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Rogue One / Re: TRU Exclusive TFA 3.75" Battle Figure 6-Pack
« on: October 20, 2016, 06:34 PM »
I'm with Nick...  I can't justify the cost for what you get.  Piss on that thing. 

I'd love that gear, the ammo packs and stuff for the squad leader, but yeah, not in a giant pack of stuff I have and don't want more of.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 20, 2016, 06:15 PM »
Yeah seriously, the Rebel Command Center?  Hmmm...  ok.  To each their own on that one I guess. :)

I probably had the most fun with the Ewok set when I was young, or the Imperial Attack Base.  Those were pretty good.  But GI Joe had the best.  The Terror Drome and Joe Base were the knockers.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2016 Droid Factory R2-H16
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:29 PM »
When I say hard to get, I still got one for a very fair price on Ebay...  One of the only figures I ever bought on Ebay that I didn't own already in some capacity and get for its "cost".  That said, it was sold only at that one Disney convention you had to pay a lot to get into, only at Disney Land (IIRC), so I think I paid $20-ish shipped?  That's not bad.  That's quite tolerable to me, haha.

I mean they cost like $14 or so as it is I think?  So you figure the shipping fees, this person's time/energy and cost to get into that show...  It was a quite fair price.  I don't think prices on them spiked or anything either, they're still around. 

The droid's a very cool color pattern too...  Looks like something royalty would have with them.  Very snazzy.

I love these droids though.  I, as my buddies who help me get them have said, am a droid-a-holic at this point.

God help me if they start doing other build a droid things like 3PO's or whatever.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:24 PM »
I think it's a higher def/quality.  not all theaters have it I believe.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2016 Droid Factory R2-H16
« on: October 19, 2016, 07:22 PM »
I thought Jeff posted one somewhere recently (not really a check list, just a list of what's done), but off the top of my head...

-R2-D60 (blue/white R3-type unit w/the clear dome)
-R2-D2 Holographic (clear blue R2-D2)
-R2-B00 (Halloweenie droid)
-R5-M4 (Black & Orange R5 Unit)
-R4-D23 (hardest one to get...  silver red & blue R4 unit)
-TFA Droid 4-Pack
-Rogue One Droid 4-Pack (just released)
-R2-H15 (Holiday Droid from last year)
-R2-H16 (Holiday Droid this year we're talking about now)

Each of these has its own thread here at this point I believe, so that's kind of a checklist unto itself.

And of course this isn't counting the now absurd array of astromechs and variants you can make at the park, quite a  few of which are part of the "canon" as it were.

Both my Kms sold out of these fairly fast, no restocks yet, but they're just resetting the toy aisle too for I am assuming Xmas.

Disney Parks Droid Factory / Re: 2016 Droid Factory R2-H16
« on: October 18, 2016, 03:02 PM »
If they'd repaint the speeder, I'd rebuy.  It's in my top 3 vehicles I own and I'd love to see them make a yellow and blue one.

That droid is great.  I'm a sucker for white domes on R2s.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: October 18, 2016, 01:59 AM »
And just like that the Forsetti Viking Shield figure is in stock. :)

I ordered 3 so I got the free shipping deal at EE...  Can't wait!  New trooper type, cargo box, snow gear...  Dig it.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 17, 2016, 11:37 PM »
Got around to opening my figures from Wave 1 recently...  They just NOW surfaced at K-Mart stores here, and I'd hoarded points to use on them so I basically got them all for free.

I picked up multiples of the Stormie, the ground crew figure, and K2SO for some customizing/articulating projects. 

I got a Kylo for the head swap too, and I gotta say, wow...  that worked perfectly.  It's amazing looking, honestly.  If only I had an unmasked head for an ultimate Kylo Ren!

Anyway, noticed something on Jyn's figure...  more to the point, her pistol.

It appears to be based on a German Luger, if that handle and the slide on the back are any indication.  Kinda neat seeing them carry on the use of classic weapons as the basis for Star Wars blasters...  Lucas got away from that with the PT I felt. 

Is this just because it looked cool to Edwards or is it an actual homage to the originals?  I like to think it's the latter, but either way I thought it was cool.

Also I was surprised her poncho is a separate piece...  I assume they're maybe re-using parts between this figure and the hooded Jedha version?  If only her hat were removable.   :-\

Oh, and I was also shocked to find she has actually MORE articulation than 5POA...  for reasons I can't figure out, she has wrist articulation.  It serves little purpose without elbow articulation, but hey, it's progress!  :-X

If she had at least angle-cut elbows, she'd be a pretty fun figure to pose I think.  Knees would be nice too, but just simple angle-cut elbows like Captain Antilles from the Saga Line had, and she'd be able to pose like she's firing a weapon with 2 hands...  I'd be happy to see that.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: October 17, 2016, 12:50 AM »
I was hoping this would be the case, and it seems to be via Instagram confirmed that the Marines come with their own green Marine cargo pod/box packaging like the Viking Shield figures (which sold out...  more to come, I hope).

It's funny people poo poo the prices, but the fact is this is about the only way to go to get "good stuff" these days.  ARW's an import so it's even a tad higher priced, but with Star Wars, look where we are and Hasbro's basically saying it isn't ever going to change at this point.  Comparable US lines like HACKS and Marauder Task Force...  It sucks, but at least cool stuff is still available to purchase.  You just have to decide if toys are in the budget for you at this point or not.

For me, I figure with the limited release schedules as they are, it's not too hard to swing it.

Now if Hasbro were cranking out 60 figures a year (like the "good old days") at $11-$14 each...  holy ****.  I used to think back in 07 that it was hellacious at the prices we got it at then.  I can only imagine if they'd stayed in that scale and production style but just kept spiking prices.  Yeesh.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:33 AM »
Been dissecting the trailer...

Y-Wings actually...  ya know...  bombing ****.  That's pretty cool.

The Jedi statue?  I loved it.

The Imperial hardware...  awesome.

The Imperial base with the loooonnnnngggg landing platform?  Does that remind anyone else of the base from The Clone Wars where Echo, Fives and everyone met and Rex/Cody showed up and there were giant worm things?  Sure seems similar at the very least.

Vader appears to F Krennic up a tad.

Cassian is all kinda kickass and Bodie seems reluctant.

I'm giddy I picked up cheapo Prince of Persia playsets for super cheap.  They're perfect set piece displays for Jedha I think.

The Rebels are definitely being implied as having a cohesive military but also tons of militias involved too, which is really neat and how I always envisioned them to be.  It's neat seeing it kind of expanded though.

Lots of fighting.  I'm all about it.  This movie has me geeked. Maybe it's the era?  I don't know.  It's just great.  The fact the figures are kind of lame stings all the more thinking about how awesome they could be.  I hate to beat that dead horse, but it's just hitting me more and more how badly I miss the figure quality we were getting.  Bah.  I can customize, sure, but I don't wanna.  I wanna love everything out of the package.  That said, even still, as they are, I'm having fun.  K2, and Imperial Traffic Cop are sooo much fun.

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:25 AM »
Wow K-Mart finally put out some R1 figures!  I have held out because in my heart I'm not a 5POA guy...  but I am a customizer, so I wanted them but on my terms.  Used points and picked up Wave 1 plus some extras of Wv1 I wanted.  Left all the Rebels stuff though. 

Rogue One / Re: Rogue One 3.75" Wave 1
« on: October 13, 2016, 01:16 AM »
Surely someone who directs traffic has an exciting part to play.  It is Star Wars after all, where everyone is tied to everything important in some secret way.

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILERS)
« on: October 12, 2016, 08:47 PM »
That is a quite well done poster.  The graphics over Jyn and things...  Vader's ghostly image there.  Pretty cool stuff.

And the trailer is kinda out of the blue...  Good Morning America I assume, though internet dissection will be my viewing of choice I think.

Bandai's 1/12 model kits for Rogue One look insanely cool.  Very glad I skipped the Hasbro Death Trooper and K2S0 as I was very tempted...  but knowing they're doing the model kits?  I'm in!

The troopers include the necessities to make officers, grunts, squad leaders...  Lots of hardware too. 

Also they're doing Striker and U-Wing models.  Looks like the small models of these ships also include the hovertank as a mini-kit or base of some sort kind of like the ships coming with Death Star tiles.

It's not a huge roll-out of models but the troopers and K2S0 will be must-haves.

While they're usually easy snap-together builds, and nothing you have to go bonkers with, the more complex deco characters like Boba Fett tend to look a tad too clean and benefit greatly from a good painter.  A figure like a Stormtrooper or Death Trooper appear to just look great out of the gate, as does the Shoretrooper.  Their astromechs are, IMHO, unmatched in the scale...  for poseability/articulation, accessories, customizability, features (opening panels, etc.), and more. 

These are a good way to get into models for kids too.  I don't find them to be something an 8-10 year old couldn't handle without a little help/supervision from the big kid in the house.

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