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JD Sports Forum! / College Hoops 2003/2004
« on: December 8, 2003, 05:04 PM »
I'm not sure how many college hoops fans we have here, but I thought I'd start a place to discuss the season, your team, and eventually March Madness.  In Nebraska, we've never been much known for our hoops, which is probably why I have been a North Carolina fan since I was in junior high.  It has been rough the last couple of years, but hopefully they are turning it around a little this year.  So far so good (5-0).  I'm not expecting a National Title, but it would be nice to just be back in the Tourney :).  Good luck to all of your teams out there!

Other Toy Lines / What is Your Favorite Figure "Scale"?
« on: December 8, 2003, 03:27 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post this in, so if its not, feel free to move it :).  I was just curious, which "scale" of action figures do you feel is the best, or your favorite?  Do you prefer the 3 3/4" scale of our beloved Star Wars, or the 6" scale that is more common in many other figure lines?  There seems to be advantages of both scales, such as the space/vehicle/playset advantages of 3 3/4", and the added articulation (and in some cases, detail) of the 6" scale.  Personally, I really like the 3 3/4" scale, because that is basically what I grew up with between Star Wars and GI Joe, and it allows more vehicle, playset releases, and is easier to display overall I think.  I do have some 6 inch-ish scale things, a handful of ML, LOTR, and MOTU well as some of the Unleashed line...and in the case of Unleashed, it seems that the likenesses are often done a little better, although I think hasbro does a pretty good job overall with the 3 3/4" scale liknesses.  Anyways....what scale do you like the best?

JD Sports Forum! / Your Favorite Sport?
« on: December 3, 2003, 04:37 PM »
Simple question, just curious I guess as to everyone's tastes.  The sports I enjoy the most are basketball and football, but I do appreciate the others as well (baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, etc.).  Since we live in Nebraska, we pretty much live and breathe football here...since we don't have much else (even if the last two seasons have not been our best).  But, if I had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be basketball...for some reason that has always been my sport, I enjoy watching all levels of it (HS, College, Pro, Olympics)...and it was the sport that I was the best at growing up (and still today I guess).  I always enjoy playing, and spent more hours than I can remember with my best friends playing 3 on 3, or having what we called "dunkfests"...basically dunking until our hands bled :).  Anyways...what is your favorite sport?

Saga '02-'04 / Cloth or Plastic?
« on: December 2, 2003, 05:05 PM »
I hope that this doesn't become a heated debate or anything, and I'm sorry if this topic is repetitive.  After looking at the preview over at GH of the new Jedi Luke, it got me to thinking about what some of your opinions are on the plastic or cloth cape, cloak, etc. issue.  I guess I'm staying on both sides, because I don't have problems with either way I guess.  However, I think sometimes I seem to gravitate towards cloth a little (maybe because of nostalgia from the vintage line).  Although I admit that it doesn't always sit or "lay" correctly or realistically on the figure (even the Jedi Luke doesn't, or one that many people like...POTJ doesn't necessarily look "realistic" but still good).  I guess I had the same problem with my vintage Jedi Luke, and it didn't bother me then.  I also like the use of cloth on the screen scenes Mace and Yarael, I think it looks fairly good, and allows them to sit.  I'm also one that is hoping if there is an Endor Han next year, his poncho is cloth like the vintage, as long as it looks decent.  I don't really have a problem with plastic capes, etc. either, until I recently received my Throne Room Duel Vader from Kebco.  I don't know about you guys, but this figure is next to impossible to stand, or put the helmet on the same time as the cape, etc.  I don't know if I have honestly ever been quite as frustrated with displaying a figure.  But, then I also picked up the Death Star Clash Vader (or whatever its called, the one from the MOTDS two pack that was recently re-released), and I think this Vader looks great, the cloth cape hangs nicely, etc.  Anyways, I can see both sides of it...but I was wondering what some of your opinions are.  Are you plastic all the way? cloth all the way? a little bit of both? or don't care? :)

Watto's Junk Yard / 10 Star Wars Questions...
« on: November 25, 2003, 09:27 AM »
After reading the great "12 facts about yourself" thread, I thought it might be nice to see everyone's personal tastes for our favorite movie saga.  Here's just a few questions, pretty general, that I thought of this morning...if you have any to add, feel free :).

1. Favorite Movie of the Saga

2. Favorite Character(s) of the Saga
    2a.  OT-Good Guy?
    2b.  OT-Bad Guy?
    2c.   PT-Good Guy?
    2d.   PT-Bad Guy?

3. Prequels or Originals?

4. Favorite Saga-Related thing to Collect (if any)

5. Favorite Item in Your Collection (if any)

6. Favorite Ship, Vessel, Bike, etc.

7. Favorite Planet

8. First Star Wars movie you saw in the Theatre

9. Favorite Color of Lightsaber

10. Favorite Song from the Saga

Bonus Questions :): Favorite Fett (Jango or Boba)?
                                Favorite New Jedi (from Prequels I guess)

For me, here's my answers:

1. Empire Strikes Back, sometimes Return of the Jedi depending on mood

2. Han Solo and Chewbacca
    2a. Han/Chewie, otherwise Yoda, Luke, Droids
    2b. Darth Vader or Boba Fett
    2c. Yoda, Obi Wan
    2d. Eventually Anakin/Vader :P, Maul and Dooku were both cool though too.

3. Like them All, but Partial to Originals

4. Most 3 3'4" Product (Figures, Vehicles, Beasts) and Unleashed

5. Not Sure, lots of Favorites...I guess I'll say either my vintage Trenchcoat Han (remember looking for/buying this figure when I was a kid), or my POTJ Bespin Capture Han, because it was a gift from my wife that she really looked for for me :)

6. Millenium Falcon

7. Tatooine or Dagobah

8. Return of the Jedi (1983), I was almost 7

9. Green

10. Main Theme, Imperial March (the easy ones I guess)

Bonus: Boba
            Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, Mace Windu

Other Toy Lines / Which Lines Do You Think "Do the Best"?
« on: November 19, 2003, 03:45 PM »
I got to thinking about this earlier today, and while out shopping, collecting, or just scanning the action figure aisles, which lines do you think are doing well...selling wise?  Including Star Wars, Clone Wars, Turtles, Marvel Legends, Gi Joe, MOTU, LOTR, Muppets, Simpsons, or any other lines you might take a look at.  Do you think there are any lines in particular that really seem to be doing well, or ones that you think are probably on their way out due to sales, etc.?  Personally, I mainly just collect Star Wars, and the X-Men from ML (and I'm also looking for Roboto), but I do take a look at other lines from time to time...there are a lot of great ones.  Just curious as to some of your opinions, thanks!

Saga '02-'04 / Yavin Wave
« on: November 19, 2003, 11:08 AM »
Click HERE to check out pics of Dodonna, Gold Leader, Tie Pilot, and Antilles!

Saga '02-'04 / Do You Display Your Figures with all Their "Stuff"?
« on: November 19, 2003, 09:46 AM »
Since the beginning of the Saga line, it seems Hasbro has gotten a little more generous with the accessories included with the basic figures.  For those of you who do open them up to display, do you include all the accessories with the figure, or do you just pick what you like to display them with?  Personally, partially because of space, I don't put out all of the accessories with my figures.  A few examples....Yoda Jedi Master....just his lightsaber, no "levitating" base of his cane, but then with the Yoda with Younglings I have him on his chair with his cane only.  Just personal preference I guess.  Also, I dont have the satellite thingy from Padme Pilot out, or the suitcase/box thing from the OPD Anakin, or the removable panels 3PO.  These are just a few examples, but I was wondering if you display your figures with all of their goodies, or just the ones you like.

Watto's Junk Yard / Any of You "Work from Home"?
« on: November 17, 2003, 12:18 PM »
I know sometimes with technology these days, many jobs have been allowed to be done from your home.  Recently, the company I work for has given some of us the opportunity to do that if we want to (since our work is done on the computer/through internet).  I was just curious if any of you do that, or have had that opportunity...and what your feelings on it were?

Saga '02-'04 / Do You Have a Favorite Character(s) To Collect?
« on: November 10, 2003, 10:00 PM »
Although I know many of us are completists, semi-completists, OT fans, or PT fans, I was curious if any of you have favorite character or characters that you really look forward to, even if there are multiple versions, or maybe only one version.  If you only had room for a collection of your favorite character, or characters, who would it/they be?  For me personally, I like almost all of the Star Wars universe...with some preference toward OT characters.  Although I like them all...Vader, Luke, Leia, Yoda, R2, 3PO, etc....for me its always about Han and Chewie.  I think I have and would buy almost every version of those characters that are released for the most part.  But...I do appreciate the background characters as well, and the whole Star Wars universe...but when it comes down to it that duo is probably my favorite.  Do any of you have "favorites"?

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Clone Wars Animated Figures at Official Site
« on: October 29, 2003, 09:56 AM »
The official site has put up pictures of the first wave of the Clone Wars animated figures, and also confirmed a second wave consisting of Count Dooku, Durge, Yoda, and a Clone Trooper.  Check out the info here:

Clone War Cartoony Figs

Saga '02-'04 / Who's Preordering for late 2003/2004?
« on: October 28, 2003, 11:49 AM »
I was curious how many of you are preordering the figure waves for 2004 (or late 2003).  With the dismal retail year we had this past year, I found myself ordering quite a bit from Kebco, and have been able to fill in most of the remaining holes in my collection thanks to the kind people on these boards.  With some of the waves up for preorder on numerous sites (Hoth Wave, Tatooine wave, Ultra figures, etc.), I have been tempted to preorder these figures again, although I would much rather be able to find them at retail.  Its always nice when you find the figures on your own, and pay a little bit less.  But, at the same time, I really don't want to risk missing out on the great OT offerings for 2004.  I was just curious how many of you will start, or continue, to preorder...or if you are going to try your luck with the stores?

TV-9D9 / Clone SCUBA Trooper
« on: October 27, 2003, 03:56 PM »
I'm usually not much for expanded universe, but this Clone Wars cartoon looks to be shaping up to be pretty cool.  I noticed that the Star Wars official site has been adding more and more CW information lately, and at their "Inside Clone Wars" page, they have some pics and information on some of the characters, vehicles, etc. from the cartoon micro-series.  One new one I noticed was the Clone Scuba Trooper, which I think looks kind of cool.  Has anyone else taken a look at these, and if so, what do you think of them?

Inside Clone Wars

TV-9D9 / Updated Cartoon Network Clone Wars Page
« on: October 20, 2003, 01:14 PM »
As reported at, Cartoon Network has updated their Clone Wars site.  You can check out bios, games, and more about the upcoming micro-series there.  A pretty nice site IMO, if you want to check it out...clicky here:

Clone Wars

Jocasta's Reading Room / Opinions on Infinities?
« on: October 9, 2003, 03:07 PM »
I was curious what any of you comic readers' opinions were on the Infinities series.  From what I understand, the Return of the Jedi Infinities will be starting fairly soon, and from what I have read about this series of books, they sound kind of interesting.  I thought about going back to check out the Empire Strikes Back trade paper back of these, as well as the New Hope ones.  I was just curious if any of you have them, or have read them, and if you enjoyed them?

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