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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Comic-Con: Overall Impressions
« on: July 28, 2004, 06:45 PM »
Good topic as always Mosnab...  

Basic Figures:

Loved the news here...  3 awesome waves left before E3 (at least) and all pretty solid figures.

3 Cantina Aliens in a year alone is enough to go apecrap really.  3 in a wave?  WOW!  Can't ask fr much more than that, plus one of them just happened to be one of my most wanted Cantina Aliens (Dannik Jerricho).  Great choice IMO.  I'll be happy to get Myo too since he's one of my favrite in weirdness factor.

The other 2 prequal sets weren't high on my list, but Yarua's great wookie fodder (much needed for customizers) and Pablo's looking like he MAY be poseable in a neutral fashion and action pose.  I can't argue with that in the slightest.  I'm not as big on the final figure f the wave, or the Naboo wave, but I'll not turn my nose to them either.

The other thing about basic figures I liked hearing was the "Super Articulation" word uttered about army builders, and that this trend WOULD continue to some extent.  I think it should to a great extent, but at least to some extent.  That was definitely a high point for me personally.

VOTC Figures:

AWESOME!  Simply perfect Stormtrooper and Boba Fett.  OK, perfect's perhaps a bit overboard, but they're really great.  I loved the looks of Chewbacca as well.  Awesome.

3PO and R2-D2 are disappointing to say the least.  Very upsetting that these two are this mediocre when compared to the rest of this line.  Even LUke's growing n me, and Obi-Wan is superior to 3PO and R2 which, to me, is surprising.  Obi was a disappointment, but 3PO and R2 took the cake really.  :(

Also, speaking of VOTC disappointments, the way Matt was treated when he mentioned VOTC reshipments (and the way he was treated in general by the one schmuck) is sad.  Very bad business etiquette, which SDCC is basically the equivalent of a public Toy Fair at this point.  I'm disappointed in the company overall due to the behavior of an individual.  

I hope LandoScoundrel's and Scott's opinion that they're just not "tipping their hand", so to speak is the truth and that the guy Matt talked to was merely a simple ******bag among the more "cool" folks.  We'll see I guess.

The idea that there's smeone looking out for "us" is there in my mind too, I just hate hearing what I heard this past weekend.  

Unleashed:

I have to say I'm indifferent, but yet I'm goinog to break and buy an IG-88 and Bossk if I can find them.  Both just look that great.  I'm not into separate lines like this, but I'll definitely bite on these two if they're not a royal pain to find, such as this Leia supposedly is.

Looks like Unleashed's getting a beefed up distribution too from what we've heard.  All good news I suppose.

Galactic Heroes:

This is a great concept, and I hope it diverts SOME of Hasbro's obvious "Kids are the line" attitudes towards this line instead.  That's my only opinion on it other than I'm sure it's a cute line for someone with kids that are budding Jedi.

Myself, I have no kids, and I have no kids in my life that wuld be into Star Wars and want these.  Since I've narrowed my collecting habits down dramatically I won't be buying these at all, save for perhaps a Bossk figure should it come out or Tarkin (My only character focuses).

Cute though if youo're into them.

12":  

Sucks?  What more can you say?  

Hasbro can't do this line justice ever.  THey never will I don't believe.  It's not even VAGUELY close to being on-par with even G.I. Joe or even knock-off military companies like Soldiers of the world.

I'd not give a care if this line went the way of the do-do actually.  I think it'd divert more in the business year budget towards the basic line.  If that were the case, I'd actually be campaigning for 12" to be a cancelled line all together.  

There's the old saying, "If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing right", and that saying is apparantly one the 12" designers at Hasbro just never got.  Even the "better" figures are still lame.

I'd only buy, at this point, a nice Imperial soldier type figure (any type), or a Rebel Hoth or Fleet, or Endor Trooper.  And those would all probably get customized intoo something actually GOOD by myself, using a new Dragon body, and sewing new clothes for him (or fixing Hasbro's).

Otherwise, let it die...  Hasbro does nothing to give it true life.

"High-End Collectibles":  

General crap like MR, Code3, Sideshow's new 1:4 statues, etc...

Not my cup of tea in general.  I find Code 3 to be a company lacking the quality they say justifies their pricetag.  I'll judge new stuff as it arrives, but I just can't fathom how they're improving, as they claim they have top-notch stuff already.

MR's just too expensive for me.  God knows if I were rich I'd own 2 or 3 of that AT-AT if I could, I'd love to own some of the blasters (STrmtrooper and Fleet Trooper specifically), and I'd likely pick up other items as well.   Unfortunately that stuff's too big, too expensive, and just too beyond me at this point.

I mean, I've owned cars that cost less than the AT-AT.  That makes ya think on this stuff.

I loved those blinds debuted, but damned if they're not outrgeously priced too.  :(

Lucasfilm Overall:

I like the movie title...  I like that Lucas gave us that.

I'm disappointed with Lucas's incessant changing of the classic trilogy however, and despite how hyped I am for E3, I'm somewhat let down with Star Wars at the moment.  For every cool thing there's at least a single craptastic uncool thing that comes down the pike.  

Lucas is the monster Southpark made fun of in an episode about he and Speilberg changing their previous blockbuster films.  I wish he'd be catering the NEW trilogy to the old rather than vice versa.

We'll see...  My biggest fear is the Stormtrooper voice change in the classic trilogy.  If that's nt changed, I'm much MUCH more relieved.  That's me though...  Everyone has their personal beef on this issue.  Some it's the Boba voice, some it's the Sebastian Shaw replacement...

We'll see I guess.

Episode 3 News:

Tons of goodies overall, but the packaging shown between our style guides here at JD.com and Hasbro's packaging debut shown at the Con all were sparks of goodness I thought.

As a non-packaged collector I'm probably a little looser with my opinion on that though.  I think it looks good enough...  I'm not sold on the card style's change though.  I think I like the more squared packaging of previous lines better.

Still, I'm looking forward to a change, and hopefully Matt's suggestion to the Hasbro reps to reuse the OTC packaging later is heeded.  It's sound, SOLID advice.

JD.com Coverage:

Top notch I feel.  I again want to thank Jared (Tydirium) and our own Matt Colman for their hard work.  I think these two really busted ass over yonder, and they made a great showing for JD.com.

Also thanks to Scott, Chris, Dave, Brad, and Jeff because they were right there, Johnny-on-the-spot with news for our readers.  Top-notch work by them all.

And with that, I think SDCC was overall great.

With very minor issues like the guy Matt ran into, things were really a bright spot in a rather dull year.  I'm pretty happy and excited about Star Wars.  I just hope things continue to go up, and that there was some serious bluffing by some Hasbro reps there.

Here's to '04 I guess!  And bring on '05 and beyond already!

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Conventions / Re: 2004 San Diego Comic Con
« on: July 28, 2004, 01:17 PM »
We all really do appreciate it Jared.  You helped take things to another level, and on your own time.  We were expecting that all we'd have is Matt afterall.   ::)   :P

Great work by both of you though.  I was really personally overwhelmed.  I thought we did do the best work out there this year.

18018
Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 27, 2004, 08:58 PM »
Well, some updated news...

A chap named "LaughingGravy2" at Ground Pounder's actually worked 21st's booth this year for them.  He does so routinely, and it makes sense he'd done it again this year but everyone forgot.

Anyway, he came back...  And he's being a bit of a pr!ck about his time there, and he's tootally being condescending at GP's site.  

Apparantly volunteering at a toy booth makes you an industry expert in his eyes because he's trashing EVERYONE at GP's site right now for their "Cry baby behavior".  I dunno what his deal is but you'd think 21st cut his checks for him.

Either way, he DID have good information.

The "marching" figures at 21st's booth were ACTUALLY a mock-up of a set of 12 troops and 4 officers in a set using existing figure parts that 21st is going to market as $100 troopo builder sets (about $6.25 a figure then).  Sounds sorta neat, if not pricey.

It would reuse parts I guess?  That's the word from the con anyway.

Also, the 2.5 ton truck's supposedly (take with salt) around the corner.  We've heard this now for how long?  I'd love it to be because I want 2 or 3 of the Dodge, but I dunno how true that actually is.

Apparantly 21st is expressing anger with their consumers through LaughingGravy.  That or he's just really a bitter person.  He's really tearing into pretty much everyone at GP's site, and even Aferguson whoo's a mod and a pretty good guy (level-headed fellow).

I guess anyone with a criticism is now getting an earful over there from LG.  To each their own, but if we all were as complacent we'd still have the small pilots/drivers and craptacular angle-cut articulation of the 1st series, ya know?

It's just like with Hasbro.

Irregardless, that's some news...

Also, BBI had an exclusive figure that NOBODY reported on till the Con was over.  Showing the seemingly biased attitude a lot have towards 21st Century, and against BBI.  Totally crappy that NOBODY said anything about this great little Army figure till today.

It's a 1:18 Army Infantryman in a new camo pattern the U.S. is using?  I'm not personally familiar.  I'll try post images later.

We'll see...  I hope GP's site calms down because LG needs to get a grip, take some pills, and they need to get that site in order.  It has no updates, it has no structure.  There's nothing for 1:18 military collectors beyond that message board anymore.

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Conventions / Re: 2004 San Diego Comic Con
« on: July 27, 2004, 08:24 PM »
Matt and Jared, I too want to personally say thanks for all the effort you both put in.  

Jared was unbelievable with coverage, and persnally I think we "shattered the competition".  ;)  Well, I think we were a solid showing at the very least.  GH.com and Scum both had nice Q&A efforts and coverage too, so I was pleased with all the news, if not a little overwhelmed.

Matt's Q&A, take no prisoners attitude, was phenominal.  Great work Matt, and thanks for asking questions that I can't help but think you were thinking "Jesse would wanna know this" when you asked them!

Bob, it's good to have you back...  It's good to see you got a good response on your Vs. 2-pack idea too!  I'm ecstatic at the thought of Super ARticulated 2-packs.  Maybe Hasbro's really gonna look into that.

Great work guys, and Matt an extra thanks (and Jared too because I'm sure you made him work at this too) with the exclusives.  I'll just sit idly by while I hear what the outcome is on my requests after the smoke settles, haha.  :)  You guys really did a lot in that regard.

plus thanks for stopping at 21st Cent. Toys' booth, and nabbing me their Modern Figure set they put out.  Finally I'll have at least 2 Afghan soldiers for my grunts to shoot at.

Thanks guys...  A job above and beyond, seriously.  I hope you all had fun out there to boot!

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Boba Fett..... Voiced by Jango Fett?
« on: July 27, 2004, 08:04 PM »
I really REALLY hope that's the truth Lando.  The Stormie issue's my biggest gripe with all the changes.  I can buy Temura Morrison doing Fett's voice persnally.  It seems almost logical, though I feel his old voice was more sinister.

The McDiarmad footage is needed IMO and sounded good.

Sebastian Shaw's replacement's fine (we have a ghost and basic version of him to remember him by as well as removable helmet Vader), and whatever "reason" Lucas gives to it being a Young Anakin's prbably passable IMO.

The Strmie thing really would bug this military fanatic about the Star Wars trilogy though.  It would disevow SO much EU it's not even funny.  It would really make one look at the EU as a complete joke played on the fans who enjoy it IMO.

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The Original Trilogy / Re: Boba Fett..... Voiced by Jango Fett?
« on: July 27, 2004, 05:53 PM »
At this point...

I'm half tempted to believe what I want about Star Wars and forget Lucas's butchering.  Changing what has been one's perception just because you're on a "whimsical mood" sucks ass.  

Lucas is indeed trashing the films, and this is coming from someone who appreciated the SPecial Editions.

At this stage, if he's changed the Stormtrooper voices around, I'm ignoring it.  He's allowed a plethora of EU that contradicts this very notion.  

Honestly, I can stomach Fett...  He does, after all, supposedly turn into an identical Jango eventually, but the Stormtroopers have SO much background to them that counters this.

The Fett thing irritates me, the Stormtrooper thing downright p!sses me off.

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I hope it comes with a list of questions and "unrelenting attitude" action.  :)

Soft-goods pink sweater should be a running variation as well.  Just my opinion.

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I'm likely skipping the Y-Wing...  Unless there's some unforeseen circumstances.

The vehicle's never impressed me...  I was just happy that, as of now, the pack-in sucks so I'm not tempted to buy it.  My completist ways are officially breaking down.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Silver Sandtrooper!
« on: July 27, 2004, 02:05 AM »
I have HS, buttttttttttt, because the people who renewed my subscription iwth Insider suck tremendously, they can't seem to help me get a goddamn passcode for HS.

Pissin' me off to no end at this point.  Especially now that I'd like to keep up on my silver figure collection, and yet they're denying me that ability.   ::)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Coruscant Wave
« on: July 26, 2004, 02:06 PM »
I'm really hoping for a removable bandoleir on Yarua and that Pablo is more neutrally psed than he seems.  ARm articulation should be there I'd think...  And otherwise, I think his legs are always kind of bowed like that.

If that's the case, then all 3 are winners to me.  Pablo just looks neat too.  Like Coleman Trebor is a bit "pre-posed" but still turned out as a decent figure.  Still I'd like a Council Coleman someday though.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 26, 2004, 02:03 PM »
Some random additional thoughts to you guys' random additional thoughts...

-Lando mentioned them blowing smoke on the VOTC, and while I'm not as confident as he is, part of me is in total agreement with him.  I can't possibly see a logic as to "why" with their attitude.  I wonder if it isn't just them saying that to make people THINK the VOTC will never see the light of day again and they'll buy them up rather than skip them hoping for a re-release.

Perhaps they know their market better than they let on? :)

-Scott's point about the Cantina aliens (or someone) mixed into the center of OTC would've alleviated some oof the "pain" we're inevitably feeling with the rampant repacks.  Still, I'm even going to nab SOME of the repacks so it isn't like they're not appealing on some level (I was all set for a huge break till I saw the Gammorrean and Tusken).

-About kids vs. collectors...  I don't know how much is BS.  I stick by the notion that they are a factor, just not nearly the one Hasbro makes them out to be.  I often wonder just how much research they do?  Besides focus groups which aren't accurate anyway, I just don't see what they're out there pounding the pavement doing...  I think what data they use is maybe even outdated.

Oh well...

Things are what they are right now.  I'm really only disappointed about Comic-Con on one aspect (even with th e crappy Cantina set).  The aspect of that ONE ******* (By the way, you can say "ass" Lando  :D ) and how he talked to Matt and basically treated collectors like crap inadvertantly.  I found that disrespectful and a plain black mark on the company overall because it's his job to actually be cordial at those shows.

In the end, despite their data, it is the collectors who carry the line's momentum every NON-Movie year, which outweigh the movie ones by a long-shot.

Maybe it's the guy that designed the Fleet Trooper?  Perhaps he's bitter?

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 26, 2004, 12:35 AM »
I'm partly in agreement with Matt, but not as strongly as he is on the "kids support the line is BS" POV.

I personally dn't see how it's possible either...  In a movie year I do believe it is though.  I can see those #'s that Nicklab posted being near accurate.  They jive with things I've heard over the years, not just on Hasbro but other companies.

For Hasbro (or at least one schmuck from there who has the business sense/personality of a fruit fly) to not ACKNOWLEDGE the adult "collectors" though is a tad insulting.  They wouldn't have entire years/waves like POTJ was if they didn't realize adult collectrs weren't holding a STRONG end of the line up.  

I can see spikes in product sales to kids in a movie year though.  That's just logical really.

The thing is, I bet if you could do demographic tracking via retail outlets (including etail) over or ALONG with Hasbro's, I'd wager you'd see a variance in the #'s Hasbro came up with.  They tend not to do anything more than focus group research...  It has its benefits but it has drawbacks too in accuracy in reflection of interest.

It's a shame though because other companies at the Con really put on a show with "The fans" as far as how they interacted, and how cordial they were.

21st Cent. Toys had THE OWNER of the company on-hand.  Yes, the owner.  Of course that's not feasible for Hasbro, but nonetheless some more open-minded staffers might've been nice...

Sideshow were johnny on the spot with information and a one-on-one appeal to their consumers too, as noticed in Matt's personal interview with them.

The 21st Cent. Toys reports coming back show a company who were as enthusiastic about their product as the geeks who collect it!  That was refreshing.  Some news was disappointing, but they were still cool about it.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 25, 2004, 03:58 AM »
From what I can tell that's all just kitbashes.  

Someone at Gp's said some of them were early prototypes.  The guy that went to SDCC said that I guess?  They did say they were going to do 1st series infnantry with the new articulation, so perhaps it's just a cheap thing they're gonna do, but not do new heads?  That sucks if that's the case though.  The figures need removable helmets I think.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro's SDCC Q&A Session
« on: July 25, 2004, 02:40 AM »
Tons of good news, and some bad too Matt...  Thanks for the updates t hough, irregardless of what the message may be.

Their attitude on the VOTC's piss poor.  Very frustrating from a collector's standpoint, and WHY they'd treat you that way with their answers is beyond me really.  Very unprofessional sounding really, especially when they're there to deal with the core buyers of their product.

I'd expect more from a company of their reputation...  Considering how they've done things over the years though, I'm not at all surprised by some of the reactions either...  They seem to have an "I don't give 2 poos" attitude when it comes to how they treat the end consumer of their prducts.

Yet, with the VOTC news is your blurb about Super Articulation and army builders too!  Will we see yet another ALL new Stormtrooper then?  And if so, why?  I wouldn't care if they saved money by not tooling another...  It makes no sense really.

Perhaps there's something to the equation I've overlooked, but things just don't make a ton of sense.

I wouldn't let up on the VOTC figures though if ya talk to them again.  :)  I'd love to know WHY their stance is what it is...  If SA figures are in the future, then I don't see why VOTC won't see repacks unless they truly want these figures to be "special" in a way.

On that note, perhaps it is the $5 pricepoint?  Maybe they're saying only in multi-packs of some sort, but not basic cards?

Very confusing of them...

You asked a LOT of stuff I was personally interested in Matt, so I appreciate it.  Hopefully I'll get them next February up in NY.  "Squeaky wheel..." and all that jazz.  :)

Thanks Matt, serilously.  You asked harder-nosed stuff to them than ANYONE at the Con seems to have.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: No! I changed my mind!
« on: July 25, 2004, 02:28 AM »
Hasbro...  

Thanks for caring guys!  Your consumers mean a lot to you I see.   :-\

I'm not surprised...  Personally.  I'm dismayed, and I find the way they answered you disrespectful Matt.  Too bad you had to deal with that...

To everyone out there who makes assinine remarks like "we should thank them for what they actually DO instead of complaining....  blah blah blah", I say you can see right there the respect your given from a company some folks think can do no wrong.  A big corporate "F-You!" to the only die-hard loyal collecting fanatics they have besides G.I. Joe collectors.

Nice Hasbro...  Real nice.

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