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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 8, 2005, 03:18 AM »
Well, like I said, GIJ waist/hips are generally unattractive... 

I'm all for the AT-TE Gunner's ball/socket hip joints, and SA Clone/Stormtroopers have a great ball/socket torso...  I can't see that looking great on figures you can't hide it on though.  It'd look like crap on a Han Solo figure for instance.  It worked on VOTC Chewbacca because it could be hidden under the fur...  It'd look terrible on an Episode One Obi-Wan though...  Just not my cup of tea.

How the ball/socket hip looks would depend on the figure as well.  On VOTC Luke, Ball/socket hips look like **** really.  On the AT-TE Gunner they're nice, but the armor of the character can hide a lot.

Flexible plastic and actual rubber are different eggs...  I don't think they'd have a durable plastic with the elasticity required for the O-Ring styled articulation.  There comes a point where you need either plastic, or rubber, but not a rubber-like plastic.

And again, if it's constructed the same way as a GIJ is, I think the gaping hole in the back looks terrible as well.

For my mileage I'll applaud Hasbro's Super Articulation style they have right now, as it's the balance of looks and articulation that this line's tried for.  I do think there is such a thing as "over-doing it" with articulation and I think GIJ styled articulation would be crossing that line on a lot of figures.  I love poseability too though, but only if it's not too obtrusive to how the figure looks.  That's what I dig about SW figures and what I don't care for about GIJ.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 05:09 PM »
The Japanese are going to be at SDCC, so they're on the way...

I would like Russians and British troops, maybe some French Resistance too, but Italians and stuff may have a tougher time appealing to people outside the die-hards.  Kind of like obscure armor and planes...  I dunno.

I'd think Russians and British, or even just British figures would have some popularity. 

I'dd be happy with much of anything right now though...  Besides the Marines, it's been a while since new figures were out.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 02:57 AM »
Yeah, I blew the pic up and it's really neat looking...  Actually.

Weird, but if you wanted an "Eagle's Nest Defense" diorama it could work maybe?  I was thinking that SS in parade dress were still defending the Eagle's Nest when the 101st arrived, but in short supply.

They're definitely 21st figures...  Look to have the new articulation, all apear to have removable headgear...

I dunno that $150 is what I wanna plunk down for 16 figures though.  :(  Otherwise I'd buy a set.

Now, do that with all Wermacht in field grey, and cammo, and winter fatigues, and I'd buy ALL 3 sets.  Maybe even a couple of each if given time.

Same with Marines, and US Army Infantry sets.  I'd dig paratrooper sets too so long as they both were D-Day/Europe specific...  A Market Garden set wouldn't hurt either.

For the German sets it would be great if field caps and helmets were included for all troops, but that's just being picky. :)

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 7, 2005, 02:02 AM »
I'd buy them, but for no real reason other than to have a set...

I'd much rather see Series 1 US and German infantry in the new articulation style with removable headgear.  That's a 12-pack that would get me.  I guess 21st maybe feels that, if they're gonna get slapped on the wrist for selling "Nazi" stuff anywya, they may as well actually SELL Nazi stuff... 

I'd really rather that they focused on common war-time uni's though like U.S. infantry and German Infantry...   :-\

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 7, 2005, 01:58 AM »
Frankly, I'm excited about the Jedi vs. Sith set.

It features Asaj (who I don't have) and I always fall for the removable armor gimmick.

The downside is the sculpt on Ani....it's pretty ******.

I'm kinda digging that set too Ruiner...  Especially the Obi-Wan figure.  Not sure on the armor, but I think he looks like a decent Episode 2 Obi-Wan which is sorely missing in this line.

Assajj...  I have one, but I'd take another for customizing reasons.

Anakin is at least a CW figure realistically sculpted, which I'd like more of.  I don't care for the toon figures really.

The others I'm indifferent about.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 7, 2005, 01:55 AM »
Yeah, I like GIJ's for what they are as well...  I think they're a good toy line, they're just their own "style", and that works for them. 

There's huge gaps at their hip joints though, clearly visible.  They have huge gaps where the metal pins go into their thighs.  They often don't want to sit right at the waist (their ass sticks out awkwardly) because of the O-Ring mechanism.  They, of course, have a huge hole in their back to allow for the screw to secure their torso halves.  The O-Rings do dry-rot over time, it's inevitable (all rubber materials deteorate quicker than plastics).  The waist joint is often more visible than on Star Wars figures (sometimes it sits well and tight so it hides the articulation enough but sometimes it doesn't).

I haven't ever known anyone to t hink that the GIJ articulation was really "pretty" compared to what Star Wars has in its line...  That's mostly because GIJ was a toy line based on articulation over aesthetic appeal while Star Wars has changed over its modern line in an attempt ot find balance...  At first the line was aimed squarely at kids, but slowly Hasbro realized kids don't sustain a toy line like this forever so the line changed for a more "realistic" look...  Then over time articulation was increased here and there, but keeping the figure appealing looking has always been an issue that Hasbro has faced.  In recent years they've adopted a lot of ball/socket articulation, injection molding is routine, and they've been able to put out a highly realistically sculpted figure that also sports a lot of articulation (when they want to give it a lot of articulation).  They could still improve the line standard I believe...  A lot of the Collection 1 figures for the ROTS line, for instance, could've used knee joints but didn't get them (Mace Windu, etc.).  However, I would say that they've made great strides.  I just hope they keep at least the Royal Guard's articulation as the bare minimum for army builders, "action" oriented figures, and main characters...  Be nice if it was kept to aliens and background collector-ish figures too, however Senators and the like just don't need the articulation, nor can many support that level of articulation unless cloth robes are used. 

I think GIJ's are cool...  I think they do some really neat things with that line...  But I think it'd make for some ugly figures in the SW line.  I just hope Hasbro keeps their current attitude towards articulation and maintains these improvements over the line's life post-films...  I fear a regression, especially with seeing figures like the Wookiee #2, Neimodian Gunner, and Bacara, who all have less articulation than I'd have liked to see.

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Episode 1 / Re: Wave 2 accessory sets
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:26 AM »
No, those were the Target exclusive sets released during Saga's run...

Another good idea gone awry at the hands of Hasbro, actually.

Of course, I'm in the minority though who actually thorougly enjoyed the little Hoth Tank Droid.  Still, those sets were pretty weakly executed in their own right, especially at their price.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:22 AM »
At a recent show, BBI unveiled 1:18 scale Paratroopers (82nd and 101st) with working chutes...  Now, there's a catch.

The figures look unbelievable, and BBI's new articulation is great, but unfortunately it appears the harnesses and life vests are molded on gear that cannot be removed.  :(  This sucks total balls, to be perfectly blunt.  It'll be cool to have one or two guys like they're landing or something, but they don't make good figures for ANYTHING but this.  :(

I'm so bummed that they don't have the removable gear...  That'd make them truly fantastic figures.  They still look good for what they are, and have lots of equipment (Machine guns, mortars, etc.).  BBI's always got top-notch accessories.  I just wish we'd have figures that could complement the 21st guys in a diorama.  I hope they opt for some non-parachute-laden paratroopers.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:19 AM »
Yeah I'm bummed too Paul...  But, you never know if the line will get picked up by someone somehow, so don't give up totally...  Can hope for it, ya know?

I'd still love a Civil War line since it was just something so influencial on my life, but whatever...  Not for now I guess.

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Hmmm, don't think I caught this thread first time around...

Popcorn, Cherry Pepsi, and/or Snowcaps.  I pig out a bit at the movies.

At E3's premiere I had a lovely beer...  Not bad.

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Contrary to popular opinion, I'm not completely negative.  I do still think that Fleet Trooper sucks though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday name!!!
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:12 AM »
Happy birthday Name, have a good one man...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:59 PM »
Sounds like it!  Lotsa good stuff there.

I gotta get out and looking some more...  Been a bit of a toy hunt slacker lately and I'm definitely in need of getting caught up here. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:57 PM »
12 - 16...  For basics anyway.  That's been my experience in case ratios...  The 16 figure cases were in movie years in the past, I never really paid attention to them during the ROTS blitz however.

It's funny how tables can turn, but in my neck of the woods we're starting to see many more Collection 1 figures start to sit from, what I assume, was refresh assortments...  At the same time, Collection 2 Jedi are becoming less and less common here, though I'd say between all the major retailers that all of them can be had (save for Dooku who is just a hot figure still).  Clones, still non-existant on the pegs.  Even the Pilots are dwindling around here...  The Wookiee #2 also.

I'm seeing more Obi's and Ani's though...  No Mace Windu figures however.  He's kinda like Dooku in that he's a hot one since the line's debut.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:53 PM »
There's got to be some who see the irony that I'm somehow now the guy who is arguing FOR Hasbro's articulation.  Took them 10 years to get there with me, but I think they have the best "Super Articulation" in this scale right now.  Figures like VOTC Han are just incredibly close to perfect for my $.02...  And any imperfections that figure does have don't have to do with articulation really (removable vest, non-hovering holster, etc.).

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