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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2012-2013
« on: September 11, 2012, 02:31 AM »
You guys had one pretty recently.  He's a Bear now

Seriously?  I'd take Tebow over Cutler any day of the week, and 10x on Sunday.  Cutler might have more conventional QB skills physically, but from the neck up, he shouldn't even be in the NFL.  I can't think of anyone over the past decade whose professionalism has offended me more than him.

As unconventional and downright crappy as Tebow can be, it's been sad to see him get buried on the Jets bench, after creating some of the most exciting moments in the NFL last year.  At least Sanchez earned his starting job this week though, so that should keep the Jets fans off his back for at least another week or two.

Surprising upsets in Green Bay and New Orleans this weekend too.  RG3 looked pretty damned promising, and really kept his composure in his debut.  And the 49'ers D' proved it's not a flash in the pan either.  I thought last year may have been a fluke for them, but perhaps not.  Bad start for the Pack.

Good to see AP back (early) as well.  They need some decent running backs in this pass-happy league now.  Speaking of which, despite the solid pre-season, I wasn't overly impressed with Luck's inaugural outting.  They better find a way to hand the ball off a bit more, or that poor kid's arm is going to fall off at this rate.  I still think he'd have been better off with a year's tutelage under Manning, despite his maturity and intellect.  I guess it's hard to go that route with the rookie contracts nowadays though.  Manning sure showed that he's rounded back into form.  Hope the old man can keep it up, and avoid any further neck (or bodily) issues.

Weak start by the defending champs too, I might add.

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I came across 2 of these yesterday at one of my local WMs, and despite my original thoughts (below) was about to buy one 'til I noticed both boxes were completely crushed on one end, to the point that it made me worried about the contents inside potentially being jacked up.  After a bit of thought and consideration, I ultimately decided to leave them both, which I think was a pretty strong indication to myself that I'm still not overly concerned about coming across these again later.  Man, I'll be kicking myself if that's not the case, and I never come across one again!  But at least they're definitely starting to trickle out a little more now.  It was definitely much heavier than I was expecting.  I might do curls with this thing once I finally grab it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Cars: Lease or buy?
« on: September 9, 2012, 03:21 AM »
My wife and I have been looking into getting a new car (probably Acura TL), but have been contemplating whether it'd be a better idea to start leasing.  We've always bought our cars in the past, but after 5 or 6 years it's usually a pain in the ass to sell the thing, and you don't get squat for a trade-in, so we were exploring the option of doing a lease this time.  I like the idea of getting something new every few years, with the far cheaper maintenance that goes along with that plan as well.  Does anyone else here lease, or have any thoughts on the matter, good or bad?  I'm aware of the limited miles issue, but that shouldn't be a problem, as we could just do our various longer road trips in the other car, if need be.

When a lease runs out, and you pick something new, is the timing at all flexible while you look around, or do you have to jump into something new on day 1,096?  Do they re-finance everything again, or do loyal (continuously leasing) customers get to keep their original (presumably) good deals each additional time (other than the down payment)?  I suppose we could just drag our butts into the Acura dealership to find out, but I thought I'd gather what insight I could before we eventually wandered over there, lest we become prey to those wonderful auto dealership types.

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Came across a bunch of these yesterday at TRU and grabbed 3 of them.  After years with the other version, this one feels kinda small, but I guess it's more accurately scaled so that's cool.  It'll just take a little getting used to.  I have to say that I much preferred the weathering on the prior version over this one.  It looks like the new one has been blasted from front to back with a silver paint gun.  Other than that, the added stand(s) and cannon are a nice touch.  Some of the "in-action" pix around the web look particularly cool when the speeder's in flight mode and the clear stand is just out of the frame.  I would've loved an additional clear stand (instead of the cannon, perhaps) that held TWO speeders, so you could stick 2 Scouts and/or Luke & Leia right next to eachother.  I guess I can do it the hard way though.

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Gentle Giant / Re: And The Mystery Ent. Earth Exclusive Is....
« on: September 9, 2012, 02:37 AM »
I'm guessing Pawlus brilliantly convinced Hasbro & Disney to pass along a complete 63 piece set of the Disney astromech exclusives (sans hats).  $119/per.  **Pete cringes**

That, or Cliegg Lars (w/ chair) in a battle with BT for best overpriced AOTC character debut figure in 2013.


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Don't sweat it, Mikey.  I'm actually quite flattered that my opinion has such a great impact on you, so much so that you took the time to type up lengthy post after post to justify yourself to me.  You're my number one fan and I appreciate you.  I will have some Force Guy T-shirts made up and as soon as they're done, I'll send you one.  XXXL, yes?

Wow, pretty pathetic if you get your jollies from "putting idiots in their place."  If I'm supposedly such an idiot, and you take the time to respond with lengthy post after post, uh, what does that make you?  Think about it. 

I know you want to look witty and cool and impress people on a toy forum, and I know you were pretending to be Dr. Phil earlier, but let's analyze you for a minute.  You get joy from "putting idiots in their place" on a toy forum, and you feel the need to buy everything with a Star Wars logo stamped on it so that you can get that feeling of being "complete".....hmmm.....sounds like there's something major missing from your life.  A void that can never be filled, but you obviously get comfort from collecting little plastic men.  Don't worry though, I'm here for you.  I'll give you my email and/or phone number so we can talk.  I'm here to support you.  Maybe you just need a hug, in which case, I can't help you.  But here's a virtual hug in the meantime.

[hugs]Hug[/hug]

Thank you for so eloquently proving my point there, Force Guy.  Like I said...

Um, I've been nothing but civil in this discussion and don't really appreciate my question being called "borderline stupid."

Mike, sorry for the confusion, but youíre completely misreading my comment there.  Itís again directed at Force Guy, and is effectively suggesting that he is being borderline stupid for not having a better understanding of your question here, and what kind of collectors itís actually more geared towards.  Iím not sure how much more clear I couldíve been in regards to your topic than when I said this:

I think speedermike's thread here had a very valid (edit: that means good) question, speaking to exactly what many collectors have gone through over the years...

Sorry a good thread's been run so far off course.  I have nothing further (on topic) to add to it at this point though, so I'll just shut up and politely excuse myself now.  :)

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I'm with you guys.

I don't mean to frighten you here (and hopefully you don't attempt to flip-flop now), but Iím with you all as well, or maybe you just selectively skipped over that part of my prior post:

Obviously there's dozens of additional uber-background characters throughout the saga which we'd probably all love to own...

I love the most background of background characters as much as anyone.  But again, I was just talking about what I realistically expect to see out of Hasbro, which is several of those figures sprinkled in sporadically each year across the course of the license, but not within the first couple waves of a new line.  If Lot Dodd, Yarna, Wuher, and Malikili all sell like crap, how well do you think Tey How, Ann Gella, Toonbuck Toora, Cin Drallig, Mosep, Baniss Keeg, Tsivvzt, Treva Horme, and Fozec are going to sell?  If I was a betting man, Iíd say weíre going to get every single one of those figures eventually, and Iíll be excited as hell when we do.  Iím just not going to quit the line until they come out, or get myself into a panicked or even disappointed state when theyíre not announced within any given new wave.  The line is what it is now Ė primarily resculpts, with hopefully some new EU characters thrown into the mix from time to time to liven things up.  If you canít see that, and are expecting something different from Hasbro, youíre living in fantasyland, and will surely be in a constant state of disappointment with the remainder of the line.

Just continue to be Hasbro's ideal customer and gulp everything down like a nice little boy.

Fortunately, I am a good little boy who gets a super swell allowance from his parents, so I have the luxury of affording every new smirking Obi-Wan, furled eye-browed Anakin, scowling Maul, expressionless Vader, bulging helmeted Clone, whining Luke, and exclusive George Lucas with belly-button lint (better have a removable plaid shirt and be the waddle-less 70ís version though).  And since I still live for the ďthrill of the huntĒ, I greatly enjoy tracking each and every one of them down.  My joy is now somewhat diminished, however, as I had no idea of the tremendously negative impact my toy purchasing has on your mental well-being.  I feel horrible too, for helping to ruin this toy line that weíre all here collecting.

To be honest, I'm not sure why a completist would even bother reading or posting in this thread.

To be honest, Iím not sure why someone who gets so upset over other peopleís Star Wars toy purchasing habits is posting on a Star Wars collecting forum.  Well, actually, I do know the answer to that, but inherent trolling is a discussion best served elsewhere.  Also, based on much of what Iíve read around these boards, it looks like most of the head-honchos around here were at one time completists as well (as were apparently many others JD members).  Should they not have been posting on their own boards here until they overcame their abnormal and repulsive afflictions?  Have you directed similar angst at JD mods like Scott, Rob and Jeff in recent years for having been completists too, or is it solely reserved for Pete_Fett and I in 2012?

I think speedermike's thread here had a very valid question, speaking to exactly what many collectors have gone through over the years: former completists who have turned the page to being more selective due to time, money, space, family, resculpts, repacks, distribution, etc.  Itís just a natural progression in the life of many collectors (especially over the course of 17 years), though a progression I donít foresee myself making anytime soon, hence my original answer to this threadís specific question.  In fact, why would speedermike be asking folks who are already selective with their figure purchasing if they're going to remain selective based on the relatively boring waves 1 & 2 of the new 2013 line?  Aside from the obvious B-A-D aspect (which Mike isn't emphasizing), that'd be a borderline stupid and seemingly repetitive question.  If anything, this thread is geared more towards completists (or those closer to it) than already selective buyers like yourself, so perhaps you're the one who shouldn't be replying here, eh?  Think about it.  :P

Also, please don't confuse my lengthy post(s) with you getting my knickers in a twist.  You give yourself too much credit.  I just greatly enjoy putting idiots in their place, that's all, and sometimes that takes more than pathetic one-liners to adequetly accomplish.  With that in mind, Iíll let you get back to your boringly predictable and far more "succinct" juvenile digs now FG.  Iíve said my peace.

[/Mikey]


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There's still a wealth of characters, from the OT, PT

A wealth, huh?  Wow, I must be missing some of the SW movies then.  Weren't there only 6 of them, or did I somehow miss a few over the years?  They didn't finally make that long-rumored sequel trilogy did they?  Man, I'll be pissed if I completely missed that!  Seriously though, I was just listing characters that are notable enough (in the movies or collecting community) for Hasbro to legitimately consider making in the immediate future.  I should've also included the various missing Amidala outfits too, and maybe Dorme.  Care to show off your extensive list of characters that don't require a Blu-ray freeze-frame of the movie to catch them?  Obviously there's dozens of additional uber-background characters throughout the saga which we'd probably all love to own (which 95% of us couldn't even name).  I have no doubt that Hasbro will eventually sprinkle a lot of these into the line over the next 8 years, but I'm smart enough to realize we won't be getting them all at once, and especially not in the first couple waves of a brand new line.  Like I estimated above, probably 90%+ resculpts and a small percentage of EU and all-new characters.  I guess it just comes down to our various levels of patience in getting the tiny fraction of new goodies.

So let me get this straight: your criteria for buying figures is that it simply has to have a Star Wars logo stamped on it, yes?

Pretty close, yeah.  Your cognitive skills are exceptional too, I might add.  Let me guess - you're at least a high school graduate, yes?  Congrats.

I guess having the buying habits of an automaton makes life more simple in the sense that you don't really need to expend any thought whatsoever in your purchases.

Exactly.  See how pleasant "collecting" can be?  I can easily save my brain for far more challenging matters, like trying to keep my Blu-ray collection "complete" too.  Uh-oh.  There I go, using the "C" word again.  I hope you're not having another rage-induced seizure.  Seriously, the way you continuously whine and bitch every time someone says the word complete, or collects differently than you do (Clone Wars, etc.), reminds me of a couple of my petulant nieces and nephews who constantly fuss when they feel like their friends have more toys than they do.  Childish.  I'd love to give them some prozac to calm them the hell down, but they're obvbiously too young.  Might be something worth considering for yourself though, since it's painful to watch someone come off so completely sad, mad and miserable.

It's just a hobby dude.  Calm yourself.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: September 5, 2012, 07:36 PM »
I've caught each episode of this new Collection Intervention show as well, and while I've found it very entertaining, I wholeheartedly agree that their view on collecting is highly skewed and pretty offensive.  The cute auction lady pretty much functions solely based on value and age (vintage).  Most modern toys are deemed worthless and should be sold off, and anything vintage that holds little value needs to go too.  Obviously this is not the reason most of us collect, and I'm not even sure I've noticed anyone on any forums yapping about collecting things solely as investments.  Each collector on the show seems to reiterate this, as they've all told the lady they have no idea what their stuff is worth, nor do they particularly care (which seems to confound her).

Regardless, I do greatly enjoying seeing all the different collections.  The Star Wars house in episode 1 was a thing to behold, but withholding the fact that she works for Rancho Obi-Wan was obviously more than a bit deceptive.

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Thanks Pete.  I almost wish I hadn't put the list together, since I thought we were a lot closer to finishing up the whole vintage carded line than we actually were.  Now I'm a little bummed and disappointed with my findings.  At least we're close to finishing up the loose ones though, which is more important in my book.

    ANH
    • Boba Fett (issued on ESB & ROTJ cards)

    Whoops, I forgot the mail-away rocket-Fett:



    I'll give this one an asterisk too, since it's actually a vintage/Kenner figure on the card, and not an updated modern version.  It'll probably qualify for those non-pickier folk though, I suppose.[/list]

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    I just can't get behind the Droid Factory character choices, as they seem to all be resculpts

    Well, to be honest, unless the figures are EU, CW, Cliegg Lars, Tonnika Sisters, Torryn Farr, Sim Aloo, Sgt. Doallyn, or a miniscule handful of other characters, everything from here on out is going to be a resculpt, right?  That's just the way of things at this point, after 17 years of the modern line (wow, that sounds like a long time).  That said, I definitely agree that the first couple waves are pretty boring, even for resculpts.  But I've pretty much accepted that the final 8(?) years of Hasbro's SW figures are going to be 90% or more resculpts.  Even so, I'll probably be buying them all, just to stay complete.  No point stopping now, when I'm (hopefully) more than 2/3rds of the way through the line!

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    Forgive me ... for my lack of interest in doing the research myself

    OK, since you're a bunch of slowpokes, I piqued my own curiousity and did some (a lot) of research and was pretty surprised with my findings on this topic, with how far Hasbro still has to go.  So based on my initial requirement of wanting each figure on their debut card, as well as requiring the same photo as was on the original Kenner card, this is where I think we're at right now as far as what's still missing:

      ANH
      • R2-D2
      • C-3PO (issued 2x on ESB card)
      • Chewbacca (issued on a ROTJ card)
      • Stormtrooper (issued on ESB & ROTJ cards)
      • Death Squad Commander
      • Jawa
      • *Walrusman (issued w/ completely different picture)
      • Hammerhead (rumored)
      • Snaggletooth
      • Power Droid (rumored)
      • Boba Fett (issued on ESB & ROTJ cards)

      ESB
      • AT-AT Driver
      • Bespin Guard(s) - black & white
      • C-3PO w/ Removable Limbs
      • FX-7
      • Imperial Commander
      • TIE Fighter Pilot (issued on ROTJ card)
      • Lobot (rumored)
      • R2-D2 w/ Sensorscope (issued on ROTJ card)
      • Hoth Rebel Commander
      • *Hoth Rebel Soldier (issued w/ completely different picture)
      • 2-1B
      • Ugnaught

      ROTJ
      • AT-ST Driver
      • Bib Fortuna
      • Chief Chirpa
      • 8D8
      • Emperor
      • *Emperor's Royal Guard (issued w/ completely different picture)
      • General Madine
      • Klaatu (Skiff Guard)
      • Lando (Skiff Guard)
      • Paploo
      • Leia Boushh
      • Rancor Keeper
      • Ree-Yees
      • Squid Head
      • Teebo

      POTF
      • All of them except Lando General (issued on a ROTJ card)

      So there's more than a handful of "does that qualify?" figures in there, including the three with totally different pix (very annoying), and the six that were issued under subsequent movie titles (just dumb).  There were also TWO different Bespin Luke and Leia cardbacks of which we've only gotten one each.  Then there's the question of whether General Lando qualifies on a ROTJ card, or does Hasbro need to do a POTF cardback instead (which will obviously be an issue with all the rest of the POTF figures).  Zuckuss and 4-LOM are mildly iffy with the name change and silver bordering of the C5 exclusive set.  Etc.  Etc.

      Agree?  Disagree?  Care?  I just thought it'd be interesting to look into this since the remaining loose vintage figures discussion and corresponding debates are really dwindling down at this point.  Are there any loose collectors that have been collecting carded just for these vintage figures, or is this solely a discussion for the handful of remaining carded collectors?  Either way, it's obvious there's no way Hasbro is getting through the rest of this lengthy list solely during the next vintage run, that's for sure.  Oh well, as long as they tackle the remaining "loose" figures, I guess that's what's most important.

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      Collect All 92! / Re: Vintage Figures Which Have Not Been Updated
      « on: August 27, 2012, 07:58 PM »
      So on FB yesterday GH reports that Sim Aloo, Blue Gonk and Mustachioed Guard are on the very short list for the next time Vintage comes back

      That was good to see confirmed, however expected.  Color/facial hair variants aside, Sim Aloo was really the only vintage figure left on my list here that was an absolute must have.  It's sounded for years like Hasbro's been interested in polishing off this entire list as well, so I'm sure we'll eventually see the rest of the minor variances get made too.  I'd love to see Hasbro just do a "Vintage-deco" wave similar to what Curto teased for April Fool's a few years back:



      Obviously you'd need to add Ponda, Greedo and Momaw into the mix there as well to really round out the set, though they'd obviously be far more ideal in one of those Target vintage 3-packs.


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      One thing I found interesting in the recent EU poll is how much the SOTE sub-line is still on people's minds.  I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who's always been annoyed with the glaring holes left behind from Hasbro's ommissions of Guri, Leebo, Jix, Luke, Coruscant Lando, etc.  I'm guessing since SOTE was more OT based, and such a cross-licensed and massively promoted multi-media event, that particular story line has had a more enduring hold on most collectors, as opposed to the rest of the SW novels and EU over the years (aside from Clone Wars, of course).

      I really hope that with Hasbro's newly extended license, and the diminishing movie character selections/re-do's left, that Hasbro will find time to get around to these.  A full wave of them would be ideal, but that's obviously not going to happen since there'd be a pretty limited interest in these relatively unknown characters.  Maybe if that online exclusive wave sells well enough over the next few months, they could do a similar full (online) case of EU figures that may not appeal to the masses/kids at retail as much.  Throw Jaxxon into the mix, and I'll be one happy man!

      So I trust Jeff passed along all the TOC results to Hasbro last week at C6.  Did they confirm they'd make them all for JD's fine patrons?

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      Forgive me if I missed a thread/post on this somewhere (and for my lack of interest in doing the research myself), but does anyone have a list of the remaining carded updates still needed in the TVC collection to complete the entire vintage "92" figure run?  I'm not talking every vintage carded variant, just the debut cards for each respective figure.  I've completely lost track, and am interested in how close Hasbro is to finishing them all up, and whether it's plausible to do so during TVCs next run in a year or two.

      Thanks!

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