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Toy Reviews / Re: Review-A-Thon: VOTC - A New Hope
« on: November 28, 2005, 01:35 AM »
Thanks Anton...

Yeah, Ben's probably the lesser of the two evils, but I'd still take an all-new Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi in the line at some point.  Softgoods, more articulation too...  Just that perfect figure for "Old Ben".  I think that if they re-release the spirit OTC Ben in a living form, that's fine for the plastic fans but I'll still want that version of him that has a more detailed/accurate softgoods skirt, full leg articulation, a hilt for his belt, and maybe a better cloak...  They just have to deliver something MORE than the VOTC figure because for $10 we shoudl have gotten perfection.

On Luke I just don't know where they were going...  I mean, why not sculpt the torso?  Why the shirt softgoods ya know?  He's perfect in articulation, they just need to drop the unnecessary cloth shirt and sculpt it.  Hell I'd do without the ball/socket torso gladly if it meant he sported the plastic shirt.  He'd be on par with Han if that was the case, but sadly he's probably my least favorite of the first VOTC figures.

Fortunately I feel that the VOTC line was all uphill from the ANH wave, aside from a protocol speedbump. :)

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL Regular Season 2005-06
« on: November 28, 2005, 01:07 AM »
CFL?  Wha?

Kicking a beaver around or something?  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Black Friday Purchases!
« on: November 26, 2005, 05:41 AM »
I think it ended like around noon but I'm not sure.  It wasn't an all-day thing I don't think...  At least I've heard people went "too late" for it anyway.  I'm thinking I should've bought those Neimoidian Commanders now but I'll live without them.

If TRU would do this same sale they'd clear those pegs right quickly.

Vintage Kenner / Re: AFA - Good or Bad?
« on: November 26, 2005, 02:33 AM »
Agreed 100% and then some...  To that end AFA strikes me as something that caters to the lazy and in turn has a pissy effect on US as a consequence.  I mean, learn the goddamn hobby and be proud that you DON'T need someone to hold your hand.

Ask advice from the guys that do know, learn from them, gain some knowledge...  Read up on sites/articles that the experts put out there like Gus Lopez or Shane, and just learn something...  AFA's charging you for advice more or less, while other people give that advice away for free for you to learn and use in your collecting.  That's how it should be, so to that end I look at AFA as a bit of a plague really.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Black Friday Purchases!
« on: November 26, 2005, 02:29 AM »
Figures at KM are $6.99 (been that way since they broke the 4/2 date and put stuff out before other retailers).  The figures came to $7 for 2 which isn't a bad deal, especially since a LOT (and I mean like 90% from what I understand) of the KM's around PA were seemingly stocking up with the latest Collection 2 figures.

My nearest which is the only store besides grocery stores within about 15 square miles, had Neimoidians, Gree...  They were definitely stocked with new stuff at one point or another. T he one near my girlfriend's place I did score Collection 2 figures so there were deals to be found.  I mean, a Tact. Ops for less than retail suits me just fine since I couldn't find one for full retail and I'm sure next weekend at the Toy Show I'll find out WHY I can't find one for full retail.  ;D

Every time that show rolls around I get to look at all the dip****'s tables with $25 - $30 modern figures.  I'm sure I'll see where all the Evolutions, Shocktroopers, "Final Five", and stuff are at.

I need to still find my extras, but the KM sale was pretty good I thought.  It was the only reason I really got my ass outta bed today actually.  I was surprised TRU, WM, and Target didn't at least try to do something similar...  WM really needs to do some pegwarmer clearing though.  If they had a sale any excess army builders would easily fly off the shelves, and crap like Vader may actually disappear.  Right now though nobody's getting much of anything in it seems because they're all just backed up with pegwarmers.  TRU is about the only store with any sort of diversity in its figure selection but they don't have anything new/interesting.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart Separation of the Twins Figures
« on: November 26, 2005, 02:18 AM »
Hmmm I wonder if they'll fit in my collector's edition Rebelscum Collectors Cases!?!?!?!?!?!   :o :P ;) :D ;D


Revenge of the Sith / Re: Black Friday Purchases!
« on: November 25, 2005, 07:53 PM »
Being on the other side of the city from Darth Nirvana, I think I had a little better luck surprisingly with the K-Mart BOGO thing...

I went around 9, and there's 2 KM's within 15 minutes of my house, so I hit the closest one first and it was a disaster area.  The pegs looked like a tornadoe had hit because figures were lying all about.  They had remnants that implied new **** was there, such as Neimoidian Commanders I shoulda stocked up on for army building but I digress.  There was a Gree too I think, but I left this store with nothing and thinking I wasn't going to find much today.

I went to K-Mart down near my Girlfriend's place and low and behold I saw an R4 out in front, and this gave me hope.  Upon inspection this toy aisle was a little better but not much and again SW figures were everywhere so I wasn't the first to rifle these pegs.  Right away though I spot him, a lone 501st Trooper...  Then Holo Aylya and 2 holo Plo Koons.  They had Wookiee Commando's and bly's, and green Commanders as well.  I got my gf's son a bly and green Commander.  I got myself one of each of them as well to bolster the ranks some.  I got the 3PO and an extra R4, and of course I got the Tact. Ops Trooper and Holo figures because THAT got me caught up on toys, yay!

I hit a Wal-Mart and Target then as well that are about 25 minutes away or so but found nada...  Wal-Mart was the same old wall of Vader.  He's definitely overtaken Neimoidians as the pegwarmer of the year IMO because I really don't see much more than 10 Neimoidians anywhere I go but I literally see dozens (as in 36+) of Vader at most every Wal-Mart.  Pathetic.

Target was a mess, the worst store to visit today.  Packed with people, and the SW aisle had some woman who'd blocked off the SW figures with her cart, I think intentionally, while she looked through everything.  When I tried to move in to look she literally pushed the cart forward looking at me like "uh uh".  I guess incase there was stuff she wanted she wasn't going to let me get it?  I dunno.  I laughed at her because I could tell just by eyeballing the pegs they were picked clean of anything and I wandered off to find a X-Mas light tester while I was there. 

I'm a lil bummed I didn't find the Wookiee HEavy Gunner in good supply because I want to army build him.  I'd have liked a 2nd Tact. Ops Trooper but 1 suits me fine.  I'm glad I'm caught up.

Now I only need a Lava Anakin and army build grey Evolutions Clone sets. :)

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Thanks for ROTS # 55: SA Obi Wan
« on: November 25, 2005, 07:45 PM »
I'll add my thanks.  The review is posted on this one, and I gave it glowing praise.  One of the best of the modern line even, not just the ROTS line.  Nicely done and I hope more and more figures like this are due out for the future.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: November 24, 2005, 08:08 AM »

Check out Brian's Toys because they've got the Evolutions sets listed under their "Holiday Special" and the price is under retail actually. 

There's some good prices on other stuff too including the obscenely priced EE Clones.  A set of 16 comes to about $5 per figure before shipping...  And the fact they're listed on sale further reinforces to me that these weren't the "hot" item they were touted as around the net because they were so overpriced.   ::)

Anyway, not bad prices there on those Evo's including the 2nd Clone set.  I may need to put an order in even.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Darth_Anton & Bill Cable!!!
« on: November 24, 2005, 07:34 AM »
Happy birthday Bill and Anton, hope you have good ones...  Hope everyone has a good day today and gets stuffed. :)

Vintage Kenner / Re: AFA - Good or Bad?
« on: November 24, 2005, 03:57 AM »
I agree John...  If anything I view them as a highly negative entity due to the effects they've had on "perceived value" in the vintage market...  AFA's supposedly expert opinions have totally thrown the normal balance of supply & demand out of whack IMO.

It's in a weird way similar to the way scalpers impact the modern hobby by throwing supply/demand off by interfering with the natural flow of things.  Not in the exact manner, but it's similar interference that, I as a collector, could certainly live without.

I was browsing through some 12-back auctions the other night just for ***** and giggles (god knows I can't afford to at the moment buy anything) and I was just disgusted what the AFA rated figures were doing...  I am less active in vintage since really the prequals started but I keep my eyes on it since I do polish off or upgrade my loosies still and just know I'll be back in vintage at some point like I was pre-1999.  I'm sorta disappointed looking at it though and hope the bottom falls out on all these people in it that I think aren't in it for the long haul. [/end side rant]

Anyway...  I look at AFA as a crutch for a lot of people.  I'd be disappointed in myself as a collector if I relied on AFA's word over my own educated judgment.   :-\  Harsh opinion perhaps, but I just wonder when it was that this hobby got filled with people unwilling to learn about it themselves.  AFA's probably saved some people the aggrevation of buying a fraudulent piece, but I think it's done much more harm than good.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: November 24, 2005, 01:47 AM »
"Is that...  Is that a baby?" -Dave Chappelle

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: November 23, 2005, 06:10 PM »
Well, my suggestion is man.  It's a haven.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2005-2006 Thread
« on: November 23, 2005, 04:33 AM »
The Pens/Caps game was a treat to watch tonight incase any of you caught it that have league packages or whatever... 

I was a little disappointed by the play of some the Pens especially our continuing issues with Goaltending even though Coran weathered a heavy 2-man disadvantage, and overall 41 shots on goal.  Still he let up 2 softies that led to a near comeback by the Caps.

The gameplay was a treat though to say the least...  Lots of end-to-end hockey, lots of hard hitting, lots of scrapping, and 2 amazing superstars in the making.  Crosby had his greatest goal of his career too and an assist that was equally beautiful.

As a Pens fan I hope Lemieux gets back in gear (I think he's  still not 100% healthwise), and that LeClair/Recchi kick it up a notch because they're desperately needed to produce as a means of offsetting our goaltending problems.

Great game though, and wish I'd had tickets to that one.  :)

Newbies / Re: Hey Now Jedi Defenders!
« on: November 23, 2005, 02:17 AM »
Welcome aboard Bill...  How's the service treating ya?

Glad you stopped by JD, we're happy to have you on and I'm sure you'll find lots of your local brethren to hook up with here.  There's tons of great things going on all over so feel free to browse around and check things out.

And if you have any questions just ask...  The staff are all over the place here.

Enjoy and nice to see you man,


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