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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:32 AM »
Those are some nice looking imperial customs!

The way these waves are flying in, I'm hoping to score a couple more Hoth army builders before they are on to geonosis!

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 Exclusives
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:31 AM »
I wasn't expecting this interesting of a read when I hopped on the thread- but I'll throw another two cents in.

Wal-mart and Hasbro both use the perfectly legal business practice that I think is a threat to our economy. The use of cheap (near slave wage) foreign labor. Look at what it costs to ship something overseas. If you are selling a $5.00 product in the US, it should be cheaper to make it here than ship it over the ocean. But if you can pay sweat shop wages, suddenly you can be "competitive." This is happening everywhere in our economy. I manage construction projects at a local hospital campus. They have even talked about out-sourcing architectual work to India because it is so cheap. Businesses are in a position to send all their labor needs overseas where they are not responsible for things like minimum wage and working conditions. To me it smacks of colonialism, and is a huge contributor to global resentment of the United States. This is a great country, we can do so much better than this. It is time for government to quite catering to businesses, and start demanding they follow U.S. labor laws even if their labor forces are not in the U.S. Then we would see some real job growth in this country.

I like exclusives. When they are cool. Just to stay on topic.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 TRU Clone Wars Gunship
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:18 AM »
$45.00 is hard, but 2006 seems to be year of experimenting just how high they can go. Well, they'll get my 45 for that ship. The clone wars cartoons were a nice diversion that fit the continuity well. Like the OTC line, the CW should be finite and you can actually get one of everything without adding on or selling your home.

I dunno, sometimes their naming gets a little goofy. The previous target exclusive was "Clone attack on Coruscant" which wasn't exactly accurate. The defense of the senate pack could be anything at this point.

Very nice comparison pics- I hadn't noticed the leg-length difference so clearly.

I just ordered R2-Q5. As long as I had to pay my tribute to get a VOTC case, I thought I should get one of these as well. I hope they are set up on a different frequency than R2-D2 so I can run them together.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: TRU Hunt for General Grievous Battle Pack
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:07 AM »
Definately loving those clones! Time to start haning out at the TRU that are left...

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 80 figures for 2006?
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:06 AM »
This does look like a break-neck pace. I think 2006 is the year of nailing the carded collector. Probably 60-70% of these can be passed-by if you only want new figures or major differences.

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: Battle of Death Star Wave
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:03 AM »
A repack of hood-up leia would be a nice addition as well. Although, I don't think she wore it that way on the death star or yavin...

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 American International Toy Fair
« on: February 12, 2006, 09:01 AM »
I'm impressed with the variety and look of the line overall. I'm shocked at how big it is, they must be planning on surfing the wave of success generated by ROTS for some time.
Maybe the 3 3/4 inch line will have enough success (and some of the spin-offs enough failures) that the line really becomes the focus. Let's face it, if they put out stinkers for regular figures this year, the whole line could have been in trouble with retailers.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Boring characters... but want to see made.
« on: February 12, 2006, 08:56 AM »
Is that for real Jeff?

I would say give me Clieg and a good Owen. But those CZ droids do look like the mechanical junkies of the future (or past I guess).

Some of these do look pretty good (IG-88, 501st clone) but it is another "branch" line, so I will probably pass.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter
« on: February 12, 2006, 08:47 AM »
With all the ROTS ships out there, I am guessing this will be an AOTC version similar to Plo's last year.

I do feel for the carded collectors, but I too am happy it is a packaging variation as much as anything. And I do hope to find one, preferably an imperial, to have as a novelty (I have a string of the various package types since 1995 hung across a wall in my basement).

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2006 vOTC (or vTSC) - now with pics!
« on: February 12, 2006, 08:42 AM »
Maybe it folds out into a Tusken tent?  ;)

Saga Collection '06 / Re: SAGA2 HOF waves? (GREATEST HITS WAVE)
« on: February 12, 2006, 08:41 AM »
But any clone packed at 1 per case is a problem. Most stores will only get a few cases of this wave in (if my carkoon and hoth experiences hold true). That means you better be there when the box is broken open, or someone (like me) will have left with the grunts.

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