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Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: January 14, 2004, 03:40 PM »
I just saw that post over at GH as well, that case assortment seems a little odd to me as well.  I guess we shouldn't be too surprised though.  I found my first (and only, so far) of this line this past weekend (Obi-Wan) and am really hoping I am able to pick up the rest of them.  I hope this case packing won't make the Yoda and Clonetrooper impossible to find.  I'm sure that they will be the hottest ones of the line.  I will say this, I really think the packaging on these figures is great...I was able to spot them from quite a ways away with the big character pictures on the bubble sides :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 14, 2004, 12:47 PM »
That's pretty much the same way I feel from time to time Scott.  Plus, Episode III might end up being the best of the prequel movies too.  It seems to get a little better each time it gets closer to "original trilogy time" :).  I've had to start skipping vehicles and playsets too, I just don't have the room.  Might have to pack a few away as well.

Saga '02-'04 / Have You Ever Considered?
« on: January 14, 2004, 11:47 AM »
Collecting OT-based figures/vehicles, etc. only?  Awhile back, after reading through the Return of the King movie thread, it seemed like many of us really felt the the prequel movies have been sub-par, especially when compared the the OT and the LOTR franchise.  Although I don't think I could ever totally quit buying prequel figures...and I know I'll be there opening night for Episode III, I will admit that I have considered collecting only original trilogy stuff from time to time.  I guess the thought comes up more now with 2004 focusing so highly on the OT, and all of the figures so far looking fantastic.  Like I said, I do enjoy all things Star Wars (prequel or original), and will most likely continue to collect both....I will say the thought has entered my mind from time to time (space and collecting funds are other issues that have made me consider it).  At times I have also thought of only buying prequel figures that have a clear connection to the OT (for example...Obi-Wan, Yoda, Anakin, Clone/Stormtroopers, 3PO and R2, soon to be Chewie, etc.)  The 3 3/4" line is really the only one that I do buy most of, with the Playskool sets I bought only the OT ones, with the Unleashed (for the most part) it has been the same.  I certainly don't mean to offend any PT fans, I really enjoy the movies too..and have plenty of figures from each of them so far, it was just something I had thought about after reading some posts over the past couple of months.  Anyways, I was just wondering if any of you have ever considered this as well?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: 2004 Toyfair Feb 14-18!!!!!!!1
« on: January 14, 2004, 10:52 AM »
I really hope that everything rumored there is able to turn out.  Although we've had a wealth of Lukes this year, I would gladly welcome a new Dagobah one.  I think it would be great to get a new OT Yoda.  Even though we got several PT versions over the past year or two, it has been awhile since the OT version...and I really think Hasbro could do much more with this figure/character now.  I'd also buy up each of those rumored figs for the Bespin wave.  The Coruscant wave doesn't sound too bad either.  I'm really enjoying the focus on the OT this year, and so far, the sculpting and figures in general have been amazing, at least in my opinion.  Definitely brings memories of the POTJ times.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rate your job satisfaction...
« on: January 14, 2004, 08:54 AM »
The idea of looking around for something new and different is pretty scary to me, since I generally enjoy familiarity and stability in my life.

This is the same way I feel.  My job satisfaction, I guess.  I work with some pretty good people, and our company is kind of spread throughout the country, so there are many that I never even see or talk to.  I have recently been given the opportunity work from home (since my work is online), and I have come to enjoy that pretty well.  On the bad side of things, I have been here five years...still waiting for a raise....and I have been through 5 rounds of firings/cutbacks.  I am happy that I have been able to make it through each time, but at the same time it is tough seeing so many friends come and go.  But, like the quote above, I like familiarity in my life....and to be honest a part of me is sort of "scared" to do something different.  I do always keep an eye on things in the job market, just to see what is out there, but I have the feeling I would have to go back to school to find anything decent.  I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology (which I don't work in at all now), and that degree is somewhat worthless around here in Nebraska.  I wish I would have been able to see that better in college, but I didn't.  Plus, my wife has a great job, that she really we don't really want to move either.  Anyways, I guess I would say it isn't perfect...but things could be worse too.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 13, 2004, 10:53 AM »
Not too excited about these...but I think warnings of pegwarming hell are overdoing it, things have been selling quite well, even the clone wars stuff moved better than I thought it would

I agree Scott, especially if they are only packed 1 per case.  My shopping choices are somewhat limited where we live, but the Targets, TRU, and Wal-Marts we visit regularly are pretty much always cleared out.  The "Greatland" Target (where I've had the most luck), has sold through everything they have had Star Wars since they opened in October...including a TON of Clone Wars Anakins and Yodas (I was surprised).  I'm glad to see things selling, but it does make it tough to find figures now and then ;).  At least we know they're out there though, not like last year where they never even seemed to make it to the stores.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 13, 2004, 09:31 AM »

JD Sports Forum! / Re: College Football 2003
« on: January 12, 2004, 02:43 PM »
As many of you have probably seen/heard, we hired former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan as the next head man of Husker football.  Although I sure didn't expect this guy to be our next coach when Solich was fired, hopefully it will be good for the team.  He is bringing in a West Coast offense, so it will be an adjustment for the Husker faithful getting used to something new.  Change can be good though.  Unfortunately, we heard today that only two of the assistants would be kept on the staff (not surprisingly), but sad to see many long time coaches (and some new) leaving the program.  Husker football is about all we have for sports around here, so we really get to know all the coaches and players pretty well.  Hopefully we can get the ship righted now, and not go through the staff changes every year.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 12, 2004, 01:20 PM »
Yeah, the lists are a little bit surprising.  I am a fan of X-Men, but I don't totally understand why they continue to put a lot of those figs (particularly Wolverine) in the Marvel Legends lineup.  I am, however, really excited at the possibility of a Juggernaut figure, as well as Ice Man, Storm, and Apocalypse.  I'll be curious to see pictures of what's coming, can't wait for Toy Fair.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Endor Wave Official
« on: January 12, 2004, 12:31 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Scott, its nice to get a chance to see pics of both Lando and Madine.  I notice Hasbro isn't giving the little line at the end "come back next month to see pics of the next wave....", like they used to :).  Also, just noticed...with the exception of the wrist/hand part, don't Lando's and Madine's right arms look a lot the same?  Not that I am complaining, just an observation.

Other Toy Lines / Transformers Alternators
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:58 AM »
I haven't had a Transformer toy since my childhood, but the Alternators line is awfully tempting.  I haven't seen any of these in person yet, but from what I have seen online they all look pretty great.  I guess I don't really have the $ or room, so I should just forget about it...but they do look pretty great :).

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:53 AM »
Not exactly Marvel Legends, but I decided to pick up the new Spidey 2 super duper hyper ultra articulated Spiderman figure this weekend (or whatever it is called).  I just wanted to have one Spidey to go in my Marvel (X-Men) collection, because outside of the X-Characters, he was my favorite comic/character.  This figure really is amazing, and the number of poses you can achieve with the articulation it has is outstanding.  I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a nice Spidey fig.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Saga Purchases
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:50 AM »
This past weekend was an Obi weekend for me I guess.  I was able to finally find the Outlander Bar Obi Wan, which is probably the best Episode II version they have done IMO.  I was also fortunate enough to find a Clone Wars Animated Obi-Wan as well, and although many people dislike this line, I really think they are kind of cool.  I was especially impressed with the packaging for these figures.  I'm not as big of a fan of the regular Clone Wars figures, and other than the SA Clone, I don't think I will buy anymore of those....but I'd like to pick up the rest of the animated line.  I guess I don't mind them being cartoony and not "fitting in", because they are from a cartoon...and I like them to represent that.  Now if we could just get some Hoth Lukes and Wampas around here I could get a little bit caught up :).  Good luck to everyone in their hunts!

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Wave 2 - Animated Clone Wars Figures
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:47 AM »
Although I know some people really dislike these figures, I was fortunate enough to find an animated Obi-Wan this past weekend, and I really like these figures.  They are something different, to be sure, but still cool in their own way.  I really hope to be able to locate all of the figures in the two waves, but for now its just my lonely Obi :).  One thing I really like about these figures are their cards.  Although it might not work great for the regular line, they are really neat for this line....with the big picture of the character on the side of the bubble...they really do stand out.  I could spot the Obi Wan hanging on the peg from a ways away because of the card and bubble alone.  I actually wouldn't mind seeing some animated-style OT figures, if they ever do a cartoon of those characters some day.  Just something different to collect I guess.  But, at the same time, I am with those that say they don't want them taking up shelf space from basic, (especially OT) figures.  Those are still #1 with me :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Hall of Fame Wave
« on: January 12, 2004, 09:38 AM »
I agree with many of you, I'm not overly enthused about this "Hall of Fame" series.  Since they are supposed to be packed 1-per case, hopefully it won't cause a pegwarming problem.  I, like others, will definitely pick up the 3PO, since I never had this particular version.  I am a Han fan, but I already have several commtech Hans I picked up for $1.99 back in the day :).  I would have rather seen them stick in the POTJ Bespin Han if they were going to repack one, that's one of my favorite figures.  The Chewie isn't too bad, but the Cloud City one is a bit better.  I'll probably be passing on everything but the 3PO, and possibly a Stormtrooper if I see one.  I have the rest, in some cases two of them :).  Like many of you said, there could definitely have been some better choices for the Hall of Repacks wave :).

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