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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga 2004 - Predictions
« on: July 10, 2003, 12:56 PM »
Thanks Darth Broem!  I remembered that list, but wasn't sure where it was at right off hand.  Since I was at work, I didn't want to take the time to find it  :P.  Thanks for posting it, I'd be happy if we got all of those figures listed :).

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Off Season
« on: July 10, 2003, 12:09 PM »
I'll admit that I've never been the biggest Lakers fan, but if they are able to ink both Payton and Malone they are going to be TOUGH.  I do actually think that Payton and Malone will be willing to sacrifice a little for the good of the team too.  Lakers fans should be happy, this could be an amazing team.  Personally, I don't want to see them eclipse the Bulls' victory mark, but that is just my opinion.  I followed the Bulls for many years, actually several years before they won their first title, and that 72 win season was an amazing accomplishment....especially with the players they were able to do it with.  Beyond Michael and Scottie, those teams were basically role players, but one of the best teams ever.  Anyways....back to topic, these are some great signings by the Lakers, and should definitely make them the favorite.  Payton alone could do that though.  Should be an interesting off-season and regular season, with many people changing teams....Lebron and Melo coming in.....and all kinds of shakeups.  As a big hoops fan, I'm looking forward to it.

Saga '02-'04 / Saga 2004 - Predictions
« on: July 10, 2003, 10:53 AM »
Although the majority of us still haven't found the 2003 figures, I thought it might be fun to predict what we might see in 2004...using what knowledge/rumors we have heard, as well as Hasbro's past tendencies.  There are a few figures which we are pretty sure we know we are getting: Jedi Luke, the Fan's Choice winners, Jabba the Hutt?, and some others that I am probably forgetting...but what do you personally think we could see.  Following the pattern of having the main characters have a version each year, we might be able to break down which version we might see.  For example...

Luke Skywalker:
--We just had an X-Wing version in POTJ, as well as Bacta Tank.  We had a Stormtrooper version (although scene-specific) this year.  We had a Bespin version in Saga, as well as an upcoming rehash of a Tatooine version.  There is also a re-release of the POTF2 Hoth Luke on tap for this year in one of the figure packs.  We are getting a Jedi one this year, and another (hopefully ultimate) version next year some time.  That might be the Luke we get next year, other possibilities include Dagobah and Endor (although I doubt we'll see two from ROTJ in the same year)

Han Solo:
--Well, we have the commtech one re-released this year, a Hoth version this year, an Endor version (without the coat) last year, and a great Bespin version from POTJ.  We also had the stormtrooper version from the screen scene (although scene-specific).  One version I could think of that might be a possibility is a carbonite Han, with the possible focus on Jabba's palace coming up, and a remake being needed?)

--Not sure what else could be done with Chewie, but a lot of that is the fact that I think the Cloud City one is superb.  I know Hasbro likes to release Chewies, so maybe a new Boussh's bounty one is a possibility.  Or, they might just wait another year, because I'm sure we'll get an Episode III version.

--There always seems to be an R2 around, I'm hoping for a drink-tray version...again with the rumored ROTJ theme for part of next year.

--Other than the one-time rumored Ewok diety one, I don't know if we will see one or not.  I think I also read at one point there might be a Jabba's palace version (slimy?), but I don't know if that is true or not.  Either one would be fine, again, we will probably get a version with Episode III the following year, if that makes a difference.

--a few options with Leia, she actually hasn't been seen in awhile.  We are getting the re-release ANH (new likeness) version this year, as well as the one that was in the screen scene, so I'm thinking probably not another ANH version.  A bespin gown Leia would be welcome, and is probably needed somewhat.  We had a ROTJ leia in POTJ (General, as well as Slave), although the General one was not a big favorite.  An Endor Leia, or a Boussh Leia are also possibilities?

--Again, Vader has had most versions done already, but we will most likely see another next year...and maybe in Episode III, we will see this outfit?  I'm not sure what would be a good option, maybe you guys have better opinions.  One without an action feature is fine with me :).

--Personally, I'd like to see a skiff guard redo...or even a general one.  I was happy with the Bespin one from POTJ, although it is kind of action-posed.  Lando in Han's outfit might be another idea.

Obi-Wan/Mace Windu:
--I'm putting them together, because we could probably use more basic versions of both of these figures (prequel-wise).  However, we have gotten several versions of each over the past year...and there is a pretty nice Mace coming up in the Screen Scene the way it looks.

--Again, we've had quite a few lately.  Only one I'd really like to see is a new sculpt OT version.  I think they could make one much better than the POTF2 days now.

Well, this is getting long, but I just wanted to throw a few ideas out there.  What are some of your predictions for 2004?  Like I mentioned earlier, I have seen rumors of a ROTJ/Jabba's palace focus for at least part of the year, but who knows if we will see that or not.  We are supposedly getting a little "2004 preview" at Comic-Con next week, so maybe that will shed a little light on things.  I was just curious to see some of your thoughts.  I didn't mention any beasts or vehicles, but feel welcome if you have any ideas.  Thanks, and sorry for the long post :).

My favorites so far:

Plo Koon
Mace Windu
Anakin Skywalker
Jango Fett
Dexter Jettster
Kit Fisto

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's good enough for me...The Goonies
« on: July 9, 2003, 03:30 PM »
I actually just got this movie on DVD for my birthday last week.  One of my favorites as a kid (and still now).  When I was a kid, I think Data was one of my favorites because of all of his "inventions", but I liked them all pretty much the same I guess.  As for a favorite line, there's some really good ones (like mentioned above), but for some reason, I've always found it hilarious when Sloth yells "heeeey yooooou guuuuuys" before doing the pirate rescue with Chunk.

This topic pertains to what ideas you might have for Hasbro to help make collectors happy again.  Although I know that distribution plays a MAJOR factor in many collectors' unhappiness, it seems like there is a pretty down feeling about the line lately...and I have also seen, in numerous threads, many people showing a lot more excitement and enthusiasm about other toy lines (myself included, I've really been into looking up info on Marvel Legends lately).  Anyways, besides the obvious problem of finding the figures, is there anything else you think Hasbro could do to make this line better, or to satisfy the majority (I think its impossible to satisfy all) of collectors/kids, etc.?  What makes the other lines that you collect or have thought about colleting more appealing, or what is Star Wars lacking for you at the moment?  Personally for me, I think the main part of it is not being able to find things, which is not totally Hasbro's fault probably.  I'm also not a big fan of action features, and after seeing some closer pictures lately, am really disappointed with the Jedi Luke coming out now...the action feature/pose really ruined it for me, although I haven't seen it in person.  Anyways, is there anything you are disappointed with, or just some areas you think could be improved upon.  I know some areas (action features, distribution) have been discussed to all ends before, but if there are any other opinions or ideas, feel free to post them :).  I was just curious what Hasbro could do to bring back the excitement, even though it will probably never be quite what it was in the vintage days, or around movie releases, etc.

Nice post JesseJames, and JediMAC, sorry if this is a redundant thread....I saw that thread as well, but wasn't sure if it belonged together or not....sorry if it did.  Relating to JesseJames' post, it seems a lot of people are really becoming disenchanted with the Star Wars line lately (specifically the 3 3/4" line).  Do you think it is mainly because no one can find anything, or that other toy line favorites (Marvel Legends, 21st Century, Muppets, MOTU, etc.) are doing more with their line that we think Star Wars (Hasbro) could do as well?  Personally, I'm a SW fan through and through, and I will always enjoy collecting the figures (unless they really start putting out some crap), but they do enough great figures to keep me interested....but, at the same time I can see some people's point....I haven't been quite as excited about Star Wars this year, and a lot of it may be due to the lack of product at you think it is something more....what is wrong with this line?  Maybe this deserves another thread...but I just thought I'd bring it up here.  Thanks for all the replies.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: July 9, 2003, 09:23 AM »
I saw this lineup yesterday as well, over at AFTimes (Julius Marx's column).  He also has an FAQ about Marvel Legends that is kind of a good read if you have the time.  Glad to hear about this lineup being confirmed, and Howard the Duck is definitely a surprise.  Can't wait to see pics next week, really looking forward to Colossus as well.

I was curious for those of you who collect multiple toy lines, which ones do you collect...and which get the most attention.  To be honest, I would probably only collect Star Wars if I (like many others) could find them on the shelves.  Due to the drought in SW stuff this year, I have been spending my money and time picking up the X-Men figures from the Marvel Legends line, as well as filling holes in my vintage SW loose collection.  Although I have always looked at other lines, I have tried to hold back because of money, and besides, SW is always my top priority and what I truly enjoy.  Have any of you picked up additional lines, which do you prefer, and why?  I have picked up Marvel Legends, mainly because they are amazing figures and I really like how they are done, but I have also thought about the Master of the Universe line (and I guess I also picked up a Snake Eyes from the GI Joe line, mainly for nostalgia purposes :)).  Just curious what other toy lines you enjoy, and why?

Watto's Junk Yard / Your Favorite Character in the Saga?
« on: July 8, 2003, 01:14 PM »
I'm sorry if this has been posted another time, I took a quick glance and didn't see anything recent, so I thought I'd start a thread.  My question is, who is your favorite character in this Star Wars world we all enjoy so much?  If you have troubles narrowing it down to one, list as many as you want, rank them in your preference, whatever you want to do.  I just thought it might be interesting to see everyone's favorites.  Mine are probably not all that "original", but here's my favorites:

1. Han Solo (all-time favorite, my fave as a kid, and it continues today)
2. Yoda (really close to my overall favorite, Attack of the Clones made him even cooler in my opinion)
3. Chewbacca (gotta like the Wookiee, plus, he's Han's homeboy) :P

Honorable mention to Luke (particularly in Jedi, I remember thinking he was pretty cool when I was a kid), as well as Boba Fett (not ultra original I know, but come on, he is pretty cool-looking) :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who actually "exercises," and how?
« on: July 8, 2003, 01:07 PM »
Nice topic!  Although my current job is totally not relating to it, I actually graduated with my bachelor's in Exercise Physiology/Nutrition, all that good stuff, so I actually stay on top of working out fairly good.  I have always been somewhat active, but mostly relied on sports in HS to stay in shape.  When I got to college, I moved on to more "exercise" as well as playing hoops.  I'm still involved in basketball leagues throughout the year, but also include weights/treadmill in my "routine".  My wife and I work out 5-6 days a week.  I kind of agree that it is hard to go to a gym, in the winter it seems too cold, and in the summer it seems too nice to not go for a walk or we basically do our working out at home.  We have a treadmill that we both use quite a bit, and a number of free weights that we both use as well.  My wife is also a bit of an exercise tape junkee, so we have a lot of those too, although I don't really use them, she enjoys them quite a lot.  We also take our dog for walks as much as we can when it is nice outside.  Although I'm not one of those super-energetic "yay everyone's working out" type of people you see on tv, it is nice to see so many people interested in getting in shape.  Once you get started, and do it on a consistent basis (having a supportive partner/friend helps too), it really becomes part of your regular routine I think.  Anything helps...always better than sitting around all day at work, then all night on the couch after work.  Like many of you have said, eating is key too....I think eating in moderation is a big thing...don't deprive yourself of stuff, but don't overdo it with it either.  My wife and I pretty much eat what we want, within reason, although we do avoid fast food for the most part (we do likes the occasional pizza :))...but that's easier for some than others, depending on your job, spouse/significant other, friends and lifestyle.  Anyways, best of luck to everyone with their fitness/health goals!  Not to sound cheezy, but you really will feel better and live longer :P.

Feedback / Re: Karma's feedback
« on: July 3, 2003, 08:18 PM »
Karen was able to help me out with getting a hold of the 1st Trash Compactor set with Han and Luke.  I have been looking for this for a long time, and she was able to find it and ship it to me in a matter of a couple of days.  A wonderful person to deal with, great communication, and prompt delivery! :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: New Hoth 4-pack!
« on: July 3, 2003, 11:34 AM »
I really like this 4-pack too, it will be nice to have some more OT figures, especially to go with the Hoth Han from this will help to make a nice Hoth setup.  I hope we can all find these :).

Saga '02-'04 / Preordering....
« on: June 30, 2003, 12:59 PM »
With us finally seeing some pics of more new stuff to come this year, it got me to thinking...those of you who preorder, do you just go ahead and preorder everything now, or do you "wait and see" if things will show up?  I still haven't seen anything new around here since December of 2002, and I know many others have had the same troubles, and I have preordered Hoth Han, Mynock Chewie, Throne Room Luke & Vader, the Youngling Packs, and the Snowtrooper from Kebco (as well as the Han/Yoda/Boba Unleashed wave and the upcoming 6" Yoda).  Anyways, I guess I always think "things will start showing up...maybe around the time Clone Wars come out", but I'm really starting to wonder anymore.  Have many of you ordered anything and everything that is up for preorder (up to the new Emperor, the Nightclub figures, and the Screen Scenes), or are you "waiting it out" to some extent?

Thanks so much for the reply Karma, I dropped you an e-mail this weekend, thanks again!

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