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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 15, 2005, 02:48 AM »
Is KM the only one getting the 5-packs though?  It seemed like they may only be getting the one...  The 501st one, which people would want in abundance.  The others were TRU's I thought?  I could be wrong, I'm sorta overloaded mentally right now and SW stuff's leaking out I think.

If tha'ts the case though, the 501st one SHOULD be abundant and not jeopardize other sets...  Even though they blow.

For those of you who haven't seen their 12" Military figures...  Behold:

& A shot of some of his stuff:

Not Star Wars, but it gives you an idea of the kinda quality SS puts out in its 1:6 lines.  The likenesses of historical characters I've seen are striking.  Currently they have a G.A. Custer figure up that, if you've seen photographs of him, is 100% spot-on accurate.

They cater to the collectors...  Short of Hasbro stepping on toes, I don't see how this could be anything but a blessing to 12" collectors.  Well, besides price...  They seem to be aiming for a price higher (I'd say most likely due to licensing) than their other 1:6 product.

(BTW,  I thought this was sorta hysterical really...  Sideshow reviews their own toys on their site...  Obviously they're not the most impartial reviews to read.  :D )

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Secret Figures!?
« on: July 14, 2005, 09:25 PM »
Alright, didn't know if I'd missed that or not.  Last night was too much for my feeble mind to keep up with.

I agree wholeheartedly with you Jeff...  The underwhelmed feeling I have at this moment isn't so much that what we saw is bad...  I like a lot of it.  It's that it's ALL old stuff.  Re-buying stuff is boring more than "sucky".  I like the Clones though, the Preview Wookiee ( I'd still like a new "basic" Wookiee though), and I like the Neimodian...  I dig the 5-pack of 501st guys/Anakin (& that pilot).  That's ok by me, it's just dull and no new sculpts to marvel at.   :-\

Seeing things today, after some reflection, I really still feel underwhelmed...  Let down right now.  I'm hoping for something more tomorrow, but what's there isn't so bad, it just isn't so great.

My underlying fear is the same as yours.  How tough will ANY of this be to find too?  I've been worried about the Evolutions assortment anyway, but now finding a LOT of all these paint variants ain't gonna be fun for me either.  Not to mention my fear of these "secret" figures being tough to find.  I'm not in the majority, but I kinda dig the black pilot and green commander...  I'd buy multiples of these "EU" figures if they were actually around.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Anyone know the Target DCPI #s?
« on: July 14, 2005, 09:15 PM »
Nice...  Thanks Jeff.  I'm gonna definitely be using that for the Evolutions assortments.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Battle Packs (5 figure sets)
« on: July 14, 2005, 09:14 PM »
K-Mart had the OTC Cantina sets...  Don't forget guys.

They've actually made a semi-nice rebound from their bankruptcy I heard...  I know KM's a big chain in my area yet as we still have WM's and Targets relatively spread out.  I have 2 KM's within 15 minutes whereas the nearest WM to me is 20 - 25 minutes.  KM still rules in some areas.

The good news, as I see it, is that the Cantina sets were abundant.  Hoping that battlepack will be too, as will Evolutions.  And hopefully competitively priced...  Their basic figs are outrageous, but they've still sold (KM was the first retailer to really break the 4/2 streetdate too).  Their vehicles tend to be a little closer to other store's prices.  Hoping these sets will be similarly priced then.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 09:09 PM »
Jared also says that someone just STOLE the Commander Bly paint sample right out of Hasbro's display cabinet, when a Hasbro rep had it opened to rearrange a few of the figures inside.  The Hasbro folks are saying it's going to probably take a couple months to get the figure repainted and reapproved by Lucasfilm now, as that was apparently their only copy.

Go figure...  ::)

(no pun intended)

Such class acts out there...  Sheesh.

Hasbro needs to just shut up, repaint the damn thing, and expedite the process.  I've always found their license BS to be a bit of just that...  bull****.  I think they like to feed you a line to appease people.  It's just like their lines on using cheap plastic being for any myriad of excuses they've made (and remade) over the years.  They're playing PR moves with the masses trying to make themselves out to be the innocents in the whole thing.

Without a doubt the stealing of the figure is nothing but a dickhole maneuver though.  No question about it.  Have some respect for other people.

That said, Hasbro would've done best to not address the issue at all...  Learn from your mistakes and work hard to get the figure out on time.  I don't buy all the Lucasfilm BS either, and think this is just Hasbro poo-pooing over the theft. 

Like they'll punish everyone by delaying this figure because they have to now...  Like we NEED to be pushed towards looking down on the peckerhead who stole the figure, ya know?  Sheesh...  Yes, he's a moron, now put the figure out in the proper timeframe and stop with the "months and months" bull****.

Call DarthDelicious.  He'll repaint that goddamn thing in a day.  And probably better than Hasbro did in the first place.   >:(

Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 14, 2005, 08:50 PM »
I'm to the point I'll likely order online...  I gotta get marines yet even.  I still don't have a set.  :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Secret Figures!?
« on: July 14, 2005, 05:08 AM »
On the black pilot issue, I'm in the minority that likes EU/Fan-Fiction stuff I guess...  I kinda dig the repaint.  It doesn't bother me at all except that it, the Neimodian, the Wookiee...  They tend to be bad choices given what's hanging on pegs around most places.

The concept is ok by me though...  I just hope these aren't a bitch to find...  I hate chase stuff.

I missed the GH post on this I guess.  Is this confirmed to be a "Chase figure" situation?  If that's the case I'm vehemently against the idea.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 05:03 AM »
Nah, that's pretty good JayDouble, thanks for sharing... 

It's a broader shot so it's nice.  Doesn't improve some of the figures though!  :)  I like the Preview Wookiee repaint though.  He's better than I hoped for.  I'd have liked that even if it was just a straight repaint of the figure.

This is HUGE news.

If you guys know SS's 12" figures, they're fantastic.  They compete with the likes of BBI, and the infamous Dragon figures.  So 12" Star Wars figures in that vein will be fantastic.  They'll even make the Marmit figures look weak I think...  More like model kits than figures.

They had a great World War I line I think...  And a Civil War line.  Outstanding sculpts and realism. 

This almost makes me wanna get back into 12" but I'd still dump the majority of my Hasbro stuff.  Taking on a new (old) scale though...  Ugh.  :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday pmundheim!!!
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:51 AM »
Happy birthday Paul...  If there's a guy around here that deserves some good gifts, it's you.  Hopefully you get some stuff you need or army builders!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If you had to stay in bed for 3 weeks
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:51 AM »
Wow Paul...  I didn't realize you needed surgery...  Dude, I hope you're doing ok.

Hmmm, as the king of lazy I'll try to give some suggestions:

-Currently I'm reading the Empire series in Trade Paperback form.  They're good, and the Volume 3 with the Amanin would appeal to you I think...  Good Military story ala Rourke's Drift.

That ought to take 30 minutes of your time up. :)  I got through Volume 1 in a breeze while waiting at the hospital today myself.

-On X-Box, if you haven't played Full Spectrum Warrior I suggest it.  I nabbed it for $20 at Wal-Mart earlier in the week.  I'd beaten it on a rental, but I like it...  It gets me in the military mood to customize and stuff.

-I agree with Brad on Bounty Hunter if you have a Gamecube.  It's a great game and would take you some time.  Fantastic story.

-X-Wing Novels are good...  Not all are great, but some are.  Not sure if you've read the Zahn Trilogy but it's worth a run through if you haven't.

And of course I hope to catch you here!

Take it easy bud, don't stress yourself...  And enjoy the downtime.  Get a bell to annoy your wife with.   :-X

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:20 AM »
See...  There's a silver lining there...  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:09 AM »
The Preview Wookiee is great I think...  Not sure whyt he hostility there.  The figure was hot the first time around...  I would think he'd be more popular once again.

The other Wookiee...  That I agree with, but based on how bad the figure is.  He lacks a bit in poseability and has an awkward look.  He's been dismal at retail then.

And I still like the Neimodian, but I can't help but agree that he's a bad choice.  I think he's based on the Holo-Transmission art...  Maybe. 

He has a nice rifle...  right?  Anyone?

I think I can partly explain the swamp speeder, though whether it's a good explanation as to why we don't have the vehicle is up to anyone's judgment, but...

Scaling up and down is possible, but mold toolings are required either way, not to mention that most 3.75" vehicles aren't a one or two piece item but rather are comprised of many individual pieces.  The Titanium Series Swamp hicky is probably rather simple...  2, maybe 3 pieces.  A 3.75" is going to be more pieces, thus more molds.

The second reason, it'd be bigger than the $15 pricepoint I'd think...  You start getting into the issue of "will this sell even if we make it" as you start raising in the price point area.  They can take risks with smaller vehicles, but as price increases so does the potential cost in a failure at retail. 

A scaled up one though would inevitably be more complex than the TS one...  Those are pretty simple (even the details are lacking really.  I've looked them over closely and compared to similar stuff out there they're mediocre at best), but a 3.75" vehicle isn't going to be as simple overall.

The scaling up process is weird too.  I don't think it's as simple as people think...  Not that the sculpting process of an item is the costliest either, so I think that's a non-issue even really, but I think when things are scaled up they're really just resculpted.  I've heard of machines capable of scaling up a small detail, like a headsculpt (I've heard of this done between 1:18 and 1:6 headsculpts), but that's a simple, single piece being "scaled up" (or down).  I dunno that, for instance, a whole figure could be scaled up in one swoop...  It'd have to be done piece-by-piece.  If my understanding of the process is right...  I know that's one way to do things though.

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