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Saga '02-'04 / Saga after retail - eBay prices
« on: November 3, 2005, 12:15 PM »
You know how it is with eBay: every once in a while some item goes for a lot, and it leaves me scratching my head, thinking "was this figure really hard to find?"

Like Maul here: $26.00

So - was this hard to find? 

I want to type in an article from the March 14th Wall Street Journal, yet it looks like I'll have to finish it later. This article compares product for Batman, Fantastic Four, and Start Wars.  Here's a little part:

"In contrast, hasbro's planned line of "Star Wars" toys is "tighter" than in years past, says Brian Goldner, president of Hasbro's U.S. toys group. Over the past three decades, consumer retail sale of "Star Wars" - related toys, video games, clothes, shoes and other goods have topped $9 billion, making "Star Wars" one of the most successful movie related merchandise franchises ever, says Howard Roffman, president of Lucasfilm Ltd.'s licensing arm.

Lucasfilm executives expect retail sales of $1.5 billion or more for all kinds of merchandise from the coming movie, compared with $2 billion for "Episode I - The Phantom Menace," released in 1999, and $1.2 billion in retail sales three years later for "Episode II - Attack of the Clones." Believing they may have lost potential sales as a result of too little "Attack of the Clones" merchandise, they plan to ship more goods this time around, says Mr. Roffman.

The new "Star Wars" line is segmented for specific consumer groups, including collectors, young children, and tweens and teens. Action figures for the youngest fans feature bigger hands and feet, which make them easier to handle and play with. But many of the new products are aimed at so-called tweens, defined as kids from about eight to 12 years old, and even at young teens - age groups that seem to have left action-figure play far behind."

More of this later.

Interesting about the expectations.

I recorded this from the History channel show, and put it up here:

This file is giant. Its a DVD quality mpeg2, so it will take a while to download.  I've re-encoded it, but it always turns out too pixelated or full of artifacts.  (I used the womble editor).  I'd like to quickly re-encode it to make it more download friendly.  Any know of a tool good for this? (MPEG2 -> MPEG1).

Newbies / So here's where everyone is
« on: June 23, 2003, 03:42 PM »
Hey All,

I recognize a lot of folks from the Rebelscum, and its good to find the familiar names here.  If I don't know you, let me introduce myself.  Xander's a name from Buffy fame.

As for Star Wars, I continue to collect modern figures, and I'm slowly buying up some Vintage items. I started reading the Dark Horse comics not too long ago, and I read some books here and there.  Oh yeah, I like watching the movies too.

Sorry if it looks like I'm lurking a lot, but I may keep this site minimized and check it throughout the day.  I still want to keep up with you guys and your collections.  See you around!

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