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They do sound good, you really make me wanna check them out if I can find them...  I can't say I'm a die-cast collector really but I can appreciate good work at any point so I'll go take a look as soon as I'm back out shopping again. 

These are something I doubt I'd even have looked at otherwise, actually.

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Toy Reviews / Re: New Review: Feltipern Trevagg
« on: May 20, 2005, 03:20 AM »
Working towards 'em Matt, but I doubt I crank out everything.  I'll let you know though...  I'm trying to get the Previews out right now though, and I really want the VOTC to get reviewed in their entirety because I think they're Hasbro's best foot forwards for once.  They really impressed me and deserve the respect on those.

APpreciate you chiming in...  Sorry for my late reply (busy leading up to E3, and I've been lax with how I keep up with everything around the boards)...  Hopefully we'll be talking about another figure soon. :)

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Hasbro Direct Sales Website
« on: May 20, 2005, 03:16 AM »
Sounds not too bad Paul...  I've got to admit I've not even looked into them all that much.  I probably should drop an order for some troopers just because, but I feel like I've got too many irons in the fire now as it is (waiting on the Evolution pre-orders too, ugh).

Anyway, I was reading my Insider which JUST arrived today (yeesh, kinda late I think...  or am I early this time?) and in it there was a question about Hasbro offering direct sales...

Sansweet told them no, but they've tossed the idea around and stuff, and then he directs them to a link to ShopStarWars.com...  I found that kinda funny since it's really been a little while since the shop was announced, but I guess not quite long enough for Sansweet to get the memo...  You'd think he'd have known though, out of anyone.  hah

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Target Exclusive Clone Trooper
« on: May 20, 2005, 03:13 AM »
-Sears Clone would only be available in the holiday season for a brief time, plus its packaging would be trashed, and thanks to their deal with KB they'd be the exact same stuff KB has.

(Or it would be a Clone in "Tough Skins"...   :D  That joke hit home for anyone here?)

-J.C. Penney Clone would only be able to be ordered through their catalogue center, and it would cost exactly 25% more than what Hasbro told them to sell it for.  This is because JCP has a 25% off sale every weekend that's touted as the biggest sale they've ever had.  (I worked there on my externship, that place is funny...  Eye-opening to a 19 year old to work there and see how they're run from the corporate level on down).

-Diamond Comics Clone would come with a "Gotcha By The Balls" feature where the Clone looked like the comic book guy from the Simpsons, and the MSRP just had ???'s beside it for the various different shop's convenience....

Oh yeah, and then it would wind up at stores like Suncoast of course.

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Future Clone Troopers
« on: May 20, 2005, 03:06 AM »
There were a bunch of him around though, some fighting I believe

I believe you're right Scott...  When I watched the 2nd time I was focusing on the Utapau troops and most looked identical if not all of them...  I was really hoping for a medic to pop out in the one seen you mentioned though, Aucassin.  It seemed to cut out right at the worst time.  Really was hoping to see that...  If it's a Clone med or what. :)

Trying to ID all those Clones...  That was rough.  I caught the Stass Allie/Target Exclusive though as it appears a lot of people missed them.  Odd because they had an incredibly clear shot of their markings.

I want more Clones, but like the EE Clone sets I'm worried about pricing at this point...  It sorta tanked those sets as far as making them affordable to really amass an army, at least for many people, and I just fear that being the case for all these different divisions of Clones...  As neat as I think all the designs for all the different military fronts may be.

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Nicklab Said:
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Now, as for my own credentials which you've seen fit to address, let's see if our creds match up here, okay Jesse?

Nick, wow, I'm sorry you were offended by my words, but I can't see where I called into question your "credentials".   If anything I simply was saying you're on-par with anyone in this thread...  That's the truth in my eyes, and I'm sorry if you feel you are different than the masses, really... 

I think you should maybe heed these words you yourself said:
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Please make an effort to know who you're addressing before you start talking down to them.

Because it strikes me that you're implying the REST of us don't know as much as you do...  Kinda "talking down" to everyone and all that.  I'm sorry you maybe feel that way about some of us...

I didn't talk "down" to you, I simply addressed your tone because it wasn't appreciated on the boards is all.  I'll reiterate my words for clarity's sake...

As I said in my post:

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I think being condescending in your reply isn't a necessity, as if you know this industry inside out and the rest of us are merely outside opinions...

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You know as much as the rest of us, and I'm sure we all can see the point that Clones aren't on the pegs at the most pivotal moment for pushing a film, which is right now.

I'm not saying you are completely ignorant about toys in any way Nick.  You have certainly been to many conventions, shows, and the like, and that's fantastic.  I simply told you that the whole "I know more than you do, OBVIOUSLY" attitude was a bit much...  You know as MUCH as the rest of us in my view, whether you do or not...  Maybe you disagree, and as I said I'm sorry if you feel that way.

As far as the points you make...

I agree with the sociological POV on collectors (or U.S. culture as a whole) requiring instant gratification, that's a pretty popular mode of thought on modern society I think, and it's evident, but as marketing teaches students in the earliest classes, society and how to cater to them are keys to marketing products...  It's easy enough to argue then that lack of instant gratification is sales lost...  I personally see the lack of Clones as a mistake because of this, as they are popular among a broad audience...  It's just my opinion though, but when a 7 year old tells me what he did, I found that to be a profound thought as I was rifling through the pegs for more Clone figures in my collection...

There's no disputing MORE are shipping, there's time for MORE to come out, no doubt...  And I'll be here for them too, with open wallet arms.  My point still stands though, that (at least in my area, and many other areas I'm told) Clones aren't abundant...  I'm glad your neck of the woods has plenty for all though Nick, because that means things are maybe flowing better in the pipelines out there...  It could simply be that Pittsburgh has bad distribution itself and the rest of the country's doing well on these figures.  I know on another toy line I like that we have gotten the short end of the stick lately while others had plenty of whatever they wanted.

On the issue of Collection 1 doing better than COllection 2, I personally see them as faring rather evenly myself, for the most part, with the duller of the C2 figures sitting the most and the more abundant C1 figures sitting the most of their cases...  But, like you said,
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Add in the fact that sometimes anecdotal evidence just doesn't carry that much weight since things can be regionally skewed by how collectors collect in a certain area.  One city or region does not necessarily reflect the rest of the country.
, so where NY sees Clones galore and Collection 2 sit like they're fertalizer to grow more C1 figures, in my neck of the woods the sales are fairly even...

Put at the front of a store even, I've found that EVERYTHING sells out.  My one Taret had its 4/2 overstock at a checkout aisle temporary endcap, and I've watched that thing go from overflowing with figures to nothing in a month...  Impressive considering how much was hanging there not long ago.

But that is the differences people see...  And everyone has their own experiences to share, that influence their opinions, and everyone has their own "credentials" too, and when I see a thread like this I see everyone as knowing as much as the next guy in my book.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: May 20, 2005, 02:20 AM »


So my cat, Tarkin (bottom photo) has taken to stealing money again.  He'd given this habit up a while ago, but he's back to it.  Loose change on the table is the victim, but he's smart and only takes quarters (or those new dollar coins).

Does anyone have a cat that does that?  He leaves it at my bedroom door at night too, or just strewn throughout the house, almost like a little path he has taken giving money away to...  well...  nobody in particular.

Very, very strange. 

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I think I may be able to help some with a how-to...

I picked up the one with the long rifle (the GG mini-bust that is) off a buddy of mine just to see how these translated...  I actually swapped the hands out just because I had a VOTC Stormie with his hands off right on my desk here at home, and the Mini-Bust hands fit perfectly on...

The heads have a couple means to swap them, but if I were going to do it I'd go with hollowing the mini-bust head out so it popped straight onto the VOTC peg.  I think it would be a fairly easy custom to whip up if you wanted to, so long as you're careful with hollowing the GG Bust helmet out...  Simple enough, and while I can't recall who made the figure I'm sure if he's on he'll help you out with what to do as well.

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Best Stormtrooper ????
« on: May 20, 2005, 02:01 AM »
Gregorbian...  I split your post off this one and am sending it over as a topic to Customs.  I'm 100% sure you're going to get every answer you seek there.  Not a hard swap, I can even help you when I'm done with this swap out. :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Playstation3 revealed.
« on: May 19, 2005, 04:59 PM »
Oh yeah, Nintendo just through a massive uppercut.  If that holds true I'm all about it.  I'm really torn since I generally only get one system to start and if I'm able to down the road, I'll buy another. 

Not sure what I'll likely do...  At least there's time.

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TV-9D9 / Re: New Footage TRL Exclusive
« on: May 19, 2005, 04:50 AM »
GOD DAMMIT, another Tarzan scream!  >:(

If that was still in the film, it was so feint you couldn't even hear it.  I didn't notice that at all, but in that Letereman Clip it's incredibly obvious.  I'm wagering it was cut or I was just WAY too engrossed in the film.

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The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Screening
« on: May 19, 2005, 04:48 AM »
Was good the 2nd time around...  I'm up for a 3rd even at this point but the gf's not going to go this week, maybe next.

I hold by my original assessment as well...  People complaining are stretching it I think...  The people bashing the film completely strike me as the kind who think it's just the vogue thing to do.

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I got to go last night for an early screening and then again tonight for the premiere at Pittsburgh's Loew's Cineplex...  Fun going there since it's big, got the VIP seating and all that.

We had a big event made otu of it, and since the local PSWCS leader (Bobafett14) bought us all VIP tickets it made it extra special.

I just got home a short while ago...  I'm dead-ass tired at this point.  2 nights of this is killer.  I'd go see it again though, I liked it.

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Gregorbian's Customs
« on: May 19, 2005, 04:41 AM »
Great customs overall Gregorbian...  But I have to say that the uniform design of your whole squad you did up was pretty great.  Looked store-bought actually.

I especially liked that you seemed to include a communications dude in there too.  A must!  Very nice... 

Clones are really the inspiration a lot have taken to get back into customizing or start up for the first time.  It's great seeing lots of them out there on all different skill levels.  Some really good paintjobs are popping up though that Hasbro couldn't rival even.

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I'll leave the sculpting topics to others since I find my own skills here to be completely trial/error...

With Glues, I like to keep two or three types on-hand at all times...

-Basic superglue...  I like to get good stuff, but basically I have it on hand at all times.

-2-part "Plastic Welder", which my preferred brand is Devcon Plastic Welder (in a black 2-part tube), found at most any hardware store or even Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.  Simple, but dries out incredibly fast so I try not to open it unless I have a lot of work to do...  It works well on pliable plastics such as the figure's legs/arms/heads (and now torso's even) are made of more often than not...  They're basically a PVC plastic rather than an ABS styrene, which the old torso's are made of (such as on original '95 figures and whatnot).  It's very good stuff.

-Traditional Modeling Plastic Welder...  I prefer Plasti-Struct's Plastic Welder here...  This is strictly for use on ABS plastics (hard, rigid plastics), and while Devcon does some "welding" by actually fusing plastics together (not just "bonding", which super glues tend to only bond and wear out over time), the true plastic welders for model building/ABS plastics will quickly melt the plastic, literally.

Gluing, like almost all techniques, takes some time/work to get the hang...  How long you have to work with the part, etc.  Devcon is one way, Plast-Struct is another... 

I'd say if I had another glue on-hand at all times it's a hot glue gun and sticks.  I use these more as a "placeholder" type glue rather than anything permanent.  This glue won't fuse parts, just bond them for a time, but since gluesticks are cheap as can be it's not a shame to waste it.  Other glues (or "welders") get pricey though so I tend to be more discerning in how I use them.  Cost and all that jazz....

For casting, DD's giving you some great tips so far...  A lot of casting is going to be trial and error as well.  It's the nature of that beast.  I've been doing it for some years now off and on, and it's something that can be a lot of work at times.  Depends what you go into with it.

The FFURG articles are a good start, as they're definitely words from people who have done it.  Ashley ("Delaton" over there) was cranking out casts for people at Celebration 3, and it was neat to watch him work right there at the table at the time.  He's a resin machine!

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