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Toy Reviews / JD.com Review-A-Thon: Hoth Trooper
« on: December 13, 2004, 10:25 PM »


JD.com is proud to present our first ever Review-A-Thon...  It's a way we're going to clean out some old reviews we've got backlogged and get a little something for you, the viewer, to read over theholidays.

Today I'm kicking it off with the Hoth Rebel Soldier, since he's one of the older on the list, and one of the poorer.

Nothing like kicking it off with a dud!  :P



One of the worst figures to come out in years to me, the Hoth Rebel Soldier really has many failings...  Poor sculpt, poor pose, no decent articulation, no enjoyable features...  He really just is a lackluster effort from Hasbro on every level to me.

Feel free to read through, and share your opinions here!

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best and Worst of 2004
« on: December 13, 2004, 05:29 PM »
I didn't do vehicles on my list, but that'd be such a tough choice since I really didn't care for ANY vehicle they dumped on us this year...

The X-Wing's probably the lesser of the evils to me, and while underscaled, and tough to fit a figure into it, and it comes with a horrible pack-in, I'd say it's just simply not as bad as others...

On the other hand...

The Y-Wing's proportions are just silly at this point, especially parked next to the X-Wing or a TIE Fighter, and it's a ship I wish Hasbro would take the time to redo, and hopefully redo it to-scale. 

The tie for suckiest vehicle would be the Sandcrawler though.  I'll never get why everyone wanted this.  It's not nearly as cool as the vintage one, it makes the Y-Wings proportions look impressive by comparison, and it wasn't even made of quality material...  Top if off that they put a "new" figure in it with what seems like an effort to piss off the completists or those of us who wanted the Tatooine RA-7 droid.

Short of using one for miniatures gaming, I really couldn't bring myself to buy that (was lucky enough to find someone who helped me get the figures from it since he WAS using his for gaming only), and to top it ALL off it's OUTRAGEOUSLY priced for the people who did want the thing.

Sandcrawler would have to take the cake then...  At least the Y-Wing was semi-fairly priced, especially in comparison.

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Yeah, 4 FREE ones!  It's great!   :P

***Whistles Innocently***

Thanks Matt.  :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: December 13, 2004, 05:20 PM »
Definitely better than Saga Clones, definitely more poseable, definitely neat that his shoulder armor's interchangeable, but...

Fugly shoulder joints, and Fugly hip/leg joints...  Both due to the action feature, clearly.  That sucks.

I too hope for a vanilla SA Clone later...  Hell, make it with a water-activated shoulder emblem ala the blast mark on the Commtech Stormtrooper.  I always liked that little idea myself.

Anyway, this isn't the best figure, and I was sort of expecting the Clone to be one of the disappointments of the entire ROTS line by his earliest photos...  I'm not overly shocked.  I just hope Hasbro has sense enough to make a non-action feature one that is SA and not bulky at the hips and shoulders like this one is.

They seem to be wisening up on a lot of things, so I just hope that's one of them.

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I got one in the mail today I received from a trade.  Love getting rid of old stuff I don't want for new stuff I can't find.  :)

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2004
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:31 AM »
YAY! 

ANother Steelers win.  Clinched the AFC North, and while a spotty game I think the overall performance was better than last week.  Nice seeing Bettis running more while Deuce preps...  I'd like to see them staggered back & forth then since they're a running powerhouse.

And Roethlisberger's playing wasn't bad...  Wasn't great, but wasn't bad.

I'm one happy Steelers fan right now.  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A question to Star Wars fans.
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:26 AM »
Holy hell Jason, that's like one of the best Jedi figures (in general) ever.  Poseable, nice paint...  That's just a nice custom actually.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:25 AM »
I'm surprised you don't catch Attel much being that he's from New York and all Dave.  He's a great show if you can catch him...  I suppose he's everywhere BUT where he lives.

I've never seen Dave Chapelle listed as coming to this area myself...  Everyone else seems to come in from time to time, but I've just never seen Chapelle around.  That really sucks too since I'd love to see his show.

David Wright and Mitch Hedberg are great...  I had tickets for Hedberg when he was due here back when the Hurricane hit.  He hurt himself in Minnesota though, was there at the hospital, and missed his show here...  Which works out because I'd have missed his show anyway since I was stranded that night.

They're both good comics though, with similar styles of jokes but completely different deliveries.  I think I like Wright's better myself.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A question to Star Wars fans.
« on: December 13, 2004, 03:18 AM »
That'd rock...  I want my Chris Berry figure NOW!

Anyway...

1. Would you want an action figure based on your obscure character??

Yea, why not?  Hell I wanna make customs of me so I may as well have the pros do it too.  Knowing Hasbro they'd pre-pose it, give it an action feature, and I'd have a missle fire out my ass, but at least the figure woudl be made.

2. Would you want a figure of yourself, even if it was as a human character, not an alien??

See above...  If it's a bad likeness I'd be PO'd though.

3. Would you go to those Star Wars cons and autograph the thousands of pics and or figures the fans present to you??

Depending on the $ I figured I'd make, then likely yes...  Easy cash, spending time at a place I'd probably have paid to get into anyway.  Sure.

4. What about the thousands of photos they would ask to take with them??

I wouldn't do this much...  A) I don't like being too close to people I don't know.  B) It's time consuming and cutting into my profits.  C) I'm sure I'll get irritated at SOME of the people at some point...  Maybe even quickly.

5. Would you quit your job to do the cons full time??

Since I don't have a job that I would call a "dream job" right now, then I most certainly would since it's better than anything I currently do...  Bound to make more $ too.

6. What would be your limit as to appearances??

Enough to make the $ I want...  Nothing that interferes with my social life/private life with my parents, friends, and girlfriend either.

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Well...  For what it's worth I boil/popped 4 AT-ST Han's, swapped the RIGHT arm onto the LEFT arm of 2 of them (the other two just go to the fodder pile), and swapped some left hands on.

It gives me 2 headless Scanner techs...  yeah, yeah, yeah, I'll get to the head casts and hat casts later...  Much, much, much, much, later.

 :-\

It's something though...  Right?  Like my Rebel field officer figure that needs a head and a body post made...  My SA Maul that I may scrap at the moment in hopes for one from Hasbro...  My Rebel and Imperial officers that need headcasts...  My Saga Endor Soldier redo that needs a head too.

Hey, I'm busy, and poor.  Deal with it.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 12, 2004, 02:41 AM »
That Blue Collar thing is really taking off.  Why, i don't know, since I thought Foxworthy's redneck jokes had gone the way of Gallagher's act.

Whatever though...  It's not my thing.  I don't like Wanda Sykes either, so nights when she and that Blue Collar Comedy Tour take over Comedy Central, I'm thoroughly pissed off.  :(

And those nights are often.

I can't believe they dumped Tough Crowd but leave that other garbage on.  That show was a hit as far as I'm concerned.  Whatever though...  No channel's perfect.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Comedy Clubs/Comics Discussion
« on: December 11, 2004, 06:12 AM »
I dunno if there's a topic on this or not, but whatever...  It's on my mind so I figured I'd pop a topic up for it either way.

I went to Pittsburgh's Improv tonight to catch Dave Attel's early show.  I saw Attel a few years ago for one of my birthdays actually, down at Pittsburgh's funnybone club, prior to the Improv's opening...  I loved his show, and pretty much knew his comedy.

Tonight he SMASHED my previous opinion by setting a new standard for funny.  Lots of new material, tons of great jokes and one-liners, and he mixed his best older stuff in too...  My top 3 (no order) have always been Attel, Lewis Black, and Dave Chappelle (Needless to say I'm a big Comedy Central fanatic), and I'm even moreso a fan of Attel after tonight.

I've yet to catch Black in person...  Every time he comes to Pittsburgh he's either sold out by the time I hear, or I just completely miss his show and find out about it later.  I'm vowing to catch it though.  I've not seen Chapelle either, but then again I can't say I've ever seen him listed as coming through town.

So are Comedy Clubs something you're into?  I consider this one of the best "dates" if you're looking to get you and your wife out of the house maybe, or if you're wanting to impress the new lady in your life with something fun to do.  It's pricey, but worth it.  I'm finding things like this much more enjoyable than going to clubs or bars like I used to do all the time...  Oh how age catches up to you!

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS carded figures
« on: December 11, 2004, 05:28 AM »
Very cool all around...  Hasbro's articulation jump has me pretty pumped to see that they're finally taking the line the proper direction.  Took years for it to happen, but they're seeing the light.

I see the point about repetition with all the figures, but part of me is happy to see it too since I was never pleased with the pre-posed figures of E2's run.  Just seeing Shaak Ti neutrally posed is great!  Same with all the other Jedi, so I'll be gladly buying many of these.

Collection 1's nicer than E2's offerings, by far and away, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping for Collection 2 versions of Obi, Ani, etc.  I applaud the effort to HIDE the action features though.

I'd say the big stinker of Collection 1 though, ironically, is the Clone.  Something not right about him...  I too am hoping for one using the SA body and not utilizing any action features...  I think that's what is giving it the odder "look" I'm noticing.

 The articulation's outstanding on most of the Collection 2 (and many of the Collection 1 figures aren't shappy in this department either).  The neutral stances are great...  Just simply, "Wow!" at this point for me. 

Even Mon Mothma looks interesting.  That's incredible!

I too hope for a red guard variant of the Senate Guards, Scott.  The figure's poseability has to be outstanding (Glad I didn't army build with that crappy POTJ sculpt) to warrant soft goods...  A simple red cloth swap and a new helmet, and you could really have something impressive there.

The Battledroid looks "eh".  I hope he doesn't turn out as pathetically flimsy as past attempts.  :( 

That cardback has the old Star Wars figure senses on overload, but it's good stuff.  MUCH happier with E3's lineup than E2's.  I think we'll see more diversity as time goes too, and many more new characters.  I think the Jedi are just so important they're getting a push, and many of the Council will maybe be meeting prominent fates....  Thus the redos.  Or maybe they're just trying to apologize for E2's? :)

Man, I wanna see Luminara and Barris Collection 2 figures now after seeing Shaak Ti.  OOOOOoooo Nifty.  And Aayla Secura with a normal stance and good articulation! 

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When this is broken down like it is, I see a lot more correlation among fan opinion.  Very interesting.  I know bracketing items downward like this is popular among many companies (including toy), so it's pretty interesting watching the process like this.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: December 11, 2004, 04:24 AM »
I'm living with Dannik's looks too...  To me I just figure I'll fix it on this one.  I think it's the people who "can't" (Matt, you can, you're just lazy, don't lie) who have the greater gripe here really....  Deep down I feel it's within everyone's grasp to fix it, but nobody should "have" to either...  But it's nothing terribly difficult if someone wants to.

Either way, it looks like crap though so it sucks and many people won't attempt a fix because they're not confident in their ability to do so.  That makes it a bigger deal to them I'm sure.

I'm to the point I feel Dannik turned out to be the worst of the 3, which sucks for me since he was the most wanted of the 3 for me, but I'm gonna "live with it" too Snively. 

Ironic you mention making the swappable heads Matt, because I thought the same thing when i first saw it.  Theoretically it would've been less $ to have done it that way.  2 molds instead of 3.  Whatever though...

I dig his hookah though, I think that's cool looking.  Not enough pipe smoking figures these days.

At this point, Myo's my #1 just because he was my #2 before...  I dig the gotal too, even without a holster.  Nice reuse of the Bespin gun too though on him since it gives some blaster diversity to the Cantina dudes.  I dig that.

With Dannik's passing I'd like the Arcona to be done now, Bom Vimdin and his nifty tunic, and actually an Evazan resculpt would be creeping up on my list given the facial detail they captured on Dannik...  What they didn't screw up with the holes is actually really accurate.

Evazan's maybe due now, especially since I now know where he's sporting the holster and his blaster's all done up nice and new.  :)  I'd dig seeing him get some justice as a figure.

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