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Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: October 26, 2016, 08:30 PM »
Hiya updated their facebook page with some video of their latest Aliens APC prototype...  They're basically showing off how many moving parts it has, as that's a vehicle with a lot to work with.

It looks like the Lt.'s chair by the monitoring screens slides back and forth, the back drops to allow seating for the Marines in the rear, the main cannon slides on its rails for entering low clearance buildings, the side door slides open/closed (so Hicks can blast an alien trying to hold the door open), and so much more!  Tons of detail on this.  I have their Power Loader, and LOVE it.  Worth every cent I paid, and looks as good in a Star Wars display as it does an Aliens one.  It's very much like a model though, and a tad fragile compared to a traditional "toy" so if you pick one of those up, just go cautiously setting it up and posing it. (just a warning)

I'm really hoping they pull off the APC...  with as much teasing as they've done with it, I cannot imagine they don't get this into production and complete.  Their timetables may be slow, but it's worth the wait IMO.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: October 25, 2016, 11:06 PM »
My 3 came in...  man the snow deco isn't that high on my list of wants, but this armor is all kind of kick ass.  It is actually applied like armor, and over top of a basic figure torso, so this was I'm sure something that economically helped them keep costs down while basically giving us a new figure for all intents and purposes.  It's really a neat figure and the cargo box packaging?  It's functional, they stack upon each other and kind of "lock" together so they can't just slip off of one another with a bump to a shelf...  It's awesome.  The handles on the box are sized perfectly to the Laurel's hands too, absolutely perfectly, so that they fit quite well and look badass like they're loading the boxes aboard a ship or something.

I have a hankering for more of these guys now, but I really hope they mix up deco and give us some green, black, tan/sand, and other deco choices.  I'd even dig some "urban" ones that the box is maybe a different color and the trooper is maybe more of a police deco like riot troops or something.

If I have a complaint at all, it's a lack of functioning holsters/sheaths and removable parts from weapons.  In this case a removable bayonet would've been cool and a sheath for it even cooler.  Likewise though, ALL these figures could use a pistol with a holster as an extra plus.

But if it meant giving up the box, I'll take the cargo box any day of the week.  Lacks deco, but is instant diorama fodder.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. - by Boss Fight Studios
« on: October 25, 2016, 11:01 PM »
As soon as payday rolls around I think I'm ordering up some Skeletons and humans.  Maybe a Medusa to go with them as a mini-collection.  I can't afford them all, but a nice assortment is definitely going to happen.

Rogue One / Re: The Playset Thread
« on: October 25, 2016, 02:00 PM »
You can try harbor freight for some inexpensive options.  If you wanted to go balls out tho wiring up LEds yourself isn't too tough if you know how to solder. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 25, 2016, 02:57 AM »
I'm with Rob, it was brutal...  and in general "fake" **** doesn't affect me but this did for some reason, including the grotesqueness of it.  It was anxiety-inducing in a way. 

If this was Fear, I'd have been cheering.

I FF'd Talking Dead to see the preview for next week...  I'd stop and Hardwick was talking about stupid ****.  At least he didn't throw in jokes about sports, not that I could tell anyway, so that's something for him.

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.

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