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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Please Give Us An AT-TE
« on: April 26, 2006, 12:16 PM »
Another long everdue vehicle. Hasbro said that should the vehicle have a role in ROTS that they would consider it.

How much bigger of a role that the vehicle that was ordered to kill Obi-wan Kenobi need to be?

It played nearly as big a role as the AT-AT did in ESB.

Plus it's just a cool freakin' vehicle to look at, let alone play with.

How they could make a gunner and not the vehicle is beyond me. G.I.Joe gets royal treatment in comparison, if you ask me. And the new guy in charge of teh SW license is the old G.I.Joe guy.  So what's the deal then??

Shelf space? Well, quit making those ridiculous other lines (Jedi Force, Force Battlers, Choppers, Transformers, and to a lesser extent for me, Unleashed battle packs). Then the stores will have plenty of room for larger vehicles.

Still not biting, then make it an internet exclusive.

heck if Code 3 can make die-cast vehicles and sell through them for a couple hundred a pop, then you can make a cool AT-TE for $100.

I'd like to see it have room for two pilots in the cockpit, 4 gunners (1 at each station) and room for more clones in the main compartments of the vehicles front and rear. Even if no room for those extra clones it would still be cool. Plus don't forget the canon on top and the attached seat for yet another gunner to fit into it.

Don't add electronics, that's fine. That will keep cost down. Just make the legs articulated, swivel canon on top, ball joint guns at the gunner stations and an opening cockpit and most of us would be QUITE pleased.

Think about the cost too, 4 legs are the same mold (fore and aft sets) while the middle 2 are the same. So there's major reuse of molds. So it just leaves the body to get the attention to detail that would be required.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: "Spider" Grievous
« on: April 26, 2006, 12:03 PM »
I think when Hasbro first saw this character they probably thought. "Crap, we're going to have to make that..."

I agree an SA version CORRECT scale Grievous is overdue.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Get someone new to run the line!
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:51 AM »
Dear Hasbro:

I know I am just a peasant to you. I know that you think I know NOTHING about the action figure industry, how toys are made, which way the wind is blowing in terms of collectibles and retailer interest, etc... but I want to offer this piece of advice.


Ok - so before I go any further let me say this. You are at the same cross-roads the Star Trek franchise and Playmates Toys faced with Star Trek: The Next Generation went off the air. Instead of continuing to produce figures that would expand on the well over 200 Star Trek characters already created, Playmates resorted to scale changes, action feature gimmicks and left its core line to languish only until it was too late, many had stopped collecting and the line died a horrible death at the hands of being basically a toy line exclusive to Target stores.

So here we are now, the last Star Wars movie has been released. There are TV shows, as well as re-releases of all six movies with 3-D presentations rumored on the near and far horizons. There should be enough Star Wars from now until at least 2010 in the main-stream media to keep this toy line afloat. Yet what are you doing?

Making scale changes via Force Battlers & Attacktix.

Figures have BARELY working action features - the Battle Packs should be aimed at COLLECTORS - not children, children "buyers" go into a store with their mom or dad and their parent says "you can have ONE", they don't say "oh look, I'm going to buy you this $25 box set".

Employing gimmicky concepts - Titanium Forged Figures, Star Wars 'Choppers', Unleashed Battle Packs and Star Wars Transformers are all products that have NO PLACE WHATSOEVER as part of a Star Wars toy line. Sure there were those "Armies of Middle Earth" things for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the last time I checked, they didn't sell that well. You claim a 7" unleashed figure for $15 doesn't sell and you can't make as much money off it, yet you think you're going to make more off of a $15 3.75" figure made of die-cast metal? I would think plastic is CHEAPER then metal. And of course, last but certainly NOT least is the concept of Star Wars 'Choppers' - FIRE THE ******* WHO SPENDS HIS FREE TIME WATCHING AMERICAN CHOPPER ON T.L.C. RIGHT NOW AND KILL THIS LINE BEFORE YOU SPEND A DIME ON IT. To spend the time designing, sculpting, tooling, manufacturing, developing packaging, selling it to retailers and marketing is the ULTIMATE slap in the face to the loyal collectors who have followed your 3.75" line since 1995. (or even longer since 1978)

So before your Star Wars line starts down the slippery slope that was already travelled by Star Trek, put a REAL FAN in charge, not some jerk-off who used to run the GI Joe line and start asking collectors what kinds of items they want to see - develop TRUE market research and use that as your tools to get retailers interested in the line.

Please before it's too late.

Almost a year later and Pete is RIGHT onthe MARK! Hasbro has just commented on how they have a first quarter loss and are blaming it on declining interest in SW.

Hello, Hasbro! That's not it. It's a NON-INTEREST in those ridiculous off-shoot novelty lines that are killing the license.

The new slogan for Hasbro's SW line should be "Getting Back to Basics" (Providing they actually do that). Right now I'd say the slogan could read "Diversified to Death..." for how bad the line is.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Super-articulated army builders, please!
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:25 AM »
I couldn't agree more.

I love army building, and I'd practically go broke if the figures were SA...but it'd be a happy broke, heh heh.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: More Separatist Leaders and Aides!
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:20 AM »
I'm mixed on Sep leaders. While I would like to have them eventually, I think I'd only want the ROTS Nute right now and introduce the others along the way later. I'd much rather have clones, good plastic TPM molded Battle droids, etc. If Hasbro made a set of the Sep leaders as an exclusive, then I'd go for that. They could either include the Utapau table or the Mustafar table as well as a nice pack-in.

Too many of these carded on teh pegs at one time though, I'm not for.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Kotor Figures
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:16 AM »
I've posted about this on other forums so I won't bore with my list as well. I'll just agree that this line of figures is WAY over due. The problem with that is that because it's so over due, it's time has come and gone. They might sell, but not as well as within the first year after teh initial release of the game. Same for KOTOR II.

Republic Commando has something more going for it as those are Clones and there's not as many characters to choose from.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: A good Boba!
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:11 AM »
I think the VOTC Boba is teh best to date and would gladly buy another of him in a different DECO. Heck they could practically make a Jango from this mold.

One change I'd like is a removeable helmet, like the Titanium one. It's not neccessarily needed, but that would make a great VTSC fig.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: ANH Cantina Band
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:56 AM »
I'd definitely buy a set of these. A nice boxed set with a background pic, or a mini diorama within the box of the booth they were playing from would make this a must have, IMHO.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Utapau Invasion Battle Pack
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:52 AM »
How about this:
1 Cody
3 Utapau Clones
1 Airborne Assault trooper (the one with the funky helmet-many of us thought of as either a medic clone or Sergeant Fox)

Now that's an AWESOME set, IMHO.

This way we'd get army builders, Cody, AND an ALL NEW figure.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: More Commandos!
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:48 AM »
I'd love to see a 4-pack of the Commandos. Maybe even a villians pack from Commando as well. They could choose from:
Geonosian Warrior-make SA, even reuse Sun Fac mold for this one??
Geonosian Elite
Geonosian Drone
Trandoshan Heavy Merc
Trandoshan Mercenary
Trandoshan Slaver
Battle Droid-with GOOD plastic, TPM mold
Super Battle Droid with GOOD plastic.
Grievous Magna Droid
Advanced Dwarf Spirder Droid

Half of those the molds are already made, but its the other half (Trandoshans, Geo Elite, etc) that I'd want first.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: What we really need !!!!!!!!!!!
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:19 AM »
We definitely need Kashyyk and Mygeeto clones. Yeah, I know many people are tired of clones, but they are money makers for Hasbro. Given they're recent announcement of a 1st quarter loss and blaming a lack of interest in SW no less, they NEED to put out some clones/army builders.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: April 26, 2006, 10:16 AM »
I hope this isn't an indication of things to come...10 figs for the build-a-fig...

I wonder if this is going to be done with M.O.D.O.K. and Mojo.

I'm not a fan of Sentry, but am forced to get one, now maybe the other one to complete the Giant-man. (As we all know the Wolvie variant is going to be a beotwch to find.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Who the Hell does this?
« on: October 5, 2005, 01:40 PM »
Typically I open the stuff up as soon as I get home from a toy run. I have little plastic action figure sized baggies. So i put one fig plus their accessories in a bag. Then when I get enough of them, I put 10-20 of those figs in a freezer bag. (Carefully so as not to have them bend over time.)
I find this saves a ton of space. There are those times though that I don't have time to open figs right away. In that case I usually reserve an hour or so on a weekend to open, bag, and catalog them. (Yeah, I catalog everything I get).

I'd love to set this stuff all up, but I've run out of room a few years ago in my apratment, hence the need to catalog stuff. I'm waiting on a house deal to go through, then look-out. That army is going to be let loose!

I've just edged over 1300 Clone/Stormtroopers and they are begging to be step up in grand dioramas! That's going to be euphoric for me. I'm getting tingly just thinking about it...(Ah sorry just a little too much info there, ha ha)

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:57 PM »
I'd love to show pics, but right now I have an ever shrinking 2 bedroom apartment. A few months ago, I had to move almost everything to a climate controlled storage facility while I'm waiting on a deal for a house.

Believe me, there'e nothing more that I want to do than set these bad boys up. I have some fairly grand plans for the AOTC clones. I've laid out blueprints of a combination Arena Battle/Battle of Geonosis diorama. As of now that diorama is set to be 10 ft long by 4 ft wide and for the arena part 3 ft high. Thing is while this is all drawn out, I have no room to build it and display it yet, so those plans are on teh back burner until such time as I can make it happen. The figures will then literally flood the diorama. I have over 100 red battle droids, few dozen super BDs and some droidekas, besides the 4 Hailfire droids and dozen or so spider droids to help round out the seperatist army. On the clones side, besides the clones themselves, I've got 4 gunships. (Damn I was really hoping Hasbro would have made an AT-TE!!!)

Anyway, that's the plan, but as yet, no pictures. Pictures I do have only show parts of the collection at a time and I don't have anything within the last year or so for the AOTC clones.

I have several dioramas planned for the ROTS clones. Nothing on the level of the AOTC scene. But there are quite a few smaller ones planned. Basically, think of the major scenes in the movie involving clones battling and I've probably either already got the plans drawn up or am in the middle of it. I know for sure the biggest diorama from ROTS that I'll make is the Battle of Utapau. WHile much smaller in surface area it's a bit taller (due to the sinkholes we saw in the movie). Plans for that one call for it to be roughly 3ft square at the base but rise to about 4 1/2 ft tall. This will help cover several scenes in one diorama: Obi's landing, Obi VS Grievous (1), Clone Arrival, Boga vs Wheelbike chase scene, and finally Obi vs Grievous (2). That one will basically "read" as the scenes in the movie. (I have a chart that will be displayed along side the diorama that shows  the progression of the scene.)

30th Anniversary Collection / Re: How big is your army?
« on: September 20, 2005, 04:26 PM »
Of  every version of clone and stormtrooper, I have a combined total of at least 1200. (that's being conservative as I haven't added them up from my database in a short time. )

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