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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:22 AM »
At a recent show, BBI unveiled 1:18 scale Paratroopers (82nd and 101st) with working chutes...  Now, there's a catch.

The figures look unbelievable, and BBI's new articulation is great, but unfortunately it appears the harnesses and life vests are molded on gear that cannot be removed.  :(  This sucks total balls, to be perfectly blunt.  It'll be cool to have one or two guys like they're landing or something, but they don't make good figures for ANYTHING but this.  :(

I'm so bummed that they don't have the removable gear...  That'd make them truly fantastic figures.  They still look good for what they are, and have lots of equipment (Machine guns, mortars, etc.).  BBI's always got top-notch accessories.  I just wish we'd have figures that could complement the 21st guys in a diorama.  I hope they opt for some non-parachute-laden paratroopers.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: Dusty Trail Toys new "Wild West" Line
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:19 AM »
Yeah I'm bummed too Paul...  But, you never know if the line will get picked up by someone somehow, so don't give up totally...  Can hope for it, ya know?

I'd still love a Civil War line since it was just something so influencial on my life, but whatever...  Not for now I guess.

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Hmmm, don't think I caught this thread first time around...

Popcorn, Cherry Pepsi, and/or Snowcaps.  I pig out a bit at the movies.

At E3's premiere I had a lovely beer...  Not bad.

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Contrary to popular opinion, I'm not completely negative.  I do still think that Fleet Trooper sucks though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday name!!!
« on: July 6, 2005, 02:12 AM »
Happy birthday Name, have a good one man...

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Recent Purchases
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:59 PM »
Sounds like it!  Lotsa good stuff there.

I gotta get out and looking some more...  Been a bit of a toy hunt slacker lately and I'm definitely in need of getting caught up here. 

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS Pegwarmers?
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:57 PM »
12 - 16...  For basics anyway.  That's been my experience in case ratios...  The 16 figure cases were in movie years in the past, I never really paid attention to them during the ROTS blitz however.

It's funny how tables can turn, but in my neck of the woods we're starting to see many more Collection 1 figures start to sit from, what I assume, was refresh assortments...  At the same time, Collection 2 Jedi are becoming less and less common here, though I'd say between all the major retailers that all of them can be had (save for Dooku who is just a hot figure still).  Clones, still non-existant on the pegs.  Even the Pilots are dwindling around here...  The Wookiee #2 also.

I'm seeing more Obi's and Ani's though...  No Mace Windu figures however.  He's kinda like Dooku in that he's a hot one since the line's debut.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 11:53 PM »
There's got to be some who see the irony that I'm somehow now the guy who is arguing FOR Hasbro's articulation.  Took them 10 years to get there with me, but I think they have the best "Super Articulation" in this scale right now.  Figures like VOTC Han are just incredibly close to perfect for my $.02...  And any imperfections that figure does have don't have to do with articulation really (removable vest, non-hovering holster, etc.).

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Episode 1 / Re: Wave 2 accessory sets
« on: July 5, 2005, 10:03 PM »
They were avaialbe for retail online at a few places so I nabbed them.

They were vastly superior to their predecessors.  Hasbro proving once again that they can take an idea, completely botch it, then show they can do it right, but then cancel the idea because they simply don't "get it" usually. 

These sets, had they come out first, would've sold well.  The first sets with their lame-ass weapons, lame-ass gear...  They simply sucked.  The only one worth buying was the one that had a figure (the droid) in it.  That was fun to buy up for $.99 on clearance.

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Feedback / Re: DoctorPadawan's feedback
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:40 PM »
I've had 2 very helpful transactions with Michael lately.  He's been helping me with some old battledroid wants I had.

Highly recommend dealing with the good doctor.

Thanks man!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: More articulation!
« on: July 5, 2005, 09:35 PM »
And ROTS Mas Ameda makes for some damn fine "Senator" standard articulation, though I think the odd softgoods guy with longrobes would be nice.  I dunno about you guys but I'd be all for a Red Robed Palpatine w/softgoods robes just so we could have the fightin' Palps in poseable fashion.

Anyway though, I really dislike the waist joints on Hasbro's G.I. Joe line, and I think it's entirely too noticeable for Star Wars...  For Joe's it's cool, it's their "thing", but for Star Wars it would really stick out like a sore thumb, especially against the other nicely sculpted figures.

For instance, the Senators would look a bit awkward when next to them is a figure with the hips and waist of a G.I. Joe figure...  It's something I'm not a huge fan of in customizing even (using select GIJ parts).  To me, SA Clones are damn near perfect.  They're the balance of poseability and aesthetics that the line should be delivering.  GIJ it seems like they don't care much about a balance since thier 3.75" line has had the same articulation, basically, since 1983 when swivel-arms were introduced.  It's more or less uniform for that line.  Star Wars changing to GIJ style articulation would almost be as bad as a scale change to me, as far as the way the line looks all together. (I stress almost)

Right now, I'm cool with the increases in articulation that are well hidden.  There's better balance there.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Police Scanners Are Fun
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:32 AM »
Radio Shack carries them...  I got mine at an Emergency Services store that supplies uniforms and junk to cops but also has any # of random police/EMT/Firefighter-oriented stuff...  Plus he programmed it for me since finding some codes was a real pain in the ass.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Mozilla Browser
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:28 AM »
*Waits on Jason to arrive*

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Hey Hasbro! / Re: Soft Goods Jedi/Sith Cloak packs
« on: July 4, 2005, 03:14 AM »
Ben Franklin's still exist?

Those are LONG gone from my area, though I recall a time when every town had one, even my EBFE town...  They were great places to score G.I. Joes as was G.C. Murphy's $.05 and $.10 stores (also all over the place).

Occupying those old stores are mostly Family Dollars and Big Lots...  Neither of which is worth stopping at 99% of the time.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 3, 2005, 01:29 AM »
I'm riding this one out I figure...  I've had an order in for Evolutions at Amazon now for months.  We'll see how it pans out.  I don't pre-order much at all but I do want to have 3 (at least) guaranteed sets of the Clones/Stormtrooper. 

It's only a pain to keep bumping that outstanding order up every time I have to balance my checkbook.

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