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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRU Sues and Wins to Leave
« 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.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: TRU Sues and Wins to Leave
« 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 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 "" 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.


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 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 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.


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.


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? 

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.


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.


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:

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.


Other Toy Lines / Re: Palisades...Dead
« on: February 2, 2006, 07:58 PM »
****.  I'd heard a rumor about this a while ago but then never did track down any hard evidence that it was going to happen. 

One of the newer issues of Toy Fair of AFD even had pictures of Big Bird and some of the other SS toys.  I thought maybe the rumor I'd heard was just that...guess not.


Kubricks / Re: Kubricks and Minimates
« on: January 25, 2006, 07:36 PM »
Gotcha.  I guess I didn't realize that a master case was only 4 boxes.  That makes sense since the 3 of you go in on them.

Do you usually save by doing that over buying boxes individually?  I guess I've never asked you that before.  I bought a box of the Bounty Hunter wave way back when...ran me about $100 shipped from Hong Kong.


Kubricks / Re: Kubricks and Minimates
« on: January 25, 2006, 02:16 PM »
Damn, many boxes of Kubricks do you buy when you order up the SW sets?  Or do you just buy cases?


Other Toy Lines / Re: Latest vintage acqusition
« on: January 25, 2006, 02:00 PM »
Sweet score on the Shockwave.  I bought one last year but I think he's missing his knife.  I got a file card with him but not the full back.

Over the last 3 years or so I've slowly been filling in some holes in my collection for 1985 and tacking on the 1986 collection as well as a few others here and there.  Maybe later this year I'll work on it a little more.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: January 24, 2006, 01:46 AM »
Ah, yes.  Emmanuelle Vaugier.  One of the lovelier Canadian exports over the last couple of years.  She hasn't had a breakout role yet though.  She does keep showing up on some of the WB shows though.  Smallville, One Tree Hill.  I think she was on another but I'm drawing a blank and don't feel like hitting IMDB.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: January 21, 2006, 01:18 AM »
Where's he moving to "back east?"  Because I'm really hoping it's nowhere near me.


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