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12" Figures / OT: Interesting Sideshow Link
« on: May 23, 2006, 01:25 AM »
I was checking out Sideshow's site and noticed some bizarre writing at the top left side of their newsbar:





When you click on that link, you get a rather interesting video when you click on Login (You don't actually need a password, you can make one up or just leave it blank).  ;)

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Other Collectibles / Disney/Star Wars Statues
« on: May 20, 2006, 01:09 PM »


There is a Jedi Mickey Statue being sold at Star Wars Weekends which opened this weekend in Disney-MGM Studios in Florida.  It's part of their Big Fig series, as mentioned here, which has a good picture.  The latest I heard is it was selling for $150.  Anyone else sucked in by cute stuff like this?




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12" Figures / Sideshow Preordering: Yay or Nay?
« on: May 16, 2006, 06:36 PM »
What do you guys think of how Sideshow has been running their "Priority Preordering" so far?  What changes could they make for improvements?

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Modern Classifieds / Wanted: TSC Darth Vader figures
« on: May 1, 2006, 03:16 AM »
I'm trying to find each version of Darth Vader currently being released with Darth Vader holos.

Carded TSC (Saga 2006)
Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - walking pose - US card
Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - Variant (standing) pose - US card
Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - walking pose - Euro card
*Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - walking pose - CDN Hoth wave card -- PENDING
*Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - walking pose - CDN Coruscant wave card -- PENDING

*Ultimate Galactic Hunt - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - US card -- PENDING
Ultimate Galactic Hunt - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - CDN card

Episode III Heroes and Villains - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - US card

Saga-038 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - US card
Saga-038 - Darth Vader w/ Vader holo - CDN card

Loose TSC (Saga 2006)
Saga-013 - Darth Vader w/ blue Vader holo & black stand
*Ultimate Galactic Hunt - Darth Vader w/ silver Vader holo & silver stand -- PENDING
*Saga-038 - Darth Vader w/ red Vader holo & black stand -- PENDING

Star Wars Weekends 2006
Darth Goofy

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Saga Collection '06 / TRU Exclusive Dagobah X-Wing
« on: April 30, 2006, 07:10 PM »
Star Wars Classic Dagobah Vehicle with Figure

So what do you suppose this is?  It's listed at Amazon for release in September, but no pic of course...

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Other Collectibles / R2-D2 DVD Player
« on: April 15, 2006, 09:41 PM »
This has got to be one of the coolest pieces I've ever seen.

Check it out:

http://www.chinese-starwars.com/chineseforum/viewtopic.php?t=6007&sid=33e11420ba2506c7e1e92f2d1ad16e85

Apparently it was limited to 2000 pieces in Japan.

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Other Collectibles / Master Replicas: Mini-Blasters
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:55 PM »
A great line from Master Replicas will be their Mini-Blasters!





They go on sale for $45 for Collectors Society members on April 18th at 9am Pacific, April 20th for non-members, and will ship in late summer 2006.

They even come with display cases.

   

I've always wanted the full-size replica of the Stormtrooper blaster, but the mini might hold me over.  ;)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Night Owl or Early Bird?
« on: April 14, 2006, 05:38 AM »
Do you stay up until the wee hours of the night, or are you an early riser?

Based on the time I'm starting this thread, obviously I'm a night owl.  ;)  I don't really wake up until at least noon --  I absolutely hate mornings.

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Watto's Junk Yard / What's your motivation?
« on: April 4, 2006, 02:53 PM »
What gets you going in the morning?  Your job, significant other, kids, hobbies?  Just curious, so throw your thoughts out there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Low Fat or Low Carb?
« on: March 18, 2006, 02:05 PM »
I'm curious to know what your focus is when trying to eat right.  Do you watch carbs, or do you control fat?  Or do you even bother?

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Power of the Force 2 / Grey Vader on Orange Card
« on: March 4, 2006, 04:12 PM »
As I've been digging into the various Vader variants, I've come across what would appear to be the "holy grail" of modern Vader collecting.

The grey-armoured Vader is believed to be an early sample, likely from Asia.  I've read that there are only 3 or 4 known to exist and one was recently sold on eBay for $2600:o

I have a feeling this will be the last figure to be added to my Vader focus.  ;)


Image courtesy POTF2.com


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Other Collectibles / DeAgostini Lead Figures
« on: March 4, 2006, 02:21 AM »
A company in Europe, DeAgostini, has been producing lead figures since March, 2005.  These subscription based figures now been found in Mexico!  Will we see them up here someday?

I managed to get my hands on one of these -  Darth Vader, of course.  Click on the 2 thumbnails for bigger pics.



There are a total of 30 figures in the line - they are quite nicely detailed and very heavy.


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Watto's Junk Yard / TRU Sues and Wins to Leave Amazon.com
« on: March 3, 2006, 11:46 PM »
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/11641703/

It will be interesting to see how this affects our ability to get figures online...



Toys “R” Us Inc. prevailed in a bitter lawsuit against online giant Amazon.com Thursday when a New Jersey judge ordered the two companies to sever their partnership, clearing the way for the toy retailer to establish an independent Internet store.

Toys “R” Us executives hailed the ruling and said they intended to move quickly to create a new and independent Web site.

"We have been preparing for today's decision and expect to provide seamless online access for our customers to the world's greatest toy store at www.toysrus.com," John Sullivan, senior vice president of the toy company, said in a statement.

But Amazon indicated it is considering an appeal. Spokeswoman Patty Smith said the online retailer "strongly disagrees with the judge’s ruling in this case” and is in the process of reviewing a number of options.

The two retailers signed a 10-year strategic partnership in 2000 — at the height of the Internet stock bubble — that made Amazon.com the exclusive online retail outlet for Toys “R” Us toys, games and baby products.

Whether the agreement also made Toys “R” Us the exclusive provider of such products on Amazon.com was at the heart of the lawsuit, filed in 2004, and a counterclaim filed by Amazon.

The deal originally was hailed as a model for future bricks-n-clicks partnerships, and came as some industry watchers expected online retailers to overwhelm traditional bricks-and-mortar merchants. Based on testimony in a trial last year, the arrangement worked well for both sides for the first several years, improving the ability of Toys “R” Us to compete with eToys and Walmart.com while eliminating toy inventory problems that had been plaguing Amazon.

But Toys “R” Us executives grew increasingly unhappy as the prominence of their virtual store was diminished and Amazon.com signed agreements with rival retailers including Target as well as independent sellers known as zShops.

In a 131-page opinion, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh ruled that Amazon had breached its agreement, although she did not award any monetary damages, saying Toys “R” Us was unable to prove it had paid a premium for exclusivity on the site.

In her opinion, McVeigh took a rather dim view of the trial testimony of some Amazon executives, including that of the company’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, saying she had “no doubt his knowledge and understanding (of the Toys "R" Us agreement) went much deeper than revealed.”

When pushed on the witness stand, “certain information ‘just came back to him’” she said in the ruling, while another of Bezos’ explanations was referred to as “rather childlike.”

McVeigh also rejected Amazon’s efforts to defend itself by asking her to throw out e-mail evidence that may have included hearsay. She said she found it “incomprehensible … that a corporation dealing primarily in Internet commerce finds Internet communications to lack reliability.”

And she repeatedly complained about the ambiguous use of language in memorandums, contract agreements and discussions, concluding that “the language as drafted whether intentional or inartful gave Amazon the words to play the game their way.”

Although the ruling does not include monetary damages, the loss of Toys “R” Us as a partner could have a significant financial impact on Amazon. The toy retailer, which was sold to a private investment consortium last year for $6.6 billion, says it is the nation’s largest online retailer and had been paying Amazon a base fee of $50 million annually plus a percentage of its sales.

And trial testimony indicated that Amazon has invested heavily to fulfill toy orders, especially during the crucial Christmas season. According to the ruling in the case, Amazon.com has 14 fulfillment centers operating 24 hours a day except for Christmas and New [Years Day].



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Power of the Force 2 / Retooled Vader on Green Card
« on: March 2, 2006, 11:48 AM »
Any of you guys out there track down this version of Darth Vader?  It was the "retooled" variant that originally appeared in the SOTE 2-Pack with Prince Xizor and repackaged on a green card with the hologram. 

My quest for documenting all of the Darth Vader variants (and eventually acquiring them) has led me to this bad boy.  My understanding is he's tricky to find.


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Other Collectibles / EE's Exclusive Vader Bust
« on: February 18, 2006, 09:33 AM »
According to the latest e-mail from Entertainment Earth, their next exclusive is due to be released on Feb 28th at 12PM (noon) Pacific Time.  The unnamed editor is claiming it will be "quite limited", but there's no mention of what it actually is.

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