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Toy Reviews / RAT Ends: General Madine
« on: December 30, 2004, 02:28 AM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

And we bring not only the Endor Wave to a close here, but our holiday Review-A-Thon also comes to a screeching halt.  We'll be leading into the new year with the OTC figures and VOTC while we build into the POTC, so keep your peepers peeled to the main page for those. 

Yes, I wanted to end the Endor Wave with a doozie, and boy did I.  I have to say this figure topped many-a-fan's wishlists for some time, and not only does he nix off another vintage figure that needed done, but he also makes for a GREAT figure in the end.  The Endor Wave's General Madine (Endor Strike) actually, for a boring old dude, is a great action figure...  Amazing!



The funny thing with Madine is that he's got more arm articulation/poseability than the Saga Endor Soldier, Saga Endor Han, or the Saga Hoth Soldier...  What the hell is that all about Hasbro!?!?   ???

I mean, don't get me wrong here...  The figure has ball/socket elbows, poseable wrists, etc...  I love it, it's great, but how can you screw over army builders in the articulation area, but give it to a guy who did nothing more than point.

Hey, I don't make them, I just critique them, and in my view Hasbro really needs to make sure EVERY figure who picked up a gun should have these arms that Madine has.  Great stuff here.  I can't wait to do a Madine shooting it out of a sticky situation diorama...  becaus I can!

OK, but what else is up with Madine?  Well, he's pretty cool for sure.  He does flesh out those vintage resculpts we all want too, so that's all good stuff.  He's got the most poseable arms of a basic figure...  well damn near ever.  I'm amazed really.

Read the full review for his negatives, but really this is a figure I had to own a few of when he became readily available in the OTC line. 

And with that, I'm thanking all you readers out there who read through my reviews as well as those who came in to participate.  I appreciate the feedback and your personal opinions.  Feel free to make your own reviews too...  We don't discriminate.  The more the merrier I figure.

Thanks guys, and I look forward to doing more figure reviews from now till the cows come home.  And once again a thank you to the staff here at JD who helped me get these all together and posted.  Hopefully we'll have a steady stream of reviews in 2005 folks!

Hell, I may even start reviewing packaging...   :-\  Not much fun, but whatcha gonna do, ya know?  Some of you guys seem to dig it.   :P

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Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Han Solo (AT-ST Disguise)
« on: December 30, 2004, 02:17 AM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

The Endor wave rolls on along here with the most controversial of the lot, Han Solo (AT-ST Disguise).  Love him or hate him folks, he's here and you're stuck with him...  And I have a little irony to add to this review too.



Yes, easily the most controversial figure of the '04 Saga line-up, Han Solo in an AT-ST Pilot disguise is disputed as everything from simple Expanded Universe folklore to a downright abomination of the film's plot...  Myself, I am in the (seemingly) minority here who actually believe that Han COULD and WOULD have donned the full outfit so he did not give the ploy away to the Imperials.  Why risk it ya know?

With that said, most think this figure was relatively unnecessary and they wanted a resculpt of Han with his trench coat more.  I can't disagree with that...  But I also liked Han's ability to be a decent piece of Customizing Fodder.

And here's the irony bit I mentioned above...  This figure didn't sit AT ALL.  He shipped in Saga in limited #'s, but in OTC this guy hit FULL FORCE at damn near EVERY retailer in my area.  I found the OTC version at every Toys R Us I go to, almost every Wal-Mart, every Target, and even at K-Mart stores in the area, and ya know what?  He sold out every place.  I know I got 6 alone at one K-Mart when they had a sale and put cases of this wave out, and I stocked up on customizing fodder.

Is he a good figure?  He's ok...  Has his flaws for sure, but as customizing goes he's as good as the Imperial Officer figure he's based off of.  Read the full review though, and give us your opinions here in this thread.

I think he was a suprise...  Now please get on that Trenchcoat Han Solo already Hasbro...  Every Endor Han you've done has pretty much been terrible so you have to redeem yourselves (softgoods coat too, please!).

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Toy Reviews / RAT Continues: Lando General
« on: December 30, 2004, 02:09 AM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

My first Endor Wave figure to pop up (and what a way to round out the Saga line!)Lando Calrissian (Endor Strike) makes his way into the reviews!  A complete resculpt of a figure who REALLY needed it too.



Yes, Lando General really was in need of a resculpt, and I'd say this is "good enough" for this figure...  Hasbro once again made that damned mistake of lop-sided articulation (one friggin' arm articulated?  Huh?  I hate that damn crap!), which still boggles my mind.

Saga had some doozies at the end, but that articulation being all over the place was a hinderence.  I'm pleased to see OTC's going out with some much more balanced figures. 

That said, Hasbro did include a working shoulder holster for the old scoundrel, and a nice accurate little blaster too.  He's a figure that I'd like to have seen be a bit more poseable (every main "hero" should be, even if all they did was fly around in the Falcon in their respective outfit).  Still, read the review in its entirety and come share what YOU think.

Myself, I'd say this is a good resculpt of a figure that needed it, but like the Rebel Fleet Trooper, a good sculpt does not equate to a great figure...  So read the review and share your opinion!

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Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Continues: Bossk
« on: December 30, 2004, 02:02 AM »
I have to say, and we haven't got a pic for it, but one of my favorite poses for old (new) Bossk here was whipping the middle claw.  He did that one so well.

Not a GREAT figure by any means, but a fun one...  I'm irked at the posing.  I'm still set on trying to boil/freeze his feet some time in a much more neutral pose...  My current holdings of Bossk have him all like he's walking.  Weird.

Looks good with Poggle the Lesser's cane as a Trandoshan pimp...  Needs a fedora though.

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Toy Reviews / Re: Unfiled report: VOTC Luke and Ben
« on: December 29, 2004, 08:32 AM »
Tis a shame isn't it?

The fact he can sit down is his true grace actually.  Too bad they didn't go all out on his articulation.  i think I could excuse the atrocious cloak had they done his articulation justice, and also given him NICE softgoods skirt too (like the "ties" and all that, rather than a single straight piece of fabric).

His cloak blows but it's fixable if I can just find the right fabric...  That articulation's excuseless though on a $10 figure.  Same thing for 3PO as well.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Stupid **** From the Internet Thread.
« on: December 29, 2004, 01:23 AM »
I want to believe this is a joke, but...

http://www.rentamidget.com/

You sir have obviously never seen www.JollyDwarf.com then.  :)

I am proud to say I have seen Beetlejuice in person, and he's twice as funny.

BTW on the other one there, it guessed me as Dante from Clerks, who I was not...  I'm intrigued though and wanna go through that one again.

And people claimed this thread was pointles...  Pfft!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: New Years Plans?
« on: December 29, 2004, 01:20 AM »
Uhm, well, was gonna go out but now we're down to going out Thursday to get out of the house...  Gonna go eat wings and ribs then drink heavily.

Friday then we're staying home, and watching SouthPark marathon.  Yay...  I'm content with that.

I haven't gone out for NYE in a few years now though, and that's starting to suck bigtime.

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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Re: Modular Cloud City
« on: December 28, 2004, 09:20 PM »
A nice update indeed.  Nice detail with the color and everything too, very accurate.  I'm really anxious to see all the detail shots of the torture rack the most though.  That's something that will be scrutinized I believe. :)

Great work...

Man though, Lando looks like his arms are huge or something.  I see it's VOTC Land so I just assume it's the picture.  It just makes him look odd in the shot.  Boba looks sharp though, even if he's not the right colors for ESB.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 28, 2004, 02:25 AM »
I think all 3 will be if released in good #'s.  In the end, Cantina aliens never do "well" at retail when they hit the shelves in droves...  They don't have much going for them other than every collector wants one (not two or three generally).

I still agree Scott, that the Probisces (whatever) suck...  I just am indifferent to them because I like every other aspect about the figure a whole bunch...  To me a holster on Feltripern (sp?) would've been no additional cost, so that was just excuseless.

On one figure it's simply a matter of something the figure SHOULD have had that just didn't get and on the other figure it's a bad, bad, decision to include something it didn't need...  And then subsequently ruined an otherwise great likeness in sculpt.  That sucks and makes Dannik the worse of the 3. 

Feltripern's slowly overtaking Myo in my favorites department, but the holster's excuseless, plain and simple.  Sucks double that he's the figure who has the toughest time holding his gun.  Bleh.

I still like Dannik, but he's #3 on the list...  Love the bong though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What Did You Get?
« on: December 27, 2004, 11:48 PM »
Much more Prussian, due to the frillyness.

And no I did not know that about their hats, but did YOU know that Neimodians apparantly had similar backgrounds then? :)


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I hate to bring up a SW line, but damned if I don't totally regret buying E1 figures.  I shudder when I look at that shelf sometimes, and ponder the $ that went into those things.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What Did You Get?
« on: December 27, 2004, 09:15 PM »
Oh yeah?

Well I got a country...  Yes a country!  And not a 3rd world one either, but one with a relatively stable economy...  or it was till I got it anyway.  I've already increased unemployment by 50%.

I make the minions of my land dance every day, twice a day, at the 11 o'clock's for my own amusement.  I wear a big pope hat too, and my soldiers wear 18th century uniforms because we're flashy.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 27, 2004, 09:08 PM »
I felt similar to you Broem, but I will say the gaping holes in the face are THE worst aspect to all 3 figures in that wave.  Though Fetripern (sp?) not having a holster for his gun kinda blew too.

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Yeah, distribution is wonky all over...  I see a lot of people around the sites claim that "if you go out and look, you'll find it", but the reality is that regional distribution varies greatly...

Many areas saw the EU figures in 98, for example, but Pittsburgh saw NOTHING of those figures really.  Maybe one shipment or two, and they went just as fast.  None on clearance either.  Those were some of the only figures I never saw at retail except for the Fan Club.

The Y-Wing was another fine example of regional distribution blunder.  Target's had just opened in the area, and while the West Coast was claiming they sat and even clearanced, out here they were non-existant.

Something odd too, Ach Med Beq...  Everywhere had TONS of him I have heard, to the point they still have that figure on pegs, but he really saw a normal shipment here...  Came and went, like he should've.

I sorta think it's misleading to tell people "If you get out there and look, you'll find it!" then.  I think that, unless you live in their area, you can't really say what ranks as a shelf-warmer and what doesn't.  It's weird how things are distributed.  I know Bobafett14 travels all over creation, and he's told me how one area has FX-7's on the pegs as recently as this past Summer I think...  I mean, that's an awesome figure that flew off shelves here as quickly as the Imp Officer that he was packed in with did.  It's really strange.  And I believe that was just down over the state lines in Maryland as I recall too.

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Hey, that's pretty neat looking.  Make a nice base to a custom vehicle...  What was the "Big Trak" anyway?  I've never seen that toy before.

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