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Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 11, 2005, 10:41 PM »
Well, going through the comic shop is a pre-order.  They're basically acting as a go-between for me with Diamond Comics.  I ordered mine already.  Thing is, to order these through your comic shop AND to ensure that you get both versions of the Sandtrooper, you've got to hope that they're ordering a minimum of one case.  The reason being that Diamond will not make certain that you get both versions of the Sandtrooper if you only order two.  If you do that, you're taking a chance that you'll get both versions since Diamond will not differentiate between the Squad Leader and the Sergeant.  The only way to make sure you get both is in the event that your comic shop orders an entire case.  If your comic shop orders the whole case, they'll receive a total of 3 Squad Leaders and 3 Sergeants.  What a pain!

Now I'm waiting for Bust Ups series 4 to go up for pre-order.  I can only imagine what the rush is going to be like when the new versions of Darth Vader and Yoda go up for pre-order.  Those could have the largest edition sizes since the Deluxe Stormtrooper.  That one clocked in at 10,000 pieces.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 11, 2005, 10:23 PM »
Also direct from Gentle Giant themselves.  Click here to go there

Frustratingly, no information on the edition size for Han or the two Sandtroopers.  Maybe one of the staff can tweak the good folks over there for that information.  Or should I just haul out my press badge and ask :P

There won't be any news on the edition sizes of those for a while.  These items have only been listed through Diamond for a few weeks, so most likely Gentle Giant hasn't determined the edition size yet.  They base the edition sizes on the orders.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Jedi After Episode 3?
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:45 PM »
The Dark Woman is another Jedi who goes into hiding.  Her fate is covered in an issue of STAR WARS TALES.  Darth Vader hunts her down and kills her in one issue.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS Deluxe Clone 3-pack
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:06 PM »
Had to see this coming.  As long as the price point stays at roughly $10 a pop, I can live with this.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 11, 2005, 08:05 PM »
Jeff makes very valid points.   Start with and exclusive figure, add in the clamshell and then add in the whole army building culture that's pervasive in the collecting community and it's no wonder that the Target exclusive Clone Trooper has been so hot.  We only have ourselves to blame for the situation, I think.  It was only a matter of time before both Hasbro and an exclusive retailer decided that the army builders were ripe for the picking.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 11, 2005, 07:52 PM »
So, I wonder if the V-Wing actually appears anywhere?

Yes.  They escort the Theta class shuttle from Mustafar to Coruscant.  And as previously noted, you can see them in the full length trailer.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 10, 2005, 02:42 PM »
Not sure who fights with Plo Koon (I would guess a V-Wing Pilot although there are rumors to the contrary) and if there are Clones with Mace at the Beginning of the movie or who is with Stass Allie...

There's a shot out there of Plo Koon in the cockpit of a fighter with a couple of ARC-170's behind him, Scott.  You might want to do a google image search for Plo Koon.

Like so:

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 8, 2005, 12:03 PM »
Check out The Container Store.  They've got an entire section devoted just to collectible storage.  The mostt appropriate display piece they might have for a mini-bust is this acrylic display cube.

It retails for $9.99.  I've yet to get one myself, but I've been very happy with the Container Stores storage boxes which I use for some loose basic figures.

As for the Emporer/Darth, they have not made one in the mini-bust line yet.  However, with the character playing a much more prominent role in REVENGE OF THE SITH, I can't see why Darth Sidious might not get included in this line in the near future.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 8, 2005, 11:57 AM »
Haven't posted my current top 5 in some time.  I need to rectify that!

Rachel Weisz

Kate Winslet

Rosario Dawson

Scarlett Johannsen

Aimee Mann

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: May 7, 2005, 05:26 PM »
I really think the sales have been phenomenal, I have seen the pegs replenished at my local Target at least 10 times already...I'm serious too, they will dwindle down to 3-4 per peg and then boom, restocked full and repeat

That's one of the great things about Target.  They have probably THE best inventory management around.  They keep track of sales not only on a day-to-day basis, but they check their stock levels 2 times during the day as well.  As a result they manage their stock much more efficiently than TRU or WalMart.  It also helps keep their stock as current as possible.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Scalper
« on: May 6, 2005, 08:03 PM »
After standing amongst literally hundreds of people openly talking about buying/selling C3 exclusives last week just to make a few extra bucks, I hear ya' Jess.  That was rather disgusting, and one of the few disappointments with the convention there.

I hear this, and heard it WAY too many times at C3.  When I finally got up to the registers at the C3 store on Wednesday there was a guy smiling and laughing about how it was all "money in the bank" or something.  What a dick.  Also, what a fool.

Think about it just from the standpoint of being at Celebration 3.  You spent $100+ to get into the show, and most likely spent one entire day on line to get into the C3 store.  So it's costing you 25% of your admission right off the bat.  Then factor in your time spent on line.  7 hours in my case.  In my line of work I do alright when it comes to hourly pay.  But let's say for the sake of argument that you make double the minimum wage and you get to maybe $10 an hour.  So right there, before you've spent a dime in the store, your admission and time have cost you in excess of $100.  THEN you still have to fork over $18 per figure if you want one in a Star Case, and you would be foolish not to get the maximum of 4.  So those total up to $72.

That brings you to a grand total of approximately $172 in expenses for the 4 Vaders.  And that's not even factoring in your travel and lodging expenses.  And these fools on eBay think they're actually making money on the C3 Darth Vader?  What an utter group of financial morons.

As for the other scalpers, it's all been said before.  Try getting a real job guys.  Lord knows with the time and expenses you put out there to get a few figures as quickly as possible you cannot be turning anything approaching a profit.  You need to be able to do some serious volume to make anything approaching real money.  At that point you might as well try to be a legit dealer.  Flea markets can't be paying the bills that well.

I had heard that GenCon was not allowing vendors to sell the Vaders at the show (even though I saw a few who were) but they also should have not let people put up signs saying they were buying them either. That just created more of a mess of people waiting to get into the store.

They did the same thing at Celebration 2.  While they allowed vendors to buy Jorg Sacul figures, they didn't permit them to resell them at the show.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 4, 2005, 05:39 PM »
Edition sizes have only been determined through the Leia/Boussh mini-bust.  That one is set for release later this month and is limited to 5,000 pieces.  

Release dates, but not edition sizes, have only been scheduled for the following:

Han Solo - August
Sandtrooper Squad Leader - September
Sandtrooper Sergeant - September

Gentle Giant has taken to "custom fitting" the edition sizes based on pre-orders.  If there are more orders through Diamond and other distributors, then there will be a larger the edition size.  

As of this time, Gentle Giant hasn't released any info on the release schedule or edition size of the following pieces:

ROTS Darth Vader

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier
« on: May 4, 2005, 05:28 PM »

That's the Joe Corroney illustration I was referring to.

Gentle Giant / Re: Gentle Giant Busts
« on: May 4, 2005, 12:27 PM »
That sounds like a good deal, Brent.  But have you ever considered moving out of the wilderness?   ;)

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