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Messages - Adam_Pawlus

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Because I am nothing if not cheap, I stole a spring out of a springy click pen and cut that down to fit.  I'll post a few shots on my/Mike's/whatever site later today or tomorrow to show the area that needs to be tweaked.  A cheapo spring (from a HasbroToyShop.com click pen, no less) did the trick for me.

What went wrong?

The spring of the 2013 model is too thick and has no give.  The 2010 spring is comically thin and wiry to the point where it looks like it's too flimsy - but it works!  If you swap springs, it'll work fine (well, the one with the 2010 spring will work.)   The 2013 spring renders the mechanism inoperable in flight mode.   

If you put the springs side-by-side it looks like the 2013 one is a higher quality piece, which it probably is, but it doesn't get the job done.

If this at all sounds complicated, I would like to point out that most people can confirm my technical ability is somewhere around "affable dumbass" and I really don't have a clue what I'm doing... and *I* fixed it.   So you guys should have no problems.

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For the curious, the wing problem:

The wings won't stay in position for "flight" mode because Hasbro used a spring that is too strong and too thick.  If you swap it with the 2010 version, it works fine.

Also, I have no idea where to get a good tiny spring. Mechanical pencil? Pens?  I'm going to gut some stuff and see what I can get.

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So the wings were self-leveling? My 2010 version doesn't do that then.

No - on my 2010 one, if you rotate the wings and the ship, they stay in position and the seats stay in flight mode while oriented as such.  On my 2013 one, if you rotate the wings, the seats rotate but the wings won't move - the mechanism pushes them back to landing mode.

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Check out how Amazon is handling the shipment of some orders. I think I've seen 30yr old Vintage Kenner boxes in better shape.

Mine came in a Hasbro-branded white mailer box, I'll be posting it in a bit.  Mine's basically mint and it came from the Kentucky DC if that makes a difference.

Here's the problem with mine - either I'm a moron, or the wing mechanism is faulty.  Or both, I won't discount it.  The wings will not rotate but the cockpit will - the wings just bounce back into the "landing" position on mine. 

My 2010 Jango Clone Wars Rise of Boba Fett TRU one works fine, though, so I know it's not an assembly issue on my part but it feels internally, something's amiss.  What are you guys finding?

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: K-Mart Exclusive Vintage ROTJ AT-ST
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:02 PM »
Mine won't stand very well but I did come up with a crappy "fix" for it that seems to be working so far.  The pressure point for me seems to be one of the two "knees", basically the joint right after the leg joint where it connects to the assembly on the body.  (The highest, farthest-back one.)

I tried a few things and what worked was putting some tiny slivers of cardstock in between the plastic parts like an Oreo cookie.  The good news is that it stands, no problems, but the bad news is that it's basically only going to work as a display piece.  I'm sure someone who has expertise with the Krazy Glue/Clear Nail Polish joint fixes on action figures can come up with something more elegant, but for now this is working pretty well for me.   As it's my third AT-ST of this mold, and it's not like I futz with the others all that much, I think I can live with it but given the price it's more than a little irritating.

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Gentle Giant / Re: And The Mystery Ent. Earth Exclusive Is....
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:13 PM »
LAME...i foresee a future clearance on these already. It's Lt Renz all over again!

Yeesh.  Well, I like it.  I liked the Boba Fett with Carbonite we sold out of too, but generally I like things when they're tailored to my tastes. :)

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Ask AP - I hear he likes those questions.   :-X  I'm kiddng...seems he's getting burnt out or we're burning him out.

Someone set up a Kickstarter, I'll make you proud!

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I believe the biggest thing to blame is Hasbro's out-of-touch executive mentality that the majority of product is made to support current media.  There is not enough interest from kids in owning every obscure Clone Wars character

Which obscure Clone Wars characters are we talking about?  :)  If there's one thing I'm not seeing, it's secondary or tertiary Clone Wars figures hanging around on pegs.  Those actually seem to be selling just fine.  If anything, I'd say there's pent-up demand for a lot of them and Hasbro would probably be able to coast for a year by reproducing a few of the tougher ones from 2010-on.

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The Galactic Heroes version of Jek Porkins' droid-- the one that came in the X-Wing set-- has some added yellow markings within the red panels.  Maybe Hasbro is going to incorporate those on this new figure?

(I think the GH version also had those on R5-D5, which if memory serves came out after the Jek set.)

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And I'll gladly pay $40 for some awesome figures.  I would prefer to see the price go up than to see Hasbro start chintzing out on articulation, like what they are doing in their "childrens' lines" (i.e., The Clone Wars and Movie Heroes).

I actually agree with this sentiment.

Me three.  I'll shell out for a Kneesa.  As long as I can buy a set of figures and instantly be able to tell these aren't very similar to what I've already bought, like a TIE Pilot, I'm all smiles.

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Movie Heroes / Saga Legends '12-? / Re: Movie Heroes Battle Packs
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:54 AM »
The Naboo pack... slightly more appealing only because of character choice. What in the hell is up with the hip articulation?

Oooh, someone's been reading my notes on hip articulation!  I hope they can actually sit and fit in vehicles.  These might be fun.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: February 7, 2012, 12:20 PM »
Can you cite any one of them that was made coming off an appearance in an advertisement?

No, but I can cite aliens which *didn't* appear in movies or can't be found without the use of hi-def freeze frames.  It's not "From the hit commercial!" so much as it is "Here's a point of reference."   We've seen figures based on unused concept designs, (relatively) obscure 1980s comic books, and whatever the heck Jorg Sacul is. When you get right down to it, the bulk of what happens gets made because someone WANTS it to happen.  They don't need an excuse, or even a precedent, half the time.

Apples and bowling balls, Adam. Perhaps you should reread my original post. I'm not arguing we have over 1,800 from varied sources, I said it's doubtful the character(s) appearance here (and if you watched the commercial, you really have to know to look for them) will turn her/them into plastic. I'm all for it, I merely don't think it will happen if we're predicating it on a Superbowl ad.

No, I read your post before I replied.  I think we're having different discussions-- you're saying "Yes, the fact that it's from the ad matters as a marketing point on the packaging" while I'm saying "No, it doesn't matter where the figure comes from."  Hasbro doesn't play up where the figures come from half the time-- Vintage is a great example, like the ARC Trooper Commander last year.  It has a "Clone Wars" logo on it, and a figure, and doesn't even use the name "Fordo" even though (wink wink) it's Fordo.

How is that spiritually different from putting a girl with a beehive hairdo in a green costume on a Star Wars cardback?   Who cares if it's from a commercial?  Just use the classic Star Wars logo, use a still taken from the set of the ad, and presto-- here's a character who is a Tonnika but isn't from the original 1977 movie.  To the consumer, it probably doesn't matter.  (To me, as a collector, I don't care-- if the costume and the make-up and hair is right, the face can be a little off.  Lord knows they usually are anyway.)

All I know is Hasbro can take characters from any corner of the Star Wars mythos-- theme park rides, movies, comics, concept art, and things they JUST MADE UP-- slap a Star Wars logo on it, and it'll sell X0,000 units.  This might be an "agree to disagree" situation, as (and maybe we do agree here) there's no reason to assume the *toy buyers* care about the ad one way or another, and as a marketing point to the toy buyer, it's totally not remotely the slightest bit important.  I'm not concerned about selling fans on the notion of a toy from a car commercial, I'm concerned about the possibility of saying "Here is a picture of a character in the Cantina who looks kind of like but isn't this other person" with a Star Wars logo on the box.

But will legal care?  Is this new interpretation "different enough" to be cleared?  Is the fact that we're even having this discussion enough to highlight that this is exactly why Hasbro and Lucasfilm will never make this character as a toy?  Heck if I know.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: February 5, 2012, 01:11 PM »
Can you cite any one of them that was made coming off an appearance in an advertisement?

No, but I can cite aliens which *didn't* appear in movies or can't be found without the use of hi-def freeze frames.  It's not "From the hit commercial!" so much as it is "Here's a point of reference."   We've seen figures based on unused concept designs, (relatively) obscure 1980s comic books, and whatever the heck Jorg Sacul is. When you get right down to it, the bulk of what happens gets made because someone WANTS it to happen.  They don't need an excuse, or even a precedent, half the time.

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The Vintage Collection '10-'13 / Re: Tonnika Sisters coming?
« on: February 4, 2012, 11:49 AM »
I think it's a real stretch to try to get figures out of these characters just because they're appearing in an advertisement, but whatever.

Is it any more of a stretch than any of the reasons some of the other 1800+ figures got made? :)

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Has anyone successfully got through on the phone this morning?  I keep getting a busy signal.  Yesterday I got through but, closed.

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