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Revenge of the Sith / Re: New pics of 51-56
« on: June 2, 2005, 08:38 PM »
Captain Antilles disappoints me.  I remember when some other site (MouseDroid, maybe?) had the preliminary photo of him back in April and someone noted the lack of articulation and that it might be better once we got the final release version.  Too bad it doesn't look like that is going to be the case.  :-\

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Six figures that aren't bad (although Antilles could definitely have been better), so here's hoping we can find them!  :P

More or less, that's my opinion.  I too am a little intrigued by Obi-Wan...  He could really be superior to every other one of his figures thus far, but his "mystery" aside I'm pretty content with all the figures except Antilles.

Antilles looks like reusing SOME parts from Organa could've even been easily acheived...  And Organa's a pretty nicely articulated dude.  Not the most exciting figures (either one), however Hasbro could've improved Antilles to at least be as interesting as Organa's figure.  If they do a Tantive IV Commander (Jeremy Bulloch), I hope they at least do him some justice beyond what Antilles got.

I really wanna get the Turbo Tank (*shudder*) driver to see what that aritculation is like...  I'm wondering if he can straddle the seat of the RT and ride it without looking weird.  I'd love to replace that schmuck of a figure it came with.   >:(

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I believe people were hoarding these as soon as they found them, afraid they'd never see them again. Then of course enter scalpers/speculators into the equation. Wherever I looked, both types disappeared right quick.

Without a doubt!  I remember on 4/2 how there were umpteen guys fighting in to look at the pegs and the mantra they chanted was "The Royal Guard Variants are Rare!", as you watched women and children basically shoved out of the way.

Sad...

I found both on the way home that day at some Wal-Mart stores, but since 4/2 I've seen 2 Blue's and that's it.  It's amazing how a hands-down superior figure to all previous versions will sell.  I mean, even the red Clone from AOTC didn't sell well...  Not even at first really.  He was easy to get on clearance at KB.  It's fun to observe. :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: What figures are hard to find now?
« on: June 2, 2005, 08:21 PM »
Weekend/week of the premiere I'd say the mains had become a lot harder to find...  I went out briefly last night and there was replenishment.

In my area, this is a general look at what's tough to find:

-Jedi...  Collection 2 and Collection 1.  Obi-Wan, Yoda, Mace, Agen Kolar, Kit Fisto, Sae Sae Tinn, Plo Koon...  The only easier figures to find were Anakin, Shaak Ti, and Luminara.  The others have dried up some.  Why Anakin's around more than others is a mystery.

-Royal Guards (Red or Blue, though Blue's seemingly been easier to find, with good reason).  I'd like at least 6 more red's, and honestly I'd probably NOT stop buying the RG's for some time (red or blue).  Senators need guards, Palpy's need guards, and customs galore...  I want more of that figure.

-Clones...  Clone Commanders and Pilots are more abundant, but Basic White Clones (TE Gunner, #41, #6) are gone about as fast as they're put out.

-Battledroids dried up, and I'm not really surprised.  Even the SBD's which were wildly abundant have dried up...

-Surprises?  Padme, 3PO, and Mon Mothma....  These all sorta disappeared.  I see one or two here and there, but not much compared to what was out.  Oh, and Chewbacca.  Not that he's a huge surprise, but just that there were SO many of him and now he's pretty well sold through.

What's hanging around though?

-Recently heavy shipped figures like the Destroyer Droid, Neimodian Gunner, and Wookie #2...

-Tarful

-Deluxe...  ALmost all, save for the most recent releases.

-Clone Pilots & Commanders (Commanders are mounting up but still sorta selling it seems).

-Bail Organa

-Grievous Exploding

-Mas Ameda

I'm sure I'm missing some things too...  WM's were pretty well hit and cleared after the film's release, at least in my area.  I was impressed.  I think it's amazing what a GOOD film can do for a toy line rather than 2 lackluster films that weren't "cool" to enjoy.

And also a much superior toy line compared to the last 2 films.  These figures are outstanding not only compared to Episode I's launch and II's as well, but just in a general comparison to the toy aisles at stores...  Hasbro put out a better product that rivals other lines for once.  It 's working for them.  It worked pretty good for OTC as well, so it's nice to see the line actually "compete" better than it has in past years.

I'm sure we'll get to a point of over-production on a lot of stuff...  I think the army builders will move slowly, but the Neimodian and DD have the toughest job of selling I think.  I'll buy Neimodians, but I know not EVERYONE will want an army of him.  Wookiees I think have some backing by the kiddies...  I'm gonna cover my bases and get some of the "odd" stuff that didn't really make the film that I hadn't picked up yet...  The movie was really inspiring to WANT to buy things I hadn't picked up yet, and that's a pretty great thing.  I know Episode II didn't give that kind of feeling after seeing it, except I wanted a GOOD SA Clone (that ultimately I couldn't get many of anyway, even still  ::) ).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Pics to Names!
« on: June 2, 2005, 08:00 PM »
If his dialogue's anything to go by as far as his romantic ability...  He's gonna need every penney.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who's got the best burger?
« on: June 2, 2005, 07:58 PM »
I see Sonic mentioned, and Sonic pisses me off.

They advertise RELENTLESSLY on my TV...  Their food looks good, and different, and there isn't a SINGLE Sonic in the Pittsburgh area.

IHOP does the same thing...  Not a single one in the area, and they advertise like mad.  That's teasing.

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I have a fairly hefty Starcom collection.  Not sure if you're familiar with that line or not 10", but it was one of the most innovative toy lines (IMO) of the 1980's.

Incredibly structred and realistic too, and even had a cartoon series that lasted a little while (very good too).  I've bowed out of the hobby for a while...  It's relatively inexpensive to collect though, and unless you're going for the rarer stuff (European releases and such) then it's pretty easy to obtain a "complete" U.S./Canada collection.

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Toy Reviews / Re: New JD Review: Tion Medon
« on: June 2, 2005, 07:39 PM »
Yeah, I wonder if he had a scene leading his "warriors" into battle now that the movie's out...  Makes one wonder anyway.  Chalk this one up to "stuff that we got that wasn't on-screen" I guess.  Like the Aerial Assault Clone, or Stass Allie on a BARC instead of a basic Speeder Bike.

Thanks for the responses...  I still think he's boring since his time in the movie was "meh", but I liked him in the film too.  I think Admiral Ackbar's boring overall but I couldn't be happy if he didn't have a figure.  ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: EZBoards got Nuked
« on: June 2, 2005, 04:15 AM »
Think of the crapfest to replace them.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Thoughts and all that sappy stuff
« on: June 2, 2005, 04:14 AM »
You'll be alright Shannon, trust to that.

Hmmm, hot Jedi?  I was gonna post a pic of an overweight one, sweating up a storm... 

Here's one for ya!



It's a joke and a "hot Jedi" all in one.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Princess!!
« on: June 2, 2005, 04:10 AM »
Holy cow, this is getting rough to keep up with.

Happy Birthday Shannon, hope you get lots of...  uh, I dunno what you collect, but I hope you get lots of it...  beer maybe?  ???

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Ahahaha, nice...   

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Toy Reviews / New JD Review: Tion Medon
« on: June 2, 2005, 01:58 AM »
The Pimpmaster of Star Wars may have been usurped...  Lando may have been dethroned.  The only cause could be an impressive pimp cane...  Tion Medon's got that!


Check the full review out Right Here and chime in with some thoughts on him.

I dig Tion...  He's not the most interesting guy to stick into a preview wave though, and his roll in the film is so brief and uninteresting that it's just rough to stomach that he was one of the preview wave.  How's this guy gonna make anyone pumped for Star Wars, ya know?  Hasbro does a boring "Senator" kind of figure much justice though, and that's good news.

But, with that said, he's an impressive sculpt, and he was a sign of great things to come for even the most dull of figures in the ROTS line-up.  Tion's sporting lots of articulation, a couple nice accessories...  That quality carried over, so that's a fantastic plus to us action figure fans.

So read, drink, and be merry... 

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Newbies / Re: JediAmy checking in..............
« on: June 2, 2005, 01:32 AM »
Good thing we don't have a quota. :)  Welcome on over...  Always nice to see a new face, and one apparantly already known to many.

Have a good one, and enjoy the boards...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS Screen Scene Ideas Yet?
« on: June 1, 2005, 05:44 PM »
Oh man, this is one I'm gonna have to think about...  Lots of great scenes though.

I know one I'd want is a Kashyyk scene with a Gree grunt, a new Wookiee Warrior (thinner/shorter), and perhaps a Spider Droid or a beach obstacle/defense shield  and regular battle droid...

I could see an Utapau "Clone Zip Line" scene too...  Include a piece of the railing with maybe some pop off "stilts" so it sits up, and 3 Clones with working zip lines...  Hell, just make a new belt with a hook for the lines and include 3 SA Clones (A Cody, and 2 grunts perhaps?).

ROTS is packed with scenes I'd love to see made into great toys.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Tank Droid
« on: June 1, 2005, 05:41 PM »
With the ARC coming in at $30, I think the Droid Tank could match that price or come in cheaper.  A lot has to do with moving parts and whatnot...  It's not a large vehicle particularly, but its number of pieces (depending how it's made) could be substantial.  A center tread that rolls would be the only feature I was anxious for...  Beyond that I'd be content with a pretty simple toy.  It's small enough that scale shouldn't be an issue, but it might be...

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