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Messages - Jesse James

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I still consider the CT a great likeness...  For its time, it's wonderful, and it doesn't look out of place with the VOTC which, to me, speaks volumes for that figure's quality.

I don't really see the eye variance myself...  It's a small enough detail that it slips by.  To me all the great VOTC aren't perfect yet, but I'd still give the nod of "BFE" to the VOTC Stormtrooper at this stage.  Yet to see anything compare.

I consider things like Han's floating holster, Chewie's brighter highlights, and Boba's height as more noticeable detractors...  Then again the Stormies holster isn't anything to write home about at all, so he's got his flaws too.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Get any Star Wars for Christmas??
« on: December 26, 2004, 04:35 AM »
Well, my mother came through for me...  1 thing I knew I was getting, while the rest were a surprise when she GOT them but she asked me about them to make sure I needed them...  So not a surprise X-Mas day.

Anyway, she got me the Naboo 4-pack for $17 because all the ones at the store had $16.98 clearance tags, for some reason, and she picked it up (and I argued with the cashier) to get the discount.  Yay me.

My mother also caught me up on POTC though, which she got at the local K-Mart, and made sure I needed them...  Spoiled the surprise, but she didn't wanna give me stuff I had, and just didn't know what i needed.  It was an early surprise. :)  And I hated the wait!

My girlfriend got me the Hot Topics Stormtrooper Helmet & Crossbones T-Shirt...  Love that.

Oh, and my mother also got me 2 of this year's ornaments, however I usually tend to wait on them to get them on sale.  It was nice of her to pick them up...  The main one I was hoping for is still out there though, so I still gotta do the clearance run to the halmark store.

That's my Star Wars haul though, in a nutshell.  More than last year which ammounted to zip.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: December 25, 2004, 03:38 AM »
I sent a mail too Paul.  Let the pestering take flight!

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: December 25, 2004, 03:37 AM »
Corps stuff always looks so, uh, "cheap" to me.  I dunno.

BotB stuff sounds nice though.  I'd love more Germans and US RIflemen. 

Damned if they didn't do a US in trenchcoat though.  :(  That line shoudl really have had more to it.  Closed and open trenchcoat U.S. riflemen, and a coldweather officer (just use the tanker's body) with a removable bag of Thompson clips.

For the Germans, they should've had a rifleman in the white parka and pants.  A German with MG-34 would've been nice too..  or a Flammenwaffer trooper.

The worst of that lot are the Jeep Driver, and I'd say the US Tanker.  Neither had accessories really, and the Jeep Driver's just a real let-down.  I'm swapping heads on all the extras of him I got and giving him Thompsons or bandoleirs of clips some day (cast accessories/heads). 

I'm hoping they redo 1st series with this articulation though, and the removable helmets, and then I'll maybe try my hand at whipping up a cloth coat for the dudes.  Slap it on over top the regular coat and stuff.  Should be cool.

The Germans are just so hard to get ahold of though...  Especially the open-coat guy.

GREAT headsculpts in this wave though.  Very generic, but with a mix of hoods for both sides too.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Santa Wookie and Elf
« on: December 24, 2004, 02:39 AM »
Haha, that Ewok's incredible Paul.  Nice. :) 

And a good use for a buff Wookie figure too since they're becoming less and less useful for anything.

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Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Continues: Admiral Ozzel
« on: December 24, 2004, 02:38 AM »
hehe, yeah that was my thought too... 

Damn perverts.

Thanks man, and hopefully we'll keep everything rolling on out.  :)

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Toy Reviews / Re: Unfiled report: VOTC Luke and Ben
« on: December 24, 2004, 02:37 AM »
Heh @ Hunting wild astromechs...

Looks like a nice haul too.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Dune
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:33 AM »
I've never watched the movie...  That actually was what got my brother into the series.  Is it worth a look to entice one to it?

I took, seriously, a Lord of the Rings class this upcoming semester...  I kid you not.  Finally leisure reading with a visual end-result too. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 24, 2004, 01:30 AM »
The ghost of Virex Past, Present, and Future... 

Happy/Merry Festivus indeed everyone.  And Happy/Merry Festivus to spirit of Virex, whatever plain of existance he may now reside.

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Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Continues: Admiral Ozzel
« on: December 23, 2004, 09:18 PM »
haha classic with the wet willie...  :)  Motti's fingers are... uhm... interestingly posed.  There's a couple more crude things he could be doing. 

I'll leave it at that.    :-\

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Toy Reviews / Re: RAT Continues: Dengar
« on: December 23, 2004, 08:54 PM »
Should photoshop that tear onto old Dengar...   :'(

Thanks for the images...  Nice comparison of just what an incredible difference there is Dean.  Truly, that's gotta be the biggest variance in quality between a resculpt and its original. 

Too bad the pudgy "I ate too much pudding" Dengar really sucked so much.  He's now snuggled up to POTF2 Fleet Trooper in my box of misfit Star Wars figures.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Diorama Displays
« on: December 23, 2004, 08:51 PM »
Yeah, that sounds about ballpark...

Damn though, that's still pricey.  I'm passing either way, but if I was in the market for something to display SW stuff that I didn't build myself...  it'd be in the running.  it's a nice mix.

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Best...

Figure...

Ever...

Well, at least a tie with soem of the other VOTC that are out and about.

I'm jonesing for 5 more now, but I'm likely done unless I miraculously run into these at stores.  I've seen TWO at stores total, and that kinda bites the big one.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Diorama Displays
« on: December 23, 2004, 08:16 PM »
Yes CHEWIE, I should've emphasized that it's NOT a Hasbro product actually.  They're from a small european company I was told, and have only been available to the UK (unless you wanna ship one over to yourself) thus far.

I'm unsure what their Euro price is though...  I'm wondering if it's close to the $70 SSW.com price they're charging to "import" this one?

It's unique...  I tend to display figures differently than that, but it's still sort of neat.  Very nice quality it seems, but I'm sort of surprised there's not a stink being raised by Hasbro on this...  Unless they simply don't care on this one.

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Vintage Kenner / Re: Action Figure Display Diorama SWShop
« on: December 23, 2004, 08:14 PM »
Yeah the news blurb I posted should clarify that it's just not been available in the U.S. yet unless you ordered direct from the UK on it.

I dunno what they run UK to US though...  I wonder if it's actually MORE?

Anyone got prices they can post?

$70's too rich for my blood too...  I don't do displays like that either though.

I found it interesting that SSW.com is "importing" this though.  Very strange...  I'm surprised Hasbro isn't throwing a **** fit on it.

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