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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 10, 2004, 07:13 PM »
I was killing a few minutes at work before a meeting this morning and must have really lucked out.  They must have just opened the site up for business (this was around 9:15 ET) because I didn't encounter any glitches, slow transfers, or congestion whatsoever.  I was able to get in, get out, and get what I wanted (Indy Kermit) with no problems whatsoever.  Then again, I was hoping to go back and browse around, but the site was down by the time I got home from work.  You'd think Hasbro was the group behind this, what with the underestimating demand and all.   :P

One thing I was curious about was the shipping rates and what shipper they will use.  I was charged 4.95 for the Kermit to be shipped, and in my confirmation email it said I would be sent a tracking number once it went out.  But, like an idiot, I forgot to see who would be shipping it.  If it is USPS, I'm really worried, since they've already lost my power bill this week...please let it be UPS, let it be UPS. ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: StarWarsShop.com
« on: March 9, 2004, 07:00 PM »
From the list of items I've seen, the only thing I'm really interested in (or that I can actually-probably-afford) is the Indy Kermit figure.  I grew up on the Muppets and I love the Indy films, so this is like fanboy heaven for me.  My main concern is that this will be a very limited item like the other Palisades Muppet con exclusives; you would think that LFL would order a lot, as it's sure to be one of the hotter items tomorrow, but if I've learned anything in my years of collecting, it's that people always either over-estimate or under-estimate demand.

I just want my Kermit figure!  Is that so wrong? :D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Evil Dead Fans, I need your help!
« on: March 9, 2004, 06:57 PM »
CinemaAddiction, re: the Evil Dead II:  the disc in the tin and the disc in the keepcase are the exact same thing, actually.  The only difference is in the packaging, and I believe that the tin also came with some mini-lobby cards of some sort as a bonus.  Plus, as always with Anchor Bay's interesting packaging, the tin was very limited, meaning it's near impossible to find at retail these days.

Even though AOD is my least favorite of the three (and I'm not even that fond of it as a whole, really), I'd really like to see the transfer from the R3 version show up here in the US sometime in the next few years.  


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Evil Dead Fans, I need your help!
« on: March 7, 2004, 07:12 PM »
I was just perusing the archives and noticed nobody had replied to you about this RT, so here you go, some five months later. :)

Basically, with "Evil Dead" the best version to get if you just want the movie itself is the single disc Anchor Bay SE released in 2002.  It has all the extras included on the "Book of the Dead" set (although some of them aren't accessible through the menu; you have to manually enter the title numbers; if you'd like, I'll do some digging to see if I can find the info on how to access them) but at about a third of the original retail price.  I see this at Wal-Mart on a regular basis for just under 15 dollars.  If I'm not mistaken, the BOTD version is out of print now and the SE has all the material it has anyway, so unless you're wanting the packaging (which admittedly, is extremely cool), I'd say to go for the 15 dollar SE.

As you noted, there's only one version of Evil Dead II available at this point and it's actually quite good.  The transfer is the best I've ever seen the film look and the commentary is easily one of the funniest and most entertaining I've ever heard on any DVD.  This one is fairly cheap these days as well, and is well worth picking up.  It's my favorite of the three films and my favorite of all the DVDs done of the trilogy.

"Army of Darkness" is a film that I'm still not as fond of as the other two.  That said, the best version of the film can be found on the two-disc "Boomstick" version.  It is actually just a repackaging of the Anchor Bay THX version and the "Bootleg" (also released previously as the "Director's Cut") version in one two-disc package.  Disc one is the theatrical version and only has a trailer, the alternate "future" ending, and a short (30 minute) documentary on the making of the film.  The second disc (the "Bootleg"/"Director's Cut") has a version of the film that is about 15 minutes longer, a commentary track with Bruce, Sam, and Ivan Raimi, and a few deleted scenes.  If you get the "Boomstick" version, you've got everything that has been released before.  Anchor Bay just keeps changing the names and artwork for reissues and what not.

That being said, the transfer on the "Bootleg"/"Director's Cut" disc is horrible at times.  They used some really dodgy sources (often video dailies) for some of the added scenes and it looks like a tenth generation bootleg VHS copy at times.  Plus, and this is just my opinion, the film works better with the S-Mart ending and at the shorter theatrical run time.  Your mileage may vary, though. :)  AOD's European distributor actually released a DVD of the Director's Cut with a pristine transfer (apparently they had the original source material on film whereas AB/Universal US didn't), so with AB's history of releasing this title over and over, it wouldn't surprise me if yet another version of AOD is coming in the next few years with the improved transfer.

So, to sum up, if you're keeping score, here's how I would go with the discs:

Evil Dead: Anchor Bay SE (2002) in keepcase
Evil Dead II: Anchor Bay SE (2001) in keepcase
Army of Darkness: Anchor Bay Boomstick Edition (2003)

Hope that helps you out and sorry it was so late in coming! :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Yavin Wave
« on: March 7, 2004, 04:49 PM »
It's actually been really dry here as far as basic figures go since late December.  We got one case of the Hoth wave at a local Wal*Mart around that time, and one case of the Yavin wave at the same WM in early February, but other than that, the only things that we get are metric tons of those Collection 1 and 2 2003 repack cases.  I've yet to see even the remnants of the Tatooine and Jabba's Palace waves around here, and from what I gather, a lot of people are having these same problems.  Stores are just not stocking stuff right now (except, again, for those damned repack cases) and when they do stock, they only get a case and it's months before they restock.

I don't know if I'd be worried just yet, because it's only the first part of the year, but I'm actually more worried about the waves that aren't even out yet.  With the focus switching to the OTC this summer/fall, Saga is pretty much going the way of the dodo.  Which means that finding the Endor wave is probably going to be really difficult since it will be the last wave of Saga ever done.  I've yet to see any comments on any of this year's Saga figures being reissued on the OTC cards (although it would be easy considering everyone this year is from the OT), so I'm a bit worried myself that this could turn into another tail-end of Episode I situation all over again.

Feel free to ignore anything I say though, as I'm extremely paranoid.  :)

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Ultra Kamino Obi-Wan and Jango (Recarded)
« on: March 7, 2004, 04:39 PM »
Obi-Dad: the bases for Obi-Wan and Jango do indeed fit together.  Jango's base comes in three pieces: the "flip stand", the column (which is telescoping), and the column base.  The flip stand attaches to the front of the column base to make one big base for Jango.

The Obi-Wan's "base" is also in two parts: the column, and the column base.  There is a "hook" in Obi-Wan's column base that fits nicely into a notch on the side of Jango's column base.  So, when you get them both, they do fit together to make one (slightly) large Kamino base with two separate columns.

I'd also like to alleviate some concerns I had before I was able to locate these last year (through an online retailer): Jango's "flipping" action does work quite well and his magnets are strong enough to let him catch onto the column easily and quickly.  It's a very cool action and is miles ahead of the crappy "this takes practice" approach of the Force Flipping Deluxe Jedi from the Episode II launch in 2002.  So, in essence, for once, the action feature Hasbro included actually does work like it's supposed to. :)

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12" Figures / Re: 12" Nute Gunray
« on: March 1, 2004, 07:27 PM »
This was, as previously posted, supposed to have been part of the last two waves of Episode I 12" dolls in the spring of 2000.  Unfortunately, they dropped Ody Mandrell in favor of Pilot Anakin and Nute and Palpy were dropped completely.  I remember seeing a prototype head of Ody a few years ago but I've yet to see the first bit of photographic evidence on either Nute or Palpy.  Pity, too, as Palpatine has become my favorite character due to the prequel trilogy so far.  Has anyone ever seen photos of these two toys, prototype, painted sample, finished sample, etc?

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Power of the Force 2 / Re: Opinions on Rebo Band and Rancor
« on: March 1, 2004, 07:19 PM »
Kind of off-topic, but I just wanted to prepare myself for this, as it seems to be widespread among the population here: is there anything that can be done to tighten the Rancor's joints once they start to loosen?  I've had mine posed on a shelf in the crouching position grabbing at Luke since I got it, so all of its forward weight has been balanced on one of the claws.  All this talk about joint loosening though has me nervous, so I was curious if anyone knew of any preventative measures to take care of it.

As for the Rebo Band two-packs, I thought that the Droopy/D'an and Max/Doda two packs were really nice.  For some reason though, the plastic on the Joh Yowza figure just seemed really cheap to me; it didn't seem to have much weight to it at all and seemed poorly sculpted in comparison to the other Rebo figures.  Sy was okay, but I'd have preferred the OOT version over the SE version myself.  "Lapti Nek" forever! :)

That being said, I'm also curious to know how distro was in everyone's areas on the Rebo band packs.  Where I was at the time was overrun with the Sy/Joh and Droopy/D'an packs and we never saw the Max/Doda pack at all within a 100 mile radius.  I ended up having to buy them (thankfully at cost) from someone on rasscm back in the day, but to this day I've never seen one at retail.  I was just curious if everyone else had this same difficulty.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Did Obi-Wan spot Jango's Armor?
« on: March 1, 2004, 03:31 PM »
I always got the impression that Obi-Wan *suspected* it was the same guy but wasn't sure until Jango started to be evasive with his questions.  I watched the film last night and there is a moment where Obi-Wan visibly leans to his left to look over Jango's shoulder at the armor, but Jango actually moves out of the way to give Obi-Wan a better look before telling Boba to shut the door.  Odd.

That said, another thing I noticed (or didn't notice, as the case may be) was that the shot of Jango flying off into the sky after he "darts" Zam in the alley is very quick and very blurry.  All I can make out personally is an indistinct blob with rocket trails moving up.  Even with Jedi powers, I doubt Obi-Wan's eyesight is good enough to make out more than a silver and blue blur flying away at night.

So, I guess where I'm going with this is to agree with P'dubs.  Obi-Wan wasn't sure but put two and two together after Jango started answering questions with cryptic answers.  The armor only helped him come to that conclusion, I suppose.

My main question (and one that Ben Burtt actually does bring up in the commentary track) is where Obi-Wan was supposed to put Jango on the way back to Coruscant had he captured him.  I guess he'd just put a gasmask on him and strap him to the hood of the Jedi Starfighter or something. :)

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Newbies / Greetings and Salutations!
« on: March 1, 2004, 01:06 PM »
Just wanted to introduce myself to the population here at JD after lurking for a few weeks and finally registering about five minutes ago.

Anyway, I'm Mike, and I've been a SW fan/collector for most of my life.  While I've not been terribly active on any of the WWW forums, I do have a long history of posting to the various SW collecting Usenet groups (since around 1996) so while I'm a newbie, I guess I'm not in other ways. :)

I guess I'm one of the influx of people that are tired of the way other forums handle things and wanted to hang out somewhere that actually seemed to care about the community it established.  I had registered at this other site a long time ago but never broke 45 posts because I just didn't feel comfortable.  Recent events have just made me feel even less so there.  So, I'm just here to read everyone's thoughts, maybe post once in a blue moon, and above all have a good time talking with like-minded people.  

So, I guess this is my hello to all of you!

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