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<pressleak>  You guys all need to tune into CreatureCantina.com on Wednesday for a big announcement</pressleak>

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Battlestar Galactica...who's watching?
« on: March 11, 2006, 05:07 PM »
Spoilers may apply
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I was surprised by the last half hour as well but thinking about it afterwards it makes sense.  It's a good way to advance the plot and, really, would you want to watch a season of the show that dealt with the politics of them settling on a planet?

This way, when it comes back in October, they can jump back into the action and go from there.  Maybe move on towards finding Earth?  I don' t know.  It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the surrender to the Cylons and what will happen with Sharon's baby.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise.
« on: March 10, 2006, 02:30 AM »
Hmm.  I was hoping for no shipping but kind of expecting it.  Seems a little steep for a new head on an existing body which doesn't appear to be the VOTC sculpt.  Figure may change, I guess, but we'll see.

$44.95 minimum for the head cheese....

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: March 7, 2006, 01:42 AM »
:-*



Wholly crap!  I have a 20" flat panel monitor and with that image at full size her boobs take up the entire screen!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRU Sues and Wins to Leave Amazon.com
« on: March 6, 2006, 04:23 PM »
Well said.  I've always felt that was TRU's worst problem - why keep old stuff on your pegs when you could reduce them by a couple dollars and fill the pegs with more popular items?  You can't sell something if there isn't room for it on the pegs.

I just remembered something when I read your post...made me laugh.  When all the ROTS figures were hitting last year one of the TRU stores I went to had a huge bin for their ROTS figures but you could still find POTJ and VOTC figures on pegs in the regular action figure aisle.

Now, why in the world would you dump cases of new action figures, that people are shopping for, into a bin instead of putting them on a peg where they present better and it's easier for the consumer to shop through?  Especially when you had 1 - 3 year old stock taking up the peg space that could have easily gone in the bin for $1 each?

I have to believe that some TRU stores didn't get stocked with as much ROTS merchandise as they would have if they hadn't had older figures still in inventory.  I also think that some stores won't discount SW toys because they're known sellers.  Over the years there have been on-and-off reports of stores saying they won't carry a lot of SW because it doesn't sell.  Yet they wouldn't discount stagnant inventory to move it because you knew they were thinking that; "oh, it's SW, SW always sells." 

There's a WM in Pennsylvania that I was just in about a month ago.  They still had some Saga 12" figures like Zam and Imperial Officer with "clearance" stickers on them...$19.00.  Gimme a break.

One of the worst fiascos that I can think of in TRU's history is probably Godzilla in 1998.  Godzilla got a front end "store" to promote the release and they had stuff hanging from the ceiling, stuff was roaring at you when you walked by...it was as big as anything they've done for SW.  Movie?  Sucked.  Tanked (well, cost $130 million...made $130 million. Hated by Godzilla fans.).  Toys sat in stores for years before they cleared out.  I actually would not be surprised to still find a Godzilla toy in a store, somewhere.  Runner's up?  Men in Black, Independence Day, Final Fantasy, Planet of the Apes.  We were tripping over those properties for at least 3 years in a lot of stores.

In TRU's defense, though, some of them went to clearance relatively quickly, but still not low enough to actually sell.  I would think at some point you have to just say fuckit and sell it to a liquidator or put the green tag on it for $1.00 and have a "half off all green tagged prices sale." (Still kicking myself on not scoring a couple 12" Van Helsing figs when they did that in January 2005)

That's one thing that Target does well.  They move inventory.  Sometimes almost too quickly, but they always get it out of the store eventually.  Hopefully that's what this former Target guy will bring to the store.  Keep things fresh, keep them moving, know when to cut and run and offer some non-toy items that will bring foot traffic into the stores.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRU Sues and Wins to Leave Amazon.com
« on: March 6, 2006, 01:48 PM »
That's a good article, Jeff.  I hadn't seen it but I hadn't looked for a TRU update since the first of the year or so.

Just because of the size of the stores I would think that TRU could even capitalize on the game system market by offering several stations to test games on, carrying stock that small mall stores don't have room for and possibly branching out into some offerings of computer components like mice, joysticks and graphics cards as well as selling gadgets (or do they already? I haven't paid attention because I'm not really a gamer.

Exclusives can always help a store...look what they did for Target last year just with Star Wars.  If they could partner with Hasbro and Mattel to offer exclusive products and guarantee shelf space for them I'm sure they could get them to offer merchandise that stores like Wal-Mart and even Target wouldn't accept.  WM has gotten so big they can dictate to manufacturers what to make...TRU could easily become an outlet for the manufacturers to take back the power to decide what will be made.  Because I'm sure the companies like Hasbro pay more attention to what the consumer wants than WM does.

The one major problem I always had with TRU is their unwillingness to discount crap that isn't selling.  Just looking at SW; there's no reason for a store to still have POTJ figures on the shelf battling for space with ROTS toys.  That's 3 year old stock. NOBODY carries inventory at retail for 3 years.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRU Sues and Wins to Leave Amazon.com
« on: March 6, 2006, 11:43 AM »
I'm glad this is getting settled and that TRU is getting away from Amazon.  In general I like Amazon.com well enough, but I never liked the partnership between these two.

Part of it was price and availability, most stuff seemed to be sold out quickly and I always wondered if it was because TRU couldn't get it or they didn't allot enough to Amazon.  Maybe that'll be fixed with their own store.

The other problem is that I did feel like Amazon was screwing with TRU.  The first time I went to "toysrus.com" and searched on SW toys and found vintage Vader figures being offered by Brian's Toys I became a little skeptical of the whole arrangement.  I was searching for TRU stock, not Brian's...if I wanted to buy from that shady store I'd use their web site directly...or go to eBay.

I'm still waiting to find out what the new owners of TRU are going to do with it.  Will we see any changes (besides store closings), will they streamline their stores to move old product out faster, will they overhaul their stores to make them destinations again?  I think TRU has a lot of room for improvement and definitely don't think it's too late for them to be a contender in the toy market again.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: 78th Annual Academy Awards
« on: March 6, 2006, 11:31 AM »
I've voiced my opinions on the Academy before and although I started losing respect for them when Forest Gump won over Shawshank, the final straw was when Sean Astin didn't get a supporting actor nomination for any of the LOTR movies.

I don't think ROTS was worthy of a nomination in any of the top categories except for supporting actor for Ian...so I definitely agree with Anton on that!

But costume, make up and sound editing were all great for ROTS and I thought they should have been nominated for those.  A lot of the CGI stuff was innovated for TPM and AOTC, and they were both nominated, but neither won.  As with LOTR getting thrown a bone on Return of the King I thought maybe Lucas and Co. would get a nod this time around for stuff they didn't win on TPM and AOTC...guess not.

I think that Sin City getting locked out probably had to do with Rodriguez not being in the Directors Guild anymore...can a film even get nominated if it's not associated anymore?  Or maybe everyone was just bitter.  I don't know.  But it was probably payback for him being a "maverick" or whatever.  That film did a lot to advance digital filmmaking, the costumes and makeup were incredible and am I the only one that thought Mickey Rourke should have been nominated for a supporting actor?

I also agree with pmundheim about not nominating movies that opened in limited release over Christmas weekend.  If 100 people saw it in L.A. and NY before January 1st of 2006 can it really be considered a 2005 movie?  Better yet, can it really be considered that great?  Eh...

The only film that was nominated for best picture that I saw was Crash and I really liked it and I'm glad it won.  I definitely have to see Good Night, and Good Luck and Capote but I'm not that interested in Munich.  I'll probably see Brokeback Mountain but it's not high on my list.  And I just have to comment on that film...I'm sure it was good, I don't doubt that, but I look at it this way; if it was a similar film with all the production, direction, music and costume, and the story was about a man and a woman, it probably wouldn't even be on the list...anywhere.  I use Pride & Prejudice as an example to back that claim up...love story with high production quality and directing but other than Keira's nomination for supporting actress the only other nominations were technical (costume and art). 

Most of the acting awards were a toss-up, I guess, but I'm psyched that Hoffman won best actor.  That guy is a genius!  I didn't really have a horse in any of the other races.

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Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: February 23, 2006, 02:01 AM »
Don't know how many 12" Joe collectors there are here but the GI Joe collectors club just announced their new club give-away figure for 2006 and it looks awesome:

"Foreign Adventurer"

They're also doing a great looking accessory set this year which will run about $25 but if you buy a figure and accessory set it's only running $35.  I'll definitely be ordering up at least one extra figure w/ accessory set.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD and Toy Fair
« on: February 20, 2006, 11:01 PM »
Slamming on other great sites...

That's classy. ::)

Can you really expect any more from Durge Commander Cody?

Wait, Commander Cody is "Durge?"  The same guy from RS? 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 20, 2006, 10:52 PM »
I read an interview with her somewhere recently and the question of  red hair came up and she said that she has a little help making it that color.  Her hair is a light brown according to that interview.

Still, her hottness is undeniable.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD and Toy Fair
« on: February 16, 2006, 12:32 AM »
Has anyone else read this entire thread and feel like they just got done watching the 6:00 news?

It just seems eerily similar to how the press is reacting to the whole Cheney-shot-a-guy-and-didn't-tell-anyone-for-three-days thing...

Eh...maybe it's just me.

Anyway, it does suck that JD wasn't able to have coverage of TF but realistically nothing was shown that we hadn't already heard about and, in some cases, seen pictures of. 

I didn't read all the commentary from the various sites, I mostly just looked at photos.  And although it's nice to see pictures and coverage on your favorite site, I always hit 3, 4 or 5 different sites because everyone gets a different shot, includes something that someone else missed or covers other lines that may be cool but not related to SW.

As a matter of fact, a large number of sites I visited for info weren't even SW sites, they were more generic toy sites.  A lot of times those guys end up with better overviews of lines rather than focusing on minute details and that type of coverage is sometimes better IMO.  I take the same approach to get all my news, I don't just watch CBS I also look at CNN, MSNBC, Fox and Internet blogs.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that yes, it does suck that something happened and JD didn't get coverage, but that doesn't mean that coverage and pictures weren't available.  And you don't have to go to sites you don't care for if you don't want to...there was plenty of coverage available from various sites.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 15, 2006, 11:55 AM »
Come on, if you're going to mention "Not Another Teen Movie" you have to mention Mia Kirshner:


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: February 8, 2006, 10:08 AM »
You know...I know you guys seem to like Scarlett Johansson but I don't care for her.  Not her looks or her attitude from what I've seen of her. 

But, Keira Knightley...  That girl is on the top of my Hottest list.

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