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Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 16, 2005, 01:06 PM »
The helmet of the fire-guy is completely different...  Not sure on colors, but I was thinking the fire guys had like a green/black paintjob.  If I actually had a DVD-ROM I'd do some captures of the fire-guys.  I wonder if they're even Clones?  Their voices sounded different I thought...

so that your Wookiees can swing from your non-existant Playset on to your non-existant Corporate Droid

Hah, thanks for the laugh Jeff.  :D

I hadn't thought of the Wookiee COmmando being the ones who plant the bombs on the Tank Droids then just drop into the water and disappear.  Makes sense, but  I don't recall Wookiee's wearing shirts.

The figure looks great...  Commando's have to be beefy.  For some reasont he dark paintjob on the other Wookiee makes him look better than his predecessors.  At least in the photos Jared took.  I still prefer the Preview Wookiee and wish a heavily articulated and smaller sculpted Wookiee Warrior was put out as SOMETHING new in the final 12...  They gotta bridge that gap they made with VOTC Chewbacca.   :-\

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Hoth Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:58 PM »
Wow, lotsa speculation...

I gotta disagree in that I would NOT be happy with a re-release of the Saga Snowtrooper.  That figure wasn't much of an evolutionary step forwards over his POTF2 counterpart.  The sculpt was slightly more crisp, and he did have a holster, but his articulation they added was pretty much useless, and he had a wonky pose.  He's a rough looking army builder, most noticeable when there's 2 of him together.  They just don't look right...  Not to mention he does sport the officer's bars too, which are small details but still one more thing making him less than ideal army builder fodder.

I'm of the opinion that anything in Imperial/Clone armor should be done a-new with the super articulation treatment.  Snowtroopers and Scout Troopers are on top of that list for me though, as a classic film fan (plus repaints of prequal Clones are easily doable for both sculpts), but also because I think that both those "characters" have gotten the shaft.

The POTJ Scout simply blows...  His goofy pose, his lacking articulation, his pinhead...  He blows.  And the Snowtrooper's POTF2 incarnation is at least neutrally sculpted, but he and the Saga figure are both sub-par.

I'm not expecting it, but my ideal Hoth wave (if they're only in 3's) would be:

-Major Derlin (Toryn Farr a close runner-up though)

-Super Articulated Hoth Rebel...  Like the Snowtrooper, the Rebel figures have all sucked terribly.  The only one close to ok has been the Deluxe one and he's weak these days.  Gimme an all-new figure here, tons of articulation, proper scale, softgoods scarf...  I'd dig it.

-Super Articulated Snowtrooper...  Softgoods mask and skirt.  I'd be broke if this guy came out.  I'd have to live off raimen noodle soup just to afford my army. :)

Others I'd like...  Veers w/removable armor, hat, helmet, and belt.  Torryn Farr (like mentioned).  NEW Hoth Han Solo (good articulation and pose, removable hood/hat).  Brown Vested Rebel Officer (Vintage resculpt).  Snowspeeder Luke.  Snowspeeder Wedge.  Snowspeeder Dak.  Snowspeeder Hobbie.  Snowspeeder Zev.  (Hell, do one figure, then just do a pack of the Snowspeeder pilots called the Rogue Squadron Battle Pack :) )

Figures I know I DON'T want though?

Hoth Vader, Hoth Chewie, Probot, an astromech (with the EE packs, I'm ok on these for a while), or a repackage of any of the figures I listed that I do want.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: Battle of Carkoon Wave
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:47 PM »
Nice looking figures so far...  I see angle-cut articulation at Han's elbows, and I'd wager wrist articulation.  Can't make out anything on the legs (ball/socket knees would be so nice, but somehow I'm not holding my breath for that).  The figure looks good though and he was one of my top resculpts probably, as are 99% of the Han Solo figures out there really.  :)

Bib Fortuna...  Looks like a POTF2 head to me, but whatever.  He always was a sorta "senator" figure.  Stands there, does little, looks weird...  Looks nice with all the layers though, compared to his POTF2 sculpted cousin.  It's amazing how separate pieces alone can make a figure look lightyears ahead in quality.  He looks dull though, and really he is/was dull the first time around.  Irregardless of that though, Bib was on my resculpt list too.  Lots of stuff is on my resculpt list though.

Boussh Leia...  Sweeeeeet...  By the helmet's look, and the fact it only makes sense, I'm assuming it's removable.  Looks like removable bandoleir too, and the hunting rifle has never been better looking.  Nice stuff there.  But I also notice at least a lotta articulation at the legs.  That's Leia Boussh you can have kicking some ass prior to her appearance at Jabba's Palace I guess. :)  Hope she comes with a Thermal Detonator (I didn't see one, maybe missed it).  Nice stuff there, best of the lot it seems to me.

On the stands...  I like them a lot.  I wish I had vintage stands like that actually.  I'm putting a shelving display together for my loose vinty's and a series of stands like that with their name (and oh man I can only imagine the variations being listed too, hehe) would be ideal for what I'm doing.  They're a lot better than those interlocking "Star Wars" stands, I must say.

Good stuff there.  Yay!

Saga Collection '06 / Re: EE Exclusive Astromech 5-Packs
« on: July 16, 2005, 12:41 PM »
5 droid repaints for the same price as 4 Clone repaints is at least an upgrade.  Not much of one though, and unfortunately ordering a case isn't as interesting as it was for the Clones.

I want the astromechs...  I hand it to Pawlus for a nice idea...  I prefer them released throughout the line though like the IMperial astromech or the R4 droid...  I think repainted items are a mixed bag in that the prices they garner as exclusives makes you pretty pissed off that they're just repaints, and sometimes repaints are easier to take in moderation (see any/all discussion pertaining to the "final 12" ROTS figures).

I dig it though, that we'll have all these astromechs...  I like that.  I just think that EE overprices their stuff.  I mean, if they sold the Clones at $6+ per figure when sold by the case, they obviously profited on them sold at that rate...  so was $10/figure when sold by individual 4-packs REALLY necessary?  I don't think so...  And I stick by my guns that I haven't seen ANYONE put out a shot of 90 loose E2 styled SA Clones all lined up like dominoes...  Call me crazy, but I don't think army builders jumped on that set like people want you to believe they did.

Anyway, the astromech set is a nice idea, ****** price again.  Mixed bag of nuts, like the Clones were.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 15, 2005, 04:08 AM »
Super articulation is, usually, my definitive figure so the Sith set's a no-brainer to me, however it still looks to be the weakest set. 

Anything Vader is hot right now so the Anakin set has that going for it...  The Clone set's easily the hottest set (I really hope that E2 Clone's just a white SA Clone though, and that is just a mock-up), but Anakin's pretty spiffy too.  They'll go fast at first I think.

The Sith set's not bad...  I'll take a SA Maul and hopefully I can fit a non-grimaced head onto him.  The Palpy I like because a softgoods Palpy was needed, I just can't recall if he had multiple heads.  I hope so.  The Dooku's the guy that a lot will simply say they have the ROTS figure and not find him appealing.  He looks better, but not a TON better.  ROTS was a damn nice figure of him.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: TRU Exclusive Holographic Emperor
« on: July 15, 2005, 03:13 AM »
Way too many holographic figures this year...  Like with repaints, holographics are ones that I like but in moderation.  1, maybe 2 a year...  Exclusive is better than wasting a peg spot too.

I'd take a nice painted Holo Emperor...  But I dunno that this interests me much when on top of it there's the Leia, there's the 2 Jedi now...  It's just meh.  Too much cheap stuff at once.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 15, 2005, 03:09 AM »
It's ok Valin, just doing the mod gig is all...  :)  I'll include some more Evolutions shots just to give everyone a collecting woody before bedtime.

The Sandtrooper's BFG rocks all.  The Lewis Gun they have is one of my favorite weapons in the films.  I envision it being a prized weapon among the Rebels too...  And one that's like the German MG's that were mounted on everything from BMW cycles to King Tigers.

And indeed, that white Clone looks like nothing more than the AT-TE Gunner.  I dunno how I feel about that.  If the EE 4-packs were affordable to army build, I'd feel fine.  They're not though, and I'm not sure that I want a HUGE army of the TE Gunner body as the base.  It's ok, but not the best.

The Sith Set is easily the weakest looking.  Dooku looks to be the best of the set, and Maul has appeal but the gritting of the teeth is a bit much...   :-\  Palpatine is the same with his expression.  Yikes. 

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 15, 2005, 03:01 AM »
Giving Props to our man in the field, Jared, he busted ass to bring you some of the best pictures on the net of the final 12 douchebags figures from the Star Wars ROTS line. 

Enjoy these images in our San Diego Comic Con Coverage!

One of my favs, is easily Obi's R4 unit.  That's a droid you can slip into any diorama and it fits in.

& the SA 501st...  Enjoy the rest of the pics, there's an ass-load in there for ya!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 15, 2005, 02:53 AM »
Just a note I wanted to throw in here...

Valin, I changed your post to one of our photos here at Jedi Defender.

You can find our stuff here at our Sandiego Comic Con Coverage area.

Other sites are funny about using their photos and such though, and since we have our men in the field out at Comic Con (and that's a higher res picture too) I figure I'd just point some folks in the right direction on that stuff.

Thanks, carry on.  :)

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.   >:(

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