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That's probably it...  that last one (prior to TBS) I'd forgotten about.  It was always a figure off my radar because of the goofy articulation choices.

TBS's is pretty darn near perfect besides the kama killing the articulation.  Love the helmet's sculpt and poseability though.  Really well done design there.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Coming Fall 2014
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:23 PM »
Yeah, lots of good action.  The poor droid...  no wonder he's all bitchy.  I like his noises too.  He'll be the only figure I buy without a customizing idea in my head. :)  He's just going to roll right onto my alliance shelf.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:22 PM »
Yeah mine diminished once I saw final products...

The Alien playset probably has more heft to it because it's resin iirc.  I don't think they were going to do injection molded ones till they hit a certain number of orders for it at the con, so all the con ones are resin.  Some resins are real hefty, and others are light and airy, but for a big set like that I'd guess the resin was weighty stuff.

I wish the eggs were removable.  They were my fav aspect of it.

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Wow...

I really didn't care for his humor, or stand up, but I loved movies he was in.  He was an actor that really conveyed emotion well.  I feel bad for his family.

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Wow that was some zippy turn-around on Wave 5 from Wave 4's release date.   :o

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Other Toy Lines / Re: ReAction Lines
« on: August 9, 2014, 02:46 PM »
I am gonna nab a rocketeer for custom use but otherwise I am not a fan of the other lines besides alien.  It didn't seem to work as well with those other lines as it did with Alien.  :-\

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Tons of new.  Can't be disappointed in that.  I swear her hands seem familiar, like someone had that pose on the left hand, very specifically.  That's the only thing that makes me feel like those were from someone else.  That'd probably be unlikely though, and easier to just tool new ones.

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Wonder how well, or not, these arms would swap with the new Luke's?

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I thought the hands were re-used?  The forearms and vest I didn't notice (Leia's away, with everyone else, wishing I had shelving up :().

That's a good bit of new!

The hands I thought reminded me of Bastillas or another characters.  I could be wrong.

For the curious, btw, Torryn Farr's head?  It swaps with basically every female Rebel Pilot and POSSIBLY the female Impy from Force Unleashed.

So headswaps, galore, if you want.  You could have your own army of basically chicks looking at computer screens.

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Given the track record of getting figures made off our lists (thank you Scott!), how can you afford NOT to vote in them!?

Anyway, here's my list...  TPM seems like a lost cause.  If I got a new Panaka and Naboo Trooper (yellow with the brown hat), I'd be really pretty well set.  The R5 unit would be nice too but meh, who cares.  TPM sucks.

1 ) New Panaka and/or Naboo Security Guard (Generic)...  It's sad that I don't even care if they did a generic one and I just had to swap a Panaka head onto it really.

2 ) Roonan Senator (whatever he is, he's ok looking)

3 ) R5-X2 (Overdue)

4 ) Female Republic Ship Pilot

5 ) Male Republic Ship Pilot

6 ) Capt. Tarpals

7 ) Naboo Trooper (Yellow Uniform w/brown hat, these guys desperately need a good figure)

8 ) Jabba Bodyguard Klatooinian guy

9 ) Bib Fortuna

10) Ithorian Senator

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Get two...  An AT-AT theoretically (EU nerding here) rocked two Lt.'s leading two groups.  Just a thought.

On Farr's headphones I very much disagree Darb...  the ones I have actually almost lock onto the ears.  Look on the inside, they're sculpted to sort of fit snug, so you may want to fiddle with it some.

In my reviews of yesteryear I always hashed things out with PRO and CON columns...  I never saw a perfect figure ever, but some damn close ones.  The RFT lacked a holster and the sculpted on vest hinders it some, but it's pretty great.  The Legacy onward Hoth Rebels were pretty great aside from maybe the stance being a little wide.  A pilot used a short body.  IG-88 TVC had a wider stance than he should and sticky joints (but goddam that's a good figure)...  Nobody's perfect.

This wave's that way...  Paint in general is an issue in the line.  It's one that for the price, really it shouldn't be going on anywhere...  Even the 5POA line costs enough that paint shouldn't hurt them.  That said, all these figures have a flaw here and there, but their PRO column greatly outweighs it to me.

For my money, Yoda's pack is a little too large and his arms aren't articulated.  The pack is fixable with even fabric glue, and the arms are my only real heavy gripe with him.  Otherwise that's a really nice looking figure.  Like, surprisingly nice.  Sometimes I think the hyper detailed photos that surface, actually hinder early opinion on a figure.  It's cool seeing detail, but when a camera's showing flaws your eyes won't see that's kind of a bummer.  I was set to hate Yoda, but when I opened him I was pleasantly surprised.

Now, make no mistake...  I wanted a better articulated figure too, and that's a bad Hasbro moment.  Likewise I wanted a better deco and would've preferred ball joint elbows on Dagobah Luke...  But that didn't diminish how fun he was to pose on my desk, and how I'll now buy at least 3 of him, if not more.

Not everything is the "My world is over" moment it can sometimes appear to be from some site opinions is all. 

We're still getting better figures than we were in 2003, basically.

I would like to see Hasbro step up quality on paint apps...  That alone would silence most of the incessant bitching.

I've long been the guy who's impossible to please, and I still am...  I am happy to point out flaws.  I'm also happy to see a toy for what it is though.  I said that eons ago when softgoods came into play and some hated them.  I love them.  Are they perfect model-level quality in appearance?  No.  Do I expect it?  No.  I want the poseability.  It's a trade-off. 

Holsters are usually oversized...  almost always, actually.  A real leather holster that a blaster fits and it forms around is going to be much thinner and smaller.  Very few, if any, of Hasbro's sculpted holsters "fit that mold" (no pun).  You never hear people bitch about it though.  Why?  It's a flaw...  But it's one that when it functions it's great right?  It's a feature people seem to universally love and would rather have than not have.

So why is a sewn backpack that's a little too large, but functions in every way (down to the friggin' clip working!), such a flaw?

Focus anger where it's warranted...  Those arms needed articulated.  The legs didn't though, and I'm the guy who thinks everything should be SA or bust generally!  Give me elbows and wrists, and every other flaw Yoda may be perceived to have would've washed away.  Elbows and wrists were the only real flaw on him honestly.  Everything else was just inconsequential bitching for bitching's sake I think.  Call it a pile-on I guess.  I just don't see it nearly as bad as others seemed to...  and trust me, I wanted to.

Luke's arms didn't bother me either, so maybe I'm #easytoplease or perhaps just easier than I realized.

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The Clone Wars '08-'13 / Re: Republic Attack Shuttle
« on: August 7, 2014, 04:50 PM »
That's a pretty great price.

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Matt, both my Snowtrooper's right hands pop off.  One's far worse than the other so mileage may vary, but that strikes me as something of coinkydink that two had the issue, now yours...  Smacks of factory error, not Hasbro should stop making articulated figures because their arms pop off.  :-X ;)

The Luke and Yoda impressed me enough I'll buy more Lukes than I'd intended to now.  I was leaning to just two, but now I'm likely to get 3-4 of him.  Yoda's a definite 3 figure purchase for me though.  I want one for the gear, one for customizing with an extra TVC one, and one to just leave be.

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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.

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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.

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