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Although I haven't really gotten any new comics since the very early 90s, I have dug out my old ones every so often, and do sometimes have the urge to get into the comics again.  Some of them still have the nostalgia factor much the way Star Wars does with me.  I can still remember my first comic (Spiderman) that my dad bought for me to read during a long trip out to a vacation.  I guess I credit some of the recent comic movies, as well as action figures, with rekindling my comic interest as well.  There are so many more titles or variations on certain characters and teams now that weren't there when I was a kid and buying comics.  Anyways, I was curious what some of your favorites are, or were.  For me personally, I tend to still favor the same ones I did as a kid...which I suppose aren't the most original ones in the world :).  For me it has been these (past and present):

X-Men: When I was a kid, had mainly the "Uncanny X-Men" comics.  Wolverine was one of my early favorites, but got away from him a little bit because everyone liked him it seemed.  My other favorites, then and now, are Beast, Iceman, and Colossus.  The movies and the Marvel Legends figures really got my interested in these characters again.  I have been tempted to pick up one of the comics, but know absolutely nothing about the current titles...what is good...or what characters are included in each.  Plus, I already collect toys...I doubt my wife would be crazy if I added comics in too :P.

Spiderman: Again, probably not real original, but this was another big favorite of mine as a kid.  I remember really liking the "Spiderman and his Amazing Friends" cartoon that was on back in the day (and ABC Family had it back on for awhile during the movie craze).  This is probably what I had the most comics of, ranging from just plain Spiderman to Amazing, Spectacular, and "Web of".  I also remember my Secret Wars Spidey figure getting a lot of play back then too.  I enjoyed the first movie as well, although I wasn't crazy about the Goblin's look...really looking forward to Doc Ock in Spidey 2.

Batman: Really the only DC character I got into much as a kid.  Bats has always been a favorite of mine, and I still enjoy catching the animated series, Justice League, etc. when it is on.  Had quite a few of the comics, and a couple of TPBs as well.  Also had his "Super Powers" figure, as well as others from that line.  I enjoyed the first couple of movies, but they went downhill from there.  Looking forward to the new one next year, hopefully they do it up right.

Those were basically the main three for me, but as I said I also had a number of the "Super Powers" and "Secret Wars" figures as a kid.  I really enjoyed the "Super Friends" show as well, and is probably why I enjoy Justice League today.  Basically, my comics back then consisted of X-Men, Spidey, and Bats....but I also had a fair amount of Iron Man comics, a couple Hulk ones, as well as some Wolverine ones.  I remember my mom letting me get a comic at the local drug store after I had been to the doctor or dentist as a kid.  Overall, I would say that the Marvel Universe is my favorite.  I do like some DC Characters (Bats, of course, as well as many who appeared on the Justice League team)...but overall I am more familiar with the Marvel Universe characters.  What are some of your faves?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Episode II Multiples: Your Favorite Version?
« on: March 25, 2004, 04:57 PM »
Me too Morgbug, that's why I started thinking about it in the first place.  I'm sad to say that I own some pretty craptastic figures :).

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Episode II Multiples: Your Favorite Version?
« on: March 25, 2004, 02:36 PM »
Oh, by the way, here's my choices:

Obi-Wan Kenobi - Outlander Nightclub Encounter (except I gave him Coruscant Chase's lightsaber)

Anakin Skywalker - I suppose Secret Ceremony, although I don't really mind the Hangar Duel one either (except the wrist and magnet on mine are both loose/weak)

Jango Fett - Probably Kamino Escape, although I kind of like how the preview one looks as well.  KE is a better "basic" version, with the removable helmet, etc.

Mace Windu - None are the best, but probably the Jedi Council one with a lightsaber.  Deluxe wouldn't be so bad, but has some problems of its own.

Yoda - Always liked Jedi Master Yoda, but the 2pack version is nice as well.

Dooku - Geonosian Escape

Zam Wessel - Bounty Hunter

R2 - Coruscant Sentry (sound is kind of neat), there are better non-E2 R2s though

3PO - Deluxe version

Clonetrooper - Without question, Super-posable Clone Wars version...if only it was easier to find :).

Saga '02-'04 / Episode II Multiples: Your Favorite Version?
« on: March 25, 2004, 02:30 PM »
I have been looking over my figure display, and I have noticed (particularly with the Episode II figures) how many multiple versions I have displayed of the same characters.  I have been thinking about packing a few away, just to save some space.  I was curious what some of your favorites were, of the different versions available of these characters:

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Coruscant Chase (2002)
Jedi Starfighter Pilot (2002)
Acklay Battle (2003)
Outlander Nightclub Encounter (2003)
Force Flipping Deluxe (2002)
Kamino Showdown Deluxe (2003/2004)
Clone Wars (2003)

Anakin Skywalker
Peasant Disguise (2002)
Hanger Duel (2002)
Tatooine Attack (2002)
Secret Ceremony (2003)
w/Geonosian Warrior Deluxe (2002)
Force Flipping Deluxe (2002)
w/Swoop Bike (2003)
Clone Wars (2003)

Jango Fett
Preview Figure POTJ (2002)
Kamino Escape (2002)
Final Battle (2002)
Slave 1 Pilot (2002)
Deluxe Version (2002)
Kamino Showdown Deluxe (2003/2004)

Mace Windu
Geonosian Rescue (2002)
w/Battle Droid Deluxe (2002)
Arena Confrontation (2003)
from Jedi Council Pack (2003)
Clone Wars (2003)

Jedi Master (2002)
Jedi High Council (2002)
w/Chian 2 pack (2003)
w/Super Battle Droid Deluxe (2002)
Clone Wars (2003)

Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
Dark Lord (2002)
Force Flipping Deluxe (2002)
Geonosian Escape (2003)
w/Swoop Bike (2003)
from Geonosian War Room pack (2003)

Zam Wessell
Preview POTJ (2002)
Bounty Hunter (2002)

Coruscant Sentry (2002)
Droid Factory Flight (2003)

w/Removable Panels (2002)
Droid Factor Deluxe (2002)

Preview POTJ (2002)
Red (2002)
w/Speeder Bike Deluxe (2002)
3-packs (2003)
Gunship Pilot (2002)
Clone Wars Super Articulated (2003)

Ok, you can really never have enough Clonetroopers I guess, so that one probably doesn't count.  I personally don't have all of these figures (force flippers, Anakin/Dooku w/bikes, R2 Droid Factory Flight, etc.)...but which version do you prefer the best of these...or who do you think could still use a "good" version?  I didn't include Padme on this list, since most of her figures are in different outfits...although I guess the Outlander Peasant Anakin is different as well.  Anyways, just curious as to some of your opinions on these figures.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: March 25, 2004, 02:05 PM »
I'm not sure on this either, but I thought I had read somewhere that Target was dropping the line, but Toys R Us was picking it back least for this year.  I can't remember for sure what assortment they were starting back up with, but I thought it was the next one...I could be wrong though.  It would stink if it was that limited though, and missing from most of the major retailers....especially for such a great line.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: March 25, 2004, 01:53 PM »
I'm definitely no expert on Muppets stuff, but I'm pretty sure that grouping of figures are actually "mini-muppets", which I think are sort of PVC type figures.  I'm not entirely sure though, that's just what I thought.  I wish my wife wanted to collect the Muppets, I have a hard enough time trying to talk her into letting me get a few :P.  That's ok, we probably don't have the money or space anyways...although I did get the approval for an Indy Kermit :).  Sweetums looks nice though, would be a great one to have too I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Muppets
« on: March 25, 2004, 11:31 AM »
Just noticed that Palisades posted an update yesterday (3/24) which includes a number of pictures of the upcoming Sweetums figure.  I think that it looks pretty good, and I'm curious as to how he will be priced.  You can check out pics of the big scary guy over here:

Sweetums Pics from Palisades Toys

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: OCB = Dad*2
« on: March 25, 2004, 09:44 AM »
Yeah, good luck to both you and the Mrs. in the coming weeks Scott.  Keep us posted how everything goes....God bless you all.

Mark me down too, I'd really like to see this figure re-done.  I too have an Unleashed Luke Snowspeeder and it really makes you want a better version in the 3 3/4" scale.  I actually don't even have a version of this figure, since I stay away from the buff figures (got into collecting towards the end of them)...although I will pick up the glass w/figure if I see it (I like those glasses).  I also agree about Wedge, that's another figure I'd really like to see.  I don't have the other version in my collection, and have been holding out for them to do a new version soon.  Hopefully they will.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Trilogy Final DVD Art
« on: March 24, 2004, 09:30 AM »
IGN has some bigger pics of the packaging up here, can't wait to learn more about this set.

Star Wars DVD Packaging Pics

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: March 24, 2004, 09:26 AM »
I agree HMI, I think it would be nice to see these waves on those sweet OTC cardbacks as well.  If they're going to do some rereleases anyways, they might as well be somewhat new long as they are not overreleased.  Of course, I don't really see much of anything pegwarm anymore around here, aside from the dignitaries and Outlander Club waves, and some of the animated Clone Wars stuff.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Star Destroyer Wave
« on: March 23, 2004, 03:35 PM »
I heard that today as well, I'm starting to feel even more behind :P.  From the report over at GH, it sounds like these first sightings were at Wal-Mart (in Illinois I believe).  Hopefully everyone will be able to find this wave (and the next), I was worried the last couple waves before the OTC cards started might be difficult to pick up (Star Destroyer/Endor Generals).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Classic Star Wars Test.
« on: March 22, 2004, 03:15 PM »
According to the sluis-van, I'm Han Solo. :)

Saga '02-'04 / Re: SAGA Drying Up Again?
« on: March 22, 2004, 03:10 PM »
Seems to continue to be dry as a bone around here.  Got a chance to do some shopping in a little bigger area (Omaha, NE) this weekend, and it was almost worse there than it is around here.  All I could find was Dignitaries, repacks of Barris, Aayla, and Younglings, and some more Animated Clone Wars figures.  I guess every year has some sort of down time like this, hopefully things will start showing up for people soon.  A side note, I don't think any of the Wal-Marts nearest to us (all three of the "super" variety) even have pegs for the Ultra wave, has anyone else noticed this?

The Original Trilogy / Re: Star Wars Trilogy Final DVD Art
« on: March 22, 2004, 10:15 AM »
Yeah, I really like the packaging art for these as well.  Even though these are movies we have all seen 100s of times, I am so looking forward to having these on DVD in the fall.  I like how they ended up doing the packaging, and hopefully we'll hear some more details on the extras sometime soon.

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