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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: New Poll?
« on: May 6, 2005, 10:01 PM »
Good choices too Matt. :) 

I really would take ANY of those sets, however I'd replace the Empire Luke with a Hoth outfit or Snowspeeder outfit I think, over the Bespin Duds...  Though the Bespin Duds are worthy.

Luke really needs 2 Evolutions sets when you think about it.  Or more even!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Scalper
« on: May 6, 2005, 07:45 PM »
Scalpers, to me, are Jesse's definition above + anyone who places ANYTHING they just bought at retail onto Ebay...  regardless of starting bid.  I think that needs said, as a lot of scalpers try hiding behind the veil of "Well I put this on Ebay for $.99 starting bid...  I'm a good guy, see!?"

That's bull****, plain and simple, and I've had fun calling people out on scalping at other boards in the past.  Mostly because other boards SUPPOSEDLY lay claim that they too will enforce rules against that kinda stuff.  It's a collecting community so anyone caught scalping on it should be drummed out, plain and simple...  Otherwise it's not a "community" at all.

I agree with you Matt, that they're more abundant now than ever.  I run into people 50% of the time in aisles right now, easily, and I'd say of the 50% I run into that the vast majority are there because of $$$.  I got the last Clone Pilot at a store the other day (missing out on all the OTHER figures of that wave), and the guy who came in behind me, pushing in where I was looking, was obviously visibly irritated that I had that figure. 

I've been hearing more and more of the, "Hey man, do you know what the rare figure is?" speak, even from employees (at Target).  I've heard a lot of the, "Hey, are you looking for stuff to put on Ebay too?  I just cleared them out of the rares", kind of speak as well...  That is just a slap in the face to a collector like me who IS looking for stuff for himself or others... 

There's a lot more of these guys, and how chatty they can be is really mind-boggling...  It's like they think you'll be their buddy.

I've always known that our local collecting group in Pittsburgh has to be wary of scalpers in our midst...  They're good about fishing those guys out and basically calling them on it publicly.  I'm lucky to have a good group of guys around Pittsburgh to help me...  Sadly, there are bad eggs who do their damndest to sneak into that clique too, for the advantage.   ::)

Joe Defender / Re: G.I. Joe Toys Thread
« on: May 6, 2005, 03:25 PM »
I kinda dig Spirit, and a medic Viper is cool...  Mutt's, eh, and why isn't Junkyard mentioned really?

That isn't Scrap Iron in my book.  The 3-pack version is far superior.

And that Barrage guy I'm just not familiar with... 

Interesting though...  The comic 3-pack looks cool with Flint and Tunnel rat.  May be a purchase there.  I nabbed the one with Firefly just because it sparked so many memories when I saw that near perfect Firefly figure...  He rocks!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: May 6, 2005, 03:11 PM »

Several dozen for me, so I put an order into Amazon for 2 Clone sets.  I'm assuming I'll find the Anakin set...  Hoping I will anyway.

And I'm hoping to find the Clone set in abundance.  Hasbro really SHOULD be pumping these things out...  A Clone only case should be available for that matter.

Other Collectibles / Re: Attakus Dioramas... 3.75" Scale?
« on: May 6, 2005, 03:09 PM »
I'm still wanting one...  Especially if they are indeed to-scale. 

Being someone who works with resins myself though, I can tell you that casting large items in it isn't cheap, especially if you're doing it on a "mass production" type of scale like this.  A small building's corner, for a 1:32 toyline, can retail for anywhere from $30 on up.  This is tiny in comparison to that diorama.

The ad did say they'd be sold in halves though (further proof of expense though), so maybe we can get ONE half and enjoy?   :-\

Other Collectibles / Attakus Dioramas... 3.75" Scale?
« on: May 6, 2005, 03:55 AM »
So what's everyone's take?

Being resin cast, and somewhat large, I'm wondering just what cost may be on these.  I mean, a 2-part Death Star diorama is the word, and it'll include I believe 1/3 of the Millenium Falcon...  If that's all to-scale...

well holy **** does come to mind.

I'm sort of intrigued.  It sounds almost like Dagobah is going to be a complete set with Yoda's hut, some trees and a partial submerged X-Wing.  I'm hoping the Death Star set is "complete" to an extent...  No half-walls and such.  Something that, if you wanted to, you could expand on it.

I'm intrigued to say the least...  And the figures sound interesting too, like mousedroids, stormtroopers (pre-posed as they may be), and the like.

Attakus has my attention...  Anyone considering these for use as shelf displays with action figures, besides myself?

I've always sorta hoped a company would do 1:18 scale Star Wars vehicles, done exact and perfectly scaled for the action figures, maybe even done in die-cast metals even (works amazing on 1:18 armor pieces from 21st), so these dioramas have me intrigued.

Worried about price...  but intrigued nonetheless.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 6, 2005, 02:27 AM »
Well, it's not bad, it just was strange.

Hasbro didn't really make a complete holster...  They made one that's kind of open on the back, and you slip the blaster barrel through a notch in the holster at the top, and it was to sort of stick there in the holster (the back of the holster's sort of "molded" like the blaster barrel...  Hard to explain).  The end result is that the rifle sorta sticks out if you have it holstered, but it's really not terribly noticeable.  Why Hasbro didn't just make a compelte holster with a "back" on it, or a "sleeve" that covers the entire gun barrel (ala any other holster they've done), I do not know.  It's completely possible that it can be done, they just were trying something different it seems.

It's really hard to explain it, without a picture.  If someone knows of one showing what I'm talking about I'm sure they'll link you.

It's the figure's only drawback in my eyes.  I can get my Stormies to sit fine, kneel, run, die, lunge, stand at attention with guns up, down, or arms at their sides...  It's simply a great figure to me.  As close to perfection as Hasbro has ever acheived I think.

Hey Hasbro! / Re: Please Give Us An AT-TE
« on: May 5, 2005, 03:02 PM »
I have some good pictures of the one from the Lucasfilm archives at C3.

You do it up like that and I'll bring flowers to every cubicle at your offices.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: More Target Exclusives?
« on: May 5, 2005, 03:01 PM »
Advice to all: NEVER give a stranger who asks you "what figures are hard to find?" a valid answer - tell him/her that the hard-to-find figures are Bail Organa and Mon Mothma or something else.

I have actually done this...  And it has worked.  And I did this very recently actually, and it did indeed work.  The guy walked away with a couple Jedi figures that weren't particularly plentiful but not hard to find anywhere by any stretch.

They didn't have anything I wanted that day, but I sure didn't point him in the right direction.  My favorite line is that "The Clones may seem like the right choice for rarity, but they'll be so abundantly made that they won't be worth a thing".  The guy bought that completely and left the #6 Clones on the peg.  I hated the long, and drawn out conversation we had...  It was a whole lotta "These are just for kids, but it's easy to make a buck off them too at my table..." kinda crap.  It's amazing who you seem to have to interact with when you're just trying to buy some figures you want.

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 5, 2005, 02:54 PM »
Oh yeah?

Well I have 3 of the 95 I'll sell you for $50...  they're loose and incomplete.

And another Bump...  Seeing where my additions and deleted items maybe gets me.

Newbies / Re: Hello all!!!
« on: May 5, 2005, 03:00 AM »
Hey Chris,

Good having you on here man.  Always nice seeing another ship customizer around.  They're the lesser traveled area of customs, but one I'm really into so it'll be nice having you around.

Any Q's, just ask away.

Take it easy man,


The Prequel Trilogy / Re: Celebration Spectaculer Footage
« on: May 5, 2005, 02:07 AM »
It's a song from Van Helsing, yes.  It's rearranged and stuff, but definitely from the Van Helsing soundtrack (if you've ever heard the original, there's no mistaking).

I honestly would've liked to have had this song, as it is in the montage, as a single.  It's really good.  Not as nice on the Van Helsing soundtrack however. 

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Dark Forces Mod for Jedi Academy!
« on: May 5, 2005, 02:04 AM »
I actually did play some of it...  Followed it a while but I haven't really looked at it of late.

The reason I really didn't care for the conversion was that the physics, especially those related to ranged combat, of the JO or JA engines are so outta whack and generally piss-poor that it didn't have the same "fun" to it that Dark Forces did.  The balance just isn't there.

Ranged weapons in JO and JA have SUCKED, and I've yet to see anyone able to really adapt it so they ever equaled the quality of JK or DF.  JO and JA expect you to go hog-wild with the saber and force powers more than using blasters and such, so the blaster dynamic just never got the attention it deserved.

That's why I long for Lucasarts to do a NEW game for Katarn's storyline, but set somewhere either prior to DF in timeline, or just after it and before the JK storyline.  Really work on blaster weapons and things, really make us feel like that JK/DF feeling where any weapon was useful...  well, practically.

The conversions are good for a trip down memory lane though, if you can't get DF to run on your system.  I can't get DF to run with sound, but I can get the game itself to run.  For some reason though, and I've tried everything under the sun to fix it, that sound just won't work for me.

I was really hoping that Rep. Commando was gonna usher in a new age of "realistic" shooters for Star Wars, but I was let down to see that they had "super" enemies, unrealistic powers, many relatively useless weapons, etc...  Not at all what I was hoping for since I was rather wanting a "Tom Clancy"-esque type of shooter instead, with some tactical elements mixed in.  It was a much more watered-down version of that with poorer weapons in the game I felt.

Fun to run through on a weekend, but not gonna make SW first-person gaming like it was back when Jedi Knight came out.

Yeah I was wondering if you'd actually pulled that from FC or complete coincidence on a name.  Neat seeing an EU planet show up in your photonovels CHEWIE.  Especially one from relative obscurity.  It deserves some recognition.

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