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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.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TRU Exclusive Endor AT-AT
« on: September 1, 2006, 11:26 PM »
I saw this in the store yesterday.  I'm holding off for a little while.  I bought the Dagobah X-Wing, but I'm not going to buy some $180 worth of exclusive vehicles in the space of a couple of days.  I'm going to wait to buy this AT-AT and the TIE Fighter.  I just think that TRU should have spaced these exclusives out a little more.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TRU Exclusive TSC TIE Fighter
« on: September 1, 2006, 11:23 PM »
I was pleasantly surprised to see the OTC TIE Pilot is packaged with this vehicle.  Admittedly the package is very cool, too.  But the paint job didn't look that great to me.  It almost seems like you can see brushstrokes in the paintjob, and that's not very appealing to me.  That combined with the $45 price tag has me holding off on this particular TIE for the time being.  I'm kind of curious though, was the Target release of the larger TIE Fighter quite this expensive?

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Most wanted Fig
« on: August 29, 2006, 01:22 PM »
Snowspeeder gear Luke Skywalker.  Make it SA, with remvable helmet, lightsaber, blaster, holster, grappling hook & the mine he uses to bring down the AT-AT.

To Sir: Would you like the moon with that?

With Love,

It wouldn't be hard. They just have to add some costume alterations and some new accesories to the VTSC Luke Pilot.

And selling it at the Vintage line price point would probably be feasible.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Most wanted Fig
« on: August 28, 2006, 12:32 AM »
Snowspeeder gear Luke Skywalker.  Make it SA, with remvable helmet, lightsaber, blaster, holster, grappling hook & the mine he uses to bring down the AT-AT.

Hmmmm, video game vehicles!  I'd love to get a KOTOR Ebon Hawk!!!

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