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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: June 4, 2009, 05:08 PM »
Those are some interesting numbers there Jeff, add in the 30 yr lease with the arena it's no wonder the Coyotes are in the position they are in.

Until the last 1+ seasons, the Blackhawks were consistently announcing crowds of 10-15k, when in fact they may have had 5k in attendance. There was a stretch of 2-3 years where the AHL's Wolves, our minor league team in a town called Rosemont not too far from O'Hare Airport, had consistently larger actual attendance numbers than the NHL's Blackhawks.

I don't have the stats to prove that since that kind of information is hush hush, but you could easily tell the stark difference in actual butts in the seats from watching the Wolves on TV and seeing highlights on the news for the Hawks (this is before home games were televised). So I wouldn't be surprised if other teams (not just in the NHL) are playing with the books when it comes to announcing attendance as it usually matters only how many tickets were sold to the teams.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Price range of Blue Snaggletooth?
« on: June 3, 2009, 11:57 PM »
That looks to be a good score there, nice job! I'd personally have reservations on buying a Blue Snaggletooth without seeing it in hand - it sounds like as if you're concerned as well. The picture looks good, but considering it was taken on a scanner bed it could be the lighting. Hopefully it will be as good as the picture makes out to be, cause you've a potentially great score here.

The Legacy Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists Discussion
« on: May 29, 2009, 04:46 PM »
I think to put the Tonnika sisters on the list is a waste of a space.  Hasbro has already mentioned, ad nauseaum, that they won't produce them! I'm also going to omit Ponda and Evazan because they all but confirmed them.

That's one change I forgot to make (and now edited) - it really seems like the chances of the Tonnika sisters is slim to none.  Like you mentioned, they've said several times that it isn't going to happen.

I'm of the thinking that these are still valid choices to suggest as Hasbro could still make these figures IF they were not to use the likenesses of the actresses. The headsculpts and any packaging material can be made such that they do not look like the actresses - we know Hasbro already does this as many times the headsculpts don't match the actors and they use stylized imagery for their packaging. Unless Lucasfilm puts the kabosh on this, I don't see any reason for Hasbro not making the figures so long as they don't resemble the actresses that played the characters. In fact you can go one step further, in EU the two women we see in the Cantina have been established as NOT being the Tonnika Sisters, but instead members of the Mistryl Shadow Guard. So in essence Hasbro could create a new look facial look for the sisters with the proper explanation in the bio.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2008 - 2009
« on: May 28, 2009, 07:39 PM »

I find it funny Detroit can't sell out their own arena considering their success.

IMaybe we can blame that on the economy too... in case you haven't heard, things aren't going so well in Detroit.  :-X

I've heard it said for some teams, including the Wings over the years, that fans expect so much out of a team come playoff time that they only go to the Finals - sort of a high expectation / self-entitlement thing I guess. I was in Detroit 2 weekends ago, just before Game 1 of the Hawks/Wings series, and the only tickets available were the high-end seats near the boards, way out of my price range. My guess would be that many of the "cheaper" seats are sold, but the pricier ones can still be had.

The thing about Versus not showing the handshakes pissed me off too, I like seeing that interaction after the game especially when there is someone like Kronwall who's number is going to be marked by the Hawks for a long time to come.

Some fans in Chicago are majorly disappointed about the end of the Hawks season, however I'm 100% satisfied with the way things turned out. They more than met expectations and this is the most successful year they've had in over a decade with nothing but bright futures ahead.

The Hawks motto this year was ONE GOAL - used to describe where as a team they wanted to be. First it was a winning record, then 100+ points, making the playoffs, then winning a playoff series. They not only did all of that, but got all the way to the Conference finals for the first time in 14 years. A great season to me and I can't wait for October.

And as a Blackhawks fan, my goal for the rest of the playoffs is to hope beyond hope that the Pens sweep the Wings in 4.  ;D

Vintage Kenner / Re: Price range of Blue Snaggletooth?
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:54 PM »
Yeah $60 is definitely good for Han Carb, I think that's what I got mine for.

eBay is also definitely the way to go for finding the current value of almost any collectible. It's always been my thinking (and this is how the price guides use to come up with their numbers) that a collectible's value is always set at what it most recently sold for. Unfortunately for Blue Snaggletooths that seems to be in the range of $100-$150 based on condition nowadays. Good luck!

In seeing Jayson's newly acquired Blue Snaggletooth, it got me thinking about how things have changed from my observations lately on pricing for this guy. A few years ago a pretty good condition Blue Snags would run between $100-$150, however lately I've seen junkers going for that price. I'm talking about figures where the blue jumpsuit is faded such that the torso and limbs do not match, almost no silver left on the boots, nicks and scratches on the hand and so on. It would seem to get a really quality Blue Snags could cost as much as $200. Am I seeing unique occurences or has there truly been a shift in the value for this guy?

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:51 PM »
Nice recent additions.

Jayson - Congrats on "completing" your loose vintage collection!

Corran - I really like the Vintage set up where you're showing those new vehicles.  Great stuff!

Thanks Matt and to everyone else for the comments. Putting all of my vintage back together for display really started my engines revving for more vintage fun.

Jayson - great score on the Blue Snags and Takara R2. The Snags looks especially pimp, I've been trying to find a nice one for a long time but I tend to find overpriced junkers mostly. Do you mind my asking where you were able to pick him up?


The Legacy Collection / Re: Defender Wishlists 2009: A New Hope
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:44 PM »
Well I was sorta 4 out of 10, my old #5 is going to be a Legends release for ESB, #6 is coming out with his ship, and #7 was released in a Battlepack....

1.) Grand Moff Tarkin (re-sculpt)
2.) Bom Vindin
3.) Wiosela Ponda Baba (re-sculpt)
4.) Dr. Evazan (re-sculpt)
5.) Chewbacca (re-release of the Early Bird sculpt in the basic line) Bannis Keeg
6.) Wedge Antilles (Super Articulated re-sculpt) Rebel Fleet Trooper (Super Articulated re-sculpt) - sorry JJ I forgot this one last year.  ???
7.) Imperial Officer with Black Tunic Imperial Scanning Technician (Super Articulated re-sculpt)
8 & 9.) Tonnika Sisters (Hasbro could still do these IF they were to use a different likeness, it's doable Big H!!)
10.) Han Solo Yavin Ceremony

It's getting harder and harder every year to think of new choices.

Vintage Kenner / Re: Latest vintage acquisition
« on: May 26, 2009, 11:04 PM »
It's been a while since I've posted my new vintage acquisitions but as I continue work on my new Collection Room I felt compelled to share some pics in an effort to try to get back into discussing vintage...

Labor Day weekend I picked up upgrades for my Bespin Security Guard (black), Nien Nunb, and AT-ST Drive from the Toy Vault in Rhode Island...

Then in April, I made a nice score at a local toy shop Quake Collectibles with a MIB Speeder Bike, MIB ESB Radar Laser Cannon, an empty box for the AST-5, the Sears exclusive Imperial Cruiser w/ box, and the Rebel Transport w/ yellow box. The Imperial Cruiser and Rebel Transport are in really good condition, though they aren't exactly complete as the Cruiser is missing the head restraints (soon to be rectified thanks to Delaton) and the Transport didn't have any of the backpacks or gas masks (easily obtainable)...

And then finally two weekends ago at the Motor City Comic-con I picked up three figure variants I've looking to get for some time, Brown Snake Yoda, Orange Emblem AT-AT Driver, and Green Hair General Madine....


The Legacy Collection / Re: A Death Star Playset?
« on: May 20, 2009, 11:55 PM »
Don't you just love how the uninformed on the interwebs will get all riled up in situations like this? This is almost as funny as when the picture was snapped!  Ahh good times, good times. ;D

I think it's a mock-up for a Death Star Piñata.   :P   :D

I think you hit the nail on the head!

Oooh do we get Stormtroopers and Death Squad Commanders when the DS breaks? Cause that would make for a great party favor!

The kill markings for Wedge's X-Wing is likely in homage to the Rogue Squadron comic books which showed the markings on the hull. They look similar to this set of markings I made years ago and hosted by Erik.

The Legacy Collection / Re: TLC "Scramble on Yavin" Battle Pack
« on: April 30, 2009, 05:48 PM »
Hah, I just knew you'd be able to answer that. It's uncanny really...  :D

The Legacy Collection / Re: TLC "Scramble on Yavin" Battle Pack
« on: April 30, 2009, 12:09 AM »
Just picked this set up this evening at Target ($22.99 pre-tax. $25.30 after tax) and even though the Battle Packs have gone up in cost, this set prices out just nicely. 3 figures + a mini rig at today's prices bought individually would have been at least $34+ pre-tax,  so the cost is just right. As is the set, it's the best Battle Pack ever in my opinion, the details on all the figures are high quality (sans Red Leader's short stature) especially the paint job on the R5, that's actually quite outstanding. And the Ryan Stiles figure looks to be a great base for future figures such as AT-ST Drivers, Imperial Techs, perhaps Rebel Fleet Troopers (JJ, being the RFT guru can they just slap on a new torso and call it a day here?). And the mini-rig cart is a fun toy, it doesn't look like much but its a well done piece. The only thing I'm left scratching my head about is the control handle on the cart. The packaging shows that its a longer piece and after checking Yakface's photoshoot of the set it appears they did shorten up the handle. I thought perhaps there was an add-on piece to extend it but no such piece found in the box. Did I miss it or was this just cut out? It does make the tech's positioning a bit off but nothing too horrible. I'm looking forward to picking up another of these sets down the road.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: LOST
« on: April 18, 2009, 08:23 PM »
After this week's episode I checked my various copies and sure enough Hugo Reyes is credited for the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back. The man is a GENIUS!! :D

The Vintage Collection / Re: Big Items of the Future!
« on: February 11, 2009, 01:44 PM »
And yes, I want my Tantive IV just like that.  I bought a chunk of land near my house specifically for it.  I expect it will come with the only release of a new Fleet Trooper, making army building impossible.  And he'll have a massive mullet sculpted on him which will blow.

BAHAHAHAHAHA! Good stuff!  :D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Battlestar Galactica
« on: January 16, 2009, 11:22 PM »
Oh my gawds, what an excellent episode to kick off the winter season.

Without giving anything away for those who haven't watched the episode yet, I will only say that though the summer season finale could have been a good way to end the series, continuing on as this ep did was outstanding. This episode was very powerful and emotional and I can't wait to see where it goes next and how they continue to unravel the mysteries of the show.

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