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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:26 AM »
I got my 3 figures from EE today...  Shipped free too.  While I'll concede the price blows, these are imports and I think that has to be taken into account.  It's like people in other countries complaining about Star Wars figure prices, so it's only fair.

I picked up the Agurts Infantry, Bucks Team Bob (Leader), Bucks Team Steel (Guy who apparently blows **** all to hell)...

While price is questionable, you do get substantial "toy" and substantial packaging for said toy.  I think that should be taken into account too.  While I don't foresee myself army building figures unless it's by accident (pack-ins and whatnot), I definitely see myself being more interested in the figures themselves whereas I was probably saying a year ago that I wouldn't buy any, and stick to the hardware.

Hardware's fun but when they make a dude with a rocket launcher rocket briefcase, they have my attention.

I opened these and proceeded to litter my twitter feed (@Jesse_James77) with pictures and thoughts...  they were a-plenty.  :-X





I enjoyed kinda pseudo-reviewing them...  phone pics are what they are, my apologies.

The packaging these come in, it's really neat.  It's not practical, but it's nice foam lined, heavy cardboard, and a beautiful sleeve of art of the character/figure (art that the line's creator designed to make the figures) slips over the box.  They don't tape it shut, no bubbles...  The foam inside is high quality foam, like comes with a gun case almost.  Very neat.

The figures are heavily weathered, as is the staple of the line in general...  All 3 came with lots of extra gear, a good deal more than the Sol Commander came with, though I only got Sol Commanders from the Wings of Samothrace statue LE set.

The Bob figure is their first/only unique human headsculpt...  It's cool, and I can't really tell you who Bob is other than he's crept up in a few blog posts and has some kinda story going on where he's been around a long time.  He seems to lead some special team of dudes (Bucks Team) with a sweet simplistic logo of a buck's head with antlers.  I dig it, even if the backstory is kind of piecemeal right now.

Bob came with multiple heads (masked and unmasked), a unique pouch which interchanges with his fanny pack pouch that's on him, I think.  He has a rifle, and 2 helmets.  Really Bob is an "army builder" in disguise.  You can have Bob, but with the masked head and multiple helmets (a redeco Sol Cmdr and an Agurts Inf. helmet), he really could be made into just a neat infantry dude.

He also has softgoods including a very thin fabric shirt and a weird little reddish frayed scarf thing.  I dig it!  Both look great.

The Agurts Infantry guy I'd been reluctant to purchase but with Bob and Steel in my wheelhouse I got him, and I'm happy I did.  He rocks the most weapons so you can army build and arm up a nice squad.  My fav weapon is the little "hand cannon" pistol thing.  All the weapons feature hollow barrels, and nice paint apps.  They're not pliable plastic like Star Wars, but hard styrene, and multi-part in some cases (mini-gun).

He features a little less umph to his design, and I'm noticing figures tend to share a few parts (I want to see more new, for the cost), but I'm glad I picked him up finally.  I'd passed, but the quality is really nice and he's just fun to pose with that big ass mini-gun.

The Bucks Team "Steel" guy was my last and most interesting pick up.  He's got less softgoods going on than Bob, but his work well.  He has a big honkin' rocket launcher as his weapon, which has a clip you snugly plug into his back.  My only fear with the clip is it'll break at some point.  It's a tight fit to put the launcher into it, but so far no stress I can see so I'll just be careful.

Steel's rocket launcher has 3 missiles that look like little yellow RPGs, which plug into the front of the launcher.  The 2 extra you have plug into a weird little briefcase he has for storage.  It doesn't open, they simply plug into holes in the case, which are open on one end so it's almost like the box is a weapon.  Perhaps it can be set up as a sort of remote launch system?  I dunno.

There is also a little clip for this that plugs into the Steel Figure's belt on the back (and his back also, for sturdiness) and it holds the briefcase onto his belt like a fannypack of death.  It's easily my favorite figure, and not just because of the accessories.

The only flaw I could cite on Steel are that he should've really come with the hand blaster the Agurts guy came with as a sidearm, and Steel has a groove in his noggin that is visible when the helmet is off.  A ridge inside the helmet plugs in the groove.  I honestly don't care for that, and feel it ruins taking off the helmet, and this "feature" isn't on Sol Commander or Agurts Inf. figures, or Bob's second masked head/helmet sets.

Otherwise, breaking joints loose is really about the only complaint, and that's more a warning.  Use hot water, a firm but cautious hand, and just take your time and be careful if you do buy any of these toys.  The weathering is so heavy, it fuses a LOT of the joints and moving parts (vehicles and figures alike), so you need to carefully loosen them.

Go to our front page, go to Entertainment Earth, and buy up!

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:02 AM »
More craziness I'm finding out just now...

Gull Trayvis, the traitorous plant by the Empire to lure out cells of resistance, is voiced by none other than Lt. Commander Data, Brent Spiner!  Friggin' neat there.



And also PW himself voiced RX-24 "Captain Rex" Droid in the Droids in Distress episode?

More holy ****...  Peter McNicol from Ghost Busters II and Alley MacBeil played the Lobot-like Rodian dude Tseebo?  Wow.

Holy **** my mind is blown right now.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:19 AM »
Yeah I read a comment by a local guy I know, and he said, "Where'd they get these 90's refs at?", and I agree...  They were calling it all for reasons I can't explain, then players started playing waiting for the make-up calls...  It just was ugly.

Pens have had their asses saved by Flower more than enough this season, and even in losses he's kept them in it.  Letting up a couple softies was owed to him, though a bad time to start doing it since Divisional games are a black cloud for us this year and seeing him stimey them would've been nice...  Which he had good saves all night too, but the 2 soft ones are all anyone will recall, especially in this town.

You got to see the weird in the bench brawl at least, that NBC missed a lot of.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Revoltech Star Wars Figures
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:15 AM »
Nix my remark on the blasters, I feel quite sure the Revoltech blaster is WAY more accurately scaled.  That TBS Stormie blaster is pretty beefy.  I'm surprised, actually.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Revoltech Star Wars Figures
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:14 AM »
I'm mostly curious to see how they simplly stack up next to TBS 6" figures since the scales are to be relatively the same.

I like this shot of the Stormtrooper next to the, well, Stormtrooper.  Shows the significant size differences.



There are areas where you can see both figures are flawed...  I think aesthetically speaking, even with the joints being somewhat visible more than the TBS figure, I tend to lean to the Revoltech figure's overall look.  I think it's more accurate looking. 

Proportionally speaking, I'd give a slight (very slight) edge to the TBS figure.  I think the articulation style on Revoltech elongates some of the limbs a tad more than I'd prefer, but it's so slight it's not a huge deal.

I think the TBS Trooper's blaster is more accurately scaled?  That's a tough one really, actually.

I love the color and "shine" to the Revoltech figure overall... Way cooler looking, and I think sculpt wise it's crisper and more accurate (especially the helmet).

He doesn't match that Vader's height well.  I wonder how he'd stack to a TBS Vader though?

He looks great next to Chewie, but he makes Luke look almost like a child, haha.  "Are you a hell of a lot too short to be out this late without a parent or guardian?"

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:12 PM »
So Hera's dad is this dude?



Huh?  Cool.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2014-15
« on: February 25, 2015, 09:21 PM »
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but in the case of Kane's hit, they should seriously suspend the other guy for as long as Kane will be out (12 weeks I believe).

 :D

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Other Collectibles / Re: Revoltech Star Wars Figures
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:42 PM »
See they're here. :)

Thanks for sharing the news man, I'm really anxious to see 3PO compared to some TBS figures.  I've really been most curious how they compare side-by-side ultimately.  I think it'll be interesting to see if they're compatible at all.

These are so far above in quality though, it's unreal.  It makes me think a Revoltech Stormtrooper and a Hasbro one are going to amount to how a Hasbro 12" compares to a SS or HT 12" figure.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 9 (2015 Wave 3)
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:34 PM »
Anyone else find it odd they didn't include the TVC figure's mines with the 6" figure?

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Wave 9 (2015 Wave 3)
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:35 PM »
Lolz @ Hasbro trying to cut off bitching.  Never gonna happen.  That's cute that they tried though. :)

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The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: The Black Series 3.75" - Wave 7
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:10 AM »
I know I'm waiting it out a lil while looking for something else I want to hit pre-order.  Hoping it hits soon before I have to commit to an order.  :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:36 PM »
The Governor was almost normal compared to what Rick dealt with in the post-prison world...  His kid was going to be raped, he ate a guy's throat out to kill him, he then slaughtered said would-be perv (all while watching Michonne threatening to be raped and Darryl beat severely)...  Then he gets to Terminus and he sees clean cut dudes with a seemingly nice set-up, but they are eating people and stuff, slaughtering people that don't really help them in any way other than jagoff jerky.

Oh and those guys aren't done, wound up eating your buddy's leg who was just a good dude.

Then he found a "society" where people who are powerful are basically keeping slaves, abusing them, and raping them, because they're people too weak to defend themselves and they feel it's their right since they "keep them safe"...  those people then popped Beth in the head.

Rick was pretty F'd up when he ran the cop down.

I think Aaron is pretty lucky he's alive, haha.  He'd better thank Glenn at some point, and Michonne.  He owes both, a lot.  Darryl and Abraham would've probably let the Ricktatorship run wild on him, and just take your **** and keep on truckin'.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:53 PM »
I didn't mind the episode... 

They've been building up the group's callous nature now for a while, so I felt like this was actually a long time coming where something good in your face may go unrecognized simply because the Ricktatorship is in full swing and he's among the most scarred mentally at this point.  It makes you a survivor, and nobody WANTS to question Rick, but clearly others have been there before and are wanting to help him make the right decisions.

Actually I really enjoyed the last line, from Carol, since he made a tough choice regarding her...  She backs him up.  I thought that was some pretty brilliant writing actually considering she didn't do jack all episode till that last line.

Yeah I don't know how you clear a route...  I can't even tell where the hell they are at this point.  What state?  Maybe they were just saying we came down Route 16, killed walkers along the way, no herds, it's clear...  Whereas Route 23 has a herd on it?  I almost looked up the routes just to see what they're like, or if they're even real.

The arrow straight road thing, again I have no clue where they are, hah.  I just know here isn't flat like that on many roads here.  A few, but not many.  I suppose it's possible...  It wasn't like they were on that straight stretch forever, but they did show in last week's that they were on a pretty damn straight road that went on for a while it seemed.

Regarding the post-rundown thing, I was about to question that too, but it seemed to me they broke through the herd they were in, and wound up out on the other side a good distance from the last of the zombies.  It looked like some were following them, others maybe were going to come but a ways down the road, and maybe then they got distracted by the flare that made Aaron freak?  I think that's plausible in that situation.  They did seem to break through the zombies and be some kind of distance away from the last of them.  So I can buy them not having a huge problem to deal with, but one that overwhelmed just basically 3 armed people and a tied up guy.  I am ok on that one.  Much more so than the road issue...  definitely more than the storm thing.

I'd say arms stuck in the hood, for no real reason (why was the hood gapped up that much to allow arms in but not enough to detatch?  Not really possible.) and them somehow obstructing the car from starting then...  I guess they were trying to imply they were in the serpentine belt, but again that hood would've been unlatched to allow those to jam in, then jam down into the serp belt.  THAT is some unbelievable stuff to me. :P

It'd have been much more likely they broke the radiator and the car just overheated and blew up, and that stopped them.

On the flare, yeah I assume it was a trouble thing, and the other group drove to it (since they, I guess, stopped when the herd appeared and they lost Rick because Glenn hasn't learned NOT to take his eyes off the road in the zombie apocalypse).  I am guessing Rick saw the general direction of the flare and they went in that general direction, and lucked into finding the group there all safe with Eric.  It seemed like that whole sequence just went entirely too quickly...  time constraints on the show and all?  Could've probably chopped out some morale dilemma junk and done better explaining how they get from A to B though.

I liked the episode well enough, but it was a lot more of last week, I felt...  At least in pace and whatnot.  Some zombie killing that was fun, some slow dialogue and debate, character development (and introduction)...  It was ok to me, but could've been done better.

The Dale nods were great...  That car would be among your worst choices in the zombie apocalypse though, IMO.  Gas hog.

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The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: Upcoming Black Series figures?
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:18 PM »
I'm going to say yes, unless they're plotting a surprise for SDCC or something...  It's possible of course.  However, TFA opens in December, the holiday toy blitz tends to start anywhere from August to October...  Not a lot of gap in there for newness, ultimately.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:21 AM »
I just bought...  (Clicky any image to buy...  You won't be bummed that you did.)


Agurts Infantry...  These have been out a while and I caved because he got me the free shipping, I'll admit it.  I've been impressed with reviews on him.


Buck's Team Leader Bob...  Why he's called Bob, I dunno, but he's cool.


Buck's Team Steel...  Why he's called Steel, again, no clue, but his briefcase of rockets is freakishly sci-fi-ish looking and fun.  I dig the hardware.

I'm not committed enough to go in and army build and stuff, but I can see a figure here and there being something I pick up an extra.  The price is meh, but import toys are import toys I guess.  I'm definitely more a vehicle guy, but the figures have roped me in more now.  They're really high quality.  And Hasbro's not selling me much these days, sooooo...

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