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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Screening (Been There & Back)
« on: May 18, 2005, 03:52 AM »
Bob really hooked us up here in Pittsburgh.

We had a screening at what shall remain as an undisclosed location I guess, but which was great.

I'm not going to go into great detail right now, but I left giddy and talking Star Wars with Bobafett14 on the whole ride back...  Which was a fairly long haul.

Now, onto the premiere tonight! 

Thanks Bob, and thanks to your contact for this...  It was fun being one of the first in our area to see it.  I'm loving Star Wars more than ever, and my short opinion on the film is that it's vastly superior to both TPM and AOTC, and I enjoyed AOTC thoroughly.  I personally feel that many of the gripes I've read in reviews are bunk.  They're comments made by people who would've likely bitched about Empire Strikes Back if it was the first time they saw that film as well.  I'll leave it at that then.

Thanks Bob!

I tend to agree with Dr. Padawan that Hasbro's got enough of a hand in this that they could be doing better...  There's no Clone multi-pack on the market, yet it was inevitable Clones would be the hot thing... 

Army builders aside, my gf's kids want Clones and just can't find the damn things...  they've actually focused instead on Legos since they said, and I quote, "I got Clones with this walker thing...  You can't even find a Clone!  Haha!"

Yes, a 7 year old gave me a "Nelson Ha Ha" because he got a Clone with his AT-RT Lego...  God Dammit.  :)

Anyway, I think Hasbro can do better...  I think retail can do better though as well, and they are a step in the process, but Hasbro's got the majority of responsibility here ultimately...  It's their job to make the assortment and sell it...  You'd think retail would be able to looka t their pegs and say, "ya know, we would like more Clones actually". :)

I tend to disagree with the EE Clones being such a GREAT thing though however...  I like them, the concept's as sound as it gets, but the price is prohibitive to the actual intent...  I don't know anyone going ape**** with army building with these really...  And I debate just how well these sold, or EE wouldn't have declined more I think, and the exclusive wouldn't have shown now at other outlets...  I think a lot of information on these is still in the dark, and may remain that way.

For what it's worth though, even in new packaging, by the case from EE, these sold for $6.25-ish/figure shipped...  that's what I'm paying my buddy who bought a few cases for local collectors to divy up...  EE made a profit even at $6.25 each, though admitedly a smaller margin since they were selling by higher volume.  An all -white case would've been an ideal, to ship alongside the white/officer case.

Anyway, these figures don't really cost more than the other to make and sell, and if it's a figure like Clones/Troop Builders then increased sales should more than make up every cost incurred by simple volume of sales.  The construction of a SA Clone isn't anything more spectacular than a Mon Mothma...  There's just a few more parts to snap together.  If one part of production cost more than anything it's "injection molded" pieces (the ball/socket shoulders and whatnot), but that's been a more common feature in the ROTS line than ever...  It's not an expensive process really, nor more time consuming... 

What really can cost on a SA style figure are the fixed costs like mold toolings and such, which are expensive, but which depreciate as more and more of a figure is sold...  For every Clone put out, that cost is a little less, and the margin of profit isn't so narrow.  Costs are incurred to produce more, but the price of a sale always covers the cost of production (+ a retailing MSRP/profit factored in) otherwise none would be made or sold.

The EE Clone set still just irks me that its very purpose (to army build) was dashed by overly expensive packaging, and an unnecessarilly high price per figure if you wanted only white Clones...  I personally can't justify more than the couple sets I got, and only then because of their coming from cases bought by friends.  :-\  I'm a guy with 100's of army builders, and sadly this one it looks like I'll not have too many of.

Nice figs DD...

I like seeing the Rodian from JO just because it's a Rodian from JO...  not an every day figure you see...  Very cool use of something most of us have one or two (or a dozen) of.  I like the sheer diversity in all the Rodian figures Hasbro's done over the years (all the Greedo's anyway) since they really alll look like different guys.  I stick one with a gun drawn on Han, and that's Greedo.  The rest are just thugs.

Anyway, the R5's good too, late bloomer or not, it's a very unique paintjob, not the norm to see a dark, but not black, paintjob on astro's.  Very good...  Lots of good damage marks on him too.  I like what looks like a black starburst on the bottom lip of his dome.

The mask you're working on for SaeSee should be interesting...  I've been a little perplexed how it'll be done to seal the head...  Can't just go hopping into space with skin exposed.  I'm anxious to see that final item to polish the figure off.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Science of Star Wars
« on: May 16, 2005, 11:28 PM »
Hey Matt, thanks man.  I am personally intrigued by the military episode on the 18th.  Gonna tape that I think if I can't catch it.

Appreciate the link for that, I didn't know that was on.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 16, 2005, 11:13 PM »
Excellent [/end Emperor or Mr. Burns]

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS news article thread
« on: May 16, 2005, 09:03 PM »
I have to say, even without having seen the film, I'm so tired of reading reviews that cite dialogue as being what effectively (to them) "ruins" the film for them...

I think it's one thing to acknowledge a flaw, but dialogue hardly ruins the films...  I believe Ebert said it best that the it's never been good in SW, and never will be, and you have to look past it to see what a good story is there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 16, 2005, 08:47 PM »
I think that depends then more on how much you LIKE the old games than the backwards compatibility feature...

Like I still play N64 Rogue Squad, Shadows of the Empire, and other games that appealed to me for story or whatever...  That's kind of where backwards compatibility plays a part for me...  I'll want to play Rogue Leader and Rebelstrike on the new Nintendo should I get it, or my XB games I enjoy immensely like Full Spectrum Warrior.  For some people it's that "comfort" of knowing you can if you want to, but for me it's practical because I DO want to play those old games sometimes.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Re: XBox 360
« on: May 16, 2005, 06:18 PM »
Is it important?



I would give my X-Box to my gf's kids in a heartbeat if i knew I could play my old games on the new system...  I do like playing my old games, and I do like minimizing the # of systems I have on one shelf.  With an N64, Cube, XB, and potentially any one of these new systems, the entertainment stand needs all the room it can obtain. ;)

So yeah, I'd like backwards compatibility a lot...  My old games get as much wear/tear (the ones I really enjoyed anyway) as my newest ones do, so long as I have the time.  Beyond backwards compatibility though, if this system is indeed making MP gaming their focus, that's a bigger issue to me and if the games are catered to that same mode of thought it's more than enough reason for me not to get the new XB.  Like everything else, I'll look at everything before I buy and get what bets suited me.  Back in the day it was the Cube for me, and when XB came down in price it suited me as well, so I'll see what Sony/Nintendo offer and pick which one I want the most and get it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: May 16, 2005, 04:39 AM »
Not that I'd roll her out of bed, but Trish just never did it for me.  I don't like women with shoulders broader than my own.  She's a stocky thing.

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: SA Arc Commander from CW toon
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:32 AM »
Again, lots of praise on that figure Redgek, very nice.  The subtle arm details are nice given how the original ARC's looked from teh CW line with the big forearm gauntlets.  I'm not sure they were bad, but I think they could've been improved over big silver things.

I like the Katarn Bryar pistols but they seem a bit big...  The Bryar's actually a sawed off rifle, more than a military gun, but the Bryar's seem to match up to the cartoon (while still having a realistic sculpt figure) very well...  They don't fit in the holsters though, huh?  That's a bummer.  I think I'd probably have gone with the COmmander pistols just to utilize the holster I guess.

Anyway, great figure...  I wish Hasbro would get on doing this figure up like this, actually.  E2 Clones are just too rough to come by yet for me to wanna try this.

Other Collectibles / Re: Attakus Dioramas... 3.75" Scale?
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:28 AM »
Too bad it's just half a ship.  I wonder how they could do the other half for a Hoth diorama?  :)  Voila, complete Falcon.

I wonder what the scale is on that though? The Falcon varies a lot in the movies...  3 foot seems small by a bit, but that'd be great if it was 100% to-scale.

At least it appears that the whole cockpit is there, if it's to-scale.  That'd make a LOT of folks happy I think.

JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: May 16, 2005, 12:15 AM »
Jagr looking like he actually was still an NHLer...  I'm amazed.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wookiee Army
« on: May 15, 2005, 06:29 PM »
Eeee, yikes...   :-\

I picked a couple Wookiee's up the other night at Target and Wal-Mart...  Got cream and brown variants in the same night, and honestly I'm not impressed.

He could be worse, but his goofy legs are just like Tarful's...  Not to mention they're pre-posed and it makes standing the figure tough (damn "walking" sculpt to them).  I much prefer the preview Wookiee, and I think Hasbro didn't do this figure justice like that one.  Color me unimpressed.

Not to mention that my cream wookiee's arms keep falling off.  I'm really not pleased with these figures.

I hope the film makes some mention why some Wookiees are absolutely HUGE while others are tiny by comparison as well...  This species is all over the place in toy form, and I'm hoping this is not just a Hasbro flub and that they're all comparable in the movie. 

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 15, 2005, 05:13 PM »
Simmer down now!

Let's not spark the political stuff...  Friendly jabs (if that's what it is) are fine, but the political BS stays off the site, that's our rule.

I have printed out templates to make an AT-PT though (out of paper) I will probably try that out sometime, but am unsure of what paper to use.

Have you considered using a paper model?  There's free downloadable paper models online, and one I saw was an AT-PT I'm sure.  Could make a good stand-in at least in a game...  Maybe even be good enough for you to try scratch-building your own from plastic. 

Paper Models are good stuff...  I just buy a heavy weight paper at an Office Supply store and print them out on that on my basic color printer.

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