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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: SirStevesGuide Goes Belly Up
« on: March 29, 2006, 03:24 PM »
I used to use SSG.com once in a while for news but never logged onto the forums there.  YakFace.com used to be my go-to web site for all my news back in the days of EP1.  I don't remember when I came across RS.com.

Never used CSW.com but I wish I had.  IIRC that's where a lot of the vintage guys ended up after abandoning USENET. 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: can someone help me?
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:22 AM »
man do I wanna thank you...so thank you...any ideas where I could order a cast of it?

p.s...anyone know where to get GiJoe hands too...yup..he got them too.

I don't know where you could get a cast of the head but if you poked around on eBay you could probably find another one or, at least the same head without the sand paintjob. 

For hands I'd go the same route, hit ebay.  You can snag loose Joe figs for cheap.   Or, check your local Salvation Army.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: can someone help me?
« on: March 25, 2006, 09:29 PM »
12" GI Joe figures that weren't versions of 3.75" Joes didn't have names.  I don't have my set at hand but I believe that it was the "Paul" headsculpt that you can see on this site.

It was more of a dirt paint job than beard...it was meant to show that he'd been driving through the desert.  I think that set may be the only one that came with that specific paint job although the headsculpt was included in several different sets.

Update: The set is called the "Desert Light Strike Vehicle" and it does have the "Paul" headsculpt with sand on his face.  This auction has loose photos of the figure that came with it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When you think of Canada....
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:07 AM »
What are you talking aboot, eh?

Oh, I also always laugh at the fact that their coins are metal and a magnet will stick to them.  It's how I separate my Canadian coins quickly from my US coins...pass a magnet over them and pull them out. 

I grew up in a town with a lot of Canadian tourists and at any given time you could pull change out of your pocket and have as many US coins as Canadian.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: When you think of Canada....
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:17 PM »
Best Mountie.  ;)




I LOVED "Due South."  That show rocked.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Which is Your Favorite "Other Toy Line"?
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:03 PM »
I wasn't around when this topic first started but I'll jump in here.

Before SW started back up in 1995 I was collecting a lot of Toy Biz Marvel superheroes and misc. other toy lines including some of the 12" Hall of Fame GI Joe figures.  I pretty much quit all that and started 100% into the SW line and that's been my main toy line since then.

But I also have a lot of 12" GI Joe figures and other misc. 12" soldier figures (21st Century, Dragon, bbi) .  I also picked up a few 3.75" Joe figures over the last couple of years before they switched to the DTC line.

Other than an odd figure here and there it's pretty much been Star Wars #1 and 12" GI Joe a very, very distant 2nd. 

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It's official, I'm now running for Star Wars Fan Club President.


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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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