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Messages - Jesse James

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The minis customs are pretty nice Dime...

This is something people have actually worked with since the WEG days to get more poses out of the figures.  I've seen guys use everything from model kit weapons and stuff to just plastic greeblies to get a new looking figure out of an existing mini.

I  enjoy seeing what you're working on...  I think WOTC's line is way too watered down as far as mini diversity.  The WEG line had like a dozen individually posed Stormtroopers, at least...  Same with the Rebel Fleet Troopers.  WOTC kinda shafted the Rebels it seems...  Commando's and Fleet Troops both.

Good customs, and a neat little scale to delve into.

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Newbies / Re: howdy
« on: May 14, 2005, 05:07 PM »
Oh no, another Matt!

Hey man, welcome aboard...  Another Minnesotite to add to the list too...  Lots of those around...

Enjoy the site, any comments/questions or whatever, just ask away.  Have fun!

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Newbies / Re: Hi from the caribbean!
« on: May 14, 2005, 05:06 PM »
Hey, we sometimes get the hurricanes here too.  Then you're just stuck inland with a lot of rain...  At least you have a beach dammit! :)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:35 AM »
I'd say it's very likely you missed on them...  I forget the case ratios for VOTC now though, but I DO recall there definitely was one that was mostly ESB figs with some ROTJ repacks.

Bummer you missed...  If you can get to one further out from the city, that's my best suggestion.  They seem more likely to have this stuff I've found.  :( 

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jedi Sightings
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:10 AM »
Man...  what are the chances of that?

I had a good time on the way to C3 spotting the cars on I-70 with Star Wars stuff on/in/around them...  One guy with Rebel flags (Alliance, not Confederate Rebels) flapping...  That even got my gf's attention.  She knew she was in for trouble at that moment I think.

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Middle Earth / Re: LOTR Trilogy Figures
« on: May 14, 2005, 03:07 AM »
I wish they'd released these as 3 3/4 figures instead of the 6" scale.  Again for size comparison, but also to ramp up the competition for Hasbro and show them what could be done at that scale for a reasonable price.  Some of the larger pieces, such as the Fell Beast, would have been much more manageable too.  I'd go so far as to say I probably would have shot for being a loose completeist on the line had the scale been different :-\

This I could NOT have agreed with more.  The LOTR line's fate is tied to its scale I think.  There is a rich world to delve into with action figures, but the almost double size figures limits the possibilities with the line...

Playsets, army builders, "beasts" and the like, are all better suited to a 3.75" line (or smaller, but I think 3.75"/1:18 offers the best of both worlds with articulation AND fun toys).  I agree that the line's end is really within vision at this point...  And that's a shame because it had potential to be more than it was really.

I just nabbed a couple figs for my brother tonight at TRU...  I can't help but look at what I do have in my own collection though, and wonder how great (and diverse) an Orc army would look in 3.75" scale, or how the Fell woudl be about to-scale if the figures were smaller...  Or how a Balrog wouldn't have been such an outrageous thing to ask for...

Dreams of a Gondorian and Rohirrim army (mounted ROhirrim too!) are just that though...  dreams.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 14, 2005, 02:27 AM »
Saw a ton tonight, and later too (not likely JUST put on the pegs) of 15+ of the Target Clone...  I'm thinking either the novelty is wearing off or the figure is just starting to saturate enough to sit still a while.

Like my post elsewhere...  The Target Clone hides under the "exclusive" title a little better than the EE sets, but the reality is that he's as easy to build an army with as those EE sets, which isn't too easy.  At $10+ per figure you're looking at maybe getting a nice squad together, or a little team, but not much better than that unless you have a lotta $$$.

The VOTC Stormie faired better at this price I think because of it being a classic trilogy figure...  Nostalgia drives people to funny behavior. :) 

If Hasbro would do the variants in army builder sets at basic retail ($15 - $20 for 3 figs), I'd be ok with that...  That's the route to go I think, and I think it'd have greater success over a longer period of time, but that's my opinion.

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Saw, for my first time, a TON of the Target Clone tonight.  It seems this figure's run its course in popularity...  At least here.  The figure was picked over, it wasn't like the cases were fresh on this, but there were plenty on the pegs (a good 15 +), and I'd say the novelty has worn off.  People just aren't gonna do as much army building as was once thought maybe.

I will have a moderate "team" (tough to even call them a squad) when all is said and done...  Can't afford to go ape**** with this one though.  Too bad because I really like the concept of the variations and all, even if it's a simple money-maker for Hasbro/retail.  I don't mind that, but at $13 a pop they're cost-prohibitive just like the EE army builder sets...  The only difference is the Target Clone at least hides better under the "exclusive" title while the EE sets were supposedly with the intent of people buying LOTS of them.  Can't hardly do that at $10/figure... 

You'll get just that little "team" going, if you're lucky.  :(

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 14, 2005, 02:19 AM »
I nabbed two more tonight at TRU...  It seems the more remote the TRU, the better your chances of finding this figure as well...  I've found fewer the closer to the city I go, but the further out, the more there are....  They're definitely still landing at that store though, as it was less than a month ago I got what I figured would be the last one at that TRU.  They had more in back I guess, in a case that appears to be mixed with Yoda's and Lando's...  I see no other ROTJ figures than the Stormie though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Famine!!
« on: May 13, 2005, 05:00 PM »
Let the ROTS loot flow like the blood of your vanquished enemies...  Or at least let you get a couple Clone figures.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 13, 2005, 04:59 PM »
No word on it being backwards compatible...  Blech! :(

Anyway, new consoles are coming too fast...  The Nintendo one's at least gonna be backwards compat, but I'll still WANT the new X-Box one...  Then again it says it's making gameplay a multi-player focused thing, which isn't good IMO.  Ditching AI and story for MP gaming is taking away an adult focus since (and this is just my personal experience) a lot of the folks online gaming against each other tend to be arrogant kids.

There's adults trying to mix in there, but they're much fewer in numbers.

I hope it's not a negative to SP gaming I guess...  To me, that's what gaming is all about, having a satisfying experience with a good game/storyline you can immerse yourself in.  Things like KOTOR, or Jedi Knight...  Those were games you got lost in when you played.

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Newbies / Re: Hi from the caribbean!
« on: May 13, 2005, 04:55 PM »
Welcome aboard OSC, have a good time...  Anything you wanna know, just ask. 

Damn you and your wonderful Carribean weather though!   >:(  ;)

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Newbies / Re: Hey all, newb here
« on: May 13, 2005, 03:23 AM »
Hey man, welcome on over here...  Anything you wanna know, just ask...  Not familiar with your nic over at GH, but either way it's good to see ya...

Have a good time, and enjoy!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You "Enter to Win"?
« on: May 12, 2005, 11:17 PM »
I enter SW online contests for ***** and giggles, I never expect to win. Though one time I won a C3 Vader from some website. What was its name... :-*

BOOyah!

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Newbies / Re: Hello from the North
« on: May 12, 2005, 09:03 PM »
Good having another Canucklehead on...  I'm sure Dale will be in to greet you soon!  :)

Vintage is something I've stepped out of for so long...  Mostly because of the new movies/SE's giving too much of a spike in the prices...  I really want to get back into it though beyond my passing "buy a figure here and there" attitude I have right now.  Need to start picking off the boxed vehicles and playsets I think.

Anyway, I'm rambling...  good to have you on here at Jedi Defender...  Any questions or anything, just hit any of us up, we're glad to help, and we hope you have a good time here...  It's a tight, but big group of friends we've got rolling here at the site.

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