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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Clone Wars 3D Line (Rumors)?
« on: September 20, 2006, 12:15 PM »
The indications from Hasbro at Comic Con are that they would be interested in supporting the new Clone Wars cartoon.  But it seems like we're not going to see the cartoon until either late 2007 or early 2008, and obviously the line will be the same way.

Gentle Giant / Re: Clone Wars Maquettes Yoda
« on: September 14, 2006, 05:13 PM »
Damnit!!!  That looks way too cool for me to pass on.  And here I REALLY want to hate Gentle Giant for screwing up the '06 exclusives.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: September 14, 2006, 05:10 PM »
And that's all the bounty hunters, correct?

Dengar was shown at SDCC, but I don't think that piece is up for pre-order yet.  The only as yet to be mentioned Bounty Hunter from the Executor after that is 4-LOM.

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 14, 2006, 01:42 PM »
The timing is definitely off.  Legends 2 should have been released around the time of the Hall of Fame game and inductions.  That's really the peak of NFL nostalgia for the year.  The first regular wave should be out now, but I get the feeling that the street date for these lines had more to do with retail resets than coordinating with the start of the NFL season.  Most retail resets start in late August in preparation for the back to school season.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: September 13, 2006, 04:08 PM »
Distribution for RH Vader and the first issue of Slave Leia was pretty low.  Most people who've been with the Unleashed line since it's inception in 2002 will cite that the first two waves (Jango & Maul in wv 1; Vader, Padme & Anakin in wv 2) shipped too heavily and eventually pegwarmed.  That made wave 3 (Mace & Dooku) tough to get and even tougher to get was wave 4 (RH Vader & Slave Leia).  Things got better from there on, but RH Vader remains one of the hottest Unleashed figures ever.

There are currently 2 of them on eBay.  One guy has a starting bid of over $130 for RH Vader.  It's just proven to be a VHTF piece.

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: September 13, 2006, 11:36 AM »
Mike and Brent are both right.  The first Vader in the Unleashed line was the version that's just been re-released.  It came out in the second wave of the Unleashed line.  That wave also had the AOTC Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala.  The RH Vader was one of the last pieces on the original style cardback and shipped with Slave Leia.  That wave was VERY difficult to come by.  And when you factor in Vader's popularity compared to other characters in the Saga, it makes the RH Vader a tough piece to get.

Grievous is something of a puzzling choice for these reissues.  He was definitely more difficult to get in comparison with Obi-Wan and Anakin in ROTS Unleashed wave 1.  But overall it wasn't that difficult of an Unleashed piece to acquire.  As for the Stormtrooper and Yoda?  I still see a lot of people clamoring to get those pieces.  As such you would think that Hasbro would be trying to capitalize on the demand for those characters.  After all, none of those secondary market dollars wind up in their pockets.  Which has to lead you to wondering WHY Hasbro chose Jedi Luke and Grievous.  My guess is that Hasbro felt that they needed to get a major hero in the lineup.  To them that must mean Luke.  They certainly weren't going for Hero/Villain balance, because 3 of the characters being reissued at Target and WalMart are villains.  Perhaps they don't regard Yoda as a major enough hero?  And with Grievous, I think that there was a concious effort to touch upon Revenge Of The Sith, because every other character in the lineup is an OT character. 

Other Toy Lines / Re: McFarlane Sportspicks
« on: September 11, 2006, 10:48 PM »
Spotted some of NFL Legends 2 today.  It seems that Jim Brown and Walter "Sweetness" Payton are the ones to get.  I definitely like that they did "Mean" Joe Greene.  Who doesn't remember that Coca Cola commercial with him?  I understand getting Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana in there, but they don't hold a lot of interest for me.  At least not unless there's a Joe Montana/Jim Burt 2-pack with Burt laying him out!  As a fan of the game I understand getting Ray Nitschke in there, but how many people are REALLY going to know him?  Sure, he was one of the guards in the original "The Longest Yard", but are that many old school Packer fans going to be picking that one up?

Other Collectibles / Re: Unleashed figures
« on: September 11, 2006, 10:43 PM »
Hasbro really dropped the ball with this reissue lineup.  Especially since the fate of the line is depending on these selling well.  They could have guaranteed themselves much better sales if they had only gone this lineup:

-Removable helmet Vader with meditation chamber base
-Boba Fett

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: September 7, 2006, 08:30 PM »

The ONE bust I wanted.  I never got an email either.  If anyone wants to trade a BHS for Mara, drop me a pm.  I never took it out of the box yet for just this reason.  Stupid ******' Gentle Giant...... >:(

I hear ya!  I had to resort to eBay for the BHS.  That stung in a big way.  But I think you're much more likely to get a good price on the Mara Jade bust on eBay.  The production run was signifigantly higher, so there should be a healthier supply of them online.

If I were in your position, I would NOT trade the BHS for a Mara Jade bust straightup.  The BHS has much more trade value than the Mara Jade.  When you compare the run numbers you'll understand why.  There are 1,000 BHS's compared to 2,500 Mara Jades.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: September 7, 2006, 05:46 PM »
Oh yeah, that was me.  Seems like we had the opposite circumstances on the Mara and the BHS.  I missed out on the BHS from Gentle Giant but lucked out on Mara Jade.  It's just a matter of luck, IMO.

But the amazing thing over at the GG blog?  The guy who's defending GG and saying that if you really want the busts that you should be scouring forums for links all day long.  Please.  GG needs a serious wakeup call when it comes to offering these pieces online.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: September 7, 2006, 05:42 PM »
Wasn't that supposed to be the "Meditation Chamber" Vader?  With the meditation chamber as the base?  I thought I recalled seeing that somewhere a while back... (or did that already come out?)

Meditation chamber Vader it is.  That is what's been shown in almost all of the photos of the set.

I'm having a brainfart right now, so could someone refresh my memory as to what, if any, differences there are in the actual Bounty Hunters?

Of course the Vader is different.  Boba Fett is the same sculpt as the SDCC chrome Boba Fett, and IG-88 is a first time release.  All of the other pieces have been previously released as is.

***DOH!  Brent beat me to this.***

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: September 7, 2006, 03:16 PM »
Wow, it's like an echo in here Brent.  ;D

I'm utterly amazed that I still haven't received the GG email either.  But considering the title, I think it's possible that my spam filter MAY have caught it.

I also got word that my case of Clone mini-busts arrived at my local dealer.  Amazingly I got the same price that you mentioned, too!  And so far I've got a fair number of people interested in the extra white Clones and the extra 501st Clone.  This deal worked out very well!

Past Star Wars Celebrations / Re: Celebration Europe
« on: September 7, 2006, 09:51 AM »
Do they have Hooters in Europe? :D

Somehow I don't think there's a Hooters in Leicester Square.

Good lord, did they have to choose a city as expensive as London for this thing?!  Ugghhhh!

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: September 5, 2006, 08:06 PM »
Same here.  I never got the notification email, but someone at another site was very cool and provided a link.  Scored the Mara Jade.

But the whole deal points to systemic problems at Gentle Giant.  The fact that so many collector's club members didn't receive any kind of email notification is troubling.  Thankfully there's a good network of collectors who are prepared to help one another out with the link, but it really shouldn't be that way.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TRU Exclusive Dagobah X-Wing
« on: September 2, 2006, 07:29 PM »
I suppose it'd be kinda difficult to walk out the door with this thing in your pocket though.

It barely fits in TRU's large bag.  The box is really cool, but I think it's just a LITTLE oversized.  Especially when you consider the size of the original Dagobah X-Wing box and the Red Leader X-Wing box.

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