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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: December 15, 2003, 08:00 PM »
Well, looks like we have another big NBA trade on the books today...according to  Ainge is at it again, with a trade with Cleveland for Ricky Davis.  Here's how it is breaking down:

Celtics Get:

Ricky Davis
Chris Mihm
Michael Stewart
draft pick (2nd round)

Cavs Get:

Eric Williams
Tony Battie
Kedrick Brown

This should significantly change both teams.  To me, it looks like Boston gets the better end of the deal....with Davis' scoring, and Mihm's strong play this year.  However, Ricky Davis does seem to be a bit selfish, and it will be curious to see how he meshes with Paul Pierce and Co.  I have been watching a few of the Cavs games on TV this year (curious about LeBron), and I'd be happy to see them improve their team at all.  I'm one of those who believes that LBJ is going to be a special player, and I wouldn't mind seeing them at least win a few more games this year.  Eric Williams is solid, and should help take a leadership roles.  Battie can be good, and Kedrick Brown is said to have potential.  We'll have to see how it all shakes out.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA is back!
« on: December 15, 2003, 12:10 PM »
Yeah, the gap between the East and West is really terrible anymore.  Its really no contest.  I wish that things were a little more "even", it makes for a more interesting season and playoffs.  It looks like it will be a little while before they start evening out though.  And to think, really much of the Western Conference could be getting even better...many are still working through the kinks of new players/lineups (Dallas), and others are battling injuries or just starting to recover from them (Minnesota, San Antonio, Sacramento).  Things could be getting even rougher for the East in a month or two :).  I see the first all-star voting results are starting to come in now, no big surprises really so far...although I am a little surprised Lebron isn't one of the starters...yet.  Figured the fans would vote him in for sure.  Also a little surprised that Kobe's vote total continues to be so high....not that he isn't deserving or a great player, because he is....but if nothing else, he is still an admitted adulterer...I guess fans don't care about that.  Plus, I guess to be honest, how many of the NBA players aren't that least from what we hear?

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Revealing the Star Destroyer Wave?
« on: December 15, 2003, 11:58 AM »
I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think that "normally" Hasbro does their updates with new figures on Wednesdays, usually towards the end of each month.  I was thinking they might do it this Wednesday, since the next two are Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.  Here's hoping at least, I'm ready to see some more previews :), and maybe see confirmation of the next wave they will show.  Who knows?

Watto's Junk Yard / Are You a Star Wars Packrat?
« on: December 15, 2003, 11:05 AM »
While watching a show on TLC that my wife and I enjoy (Clean Sweep, if any of you have ever heard of it...we tend to watch a lot of those home/home improvement shows on TLC)...we got to talking about what types of stuff they would clean out of our house.  It really made me realize what a Star Wars packrat I am.  We have tried to get in the mode of not keeping "crap" we don't need....old clothes, things we don't use, etc....we usually take it all to Goodwill.  Anyways, I am a Star Wars opener (save for a few carded figures here and there), but I have kept all of the boxes to every figure, vehicle, beast, etc. that I have ever gotten.  I'm not really sure why, but I just keep them.  Also, I have kept things such as Star Wars calendars, which I get for Christmas every year.  I have two older wall calendars, and last year I received a daily desk calendar, which for some reason I have kept every page to after tearing it off.  I'm not sure why, again.  I think that I will end up trashing this stuff (specifically the calendars), but do any of you have this same problem?  I don't really know why I keep all of this stuff, I just do.  And to be honest, we really don't have the room for it probably...or could fit things a little better if we didn't have it.  I don't keep any of the plastic bubbles, etc., and I flatten all the other boxes, but it still adds up.  I was just curious if any of you are like this as well?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Spider-Man 2 Teaser Trailer
« on: December 15, 2003, 11:01 AM »
Thanks for the trailer link, I am looking forward to seeing this one.  Doc Ock was always my favorite Spidey villain as a kid, and it will be interesting to see him brought to the big screen as well.  From the looks of the trailer, it looks good so far.  I enjoyed the first Spiderman, mainly because he was one of my favorite childhood heroes, and it was so great to see him in movie form finally.  The only thing I didn't care for in the first movie was the appearance/costume of the Green Goblin.  Just looked strange, Power Ranger-ish to me I guess....but the movie was still good.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Saddam Captured
« on: December 15, 2003, 10:53 AM »
It was so great to wake up on Sunday morning and hear about this.  It is so great that they caught him, and it will be interesting to see what happens from here on out.  I think it should be a big morale boost for our troops if nothing else, and hopefully it is another step closer to getting all of our troops back home with their family and friends, where they belong.  God bless them all, and a job well done!

Kubricks / Series 2
« on: December 12, 2003, 02:10 PM » worries, I totally knew you were kidding....I'm sorry if I came off like I was mad or something.  I just didn't want all your Kubrick collectors thinking a newbie like me was coming in to get your scraps :P.  I do appreciate the offer for the extra Han, I will definitely think about it.  I still haven't decided if I want to start or not, I have the feeling I will want them all if I do.  Anyways, thanks again for the advice and the help....I really appreciate it...and sorry if I sounded like a jerk earlier :).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Favorite Holiday Special
« on: December 12, 2003, 12:48 PM »
Not to be unoriginal, but I'd have to wholeheartedly agree with the Charlie Brown Christmas special...I try to never miss it.  Watched it this year once already, and I think it is on again tomorrow night too.  A true classic, and I've always been a Snoopy fan, ever since I was a kid (we even have a beagle now too :P).  We actually always catch "the Great Pumpkin", as well as the Thanksgiving special.  Rudolph is another good one, but I did miss that one this year.  Also, although this isn't "technically" a special, we watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation each and every year :).

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: December 12, 2003, 12:13 PM »
I agree LandotheScoundrel, I really think going towards this Clone-style of figure is a step towards the "ultimate" versions of characters we've always talked about wanting Hasbro to put out.  I guess we probably said the same thing during vintage times, then during POTF2 times, but I really don't see a whole heck of a lot further they can come in the sculpting area in this least in the next 5 years or so.  But, maybe I'm wrong and it can get much better.  Heck, I think these newer figures (as well as the POTJ line) were worlds better than most of POTF2, and those were better than vintage in many regards.  Let's hope this is the first step to making the "ultimate", articulated, sculpted, neutral, no action-featured versions of our favorite characters :).  If they did that, they could re-release and repackage without as much of an outcry I would think....if they were figures like this clone, that basically made everyone happy :).

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: New Ultra Clone shots at!
« on: December 12, 2003, 11:21 AM »
It would work on Vader though...oh would...

That is a really good idea LtS....I hope this type of figure (SA Clone) is explored more in the future.  The articulation could obviously be used on Biker Scouts, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, etc.  I think a super articulated Vader is a version none of us would turn down.  It would be nice to see if it could be used on "human" figures like Luke and probably depends on the "outfit" they are in.  Good call with the Vader though.:)

Kubricks / Series 2
« on: December 12, 2003, 11:05 AM »
Thanks for the advice Morgbug, and I wasn't necessarily hinting that anyone needs to help me out.  I know that all of you have paid your price trying to obtain these figures for yourselves and your friends.  I was mainly just curious how much it would cost to pick up a few figures here and there.  I wanted to start with Han, because he's my favorite along with Chewie, and I figured Chewie might be kind of unreasonable since he was in the early bird set.  I was just wondering about prices on some of the figures, I really can't afford to drop a lot of money on a single figure (and my wife wouldn't be too happy with me either).  Thanks again for the tips!

Kubricks / Series 2
« on: December 12, 2003, 09:57 AM »
I haven't bought a single one of these figures yet, but after sitting here reading all of your comments about the line, and checking out Scott's article up on the front page now...I'm really getting tempted.  I think the overall cost is too high for me to be a completist, but I'm thinking about picking up a Han and going from there.  It would be nice to get a Chewie too, but I'm guessing that early-bird set runs a pretty penny.  For someone (like me) with a little smaller collecting fund....what is the best way to pick up some of the individual figures in this line?  Is ebay the way to go, or do online stores like Brian's Toys have decent prices (they usually seem high, but I see they have a Han - Opened Box for like $7.99.  I guess I am totally clueless about this line, and its prices really, so I thought I'd ask the experts :).  I probably shouldn't even start, or I'll want them all!  I'm with you guys though, it would be kind of nice if they just stuck to the OT on least for now.  Great job on the feature too Scott, I really enjoyed it.

Saga '02-'04 / Favorite Figure(s) In Your Collection
« on: December 11, 2003, 04:39 PM »
I was sure what forum this went best in, since it covers different lines...but if this is wrong, I'm sorry, and feel free to move this :).  I was just curious what your favorite figure, or figures, are in your collection.  You can answer this however you want...favorite figure of all time, pick one or a few from each "line", anything.  I guess I am thinking Star Wars figures mostly, but if anyone wants to include a different line...that's fine too!  Whether it is because of nostalgia, a great search, your favorite character, or just an amazing figure....list your favorites here :).

Vintage: Han Solo - Trenchcoat, Luke Skywalker - Jedi (these were my two favorite figures as a kid, and the two most wanted for me personally.  I can still remember exactly where I found them and when I bought them :P)

POTF2:  Commtech Han Solo, Commtech R2, Commtech Stormie, Gold "Shiny" C-3PO (The Han was the first figure I bought when I got "back" into collecting around the time of Episode I.  The R2 and 3PO, CTC Stormie, I just like, and 3PO is probably the best one I own still at this point.

POTJ: Bespin Capture Han Solo (not only because Han and Chewie are my favorites, but because my wife went looking for this figure and gave it to me for Christmas the year it was out...has a special place to me.....a LOT of great figures from this line though....300th Fett, Scout Trooper, Dagobah Vader, Mechanic Chewie, Plo Koon, Bacta Luke, etc.)

Episode I: First Release Obi-Wan Kenobi (this was in the first "batch" of figures I bought when I first got back into collecting....just to see what figures were like at this stage....I missed the "buff" stage of POTF2, and started off with Obi, Qui Gon, Maul, 3PO, Yoda, and well as CTC Han and Luke)

Saga:  Not sure if there is a clear-cut favorite, several great figures...and it looks like my favorites from this "line" are yet to come in 2004.  Several that I really like: Bespin Luke, Hoth Han, Cloud City Chewie, Jedi Master Yoda, Yoda w/Chian, Ephant Mon, Coleman Trebor, Jango KE, Jedi Council Screen Scenes, and many others I am forgetting.  Like I said, best is yet to come I think in 2004.

Clone Wars: Don't have much of this, but will definitely pick up a couple (or more) of those SA Clones if I find them.  From the pictures I have seen this might be one of, if not the, best Star Wars figure made.  I also quite enjoy the ARC Trooper from this line.

Non 3 3/4" Favorites:  I really enjoy both the Unleashed and Playskool lines.  I have only the OT sets from Playskool, and hope these get revisited in the future.  The Unleashed line is amazing IMO, and I so far own Han, Luke, Yoda, and the Fetts.  Those are my favorites, in that order I think.

Non-Star Wars (if any):  I don't collect much else, just a few here and there (favorite characters) from what I have, I would have to say my Rohan Armor Legolas, and my Marvel Legends Beast.

Saga '02-'04 / Re: Your Best of 2003
« on: December 11, 2003, 10:29 AM »
Thanks for the post Spuffy...I edited the original title, since we're pretty much at the end of 2003, and we've at least seen the rest of the figures online that are coming until the end of this month.  If anyone else has new opinions on what they thought was the best this year...feel free to post them.  It seems to me that the figures get better and better with each wave...heading into 2004.  We're back to neutral stances, more articulation, better sculpts, and lots of OT figures....should be a great year!

Middle Earth / Re: Lord of the Rings Figures
« on: December 10, 2003, 12:11 PM »
Last time I checked, the pics were still available at the forums, if anyone is still interested in seeing them.  I'm sure they won't be there for too long.

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