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Messages - Jesse James

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Am I thinking of quitting?

No, not really, but like others, I'm not a carded completist...  I'm not even a loose completist for the line overall.  I pass on many ships anymore, as well as Deluxe figures I find to be a disappointment.

And being that I open everything too, it makes these repacks generally easier on me.  Ironically though I found myself wanting a lot of the stuff from the OTC, like the Jawas, Gam Guard, Sandpeople...  It was nice.

I'm less impressed with the repacks being tossed around right now though.  For instance, the Hoth set is an abysmal failure.  The figures are poor, not just in sculpt, but in articulation.  They're cheap at Toy Shows if you really want a Snowtrooper army.  I got AT-AT Commander figures for cheap out of AT-AT's I bought for cheap...  I'm not impressed.

I'd go a step further than you did Brent, and even say the set would blow even if packed with ONLY the Saga Hoth Trooper.  I think that figure blows too, so short of new figures (insert sarcastic laugh here), the set isn't a winner in my eyes.  Maybe someone's, but not mine.

I like rehashes of good stuff...  I like the #6 Clone (I'd prefer #41), so seeing it doesn't bug me.  I like the Preview Wookiee...  Some rehashes are good.  I like astromech repaints, especially of that spiffy Preview droid.  I'm the only one, but I like the Neimodian too.  Weird, I know.

But, there's a lotta piss-poor re-releases that are going to make a lot of people either A) quit entirely, or B) change their collecting habits dramatically.  Can't blame anyone there.

The Evolutions stuff, that doesn't bug me in the slightest...  So long as it's easy to find.

I see your points in that Hasbro is making it REALLY hard to stay with them and support this line at times though Brent, but even moreso for you being north of the border, but also for lots of different "types" of collectors. 

On another minority note here though, I like the black suited Clone Pilots.  I'm an EU (and fan-fiction) fan though.  And like the Neimodian, I can't say in good faith that it was a good idea considering how many pilots I see on my trips out.  He's dwindled, but still is a pegwarmer.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:37 PM »
Eh, you're giving a nice outlook to things though Spuffy, there's nothing wrong with that unless someone's easily upset when they're basically underwhelmed by Hasbro.

I like to think it's a lull before a storm of goodness too Spuffy.  I'm sad at the same time though because the re-releases aren't necessarilly bad ideas all the time (just what Hasbro SEEMS to be re-releasing are bad ideas).  The battlepacks and stuff are neat ideas with potential, but things like that may get trumped by poor sales of the early sets...  Like the TRU 4-packs.  Not bad ideas, and they even started out strong, but they wound up being failures by the end of the run.

I'm more disappointed that the SDCC was so looked forward to but has really been kinda "meh", at least at the start.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Wedge!
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:32 PM »
I actually laughed when I read about that Wedge figure on our front page.

I'm not gonna get my hopes up for a new figure...  Even one cobbled out of newer parts.  I'll just work on the assumption that's it, and you're paying for the spiffy cards he has.

That's funny though...  Just seeing that thing POTENTIALLY make it back to retail is funny. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:28 PM »
I dunno how to feel really...  

Hasbro tends to woo people with their words...  Everything they say is the truth, everything they claim is gold.  On one hand I blame the company (obviously) for cutting corners on a line that seemed to be riding a pretty big high...  On the other hand I breeze through forums here and there and the way people act like Hasbro can do no wrong just had me thinking that this was about to bite us in the ass.  It did.

I'm not displeased with everything either...  I personally think the Clones look great.  I don't mind the antenna on the SA Clone (makes for some neat Com specialists in a squad, though I will admit that most of my SA's don't sport the accessory).  The Clone figures overall make me happy, and I'm a fan of the #6 Clone for what he is, though I do see his shortcomings (He's just a notch below the #41 sculpt in my view).

Passel Argente and Shu Mai are cop-outs on the company's part to deliver aliens from ROTS without working for the $6.  So are holographic Jedi figures.  They, like astromechs, are welcome variants down the line, but space them out ya know?  Who wants 2 astromech droids at once?  Space that **** out.  You have time.

Plus, obviously, it's still "cheap".  There's nothing new about those figures...  And cheap's ok sometimes, but like I said, space that **** out...  Try to NOT look like completely tight-assed bastards all at once.

Then there's the Wookiee's, the Grievous Guard, and the Neimodian...  I'll say I'm actually pleased to buy the Neimodians and the Wookiee, but given the Neimodian's current standing at retail, I can't say he was a good choice and have people take anything I say seriously.

The Preview Wookiee's are gone in my area, even when other Preview figs still linger.  So I don't think he's a bad figure to repaint and throw out there.  It's like the #41 Clone...  Quality is selling the toy.  The 2nd Wookiee though, he sucked, and he sits because he sucked.  It seems even casual fans can see that the figure was poor quality (I think it's that same reason that the Neimodian sells poorly, coupled with his relative obscurity).

I've kind of been on a downward spiral since seeing confirmation that the last of the 56 were not the best looking figures.  Bacara started the trend, then I see that Antilles is almost identical to Organa but features about half the poseability, the Zett Jukassa figure looks ok but again isn't terribly poseable...  Quality was heading downward compared to that first blitz of figures, but at least they were new figures.  

These last 12 aren't all flops, by a long shot.  I'll buy lots of certain figures, especially the Clones, but the fact that they are 100% reused stuff is pretty bad.  I'm not real enthused with the end of the ROTS line I guess.  It's just not inspiring...  Things aren't making anyone go "Wow!" even if they are good.  

The Classic stuff though...  Man, Hasbro is just giving people the finger with that ****.  Just terrible selection there, at least at the moment.  Bad ideas when they were new, regurgitated for our enjoyment.

I know a lot hate the Neimodian Gunner, but short of knee articulation and a nice gun, I actually have enjoyed the guy.  He's almost an EU figure though given his obscurity in his scenes.  He's a good army builder if you're into the holo-news stories and comics and such that the Neimodian soldiers wound up in.  Someone's gotta fight to defend their home planet.  He's definitely not appealing to the masses though it seems.

I dig his helmet.   :-\  He's a good sculpt too...  *sigh*  Yeah, I know you guys aren't buying extras no matter what I say.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU 2-pks
« on: July 13, 2005, 03:52 AM »
I saw these for the first time tonight and saw about what you did Anton, though no TE Gunners.  He's still one of a few I've never seen on the pegs ever. 

But anyway, yeah, those seem to be the same pairings out here.    Not bad if you waited on Jedi figures... 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 13, 2005, 12:51 AM »
I want the Jedi Vs. Sith set and the 501st sets...  They're nice enough.

Those other ones though...  Blech.  It's a shame that sets that are aimed at keeping people's attention who otherwise would quit the hobby (or grabbing the attention of prospective new customers) have that one hook for the die-hards (the 501st set) which of course comes towards the tail-end of the line when things often have a chance of being tougher to find.

It would be the set people want the most of too, wouldn't it?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: July 11, 2005, 10:54 PM »
I ain't got a picture, but if you can get through Jessica Simpson's new video without any accidents you deserve a medal.

I'm not a fan, but pimply chin and all I'd hit it.

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Saga Collection '06 / Re: VOTC and OTC Returns in 2006!
« on: July 11, 2005, 10:48 PM »
Amen Jesse...  People's wires are getting crossed, people's hopes are getting raised (or sunk), and it's just a mess of rumors in all directions at the moment.

On this one, let me chalk my opinion up that all the figures mentioned needed a resculpt, even Barada (to represent the vintage character, not the 3-pack figure) in my book.  Not a one would make a good re-release.  And as I recall, Bib Fortuna wasn't the hottest selling OTC figure in my neck of the woods.

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Feedback / Re: Tydirium's (pka SilverZed3) feedback
« on: July 11, 2005, 01:26 AM »
Jared just hooked me up with a big pile of books, for free, and a couple Star Tours figures on the cheap too!  Thanks Jared, I really owe you one bud!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: July 10, 2005, 09:28 PM »
I thought he was a SWAT dude from near the end of the film...  Cool.  Hope for more resistance fighters then.

The likeness to Arnold's surprisingly close for a company without likeness rights.  He likely didn't give a huge **** about it I'd think.

Bummer he's not "clean".  I'd liked to have made a "General" from the Empire using Arnold's head. :)  Or an Alliance Commando...  Comeon, you know you want a Rebel Commando that's like Arnold!

Oh well...  Nice pics, and I hope this line continues...  I'd take quite a few more figures.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU 2-pks
« on: July 10, 2005, 09:05 PM »
Can you give us an idea of the pairings you saw Anton?

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 10, 2005, 09:01 PM »
The Evolutions sets do indeed inspire many other ideas...  This Anakin set's fantastic.  I agree on the angle-cut elbows being a bit of a cop-out, but they appear to yield neutral and 2-handed saber poses so that's good...  The Vader's fantastic.

I still hold out hope for an Obi-Wan (however I want an all-prequal Obi-Wan set as oldi-wan is kinda dull) Evolutions set, a Rebel Trooper Evolutions set (Fleet Trooper, Hoth Trooper, Endor Trooper), and an Imperial Trooper set too (Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, Scouttroooper).  That'd be just great...

This concept could be something really fantastic in the line though...  Lots of possibilities with it now that all 6 films are done.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: EP3 Clonetroopers
« on: July 10, 2005, 04:38 AM »
I have a hope for either a Clone Case or something...  But this wouldn't surprise me if we are seeing basically all there is...

I like the idea.  I like the green Commander (I'd like a Yellow, green, Red, Orange, and Blue variant of the CC myself, whether on-screen or not), and I like the idea of the red Coruscant Clones that seemed to be a personal-use legion...  All perfectly good ideas, but case assortments are a concern.

I hold hope for some case where these are plentiful and this case showing up in droves...  A Clone (all Clone) case would go a long way right now.

I like the #6 Clone enough...  I think #6 and #41 shipping in these legion colors would be neat though.  What I like for #6 is he can go prone while #41 really can't...  I see where you're coming from on it though as well Jared.  #41 is still my favored figure if I had to pick one over the other.

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TV-9D9 / Re: Will the new TV shows make Star Wars weak?
« on: July 10, 2005, 03:11 AM »
I'm sort of hoping for a misleading little quote let out by McCallum there a short while ago and a series that either focuses on the continuing Jedi Purge/Empire's Rise/Alliance's Formation, or something that focuses on Rebe Pilots/War (IE: Rogue Squadron, the TV Series).

I'm completely willing to give the shows a chance though.  That's the main thing to keep in mind.  Live-action is less likely to be "kiddie focused", while cartoons tend to be a mixed bag.  Clone Wars was a real hit though and I have to say that my faith in what LFL CAN do is there. 

Of course, all it takes is one Ewoks or Droids flashback to put me in my place as well...  Still, after Episode III, I really think Lucas has re-established some of his past abilities in my eyes.  I think he can really do SW on TV some justice.  The Young Indy series was well done too, that puts some weight in Lucas's corner.

I'm anxious to see what comes about...  It's all there is to look forward to short of books and whatnot.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: July 10, 2005, 02:14 AM »
Nice pics...

They all look great and spot-on accurate.  The Endoskeleton is my favorite and shall make the best customs fodder.  Hell, he's pretty much the perfect phase I Darktrooper base.  Just give him the cutting arm/shield and he's set pretty much.

The female arms will be fantastic fodder.  I hope the headgear (glasses and/or hats) are remoable.  That'd make the cop and Sarah Conner's heads useable for customs.

The T-1000 (is that his #?) looks great.  Amazing likeness to the actor that played him.  Right down to the Taxi Cab with the doors open ears.

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