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Toy Reviews / New JD Mini-Review: TBS 4" Wave 2 Stormtrooper
« on: October 29, 2013, 11:41 PM »
He's not new, he's not really been asked for, and he really came with less than past figures who used the same sculpt.  How could he be good?  Well, he's ok, but good is stretching it.  Here is why.

So I got my case of Wave 2 TBS 4" figures yesterday, and just am now getting around to opening what I can...  I figured I'd start with the crummiest first since I like to have my mood improve as I go through a case of figures that cost me $120...  And since I know some of these are meh, I knew where to start that I wouldn't be too shocked.

The Stormtrooper actually surprised me at how bad it is though...  Perhaps it's my sample, but it's really underwhelming. 

PROS:

-Articulation...  Hasbro's got this formula down, when they want to.  For the most part this is indisputable.  The "new" Stormtrooper sports 14 points of articulation and only 2 of those aren't ball/socket joints.

That's poseability folks.  Short of ball-jointed wrists what more can you ask for?  It's great.

-Weapons...  Not that you get a lot, but you get two you probably don't have a ton of.  The 3-piece fold-out-stock Stormtrooper pistol is here, and appreciated.  Hasbro put out enough of the old single piece blaster that I think we all have plenty of extras.  This new multi-piece one is maybe a little too chunky but it's cool and different.

You get the Stormtrooper/Sandtrooper rifle too...  I don't have many of these, so I take more.  Yay.

-Sculpt...  For my money, this figure is fine.  It has the slot in the back for the Sandtrooper backpack, as it uses the Sandtrooper's sculpt, but that's fine by me.

You'll have some gripes about helmet detailing...  Some are better than others as Hasbro goes, and this helmet doesn't seem like the worst Stormtrooper bucket they've done, and not the best.  I'm fine with it as it is.

CONS:

-Paint Aps...  I can't tell if it's mine, or they're all like this, but mine may have some of the worst paint aps I've ever seen on a figure.  The one armpit, a solid 1/4 of the paint is missing and looks as though it made its way to the back side of the armor.

The helmet's details seem off with more paint bleeding than usual.

His feet are painted black though, that's nice...  Hasbro skips that sole deco on the shoes a lot anymore.

-Fewer accessories than Sandtroopers...  OK, so I hate when you get less than you did with the same figure.  That's the case here.  Hasbro should still include the Pauldron and pack because, well, why can't you just give us the same stuff you gave us before or at least replace it.

Don't want to make it "inaccurate"?  Fine.  Give us the TVC Tarkin figure's Mousedroid then!  Great idea right?  Right.  I'd take that.  But don't just cut accessories out.

I appreciate the rifles I got, but that Pauldron and Backpack needed included or replaced with something more Death Star centric.

-Price...  $10 sucks for figures, and for one like this it really sucks.  It's the killing force in people NOT wanting to buy more Stormtroopers.  Who can afford extras of figures they already have at this point?  Blah.

-Holster on the belt (mine's horribly warped to the point I laughed about it...  I can fix that though, no biggie) doesn't fit either gun included.  Why then include a holster at all?  Just give a plain belt.  Or a new/different belt.  Or just the Sandtrooper belt.

OVERALL:

I appreciate Hasbro trying to keep the ubiquitous Imperial Soldier on the pegs.  There was a time collectors were irate they didn't make a better effort to feed army builders.

Unfortunately, Stormtroopers have steadily been hitting the beaches of retail since 2007 in various forms/incarnations, and the formula is slightly tired now...  Not only is it slightly tired, but at $9.99 or more a piece, army building isn't dead...  Hasbro killed it.  You can't ask people to squad build, much less army build, at these prices.

As a figure in general it's adequate.  If you didn't have a Stormtrooper because you lived a hermit lifestyle till now, you now can get one.  But it'll cost you, and if the paint's as bad as mine then you got hosed and should look for an older one for less.

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The Original Trilogy / ANH Blooper Reel
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:20 PM »

Clicky, and Enjoy.

The Cushing bit was my favorite, though the Death Star Door...  Holy cow!  Seemed a tad overdone.  Ford's goofy.  It was very funny to watch though. :)

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My idea?

$20.99 new E-Web Cannon set...  Completely foldable legs, otherwise pretty simple snap-together pieces to make a new to-scale gun.  Include a general Veers update (use the TVC AT-AT Commander with a new head and I'm happy), and a Snowtrooper...  A new head would be neat, but whatever.  The gun needs a gunner is all.

$15.99 2-packs...  Battle of Hoth themed sets, to be specific.  One set, a Hoth Rebel Trooper head variation (new head and hat), with a new weapon.  And a Repacked TVC Echo Base Trooper.

Second set is a different Hoth Rebel Trooper Head variation (again, new head/hat, new gun or the basic rifle with this one perhaps), and a kitbashed Hoth Rebel Technician/Taun Taun Wrangler (mostly just the Echo trooper with a new head/hat).  Each set includes one piece of a Hoth Computer Station (which nicely compliments Torryn Farr!).

Just thinking about the quality of the K-Mart sets...  I'd be happy seeing them carry forward with the $21 and $16 format...  One nice big accessory update, and 2 nice 2-packs of army building fun that's quasi-new but not really.

I could see this expanding to other larger accessories too...  A new, better curved bar section, perhaps?  Or a Vehicle Maintenance Energizer?  Possibly an update of some other mini-rigs like the MLC-3 or CAP-4?  Small things, very OT-centric...  I think these would be awesome if they kept rolling out once a year.

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Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels - 5 POA Animated Style Figs
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:12 PM »
What's your take?  Where do you stand?

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Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels - Class II Vehicles
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:10 PM »
A smaller line of ships isn't my cup of tea but could a Stormtrooper transport make this line?  What else?

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Star Wars Rebels / Star Wars Rebels - Class I Vehicles
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:08 PM »
The Rebels Teaser video has me giddy...  I need that ATPT!

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What's the most awesome pose you've gotten a figure into?  The one you called your wife in to see, and she rolls her eyes.  The one the kids went, "That's awesome!", when they saw it.

I put the Clone Sgt. on my desk in a simple "at attention" pose...  It's calm, passive, but that menacing helmet and the clean armor.  It just screams that scene where the Empire's military might is basically born.  The rifle's resting against his shoulder delicately...  I love it.  Never really put a Clone in this pose, but I could imagine a hundred of them with appropriate officer colors mixed in would look pretty damn cool this way.

Not dynamic by any means...  but it inspired me.

You know you've done this too...  You know you've achieved some pretty cool looks with your figures, and you don't want to admit you were playing with your dolls posing your action figures for display.

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The Vintage Collection / Vintage Figures That Need Redone
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:15 PM »
There probably won't be massive lists for most here, but am I the only one who would rebuy a number of TVC figures if they did them better?

Hoth Luke comes to mind...  He's too tall, lacks the thigh-strap sculpted to the holster (I HATE it sculpted to the figure's leg), and I really thought the non-removable helmet and half-assed mask look was really bad, bad, bad.

This figure, to my eye, stands out like a sore thumb...  The height is my #1 gripe though.

Is there a TVC figure you look at, and really wish they'd redo him already?

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Jocasta's Reading Room / The Star Wars Thread
« on: August 8, 2013, 05:59 PM »
Trailer posted for a comic, which is cool unto itself.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/star-wars-trailer-offers-look-george-lucas-original-050000518.html

This will be the first comic series I've been excited about for Star Wars in quite a while and it won't even be part of the EU.  Go figure.

I plan to wait for a complete bound set of this though.

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The Original Trilogy / Does the Emperor Get Haircuts?
« on: August 2, 2013, 07:07 PM »
Like, seriously, I know we're to just accept that Han never changes clothes from Hoth to Jabba's Palace basically, but what about simple things like haircuts.  Who cuts the Emperor's hair?  Does he have a barber like on the Enterprise?  Is it awkward?

It seems like a really petty use of the force to just stop your hair from growing and keeping it perfect.

Is he particular, or picky?  Does he have a supercuts?

There are so many mundane questions for the Star Wars universe that haven't been answered.

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1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / 1/6 General Grievous
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:42 PM »
Previewed a while back, the 1/6 General Grievous is up for pre-order out of the blue today!  A behemoth of a figure, I'm not quite sure where to place him in a collection...  He's a military guy, so I'd lean towards that side of things I guess but SS has him listed under Scum & Villainy...  that's odd.

I dig him, but $249.99 is a lotta moola.

http://www.sideshowtoy.com/?page_id=4489&sku=1000271

The exclusive version has a damaged mask portrait with it.

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TV-9D9 / Is Yularren's Perspective Now Radically Different...
« on: July 27, 2013, 07:38 PM »
Curious, but as I was opening a CW Yularren figure for his spiffy table, I was wondering to myself...  He's supposedly the ISB Officer at the briefing on the Death Star in Star Wars.  What his role is there, who knows, but he's there...  He's gone from a Naval Admiral to a whole new direction in the ISB over time.

He's also supposedly taken a demotion because he's a Colonel in that role, according to EU materials...

So what's Yularren's POV?  He doesn't seem like a horrible person in The Clone Wars...  Annoyed by the Jedi's methods at times, he still supports them, fights with them, fights for them, and obeys his commands.  He doesn't seem to hold the anymosity Tarkin does, for instance.

Does that mean his POV come ANH is completely 180'd and he is drinking the Impy kool-aid?  Or is Yularren's demotion possibly a sign of some objection to the post-ROTS purge of the Jedi?  Does Vader maybe keep him close for a reason?  Does he know Vader, much as Tarkin knows Vader and considers him a friend?

Never really thought much, till tonight, on the character's changes from 77 to now.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Recent Purchases
« on: July 27, 2013, 07:17 PM »
Wow, OTC no recent purchases thread?

Saw lots for sale at the Steel City Con this weekend...  Some, very cheap.  Got a loose incomplete Hammerhead for fun/customs bits.

I'm always looking for Combat Engineers, Fleet Security, Bren Derlin, and Power Droid and other figures from this series.  One of my favs. 

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Amazon Droid Factory Multi-Pack
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:54 PM »
So now we know the value of 6 figures that are all essentially repaints and pack-in pieces...  $60.   :o

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Realistic Clone Wars Wants?
« on: April 4, 2013, 07:56 PM »
Hard to discuss a hobby that's kind of dead at the moment, but I've heard good things about realistic Clone Wars figures.  With Scum's rumor of Cody, does anyone have a list of wishes for realistic style Clone Wars figures?

Or are you a "mains and done" kinda collector?

For me I was thinking mains and done, but at this point I'd take quite a few CW characters done realistically even at 5POA each...  Lil Ahsoka, CW Rex of course...  I'm thinking a new Baby Boba and some Death Watch could look pretty damn cool too.  Pre Vizla in particular.

A realistic Oppress would be interesting, as would Kenobi in his bounty hunter disguise, and even Dengar would get my attention since he's so significantly different to his OT character's look.

Trench would be a must since he was a big want for me animated as well.

Since CW is kaput as an animated line it's all there is to hope for 5 POA realistic sculpts.  At the proposed price, my curiosity is at least there.  They won't be up to my personal standards but at least they weren't $10 as well...  and they may be pretty damn great like Ellors Madak still looks on my shelf.

Anyone have particular wants?  Anyone into an extensive realistic CW line even?

If they have removable headgear, I'm far more interested than before too.  Little features may have my attention more if they're included.

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