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Other Toy Lines / Re: Acid Rain - by Ori Toy
« on: July 14, 2016, 02:34 AM »
My CC just took a swift kick in the applebag as EE hit my card for the Laurel Worker, and BBTS hit my card for the Exclusive Laurel Worker Hiroshima Edition....

Good lord.  I need to start scrounging for extra work I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: July 13, 2016, 01:18 AM »
Yeah, Hiya kinda won the toy world twitter today...  :o

They'd been teasing about this for a while on social media, and I'd spoken with them regarding it.  They got blueprints that are official from the movie I guess, and have been released in some books that are high end.

The fact that they're even entertaining the idea of making it...  Good lord.  It'll be big, but not HUGE to the point I think it's cost prohibitive.  The thing ain't gonna be free though, but I would love to own that regardless.  Given what I've seen work for other lines though, they can pull it off I think.  Hell I'd love to try a 3D print of it even like they did.  Costly but if that were the only way to get it, hey, such is life.

I'm still waiting for my Power Loaders to process...  Fully poseable, hydraulic lines, etc.  If I have a gripe it appears to be that the hazard light doesn't light up, and I think I can fix it so it will easy enough. ;)

Love me some Aliens figures and hardware.

Now hopefully we get a Newt, Ripley, and the rest of the Marines...  Their facesculpts are kind of walking the line of video game animations/skins, and I think that's intentional, but they look good enough for me.  Nobody's making good 3.75" Aliens figures, not since Hot Toys and those command high premiums now.  I'll happily support this line. :)

I was thinking similarly...  Joh Yowza's ****** CGI killed Yuzzum love.

And rolling back into town in a month is another to Pittsburgh.  They've sort of tried to move their show time around San Diego Comic-Con I've noticed, so this show is now August 12th-14th this year.  I'm sure it makes booking celebs difficult.

If you plan to attend, they actually sold out of 3Day badges already, and now just have individual day passes available...  So get thee to the pre-order if you want to visit town.

A ton of horror guests this show, and Christopher Lloyd which surprised me that he does shows now.  I figured he just sat back and chilled.

I love Yuzzum.  I've seen a lot of Yuzzum hate.  I dig the guy.

I can't believe how angry people are over voting for toys.  Good lord.  People are pent up.

The Force Awakens / Re: Retail Prices/Sales/Discounts
« on: July 12, 2016, 03:16 PM »
Yeah that's a pretty good deal.  I was hoping the 4" set would go on sale too.

Toys in general are going that direction where there is "cheap" and then there is better but you pay up.  The 5poa vs the WM figures for instance.  It's just how things are now I guess.  But its how these designer toy lines like Acid Rain, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Vitruvian HACKS and such are gaining traction too...  They cost, some are imports and cost even more, but at least you get what you're paying for.

With Hasbro 3.75" I really wish they'd find a happy medium...  Sporadic articulation at $9.99 each.  Some SA, mostly not, nothing 5POA only though.  I'd be much more motivated on Star Wars I think. 

There is always something good though, to look forward to.  Not like the old days sure, but I've still found a lot of fun in Star Wars regardless.  The vast majority seem to hate everything anymore though.  At least in the collecting world.  Kids seem happy enough with the line.  It did pretty well in that regard, then fizzled as toy lines seem to do these days.

OK so I ordered the expansion set, and it arrived today.  Super fast.  And while I couldn't do a review on the 9-piece starter since it's out of stock right now, the guys sent me some "scratch & dent" stuff they had around so I could get more of a feel for everything, and any flaws are SUPER minor (another testament to their commitment to quality first).  I barely could see anything wrong, honestly.  I think one piece has a nick at the corner, but man these are nice.

The quality is what sells it to me, but it goes beyond the materials/production standards.  The depth of the detailing is pretty friggin' amazing.  Think model kit, more than toy, but nothing remotely complex to put together obviously as they just stack side-by-side.

I am going to put some kind of write-up together here.  Take a few pictures (weak as my photography is), and I really want to have it set up with 4" figures around it because I think there's definitely possibilities there for people not wanting to wait for Galactic Trading Post's 3.75" scaled set to come out.

They also told me that, while they don't have a system of "clips" to hold them together yet, they are planning on having one soon.  Making their own little snaps that will hold all the pieces together.

I'll save the rest for later...  Just enjoying them for now.  They're quite fun! :)

Eh, speaking of just collectors, they are a fairly entitled group who like to pitch a fit...  :)

Me included at times, but there's a lot of kind of "armchair executives" in the hobby, and personally I think most of them are nuts.  Then again how do you argue with people who think Hasbro owes them something. 

I'd love to see the line swing back to something I'd like more than it is now too though.  6" collectors should be relatively happy though.  There's a lot of cool stuff in that line.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:32 AM »
I still think this is going to be pretty darn dinky unfortunately, so I'm probably out...  Then again I bought the Troop transport and I knew before I did so I was going to be disappointed, and I was.  :-\

I wanted a McAwing so badly, and this just is meh, for me at least.  I agree that I don't think it's shown sized properly in the pic though, but I think it's still going to be significantly off.  Hope I am wrong though!  Would love to add an arrowhead to the fleet.

A-Wing scale is widely arguable (the models, matte, etc. all don't jive), but the Rebels A-Wing is pretty solidly represented in the show relative to people...  It's not "tiny" for sure.  Not huge either, but definitely not  like that appears to be.

Conventions / Re: SDCC 2016
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:26 AM »
Yeah I don't know many people (I used to know quite a few) who go anymore.  Just you two who tough it out every year.  Guys like Colman, Jared, and others used to make it, but yeah. 

But it's funny Carlos, even the little show in Pittsburgh, they blow out the 3 Day badges pretty fast anymore... Going to shows like this is a big deal now. 

Star Wars Anthology / Re: Rogue One (SPOILER FREE)
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:24 AM »
The last trailer had me doing backflips (well, in my head anyway), and I'm excited for this to roll around this week.

Got Han from a local buddy I met via Twitter...  Not a huge collector, but knew what to look for, and it worked out.

Actually like Han way more than I thought I would.  For some reason the face doesn't look too swift in pics, but in person the sculpt is crisp, but the eyes are ****** to say the least.  I get what they were going for with the sculpt though, and think it worked and would just look way better with the eyes painted better.  The hair could use a good deal more grey in it too...  Chalk another good sculpt getting flak due to poor paint apps, which is an area I totally agree with all the bitching...  Hasbro has cut way too many corners at all scales on paint apps.  Everything from micro machines to 6" figures are just sloppy anymore.

At least the faces are anyway.

The coat, and the rest of the duds are pretty sharp though, though one small gripe is the shoe part of the boot is actually highly glossy while the tall part that makes it a boot is pretty flat.  It's weird that they screwed the pooch on that one.

The blaster being an all new sculpt was a nice surprise too.  Wish I had this sculpt for all my Han figures actually.  It looks to be spot on, has a trigger guard, the scope is raised just right from the rest of the pistol.  It's really neat.  And the articulation is outstanding of course. 

Like Jeff posted before, the "peg" for the holster is a neat little extra, and lets you retail articulation while also making the holster stick to the thigh like it should.  Personally I prefer the TVC Bespin Luke's style, and think that should be standard as I have no trouble posing a figure with that completely separate holster/belt sculpt, but this is as good a compromise as can be expected, and works pretty well.  Miles superior to Endor Han, etc.

I'd say if the eyes were just a little less spread out, I'd not have a gripe at all with this really.  It's a pretty solid figure for a pretty random outfit from the movie.

Now if they'd do him like this in the outfit he wore throughout 90% of TFA, I'd be really geeked. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Disneyland!
« on: July 11, 2016, 03:25 PM »
That's awesome Paul, thanks for posting it.

This is something I'm just Geeked to hopefully see some day.

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