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Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:34 AM »
Friend of the site Melvin hooked me up with multiple images of the Alien Warrior, which is insane.

First, these come with extra sets of hands, eggs, and facehugger, plus a simple but visually appealing environmental stand (in this case, a simple steel grate floor).  That alone, I'm hooked a lot more now knowing that they're like a high-end figure in a small scale rather than just an alien in a box. 

It's something that, if Hasbro (haha) were to up the ante on Star Wars figures, I think "posed" hands ala a Sideshow figure would be the way to go.  Vader with a fist hand, and pointing, and an choking, and just plain holding a saber, would be pretty awesome.

It's like the last step they can make really, but I digress.

The Alien does come with these hands though, and that's neat because it gives them a little character (imagine it on something a lot less "animal" like?  Just sayin' it's a great idea Hiya Toys is basically pioneering here).  These are a great little idea, and something I've tried to customize a bit myself just for extra realism should I want it.

The articulation looks sick as hell, and the paint apps are something we've not seen in quite a while on a Star Wars figure.  Comparatively speaking, this is pretty outstanding stuff, especially for essentially a Chinese company's imported toy (IE: Not an American toy made in China but for the US market).

The price stings a little...  $22-ish is pricey for any figure, but I bought the Hot Toys Snap Kits by the case, and basically this is similarly priced (adjusting for inflation).  So I can't gripe a lot.

The detail, wow...  I'm anxious now, more than ever, to see these do well so the company hopefully continues this line to include the Power Suit and Colonial Marine figures (even if they're just generic non "Aliens" ones).

Click the thumbnails below to check out each image, and a big thanks to friend of the site Melvin for sharing:

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:56 PM »
If I'd not JUST paid off something, I would not have bought this.  It's a quasi-reward to myself for something I did for Diane's house.  I figured I was owed something, even if I had to buy it myself.

That's poor man's rationale.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:10 PM »
Nor was I, till I watched a guy's pretty good review of one...  Light-up display panels inside the cockpit.  They help illuminate another surprise in there too.  All the little figure would need is a bottle of lotion to go with that other surprise the review revealed.

They look like solid toys, and apparently now you also get a 2nd set of tracks that either A) look cooler, or B) look cooler AND move.  I guess the initial tracks (solid "rubber band" style) don't move real well, so they include a 2nd set, and a tool, to put individually linked tracks on the drive/road wheels. 

My fragile little mind was blown.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:07 PM »
Good Q Greg, and one I didn't know myself till I saw a review of it when looking for reviews of the Quad Eyes.  Apparently it IS resin.  I did not know this, but it helps with the statue (which is a real statue, I guess, in some museum) because it's weightier than normal.

All those bases/statues are hand weathered by the guy who invented that stuff, plus autographed on the bottom.  Color me actually somewhat impressed at that.  I didn't realize upon my pre-order of that, that it'd be a LE that would sell out as fast as it did.  Go figure that all I really wanted was a cool statue and base for my stash of goodies and the "set" as it were, was really an afterthought.

Now, I'm like you...  Kind of a non-plastic-phobe about toys.  Resin is, sort of, a plastic though, so I give it a pass.  It's obviously real heavy though, or typical (cheaper A/B) stuff is compared to like PVC or ABS.  Some call resin "liquid plastic" which I find a tad misleading (repro people I've noticed like to go that route, and I think partially because of people like us).  They're sort of plastics/polymers though if my understanding is correct, but different from ABS and PVC's obviously.

There's lots of different resins too though, with different properties.  Depends what you need it for.  I like resins then for that purpose but they're tougher to work with than any plastic I ever encountered, from a model/custom standpoint.

The toys themselves appear to be all plastic, injection molded, and/or hard rubbers/PVC's.

I have a sneaking suspicion the upcoming Alien playset could hit the threshold of injection molded plastic, and I wish it'd see a price cut because of it, but I guess that's not on the table.  I want one, bad, but $100 for a glorified stand is out of my budget.  A really kick ass glorified stand, mind you, but still that's what it would be to me so I've gotta limit myself.  As it is I bought all the figures including some extras which I wasn't going to do at one point.

I think it's awesome and double awesome that they're basically letting people order and will make as many as they get orders for.  No better way to crank them out than that.  And I'd love to say I'd give anything for an egg chamber to display my Hot Toys and other Alien(s) figures in, but right now I need to cool my jets on toy buying.  Star Wars is (theoretically) going to pick up here and I will need to allocate some buying power to them.  Thank god they've abandoned cool army builders for the most part.  :-X

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:40 PM »
I'm not seeing much difference in the base, just the box...  I actually like the black box better, than the blue one.  I think it just looks more in tune with the carded figures I guess.  It doesn't seem like anything is different but the numbered packaging for the LE blue box I'd think.

The bases seem pretty identical to me, at least in the photos, or as identical as something that's probably hand painted can ultimately be.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Regional Pop (Soda) You Love?
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:36 PM »
I've found Pop's a "rustbelt" thing almost, and some of the South, but not all...  Like Deep South (Mississippi, Alabama, etc.).  I noticed when I've been in Chicago them calling it Pop...  Michigan too, and Ohio.  It's a sin to call it Soda in Pittsburgh.  :-X

Vegas they called it pop, which shocked me.

Just a heads up that Sideshow will be revealing apparently a behemoth Darth Vader figure at Comic-Con in a couple weeks.  Should make JesseVader go crazy. :)

12" Figures / SS 1/6 C-3P0
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:33 PM »
Just teased, but Sideshow is revealing a 1/6 C-3P0 at SDCC in a couple weeks.

Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: July 14, 2014, 02:25 PM »
So if you want the playset, you can now simply pre-order it and you'll get one.  It's resin (IE: That's why it's $100, haha) and if enough orders come in they'll have enough to tool a mold for it and do injection molded plastic.  That's only if enough pre-orders come in.

The price at $100 isn't as outrageous now that I know it's resin...  Not cheap.  There wasn't mention of a price drop at all though, if enough orders come in to get a steel mold tooled to do plastic.

Clicky Clicky

Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 14, 2014, 02:20 PM »
So yeah...  well...  I ordered the Quad Eye tank...  I watched one good review of it, and that was all she wrote.

I also didn't realize it's A) electronic, B) an imported toy (thus price), and C) expensively packaged as well.  Plus there are a few features I didn't know existed, and little details.  More than enough to push me over the edge.  Plus hey, I earned it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Regional Pop (Soda) You Love?
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:38 AM »
Sea world micro brew?  Now that's weird haha.

They sell Jones here too actually but no clue how small a bottler they are.

There's an event here called the Big Pour.  It's a microbrew event, expensive with limited capacity and I can rarely get online to get tickets when they're on sale.  Some local pop bottles attend too I guess.  One local place is returning to selling seltzer and stuff, and syrups, like soda shops.  Supposed to be a very different taste.  I guess they went around buying up old equipment and bottles.  They're delivering to local restaurants and things.  Seemed pretty weird but I've not tried it yet.

Conventions / Re: San Diego Comic Con 2014
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:30 AM »
I had a buddy with tickets, but unable to get a room...  Good lord sdcc sounds like a hassle at times.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 14, 2014, 01:27 AM »

Mosep is going to have unacceptable paint apps too.  Sweet.

Lol @ the Han/"Stan List" demotion.  It's in the same parking lot that holds everyone else's dreams.  I think that's become a large garage now.  I saw a new Y-Wing in it last week.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:58 PM »
I think Vader was there too.  Leia is the only new name.

The Black Series 3.75" Figures / Re: Black Series Rumors
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:26 AM »
Boushh Leia makes me think Carbonite Han upgrade may be closer than we thought.  :)

Among other JP goodies.  :-X

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