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Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 26, 2005, 01:07 AM »
The license to Skycaptain's weird to me too...  I guess the company, as I understand it, that was trying to license that film just asked them to whip a plane up in the film's deco...  Since they had a P-40 (it's not a Mustang btw, different planes) tooled and all already...

To me, it's odd, but they're getting some recognition for it...  The fact they're delving into licensing is a good sign for the company.  They've done licensing before, but generally it was something along the lines of "Dodge" selling them the license to do the Dodge Command Car, or Cargo truck from WW2...  Stuff like that. 

Their first big license was getting the Patton family rights to do George Patton items, which was surprisingly expensive.  21st is really showing that they have rebounded though, even though I've argued they have expenses and overhead that most likely surpasses large companies like Hasbro in how they must plan financially...  Plus now licensing fees.  If what I heard is right, the Platoon license wasn't anything short of pricey, even for a large company, what with acquiring the actor's likenesses and the film's rights and such.  That's a lotta bigname people who are making appearances in plastic (incredible likenesses too, just outstanding!), including Johnny Depp, Tom(d?) Berrenger, and Charlie Sheen...  Not to mention Willam Defoe.  I guess there's 6 more of the actors to come too maybe?  I dunno.

They really picked their **** up after the last couple years where financial troubles plagued them.

To me the Bridge Too Far line may be the most interesting.  :)  That's an old film...

On the note of Skycaptain, and its disappointment, the movie Sahara is also under 21st's licensing rights...  The one kid from "That Thing You Do" (The funny blonde guy) and Matthew McConnahey (sp?) are the only two getting figures I guess and they're really only gonna repaint a couple of their current vehicles and include the figures as pack-ins.  I think a stand-alone figure line would've been more impressive.  Sucks they didn't push that movie with more figures I think.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 25, 2005, 12:08 PM »
A dog too?  hmm, interesting...  Sounds like they're maybe willing to jump into the future wars thing.  Especially with the tank-like one.

I wish they'd get off the pot already on the pictures though.

Toy Fair was a huge crap fest I guess...  Not a lot showing and those who were weren't allowing photos.

BBI and 21st are in this horn lock where they won't display stuff early for fear the other will dick them over by attempting to "steal" it.  Dusty Trails didn't even have their 4" Wild West line with them which I really was looking forward to.

Companies like Palisades were hush-hush...

21st didn't display much, but their pamphlet had pictures of the Platoon figures they're making (and mentioned a 10 figure series for the film A Bridge Too Far).  Pics of their Japanese 1:18 infantry figures too which was neat.

Nothing on hand though.  :(  Just some planes.

BBI's only real 4" showing was they did have some more clear photos taken of their World War II U.S. infantry which look to blow 21st's 1st series outta the water (thank god).

Hell, even Star Wars was stuff we'd all seen already...  Though seeing those CLones up close was a treat.  Highlight of the show probably was their efforts with clonetroopers this year.

And I still can't get those goddamn 4" Alien Vs. Predator figures MisterPL.  It's killing me.  :(  When I can afford them nobody has them, and when I can't afford them I can track a case down (that's about it, never individual figures for the $10-ish price).

Oh well...  :(

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: coeli's new Styrene AT-TE!
« on: February 25, 2005, 10:47 AM »
Whoa Coeli, that's nice.

Got more photos?  I'd like to give it more of a look before adding too much of a critique or anything.

All styrene too?  If so, my kinda ship builder. :)

I gotta get a new saw to cut styrene with...  I'm debating on what to buy since I'm actually not well versed with saws and plastic cutting with them.  Maybe you can help because it almost looks like a jigsaw in the shot there.  I'm curious about that.

The Prequel Trilogy / Re: ROTS Picture Thread
« on: February 25, 2005, 03:49 AM »
I heard those earlier Jared, very cool...  I've been avoiding reading plotpoints, but that was a kickass couple of audio clips.  Very neat.

Other Toy Lines / Re: Terminator Toy Line... 4" Scale.
« on: February 25, 2005, 03:46 AM »
Sounds neat MisterPL...  Kinda goes against the hoped for "Army Builder" line htough.  I truly hope they don't bail on the future robot wars concept over just making film figures.  :(

Still gonna love getting an Endo Skeleton and some new headsculpts to work with, but I was really REALLY hoping for some human resistance guys, robots, etc.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS figures you will pass on?
« on: February 24, 2005, 11:00 AM »
I could see even ratios...  for every clean 3-pack a set with 1 OOM-9 (or even maybe 2 other colors?  Like red/blue and an OOM-9).

After the Clone debacle I'm hesitant on army building packs though...  That was a great idea soured by the worst price spike in history, and it just basically dangles a carrot in front of people saying "Hey look, we gave you what you wanted...  Now go see how you're gonna pay for it!" 

As it stands, I will be fortunately getting 4 white sets and 2 officer sets...  Unless those white sets show up somewhere for $5-$6 a figure individually then I doubt I get anymore, and that sucks royally.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 24, 2005, 10:56 AM »
I think the sticker idea is not a bad one for a "quick fix" myself...  Problem is finding someone who wants to make a bunch of discs in a color that matches the ARC exactly. 

Oh, and then host it too.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS figures you will pass on?
« on: February 24, 2005, 01:03 AM »
had me till "chase OOM-9", haha.  I think you had all the carded guys till that point too.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: RotS ARC-170
« on: February 24, 2005, 01:00 AM »
They didn't seem as numerous on the FX X-Wing sculpt either...  The ARC looks like someone took a tommy gun to it.

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Toy Fair 2005 - Feb 19th-23rd
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:48 AM »
Toy Fair tends to not have the best Q&A's come out of it...  Not a lot of "new" stuff generally, even the toys displayed aren't all that new to most people anymore...  A lot of the people working are more or less sales people rather than actually involved in R&D within the license itself...  SDCC's been much more fruitful as far as information over the last couple years.

TF was a bust for a lot of companies as far as really generating interest I thought.  The big news was the Press Kit Vader/Anakin.  Funny how the exclusive always gets the bright lights.

Great figures Justin...

The use of a Robotix figure is good, they're not real common.  I have a small army actually that I put into use, and they have a surprisingly diverse array of them (3 sculpts actually).

The figures make good use of parts without TOO much intricate/complexity like sculpting, which I dig because I suck at sculpting myself...  To me this is innovative customization.

Very good...  Always  look forward to more!

Fan Art / Re: "Cable Original" Oola! Yes, OOLA!!
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:38 AM »
Very nice work Bill...  Didn't one of the Gremlins make shadow puppets on the movie screen?  Maybe that was Gremlins2...  Anyway.

Eh, that's what I was thinking of anyway...

So that rocks...  Her last moments look very cool.  That's one of your better originals Bill, nice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday Deanpaul!!
« on: February 24, 2005, 12:36 AM »
Hope you had a good one Dean...  Sounds like it anyway.

And to many more!

Revenge of the Sith / Re: Any ROTS figures you will pass on?
« on: February 23, 2005, 02:34 AM »
I concur...

To me, ROTS's starting line-up is practically an apology from Hasbro for 90% of the Saga line, haha.  I dig Kit Fisto a ton, think he's vastly superior to his 2 previous sculpts...  Dooku the same, etc... 

Aalya Secura's the real knock-out figure to me though....  Then when I start thinking about Luminara Unduli and Shaak Ti I can't help but put them in the same category...  Then Agen Kolar...

Hell even the Collection 1 figures are VASTLY superior to ANY Collection 1 figure (and most of the C2 figures too) from Saga.  It's really great, sad, and funny all at the same time.

EDIT:  BTW, I'm really hoping for a good SBD and BD...  Something that, oh, say, perhaps...  DOESN'T COLLAPSE UNDER ITS OWN WEIGHT!  Well, my SBD's don't anyways...  Those Saga BD's were a pain in the ass though.

Basic Action Figures - $5.99

Actually I'm likely to buy more Collection 2 than Collection 1...  I'm sure I'll be waiting for sales on many figures though, either way, save perhaps for army builders I want right now.  I've learned that the film years just don't pay off to go nuts buying up stuff...  It's improved, and I really am torn, but I'm gonna be selective with E3 like I was with E2...  It'll make up for me getting the Clone 4-packs from EE that Hasbro reamed me on, and army building the VOTC Stormtrooper at full price when I saw it...   ::)

I am torn though, and part of me wants to bite on getting everything because the figures ARE better this time around.  I'll definitely be getting lots of Clones though, and things I like most.

Deluxe Action Figures - $9.99

Clearance mostly...  Depends when I see them a lot, but the Deluxe line's definitely not aimed at us it seems, so I'm not sad to pass on these till sales and clearances.

Battle Arenas - $19.99

Depends again when I see better figures.  Sales, clearances most likely.  If the playset they attach to (if I'm thinking correctly here) was better, then maybe, but the Mustafar set blows.

12" Figures - $19.99-$49.99

Nope...  Gave up 12" figure collecting long ago, not going back.

Vehicles - Battle Vehicles - $14.99

AT-RT I'll get one at least, but unless the figure's good I dunno how many I'll buy right away.  Buy extras on a sale/clearance though, I think the thing is great overall, even the walking feature.

Vehicles - Assault Vehicles - $19.99

I'll wait for clearances mostly.  May get the Jedi fighters depending on if they're in-scale or not...  Gotta see some specific dimensions before I decide that though.  So far, I'm dejected at the droid socket mostly.

Vehicles - Gunship (Large) - $29.99

At this point, nothing...  The Gunship and ARC are both entirely too underscaled to suit me so I'll put them on the "to-do" list.  Clearance I'd perhaps bite, so we'll see.  At $20 or so I'd be ok with buying one at that then.  Otherwise I was underwhelmed.

Playsets - $29.99

Thing sucks, I'll wait.  Hated the Arena set, and this isn't a far cry from that pile as I see it.  Hasbro really needs to get into a format where the scale/scope of the playset is up to the consumer...  Interlocking, nicely scaled/detailed playsets would be ideal but it seems they'll never happen in our lifetime.

Unleashed - $14.99

Not my cup of tea save for one here and there, usually pertaining to a character-specific theme I collect...  Bossk has so far been the only unleashed I was interested in.

Force Battlers - $9.99

Hell No. 

Galactic Heroes - $4.99

Hell No.

Jedi Force - $7.99

Hell No, and at this point I think Hasbro is dipping into too many pools.

Darth Tater - $7.99

Perhaps...  To be honest though, I don't care to pay homage to Hasbro as the license holder just yet...  It's only in the last year+ that Hasbro's really begun to make Star Wars a competitive toy brand on the shelves.  To me, that doesn't deserve a TON of praise in 10 years of them holding the license.

Keep this pace up, then having their elder toy decked out as Vader seems keener...  At the same time, I dig just how it looks.  And it's not expensive...  may bite.  It'll be on sale though, let's face it. :)

Attacktix - $5.99 to $9.99

See a previous post where I thought Hasbro was "dipping into too many pools".  If I wanna game, I'll do it with miniatures games instead.  Definitely another thing aimed at kids.

Role Play - Various Prices

Sabers as gifts for the kids perhaps...  Perhaps one for myself, I dunno, but these are the kinds of things I buy then have nowhere to put them, haha.

Not something I'm terribly interested in...  Wait for a sale or other incentive probably.

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