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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:28 AM »
Yeah, exclusives are not only a means of appeasing retail, they're also a means of getting the "odd" out to the public.  Some of the reasoning as to what's odd or not eludes me (I would think a Wedge figure would be as popular as Gold Leader, if not moreso, but whatever), but at least a "new" wedge comes of it.

That price stings though...  I am at a loss why Wedge isn't a figure Hasbro wants at retail though.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Saga Collection as a whole
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:21 AM »
Hard to say if you're pretty close, but anything is possible...  Repetition of characters isn't impossible though either...  Luke Jedi, Hologram, Dagobah, Bespin, Hoth...  In a short period of time we saw all those and then some, in one form or another.

I'm curious how hard Hasbro's going to try to keep the "kids" in it.  Like with the TRU 4-packs, they weren't popular but were aimed at kids...  They started with a LITTLE bit of interest for the adult collectors too, but that faded pretty quickly.

Should be interesting to watch it all unfold...  I'm surprised it's such a quick change to a new card style and dropping the ROTS line.  Seems like Hasbro's really wanting to get those other films back in the mix quickly and they don't want to just dumb the ROTS card down a bit so it's not ROTS specific.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Wedge Antilles
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:16 AM »
Yeah, a distinct High-Five to you from me as well.

I think kit-bashes can be a great way to give us re-hashed product as something "new" and not have the masses complain.

I'd also have dug a Biggs body with the hoth collar, Wedge head w/removable helmet, and the Hoth legs/arms.  Not perfect, but it'd have made Hoth Wedge Antilles which we sorely need (more than this Wedge, but I digress).

Kitbashes rock.

Now what I want is for Hasbro to put the Death Star Trooper head w/helmet onto the Imperial Officer body/arms, and put the POTJ TIE Pilot Pakc-in figure's legs on it, and give us a ROTJ Death Star Trooper/Tech.  Pack in a blaster and the Imperial Tech's scanner box and I'm a happy camper.

Episode 1 / Re: R2-B1 & TC-14
« on: July 23, 2005, 03:02 AM »
THese droids- the tc14 and r2b1 were easy to find. I saw them once at a KMART grand opening in Texas then again in Idaho at another Kmart. When I discovered them in Idaho( in a town of 14,000 people) the case must have been crushed because the cards were all openers-they were seriously curved and dented in bubbles)  :'(
The real trick is....IF you really WANT the figure bad enough-you actually have to have dementia and go to the stores DAILY! when they open or are stocking! If not well, then.....I'm sorry my friend- then your left crying at this website about why you didn't get one.

That's cool you were able to find them easy enough Darth Slothus...  But the fact is that they tended to not ship in very high numbers, so for the majority they were indeed tough finds.  Some people, regardless of how hard they looked or not, didn't see these items.  Myself included and that was when I did hit a variety of stores daily (sometimes twice daily) on my commute.

I got mine from friends instead who did have good luck...  These simply weren't easy finds for most though.  Not to mention they suffered a lot of regional variety.  Like Bobafett14 mentioned, they weren't terribly common in Pittsburgh stores at all, yet once the clearance dumps happened I heard some areas found them a bit more abundantly.

Currently on Ebay I see R2-B1's anywhere from $12 to $18+ carded so I'd say he's at least still something a lot of people are in search of.

"Rare" is an overused term in the modern hobby generally, that is for sure!  However it's also a matter of perspective...  I'd say R2-B1 and TC-14 come probably as close to the term "rare" as most any modern figure has though...  Short of something oddball like the Toy Fair Vader or some such. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: July 22, 2005, 06:56 AM »
Dumb customs are funny...  I like seeing what guys try passing off as great stuff.

I'm not knocking a person's skill either, but that guy's simply trying to make a buck on "junk".  There's no effort there and he's hoping some sap who's a little hard-up for ladies, and gets his boobies from the toy shelf instead of by the handfull, will bid on it...

$30?  Ya gotta be kidding me.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 22, 2005, 05:40 AM »

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Why there are no more pictures of Bly
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:35 AM »
The truth is out there.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:32 AM »
Bad news Jared...  :(  I take your opinion with a lot of weight too, so I'm feeling my own opinion sliding on these even further.

I was hoping the Utapau guy was cool at least...  And Zett maybe looked passable.  I knew Antilles was nothing but a glorified POTF2 figure.  It really sucks that Bail is such a nice figure but you can't have him saving Jedi with his good bodyguard Reymus...  Or at least Reymus will look like **** in the effort.

I agree Jared, these look to be the worst of the C2, and that's not a good sign.  I hope Hasbro isn't ******** out on articulation and stuff.  They did so well with ROTS's opening line...  Things sorta started waning back to the Wookiee/Neimodian figures though.  Antilles just looks like he's meant for another era though.   :-\

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:25 AM »
I was already thinking VOTC w/removable helmet and the Jango head under there...  Scars and all (Boba had to have hit some rough spots in life to get those dents).  I'd dig that bigtime.  Slap an ESB paintjob on that guy and I'm all for it...  It's not in the movies, but knowing what Boba's look is now, I think a removable helmet Boba would rock.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Carded Wedge, finally!
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:20 AM »
Much improved indeed...  Dutch is a pretty decent sculpt, short of some better arm articulation, so that's a much better figure.  I think it's a little tall, but just about anything was an improvement over that asinine POTF2 figure.

I almost thought they'd do the Biggs Body with the separate collar, the POTF2 arms/legs, and the Cinema Scene head for a Snowspeeder Wedge...  Almost thought that would've been the final fig.

I'm not sure the Dutch is a substantial improvement over the 3-pack figure...  They have their own positives and negatives when comparing the two, but this is easily a better figure than what was thought was coming to us.

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:11 AM »
The Hover Craft w/Cutter was one of my favs too Scott.  I got it for my birthday the year it came out...  It was that "big gift", ya know?  Loved that thing...  My first dog, Shena, chewed up Cutter too which irked me but it was all she ever chewed.

I loved that ship though.  It floated ok...  Had that cool little sled and the pointless mini-bike.  I always had Cutter and Shipwreck man it while the Joes debarked for combat from it...

GIJ is one of those thigns I"m really borderline considering getting into.  If my ship came in, I'd be all over RAH collecting and customizing in that genre.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 22, 2005, 02:09 AM »
N/P on that...  I dig both lines, and Dragon has been known to put out a 1:18 item or two as well, however they're REALLY pre-posed figures.  Articulation's minimal.

The 21st figures are my favorites, however their first series figs sorta blow, and BBI's new articulation could outclass 21st completely. 

21st and BBI both do great headsculpts though...  BBI's got a lot more variety though and generally have only done neutral sculpts (Not the Sherman tanker though).  Good stuff all around.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Nemoidian Soldier x2!
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:58 PM »
Definitely smaller than others, yet in the movie it looks small when you see the helmet and really compare...  I'm chalking it up to just variety among the species, since they really do differ between each other. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Elite Clone Troopers?
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:56 PM »
Well, that settles that then.  Yay.

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 21, 2005, 03:50 PM »
BBI is exclusive to TRU.  21st Century was, but issues over "Nazi" product as some PC groups claimed caused TRU to tell 21st Century NOT to make any more German product.  In essence nixing 50% of what 21st was able to make, simply because people don't understand history or choose to label anyone a Nazi.

The 21st deal fizzled and BBI was picked up.  They've done mostly modern U.S. items, but they did do a Sherman and Mustang here recently too.  BBI's supposedly going to jump into WW2 stuff more (seen infantry, they have paratroopers on tap with working chutes too).  There's also a "Futuristic Sci Fi Military" line that BBI's got in concept phases and stuff.

21st Century Toys has a deal going with Wal-Mart right now, and while many people are finding 21st Century stuff in droves at their local Wal-Marts, I can't say I'm one of them.  I have seen lots of planes over the years, and at times I've seen tanks now and again.  They actually cast a lot of the tanks in die-cast metals as well, which means you get one huge-ass, and real heavy piece of toy for $40 (or less).

Figures are shipping now though I hear...  Marines in cammoflauge paintjobs (their solid green counterparts were released not long ago) and Japanese Infantry which just started shipping this month.

Also tanks, their 1.5 ton truck, etc... 

Online, Bad Cat Aviation, Small Blue Planet, and other stores carry 21st stuff.  Some cheap, some not-so-cheap.  Depends.  Most carry BBI too.

BBI just hasn't put out new figures in a while, so they haven't restocked.  Most did restock withs ome repaints of the modern marine figures, or army...  Or they've restocked with the chopper pilots...  If they've only got 3 or 4 different figures, they've sold through a lotta stuff.

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