4.99.  I also have Jedi Luke, Hoth Han, Mynock Chewie, Yoda w/Chian, Jempa/Ashla, Snowtrooper, Unleashed Han, Yoda, and Boba, and the 12" scale Yoda on preorder from Kebco as well.  The Targets around here have been cleared out too, and the TRU have been thinned out quite a bit too, so I'm hoping new stuff will start showing up.  I missed out on the preorders for Aayla, Carkoon Boba, Barriss, etc., so I'm hoping to find those (or anything else new) :).

A post by Jesse James regarding how Hasbro should eventually have an ultimate versions line (with main characters...great idea by the way), got me to thinking.  Are there any figures out there that any of you feel are pretty close to the "ultimate"?  I know almost all figures can always be improved on, whether it be the sculpt, the painting, the articulation, or the accessories....but I was wondering if there are any figures that you think come pretty close.  I know some figures of main characters seem to be generally looked upon pretty favorably (such as Cloud City Chewie, Commtech Han, Bespin Capture Han, Bespin Luke, etc.)...are any of them "ultimate" enough for you...and if not, what would you change?  Boy, do you think I could have slipped "ultimate" in that post anymore :P

Saga '02-'04 / Re: ...More than they can chew?
« on: June 16, 2003, 05:16 PM »
Although I'm always a fan of seeing new figures come out, I thought fifty new ones seemed a little bit high too.  I am concerned (as many others have stated), with the distribution though.  It is nearing July, and there have been no 2003 (or the late 2002) figures in my area at all.  Thanks goodness for online ordering, but if Hasbro, the stores themselves, or wherever the problem may lie don't get this figured out soon, it could really start hurting the line.  Out with the old, in with the new!  Hopefully things will improve once Clone Wars is released, the line seperates, and everything has new cardbacks, maybe the stores can differentiate between the old and new a little bit better then :).

I would say that I'm "out" for the most part.  I don't go around announcing to everyone I see or work with that I'm a collector, but if anyone ever asked about my favorite movies, or my hobby, I would gladly tell them.  I used to get a little more embarassed of it when I first started collecting again (as an adult), but as I found communities such as this, I found out that there are many of you out there like me.  My wife is 100 percent supportive of my Star Wars collecting, gives me a few jokes about it from time to time, but always checks out toy aisles for me and will talk to me about it whenever I want to.  My family (and hers) all know I collect, though maybe some don't know the full extent of what I have.  My close friends know I collect as well, but most of them haven't ever actually seen it.  A few of my co-workers know I collect, and the majority of them know I'm a big Star Wars fan.  Like I said, I don't go around announcing it to anyone, but if anyone asked me, I would be glad to tell or show them. :)  I guess the bottom line is, while you should never be ashamed of who you are, you should only do what you are comfortable with too.  Its your life, just live it like you want to.  God and your loved ones will love you regardless :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: list of figures you would make
« on: June 12, 2003, 02:23 PM »
I would also agree with Jesse James being the president...his ideas are exactly what I would hope to see done with the line.  The Ultimate Collector Series would be tremendous, and would be a top seller if done in the fashion he is talking about.  Hopefully something like this will come in the future, I think it would be better for both Hasbro and us collectors (and the kids for that matter).  Great ideas everyone. :)

Power of the Jedi / Re: Best POTJ Fig?
« on: June 10, 2003, 12:28 PM »
Many figures in this line were done very, very well...but I really think that the overall best would have to be the 300th Figure Boba may not be the most articulated or poseable figure in the world, but the sculpt, paint, and general appearance is almost perfection.  Other favorites of mine from this line would have to be Bespin Capture Han, FX-7, and the Scout Trooper.

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