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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:42 AM »
Indeed Dave those are 21st as Vator mentioned.

They're the half-assed modern figures they made (the Arab figures are ok, and a sneaky means of getting around PC police by making them "allies" but also making them look noticeably crazy).  The Spec. Forces and British SAS are weak efforts though good sculpts on the faces/heads.

I got the Comic-Con set when Matt was out there (these were from last year, not this past year), and they were neat to have but short of buying extra arabs for SOMEONE to shoot at my modern figures, I really am not too into them.  Plus $30's even more than they sold for at CC, yikes.

Weird seeing them at Target.  Be nice if they'd get off their ass and carry 21st stuff.  They do have the BBI "Cheapies" (not the high-quality Elite Force line at TRU, but knock-off styled figures put out also by BBI at Target's request).

If I walked in Target and found pegs full of Battle of the Bulge figures, Japanese, or revised Series 1 Infantry, I'd be all about that. :)

Other Toy Lines / Re: Dawn of the Dead Figures
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:37 AM »
Oh, only one so far!  >:(

I pass that mall all the time...  It's just so funny to me, living around here, how the series is tied to here.  Great!  I hate to think of buying more toys, but these are just too nostalgic for a local guy.

Feedback / Re: jokabofe's feedback
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:31 AM »
Dave hooked me up with some figures I wanted for a poster he wanted.  Smooooooove as buttah, baby!

Always a trustworthy guy this Jokabofe. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:28 AM »
I like the Crab Droid and Spider Droid (I used to HATE that SPider Droid but it's one of those times I got one and it grew on me, and now the revised sculpt is even that much better).  The Crab Droid's scale bugged me till I read that there's a variety ofmodels of the Crab Droid for various "jobs" and that they all look alike but vary only in their size.

I'd love to get a 2-pack of a Utapau Clone and mini-Crab Droid for that memorable moment in ROTS, but the giant Crab Droids are maybe EU right now (makes me wonder if bigger ones were in the film and cut having read that in the Vis. Dictionary) but they're still enjoyable figures.  Worth having a small group of them anyway. 

I sorta wish Stass Allie would pegwarm so I could get the bike on clearance, but even she's selling a lot better than I figured.  The flying Clone sold well too, surprising.  He's a "meh" figure.  Not great, not horrible, but moving well.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: New toy lines affecting SW ROTS?
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:23 AM »
It already has some places...  Some of my WM's have dramatically cut peg space for the basic figures.  Shelf space was cut even worse, so I'm sure it'll dwindle as the movie high dies a slow death.

It's going good though yet, impressive.

It's amazing what good quality toys, and a good film, can do for a toy line.  Compared to 99 and 02, it's easy to see just how big of a "bust" those lines were ultimately, what with buy-backs, re-distribution, Sales Expectations unmet, etc.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:20 AM »
Damn Rob...  Just, sheesh man.

I agree that the Sandtrooper is my favorite but I also agree that no figure in the Clone set is "perfect".  The CW Clone, VOTC Stormtrooper, and #41 Clone are all superior figures IMO.

The Sandtrooper is nice for sure though, and I love that we have a kickass new sculpt on the mega cannon.  :)  I like it when Impy's go wiping out towns with BFG's.

I personally think the reason there's no removable helmet is the same reason I think Lucasfilm didn't alter the voices in the DVD's and whatnot.  Lucas has too much EU out there that's contradictory and Lucasfilm's made their "excuse" for it and they're leaving it at that...  Hasbro could've put a Jango head on, but that'd still be nothing remotely close to an answer on that debate either, just Hasbro being Hasbro and doing their own thing.  Which would've been fine, I mean a removable helmet would've been appreciated really, but I'm in the camp that still likes sentients, not Clones, for my Stormtroopers. :)

The figure's the best of the 3-pack I think.  Too bad there's no E-11 for him too though, you gotta get those heavy weapons dispersed among your other troops Rob.

Now if Hasbro would only put this figure on a basic card with a black pauldron and white pauldron and a variety of weapons.  Easy $$$.

Modern Classifieds / Re: Jesse's Humble Needs List
« on: September 15, 2005, 04:44 AM »
Jesse, I have a Silver Fett carded, perhaps other stuff, I'll PM you when I get a chance to look at a full list of your needs.  If you're buying (I have very little I need in trade that you wouldn't be looking for yourself) I'll gladly sell.  I gotta get room here, haha.

I'll dig through when I'm home with a lotta time to look through and compare with what I think/know I have.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS - Deluxe Figures
« on: September 15, 2005, 04:36 AM »
My Vader Droid's bending tremendously too.  What a POS.  Hasbro should be ashamed to put anything this cheap out on the pegs, and I'm so frustrated with them NOT improving plastic yet.  Pathetic.

On a ROTS Deluxe Figure Note...

I saw a resurgence of Deluxe on the pegs at Target tonight.  Old crap too, like the Deluxe Grievous, but there was really a nice mix of stuff.  I saw Crab Droids, Flying Clone (which I still want another one or two of I think), and other stuff (No Vader, he still sells out around here).  Seemed very odd to me to see that Grievous back on pegs again though.  I thought he was long gone.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: September 15, 2005, 04:30 AM »
And Pittsburgh is still 100% dry on Evolutions.  They were sporatically spotted, you hear a report about one or two cases showing up at most, but never any big payday on these and they sell immediately it seems.

I'm SOL on finding them at retail but SithLordChaos helped me get a set.  Now I'm just onto getting doubles and any additional extras I want.  I'm not very hopeful on these for some reason, but keep hoping they show up like VOTC some day and just pile up on us.

Feedback / Re: Sith Lord Chaos's feedback
« on: September 14, 2005, 02:25 AM »
Ryan hooked me up BIGTIME with 2 Clone Evolutions and a Sith Lords Evolutions set recently, and I even still owe him on it, so he's just a great guy to deal with.

A+ all the way on my end, and now he's on my lengthy list of people whom I owe for helping me find stuff.  It's hell being a collector in Pittsburgh, believe that!

Thanks Ryan, you rock man!

Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: September 14, 2005, 02:14 AM »
Disturbing.  You should've stuck with just selling children when you need cash.

It was scary but I think we've all thought about it when the kids have pissed us off. :) 

Wait, don't let the lil lady read that!   :-X

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: C-3PO (ROTS version)
« on: September 14, 2005, 01:56 AM »
I think it's a combination at times...  Sometimes the plastic's just fine, however I've noticed some have a lot of flex too generally implying an inferior plastic that COULD attribute to limbs popping out...

I agree though that a lot of it is a shallow socket combined iwth a less than "solid" post for in the socket.  I'm ok with limbs popping off if it means more articulation, so long as the limb doesn't FALL off like when my figure's just standing around.  :) 

I can pop the limb right back into the socket aok.  It does it all the time on the Imperial Officer figure but that's still a nice army builder irregardless!  Just pop that arm in and keep on going, hehe.

The Original Trilogy / Re: The Battle of Endor: Ewoks vs. the Empire
« on: September 14, 2005, 01:54 AM »
I tend to look at the assault on the bunker on Endor's moon as being very believable really.  They even show physically how the "damage" occured.

Like the opening "volley" from the Woks showed that the arrows were hitting some chinks in the armor...  The armpit, crotch, etc...  There's weaknesses there for arrows to have an impact, especially if the Woks are accurate.  Native Americans were NOTORIOUSLY accurate with their bows, some capable of a throat shot from horseback, so there's some possibilities there with projectile weapons.

Also note that when the EMpire is "stung" they bite back right away and the Ewoks show they have weaknesses too...  They're uncoordinated somewhat, the blaster weapons show their damage tremendously...  The Ewoks were maybe feining the weakness somewhat to draw the walkers out to their traps (smart move on the Ewoks part if this is the case), but the Empire definitely had reason to fear the Ewoks.  They were seemingly outnumbered tremendously too, and surrounded, which no matter how technologically inferior, that's a bad situation to be in (again citing Native American battles with whites, such as the Battle of Little Big Horn, where whites were tremendously outnumbered and outclassed by the natives).

As far as melee weapons and armor...  I said this once at another forum about this discussion, but basically my comment was to throw a helmet on, like a motorcycle helmet, and let someone smash you on the head with a stone axe or some similar weapon.

I bet you are at least dazed, if not actually having your skull broken open to some extent and go unconcious.  It's amazing how easily a blunt object can incapacitate a person, much less a flurry of many blunt objects thumping someone (even armored) in the body/head.

In the Middle-Ages, as mail armor was phased out for plate armor, the plate armor had to be overcome.  Arrows didn't puncture it well except at the joints...  blades glanced off it generally, so the blade was actually not so much for puncturing as it was for crushing.  Thus weapons like maces and cudgels became much more prized.  The pike/pole-arm would become one of the most devastating weapons to knights because it featured usually all the tools needed to open those living tin-cans.  A hook to dismount the knight, a "spear" tip to puncture at chinks in the armor, and an axe-blade to crush/chop at the armor.

In general though, "crushing" bone became more important than getting through that armor, and I think that would applie to the Stormtrooper armor. 

Stormtrooper is a term coined during World War I actually (for those curious).  The STormtrooper was actually an elite trooper trained to quickly attack an enemy emplacement, take over, and hold it till reinforcements arrive.  They were the original "Blitzkrieg" really.  They were specially trained, had special gear (some homemade actually), and were skilled in close-quarters combat since they were basically in trenches fighting with the enemy.  They were also known as "trench raiders".  During WW1 they had armor chest plates for that close-quarters battling and helmets of course, but these things didn't stop bullets or all forms of hand weapons.

The Stormtroopers DID carry cudgels though, used their spade as a weapon, carried trench knives, and usually a handgun over a rifle...  They meant to crush and incapacitate enemies quickly, as did their enemies intend to do to them, and a spade smashed off that chest armor probably would at least take the wind out of the guy...  Or smashed over the helmet or whatnot.

Anyway, long-winded post there. :)  The end result is that armor is good for protection against glancing blows from melee weapons, a glancing shot perhaps from a blaster, but in the end it really doesn't offer you a ton of protection.  It's like Kevlar for our troops in the field today, or up-armor kits for our military vehicles.  They MAY save a life, but there's no way they'll always (or at times even often depending on weapons and circumstances) protect the wearer or vehicle.  It's not possible (yet) really.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: September 14, 2005, 01:01 AM »
To Dressel's defense, she has a bulbous pooper and that is a mark towards them being real up top to match, but I'm with Bill in thinking that the shape is unnatural (I can't see that 2nd picture for the comparison :( ).

I'm a fakey fan though...  Not that I'm anti-natural, I just love jubblies.  I've even enjoyed a less than stellar boobjob from time to time.  It's all fun to me.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: 2005 Holiday Figure - Vader?
« on: September 14, 2005, 12:54 AM »
I'm passing.

If they'd made a Vader figure building a SnowTrooper-Man, I'd actually like it and it would match the rest of the line made to resemble the cards...  Since it does not, it's neither here nor there to me, and I'm gonna pass. 

If effort were put forth though to copy the card I'd be all into it.

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