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And if you count it, the torso where it breaks in half...  At least I think that's the same droid from the hangar.

The generator droid has shoulder and hip joints though, and maybe it's head is articulated too.  No knee/elbows though.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 18, 2005, 09:04 AM »
Ya know what Jared, I'm gonna call bull**** on the Official site's "22.85 meter" number currently.  I was looking at 50" on a tape measure and comparing... 

Then I was looking at ARC screen shots and a pilot's head in a cockpit bubble...  It ain't adding up just eyeballing it.  Sounds like the Official Site's full of official **** and is maybe over-estimating this.  I could very well be wrong, but 50" is HUUUUUUUUUGE for a wingspan.  We're talking massive for a "fighter".

That's the length given for some OT fighters I think.

I'm wondering if that's a site misprint or if specs/diagrams will alter this...

The ****** thing about Star Wars sources is that they're inaccurate often.  The AT-AT on the official site lists it at like 15 meters or so I think, and the movies prove it's nowhere near that small.  That the number is off by 5 or 6 meters at least. 

With this crap being CGI more often than not, it makes it 1000 times more difficult to say that "this is this long" because a physical model isn't there where an ILM Model-Builder can say "we built it to such and such scale, then changed that number, etc..."

So I'm not gonna judge the ship just yet, but the toy's pictures make me think it's underscaled just eyeballing the two.  The 22.85m number's gonna about solidify that if that's an accurate figure, but I'm not sure that the Official Site has their **** together on that one.  I'll wait for final judgment but things just don't look good on my end...  The toy's hull area looks ok until the nose...  The wings, it's tough to tell, and there's not a ton of ARC Shots out there.

Anyone wanna post any REAL clear screen captures of them that they happen to have? :)

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Celebration III: Indianapolis / Re: Star Wars Celebration 3
« on: February 18, 2005, 08:02 AM »
I'm curious about something that has me a bit confused since I didn't go to Celebration 2.

I "Registered" at GenCon's site to get my tickets, then I ordered my 4-day badge and "registered" for that as well.

Is that all I have to do?  Is it gonna just ship to me now, and is there any way I can tell it IS shipping?

Has nobody received theirs yet, I assume?

I see people saying they "Got" their passes but I'm wondering if they meant they just bought them and they're waiting like the rest of us for them to get there actually. :)

Just wanted to be sure.  I don't wanna be in a panic on this pass issue is all.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 18, 2005, 07:32 AM »
Move to Pittsburgh Dean...  We seem to be a haven for people getting on reality shows.  Someone told me one of the people on Survivor this season is from PIttsburgh and I think that's like our 2nd or 3rd...

When you get voted off for punching the most arrogant person win, you'll be welcomed here to refer to many as buttmunch. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 18, 2005, 07:30 AM »
A 50" wingspan is my estimation (rough) on a "true-scale" ARC Fighter then.  :(

I'm gonna make a big guess at "no" on that one then...  4 figures?  I think it'd be amazing if it held 2 actually.

This looks to be SEVERELY underscaled.  I'm not surprised, but given how wingspan's collapsable in packaging, it's a crock of **** that it isn't to-scale.  No reason it can't be...  My P-38's HUGE, and was around $50.

The only packaging bulk would be the hull...  I'm kinda on a downer now.  Oh well.

Good figures, ****-tacular ships.  50/50's a better rate than what the 3.75" line was doing this time 3 years ago. :)

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Well you guys can by getting the FFURG.com T-Shirt for Celebration 3!  As per the front page, you can pre-order yours now!  Just go to www.FFURG.com, and get those orders in! 

Customizers rejoice!  At last we have a shirt we'd GLADLY get our paint, chemicals, and accidental Dremel tears in!   ;D

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:56 AM »
OK, so the Terminator line by Palisades is great news...  Even if it's not "real" military.

But anyway, BBI's Toy Fair info is leaking early like grannie's depends!

http://photos.figures.com/photo/1/showgallery.php?cat=2274&page=1&perpage=15&what=allfields&=&action=

Plenty of pictures of stuff we already saw, though BETTER photos of the WW2 figures.  I must say, they're few but they're great.

Also note, a WORKING PARACHUTE for the WW2 Paratrooper.  Oh hell yeah! [/end will smith]

Great stuff, if not a bit redundant from stuff we've seen.  Be nice to have seen a more accurate U.S. modern infantryman, some kind of "enemy" to come from the company...  Germans for WW2 and Some kind of generic "terrorists" for modern.  :(

Hell go the 21st route with making them allies, JUST MAKE THEM!  My grunts and leathernecks are sick of shooting at the Cobra 6-pack figures like they're nothing but a buncha greenshirts. :(

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:30 AM »
The cooperalls were a great idea.  I think they were restrictive for some in terms of leg movement though.  I never owned a pair since I was pretty much the same size and not changing once they came out.  I hardly ever play hockey, but I still have equipment ::)

I had a hand-me-down pair for pick-up games....  They were even a bit beyond my playing days I believe.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:26 AM »
Hmmm...  No, buttmunch is completely acceptable, even when bolded.  :)

The picture with no shame involved would've lost you the spot though...  I think it may oust Matt from his actually.   :-\

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 18, 2005, 01:23 AM »
Cuz he's the ****, that's why. :)

Uhm, or maybe a stand-in for something?  i dunno.  That's weird.

Anyway,

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we should (dammit, we'd better) get something along the lines of the PFX Xwing in scale.

That's what I'm actually worried about Jared.  :(  The FX X-Wing was a good bit smaller than a to-scale one would be so it disappoints me...  It used to not actually, but as time has worn on and I've gotten a P-47 Fighter that IS 1:18, I just looka t the X-Wing with disappointment.  :(

I can't tell by those pics how big the toy is, nor how big the actual ship SHOULD be.  I guess it's something I may not know till I get some diagram book giving the length of it, or something "official" about the ARC-170 comes out.  Something of the pic from Hasbro makes me say it's small, but I dunno...  It's a tough one to eyeball.

The pics are looking nice though...  VOTC Vader's probably there as their tour guide.  Then they get used to being figure greatness and all that. ;)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NHL Offseason
« on: February 18, 2005, 12:44 AM »
It's tough to argue with that...  The players would retort with "We play the game...  That's our risk!", and to that extent I agree they do take risk, but who the hell CAN'T live even on the crunched salary?  Paris ******* Hilton? 

News was talking tonight about the Joint Lemieux/Gretzky (rumored entirely, and denied by Gretzky) attempts to "save the season" (I'm not sure everyone at the old news-office got the memo that the season is done).  I think the city here is really missing hockey more than they anticipated.  We're not an NBA town, Spring Training doesn't do us a ton of good, and the NFL's over.  Pittsburgh's hurting for sports right now short of Pitt basketball and what the kiddies are accomplishing.  It's pretty sad really.

Never seen so many Wheeling Nailers commercials in all my life.   ::)

EDIT:

BTW, a part of that story I enjoyed was pointing out the NHLers who've bumped out minor league players on various levels.  Solidarity my hairy white ass!   >:(

It reminds me of a story about my mother...  Oddly enough.

My mother, for 18 or 20 (or more, I forget) years of my existance worked for the town's local Steel Worker's Union Hall in town.  It's a large hall upstairs and downstairs...  The kind rented for weddings, parties, etc. 

My mother cleaned was their janitor...  Not really contracted or anything, she just did this work under a set list of duties for a set pay...  There was no vacation, there was rarely ever any pay increase (she got two raises throughout her years there). 

The union workers who were her "boss" were the Trustee Committee members of the union.  She always did the job to their satisfaction though, and never once did she get a complaint.  If anything she went above and beyond her job, and the only person to ever gripe was the secretary at the hall who was nothing short of a snotty bitch who thought she was better than anyone who actually had to "work", including the Union members.

Well, a couple years ago...  I forget how long really, it was just a few maybe ago, the Union Trustees started changing my mother's "duty list" without her knowing.  She knew they were doing it though because her job description (usually tacked to her door for the upstairs closet was gone).  Little did THEY know she took it and had made copies so her job description was always there, "just in case".

So they come back with all these new duties for her...  She asks why the revised list, and she also tells them "you give me that much more work and I'm going to be needing a pay increase".  They expected her to do it for free...  She was going to be dealing with "routine rentals" now because the Union was going broke...  The leaders had spent the coffers dry and they were going to actively push rentals, and they wanted her to do clean-up for free now instead of her set salary.  It was going to just be absorbed into her monthly pay's work which she did every night.

She told them no...  Actually, my father told them "no" with some explitives and got into a fistfight with a man who's still afraid to go to the local bars here because he thinks my brothers and I go there...  So he's suddenly disappeared from any local hangouts, haha.  Puss...

Anyway, they fired my mother then...  She wouldn't take on what would've ammounted to 200% more of a workload for absolutely no increase in pay (a pittance anyway), so they up and fired her...

What's my point?

Well, I dunno, just a "bad experience" with how Unions tend to treat OTHER people working FOR them...  It's no better than the company treats them, sadly. 

The irony?  I'm far from anti-union, just disappointed to see that the NHLPA is so uncaring about anything but themselves, just like my father's union was (Though I'm not the slightest bit surprised either).  It supported my dad when he was sick, but it treated my mother who slaved for them and all their BS, like nothing but the dirt she cleaned.  They are, and forever will remain scumbags to me.

Anyway, just a related annecdote there from my point of view anyway.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: 2005 Red Metallic Darth Vader @ Target
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:39 PM »
At the moment, all signs point to a price drop back to $5.99 for the Ep3 figures...

When you do a DPCI look-up on the Ep3 figures in Target system, they show a $5.99 price as well as that being listed at $5.99 in the early Toy Fair materials being distributed this week.  I think it's safe to say that the $7 thing is temporary... unfortuntaely we won't for sure until the day of most likely.

Jeff

I was just mentioning this elsewhere too Jeff...  The price spike by TRU and Target's nothing new really when prices fluctuate.  When it dropped to $4.99 I recall bothc ompanies NOT complying immediately, and WM sorta forced it on them.

Same things happened when E1 stuff went up and then down during POTJ...  When POTJ went down I recall not everyone going down to the SRP that Hasbro set, except Wal-Mart who weren't getting a TON of POTJ in yet because of E1 gluts. 

Target and TRU are just spiking price to make an extra $1 leading into a highly competitive time between retailers.  If they're $5.99 at Target that's where I'll likely go, or TRU.  WM will be a madhouse...  Unless I don't feel like driving the distance, I'll probably make for another store.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Basic Figure Leak: Already?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:34 PM »
Sabers are hitting around here too, but what packaging I'm not sure.

The Snowtroopers report about the guy getting a replacement Clone Commander backs things up pretty good as well though that these are "here" now...  Hasbro doesn't have a big pile of E3 stuff (or much at all generally) unless it's shipping to store's warehouses or the stores themselves I'd wager.  Nothing they'd be handing out so blindly anyway.  Stuff's making its way through the pipelines early again.  That's fun to watch anyway. :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:25 PM »
Yeah, the wookie debate continues...  I'm sorta thinking they're blowing the Wookies up in size too, just a tad.

Tarful and Bob shouldn't maybe tower or Yarua and Chewie like this, but who knows...  It's starting to look fishy to me though.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Enjoying the quiet?
« on: February 17, 2005, 06:23 PM »
With not much to shop for, I agree it's nice...  I only need multiple wookie warriors and a Jedi Fighter at this point, none of whcih I'm in any hurry to grab, so I'm content to put all my efforts into my life outside this hobby.

And that's more than enough to make my head spin as it is, so that urge to run to WM on any given evening not being there is a nice thing to be free of at the moment.  All the E3 figure pictures have my anticipation of this film and collecting in general into overload though.

I'm going ga-ga over those hi-res shots at GH.com, and can't wait to have an E3 late Clone Wars army going.  Hell, even the Collection 1 figures look good to me for once.  Incredible!

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