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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: August 27, 2011, 08:11 PM »
I started reading this book almost two and a half years ago, before I stopped to read The Watchmen and didn't ever get back to it. I never made it more than 40 pages or so into the book so I just started over. McCarthy has such an amazing literary voice, and he is quickly becoming my favorite author. The Road is probably my favorite book. I wouldn't mind see some quotation marks in his books though. Does anyone here know why he doesn't use them?

The men as they rode turned black in the sun from the blood on their clothes and their faces and then paled slowly in the rising dust until they assumed once more the color of the land through which they passed." If what we call "horror" can be seen as including any literature that has dark, horrific subject matter, then Blood Meridian is, in this reviewer's estimation, the best horror novel ever written. It's a perverse, picaresque Western about bounty hunters for Indian scalps near the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s--a ragged caravan of indiscriminate killers led by an unforgettable human monster called "The Judge." Imagine the imagery of Sam Peckinpah and Heironymus Bosch as written by William Faulkner, and you'll have just an inkling of this novel's power. From the opening scenes about a 14-year-old Tennessee boy who joins the band of hunters to the extraordinary, mythic ending, this is an American classic about extreme violence.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Apple iPad Thread
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:33 PM »
I just found out that I'm going to be getting a free iPad 2 for a class this semester. I have to give it back to the school in December but it the mean time I get to keep it as if it were mine until then. It should be very interesting to see if it lives up the hype. I am by no means a Mac geek and have been PC user nearly forever, so we'll see if this changes my mind at all.

I am not looking forward to iTunes, that's for sure.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:21 AM »
I still have yet to see a single figure from Wave 7 here, aside from any of the remnants. Lucky for me my fiancee managed to find and by me a Bespin Han, Bom Vidim, and a Logray. Now I could only find the Fleet Trooper I'd be set.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Netflix
« on: July 28, 2011, 02:01 PM »

The Vintage Collection / Re: TVC HoF repacks
« on: July 28, 2011, 02:14 AM »
Seeing hem dazon for instance since he's the first alien you see

You mean other than  the Jawas or the Tuskens, right?  :-*

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2011
« on: July 24, 2011, 07:16 PM »
  And with the movie, people are only starting to warm up to Jar Jar some 10+ years later. 


If anything I only get more and more annoyed by him...

The Vintage Collection / Re: SDCC 2011
« on: July 23, 2011, 01:42 AM »

Well, people can't bust on the Q&A online anymore.   :P   :-*

Only guys in pink sweaters can do that... Duh. ::)

The Vintage Collection / Re: Landspeeder
« on: July 21, 2011, 11:01 PM »
I missed the SAGA '02 version of the Landspeeder and have been meaning to go back and grab it for awhile now. I'm glad I was lazy. :)

Echoing the sentiment in here so far, easily one of the top tow or three pieces at SDCC this year (so far anyways) and it is just a repaint. Count me in for at least one.

OH!  $100?!?!  Easy pass.

I'd say more when it hits stores. They've got ARP $29.99 on the TRU Y-Wing  :-\

Eeesh That's quite a lot of dough for one $20 ship that is 15 years old, a $50 ship and three repacks. This is a very easy pass for me.

The Vintage Collection / Re: Recent Vintage Collection Purchases
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:09 PM »
Yeah, the KM thing is nice, but you have to save a while to acrue that much off, haha.

And you have to set foot in a K-mart... :-X

I wonder if Hasbro will tease us with any of the TPM 3D product at SDCC?

They have to tease us at SDCC.  If they wait until Toy Fair, it'll be too late.  Toy Fair 2012 is the same weekend that TPM3D opens.  Kind of pointless to show it off then, because it would already have to be in stores to have any impact when the movie hits.

Given Hasbro's penchant for getting movie stuff out 1-2 months ahead of the movie, I'd say those folks guessing that the TPM stuff will hit with the post-Christmas January reset are probably right on the money...

I guess I totally forgot TPM comes out in February, I was thinking it was going to be in May... :-X

Star Wars Universe / Re: Star Wars on Blu-Ray
« on: July 20, 2011, 03:02 AM »
Stupid Apple. Where's my Droid App Lucasfilm? You release an R2-D2 Droid phone and then release this app for iPad only? Ghey.

I was hoping we were due for an update. :)

Great stuff as always man. I really like seeing this ship grow with each update. I love the ammount of detail you are putting into every little corner of the ship. Good luck casting the landing gear. I'll be interested to see how much your pressure pot helps. As always I can't wait for the next update!

How did you do the floor panels in the Falcon? I've been looking for a cheap and efficient way of making floors like that for awhile now.

Great post Ryan, really...  A real joy to read.  I've not gotten through all the replies, but it's a good conversation.

I agree with what Adam said though, and it was the first thing came to my mind actually after reading what you wrote, Ryan.  The Vintage Collection doesn't necessarilly need a makeover for it to be a reboot...  They could just be "getting their ducks in a row" as it were, and internally rebooting things for all we know, but not going with the big "visual reboot" like VC was, or other new line looks ahve been.

The idea of a "close to the vest" reboot, as it were, seems quite plausible.  Hasbro's vocalized that they see there's a problem (or three) and are looking at ways to address it.  Maybe more going on than meets the eye there.

One could argue the "Deluxe w/Vehicle" line is getting a reboot...  It sure seems it to me.  Not much fanfare, but it's gotten one.

So do I. Adam said it more eloquently though. That's kind of what I was trying to get at here, I guess I just failed to mention that it would likely include a new SKU even with almost few if any visible changes to the packaging.

The other choice would be to re-launch the Vintage line starting the numbering system over. Vintage already seems like the best way to usher in the BluRay, so I'd like this option better. This time though I'd bet it'd essentially have Saga Legends mixed in, and would expect lots of repacks and very few new figures. This second option would probably take less effort on Hasbro's part and would likely be cheaper, so hopefully we'd see more new stuff this way than we would with option one.

I've worked in retail (for far too long) and even though Hobby Lobby is a backwards-ass company and has some policies that really make me wonder how they are even remotely successful as a company, they do have similar programs. Sometimes item numbers/SKUs will change to be replaced by something else, IE one kind of paintbrush for another, so we have to mark down the existing product. Then the replacement will come in, and it is nearly exactly the same only the item numbers are different. That's all I'd expect from Hasbro. It'd get retailers to buy more of the line kind of restarting it. and with the numbering system getting to a point where it is getting pretty high, it isn't a bad time to start it over anyways.

That's an interesting point on the deluxe stuff. I wonder if Hasbro will tease us with any of the TPM 3D product at SDCC?

I don't recall a line that had more than 70 figures or so in a year/single number system.

TSC had 74 with that last 1/2 dozen or so exclusive to Walmart.

TAC would have had 75 but they rebooted that line (without the coin) after #60

Just my 2  :P

I said "or so".... :P

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