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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason 2014
« on: August 7, 2014, 12:59 AM »
Selfies are dumb, I concur, but I got to tour Consol the other day and this was a real treat for me. :)

Nobody's allowed in the locker room unless a player, coach, or someone high up in the arena takes you in and escorts you through it (to avoid Bieber-like moments such as happened in Chicago).  I was tickled pink to get to be outside the locker room, and I actually snuck into the hallway the players walk down to enter the ice past Suite 66.  It was tarped off, but I snuck under it anyway. :P  Didn't attempt the locker room door...  though I was definitely tempted to do so.

So the group I was with, they were all outside the locker room at one point, and then the door flung open and everyone went ape**** hoping for a player to come out...  And there comes like a custodian or electrician with a tool box...  The guy's look on his face was priceless because he was downright scared when all the girls (A solid gaggle of teenage girls) in the tour group started to scream, only to have this poor dude walk out.

The guy bolted too, right down the hall.

Got my Luke to stand on 2 hands in under a minute.

Got him to stand on one hand in less than 2 minutes.

Heard people bitching they can't get him to stand on two hands at all.

Those people probably can't crack an egg without it flying all over the place.

Got mine today...  I got 2 Torryn Farr figures, two Snowtrooper Officers, Luke, and Yoda.

-Torryn Farr...  A great figure, if not simply a headswap.  Hasbro going the removable earmuff route is really a nice nod from them, and the kind of thing that makes a collector figure special.  :)  I am planning a headswap, hopefully, and may buy more to do other swaps.

If there is a gripe, it's the badge has a sort of sloppier paintjob to it, and who knows how accurate, or not, it may be.  It is a minor quibble.  Some may cite ankle articulation lacking...  On a $10-$11 figure, I would agree on that point but at this stage I'd rather see no (or rare) ankle joints to save money and improve paint apps.  Speaking of, her hair has a nice wash giving it multiple colors and really stands out in a time when Hasbro doesn't do nice washes on figures.  Her eyes and lips are also painted really nicely, giving her a nice but simple expression.

-Luke Dagobah...  Everything I wanted.  I personally would've preferred ball jointed elbows, but I appreciate where Hasbro was going with the double-hinged elbow, and for what it is, it does perfectly hold the straps of the backpack Yoda comes with.  OTC exists so people don't have to gripe like this figure is the end of their world.  I get what I want, and others long ago got what they wanted, and so I'm pretty pleased.

If there are gripes, it's paint apps and the elbow joints obviously.  The joints are visible.  Ball joints COULD have achieved this with the right design behind them, but the effect is really good the way they accomplished it IMO.  Again there's another Luke without these, and most of us own it.  I'd say Luke could've used a paint wash on the hair as well.  Mine has perfect hair and eyes though, and a heavy wash on the shirt costume.  I just feel the hair could use a little to give a less mono-chromatic (right use?) of the hair color.  Luke's hair wasn't dark so the lack of wash stands out even more on him than say on Han Solo or Leia's darker hair.

I'd tack a minor gripe on the light saber hilt NOT clipping to the belt as well.  A doable thing they overlooked and which I'll fix with a quick custom bit but which would've been nice had Hasbro done it in the first place.

Oh, one more gripe, almost forgot it despite it being my biggest about this figure... The "flesh" colored pins on his hips are distractingly noticeable, and I'd say his upper leg portion was part of the same mold the arms were molded in because the ankles are molded in the proper color.  Those hip pins are really noticeable though.  Fixable with the right paint, but that's tricky and a friction point so wear is an issue unless you're good at bonding paint to plastic.  I find that far more annoying than any other issue, elbows included, and would re-buy this figure in a heartbeat if it had the pins fixed.

-Snowtrooper Commander...  They're Lieutenants IIRC, but yeah anyway they're ok.  I like everything about both my samples from paint to articulation, EXCEPT two points.

Point one is the plastic skirt...  At this stage of the game, why would you go that route and not cloth?  It's a collector figure, and the plastic obviously negates the usefulness of the leg articluation.  The TVC Snowtrooper was outstandingly well done and featured cloth that looked just spiffy fine.  I'm disappointed hasbro did an about-face here and opted not to use cloth.

And Point two would be that both my samples have right hands that fall off easily.  This is a design flaw, contrary to popular online opinion that all figures with posable hands have this issue.  If the ball inside the hand's post were larger, it would plug into the socket on the forearm, and would not pop out easily.  That's disappointing, and something that shouldn't occur.

-Yoda...  OK, so I came into this wanting to hate this figure, yet I can't.  People online are whining up a storm about him, and I wasn't pleased about the articulation cuts either.  That said, here's my view...

My sample's paint is flawless and detailed.  The eyes are great, the hair is perfect, the nails are all applied well, all of it...  The sculpt is simply perfect, with the best possible expression chosen.  It is miles superior to all other Yoda's on the market in that regard.  Plus his costume under the robes is exactly what you'd expect even though you don't see it ever.

His accessories are plentiful...  Aside from a snake, how can you not like the cane and the perfectly sized removable belt?  The backpack is a bit too big and I agree with that complaint, however I've heard NOTHING about the buckle in the front that actually works, nor the awesomely accurate blue striping along the pack itself!  I'll be shrinking the pack down eventually by seam ripping it and resewing it a little more snug.  Easy peasy fix if you know how to sew at all...  If not, eh, sorry?  Lastly the flute is cool, fits him well (not too large or small), is decoed...  Great.

The obvious gripe is articulation.  And that some folks want super articulation, which I actually disagree with on this figure.  I agree he needed more than he got.  Namely, elbow joints and wrist joints.  With just those two (4 total) points added to the figure, I'd have been over the moon and he'd be my top figure of the wave.  His legs are fine as is, and he's an example of, for once, me saying a figure did NOT need knee articulation, nor ankle articulation.  This figure's fine and friggin' dandy without it.  Elbows and wrists I feel are legitimate complaints, and my honest to god only complaint on an otherwise flawless figure. 

Frankly I'm shocked at this point at the complaints being as strong as they are from the folks who already got theirs.  I love mine.

I didn't get Dak yet, and I didn't get anyone else...  I don't need Bastilla Shan or anything like that.  I'd like Daks but not for $10.  Anyone selling Daks for less, I'm all ears.  ;D

I'm going to wind up probably buying two more Lukes and possibly another Yoda or two as well.  I like custom bits to be around.  I also may get more Torryn Farr, and ironically I'm done on Snowtrooper Commanders.  For my money he's the weakest of a great wave (him included.  He's a solid figure, just not perfect which he could've been).

Luke, I could see doing quite a few customs of/with.  I have a quasi-pattern for a coat, and I'd like to see him with that on.

Joe Defender / Re: 50th Anniversary Line
« on: August 5, 2014, 08:17 PM »
I tried to look for GIJ and more but apparently my TRU flooded the other day haha.  Hope it washed away some of their shelf warmers.  I've had little reason to stop in any store for quite a while. :-\

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Star Wars Rebels Hero Series X-Wing
« on: August 5, 2014, 05:36 PM »
What store Paul?  For just a display to put pilots around its a lot more impressively sized to figures.  I was already mapping out mods though.  Making the wings "function" is the trick.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 5, 2014, 02:01 AM »
BTW anyone catch the bottom of the poster?  What the little kid's silhouettes were doing?  There's maybe only one clear shot of that. :)  We can all probably relate to it.  Kind of a *GASP* YES! of a moment, haha.

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 5, 2014, 01:28 AM »
Rebels Extended Preview is up...


The action was pretty non-stop...  There are a few eastereggs to look for, and the whole thing's worth a couple viewings.

The Officers were slick and very OT.  The speederbikes with the boxes?  I'll take 10, please, just give me the boxes too!  Oh and a pilot.  Love the pilot design.

The AT-DP was pretty neat.  The citizens, the building designs, the posters...  There's a lot to take in.  Not to mention the fact the entire planet is a piece of concept art! :)

Very good, very fast, very good action.  It's a cartoon so there are obvious "Kids need to like this" vibes going but there's equally obvious effort to make adults happy here.  Filloni does excel at that IMO.

You'll want to watch this...

So far on the Aurabesh Imperial Recruitment Poster I've got (I think):


The bottom line is very tough to read on my computer screen.  I'd lean towards it telling you how to sign up, or where, but I honestly can barely make the letters out. 

There are also words to the left that are small (under the TIE Fighter, etc.), which I can't make out well.  Someone with a better screen resolution may see them more clear than I can.

Wish I could see a full shot of that poster in hi-res.  I'd love to be able to actually physically print that out in various scales.  :-X

Some of the words on the left (Under the fighters) appear to be PATRIOT(ism? or ic?) and WORK (with something before it).

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: August 4, 2014, 11:10 PM »
I uh...  pre-ordered.   ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: August 4, 2014, 03:44 AM »
Ah ok, no...  You won't need to do that then.  Yeah it's just an additive to keep moisture out of fuel lines that aren't used often.  If you're starting it up and running it routinely, just not far, that'll keep it fine.  Gas goes "bad" though if it's left sit long periods and in general moisture gathers in the tank and things and that's not good so you dump a little Seafoam in... 

There are other products, Heet, etc.  All basically doing the same thing, but Seafoam is some pretty solid stuff and seems to clear up a lot of fuel issues I've found.  People put it in boats for the winter, tractors, etc.

You'll be good though running it just for short bits.

The Hooters security cam adds .25".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: August 3, 2014, 09:53 PM »
Wow 5 or 6 weeks?  I'd drop a lil seafoam in just to keep things dry and smoove.

That is a damn posable vader.

I'm a little more into him now as well.  I'm curious what of Wave 5 Tunghori has, as I only saw Wedge (and Dak to a lesser wave 5 extent).

I'm going to nab a few more guys from Amazon I think, Vader included.  Free shipping makes it even.

I have 2 Snowie Commanders, 2 Farrs, 1 Luke, 1 Yoda, and I believe that's it, on the way.

I also have a complete set sans Dak coming from my local bud, so I have a pretty nice little group.  Plus I have 2 of each of the Goons coming once Sept. gets here I guess.

I'll second that...  If you wanted mint, why didn't you order from EE or BBTS?

You buy Amazon, you get Amazon.  I'm not a carded guy so I'm maybe not being very thoughtful, but I am an "I'm tired of paying so much for figures" guy, and I'd rather not see the $35 nets you free shipping deal go away on "collectibles" or something.  I just want to open the stuff and get a reasonable price.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:16 PM »
That ones a tough pill but I seriously think I will preorder.

I want the Mk2 but the inability to pick your deco detail scares me on the purchase.  I want the rocket girl not the other one. :(

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