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Revenge of the Sith / Re: NEW TIE Fighter
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:44 PM »
Yeah guys, use those DCPI #'s when you can.  Jot them in a tablet and keep it handy...  I now have a collecting notes tablet I keep in my car's visor for just these kinds of things. 

I've read someone finding them on the shelves, but only one person so far that I'm aware of in the general collecting community.  Got mine by asking a girl who probably wishes she hadn't asked me if I needed help finding something.

My method is usually to ask one person.  If denied, I go to another...  If denied, maybe another or at the very least I ALWAYS try the customer service person on the way out since they tend to be the most helpful.  In general the CSR's are better trained to be attentive to the wants/needs of a customer.

Also, may I suggest you lie if you really have to...  A classic I've used is, "Oh, I called and someone I talked to said to come down and they'd help me get this since it was in stock...  I live like an hour away so it's hard for me to get out here..."  blah blah blah

Not that that was a lie when I used it, but once I saw that it worked I've used it since and it's worked again.

Also, if your store is missing the scanners or they're broke, I used an employee's scanner gun once that they left in cart.  Likely get bitched at for that if you get caught, but hey...  whatever.

Don't let Target win.  They have been on my bad side lately, and even though I prefer them overall to Wal-Mart, I really think they're giving collectors a screw-job lately.  Perhaps it's to battle "scalpers", but I feel jipped lately and I know they're definitely spiking prices to where I don't want to bother shopping there.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Figure Sales (or price hikes)!
« on: August 30, 2005, 03:00 AM »
I'd like to nab them cheap for my gf's kids, as they're good for that, but I know I was NOT interested in these personally.  Not great sets.  The force flippers of their day I guess.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 30, 2005, 02:48 AM »
So the latest story is extremely strong thunderstorms and an heightened chance for Tornadoes out my way.  Why, I do not know.  And as it turns out I'm going to have to make a trip that day anyway...  Shazbot.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security)
« on: August 30, 2005, 02:44 AM »
-Matt,  Thanks for the kind comments...  Yeah I was more tongue-in-cheek with the comments on him being in the film because he's so "blink and you miss him" kinda guy...  A lot had debated if it was the guy on the flying creature or the guys being led away in red robes (whatever/whoever they are...  They're big!) and stuff.

I agree that a neutral pose would probably have helped him out some too.  I like the Neimodian Soldier a LOT, and I think a main reason for that was his neutral pose.  Both lack knees but the Neimodian's seemingly the better army builder almost entirely due to pose...  Add knees and he's a near SA figure really.

The Utapaun needed a bit more than knee articulation to be truly great obviously, and his pose is a MAJOR reason why.  Add knees and he'd basically lose the "pose" due to the articulation and it'd be a lot better.  It's funny comparing him to the Neimodian, as that figure shows a LOT of superior qualities when directly compared like this.  Makes me wanna nab a couple more Neimodians for the old militia.

-Slothus...  I would've dug a mount for the figure too, and packaged as some kind of mid-sized vehicle.  Had the beasts wings been flexible with a wire "skeleton" or some such, it could've been a great item and it would've tied the figure a bit more to the spot in the film you actually see this guy. :)

The whole thing would've been better then I think, even if more money.

Hasbro's done some nice stuff in the $15 - $20 range this year and that would've easily fallen into that.  Not to mention that I think most things Utapau will be hot once made...  The Warrior would've complemented Utie Clones well.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:54 PM »
Nice...  I wonder why the skimping on the Marines then?

And after seeing all those Marines at WM, I still hate those headsculpts.  They're so terrible on some of them.  I'm amazed some of the guys at P51's boards are so gung-ho (no pun) about them as they are.

I don't want guys that look like they just came from the port-o-potty...  Those faces are blech.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:46 PM »
It's times like this that I really wish I had a digital camera so I could show rather than explain, because I think that pictures would make more sense than I just did. :)  If you need further clarification, just PM me and I'll try to explain myself.

Eh, just steal one from Jared (JD's Image Database Guru)!

Well ****, that's stupid.  :-\

I think I'll deal without the hockey stick out its back. 

They still make nice diorama fodder if you're into battle scenes and imagine the Rebs using these as nice trench warfare weaponry.  That stick's dumb though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: August 29, 2005, 11:43 PM »
It happens. :)

I was having some nice in-depth discussion with my gf's kids about Obi-Wan actually while they checked him out this weekend and they're wanting this figure now.  I wish I hadn't gotten them the kicking ones for their birthdays.  That figure blows...  blows hard.

Perhaps Pilot Obi is your RFT?  Hmmmm...  Interesting.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Covert Ops Clone Trooper
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:50 PM »
Oh, well screw that.

Who'd go into battle in silver?  Much less who'd go covertly into battle in silver?!   ::)

It's a "Silver" figure more or less, but why they went with the goofy "Covert" title I'll never know.  I guess that was Covert Vaders we've gotten, and Covert Fett, and Covert Stormtrooper, and Covert E2 Clone...

Oh and Covert R2-D2.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:48 PM »
Yeah, I couldn't disagree more with you on that Dressel...  He's one of my favorite figures.  I've even been comparing him to a costume still from ROTS and he's spot-on in every way.  The legs, the height appears right (especially next to Evo Ani), the headsculpt...  I'm viewing this Obi-Wan as probably one of the best figures in the modern line....  all 10 years or so.

The legs are a LITTLE apart, but not terribly so by any means.  He still has a very neutral stance, but is capable of many great poses for combat too.  It's currently only rivaled by Clones and some VOTC for my "favorite" figure in my collection.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Covert Ops Clone Trooper
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:45 PM »
Is he black, or is that silver?  My monitor is going on me so images are incredibly dark.  I tried lightening the show, and now it looks silver, so can someone confirm what my eyes are telling me, or is it just my PC?

Silver...  well, that's dumb then.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season 2005
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:28 PM »
Seems a night can change a lot.  They're predicting a lot less, and the national weather service is advising that we're less prone to damage because our creeks/streams are very low right now due to an unbareably hot summer.  So perhaps not much to worry about.

We've been getting drizzly rain all day Jamie, no storms yet, but just steady rain. 

They were down the road working on a guy's house that rests along the creek on a bend.  His house's foundation was exposed by the floods last September, so the township decided after ALLLLLLLL summer of leaning on their shovels to "get off the pot" and work to get that wall down there fortified against the potential of a flood.

Looks like that's not gonna happen now though?  I don't know...  The news is changing their tune tonight, so whatever.


So the news was just confirming it definitely won't be as bad due to a few factors:

-It's moving a lot faster than Ivan did.
-We've got dry DRY ground up here right now, so they're actually welcoming the rain.
-Streams/creeks are low...
-It's not going to hit us directly since it has a more westward direction right now.

So, whatever.  Doom & Gloom last night goes to praise for the rain today.  Weathermen are among the lowest respected people I can think of.  No job allows you as much leeway I think.

Hopefully NO's able to get back on track and this is "it" for the hurricane season.

Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Utapauan Warrior (Utapau Security)
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:20 PM »
Yeah, I figured that's him but he's tough to make out any details...  Thanks Hunter, I appreciate the comments. 

He falls in the Neimodian category so much that he's doomed to pegwarm I'm afraid, should he ship a lot anyway.  My area currently doesn't have a TON of that wave so he's not terribly abundant, but I see probably 2 at about every WM I hit.

Not a lot, but enough that I know he'd be sitting right now if we weren't in such a drought out here.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Anyone Else Bored?
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:14 PM »
I'm not bored, but frustrated... 

-Exclusives...  Theyr'e a bitch to find, and their prices have crept beyond bareable basically, so it's just something detrimental to my opinion of the hobby overall.  The TIE Fighter I thought was on the lower end of bad exclusives...  I agree it's a $30 ship, but I also love it so much I want a second one even at $40 though I may not get it.  The figures sting more though, especially when many are things you don't even WANT to open up, like the Lava figures.

-Scalpers...  There's a sharp increase in them due to the film (and subsequently the line's) popularity.  They've become more an issue where I live, whereas they were non-existant a year ago out here and generally weren't much of a problem.  Noticeably more at the Toy Show this Summer though, and that's bothersome.

-Gas prices...  They tend to affect "joe average", and I fall into that category mostly, if not a bit lower with school and all, so that makes fruitless toy runs a bit more frustrating than normal.  The best you can do is condense toy runs into general "shopping needs" too at all times.

-Last 12 repaints...  Not much to get real excited about there.  My opinion hasn't changed since those were announced at SDCC.

-What You Want You Can't Find...  The only recent purchases I've made except Obi-Wan Pilot is buying Royal Guard variants, and SA Clones.  They're all I can find.  I have yet to see a single Evolutions set on the pegs, ever...  I got Anakin thanks only to JediMAC.  I did get the TIE Fighter luckily as an early bday gift though.

The 501st Clone set (the only battlepack I'm wanting now) I haven't been able to find (though thankfully KM's are abundant and closer than any other store).

But never seeing AT-RT Drivers, Red Shocktroopers, Evolutions sets, black pilots, or Green Commanders (or even Red ones), is nothing short of annoying and tie that to the above gas comment and it's even more annoying for me.

So, "frustrated" is my best explanation of my current mood...  Not really bored.  I'm not even 100% bored with the prequals as I am looking forward to the Preview Wookiee's re-release as a commando, and Clones...  I'm pretty well set to move onto classic trilogy stuff though and see if Hasbro can wow me with it, and surprise me with some army builder resculpts I've wanted done for ages.  SA Rebels and SA Scout/Snowtroopers would be high on my list.

Classic trilogy stuff always gets me more antsy for finding it than prequal stuff, even if it's cool ROTS stuff.  I know that finding the Cantina wave gave me a rush I hadn't felt in a LONG time.  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Sam's Club Exclusives?
« on: August 29, 2005, 05:02 PM »
Sam's Club should get army builder packs on the cheap...  SA Clones in a single box for on the low price side.  Word is they're doing that with another toy line, so I'd think it should happen with Hasbro too.  Help get those variants out there to those who want them in droves.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: August 29, 2005, 04:57 PM »
Yeah, I'm actually a fan of it Dr. P, but that's because it makes good diorama Fodder.  I've been using mine as small anti-personnel towers in dioramas.  Makes a nice EU Rebel weapon, and a paintjob can be all the difference for that thing, trust me.

But it's not in the movie so it is a bit goofy.  A removable helmet would've been preferred on the Clone Pilot over this accessory.

I'm still trying to figure out WTF the black bar thing is that the Pilot comes with.  Looks like a tool I guess, but why, and for what?

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