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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Captain Antilles
« on: August 23, 2005, 10:11 PM »
Not a figure I'm pleased with but one I felt was at least a good contrast to what Hasbro's done RIGHT in the ROTS line.  This week I tear apart the Revenge of the Sith figure Captain Antilles for your enjoyment.

You can read the full review Right Here and of course feel free to share opinions with us as well.

My thoughts are pretty well known on this figure though...  I'm disappointed primarily in his lack of articulation.  He's not bad to look at, but he doesn't hold up to precedents in the ROTS line like even the Bail Organa figure most all of us would stand him next to.

There's some other flaws, but in the end I feel articulation is the major problem here.  Some knee joints and some extra arm points and I'd pretty much have given this figure a positive review.  At least as positive as I feel about Bail Organa as a figure. 

His Classic Trilogy Counterpart (I still say they're not the same guy.  They can't possibly be) is at least a pretty great figure short of some knee joints.  :)  He's more important anyway...  to me at least.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 23, 2005, 05:27 PM »
I think the Battledroid one could be a winner...  I'm not sure I'd include the Magna Guard, but instead the ultimate Destroyer Droid (One that they got as close as possible to "folding", or included interchangeable parts so you could get him to fold).

I'd also like a Rebel Trooper set... 

-Tantive IV, Hoth, and Endor...  The army builder sets would have me shelling out the cash like there's no tomorrow.  *sigh*

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 23, 2005, 05:23 PM »
For the curious it comes in around 1/19 - 1/20 scale (not 1/18) however the measurements I got for height could definitely be off on some level since I've found some conflicting width measurements.

That's making it about right...  Pretty negligible differences.  I'm gonna pick one up to do some more comparing (if it's way off I'll just take it back), but it seems alright.

$40 alright?  Well that's another story all together.   ::)

Other Collectibles / Re: WOTC SW Miniatures (RPG/CMG/Clix)
« on: August 23, 2005, 02:49 AM »
If you try for multiples of the AT-AT Jess, I would maybe go in on a set with you if you wanted.  I'd like at least one if not a couple...  Lemme know.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:59 AM »
I'm here pulling for you too Shannon...  You're on my mind.  You're a wonderful person I've had the fortune of meeting, and I'm keeping you in my thoughts, I promise.  I hope beyond hope for your health to get better.  You know we all care about you immensely.

You're doing some great work DR, I like the Dresellians a lot just because they're an uncommon custom to see.  Did you sculpt the patch-less Commando yourself?

For WIW, I tend to go with a different backstory on the Dresellians...  I like to think of them as a bit more evolved than EU's given them credit for.  I have just viewed their rifles as a laser the same as an MG-34 worked as one as well.  Wooden stocks aren't uncommon on other blaster weapons so that's cool to me.  That's just my take though.

I like them as a reasonably advanced species who have been reluctant to openly join the Alliance (thoughs ome volunteer on their own and are assimilated like any other volunteer).  The Dresellian resistance movement then sorta is like the Viet Cong...  Ruthless, efficient, and very adept at defending their planet but with also some good skills off-planet that they lend tot he Alliance for the battle of Endor as well as other engagements.

Anyyyyyyyyway, sorry for that...

I like them and I dig your use of PTE figs for bases.  They work well for random commando's who are relegated to not having structured unifroms and stuff.  THe softgoods robes rock too.  Very retro but look great.  I'm just curious on the patch-less sculpt you used.  I'd like one actually myself!  I've hoped Hasbro would update with a 2nd Commando (more articulation, cloth cloak) that didn't have a patch...  Or at least had a removable patch.


I should note that I was complementing Kevin's Dresellian's that used the PTE bases above.  I noticed a base I'm not familiar with on the next page back for one of the original Dresel Rebel's custom Dresellian's though.

Great stuff either way.  Nice to see the Dresellian homeguard getting some love in customs.

Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Ends: General Madine
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:42 AM »
Trying to get some headcasts going for customs using Madine.  I love the figure.  I had him in a "defending" pose with a blaster for a while.  Funny how a boring guy with a supercuts hair-do can be such a great figure just based on his arms being fun to pose. :P

He did nothing and yet I've got him in a pose on my rebel shelf holding a blaster and tearing up some Imp Stains.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:38 AM »
I concur.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS DVD 3-Packs!
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:33 AM »
I paid $9.95 or so for the one I got (the Imperial one since I needed Palpy).  I recall that price because I was pleased to get Palpy and the Stormtrooper and what I just basically counted as a "free" Vader I didn't want.

Toy Reviews / Re: Evolutions: Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader
« on: August 22, 2005, 03:33 AM »
I got my set in the mail from JediMAC recently and I'm still formulating opinions... 

I'm against the grain on the E2 Anakin.  I don't mind him much really...  He's not the best headsculpt but better than some.  Ya know what irks me more than anything?  The accessories (or lack there-of).

Like only one saber blade, no hilt/removable blade for Vader, etc...

The ankle joint's silliness is frustrating to me when I see it because how easy would it have been to even re-used SC Anakin's feet ya know?

Also, am I crazy or didn't Anakin wear basically the same outfit in E2 and E3?  I'm not saying I like Hasbro to cut corners or anything, but ya know I don't think I'd have minded if E2 and E3 Ani's shared an identical body.  I thought the costume was the same...  If not then I see their logic.  It looks the same to me though (another reason the ankle joints are annoying too since they have the molds to do that).

I like the set though, immensely.  I think it's one of the neatest things in the line.  This is a great idea they've got (albeit one that I think has been discussed in collector circles before Hasbro came up with it...  I hate to give them too much credit :P ), so I hope we see more Evo's down the road.  Even the "bad" with these is so low the good is about all I can think of. :)

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: August 22, 2005, 12:37 AM »
I'm wagering we'll see the first of it maybe around December or so Paul.  Maybe not till into '06 though.  I wouldn't say I'm rots'd out yet though, but I definitely could use some classic army builder figs after buying Clones for so long.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:46 PM »
I've heard a bit of interesting news about Sam's Club lately that goes beyond this stuff, but I'm not surprised to hear Star Wars in there too.  They've been doing stuff like this every now and then so that's a good thing.

I'm curious if the figures will be different though...  THAT will suck.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Other Retailers... Check them out!
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:20 AM »
K-Mart's been a haven here at times.  They were the first to break the 4/2 streetdate of ANY retailer in the country, and they have actually probably had more consistancy of getting in EVERY figure from various lines.  Albeit many were here and gone within the day when things were "tight" in the line, but KM's been a solid distributor.  Above and beyond Wal-Mart that's for sure.

Price is killer though.  Right now, ROTS stuff's selling at KM (and they're bone dry at most locations), but it's $7 - $8 a figure.  :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:17 AM »
Thanks to our own JediMAC, I finally got an Anakin set...

Holy **** this is great.  Not without flaw, but great...  The packaging is probably the best I've ever seen,a nd these sets prove Hasbro can put out superb quality at a very fair price.  I mean, this packaging is about 100x more elaborate than VOTC, and 3 figures with a lot of gear for $20 is a deal compared to $30 for 3 VOTC figures.

Some skimping here and there, and some of it is incredibly lame and inexcuseable.  Also, some areas that could've been skimped to save cash in production weren't and there's a sense that if done intelligently you could get "more" out of these as far as quality, but in the end I have to say that these sets are still great...  or at least this one is.

Thanks Matt, a TON!  Now I only need to find 2 more Anakin sets for the kids, one or two more for me, and then onto all the Sith and Clone sets I want.  Oh joy, oh joy, especially when I couldn't find a goddam Anakin set on my own.   ::)

1:6 Scale Figures and Collectibles / Re: Sideshow Gets 12
« on: August 21, 2005, 03:10 AM »
Count me among the Thrawn votes.  And I've been utilizing what methods I can to kinda help him along.   :-*

Vos was probably third on my list while Jade was second.

I actually was disappointed with the list though...  Like Snowbunny Padme didn't strike me as a great choice.  Kyle Katarn or a Darktrooper were two SORELY missing EU characters though and the pollers didn't give any game chaaracter any play which sucked. 

Kyle would've gotten my vote, though a Darktrooper would've maybe taken it had it been available as well.  Kyle's THE EU character I dig the most.

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