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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.

Hah complaining in Star Wars collecting?  Never!  I've found toy collectors in general just are kind of entitled.  This is just something for fun.  It doesn't mean your character won't be made some day, so I just look at it as a way Hasbro is trying to promote things, interact with the collectors, and give them almost a little game to try and get what they personally want. 

And of course there will be people who get pissy about it and miss the point.  Not one thing I voted for made our top 6 but I'm ok with that.

On the EU thing, I get why they allow it...  It's part of the lore.  They didn't make it suddenly stop existing.  It's all LFL material so I like that they let people dig into it and give a Revan type guy a chance at success.  Hell it still is getting picked up into new stuff here and there, like Rebels does.

If the people chose something from it more power to them.  Tons of it was pretty great.  A lot wasn't too. *shrugs*

Vote now vote now vote now...

and stuff.

They're waiting on another run of them if I'm to understand it right, so those should be in stock eventually.  I wanted to just see how they are in general so ill post something on the expansion set when it arrives.

Rogue One / Re: San Diego Comic-Con 2016
« on: July 8, 2016, 06:19 PM »
Given the ship looks about 1/3 the size it should be I'm out, haha.  Was hoping for a McAWing but that appears to be back on the to do list for me. I figure the nerf thing will pop off or something, but yeah the tiny ships are always meh for me.  I liked the old Deluxe line better on that front for some reason.

Nerf is big money for Hasbro so I get why they want to incorporate it more.  Kinda shocked it took this long to happen.

At the top of the page is a kind of menu...  Purchasing pages are under shop.

I ordered the expansion set last night and it shipped today btw.

Here's a link to the starter kit:

I don't know if you can order while it is back ordered or not though.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 8, 2016, 01:22 AM »
I think I get where he's coming from with it...  Being he established the character, I kinda wish they'd have engaged him on the future of the character if for no other reason than to see what he thinks, but I mean I get it in a way.

On the other hand, like you Darb, I feel like it's nice to establish one of the main bridge crew as gay...  It's certainly something they've not done with any of the characters before. 

I'm amazed anyone cares since I see so much hate for the new Trek, haha.  I was never a diehard TOS guy...  I liked it fine enough, just it never resonated with me like TNG did, and I feel like the new one is all popcorn but I still enjoy it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 7, 2016, 11:10 PM »
Apparently Takei himself feels it's not what Roddenberry would've wanted, but then again the Trek franchise hasn't been what Roddenberry wanted since back in the TNG days before he died, and IMHO it improved without him after he died.  :-X

But then again I also like the new movies, but not in the same ways or reasons I liked TNG/DS9 and to a lesser extent Voyager.   :-\

I always wanted a kind of "Mad Max" Rebel Speeder that was basically an armor plated civilian vehicle...  kinda like you'd see on the news these days anymore in the middle east

I have mine parked on my Tatoooine table / streets of Mos Eisley dio as filler - fits in great there. ;)

Mine has Fleet Troopers in it...  cuz I'm me. :(

What I like, with this group, is they've already set the precedent that they CAN put something out, and they're doing it in a level of quality that transcends resin casting, or 3D Prints...  They're doing actual production injection molded plastic, and using a plastic that is higher-quality and more what you'd see with a lego brick.  It's a message that quality is important.

That's not to say resin work isn't ok, it has its place, but few people realize working with resin can be kind of hazardous.  Plastics in general can be, but resin in particular...  When working with it, in production, people should wear a lot of protective gear, do it in well ventilated and exhausted environments, etc.  And then the final product, there's the issue of working with it for the consumer.  Sanding it, it gives off very fine particles, and it's recommended you wear a respirator mask while you do so.  A lot of people who fiddle with resin as a hobby aren't aware of the danger it poses, actually.

But these walls from Galactic Trading Post, the piece is just injection molded, painted, and shipped out in a very professional packaging as well.  It's a generally interesting thing, and I just stumbled on it on social media a short time back and wanted to get in touch with them and talk about the product before I posted anything about it.  It's really interesting.

And given Hasbro's obvious lack of interest in this as a product they want to develop, but collector interest being what it is, I figured it'd just make sense to say here, what you want is essentially being made.

I was surprised most by their interest in other scales...  When I stumbled on it, I assumed 6" was it, and no hope for them jumping scales...  Quite the contrary, they are looking at 3.75" of course, but then that they were also developing 1/6 sets of some kind, wow...  That blew me away.

I'm going to pick an expansion set up...  It's not a lot of money, and I want to see how these pair up with 3.75" figures as I think there's some hope there.  They're 3" wide, so two on their sides stacked on each other, I think you have a fairly long wall with some nice details, nice coloring, and a little scene all its own, even if it's not made for that scale of figure.  A vent is a vent is a vent, so I think it'll look alright.

For the curious, since I don't have a review to post at this point, The Fwoosh got a review sample and I like his reviews in general...  He's not overly opinionated or brash, just gives you facts, and what he likes about something, or doesn't like as the case may be, and I enjoyed his review on these.  They're sharp as hell.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL 2015 - 2016
« on: July 7, 2016, 08:10 PM »

Man this sorta punches ya in the gut, at least if you're a Pens fan...  Just, ouch.

Duper's beloved in this city.  I mean, people just loved the guy, his personality on and off the ice, his family, his charitable nature, even his between periods messin' around with the TV guys.

And I know it's nowhere near the same thing so don't get me wrong about this, but I had to quit playing because my health wasn't keeping up with it, and I remember the last season I tried and how it hurt just too much at that point, and how I quit when the season was over, and all the seasons after I wished I could go do it again but I know I can't keep up, and I can't manage it, and it upset me a lot...  I was young too, in my earlier 20's.  And that's just me, some guy who was playing in adult leagues hoping he could keep on going enjoying actually playing the game in some way, just for myself because I knew I wasn't any good at it, but I had fun and it gave me something I didn't have in life growing up. 

For Duper it was life/death, family, and an amazing career in the NHL... That's just painful to listen to.  :(

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Star Trek
« on: July 7, 2016, 07:59 PM »
I assume it's kind of an homage to Takei himself as a guy who put up with the less accepting (not that everyone is now obviously) society he grew up in maybe?  Maybe just a little pat on the back to him, and his character, since it wasn't really ever touched on in the movies at all.  Like a "hey, why not?" thing.

I got a newfound appreciation for Takei when he became a part of the Stern Show...  He's beyond funny and naive in a weird way.  He falls for every prank they play, and is up for anything.  Just has a generally good personality.  Met him once in Pittsburgh at a toy show, and he was among the nicest dudes I ever met at a convention.  I always think that says a lot about who they are as people because that has to be some trying stuff on a person's patience.

Marina Sertis (butchered that spelling I'm sure) on the other hand...  yikes, she seemed kinda angry.

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