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30th Anniversary Collection / 2008 Rumors and Speculation
« on: April 6, 2007, 07:44 PM »
Here's where the fun begins...

There's more over at GH...

Jawa with WED 15 Droid
Tusken Raider (Jundland Wastes)
Tatooine Creature Pack (Jabba’s Palace)
Yarna d’al’ Gargan
Tiree (Rebel Y-Wing Pilot)
Hobbie (Rebel Pilot)
Arvel Crynyd (Rebel A-Wing Pilot)
Ak-Rev Weequay Drummer
Sgt. Doallyn
BG-J38 (see our cool pimp of this figure right here!)
Danz Borin
Kal Fas (Saurin)
Ewok w/ Woklings
Ewok (2 Pack)

30th Anniversary Collection / Your Loyalty?
« on: April 4, 2007, 01:49 PM »
Over the weekend I was really steaming ay Hasbro for shortpacking the Concept Stormtrooper.  It occured to me, that as a company, I really don't like Hasbro.  While they've made some great toys and figures over the years, their treatment of collectors has always been questionable.

Then I figured that if someone else was making 3 3/4 SW Figures, I would drop Hasbro in a minute.  My loyalty is to Star Wars, not Hasbro.  What about you?

30th Anniversary Collection / TOY FAIR 2007
« on: December 27, 2006, 08:42 PM »
So, is 2007's Toy Fair going to be really good?  Or are all of the figures going to leak the week before making Toy Fair a bit redundant?

I'm hoping to see most, if not all of the the McQuarrie figs.  That's what I'm most excited about this year. I'm also wondering about some video game tie-in stuff that Hasbro was talking about for 07.  I'm wondering if that's happening in the fall...only time will tell!

Any thoughts?

30th Anniversary Collection / Best, Oldest Figure?
« on: September 25, 2006, 09:22 PM »
I've been buying current Hasbro figures since 1995.  Many of the earlier figures are sub-par compared to what is being made today.  However, there were some good ones from back then.  What is the oldest figure that you display with your current figures? Who holds up the best?

I have to vote for Ackbar and Ree-Yees. Any thoughts?

30th Anniversary Collection / Luke Snowspeeder Concept...
« on: August 30, 2006, 11:32 PM »
I’ve been trying to figure out economical ways for Hasbro to get two figures out of one basic sculpt, and some added pieces.  Hope you like it.

The first figure would be a well-articulated Luke Skywalker: Snowspeeder Pilot.
He would come with a grappling hook/gun, grenades, and a lightsaber.  His helmet would
be removable.  Underneath the helmet would be “Thermal Hood”

The second figure, released six months later would be Luke Skywalker: Dagobah Landing.  The first figures’ fore arms would be replaced with gloveless sleeves.  He would have an added gun belt with holster, like Garindan.  He would come with a blaster, crate, lantern and lightsaber. Underneath the removable helmet, the head would be a traditional Luke head.  He would have a very dirty, muddy paint job.

Watto's Junk Yard / My Star Wars Illustrations...
« on: August 30, 2006, 11:12 PM »

I hope that no one minds if I point some people to my Star Wars Illustrations.  The "Fan Art" boards aren't visited too often.  I hope you like the work.---Mike

Fan Art / My New Illo Style...
« on: August 30, 2006, 10:01 PM »

I've been working as a full time illustrator for the last 12 years.  I've been developing a new "digital collage" style lately, and have decided to focus on Star Wars as subject matter.  There will be more of these soon.  Hope you like them.---Mike

There's a big article on merchandising Star Wars at The Wall Street Journal, here was the most interesting figure related news...

"Fans will get answers next year when Lucasfilm Ltd. releases a videogame based on that unexploited time in the "Star Wars" continuum. With razzle-dazzle effects, the game will be the main platform for an accompanying line of action figures and vehicles from longtime "Star Wars" partner Hasbro Inc. to be released next year. A print and television advertising campaign will precede the game launch, piggybacking on the 30th anniversary of the franchise."

30th Anniversary Collection / Ultra Line in 2007?
« on: August 11, 2006, 04:58 PM »
Lando the Scoundrel and I got talking the other night that there seems to be some big "pieces" coming out next year.  The rumored tower for the Rebel Sentry, the confirmed U-Shaped bar piece and the confirmed Moisture Vaporator.

I wonder if there is a Ultra/Deluxe type line coming also?  It might explain some of the sizable accesories.  Thoughts?

BTW, I'm sorry about all the 2007 posts, but I am so totally bored with what Hasbro is releasing in the fall. Repaint after repaint after repaint...

I'm trying to stay interested by focusing on next year.

30th Anniversary Collection / 2007 Basic Figure List
« on: August 10, 2006, 12:35 AM »
I know it's early, but I thought I'd give this a start.  I'm not sure what the official numbers will be, but I'll start here...

1. Galactic Marine
2. Airbourne Trooper
3. Lava Miner
4. McQuarrie Stormtrooper

Plus we know there will be 7 other Concept figures and the the Yavin Wave.  Anything else that's  confirmed that I'm forgetting?

30th Anniversary Collection / San Diego Comic-Con 2006
« on: July 19, 2006, 10:43 PM »
Not sure when the photos will start coming in, but I thought I'd open up this thread for all the Comic-Com related stuff.  See ya soon.

30th Anniversary Collection / 30th Anniversary Cards?
« on: July 1, 2006, 09:06 PM »
It seems that the cards will go through another change for the "30th Anniv. Line" next year.  I think that this is the first time that I am not looking forward to a card change.  I think the current ones are perfect.  I couldn't ask for better cards.
I'm wondering if the card will somehow incorporate the original Tom Jung poster.  That might be very cool, but also very ANH-centric.

What does everyone think they'll do next year?

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Can Sculpey be baked twice?
« on: April 10, 2006, 04:56 PM »
The title kinda says it all.  I want to build something that could benefit from pieces being added on to a strong foundation, and baking it twice was an idea.  Any thoughts?

Saga Collection '06 / Most Dialogue/No Fig
« on: April 8, 2006, 12:46 PM »
Which character in any of the six films, that has not been made into a figure, has the most dialogue?

I'm sure some of the Padme costumes might be the obvious pick, but what about beyond Padme?

Saga Collection '06 / Figure Release Schedule?
« on: March 28, 2006, 09:30 PM »
Imagine that you knew exactly what day new figures would be released, and that you'd be able to find them on that day, what would everyone's dream figure release schedule be?  One figure a week?  25 figures twice a year?

I would love to see five new figures released the same day each month.  To me that would be a perfect amount to keep me jazzed all year.

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