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Watto's Junk Yard / The Great 2008 Collector's Challenge
« on: January 1, 2008, 09:35 PM »
Time for... The Official Thread for 2008.   :)

For Reference:
The Great 2007 Collector's Challenge
The Great 2006 Collector's Challenge
The Great 2005 Collector's Challenge
The Great 2004 Collector's Challenge


I am really, really hoping to get my spending back below the $1500 per year mark this year. 

I haven't been able to keep my spending that low since I started the Kubrick thing in late 2004 (damn 'brick addiction), but that won't stop me from trying to limit things (and failing miseably) in 2008.  ;)

30th Anniversary Collection / TFU Stormtrooper Commander
« on: December 20, 2007, 10:32 PM »
Another new pic making the rounds this week...

Well of the Souls / Hasbro Indy Adventure Heroes
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:17 PM »
Since it was hard to separate out the AH talk from the other SDCC and speculation threads, I thought I'd start this one fresh -

Wave 1:

We also know based on the SDCC pics that RotLA Marion is coming eventually too...

This line is an easy choice for me - the boys love the GH figures, so I er, we will definitely pick these up... :)

Well of the Souls / Gentle Giant Indy Statues
« on: December 14, 2007, 12:19 AM »
Indy Statue #1 - Indiana Jones on Horse:

From GG:
Galloping his way into your collection, this 7-inch scale statue of Indy stands 11 inches tall and will retail for $210.

Look for it in July 2008! :)

Well of the Souls / Gentle Giant Indy Mini-Busts
« on: December 14, 2007, 12:17 AM »
GG Indy Mini-Bust #1 - Raiders of the Lost Ark Indiana Jones:

From GG:
The Indiana Jones mini bust depicts Indy in his trademarked leather jacket, fedora and whip from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Standing 7.5 inches tall Indy and retails for $55. 

Look for it in July 2008!  :)

The Legacy Collection / Legacy Wave 2 - Clone Wars Micro-Series
« on: December 7, 2007, 09:11 PM »
Let the speculation begin!   :)

From Hasbro:

Wave 3 will feature one character that will be an upgrade over a previous character released in an early 2007 Battle Pack. The rest of the characters in the wave will be from the same source (movie or otherwise) as that character. That's more than enough hint to get started, and that's all we'll say for right now!



Pre-Orders begin December 14th 2007 at 10AM PDT.

I may have to break down and pick up my first Sideshow 12" figure.   :-\

The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Clone Wars Preview Figure - Captain Rex
« on: November 9, 2007, 02:43 PM »
OK, one of the things that popped up during the JD downtime was a SSG story on a possible preview figure for the 2008 Clone Wars line...


Looks like you can buy any 4 Saga Legends figures or 30AC figures and use the UPCs... here's hoping it's something that is worth army building as I have a LOT of UPCs from the last 12 months.  ;)

OK, so the rumors are finally officially confirmed - a large number of the 2007 figures will be re-released in 2008 with stands instead of coins.  I guess at this point in Hasbro's history, I really shouldn't be surprised by this, but it still blows my mind. 

Wave 8/9 will get here in Nov/Dec, then in January many of the same figures (Droideka, Fatigues Clone, Vanguard, Hakbat Clone, etc) will show up again with stands instead of coins.  I guess I'd understand if they repacked older figures with stands like they did in 2006 (or in Legends), but grabbing wave 7/8/9 figures that are only a month or two old and recarding them already?  Can you say OVERKILL?   ::)

Again, I know I shouldn't be surprised based on Hasbro's history, but it still makes me wonder sometimes...  and it makes me very glad I finally killed my whole "carded collecting" thing.   ;)

Other Collectibles / Gentle Giant Animated Princess Leia Monument
« on: September 20, 2007, 06:01 PM »
Life-size Animated Leia Monument.  No Joke:

It should be in the next issue of Previews magazine - around $800 bucks and is around 5 feet tall.

I thought that the Life-size Yoda they did was crazy... but this, this is crazy.  :o

(ps. don't poke your eyes out on those things...  :-X)

Watto's Junk Yard / Price of toys to increase 10% in 2008?
« on: September 14, 2007, 12:15 PM »
My pal Mike pointed something out to me today... apparently industry experts are expecting the price of toys to increase about 10% after Christmas (since most stores have their Holiday Orders set already).

The higher oils prices affect so many things - cost of raw materials (plastic), cost of shipping (raw materials and finished goods) plus added costs for the new set of safety testing (at both manufacturer and retailer levels) after all the recent lead-based scares.  It all leads to the presumed price increases...

So, will we see $7.75 for Star Wars figures in 2008?   Will high prices ultimately be what kills the line? 

The JediDefender Spy Network has uncovered a bit of news this AM...  it seems as though a new Hoth Battle Pack just might be headed our way later this year or early next.

No official details just yet, but it's very likely that this pack will include -

Hoth Han Solo (2007 Vintage Repaint with Blue Coat)
Snowspeeder Pilot Luke Skywalker (using the Zev body with new head/helmet)
Rebel Officer (a gray colored Derlin repaint)
Hoth Rebe Trooper (don't get too excited, it's the tiny 2004 sculpt)

Details are a bit sketchy on what that 5th figure will be, but we should have more details later today hopefully... :)


We want your votes! Hasbro is looking for a final wave of 5-6 figures that will round out the Saga Legends line, and which will be on shelf approximately March 2008.  JediDefender Forum Members are welcome to post in this thread a list of the "top 10" figures they would most like to see Hasbro re-release.

Your "top 10" lists must be posted by 11:59PM (Pacific) on Thursday, August 16th.  

On Friday, August 17th, the lists posted here will be compiled by the JD staff and the "top 10" choices from the JediDefender Forum Members will be forwarded to Hasbro!  The following Monday, August 20th, the lists from the various participating fansites will be combined together (with each website getting an equal voice) to generate one final "Top 20" list which will then be posted by Hasbro for netwide fan voting through the end of August.


- Ineligible Figures:  Any figures that have been used for exclusives or mainline sets from March 2007 or later (or previous exclusives whose retailer is still stocking them). This means that figures from sets such as the McQuarrie convention exclusives, Order 66 2-packs, Tusken Raiders, Mandalorian packs, Battlefront II packs, AT-RT Patrol, 181st Tie Interceptor Pilot, ARC-170 Battle Pack, Lucas Family pack, Stealth Scout Trooper, Felucia Battle Pack, Ambush on Ilum Battle Pack, Clone Attack on Coruscant Battle Pack, the Hunt for Grievous Battle Pack, Kir Kanos/Carnor Jax comic pack, 2007 vintage assortment, and other upcoming sets are ineligible. Some figures will not be eligible because tooling is not available at the time due to their use in upcoming products. This includes any figures from the previous (2005) Evolution packs among others that may not be available.

- Eligible Figures:  All other 3-3/4" figures that were either released as basic figures, Vintage figures, vehicle drivers, or released as part of a multi-figure set prior to March 2007. Exclusives and other sets whose figure are eligible for consideration include Republic Commandos, Death Star Briefing Room, the Saga Tins, Zev Senesca, the figures from the Toys R 'Us AT-AT, and the like. Pretty much all other figures are fair game!

- Votes for Ineligible Figures will be removed by staff when compiling the final list.

- For ease of compiling the lists, PLEASE POST ONLY "TOP 10" LISTS IN THIS THREAD.  All discussion of the poll and lists should be posted in the existing 2008 Saga Legends "Fan's Choice" Discussion thread. 

- Also for ease of compiling the lists, please limit your lists to TEN figures.  Ten figures, that's it - we don't care about any "runner-ups" or "honorable mentions".  If you vote for more than 10, the extras will be deleted.

Thanks for reading and enjoy!  :)

Announcements / JD 2007 Loot Giveaway #5 - 2007 "Vintage" Wave!
« on: August 1, 2007, 12:28 AM »
It's time for a new Give-Away! is giving you the chance to win the entire 2007 “Vintage” wave from the 30th Anniversary Collection! That’s right, it’s your chance to win all six of the 2007 “Vintage” collection figures - Han Solo (Hoth), Snowtrooper, Bossk, IG-88, Luke Skywalker (Bespin), and Princess Leia (Endor). Plus, once you open the figures, you’ll have everything you need to send away for the mail-away Vintage Coin Set from Hasbro!

See our Give-Away page for all the details!
Give away ends Saturday, August 18th, 2007.

Good Luck!

30th Anniversary Collection / San Diego Comic Con 2007
« on: July 25, 2007, 09:56 PM »
Starts today!  :)

We'll have pictures eventually, not sure when they will start rolling in though.

And, just an FYI - The Hasbro Panel is on Friday, July 27th.

11:30 am (Pacific) - What’s New and What’s Coming from Hasbro:
Come for first announcements about Hasbro’s products that you might not hear anywhere else, plus a special sneak preview of the 2008 product line. Meet members of Hasbro’s Star Wars marketing and design teams, the talented people who work on the company’s Attacktix, Titanium, and Star Wars action figure line. Q&A time included

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