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Conventions / Re: Wizards World Chicago - 2006
« on: July 28, 2006, 04:39 PM »
I've been to this show for the past three years.  It's definitely one of the better conventions in the country.  I would say it's easily the second best.  However, having been to Comic Con in San Diego last week, there's a big dropoff from number 1 to number 2.

There's definitely a good number of dealers here.  You can pick up just about anything here.  Are you going to score current things at retail prices?  Probably not.  But as far as older items go, you'll probably wind up paying fair market prices.  The key though is to be a smart shopper.  Know what things should cost and haggle for the best deal you can.  It's pretty much a microcosm of dealers.  Some are going to have good prices, and others won't.

As for exhibitors?  Hasbro did not attend this show last year, and it seems that they're only doing Comic Con now.  But you can find some Star Wars licensees like Gentle Giant, Official Pix and Dark Horse at this show.

As for the promoters?  They do a decent enough job.  But the cattle pens that they herd you into each morning in order to get on the floor at opening are borderline degrading.  Not sure what the ticket price is this year.  Typically I've attended all 3 or 4 days.  But I'm not attending this year.  It's a long drive for me and there's not much incentive for me to go.  I did attend the Wizard show in Boston last fall.  That one was a disaster!  Poor turnout, poor facilities, and not enough vendors.  I also attend their Philly show annually.  That has actually turned into one of the best shows on the East Coast.  I don't know enough to say about either their Texas or Los Angeles shows.  Overall I think Wizard is putting together some good shows, so if you're inclined you might want to check out the Chicago show.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Anyone know anything about meteorites?
« on: July 27, 2006, 07:37 PM »
First off, make sure it isn't one of these:



 ;D

Seriously, I've seen a major meteorite come down.  Apparently it was a fairly major one as it made some newspapers in the summer of 1994.  It was in Northern NY near the Canadian border.  Judging from the way it came down, it may have landed in Quebec since we were that close to the border.  Guestimates had the size of it at around the size of a car when it hit the atmosphere, and it burned very bright...especially since it was very easy to see at twilight.

I would be concerned about the legitimacy of some of these pieces.  Just knowing what kind of people troll eBay with illegitimate goods puts me on guard.  And you never know when someone might feel like they can make some money off of someone by selling a piece of iron pyrite that they put into a blast furnace.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: BARC TROOPER!
« on: July 27, 2006, 06:12 PM »
I mentioned earlier in this thread, I blew the BARC shown at Comic Con up to a huge size, and I don't see any differences with the VTSC scout at all, including the helmet.  I think it's a straight repaint of the VTSC.

Frankly I can't say that I know what your comments were or that I care about what you've posted.  I'm making my own critique based on what I've seen.  Your troll-like need to chime in other people's opinions is tiresome.  It's certainly had the effect of dragging this forum down like the otheR place.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: BARC TROOPER!
« on: July 27, 2006, 03:48 PM »
You quoted me very selectively there.  And as I recall a staff member mentioning earlier in the thread, try talking critically about the figure and not other members who are voicing their opinions.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: BARC TROOPER!
« on: July 27, 2006, 12:38 PM »
This is probably my favorite Clone Trooper from ROTS.  Boy, was I surprised to see it show up in the Hasbro presentation last week.  More to the point, I was happy to see it.  Especially after the denials about it in Hasbro's Q&A sessions.

I can definitely see that there have only been some minor modifications to this Clone from the base figure of the VTSC Scout Trooper.   The helmet was definitely the biggest difference that I noticed, and I'm glad to see that they modified the visor for this.  I'm not the biggest supporter of repaints, but the VTSC Scout Trooper is quite a good figure to repaint.

Is this sculpt perfect?  No.  But I'm willing to live with this tradeoff until Hasbro can make a more movie accurate version.  The VTSC Scout Trooper is an excellent figure to begin with, so I'm not disappointed to get a slightly modified version of that to fill out the ranks of my Kashyyyk troops.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: TSC Recent Purchases
« on: July 26, 2006, 12:04 PM »
Scored the entire Endor wave (pt 1) plus a UGH Snowtrooper last night.

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As of last night...2.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 25, 2006, 06:20 PM »
It's not opinion, it's fact.

Okay then, it's FACT.

Pardon me.

Do that again and I might have to wear sunglasses to work on my computer.   ;D 

I think a number of sites were asking Hasbro to take Endor Luke out of the case in San Diego.  I saw one of the RS guys trying to make that happen, but I don't think Hasbro wanted to accomodate the request.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:49 PM »
It's not opinion, it's fact.  I confirmed as much with a Hasbro rep at SDCC.  Endor Luke is based on the Jabba's palace figure but with a gloved right hand and the added accessories.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:47 PM »
Unfortunately Nick many of us weren't at the presentation and as such don't have the context that you refer to.

The audiocast of the presentation is available on Hyperspace if you want to listen to it.  Check it out HERE.

Listen to it, and I think you'll be able to detect the snarkiness in it almost immediately.  First off, they called it the "Best Wave Ever".  Comic Book Guy or VH-1's Best Week Ever anyone?  Then there's the progression through Willrow Hood, then Gargan, then the "X-tra crispy Lars 2-pack", Funeral Pyre Qui-Gon, blasted Jawa 2-pack and Funeral pyre Vader.

Obviously the telling of a joke loses it's effectiveness in the retelling.  Hopefully the audiocast can put this whole affair in context.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 05:18 PM »
I think the process of the presentation becoming progressively more absurd as it went on is where the joke lies.  The premise gets funnier and funnier as Hasbro announces things that are more and more ridiculous.  That's just basic humor at work, and it worked itself up to the punchline of the supposed release date of April 1, 2007.

Where I think it's not funny is that this particular community has gotten so wrapped up in the ICMG petition that anything approaching a joke on the subject just isn't funny anymore.  In other word, it's being taken too seriously.  We are after all talking about Star Wars toys.  While it would be kind of cool to add ICMG to my own Cloud City display, I'm okay with waiting for this figure and I'm okay with making a joke about it.  It's certainly not a matter of life or death and I don't think it should be handled with such kid gloves.

If anything, I think "the joke" has pointed out that Hasbro recognizes that there is demand for at least some of the characters they mentioned.  Hence the joke.  They wouldn't know to make the joke if they weren't paying attention.  They do read forums on a regular basis in an effort to tap into ideas for figures.  No doubt this is where the ideas for some of the Clone Troopers due out in the next 6 months came from.  An interesting aside from the joke?  One of the designers at Hasbro offered freely after the Q&A that he would be interested in making a Yarna figure some time in the near future.  That might mean they could also be interested in ICMG at some point, too.  I think it would actually fit in with a Cloud City themed wave.

But I do think that the topic is touched on so frequently here that people have become hyper-sensitive about it.  The nature of humor is such that invariably someone or something gets picked on.  Either they can accept the comments as a joke or they can't.  If it's such an outrage, then write a complaint to Hasbro's customer service. Or a more powerful gesture would be to vote with your dollars and not buy Hasbro's product.  IMO, it was just a joke and needs to be taken as such.

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The Legacy Collection / Re: The Hasbro Willrow Hood "Joke"
« on: July 25, 2006, 12:59 PM »
I think that anyone who was in the room for the presentation knew by the time Hasbro got to the "Xtra crispy Owen & Beru Lars" that this was a gag.  Seriously, a total of some 6 figures of corpses in some state of charring?  If you couldn't figure it out pretty quickly, then you probably don't have much of a sense of humor.

And if you think about it reasonably, why would Hasbro make figures of dead people?  I mean, they are supposed to be ACTION FIGURES.  What kind of action feature are these figures supposed to have?  Rotten decomposition smell action that starts wafting from the figure a couple of days after you open the blister card?  It was this train of thought that made the proposition of a dead Padme figure seem utterly repulsive and ridiculous to me.

Was it unfortunate that Willrow Hood and Yarna d'al Gargan were lumped into the group?  Yeah.  They have strong cult fanbases and the ICMG petition has been going strong for some time.  And I know that this site has been a stronghold for that movement.  I would also venture a guess that ICMG and Gargan probably had respectable showings in the Fan's Choice Poll but they just didn't break through the way some people wanted.  It's a poll.  Things like that happen.  But for us not to be able to laugh at ourselves in this kind of situation?  ::)  I think that once you start to take things too seriously, you're not having fun with them anymore.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:52 AM »
I got two.  There were so many Clone parts in the bowl that it was tough to figure some of them out.  Especially since the bases don't have any distinguishing features that would make it easy to mate them with their respective Bust Up.  That was just trial and error.

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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: July 25, 2006, 01:28 AM »
100th Bust Up is Boba Fett:


Getting this piece was a little challenging.  Building as many Bust Ups as possible in 2 minutes, drawing pieces from a bowl with 20 disassembled Bust Ups was kind of harrowing.  I actually got a little nervous!  But I tied the person I was competing against and we both got the Bust Up.

Regarding the piece itself, it's not the same as the original Boba Fett Bust Up.  Rather, it's a vac-metallized version of Boba Fett from the Bounty Hunter set that's yet to be released.

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The paint apps are okay by me.  I think that the Nabrun Leids repaint is actually quite good.  But what bothers me about this wave is that it's a WalMart exclusive.  WalMart doesn't have a great track record in managing their exclusives, and when it comes to the Basic Figure line it gets to be even more of a concern.

I do seem to recall a collective groan rising from the crowd at the Comic Con Q&A on Friday upon hearing the news that this wave is exclusive to WalMart.  Target would have been a much better venue for these, but it seems as though Hasbro wants to throw WalMart a bone.  It seems that staying in WalMart's good graces is a big concern for any company that wants shelf space in their stores.  Unfortunately though, it seems that Star Wars shelf space has been diminishing at Wally World.  Ugghhh.

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