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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Summer Olympics
« on: August 5, 2004, 03:22 PM »
I prefer the Winter Games, but I will watch the summer games.

I too loathe any event with Judges.  That is not a sport, it is an exhibition.  Find a way to make these things more objective by use of speed/points/power and I will consider it a sport.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: August 5, 2004, 03:19 PM »
Cherokee: Female, Boxer, Fawn and Black.


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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Preseason '04
« on: August 5, 2004, 03:16 PM »
right on all counts...but tell me this how many quarter bags could Ricky's signing bonus buy?

As far as picks go, I think we should work some pre-season picks less of awho will win/who won't" and more of an injury predictions.  Like how many starting QB's don't get to start the regular season due to injury, you could almost go down the list of the "skilled" positions and set the over and under.  

But like y'all said  I don't want to make predictions till we know who else is going to retire, smoke dope, get hurt or become a cap casualty.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Preseason '04
« on: August 5, 2004, 10:20 AM »
wow I wanted the Cowboys to have a new QB, but I was hoping it would be a little less Dramatic.

IF IF IF it is a drug related reason then I applaud the Jerry and Bill for finally having the guts (as an owner and coach not them personally) to do something like cut the starting QB.


Makes me feel a little better about the Eddie George signing.  After Vinnie gets hurt in game 3, Drew Henson is gonna have to have somebody to hand it off to.


I'm still optimistic about the season, but guarded optimism...

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in keeping with making the OT fit the PT, there isn't a chance that GL will make the bridge crews of all the Star Destroyers look like Jango Fett to is there?

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: August 3, 2004, 08:47 AM »
I think the missing 14th point is probably waist articulation.  Look at all the pics available over at GH or in the couple magazines that have pics and the wrist looks articulated but the waist is one that I just can't tell.

I'd rather have 14 points like Han, but I can live with lost waist articulation more than I can tolerate only one wrist.  I'm still buying 15-20 of them either way.


This is the picture that makes me think both wrists are articulated:
http://www.galactichunter.com/photo.asp?image=absolutenm/articlefiles/3167-votc3_01.jpg

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ok next time I'll read the whole text first, Hasbro says waist is articulated and they never lie......I still think that pic on GH makes it look like both wrists are articulated.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 31, 2004, 10:08 AM »



I call this one Sumo-Luke


And for my pal Jesse (I couldn't find my speeder bikes so I had to substitute the Taun Taun)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 30, 2004, 08:30 PM »
I hate to double post, but this info seemed worth it...

I got the VOTC Luke today at KB and when I opened it, I noticed that he can do a very Jean Claude Van Damme-esque Splits.  

It appears his legs at the hips are able to "Spread".

A very cool piece of articulation that I don't think I've seen anybody mention.

Did Luke spend the entire first movie as a Mouthbreather?  Why do all renditions of him lately show his teeth?  Is he that bucky and I didn't notice?

Something else that is striking is the height difference between Luke and Han.  And Leia is even shorter than Luke.  It looks odd just because I guess I've never seen them done truly to scale before (if they are indeed more correct this time around)

I'll try to get some pics of Luke Van Damme , but somebody will have to tell me how to post them.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2004-2005
« on: July 30, 2004, 12:40 PM »
It is also the first time that the Big XII has had so few teams in the Top 25.  Usually 5 or 6 are in the pre-season poll and this year it is just 4.

And what 5 coaches/writers thought Texas A&M should be in the top 25?  Dennis Franchione and who????????Maybe he a Paterno made a pact since Penn State's 3-9 team got votes too.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Vintage OTC Figures
« on: July 30, 2004, 11:10 AM »
I am going to go broke Army building that Stormtrooper.

Can anybody tell if his head is on the ball post like some of the other VOTC?  I was thinking a Han Solo in VOTC Stormtrooper Custom would be easy to do.

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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
1C3P0
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.

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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.

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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?

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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.  


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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...

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