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I made strong mention of that exact point to one of the top Hasbro reps down at Comic Con last week Paul, and his answer was basically "tough $h!t."  He didn't care in the slightest, and when I asked if the Stormtrooper might ever be available at a cheaper price point and/or in greater quantities or in army building sets, he said "NO WAY," and reiterated the "tough $h!t" part.  This guy could've seriously used a refresher course in dealing with their fans and customers.  Very poor customer relations.  Very poor.  The other Hasbro fellas were at least respectful, and acknowledged some of my (the collector's) concerns.  They should've just left this other guy back at the Hasbro HQ though...

I had some mention of that in the post the first time I wrote it but I didn't want to get too off into that, because it gets preachy and makes me like the hobby less.  And how if I ran my business like they run theirs, I'd be out of business (in my best H. Ross Perot voice)

As of today I now have the following cases pre-ordered:(again Ent Earth's case breakdowns not)

Wave 2.5
1 Lando
1 Vader
1 Yoda
1 Obi Wan
1 Leia
1 Luke
1 Han

And 2x Wave 3

2x Boba Fett
1x Chewbacca
1x R2D2
2x Stormtrooper
1x Lando
1x Darth Vader

So bascially when all my orders are done, all I'll have extra is Fetts.  Since for the first time EVER I am going to keep some figures carded (maybe)

That just leaves me with finding 6 VOTC Stormtroopers at retail.  Since 2005 is looking like the year of the Prequel, I'll have a ton of extra SW money to spend them.

That is part of the whole puzzle with this thing.  He is listed as part of Wave 1....but Wave 1.5 is the one that is shipping out to retailers and e-tailers.  I have a feeling the original Wave 1 may be a casualty and just get written off.

And the case breakdowns I am using are from Ent Earth, I don't know if they are more or less accurate than any others.

Originally I had planned to just buy one or two of each case (this was back when only Wave 1 was being advertised at Ent Earth so it seemed that each case would be 2 of each new figure per wave...) With Wave 3 now being offered (though I think I ordered it on July 7th from them)

Here are the breakdowns and totals:
Wave 1

2x Han Solo,
3x Luke Skywalker,
2x Obi-Wan Kenobi
1x Princess Leia

Wave 1.5

3x Han Solo,
3x Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
2x Princess Leia

Wave 2

2x Darth Vader - Empire Strikes Back (NEW),
2x Yoda - Empire Strikes Back (NEW),
2x Han Solo - A New Hope,
2x Luke Skywalker - A New Hope

Wave 2.5

1x Lando Calrissian - Empire Strikes Back (NEW)
1x C-3P0 - Empire Strikes Back (NEW),
1x Darth Vader - Empire Strikes Back,
1x Yoda - Empire Strikes Back,
1x Han Solo - A New Hope,
1x Luke Skywalker - A New Hope,
1x Obi-Wan Kenobi - A New Hope,
1x Princess Leia - A New Hope

Wave 3

2x Boba Fett - Return of the Jedi (NEW),
1x R2-D2 (NEW),
1x Chewbacca (NEW),
2x Stormtrooper (NEW),
1x Lando Calrissian - Empire Strikes Back,
1x Darth Vader - Empire Strikes Back

If you bought one of each case

8x Han Solo
6x Luke Skywalker
6x Obi Wan Kenobi
4x Pricness Leia
4x Darth Vader
3x Yoda
2x Lando
2x Boba Fett
2x Stormtrooper
1x Chewbacca
1x C-3P0
1x R2-D2

So I am going to be calling EE today and dropping more than half my orders. (sadly I've already paid shipping on a couple of them)

Looking at the patterns, I would assume we'll see a Wave 3.5 but I doubt the Stormtrooper or Chewbacca will see more than 2 figures a piece in it.  

Army building that Stormtrooper is gonna be tuff.  It just doesn't seem like they are being produced in equal numbers like Hasbro mentioned at the beginning of this whole thing.

Any thoughts or insights?

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 25, 2004, 09:22 AM »
I like most of you have seen less than a dozen "kids" buying SW stuff since 1995.  I doubt they get the as gifts much either because there isn't much available in Dec usually.

it is a good thing there will be no OTC stuff in 2005, I'll need a rest after paying blood prices for VOTC Stormtroopers.  I will gamble that they are telling the truth about not repacking them.  Wait have I fallen for their trap now?

Another point on the "Kids" aspect.  If the Kids are so much of their focus why are they at Comic Con and not at TRU getting a "Focus group".  Saying Kids drive the SW market is like saying Kids drive the "Hot Wheels" market.

Really makes me sad that they have the license till 2018.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: July 23, 2004, 03:02 PM »
This is not entirely movie related, but I found it interesting that the Reuters writer keyed into the fact that the movie was not showing within 30 miles of Crawford.  Crawford is as big as a postage stamp and they probably have to go all the way to Temple or Waco to get any decent groceries or to go to Wal Mart.  

I suspect the small town will be overwhelmed.  Rob, take all the food you think you will need with you.  Take a ton of OFF with DEET.  The last major stop is Waco.  In fact I think the last decent hotel is in Waco too.  I'd bet the media types are going to take all the good ones and I don't know if I would want to sleep on the ground Woodstock style out there.

Another thing I read was that the President was going to spend the time of the Democratic National Convention at Crawford, so who knows, he might accept the invite and bring a lawnchair and a cooler full of Pabst and join y'all.  Oh yeah, I think Waco's dry.  So if you want any of the good stuff, take it with you.

And politics aside, any movie theater owner who is short sighted enough not to show a "controverisal" movie or whatever their excuse is, is in my opinion crazy.  Look at what this thing has banked so far.  (And everybody knew it would whether they admit it or not)  Both sides of the political fence flock to see it, some mulitiple times.  It is a guaranteed profit center.  That being said I have to admit to having not gone to see it yet.  I was hoping Rob might video tape it for me when he goes to Crawford...

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2004-2005
« on: July 21, 2004, 10:18 PM »
Ah yes, by looking at the schedule,  I can firmly believe that my Texas Tech Red Raiders will have high hopes, win 7 and be in a Pre-New Years Eve Bowl in either Shreveport or Houston.  And I can live with that. Heck we can probably be 4-0 going into the OU game.  Probably have a QB that throws for more yards than most teams travel and gets ZERO Heisman consideration.

Sat 09/04/2004 SMU Dallas, Texas   TBA
Sat 09/11/2004 New Mexico Albuquerque   TBA
Sat 09/18/2004 TCU Lubbock, Texas Fox Sports Net 11:30 a.m.
Sat 09/25/2004 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Fox Sports Net 2:30 p.m.
Sat 10/02/2004 Oklahoma Norman, Okla.   TBA
Sat 10/09/2004 Nebraska Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 10/23/2004 Texas Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 10/30/2004 Kansas St Manhattan, Kan.   TBA
Sat 11/06/2004 Baylor Lubbock, Texas   TBA
Sat 11/13/2004 Texas A&M College Station, Texas   TBA
Sat 11/27/2004 Oklahoma St Lubbock, Texas TBA TBA

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: fahrenheit 9/11
« on: July 21, 2004, 10:13 PM »
I mentioned this to KBZ earlier today I thought it would make for a good road trip for some of the members.

Coming soon to a bedsheet or TV

By Bud Kennedy

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

What do the Texas cities of Alpine, Greenville, Seguin and Sherman have in common?


This is tough to believe, but Greenville doesn't have a Dairy Queen.

What Greenville and all those other cities do have, though, is Fahrenheit 9/11.

But not Waco.

Waco is larger. But up to now, it has been a Fahrenheit-free zone.

Filmmaker Michael Moore's political broadside against President Bush will finally open Friday in suburban Woodway, its first showing anywhere near his McLennan County ranch.

The movie will come even closer Aug. 14, when peace activists plan to show it on a bedsheet in the front yard of a house in Crawford.

Until now, the nearest Fahrenheit theater has been 40 miles away in Temple. A small movie house in a mall there has the only showings between Fort Worth and Pflugerville, north of Austin.

The idea for the Crawford show started when Waco Tribune-Herald columnist John Young wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter asking Moore to send a DVD for Fahrenheit-deprived fans to watch on a big-screen TV somewhere -- "if it's not a football weekend."

Moore offered to come to show the movie if someone would provide "the sheet and the barn."

The activists camped in Crawford took him up on the idea. They're already thinking about moving the event to the high school football stadium, which might give a whole new meaning to the term "political football."

Now, a Central Texas clash is about to unreel. All because until now no Waco theater has been showing the movie.

Love it or hate it, Fahrenheit is closing in on "blockbuster" movie earnings. It was showing on 2,004 screens nationwide last week and has brought in $93.8 million, meaning it is holding up better than Anchorman or Dodgeball.

I haven't rushed out to see it. From what I've read, Moore argues a few valid points and takes a lot of gleeful cheap shots.

But America has survived 16 years of radio hosts turning politics into showbiz. We can handle one movie.

At least one prominent Waco Democrat is uneasy about the Crawford showing.

State Rep. Jim Dunnam, leader of the Texas House Democrats who bailed for the Oklahoma border during a rumble last year in the Texas Legislature, said he thinks that Fahrenheit is "thought-provoking" and that showing it in Waco is a great idea -- but maybe not at a showboating peace event in Crawford.

"I think that'll detract from the experience for people who just want to go and watch the movie," he said by phone Monday from his law office. "Both sides will create a furor over this. It's unnecessary."

Johnny Wolf, owner of the Crawford Peace House, said Moore's crews visited there when they were scouting scenes.

The movie's message is the same as peace activists', he said.

"I understand that the Democrats have their issues," said Wolf, 49, owner of a business near Dallas that builds stage sets and props. "But if they had been doing their job against the war all along, we wouldn't have the mess we have today."

The movie is regularly selling out a 98-seat auditorium in Temple. News reports brought business from as far away as the northern suburbs of Austin, said Tony Delgado, manager of the Premiere Cinema 12.

One couple drove from Midland, apparently not knowing that Fahrenheit is now showing in Abilene, Odessa and San Angelo. Not to mention Alpine.

"People stop and thank us for running the movie," Delgado said. The sellouts don't reflect criticism of Bush, he said. "The people are smart moviegoers. They know it's just a movie."

A vice president of the Big Spring-based Premiere Cinemas said that if Moore wants to promote the movie near Bush's ranch, he should do it in Temple.

"I'm not sure what he would accomplish" in Crawford, Joel Davis said. "I would think he'd want his movie shown in a proper venue."

After Fahrenheit hit No. 1 the first week, Lions Gate and IFC Films expanded distribution into cities such as Amarillo and Wichita Falls. Outside Texas, it's showing in towns such as Ponca City, Okla.; Russellville, Ark., and Mandeville, La.

In Greenville, northeast of Dallas, theater owner Loyd Brigance said the movie isn't doing much business there.

"Ten, 12 people at a time," he said gruffly.

"Most of the folks who come are disappointed. They expected to see a movie. All this does is bash the president."

If Greenville is big enough to offer Fahrenheit as an option for moviegoers to cheer or ignore, why did it take so long to get to Waco?

Waco's a big city. It has 10 Dairy Queens.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 12, 2004, 08:01 PM »
Did anybody else notice that Leia doesn't have pegholes for her feet?

I can pretty much agree with Jesse on his assessments.  I too was really hoping she'd have her blaster.

Han Solo is the Ultimate Star Wars figure in the Modern line for me now.  I am just hoping enough can be found for a custom Bespin or Endor version.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: It's a girl!!!
« on: July 5, 2004, 10:56 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 2, 2004, 08:59 AM »

Happy Birthday to her today....even though my local news station claims that there is some rumor that she is actually 23.....

The Original Trilogy / Re: Rebel Uniforms
« on: June 30, 2004, 09:05 PM »
ok not exactly Uniform related, but is the RFT blaster the same one used by the Death Star Trooper in ANH?

Ok here is a Uniform you think Lando's Uniform is typical of a Rebel Flight General?  Or is he a "peacock" ala the flamboyance of most young generals of the American Civil Custer or Stuart...





Sail Barge I'd probably pay $100

Cloud City $70-150 depending on size

Death Star $75-100 also depending on size

I know these may seem like high numbers to some of you, but now that my 3 year old daughter has discovered the "Pink" Aisle at TRU, I noticed that the Barbie Dream House is $159 and the Dream Castle is even more.    I bet those things are impossible to find around Christmas time, that being said, I don't buy into the whole "Nobody will buy it" crap that Hasbro puts out.  If you don't OVER-produce it, you won't lose money.  If Mattel can make it work, surely Hasbro can.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: June 29, 2004, 09:42 PM »
The arm on Lando worries me, if it is not able to be moved out of that position, then it is just a POTJ version with a different sculpt.........

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: AFI 100
« on: June 23, 2004, 05:58 PM »
These are all that I've seen.  And I guess it shouldn't come as a shock then that I disagree with about 60% of the AFI list.  

6.WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
15.STAR WARS (1977)
48.JAWS (1975)
71.FORREST GUMP (1994)
83.PLATOON (1986)
89.PATTON (1970)
95.PULP FICTION (1994)

Watto's Junk Yard / Necessary Evils
« on: June 20, 2004, 10:10 AM »
I tried to make sure this wasn't a duplicate topic so if it is I apologize....

After spending the better part of yesterday cleaning out the garage, I came up with a point to ponder with my JediDefender buddies.....

What is your number 1 necessary evil?  I mean that one thing that annoys you to no end, but you have to have.

Maybe it was just the setting of where I came up with the idea, but here is mine....

Packing Peanuts...the little foam pellets that most people use to pack stuff when they ship it.  No matter how careful one is, they will always Spill, Fall out or otherwise escape from the package and since I order 90% of my figures online, then  I end up with a ton of these things. They don't Sweep up well, they have no other uses (for me).

Anybody else have one?

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