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Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed Again
« on: February 20, 2004, 04:05 PM »
I could see what you mean Scott, as I have been re-evaluating my space issues lately too.  I have just been buying the OT characters, and that helps some.  But, to be honest, I have a Chewie and the new Luke on the way sometime...and I don't really have anywhere to put them :).  Plus I hope to pick up Bossk and possibly the Tusken Raider (after I see what it looks like).  I don't really want to stop collecting them though, and I hope that you don't have to....but I could see where space would be a concern too.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: February 20, 2004, 03:16 PM »
I had some spare time this afternoon, and since I have checked out the different Star Wars galleries from Toy Fair several times, I decided to take a closer look at some more Marvel Legends stuff over at Super Hero Times.  I know this goes without saying, but Toybiz really does do a great job with this line I think.  I have only been collecting the X-Characters since they are my favorites, and I don't really have the money or space to go all out with ML...but a lot of their figures make it awfully tempting.

It is just hard to find much bad about the majority of the figures.  Sometimes the occasional one will look goofy in initial pictures, but ends up being fixed later on.  And it sounds like now they might have at least made the "chase" situation a little better too.  That said...what are some of your favorites from Toy Fair?  I'm looking forward to Iceman, strictly because I like the character...but I do hope they alter the version shown a little bit (his head looks a  I'd also like to pick up Juggernaut, Apocalypse, the Brown Wolvie, Phoenix, and possibly Storm (and maybe the regular release Doc Ock).  And although I really know next to nothing about their characters, those Deadpool and Hawkeye figures look pretty cool to me too.  I also kind of like that "flaming up" Torch figure with the Fantastic Four set, just looks neat to me.  Even the new Captain American and Iron Man (Men?) are kind of spiffy.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: New "Baddie" Confirmed
« on: February 20, 2004, 12:15 PM »
Well, it looks like Grievous is now confirmed, even via the Official Site today.  You can check it out at: Hyperspace membership required!)  Also, here is a picture of the Clone Wars Animated take on this character:

"The General"

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: February 19, 2004, 02:25 PM »
Well, looks like it is a done deal now, 'Sheed is moving on to Detroit.  Here's the details, courtesy of

Pistons Get: Rasheed Wallace, Mike James
Celtics Get:  Lindsey Hunter, Chucky Atkins, Pistons No.1 Pick and cash
Hawks Get:  Chris Mills, Zeljka Rebraca, Bob Sura, and Detroit First rounder (via Milwaukee)

Even though Rasheed is somewhat crazy, he is talented...could really change the look of the Pistons.  Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Wallace, and Wallace.  Pretty good starting 5.

Also, a couple other trades in the books this morning (both involving the Jazz), although not as major:

Utah Gets: Gordon Giricek
Magic Gets: DeShawn Stevenson

Utah Gets: Tom Gugliotta, two future first rounders
Phoenix Gets: Keon Clark, Ben Handlogten

Other Toy Lines / Re: Tough Year For Toys
« on: February 18, 2004, 04:48 PM »
Yeah, I agree Scott, I was just thinking the same thing today after reading that news about Simpsons.  It sure has been rough times lately.  Don't get me wrong, I am really psyched about the Star Wars offerings for 2004, even though there are a lot of re-releases, but the other stuff looks great (particularly the vintage-modern OTC figures...Dagobah and Bespin waves as well).  Is it just the fact that kids aren't "into" action figures like we were when we were kids?  I will say that almost every time I visit Target to check out the SW stuff, there are a couple of boys looking at various lines (sometimes even Star Wars).  It does seem different than in the 80s though, unless I am out of touch with kids.  I know my friends and I all had fairly extensive collections of several lines at the same time (Star Wars, Joe, MOTU, MASK, Transformers, Thundercats, Marvel or Super Powers)...I don't know if kids today are quite like that.  All that Pokemon-ish stuff is more their flava now maybe :).  Anyways, you are right, definitely a tough time lately.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Line: Do You Collect...Opinions?
« on: February 18, 2004, 01:12 PM »
Thanks for posting that Scott, the more I see these prototypes, the more I wish this line would come back.  We have heard rumors of 2-packs, and I remember getting a questionnaire from Hasbro regarding that awhile back, I'd like to see them come back in some form...its a neat little line I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Official Simpsons Toys Thread
« on: February 18, 2004, 01:10 PM »
Although I was never able to collect this line, I see (via that the line might be coming to an end.  This is the news that was posted over there:

UPDATE: We have confirmation of this news. We will have word from Playmates on the exact details of the last series later this week.

All good things must end. Rumors have been circulating about the future of the WoS line and now a reliable source has given us new information from inside Fox. It appears that Playmates' license with Fox to produce Simpsons merchandise will terminate at the end of this year. This will mean the end of the World of Springfield line and other Simpsons items produced by Playmates. The info we were given says the plan is to have one (or possibly two) more series of WoS and a final THOH set for TRU. Keep in mind that while we are confident in our source, this information has not been officially confirmed by Playmates yet. We will be contacting them with questions soon.

Other Collectibles / Re: Playskool Line: Do You Collect...Opinions?
« on: February 18, 2004, 10:45 AM »
Thanks for posting that DSJ, that is pretty sweet.  I hope that this is a sign that this line is coming back in some form, it was one of my favorites, and I'd really like to see some more OT figures and/or sets done.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Fate of the lines in 2004
« on: February 17, 2004, 02:20 PM »
Just don't waste the OTC cards on 2 small waves of figures and 14 rehashes!

That is one of my biggest concerns too Matt, I really hope that these great new cardbacks (which pretty much everyone seems to like) aren't just used for Dagobah, Bespin, and the recarded figures.  Although I know I'm a little biased since I really like the new design (and the vintage designs as well), I think these would really be eye catching, and I hope that they continue.

I was curious too about where, if there will be any, the prequel trilogy figures will fit in.  Maybe we won't have anything new until 2005, or maybe there will be some sort of other line that covers anything that isn't OT.  It does kind of sound like Saga is done with the Endor Generals this year, but maybe it will come back later on.  Or maybe they will just use the OTC cardbacks (since they use that style for Yoda's lightsaber), like you said.

I really hope that they keep the OTC going though, and maybe have the other collection be for prequel figures.  They've almost always had some sort of collection 1, collection 2 type of thing going (especially during movie years), so maybe we'll see the OTC into 2005, and a new line starting for the Episode III goodies.  It will be interesting to see.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: February 17, 2004, 09:48 AM »
There is a little more extensive photo gallery over at TNI, as well as the following link:

Marvel Legends Pics

I wasn't sure if I was going to keep collecting these this year, with all the Star Wars stuff coming out to keep up with, but some of these figures make it awfully tempting.  I'll probably end up getting an Iceman for sure, because I've always liked that character...but figures like Juggernaut, Storm, Apocalypse, and Phoenix are tempting as well.  So much great stuff coming this year from the various lines.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Bespin wave
« on: February 16, 2004, 04:50 PM »
You know, I like this entire wave (and basically all we've been seeing lately, for that matter), and I will pick up all of them if I can find them.  For some reason I really just think that Cloud Car Pilot is "neato".  Even though it has some bright colors, something about the design just seems cool to me.  I never had the vintage one, but I think I'll try to pick one of those up too sometime.  It is one of the more colorful designs of Star Wars characters, but it just looks classic "space movie" to me, if you know what I mean.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Dagobah wave
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:25 PM »
Like Matt said, I could see these maybe being released as two seperate figures too.  I just have a hard time picturing a carded Luke with a severed head next to him in the box...not to mention the arms.  Who knows though.  I don't have any problems with them being two seperate figures, as long as they aren't too hard to find (one version or the other, or both).

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Recarded rehashes up the ying yang!
« on: February 16, 2004, 02:23 PM »
I'm not usually a carded person, but I do like to keep the cardbacks.  That might make some of the rehashes tempting if they do end up staying at the $5 price-point.  My wife has been trying to talk me into getting rid of my boxes, cardbacks, etc. (we're running out of room for it)...and if I do it I would probably at least just keep these new OTC cardbacks, since they look pretty amazing from the pics.

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: February 16, 2004, 11:03 AM »
Although I had to give up collecting LOTR with all of the Star Wars stuff coming out recently and in the future, it does look like a lot of great stuff is on the horizon.  You can check out pics of a number of new figures HERE, you'll have to scroll down for the trilogy collections (seperated by movie).  Lots of great figures to see....Shelob, as well as a "chase" Peter Jackson hobbit.  Nice stuff the way it looks :).

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: February 16, 2004, 10:56 AM »
Although I'm more caught up in all the Original Trilogy goodness right now, I did see that the following site has pics up of the next few waves of Marvel Legends stuff.  You can check out Series 6, 7, and 8 here:

Marvel Legends 6,7,8

This is really the only other line I ever buy anything from outside of Star Wars, and I was considering putting it off since it looks like I'll be spending a lot on all the great OT stuff coming out this year.  However, X-Men always make it tempting for me...the new Wolvie, Juggernaut, Storm, Iceman, Apocalypse, etc.  Lots of toy goodness in 2004. :)

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