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Other Toy Lines / Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« on: July 14, 2005, 08:50 PM »
I'm to the point I'll likely order online...  I gotta get marines yet even.  I still don't have a set.  :(

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Secret Figures!?
« on: July 14, 2005, 05:08 AM »
On the black pilot issue, I'm in the minority that likes EU/Fan-Fiction stuff I guess...  I kinda dig the repaint.  It doesn't bother me at all except that it, the Neimodian, the Wookiee...  They tend to be bad choices given what's hanging on pegs around most places.

The concept is ok by me though...  I just hope these aren't a bitch to find...  I hate chase stuff.

I missed the GH post on this I guess.  Is this confirmed to be a "Chase figure" situation?  If that's the case I'm vehemently against the idea.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 05:03 AM »
Nah, that's pretty good JayDouble, thanks for sharing... 

It's a broader shot so it's nice.  Doesn't improve some of the figures though!  :)  I like the Preview Wookiee repaint though.  He's better than I hoped for.  I'd have liked that even if it was just a straight repaint of the figure.

This is HUGE news.

If you guys know SS's 12" figures, they're fantastic.  They compete with the likes of BBI, and the infamous Dragon figures.  So 12" Star Wars figures in that vein will be fantastic.  They'll even make the Marmit figures look weak I think...  More like model kits than figures.

They had a great World War I line I think...  And a Civil War line.  Outstanding sculpts and realism. 

This almost makes me wanna get back into 12" but I'd still dump the majority of my Hasbro stuff.  Taking on a new (old) scale though...  Ugh.  :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday pmundheim!!!
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:51 AM »
Happy birthday Paul...  If there's a guy around here that deserves some good gifts, it's you.  Hopefully you get some stuff you need or army builders!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: If you had to stay in bed for 3 weeks
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:51 AM »
Wow Paul...  I didn't realize you needed surgery...  Dude, I hope you're doing ok.

Hmmm, as the king of lazy I'll try to give some suggestions:

-Currently I'm reading the Empire series in Trade Paperback form.  They're good, and the Volume 3 with the Amanin would appeal to you I think...  Good Military story ala Rourke's Drift.

That ought to take 30 minutes of your time up. :)  I got through Volume 1 in a breeze while waiting at the hospital today myself.

-On X-Box, if you haven't played Full Spectrum Warrior I suggest it.  I nabbed it for $20 at Wal-Mart earlier in the week.  I'd beaten it on a rental, but I like it...  It gets me in the military mood to customize and stuff.

-I agree with Brad on Bounty Hunter if you have a Gamecube.  It's a great game and would take you some time.  Fantastic story.

-X-Wing Novels are good...  Not all are great, but some are.  Not sure if you've read the Zahn Trilogy but it's worth a run through if you haven't.

And of course I hope to catch you here!

Take it easy bud, don't stress yourself...  And enjoy the downtime.  Get a bell to annoy your wife with.   :-X

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:20 AM »
See...  There's a silver lining there...  :)

Revenge of the Sith / Re: ROTS - #57 and beyond
« on: July 14, 2005, 02:09 AM »
The Preview Wookiee is great I think...  Not sure whyt he hostility there.  The figure was hot the first time around...  I would think he'd be more popular once again.

The other Wookiee...  That I agree with, but based on how bad the figure is.  He lacks a bit in poseability and has an awkward look.  He's been dismal at retail then.

And I still like the Neimodian, but I can't help but agree that he's a bad choice.  I think he's based on the Holo-Transmission art...  Maybe. 

He has a nice rifle...  right?  Anyone?

I think I can partly explain the swamp speeder, though whether it's a good explanation as to why we don't have the vehicle is up to anyone's judgment, but...

Scaling up and down is possible, but mold toolings are required either way, not to mention that most 3.75" vehicles aren't a one or two piece item but rather are comprised of many individual pieces.  The Titanium Series Swamp hicky is probably rather simple...  2, maybe 3 pieces.  A 3.75" is going to be more pieces, thus more molds.

The second reason, it'd be bigger than the $15 pricepoint I'd think...  You start getting into the issue of "will this sell even if we make it" as you start raising in the price point area.  They can take risks with smaller vehicles, but as price increases so does the potential cost in a failure at retail. 

A scaled up one though would inevitably be more complex than the TS one...  Those are pretty simple (even the details are lacking really.  I've looked them over closely and compared to similar stuff out there they're mediocre at best), but a 3.75" vehicle isn't going to be as simple overall.

The scaling up process is weird too.  I don't think it's as simple as people think...  Not that the sculpting process of an item is the costliest either, so I think that's a non-issue even really, but I think when things are scaled up they're really just resculpted.  I've heard of machines capable of scaling up a small detail, like a headsculpt (I've heard of this done between 1:18 and 1:6 headsculpts), but that's a simple, single piece being "scaled up" (or down).  I dunno that, for instance, a whole figure could be scaled up in one swoop...  It'd have to be done piece-by-piece.  If my understanding of the process is right...  I know that's one way to do things though.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 14, 2005, 01:48 AM »
Indeed, that may be worth a pre-order.

Well...  Uhm...  Hmmm

Droids I'd be into I think...  Metallic stuff in general.  Dunnoa bout the others, and HOLY **** on the price.   :-\

Gentle Giant / Re: Bust Ups!
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:59 PM »
I keep an eye peeled on Bust-Ups for customizing possibilities...  Their heads are GENERALLY a slightly larger size than Hasbro's sculpts, which is good, and that Hoth Luke hat is looking damn spiffy for removable hats on Hoth Troopers for the first time. :)

I'm always amazed how sloppy some of Hasbro's likenesses are in comparison to the mini-busts.  A shame really.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: "Evolutions" assortment...
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:55 PM »
I don't think Clone Evo #1 will sit. :)

Anakin and the Sith one though...  If they ship too many, I could see it.  I think the Sith one's the one to be wary of the most though.

I'm all for the repaints/variants myself, but I agree with Jeff wholeheartedly that how scarce these are could be the kind of thing that kills a line.  Not single-handedly of course, but you're bordering on "Chase" ****, which we all know has not helped a lot of the major lines where that concept reared its ugly head.

Am I thinking of quitting?

No, not really, but like others, I'm not a carded completist...  I'm not even a loose completist for the line overall.  I pass on many ships anymore, as well as Deluxe figures I find to be a disappointment.

And being that I open everything too, it makes these repacks generally easier on me.  Ironically though I found myself wanting a lot of the stuff from the OTC, like the Jawas, Gam Guard, Sandpeople...  It was nice.

I'm less impressed with the repacks being tossed around right now though.  For instance, the Hoth set is an abysmal failure.  The figures are poor, not just in sculpt, but in articulation.  They're cheap at Toy Shows if you really want a Snowtrooper army.  I got AT-AT Commander figures for cheap out of AT-AT's I bought for cheap...  I'm not impressed.

I'd go a step further than you did Brent, and even say the set would blow even if packed with ONLY the Saga Hoth Trooper.  I think that figure blows too, so short of new figures (insert sarcastic laugh here), the set isn't a winner in my eyes.  Maybe someone's, but not mine.

I like rehashes of good stuff...  I like the #6 Clone (I'd prefer #41), so seeing it doesn't bug me.  I like the Preview Wookiee...  Some rehashes are good.  I like astromech repaints, especially of that spiffy Preview droid.  I'm the only one, but I like the Neimodian too.  Weird, I know.

But, there's a lotta piss-poor re-releases that are going to make a lot of people either A) quit entirely, or B) change their collecting habits dramatically.  Can't blame anyone there.

The Evolutions stuff, that doesn't bug me in the slightest...  So long as it's easy to find.

I see your points in that Hasbro is making it REALLY hard to stay with them and support this line at times though Brent, but even moreso for you being north of the border, but also for lots of different "types" of collectors. 

On another minority note here though, I like the black suited Clone Pilots.  I'm an EU (and fan-fiction) fan though.  And like the Neimodian, I can't say in good faith that it was a good idea considering how many pilots I see on my trips out.  He's dwindled, but still is a pegwarmer.

Saga Collection '06 / Re: The Future of Star Wars Collecting
« on: July 13, 2005, 10:37 PM »
Eh, you're giving a nice outlook to things though Spuffy, there's nothing wrong with that unless someone's easily upset when they're basically underwhelmed by Hasbro.

I like to think it's a lull before a storm of goodness too Spuffy.  I'm sad at the same time though because the re-releases aren't necessarilly bad ideas all the time (just what Hasbro SEEMS to be re-releasing are bad ideas).  The battlepacks and stuff are neat ideas with potential, but things like that may get trumped by poor sales of the early sets...  Like the TRU 4-packs.  Not bad ideas, and they even started out strong, but they wound up being failures by the end of the run.

I'm more disappointed that the SDCC was so looked forward to but has really been kinda "meh", at least at the start.

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