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Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Governor Tarkin
« on: August 2, 2005, 04:46 AM »
A more pliable skirt + slits up the side would've allowed for better leg articulation...  I'm to the point I'd rather see it on an Imperial Officer (generic) army builder figure though, rather than Tarkin from ROTS's cameo.

He doesn't do much, and his figure's "meh", so extra articulation would've been nice, but a more generic definitive Imperial officer sculpt with overall better articulation and a pliable plastic skirt-piece would be ideal at some point...  Use it as a Tarkin resculpt base and just start working out from there on generics and random Officers I think.

Other Collectibles / Re: ROTS Burger King Promos
« on: August 2, 2005, 01:29 AM »
Sure thing Jay, PM me what you'd like for him...  That'd widdle things down a bit for me.

These are some of the neatest little collectables ever I think...  I only wanted the Plush but BK's are a bitch to find for me.  Not many left around Pittsburgh, and of course my area is the least likely to find a BK.  Used to have 3 within 15 minutes or so but they're all gone now.  Only one was within an hour away and it's a direction I never go anymore.

I appreciate the help!

Anyone else maybe have some?  The Boga, Jawa, and an extra Chewie would be appreciated greatly. :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: August 2, 2005, 01:25 AM »
VOTC by my eyes, Jason.  The chromed dome is noticeable first, but the feet have the separate sculpt wiring, and judging by the pic I see the lines for the removable chest piece of the VOTC R2...  Don't see the tools though.

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: August 2, 2005, 01:06 AM »
Sounds like it was fun down that way... 

Apparantly some guy bit off some guy's ear at a bar called Carnivore's down there too (I've never even heard of that bar though).  I thought that was funny.  Glad it wasn't you Vaught or Tronz doing that.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Wal-Mart "Early Bird" Exclusive
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:53 AM »
Well, at least Chewie is rockin' and Leia's a nice figure to pose with an R2 figure for the recording sequence.  :-\

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Captain Antilles... He Sorta Sucks
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:52 AM »
Why is Bail so huge?  You can't even do a headswap from Antilles onto Organa! 

(Antilles is the same height as #56 Obi-Wan, so that means Bail towers over all of the other "human" characters)...

Smits is 6'3" for the curious...  not a short man by any stretch.  He's about half a head taller than VOTC Han Solo which I view as sort of a definitive "average" height figure.  Clones could be considered that too if it weren't for the helmet throwing things off.  I'm ok with Bail's height then knowing he's as tall as my buddy Eric who noticeably stands over me and I'm average height.  MacGregor's not so tall I don't think, but I'm not sure.  He's 5'10" I think, which is my height, so a 6'3" guy would stand a bit above him.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: #55 Obi-Wan Kenobi-Red Leader Pilot
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:42 AM »
Buddy of mine picked one up at the Toy Show for $10 this past weekend...  Of course, after I was done rolling my eyes at his lack of patience I had to check the figure out since he opened it. :)

Fantastic...  Best Obi-Wan in the modern line, easily, and I'd gladly re-buy this figure for customs, and for an AOTC Obi-Wan.

Like CHEWIE said, it's worth having a handful just for in different dioramas.

BTW, if you're looking for a 2-finger-posed hand ala the GG fight, Obi-Wan's Outlander figure had a poseable hand sort of in that pose, so you very well may be able to pull that and put it into this Obi's left hand socket.  Just a thought, it's not terribly complex customizing by a long shot (if it's snug, run a little hot water over the hands to soften them, but I've found hands pop easily on Hasbro figures).

May answer your prayers Mike, so it's worth a shot if you can get an extra Outlander Obi.   :-\

The McTrooper's definitely a good repack...  Overlooked a lot too.  He's one I never saw at retail and I believe it was Matt who helped me get that figure.

He's a nice figure mostly though, looks pretty cool...  I'd hoped to nab a couple just for the parts, but now count myself just as lucky to have one.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Return of the Beast Assortments
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:31 AM »
The only thing I'd suggest is somehow making the packaging big enough tos neak the Bantha back out...  It's a great toy, one of the best in the modern line, and that with new pilot would rock.

But honestly, I could see this doing well overall if there were incentives to buy it besides the beast or vehicle.  For instance, a good pack-in pilot with something...  Like repaint the T-16 Skyhopper, maybe a slight retool on the cockpit so it's more realistic looking, and kitbash a Fixer figure (the parts for a good Fixer exist, a head may need sculpted is all).

Or do the Landspeeder with a single-piece "knocked out" Luke and a Tusken figure?  Hell, if a new Tusken was made for the basic line, a nice heavily articulated one with softgoods, you could pack him in with the Bantha painted uniquely, pack him in with the speeder painted uniquely, and pack him on a basic card...  Lotta mileage out of that sculpt.

I'd be all for the $20 pricepoint unified line if it had some nice quality to it.  A blue repaint A-Wing would fit nicely into this line as well, and would probably go over fairly well.  Again, a repainted Pilot body with a new head/helmet would be ideal, and cost little.  Lotsa incentive to get the items then.

On a Taun Taun series, I could easily see re-using the current Taun Taun sculpt, but for figures I'd kind of dig something new...  Or at least some articulated legs/arms (and a working holster) for Hoth Luke while using the Saga sculpt otherwise...  Whatever coat he's wearing.   :-*

BTW, I'd dig seeing the Wampa packed into an "Echo Base Defense" kind of a set.  A new Hoth Rebel with the tan vest, and carrying the heavy cannon they used...  That'd be rocking.

Other Collectibles / Re: ROTS Burger King Promos
« on: August 2, 2005, 12:19 AM »
Hey, just dug through this thread and wanted to ask for some help from anyone who got extras of the plush.

I'm in desperate need of:


I'd like an extra Chewbacca as well if someone happened to have one.  If not cool, but those top 3 I REALLY need for a full set and just can't get them.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If you had to stay in bed for 3 weeks
« on: August 1, 2005, 11:25 PM »
Saw your post about the Harley, Paul.  I kinda figured you'd had more than a dirtbike, and I'm sorry about you having to sell that...  :( 

Keep your spirits up though bud, JD's in your corner of course.

Tear up some people online to feel better...  Talk some **** on them.  :)

Take care man, and you'll be straightened out right quick for certain.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday JediMAC!!!
« on: August 1, 2005, 02:19 AM »
Yo man!

Happy Birthday to Matt, and let us all hope and pray he isn't dancing, judging by his picture there. :)  Have a good one though bud, you earned it!  Drink lots and have a blast. 

Get lotsa Star Wars stuff too...  Anything, just get SW stuff or it won't feel "complete".

And of course, take it easy bud, and enjoy your day!

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:54 AM »
What, a PSWCS Shirt?  *whistles innocently*  Yeah, that's just me in my PSWCS Shirt.  *whistles innocently*

Conventions / Re: Pgh toy show
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:27 AM »
The show sorta bit...  It wasn't a wash, just saw a lotta disappointing things throughout the day.

First, I kicked the day off with 2 Hotwheels nimrods up my ass at Target waiting for the store to open before I popped over to the Toy Show.  I can't say I've ever had to deal with guys like this, even in our hobby, but what a couple of douchebags!  I felt like backhanding the one for being RIGHT behind me. 

The second I pulled into the lot and got out of my car to go in the store (I thought it was open), I see these maroons JUMP out of their cars and practically run to the store's door.  I was closer, so I stood there waiting on them to open it up so I could just run in and leave, but man they acted like they were 10 years old wanting to push past me.

There were only the three of us there!  How dumb is that?

Anyway...  Oh yeah, the show.

I got random junk bits and pieces.  Vintage was sporting some ok boxed stuff I saw...  Carded stuff I'm always diappointed in though as it's always damaged in one way or another.  Boxed I'm more relaxed with though so there's stuff I considered picking up.

What was really disappointing was the modern and what people wanted for basically junk.  Episode One figures for $6 or $7 that were $1.99 clearance at one point.  Lame.

I basically got none of the E1 army builders I wanted because people just wanted outrageous money for stuff. 

Second disappointing thing I witnesses was where basically every new figure in the area went if you didn't get to the stores in time.  TONS of new modern stuff.  One guy had a box about half the size of the folding tables FILLED with modern figures that were just released.  AT-RT Drivers, Obi Pilots, Tarkin, Ask Aak, Mena Tills, Zett, etc., etc... 

And Clones.  Guys with SA Clones for $15 and $20...  Target Clones for $35 and $40...  Clone paint variants (Green Commander, etc.) for $25 or more...

I just hate those ********, plain and simple.  I have nothing but snide remarks for them when they try making their deal with me while I look at their stuff.  One guy said, "I'll sell you that for $20" (about a Green Commander), then went on his schtick about it being an exclusive and limited edition item.

I looked at him, laughed, told him he was wrong and that I'd pick it up for $6 when I see it at the stores, and simply walked away.  I have such an urge to bitchslap some of those guys though, seriously.

I love seeing the old GIJoes and stuff though...  I like checking out vintage, though I didn't pick anything up this time, and I like getting deals on older modern stuff or loose stuff.  I picked up a couple loose ROTS figures for as low as $2 each, and I nabbed a bunch of droid customs fodder in a "3 for 10" table.

Got some Army of Darkness fig sets for 3 for $10 also, and wish I'd bought at least 3 more now.  :(

Got my Vader w/Med Table (also selling for $30+ at the show) from Dave for $10, and a bust-up of Leia I'd been wanting.  Nabbed the 3 plush BK things from Todd that he's been holding for me forever...

Drank some good beer, had a nice cup of soup, and that was the day...  Got some sun on the way home with the top down, and the gf made me shishkabobs!

Not a bad day, other than the scalpers/dealers leaving a sour taste in my mouth.  Seemed like more than ever.  Riding the ROTS wave I guess.

Never saw Eddie Munster or the Soup Nazi...  Saw the Batmobile though.  Yippy ****.

Oh!  I did get a couple ornaments (Destroyer/TantiveIV, and a nice see-through one of the ANH Poster) for cheap.  Love that poster too, that's a sweet little item.

Fun fun fun!

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: August 1, 2005, 01:13 AM »
I think BBI's likely gotten some kind of deal to do a certain # of cheap-o figs for Target...  They want something on their shelves like CHap Mei or whatnot.

It's junk...  But if it's making BBI some $ to put into other stuff, so be it.  I want WW2 figs too!

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