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The Vintage Collection / Re: Hasbro Weekly Q and A
« on: June 30, 2006, 06:08 PM »
I think the answers have been something of a mixed bag.  We've gotten some answers, but they're not crystal clear.  They're vague answers that pertain to the line in general. 

We've gotten some good answers with regard to the vehicle line.  There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Hasbro would ever make another new vehicle sculpt.  Thankfully we got a positive response to that, and there seems to be some buzz as a result of that.  But we got a less favorable response with regard to playsets and the articulation issues.  Predictably, the answers are related to cost and profitability.  I applaud Hasbro for being honest in this case.  They didn't give us the answers we wanted, but then again they aren't lying about things either.  Frankly I'd rather get the truth and know the reasons why than be lied to.

One thing that I think has been a bit of a trap with the Q&A's?  Character selection.  I think Hasbro is very hesitant to announce ANY characters in the line that haven't been finalized.  They did confirm the Galactic Marine, but in that case it's a figure that could be on the pegs as soon as November or December of this year, so the development process is over and it's most likely in production now.  But thinking further ahead, it seems that the Basic Figure line is much more fluid than we might think, and Hasbro is rightfully cautious to hold back that kind of info.  The Galactic Marine is probably on retail order sheets at this time so the information is already out there.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Why no Battle Droids?
« on: June 30, 2006, 11:43 AM »
There haven't been that many things revealed for next year, yet.  My guess is that we'll see at least one, if not two of the '07 waves before the end of 2006.

Your sources haven't confirmed anything yet?

It's something called "being cognizant of Hasbro's retail trends".  The Saga Collection still has 4 new waves and 2 Greatest Battles wave set to ship in 2006.  Bearing that in mind along with the fact that Hasbro ships on average 1 wave per month, there is still the month of December to account for.  If Hasbro adheres to their longterm trends, then the 2007 line will begin to ship in either late November or early December.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: June 30, 2006, 09:11 AM »
Nicklab-where did you find those hybrid sets at?

Toys R Us.  They seem to be going pretty fast though.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: 'Scum's 2007 report... Oh my!
« on: June 29, 2006, 11:25 PM »
They should just make the "Holding her is dangerous..." guy from ANH.  You hear the way that guy talks to Vader?  Must have a reall set of 'nads on him!

I believe that might be Commander Praji.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Why no Battle Droids?
« on: June 29, 2006, 11:10 PM »
There haven't been that many things revealed for next year, yet.  My guess is that we'll see at least one, if not two of the '07 waves before the end of 2006.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: June 28, 2006, 03:35 PM »
Grabbed what may be some decent diorama fodder over the weekend.  Got some of the Alien VS Predator sets with the intent of using the set pieces for a Yavin IV duel scene.  The blister carded pieces were on clearance for $7.98 each, but the real score was the Birth of the Hybrid box set for a whopping $.98!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harry Potter
« on: June 28, 2006, 02:22 PM »
Well, you would have to expect one of those major characters to be Voldemort, right?  And there's also the matter of Snape as well.  Not a minor character given the end of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man 3
« on: June 27, 2006, 03:09 PM »
Well, the black costume looks drastically different.  They basically turned the red and blue suit black and silver and left the webbing on it.  Sandman did look impressive.  But the new Goblin wasn't very easy to see.  I'll have to slo-mo through those shots.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:11 PM »
Is that what folks in plush animals costumes who throw fake blood around do?  ;D

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 10:45 PM »
I got tickets to Tool for August 29.  I am very excited.  Earplugs are for pussies who want to hear when they're old.  Pussies.

Tell me that after you can't sleep because your ears are ringing so bad.  It's such a pleasant sensation.  ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: June 26, 2006, 12:24 PM »
I would definitely wear plugs there.  You're just getting blasted by such high SPL's there that it's dangerous.  That sound is designed to carry all the way from the mains to the back of the arena and sound good there.  And if you've been to any concerts, you already know that the soundman is either in the middle or near the back of an arena's floor.  You would think that floor seats would be great by virtue of where they are, but from a sound standpoint it's not necessarily the best place to be.

Other Collectibles / Re: EE's Exclusive Vader Bust
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:46 AM »
Got my card charged and shipping notification.  At least I'm getting this exclusive.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Earplugs
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:42 AM »
Does anyone wear earplugs when you go to concerts?

Some shows demand that you wear earplugs.  Like Motorhead.  I've heard that Sabbath can be extremely loud, but when I saw them the volume wasn't an issue...probably because of my crappy seats.  I'll usually bring plugs to a show, but the volume really needs to be high for me to consider putting them in.

I think I've lost a little bit of my hearing (some high frequencies) after playing in bands for the past 13 years or so.  Standing near a drummer who's smashing away at a china cymbal while playing a 3 hour gig can do that to you  >:( .  Now, if the venue we're playing is really loud on stage then I might wear plugs while we play.  But I think volume tends to be much more of an issue if you're right out front, fully exposed to the PA.  Stage volume is usually much more controlled.  But people like Bob Mould and Pete Townsend haven't been so lucky.  Be careful about your hearing.

You really don't want to be that guy whose wearing ear plugs, though. It's just not cool. Might as well wear the venue t-shirt while you're at it.

Okay, Droz. ;D

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Bust Ups!
« on: June 25, 2006, 08:56 PM »
I lucked out on these yesterday.  I found a case at a Hot Topic store that appeared to be untouched.  I bought one each of Solo, Ponda Baba, Greedo and the Cantina Band member.  Then I bought both of the Snaggletooth's and all three of the Obi-Wan Kenobi's.  What did I wind up with?  Got both versions of Snaggletooth, 2 regular Obi-Wan's and 1 variant Obi-Wan.  Not bad.  Only one extra in the bunch.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: June 25, 2006, 08:53 PM »

It's interesting though, you mention that the red clone is running at $400 or so per item.  What does that mean for the future of the black hole stormtrooper with a run of only 1000?  Will it move up from it's current price, or will it stabilize in the same range?

The BHS is probably going to be in the AOTC blue & red Clone Trooper price range, if not higher.  Not good news for most of us who didn't score one.  And historically the price on the two aforementioned pieces has only climbed.  Now may be the time to get a BHS on ePay if you're seriously thinking about getting one.

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