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Revenge of the Sith / Re: #56 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: July 18, 2005, 05:34 AM »
Also noticed the Turbo Tank Driver's now redubbed the AT-RT Pilot...  Interesting.  Makes sense since he appeared to be just that in sculpt.

Also noticed he has an odd removable chest armor piece.  Veeeedddddddddy Interestink!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:53 AM »
Sounds like COmic-Con was only good if you're into planes...

21st showed a Zero which they'd previously denied would happen till just now.  Everyone congratulated them on a "great surprise", but to me this asinine stealth **** between 21st and BBI has become retarded. 

Speaking of BBI, they had little to no presence at the show...  Not that I didn't expect just that out of them.  BBI has about as much customer interaction/quality as most big box retailers.   ::)  Sounds like Hasbro!  You'd think they were a bigger company the wayt hey basically shun their fans on information.

21st showed the Japanese infantry, and sold them in limited edition boxes I guess (and for cheap I hear), but the Jap infantry are also hitting Wal-Mart shelves!  That's good news, unfortunately my local Wal-Mart stores haven't put JACK and **** out for 21st stuff in a long time, and I just passed Jack on his way out of town. 

Supposedly the Jap infantry and Camo-deco marines are due out to WM stores though, as is the camo Sherman ("COED") among other stuff...  I guess the stuff that is shipping (a Dodge truck, Command Car, hannomag, halftrack, Sherman, Bulldog, etc.) has new figures in it...  Or repainted stuff. 

Like para's with new paintjobs and whatnot.  That's cool, but finding the stuff's been a pain.

Word from what WAS there of BBI, was that the paratroopers they showed recently WILL NOT have removable chutes/life vests as was feared.  That sucks bigtime.  The figures are basically useless unless you have them to throw in the air and watch 'em fall.

Great extra accessories, nice headsculpts, terrible figure choice on the "gear" though.  The accessories though, magnificent.

Anyway, 21st also showed a master for the Avenger...  Ig uess it's huge, and it's one of the few planes I may get.  They showed their Mustang too I guess, complete w/opening gun-bay details I guess...  This means squat to me personally.  I want a Mustang but I hear the BBI one (with a better figure) is equal to the 21st one or better short of the gunbay detail.  So in that case, give me the "Killer" BBI Mustang with the pilot that has all that kick ass gear.

Gotta get a BBI Sherman still too.  That thing is sweet.

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Newbies / Re: Hi!
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:45 AM »
Welcome aboard Magillafett...  Find a niche and enjoy.  The great Comic-Con coverage is up, and lots of discussion going on right now in the various modern sections...

Got great communities established for everything though so hop on in and ask any questions you maybe have should they arise.  And of course, have fun.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: RS deletes accounts
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:42 AM »
Their forum software has grown beyond itself and gained self-awareness, and even it realizes it should leave.   ;)

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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Comic-Con Coverage!
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:40 AM »
I can't take much of any credit, but I'll say thanks to you Kevin for the complements.

As an outside observer since I wasn't here when 99% of anything broke, I have to say the guys did a great job.  Jared and Matt out in San Diego worked extra hard...  Not to mention the staff working overtime here to make sure things were posted quickly and efficiently. 

Great work guys...  You deserve a round of applause for a job well done.  Fantastic, concicse, and complete coverage of the show, from start to finish.  You guys were smokin'!

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The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Strategy Game Coming
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:29 AM »
I'm sorry, but when games have advanced BEYOND the engine used for the Galactic Battlegrounds games, and advanced beyond them significantly and effectively to deliver a popular 3-D RTS gaming experience, I just can't agree that you don't need 3-D gaming.

It enhances realism, it creates an atmosphere where strategy is a necessity, not simple plotting and movement.  You simply can't game 2-D with any "realistic" need for strategy.  It changes the dynamics completely.

I can't play a game like Medeival Total War, or Rome Total War, or even Force Commander, and go back to enjoying 2-D RTS gaming.  There's no challenge really.

I blew through Galactic Battlegrounds in like a week without even trying hard...  Not to mention the monotinous repetitive feel 2-D RTS gaming gives off with little reason to replay.  Blah.  Not a fan of that at all.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:22 AM »
It's an interesting situation really...  "tweaking" the mold to a toy is a bigger process than one can imagine.  It, as is my understanding, usually requires a new mold anyway, it's just based on an established sculpt.  Not sure on that, as I don't know specifically how capable Hasbro's manufacturing facilities would be to actually just alter an existing mold, but I know other companies are not capable of doing that...  So I'd think Hasbro would be limited in that way, but who knows.

Scott's right though, it boils down to it being more work than just ordering the manufacturer to alter the paint application order... 

One could say, "well yeah, but it'd cost more", but the reality is that the profit margin on sets like this is so spiffy for Hasbro, that it is a bit frustrating that one new "tweak" isn't done.  I doubt a new head mold for astromechs would really make the sets less of a success for everyone involved, ya know?

Another factor though, and maybe a good one to NOT get R5-D4 in these, is that maybe Hasbro felt R5 should be a basic figure...  sorta released en masse.  I know customizers will have a field day with the figure when it's eventually released...  Astromechs seem to be kind of popular, and almost like army builder figures.  Just a random thought.

I agree that the dome wouldn't cost them enough to be cost prohibitive...  Those sets are profit with really negligible costs.  That's what sucked so bad about the EE Clone set's price to me.  Short of them being REALLY limited  production items, which I don't bite.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Endor Wave
« on: July 18, 2005, 04:10 AM »
Lots of possibilities here, and Endor's one of the areas of Star Wars that REALLY needs lots of resculpts and new figures to it too.  One of the remaining untapped "scenes".

There's lots I'd like, but these are my top wants:

-SA Endor Luke...  Softgoods poncho, helmet, rem. belt, saber (hooks to belt), blaster (I'm forgetting if he had one on his belt)...  And ideal would be a removable vest under his poncho so he could double as a Death Star Luke too.  One can dream.

-SA Leia Endor...  Same as Luke, just different gear of course... 

-SA Han Solo Endor...  Softgoods trenchcoat would be fantastic at this stage of the game.

-SA Scouttrooper...  Name says it all.  Include ball/socket hips for riding speederbikes and that'd be sweet.

-SA Endor Soldier...  I'd really dig both the distinct uniforms getting a SA resculpt.  POTF2's all-green, and the Saga's uniform that didn't have the heavier coat over it.  The Endor Rebels have gotten the shaft though.

-SA Dressellian Commando...  No eyepatch, or at least an eyepatch you can take off for a neutral or Orrimarko figure.  Softgoods cape would rock too, so you could put the hood up.

-Rebel in Bikerscout Disguise...  If they did an SA Bikerscout, I'd dig this character down the line.  Removable helmet, and I'd be set.

-SA Death Star Trooper...  The bummer with him is that the DST's on Endor had on jumpsuits.  They weren't the ANH guys in tunics and jagdpuhr trousers.  I'd almost rather they did an SA style of the ANH DST, and kitbashed the jumpsuited Death Star Troopers...  I'd take complete resculpts of both though, of course. :)

-Imperial Officer...  Lots of possibilities there, from anything from Jerjerrod to a generic guy.

-Ewok Damage VOTC Stormtrooper...  See the VOTC Stormie re-released with scuffs on him.  Maybe an arrow you can attach to a chink in his armor? :)

-Ewoks...  Almost anything is acceptable at this point, though re-releases don't interest me.

And on that note...

I really think an Ewok army builder 2-pack (or larger multi-pack) would be fantastic.  My ideal would be this:

-Ework 4-pack (or more)...  Complete re-use of the Teebo sculpt (it's the most articulated, neutral size/sculpt).  Multiple fur colors/patterns (all unique).  Wicket figure's hood cast in multiple colors.  Multiple weapons (bows, quivers, pouches/belts, spears, stone axes).

It'd be great if the Ewoks were named...  If the hoods were all new, you could sorta clean out some of the vintage figures that we haven't gotten yet, but I'd be ok with generic warriors too and just let the vintage figs get taken care of in the basic line.

I'd love this Ewok set though, but sadly it seems like Hasbro has Ewok-phobia.  Funny how kids are always considered so important to Hasbro publicly, but one of the most kid-friendly characters/species in the SW galaxy is so grossly overlooked by them.

I love Ewoks myself...  They're actually some of my favorite characters (and a sequence in the trilogy I enjoy) but they just don't get much play as action figures from Hasbro.   :-\

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:50 AM »
Target sometimes surprises people on exclusives, but they are the company that tends to be a crapshoot.  Wal-Mart a close second on that issue then.  So far, only KB, TRU, and K-Mart (little to go by there) are reliable with getting in "enough".

Target...  The B-Wing was easy to find, while Y-Wings were non-existant for I'd say the majority.  Some saw the Skiff in droves while others I hear couldn't find one for the life of them.  The 12" Biker scout was rare to many while the Leia and Luke were easy to find...  The accessory sets were pretty easy to find overall, but the cup sets seem like a mix of tough ones to find and some that are relatively easy.

For me, the Target Vader was something you were screwed on getting if you didnt' get in line for the ticket...  The Target Clone I found at numerous stores in good numbers just sitting there, and after a couple weeks they finally were gone.   :-\  It was a weird situation.

About retail's current stagnant state, I agree wholeheartedly with you Dressel, that suddenly Mas Ameda became pegwarmer extrordinaire while the Neimodian has dwindled in comparison.

Not to say I can't find a Neimodian Gunner, or Clone Pilot, but neither are nearly as significant as they used to be, and in my area Mas Ameda's overtaken both in pegwarmer status.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: #56 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:44 AM »
Very nice indeed...  Looks like potentially ball/socket ankles there, which is great.  A nice SA Obi-Wan.  There's yet to be a really good AOTC Obi-Wan even, and ROTS has the semi-OK Collection 1's but this guy look great.

Not a fan of the robe myself...  It looks ok, but for siting in a cockpit it looks impossible.  Bust out those softgoods robes I guess.

Tons of articulation and what appears to be a hilt you can clip to the belt too?  Nice.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro SDCC 2005 QnA
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:34 AM »
Matt PM'd me today sometime...  Said he was in the hills of West Virginia, and something about me helping him get to the Canadian border...  Something about Dale being there with a "get-away" car.

I told him I was washing my hair.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Stealth Clone Trooper
« on: July 18, 2005, 03:32 AM »
It looks like urban/night cammo paintjobs on modern military actually...  Matches in with sharp lines of urban environments and shadow lines...  more blotchy patterns are generally reserved for less "structured" environments than cityscapes.  It seemingly had some thought put into it.

I'm a fan of the non-movie characters...  EU, Fan-Fic, or whatever label they deserve, they look like they fit in with Star Wars to me...  I'm a fan of various EU sources though too, so I like the expansion of the toy line to reflect the expansion of the SW galaxy too.  I'm very pro-EU figures in this line, and since new EU's a rarity in the line, repainted Clones suit me fine to fill the void.  Of course, price/availability are a whole other can of worms, but this dark colored Clone actually rocks to me...  He'll be among my favorites I think.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 17, 2005, 02:31 AM »
If that picture holds true to the retail release, that Obi's definitely the Pilot figure mostly...  I can tell by the left arm's thinness at the top, the left hand's weird look due to the magnet in it, the skirt-piece, the legs...  The head's the only mystery now.

That Mace's head, to me, looks like the Deluxe AOTC Mace Windu w/Battledroid if I had to put a name to it.  It's the only Mace with teeth showing I can think of that isn't open-jawed.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Tusken Raider army building
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:48 AM »
I'd be all for a VOTC styled Tusken myself...  Super articulation, good ratty softgoods robes (the softgoods skirt on the Bantha Tusken looks really nice), some good weaponry and removable bandoleirs...  Could be great.

I dig the Tuskens a lot, but their figures have been sorta dull over the years.  It's funny how exciting the repaint of the POTJ Sniper figure turned out to be in OTC.  Good paintjob for sure...  I have a nice army of all the different sculpts, and evne the POTF2 ones still sorta fit in.  I'd still take a SA Tusken Raider though for that all-purpose Sandperson.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 17, 2005, 01:43 AM »
From a customizer's POV, not all current astromech molds are compatible...  How does that translate into potential GOOD news for us?

Well, the R3-T7 dome, I don't THINK, is compatible with say the Naboo R2 body...  However the mold for the Star Tours R3 exists and wasn't terribly different than the Naboo R2 body (if not identical) so they have a stationary R3...

To me ideal would be, even though I dislike the wheels, the R4 from the Preview Wave for ROTS.  I'd dig seeing it, as the way the leg drops but the dome still moves completely without the feature hindering it makes it ideal.  The little wheels are a bit silly to me, but the figure has the best overall sculpt for an astromech.  The back-up incase the R3 dome isn't compatible (I doubt it would be) is R3-T7's highly articulated body for the R3 droids.

I'm surprised no R4 ("Real" R4's, like M9 and stuff) aren't on that list if I recall...  That'd have been cool.

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